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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We know that
we have passed out of death into life
who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does
not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.--He who has
the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and
anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts
as a pledge.-- We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our heart before Him. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we
have confidence before God --We know that we are of God, and the whole world
lies in the power of the evil one.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, but God,
being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even
when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ
(by grace you have been saved) -- For He delivered us from the domain of
darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom we
have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
says the LORD, "Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of
death.--I will instruct you in the good and right way.--I am the way, and
the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.--Follow me.
There is a way which seems right to a man, but
its end is the way of death.--Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is
wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who
enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to
life, and few are those who find it.
A highway will be there, a roadway, and it will be
called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, but it
will be for him who walks that way, and fools will not wander on it.-- So
let us know, let us press on to know the LORD.
In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if
it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
"To every thing there is a
season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."--
DO NOT be in too great a
hurry. There is time for everything that has to be done. He who
gave you your life-work has given you just enough time to do it
in. The length of life's candle is measured out according to the
length of your required task. You must take necessary time for
meditation, for sleep, for food, for the enjoyment of human love
and friendship; and even then there will be time enough left for
your necessary duties. More haste, less speed! The feverish hand
often gives itself additional toil. "He that believeth shall not
Do not be impatient. He who
made you has prepared the successive steps along which you must
travel to realize your full human development. God knows what you
need and will bring you to its fulfilment, only you must wait His
leisure with whom a thousand years are as one day, and one day as
a thousand years. He can mature events with marvellous rapidity,
and you will find that He will perfect that which concerneth you,
so that no good thing will fail. He who feeds the wild things of
the prairie and woodland, giving to each its appropriate portion,
will not fail any one of us. He will supply us with food
convenient for us. The Creator is faithful to the creature.
Do not be cast down. Sorrow
and trial are only for a time. They have their seasons, and pass.
It is not always winter, and God puts bright and beautiful things
into our lives which we need not be afraid of enjoying, it being
understood that we do not snatch at them, or use them for our
personal pleasure alone. Everything is beautiful after its sort
and in its season, and every day has some element of goodwill in
it, but we sometimes so strain our eyes towards a distant spot on
the horizon that we miss the flowers on which we are treading.
God is in all; find Him
there! "Every good gift is from the Father of lights." They were
created that they might be received with thanksgiving, and the
altar sanctifies the gift. It is only when the gifts of God are
severed from the Giver that they do us harm (
God has set Eternity in our
heart, and man's infinite capacity cannot be filled or satisfied
with the things of time and sense (see
Cause Thy grace to abound
toward us, that we may have all sufficiency in all things, and
abound to every good work. Help us to fulfil all the duties and
responsibilities that this day may bring. AMEN.
thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at
the end of the days" (Daniel 12:13).
We cannot understand all the prophecies, but yet we regard them with
pleasure and not with dismay. There can be nothing in the Father's decree
which should justly alarm His child. Though the abomination of desolation
be set up, yet the true believer shall not be defiled; rather shall he be
purified, and made white, and tried. Though the earth be burned up, no
smell of fire shall come upon the chosen. Amid the crash of matter and the
wreck of worlds, the LORD Jehovah will preserve His own. Calmly resolute
in duty, brave in conflict, patient in suffering, let us go our way,
keeping to our road, and neither swerving from it nor loitering in it. The
end will come; let us go our way till it does. Rest will be ours, All
other things swing to and fro, but our foundation standeth sure. God rests
in His love, and, therefore, we rest in it. Our peace is, and ever shall
be, like a river. A lot in the heavenly Canaan is ours, and we shall stand
in it, come what may. The God of Daniel will give a worthy portion to all
who dare to be decided for truth and holiness as Daniel was. No den of
lions shall deprive us of our sure inheritance.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "He left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him
In contending with certain sins there remains no mode of victory
but by flight. The ancient naturalists wrote much of basilisks,
whose eyes fascinated their victims and rendered them easy
victims; so the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in solemn danger.
He who would be safe from acts of evil must haste away from
occasions of it. A covenant must be made with our eyes not even to
look upon the cause of temptation, for such sins only need a spark
to begin with and a blaze follows in an instant. Who would
wantonly enter the leper's prison and sleep amid its horrible
corruption? He only who desires to be leprous himself would thus
court contagion. If the mariner knew how to avoid a storm, he
would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it.
Cautious pilots have no desire to try how near the quicksand they
can sail, or how often they may touch a rock without springing a
leak; their aim is to keep as nearly as possible in the midst of a
This day I may be exposed to great peril, let me have the
serpent's wisdom to keep out of it and avoid it. The wings of a
dove may be of more use to me today than the jaws of a lion. It is
true I may be an apparent loser by declining evil company, but I
had better leave my cloak than lose my character; it is not
needful that I should be rich, but it is imperative upon me to be
pure. No ties of friendship, no chains of beauty, no flashings of
talent, no shafts of ridicule must turn me from the wise resolve
to flee from sin. The devil I am to resist and he will flee from
me, but the lusts of the flesh, I must flee, or they will surely
overcome me. O God of holiness preserve thy Josephs, that Madam
Bubble bewitch them not with her vile suggestions. May the
horrible trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil, never
"In their affliction they will seek me early."
Losses and adversities are frequently the means which the great
Shepherd uses to fetch home his wandering sheep; like fierce dogs
they worry the wanderers back to the fold. There is no making
lions tame if they are too well fed; they must be brought down
from their great strength, and their stomachs must be lowered, and
then they will submit to the tamer's hand; and often have we seen
the Christian rendered obedient to the Lord's will by straitness
of bread and hard labour. When rich and increased in goods many
professors carry their heads much too loftily, and speak exceeding
boastfully. Like David, they flatter themselves, "My mountain
standeth fast; I shall never be moved." When the Christian groweth
wealthy, is in good repute, hath good health, and a happy family,
he too often admits Mr. Carnal Security to feast at his table, and
then if he be a true child of God there is a rod preparing for
him. Wait awhile, and it may be you will see his substance melt
away as a dream. There goes a portion of his estate--how soon the
acres change hands. That debt, that dishonoured bill--how fast his
losses roll in, where will they end? It is a blessed sign of
divine life if when these embarrassments occur one after another
he begins to be distressed about his backslidings, and betakes
himself to his God. Blessed are the waves that wash the mariner
upon the rock of salvation! Losses in business are often
sanctified to our soul's enriching. If the chosen soul will not
come to the Lord full-handed, it shall come empty. If God, in his
grace, findeth no other means of making us honour him among men,
he will cast us into the deep; if we fail to honour him on the
pinnacle of riches, he will bring us into the valley of poverty.
Yet faint not, heir of sorrow, when thou art thus rebuked, rather
recognize the loving hand which chastens, and say, "I will arise,
and go unto my Father."
J H JOWETT
JULY The Twenty-fifth
NO TEMPLE THEREIN
“And I saw no temple therein!”
—Revelation 21:22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27.
AND that because it was all temple! “Every place was hallowed ground.”
There was no merely localized Presence, because the Presence was
universal. God was realized everywhere, and therefore the little
meeting-tent had vanished, and in place of the measurable tabernacle there
were the immeasurable and God-filled heavens.
Even here on earth I can measure my spiritual growth by the corresponding
enlargement of my temple. What is the size of my sanctuary? Am I moving
toward the time when nothing shall be particularly hallowed because all
will be sanctified? Are the six days of the week becoming increasingly
like the seventh, until people can see no difference between my Monday
manners and my Sunday mood? And how about places? Do I still speak of
“religion being religion,” and “business being business,” or is something
of the sanctuary getting into my shop, and is the exchange becoming a
side-chapel of the Temple?
“And the Lamb is the light thereof.” When we have done with the local
temple we can dispose of its candles. When we pass out of the twilight
into the morning “the stars retire.” The fore-gleams will change into the
wondrous glory of the ineffable day.
"I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The
Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars,
and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one
left, and now they are trying to kill me too." 1 Kings 19:10
There is something very pathetic in this verse. Elijah really
thought he was alone. He did not know of one other man in all the
land, who was loyal to God. This made it all the harder for him.
Companionship strengthens us. It is comparatively easy in battle
for one to march and fight in the ranks, with others all around
him; but to move out alone, old soldiers say, is a sore test of
courage. It is easy to be good, faithful, and loyal in duty,
diligent in Christian service—when one has companionship. But it
tests one's life to have to stand alone, the only Christian in the
family, the workshop, the store, the school. But many have to
stand just in this way. They are really the only one who is in
their place to stand for God. If they fail, God's work there will
But we see also the value of a single life. For years Elijah was
the only one who confessed the Lord and was faithful to him. Yet
though utterly alone, and not knowing of any others who even
secretly were true, he yet stood firm, and bravely maintained the
honor of Jehovah in the face of a whole nation. As we read the
story through to the end—we see the outcome of his faithfulness.
He alone wrought a great reformation. We sometimes find ourselves
alone—the only one to witness for Christ in the place where we
stand. If we simply stand and falter not, we shall by and by see
the triumph of that for which we stand.
= 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
July 25 -
Jinghong Nasu People
The Jinghong Nasu people live in southern Yunnan Province close to
Laos. They are also known as the beautiful feet Yi. Their
mythologies say that their origin began when three drops of blood
from a beautiful eagle fell upon a maiden weaving under a tree.
She became pregnant, and thus the Jinghong Nasu people were born.
Their numbers, 23,000, are quite small compared with other Nasu
There are sub-groups of the Nasu. Unlike the Eastern Nasu people
we prayed for yesterday, 84 percent of the Jinghong Nasu have
never heard of Jesus, so they are a largely unengaged and
unevangelized Nasu group. Although the Jinghong Nasu do not have
the historical impact of missionary evangelization that is the
case with certain other Nasu groups, there are reports of a small
number having become Christians in recent years in both Jinghong
and Menghai counties. Some may be members of the large Three-Self
congregation in Jinghong City where about 1,000 people worship.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to bless the Three-Self congregation and to give them a
vision to reach every Yi ethnic group. May God anoint special
Jinghong missionaries to reach their group with the gospel
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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