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The great Shepherd of the sheep... even Jesus our
THE chief Shepherd.--I am the good shepherd, aand I know My own, and My own
know Me. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me and I
give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall
snatch them out of My hand.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green
pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. He guides me
in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way,
but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.--I am the
good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep..-- I will
seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen
the sick --You were continually straying like sheep, but now you have
returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls
He 13.20. 1Pe. 5.4.--John
10.14, 27, 28. Ps. 23.1-3. Is. 53.6.--John 10.11.-- Eze. 34.16.--1Pe. 2.25.
The city has no need of the sun or of the moon to
shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is
I saw on the way a light
from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining all around me and those who were
journeying with me. And I said, Who art Thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am
Jesus whom you are persecuting.-- Jesus took with Him Peter and James and
John his brother, and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves. And
He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His
garments became as white as light.-- No longer will you have the sun for
light by day, nor for brightness will the moon give you light, but you will
have the LORD for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory. Your
sun will set no more, neither will your moon wane; for you will have the
LORD for an everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will be
The God of all grace, Who called you to His
eternal glory in Christ
Re 21.23. Ac. 26.13,
15.--Mat. 17.1, 2.-- Is. 60.19, 20. 1Pe. 5.10.
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by F. B. Meyer
"We are the clay, and Thou our potter;
and we are all the work of Thy hand."--
THE POTTER'S craft is almost the
oldest in the world, and its method has hardly differed through the ages.
Jeremiah as well as Isaiah refers to it (Jer 18:1-4).
While the prophet was standing watching the potter, he saw him take a piece
of moistened clay from the lump that lay beside him, and placing it on the
wheel, he began to shape it after a design which was in his thought. As it
approached completion, the clay collapsed under his hands, some part falling
on the ground, and some on the wheel itself. To Jeremiah's surprise, the
potter did not sweep the recalcitrant fragments away, but gathered them up,
and made them again into another vessel. This is what God does still.
The Master-workman is our Father. "But
now, O Lord, Thou art our Father." Some who read these words have themselves
been parents. They have tasted the ecstasy of parentage, as the child has
been laid for the first time in their arms. At that moment a new passion has
arisen in the heart, and new resolves have compelled the soul. To shield,
defend, educate, help, love, and teach to love--all this is included in that
first embrace. The compulsion of the child's helplessness is a supreme
motive to father or mother. Prayers are offered that find an echo in the
heart of God, from whom they sprang.
Has God put these sentiments in human
hearts, and has He not their original and pattern in Himself? For a moment
do not think of yourself as a child, but of God as your Father. Your spirit
has come forth from the Father of Spirits. You were called into existence by
His word. You carry in your nature some thought or conception to which He
desired to give expression. Is He not conscious therefore, of responsibility
to perfect that which concerns you? Of course you may thwart Him, as the
clay was marred in the hand of the potter. You may take your journey into a
far country and waste the precious formative years in selfish indulgence.
But if you will let the Great Father work out His full purpose in your
training, your unfolding, and your prayer-life specially, you will find with
Isaiah, that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard such an One as our God, who
worketh for him that waiteth for Him.
O God, our Father, may we never doubt
Thy enduring mercy. May we not be frightened by the noise of the wheels in
Thy great workshop. Enable us to believe that Thou art weaving the fair
fabric of our life on the loom of daily circumstance. We beseech Thee to
perfect that which concerneth us. AMEN.
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from the VALLEY OF VISION
by C H Spurgeon
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- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
shall serve the LORD your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy
water" (Exodus 23:25).
What a promise is this! To serve God is in itself a high delight. But what
an added privilege to have the blessing of the LORD resting upon us in all
things! Our commonest things become blessed when we ourselves are
consecrated to the LORD. Our LORD Jesus took bread and blessed it; behold,
we also eat of blessed bread. Jesus blessed water and made it wine: the
water which we drink is far better to us than any of the wine with which
men make merry; every drop has a benediction in it. The divine blessing is
on the man of God in everything, and it shall abide with him at every
time. What if we have only bread and water! Yet it is blessed bread and
water. Bread and water we shall have. That is implied, for it must be
there for God to bless it. "Thy bread shall be given thee, and thy waters
shall be sure." With God at our table, we not only ask a blessing, but we
have one. It is not only at the altar but at the table that He blesses us.
He serves those well who serve Him well. This table blessing is not of
debt but of grace. Indeed, there is a trebled grace; He grants us grace to
serve Him, by His grace feeds us with bread, and then in His grace blesses
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, May 26
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.”
Care, even though exercised upon legitimate objects, if carried to
excess, has in it the nature of sin. The precept to avoid anxious
care is earnestly inculcated by our Saviour, again and again; it
is reiterated by the apostles; and it is one which cannot be
neglected without involving transgression: for the very essence of
anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the
thrusting ourselves into his place to do for him that which he has
undertaken to do for us. We attempt to think of that which we
fancy he will forget; we labour to take upon ourselves our weary
burden, as if he were unable or unwilling to take it for us. Now
this disobedience to his plain precept, this unbelief in his Word,
this presumption in intruding upon his province, is all sinful.
Yet more than this, anxious care often leads to acts of sin. He
who cannot calmly leave his affairs in God’s hand, but will carry
his own burden, is very likely to be tempted to use wrong means to
help himself. This sin leads to a forsaking of God as our
counsellor, and resorting instead to human wisdom. This is going
to the “broken cistern” instead of to the “fountain;” a sin which
was laid against Israel of old. Anxiety makes us doubt God’s
lovingkindness, and thus our love to him grows cold; we feel
mistrust, and thus grieve the Spirit of God, so that our prayers
become hindered, our consistent example marred, and our life one
of self-seeking. Thus want of confidence in God leads us to wander
far from him; but if through simple faith in his promise, we cast
each burden as it comes upon him, and are “careful for nothing”
because he undertakes to care for us, it will keep us close to
him, and strengthen us against much temptation. “Thou wilt keep
him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he
trusteth in thee.”
Evening, May 26
“Continue in the faith.”
Perseverance is the badge of true saints. The Christian life is
not a beginning only in the ways of God, but also a continuance in
the same as long as life lasts. It is with a Christian as it was
with the great Napoleon: he said, “Conquest has made me what I am,
and conquest must maintain me.” So, under God, dear brother in the
Lord, conquest has made you what you are, and conquest must
sustain you. Your motto must be, “Excelsior.” He only is a true
conqueror, and shall be crowned at the last, who continueth till
war’s trumpet is blown no more. Perseverance is, therefore, the
target of all our spiritual enemies. The world does not object to
your being a Christian for a time, if she can but tempt you to
cease your pilgrimage, and settle down to buy and sell with her in
Vanity Fair. The flesh will seek to ensnare you, and to prevent
your pressing on to glory. “It is weary work being a pilgrim;
come, give it up. Am I always to be mortified? Am I never to be
indulged? Give me at least a furlough from this constant warfare.”
Satan will make many a fierce attack on your perseverance; it will
be the mark for all his arrows. He will strive to hinder you in
service: he will insinuate that you are doing no good; and that
you want rest. He will endeavour to make you weary of suffering,
he will whisper, “Curse God, and die.” Or he will attack your
steadfastness: “What is the good of being so zealous? Be quiet
like the rest; sleep as do others, and let your lamp go out as the
other virgins do.” Or he will assail your doctrinal sentiments:
“Why do you hold to these denominational creeds? Sensible men are
getting more liberal; they are removing the old landmarks: fall in
with the times.” Wear your shield, Christian, therefore, close
upon your armour, and cry mightily unto God, that by his Spirit
you may endure to the end.
J H JOWETT
THE UNITING OF SUNDERED PEOPLES
“On the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Acts 10:34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48.
AND this is ever the issue of a true outpouring of the Spirit: sundered
peoples become one. At “low tide” there are multitudes of separated pools
along the shore: at “high tide” they flow together, and the little
distinctions are lost in a splendid union.
It is so racially. “Jew and Gentile!” Peter and Cornelius lose their
prejudices in the emancipating ministry of the Spirit. And so shall it be
with English and Irish, with French and German, with Asiatic and European:
they shall be “all one” in Christ.
It is so socially. “Bond and free!” The master and the servant shall
discover a glorious intimacy and union. And so shall rich and poor, the
learned and the illiterate, the many-talented and the obscure. The pools
shall flow together.
It is so ecclesiastically. Our sectarianisms are always most frowning and
obtrusive when spiritually we are at “low tide.” When the tide rises, it
is amazing how the ramparts are submerged. It is not round-table
conferences that we need, but seasons of communion when together we shall
await the outpouring of the Holy Ghost.
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"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day." Revelation 1:10
We should all seek to be in the Spirit on the Lord's day. During
the week we have our cares of business, and our hands are full of
work that must be done. The world is apt to get into our heart
during the week-days; and if there is no break in this secular
life, we are apt to become secularized in spirit, losing interest
in spiritual things. The trouble is not that we are in the
world—but that the world too often gets into us. It is a proper
enough thing for a ship to be in the sea; but when the sea gets
into the ship—that is an end of sailing, and the ship sinks into
the waters! Christ wants us to be in the world—but he does not
want the world to get into us!
On the Lord's day, therefore, we should run our ship just as
completely as possible out of the world's troubled waters into the
peaceful bay of spiritual rest and enjoyment. We should think on
spiritual things, and seek to have our heart thoroughly cleansed
of worldliness and filled with God. One who thus faithfully uses
the Lord's day each week—will be safe amid the world's unspiritual
influences. A well-spent Sunday, will keep up the spiritual tone
of the life amid the most intense pressure of week-day duty. But
there is no other antidote to worldliness; and no Christian who
desires to be faithful, dare lose the Sundays out of his week.
"I am not praying that You take them out of the world—but that You
protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, as I am
not of the world." John 17:15-16
"You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the
world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of
the world becomes an enemy of God!" James 4:4
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves
the world, the love of the Father is not in him!" 1 John 2:15
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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
-Tlalitzlipa Nahuatl People
by Karen Hightower
There are only 300 members of the Tlalitzlipa Nahuatl people group
located in the State of Puebla. They provide for themselves on the
hillsides of their southern Mexico homeland. Corn plays a very
important role in their society and forms the basis of their food.
These people also raise animals and plant orchards and fruit
The Tlalitzlipa Nahuatl people are descendants of the powerful and
mysterious Aztecs, who in years past dominated much of what is now
Mexico. The language spoken by the Tlalitzlipa Nahuatl, however,
is almost extinct. They now speak Spanish as their dominant
These people are considered Catholic, but remain pre-Columbian in
their spiritual beliefs. There are no known believers among them.
A New Testament translation exists in their language, and there is
one other New Testament that has been translated into a similar
language. They have audio recordings.
There are no known believers among them. One must wonder how a
translation and recordings occurred if there are no believers in
such a small people group. Did God call people to go? Did they
choose not to do so? Did they go and not survive?
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Nahuatl will have easy access to gospel resources.
Pray that they will be freed from the terrible fear of evil
spirits and learn about the true and wonderful God who loves them.
Pray that God’s light will shine on them so that this small group
will come to know Lord Jesus as the only way to God.
Luke 12:21, 30, 31, 34, NKJV
Foolish is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not
rich toward God. All these things the nations of the world eagerly
seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. Seek His
kingdom, and these things shall be added to you. Where your
treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The “Queen Mother of God” (Mary) is worshipped in the Catholic
church of Mexico. God’s Word presents Mary as a typical Jewish
mother of her day, loving, caring, and unpretentious. By contrast,
many Catholic churches are laden with riches, while the people
live in poverty. This is not God’s way!
Pray that the Nahuatl will see through old customs and beliefs and
will see Father God’s true ways—to love the Lord God and our
neighbors as ourselves.
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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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