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is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore,
when He comes into the world, He says, SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU HAST NOT
DESIRED, BUT A BODY THOU HAST PREPARED FOR ME IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND
sacrifices FOR SIN THOU HAST TAKEN NO PLEASURE. THEN I SAID, BEHOLD, I HAVE
COME (IN THE ROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO THY WILL, O GOD. --
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a
lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its
shearers, so He did not open His mouth.
were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold... but with
precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of
Christ... has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through
Him are believers in God, Who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory,
so that your faith and hope are in God.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and
might and honor and glory and blessing.
Heb. 10.4-7.--Is 53.7.
1Pe. 1.18, 19, 20, 21. Rev. 5.12.
I will hope continually and will praise Thee yet
more and more
NOT that I have
already obtained it, or have already become perfect -Leaving leaving the
elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not
laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward
God --The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines
brighter and brighter until the full day.
I love the
LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has
inclined His ear to me. Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
-- I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my
There will be...praise in Zion, O God --they do not cease to say, HOLY,
HOLY, HOLY, is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO
COME. -- He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me.--Rejoice
always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is God's
will for you in Christ Jesus --Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say,
71.14. Php 3.12.--Heb. 6.1.
Pr. 4.18. Ps. 116.1, 2.--Ps. 34.1. Ps. 65.1.--
Re 4.8.--Ps. 50.23.--1Th. 5.16, 17, 18.-- Php 4.4.
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by F. B. Meyer
"He went forth, and beheld a publican,
named Levi, sitting at the place of toll, and said unto him, Follow Me. And
he forsook all, and rose up and followed Him."--
THE TRADE between the Orient and the
vast populations on the Mediterranean, passed through the Lake of Galilee,
making a highly profitable trade for Capernaum, and the smaller cities and
towns. The custom-house in which this man, Levi, held a lucrative position
was probably quite near the lake, which was much frequented by our Lord, and
thus he may have had opportunities of listening to His teaching. On the
other hand, it is possible that the Saviour's summons to him was absolutely
unexpected, though it elicited an instant response, for he rose up, left
all, and followed Jesus. No doubt he returned later to make up his books,
and hand in the balance that may have been in his charge.
Our Lord called him Matthew--which
means "a gift." He was a great addition to the band of disciples, and the
gift of his Gospel to the Church has made the whole world his debtor.
Matthew conceals, with beautiful modesty, the fact that he prepared a great
feast for the Master, which was perhaps partly to signalize his adherence to
his new calling, and partly as an opportunity to introduce his new-found
Friend to the publicans and sinners--i.e, the excommunicated persons of the
city (Luk 5:29-30).
That feast may have been the first step to the foundation of the Christian
Church. Our Lord gladly availed himself of the opportunity to declare His
purpose to seek and save the lost, to create a new society on that
principle, and to make possible the enclosure of these lost sheep with the
If Zacchaeus happened to be in the
party that day, it is likely that for him it was the inauguration of a new
life, and as he sat there under the fascination of Christ, he resolved to
make reparation to any whom he had cheated and over-charged!
Let us see to it that there is more
joy in our religions life. Let us seek the people who think themselves for
ever excommunicated from the Church. It may be that we shall find Matthew,
or Augustine, or John Bunyan among them!
O God, wherever Thou leadest we would
go, for Thy ways are perfect wisdom and love. Blend our wills with Thine,
and then we need fear no evil nor death itself, for all things must work
together for our good. AMEN.
Thus cold hands may find warmth, and
souls that are frozen for want of love and sympathy may be sheltered and
refreshed, and we shall find that in showing love to a stranger we have been
ministering to our dear Lord Himself, who said: "Inasmuch as ye did it unto
one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it unto Me."
Help me, Blessed Lord, to bear the
infirmities of the weak, to succour those that are over-borne in the fight
of life, and to bear the burdens of others. AMEN.
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from the VALLEY OF VISION
by C H Spurgeon
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- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
It Becomes Mutual
what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of
the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG
THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. " (2Corinthians 6:16).
Here is a mutual interest. Each belongs to each. God is the portion of His
people, and the chosen people are the portion of their God. The saints
find in God their chief possession, and He reckons them to be His peculiar
treasure. What a mine of comfort lies in this fact for each believer! This
happy condition of mutual interest leads to mutual consideration. God will
always think of His own people, and they will always think of Him. This
day my God will perform all things for me; what can I do for Him? My
thoughts ought to run toward Him, for He thinketh upon me. Let me make
sure that it is so and not be content with merely admitting that so it
ought to be. This, again, leads to mutual fellowship. God dwells in us,
and we dwell in Him; He walks with us, and we walk with God....Oh, for
grace to treat the LORD as my God: to trust Him and to serve Him, as His
Godhead deserves! Oh, that I could love, worship, adore, and obey Jehovah
in spirit and in truth! This is my heart's desire. When I shall attain to
it, I shall have found my heaven. LORD, help me! Be my God in helping me
to know Thee as my God, for Jesus' sake.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, April 28
“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast
caused me to hope.”
Whatever your especial need may be, you may readily find some
promise in the Bible suited to it. Are you faint and feeble
because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the
promise—“He giveth power to the faint.” When you read such a
promise, take it back to the great Promiser, and ask him to fulfil
his own word. Are you seeking after Christ, and thirsting for
closer communion with him? This promise shines like a star upon
you—“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be filled.” Take that promise to the throne
continually; do not plead anything else, but go to God over and
over again with this—“Lord, thou hast said it, do as thou hast
said.” Are you distressed because of sin, and burdened with the
heavy load of your iniquities? Listen to these words—“I, even I,
am he that blotteth out thy transgressions, and will no more
remember thy sins.” You have no merit of your own to plead why he
should pardon you, but plead his written engagements and he will
perform them. Are you afraid lest you should not be able to hold
on to the end, lest, after having thought yourself a child of God,
you should prove a castaway? If that is your state, take this word
of grace to the throne and plead it: “The mountains may depart,
and the hills may be removed, but the covenant of my love shall
not depart from thee.” If you have lost the sweet sense of the
Saviour’s presence, and are seeking him with a sorrowful heart,
remember the promises: “Return unto me, and I will return unto
you;” “For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great
mercies will I gather thee.” Banquet your faith upon God’s own
word, and whatever your fears or wants, repair to the Bank of
Faith with your Father’s note of hand, saying, “Remember the word
unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.”
Evening, April 28
“All the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.”
Are there no exceptions? No, not one. Even the favoured race are
thus described. Are the best so bad?—then what must the worst be?
Come, my heart, consider how far thou hast a share in this
universal accusation, and while considering, be ready to take
shame unto thyself wherein thou mayst have been guilty. The first
charge is impudence, or hardness of forehead, a want of holy
shame, an unhallowed boldness in evil. Before my conversion, I
could sin and feel no compunction, hear of my guilt and yet remain
unhumbled, and even confess my iniquity and manifest no inward
humiliation on account of it. For a sinner to go to God’s house
and pretend to pray to him and praise him argues a brazen-facedness
of the worst kind! Alas! since the day of my new birth I have
doubted my Lord to his face, murmured unblushingly in his
presence, worshipped before him in a slovenly manner, and sinned
without bewailing myself concerning it. If my forehead were not as
an adamant, harder than flint, I should have far more holy fear,
and a far deeper contrition of spirit. Woe is me, I am one of the
impudent house of Israel. The second charge is hardheartedness,
and I must not venture to plead innocent here. Once I had nothing
but a heart of stone, and although through grace I now have a new
and fleshy heart, much of my former obduracy remains. I am not
affected by the death of Jesus as I ought to be; neither am I
moved by the ruin of my fellow men, the wickedness of the times,
the chastisement of my heavenly Father, and my own failures, as I
should be. O that my heart would melt at the recital of my
Saviour’s sufferings and death. Would to God I were rid of this
nether millstone within me, this hateful body of death. Blessed be
the name of the Lord, the disease is not incurable, the Saviour’s
precious blood is the universal solvent, and me, even me, it will
effectually soften, till my heart melts as wax before the fire.
J H JOWETT
APRIL The Twenty-eighth
PREPARING FOR GREAT ENCOUNTERS
1Samuel 17:28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37.
THIS young champion of the Lord had won many victories before he faced
Goliath. Everything depends on how I approach my supreme conflicts. If I
have been careless in smaller combats I shall fail in the larger. If I
come, wearing the garlands of triumph won in the shade, the shout of
victory is already in the air! Let me look at David’s trophies before he
removed Goliath’s head.
He had conquered his temper. Read Eliab’s irritating taunt in the
twenty-eighth verse, and mark the fine self-possession of the young
champion’s reply! That conquest of temper helped him when he took aim at
Goliath! There is nothing like passion for disturbing the accuracy of the
eye and the steadiness of the hand.
He had conquered fear. “Let no man’s heart fail because of him.” There was
no panic, there was no feverish and wasteful excitement. There was no
shouting “to keep the spirits up!” He was perfectly calm.
And he had conquered unbelief. He had a rich history of the providential
dealings of God with him, and his confidence was now unclouded and serene.
He had known the Lord’s power when he faced the bear and the lion. Now for
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"Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon
as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their
feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped
flowing. So the people crossed over." Joshua 3:15-16
God does not open paths for us—in advance of our coming. He does
not promise to help—before help is needed. He does not remove
obstacles out of our way—before we reach them. Yet when we are on
the edge of our need—God's hand is stretched out to help us.
Many people forget this, and are forever worrying about
difficulties which they foresee in the future. They expect that
God is going to make the way plain and open before them, miles and
miles ahead; whereas he has promised to do it only step by step as
they move on.
There is a Scripture promise which reads: "When you go through
deep waters and great trouble—I will be with you." You must get
into the deep waters—before you can claim this promise. Many
people dread death, and lament that they have not "dying grace."
Of course they will not have dying grace—when they are in good
health, in the midst of life's duties, with death far in advance.
Why should they have it then? Grace for duty is what they need
then—living grace; then dying grace—when they come to die. When
their feet are dipped in the brim of Jordan, the torrent will sink
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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.
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Unreached People Group of the Day.
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
- Sikhs in Manchester
Fireworks lit up the night sky while men and women danced to the
sound of festive Indian music. The music played so loud that the
ground seemed to shake. The aroma of freshly made roti bread and
lentils filled the air. The Sikhs of Manchester were celebrating
the opening of a new gurdwara (temple). It had taken them several
years and two million British pounds to build, but it was worth
According to the General Secretary of the gurdwara, “The Sikh
community has grown considerably over that period from 500
families to 2,500 families.” Manchester is home to 15,000 Sikhs,
and the figure is fast increasing. In addition to being a place of
worship, the gurdwara will also house an educational and cultural
The Sikh community originated from Punjab in the Indian
subcontinent. They practice Sikhism, a monotheistic religion
founded during the 15th century by Guru Nanak. It is one of the
world’s largest organized religion with approximately 30 million
adherents. Followers of Sikhism are known as Sikhs.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that believers in Manchester will soon share the love of
Jesus Christ with the many Sikhs they meet. Pray that the Sikh
believers in Manchester will share their spiritual wealth with
their friends and relatives in other parts of the world such as
India. Pray for a spiritual openness to the claims of Christ.
Deuteronomy 10:19, ESV
Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land
Punjabi soldiers strolling down urban streets; beards, karas,
turbans identify these Sikhs
who worship, pray, and read from their holy book, The Granth
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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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