(Over the years, we have rarely sent out a message on Sunday. I feel inclined to send this out today, however, not because Sunday is any more the Lord's day for Christians than Monday, Tuesday, etc. Every day is the Lord's day for us, and these affirmations apply to all. Oh yes, and thanks to Fred C. for inspiration regarding this. Thanks, Glen)
"The Lord's Day - An Affirmation"
This is the Lord's day. Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing else. He dwells with me as the Life of my life, the peace of my heart, the joy of my spirit, the strength of my hands, the guide of my feet, the provision for my need, the protection for my preservation, and the love that fills and fulfills every aspect of my existence.
He purposes that I honor His Son, fulfill His will, further His eternal purpose in Christ Jesus, and find the journey an adventure to enjoy amid its many challenges. He will be with me as I go, and will be awaiting me at every destination. I live for Him by living from Him. He works in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure, granting me more than enough grace to work out that which He works in.
He anticipates my temptations and challenges, assuring me that triumph is assured as I remember and affirm that I live from victory rather than for it. If I fall or fail, He will call me to arise quickly by acknowledging Christ's atonement on my behalf, admit my sin, avail myself of promised forgivenness and cleansing, affirm His mercy, and forge ahead without interruption. He will abide no crippling paralysis that might ensue if I failed to affirm the power of Christ's death, resurrection, and eternal intercession on my behalf.
He will delight in my prayers more than I will delight to pray them. He will answer according to my best interests, and the benefit of those to whom He calls me to minister. When possible, He will provide according to my desires, as wrought in my heart by the Holy Spirit. If I pray amiss, He will work to correct and redirect my understanding and response to His presence and working in my life.
He will grant me the privileged responsibility to love friend and foe, and will empower me by His love abundantly present and active in my heart through the indwelling Holy Spirit. The needs of others will be paramount, and the purest joy will flow within me as through Christ, I esteem others and their needs as more important than my own.
Finally, my Father will be that which He is, the Great Fact of my heart, life, and existence. He will live in me by His Spirit, I will live through Christ, and nothing can possibly separate me from the wonder of His love. He will meet me along every pathway, whether I see, acknowledge, or recognize Him or not, and He will be exceeding, abundantly above all I can ask or think. This is who He is. He can be no other. This is what He does. He can do no other. And this is my acceptance of the day for the glory of His Name, the day which the Lord has made. Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing else.
"To live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21).
(Psalm 118:24; Deuteronomy 30:20; Isaiah 26:3; I Peter 1:8; Psalm 144:1; Proverbs 3:5-6; Philippians 4:19; Proverbs 21:31; Romans 5:5; John 5:23; Ephesians 3:11; Philippians 4:4; Isaiah 43:2; I John 4:9; Philippians 2:12-13; I Timothy 1:4; Acts 15:18; II Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 5:14; Romans 4:8; I John 1:9; Micah 7:18; Hebrews 7;25; Proverbs 15:8; I John 5:14; II Corinthians 4:15; Proverbs 37:4; Proverbs 3:12; Galatians 6:10; Matthew 5:44; Philippians 2:3; Acts 17:28; II Corinthians 6:16; Philippians 4:13; Matthew 28:20; Ephesians 3:20-21; Romans 8:38-39; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8)
Weekly Memory Verse
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name. Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.