Mission Devotional - July 16, 2017
"They gathered manna every morning."
Today's Devotional Reading
Labour to maintain a sense of thine entire dependence upon the Lord's good will and pleasure for the continuance of thy richest enjoyments. Never try to live on the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, or thou art undone for ever. Old anointings will not suffice to impart unction to thy spirit; thine head must have fresh oil poured upon it from the golden horn of the sanctuary, or it will cease from its glory. To-day thou mayest be upon the summit of the mount of God, but he who has put thee there must keep thee there, or thou wilt sink far more speedily than thou dreamest. Thy mountain only stands firm when he settles it in its place; if he hide his face, thou wilt soon be troubled. If the Saviour should see fit, there is not a window through which thou seest the light of heaven which he could not darken in an instant. Joshua bade the sun stand still, but Jesus can shroud it in total darkness. He can withdraw the joy of thine heart, the light of thine eyes, and the strength of thy life; in his hand thy comforts lie, and at his will they can depart from thee. This hourly dependence our Lord is determined that we shall feel and recognize, for he only permits us to pray for "daily bread," and only promises that "as our days our strength shall be." Is it not best for us that it should be so, that we may often repair to his throne, and constantly be reminded of his love? Oh! how rich the grace which supplies us so continually, and doth not refrain itself because of our ingratitude! The golden shower never ceases, the cloud of blessing tarries evermore above our habitation. O Lord Jesus, we would bow at thy feet, conscious of our utter inability to do anything without thee, and in every favour which we are privileged to receive, we would adore thy blessed name and acknowledge thine unexhausted love. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning & Evening: Daily Readings
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Leoma Gilley is retiring this September after 35 years of Bible translation work in Africa, serving most recently as Director of Training in Africa for SIL (Wycliffe's Bible Translator's sister organization). Leoma is in Nairobi, Kenya, this month teaching orthography to 30 students from Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Namibia, Botswana, Cameroon and Togo. Pray today for Leoma as well as for these students as they complete their studies with this session. Pray that she and her assistant will completely recover from a recent illness.
CSPC has planted a church in the Bearden area of Knoxville. New Life Gathering is led by CSPC Associate Pastor Scott Jackson. They meet on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at 6800 Baum Drive. Pray today for Scott and other church leaders as they seek to serve those in Knoxville who might not be drawn to a traditional church setting. Their mission statement is "We exist to build a family of passionate followers of Jesus who make a difference through loving, serving, and creating new opportunities for people from all walks of life to belong in the kingdom of God."