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says the LORD, your Creator..."Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have
called you by name; you are Mine!--Can a woman forget her nursing child, and
have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will
not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your
walls are continually before Me.
The steps of a man are established
by the LORD; and He delights in his way.--My delight were in the sons
--The LORD favors those who fear Him, those who wait
for His lovingkindness.--They will be Mine, says the LORD of hosts, on the
day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares
his own son who serves him.
You were formerly alienated and
hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His
fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and
blameless and beyond reproach
Isa 62.4. Isa 43.1.--Isa 49.15, 16.
Ps. 37.23.--Pr. 8.31.--Ps. 147.11.--
Mal. 3.17. Col. 1.21, 22.
The sorrow of
the world produces death.
WHEN Ahithophel saw
that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and arose
and went to his home, to his city, and set his house in order, and strangled
himself; thus he died --A broken spirit who can bear?
Is there no balm in Gilead;
is there no physician there? why then has not the health of the
daughter of my people been restored?--The LORD has
anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up
the brokenhearted...to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in
Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of
mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.--Come to Me,
all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke
upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU
SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.
Philip...preached Jesus to him--He
heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
2Co 7.10. 2 Sa. 17.23.--Pr. 18.14.
Je. 8.22.--Isa 61.1-3.--Mt 11.28-30.
Ac. 8.35. Ps. 147.3.
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by F. B. Meyer
THE GRACE OF GRATITUDE
"What shall I render unto
the Lord for all His benefits toward me?"--
GOD'S BENEFITS are here
compared to a cup or chalice brimming with salvation. It seems
natural to speak of man's lot, either of sorrow or joy, as the cup
of which he drinks. The cup or lot of our life brims with
instances of God's saving help---"my cup runneth over," and we
ask, how may we thank Him enough? What shall we render unto Him,
for all His gracious help?
There are many answers, and
the first is, that we will Take. In other words, as one has truly
said, Taking from God is the best giving to God, for God loves to
give. St. James says: "He is the giving God, who gives not only
liberally, but with no thought of personal advantage, and for the
mere joy of giving?' What, then, will gratify Him more than to be
trusted, to find recipients for His gifts, to know that we are
prepared to be His poor debtors, owing Him ten thousand talents,
with nothing to pay, but still receiving and receiving from His
great heart of Love. Nothing hurts God more than that we should
not take what He offers--"God so loved that He gave," and when we
refuse to appropriate His greatest gift, we inflict the deepest
indignity and dishonour of which we are capable.
Then, we must call upon His
Name (Ps 116:13,
14, 15, 16, 17).
Take the Name of the Lord as a test. Friendships, plans, profits,
amusements, studies---all these cups should be tested by this one
We must be sure to pay our
vows (Ps 116:14,
15, 16, 17, 18; Eccl 5:4, 5).
We make vows in our trouble, which we sometimes forget when it is
past. Surely, it is the height of ingratitude not to redeem our
promissory notes. All devoted things, which are laid on God's
altar, are absolutely His, and the giver forfeits all rights to
Our gratitude demands the
gift of ourselves (Ps 116:16).
When Robinson Crusoe freed the poor captive, the man knelt before
his deliverer, and put his foot upon his neck, in token of his
desire to be his slave, and the love of Christ, who loosed us from
our bonds, constrains us to live not to ourselves but unto Him (Re 1:5). Loosed from the cords of sin, we become bound to the
service of love.
Father, we would thank Thee
for all the benefits that we have received from Thy goodness. The
best thanksgiving we can offer to Thee is to live according to Thy
holy will; grant us every day to offer it more perfectly, and to
grow in the knowledge of Thy will and the love thereof 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)
"Your sorrow shall be turned into joy" (John 16:20).
Their particular sorrow was the death and absence of their LORD, and it
was turned into joy when He rose from the dead and showed Himself in their
midst. All the sorrows of saints shall be thus transmuted, even the worst
of them, which look as if they must forever remain fountains of
bitterness. Then the more sorrow, the more joy. If we have loads of
sorrow, then the LORD's power will turn them into tons of joy. Then the
bitterer the trouble the sweeter the pleasure: the swinging of the
pendulum far to the left will cause it to go all the farther to the right.
The remembrance of the grief shall heighten the flavor of the delight: we
shall set the one in contrast with the other, and the brilliance of the
diamond shall be the more clearly seen because of the black foil behind
it. Come, my heart, cheer up! In a little while I shall be as glad as I am
now gloomy. Jesus tells me that by a heavenly alchemy my sorrow shall be
turned into joy. I do not see how it is to be, but I believe it, and I
begin to sing by way of anticipation. This depression of spirit is not for
long; I shall soon be up among the happy ones who praise the LORD day and
night, and there I shall sing of the mercy which delivered me out of great
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, Nov 26
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,” refers to works that are
possible. There are many things which our heart findeth to do which
we never shall do. It is well it is in our heart; but if we would be
eminently useful, we must not be content with forming schemes in our
heart, and talking of them; we must practically carry out
“whatsoever our hand findeth to do.” One good deed is more worth
than a thousand brilliant theories. Let us not wait for large
opportunities, or for a different kind of work, but do just the
things we “find to do” day by day. We have no other time in which to
live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived; we never shall
have any time but time present. Then do not wait until your
experience has ripened into maturity before you attempt to serve
God. Endeavour now to bring forth fruit. Serve God now, but be
careful as to the way in which you perform what you find to do—“do
it with thy might.” Do it promptly; do not fritter away your life in
thinking of what you intend to do to-morrow as if that could
recompense for the idleness of today. No man ever served God by
doing things to-morrow. If we honour Christ and are blessed, it is
by the things which we do today. Whatever you do for Christ throw
your whole soul into it. Do not give Christ a little slurred labour,
done as a matter of course now and then; but when you do serve him,
do it with heart, and soul, and strength.
But where is the might of a Christian? It is not in himself, for he
is perfect weakness. His might lieth in the Lord of Hosts. Then let
us seek his help; let us proceed with prayer and faith, and when we
have done what our “hand findeth to do,” let us wait upon the Lord
for his blessing. What we do thus will be well done, and will not
fail in its effect.
Evening, Nov 26
“They shall rejoice, and shall
see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel.”
Small things marked the beginning of the work in the hand of
Zerubbabel, but none might despise it, for the Lord had raised up
one who would persevere until the headstone should be brought
forth with shoutings. The plummet was in good hands. Here is the
comfort of every believer in the Lord Jesus; let the work of grace
be ever so small in its beginnings, the plummet is in good hands,
a master builder greater than Solomon has undertaken the raising
of the heavenly temple, and he will not fail nor be discouraged
till the topmost pinnacle shall be raised. If the plummet were in
the hand of any merely human being, we might fear for the
building, but the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in Jesus’
hand. The works did not proceed irregularly, and without care, for
the master’s hand carried a good instrument. Had the walls been
hurriedly run up without due superintendence, they might have been
out of the perpendicular; but the plummet was used by the chosen
overseer. Jesus is evermore watching the erection of his spiritual
temple, that it may be built securely and well. We are for haste,
but Jesus is for judgment. He will use the plummet, and that which
is out of line must come down, every stone of it. Hence the
failure of many a flattering work, the overthrow of many a
glittering profession. It is not for us to judge the Lord’s
church, since Jesus has a steady hand, and a true eye, and can use
the plummet well. Do we not rejoice to see judgment left to him?
The plummet was in active use—it was in the builder’s hand; a sure
indication that he meant to push on the work to completion. O Lord
Jesus, how would we indeed be glad if we could see thee at thy
great work. O Zion, the beautiful, thy walls are still in ruins!
Rise, thou glorious Builder, and make her desolations to rejoice
at thy coming.
NOVEMBER The Twenty-sixth
“This house which I have sanctified will I cast out of my sight,
and will make it a proverb and a by-word among all nations.”
—2Chronicles 7:12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.
AND thus am I taught that consecrated houses are nothing without
consecrated souls. It is not the mode of worship, but the spirit of the
worshipper which forms the test of a consecrated people. If the worshipper
is defiled his temple becomes an offence. When the kernel is rotten, and I
offer the husk to God, the offering is a double insult to His most holy
And yet, how tempted I am to assume that God will be pleased with the mere
outsides of things, with words instead of aspiration, with postures
instead of dispositions, with the letter instead of the spirit, with an
ornate and costly temple instead of a sweet and lowly life! Day by day I
am tempted to treat the Almighty as though He were a child! Nay, the Bible
uses a more awful word; it says men treat the Lord as though He were a
From all such irreverence and frivolity, good Lord, deliver me! Let me
ever remember that Thou “desirest truth in the inward man.” “In the hidden
parts” help me “to know wisdom.”
"Year Book" 1895
"If he offers it as an expression of thankfulness" Leviticus 7:12
The idea of this offering was, that when there was any special
favor shown or blessing received, the heart's gratitude should
express itself in this way. If the ship arrived safely through the
storm, the passenger, as soon as he reached the shore, hastened to
present his thank-offering. If one recovered from a dangerous
sickness, his first walk abroad was to the tabernacle with his
sacrifice. Should we not bring some new gift to God's altar—after
every recovery from sickness, every deliverance from danger, every
new kindness enjoyed?
There is a story of a Scotch mother whose child was stolen away by
an eagle. Almost crazed, she saw the bird soar away to its eyrie
far up the cliff. No one could scale the crag. The mother went to
her room and prayed. An old sailor climbed the cliff, and crept
down with the child. As the mother was still praying, with
outstretched hands and shut eyes—he softly laid the babe on her
arms and vanished. Rising in silence, she did not even kiss her
little one, until she had carried it to the church and solemnly
given it to God. Should not every life given back again, every joy
plucked from death and restored, as well as every new blessing
granted, be given to God in solemn dedication before it is put to
any other use?
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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
In Afghanistan the population is heavily weighted towards youth
with 60 percent of the people being under 25 years of age. These
children were born during wars and strife. They have been raised
under governments where change happens so fast that the country’s
structure and provision cannot keep up with the needs.
Therefore, this huge group of young people is the group most in
need of education, jobs, and constructive outlets. They are under
severe pressure to pass the university test when they graduate
from high school. But many fail and are looked down upon by their
families as being lazy. Those who pass the exams are much greater
in number than the spots available at the universities.
As can be expected, there are reactions and repercussions from the
youth who live with this hopelessness. They are vulnerable to
violent, extremist groups who want to recruit them. Recently two
Christian youths were beaten with rods by a group of young men
when they wouldn’t recite the Islamic creed, return to Islam, and
However, some youth are working with the KP youth conference to
work out youth problems and give advice and input to the
government. They passionately want to retain the freedoms that
were restored when the Taliban fell from power.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Jesus will be revealed to the Pashtun youth, and that
they will be protected from violent influences.
Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,
for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the
upright are in His confidence.
It is very easy to envy those who manage to gain wealth by
extortion and violence. It seems that such people live and die in
ease. But the Bible tells us that they are an abomination to the
Lord. After they have ruined many lives through their violence,
where will they spend eternity?
Pray that men of violence among the Pashtuns will soon find their
way to the Prince of Peace, so that they can change their ways.
Pray that Pashtun youths will not learn the ways of the violent.
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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
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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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"I came that they might have life