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Though you have
not seen Him, you love Him
walk by faith,
not by sight.-- We love because He first loved us.--And we have come to know
and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one
who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. -- In Him you also
trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in
whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise --
God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery
among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
If someone says, I love God and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one
who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has
Jesus said to him, because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are
they who did not see, and yet believed. -- How blessed are all who take
refuge in Him! -- Trust in the LORD forever, for in GOD the LORD, we have an
everlasting Rock -- And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies
himself, just as He is pure.
1Pe 1.8. 2Co 5.7.--1John 4.19.--
1Jn 4.16.--Ep. 1.13.--Col. 1.27.
1Jn 4.20. Jn 20.29. Ps 2.12--Is 26:4 - 1Jn 3:3
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are
like a filthy garment.
I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord
GOD. I will make mention of Thy righteousness, Thine alone -- I will rejoice
greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God for He has clothed me with
garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a
bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with
Bring out the best robe and put it on -- To her to
clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean for the fine linen is the
righteous acts of the saints.
I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing
value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord...in order that I may gain Christ and
may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the
Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which
comes from God on the basis of faith -- He made Him who knew no sin to be
sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Je 23.6. Is 64.6. Ps.
Lk 15.22.--Re 19.8. Php 3.8, 9. -- 2Co 5:21
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by F. B. Meyer
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
"To this end was I born, and for this
cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth."--
THIS WAS our Lord's answer to Pilate's
inquiry, and to a certain extent each of us may appropriate His words.
Wordsworth's immortal lines suggest that we stood before God to receive our
commission, ere we became clothed with this body of humiliation. Whether or
not the poet is right in his surmise, that "not in utter nakedness or
forgetfulness do we come from God, who is our Home," we need not argue. It
is enough that God, who hates nothing that He has made, sent us forth to
realise an ideal, to fulfil a purpose, to bear witness to some phase of
Truth! Shall we not ask ourselves, as in His Presence, whether we are
fulfilling the Divine purpose of what the Apostle calls "our high calling"?
God created each soul with a purpose.
The potter takes in hand a lump of clay with a distinct design. He means,
when he places it on the horizontal wheel, to make of it a vessel to adorn a
temple or palace, or he has in mind to serve some household use. The
revolving wheel on the one hand, and his skilful manipulation on the other,
will evolve and complete his purpose. "Cannot I do with you, as this potter?
saith the Lord."
"Thou hast made me and fashioned me.
Thou didst choose the time and circumstances of my birth, my parentage and
heredity, my mental equipment and my physical frame. From the first Thou
didst know the constitution of my body, which Thou didst fashion in secret,
and curiously work in the lowest places of the earth."
To our humble challenge: "Why hast
Thou made me thus?" God does not always give an audible reply. His answer is
often voiceless, it steals in upon the soul insensibly, and we know that we
are fulfilling His purpose. If you are engaged in some unwelcome task, which
evidently is your duty; if you are shut up as companion with some
uncongenial charge; if you are called to minister to people who seem
unresponsive or unsympathising, ask that the Saviour and you may be yoked
together, that His Will may be done through you, that His love and kindness
may bear and forbear in you, and that you may witness to the truth, as it is
O God, some of us shrink from our
life-work, from those with whom we have to associate, from unwelcome toil
and irksome tasks. Enable us to see Thy plan, and to trust Thee who art
working out Thy plan in our lives. May the love of Christ constrain us no
longer to live unto ourselves, but to Him. 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)
"But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun Of Righteousness arise with
healing in His wings" (Malachi 4.2).
Fulfilled once in the first advent of our glorious LORD, and yet to have a
fuller accomplishment in His second advent, this gracious word is also for
daily use. Is it dark with the reader? Does the night deepen into a denser
blackness? Still let us not despair: the sun will yet rise. When the night
is darkest, dawn is nearest. The sun which will arise is of no common
sort. It is the Sun -- the Sun of Righteousness, whose every ray is
holiness. He who comes to cheer us, comes in the way of justice as well as
of mercy, comes to violate no law even to save us. Jesus as much displays
the holiness of God as His love. Our deliverance, when it comes, will be
safe because righteous. Our one point of inquiry should be -- "Do we fear
the name of the LORD? Do we reverence the living God and walk in His
ways?" Then for us the night must be short; and when the morning cometh,
all the sickness and sorrow of our soul will be over forever. Light,
warmth, joy, and clearness of vision will come, and healing of every
disease and distress will follow after. Has Jesus risen upon us? Let us
sit in the sun. Has He hidden His face? Let us wait for His rising. He
will shine forth as surely as the sun.
MORNING AND EVENING
“The Lord our Righteousness.”
It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and
peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often
are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to
be. I do not think they would if they could always see their
perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about
corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of
the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and
remember that we are “perfect in Christ Jesus.” It is no wonder that
those who are dwelling upon their own corruption should wear such
downcast looks; but surely if we call to mind that “Christ is made
unto us righteousness,” we shall be of good cheer. What though
distresses afflict me, though Satan assault me, though there may be
many things to be experienced before I get to heaven, those are done
for me in the covenant of divine grace; there is nothing wanting in
my Lord, Christ hath done it all. On the cross he said, “It is
finished!” and if it be finished, then am I complete in him, and can
rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, “Not having mine own
righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the
faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” You
will not find on this side heaven a holier people than those who
receive into their hearts the doctrine of Christ’s righteousness.
When the believer says, “I live on Christ alone; I rest on him
solely for salvation; and I believe that, however unworthy, I am
still saved in Jesus;” then there rises up as a motive of gratitude
this thought—“Shall I not live to Christ? Shall I not love him and
serve him, seeing that I am saved by his merits?” “The love of
Christ constraineth us,” “that they which live should not henceforth
live unto themselves but unto him which died for them.” If saved by
imputed righteousness, we shall greatly value imparted
“Thy love to me was wonderful.”
2 Samuel 1:26
Come, dear readers, let each one of us speak for himself of the
wonderful love, not of Jonathan, but of Jesus. We will not relate
what we have been told, but the things which we have tasted and
handled-of the love of Christ. Thy love to me, O Jesus, was
wonderful when I was a stranger wandering far from thee,
fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind. Thy love
restrained me from committing the sin which is unto death, and
withheld me from self-destruction. Thy love held back the axe when
Justice said, “Cut it down! why cumbereth it the ground?” Thy love
drew me into the wilderness, stripped me there, and made me feel
the guilt of my sin, and the burden of mine iniquity. Thy love
spake thus comfortably to me when, I was sore dismayed—“Come unto
me, and I will give thee rest.” Oh, how matchless thy love when,
in a moment, thou didst wash my sins away, and make my polluted
soul, which was crimson with the blood of my nativity, and black
with the grime of my transgressions, to be white as the driven
snow, and pure as the finest wool. How thou didst commend thy love
when thou didst whisper in my ears, “I am thine and thou art
mine.” Kind were those accents when thou saidst, “The Father
himself loveth you.” And sweet the moments, passing sweet, when
thou declaredst to me “the love of the Spirit.” Never shall my
soul forget those chambers of fellowship where thou has unveiled
thyself to me. Had Moses his cleft in the rock, where he saw the
train, the back parts of his God? We, too, have had our clefts in
the rock, where we have seen the full splendours of the Godhead in
the person of Christ. Did David remember the tracks of the wild
goat, the land of Jordan and the Hermonites? We, too, can remember
spots to memory dear, equal to these in blessedness. Precious Lord
Jesus, give us a fresh draught of thy wondrous love to begin the
month with. Amen.
J H JOWETT
THE SOUL IN PRISON
“Bring my soul out of prison!” —Psalm 142:7
TOO, have my prison-house, and only the Lord can deliver me.
There is the prison-house of sin. It is a dark and suffocating hole,
without friendly light or morning air. And it is haunted by such
affrighting shapes, as though my iniquities had incarnated themselves in
ugly and repulsive forms. None but the Lord can bring me out.
And there is the prison-house of sorrow. My griefs sometimes wrap me about
like cold confining walls, which have neither windows nor doors. It seems
as though a fluid sorrow can congeal into a cold, hard temperament, and
hold me in its icy embrace. And none but the Lord can bring me out.
And there is the prison-house of death. I must perforce pass through the
gate of death. Shall I find it a castle of gloom, or is there another gate
through which I shall emerge into the fair, sweet paradise of God? My
Master is Lord of the road! And He tells me that death shall not be a
castle of captivity, but only a thoroughfare through which I shall pass
into the realm of eternal day.
"Year Book" 1895
"I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be
cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a
flood to destroy the earth." Genesis 9:11
Science now explains so many things, which devout people in the
past loved to look upon as the very acts of God, that some have
begun to wonder whether after all our Father really has anything
to do with nature. But what is nature? It is God's handiwork. The
powers that work so mightily in earth and air—God put there. Can
these powers be greater than he who lodged them in his works? We
need never fear that any scientific discovery shall show us a
universe without a God. We know, too, that the God who controls
all the forces and energies of nature, holding all in his hands—is
During a great flood, when houses, barns, outbuildings, and fences
were swept away in the wild current, some men in a skiff saw a
baby's cradle borne along in the stream. Rowing to it, they found
in it, sleeping as quietly and sweetly as it had ever slept in its
mother's bosom, a little baby. So, in the wildest floods of earth,
God cares for his little ones. He is Lord of all the forces of
nature. Not a drop of water, even in angriest billows, ever breaks
away from the control of God! Natural law! Yes—but natural law is
only the leash of divine control which is held firmly in the hand
of God. No wild tempest ever sweeps beyond the "Hitherto" of our
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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
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
- Breakthroughs Among the Peoples of Southwestern Ethiopia!
Did you know that GPD readers have prayed for the Tsamais, the
Banna, and the related Hammar peoples nine times since 1988? We
have prayed for spiritual hunger and a desire to find the Father.
We have prayed for African evangelists to reach these tribes, and
for the few believers among them to reach out to others in their
In partnership with the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church, the Seed
Company (theseedcompany.org/) is producing materials that these
evangelists can use. These tribes speak languages from the Bath
cluster. None of these languages contain written Scriptures. The
peoples do not read, but spread information through oral means
like stories and skits. The Seed Company is producing a series of
30-40 Bible-based stories that can be used by evangelists. They
are also producing training materials that can be used to train
story-telling evangelists who are willing to go in His Name. In
time these will result in discipleship groups. Since the Banna and
the Hammar have basically the same language, the JESUS Film that
is now being produced will be useful for both groups.
How will the people respond? Through the last 30 years, both
foreign and Ethiopian workers have gone to these tribes with
encouraging, but limited results. Now is the time for a great
harvest! The nations are waiting!
Pray for God’s powerful anointing for the evangelists who go to
these tribes. Pray for Him to raise up evangelists, church
planters, and disciplers for every district in southwestern
Ephesians 6:17-18a, ESV
Notice that the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is the only
offensive weapon listed in this passage. The others are about
protection, but this one is about advancing against the enemy.
Think what will happen when the Bath peoples have access to this
Pray for the peoples of southwestern Ethiopia to embrace God’s
Word as the guide to their lives. Pray that they will be
encouraged when they find themselves advancing spiritually.
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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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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.
My (Our) soul cleaves
to the dust;
according to Thy word.
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"I came that they might have life