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Just as the
body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
NOT everyone who says
to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the
will of My Father who is in heaven --The sanctification without which no one
will see the Lord --in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral
excellence, knowledge and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your
self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness and in your
godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if
these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither
useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For
he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his
purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more
diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as
you practice these things, you will never stumble
By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves, it is the gift of God not as a result of works, that no one
Jas 2.26. Mt. 7.21.--Heb 12.14.
2 Pe 1.5-10. Ep. 2.8-9.
Since then the
children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of
the same, that...he might...deliver those who through fear of death
were subject to slavery all their lives.
O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR
VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?...Thanks be to God, who gives us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ --Therefore we do not lose heart, but
though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by
We know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we
have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the
heavens. Therefore being always of good courage, and knowing that while we
are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. We... prefer rather to
be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In
My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have
told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
Heb. 2.14, 15. 1 Co. 15.55, 57.--
2 Co. 4.16. 2 Co. 5.1, 6-8. Jn 14.1-2.
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by F. B. Meyer
"All Scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable. ... That the man of God may
be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."--
2Ti 3:16, 17.
"I am the living bread which
came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live
IT IS the artifice of many
advertisers of the present day to secure customers for patent
foods by associating the figure of some person in perfect health
and strength with the article of diet they desire to recommend. It
is certain that spiritual health and power can only be produced
when the spirit is dieted on the Word of God.
From his earliest boyhood,
the young Timothy had been instructed in the Holy Scriptures. When
the Apostle first met him there was a rich subsoil of knowledge of
the Old Testament, in which the seed of the Gospel message readily
germinated. Perhaps the reason for the instability of some of our
young people is that Eunice and Lois in our Christian homes fail
to do for the children what mothers and grandmothers did for
It is not necessary to
discuss all that is involved in Inspiration, as the Apostle uses
that term; nor is it necessary to be profoundly familiar with
books of theology before we are able to pronounce on it.
Inspiration is a quality which is apprehended by the spiritual
taste, just as the tongue can detect sweetness or briny saltness
of flavour. The Bible is the Word of God, and the whole of it is
profitable for one of the four uses mentioned in
We should read the Bible
daily, and it is helpful to use the references and discover the
parallel passages. It is good sometimes to kneel down and turn
what we read into prayer. We must get beyond the outside husk to
the inner kernel, as we "read, mark, learn and inwardly digest."
Ask the Spirit of God to give you some message directly for
There are some kinds of food
which are destitute of the properties that sustain life. But
Christ is all we want, and every faculty of our nature can be
satisfied in Him. He is the Living Bread, on Whom we must feed if
we would have eternal life. It is not the Bible only, but the
Christ of whom it speaks who is the true spiritual food of the
soul. "He that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that
believeth on Me shall never thirst."
O Lord, open Thou mine eyes,
that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law. Thy Word is a
lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. AMEN.
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VALLEY OF VISION
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
God Can Bless
LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all
that thou settest thine hand unto" (Deuteronomy 28:8).
If we obey the LORD our God He will bless that which He gives us. Riches
are no curse when blessed of the LORD. When men have more than they
require for their immediate need and begin to lay up in storehouses, the
dry rot of covetousness or the blight of hard-heartedness is apt to follow
the accumulation; but with God's blessing it is not so. Prudence arranges
the saving, liberality directs the spending, gratitude maintains
consecration, and praise sweetens enjoyment. It is a great mercy to have
God's blessing in one's iron safe and on one's banking account. What a
favor is made ours by the last clause! "The LORD shall bless thee in all
that thou settest thine hand unto." We would not put our hand to anything
upon which we dare not ask God's blessing, neither would we go about it
without prayer and faith. But what a privilege to be able to look for the
LORD's help in every enterprise! Some talk of a lucky man: the blessing of
the LORD is better than luck. The patronage of the great is nothing to the
favor of God. Self-reliance is all very well; but the LORD's blessing is
infinitely more than all the fruit of talent, genius, or tact.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, November 28
““For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified
of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.”
3 John 3
The truth was in Gaius, and Gaius walked in the truth. If the
first had not been the case, the second could never have occurred;
and if the second could not be said of him the first would have
been a mere pretence. Truth must enter into the soul, penetrate
and saturate it, or else it is of no value. Doctrines held as a
matter of creed are like bread in the hand, which ministers no
nourishment to the frame; but doctrine accepted by the heart, is
as food digested, which, by assimilation, sustains and builds up
the body. In us truth must be a living force, an active energy, an
indwelling reality, a part of the woof and warp of our being. If
it be in us, we cannot henceforth part with it. A man may lose his
garments or his limbs, but his inward parts are vital, and cannot
be torn away without absolute loss of life. A Christian can die,
but he cannot deny the truth. Now it is a rule of nature that the
inward affects the outward, as light shines from the centre of the
lantern through the glass: when, therefore, the truth is kindled
within, its brightness soon beams forth in the outward life and
conversation. It is said that the food of certain worms colours
the cocoons of silk which they spin: and just so the nutriment
upon which a man’s inward nature lives gives a tinge to every word
and deed proceeding from him. To walk in the truth, imports a life
of integrity, holiness, faithfulness, and simplicity—the natural
product of those principles of truth which the gospel teaches, and
which the Spirit of God enables us to receive. We may judge of the
secrets of the soul by their manifestation in the man’s
conversation. Be it ours today, O gracious Spirit, to be ruled and
governed by thy divine authority, so that nothing false or sinful
may reign in our hearts, lest it extend its malignant influence to
our daily walk among men.
Evening, November 28
““Seeking the wealth of his people.”
Mordecai was a true patriot, and therefore, being exalted to the
highest position under Ahasuerus, he used his eminence to promote
the prosperity of Israel. In this he was a type of Jesus, who,
upon his throne of glory, seeks not his own, but spends his power
for his people. It were well if every Christian would be a
Mordecai to the church, striving according to his ability for its
prosperity. Some are placed in stations of affluence and
influence, let them honour their Lord in the high places of the
earth, and testify for Jesus before great men. Others have what is
far better, namely, close fellowship with the King of kings, let
them be sure to plead daily for the weak of the Lord’s people, the
doubting, the tempted, and the comfortless. It will redound to
their honour if they make much intercession for those who are in
darkness and dare not draw nigh unto the mercy seat. Instructed
believers may serve their Master greatly if they lay out their
talents for the general good, and impart their wealth of heavenly
learning to others, by teaching them the things of God. The very
least in our Israel may at least seek the welfare of his people;
and his desire, if he can give no more, shall be acceptable. It is
at once the most Christlike and the most happy course for a
believer to cease from living to himself. He who blesses others
cannot fail to be blessed himself. On the other hand, to seek our
own personal greatness is a wicked and unhappy plan of life, its
way will be grievous and its end will be fatal.
Here is the place to ask thee, my friend, whether thou art to the
best of thy power seeking the wealth of the church in thy
neighbourhood? I trust thou art not doing it mischief by
bitterness and scandal, nor weakening it by thy neglect. Friend,
unite with the Lord’s poor, bear their cross, do them all the good
thou canst, and thou shalt not miss thy reward.
J H JOWETT
NOVEMBER The Twenty-eighth
HOW TO FIGHT EVIL
“Overcome evil with good.”
—Romans 12:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
FOR how else can we cast out evil? Satan cannot cast out Satan. No one can
clean a room with a filthy duster. The surgeon cannot cut out the disease
if his instruments are defiled. While he removed one ill-growth he would
sow the seed of another. It must be health which fights disease. It will
demand a good temper to overcome the bad temper in my brother.
And therefore I must cultivate a virtue if I would eradicate a vice. That
applies to the state of my own soul. If there be some immoral habit in my
life, the best way to destroy it is by cultivating a good one. Take the
mind away from the evil one. Deprive it of thought-food. Give the thought
to the nobler mood, and the ignoble mood will die. And this also applies
to the faults and vices of my brother. I must fight them with their
opposites. If he is harsh and cruel, I must be considerate and gentle. If
he is grasping, I must be generous. If he is loud and presumptuous, I must
be soft-mannered and self-restrained. If he is devilish, I must be a
Christian. This is the warfare which tells upon the empire of sin. I can
overcome evil with good.
"For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being
saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of
death; to the other, the fragrance of life! And who is equal to
such a task?" 2 Corinthians 2:15-16
The consciousness that others trust us—is one of the strongest
possible motives to faithfulness. We dare not fail, when we feel
the pressure of other lives upon us; for if we faint, or falter,
or prove untrue—we shall draw them down with us. When a man has
lived in such a way as to win the confidence and become the guide
of others—he bears a responsibility which he can meet only by
unalterable fidelity. Every word of his is believed and rested
upon. What if he speaks an untrue word, a word which misrepresents
the divine teaching!
His example, too, is of infinite importance. Others believe in him
so unquestionably, that anything they know him to do—they will
regard as right and will feel at liberty to do themselves. But
what if it is not right?
It is a weighty burden which a man bears—who has become trusted
teacher, guide, and friend of others. If he is not faithful to his
sacred obligation, he misrepresents Christ, and hurts the lives
that lean upon him. To know that one stands for God to certain
human souls, and is set to do God's work, to be the very hand of
God to lead, or hold up, or lift up struggling, fainting souls—is
enough to crush the strongest, bravest heart, if God is not real
to it in his love, power, and presence.
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from the VALLEY OF VISION
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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.
Global Prayer Digest
Unreached People Group of the Day.
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
- Hazara Herald Ministries
Did you know that Afghanistan has had a Christian ministry for
decades, even before the December, 1979 Soviet invasion? When the
Soviets destroyed the English-language church in Kabul, it was not
the end of the gospel work. Ministry continued in medicine,
education, and community development.
One long-standing ministry is through television. Hazara Herald
Ministries reports that many Afghans regularly view their
gospel-oriented programs on TV. These programs feature testimonies
by Afghans of all ethnicities and languages who are becoming
followers of Jesus. Because such programs may be viewed in the
privacy of one’s home, they can be very effective in evangelizing
and discipling persons and families. Furthermore, by featuring
Afghan believers, Christianity is not viewed as a foreign faith.
Indeed, television, especially satellite television, is very
effective in the Middle East and Central Asia. The Hazara Herald
also has radio and Internet-based work in the Hazara language.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Hazara Herald Ministries asks that we pray for more technicians to
design their web sites. Pray also for continuing openness to
Christian television and that it will become a catalyst for peace
and stability in Afghanistan. Pray for many Shi’ite Muslim Hazaras
to hear the message and respond to Christ in faith and obedience.
Galatians 2:20, NLT
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who
live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by
trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
It is good to pray Bible verses for unreached people groups! The
Scriptures give us some excellent reminders of how to pray for
people who do not have the knowledge of Christ. There are a couple
of good things we can pray for the Hazara people using this verse.
Let’s begin praying for them now.
Pray that many from the Hazara people will consider themselves
crucified with Christ. Pray that they will learn to trust in
Jesus, the Son of God. Pray that they will feel His love, and be
joyful because He gave Himself for them.—KC
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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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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.
My (Our) soul cleaves
to the dust;
according to Thy word.
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