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He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors
LET the word of Christ
richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one
another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness
in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.-- You
have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
You are...a royal PRIESTHOOD... that you may proclaim
the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His
marvelous light.-- You... as living stones, are being built up as a
spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.--Through Him... let us continually
offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give
thanks to His name.
My soul shall make its boast in the LORD. The humble shall hear it and
rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.
50.23. Col. 3.16, 17.--1Co. 6.20.
1Pe. 2.9.--1Pe. 2.5.--Heb. 13.15. --Ps. 34.2, 3.
Draw me after you and let us run together!
I HAVE loved you with an
everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.-- I led
them with cords of a man, with bonds of love.--And I, if I be lifted up from
the earth, will draw all men to Myself.--Behold the Lamb of God!-- As Moses
lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be
that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life.
Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And besides Thee,
I desire nothing on earth.--We love, because He first loved us.
My beloved responded and said to me, Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
and come along. For behold, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The flowers have already appeared in the land; the time has arrived for
pruning the vines, and the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our
land. The fig tree has ripened its figs, and the vines in blossom have given
forth their fragrance. Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come along!
1.4. Je. 31.3.--Ho. 11.4.--
John 12.32.--John 1.36.--John 3.14, 15.
Ps. 73.25.--1John 4.19. Song. 2.10, 11, 13.
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by F. B. Meyer
"Be content with such things as ye
have; for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."--
SUCH THINGS as ye have, plus! The
Greek literally means that there is within us an undeveloped power only
awaiting the call, and there will be enough. I may be speaking to people who
wish that they had more money, or more brains, or more influence. They dream
of the lives they would live, of the deeds they would do, if only they were
better circumstanced. But God says No! You have present within the narrow
confines of your own reach the qualities that the world is wanting. Use
them, and be content with the things that you have. You have never explored
the resources of your own soul.
"Such things as ye have"--Moses had
only a rod, but a rod with God can open the Red Sea. David had only five
pebbles, but these with God brought down Goliath. The woman had only a
little pot of oil, but that pot of oil with God paid all her debts. The poor
widow was scraping the bottom of the barrel, but with God the handful of
meal kept her child, herself, and the prophet until the rain came. The boy
had only five tiny loaves and two small fish, but with Jesus they were
enough for five thousand men, beside women and children. Estimate what you
have got, and then count God into the bargain! He never lets go your hand.
He will never leave nor forsake those that trust in Him!
Therefore be content! The most
glorious deeds that have blessed and enriched the world have not been done
by wealthy men. Our Lord had none of this world's goods; the apostles had
neither silver nor gold; Carey was only a poor cobbler; Bunyan a travelling
tinker; Wesley left two silver spoons. It is not money, but human love and
God that is needed. Therefore do not be covetous; do not hoard, but give! Be
strong and content. With good courage say: "The Lord is my Helper; I will
not fear"--for life or death, for sorrow or joy!
The soul that to Jesus has fled for
He cannot, He will not, desert to its
That soul, though all hell should
endeavour to take,
He'll never, no never, no never forsake!
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
Enemies at Peace
"When a man's ways please the LORD, He maketh even his enemies to
be at peace with him" (Proverbs 16:7).
I must see that my ways please the LORD. Even then I shall have
enemies; and, perhaps, all the more certainly because I endeavor
to do that which is right. But what a promise this is! The LORD
will make the wrath of man to praise Him and abate it so that it
shall not distress me.
He can constrain an enemy to desist from harming me, even though
he has a mind to do so. This He did with Laban, who pursued Jacob
but did not dare to touch him. Or He can subdue the wrath of the
enemy and make him friendly, as He did with Esau, who met Jacob in
a brotherly manner, though Jacob had dreaded that he would smite
him and his family with the sword. The LORD can also convert a
furious adversary into a brother in Christ and a fellow worker, as
He did with Saul of Tarsus. Oh, that He would do this in every
case where a persecuting spirit appears!
Happy is the man whose enemies are made to be to him what the
lions were to Daniel in the den, quiet and companionable! When I
meet death, who is called the last enemy, I pray that I may be at
peace. Only let my great care be to please the LORD in all things.
Oh, for faith and holiness; for these are a pleasure unto the Most
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading Evening, April 17
Ye are come to the blood of
sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”
Reader, have you come to the blood of sprinkling? The question is
not whether you have come to a knowledge of doctrine, or an
observance of ceremonies, or to a certain form of experience, but
have you come to the blood of Jesus? The blood of Jesus is the
life of all vital godliness. If you have truly come to Jesus, we
know how you came—the Holy Spirit sweetly brought you there. You
came to the blood of sprinkling with no merits of your own.
Guilty, lost, and helpless, you came to take that blood, and that
blood alone, as your everlasting hope. You came to the cross of
Christ, with a trembling and an aching heart; and oh! what a
precious sound it was to you to hear the voice of the blood of
Jesus! The dropping of his blood is as the music of heaven to the
penitent sons of earth. We are full of sin, but the Saviour bids
us lift our eyes to him, and as we gaze upon his streaming wounds,
each drop of blood, as it falls, cries, “It is finished; I have
made an end of sin; I have brought in everlasting righteousness.”
Oh! sweet language of the precious blood of Jesus! If you have
come to that blood once, you will come to it constantly. Your life
will be “Looking unto Jesus.” Your whole conduct will be
epitomized in this—“To whom coming.” Not to whom I have come, but
to whom I am always coming. If thou hast ever come to the blood of
sprinkling, thou wilt feel thy need of coming to it every day. He
who does not desire to wash in it every day, has never washed in
it at all. The believer ever feels it to be his joy and privilege
that there is still a fountain opened. Past experiences are
doubtful food for Christians; a present coming to Christ alone can
give us joy and comfort. This morning let us sprinkle our
door-post fresh with blood, and then feast upon the Lamb, assured
that the destroying angel must pass us by.
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, April 17
“We would see Jesus.”
Evermore the worldling’s cry is, “Who will show us any good?” He
seeks satisfaction in earthly comforts, enjoyments, and riches.
But the quickened sinner knows of only one good. “O that I knew
where I might find Him !” When he is truly awakened to feel his
guilt, if you could pour the gold of India at his feet, he would
say, “Take it away: I want to find Him.” It is a blessed thing for
a man, when he has brought his desires into a focus, so that they
all centre in one object. When he has fifty different desires, his
heart resembles a mire of stagnant water, spread out into a marsh,
breeding miasma and pestilence; but when all his desires are
brought into one channel, his heart becomes like a river of pure
water, running swiftly to fertilize the fields. Happy is he who
hath one desire, if that one desire be set on Christ, though it
may not yet have been realized. If Jesus be a soul’s desire, it is
a blessed sign of divine work within. Such a man will never be
content with mere ordinances. He will say, “I want Christ; I must
have him—mere ordinances are of no use to me; I want himself; do
not offer me these; you offer me the empty pitcher, while I am
dying of thirst; give me water, or I die. Jesus is my soul’s
desire. I would see Jesus!”
Is this thy condition, my reader, at this moment? Hast thou but
one desire, and is that after Christ? Then thou art not far from
the kingdom of heaven. Hast thou but one wish in thy heart, and
that one wish that thou mayst be washed from all thy sins in
Jesus’ blood? Canst thou really say, “I would give all I have to
be a Christian; I would give up everything I have and hope for, if
I might but feel that I have an interest in Christ?” Then, despite
all thy fears, be of good cheer, the Lord loveth thee, and thou
shalt come out into daylight soon, and rejoice in the liberty
wherewith Christ makes men free.
APRIL The Seventeenth
"GREAT is the Lord!” So many people have such a little God! There is
nothing about Him august and sublime. And so He is not greatly praised.
The worship is thin, the thanksgivings are scanty, the supplications are
All great saints have a great God. He fills their universe. Therefore do
they move about in a fruitful awe, and everywhere there is only a thin
veil between them and His appearing. Everywhere they discern His holy
presence, as the face of a bride is dimly seen beneath her bridal veil.
And so even the common scrub of the wilderness is aflame with sacred fire:
the humble “primrose on the rock” becomes “the court of Deity”: and the
“strength of the hills is His also”!
Yes, a great God inspires great praise, and in great praise small cares
and small meannesses are utterly consumed away. When praise is mean,
anxieties multiply. Therefore let me contemplate the greatness of God in
nature and in providence, in His power, and His holiness, and His love.
Let me “stand in awe” before His glory: and in the fruitful reverence the
soul will be moved in acceptable praise.
"Year Book" 1895
The third time He said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love
Me?" Peter replied, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I
love You!" John 21:17
You look into your life today and what do you see there? Failures,
broken purposes, promises not kept, commandments violated, purity
stained, everything sullied! Jesus comes and looks into your face,
with that calm, holy, searching gaze of His, and says, "Do you
love Me?" As you are about to answer, you think of all you have
done that has been dishonorable and sinful. You are speechless
before Him. Yet you are conscious that you do love Him; that in
your heart, beneath all your sins, failures, and faults—there is
love for Him. What a comfort it is to cast yourself on His
knowledge of what is in you! Perhaps men sneer, and say that one
who has stumbled as you have done—surely cannot love Christ. But
Christ knows the love, even amid the sins and failures.
I am glad that perfection is not the test of discipleship. We may
be full of faults. We go on stumbling every day. We do nothing
beautifully. We misrepresent the Christ whose name we bear. We
hurt the friends we want to help.
Christ knows all these sad failures. He looks at the stained
scroll we fold up at the close of the day—with the blots on it.
But while He sees the worst, He sees also the best; and He loves
on loves unto the uttermost! "Lord, You know all things; You know
that I love You!"
See these other
= command to make this privilege our practice!) 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
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
-Hindu Bengalis in Kolkota, India
Raju’s grandparents emigrated from Pakistan to India during the
partition of the subcontinent. They are known as Bangals whose
accent betrays them as immigrants. Almost to a man, the Bangals
support the red and gold East Bengal football (soccer) team.
Roquash’s ancestors, on the other hand, have lived in Kolkata for
generations. He proudly speaks Bengali the way it is supposed to
sound. And almost to a man he and his fellow Ghotis (as they are
called) stand with the green and maroon Mohun Bagan football team.
Walking as fast as they can, they join the crowd going to the
Federation Cup football match to determine the national
championship. Inside the arena they each find their own groups to
cheer on their athletes.
Both groups, Bangals and Ghotis, identify as Hindu Bengalis living
in Kolkata. This sprawling mega-city forms the home base for many
Hindu Bengalis, wherever they have spread. Within the city itself,
most of them exist with an uneasy truce between each group-a truce
that veils suspicion and prejudice.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will open up the eyes of Bengali Hindus
in Kolkata to see that God loves everybody. Pray that the many
followers of Christ in their city will bravely proclaim the gospel
and touch the hearts of leading Hindu Bengalis in Kolkata.
I Thessalonians 4:13-14, RSV
But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who
are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so,
through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen
Notice and appreciate the Lord’s gentleness in changing the term
“death” to “falling asleep.” It’s a good sleep; the saint who
“falls asleep” goes instantly to his resurrection in heaven with
God. What a hope! We don’t grieve like Hindus and Buddhists whose
religion offers no hope of a resurrection or joyful eternal life
Pray that the Lord will soon comfort the hearts of the Bengali
Hindus as they learn from local believers about the hope of the
resurrection through the sacrifice of Jesus, the true and living
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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!)
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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.
My (Our) soul cleaves
to the dust;
according to Thy word.
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