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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is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in
Him, may have eternal life-- Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we
keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
My yoke is easy, and My load is light. --
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. He who has My commandments
and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by
My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.
How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the
man who gains understanding. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths
are peace.-- Those who love Thy law have great peace, and nothing causes
them to stumble. -- I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,
This is His commandment, that we believe in
the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another.-- Love does no wrong
to a neighbor; love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.
1Jn 5.3. Jn 6.40.--1Jn
Mt 11.30. Jn 14.15, 21. Pr. 3.13, 17.--
Ps. 119.165.--Ro. 7.22. 1Jn 3.23.--
remember the sins of my youth
or my transgressions
HAVE wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud, and your sins like a
heavy mist. -- I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for
My own sake and I will not remember your sins. -- Come now, and let us
reason together, says the LORD, Though your sins are as scarlet, they will
be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like
wool. -- Their sin I will remember no more.--He will tread our iniquities
under foot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.
Thou who hast kept my soul from the pit of
nothingness, for Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back.-- Who is a God
like Thee, Who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act... He
does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging
love.--To Him who loves us, and released (washed - KJV) us from our sins by His blood...to
Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Ps 25.7. Isa.
44.22.--Isa 43.25. Isa 1.18.--
Jer 31.34.--Mic. 7.19. Isa 38.17.--
Mic 7.18.--Re 1.5, 6
"My soul doth magnify the Lord, and
my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Blessed be the Lord God of
Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people."-- Luke 1:46-47, Luke 1:68.
THESE TWO songs have floated down
the centuries, stirring human hearts with the ecstasy of their triumph. It
is not given to all to be able to express their exultation in words so
eloquent and musical, but all may become as saturated with the words of
Scripture as Mary was, and all may triumph in Jesus Christ as gladly as
did Zacharias, and show forth His praise, as did these two holy souls.
The most wonderful thing for us all
is that God looks upon our low estate. The greater His blessing, the more
unworthy we feel of it. There is no reason why He has stooped to our
lowliness and obscurity except that He would. He does great things for the
weakest and merciful things for the unworthiest, for His Name's
sake--"Holy is His Name." In other words, there is no accounting for the
putting forth of God's power and love, except His own glorious character.
Princes are put down from their
thrones, because they have become proud and tyrannical; whilst those of
low degree are exalted by God, because in obscurity they have been
educated in virtue, which cannot but rise to the level of its specific
gravity. The rich are often sent empty away, because they have no taste or
desire for true riches which alone can satisfy. Whether the hunger be for
love, or for the power to do good, or for the best gifts that the Spirit
of God can bestow, whoever fulfils the conditions of humility and
faith--these are "filled with good things." "Blessed are they that hunger
and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled."
The little babe, known afterwards as
John the Baptist, was probably lying in his father's arms, when he burst
forth into this glorious song. Let us see to it that we use every
opportunity of making known God's wondrous salvation, of pointing men to
the only source of forgiveness. Nothing so encourages faith as the
proclamation of what God is prepared to do for those who trust Him, and
when it dawns upon men that there are treasures in Christ which shall
enrich their poverty and dissipate their hopelessness, they will yield
themselves to be led into the ways of peace even by a little child!
We thank Thee, O God, for life and
light and love; for the light of Thy mercy shining across our path,
revealing to us Thy infinite love without beginning or end. May the Name
of our Lord Jesus be glorified in us. AMEN.
"Call unto Me,
and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou
knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).
God encourages us to pray. They tell us that prayer is a pious exercise
which has no influence except upon the mind engaged in it. We know better.
Our experience gives the lie a thousand times over to this infidel
assertion. Here Jehovah, the living God, distinctly promises to answer the
prayer of His servant. Let us call upon Him again and admit no doubt upon
the question of His hearing us and answering us. He that made the ear,
shall He not hear? He that gave parents a love to their children, will He
not listen to the cries of His own sons and daughters! God will answer His
pleading people in their anguish. He has wonders in store for them. What
they have never seen, heard of, or dreamed of, He will do for them. He
will invent new blessings if needful. He will ransack sea and land to feed
them: He will send every angel out of heaven to succor them if their
distress requires it. He will astound us with His grace and make us feel
that it was never before done in this fashion. All He asks of us is that
we will call upon Him. He cannot ask less of us. Let us cheerfully render
Him our prayers at once.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."
1 Thessalonians 4:14
Let us not imagine that the soul sleeps in insensibility. "Today
shalt thou be with me in paradise," is the whisper of Christ to
every dying saint. They "sleep in Jesus," but their souls are
before the throne of God, praising him day and night in his
temple, singing hallelujahs to him who washed them from their sins
in his blood. The body sleeps in its lonely bed of earth, beneath
the coverlet of grass. But what is this sleep? The idea connected
with sleep is "rest," and that is the thought which the Spirit of
God would convey to us. Sleep makes each night a Sabbath for the
day. Sleep shuts fast the door of the soul, and bids all intruders
tarry for a while, that the life within may enter its summer
garden of ease. The toil-worn believer quietly sleeps, as does the
weary child when it slumbers on its mother's breast. Oh! happy
they who die in the Lord; they rest from their labours, and their
works do follow them. Their quiet repose shall never be broken
until God shall rouse them to give them their full reward. Guarded
by angel watchers, curtained by eternal mysteries, they sleep on,
the inheritors of glory, till the fulness of time shall bring the
fulness of redemption. What an awaking shall be theirs! They were
laid in their last resting place, weary and worn, but such they
shall not rise. They went to their rest with the furrowed brow,
and the wasted features, but they wake up in beauty and glory. The
shrivelled seed, so destitute of form and comeliness, rises from
the dust a beauteous flower. The winter of the grave gives way to
the spring of redemption and the summer of glory. Blessed is
death, since it, through the divine power, disrobes us of this
work-day garment, to clothe us with the wedding garment of
incorruption. Blessed are those who "sleep in Jesus."
"Howbeit, in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of
Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done
in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that
was in his heart."
2 Chronicles 32:31
Hezekiah was growing so inwardly great, and priding himself so
much upon the favour of God, that self-righteousness crept in, and
through his carnal security, the grace of God was for a time, in
its more active operations, withdrawn. Here is quite enough to
account with the Babylonians; for if the grace of God should leave
the best Christian, there is enough of sin in his heart to make
him the worst of transgressors. If left to yourselves, you who are
warmest for Christ would cool down like Laodicea into sickening
lukewarmness: you who are sound in the faith would be white with
the leprosy of false doctrine; you who now walk before the Lord in
excellency and integrity would reel to and fro, and stagger with a
drunkenness of evil passion. Like the moon, we borrow our light;
bright as we are when grace shines on us, we are darkness itself
when the Sun of Righteousness withdraws himself. Therefore let us
cry to God never to leave us. "Lord, take not thy Holy Spirit from
us! Withdraw not from us thine indwelling grace! Hast thou not
said, I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest
any hurt it, I will keep it night and day'? Lord, keep us
everywhere. Keep us when in the valley, that we murmur not against
thy humbling hand; keep us when on the mountain, that we wax not
giddy through being lifted up; keep us in youth, when our passions
are strong; keep us in old age, when becoming conceited of our
wisdom, we may therefore prove greater fools than the young and
giddy; keep us when we come to die, lest, at the very last, we
should deny thee! Keep us living, keep us dying, keep us labouring,
keep us suffering, keep us fighting, keep us resting, keep us
everywhere, for everywhere we need thee, O our God!"
J H JOWETT
JUNE The Twenty-ninth
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
—James 5:13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.
OR, as Weymouth translates it, “The heartfelt supplication of a righteous
man exerts a mighty influence.” Prayer may be empty words, with no more
power than those empty shells which have been foisted upon the Turks in
their war with the Balkan States. Firing empty shells! That is what many
professed prayers really are; they have nothing in them, and they
accomplish nothing. They are just forged upon the lips, and they drop to
the earth as soon as they are spoken. Effectual prayers are born in the
heart; they are stocked with heart-treasure, with faith, and hope, and
desire, and holy urgency, and they go forth with power to shake the world.
What are my prayers like? If I were God, could I listen to them? Are they
mere pretences at prayer, full of nothing but sound? Is there any
reasonable ground for assuming that they can accomplish anything? Or are
my prayers weighted with sincere desire? Do they comprehend my brother’s
good as well as my own? Are they spoken in faith? Do they go forth in
great expectancy? Then do they surely “exert a mighty influence,” and they
become fellow-labourers with all God’s ministries of grace. The greatest
thing I can do is greatly to pray.
"O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above
or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your
servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way." 1 Kings 8:23
Prayer is not all request and supplication. We ought not to speak
to God merely and only—when we want some favor from his hand. Much
of all true prayer is adoration and praise. A loving child-heart
always seeks to express its love and confidence.
"There is no God like you." The heathen have their idols—but our
God is not like them. They see not, hear not, love not, care not
for those who worship them. Our God loves and keeps covenant. What
he promises he performs. His Word never fails, is never broken.
What a strong confidence it gives us—to be sure that the God in
whom we trust always keeps his Word! Not a promise of his ever has
There is something else here which we must not overlook. We should
never cut Bible sentences in two in the middle, for if we do we
shall get only half truths. God keeps covenant; but to every
covenant there are two sides, and we have something to do to
secure what he has promised. He keeps covenant with those who
"continue wholeheartedly in your way." That is our part, and it
should be our continual care to be faithful to God in all our
ways. There is no danger that he will fail us; let us take heed
that we do not fail in our part.
= 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 29 -
Karaga Mandaya People
(This story illustrates what could happen among this people
Mayumi and her husband moved about their house in a flutter of
traditional costumes, jewelry, and instruments. Mayumi made sure
to gather their gimbao, or large drum made using deer hide from a
doe on one side and from a stag on the other side to produce
different tone and pitch. The drum is played as an attempt to
summon the spirits. The Mandaya post-harvest festival would begin
shortly, where the village would celebrate the crops gathered from
their cooperative farming. Their people value this festival; they
believe it will lead to the blessing of a better harvest next
The Karaga Mandaya are a group of only 5,700 people. found mainly
in Mindanao. Most Karaga Mandaya people live as cultivators and as
expert fishermen. Their name means “the first people upstream,”
and some have survived as traders, bartering goods like their
famous metal work such as weapons and jewelry. Recently they have
become part of a cash economy.
The Karaga Mandaya are neither overwhelmingly Christian nor
Muslim. Only four percent claim to be Christian, but even this
small group still holds to a mixture of previous beliefs, and a
form of Christianity that will not allow them to enter into the
joy, peace, and blessings of our Lord.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Karaga Mandaya will encounter the only living loving
God, and experience the blessing of sharing Him with one another.
Pray that soon there will be strong fellowships among them.
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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