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finished! And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.
the author and perfecter of faith.--I glorified Thee on the earth, having
accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do.--We have been
sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the
same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one
sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, waiting
from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.
For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are
sanctified.-- Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of
decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of
the way, having nailed it to the cross.
I lay down My life that I may take it again. No
one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I
have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up
again.--Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for
Jn 19.30. Heb. 12.2.--Jn 17.4.--
Heb. 10.10-14.--Col. 2.14. John 10.17, 18.-- John 15.13.
He sent from
on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
HE brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; and He
set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.--You were dead in your
trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of
this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit
that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all
formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh
and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the
end of the earth I call to Thee, when my heart is faint.--I cried for help
from the depth of Sheol; Thou didst hear my voice. For Thou hadst cast me
into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All
Thy breakers and billows passed over me.--We went through fire and through
water, yet Thou didst bring us out into a place of abundance.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with
you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
Ps 18.16. Ps.
Ps. 61.1, 2.--Jon 2.2, 3.--Ps. 66.12.
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by F. B. Meyer
"Whoso is wise and will
observe these things, even they shall understand the
lovingkindness of the Lord."-- Psa 107:43.
THERE ARE many ways of
understanding the lovingkindness or mercy of the Lord. We may know
it as a matter of doctrine. The best way of increasing our
knowledge of God s infinite nature, is by the reverent study of
His Word. It is a flimsy religion which discounts doctrine. What
the bones are to the body, doctrine is to our moral and spiritual
life. What law is to the material universe, doctrine is to the
spiritual. The doctrines of grace are the jewelled foundations of
a holy life. Seek the ministry that builds on them; read the books
that acknowledge them! We may know it by meditation. Would that we
yielded more silent hearts to the Holy Spirit, that He might fix
our vagrant thoughts on the love of Christ that passeth knowledge!
The love that loved us in Eternity, that has never let us go in
Time, and that has shown its uttermost intensity by the wounds of
Calvary! We may also know it sympathetically. Kepler, the great
astronomer, exclaimed one day: "I have been thinking over again
the earliest thoughts of God"; and surely every time we sacrifice
ourselves for others, or carry another's cross, in the glow of a
warm heart, we are feeling a tiny pulsation of His love.
Do we sufficiently praise
God for His lovingkindness and truth? We are keen to pray, to cry
out for help, but do we stop to enumerate the mercies and to
render praise for them? "Oh that men would praise the Lord for His
goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!" (Psa 107:8, Psa 107:15, Psa 107:21, Psa 107:31). How
often I have awoke tired and out-of-heart, the harp on the
willows, the soul like a lark beaten down by an east wind; and
when the usual Bible-study has failed to grip, or prayer has
seemed cold and mechanical, the disconsolate heart has started to
praise, to give thanks for mercies received, and to adore the
majesty and glory of God. As one has thus continued, the soul has
thawed, the spirit has found wings, the horizon has cleared, and
the angel-song has broken in with its Hallelujah! We are thus
transported into the Divine Presence-Chamber; we have obtained joy
and gladness, our night is gone, and "sorrow and sighing have fled
Father, Thou hast loved us;
Thou dost love us; Thou wilt love us for evermore. Thy love passes
knowledge. It is like a warm, sunlit ocean enwrapping the tiny
islet of my life. I bathe in it, but can never reach its limits. I
thank Thee for its depths and lengths. AMEN.
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from the VALLEY OF VISION
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
He Blesses and Keeps
"The LORD bless
thee, and keep thee" (Numbers 6:24).
This first clause of the high priest's benediction is substantially a
promise. That blessing which our great High Priest pronounces upon us is
sure to come, for He speaks the mind of God. What a joy to abide under the
divine blessing! This puts a gracious flavor into all things. If we are
blessed, then all our possessions and enjoyments are blessed; yea, our
losses and crosses and even our disappointments are blessed. God's
blessing is deep, emphatic, effectual. A man's blessing may begin and end
in words, but the blessing of the LORD makes rich and sanctifies. The best
wish we can have for our dearest friend is not "may prosperity attend
thee," but "the LORD bless thee." It is equally a delightful thing to be
kept of God; kept by Him, kept near Him, kept in Him. They are kept indeed
whom God keeps; they are preserved from evil; they are reserved unto
boundless happiness. God's keeping goes with His blessing, to establish it
and cause it to endure.The author of this little book desires that the
rich blessing and sure keeping here pronounced may come upon every reader
who may at this moment be looking at these lines. Please breathe the text
to God as a prayer for His servants.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, August 4
“The people that do know their God shall be strong.”
Every believer understands that to know God is the highest and
best form of knowledge; and this spiritual knowledge is a source
of strength to the Christian. It strengthens his faith. Believers
are constantly spoken of in the Scriptures as being persons who
are enlightened and taught of the Lord; they are said to “have an
unction from the Holy One,” and it is the Spirit’s peculiar office
to lead them into all truth, and all this for the increase and the
fostering of their faith. Knowledge strengthens love, as well as
faith. Knowledge opens the door, and then through that door we see
our Saviour. Or, to use another similitude, knowledge paints the
portrait of Jesus, and when we see that portrait then we love him,
we cannot love a Christ whom we do not know, at least, in some
degree. If we know but little of the excellences of Jesus, what he
has done for us, and what he is doing now, we cannot love him
much; but the more we know him, the more we shall love him.
Knowledge also strengthens hope. How can we hope for a thing if we
do not know of its existence? Hope may be the telescope, but till
we receive instruction, our ignorance stands in the front of the
glass, and we can see nothing whatever; knowledge removes the
interposing object, and when we look through the bright optic
glass we discern the glory to be revealed, and anticipate it with
joyous confidence. Knowledge supplies us reasons for patience. How
shall we have patience unless we know something of the sympathy of
Christ, and understand the good which is to come out of the
correction which our heavenly Father sends us? Nor is there one
single grace of the Christian which, under God, will not be
fostered and brought to perfection by holy knowledge. How
important, then, is it that we should grow not only in grace, but
in the “knowledge” of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Evening, August 4
““I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all
the labours of your hands.”
How destructive is the hail to the standing crops, beating out the
precious grain upon the ground! How grateful ought we to be when
the corn is spared so terrible a ruin! Let us offer unto the Lord
thanksgiving. Even more to be dreaded are those mysterious
destroyers—smut, bunt, rust, and mildew. These turn the ear into a
mass of soot, or render it putrid, or dry up the grain, and all in
a manner so beyond all human control that the farmer is compelled
to cry, “This is the finger of God.” Innumerable minute fungi
cause the mischief, and were it not for the goodness of God, the
rider on the black horse would soon scatter famine over the land.
Infinite mercy spares the food of men, but in view of the active
agents which are ready to destroy the harvest, right wisely are we
taught to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” The curse is
abroad; we have constant need of the blessing. When blight and
mildew come they are chastisements from heaven, and men must learn
to bear the rod, and him that hath appointed it.
Spiritually, mildew is no uncommon evil. When our work is most
promising this blight appears. We hoped for many conversions, and
lo! a general apathy, an abounding worldliness, or a cruel
hardness of heart! There may be no open sin in those for whom we
are labouring, but there is a deficiency of sincerity and decision
sadly disappointing our desires. We learn from this our dependence
upon the Lord, and the need of prayer that no blight may fall upon
our work. Spiritual pride or sloth will soon bring upon us the
dreadful evil, and only the Lord of the harvest can remove it.
Mildew may even attack our own hearts, and shrivel our prayers and
religious exercises. May it please the great Husbandman to avert
so serious a calamity. Shine, blessed Sun of Righteousness, and
drive the blights away.
J H JOWETT
AUGUST The Fourth
“I have meat to eat that ye know not of.”
—John 8:31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42.
AND what sort of meat is this? The Lord found secret refreshment in feeding
other people. In vitalizing the woman of Samaria He restored His own soul.
The disciples were amazed when they returned to find that the weariness
had gone out of His face, and that He looked like one who had been at a
And that is the law of life. “My meat is to do the will.” There is a
secret nutriment in the bread we give away. The Lord gives us to eat of
the “hidden manna” whenever we are seeking the refreshment of our fellows.
Distributed bread has a sacramental efficacy for our own souls. The man
who feeds the hungry shall himself be “satisfied as with marrow.”
And these ways of service are open on every side. There are millions of
weary people waiting, like the woman at the well. “Lift up your eyes, and
look on the fields: for they are white already to harvest!” Be it mine to
be a minister in the mighty service, and in the ways of obedience let me
find delights and delicacies for my own soul.
Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more!
"The Babylonians broke through the wall—and the city fell!"
When even the smallest breach is made in a wall—it is the
beginning of the end! The breach is easily increased, until, where
at first only one or two men could enter—now a whole army pours
Each of us lives 'within walls'. There is the wall of innocence,
which God sets around every human soul. So long as it remains
unbroken, we are safe; but when once a breach is made—enemies pour
in! It is then easy to break down the whole wall, leaving the life
exposed to every temptation. Then, every wild beast enters the
garden at will.
Conscience is another of the walls which God builds around each
soul. So long as it is kept inviolable, it is an impregnable
protection. But this, too, may be broken; and when one small
breach has been made in it—it is easy to make it larger breach. It
is not as hard to violate conscience the second time, as it was
the first time. It is easier still the third and the fourth time.
By and by the whole wall is broken down! When this time comes—the
citadel of the heart is utterly in the enemy's hands! Everything
beautiful is destroyed. The temple is in ruins, the altar is torn
away, the fires are out—and there is only darkness in the place
once sacred and bright with God's presence. It is well that we
look after 'the walls of our life'!
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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
-Missionary Biography, Mobin Khan, continued
Mobin knew that God had chosen him to minister His gospel to
Muslims. He now wanted to prepare himself to serve the Lord, so he
earned a Ph.D. from the University of Poona in India, and then he
came to the US where he earned his doctorate in missiology (a
study of missions) at Fuller Seminary. His wife, Gladys, also
accepted God’s call for missions and earned an M.A. degree from
the University of Poona, as well as a Masters degree in missiology.
Out of curiosity, Mobin and Gladys looked up their name in the
phone directory. To their amazement, they found that there were
about 20 other “Khans” in the phone book. Realizing that many of
these Khans would also be of Muslim background, they sent each one
a gospel tract. Soon they had sent tracts to Muslims throughout
Southern California, as well as to other metropolitan areas. They
received a phone directory for Fiji, and to their surprise, there
was an amazingly favorable response to the tracts they sent to
Muslims in that island country. Eventually the Khans had mailed
specially worded gospel tracts to Muslims in 75 countries. Mobin
and Gladys’ work testify as to what can happen when a Muslim truly
surrenders to the Almighty.
Mobin is now the India director of Global Recordings Network (GRN),
helping them to provide clear evangelistic materials for unreached
Muslim people in the appropriate Indian languages.—AL from
Christian Missions in Many Lands, and A Testimony, by M. Mobin
Pray for Mobin Khan’s work with GRN to bear much fruit throughout
And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God
illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. The nations will
walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city
in all their glory.
Notice that the glory of the
Lord is what illuminates the city! His beauty and radiance is
beyond what we can ever imagine! It is all we need, and the
nations and their kings will bask in His glory rather than seeking
their own. That is the awesomeness of the God that Mobin Khan
wants the peoples of India to experience!
Pray for the unreached peoples in Varanasi to understand that God
offers so much more if they would only bask in His glory and
worship Him alone.—KC
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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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