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If you return to the LORD with all your heart,
remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct
your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone.
LITTLE children, guard
yourselves from idols.--Come out from their midst and be separate, says the
Lord, and do not touch what is unclean and I will welcome you, and I will be
a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord
Almighty.--You cannot serve God and mammon.
You shall not
worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous
God-- Serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches
all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts.
Behold, Thou dost
desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part Thou wilt make
me know wisdom.--Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at
the heart.-- Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence
1Sa 7.3. 1John
5.21.--2Co. 6.17, 18.--
Mat. 6.24. Ex. 34.14.--1Ch. 28.9.
Ps. 51.6.--1Sa. 16.7.--1John 3.21.
When the Son of Man comes,
will He find faith on
HE came to His own,
and those who were His own did not receive Him -- The Spirit explicitly
says that in later times some will fall away from the faith.
Preach the word;
be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great
patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate
for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn
away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.
Of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor
the Son, but the Father alone. Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not
know when the appointed time is.
-- Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he
comes -- Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our
great God and Savior, Christ Jesus
Lk 18.8. Jn 1.11.--1Ti.
2Ti 4:2-4. Mk 13.32, 33.--Lk 12.37.--
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by F. B. Meyer
"What doth the Lord require of thee,
but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."--
MICAH WAS a man of the people, and a
true patriot. In his day, the political outlook was dark in the extreme, and
the prophet felt that one thing only could save his country, and that was a
deep and widespread revival of religion. To the inquiry of the people as to
whether Jehovah desired the sacrifice of animals, or little children, who
were immolated by the heathen people around in order to rid their
consciences from sin, the answer came that God required something more
spiritual and searching: "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good, etc."
Let us make this threefold message our
own. To do justly, giving not a fraction less than can be rightly claimed
from us. Every one of us must acknowledge the righteous claims of our
home-circle, and of our neigh-bouts, and we must adjust these claims, giving
each his due.
Let us love mercy. There are some who
have perhaps forfeited all claim on our mercy--the prisoner, the fallen, the
helpless, our enemies--we must help all these not grudgingly, but cheerfully
and willingly. Do not try to love mercy till you begin to show it. Dare to
step out into a life of unselfish beneficence, and as you do so, you will
come to love it. St. James insists that pure religion as much consists in
visiting the widow and fatherless in their affliction as in keeping oneself
unspotted from the world.
Let us also walk humbly with God, not
lagging behind, nor running before, but walking with Him, hand in hand. All
down the ages, from Enoch onward, there have been those who walked with God
in unstained robes. It is not in sacrifices, or rites, or church-going, or
almsgiving, though these will follow afterwards, but in holy and humble
living, that the heart of true religion is realized.
Is that all? No! What is to be done
for those who have tried and failed, who are conscious of guilt and sin? In
the closing verses of this book is the answer. There we learn that God will
not only forgive, but will subdue our iniquities. He will turn again and
have compassion upon us, and cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
He delighteth in mercy! Who is a God like unto Thee?
O Lord, may Thy all-powerful grace
make me as perfect as Thou hast commanded me to be. AMEN.
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from the VALLEY OF VISION
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
upon these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy
profiting may appear to all (1 Timothy 4:15)
This is, practically, a promise that, by diligent meditation and the
giving up of our whole mind to our work for the LORD we shall make a
progress which all can see. Not by hasty reading but by deep meditation we
profit by the Word of God. Not by doing a great deal of work in a slovenly
manner, but by giving our best thought to what we attempt, we shall get
real profit. "In all labor there is profit" but not in fuss and hurry
without true heart-energy. If we divide ourselves between God and mammon,
or Christ and self, we shall make no progress. We must give ourselves
wholly to holy things, or else we shall be poor traders in heavenly
business, and at our stocktaking no profit will be shown. Am I a minister?
Let me be a minister wholly and not spend my energies upon secondary
concerns. What have I to do with party politics or vain amusements? Am I a
Christian? Let me make my service of Jesus my occupation, my lifework, my
one pursuit. We must be in-and-in with Jesus, and then out-and-out for
Jesus, or else we shall make neither progress nor profit, and neither the
church nor the world will feel the forceful influence which the LORD would
have us exercise.
MORNING AND EVENING
“He answered him to never a
He had never been slow of speech when he could bless the sons of
men, but he would not say a single word for himself. “Never man
spake like this man,” and never man was silent like him. Was this
singular silence the index of his perfect self-sacrifice? Did it
show that he would not utter a word to stay the slaughter of his
sacred person, which he had dedicated as an offering for us? Had
he so entirely surrendered himself that he would not interfere in
his own behalf, even in the minutest degree, but be bound and
slain an unstruggling, uncomplaining victim? Was this silence a
type of the defencelessness of sin? Nothing can be said in
palliation or excuse of human guilt; and, therefore, he who bore
its whole weight stood speechless before his judge. Is not patient
silence the best reply to a gainsaying world? Calm endurance
answers some questions infinitely more conclusively than the
loftiest eloquence. The best apologists for Christianity in the
early days were its martyrs. The anvil breaks a host of hammers by
quietly bearing their blows. Did not the silent Lamb of God
furnish us with a grand example of wisdom? Where every word was
occasion for new blasphemy, it was the line of duty to afford no
fuel for the flame of sin. The ambiguous and the false, the
unworthy and mean, will ere long overthrow and confute themselves,
and therefore the true can afford to be quiet, and finds silence
to be its wisdom. Evidently our Lord, by his silence, furnished a
remarkable fulfilment of prophecy. A long defence of himself would
have been contrary to Isaiah’s prediction: “He is led as a lamb to
the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he
openeth not his mouth.” By his quiet he conclusively proved
himself to be the true Lamb of God. As such we salute him this
morning. Be with us, Jesus, and in the silence of our heart, let
us hear the voice of thy love.
Evening, April 2
“He shall see his seed; he shall prolong his days, and the
pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”
Plead for the speedy fulfilment of this promise, all ye who love
the Lord. It is easy work to pray when we are grounded and
bottomed, as to our desires, upon God’s own promise. How can he
that gave the word refuse to keep it? Immutable veracity cannot
demean itself by a lie, and eternal faithfulness cannot degrade
itself by neglect. God must bless his Son, his covenant binds him
to it. That which the Spirit prompts us to ask for Jesus, is that
which God decrees to give him. Whenever you are praying for the
kingdom of Christ, let your eyes behold the dawning of the blessed
day which draweth near, when the Crucified shall receive his
coronation in the place where men rejected him. Courage, you that
prayerfully work and toil for Christ with success of the very
smallest kind, it shall not be so always; better times are before
you. Your eyes cannot see the blissful future: borrow the
telescope of faith; wipe the misty breath of your doubts from the
glass; look through it and behold the coming glory. Reader, let us
ask, do you make this your constant prayer? Remember that the same
Christ who tells us to say, “Give us this day our daily bread,”
had first given us this petition, “Hallowed be thy name; Thy
kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” Let
not your prayers be all concerning your own sins, your own wants,
your own imperfections, your own trials, but let them climb the
starry ladder, and get up to Christ himself, and then, as you draw
nigh to the blood-sprinkled mercy-seat, offer this prayer
continually, “Lord, extend the kingdom of thy dear Son.” Such a
petition, fervently presented, will elevate the spirit of all your
devotions. Mind that you prove the sincerity of your prayer by
labouring to promote the Lord’s glory.
J H JOWETT
APRIL The Second
“The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
—Isaiah 53:4, 5, 6.
LET me tell a dream which was given by night to one of my dearest friends.
He beheld a stupendous range of glorious sun-lit mountains, with their
lower slopes enfolded in white mist. “Lord,” he cried, “I pray that I may
dwell upon those heights!” “Thou must first descend into the vale,” a
Into the vale he went. And down there he found himself surrounded with all
manner of fierce, ugly, loathsome things. As he looked upon them he saw
that they were the incarnations of his own sins! There they were, sins
long ago committed, showing their threatening teeth before him!
Then he heard some One approaching, and instinctively he knew it was the
Lord! And he felt so ashamed that he drew a cloak over his face, and stood
in silence. And the Presence came nearer and nearer, until He, too, stood
silent. After a while my friend mastered sufficient courage to lift the
corner of his cloak and look out upon the Presence: and lo! all the
loathsome things were on Him!
“The Lord had laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
"Year Book" 1895
"Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows." Isaiah
Whatever the cause of grief may be, there is rich comfort in the
remembrance of the sorrows of Christ. It assures us that Christ
understands our pain. In the garden he went a stone's cast farther
than any of his disciples went. The picture is a parable to us. It
is always so. Wherever you bow in the deep shadows of grief, you
have but to lift up your eyes, and you will see Jesus in still
deeper shadows—a stone's cast beyond you. His sorrow was sorer
There is comfort also in the remembrance that blessing comes out
of suffering patiently endured. All the world's peace and hope,
and all heaven's joy and glory—are fruits of a great sorrow—the
sorrow of Christ. Blessing will come always out of sorrow, if we
but accept it submissively and reverently.
While we think of the sufferings of Christ, we must remember also
that he came from them all unharmed, his life shining in divine
radiance, lifted to glory, too, as a fruit of his suffering. This
reminds sorrowing believers, that they too shall pass through
their time of tribulation, that no scars and no manner of hurt
shall be upon their souls because of their sufferings—but that
they shall shine in fairer beauty and diviner glory, and shall be
lifted up to higher honor, because of what they have suffered with
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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
-Missionary biography, Hannah Hurnard
Hannah Hurnard was brought up in a Quaker home where religious
beliefs were considered to be very important. “In comparison…
nothing else mattered, and worldliness and anything that tended to
make the spiritual life and growth of the soul seem unimportant
were inexorably excluded.” Such a harsh upbringing might result in
antagonism toward spiritual things. Yet the faith and life of
Hannah’s parents “presented us with an inescapable challenge, and
no child of theirs could easily drift into unbelief.”
In spite of the atmosphere in the home, Hannah prayed, but had no
answer. She attended gospel services and was utterly bored and
depressed. She repented, but couldn’t stop sinning. She found the
Bible “the dullest and most lifeless book in the world.” She
wrote, “Nothing helped. The saving power never came. The means of
grace didn’t work. I simply couldn’t believe.”
Then in one-half hour when she was 19-years-old, her whole life
was changed at a convention at Keswick, England. At the close of
the convention, Hannah hurried out of the tent, got on her
bicycle, rushed to a little room, and fell on her knees. Opening
her Bible by chance to 1 Kings 18:21 she read the verse, “How long
will ye waver between two opinions? If the Lord be God then follow
Him.” Thus it happened. “Life was different from that radiant
hour.” Hannah Hurnard set out to obey God, beginning with an early
morning quiet time.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for radical transformation in today’s English youths.
Isaiah 9:6a, NIV
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the
government will be upon His shoulders, and His Name will be called
“Wonderful Counselor” is the first of four names given to Jesus in
this amazing prophetic verse. Christ in you, the hope of glory, is
counseling you as you pray for unreached people groups in
Manchester, England. He is also counseling the workers there, and
the peoples He reaches through our prayers, and then He comes to
live in them through His Holy Spirit! From verses in the Qur’an
that call Him the “Spirit from God,” Muslims salute Him as being
alive with the words, “Peace to You, Jesus Christ, Spirit of God!”
Pray that the unreached peoples of Manchester will come to know
Him as their Wonderful Counselor!
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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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