Our Daily Walk January 30

DESCENDING AND ASCENDING
“‘He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.” — Eph_4:10.
THIS IS an amazing verse! Why did our Lord descend? In the Council-Chamber of Eternity, when the creation and fall of man were foreseen, it was agreed that He should deliver man; but how could this be effected, unless He had experienced conditions of human life? Mere power, though it were that of Omnipotence, would not have availed. Even perfect love might have failed in absolute sympathy, for lack of actual experience. “Forasmuch, then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself took part in the same, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest” (Heb_2:14-17).
How low did He descend? He bowed the heavens, and came down, and darkness was under his feet. Down to the Virgin Mother and the Manger-bed; down to Joseph’s home in despised Nazareth, and the carpenter’s shop; down to hunger and thirst, to agony and bloody sweat, to the Cross and Passion; down to Death and burial even in a borrowed tomb; down to the dim shadow-world of Hades, to the spirits in prison, and if there be any lower depth, thither!
But He ascended from these low depths, with the keys of Death and Hades at His girdle. He ascended on high, leading captivity captive; and as He passed upward, He annexed each province as He went. This same Jesus who descended is now ascended, with no change in His nature, that He may fill all hearts, all lives, all homes, with the grace and love and help that He exhibited during His earthly ministry. When I saw that, only the other day, I said to myself: “Jesus Christ is literally in this room. It is true that He is at the right hand of God, but this is only to allow Him the more easily to fill my heart, my need, my life. He is the very same as when Martha and Mary welcomed Him to their home in Bethany. I will read the Gospels again, not so much as a record of the past, but as a mirror of the living present” (Heb_13:8).
Is there one person who reads this page, in loneliness, poverty, sickness, sorrow, and pain, that can fail to get this comfort? Read the Gospels again as the Diary and Day-Book of the Living Saviour! He that descended is the same also that ascended; and He ascended that He might fill the lowest depths of human need. Though ascended to the right hand of the Majesty on high, He is the same loving, tender Saviour as when the children flocked around His knees, and His tears brimmed over at the grave of His friend.
PRAYER
I bless thee, O Son of God, that there is no need for me to go up to Heaven to bring Thee down, or into Thy grave to bring Thee up. Thou art here, in this hour, and at this place. AMEN.

Day By Day By Grace

January 30
The Ability of God’s Grace
And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance. (Act_20:32)
God’s grace has such marvelous ability. It is able to give the eternal inheritance of God to His children. It is also able to build up their lives here on earth for greater service and increased fruitfulness.
It is by the grace of the Lord that we can anticipate being recipients of a heavenly inheritance. “The word of His grace, which is able to . . . give you an inheritance.” An inheritance is obtained by being born into a family. We have been born again into the family of God. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name: who were born . . . of God” (Joh_1:12-13). We who believe in Jesus are God’s children, “and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Rom_8:17). We are blessed beyond measure to know that heavenly treasures of fellowship, worship, and service await God’s children in glory above. All of these eternal riches are ours by the grace of God alone.
God’s amazing grace also has the ability to build us up as we await our inheritance here on earth below. “The word of His grace, which is able to build you up.” The Lord wants our spiritual roots of hunger and trust to be growing deep into Himself. He wants our lives to be undergoing continual construction in Christ. He wants our character to become increasingly stabilized in the faith, that is, in His word. “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith” (Col_2:6-7).
It is the will of God that we be edified. “Let all things be done for edification” (1Co_14:26). All along the way from new birth into His family until our full heavenly inheritance as His family, God desires that His children be spiritually strengthened and increasingly developed in Christian maturity.
Our ministry to one another can be an effective part of this edification process. “Let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another . . . Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification” (Rom_14:19; Rom_15:2).
It is essential to remember, however, that God’s grace is what accomplishes the building up process. “The word of His grace, which is able to build you up.”
My God and Father, I rejoice exceedingly as I think of the inheritance that You are preparing for me by Your grace. O Lord, my Strength, I need Your mighty work of grace that I might be edified myself, and be edifying to Your children. Please purge my life of any matters that are not edifying, all by the grace of Jesus, my Lord, Amen.

CHOCOLATE FOR YOUR SOUL WITH SHERI ROSE SHEPHERD – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2019

A Timely Word Can Change a Destiny…
by Sheri Rose Shepherd
One of the hardest things to do in the heat of emotion is to be fire fighter for someone who is burning out of control.

The last thing we feel like doing is the first thing we should be willing to do if we want to contain the fire and keep it from burning up all that really matters.

Stop, Drop, and Roll.

We were once taught this in school for fire emergencies but this is the very thing we can do when our Loved Ones are burning up or burning out.

Stop saying things to fuel the fire.

Drop to your knees and pray.

And roll out the red carpet. Speak Love and speak in a language that reminds the person the royalty they are in Christ.

Love fearlessly and keep watering as long as it takes until the smoke of emotion clears and you have helped them find the exit door.

Now if you’re ready, take 3 minutes and click the video link above and get ready to witness how timely words can wipe out a moment of emotion and save a life… maybe yours!

David replied to Abigail, “Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murder and from carrying out vengeance with my own hands.” — 1 Samuel 25:32-33 

C. S. LEWIS DAILY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2019

Though I do not believe (I wish I did) that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will. A man may love a woman and not win her; but it would be very odd if the phenomenon called “falling in love” occurred in a sexless world.

From The Weight of Glory
Compiled in Words to Live By

The Weight of Glory: And Other Addresses. Copyright © 1949, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1976, revised 1980 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.