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August 7

Valley of the Shadow
Bubbly, joyous, effervescent, happy, jazzed, energized, vivacious—are these words that describe the Christian experience? Or do words like serious, melancholy, contemplative, deliberate, pious, and thoughtful better capture the Christian’s spirit. Which song best characterizes the daily walk of the disciple, “I’ve got joy, joy, joy, down in my heart,” or “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty?”

Elijah probably experienced a rush of faith when he faced the prophets of Baal. The Children of Israel tried to serve both God and Baal. The prophet of the Lord challenged the prophets of Baal to a contest to show the people who they should serve. The prophets of Baal could not call down fire from heaven, but Elijah could.

Elijah’s prayer did not rhyme. He did not use beautiful metaphors. It did not sound like a litany, but God honored it! He stated his purpose: “Let it be known this day that thou art God,” his motive: “and that I am your servant, and that I have done…


August 7

Charles Wesley, 1707–1788
  So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (Acts 24:16)

  Order my footsteps by Thy Word,
  And make my heart sincere;
  Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
  But keep my conscience clear.

The Bible has much to say about the importance of a Christian having a strong “inner man” (Ephesians 3:16). For instance the word conscience appears more than 30 times throughout the New Testament. The conscience has been described as the “rudder of the soul” or the believer’s “principle within.” One of the prime responsibilities of Christian living is to keep the conscience clear as to the things of God so that we might live worthy lives before our fellowmen. But the conscience must be continually enlightened and developed by an exposure to God’s Word if it is to serve as a reliable guide for our lives. A conscience that is allowed to become hardened and insensitive to sin will ultimately lead to spiritual and …