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Streams in the Desert – December 15

Streams in the Desert – December 15

Trust in him. (Psalm 37: 5) The word “trust” is the heart of faith and is the Old Testament word given to the infant, or early, stages of faith. The word “faith” conveys more an act of the will, while the word “belief” conveys an act of the mind or intellect, but...

Streams in the Desert – December 14

Streams in the Desert – December 14

One of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray. . . .” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “. . . Your kingdom come.” (Luke 11: 1– 2) When one of the disciples said, “Teach us to pray,” the Lord raised His eyes to the far horizon of His Father’s world. He...

Streams in the Desert – December 13

Streams in the Desert – December 13

I will give you the treasures of darkness. (Isaiah 45: 3) In the famous lace shops of Brussels, there are special rooms devoted to the spinning of the world’s finest lace, all with the most delicate patterns. The rooms are kept completely dark, except for the light...

Streams in the Desert – December 12

Streams in the Desert – December 12

I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4: 6– 7) Just as old soldiers compare their battle scars and stories of war when they...

Streams in the Desert – December 11

Streams in the Desert – December 11

Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. . . . May the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion. (Psalm 134: 1, 3) You may see this as a strange time to worship—“ minister[ ing] by night in the house...

Streams in the Desert – December 10

Streams in the Desert – December 10

If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings,...

Streams in the Desert – December 9

Streams in the Desert – December 9

Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4: 17) The question is often asked, “Why is human life drenched in so much blood and soaked with so many tears?” The answer is found in the word...

Streams in the Desert – December 8

Streams in the Desert – December 8

As God’s chosen people . . . clothe yourselves with . . . kindness. (Colossians 3: 12) There is an old story of an elderly man who always carried a little can of oil with him everywhere he went, and when he would go through a door that squeaked, he would squirt a...

Streams in the Desert – December 7

Streams in the Desert – December 7

You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also hand Moab over to you. (2 Kings 3: 17– 18) To human reason, what God was...

Streams in the Desert – December 6

Streams in the Desert – December 6

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. (Revelation 3: 11) George Mueller, a leader among the Plymouth Brethren, once shared this testimony: “In July 1829 it pleased God to reveal to my heart the truth regarding the return of...