We have been "bought with a price" to be "ambassadors
for Christ" and our "salvation is nearer to us than when we believed" so
let us "cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God" "so that when He appears, we may
have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming."
(1Cor 6:20, 2Cor 5:20, Ro 13:11, 2Cor 7:1, 1Jn 2:28, All)
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Oh that Thou
wouldst bless me indeed ...and that Thou wouldst keep me from harm...
and God granted him what he requested.
blessing of the LORD ...makes rich and He adds no sorrow to it.-- When He
keeps quiet, who then can condemn? And when He hides His face, who then can
Salvation belongs to the LORD. Thy blessing
be upon Thy people!-- How great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast stored up
for those who fear Thee, which Thou hast wrought for those who take refuge
in Thee before the sons of men! -- I do not ask Thee to take them out of the
world, but to keep them from the evil one.
Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek,
and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who
asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be
opened. -- The LORD redeems the soul of His servants and none of those who
take refuge in Him will be condemned.
It is a night
to be observed for the LORD for having brought them out from the land
Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread and when He had
given thanks, He broke it, and said, This is My body, which is for you; do
this in remembrance of Me. In the same way He took the cup also, after
supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often
as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.
He... knelt down and began to pray... and
being in agony He was praying very fervently and His sweat became like drops
of blood, falling down upon the ground.
It was the day of preparation for the
Passover; it was about the sixth hour... They took Jesus... and He went out,
bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull ...Golgotha.
There they crucified Him. -- Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
Let us therefore celebrate the feast
"For as the body without the spirit
is dead, so faith without works is. dead also."-- Jam 2:26.
JAMES IS described as "the Lord's
brother" in Gal 1:19. He was surnamed "the Just," and was much
respected beyond the limits of the Christian Church for his saintly life.
While St. Paul deals specially with doctrine, James is concerned with
practice; Paul expounds the wonderful significance of Christ's death and
resurrection; James expounds the teaching of our Lord, especially in the
Sermon on the Mount. Paul insists on faith as the means of justification
before God; James lays stress on the works to which faith must lead.
It seems likely that James had seen
Paul's Epistles, for he uses so many of the same phrases and examples, and
probably set himself to combat those who abused the teaching of the great
Apostle. There were plenty in his time who believed about Christ, and
prided themselves in the orthodoxy and accuracy of their creed; and James
maintains that this is not sufficient to save the soul.
As far as orthodoxy goes, no creed
can be more absolutely orthodox than that held by evil spirits.
Repeatedly, during our Lord's life, they acknowledged that He was the Holy
One of God, but their belief had no effect on their character; it only
filled them with fear and dread James 2:19).
"Faith without works is dead." It is
good to test ourselves. We must see to it that our heart is pure and our
way absolutely transparent. In our dealings with those around us, we must
always seek to realize our highest conceptions of love and duty. Even when
our efforts of goodwill and affection are not reciprocated, we must never
lower the high standard of our action, but always keep before us the
conception of our Saviour's life in the Home at Nazareth. Be merciless to
yourself, but always merciful to others, always bearing the burdens of
those around you, always moderating your pace to the weak and weary, as
Greatheart did for the pilgrims. Even Rahab was justified by a faith which
wrought itself out in beautiful and unselfish action (James 2:25;
Heb 11:31). Remember our Lord's words in Mt 7:20-21.
Help us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to
add to our faith, brotherly kindness, and pardon the unkind word or
impatient gesture; the hard and selfish deed, the failure to give kindly
help where we had the opportunity. Enable us so to live that we may daily
do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow and need, and add to the
sum of human happiness. AMEN.
"Be ye also
patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the LORD draweth nigh"
The last word in the Canticle of love is, "Make haste, my beloved," and
among the last words of the Apocalypse we read, "The Spirit and the Bride
say, Come"; to which the heavenly Bridegroom answers, "Surely I come
quickly." Love longs for the glorious appearing of the LORD and enjoys
this sweet promise - "The coming of the LORD draweth nigh." This stays our
minds as to the future. We look out with hope through this window. This
sacred "window of agate" lets in a flood of light upon the present and
puts us into fine condition for immediate work or suffering. Are we tired?
Then the nearness of our joy whispers patience. Are we growing weary
because we do not see the harvest of our seed-sowing? Again this glorious
truth cries to us, "Be patient." Do our multiplied temptations cause us in
the least to waver? Then the assurance that before long the LORD will be
here preaches to us from this text, "Stablish your hearts." Be firm, be
stable, be constant, "stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work
of the LORD." Soon will you hear the silver trumpet which announces the
coming of your King. Be not in the least afraid. Hold the fort, for He is
coming; yea, He may appear this very day.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "Art thou become like unto us?"
What must be the apostate professor's doom when his naked soul
appears before God? How will he bear that voice, "Depart, ye
cursed; thou hast rejected me, and I reject thee; thou hast played
the harlot, and departed from me: I also have banished thee
forever from my presence, and will not have mercy upon thee." What
will be this wretch's shame at the last great day when, before
assembled multitudes, the apostate shall be unmasked? See the
profane, and sinners who never professed religion, lifting
themselves up from their beds of fire to point at him. "There he
is," says one, "will he preach the gospel in hell?" "There he is,"
says another, "he rebuked me for cursing, and was a hypocrite
himself!" "Aha!" says another, "here comes a psalm-singing
Methodist--one who was always at his meeting; he is the man who
boasted of his being sure of everlasting life; and here he is!" No
greater eagerness will ever be seen among Satanic tormentors, than
in that day when devils drag the hypocrite's soul down to
perdition. Bunyan pictures this with massive but awful grandeur of
poetry when he speaks of the back-way to hell. Seven devils bound
the wretch with nine cords, and dragged him from the road to
heaven, in which he had professed to walk, and thrust him through
the back-door into hell. Mind that back-way to hell, professors!
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith." Look well to
your state; see whether you be in Christ or not. It is the easiest
thing in the world to give a lenient verdict when oneself is to be
tried; but O, be just and true here. Be just to all, but be
rigorous to yourself. Remember if it be not a rock on which you
build, when the house shall fall, great will be the fall of it. O
may the Lord give you sincerity, constancy, and firmness; and in
no day, however evil, may you be led to turn aside.
"Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
2 Peter 1:4
Vanish forever all thought of indulging the flesh if you would
live in the power of your risen Lord. It were ill that a man who
is alive in Christ should dwell in the corruption of sin. "Why
seek ye the living among the dead?" said the angel to Magdalene.
Should the living dwell in the sepulchre? Should divine life be
immured in the charnel house of fleshly lust? How can we partake
of the cup of the Lord and yet drink the cup of Belial? Surely,
believer, from open lusts and sins you are delivered: have you
also escaped from the more secret and delusive lime-twigs of the
Satanic fowler? Have you come forth from the lust of pride? Have
you escaped from slothfulness? Have you clean escaped from carnal
security? Are you seeking day by day to live above worldliness,
the pride of life, and the ensnaring vice of avarice? Remember, it
is for this that you have been enriched with the treasures of God.
If you be indeed the chosen of God, and beloved by him, do not
suffer all the lavish treasure of grace to be wasted upon you.
Follow after holiness; it is the Christian's crown and glory. An
unholy church! it is useless to the world, and of no esteem among
men. It is an abomination, hell's laughter, heaven's abhorrence.
The worst evils which have ever come upon the world have been
brought upon her by an unholy church. O Christian, the vows of God
are upon you. You are God's priest: act as such. You are God's
king: reign over your lusts. You are God's chosen: do not
associate with Belial. Heaven is your portion: live like a
heavenly spirit, so shall you prove that you have true faith in
Jesus, for there cannot be faith in the heart unless there be
holiness in the life.
"Lord, I desire to live as one
Who bears a blood-bought name,
As one who fears but grieving thee,
And knows no other shame."
J H JOWETT
JUNE The Twenty-sixth
CRUCIFYING THE FLESH
“Arm yourselves likewise with the same mind.”
—1Peter 4:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
LET not the body be dominant, but the soul. Let me study the example and
counsel of the Apostle Paul.
“I keep my body under.” Literally, I pummel it! If it is obtrusive and
aggressive, its appetites clamouring for supremacy, I pummel it! Paul was
not afraid of severe measures where carnality was concerned. He would fast
a whole day in order to put the flesh in its place. And so should it be
with all the Lord’s children. We are too self-indulgent. It is well at
times to put the body on the cross, and crucify its cravings.
“Give no occasion to the flesh.” Do not give it a chance of mastery! And,
therefore, do not feed it with illicit thought. Turn the mind away from
the subjects in which the body will find exciting stimulant. It is thought
which awakes passion, and thought can do much to destroy it. “Set your
mind on things which are above.” Keep the mind pure, and the swine will
never enter the holy place.
"As a man thinks in his heart—so is he." Proverbs 23:7
Our thoughts make us. They are the silent builders on the 'temple
of character' which we are constructing. They give color and form
to the whole building. If we think purely and truly, we are
rearing up a holy fabric. If our thoughts are evil, the fabric
that is rising within us is blemished.
The inner and the outer life will always correspond in the end. A
bad heart—will work through to the surface. If a man's life is
righteous, you know his thoughts are holy. Unholy thoughts will
never yield righteousness in conduct.
Thoughts seem mere nothings; flecks of cloud flying through the
air; flocks of birds flitting by, and gone. But they are the most
real things about our life. All things we do—are thoughts first.
Our thoughts fly out like birds, and take their place in the
world. Then our heart is still their home-nest, where they will
return at last to dwell.
= command to make this privilege our practice enabled to
do so by the Holy Spirit!) for
yourselves treasure in heaven (cp Mt 6:20-note,
1Th 2:19, 20-note,
Lk 10:2, Col 4:2,3-note,
2Th 3:1, Rev 7:9-note)
We will do much of what we do on earth in heaven, but
one thing we cannot do is share the Gospel and intercede
for souls to be saved. Beloved, let this sobering truth
cause us to
redeem the time,
making the most of the opportunities we have today to
intercede for these innumerable souls who have never
heard the Gospel or the Name of Jesus.
Pray for the unreached people groups.
Global Prayer Digest
Unreached People Group of the Day.
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
June 26 -
Work Among the Tausug People
Matthew 28:18-20, NET. Therefore, go and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and
the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded
you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Jesus told us to “disciple” nations and “teach them to obey
everything” He commanded. How do we know when we have finished the
job? In the last 40 years, we have tried to define what is a
nation, and when it is actually discipled, or reached.
In the last two days we have prayed for Muslim Tausug people. They
have churches, and sometimes they are being violently persecuted
by Muslim separatist rebels. They have numerous ways to hear the
basic message: Global Recordings, the JESUS Film, and God’s Story.
About two percent of them are some type of Christian which
includes people who profess to be Catholic, but continue to
worship traditional spirits.
As people groups go, the Tausugs are not far from becoming reached
with the gospel. There are those who are doing church planting and
pastoral training among them, according to Christian Aid Mission.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring about a Christ-ward movement
among the Tausug that will result in them being discipled as a
nation. Pray for more Bible teachers and disciplers to work among
the Tausug people in the next five years. Pray for the Tausugs to
have faith to believe that Jesus died for their sins.
centered daily devotionals -- use it to prompt
but not to
replace your time in the pure milk of the Word -- for that
is the primary source for spiritual growth -- Never read
the devotionals and fail to read the living and active
Word of Truth and Life (1Peter 2:2 = "by it [pure Word]
you grow in respect to salvation," Mt 4:4, Jer 15:16)
Restore us, O God of our
salvation, and cause Your indignation toward us to cease. Will You
be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all
generations? Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your
people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD,
and grant us Your salvation.
O God, restore us And cause
Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. O LORD God of
hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?
Bryon Paulus, director
of Life Action Ministries, has said our greatest obstacle for
revival is failure to pray, to plead, to intercede, to cry out.
Leonard Ravenhill summed it up...
doesn't need to pray. The self-sufficient doesn't want to
self-righteous cannot pray!
Paulus commented: "Those three
principles apply to revival: We are so self-satisfied that
we don't want revival, so
self-sufficient that we think we don't need revival, and so
self-righteous that we can't have revival." (Ouch!)
May God Grant Us
While we still have time!
God addressed Israel
in the following famous passage but the timeless principle is
apropos to believers in America ...
If I shut up the heavens so
that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the
land, or if I send pestilence among My people,
and My people who are called by My name humble themselves
and pray, and seek My face and turn from
their wicked ways,
then I will hear
from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal
their land. (2Chr 7:13, 14)
J. Barton Payne writes that
"This great verse, the best known in all Chronicles, expresses as
does no other in Scripture God’s requirement for national
blessing, whether in Solomon’s land, in Ezra’s, or in our own.
Those who believe must forsake their sins, turn from the life that
is centered in self, and yield to God’s word and will. Then, and
only then, will heaven send revival."
May God grant His children
grace to plead for a Spirit driven, God glorifying, Word centered,
Christ exalting revival of the Body of Christ in America.
First of all, then, I urge that
entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on
behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in
order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness
and dignity. (1Ti 2:1,2)
Our Heavenly Father
desires to hear His children cry out with "fasting, sackcloth and
ashes" (Da 9:3), reflecting not the external appearance of our
bodies, but more accurately the internal condition of our hearts -
sinful (Da 9:5 - "we" not "they"!), rejecting His Holy Word
(Da 9:6-"we"), shameful (Da 9:8-"us"), contrite, and
broken (Ps 51:17), over our national rejection of God's righteous
and holy Name...
Daniel's prayer (Da 9:3,
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) is an
excellent "template" for all saints to emulate as we begin to
intercede with a sense of urgency for
America and especially for God's Name and reputation considering
that the world thinks of us as a "Christian nation" and we once
called ourselves "One Nation Under God"!
Matthew Henry's comments
on Lev 26:40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 (directed first to Israel but
applicable to any nation that rejects Him)
Among the Israelites, persons
were not always prosperous or afflicted according to their
obedience or disobedience. But national prosperity was the
effect of national obedience, and national judgments
were brought on by national wickedness. Israel was under a
National wickedness will end
in the ruin of any people,
especially where the Word of God and the light of the Gospel are
Sooner or later, sin will be
the ruin, as well as the reproach, of every people.
Oh that, being humbled for
we might avert the rising storm before it bursts upon us!
(Note: Henry's comments
were published in 1706 and national revival, the
First Great Awakening,
occurred in the 1730's and 1740's! Brethren, there is hope because
there is a "God of hope"! Ro 15:13)
God grant that we may, in this
consider the things which belong to our eternal peace.
Righteousness exalts a
But sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34
My (Our) soul cleaves
to the dust; Revive
according to Thy word.
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