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October 26, Evening
ye not me? saith the LORD: will
ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the
bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though
the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they
roar, yet can they not pass over it?--Promotion cometh neither from
the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the
judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
He changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up
kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know
understanding.--Ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be
If God be for us, who can be against us?--Are not two sparrows
sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without
your Father. The very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not
therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Ps 99.1. Je. 5.22.--Ps. 75.6, 7.
Da. 2.21.--Mt. 24.6. Ro. 8.31.--
Take heed to your spirit.
we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for
he that is not against us is for us. Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to
come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he . . .
rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. And Joshua the son of Nun . . .
answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. And Moses said unto him,
Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD's
people were prophets, and that the LORD
would put his spirit upon them!
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. . . . And they that are Christ's have
crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit,
let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory,
provoking one another, envying one another.
Lk. 9.49, 50, 54, 55.
Nu. 11.27-29. Gal 5.22, 23, 24, 25, 26.
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by F. B. Meyer
THE BLAMELESS LIFE
"I pray God your whole spirit and
soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it."--
1Th 5:23, 24.
HE WILL do it. There is a tone of
confidence in these words which bespeaks the unwavering faith of the
Apostle in the faithfulness and power of God to do for these early
Christian folk what indeed is needed by all of us; first, to be sanctified
wholly, and secondly, to be preserved without blame until the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
We can hardly realise how much this
meant for men and women reared amid the excesses and evils of those days,
when religion was another name for unbridled indulgence. Blamelessness of
life, the stainless habit of the soul, sell-restraint--these were the
attributes of the few whose natures seemed cast in a special mould. And
yet how strong the assertion of the Apostle that, in the face of the
insurmountable difficulties, the God of Peace would do even as much for
We must distinguish between
blamelessness and faultlessness. The latter can only be ours when we have
passed into the presence of His glory, and are presented faultless before
Him with exceeding joy (Jude 1:24).
The former, however, is within the reach of each of us, because God has
said that He will do it. The Agent of the blameless life is God Himself.
None beside could accomplish so marvellous a result, and He does it by
condescending to indwell the soul. As His glory filled Solomon's Temple,
so He waits to infill the spirit, soul, and body of those who trust Him.
He will do it as the God of Peace.
The mightiest forces are the stillest. Who ever heard the day break, or
detected the footfall of Spring? Who thinks of listening for the throb of
gravitation, or the thud of the forces that redden the grape, golden the
corn, and cover the peaches with bloom? So God works in the hearts of
those who belong to Him. When we think we are making no progress, He is
most at work. The presence of ozone in the air can only be detected by a
faint colour on a piece of litmus-paper, and God's work in the soul is
only apparent as the bloom of perfect love is shown in the life.
Almighty God, who lovest us, and to
whom are known our yearnings for this blessed life; work Thou within us,
quietly, gently, mightily, ridding us of the love of sin, and producing
within us that blamelessness of soul which in Thy sight is of priceless
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by C H Spurgeon
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- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
Because of Us
"For the elect's sale those days be shortened" (Matthew 24:22).
For the sake of His elect the LORD withholds many judgments and shortens
others. In great tribulations the fire would devour all were it not that
Out of regard to His elect the LORD damps the flame. Thus, while He saves
His elect for the sake of Jesus, He also preserves the race for the sake
of His chosen. What an honor is thus put upon saints! How diligently they
ought to use their influence with their LORD! He will hear their prayers
for sinners and bless their efforts for their salvation. He blesses
believers that they may be a blessing to those who are in unbelief. Many a
sinner lives because of the prayers of a mother, or wife, or daughter to
whom the LORD has respect. Have we used aright the singular power with
which the LORD entrusts us? Do we pray for our country, for other lands,
and for the age? Do we, in times of war, famine, pestilence, stand out as
intercessors, pleading that the days may be shortened? Do we lament before
God the outbursts of infidelity, error, and licentiousness? Do we beseech
our LORD Jesus to shorten the reign of sin by hastening His own glorious
appearing? Let us get to our knees and never rest till Christ appeareth.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, October 26
Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought
it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because
of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own
Churlish souls stint their contributions to the ministry and
missionary operations, and call such saving good economy; little do
they dream that they are thus impoverishing themselves. Their excuse
is that they must care for their own families, and they forget that
to neglect the house of God is the sure way to bring ruin upon their
own houses. Our God has a method in providence by which he can
succeed our endeavours beyond our expectation, or can defeat our
plans to our confusion and dismay; by a turn of his hand he can
steer our vessel in a profitable channel, or run it aground in
poverty and bankruptcy. It is the teaching of Scripture that the
Lord enriches the liberal and leaves the miserly to find out that
withholding tendeth to poverty. In a very wide sphere of
observation, I have noticed that the most generous Christians of my
acquaintance have been always the most happy, and almost invariably
the most prosperous. I have seen the liberal giver rise to wealth of
which he never dreamed; and I have as often seen the mean,
ungenerous churl descend to poverty by the very parsimony by which
he thought to rise. Men trust good stewards with larger and larger
sums, and so it frequently is with the Lord; he gives by cartloads
to those who give by bushels. Where wealth is not bestowed the Lord
makes the little much by the contentment which the sanctified heart
feels in a portion of which the tithe has been dedicated to the
Lord. Selfishness looks first at home, but godliness seeks first the
kingdom of God and his righteousness, yet in the long run
selfishness is loss, and godliness is great gain. It needs faith to
act towards our God with an open hand, but surely he deserves it of
us; and all that we can do is a very poor acknowledgment of our
amazing indebtedness to his goodness.
Evening, October 26
“All the rivers run into the sea;
yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come,
thither they return again.”
Everything sublunary is on the move, time knows nothing of rest. The
solid earth is a rolling ball, and the great sun himself a star
obediently fulfilling its course around some greater luminary. Tides
move the sea, winds stir the airy ocean, friction wears the rock:
change and death rule everywhere. The sea is not a miser’s
storehouse for a wealth of waters, for as by one force the waters
flow into it, by another they are lifted from it. Men are born but
to die: everything is hurry, worry, and vexation of spirit. Friend
of the unchanging Jesus, what a joy it is to reflect upon thy
changeless heritage; thy sea of bliss which will be forever full,
since God himself shall pour eternal rivers of pleasure into it. We
seek an abiding city beyond the skies, and we shall not be
disappointed. The passage before us may well teach us gratitude.
Father Ocean is a great receiver, but he is a generous distributor.
What the rivers bring him he returns to the earth in the form of
clouds and rain. That man is out of joint with the universe who
takes all but makes no return. To give to others is but sowing seed
for ourselves. He who is so good a steward as to be willing to use
his substance for his Lord, shall be entrusted with more. Friend of
Jesus, art thou rendering to him according to the benefit received?
Much has been given thee, what is thy fruit? Hast thou done all?
Canst thou not do more? To be selfish is to be wicked. Suppose the
ocean gave up none of its watery treasure, it would bring ruin upon
our race. God forbid that any of us should follow the ungenerous and
destructive policy of living unto ourselves. Jesus pleased not
himself. All fulness dwells in him, but of his fulness have all we
received. O for Jesus’ spirit, that henceforth we may live not unto
THE LUST OF THE EXTERNAL
Matthew 23:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
PHARISAISM is the lust of externalities, and the utter negligence of the
inward sanctities of the spirit. It thinks more of decorum than of
holiness, more of etiquette than of equity, more of ritualism than of “the
robe of righteousness and the garment of salvation.” Pharisaism lives in
the streets: it does not dwell in the inner chambers of our mystic life.
Pharisaism thirsts for the homage of men and not for the approbation of
God. It is far more alert to the “Rabbi! Rabbi!” of the crowd than it is
to the secret callings of the Lord. The path between itself and the
highest is unfrequented and grass-grown; the path between itself and the
multitude is a well-trodden and barren road.
My Lord, let me be warned! Let me not pervert the ministries of religion
to the aggrandizement of self. Let me not, in appearing to worship Thee,
be seeking the worship of men. Give me singleness of mind. Give me purity
of heart. And may I discover true greatness in seeking greatness for
"Year Book" 1895
"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to
you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or
fearful." John 14:27
Two artists went out to paint a picture of peace. One painted a
silvery lake embosomed deep amid the hills, where no storm could
ever touch it—calm, sweet, quiet in its shelter. The other painted
a wild sea, swept by tempests, strewn with wrecks—but rising out
of the sea a great rock, and in the rock, high up, a cleft, with
herbage and flowers amid which, on her nest, a dove was sitting.
The latter is the true picture of Christian peace.
Anybody can be confident—when there is nothing to disturb, no
danger, no storm. Anybody can be happy—when there is no trouble,
nothing to hurt or vex. Anybody can be patient—when there is
nothing to make one impatient. Any little lake can be smooth and
glassy—when there is no wind to ruffle it, or when it is hidden
away within a wall of mountains. But we want a religion which will
help us to have peace—when the sorest trials are upon us! How can
we get this peace? Only by hiding in Christ!
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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.
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(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
- Khoja People
Raji watched the Islamic festival with his friend Jose from
Argentina. They stood on a sidewalk in Hyderabad, India, as Khoja
men beat themselves with chains. “Why do your people do that?”
asked Jose. “They are depicting the death of the one who brought
Islam to us, a missionary named Pir Sadardin,” Raji explained.
Jose thought for a minute and commented, “I also follow someone
who was killed by His enemies. His name is Jesus. But there is a
major difference. Unlike Pir Sadardin, Jesus rose from the dead.
He conquered death and sin.” “Please tell me more,” asked Raji.
Jose said, “Yes, but not here.” The two young men then walked
several blocks to Raji’s house.
Many years ago members of the Lohanna people group in northern
India converted from Hinduism to Shi’ite Islam and came to be
known as the Khoja. This happened in the 14th century, and it was
mainly the work of a Muslim missionary named Pir Sadardin.
Sadardin was eventually killed by angry Hindus. Today all Khojas
are either Shi’ite or Sunni Muslims, and there are no known
followers of Jesus Christ among this people group.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to open the hearts of the Khoja people to the Risen
Savior. May this people group come to see Jesus Christ as the only
source of eternal life. Pray that God will soon send the right
people to reach out to them.
Psalms 56:8, ESV
You have kept count of my sorrows; You have put all my tears in
Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?
For centuries the Khojas and other Shi’ite Muslim peoples have
held onto hurts, hate, and violence. They have clung to the
oppressive ideas of the men who brought them Islam: the false
ideas of hate, rage, and unforgiveness. The Bible says that we
should let go of our hurts; God keeps track of the wrongs, and we
are better off releasing them to Him.
Pray that the Khojas and other Shi’ite Muslim peoples will release
the wrongs committed against them to the One who alone can forgive
sins. Send laborers to the Khojas from the God who loves them so
that their hearts will be healed.
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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.
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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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