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October 24, Evening
have been expelled from Thy sight. Nevertheless I will look again
toward Thy holy temple
ZION said, The LORD has forsaken
me, And the Lord has forgotten me. 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.
I have forgotten happiness. So I say, "My
strength has perished, And so has my hope from the LORD.-- Arouse Thyself,
why dost Thou sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not reject us forever --Why do you
say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and the
justice due me escapes the notice of my God? - In an outburst of anger I hid
My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting lovingkindness I will
have compassion on you," Says the LORD your Redeemer.
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope
in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance, and my
God.--We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but
not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not
Isa 49.14, 15. La. 3.17, 18.--Ps. 44.23.--Isa 40.27.--Isa
Ps. 43.5.--2Co. 4.8, 9.
afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their
tongue is parched with thirst; I, the LORD, will answer them Myself
saying, "Who will show us any good?" What what does a man get in all his
labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun? Because all
his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not
rest.--Everything is futility and striving after wind.--They have forsaken
Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken
cisterns, That can hold no water.
The one who comes to Me I will certainly not
cast out.--I will pour out water on the thirsty.--Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
O God, Thou art my God; I shall seek Thee
earnestly; My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, In a dry and
weary land where there is no water.
Isa 41.17. Ps. 4.6.--Ec. 2.22, 23, 17.-- Jer. 2. 13.
Mt. 5.6. Ps. 63.1.
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by F. B. Meyer
CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD
"I am the Good Shepherd, and know My
sheep, and am known of Mine."--
GOD DOES not mean merely benevolent
and kind, but genuine and true. It is contrasted with the robber and the
hireling. Up to a certain point the latter may do his work creditably. He
will not desert the flock for trifling considerations; he will earn his
pay! But when it comes to the supreme test of sacrificing his life, the
hireling breaks down and leaves his flock to the peril of the wild beast.
There are such shepherds who have taken up the pastoral office as a
How different is our Lord--the Good
Shepherd--who gave His life for the sheep. Why did He love us so? It will
always be a mystery! He seeks those who belong to His fold, but have
wandered off into the dark paths of sin. Jesus goes after the one which is
lost until He finds it! That is the way of the Chief Shepherd.
The R.V. rendering brings out the
intimate knowledge of Christ of His flock: "I know Mine own, and Mine own
know Me; even as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father." None knoweth
the Father save the Son, and none the Son save the Father. But in this
same intimacy and certainty the Lord Jesus knows each of us. He knows our
down-sitting and our uprising; our motives, sometimes misunderstood; the
anxieties which overcast our joys; our fears and hopes. He assuages, as no
stranger, can, our heart's bitterness. It is good to be known thus, for we
need enter into no laboured explanation of ourselves.
Christ seeks those who do not belong
to a fold (Jn
10:16). Probably there will always be many folds, for by the constitution
of their minds men are ever disposed to view Truth from different angles.
Some do not see this, and hold that if we do not believe just as they do,
we have no right to assume that we belong to the flock. They forget that
there may be many folds, yet one flock. Whatever may be your special fold,
the one great question to answer is: Do you hear and obey the Shepherd's
voice? If so, you certainly belong to the one flock, and no one shall
snatch you out of the Shepherd's hand (Jn 10:27, 28,
O Lamb of God! Who art in the midst
of the Throne, but wilt be our Good Shepherd and tread the rough pathway
of this worm with each trembling heart. May we be abundantly satisfied
with Thy provision and follow in Thy footsteps. AMEN.
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by C H Spurgeon
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- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
"And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brazen wall: and they
shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee; for I
am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the LORD" (Jeremiah
Stability in the fear and faith of God will make a man like a wall of
brass, which no one can batter down or break. Only the LORD can make such;
but we need such men in the church, and in the world, but specially in the
pulpit. Against uncompromising men of truth this age of shams will fight
tooth and nail. Nothing seems to offend Satan and his seed like decision.
They attack holy firmness even as the Assyrians besieged fenced cities.
The joy is that they cannot prevail against those whom God has made strong
in His strength. Carried about with every wind of doctrine, others only
need to be blown upon and away they go; but those who love the doctrines
of grace, because they possess the grace of the doctrines, stand like
rocks in the midst of raging seas. Whence this stability? "I am with thee,
saith the LORD": that is the true answer. Jehovah will save and deliver
faithful souls from all the assaults of the adversary. Hosts are against
us, but the LORD of hosts is with us. We dare not budge an inch; for the
LORD Himself holds us in our place, and there we will abide forever.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, October 24
“The trees of the Lord are full of sap.”
Without sap the tree cannot flourish or even exist. Vitality is
essential to a Christian. There must be life—a vital principle
infused into us by God the Holy Ghost, or we cannot be trees of the
Lord. The mere name of being a Christian is but a dead thing, we
must be filled with the spirit of divine life. This life is
mysterious. We do not understand the circulation of the sap, by what
force it rises, and by what power it descends again. So the life
within us is a sacred mystery. Regeneration is wrought by the Holy
Ghost entering into man and becoming man’s life; and this divine
life in a believer afterwards feeds upon the flesh and blood of
Christ and is thus sustained by divine food, but whence it cometh
and whither it goeth who shall explain to us? What a secret thing
the sap is! The roots go searching through the soil with their
little spongioles, but we cannot see them suck out the various
gases, or transmute the mineral into the vegetable; this work is
done down in the dark. Our root is Christ Jesus, and our life is hid
in him; this is the secret of the Lord. The radix of the Christian
life is as secret as the life itself. How permanently active is the
sap in the cedar! In the Christian the divine life is always full of
energy—not always in fruit-bearing, but in inward operations. The
believer’s graces are not every one of them in constant motion, but
his life never ceases to palpitate within. He is not always working
for God, but his heart is always living upon him. As the sap
manifests itself in producing the foliage and fruit of the tree, so
with a truly healthy Christian, his grace is externally manifested
in his walk and conversation. If you talk with him, he cannot help
speaking about Jesus. If you notice his actions you will see that he
has been with Jesus. He has so much sap within, that it must fill
his conduct and conversation with life.
Evening, October 24
“He began to wash the disciples’
The Lord Jesus loves his people so much, that every day he is still
doing for them much that is analogous to washing their soiled feet.
Their poorest actions he accepts; their deepest sorrow he feels;
their slenderest wish he hears, and their every transgression he
forgives. He is still their servant as well as their Friend and
Master. He not only performs majestic deeds for them, as wearing the
mitre on his brow, and the precious jewels glittering on his
breastplate, and standing up to plead for them, but humbly,
patiently, he yet goes about among his people with the basin and the
towel. He does this when he puts away from us day by day our
constant infirmities and sins. Last night, when you bowed the knee,
you mournfully confessed that much of your conduct was not worthy of
your profession; and even tonight, you must mourn afresh that you
have fallen again into the selfsame folly and sin from which special
grace delivered you long ago; and yet Jesus will have great patience
with you; he will hear your confession of sin; he will say, “I will,
be thou clean”; he will again apply the blood of sprinkling, and
speak peace to your conscience, and remove every spot. It is a great
act of eternal love when Christ once for all absolves the sinner,
and puts him into the family of God; but what condescending patience
there is when the Saviour with much long-suffering bears the oft
recurring follies of his wayward disciple; day by day, and hour by
hour, washing away the multiplied transgressions of his erring but
yet beloved child! To dry up a flood of rebellion is something
marvellous, but to endure the constant dropping of repeated
offences—to bear with a perpetual trying of patience, this is divine
indeed! While we find comfort and peace in our Lord’s daily
cleansing, its legitimate influence upon us will be to increase our
watchfulness, and quicken our desire for holiness. Is it so?
“PUSH” AND “PULL”
Lk 14:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11.
THE world canonizes “push.” It eulogizes the “man of push.” It loves to see
a man elbowing his way through the jostling crowd, and gaining for himself
a “chief seat” at life’s feast. He is proclaimed a “successful” man, and
he rises in “the chief seat,” and amid loud hurrahs he responds to the
toast of his health.
Yes, “push” is the word of the world, but “pull” is the word of the Lord,
and between the two there is the difference of darkness and light. “Push”
is selfish and exclusive: “pull” is inclusive and neighbourly. “Push”
takes as its motto, “The weakest to the wall!” “Pull” takes as its motto,
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
The final verdict upon life will be founded, not upon our own success in
gaining a chief seat, but upon our success in encouraging the faint and
the weakling, and in “helping lame dogs over stiles.”
My gracious Lord, help me to put on “a heart of compassion” that by
neighbourly feeling and ministry I may lead my fellows to the choice
places of life’s feast.
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"Even if my father and mother abandon me—the Lord will hold me
close!" Psalm 27:10
We all know how much our father and mother love us. It seems to us
there never could be a stronger love than theirs. No matter how
wickedly a son may act, the love in his father's and mother's
heart, still continues tender and faithful. Though all the world
turn him out-of-doors, the 'home door' still stands open for him.
But this verse tells us that even if parental love is worn out,
and parental patience exhausted, and the home door shut in one's
face—there is still a place in God's heart and home for the
outcast! This is the verse for the man or the woman who has gone
down to the lowest depths of shame, until even his mother—if this
is possible—has given him up and shut him out of her heart!
God's love outlasts human love.
This is also the orphan's verse. When God removes father and
mother, He Himself takes up the child in special love and care.
Very desolate is the world, when both father and mother are gone.
Life is never the same again. There is no place to go with the
heart's hunger, and with the burden that is too heavy. Yet God
remains, and in the loss of the human, there are first revealed,
ofttimes, the warmth, tenderness, faithfulness, and help of the
Cast all your care on God—that anchor holds!
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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
- Saifi People
“So this is where the Saifi live,” muttered the Western visitor as
he walked through a residential area in one of the major cities of
northern India. The houses looked like ones you might find in a
European or North American city. Cars were parked everywhere.
Today the Saifi are one of the richest people groups in northern
India. Money has allowed many of them to get a good education.
There are many Saifi engineers and computer programmers. Then the
visitor walked past the mosque and heard the call to prayer. He
remembered that members of this wealthy community depend on
something other than Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation.
Most of the Saifi are Muslims. Centuries ago the Saifi people were
sword makers. Like most Muslim people groups in India, the Saifi
started off as Hindus; later they converted to Islam. The experts
are unsure when this change took place. Today no known member of
this people group has openly claimed to be a follower of Jesus
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Ask God to break the hold that Islam has on this people group and
replace it with a strong devotion to Jesus. Pray that God will
lead a mission agency to reach out to the Saifi people. Pray that
this people group will come to realize that true satisfaction
comes from knowing Jesus Christ and not from materialism or the
teachings of Mohammed.
Psalms 62:9, ESV
Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a
delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter
than a breath.
Wealthy people like the Saifis easily delude themselves into
thinking that they do not need God. When there is wealth, it is
way too easy to live as if God does not exist. For this and other
reasons, Jesus commented that it is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the
Kingdom of God.
Pray that many Saifi people will learn about Christ and receive
Him no matter how distracted they might be by wealth.
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Restore us, O God of our
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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?
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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
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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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