We have been "bought with a price" to be "ambassadors
for Christ" and our "salvation is nearer to us than when we believed" so
let us "cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God" "so that when He appears, we may
have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming."
(1Cor 6:20, 2Cor 5:20, Ro 13:11, 2Cor 7:1, 1Jn 2:28, All)
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SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU
ARE REPROVED BY HIM FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE
SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES -- Even as a father, the son in whom he
delights.-- He inflicts pain and gives relief. He wounds and His hands also
heal.-- Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He
may exalt you at the proper time -- I have tested you in the furnace of
He does not afflict willingly, or grieve
the sons of men.-- He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor
rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are
above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our
transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so
the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our
frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
God is in
heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.
WHEN you are praying,
do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that
they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them; for
your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him. -- They...called
on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, O Baal, answer us.
Two men went up into the temple to pray,
one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-gatherer. The Pharisee stood and was
praying thus to himself, God, I thank Thee that I am not like other people:
swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-gatherer. But the
tax-gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his
eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me,
the sinner! I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather
than the other
Lord, teach us to pray
"Fear not. I am He that liveth, and
was dead; and behold,! am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of
hell and of death."-- Rev 1:18.
IT WAS not possible, said St. Peter, that our Lord
should be holden of death (Acts 2:24
It behoved Christ to suffer; but all the bitter waters of suffering could
not quench his love. He was the propitiation for the sins of the whole
world. Therefore, every man, even those who pierced Him, is included in
His great love.
Christ died, not only to put away
sin by the sacrifice of Himself, but to rob death of its terrors, and
deprive it of its sting. In death our Lord Jesus destroyed both the Devil
and his power; the prince of this world has been judged, and cast out of
the seat of power (Heb 2:14-15; John 12:31; John 16:11).
Let us not be afraid of the mystery
of death. Christ has shown us that it is the gateway into another life.
There is the same spirit, but a different environment. It is a condition
of existence in which the same voices are heard, the same human fellowship
persists. During the forty days in which Jesus tarried on our earth after
His Resurrection, He solved many of the problems of life after death, and
illuminated its mystery. To die is to be with Him, and to be welcomed into
the great company of loving spirits (2Pe 1:11).
Let us not fear the loneliness of
death. The soul passing through the dark valley becomes aware of Another
by its side---"Thou art with me.'" Death cannot separate us, even for a
moment, from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus
died alone; He felt forsaken; but none of us need pass through that
terrible experience; for He has said: "I will come again, and receive you
We need not fear what comes after
death. The curse and penalty of sin have been put away for ever. "Who is
He that condenmeth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen
again." That which others call death, we dread no more than sleep. Our
bodies lie down exhausted with our long working-day, to awake in the fresh
energy of the Eternal Morning, while our spirit is presented before the
Presence of His Glory, faultless, and with exceeding joy (Jude 1:24).
O God, may we so trust Thee this
day, that, when the day is done, our trust shall be firmer than ever.
Then, when our last day comes, and our work is done, may we trust Thee in
death and forever, in the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
"Nevertheless I will remember My Covenant with thee in the days of thy
youth, and I will establish unto thee an Everlasting Covenant" (Ezekiel
Notwithstanding our sins, the LORD is still faithful in His love to us. He
looks back. See how He remembers those early days of ours when He took us
into covenant with Himself, and we gave ourselves over to Him. Happy days
those! The LORD does not twit us with them and charge us with being
insincere. No, He looks rather to His covenant with us than to our
covenant with Him. There was no hypocrisy in that sacred compact, on His
part, at any rate. How gracious is the LORD thus to look back in love! He
looks forward also. He is resolved that the covenant shall not fail. If me
do not stand to it, He does. He solemnly declares, "I will establish unto
thee an everlasting covenant." He has no mind to draw back from His
promises. Blessed be His name, He sees the sacred seal, "the blood of the
everlasting covenant," and He remembers our Surety, in whom He ratified
that covenant, even His own dear Son; and therefore He rests in His
covenant engagements. "He abideth faithful; he cannot deny himself." O
LORD, lay this precious word upon my heart and help me to feed upon it all
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them."
Behold the superlative liberality of the Lord Jesus, for he hath
given us his all. Although a tithe of his possessions would have
made a universe of angels rich beyond all thought, yet was he not
content until he had given us all that he had. It would have been
surprising grace if he had allowed us to eat the crumbs of his
bounty beneath the table of his mercy; but he will do nothing by
halves, he makes us sit with him and share the feast. Had he given
us some small pension from his royal coffers, we should have had
cause to love him eternally; but no, he will have his bride as
rich as himself, and he will not have a glory or a grace in which
she shall not share. He has not been content with less than making
us joint-heirs with himself, so that we might have equal
possessions. He has emptied all his estate into the coffers of the
Church, and hath all things common with his redeemed. There is not
one room in his house the key of which he will withhold from his
people. He gives them full liberty to take all that he hath to be
their own; he loves them to make free with his treasure, and
appropriate as much as they can possibly carry. The boundless
fulness of his all-sufficiency is as free to the believer as the
air he breathes. Christ hath put the flagon of his love and grace
to the believer's lip, and bidden him drink on forever; for could
he drain it, he is welcome to do so, and as he cannot exhaust it,
he is bidden to drink abundantly, for it is all his own. What
truer proof of fellowship can heaven or earth afford?
"When I stand before the throne
Dressed in beauty not my own;
When I see thee as thou art,
Love thee with unsinning heart;
Then, Lord, shall I fully know--
Not till then--how much I owe."
"Ah Lord God, behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by
thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too
hard for thee."
At the very time when the Chaldeans surrounded Jerusalem, and when
the sword, famine and pestilence had desolated the land, Jeremiah
was commanded by God to purchase a field, and have the deed of
transfer legally sealed and witnessed. This was a strange purchase
for a rational man to make. Prudence could not justify it, for it
was buying with scarcely a probability that the person purchasing
could ever enjoy the possession. But it was enough for Jeremiah
that his God had bidden him, for well he knew that God will be
justified of all his children. He reasoned thus: "Ah, Lord God!
thou canst make this plot of ground of use to me; thou canst rid
this land of these oppressors; thou canst make me yet sit under my
vine and my fig-tree in the heritage which I have bought; for thou
didst make the heavens and the earth, and there is nothing too
hard for thee." This gave a majesty to the early saints, that they
dared to do at God's command things which carnal reason would
condemn. Whether it be a Noah who is to build a ship on dry land,
an Abraham who is to offer up his only son, or a Moses who is to
despise the treasures of Egypt, or a Joshua who is to besiege
Jericho seven days, using no weapons but the blasts of rams'
horns, they all act upon God's command, contrary to the dictates
of carnal reason; and the Lord gives them a rich reward as the
result of their obedient faith. Would to God we had in the
religion of these modern times a more potent infusion of this
heroic faith in God. If we would venture more upon the naked
promise of God, we should enter a world of wonders to which as yet
we are strangers. Let Jeremiah's place of confidence be
ours--nothing is too hard for the God that created the heavens and
J H JOWETT
JUNE The Thirtieth
GOD MY STRENGTH AND SONG
“The Lord is my strength and my song.”
—Psalm 118:14, 15, 16,17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
YES, first of all “my strength” and then “my song”! For what song can there
be where there is languor and fainting? What brave music can be born in an
organ which is short of breath? There must first be strength if we would
have fine harmonies. And so the good Lord comes to the songless, and with
holy power He brings the gift of “saving health.”
“And my song”! For when life is healthy it instinctively breaks into song.
The happy, contented soul goes about the ways of life humming its
satisfactions to itself, and is now and again heard by the passer-by. The
Lord fills the life with instinctive music. When life is holy it becomes
musical with His praise.
So here I see the appointed order in Christian service. It is futile to
try to make people joyful unless we do it by seeking first to make them
strong. First the good, and then the truly happy! First the holy, and then
the musical. First God, and then the breath of His Holy Spirit, and then
“the new song.”
"Listen as wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her
voice! My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest
wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is
crooked or perverse." Proverbs 8:1, 7-8
In this world's counsels—there is a great deal of guessing and
speculating. Friends advise us, and intend to speak only what is
true; yet by reason of the limitation of their knowledge, they may
often give wrong counsel. Bad advice, though well meant and
honestly given, has wrecked many a life. But here is counsel that
is always absolutely true. The words that this divine Wisdom
speaks to us—are always infallibly right words. Here is a Guide,
in whose leading we may put implicit confidence. Here is a
Counselor, whose counsel is always safe, because always right and
Those who abandon themselves utterly to the Word of God, follow
its counsels and obey its every precept, are sure of blessedness
in two worlds. It never has been heard that the Bible took any
person on a course which ended in disaster, or in any loss or
dishonor. It always leads in right paths; and these right paths
are safe throughout, and have their unvarying destination in the
highest good and blessedness of those who pass over them.
= command to make this privilege our practice enabled to
do so by the Holy Spirit!) 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
June 30 -
Arabs in Mindanao
For centuries the Arabs have had a significant presence in the
Philippines. Those Filipinos with Arab parentage live primarily in
Mindanao, while the more recent immigrants are living in Manila.
Arab traders have been visiting the Philippines for about 2,000
years. Until around 1380 Arabs actually brought Christianity to
the region along with pre-Islamic belief systems. Following 1380,
Islam was the religion that most Arabs brought with them.
Generally moving from the southern islands like Mindanao towards
the northern ones, they converted the Filipinos to the Islamic
In more recent months, ISIS terrorists have moved into Mindanao.
This is something the Philippine government has taken seriously.
In April of 2015, the Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary renewed
a commitment to fighting all forms of terrorism in their country.
The Arab people in Mindanao are likely to be vulnerable in such a
situation. Because they are Arabs like most ISIS members, they can
be viewed as possible sympathizers to ISIS.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that innocent Arabs in the Philippines will be spared from
both sides. Pray that the Muslim Arabs in Mindanao will have their
faith in Islam challenged and shaken. Pray that the Lord’s people
would share the love of Christ with their Arab neighbors in such a
way that these Muslims will begin a discipleship movement that
will affect the Arab world. Pray that Arabs in Mindanao will be
reminded of their earlier history and return to Jesus. Pray that
the efforts of ISIS in Mindanao will be thwarted.
centered daily devotionals -- use it to prompt
but not to
replace your time in the pure milk of the Word -- for that
is the primary source for spiritual growth -- Never read
the devotionals and fail to read the living and active
Word of Truth and Life (1Peter 2:2 = "by it [pure Word]
you grow in respect to salvation," Mt 4:4, Jer 15:16)
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!)
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. Proverbs 14:34
My (Our) soul cleaves
to the dust; Revive
according to Thy word.
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