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May 18, Evening
the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to
have life in Himself
Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality
to light through the gospel.--I am the resurrection, and the life.--Because I
live, you shall live also.--We have become partakers of Christ --Partakers of
the Holy Spirit.--Partakers of the divine nature.--The first MAN, Adam,
BECAME A LIVING SOUL. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised
imperishable, and we shall be changed.
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO
WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME -- Who lives forever and ever
--the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords who
alone possesses immortality --Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible,
the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Jn. 5.26. 2 Ti.
John 14.19.--He. 3.14.--He. 6.4.--
2Pe. 1.4.--1Cor 15.45, 51, 52. Re. 4.8, 9.-- 1Ti. 6.15, 16.--1Ti. 1.17.
Let us not become boastful
said to them, I would request of you, that each of you give me an earring
from his spoil. (For they had gold earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)
And they said, We will surely give them. So they spread out a garment, and
every one of them threw an earring there from his spoil. And Gideon made it
into an ephod, and placed it in his city, Ophrah, and all Israel played the
harlot with it there, so that it became a snare to Gideon and his household.
Are you seeking great things for yourself? Do not seek
them -- to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but
with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important
than himself .--Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does
not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek
Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me
Ga 5.26. Judges. 8.24, 25,
27. Je. 45.5.-- 2Co. 12.7. Phil 2.3.--1Co. 13.4, 5. Mat. 11.29.
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by F. B. Meyer
THE PSALM OF INHERITANCE
"I am thy portion and
thine inheritance among the children of Israel."-- Nu18:20.
"The Lord is my portion,
saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him."-- Lam 3:24.
IT IS a wonderful thing when we can
look upon God as being our portion, when we can lay our hand upon all His
nature and say there is nothing in God which will not in some way contribute
to my strength and joy. It makes one think of the early days of the
settlement of emigrants in the Far West of Canada or Australia. The settler
and his family would slowly travel forward, with their implements and seeds,
till they reached the plot of ground allocated to them by the Government. At
first the family would encamp on the edge of it, then they would prospect
it, and go to and fro over its acres with a sense that it all belonged to
them, though it needed to be brought under cultivation. In the first year,
within the fence hastily constructed, the farmer and his sons would begin to
cultivate some small portion of their newly-acquired territory. This would
yield the first crops; next year they would press the fences farther out,
until at the end of a term of years the whole would have been brought under
So it is with the
mighty Nature of God. when first we are converted and led to know Him for
ourselves, we can claim to apprehend but a small portion of the length and
depth and breadth and height of His Love; but as the years go slowly on,
amid the circumstances of trouble and temptation and the loss of earthly
things, we are led to make more and more of God, until the immensity of our
inheritance, which can never be fully explored or utilised, breaks upon our
understanding. No wonder that the Psalmist breaks forth into thanksgiving in
Psa 16:6-7, and Psalm 9l.
The devout soul
rejoices in God as his great Inheritance. When He is always present to our
mind, when we are constantly making use of Him, when we find ourselves
naturally turning to Him through the hours of the day, then such quiet peace
and rest settle down upon us that we cannot be moved by any anxiety of the
present or future. Death itself will make no difference, except that the
body which has obscured our vision will be left behind, and the emancipated
soul will be able more fully to expatiate in its inheritance, which is
incorruptible, undefiled, and unfading (1Pe 1:4-5).
We thank Thee, O Lord, that all things
are ours in Christ, working for us, co-operating with us, and bearing us
onward to that glorious destiny for which Thou art preparing us. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten" (Joel 2:25).
Yes, those wasted years over which we sigh shall be restored to us. God
can give us such plentiful grace that we shall crowd into the remainder of
our days as much of service as will be some recompense for those years of
unregeneracy over which we mourn in humble penitence. The locusts of
backsliding, worldliness, lukewarmness, are now viewed by us as a terrible
plague. Oh, that they had never come near us! The LORD in mercy has now
taken them away, and we are full of zeal to serve Him. Blessed be His
name, we can raise such harvests of spiritual graces as shall make our
former barrenness to disappear. Through rich grace we can turn to account
our bitter experience and use it to warn others. We can become the more
rooted in humility, childlike dependence, and penitent spirituality by
reason of our former shortcomings. If we are the more watchful, zealous,
and tender, we shall gain by our lamentable losses. The wasted years, by a
miracle of love, can be restored. Does it seem too great a boon? Let us
believe for it and live for it, and we may yet realize it, even as Peter
became all the more useful a man after his pres
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading, May
“In him dwelleth all the fulness of the
Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him.”
Colossians 2:9, 10
All the attributes of Christ, as God and man, are at our disposal. All the
fulness of the Godhead, whatever that marvellous term may comprehend, is
ours to make us complete. He cannot endow us with the attributes of Deity;
but he has done all that can be done, for he has made even his divine
power and Godhead subservient to our salvation. His omnipotence,
omniscience, omnipresence, immutability and infallibility, are all
combined for our defence. Arise, believer, and behold the Lord Jesus
yoking the whole of his divine Godhead to the chariot of salvation! How
vast his grace, how firm his faithfulness, how unswerving his
immutability, how infinite his power, how limitless his knowledge! All
these are by the Lord Jesus made the pillars of the temple of salvation;
and all, without diminution of their infinity, are covenanted to us as our
perpetual inheritance. The fathomless love of the Saviour’s heart is every
drop of it ours; every sinew in the arm of might, every jewel in the crown
of majesty, the immensity of divine knowledge, and the sternness of divine
justice, all are ours, and shall be employed for us. The whole of Christ,
in his adorable character as the Son of God, is by himself made over to us
most richly to enjoy. His wisdom is our direction, his knowledge our
instruction, his power our protection, his justice our surety, his love
our comfort, his mercy our solace, and his immutability our trust. He
makes no reserve, but opens the recesses of the Mount of God and bids us
dig in its mines for the hidden treasures. “All, all, all are yours,”
saith he, “be ye satisfied with favour and full of the goodness of the
Lord.” Oh! how sweet thus to behold Jesus, and to call upon him with the
certain confidence that in seeking the interposition of his love or power,
we are but asking for that which he has already faithfully promised.
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, May
How happy are tried Christians, afterwards. No calm more deep than that
which succeeds a storm. Who has not rejoiced in clear shinings after rain?
Victorious banquets are for well-exercised soldiers. After killing the
lion we eat the honey; after climbing the Hill Difficulty, we sit down in
the arbour to rest; after traversing the Valley of Humiliation, after
fighting with Apollyon, the shining one appears, with the healing branch
from the tree of life. Our sorrows, like the passing keels of the vessels
upon the sea, leave a silver line of holy light behind them “afterwards.”
It is peace, sweet, deep peace, which follows the horrible turmoil which
once reigned in our tormented, guilty souls. See, then, the happy estate
of a Christian! He has his best things last, and he therefore in this
world receives his worst things first. But even his worst things are
“afterward” good things, harsh ploughings yielding joyful harvests. Even
now he grows rich by his losses, he rises by his falls, he lives by dying,
and becomes full by being emptied; if, then, his grievous afflictions
yield him so much peaceable fruit in this life, what shall be the full
vintage of joy “afterwards” in heaven? If his dark nights are as bright as
the world’s days, what shall his days be? If even his starlight is more
splendid than the sun, what must his sunlight be? If he can sing in a
dungeon, how sweetly will he sing in heaven! If he can praise the Lord in
the fires, how will he extol him before the eternal throne! If evil be
good to him now, what will the overflowing goodness of God be to him then?
Oh, blessed “afterward!” Who would not be a Christian? Who would not bear
the present cross for the crown which cometh afterwards? But herein is
work for patience, for the rest is not for today, nor the triumph for the
present, but “afterward.” Wait, O soul, and let patience have her perfect
"Year Book" 1895
"Every skilled woman spun with her hands—and brought what she had
spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen." Exodus 35:25
It didn't harm their hands a bit either! Some dainty women are
like the lilies, "They do not labor or spin!" They keep their
hands soft and white. They think any kind of work would mar the
delicate beauty of their fingers. But they make a great mistake.
The hands that are beautiful in heaven's sight—are not the dainty
ones that are never roughened or hardened by toil. Anything is
beautiful, just in the measure in which it fulfills the mission
for which it was made. Hands were made to work; and an idle,
useless hand, no matter how delicate and fair, is not a lovely
These ancient women had learned to spin, and now they spun for
God. Here we see how everyday talents and occupations, may be
turned over into God's service. The young women of today do not
spin much; many of them never saw a spinning-wheel; but they have
other common talents and abilities which they may consecrate to
"Even while we were with you, we gave you this rule: Whoever does
not work—should not eat!" 2 Thessalonians 3:10
for Circling the Year
John 9:13, 14,15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.
HERE is a ceremonialism which is blind to the humane. Its scrupulous
ritualisms have dried up its philanthropy. It thinks more of etiquette
than equity. It esteems genuflexions more than generosity. It values the
husk more than the kernel. It is Sabbatarian but not humanitarian. My God,
deliver me from all pious conventionalities which make me indifferent to
the ailments and cries of my fellow-men!
And here is a dense prejudice which is blind to the evident. “They did not
believe that he had been blind.” A prejudice can deflect the judgment, as
subtle magnetic currents can deflect the needle. The film of an
ecclesiastical prejudice can be so opaque as to make us “blind to facts.”
We do not “see things as they are.” Our perverted eyes give us a crooked
And here is a bitter violence which is blind to the glory of the Lord. “We
know that this man is a sinner!” And so it comes to that. Our judgments
can become so warped that when we look upon Him, “who is the chief among
ten thousand and the altogether lovely,” “there is no beauty that we
should desire Him”! And therefore let this be my daily prayer, “Lord, that
I might receive my sight!”
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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
Abidin, a Kedah Malay, loved his homeland and was sharing with a
visitor from America. “Kedah is so beautiful; I would say it is
the prettiest region in Malaysia. Its honorific name in Arabic is
Darul Aman, meaning Abode of Peace.’ Come let me take you to the
most beautiful mosque in the world!” The Moorish-styled, Zahir
Mosque stood out like a gleaming gem as they approached it in the
Kedah capital city of Alor Setar. Abidin explained that the mosque
was where Kedahian Muslims come for the important Qur’anic reading
competition. This challenged many Kedah Malays in their Islamic
faith. He himself had memorized a large portion of the Qur’an and
was now teaching his children. After a meal of laksa (noodles in
tangy fish soup) Abidin took his friend to visit the famous and
historic residence of the Sultan of Kedah.
Dominated by never ending paddy fields, Kedah is known as the rice
bowl of Malaysia, and it is home to over 3,000,000 people. The
majority of these warm, hospitable people are followers of Islam.
There are only a small number of Christians, most of whom are
Pray that more Bible training programs will be made available for
the Christians in Malaysia so they that can effectively become
witnesses of the Living Lord to the people of Kedah. Pray that
many Kedah Malay Muslims will become strong followers of Isa
(Jesus) and will dwell in the House (Abode) of the Lord forever.
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of
them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Can you imagine going through life with this mindset? Everything
is meaningless! Most people throughout history have lived and died
with little or no purpose other than to survive. Doesn’t our
loving Heavenly Father want more for us? He certainly does! He
wants to give us the most important purpose of all, to glorify His
Name and to expand His Kingdom. He wants us to invite others to
get to know the true and living God.
Pray that we will have the boldness to tell others of His
meaningful purpose for life: to love God, and to make Him known.
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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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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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