MARCH 22

Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 33
     Proverbs 9
     John 12
     Ephesians 2
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
            ''While you have light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them." (John 12:36)
 
LEARNING FROM THE MOUNTAIN - LIVING IN THE VALLEY!
            Jesus has presented Himself to His disciples as the light of the world. He is indeed the brightest light that ever came into this dark world. Jesus knew that soon He would be taken from these Disciples. They were to become the lights for a dark world and Jesus desired they would shine brightly for Him.
            Jesus knew that His followers would soon be struggling in the valley. They had to remember who He was and what He had taught them if they were to shine brightly as His lights in a dark world.
            Have you been on the mountain with God? Have you experienced moments of instruction, inspiration and insight that took you higher than you have ever been before? That was a glorious time, and all of us would like to remain there on the mountaintop. Sadly, many of us are no good for the everyday world when we are not on the mountaintop. Yet, we must learn to bring our everyday life up to the standard revealed to us on the mountaintop when we were there.
            It is so important that you would never allow a feeling that was awakened in you on the mountaintop to evaporate. Too many believers have placed themselves on the shelf by thinking “this is great, I would like to stay here forever.” Act immediately - do something, even if your only reason to act is that you would rather not. If God shows you something to do in a prayer meeting, don't just say, “'I'll do it later'' - just do it!
It is time to pick yourself up by the back of the neck and shake off your fleshly laziness. Our laziness is usually based upon our daydreaming about the mountaintop experience. We must learn to live in the dark stormy valley according to what we learned in the bright sunshine on the mountain.
            Don't give up today because you have been blocked and confused before. Bum your bridges behind you, and stand committed to God by an act of your own will. Make your decisions today based on what you saw and learned on the mountain. We must all live in the valley.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            The Republic of Finland on the Continent of Europe involves 338,345 sq. km. with a population of more than 5.2 million. In Finland, Protestant churches make up 87.6% of the various denominations; however, there is a spiritual deadness here. Secular humanism has a strong influence with its attendant negative attitudes - two-thirds of Finns see life as gloomy and devoid of hope. Five out of six believe that the ordinary person's lot is continually declining. A growing interest in spiritual things could lead to another revival. In the meantime, the fastest growing groups here are Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormons.
            The largest group is Lutheran, and they serve as an umbrella for a large number of autonomous fellowships, revivals, prayer groups, and missions. The free churches, both Pentecostal, and non-Pentecostal, are relatively small but spiritually vigorous and growing. Charismatic renewal has had a marked impact. Pray for greater unity in cooperation with evangelism and missions among these various bodies, and between the free churches and Lutherans. This is probably the greatest need if you were to focus on one area of prayer today.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
            “I'll give you opportunity to prove that you can fly, and then a final chance to see if you will fly or die. I'd rather rugged, jagged rocks would claim you as their own, than bear the taunts, jeers, and marks that say you've never flown. But fly you must, and fly you will, and conquer gravity, and know the zephyr's golden thrill, and fly for all to see. My eagle son, this word I give - keep looking to the sky; for though an eagle flies to live...an eagle lives to fly."
Taken from the poem “Eagle Free” by Bill Harvey