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in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
“I made him
a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.”—It was
fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many
sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through
suffering.—Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against
the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take
up the whole armor of God.—We are not waging war according to the flesh. For
the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to
After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called
you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm,
strengthen, and establish you.
2 Tim. 2:3; Isa. 55:4; Heb. 2:10; Acts 14:22; Eph. 6:12, 13; 2 Cor. 10:3, 4;
1 Pet. 5:10
There is one body and one
Spirit.—Through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then
you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the
saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the
apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom
the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the
Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God
by the Spirit.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like
the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of
Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere
brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
Eph. 4:3; Eph. 4:4; Eph. 2:18-22; Ps. 133:1, 2; 1 Pet. 1:22
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by F. B. Meyer
BELIEVING AND RECEIVING!
whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye have received
them, and ye shall have them."-- Mar
IT IS not enough
to pray and ask; we must believe that we have received. We can
only do this when we know that we have asked according to God's
Will (1Jo 5:14-15). This can be determined by referring to His
Word, which teems with great and precious promises, like so many
banknotes or cheques waiting to be cashed.
In prayer, it is well to
be deliberate, to consider what we are about to ask, to discover
some promise under which we can make our request; and then,
having asked, to wait while the soul, so to speak, takes or
appropriates what it needs. It may be that the time is not ripe
for it to be actually bestowed, but the request is granted, and
the coveted gift is already set aside in God's storehouse,
labelled with the name of the petitioner, just as we sometimes
get our Christmas presents ready and put them aside, and at the
right moment they shall be dispatched.
We thank Thee, O
God, for the daily gifts of Thy Providence, but above all for
the gift of Thyself in Jesus our Lord, in whom all good and
perfect gifts are contained. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
An Appeal; Deliverance
"And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee,
and thou shalt glorify Me" (Psalm 50:15).
This is a promise indeed!
Here is an urgent occasion -- "the day of trouble." It is dark
at noon on such a day, and every hour seems blacker than the one
which came before it. Then is this promise in season: it is
written for the cloudy day.
Here is condescending advice, "Call upon me." We ought not to
need the exhortation: it should be our constant habit all the
day and every day. What a mercy to have liberty to call upon
God! What wisdom to make good use of it! How foolish to go
running about to men! The LORD invites us to lay our case before
Him, and surely we will not hesitate to do so.
Here is reassuring encouragement: "I will deliver thee."
Whatever the trouble may be, the LORD makes no exceptions but
promises full, sure, happy deliverance. He will Himself work out
our deliverance by His own hand. We believe it, and the LORD
Here is an ultimate result: "Thou shalt glorify me." Ah, that we
will do most abundantly. When He has delivered us we will loudly
praise Him; and as He is sure to do it, let us begin to glorify
Him at once.
MORNING AND EVENING
"I in them."
If such be the union which subsists between our souls and the person
of our Lord, how deep and broad is the channel of our communion!
This is no narrow pipe through which a thread-like stream may wind
its way, it is a channel of amazing depth and breadth, along whose
glorious length a ponderous volume of living water may roll its
floods. Behold he hath set before us an open door, let us not be
slow to enter. This city of communion hath many pearly gates, every
several gate is of one pearl, and each gate is thrown open to the
uttermost that we may enter, assured of welcome. If there were but
one small loophole through which to talk with Jesus, it would be a
high privilege to thrust a word of fellowship through the narrow
door; how much we are blessed in having so large an entrance! Had
the Lord Jesus been far away from us, with many a stormy sea
between, we should have longed to send a messenger to him to carry
him our loves, and bring us tidings from his Father's house; but see
his kindness, he has built his house next door to ours, nay, more,
he takes lodging with us, and tabernacles in poor humble hearts,
that so he may have perpetual intercourse with us. O how foolish
must we be, if we do not live in habitual communion with him. When
the road is long, and dangerous, and difficult, we need not wonder
that friends seldom meet each other, but when they live together,
shall Jonathan forget his David? A wife may when her husband is upon
a journey, abide many days without holding converse with him, but
she could never endure to be separated from him if she knew him to
be in one of the chambers of her own house. Why, believer, dost not
thou sit at his banquet of wine? Seek thy Lord, for he is near;
embrace him, for he is thy Brother. Hold Him fast, for he is thine
Husband; and press him to thine heart, for he is of thine own flesh.
"And these are the singers ... they were employed in that work day
1 Chronicles 9:33
Well was it so ordered in the temple that the sacred chant never
ceased: for evermore did the singers praise the Lord, whose mercy
endureth forever. As mercy did not cease to rule either by day or by
night, so neither did music hush its holy ministry. My heart, there
is a lesson sweetly taught to thee in the ceaseless song of Zion's
temple, thou too art a constant debtor, and see thou to it that thy
gratitude, like charity, never faileth. God's praise is constant in
heaven, which is to be thy final dwelling-place, learn thou to
practise the eternal hallelujah. Around the earth as the sun
scatters his light, his beams awaken grateful believers to tune
their morning hymn, so that by the priesthood of the saints
perpetual praise is kept up at all hours, they swathe our globe in a
mantle of thanksgiving, and girdle it with a golden belt of song.
The Lord always deserves to be praised for what he is in himself,
for his works of creation and providence, for his goodness towards
his creatures, and especially for the transcendent act of
redemption, and all the marvellous blessing flowing therefrom. It is
always beneficial to praise the Lord; it cheers the day and
brightens the night; it lightens toil and softens sorrow; and over
earthly gladness it sheds a sanctifying radiance which makes it less
liable to blind us with its glare. Have we not something to sing
about at this moment? Can we not weave a song out of our present
joys, or our past deliverances, or our future hopes? Earth yields
her summer fruits: the hay is housed, the golden grain invites the
sickle, and the sun tarrying long to shine upon a fruitful earth,
shortens the interval of shade that we may lengthen the hours of
devout worship. By the love of Jesus, let us be stirred up to close
the day with a psalm of sanctified gladness.
JULY The Thirty-first
THE CLEAN FLAME OF LOVE
1John 4:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
THIS aged apostle cannot get away from the counsels of love. All his mental
movements circle about this “greatest thing in the world.” Once he would
“call down fire upon men”; now the only fire he knows is the pure and
genial flame of love. Beautiful is it when our fires become cleaner as we
get older, when temper changes to compassion, when malice becomes
goodwill, when an ill-controlled conflagration becomes a homely fireside.
And all the love we acquire we must get from the altars of God. “We love
because He first loved us.” We can find it nowhere else. “Love is of God.”
Why, then, not seek it in the right place? Why seek for palms in arctic
regions, or for icebergs in the tropics? God is the country of love, and
in His deep mines there are riches “unsearchable.”
And the gracious law of life is this, that every acquisition of love
increases our powers of discernment. “He that loveth knoweth...!” It is as
though every jewel we find gives us an extra lens for the discovery of
finer jewels still. And thus the love-life is a continual surprise, and
the surprise will be eternal, for the object of the wonder is the infinite
love of God.
"Year Book" 1895
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he
meditates day and night." Psalm 1:2
A perfumer bought a common earthen jar, and filled it with
fragrant flowers. Soon every particle of the substance of the
jar, was filled with the rich perfume; and long afterward, and
even when broken, the fragments retained the fragrance. So it is
that a human life becomes filled, saturated, with the Word of
God, when one loves it and meditates upon it continually. The
thoughts, feelings, affections, dispositions, and the whole
character become colored with the spirit of the Word.
Such a filling of the heart and memory with the pure words of
God, is the best way to prepare for any future of darkness into
which the life may pass. It is like hanging up a hundred lamps
while the light of day yet shines, to be ready to pour down
their soft beams the moment daylight fades.
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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
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
- Nung People of Vietnam and China
“We are best at preserving our culture and customs, better than
the other tribes who are mixing with outsiders and embracing
other religions,” the Nung grandmother explained to her
granddaughter who carried a cell phone and donned a modern
indigo-colored dress. In Vietnam the desire for modernization
has given the government a desire to preserve ethnic communities
and traditions for the sake of tourism. Some of those
modernizing trends have affected the Nung people in China. The
grandmother continued, “Now our family in Vietnam has the
protection of their government. But even though we in China do
not have government protection, we should not modernize
ourselves with new technologies and practices.”
The Nung people of southern China, now numbering 100,000, have
earned a reputation in the region that borders Vietnam for being
some of the best horticulturists and blacksmiths. Most live in a
rural environment where they farm and fish. They are even more
famed for weaving cloth of indigo color, the symbol of
trustworthiness. However, in China the Nung are said to be less
Although some of the people have mixed Buddhist teachings into
their religion, the Nung are unshaken in their loyalties to
their traditional beliefs in an animistic spirit world. Even
though there are few known followers of Christ, the Nung do have
Christian resources available in their language and even the
Gospel of Mark has been translated.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will soften hearts to embrace Him and spread His
fame to Nung communities on both sides of the border.
He (the jailer) then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what
must I do to be saved?"
Earthquake! What a traumatic experience it would have been to be
in this rock-hewn dungeon when the big one hit. This jailer
understood that God was behind the dangerous situation, and
instantly repented. Other people are not so fortunate. Some
people face all kinds of catastrophes, but never understand that
the Lord is not to be trifled with.
Pray that as the Nung people face different situations, they
will understand that they need the guidance and protection of
the Lord of lords.
- See more at: http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Nung-People-of-Vietnam-and-China2/#sthash.rZEkp1KQ.dpuf
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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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