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Chronological Bible Reading: 1 Peter 1-5 Chronological Bible Reading: Hebrews 1-4 Chronological Bible Reading: Hebrews 5-8
Monday, December 17 Tuesday, December 18 Wednesday, December 19
Psa. 66:2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. † John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and
except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. it shall be done unto you.
Blessed God:
It is not left to my option or my opinion whether I praise you or not. Praise Faithful Savior: Gracious God and Father:
is your most righteous due, and since every Christian is a recipient of your grace, I HELP ME ABIDE IN YOU AS TO MY FRUITFULNESS. The branch has to bear We do not enjoy all your gifts of grace at once. Like a baby growing to an
am bound to praise you daily, not just Christmas Week. fruit, but I cannot even produce one grape on my own. The fruit of my branch adult, my ability to apprehend, appropriate and apply increases with my appetite
I have no authoritative liturgical ceremony for praise. I have no command comes through the stem. My work for you has to be your work in me, or else it is and experience. I thank you today I am saved by union with Christ. I am in him.
prescribing certain hours, or specific songs of thanksgiving. But the law written on good for nothing. Help me simply do for you what you bid me to. But only when I abide in that union do I receive the further purity that changes my
my heart teaches me how right it is to make your praise glorious. HELP ME ABIDE IN YOU AS TO MY LIFE. If I were as old as Methuselah, I still personality into Christlikeness, and receive the adjustments that change my joy into
The blessing is this: sinners are confronted with the gospel and could not do without you, Lord. As a Christian, my very being depends on my godliness, and receive the power that changes my weakness into strength. This is
converted to God when they see me praise you. Oh, let me witness to clinging. Even this you must give me, because all comes from you, and you alone. the path to revival, and the blended-blessedness stored-up in Christ for his
__________ and __________ at this Holiday time with my praise! I am still trusting, still desperately dependent, O Lord! people. How do I know this viewpoint is correct? Because here is what you say!
This is not just a pleasurable exercise, but an absolute obligation. If I go John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my
around mourning and murmuring, then I am not guiltless. I cannot do all my duty it shall be done unto you. word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
if I do not praise, no matter what the obstacles are this busy week. I am bound by That is the key qualification. How important is your word! Verse 4: Abide in you free.
the bonds of love to bless your name as long as I live. me, and I in you. The parallel in verse 7: If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you. I do not know all truth at once. Even if I read it, I do not learn it without
Heb. 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that Are you and your words identical? In practical terms, they are indeed! That is the abiding in Jesus. I must continue in the word to be abiding. Persevering in grace
is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. concept of Biblical authority. is always an educational process. So steadfastness in faith always results in
Put your praise continually in my mouth, because I am blessed in order to Some talk so spiritually about Christ being Master, but they do not submit to growth. The emancipating power of truth is a blessing that takes daily abiding,
bless you. Do I need a “life purpose” verse for this next year? Let it be: biblical authority and a faith-based view of the Bible. If I separate Christ from because it is gradually received and enjoyed.
Isa. 43:21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. the word, I do something despicable. You who are beginning in seeking revival take heart! There is something
If I do not praise you, I am not bringing forth the fruit you have a right to You are the word (John 1:1,14)! How dare I call you Master and Lord, and do better for us still. No one has yet received the full reward of their faith, otherwise
expect in my life. I must not let my harp hang low on the willows. I will take it up, not the things you say? Christ, his cross, and his commands are one. Help me, Holy the warning of 2 John 8 means nothing.
arise, and shout your praises! Help me surround my sorrows with an atmosphere Spirit to live in communion with Christ through his commands, so I can powerfully Help me climb the hill of spiritual experience to end this year. As I abide in
of melody in my heart. God, hearken from heaven, and accept my music today in preach the cross, even at Christmas time. Oh, for grace to do more, in Jesus’ name. Christ give me firmer confidence, richer joy, greater stability, closer communion,
Jesus’ name. Amen. Make me even more fruitful next year than last. Amen. and greater delight in God. Make me an abider so I can see revival! Amen.
Chronological Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 1-4 Chronological Bible Reading: 2 Peter 1-3; Jude
A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READING Friday, December 21 Saturday, December 22
Chronological Bible Reading: Hebrews 9-13
Eph. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask Psa. 118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth
Thursday, December 20
or think, according to the power that worketh in us, for ever.
Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling
Almighty, All-Powerful God: Merciful and Mighty God:
clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
You do not give like us. We give a handful of change to the beggar at the exit My grateful heart loves to hear praising voices! You are good…all the time.
MAN of Sorrows! what a name for the Son of God, who came ramp. You give wealth by handfuls on purpose. Solomon asked for wisdom; you Others look good, but you are good. Others are somewhat good, but you are
Ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah! What a Savior! gave him wealth and power. This is your divine habit. You redeem your promises, good beyond measure. When my haters treat me badly, it only stirs me to thank
Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood; but though you could pay in silver, you dole them out in gold. you, because you are so good. And when I fall short of being good, I bless you
Sealed my pardon with His blood. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Why should we think you will be stingy with Harvest Baptist Church? We because you are good.
have a great King, we should ask for great things! We need grace to refresh our Keep me from doubting or distrusting your goodness for a second. Whatever
Guilty, vile, and helpless we; spotless Lamb of God was He; souls. We need floods of revival poured on dry ground. And we need the financial else confuses me, this one fact remains. The methods you use to carry out your
“Full atonement!” can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior! resources to make ministry work. purpose may vary, but your providence always produces good, because your
Lifted up was He to die; “It is finished!” was His cry; Hey, Leviathan sinners! Here is an ocean of mercy. Yo, elephantine rebels! intention is good, and because your very nature is good.
Now in Heav’n exalted high. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Here is an ark big enough to float you above the waters of judgment. You in our Mercy is a big part of your goodness, and that entices me because I am sinful.
congregation! Your sin of pride reaches to the clouds of heaven; your feet of lust I vary in my obedience, but there is no change in your goodness.
When He comes, our glorious King, are mired in the muds of hell. Yet this sacred space is large enough to hide even Psa. 118:5-6 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set
All His ransomed home to bring, you. Even you! For our Lord is great in mercy. Who would not ask so generous a me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
Then anew His song we’ll sing: God for forgiveness right now? He does not dim the luster of his grace by finding My prayer comes from my heart when it comes from my distress. I worship
Hallelujah! What a Savior! fault with the seeking sinner. My soul! (v 1), I praise (vv 2-4), and I pray (v 5), because all those things are components
Do not add to all your other sins the thought maybe God has lied. Let us not of calling upon you. In answer to the prayer of faith you will free me and I will be free
—Philip P. Bliss, 1875 distrust the word of the Lord. Let’s all come humbly, reverently, obediently and indeed (John 8:36). I have no merit, no strength, and no wisdom apart from you. All
immediately to the foot of the cross, and the face of the Savior this season. I can do is call for you to come to my rescue, and it is promised by grace.
View him as lifted on high. He is the atoning sacrifice. Look to his streaming I rejoice in your help when it seems like everyone else turns against me. You
š wounds: from his hands, his head, his side. Behold his brow still covered with are my defender and advocate, and will always accomplish the eternal purpose of
crimson droplets caused from a thorny crown, pressed-down by men. Look to him grace. Your favor outweighs both my frustrations and my failures, so I will not be
and live. Lord, enlarge our vision of your Son Jesus this Christmas! Amen. afraid. In this I will honor you this weekend for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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§ Keeping Christ at the center (your core relationship of worship to God) Sara Zwahlen - friend of Kay Brockmeyer “Oh,” says one, “I live in the spirit of prayer, and therefore I do not need times
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the Word) Henry Thrower – brother, Nicole Thrower there must not be some season for more immediately coming into God’s presence. If
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Laura Peterson exercise of prayer. Be spiritual. Be baptized into the spirit of prayer. But do not be
Aileen McMahan deceived by the enemy, who can steal a spirit away while we dream that we only
Conner Bartlett spiritualize it. We had better preserve the very bones of prayer—the posture, the
time, place—rather than let it all ooze away into an impalpable mental condition.
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