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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the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God
wisdom! Acquire understanding!--The wisdom from above-- The deep says, It is
not in me and the sea says, It is not with me.--We we have been buried with
Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the
dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of
life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death,
certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection
Let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the
sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race
that is set before us --God... made us alive together with Christ...and
raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in
Those who say such things make it clear that they are
seeking a country of their own-- Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth
who have carried out His ordinances. Seek righteousness, seek humility.
Col 3.1. Pr. 4.5.--Jas
3.17.--Job 28.14.-- Ro. 6.4, 5. Heb. 12.1.--Ep. 2.4, 5, 6. -Heb.
given me the inheritance of those who fear Thy name
was following Him at a distance -- Many even of the rulers believed in Him,
but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, lest they should
be put out of the synagogue for they loved the approval of men rather than
the approval of God --The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in
the LORD will be exalted.
The one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.--A
bruised reed He will not break, And a dimly burning wick He will not
extinguish.--Faith as a mustard seed.
God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power
and love and discipline. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.--Little children, abide
in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away
from Him in shame at His coming.--Everyone... who shall confess Me before
men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
"Rest in the Lord, and wait
patiently for Him: Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth
in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to
IT IS a mistake to be always
turning back to recover the past. The law for christian living is
not backward, but forward; not for experiences that lie behind,
but for doing the will of God, which is always ahead and beckoning
us to follow. Leave the things that are behind, and reach forward
to those that are before, for on each new height to which we
attain, there are the appropriate joys that befit the new
experience. Don't fret because life's joys are fled. There are
more in front. Look up, press forward, the best is yet to be!
Fret not because your ideals
appear to mock you. Every ideal which we cherish is the herald and
precursor of a reality which, in a better form than ever we
dreamed, shall one day come to our possession. The ancient
alchemists spent their lives in the pursuit of the Philosopher's
Stone, which they thought would turn every substance it touched to
gold. They never discovered it, but they laid the foundations of
modern chemistry, which has been more fruitful in its blessing to
our race than the famous magic-stone would have been. Who shall
say that those old explorers were deceived? Was not God leading
them on, by a way that they knew not, to better things than they
Fret not because the future
seems dark. After all, the troubles we anticipate may never really
befall. It is a long lane without a turning, and the dreariest day
has some glint of light. In any case, worrying will not help
matters; it can alter neither the future nor the past, though it
will materially affect our power in dealing with troubles. It will
not rob to-morrow of its difficulties, but it will rob your brain
of its clear-sightedness, and your heart of its courage. Let us
turn to God with faith and prayer, looking out for the one or two
patches of blue which are in every sky. And if you cannot discover
any where you are, dare to anticipate the time when God shall make
all things work together for good to them that love Him.
Heavenly Father, we have
been careful and troubled about many things. Forgive us, and
breathe into our hearts a great faith in Thee, that doubts and
fears may not be able to break in on our peace. Fence us around
to-day as with a wall of fire; let us hear Thy voice saying: Fear
not, I am with thee. AMEN.
will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice" (John 16:22).
Surely He will come a second time, and then, when He sees us and we see
Him, there will be rejoicings indeed. Oh, for that joyous return! But this
promise is being dainty fulfilled in another sense. Our gracious LORD has
many "agains" in His dealings with us. He gave us pardon, and He sees us
again and repeats the absolving word as fresh sins cause us grief. He has
revealed to us our acceptance before God, and when our faith in that
blessing grows a little dim, He comes to us again and again and says,
"Peace be unto you," and our hearts are glad. Beloved, all our past
mercies are tokens of future mercies. If Jesus has been with us, He will
see us again. Look upon no former favor as a dead and buried thing, to be
mourned over; but regard it as a seed sown, which will grow, and push its
head up from the dust, and cry, "I will see you again." Are the times dark
because Jesus is not with us as He used to be? Let us pluck up courage;
for He will not be long away. His feet are as those of a roe or young
hart, and they will soon bring Him to us. Wherefore let us begin to be
joyous, since He saith to us even now, "I will see you again."
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "And when he thought thereon, he wept."
It has been thought by some that as long as Peter lived, the
fountain of his tears began to flow whenever he remembered his
denying his Lord. It is not unlikely that it was so, for his sin
was very great, and grace in him had afterwards a perfect work.
This same experience is common to all the redeemed family
according to the degree in which the Spirit of God has removed the
natural heart of stone. We, like Peter, remember our boastful
promise: "Though all men shall forsake thee, yet will not I." We
eat our own words with the bitter herbs of repentance. When we
think of what we vowed we would be, and of what we have been, we
may weep whole showers of grief. He thought on his denying his
Lord. The place in which he did it, the little cause which led him
into such heinous sin, the oaths and blasphemies with which he
sought to confirm his falsehood, and the dreadful hardness of
heart which drove him to do so again and yet again. Can we, when
we are reminded of our sins, and their exceeding sinfulness,
remain stolid and stubborn? Will we not make our house a Bochim,
and cry unto the Lord for renewed assurances of pardoning love?
May we never take a dry-eyed look at sin, lest ere long we have a
tongue parched in the flames of hell. Peter also thought upon his
Master's look of love. The Lord followed up the cock's warning
voice with an admonitory look of sorrow, pity, and love. That
glance was never out of Peter's mind so long as he lived. It was
far more effectual than ten thousand sermons would have been
without the Spirit. The penitent apostle would be sure to weep
when he recollected the Saviour's full forgiveness, which restored
him to his former place. To think that we have offended so kind
and good a Lord is more than sufficient reason for being constant
weepers. Lord, smite our rocky hearts, and make the waters flow.
"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
No limit is set to the duration of this promise. It does not
merely say, "I will not cast out a sinner at his first coming,"
but, "I will in no wise cast out." The original reads, "I will
not, not cast out," or "I will never, never cast out." The text
means, that Christ will not at first reject a believer; and that
as he will not do it at first, so he will not to the last.
But suppose the believer sins after coming? "If any man sin we
have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." But
suppose that believers backslide? "I will heal their backsliding,
I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him."
But believers may fall under temptation! "God is faithful, who
will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will
with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able
to bear it." But the believer may fall into sin as David did! Yes,
but he will "Purge them with hyssop, and they shall be clean; he
will wash them and they shall be whiter than snow"; "From all
their iniquities will I cleanse them."
"Once in Christ, in Christ forever,
Nothing from his love can sever."
"I give unto my sheep," saith he, "eternal life; and they shall
never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
What sayest thou to this, O trembling feeble mind? Is not this a
precious mercy, that coming to Christ, thou dost not come to One
who will treat thee well for a little while, and then send thee
about thy business, but he will receive thee and make thee his
bride, and thou shalt be his forever? Receive no longer the spirit
of bondage again to fear, but the spirit of adoption whereby thou
shalt cry, Abba, Father! Oh! the grace of these words: "I will in
no wise cast out."
J H JOWETT
JULY The Thirtieth
SIN AS POISON
Numbers 11:4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
AND this is the familiar teaching, that sin is a serpent. It possesses a
deadly poison. We may give it pleasant names, but we are only ornamenting
death. A chemist might put a poison into a chaste and elegant flask, but
he has in no wise changed its nature. And when we name sin by philosophic
euphemisms, and by less exacting terminologies—such as “cleverness,”
“smartness,” or “fault,” or “misfortune,” we are only changing the flask,
and the diabolical essence remains the same.
And, then, sin is a serpent because it is so subtle. It creeps into my
presence almost before I know it. Its approaches are so insidious, its
expedients so full of guile. “Therefore, I say unto all, Watch!”
But in Christ the old serpent is dead! Christ “became sin,” and in Him sin
was crucified. The thing that bit is bitten, and its nefarious power
destroyed. But out of Christ the serpent is still busy and malicious,
claiming what he presumes to call his own.
Let me, then, dwell in Christ, where sin “has no more dominion.”
“Whosoever believeth shall not perish but have life.”
"He picked up the mantle that had fallen from Elijah." 2 Kings
We are continually seeing useful lives removed from earth. The
loss seems irreparable. But there are no accidents in God's
providence. Everyone's life is a plan of God, and no faithful
servant is taken away—until his part in the great plan is
finished. There is abundance of work remaining—but it is the work
of others, not of him who is gone. His mantle falls at someone's
feet— yours, perhaps.
A godly father dies, and there is grief in the home. How he will
be missed! Yes, but an elder son stands by the coffin, strong and
gifted, blessed with the blessing of the father's life and
teaching. At his feet the mantle falls from the father's
shoulders. He must take it up, and with it lift the burdens and
responsibilities of manhood. He must become now his mother's
protector, and the shelter and defender of his younger brothers
A godly mother dies, and when a gentle mother goes out of a
home—the loss indeed seems irreparable. But if there is an elder
daughter in the sorrowing group at the grave, at her feet the
So it is in all the breaches which death makes in Christian homes
and communities, in every case the mantle falls at someone's feet.
God makes provision that his work shall not suffer, unless his
servants fail in their duty. We must be ready always to take up
what is ours.
= 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
July 30 -
Jianshui Nisu People
(This story is intended to illustrate truths about this people
Boom, boom, boom! The sounds of gongs, drums, horns, and loud
chanting of ritual prayers to the gods of the Jianshui Nisu people
scared the Nisu child who started to cry at the beginning of the
Torch Festival. His grandmother comforted him by saying, “Look the
beautiful fires! The flames are dancing and crackling as they jump
into the air.” His older brother asked the grandmother, “Why do we
have this festival? Grandmother answered, “When we throw burning
torches into the fire, it drives evil spirits away.”
Nearby the boy’s older sister, Mei, wearing an elaborate red
headdress and matching belt around her waist, had joined some
other girls in hopes of drawing the attention of a handsome
Jianshui boy named Zhong. Suddenly Zhong ran up to her laughing
and snatched the belt from her dress. Mei was elated; she had
hoped this would happen. Now Zhong was officially her boyfriend.
The old traditions are still important to the Jianshui Nisu people
who are also trying to adapt to modern changes. The 226,000
Jianshui Nisu have been a dominant group in southern Yunnan
Province for many centuries. Although Christians first began
witnessing to them in 1933, today there are only a few believers
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Jianshui Nisu will soon know the Living Lord and
live each day for Him. Pray that soon there will be a
disciple-making movement among them that will transform their
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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