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December 8, Evening
Through love serve one another
even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual,
restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to
yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and
thus fulfill the law of Christ.
My brethren, if any among
you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, let him know
that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his
soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins --Since you
have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere
love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart
--Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who
loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law -Be devoted to one
another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor
--all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,
for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
We who are strong ought
to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just
Ga 5.13 Ga
6.1, 2 Jas 5.19, 20-- 1Pe 1.22--Ro 13.8--- Ro 12.10--1Pe 5.5 Ro
dust will return to the earth as it was
is sown a perishable body... it is sown in dishonor... it is sown
in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural
body.--The first man is of the earth, earthy.
You are dust, And to dust
you shall return --One dies in his full strength, being wholly at
ease and satisfied...while another dies with a bitter soul, never
even tasting anything good. Together they lie down in the dust,
and worms cover them.
My flesh also will dwell
securely -- Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I
shall see God --A Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ... will transform
the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His
glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject
all things to Himself.
make me to know my end, and what is the extent of my days, Let me
know how transient I am --So teach us to number our days, That we
may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.
Eccl 12.7 1Co
15.42, 43, 44--
1Co 15.47 Ge 3.19-- Job 21.23, 25, 26. Ps 16.9--Job 19.26-- Php
3.20, 21 Ps 39.4--Ps 90.12
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by F. B. Meyer
THE MIRROR OF TRUTH
"If any be a hearer of the
word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural
face in a mirror: for he goeth away, and straightway forgetteth
what manner of man he was."-- Jas 1:23-24.
THERE IS an old fable of a
palace, in which one room was remarkable above all others because
it was lined with glass of a special quality.
Whenever a person entered
whose life was inconsistent with truth, a mist blurred the surface
of the mirrors so that he was unable to see himself clearly. It
was when the Apostle Paul compared his own self-centred goodness
with the love and purity of Christ, he lost all hope of justifying
himself, and confessed that the things which he had counted gain
were only loss.
Truth and Love are
indissolubly connected. Love is of God, and so is Truth. If you
have the one, the other must follow. If the soul, looking into the
mirror of God's Word, perceiving that there is a blur, and sets
itself to remove all that has caused it; and if it continues in
this attitude, not being a hearer who forgets, but a doer that
works, he shall be "blessed in his doing."
The blessedness of doing and
becoming. It is only as we do, that we become. Even to behold
Christ will not make us Christlike in character, unless we
translate into action what we have discovered in Him. The
impressions made on the hearer through the ear are very vagrant,
like the breeze on the water. We look at ourselves in the mirror
held up before us, and straightway go off and forget what manner
of persons we were. It is only as we cease to be hearers who
forget, and become doers that work, that we can make any progress
in the Christian life and walk.
Listen attentively to the
Word of Truth, written or spoken. Be quick to notice the smallest
symptom of inconsistency between your life and the perfect beauty
of Jesus, and set yourself immediately to correct it. Be merciful
to the failings of everyone else, but be merciless to your own.
Let no fault remain uncorrected, and no call to duty unanswered.
For you to live, let it be Christ. Your blessedness and happiness
will come in choosing the Christ-life, in doing, and continuing to
do what He would have you do.
Help us to cast out all
those things which are contrary to Thy peace, or that are not
according to Thy will, so that ours may be the quiet life of
trust, and faith, and obedience, longing for Thy truth, and
walking in the light thereof. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
Following Leads to Honor
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there
shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father
honor. (John 12:26)
The highest service is imitation. If I would be Christ's servant I
must be His follower. To do as Jesus did is the surest way of
bringing honor to His name. Let me mind this every day.
If I imitate Jesus I shall have His company: if I am like Him I
shall be with Him. In due time He will take me up to dwell with
Him above, if, meanwhile, I have striven to follow Him here below.
After His suffering our Lord came to His throne, and even so,
after we have suffered a while with Him here below, we also shall
arrive in glory. The issue of our Lord's life shall be the issue
of ours: if we are with Him in His humiliation we shall be with
Him in His glory. Come, my soul, pluck up courage and put down thy
feet in the blood-marked footprints which thy Lord has left thee.
Let me not fail to note that the Father will honor those who
follow His Son. If He sees me true to Jesus, He will put marks of
favor and honor upon me for His Son's sake. No honor can be like
this. Princes and emperors bestow the mere shadows of honor; the
substance of glory comes from the Father. Wherefore, my soul,
cling thou to thy Lord Jesus more closely than ever.
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading Evening, December 8
“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis
which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in
white: for they are worthy.”
We may understand this to refer to justification. “They shall walk in
white;” that is, they shall enjoy a constant sense of their own
justification by faith; they shall understand that the righteousness of
Christ is imputed to them, that they have all been washed and made whiter
than the newly-fallen snow.
Again, it refers to joy and gladness: for white robes were holiday dresses
among the Jews. They who have not defiled their garments shall have their
faces always bright; they shall understand what Solomon meant when he said
“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry
heart. Let thy garments be always white, for God hath accepted thy works.”
He who is accepted of God shall wear white garments of joy and gladness,
while he walks in sweet communion with the Lord Jesus. Whence so many
doubts, so much misery, and mourning? It is because so many believers
defile their garments with sin and error, and hence they lose the joy of
their salvation, and the comfortable fellowship of the Lord Jesus, they do
not here below walk in white.
The promise also refers to walking in white before the throne of God.
Those who have not defiled their garments here shall most certainly walk
in white up yonder, where the white-robed hosts sing perpetual hallelujahs
to the Most High. They shall possess joys inconceivable, happiness beyond
a dream, bliss which imagination knoweth not, blessedness which even the
stretch of desire hath not reached. The “undefiled in the way” shall have
all this—not of merit, nor of works, but of grace. They shall walk with
Christ in white, for he has made them “worthy.” In his sweet company they
shall drink of the living fountains of waters.
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, December 8
“Thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.”
All God’s gifts are prepared gifts laid up in store for wants foreseen. He
anticipates our needs; and out of the fulness which he has treasured up in
Christ Jesus, he provides of his goodness for the poor. You may trust him
for all the necessities that can occur, for he has infallibly foreknown
every one of them. He can say of us in all conditions, “I knew that thou
wouldst be this and that.” A man goes a journey across the desert, and
when he has made a day’s advance, and pitched his tent, he discovers that
he wants many comforts and necessaries which he has not brought in his
baggage. “Ah!” says he, “I did not foresee this: if I had this journey to
go again, I should bring these things with me, so necessary to my
comfort.” But God has marked with prescient eye all the requirements of
his poor wandering children, and when those needs occur, supplies are
ready. It is goodness which he has prepared for the poor in heart,
goodness and goodness only. “My grace is sufficient for thee.” “As thy
days, so shall thy strength be.”
Reader, is your heart heavy this evening? God knew it would be; the
comfort which your heart wants is treasured in the sweet assurance of the
text. You are poor and needy, but he has thought upon you, and has the
exact blessing which you require in store for you. Plead the promise,
believe it and obtain its fulfilment. Do you feel that you never were so
consciously vile as you are now? Behold, the crimson fountain is open
still, with all its former efficacy, to wash your sin away. Never shall
you come into such a position that Christ cannot aid you. No pinch shall
ever arrive in your spiritual affairs in which Jesus Christ shall not be
equal to the emergency, for your history has all been foreknown and
provided for in Jesus.
DECEMBER The Eighth
JUDGED BY OUR ASPIRATIONS
“Thou didst well, it was in thine heart.”
—2Chr 6:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.
AND this was a purpose which the man was not permitted to realize. It was
a temple built in the substance of dreams, but never established in wood
and stone. And God took the shadowy structure and esteemed it as a
perfected pile. The sacred intention was regarded as a finished work. The
will to build a temple was regarded as a temple built. And hence I discern
the preciousness of all hallowed purpose and desire, even though it never
receive actual accomplishment. “Thou didst well, it was in thine heart.”
And so the will to be, and the will to do, is acceptable sacrifice unto
the Lord! “I wish I could be a missionary to the foreign field,” but the
duties of home forbid. But as a missionary she is accepted of our God,
even though she never land on distant shore. Our purposes work, as well as
the work itself. Desire is full of holy energy as well as fruition. The
wish to do good is good itself; the very longing is a minister in the
kingdom of our God. If, therefore, we are to be judged by our aspirations,
there are multitudes of apparent failures who will one day be revealed as
clothed in the radiance of spiritual victory.
"Year Book" 1895
"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to
become angry" James 1:19
We ought to think twice before we speak. Sometimes we are advised
if we are feeling unkindly, to count ten before we open our mouth.
Yet hasty words ofttimes fly from our lips in the moment of
excited feeling; and before we have time to think twice, or count
half of ten, the harm is done, the sharp word has flashed like a
dart into some gentle heart.
These hasty words are spoken, too, most frequently between those
who love each other. We control our speech fairly well when it is
with strangers, or ordinary acquaintances we are speaking; but
with those we love best—we are less careful. We let our worry or
our weariness make us irritable, and then we utter the hasty words
which five minutes afterward, we would give all we have to recall.
But such words never can be recalled. They may be forgiven, for
love forgives until seventy times seven times; but the wounds, the
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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
Arabs in Jordan
Have you ever played with dominoes? You just line them up, push
one against the next one, and watch them all go down!
International politics can be a little bit like dominoes. Violence
and unrest in one country can drag others down with them.
According to a May 9, 2013, article by Dominic Evans, the current
unrest in Syria is likely to de-stabilize neighboring Lebanon and
Jordan. Syrian refugees are coming into Jordan in droves looking
for safety and any kind of work. When there are too many people
who are hungry, need housing and work, and too few jobs, wages go
down. Even before the Syrian civil war began, Jordan was already
suffering from high unemployment.
According to the World Bank, Jordanian Arabs have a very high
literacy rate, and many are attending college. But instead of
coming together on campus to make the best of the regional crisis,
Jordanian college students are fighting violently among
themselves. Often students from one tribe or ethnic group are
attacking members of other groups. According to an April 24, 2013,
article in the New York Times, the number of serious violent
fights on college campuses in Jordan have increased each year
since 2010.Though Jordan has had a Christian presence for
centuries, the church is small, weak, and mainly Orthodox.
Pray that Christian TV and radio broadcasts will have a major
impact on the Jordanian Muslims and the Syrian refugees. Pray for
a strong desire to know God personally that will affect lives
among Jordan’s Muslim Arabs. Pray that the Church in Jordan will
be strengthened by the Holy Spirit so that it can be a healing
balm in this troubled region.
Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of
incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
In this incredible passage in Revelation we are given a glimpse of
the throne-room of God. It is depicted as a temple with worship
and offerings being lifted up to the throne. At the center of this
picture is a description of the prayers of the saints rising as
incense before God. Imagine that! The aroma of heaven is your
prayers! God desires to surround Himself with the fragrance of
your prayers day and night. As we intercede for the nations, let
us remember that these prayers are coming before God as an
offering which He alone is worthy to receive. The entire court of
heaven joins with us in this supreme act of worship.
Pray for us to be faithful to the end in filling the bowls of
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hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?
Bryon Paulus, director
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revival is failure to pray, to plead, to intercede, to cry out.
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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
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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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