Ardith Keef Daily Devotional

The Cross:

     There is a popular form of Christianity today that promotes the Christian experience and wants the Believer to feel spiritual and powerful.

          The Bible does not teach us to live a Christian life of feeling or spiritualized experiences.  The Bible teaches me to take up The Cross and follow hard after Him.

     Of course we are beings with feelings.  This is not to imply that maturity equals immunity to feeling, or that experienceing Him is a weakness. 

     The Cross is the place of the death of the flesh.  The Cross is the place where the Believer longs to learn to be a Living Sacrifice.   There must be the affirmative act of daily telling the Lord He can do anything He wants to with ort lives.  The Cross is where we see Jesus.

     The Soldier of The Cross has decided the Lord is His life and He wants to be like Him.

     Those who are following after Him are those who want to be changed.   They do experience Him, but not in such a way as it often taught.

     One who wants to be a Livoing Sacrifice is not going to feel powerful.  The Power may flow through him or her, but  wanting to feel powerful is a seduction the enemy uses.

    Soldier, we keep our eyes on him.  We must about Him.  Memorize His Word.  Seek out those who crave and follow Him.

     We pray to learn to lay our lives down for the Brethren.

     It's not about how I feel.  It's about Obedience and learning to recognize and follow Him.  It's about others.

     Tell Him you are available to His Way.
     Today.  Aloud.
     He hears and He answers.

    

   

 

 

 

 

Closed Doors:

     Lord, I want to deliberately  and affirmatively thank you for the doors you have closed.

     I have tried so hard to do the things from which you have protected me. 
As I look back, I see you have sheltered me from paths that would have led away from Life.

     Again this morning, Oh, Lord, I yield to you completely and ask that you do anything in the deepest places of my heart, to change me into your likeness.

     My Lord and my God.
    

    

Always Something:

     There is always something.

     It's natural to crave calm and even scramble for calm when things are awry, when someone misbehaves, or when there is illness.  The soul screams for truth and justice when there is false accusation or misunderstanding.  It is like an invisible infection when a child is self-destructive.

     The natural thing is to writhe and buy into the illusion that there can be no peace until there is calm all around.

     It is supernatural to live and walk in the Sabbath Rest.

       For the one who has once entered His rest has also rested from [the  weariness and pain of] his [human] labors, just as God rested from [those labors uniquely] His own.  Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience [as those who died in the wilderness].

       Hebrews 4: 10-11 (Amplified)

     Satan is a drama queen.  He loves to get things stirred up, and  we are remarkably quick to rush in and try to fix everything.   If we can't fix it, we have to rehash the problem over and over either aloud or in thought.

     The earth is travailing and groaning, waiting for His coming.  Until He reigns on this earth,  there will always, always be something standing in the way of circucmstances remaining as we think they should be.

     The Soldier of The Cross who enters the Sabbath Rest is the one who determines in prayer he or she will be a Psalm 91 Soldier and dwell in the Secret Place of The Most High.  There, that Soldier is an observer only.

     It's true.   There is a Place to experience His Shelter.  The doorway is obedient prayer and the desire to look up, rather than agonizing over all things around.

     Tell Him.    Walk in the Light. 
     Tell Him aloud.
      
 

Dread:

     We who are His must govern our thoughts according to His Word.

     What is dread?  It the negative  fantasy of the thing that has not happened.  We are so sure we know how it will go.  We can hear the words.  We can feel the pain.  It has happened so many times.  Or perhaps it has never happened, and this is the unknown.

     Soldier, remember the children's chorus?

         My Lord know the way thru the wilderness -
         All I have to do is follow;
         My Lord knows the way thru the wilderness -
         All I have to do is follow.
         Strength for today is mine all the way,
         And all I need for tomorrow;
         My Lord knows the way thru the wilderness -
         All I have to do is follow.

     Is it true or not?  Has He promised to lead us through even the Valley of the Shadow of Death?

     The battle is in the mind, which wants to go over and over and over what might happen.

     Soldier of The Cross,  live for Him today.  Tomorrow is another today.    We never have to live in tomorrows.

     Underneath are the Everlasting Arms.  Run to Him now.
     Aloud.

   

Allowing Him to do What He Wills:

     Flame of God,  by Amy Carmichael:

     

     From prayer that asks that I may be
     Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
     From fearing when I should aspire,
     From faltering when I should climb higher
     From silken self, O Captain, free
     Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

     From subtle love of softening things,
     From easy choices, weakenings,
     (Not thus are spirits fortified,
     Not this way went the Crucified)
     From all that dims Thy Calvary
     O Lamb of God, deliver me.

     Give me the love that leads the way,
     The faith that nothing can dismay
     The hope no disappointments tire,
     The passion that will burn like fire;
     Let me not sink to be a clod;
     Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God
 

  

He Understands:

     We sometimes pray as though He doesn't understand.

 

     Remember, He is gracious. He who is our Advocate has tasted the gambit of human pain, sorrow  and fear.

 

     Soldier of The Cross,  He eagerly welcomes your prayer.  He is a Listener beyond description.  And, He has made a Place for you that will lift you beyond all agony, into his Presence forever.

 

     It's just that we have to take His Word for it.  Whatever He allows now is in preparation for our eternal delight and Victory.

 

     Pray in trust, not distrust.
     Aloud.  Today.

 

 

Knowing Nothing:

     Lord,  tonight I come before you and agree with Paul - I know nothing.  I am nothing, and I possess nothing. 

     The most wonderful thing is, you have scooped me up from the quicksand of this world, and have placed me in the Cleft of The Rock.

     So Lord, tonight as I stand before The Throne, I am asking you to change me.  With all my heart, I bring to you Romans 12, so it must be possible.  I do want to be a Living Sacrifice.

     I want to be like you, and I know the process is painful.  I also know from your Word, transformation means walking in The Light and seeing your Glory.

     Please take my life and do as you will.  Anything.  Anything

      My Lord and my God!   

Taking The Land:

     Most situations are not solved in an instant.
 
     When He came to die for us, He came as a babe, and it took years. And, in the end, it didn't look good to anyone other than those who knew Him.
 
     Soldier of The Cross, one of the most important lessons you can learn is this:  He designed time in order to prepare us for Eternity.   Albeit there are some instant healings, they are rare.  The way He works usually takes time and always takes yieldedness.
 
     Your protection is in prayer.  And the good thing is, you can't say it if you don't mean it.   You must tell Him you will submit.  You must tell Him His time is different than the screaming need of your desire to get this done.    You must tell Him you will agree with Him and that you want to be changed.
 
     There is nothing else.  It is simple.  It feels complicated.  For His Own,  it is simple.  We are His and it is about His preparing us for eternity.
 
     Oh, Soldier!    Please!  He who hold the stars in place wants to change you into his Likeness.
 
     Agree with God.  Tell Him
     Today.
     Aloud.
 

Control:

     Soldier of The Cross,  the biggest struggle of the flesh, and the best strategy of the enemy is to get you to try to be in control.
 
     You see clearly what needs to be done, and you know just how to do it.  The problem is, you are not the one who can do it. It is someone else who must do it - perhaps a spouse or a friend.  It seems so obvious to you.  Why can he not see what he has to do?  And why can't he hear you when you tell him?
 
     What about your own issues?   Does everything have to be fixed now?
 
     Soldier, if you are really going to follow the Lord and not just talk about it, you must first back off and pray.  Really pray, not just think about it and say you are praying about it.   And, most of the time, praying about a matter means prevailing prayer, not just a lick-and-a -promise prayer.
 
     Praying about the matter lets the Soldier into the Light.  There is sight and when there is sight, there is wisdom.  Wisdom involves timing, and much of the time, waiting.
 
     Oh, Soldier, please.  Wait on the Lord.  He has never let anyone down.  It is the flesh, so wanting the answer now.  Control now.  And the enemy loves to pour oil on the scalding fire of hurry.
 
     We know so little.  We have so much.  The Light of his Word, the Indwelling Holy Spirit, and the promise of answered prayer.
 
     Buck up.  Take it to Him.  After all, anything else falls short of the thing you really want to see - The Lord of All.
 
     Tell Him.  today.
     Aloud.

Moving On:

     Soldier of The Cross,  do not decide for yourself what the New Year will hold.
 
     According to His Word, we must resolve to trust and obey.  Love wins us, motivates us, heals us and empowers us.
 
     Let this year be the Year of Prayer;
     The year of yieldedness;
     The year of letting Him make the deepest changes in us;
     The year of scalding,  cauterizing Love;
     The year of Learning to Lean.
 
     Soldier of The Cross, stand before Him and let him know, and do it aloud.
     Now.

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