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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glory of the LORD will be revealed and all flesh will see it together for
the mouth of the LORD has spoken. --No man has seen God at any time; the
only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,
glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.--He
who has seen Me has seen the Father --He is the radiance of His glory and
the exact representation of His nature --He who was revealed in the flesh
In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of
sins. And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all
creation.-- Whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the
image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren
And just as we have borne the image of the
earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
WHEN I am weak,
then am I strong. Asa called to the LORD his God and said, LORD, there is no
one besides Thee to help in the battle between the powerful and those who
have no strength; so help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in Thee, and in
Thy name have come against this multitude. O LORD, Thou art our God; let not
man prevail against Thee.-- Jehoshaphat
cried out, and the LORD helped him.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust
in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in
princes.--The king is not saved by a mighty army. A warrior is not delivered
by great strength. A horse is a false hope for victory, nor does it deliver
anyone by its great strength.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this
darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God
"If thou bring thy gift to
the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought
against thee; Leave there thy gift, go thy way; first be
reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift."--
THERE IS a marked difference
between memory and recollection.
Memory resembles a great box
or chest into which a man casts his letters, accounts, and MSS.;
recollection is the readiness, be it less or more, with which he
can lay his hand on what he requires. We know that it is somewhere
in our possession, we remember to have seen and turned it over,
but search as we may we cannot find or recall it.
But there is a moment of
quickened recollection when we stand before God: "When thou
bringest thy gift to the altar and rememberest." As the Divine
searchlight plays upon our past life it reveals many things which
had passed from our mind. Conscience is a keen quickener of our
powers of recollection.
What has your brother
against you? This--that you flamed out against him in passion,
with bitter, angry words, in hatred and contempt; or this--that
you have been sullen and sulky, scarcely answering his advances,
meeting his salutations with grudging courtesy. Perhaps you have
done him a positive wrong, and have taken from him his only
covering, or have forborne to help him when he stood in sore need
Ex 22:26-27; Exo 23:4-9).
We are bidden to get right
with man, as the first step to acceptance with God--" first be
reconciled to thy brother." Humility is necessary in every
approach to God, and nothing so humbles our pride as to confess
our faults to our brethren. Truth is necessary to all right
dealings with God, and nothing will so promote truth in our inward
parts as to be transparent and simple in our dealings with our
fellows. Sincerity in confession of sin is an essential beginning
of peace with God, but how can we be sure that our confession is
sincere unless it costs us something more than words. "'First, be
reconciled with thy brother"--not only with the brother of human
flesh--but with our great Brother in the Glory (
Gen 1:17-21; Heb 2:11).
Then comet Offer thyself, as thy gift; He will accept thee, and
Give unto us, O Lord, we
beseech Thee, broken and contrite hearts. Help us to do all that
ought to be done to make amends, and grant unto our brother the
willingness to meet us with forgiveness and peace. So shall we
have peace with Thee, our Elder Brother, against whom we have
grievously sinned. AMEN.
give you the sure mercies of David" (Acts 13:34).
Nothing of man is sure; but everything of God is so. Especially are
covenant mercies sure mercies, even as David said "an everlasting
covenant, ordered in all things and sure." We are sure that the Lord meant
His mercy. He did not speak mere words: there is substance and truth in
every one of His promises. His mercies are mercies indeed. Even if a
promise seems as if it must drop through by reason of death, yet it never
shall, for the good LORD will make good His word. We are sure that the LORD
will bestow promised mercies on all His covenanted ones. They shall come
in due course to all the chosen of the LORD. They are sure to all the
seed, from the least of them unto the greatest of them. We are sure that
the LORD will continue His mercies to His own people. He does not give and
take. What He has granted us is the token of much more. That which we have
not yet received is as sure as that which has already come; therefore, let
us wait before the LORD and be still. There is no justifiable reason for
the least doubt. God's love, and word, and faithfulness are sure. Many
things are questionable, but of the LORD we sing --
For his mercies shall endure
Ever faithful, ever sure.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "Exceeding great and precious promises."
2 Peter 1:4
If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises,
and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There
are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will
tread them the juice will flow. Thinking over the hallowed words
will often be the prelude to their fulfilment. While you are
musing upon them, the boon which you are seeking will insensibly
come to you. Many a Christian who has thirsted for the promise has
found the favour which it ensured gently distilling into his soul
even while he has been considering the divine record; and he has
rejoiced that ever he was led to lay the promise near his heart.
But besides meditating upon the promises, seek in thy soul to
receive them as being the very words of God. Speak to thy soul
thus, "If I were dealing with a man's promise, I should carefully
consider the ability and the character of the man who had
covenanted with me. So with the promise of God; my eye must not be
so much fixed upon the greatness of the mercy--that may stagger
me; as upon the greatness of the promiser--that will cheer me. My
soul, it is God, even thy God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to
thee. This word of his which thou art now considering is as true
as his own existence. He is a God unchangeable. He has not altered
the thing which has gone out of his mouth, nor called back one
single consolatory sentence. Nor doth he lack any power; it is the
God that made the heavens and the earth who has spoken thus. Nor
can he fail in wisdom as to the time when he will bestow the
favours, for he knoweth when it is best to give and when better to
withhold. Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true,
so immutable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the
promise." If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the
Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their
"Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?"
Most blessed challenge! How unanswerable it is! Every sin of the
elect was laid upon the great Champion of our salvation, and by
the atonement carried away. There is no sin in God's book against
his people: he seeth no sin in Jacob, neither iniquity in Israel;
they are justified in Christ forever. When the guilt of sin was
taken away, the punishment of sin was removed. For the Christian
there is no stroke from God's angry hand--nay, not so much as a
single frown of punitive justice. The believer may be chastised by
his Father, but God the Judge has nothing to say to the Christian,
except "I have absolved thee: thou art acquitted." For the
Christian there is no penal death in this world, much less any
second death. He is completely freed from all the punishment as
well as the guilt of sin, and the power of sin is removed too. It
may stand in our way, and agitate us with perpetual warfare; but
sin is a conquered foe to every soul in union with Jesus. There is
no sin which a Christian cannot overcome if he will only rely upon
his God to do it. They who wear the white robe in heaven overcame
through the blood of the Lamb, and we may do the same. No lust is
too mighty, no besetting sin too strongly entrenched; we can
overcome through the power of Christ. Do believe it, Christian,
that thy sin is a condemned thing. It may kick and struggle, but
it is doomed to die. God has written condemnation across its brow.
Christ has crucified it, "nailing it to his cross." Go now and
mortify it, and the Lord help you to live to his praise, for sin
with all its guilt, shame, and fear, is gone.
Here's pardon for transgressions past,
It matters not how black their cast;
And, O my soul, with wonder view,
For sins to come here's pardon too.
J H JOWETT
JULY The Twenty-seventh
THE WORK OF FAITH
1John 5:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.
AND so by belief I find life. I do not obtain the vitalizing air through
controversy, or clamour, or idle lamentation, but by opening the window!
Faith opens the door and window of the soul to the Son of God. It can be
done without tears, it can be done without sensationalism. “If any man
will open the door, I will come in.” “And he that hath the Son hath the
And by belief I gain my victories. “Who is he that overcometh ... but he
that believeth?” It is not by flashing armour that we beat the devil, but
by an invincible life. On these battlefields a mystic breath does more
destruction than all our fine and costly expedients. To believe is to
obtain the winning spirit, and every battle brings its trophies to our
And by belief I gain assurance. “He that believeth ... hath the witness in
him.” So many Christians fight in doubt and indecision, and their
uncertainty impairs their strength and skill. It is the man who can
quietly say “I know” who is terrible in battle and who drives his foes in
confusion from the field.
"The time had come for the Lord to take Elijah up to heaven in a
whirlwind." 2 Kings 2:1
When a godly man leaves the world—he does not cease to live. The
Lord took Elijah to live in another country, a heavenly one. We
are able actually to verify this statement. We have but to turn
over to the Gospels to see him again, nearly nine hundred years
later, alive, and active still in God's work. "Just then there
appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus."
It is just as true of the Christians who die in our homes—as it
was of this old prophet, that the Lord takes them up into heaven,
and that they live on in blessedness forever.
One cold autumn day I saw an empty bird's-nest on a tree. It
looked desolate and forsaken. But I knew the birds that once were
there were living yet, living now in the warm South, beyond the
reach of winter's storms, and singing there then sweet songs.
There is an empty love nest in many a home, in many a heart—but we
know that the dear Christian who is gone—is living with God in
heaven. There is comfort in this.
There is a suggestion in the way God took Elijah from earth. It
was "in a whirlwind." A whirlwind suggests terror. But this wild
storm was God's chariot, and it took the prophet up into heaven.
Death always seems terrible to nature. Sometimes it comes in form
of great terror. But however it may come, it takes God's child
home to glory!
= 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 27 -
Southern Nasu People
The least evangelized of any Nasu group are the Southern Nasu who
live in five counties of central and southern Yunnan Province.
They are 93 percent unreached. Only about one percent call
themselves Christians. Those few worship in Han Chinese churches
because there are no indigenous Southern Nasu worship groups.
Their lives are still controlled by spirit worship. Some of their
gods are considered helpful, while many are evil causing death,
sickness, and destruction. The Southern Nasu people have bimos or
sorcerers who perform from an ancient script to appease demons and
ward off evil from sick people. Animistic spirituality and
ancestor worship is alive and well among this people.
In 1998 Gospel Recordings produced audio tapes of the gospel
message in their language, Southern Nasu. It resulted in a few
people making decisions to follow Christ. This Nasu group needs a
true people movement to Christ.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that this article will touch the lives of readers and stir
within them the desire to adopt this people group. Pray for
churches to begin to pray specifically for the Southern Nasu
people to hear the message and for God to soften their hearts so
that they will recognize it as God’s truth and result in a total
church planting movement.
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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