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Strength for Today

Strength for Today is a daily devotional thought penned by Victor Knowles of Peace on Earth Ministries.

MILLIONS OF SURPRISES

Victor Knowles - Wednesday, May 05, 2010

It was the Welsh poet and preacher George Herbert (1593-1633) who said, "Bibles laid open, millions of surprises." Nearly everyone I know likes a nice surprise. Just think how many nice surprises people are missing when they do not open their Bibles and read the Word of God. David declared, "Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law" (Psalm 119:18). I've written that verse in the front of my Bible. It is a good prayer to pray before you open your Bible to read, study or meditate. What rare gems and precious jewels are in your Bible awaiting your discovery? You might be surprised!




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A SUNDIAL BY MOONLIGHT

Victor Knowles - Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) said, "The Bible without the Holy Spirit is a sundial by moonlight." That is a profound thought. Many people who read the Bible have no idea that it was inspired by the Holy Spirit of God (2 Timothy 3:16). Those of us who read and study the Word of God know how much we depend upon the Holy Spirit to understand this marvelous book (1 Cor. 2:13, 14). Yes, reading the Bible apart from the Holy Spirit is like trying to read a sundial by moonlight. Thank God for His blessed Holy Spirit today!




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TO DISAPPOINT THE DEVIL

Victor Knowles - Monday, May 03, 2010
Do you ever feel like "the prince of this world" (Satan) is in total control? Sometimes when we read the papers or watch the news it seems that way. But God is still on His throne. He is the Sovereign Lord and we need to remember that. Here's another thing to remember; "Mercy imitates God, and disappoints Satan" (Chrysostom). When we are merciful to others (like God is to us) we are never more like God. We are being an imitator of God. At the same time, we are disappointing the devil. The prince of darkness wants us to act like him. He wants us to show others no mercy at all. "Blessed are the merciful" said our merciful Lord. When we do that we are imitating God and disappointing the devil. Make sure you disappoint the devil each day!


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“HERE SHE COMES!”

Victor Knowles - Sunday, May 02, 2010
April 25, 2010 marks the one-year anniversary of my father’s departure for Heaven. In his memory I offer you this wonderful illustration of death. (The composer is uncertain ~ perhaps Victor Hugo or Henry Van Dyke.)

I am standing upon that foreshore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to meet and mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!” Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large in the mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of her destination. Her diminished size is in me, and not in her.


And just at that moment, when someone says, “There! She’s gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”


Stephen looked up and saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:56). Let us look up in faith to see our Lord and our loved ones in Christ who are eagerly awaiting our arrival!



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GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

Victor Knowles - Wednesday, April 28, 2010
One of the most loved hymns of the Christian faith is “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas O. Chisholm. In the third stanza we find these words: “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!” Each weekday we hope to provide you with “Strength for Today.” It might be a passage of Scripture, a fragment of a hymn, or an inspirational quote.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Try this today. In the morning practice being joyful in hope. In the afternoon remember to be patient in affliction. In the evening be sure to be faithful in prayer. I think your day will go better.


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