Apr 28, 2010
St.Patrick…He said daily….
I am risen with Christ. Through Him I live Today.
I am bound to Him.
* there where He is ” there I am too
* that which He is ” that I am too
* that which He does ” that I do too
* that which He says ” that I say too
* that which is subject to Him ” is also subject to me
* that which is obedient to Him ” is also obedient to me
I live by the power of His resurrection…
* I live from His fullness
* I live from all His blessings
* I live from His righteousness
That which served Him ” that serves me too
* that which followed Him ” that follows me too
* that which loved Him ” that loves me too
* that which hated Him ” that hates me too
* that which took Him in ” that takes me in too
* that which He needed, that I need too
* that which He did not need ” that I do not need too
* that which comforted Him ” that comforts me too
* through that which He went ” I go too
* the road He walked ” that road I walk too
* that which held Him ” holds me too
* that which helped Him ” helps me too
* that which protected Him ” protects me too
* that which led Him ” leads me too
* that which gave Him strength ” gives me strength too
* that which saved Him ” saves me too
* that which kept Him from sin ” keeps me from sin too
* that which kept Him healthy ” keeps me healthy too
* that which stood by His side ” stands by my side too
* that which He did not fear ” I do not fear too
* that, through which He drove out demons “through that I drive them out too
* that which made Him strong ” makes me strong too
* that which was over Him ” is over me too
* that which made Him boundless ” makes me boundless too
* that which helped Him accomplish His mission ” helps me accomplish mine too
* that which held Him above, always ” holds me above, always too
* He is before me, and behind me
* He is under me, and over me
* He is with me, and in me
* He is on my right and on my left
* He is with me, when I wake up in the morning
* He is with me, when the day is hard and difficult
* He is with me, when things don’t work out
* He thinks for me
* He speaks to me
* He sees me
I live to day by the power of the heavens
By the power of the Holy Spirit…
Jul 21, 2009
Bill Johnson is the Senior Pastor of Bethel Church. Here is what he said about prayer pertaining to a life of miracles:
Prayer—be specific, and be relentless in praying for miracles in every part of your life. Bring the promises of God before Him in your pursuit. He hasn’t forgotten what He has said and does not need our reminder. However, He enjoys seeing us standing on His covenant when we pray. Prayer with fasting is to be an integral part of this quest, as He revealed this to be an important way to get a breakthrough. I even pray for specific diseases for which I’ not seeing a breakthrough.
Jun 25, 2009
The following is a prayer of consecration from John G. Lake.
It is a good prayer to pray for oneself:
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you boldly in Jesus' name. Take me as I am. I now give myself - my heart, my mind, my body, my time, talents and treasure to you. Fill me and possess me. I renounce all sins, self and satan. Jesus, sanctify me. Cleanse me, purge me, purify me. Your will be done in my life, on earth as it is in heaven. Let me manifest a faithful spirit, a pure mind and a sickless body to your glory. Amen.
Jun 17, 2009
"Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things 'above all that we ask or think.'" Andrew Murray
"If we would pray aright, the first thing we should do is to see to it that we really get an audience with God, that we really get into His very presence. Before a word of petition is offered, we should have the definite consciousness that we are talking to God, and should believe that He is listening and is going to grant the thing that we ask of Him." R. A. Torrey
"Satan cannot deny but that great wonders have been wrought by prayer. As the spirit of prayer goes up, so his kingdom goes down. Satan's strategems against prayer are three. First, if he can, he will keep thee from prayer. If that be not feasible, secondly, he will strive to interrupt thee in prayer. And, thirdly, if that plot takes not, he will labour to hinder the success of thy prayer." William Gurnall
"Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!" Andrew Murray
"It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingly, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer; and further we have not only to continue in prayer unto the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us, and will answer our prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing." George Müller
"O brother, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer; rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast, and lose breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper--and sleep too--than not pray. And we must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest. The Lord is near. He comes softly while the virgin slumbers." Andrew A. Bonar
"Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down." John Wesley
"Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work." Oswald Chambers
"Perhaps you will have to spend hours on your knees or upon your face before the throne. Never mind. Wait. God will do great things for you if you will wait for Him. Yield to Him. Cooperate with Him." John Smith
"No one's a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it." Guy H. King
"To strive in prayer means to struggle through those hindrances which would restrain or even prevent us entirely from continuing in persevering prayer. It means to be so watchful at all times that we can notice when we become slothful in prayer and that we go to the Spirit of prayer to have this remedied. In this struggle, too, the decisive factor is the Spirit of prayer." O. Hallesby
"None can believe how powerful prayer is, and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience. It is a great matter when in extreme need to take hold on prayer. I know, whenever I have prayed earnestly, that I have been amply heard, and have obtained more than I prayed for. God indeed sometimes delayed, but at last He came." Martin Luther
"The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own hearts." Richard Alleine
"The devil is aware that one hour of close fellowship, hearty converse with God in prayer, is able to pull down what he hath been contriving and building many a year." Flavel
"Prayer is reaching out and after the unseen; fasting, letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepens, confirms the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God." Andrew Murray
Jun 14, 2009
If your life is like a seed that needs to die so that hundreds or even thousands will have salvation, would you lay it down for your Savior?
The following message is stirring enough to make you ponder in your heart of hearts:
Jun 8, 2009
May 6, 2009
Here’s a partial list of things the New Testament tells us to pray for:
Pray for people who give you a hard time (Matthew 5:43-44; Luke 6:28)
Pray for children (Matthew 19:13)
Pray for strength to endure difficult times (Luke 21:36)
Pray you will not fall into temptation (Luke 22:40)
Pray for all Christians (1 Thessalonians 5:25; Hebrews 13:18)
Pray that God's Kingdom will come and His will be done (Matthew 6:10)
Pray God will provide your daily needs (Matthew 6:11)
Pray for God's forgiveness as we forgive others (Matthew 6:12)
Pray we will not be led into temptation, but delivered from evil (Matthew 6:13)
Pray for boldness in proclaiming the gospel and for God to do miracles in people's lives (Acts 4:29-31)
Pray all the time, be alert, pray for fellow believers (Ephesians 6:18)
Pray for fearless teaching of the Word (Ephesians 6:20)
Pray to be filled with the knowledge of His will (Colossians 1:9)
Pray for open doors for the gospel (Colossians 4:3)
Pray that the Word of God may be glorified (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
Pray for deliverance from evil men (2 Thessalonians 3:2)
Pray for everyone, government leaders, peace, quiet, godliness, holiness (1 Timothy 2:1,2)
Pray for sinners to find life in Christ (1 John 5:16)
Ask God for wisdom (James 1:5)
from Randy Alcorn
Feb 28, 2009
O Lord, help us to turn and seek you; for you have not forsaken your creatures as we have forsaken you, our Creator. Let us turn and seek you, for we know you are here in our heart when we confess to you, when we cast ourselves upon you and weep in your bosom after all our rugged ways; and you gently wipe away our tears, and we weep more for joy; for you, Lord, who made us, do remake and comfort us.
Saint Augustine (354–430AD)
Feb 14, 2009
Blessed Lord, who was tempted in all things like we are, have mercy on our frailty. Out of weakness give us strength. Grant to us your fear so that we may fear you only. Support us in time of temptation. Embolden us in time of danger. Help us to do your work with good courage and to continue as your faithful soldiers and servants to the end of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bishop Brooke Foss Westcott (1825–1901)
Feb 10, 2009
O Lord, greatest and most true light, from which the light of the day and of the sun springs! O Light, which lightens every human who comes into the world! O Light, which knows no night or evening but is always at midday most clear and fair! Without you all is utter darkness; by you everything is resplendent. O Wisdom, Father of mercies, enlighten my mind, so that I may see only those things that please you and be blind to everything else. Amen.
John Bradford (1510–1555)
Feb 5, 2009
Almighty and most merciful Father, whose mercy has kept me from the grave, grant that I may reflect on my past life and repent of the days and years in which I ignored your grace and neglected my salvation. Help me to use the time you have given me, so that I may become more diligent in the studies you have given me. When at last I shall be called in judgment, may I be received as a good and faithful servant into everlasting happiness. For the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)
Jan 18, 2009
I repent for all those in my generational line who blamed God for wronging them and blamed Him for surrounding them with His net (Job 19:6-26).
I repent for all those in my generational line for blocking and walling up their way and plunging their path into darkness.
I repent for all those in my generational line for blaming God for bringing them into shame by stripping them of their glory and removing their crown from their head.
I repent for all those in my generational line who blamed God for destroying them and demolishing them on every side thus destroying their hope and finishing them.
I repent for all those in my generational line who blamed God for being their enemy and blaming God for being furious with them and sending troops against them or troops to build up pathways to attack them and to camp all around their bodies and dwelling places.
I repent for all those in my generational line for having a fearful and unbelieving heart that caused them to depart from the way of holiness. I ask for the restoration of the ancient path where gladness and joy overtake us. I embrace my birthright to walk knowing the Lord.
I repent for all those in my generational line for ungodly wisdom where we have been operating out of our futile mindsets where we tried to work things out for ourselves. I choose, Lord, to work out of Your knowledge of understanding, wisdom, and discernment. I choose to work with You, Lord, to change my ways so that I can walk the ancient paths established before the Fall. I choose to walk in Your healing and allow Your strength which flows from Your life giving water (Isaiah 35).
I repent for myself and for all those in my generational line who used their God given physical and spiritual senses in ungodly ways and chose to operate only from their natural mind. Lord, would You break off all the iniquity that flowed from those decisions to ignore Your mind, heart, and will. Lord would You also remove all iniquity off of my God-given senses.
I ask You Lord to restore my ability to use all of my senses to discern Your mind, heart and Your will.
I repent for all those in my generational line who blamed God for removing friends, family, and employees from them and for turning people against them so that they are despised and hated to the point of death.
I repent for all those in my generational line who blamed God's hand for striking them and persecuting them.
I repent for all those in my generational line who wished that their accusations against God and their suffering could be recorded forever in stone.
Lord, I repent for all those in my generational line for not looking for Your path and Your ways. I repent for not being willing to walk on Your path and therefore finding no rest for my soul (Jeremiah 6:16).
I repent for all those in my generational line who believed that God was withholding good from them and believed that they could become like God, knowing good and evil.
I repent for all those in my generational line who rejected the law of the Lord and the testimony of His Spirit, departing from His wisdom and truth and entering the kingdom of their own soul (Psalm 19:7).
I repent for those who relied on the knowledge of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. I repent for those who relied on their own thinking.
I repent for all those in my generational line who forsook the Lord, the Fountain of Living Water and created for themselves broken cisterns that could hold no water (Jeremiah 2:13).
I reject the receiving of the seed of satan in our minds that began with the fall of man when we believed the lie that we could become like God.
I repent for rejecting our birthright of being children of the Most High God and relying upon Him.
I reject conceiving from satan's evil seed mischief, trouble, and the preparation of deception which birthed iniquity and evil intent in our generational line (Job 15:35).
Lord would You remove and seal the access the enemy gained in the womb to take us into ungodly heavenly places.
Lord would You remove and restore by the Blood of Jesus any elemental part of me, inheritance and birthright that is trapped in the second heaven or heavenly places. Lord, please close the ungodly doors to the second heaven.
I repent for all those in my family line who relied upon the natural wisdom of man and rejected the Spirit of God (I Corinthians 2:15). I choose to rely on the precepts of truth and the Spirit of God to give me the mind of Christ to direct my mind on the righteous pathway.
I reject the wisdom of man and I repent for the pride in my family line that saw the wisdom of God as foolishness. I claim the right to choose the womb of My Father, Yahweh, who through His Son, Jesus Christ, called me justified and glorified me before the foundation of the earth and before the elemental spirits were created.
I claim that my spiritual birthright is that I am conceived in love (Ephesians 1:4), that I have been given the Spirit of God who reveals wisdom to me (I Corinthians 2:10), that I have been given spiritual eyes in my heart to see the riches of His glorious inheritance (Ephesians 1:8). I claimed that I am being formed in the image of His glorious Son. I reject the seed of satan and I reject my position as a child of the father of lies and murder (John 8:44). I ask You Abba Father to close the eyes that were open when Adam and Eve partook of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
I renounce and reject any ungodly rights or authority that was given the soul to direct my mind along ungodly pathways.
I agree with God's original plan that all spiritual wisdom of good and evil originates from God's throne and is revealed to my spirit. I agree that the Holy Spirit has permission to direct my spirit and to lead my soul and body. I receive the seed of the Holy Spirit into my spirit by which power I cry, "Abba, Father."
Lord on behalf of myself and my family line I repent for questioning God's Word and therefore inviting the influence of Leviathan, the king of pride, into my life (Job 41:34).
Lord I choose to be directed by Your commandments so that You might enlarge my heart (Psalm 119:32).
I declare that my Redeemer lives and while I am yet alive I will see God for myself with my own eyes (Job 19:25-26).
I declare that my hope is in You, my Redeemer. I ask You now to restore the ancient pathways to me and shine Your light on me so that I can see You with my eyes. I ask You to restore my stolen birthright back to me, my glory and my crown.
Father I thank You that before You formed me in my mother's womb, You had predetermined my birthright, the path of glory I should walk in.
On behalf on me and my generational line I repent for and renounce rejecting the truth that You formed my inmost being and all the days preordained for me were written in Your book before they came to be.
Father on behalf of me and my generational line I repent for and renounce rejecting the ancient path that You have chosen for me to walk in.
Father on behalf of me and my generational line, I repent for and renounce listening to and aligning my thinking with the wicked. Lord, I reject them and their pursuit of bloodlust.
Father, I declare that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that You will lead me in the way everlasting. I declare that all Your works are wonderful.
Lord I agree with Your Word which says that the weapons of my warfare are not carnal but mighty through You to the pulling down of strongholds. I choose to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and I choose to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (II Corinthians 10:4-6).
Lord would You release the resurrection power of the Holy spirit to restore me to the path of Holiness. Lord would You cause your Perfect Love to run through my entire being casting out all fear. I ask the Lord to repair or replace any part of my brain or neural pathway required to establish attachment with My Heavenly Father and fellow man.
Lord would You cause me to dwell in the Secret Place of the Most High. I declare my birthright is to walk with Abba Father in the garden where I hear His voice and enjoy intimate fellowship with Him. I believe that Jesus Christ appropriated this intimacy for me when He ripped the veil in the Holy of Holies. Lord I repent for my generational line that tried to earn by works that which You had given freely by grace. Lord would You now usher me into that place of rest and perfect peace.
Jan 7, 2009
It is the time of year for New Year resolutions. Instead of the "normal" kind of resolutions such as "lose weight", "greater patience" etc, consider the following resolutions of Jonathan Edwards - the pioneer of the Great Awakening in US a few hundred years ago. They are taken from the diaried-moments of his time with the Great Creator, and Jonathan would use them regularly to check on his own spirituality.
BEING SENSIBLE THAT I AM UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING WITHOUT GOD' S HELP, I DO HUMBLY ENTREAT HIM BY HIS GRACE TO ENABLE ME TO KEEP THESE RESOLUTIONS, SO FAR AS THEY ARE AGREEABLE TO HIS WILL, FOR CHRIST' S SAKE.
Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.
1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God' s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever.
2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the aforementioned things.
3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.
4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.
5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.
8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God. July 30.
9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.
10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.
11. Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances do not hinder.
12. Resolved, if I take delight in it as a gratification of pride, or vanity, or on any such account, immediately to throw it by.
13. Resolved, to be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality.
14. Resolved, never to do any thing out of revenge.
15. Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger towards irrational beings.
16. Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.
17. Resolved, that I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
18. Resolved, to live so, at all times, as I think is best in my devout frames, and when I have clearest notions of things of the gospel, and another world.
19. Resolved, never to do any thing, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump.
20. Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance, in eating and drinking.
21. Resolved, never to do any thing, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him. (Resolutions 1 through 21 written in one setting in New Haven in 1722)
22. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.
23. Resolved, frequently to take some deliberate action, which seems most unlikely to be done, for the glory of God, and trace it back to the original intention, designs and ends of it; and if I find it not to be for God' s glory, to repute it as a breach of the 4th Resolution.
24. Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original cause; and then, both carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.
25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.
26. Resolved, to cast away such things, as I find do abate my assurance.
27. Resolved, never willfully to omit any thing, except the omission be for the glory of God; and frequently to examine my omissions.
28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
29. Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession, which I cannot hope God will accept.
30. Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.
31. Resolved, never to say any thing at all against any body, but when it is perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honor, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the golden rule; often, when I have said anything against anyone, to bring it to, and try it strictly by the test of this Resolution.
32. Resolved, to be strictly and firmly faithful to my trust, that that, in Proverbs 20:6, A faithful man who can find? may not be partly fulfilled in me.
33. Resolved, to do always, what I can towards making, maintaining, and preserving peace, when it can be done without overbalancing detriment in other respects. Dec. 26, 1722.
34. Resolved, in narrations never to speak any thing but the pure and simple verity.
35. Resolved, whenever I so much question whether I have done my duty, as that my quiet and calm is thereby disturbed, to set it down, and also how the question was resolved. Dec. 18, 1722.
36. Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call for it. Dec. 19, 1722.
37. Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent,- what sin I have committed,-and wherein I have denied myself;-also at the end of every week, month and year. Dec. 22 and 26, 1722.
38. Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord' s day. Sabbath evening, Dec. 23, 1722.
39. Resolved, never to do any thing of which I so much question the lawfulness of, as that I intend, at the same time, to consider and examine afterwards, whether it be lawful or not; unless I as much question the lawfulness of the omission.
40. Resolved, to inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking. Jan. 7, 1723.
41. Resolved, to ask myself, at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly, in any respect, have done better. Jan. 11, 1723.
42. Resolved, frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism; which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-23.
43. Resolved, never, henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God' s; agreeable to what is to be found in Saturday, January 12, 1723.
44. Resolved, that no other end but religion, shall have any influence at all on any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. January 12, 1723.
45. Resolved, never to allow any pleasure or grief, joy or sorrow, nor any affection at all, nor any degree of affection, nor any circumstance relating to it, but what helps religion. Jan. 12 and 13, 1723.
46. Resolved, never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness at my father or mother. Resolved to suffer no effects of it, so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eye: and to be especially careful of it with respect to any of our family.
47. Resolved, to endeavor, to my utmost, to deny whatever is not most agreeable to a good, and universally sweet and benevolent, quiet, peaceable, contented and easy, compassionate and generous, humble and meek, submissive and obliging, diligent and industrious, charitable and even, patient, moderate, forgiving and sincere temper; and to do at all times, what such a temper would lead me to; and to examine strictly, at the end of every week, whether I have done so. Sabbath morning. May 5, 1723.
48. Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or not; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of. May 26, 1723.
49. Resolved, that this never shall be, if I can help it.
50. Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. July 5, 1723.
51. Resolved, that I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.
52. I frequently hear persons in old age, say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. July 8, 1723.
53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer. July 8, 1723.
54. Whenever I hear anything spoken in conversation of any person, if I think it would be praiseworthy in me, Resolved to endeavor to imitate it. July 8, 1723.
55. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if, I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments. July 8, 1723.
56. Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken, my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.
57. Resolved, when I fear misfortunes and adversities, to examine whether I have done my duty, and resolve to do it, and let the event be just as providence orders it. I will as far as I can, be concerned about nothing but my duty, and my sin. June 9, and July 13 1723.
58. Resolved, not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation, but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness and benignity. May 27, and July 13, 1723.
59. Resolved, when I am most conscious of provocations to ill nature and anger, that I will strive most to feel and act good-naturedly; yea, at such times, to manifest good nature, though I think that in other respects it would be disadvantageous, and so as would be imprudent at other times. May 12, July 11, and July 13.
60. Resolved, whenever my feelings begin to appear in the least out of order, when I am conscious of the least uneasiness within, or the least irregularity without, I will then subject myself to the strictest examination. July 4, and 13, 1723.
61. Resolved, that I will not give way to that listlessness which I find unbends and relaxes my mind from being fully and fixedly set on religion, whatever excuse I may have for it-that what my listlessness inclines me to do, is best to be done, etc. May 21, and July 13, 1723.
62. Resolved, never to do anything but duty, and then according to Ephesians 6:6-8, to do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man:‹knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.Š June 25 and July 13, 1723.
63. On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true luster, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: Resolved, to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time. January 14 and July 13, 1723.
64. Resolved, when I find those groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26), of which the Apostle speaks, and thosebreakings of soul for the longing it hath, of which the Psalmist speaks, Psalm 119:20, that I will promote them to the utmost of my power, and that I will not be weary of earnestly endeavoring to vent my desires, nor of the repetitions of such earnestness. July 23, and August 10, 1723.
65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this, all my life long, viz. with the greatest openness, of which I am capable of, to declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and every thing, and every circumstance; according to Dr. Manton' s 27th Sermon on Psalm 119. July 26, and Aug.10 1723.
66. Resolved, that I will endeavor always to keep a benign aspect, and air of acting and speaking in all places, and in all companies, except it should so happen that duty requires otherwise.
67. Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what am I the better for them, and what I might have got by them.
68. Resolved, to confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore needed help. July 23, and August 10, 1723.
69. Resolved, always to do that, which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it. August 11, 1723.
70. Let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak. August 17, 1723.
Nov 28, 2008
O Lord Jesus Christ, who is like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land, you see your weak creatures weary of labor, weary of pleasure, weary of hope deferred, weary of self.
In your abundant compassion and fellow feeling with us, and with your unspeakable tenderness, bring us, we pray, to your rest.
Nov 27, 2008
O Eternal God, you have made me and sustained me; you have blessed me all the days of my life and have taken care of me through all variety of accidents.
Nothing happens to me except that which is in your will.
O let me never accuse you foolishly, nor offend you by my impatience and haughty pride, nor weaken the hands of those who minister to my needs.
Let me pass through the valley of tears and the valley of the shadow of death with safety and peace, with a meek spirit and a sense of your divine mercy.
Grant this, eternal God, gracious Father, in the name of our ever blessed Savior, Jesus.
Jeremy Taylor (1613–1667)
Nov 26, 2008
Pastor Ng Wah Lok, who is the owner of Tabernacle Music website made a review on my book "101 Things about PRAYER".
You can view it here: http://tabernaclemusic.net/index.cfm?menuid=217
Ps Wah Lok is also a renowned song-writer who has written more than a hundred Christian songs, of which many are sung in churches worldwide. The most famous song "Everytime I pray" has been translated to several languages and inspired many worshipers.
Be our Joy and Hope, our Strength and Life,
our Shield and Shepherd, our Portion forever.
For happy are we if we continue in the love in which loved us;
holy are we when we love you unwaveringly.
Therefore, you whose name and essence is love,
enkindle our hearts, enlighten our understandings,
sanctify our wills, and fill all the thoughts of our hearts;
for Jesus Christ’s sake.
Johann Arndt (1555–1621)
Nov 25, 2008
Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downward;
give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out;
give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.
Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
Nov 24, 2008
O Lord, our God, teach us, we pray, to ask rightly for the right blessings.
Steer the vessel of our soul toward your heart, the tranquil Haven of all storm-tossed souls.
Show us the way we should go. Renew a willing spirit within us.
Let your Spirit curb our wayward senses, and guide us to that which is our true good, to keep your laws, and in all our works to rejoice in your glorious and gladdening presence.
For yours is the glory and praise from all saints forever and ever.
Saint Basil (c. 330–379)
Nov 23, 2008
We resign into your hands our sleeping bodies, our cold hearths, and open doors.
Give us to awaken with smiles; give us to labor smiling.
As the sun returns in the east, so let our patience be renewed with dawn;
as the sun lightens the world, so let our loving-kindness make bright this house of our habitation.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)