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Nor shall any
leaven be seen among you in all your borders
THE fear of the LORD is to hate evil.--Abhor
that which is evil.--Abstain from all form
of evil.--See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no
root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled
If I regard
wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear
boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole
lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as
you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been
sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor
with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of
sincerity and truth -- Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the
bread and drink of the cup.
Ex 13.7 Pr
Let everyone who names the name of the Lord
abstain from wickedness
--We...have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from
sinners --He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no
1Th 5.22.--He 12.15 Ps 66.18 1Co5.6, 7,8--1Co 11.28 2Ti 2.19-- He 7.26 --1Jn
serpent said to the woman, You surely shall not die! ...your eyes will
be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Ge 3.4, 5. 2Co 11.3.
I am afraid, lest as the serpent
deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the
simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.
Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the
schemes of the devil --Take up the full armor of God, that you may be able
to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand
firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE
BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE in
addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able
to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one & take THE HELMET OF
SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.--In order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not
ignorant of his schemes.
Ep 6.10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. 2Co. 2.11
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by F. B. Meyer
THE FOLLY OF BEING UNPREPARED
"While they went to buy, the
Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with Him to the
marriage: and the door was shut." --
THE FOOLISH virgins made five great
(1)They made no provision for the
continuance of their light. It is not enough merely to have the lamp; it
must be lit and maintained, because there is something for the fire to
feed on. How many there are who are on fire and in earnest during the
first stage of their religious life, but they have made no provision for
maintaining the flame which has been kindled by the grace of God. They
have lamps, but have neglected to take oil. The oil stands for fellowship
with the Lord Jesus, for the grace of the Holy Spirit, for the daily study
of the Bible, for the kindling communion of worship with
(2)They slept. There was a
difference between the sleep of the foolish and that of the wise. There
are two kinds of sleep. The one arises from a sense of security and trust.
Every preparation has been made; all has been done that could be done, and
we resign ourselves deliberately to the care of God. So Peter slept in the
prison, before the angel came to deliver him. But there is another kind of
sleep. The sleep of the sentry, when the foe is stealing up the pass; of
the pilot, when the ship is making for the serried teeth of the rocks; of
the nurse, when the patient's life is quivering in the balance. These
foolish ones had no right to sleep, when they were so utterly unready to
meet the Bridegroom. We must not take things for granted, or say "Peace,
peace, when there is no peace!"
(3) They thought they could procure
oil from the wise. But the appeal was in vain. Each must bear his own
burden of responsibility in the sight of God. We may "buy without money
and without price," but each must appropriate the living grace and power
of Jesus for himself.
(4)They thought they could get in;
"Lord, Lord, open to us!" But the door was irrevocably closed! "How shall
we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?"
(5)They thought that the Bridegroom
would recognize them. But He said: "I know you not." Let each ask himself:
"Does Jesus know me? Will he recognize me at last?" The only way to be
sure, is to kneel at the foot of His Cross until He seals us with the Holy
Spirit, and says: "Fear not, for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee
by thy name, thou art Mine."
O Lord, we pray that our lives may
be lamps to which Thou shalt supply oil. Help us to be burning and shining
lights for this dark world. 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)
Out of Spiritual Death
"And ye shall know
that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and
brought you up out of your graves" (Ezekiel 37:13).
Indeed it must be so: those who receive life from the dead are sure to
recognize the hand of the LORD in such a resurrection. This is the
greatest and most remarkable of all changes that a man can undergo -- to
be brought out of the grave of spiritual death (Ep 2:1) and made to
rejoice in the light and liberty of spiritual life (Ro 6:4, 5, Col 3:4).
None could work this but the living God, the LORD and giver of life. Ah,
me! How well do I remember when I was lying in the valley full of dry
bones, as dry as any of them! Blessed was the day when free and sovereign
grace sent the man of God to prophesy upon me! (Read
Spurgeon's account of this event)
Glory be to God for the stirring which that word of faith (Ro 10:8) caused
among the dry bones. More blessed still was that heavenly breath from the
four winds which made me live (Jn 3:8)! Now know I the quickening Spirit
of the ever-living Jehovah, Truly Jehovah is the living God (Dt 5:26, Josh
3:10, 1Sa 17:26, etc), for He made me live. My new life even in its
pinings and sorrowings is clear proof to me that the LORD can kill and
make alive (1Sa 2:6). He is the only God. He is all that is great,
gracious, and glorious, and my quickened soul adores Him as the great I
AM. All glory be unto His sacred name! As long as I live I will praise
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, Sept 3
“Thou whom my soul loveth.”
Song of Solomon 1:7
It is well to be able, without any “if” or “but,” to say of the Lord
Jesus—“Thou whom my soul loveth.” Many can only say of Jesus that
they hope they love him; they trust they love him; but only a poor
and shallow experience will be content to stay here. No one ought to
give any rest to his spirit till he feels quite sure about a matter
of such vital importance. We ought not to be satisfied with a
superficial hope that Jesus loves us, and with a bare trust that we
love him. The old saints did not generally speak with “buts,” and
“ifs,” and “hopes,” and “trusts,” but they spoke positively and
plainly. “I know whom I have believed,” saith Paul. “I know that my
Redeemer liveth,” saith Job. Get positive knowledge of your love of
Jesus, and be not satisfied till you can speak of your interest in
him as a reality, which you have made sure by having received the
witness of the Holy Spirit, and his seal upon your soul by faith.
True love to Christ is in every case the Holy Spirit’s work, and
must be wrought in the heart by him. He is the efficient cause of
it; but the logical reason why we love Jesus lies in himself. Why do
we love Jesus? Because he first loved us. Why do we love Jesus?
Because he “gave himself for us.” We have life through his death; we
have peace through his blood. Though he was rich, yet for our sakes
he became poor. Why do we love Jesus? Because of the excellency of
his person. We are filled with a sense of his beauty! an admiration
of his charms! a consciousness of his infinite perfection! His
greatness, goodness, and loveliness, in one resplendent ray, combine
to enchant the soul till it is so ravished that it exclaims, “Yea,
he is altogether lovely.” Blessed love this—a love which binds the
heart with chains more soft than silk, and yet more firm than
Evening, Sept 3
trieth the righteous.”
All events are under the control of Providence;
consequently all the trials of our outward life
are traceable at once to the great First Cause.
Out of the golden gate of God’s ordinance the
armies of trial march forth in array, clad in
their iron armour, and armed with weapons of
war. All providences are doors to trial. Even
our mercies, like roses, have their thorns. Men
may be drowned in seas of prosperity as well as
in rivers of affliction. Our mountains are not
too high, and our valleys are not too low for
temptations: trials lurk on all roads.
Everywhere, above and beneath, we are beset and
surrounded with dangers. Yet no shower falls
unpermitted from the threatening cloud; every
drop has its order ere it hastens to the earth.
The trials which come from God are sent to prove
and strengthen our graces, and so at once to
illustrate the power of divine grace, to test
the genuineness of our virtues, and to add to
their energy. Our Lord in his infinite wisdom
and superabundant love, sets so high a value
upon his people’s faith that he will not screen
them from those trials by which faith is
strengthened. You would never have possessed the
precious faith which now supports you if the
trial of your faith had not been like unto fire.
You are a tree that never would have rooted so
well if the wind had not rocked you to and fro,
and made you take firm hold upon the precious
truths of the covenant grace. Worldly ease is a
great foe to faith; it loosens the joints of
holy valour, and snaps the sinews of sacred
courage. The balloon never rises until the cords
are cut; affliction doth this sharp service for
believing souls. While the wheat sleeps
comfortably in the husk it is useless to man, it
must be threshed out of its resting place before
its value can be known. Thus it is well that
Jehovah trieth the righteous, for it causeth
them to grow rich towards God.
SEPTEMBER The Third
MY SHARE IN THE MIRACLE
John 2:1, 3, 4,5, 6,7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
OUR Lord always demands our best. He will not work with our second-best.
His gracious “extra” is given when our own resources are exhausted. We
must do our best before our Master will do His miracle. We must “fill the
water-pots with water”! We must bring “the five loaves and two fishes”! We
must “let down the net”! We must be willing “to be made whole,” and we
must make the effort to rise! Yes, the Lord will have my best.
Our Lord transforms our best into His better. He changes water into wine.
He turns the handful of seed into a harvest. Our aspirations become
inspirations. Our willings become magnetic with the mystic power of grace.
Our bread becomes sacramental, and He Himself is revealed to us at the
feast. Our ordinary converse becomes a Divine fellowship, and “our hearts
burn within us” as He talks to us by the way.
And our Lord ever keeps His best wine until the last. “Greater things than
these shall ye do!” “I will see you again,” and there shall be grander
transformations still! “The best is yet to be.” “Dreams cannot picture a
world so fair.” “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered
into the heart of man to conceive the things which God hath prepared for
them that love Him.”
"Year Book" 1895
"And Nehemiah continued, "Go and celebrate with a feast of
choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with
people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before
our Lord. Do not be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is
your strength!" Nehemiah 8:10
God loves to have us enjoy ourselves. He does not want us to be
JOY is the ideal Christian life!
Of course we are to be sorry when we sin; but when we have
confessed the sin, truly repented of it, and found mercy—we are
to dry our tears—and rejoice! Why should we not be happy when
God has forgiven us, made us His children, and assured us of
But our joy must not be selfish. When we are prosperous—we
should not forget those who are poor. When we are happy in our
homes of love, with unbroken circles—we should not forget the
families that are in sorrow. The good things God gives us—are
not meant for ourselves alone. They are given us to be passed
on. "It is more blessed to give—than to receive."
People who keep all to themselves, and consume the choice foods
and sweet drinks in their own houses, at their own well-covered
tables, never thinking of the hungry ones outside—are not the
kind of children God wants them to be.
The very essence of Christian life—is unselfishness!
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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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(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
- Missionary Biography, Samuel Hebich
Prince Victor of Schonburg, a wealthy man, offered to give the
Basel Mission a large sum of money if they would send three men
to establish a school in India. Samuel Hebich, chosen as one of
the three, was ordained in 1834, and in July he sailed for
India. By 1836 the first school was begun in Mangalore with four
pupils. Mr. Hebich went from house to house, begging parents to
send their children to the school. But rumor spread that the
missionaries would force the children to eat meat and convert to
Christianity. So the schoolhouse was used as a church until some
of the parents put their faith in the Lord.
Mr. Hebich organized the feeding and clothing of the poor and
provided for the lepers. He also felt called to reach the
Englishmen in the nearby military stations who were becoming
demoralized in India. He was fearless in his witness, especially
to the officers of the regiment. He would often “crash” their
parties, kneel to pray, then rise to witness. At another time he
determined to visit and preach in every street and bazaar in the
town of Cannanore. Starting early in the morning, he spent a
half hour in each place. He would pray, sing, and tell the
gospel story; then he would move on. By this method, every
inhabitant of that city eventually heard the gospel, and many
Pray for boldness tempered by discernment for today’s workers in
I Timothy 2:4, RSV
Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of
Intercessors, look at the size of the job our Father has
entrusted to believers! The Great Commission states that we are
to go into all the world and preach the gospel. Not everyone can
go overseas, but everyone can obey God by praying for the lost
and unreached people groups. One day when we get to Heaven, we
will see thousands of people groups surrounding His throne and
many individuals for whom we are praying. We will discover how
prayers for the Hindi speaking unreached peoples made a
difference in their eternal destiny.
Be encouraged and thank Him for His willingness to involve you
in His great plan for the nations.-RR
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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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