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The fruit of the Spirit is . . .
THE afflicted...shall increase their gladness in the LORD, And the needy of
mankind shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel -- Unless you are converted
and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever
then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of
heaven --The imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is
precious in the sight of God.-- Love does not brag and is not arrogant.
gentleness.--Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and
humble in heart --He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open
His mouth. Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is
silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.--Christ also
suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, WHO
COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH and while being
reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no
threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously
Ga 5.22, 23. Is. 29.19.--Mt.
1Pe. 3.4.--1Co. 13.4. 1Ti. 6.11.--
Mt. 11.29.--Is. 53.7.--1Pe. 2.21, 22, 23.
anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross daily, and follow Me
glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report --All all who desire to
live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.--The stumbling block of the
Am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would
not be a bond-servant of Christ.
If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the
Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. By no means let any of you suffer
as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if
anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name
let him glorify God.
To you it
has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to
suffer for His sake -- One died for all, therefore all died and He died for
all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him
who died and rose again on their behalf -- If we endure, we shall also reign
Lk 9.23. 2Co.
Ga. 5.11. Ga 1.10. 1Pe 4.14, 15, 16.
Php 1.29.--2Co. 5.14, 15.--2Ti. 2.12.
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by F. B. Meyer
"Keep (guard) thy heart above
all that thou guardest: For out of it are the issues of life."--
in depth discussion
SAID PETER to our Lord, "Spare
Thyself this death of which Thou speakest--this bitter suffering and
anguish shall never be Thine!"
These words are continually spoken
still, and many are the voices that bid us spare ourselves--the voices of
our friends who love us; the voices of prudence and worldly wisdom; the
voices of our own wayward hearts.
Do not spare your judgment of
yourself. Never permit yourself to do things which you would be the first
to condemn in others. Never suppose that there are reasons for you to do a
wrong, which, under no circumstances would you tolerate in your neighbor.
Do not spare yourself in confessing
your sins and mistakes. Confession is one of the tests of nobility. Not a
few are willing to confess to God, who never attempt to confess to men. It
is a serious question whether that sorrow for sin is genuine and deep
enough which does not lead the offender to ask his fellow-man for pardon,
even as he asks his God. Nothing could be clearer than Christ's words,
that whenever we remember that our brother has aught against us, we are to
leave our gift at the altar, and go first to seek reconciliation with him,
before we offer our sacrifice to God.
The supreme test of goodness is not
in the greater but in the smaller incidents of our character and practice;
not what we are when standing in the searchlight of public scrutiny, but
when we reach the firelight flicker of our homes; not what we are when
some clarion-call rings through the air, summoning us to fight for life
and liberty, but our attitude when we are called to sentry-duty in the
grey morning, when the watch-fire is burning low. It is impossible to be
our best at the supreme moment if character is corroded and eaten into by
dally inconsistency, unfaithfulness, and besetting sin.
You cannot really help people
without expending yourself. The only work that tells must cost you
something. Gold, silver, and precious stones can never be built into the
new Jerusalem unless you are willing to part with them from the stores of
your own life.
Most loving Father, may love fill
and rule my heart. For then there will spring up and be cherished between
Thee and me a likeness of character, and union of will, so that I may
choose and refuse what Thou dost. AMEN.
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VALLEY OF VISION
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
Obedience, in Love
"If ye keep My Commandments, ye shall abide in My love" (John 15:10).
These things cannot be parted -- abiding in obedience and abiding in the
love of Jesus. A life under the rule of Christ can alone prove that we are
the objects of our LORD's delight. We must keep our LORD's command if we
would bask in His love. If we live in sin we cannot live in the love of
Christ. Without the holiness which pleases God we cannot please Jesus. He
who cares nothing for holiness knows nothing of the love of Jesus.
Conscious enjoyment of our LORD's love is a delicate thing. It is far more
sensitive to sin and holiness than mercury is to cold and heat. When we
are tender of heart and careful in thought, lip, and life to honor our
LORD Jesus, then we receive tokens of His love without number. If we
desire to perpetuate such bliss we must perpetuate holiness. The LORD
Jesus will not hide His face from us unless we hide our face from Him. Sin
makes the cloud which darkens our Sun: if we will be watchfully obedient
and completely consecrated we may walk in the light, as God is in the
light, and have as sure an abiding in the love of Jesus as Jesus has in
the love of the Father. Here is a sweet promise with a solemn "if," LORD,
let me have this "if" in my hand; for as a key it opens this casket.
MORNING AND EVENING
““Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive
me to glory.”
The Psalmist felt his need of divine guidance. He had just been
discovering the foolishness of his own heart, and lest he should
be constantly led astray by it, he resolved that God’s counsel
should henceforth guide him. A sense of our own folly is a great
step towards being wise, when it leads us to rely on the wisdom of
the Lord. The blind man leans on his friend’s arm and reaches home
in safety, and so would we give ourselves up implicitly to divine
guidance, nothing doubting; assured that though we cannot see, it
is always safe to trust the all-seeing God. “Thou shalt,” is a
blessed expression of confidence. He was sure that the Lord would
not decline the condescending task. There is a word for thee, O
believer; rest thou in it. Be assured that thy God will be thy
counsellor and friend; he shall guide thee; he will direct all thy
ways. In his written Word thou hast this assurance in part
fulfilled, for holy Scripture is his counsel to thee. Happy are we
to have God’s Word always to guide us! What were the mariner
without his compass? And what were the Christian without the
Bible? This is the unerring chart, the map in which every shoal is
described, and all the channels from the quicksands of destruction
to the haven of salvation mapped and marked by one who knows all
the way. Blessed be thou, O God, that we may trust thee to guide
us now, and guide us even to the end! After this guidance through
life, the Psalmist anticipates a divine reception at last—“and
afterward receive me to glory.” What a thought for thee, believer!
God himself will receive thee to glory—thee! Wandering, erring,
straying, yet he will bring thee safe at last to glory! This is
thy portion; live on it this day, and if perplexities should
surround thee, go in the strength of this text straight to the
““Trust in him at all times.”
Faith is as much the rule of temporal as of spiritual life; we
ought to have faith in God for our earthly affairs as well as for
our heavenly business. It is only as we learn to trust in God for
the supply of all our daily need that we shall live above the
world. We are not to be idle, that would show we did not trust in
God, who worketh hitherto, but in the devil, who is the father of
idleness. We are not to be imprudent or rash; that were to trust
chance, and not the living God, who is a God of economy and order.
Acting in all prudence and uprightness, we are to rely simply and
entirely upon the Lord at all times.
Let me commend to you a life of trust in God in temporal things.
Trusting in God, you will not be compelled to mourn because you
have used sinful means to grow rich. Serve God with integrity, and
if you achieve no success, at least no sin will lie upon your
conscience. Trusting God, you will not be guilty of
self-contradiction. He who trusts in craft, sails this way today,
and that way the next, like a vessel tossed about by the fickle
wind; but he that trusteth in the Lord is like a vessel propelled
by steam, she cuts through the waves, defies the wind, and makes
one bright silvery straightforward track to her destined haven. Be
you a man with living principles within; never bow to the varying
customs of worldly wisdom. Walk in your path of integrity with
steadfast steps, and show that you are invincibly strong in the
strength which confidence in God alone can confer. Thus you will
be delivered from anxious care, you will not be troubled with evil
tidings, your heart will be fixed, trusting in the Lord. How
pleasant to float along the stream of providence! There is no more
blessed way of living than a life of dependence upon a
covenant-keeping God. We have no care, for he careth for us; we
have no troubles, because we cast our burdens upon the Lord.
J H JOWETT
SEPTEMBER The First
THE VIRTUE OF PROPORTION
Matthew 6:25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34.
MUST put first things first. The radical fault in much of my living is
want of proportion. I think more of pretty window curtains than of fresh
air, more of “nice” wallpaper than of the moving pageant of the skies. I
magnify the immediate desire and minimize the ultimate goal. And so
“things do not come right!” How can they when the apportionment is so
perverse, when everything is topsy-turvy? If I want things to be firm and
durable I must revere the Divine order, and must put first things first.
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Mt 6:33-note
And, therefore, I must seek holiness before success.
I am to esteem
holiness with apparent failure as infinitely better than success with
stain and shame.
I must seek character before reputation.
applause of the world must be
as nothing compared with the approbation of God.
The favoring “voice from
heaven” must be sweeter to my ears than the noisy cheers of the crowd.
And I must seek righteousness before quietness. The way of disturbance is
sometimes the way to peace. I must not be so concerned for a quiet life as
for a life that is “right with God.”
"I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of
the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is
great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your
daughters, your wives and your homes!" Nehemiah 4:14
Everyone with a spark of manhood in him—will fight to the death,
for his family. We are all so tied up together, that this motive
is really present in all our defending of 'justice'. We must seek
the safety of the town in which we live because our family is in
it, and peril to the town—is peril to us. We must seek wholesome
water supply, good drainage, and clean streets for the town,
because our children and friends live there.
Likewise with the moral and religious influences of the community;
the welfare of our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters,
is involved. A man may have no interest in the fight against the
saloon; but if the evil is let alone—by and by his own boys may be
destroyed by it!
A distinguished man was speaking at the opening of a reformatory
for boys, and remarked that if only one boy were saved from
ruin—it would pay for all the cost. After the exercises were over,
a gentleman asked him if he had not put it too strongly when he
said that all the cost of founding such an institution would be
repaid—if only one boy should be saved. "If it were MY boy!" was
the answer. It is only when we learn to look at all such movements
as if we were working for our own—that we do bur best work.
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from the VALLEY OF VISION
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= 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
Unreached People Group of the Day.
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
-India Gospel Outreach Work
There’s good news and bad news regarding the work of India Gospel
Outreach (IGO) in Varanasi.
An IGO missionary writes, “The work was started in 1987 and
sustained for the first decade or more. Then the enemy came and
brought confusion, division, and harm to the work. As you know,
Paul experienced this in his work, and on occasion, so do we. The
work continues in a different way.
“The good news: Two of our three first-fruits (converts) were
Hindu students from Benares University who came to the Lord. All
three of them serve the Lord. One of them, a customs agent, has
started more than 35 congregations through his witness! As a
customs officer, he has to travel to different sites, check posts,
towns, and highways. Wherever he goes, he shares Christ, prays for
the sick, people receive healing, and he baptizes them. The Lord
has done [many other] amazing things far beyond our expectations.”
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for IGO workers as they attempt to plant a church for each of
India’s 3,000 ethnic groups. Pray for God to protect these young
churches from the enemy’s attempts to bring confusion and
division. Ask the Lord to establish His Kingdom among each of the
3,000 ethnic groups in India.
Revelation 19:7, NIV
Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of
the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.
All of history is headed towards that moment when we will all
stand before the Judge. For some people this day will be festive
like a wedding. For others that day will be like being convicted
in court. The job of all missionaries and evangelists is to lead
people to a place where they are willing to become part of His
bride. They take the kingdom of God with them wherever they go,
and like the IGO workers we are praying for today, they pray for
the sick, baptize, and preach Christ.
Pray for the Lord to raise up all the workers needed to ensure
that everyone in Varanasi has the chance to hear of Christ and
celebrate the great wedding day!—KC/DT
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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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