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Oh, that Thou
wouldst rend the heavens and come down
haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of
spices.--We ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our
adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.--Bow Thy heavens, O LORD, and
come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.
This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven,
will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven. --(He)
shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those
who eagerly await Him.--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.
He who testifies to these things says, Yes, I am
coming quickly. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. --The blessed hope and the appearing
of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus --Our citizenship is
Is 64.1 Song 8.14.--Ro
8.23.-- Ps 144.5. Ac 1.11.--He 9.28--Isa 25.9 --Re 22.20.--Titus 2.13--Phil
given me the inheritance of those who fear Thy name
weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that
accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the
servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me declares the
LORD.--The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues
them. O taste and see that the LORD is good. How blessed is the man who
takes refuge in Him! O fear the LORD, you His saints for to those who fear
Him, there is no want. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger but they
who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.--The lines have
fallen to me in pleasant places. Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
For you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will
rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like
calves from the stall.--He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him
up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Ps 61.5. Is
Ps. 16.6. Mal. 4.2.--Ro. 8.32.
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by F. B. Meyer
THE CHRISTIAN EXTRA
"Whosoever shall compel thee
to go a mile, go with him twain."--
OUR LORD refers here to the
usage of the East in the transmission of royal messages, which
were carried forward by relays of messengers, much in the fashion
of the fiery cross in the Highlands, as described in "The Lady of
the Lake." The messengers were "press-men"; each town or village
was compelled to forward the message to the next, and the first
man happened upon was bound to forward the courier with his horses
In some such way emergencies
are continually happening to us all. We arise in the morning not
expecting any special demand for help, or any other circumstance
to interfere with the regular routine of the day's work, and then
suddenly and unexpectedly a demand bursts upon us, and we are
obliged to go in a direction which we never contemplated. We are
compelled to go one mile! Then the question arises. Now you have
done your duty, performed what you were bound to perform, given
what any other person would have given, what are you going to do
about the next mile? You had no option about the first; about the
second you have an opportunity of choice. Your action in the
matter which is optional determines whether or not you have
entered into the spirit and ministry of Christ.
Let us not be stingy and
niggardly in our dealings with men. There are certain things that
must be done, but let us go beyond the must, and do our duty with
a smile, and with generous kindness. It is not enough to pay our
servants or employees, let us be thankful for their service; it is
not enough to pay our debts, let us give the word also of
appreciation; it is not enough to simply do the work for which our
employer remunerates us, let us do it with alacrity and eagerness,
willing to finish a piece of necessary service even at cost to
ourselves. As the followers of Christ, we are to be stars bearing
our light on the vault of night; flowers shedding fragrance on the
world; fountains rising in the arid wastes; always giving love and
helpful ministry to this thankless and needy world, and as we
break and distribute our barley loaves and fishes, our hands will
become filled again, and with the measure we mete, it shall be
measured to us again (Luk 6:38).
O God, may we be more
gracious to those around us. May we fill up the measure o four
possibilities, and so be perfect, as Thou, our Father, art perfect
in love. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
He Routs Our Enemy
He hath cast out thine enemy. (Zephaniah 3:15)
What a casting out was that! Satan has lost his throne in our
nature even as he lost his seat in heaven. Our Lord Jesus has
destroyed the enemy's reigning power over us. He may worry us, but
he cannot claim us as his own. His bonds are no longer upon our
spirits: the Son has made us free, and we are free indeed.
Still is the archenemy the accuser of the brethren; but even from
this position our Lord has driven him. Our Advocate silences our
accuser. The Lord rebukes our enemies and pleads the causes of our
soul, so that no harm comes of all the devil's revilings.
As a tempter, the evil spirit still assails us and insinuates
himself into our minds; but thence also is he cast out as to his
former preeminence. He wriggles about like a serpent, but he
cannot rule like a sovereign. He hurls in blasphemous thoughts
when he has opportunity; but what a relief it is when he is told
to be quiet and is made to slink off like a whipped cur! Lord, do
this for any who are at this time worried and wearied by his
barkings. Cast out their enemy, and be Thou glorious in their
eyes. Thou hast cast him down; Lord, cast him out. Oh, that Thou
wouldst banish him from the world!
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading Evening, July 29
“Nevertheless I am continually
“Nevertheless,”—As if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and
ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one
atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and
accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God’s
presence was undoubtedly his. Fully conscious of his own lost
estate, and of the deceitfulness and vileness of his nature, yet,
by a glorious outburst of faith, he sings “nevertheless I am
continually with thee.” Believer, you are forced to enter into
Asaph’s confession and acknowledgment, endeavour in like spirit to
say “nevertheless, since I belong to Christ I am continually with
God!” By this is meant continually upon his mind, he is always
thinking of me for my good. Continually before his eye;—the eye of
the Lord never sleepeth, but is perpetually watching over my
welfare. Continually in his hand, so that none shall be able to
pluck me thence. Continually on his heart, worn there as a
memorial, even as the high priest bore the names of the twelve
tribes upon his heart forever. Thou always thinkest of me, O God.
The bowels of thy love continually yearn towards me. Thou art
always making providence work for my good. Thou hast set me as a
signet upon thine arm; thy love is strong as death, many waters
cannot quench it; neither can the floods drown it. Surprising
grace! Thou seest me in Christ, and though in myself abhorred,
thou beholdest me as wearing Christ’s garments, and washed in his
blood, and thus I stand accepted in thy presence. I am thus
continually in thy favour—“continually with thee.” Here is comfort
for the tried and afflicted soul; vexed with the tempest
within—look at the calm without. “Nevertheless”—O say it in thy
heart, and take the peace it gives. “Nevertheless I am continually
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, July 29
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.”
This declaration involves the doctrine of election: there are some
whom the Father gave to Christ. It involves the doctrine of
effectual calling: these who are given must and shall come;
however stoutly they may set themselves against it, yet they shall
be brought out of darkness into God’s marvellous light. It teaches
us the indispensable necessity of faith; for even those who are
given to Christ are not saved except they come to Jesus. Even they
must come, for there is no other way to heaven but by the door,
Christ Jesus. All that the Father gives to our Redeemer must come
to him, therefore none can come to heaven except they come to
Oh! the power and majesty which rest in the words “shall come.” He
does not say they have power to come, nor they may come if they
will, but they “shall come.” The Lord Jesus doth by his
messengers, his word, and his Spirit, sweetly and graciously
compel men to come in that they may eat of his marriage supper;
and this he does, not by any violation of the free agency of man,
but by the power of his grace. I may exercise power over another
man’s will, and yet that other man’s will may be perfectly free,
because the constraint is exercised in a manner accordant with the
laws of the human mind. Jehovah Jesus knows how, by irresistible
arguments addressed to the understanding, by mighty reasons
appealing to the affections, and by the mysterious influence of
his Holy Spirit operating upon all the powers and passions of the
soul, so to subdue the whole man, that whereas he was once
rebellious, he yields cheerfully to his government, subdued by
sovereign love. But how shall those be known whom God hath chosen?
By this result: that they do willingly and joyfully accept Christ,
and come to him with simple and unfeigned faith, resting upon him
as all their salvation and all their desire. Reader, have you thus
come to Jesus?
JULY The Twenty-ninth
NAMES AND NATURES
Romans 7:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
MEN will recognize my Christianity by the sign of the Spirit of Christ. And
they will accept no other witness. I saw a plant-pot the other day, full
of soil, bearing no flower, but flaunting a stick on which was printed the
word “Mignonette.” “Thou hast a name to live and art dead.” The world will
take no notice of our labels and our badges: it is only arrested by the
flower and the perfume. “If any man hath not the Spirit of Christ he is
none of His.”
And in the Spirit of Christ I shall best deal with “the things of the
flesh.” There are some things which are best overcome by neglecting them.
To give them attention is to give them nourishment. Withdraw the
attention, and they sicken and die. And so I must seek the fellowship of
the Spirit. That friendship will destroy the other. “Ye cannot serve God
and Mammon.” If I am in communion with the Holy One the other will pine
away, and cease to trouble me.
Lord, make my spirit a kinsman of Thine! Let the intimacy be ever deeper
and dearer. “Draw me nearer, blessed Lord,” until in nearness to Thee I
find my peace, my joy, and my crown.
"Year Book" 1895
"When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can
I do for you before I am taken from you?"
"Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied.
2 Kings 2:9
Elisha's choice shows where his heart was. He did not ask for
position, for wealth, for ease, for honor—but for more spiritual
power. He had watched his master in his great work, his zeal for
God, his heroism, his intense earnestness, and he wanted to have a
large measure of the same spirit. He wanted most of all to be a
better man, a more useful man, more active and mighty in the
Lord's work. Here is a good lesson for us. We ought to seek above
all other things—the qualities and graces and beauties which make
a noble character.
There is something else. Elisha greatly admired his master,
Elijah, and his chief desire was to be like him. This is
commendable. Christ, our Master, is the one great and perfect
example, and all of us should imitate him. Any other model is too
low. Yet he gives us in his true followers pictures of at least
some fragments of his own beauty, and it is right for us to
imitate these. Paul said: "Be imitators of me." Every parent
should live so that his child, imitating him, shall be ever
following Christ and growing more like him. It is right when we
see anything beautiful in another—to desire to have the same
beauty in ourselves. Whether we will or not, we grow, even
unconsciously, like those whom we admire and love.
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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
- Tulao People of China
What would it feel like to no longer be thought of as a distinct,
unique person-to simply be cast as part of a larger group? This is
what has happened to the Tulao people of China. Despite having
their own language, customs, and ethnicity, they have been
officially placed within the Zhuang nationality. This creates
difficulties for them, not the least of which is seeing their own
uniqueness fade into the forgotten past.
The Tulao probably arrived in China in stages over the past 1,000
years. It is known that they were severely affected by the Taiping
Rebellion of 1851-1864 when tens of thousands of them fled the
ravaged areas. At that time the leader of the Taiping army
believed that he was the brother of Jesus Christ and was called by
God to set up an earthly kingdom. Because the Tulao did not keep
written historical records, we cannot know absolutely their
specific experiences during this troubled time. But we know that
they suffered greatly.
Animism rules the thinking and actions of the Tulao people in
China. Perhaps because of Han Chinese influence, there is also a
degree of ancestor worship and Taoism. There has been no
evangelical activity among the Tulao people for many years. They
have not been reached by the gospel at all.
Pray for an effort to reach the Tulao before they become
completely indistinguishable from the peoples around them. Pray
for spiritual freedom from the longstanding traditions that hold
them in bondage.
That was the public death of Herod, a man who proved to be a
consistent enemy of the gospel. It’s true that enemies of the
gospel seldom die in such dramatic ways. But this is a reminder of
the fact that our God is both a God of mercy and love and a God of
wrath and judgment. Knowing this fact, how should we pray for the
enemies of the gospel in today’s world?
Pray that the unreached peoples will understand God’s nature and
be drawn to His love; but pray that they will also have a healthy
fear of His wrath.
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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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