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The fruit of
the Spirit is joy.
JOY in the Holy
Spirit.-- Joy inexpressible and full of glory. Sorrowful, yet always
rejoicing ...overflowing with joy in all our affliction.--We we also exult
in our tribulations.
Jesus the Author
and Perfector of our faith...for the joy set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame -- These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be
in you, and that your joy may be made full.-- As the sufferings of Christ
are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, Rejoice --The joy of the
LORD is your strength.
In Thy presence is
fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.--For the
Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide
them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from
Gal 5.22. Ro 14.17.--1Pe.
2Co. 6.10. 7.4.--Ro. 5.3. Heb 12.2.--
John 15.11.--2Co. 1.5. Php 4.4.--
Neh. 8.10. Ps. 16.11.--Rev 7.17.
Jehovah Shalom: The LORD our peace
BEHOLD, a son shall
be born to to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from
all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will
give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.
Behold, behold, something greater than Solomon is here.--For a child
will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest
on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty
God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.-- My people will live in a peaceful
habitation, and in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places and it
will hail when the forest comes down, and the city will be utterly laid low.
He Himself is our
peace.--This One will be our peace when the Assyrian invades our land
These will wage
war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of
lords and King of kings
Peace I leave with
you; My peace I give to you
Jdg 6.24. 1Ch. 22.9.
Isa. 9.6.--Isa. 32.18, 19. Ep 2.14.--
Mic 5.5. Rev 17.14. John 14.27
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by F. B. Meyer
THE CHOICE OF A
"I am but a little child: I know not
how to go out or come in...Give Thy servant an understanding heart."--
WE SHALL never rightly choose our
life-course until we are determined to put first things first. Wealth,
honour, fame, the surpassing of our rivals, are not the chief things to be
considered, or our judgment will be impaired and our vision distorted. It
was because Solomon desired and sought the kingdom and glory of God, that He
gave him also the things for which he did not ask (1Ki 3:13; Mat 6:33).
Impressed by the greatness of his
responsibilities, the young king had gone to Gibeon to worship God. He
wished to fulfil his opportunities to their highest measure, and to serve
his fatherland, but he realized his inefficiency. Do you feel like this? You
realize the wonderful opportunities and responsibilities of life in this
marvellous age, and long to be of service to God and your fellows, but what
can you do? You are but as a little child, and "know not how to go out or
come in." "Going out" stands for the active life in the world of men;
"coming in" for the hours spent in the home, in recreation and society. It
is like the systole and diastole of the heart's action, which should be
alike consecrated to God and of service to man.
Solomon asked for an understanding
heart, that he might discern between good and bad. We all need this faculty,
that we may discriminate between things that look very much alike, but are
different in nature and direction (Heb 5:14; Phi 1:9-10;
marg. R.V.). It is not an enduement of intellectual power, but of moral
taste and discernment. It has been said, that the difficulty in life is not
to discriminate between white and black, but to choose between the different
shades of grey. In our fellowships, recreations, literature, business--we
are in urgent need of the understanding heart, which listens for and heeds
the voice of God.
Solomon offered a thousand
burnt-offerings upon the altar (1Ki 3:4).
We are required to present our bodies as living sacrifices unto God, which
is our reasonable service. Our career is often determined by our
circumstances, or by our special gifts and talents, and, on the whole, we
succeed best in doing what we like best. But if we yield ourselves to do
God's will, He will direct our paths.
O God, make us diligent in business,
fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. May we prove all things, and hold fast
to that which is good. AMEN.
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from the VALLEY OF VISION
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
The King's Highway
"The wayfaring men,
though fools, shall not err therein" (Isaiah 35:8).
The way of holiness is so straight and plain that the simplest minds
cannot go astray if they constantly follow it. The worldly wise have many
twists and turns, and yet they make terrible blunders and generally miss
their end. Worldly policy is a poor, shortsighted thing, and when men
choose it as their road, it leads them over dark mountains. Gracious minds
know no better than to do as the LORD bids them; but this keeps them in
the King's highway and under royal protection. Let the reader never for a
moment attempt to help himself out of a difficulty by a falsehood or by a
questionable act; but let him keep in the middle of the high road of truth
and integrity, and he will be following the best possible course. In our
lives we must never practice circular sailing nor dream of shuffling. Be
just and fear not (See
How To Handle Fear), Follow Jesus and heed no evil consequences. If the
worst of ills could be avoided by wrongdoing, we should, in the very
attempt, have fallen into an evil worse than any other ill could be. God's
way must be the very best way. Follow it though men think you a fool, and
you will be truly wise. LORD, lead Thy servants in a plain path because of
MORNING AND EVENING
“Let him kiss me with the
kisses of his mouth.”
Song of Solomon 1:2
For several days we have been dwelling upon the Saviour’s passion,
and for some little time to come we shall linger there. In
beginning a new month, let us seek the same desires after our Lord
as those which glowed in the heart of the elect spouse. See how
she leaps at once to him; there are no prefatory words; she does
not even mention his name; she is in the heart of her theme at
once, for she speaks of him who was the only him in the world to
her. How bold is her love! It was much condescension which
permitted the weeping penitent to anoint his feet with
spikenard—it was rich love which allowed the gentle Mary to sit at
his feet and learn of him—but here, love, strong, fervent love,
aspires to higher tokens of regard, and closer signs of
fellowship. Esther trembled in the presence of Ahasuerus, but the
spouse in joyful liberty of perfect love knows no fear. If we have
received the same free spirit, we also may ask the like. By kisses
we suppose to be intended those varied manifestations of affection
by which the believer is made to enjoy the love of Jesus. The kiss
of reconciliation we enjoyed at our conversion, and it was sweet
as honey dropping from the comb. The kiss of acceptance is still
warm on our brow, as we know that he hath accepted our persons and
our works through rich grace. The kiss of daily, present communion
is that which we pant after to be repeated day after day, till it
is changed into the kiss of reception, which removes the soul from
earth, and the kiss of consummation which fills it with the joy of
heaven. Faith is our walk, but fellowship sensibly felt is our
rest. Faith is the road, but communion with Jesus is the well from
which the pilgrim drinks. O lover of our souls, be not strange to
us; let the lips of thy blessing meet the lips of our asking; let
the lips of thy fulness touch the lips of our need, and
straightway the kiss will be effected.
Evening, April 1
“It is time to seek the Lord.”
This month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb
aperio, which signifies to open, because all the buds and blossoms
are now opening, and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery
year. Reader, if you are yet unsaved, may your heart, in accord
with the universal awakening of nature, be opened to receive the
Lord. Every blossoming flower warns you that it is time to seek
the Lord; be not out of tune with nature, but let your heart bud
and bloom with holy desires. Do you tell me that the warm blood of
youth leaps in your veins? then, I entreat you, give your vigour
to the Lord. It was my unspeakable happiness to be called in early
youth, and I could fain praise the Lord every day for it.
Salvation is priceless, let it come when it may, but oh! an early
salvation has a double value in it. Young men and maidens, since
you may perish ere you reach your prime, “It is time to seek the
Lord.” Ye who feel the first signs of decay, quicken your pace:
that hollow cough, that hectic flush, are warnings which you must
not trifle with; with you it is indeed time to seek the Lord. Did
I observe a little grey mingled with your once luxurious tresses?
Years are stealing on apace, and death is drawing nearer by hasty
marches, let each return of spring arouse you to set your house in
order. Dear reader, if you are now advanced in life, let me
entreat and implore you to delay no longer. There is a day of
grace for you now—be thankful for that, but it is a limited season
and grows shorter every time that clock ticks. Here in this silent
chamber, on this first night of another month, I speak to you as
best I can by paper and ink, and from my inmost soul, as God’s
servant, I lay before you this warning, “It is time to seek the
Lord.” Slight not that work, it may be your last call from
destruction, the final syllable from the lip of grace.
J H JOWETT
APRIL The First
THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS
Luke 23:33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47.
LOOK at our Lord in relation to His foes. “Father, forgive them; for they
know not what they do!” Their bitterness has not embittered Him. The “milk
of human kindness” was still sweet. Nothing could sour our Lord, and
convert His goodwill into malice, His serene beneficence into wild
revenge. And how is it with me? Are my foes able to maim my spirit as well
as my body? Do they win their end by making me a smaller man? Or am I
magnanimous even on the cross?
And look at our Lord in relation to the penitent thief. “To-day shalt thou
be with Me in Paradise.” There was no self-centredness in our Saviour’s
grief. He was the good Physician, even when His body was mangled on the
cross. He healed a broken heart even in the very pangs of death. When
“there was darkness over all the earth,” He let the light of the morning
into the heart of a desolate thief. And, good Lord, graciously help me to
And all this amazing graciousness is explained in our Lord’s relation to
His Father. “Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit!” Yes, everything
is there! When I and My Father are one, my spirit will remain sweet as the
violet and pure as the dew.
"Year Book" 1895
"She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand
to prepare for my burial." Mark 14:8
Many people would have kept the jar of perfume until Jesus was
dead, and would then have broken it to anoint his cold body. At
least, that is the way too many of us do in these days. We wait
until our friend dies—and then send our flowers and speak our
words of appreciation. Should we not learn a lesson from Mary? The
kind words we mean to speak when our friends are dead—let us speak
while they can hear them! The flowers we mean to send for their
coffin—let us send to brighten the rough paths for their feet. The
epitaphs we mean to put upon white marble—let us carve in deeds of
gentle love while our friends are with us. Words of cheer
today—are what people crave.
"Withhold all eulogies when I am dead,
All noisy sorrow;
Give me the tender word today
Instead of tears tomorrow."
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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
Unreached People Group of the Day.
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
-Jews for Jesus Efforts in Ukraine
If you asked a Jews for Jesus worker about what they are doing in
Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, they would have a lot to talk about!
Jews for Jesus’ mission is to preserve Jewish traditions while
they give out the gospel message to Jews. Their deepest desire is
that every Jewish person would not only hear about Messiah Jesus,
but they would also receive Him as Lord. Jews for Jesus reaches
around 1,100 Jewish families a year in Ukraine. Their workers
visit many Jewish families repeatedly and study the Scriptures
with them. They are actively involved in street evangelism and
distribute 500,000 gospel tracts annually in Ukraine. Every
Saturday they have a worship service that includes Bible study.
For over 70 years dating back to the communist take over under
Stalin, the majority of Jewish people in Ukraine have had no
background in Judaism. They usually identify as cultural Jews
only. Yet many have been responsive to God’s message through His
servants from Jews for Jesus. However, Jewish evangelism is
becoming more difficult because of the fighting between various
political groups in Ukraine and Russia. In addition, many Jewish
rabbis have increased their efforts to teach their people to
reject Jesus as Messiah.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that truth will be known in these situations, and that His
light will shine in the darkness. Pray that nothing will prevent
the hope of Christ from reaching the hearts of Kiev’s Jewish
Psalm 130:7, NLT
O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is unfailing
love. His redemption overflows.
In a couple of days, we will be celebrating the resurrection of
the Jewish Messiah, Jesus. What can offer more hope than victory
over death and decay? This is the hope that Jews for Jesus offers
the people they contact! The Savior is risen, and death cannot
Pray that the message of the cross, and the victory over death
will strike a chord in Jewish hearts when they hear of the empty
FOR DAILY JOSHUA PROJECT UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP
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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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