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December 7, Evening
made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we
might become the righteousness of God in Him.
LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To
fall on Him --He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His
wounds you were healed --For as through the one man's disobedience
the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the
One the many will be made righteous.
But when the kindness of
God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not
on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but
according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and
renewing by the Holy Spirit, Whom He poured out upon us richly
through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace
we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life--There
is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
2Co 5.21 Is
Ro 5.19 Titus 3.4, 5, 6, 7--Ro 8.1 Jer 23.6
will be like the dew to Israel
meekness and gentleness of Christ.
A bruised reed He will
not break, And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish
The Spirit of the Lord
is upon Me, because he anointed Me to preach the gospel to the
poor. He hath sent Me to proclaim release to the captives and
recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are
downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. And he
began to say to them, Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in
your hearing. And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at
the gracious words which were falling from His lips
And the Lord turned, and
looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He
had told him, Before a cock crows today, you will deny Me three
times. And he went out and wept bitterly.
He will tend His flock,
in His arm He will gather the lambs, and carry them in His bosom;
He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
Ho 14.5. 2Co 10.1.
Lk 4.18, 19, 21, 22. Lk. 22.61, 62.
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by F. B. Meyer
THE QUEST FOR THE ETERNAL
"O God, Thou art my God;
early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee; my flesh
longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is."-- Psa 63:1.
THIS PSALM has a special
fascination for those who can no longer gather with the assemblies
of God's people. David was in flight from Absalom, wandering in
the wilderness. The land around is waterless and weary, and his
enemies are on his track. But all this seems secondary to his
longing for God. Weary and thirsty though he is, his most
agonizing desire is for God, the living God, as he had seen and
known Him in the tent, which he had reared on Zion for His
worship. The barren wilderness, seemed to reflect the craving of
his soul for God.
In many hearts and lives his
mood is reflected today. Our soul thirsts and pines for the
vision of the power and glory of God, for the communion of saints.
Perhaps David lays greater emphasis on the Sanctuary than we do on
our places of worship. We must remember that the Glory of the
Shekinah shone between the Cherubim in that hallowed Shrine.
In Psa 63:5,
6, 7, the
longing soul seems satisfied. As we long for God, we find Him. As
we seek, we possess (Isa 41:17, 18). As we remember Him, we
break into song. The fact is that our yearnings after God are the
response of our hearts to the beat of His heart and to the knock
of His hand. Prayer is the response of our nature to the
circulation of His lifeblood within us. When we seek His face, it
is in answer to His own summons. "When Thou saidst, Seek ye My
face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek." As
one has stated it: "Our desires and aspirations are responses to
the outflowings of the Holy Spirit in silent or expressed
The climax of the Psalm is
reached in Psa 63:8. Notice the three-fold steps: my soul
thirsts; my soul is satisfied; my soul followeth hard after Thee.
Remember Him upon thy bed! Meditate on Him through the
night-watches! Hide thyself under the shadow of His wings! Keep
step with His purposes! Follow close behind Him! Whosoever follows
hard on God's track, trusting in Him, rejoicing in His
companionship, reaching out toward Him, will feel his own
outstretched hand enclosed in a strong and tender grasp, steadying
against weariness and failure, and making His own footsteps a way
for our feet.
Bestow upon me also, O Lord
my God, understanding to know Thee, diligence to seek Thee, wisdom
to find Thee, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace Thee.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
Gift of Strength; Peace to Bless
The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless
his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
David had just heard the voice of the Lord in a thunderstorm and
had seen His power in the hurricane whose path he had described;
and now, in the cool calm after the storm, that overwhelming power
by which heaven and earth are shaken is promised to be the
strength of the chosen. He who wings the unerring bolt will give
to His redeemed the wings of eagles; He who shakes the earth with
His voice will terrify the enemies of His saints and give His
children peace. Why are we weak when we have divine strength to
flee to? Why are we troubled when the Lord's own peace is ours?
Jesus, the mighty God, is our strength; let us put Him on and go
forth to our service. Jesus, our blessed Lord, is also our peace;
let us repose in Him this day and end our fears. What a blessing
to have Him for our strength and peace both now and forever!
That same God who rides upon the storm in days of tempest will
also rule the hurricane of our tribulation and send us, before
long, days of peace. We shall have strength for storms and songs
for fair weather. Let us begin to sing at once unto God, our
strength and our peace. Away, dark thoughts! Up, faith and hope!
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading Evening, December
“Base things of the world hath God
1 Corinthians 1:28
Walk the streets by moonlight, if you dare, and you will see sinners then.
Watch when the night is dark, and the wind is howling, and the picklock is
grating in the door, and you will see sinners then. Go to yon jail, and
walk through the wards, and mark the men with heavy over-hanging brows,
men whom you would not like to meet at night, and there are sinners there.
Go to the Reformatories, and note those who have betrayed a rampant
juvenile depravity, and you will see sinners there. Go across the seas to
the place where a man will gnaw a bone upon which is reeking human flesh,
and there is a sinner there. Go where you will, you need not ransack earth
to find sinners, for they are common enough; you may find them in every
lane and street of every city, and town, and village, and hamlet. It is
for such that Jesus died. If you will select me the grossest specimen of
humanity, if he be but born of woman, I will have hope of him yet, because
Jesus Christ is come to seek and to save sinners. Electing love has
selected some of the worst to be made the best. Pebbles of the brook grace
turns into jewels for the crown-royal. Worthless dross he transforms into
pure gold. Redeeming love has set apart many of the worst of mankind to be
the reward of the Saviour’s passion. Effectual grace calls forth many of
the vilest of the vile to sit at the table of mercy, and therefore let
Reader, by that love looking out of Jesus’ tearful eyes, by that love
streaming from those bleeding wounds, by that faithful love, that strong
love, that pure, disinterested, and abiding love; by the heart and by the
bowels of the Saviour’s compassion, we conjure you turn not away as though
it were nothing to you; but believe on him and you shall be saved. Trust
your soul with him and he will bring you to his Father’s right hand in
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, December 7
“I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save
1 Corinthians 9:22
Paul’s great object was not merely to instruct and to improve, but to
save. Anything short of this would have disappointed him; he would have
men renewed in heart, forgiven, sanctified, in fact, saved. Have our
Christian labours been aimed at anything below this great point? Then let
us amend our ways, for of what avail will it be at the last great day to
have taught and moralized men if they appear before God unsaved? Blood-red
will our skirts be if through life we have sought inferior objects, and
forgotten that men needed to be saved. Paul knew the ruin of man’s natural
state, and did not try to educate him, but to save him; he saw men sinking
to hell, and did not talk of refining them, but of saving from the wrath
to come. To compass their salvation, he gave himself up with untiring zeal
to telling abroad the gospel, to warning and beseeching men to be
reconciled to God. His prayers were importunate and his labours incessant.
To save souls was his consuming passion, his ambition, his calling. He
became a servant to all men, toiling for his race, feeling a woe within
him if he preached not the gospel. He laid aside his preferences to
prevent prejudice; he submitted his will in things indifferent, and if men
would but receive the gospel, he raised no questions about forms or
ceremonies: the gospel was the one all-important business with him. If he
might save some he would be content. This was the crown for which he
strove, the sole and sufficient reward of all his labours and
self-denials. Dear reader, have you and I lived to win souls at this noble
rate? Are we possessed with the same all-absorbing desire? If not, why
not? Jesus died for sinners, cannot we live for them? Where is our
tenderness? Where our love to Christ, if we seek not his honour in the
salvation of men? O that the Lord would saturate us through and through
with an undying zeal for the souls of men.
DECEMBER The Seventh
CHOSEN AS BUILDERS
“Take heed now, for the Lord hath chosen thee to build.”
—1Chr 28:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
AND how must he take heed? For it may be that the Lord hath also chosen me
to build, and the counsel given to Solomon may serve me in this later day.
Let me listen.
“Serve Him with a perfect heart.” God’s chosen builders must be
characterized by singleness and simplicity. He can do nothing with
“double” men, who do things only “by half,” giving one part to Him and the
other part to Mammon. It is like offering the stock of a gun to one man
and the barrel to another; and the effect is nil. No, the entire gun! The
“And with a willing mind.” For the willing mind is the ready mind, and God
can do nothing with the unready. I never know just when He will call me to
add another stone to the rising walls of the New Jerusalem, and if I am
“otherwise engaged” I am a grievous hindrance to His gracious plans. He
must be willing and ready who would be a builder of the walls of Zion. And
to that man the Lord will entrust the privilege of responsibility.
"Year Book" 1895
Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later
you will understand." John 13:7
It is never wise for us to pass judgment on any of God's
providences, while we can read but a part of their meaning. No
work can be fairly judged, while it is only in progress. We must
wait until it is completed. As the end must sometimes lie far out
of sight, whether it be in future years of earthly life, or in the
unrevealed life beyond earth's horizon—we need to train ourselves
to trust the goodness and the love of God, believing that he will
do only what is right—and what is best also for us. It is faith
alone can give us peace.
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
Arabs in Syria
“What do you do when this happens to you?” Marisqua, a Syrian
Arab, gestured with her hand at the ruins of her home. Her friend,
Fatima, an Iraqi Arab, started to cry, and the two women embraced.
When Fatima gained her composure she said, “This looks just like
my home in Iraq did before I came here. Different militias with
guns and rocket grenades made it impossible to live there. So we
came here to Syria and started a business. Now you Syrians are
facing the same fate.” She began to cry again, and ironically, the
Syrian woman whose home was recently destroyed was now trying to
comfort her Iraqi friend.
Sectarian violence in Iraq had made life unbearable. A couple of
years ago, it seemed that Syria provided a stable alternative for
Iraqis. However, today Iraq’s violence seems tame compared with
the regular bombings in Syria.
Most of the 62,000 Iraqi Arabs who now live in neighboring
countries like Syria are from the middle class. They have a better
education than most people, which gives them an advantage in the
job market. The vast majority of the Iraqi Arabs in Syria are
either Sunni or Shi’ite Muslims which makes them vulnerable to
getting involved in Syria’s sectarian war whether they want to or
not. Iraqi Arabs have suffered a great deal since the two gulf
wars started in 1991.
Pray that these suffering people will give their lives to Jesus,
the One who can comfort the afflicted.
Hold on to what you have until I come. To him who overcomes and
does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations.
In times of war, military units are often asked to hold a position
until relieved. In a similar way, it may seem that in some areas
of expanding the Kingdom of God, we are merely standing our ground
and holding on to past advances. In such cases we have to remember
that by maintaining a presence for the Kingdom in difficult areas
of the world, we are still being faithful. Soon our Leader will
come with all the reinforcements we need to establish His kingdom
in all its fullness.
Pray for us to hold our ground as we see the Lord win the
remaining unreached people groups.
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be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all
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people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD,
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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
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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