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foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
The LORD loves justice, and does not forsake His godly ones; They are
preserved forever--The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep
MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO
PLEASURE IN HIM. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but
of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.-- If they had been of
us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it
might be shown that they all are not of us.
If you abide in My word, then you are truly
disciples of Mine-- The one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.--Be
on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.-- Hold fast
what you have, in order that no one take your crown.-- He who overcomes
shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from
the book of life.
Job 23.11. Ps. 37.28.--
Ps. 121.7. Heb. 10.38, 39.--1John 2.19.
John 8.31.--Mat. 24.13.--1Co. 16.13.--
Rev. 3.11.--Rev. 3.5.
two walk together unless they have made an appointment?
Having made peace through
the blood of His cross...you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind,
engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body
through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and
beyond reproach-- In Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been
brought near by the blood of Christ.
If while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His
Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And
not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Our fellowship is
with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship
of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
Am. 3.3. Col. 1.20-22.--
Ep. 2.13. Ro. 5.10, 11. 1 John 1.3. --2 Co. 13.14.
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by F. B. Meyer
"Now when Daniel knew that the writing
was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his
chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and
prayed, and gave thanks before His God, as he did aforetime."--
THE CHOSEN hour. It was at the time
when Daniel's enemies appeared to have accomplished his downfall and
death--"when the writing was signed '--that this heroic statesman knelt down
and prayed, and gave thanks to God. These are times when prayer is the only
way out of our perplexities. George Muller said: "Our very weakness gives
opportunity for the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to be manifested. That
blessed One never leaves and never forsakes us. The greater the weakness,
the nearer He is to manifest His strength; the greater our necessities, the
more have we ground to rely on it that He will prove Himself our Friend.
This has been my experience for more than seventy years; the greater the
trial, the greater the difficulty, the nearer the Lord's help. Often the
appearance was as if I must be overwhelmed, but it never came to it, and it
never will. More prayer, more faith, more exercise of patience, will bring
the blessing. Therefore our business is just to pour out our hearts before
Him; and help in His own time and way is sure to come."
The chosen direction. "His windows
open towards Jerusalem." There the Holy Temple had stood, and the Altar of
Incense; there God had promised to put His Name and meet His people. When we
pray, our windows must be open towards our blessed Lord, who ministers for
us in Heaven, mingling the much incense of His intercession with the prayers
of all mints (Heb 7:25; Rev 8:3).
The chosen attitude. "He kneeled upon
his knees." It is most appropriate to kneel before God in homage and
worship. St. Paul bowed his knees, even though his hands were chained, to
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 3:14).
But we can pray also as we walk, or sit, or ride. Nehemiah flashed a prayer
to the God of Heaven before he answered the king's question, but he also
prayed before God day and night. Let us contract the habit of praying and
giving thanks three times a day. At even, morning, and noon, let God hear
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above;
Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing
Glory in Thy perfect love. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that
which he hath given will He pay him again" (Proverbs 19:17).
We are to give to the poor out of pity. Not to be seen and
applauded, much less to get influence over them; but out of pure
sympathy and compassion we must give them help.
We must not expect to get anything back from the poor, not even
gratitude; but we should regard what we have done as a loan to the
LORD. He undertakes the obligation, and, if we look to Him in the
matter, we must not look to the second party. What an honor the
LORD bestows upon us when He condescends to borrow of us! That
merchant is greatly favored who has the LORD on his books. It
would seem a pity to have such a name down for a paltry pittance;
let us make it a heavy amount. The next needy man that comes this
way, let us help him.
As for repayment, we can hardly think of it, and yet here is the
LORD's note of hand. Blessed be His name, His promise to pay is
better than gold and silver. Are we running a little short through
the depression of the times? We may venture humbly to present this
bill at the bank of faith, Has any one of our readers [oppressed]
the poor? Poor soul. May the LORD forgive him.
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading Evening, April 21
I know that my Redeemer liveth.”
The marrow of Job’s comfort lies in that little word “My”—“My
Redeemer,” and in the fact that the Redeemer lives. Oh! to get
hold of a living Christ. We must get a property in him before we
can enjoy him. What is gold in the mine to me? Men are beggars in
Peru, and beg their bread in California. It is gold in my purse
which will satisfy my necessities, by purchasing the bread I need.
So a Redeemer who does not redeem me, an avenger who will never
stand up for my blood, of what avail were such? Rest not content
until by faith you can say “Yes, I cast myself upon my living
Lord; and he is mine.” It may be you hold him with a feeble hand;
you half think it presumption to say, “He lives as my Redeemer;”
yet, remember if you have but faith as a grain of mustard seed,
that little faith entitles you to say it. But there is also
another word here, expressive of Job’s strong confidence, “I
know.” To say, “I hope so, I trust so” is comfortable; and there
are thousands in the fold of Jesus who hardly ever get much
further. But to reach the essence of consolation you must say, “I
know.” Ifs, buts, and perhapses, are sure murderers of peace and
comfort. Doubts are dreary things in times of sorrow. Like wasps
they sting the soul! If I have any suspicion that Christ is not
mine, then there is vinegar mingled with the gall of death; but if
I know that Jesus lives for me, then darkness is not dark: even
the night is light about me. Surely if Job, in those ages before
the coming and advent of Christ, could say, “I know,” we should
not speak less positively. God forbid that our positiveness should
be presumption. Let us see that our evidences are right, lest we
build upon an ungrounded hope; and then let us not be satisfied
with the mere foundation, for it is from the upper rooms that we
get the widest prospect. A living Redeemer, truly mine, is joy
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, April 21
“Who is even at the right hand of God.”
He who was once despised and rejected of men, now occupies the
honourable position of a beloved and honoured Son. The right hand
of God is the place of majesty and favour. Our Lord Jesus is his
people’s representative. When he died for them, they had rest; he
rose again for them, they had liberty; when he sat down at his
Father’s right hand, they had favour, and honour, and dignity. The
raising and elevation of Christ is the elevation, the acceptance,
and enshrinement, the glorifying of all his people, for he is
their head and representative. This sitting at the right hand of
God, then, is to be viewed as the acceptance of the person of the
Surety, the reception of the Representative, and therefore, the
acceptance of our souls. O saint, see in this thy sure freedom
from condemnation. “Who is he that condemneth?” Who shall condemn
the men who are in Jesus at the right hand of God?
The right hand is the place of power. Christ at the right hand of
God hath all power in heaven and in earth. Who shall fight against
the people who have such power vested in their Captain? O my soul,
what can destroy thee if Omnipotence be thy helper? If the aegis
of the Almighty cover thee, what sword can smite thee? Rest thou
secure. If Jesus is thine all-prevailing King, and hath trodden
thine enemies beneath his feet; if sin, death, and hell are all
vanquished by him, and thou art represented in him, by no
possibility canst thou be destroyed.
“Jesu’s tremendous name
Puts all our foes to flight:
Jesus, the meek, the angry Lamb,
A Lion is in fight.
“By all hell’s host withstood;
We all hell’s host o'erthrow;
And conquering them, through Jesu’s blood
We still to conquer go.”
APRIL The Twenty-first
LOVE AS THE GREAT MAGICIAN
1John 2:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
A NEW commandment! And yet it is an old one with a new meaning. It is the
old water-pot, but its water has been changed into wine. It is the old
letter with a new spirit. It is the old body with a new soul. Love makes
all things new! It changes duty into delight, and statutes into songs.
What a magic difference love makes to a face. It at once becomes a face
illumined. Love makes the plainest face winsome and attractive. It adds
the light of heaven, and the earthly is transfigured. No cosmetics are
needed when love is in possession. She will do her own beautifying work,
and everybody will know her sign.
What a magic difference love makes in service! The hireling goes about his
work with heavy and reluctant feet: the lover sings and dances at his
toil. The hireling scamps his work: the lover is always adding another
touch, and is never satisfied. Just one more touch! And just another! And
so on until the good God shall say that loving “patience has had her
Love lights up everything, for she is the light of life. Let her dwell in
the soul, and every room in the life shall be filled with the glory of the
"Year Book" 1895
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans
to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
future." Jeremiah 29:11
It is better that we should not know our future. If we did, we
would often spoil God's plan for our life. If we could see into
tomorrow, and know the troubles it will bring, we might be tempted
to seek some way of avoiding them, while really they are God's way
to new honor and blessing. God's thoughts for us—are always
thoughts of love, good, promotion; but sometimes the path to the
hilltop lies through dark valleys or up rough paths. Yet to miss
the hard bit of road is to fail of gaining the lofty height. It is
better, therefore, to walk with God, not knowing the path
ourselves, than it would be to see the way and choose for
ourselves. God's way for us—is always better than our own.
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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
-Central Thai people of Bangkok
What are the characteristics of a “world class city”? Well, to
judge by Bangkok’s popularity, you would need nonstop nightlife,
quick international access, wealth, and a blend of old world charm
with today’s or perhaps tomorrow’s technology. These are some of
the things that draw outsiders to this city year round.
For those who live full time in Bangkok, life is not nearly so
glamorous or prosperous. A majority of Bangkok’s wealthy society
is made up of local Central Thais; the poorer individuals and
families are also local Thais. On the other hand, the majority of
the middle class is made up of foreigners or minority groups.
Specifically, the Chinese are quite influential leaders in
commerce and business activity.
The Central Thai majority is committed to Buddhism. Since being
introduced into Thailand in 329 BC, Buddhism has been their
guiding belief system with its emphasis on doing good in order to
attain Nirvana or perfect peace. Even with the challenges of
modern life, parents still try to pass this system of belief onto
The residents of Bangkok have experienced anything but peace
recently. There have been multiple violent uprisings across the
city since 1973 when Thais began demanding democracy. The protests
constantly threaten Thailand’s lucrative manufacturing sector
which produces everything from computer hard drives to
Pray that Central Thais will see the shallowness of their daily
lives and call upon the Lord. Pray that the evangelical believers
will try to win the Central Thais to Christ.
Matthew 27:52-53, RSV
The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had
fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs. After His
resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Although death reigned from Adam to Christ, His resurrection
changed everything from that point on; many saints were raised
with Him! I like to think that’s why Joseph arranged for his
embalmed body to be carried home from Egypt. Christ is the
resurrection and the life!
Pray that as the Central Thai people come to know Him personally,
the Lord will confirm to them that the kingdom of God is near.
Pray that God will send many believers to spread the good news of
Christ’s resurrection to the Central Thai.-RR
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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,
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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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