Encouragement for a lifelong journey of faith

Category: A Testament of Devotion (Page 2 of 2)

May 17 — persistent practice

Today’s Bible Reading and an Excerpt

2 John

Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist.

More thoughts for meditation

There is a great deal of turmoil in our country and around the world right now, especially politically. When chaos abounds we may momentarily lose our center in Christ. This week let’s use the simple letter from John the Elder to remind us of who we are.

“How, then, shall we lay hold of that Life and Power, and live the life of prayer without ceasing? By quiet, persistent practice in turning of all our bring, day and night, in prayer and inward worship and surrender, toward Him who calls in the deeps of our souls. Mental habits of inward orientation must be established. An inner, secret turning to God can be made fairly steady, after weeks and months and years of practice and lapses and failures and returns.”

Thomas R. Kelly, A Testament of Devotion

The depths of the Water stage aren’t always new, profound truths previously unknown. Rather, they are often simple truths more deeply experienced. Try reading the whole book (it’s just one chapter) every day this week. Focus in on the excerpt above. Read it several times and take an extended rest with these words. Read them slowly. Let them sit in you as you sit with them.

Suggestion for Action

Finally, receive the words from John the Elder as words from someone who experienced “water” himself. Receive this promise as you enter your day. Consider the little actions of secretly turning your heart God-ward through your day today. Take these words in.

Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

May 16 – responder

Today’s Bible Reading and an Excerpt

2 John

How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.

I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning.

More thoughts for meditation

There is a great deal of turmoil in our country and around the world right now, especially politically. When chaos abounds we may momentarily lose our center in Christ. This week let’s use the simple letter from John the Elder to remind us of who we are.

“You who read these words already know this inner Life and Light. For by this Light within you, is your recognition given. In this humanistic age we suppose we are the initiators and God is the responder. But the Living Christ within us is the initiator and we are the responders. God the Lover, the accuser, the revealer of light and darkness presses within us. “Behold I stand at the door and knock.” And all our apparent initiative is already a response, a testimonial to his secret presence and working within us.”

Thomas R. Kelly, A Testament of Devotion

The depths of the Water stage aren’t always new, profound truths previously unknown. Rather, they are often simple truths more deeply experienced. Try reading the whole book (it’s just one chapter) every day this week. Focus in on the excerpt above. Read it several times and take an extended rest with these words. Read them slowly. Let them sit in you as you sit with them.

Suggestion for Action

Finally, receive the words from John the Elder as words from someone who experienced “water” himself. Receive this promise as you enter your day.

I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another.

May 15 – time-torn lives

Today’s Bible Reading and an Excerpt

2 John

This letter is from John, the elder.

I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth— because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.

Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.

More thoughts for meditation

There is a great deal of turmoil in our country and around the world right now, especially politically. When chaos abounds we may momentarily lose our center in Christ. This week let’s use the simple letter from John the Elder to remind us of who we are.

“Eternity is in our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home unto Itself.”   Thomas R. Kelly, A Testament of Devotion

The depths of the Water stage aren’t always new, profound truths that are previously unknown. Rather, they are often simple truths more deeply experienced. Try reading the whole book (it’s just one chapter) every day this week. Focus in on the excerpt above. Read it several times and take an extended rest with these words. Read them slowly. Let them sit in you as you sit with them.

Suggestion for Action

Finally, receive the words from John the Elder as words from someone who experienced “water” himself. Receive this promise as you enter your day.

Grace, mercy, and peace will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.

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