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LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as
He had promised
in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a
refuge for us.--David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.--God will
surely take care of you, and bring you up from this land to the land which
He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.-- 'I HAVE CERTAINLY
SEEN THE OPPRESSION OF MY PEOPLE IN EGYPT, AND HAVE HEARD THEIR GROANS, AND
I HAVE COME DOWN TO DELIVER THEM. This man led them out, performing wonders
and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for
forty years.--Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the
house of Israel failed; all came to pass.
who promised is faithful.--Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He
spoken, and will He not make it good? --Heaven and earth will pass away, but
My words shall not pass away.--The grass withers, the flower fades, But the
word of our God stands forever.
Ps. 62.8.--1Sa. 30.6.--
Ge. 50.24.--Ac 7.34, 36.--Jos. 21.45.
He 10.23.--Nu 23.19.--Mt. 24.35.-- Is 40.8.
eyes of all look to Thee
Himself gives to all life and breath and all things -- The LORD is good to
all, And His mercies are over all His works -- Look at the birds of the air,
that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet
your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
The same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches
for all who call upon Him
I Will lift up my eyes to the mountains from
whence shall my help come? --Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the
hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress; so
our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He shall be gracious to us.
The LORD is a God of justice. How blessed are all
those who long for Him.--And it will be said in that day, Behold, this is
our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the LORD for
whom we have waited. Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.-- If we
hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
145.15. Ac. 17.25.--Ps. 145.9.--
Mt. 6.26. Ro. 10.12. Ps. 121.1.--
Ps. 123.2. Is 30.18.--Is 25.9.--Ro 8.25.
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by F. B. Meyer
"And the city lieth foursquare, the
length, and the breadth, and the height of it are equal."--
THE CUBE was evidently a favourite unit of Hebrew
measurement. The Holy of Holies was a cube, and so was the New Jerusalem,
the Holy City, which St. John saw in a vision, "coming down from God out of
heaven." We are reminded of the length, and breadth, and depth, and height
of the love of Christ which passeth knowledge (Eph 3:18).
Ought not this to be the measurement of every well-ordered life?
There must be Length i.e. the issuing
forth of the soul as it leaves the things that are behind and reaches forth
to those that are before. We must never be satisfied with that whereunto we
have already attained, or think that we are perfect.
But with length there must be Breadth.
Our life must reach out on the right and left to help others. The Cross
stands for unselfishness, and those who claim to have been crucified with
Christ must live, not to themselves, but to Him who died for them and
through Him for all that He cares and loves. The world is full of lonely,
weary, and desolate lives, to whom Christ would send us if we were ready for
There must also be Depth. We must
dwell deep! The Apostle says rooted--i.e, we must strike our roots into the
subsoil; grounded--we must have our foundations in the very depths of a life
hidden with Christ. From His life we must arise as fountains spring from the
depths of the hills. Tree roots need to spread as far underground as the
There must be Height. Our ideals
should always be rising. We must fix our affections on things above, not on
things on the earth. Let us by thought and prayer thither ascend and dwell
where Christ sits on the right hand of God (Col 3:1-4).
O Eternal God, sanctify my body and
soul, my thoughts and my intentions, my words and actions; let my body be a
servant of my spirit, and both body and spirit servants of Jesus; that doing
all things for Thy glory here, I may be partaker of Thy glory hereafter,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
Condition of Blessing
"Bring ye all of the tithes into the Storehouse, that there may be
meat in Mine House, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of
hosts, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven, and pour you
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it"
Many read and plead this promise without noticing the condition
upon which the blessing is promised. We cannot expect heaven to be
opened or blessing poured out unless we pay our dues unto the LORD
our God and to His cause. There would be no lack of funds for holy
purposes if all professing Christians paid their fair share.
Many are poor because they rob God. Many churches, also, miss the
visitation of the Spirit because they starve their ministries. If
there is no temporal meat for God's servants, we need not wonder
if their ministry has been little food in it for our souls. When
missions pine for means and the work of the LORD is hindered by an
empty treasury, how can we look for a large amount of
Come, come! What have I given of late? Have I been mean to my God?
Have I stinted my Savior? This will never do. Let me give my LORD
Jesus His tithe by helping the poor and aiding His work, and then
l shall prove His power to bless me on a large scale.
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading Evening, April 24
“And because of all this we
make a sure covenant.”
There are many occasions in our experience when we may very
rightly, and with benefit, renew our covenant with God. After
recovery from sickness when, like Hezekiah, we have had a new term
of years added to our life, we may fitly do it. After any
deliverance from trouble, when our joys bud forth anew, let us
again visit the foot of the cross, and renew our consecration.
Especially, let us do this after any sin which has grieved the
Holy Spirit, or brought dishonour upon the cause of God; let us
then look to that blood which can make us whiter than snow, and
again offer ourselves unto the Lord. We should not only let our
troubles confirm our dedication to God, but our prosperity should
do the same. If we ever meet with occasions which deserve to be
called “crowning mercies” then, surely, if he hath crowned us, we
ought also to crown our God; let us bring forth anew all the
jewels of the divine regalia which have been stored in the
jewel-closet of our heart, and let our God sit upon the throne of
our love, arrayed in royal apparel. If we would learn to profit by
our prosperity, we should not need so much adversity. If we would
gather from a kiss all the good it might confer upon us, we should
not so often smart under the rod. Have we lately received some
blessing which we little expected? Has the Lord put our feet in a
large room? Can we sing of mercies multiplied? Then this is the
day to put our hand upon the horns of the altar, and say, “Bind me
here, my God; bind me here with cords, even forever.” Inasmuch as
we need the fulfilment of new promises from God, let us offer
renewed prayers that our old vows may not be dishonoured. Let us
this morning make with him a sure covenant, because of the pains
of Jesus which for the last month we have been considering with
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, April 24
“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds
is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”
Song of Solomon 2:12
Sweet is the season of spring: the long and dreary winter helps us
to appreciate its genial warmth, and its promise of summer
enhances its present delights. After periods of depression of
spirit, it is delightful to behold again the light of the Sun of
Righteousness; then our slumbering graces rise from their
lethargy, like the crocus and the daffodil from their beds of
earth; then is our heart made merry with delicious notes of
gratitude, far more melodious than the warbling of birds—and the
comforting assurance of peace, infinitely more delightful than the
turtle’s note, is heard within the soul. Now is the time for the
soul to seek communion with her Beloved; now must she rise from
her native sordidness, and come away from her old associations. If
we do not hoist the sail when the breeze is favourable, we shall
be blameworthy: times of refreshing ought not to pass over us
unimproved. When Jesus himself visits us in tenderness, and
entreats us to arise, can we be so base as to refuse his request?
He has himself risen that he may draw us after him: he now by his
Holy Spirit has revived us, that we may, in newness of life,
ascend into the heavenlies, and hold communion with himself. Let
our wintry state suffice us for coldness and indifference; when
the Lord creates a spring within, let our sap flow with vigour,
and our branch blossom with high resolve. O Lord, if it be not
spring time in my chilly heart, I pray thee make it so, for I am
heartily weary of living at a distance from thee. Oh! the long and
dreary winter, when wilt thou bring it to an end? Come, Holy
Spirit, and renew my soul! quicken thou me! restore me, and have
mercy on me! This very night I would earnestly implore the Lord to
take pity upon his servant, and send me a happy revival of
APRIL The Twenty-fourth
Luke 17:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
WE are always inclined to set a limit to our moral obligations. We wish,
as we say, “to draw a line somewhere.” We want to appoint a definite place
where obligation ceases, and where the moral strain may be released. The
Apostle Peter wished his Master to draw such a line in the matter of
forgiveness. “Lord, how oft shall I forgive? Till seven times?” He wanted
a tiny moral rule which he could apply to his brother’s conduct.
Not so the Lord. Our Master tells His disciple that in those spiritual
realms relations are not governed by arithmetic. We cannot, by counting,
measure off our obligations. Our repeated acts of forgiveness never bring
us nearer to the freedom of revenge. No amount of sweetness will ever
permit us to be bitter. We cannot, by being good, obtain a license to be
evil. The fact of the matter is, if our goodness is of genuine quality,
every act will more strongly dispose us to further goodness. It is the
counterfeit element in our goodness that inclines us to the opposite camp.
It is when our forgiveness is tainted that we anticipate the “sweetness”
"Year Book" 1895
"As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the
birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It
sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun
came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they
had no root.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the
plants." Matthew 13:4-7
From the heart trodden down by passing feet of pleasure, business,
or care—the birds carry off the seeds the moment they are cast
from the sower's hand.
On the heart with a thin, emotional stratum on its surface, the
seed seems for a time to make a deep impression. The hearer weeps
under the sermon. He is amazed at the coldness of ordinary
Christians. But in a little time, it is all over. He has no depth
of conviction, and the quick growths of his first faith, are soon
withered in the heat of life's trials.
In the heart filled with the briers and thorns of earthly care,
ambition, and pleasure, the seed has little chance to grow. All
around the feeble stalks, grow the hardier briers and thorns,
whose hungry roots and stems absorb the soil's nourishment,
leaving the wheat robbed and starved. There is much of such
Christian life as this. Its possibilities are withered, stunted,
choked to death by worldliness or by care. No fruit comes to
anything beautiful in such lives.
It is discouraging to think that so much of the good seed sown
comes to naught, fails through unfavorable conditions. Yet we
should never falter in our sowing, praying for God to watch over
his own holy seed.
See these other
= 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
-Japanese in Tokyo, Japan
This could be a scene from the future: It’s the year 2020, and
Tokyo is hosting the summer Olympics! People are lining up at the
Olympic stadium to buy tickets for the next sporting event. A
Japanese man in his late 20s passes out literature about Jesus and
begins to speak to the people. “I used to live near Fukushima. In
2011 the earthquake and tsunami killed most of my family.”‘ He saw
that many people standing in the ticket line now had their
attention fixed upon him, so he continued. “After the disaster I
found no peace praying to Buddha. Then the American Christians
helped me rebuild my house and told me about Jesus Christ. When I
prayed to Jesus I found the courage to go on with my life.”
It is believed that many people in Japan came to trust Jesus after
the earthquake/tsunami disaster in 2011. Many of these new
believers are now developing strong ties of fellowship in new
churches in order to grow in Christ and share the message of
salvation. They also are learning to be bold and are willing to
try new outreach methods.
Pray that the Christians in Japan and around the world will find
creative ways to use Olympic events to spread the message of
salvation throughout the country. May the Japanese come to see
Jesus Christ as the only One who gives abundant life.
Revelation 3:7, RSV
The words of the holy, the true One, who has the key of David, who
opens the door and no one can shut it; Who shuts the door and no
one can open it.
Yesterday, we saw that Jesus now holds the keys of death and hades.
He has commissioned us, His disciples, to spread the wonderful
good news around the world to every nation and people group. He
has bestowed on us and in us “power and authority in heaven and
earth” to accomplish all He has commanded us to do.
Pray that the Father will increase the awareness of all of these
truths to His intercessors, senders, harvesters, and the people He
is calling to Himself from among the Japanese.-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,
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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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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