We have been "bought with a price" to be "ambassadors
for Christ" and our "salvation is nearer to us than when we believed" so
let us "cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God" "so that when He appears, we may
have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming."
(1Cor 6:20, 2Cor 5:20, Ro 13:11, 2Cor 7:1, 1Jn 2:28, All)
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while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His
Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His
life.--He... because He abides forever, holds His priesthood permanently.
Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through
Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Because I live, you shall live also.-- If
we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be
pitied. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of
those who are asleep.
A Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those
who turn from transgression in Jacob, declares the LORD -- We have
redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according
to the riches of His grace -- You were not redeemed with perishable things
like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your
forefathers but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless,
the blood of Christ.
Job 19.25. Ro.
5.10.--He 7.24, 25.
John 14.19.--1Co 15.19, 20. Isa. 59.20.--
Ep. 1.7. 1Pe 1.18, 19
explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from
the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits
care how you listen -- Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with
all wisdom -- 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.
Those who love Thy law have great peace,
and nothing causes them to stumble. -- How sweet are Thy words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Thy precepts I get understanding.
Therefore I hate every false way.
Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light
to my path. I have more insight than all my teachers, for Thy testimonies
are my meditation.
Satan disguises himself as an angel of
light -- But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a
gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
1Ti 4.1. Lk 8.18.--Col.
Ep. 6.16. Ps. 119.165, 103, 104.
Ps. 119.105, 99. 2Co 11.14.--Gal. 1.8.
"Now the God of Peace, that brought
again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every
good work to do His will."-- Heb 13:20-21.
IT IS most comforting that our
Heavenly Father is "the God of Peace.'" He is the God of the gentle
zephyr, of the evening glow, of the mother's brooding care; and may be
trusted by His gentleness and patience to make us great. Bruised reeds are
not trampled beneath His feet, and the smoking flax is fanned into a
flame. Do not be afraid of God--He is the God of Peace!
He brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep. As our Lord descended into
the Valley of Death, He breathed His departing spirit into the Father's
hands. He knew that the path of life would unfold before Him. He knew that
the Father's welcome awaited Him. And God did not fail Him! However low He
went, when He descended into Hades, the Everlasting Arms were always
beneath Him; and Him did God raise up, having loosed the pangs of death,
because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.
And will God do less for the Flock!
There are many of the sheep that have been scattered in the cloudy and
dark days. Will every sheep and lamb be recovered, and led to the green
pastures and beside the quiet waters of Paradise? Yes, every one! The
great Shepherd would not be content if one were missing of those whom the
Father has given Him (John 10:28-29). Remember His own parable of
the Shepherd who left the ninety and nine to recover the one. If you have
come to Him by your will and choice, you are included in the Father's
We are secure in the position which
His grace has given us. It is secured not only by the promise of God, but
sealed by the Blood of the Cross. That is the meaning of the words: "The
Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant."
Note that word eternal, which carries us back to the timeless past, when
this compact was made. We may therefore humbly believe that our names are
written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from before the foundation
of the world (Rev 13:8; Rev 21:27). But we are saved to save
others! It is thus that we make our calling and election sure (2Pe 1:10).
We thank Thee, O blessed Master, not
only that Thou hast cleansed us from our sins, but that Thou hast entered
into, and ratified by Thy precious blood, the eternal covenant which has
made us Thine for ever. AMEN.
LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save
Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?" (Judges
What a look was that which the LORD gave to Gideon! He looked him out of
his discouragement into a holy bravery. If our look to the LORD saves us,
what will not His look at us do? LORD, look on me this day and nerve me
for its duties and conflicts.
What a word was this which Jehovah spoke to Gideon! "Go." He must not
hesitate. He might have answered, "What, go in all this weakness?" But the
LORD put that word out of court by saying, "Go in this thy might." The
LORD had looked might into him, and he had now nothing to do but to use it
and save Israel by smiting the Midianites. It may be that the LORD has
more to do by me than I ever dreamed of. If He has looked upon me, He has
made me strong. Let me by faith exercise the power with which He has
entrusted me. He never bids me "idle away my time in this my might." Far
from it. I must "go" because He strengthens me. What a question is that
which the LORD puts to me even as He put it to Gideon! "Have not I sent
thee!" Yes, LORD, Thou hast sent me, and I will go in Thy strength. At Thy
command I go, and, going, I am assured that Thou wilt conquer by me.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "Looking unto Jesus."
It is ever the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self
to Jesus; but Satan's work is just the opposite of this, for he is
constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ.
He insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no
faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to
continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you
have such a wavering hold of Jesus." All these are thoughts about
self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking
within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from
self: he tells us that we are nothing, but that "Christ is all in
all." Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves
thee--it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves
thee--it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be
the instrument--it is Christ's blood and merits; therefore, look
not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to
Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy
hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher
of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our
prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not
what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once
overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by "looking
unto Jesus." Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his
sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh
upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when
thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or
fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he
will never fail thee.
"My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness:
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name."
"But Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods."
This incident is an instructive emblem of the sure victory of the
divine handiwork over all opposition. Whenever a divine principle
is cast into the heart, though the devil may fashion a
counterfeit, and produce swarms of opponents, as sure as ever God
is in the work, it will swallow up all its foes. If God's grace
takes possession of a man, the world's magicians may throw down
all their rods; and every rod may be as cunning and poisonous as a
serpent, but Aaron's rod will swallow up their rods. The sweet
attractions of the cross will woo and win the man's heart, and he
who lived only for this deceitful earth will now have an eye for
the upper spheres, and a wing to mount into celestial heights.
When grace has won the day the worldling seeks the world to come.
The same fact is to be observed in the life of the believer. What
multitudes of foes has our faith had to meet! Our old sins--the
devil threw them down before us, and they turned to serpents. What
hosts of them! Ah, but the cross of Jesus destroys them all. Faith
in Christ makes short work of all our sins. Then the devil has
launched forth another host of serpents in the form of worldly
trials, temptations, unbelief; but faith in Jesus is more than a
match for them, and overcomes them all. The same absorbing
principle shines in the faithful service of God! With an
enthusiastic love for Jesus difficulties are surmounted,
sacrifices become pleasures, sufferings are honours. But if
religion is thus a consuming passion in the heart, then it follows
that there are many persons who profess religion but have it not;
for what they have will not bear this test. Examine yourself, my
reader, on this point. Aaron's rod proved its heaven-given power.
Is your religion doing so? If Christ be anything he must be
everything. O rest not till love and faith in Jesus be the master
passions of your soul!
J H JOWETT
JUNE The Twenty-eighth
THE WAITING LIGHT
2Corinthians 6:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
CAN shut out the sweet light of the morning. I can refuse to open the
shutters and draw up the blinds. And I can shut out the Light of life. I
can draw the thick blinds of prejudice, and close the impenetrable
shutters of sin. And the Light of the world cannot get into my soul.
And I can let in the waiting light of the morning, and flood my room with
its glory. And the Light is “a gracious, willing guest.” No fuss is
needed, no shouting is required. Open thy casement, and the gracious guest
is in! And my Lord has no reluctance in His coming; we have not to drag
Him to our table. Open thy heart, and the Lord is in!
And when the light is within there will be radiance at the windows. And
when the Lord is shining in our hearts there will be a witness in the
life. Men will see that we are “with Jesus,” because we are “light in the
Good Lord, deliver me from “the god of this world” lest I be blinded and
become unable to see Thee! I open my heart to Thee! Shine in, Thou light
of life, and make my soul the radiant witness of Thy grace.
"The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was
with the reapers. "My head! My head!" he said to his father. His
father told a servant, "Carry him to his mother." After the
servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy
sat on her lap until noon, and then he died." 2 Kings 4:18-20
The child went out with glee from the home door into the
harvest-field, where his father and the reapers were busy. The sun
was hot, and it was not long until the little one was crying in
great pain. The father was too busy to give much thought to his
sick child. The mother was the person to do that, and he sent the
boy home by a servant. The mother was not too busy to attend to
her child—mothers never are. With maternal tenderness she took her
stricken boy on her knees, doing all in her power to restore him.
But when noon came—he was dead in her arms!
What a change a few hours made in that home! We are never sure
when we leave the breakfast table and scatter to our several
tasks, that our merry laughter shall not be turned to grief before
nightfall. This consciousness should make our home fellowship very
affectionate, since any hour we spend together, may be the last.
The scene in this old Shunammite home, is one which has been
repeated in so many households, that, as we linger on it, it
touches all hearts, and makes this ancient mother kin to thousands
of other mothers. No matter that she lived twenty-seven hundred
years ago. To us she is a mother with her dead child in her arms,
and our hearts are touched by her grief down through all these
= command to make this privilege our practice enabled to
do so by the Holy Spirit!) 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
June 28 -
You are a tourist visiting the Yakan people in the interior of
Basilan Island in the southern Philippines. To welcome you, the
locals invite you to participate in a betel-nut chewing ceremony.
When you accept this gesture of kindness, you will end up with a
mouthful of red saliva and teeth. On your way to your next
destination, don’t be surprised if your host spits freely along
the way. He believes that the red juice scares away evil spirits.
Your guide then takes you to a rice-planting ceremony. The first
seed will be planted in the center of the field by the imam, the
Muslim prayer leader. You might later see a musician playing a
gabbang, a bamboo xylophone, to serenade the seedlings. He hopes
to encourage the plants to yield a bountiful crop. In subsequent
weeks Yakan children will play a gabbang around the fields to
protect the crops from hungry animals.
Finally, your host takes you to his home to meet his family. His
wife shows you her latest handiwork – cloth that she has woven
with bright colors to look like embroidery. This particular piece
of fabric is designed to cover a pregnant friend in labor to
protect the baby from evil spirits.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to send out laborers to plant the seeds of faith in the
hearts of the Yakan people. Pray that God’s word will blossom into
numerous fellowships of believers. May they know freedom from
superstition, and freedom to worship the Savior.
centered daily devotionals -- use it to prompt
but not to
replace your time in the pure milk of the Word -- for that
is the primary source for spiritual growth -- Never read
the devotionals and fail to read the living and active
Word of Truth and Life (1Peter 2:2 = "by it [pure Word]
you grow in respect to salvation," Mt 4:4, Jer 15:16)
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!)
May God Grant Us
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. Proverbs 14:34
My (Our) soul cleaves
to the dust; Revive
according to Thy word.
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