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May 24, Evening
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
THE love of the Spirit.--The
Helper, the Holy Spirit.-- In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the
angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed
them; And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old. But they
rebelled And grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore, He turned Himself to become
their enemy, He fought against them.
By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us,
because He has given us of His Spirit.-- Having also believed, you were
sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of
our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession.--I
say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the
flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do
the things that you please.
The Spirit also helps our weakness
Eph 4.30. Ro. 15.30.--John
Is. 63.9, 10. 1Jn 4.13. Ep. 1.13, 14.--
Ga. 5.16, 17. Ro. 8.26.
I will go away and return to My place until
they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face.
In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins
have hidden His face from you... I searched for him, but I did not find him;
I called him, but he did not answer me. -- I hid My face and was angry, And
he went on turning away, in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, but
I will heal him.--Have you not done this to yourself, by your forsaking the
LORD your God, when He led you in the way?
He got up and came to his father. But while he was
still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and
ran and embraced him, and kissed him.-- I will heal their apostasy, I will
love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Hosea 5.15. Is.
Is. 57.17, 18.--Je. 2.17. Lk. 15.20.--
Ho. 14.4. 1Jn 1.9.
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by F. B. Meyer
THE SECRET OF THE QUIET HEART
"Be still, and know that I am God."--
"Sit still, my daughter, for the man
will not rest, until he have finished the thing this day."--
PARADISE HAS vanished from our world,
as the picture of a landscape vanishes when swept by storm. And our race
stands in much the same plight as did Naomi and Ruth in this old-world
story. We have lost our inheritance, and the one barrier which stands
between us and despair is the Person and Work of our Lord Jesus Christ. But,
thank God, we need have no doubt as to the sequel. For as Boaz claimed back
the estate for Ruth, so may we be confident that Jesus Christ will never be
at rest till this sin-stained and distracted world is restored to her
primitive order and beauty, as when the morning-stars sang for joy.
Jesus is our near Kinsman by His
assumption of our nature. He is the nearest and dearest Friend of our race,
who stooped to die for our redemption. And the fact that He carried our
nature in Himself to heaven, and wears it there, is an indissoluble bond
between us. Sit still! do not fret! He will never fail, as He will certainly
Let us seek the quiet heart in our
prayers. Prayer must arise within us as a fountain from unknown depths. But
we must leave it to God to answer in His own wisest way. We are so
impatient, and think that God does not answer. A child asked God for fine
weather on her birthday, and it rained! Some one said, "God didn't answer
your prayer." "Oh yes," she replied, "He did, God always answers, but He
said No!" God always answers! He never fails! Be still! If we abide in Him,
and He abides in us, we ask what we will, and it is done. As a sound may
dislodge an avalanche, so the prayer of faith sets in motion the power of
In times of difficulty--be still!
Thine enemies are plotting thine overthrow! They laugh at thy strong
confidence! But hast thou not heard His voice saying: "This is the way, walk
ye in it"? Then leave Him to deal with thy foes from whatever quarter they
come. He is thy Rock, and rocks do not shake. He is thy High Tower, and a
high tower cannot be flooded. Thou needest mercy, and to Him belongeth
mercy. Do not run hither and thither in panic! Just quietly wait, hushing
thy soul, as He did the fears of His friends on the eve of Gethsemane and
Calvary. "Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him." "Be still, for He will
not rest, until He hath finished the thing this day."
If this day I should get lost amid the
perplexities of life and the rush of many duties, do Thou search me out,
gracious Lord, and bring me back into the quiet of Thy presence. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, He it is that
fighteth for you, as He hath promised you" (Joshua 23:10).
Why count heads? One man with God is a majority though there be a thousand
on the other side. Sometimes our helpers may be too many for God to work
with them, as was the case with Gideon, who could do nothing till he had
increased his forces by thinning out their numbers. But the LORD's hosts
are never too few. When God would found a nation, He called Abram alone
and blessed him. When He would vanquish proud Pharaoh, He used no armies,
but only Moses and Aaron. The "one-man ministry," as certain wise men call
it, has been far more used of the LORD than trained bands with their
officers. Did all the Israelites together slay so many as Samson alone?
Saul and his hosts slew their thousands but David his ten thousands. The
LORD can give the enemy long odds and yet vanquish him. If we have faith,
we have God with us, and what are multitudes of men? One shepherd's dog
can drive before him a flock of sheep. If the LORD sent thee, O my
brother, His strength will accomplish His divine purpose. Wherefore, rely
on the promise, and be very courageous.
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading, May 24
“Blessed be God, which hath not turned
away my prayer.”
In looking back upon the character of our prayers, if we do it honestly,
we shall be filled with wonder that God has ever answered them. There may
be some who think their prayers worthy of acceptance—as the Pharisee did;
but the true Christian, in a more enlightened retrospect, weeps over his
prayers, and if he could retrace his steps he would desire to pray more
earnestly. Remember, Christian, how cold thy prayers have been. When in
thy closet thou shouldst have wrestled as Jacob did; but instead thereof,
thy petitions have been faint and few—far removed from that humble,
believing, persevering faith, which cries, “I will not let thee go except
thou bless me.” Yet, wonderful to say, God has heard these cold prayers of
thine, and not only heard, but answered them. Reflect also, how infrequent
have been thy prayers, unless thou hast been in trouble, and then thou
hast gone often to the mercy-seat: but when deliverance has come, where
has been thy constant supplication? Yet, notwithstanding thou hast ceased
to pray as once thou didst, God has not ceased to bless. When thou hast
neglected the mercy-seat, God has not deserted it, but the bright light of
the Shekinah has always been visible between the wings of the cherubim.
Oh! it is marvellous that the Lord should regard those intermittent spasms
of importunity which come and go with our necessities. What a God is he
thus to hear the prayers of those who come to him when they have pressing
wants, but neglect him when they have received a mercy; who approach him
when they are forced to come, but who almost forget to address him when
mercies are plentiful and sorrows are few. Let his gracious kindness in
hearing such prayers touch our hearts, so that we may henceforth be found
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, May 24
“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of
The word “conversation” does not merely mean our talk and converse with
one another, but the whole course of our life and behaviour in the world.
The Greek word signifies the actions and the privileges of citizenship:
and thus we are commanded to let our actions, as citizens of the New
Jerusalem, be such as becometh the gospel of Christ. What sort of
conversation is this? In the first place, the gospel is very simple. So
Christians should be simple and plain in their habits. There should be
about our manner, our speech, our dress, our whole behaviour, that
simplicity which is the very soul of beauty. The gospel is pre-eminently
true, it is gold without dross; and the Christian’s life will be
lustreless and valueless without the jewel of truth. The gospel is a very
fearless gospel, it boldly proclaims the truth, whether men like it or
not: we must be equally faithful and unflinching. But the gospel is also
very gentle. Mark this spirit in its Founder: “a bruised reed he will not
break.” Some professors are sharper than a thorn-hedge; such men are not
like Jesus. Let us seek to win others by the gentleness of our words and
acts. The gospel is very loving. It is the message of the God of love to a
lost and fallen race. Christ’s last command to his disciples was, “Love
one another.” O for more real, hearty union and love to all the saints;
for more tender compassion towards the souls of the worst and vilest of
men! We must not forget that the gospel of Christ is holy. It never
excuses sin: it pardons it, but only through an atonement. If our life is
to resemble the gospel, we must shun, not merely the grosser vices, but
everything that would hinder our perfect conformity to Christ. For his
sake, for our own sakes, and for the sakes of others, we must strive day
by day to let our conversation be more in accordance with his gospel.
"Year Book" 1895
"Whatever is born of the flesh—is flesh; and
whatever is born of the Spirit—is spirit." John 3:6
Like produces like. To be born of the Spirit—is to have a new life
imparted by the Spirit. This new life will be like that which
produces it. Everyone who is born of God—will have some features
of God's likeness. He will love the things that God loves, and
hate the things that God hates. In some measure, he will be like
God . . .
If we would know what God is like—we have only to look at Jesus
Christ, for He was the image of God; and if we are born again, we
shall have the same features in our lives! They will be dim at
first; but they will come out clearer and clearer each day, as we
grow in grace.
We can tell whether or not we are born again—by looking closely at
ourselves to see if we have the marks of the Spirit in our life.
Do we hate sin? Do we love holiness? Do we love the Bible and
prayer, and fellowship with the Lord's true people?
We have the same thought presented by Paul under the figure of the
seal of the Holy Spirit. All Christians are sealed by the Spirit.
The seal impresses its own features on the wax. So the Holy Spirit
seals believers—by stamping His own image on their hearts. Those
who have received the Spirit—will bear the marks of His beauty in
for Circling the Year
CALVARY AND PENTECOST
Acts 2:22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36.
THE Apostle Peter traces the stream of Pentecostal blessing to a tomb. This
“river of water of life” has its “rise” in a death of transcendent
sacrifice. And I must never forget these dark beginnings of my eternal
hope. It is well that I should frequently visit the sources of my
blessedness, and kneel on “the green hill far away.”
It will save me from having a cheap religion. I shall never handle the
gifts of grace as though they had cost nothing. There will always be the
marks of blood upon them, the crimson stain of incomparable sacrifice.
And it will save me from all flippancy in my religious life. When I visit
the cross and the tomb, life is transformed from a picnic into a crusade.
For that is ever my peril, to picnic on the banks of the river and to
spend my days in emotional loitering.
After all, my Pentecost is purposed to prepare me for my own Gethsemane
and Calvary! Life is given me in order that I may spend it again in ready
and fruitful sacrifice.
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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)
Pray for the unreached people groups.
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(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
If you are going through difficult times, you may wish you could
return to the “good old days,” to those calmer and simpler times
when life in your daily fast lane would move over to the far right
slow lane. Simpler living- perhaps that’s a lesson we can learn
from the Talang Mamak people of Sumatra, Indonesia. They
themselves prefer the simple life, and they are not attracted to
technology and education.
Generally, the Talang Mamak are farmers who plant rice, and move
from field to field using simple tools. They also grow corn,
cassava, and a variety of beans. Some earn their living from
fishing, hunting, gathering rattan, or tapping rubber trees.
Talang Mamak houses are built on raised platforms of logs, bark,
and woven bamboo. The thatched roofs are of sago palm fronds.
Houses are generally multi-level. Parents and small children live
on the first floor. On the second floor you will find a married
daughter and her family, and they store their farm tools on the
Like many of the Malay peoples we are praying for this month, the
140,000 Talang Mamak people mix animistic beliefs with Islam. They
also believe that God created Adam and Eve, to whom were born nine
children. Of these nine was Datuk Perpatih Nan Sebatang, whom they
believe is their ancestor.
Ask God to send Christ followers to them to share the simplicity
of coming to know the wonderful God who loves them through Jesus.
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have
no such concern.
Some people in this world, even those who don’t know about the
lordship of Christ, are seeking righteousness. In some cases
missionaries have found people who have a devotion to God, but
have a misunderstanding of who He is. In other cases, the Holy
Spirit may have given some from unreached nations like the Talang
Mamak people His attributes, such as compassion for the poor and
the suffering. Will you pray for such people?
Pray for God to guide this unreached people group, so that they
will get to know the one true God who can give them eternal life
through Jesus Christ.
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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
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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