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The LORD bless you, and keep you
THE blessing of the LORD,
that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it -- Thou Who dost bless the
righteous man, O LORD. Thou dost surround him with favor as with a shield.
will not allow your foot to slip. He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold,
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper.
The LORD is your shade on your right hand. -- The LORD will protect you from
all evil. He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and
your coming in from this time forth and forever. -- I, the LORD, am its
keeper; I water it every moment. Lest anyone damage it, I guard it night and
Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, the name which Thou hast given Me, that
they may be one, even as We are. While I was with them, I was keeping them
in Thy name which Thou hast given Me and I guarded them.
The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed and will bring me safely to
His heavenly kingdom to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Nu 6.24. Pr. 10.22.--Ps. 5.12.
Ps. 121.3-5, 7, 8.--Isa. 27.3. Jn 17.11, 12.
MAN of sorrows, and
acquainted with grief.--We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize
with our weaknesses.--It was fitting for Him, for Whom are all things, and
through Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the
Author of their salvation through sufferings.--Although He was a Son, He
learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
I was not disobedient, nor did I turn back. I gave My back to those who
strike Me and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard. I did not cover My
face from humiliation and spitting.
Behold how He loved him.--He does not give help to
angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to
be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and
faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for
the sins of the people.
Jn 11.35. Isa 53.3.--Heb
Heb 2.10, 5.8. Isa 50.5, 6.
Jn 11.36.--Heb 2.16, 17.
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by F. B. Meyer
FOR ME AND
"Not withstanding, lest we should
offend them, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them
for Me and thee."--
PETER HAD been fairly well-to-do. He
had his house, and boat, and nets. There was no lack in the fisherman's
house. But when Jesus said, "Come after Me," he left all, and there was an
immediate cutting off of the former sources of supply, so that when the tax
gatherer came, there was nothing to meet his claim. Our Lord maintained that
He personally was under no obligation to meet the demand. As a child, to use
His own words, He was free; but He immediately identified Himself, as He
always does, with His troubled disciple. We can never leave anything for
Christ, without His recognition, and His being ready to defray whatever cost
may accrue from obedience.
The identification was so absolute
between the Master and His disciple, that He refrained from providing two
coins, which might have indicated some severance of interest. Was it not His
intention to put beyond all controversy that He and His are one, and that in
every act of His on our behalf, in His willingness to meet the demands made
upon us, there is no severance of interests, no mere patronage, but an
absolute identification with all that concerns us.
There are profound lessons here.
Demands are constantly knocking at the door of life, which we find it hard,
sometimes impossible, to meet. There are needs of food and clothing, of the
rent collector and the tax gatherer. But is not Christ aware? Is He not
faithful? Will He let us go under in the struggle? Never! Whatever demand
made on the servant is assumed by the Master--That take, He says, and give
unto them for Me and thee.
As He enters the wilderness of
temptation, He reminds us--it is "'for Me and thee." As He hangs upon the
Cross, and passes forth from the grave, radiant with triumph, He turns to us
and says: "This victory over death and the grave is for Me and thee." Yes,
and through all the ages that are yet to be, amid the marvels of unfolding
new worlds, nothing shall accrue to Him of which He will not say: "That
take, and give, or use, for Me and thee." Only remember, we must take, and
give. We must appropriate the unsearchable riches of Christ, we must impart
them, or they will not profit us.
We thank Thee, our Father, for our
union with the Risen Christ. May we share more largely in His glorious life,
and live as the heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saith not with
sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give
you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:47)
Let this point be settled, that the battle is the Lord's, and we
may be quite sure of the victory, and of the victory in such a way
as will best of all display the power of God. The Lord is too much
forgotten by all men, yea, even by the assemblies of Israel; and
when there is an opportunity to make men see that the great First
Cause can achieve His purposes without the power of man, it is a
priceless occasion which should be well employed. Even Israel
looks too much to sword and spear. It is a grand thing to have no
sword in the hand of David, and yet for David to know that his God
will overthrow a whole army of aliens.
If we are indeed contending for truth and righteousness, let us
not tarry till we have talent, or wealth, or any other form of
visible power at our disposal; but with such stones as we find in
the brook, and with our own usual sling, let us run to meet the
enemy. If it were our own battle we might not be confident; but if
we are standing up for Jesus and warring in His strength alone,
who can withstand us? Without a trace of hesitancy let us face the
Philistines; for the Lord of hosts is with us, and who can be
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading Evening, March 11
“Sin ... exceeding sinful.”
Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the
conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin.
Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should
offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these
first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the
surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a
willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is sadly
true, that even a Christian may grow by degrees so callous, that
the sin which once startled him does not alarm him in the least.
By degrees men get familiar with sin. The ear in which the cannon
has been booming will not notice slight sounds. At first a little
sin startles us; but soon we say, “Is it not a little one?” Then
there comes another, larger, and then another, until by degrees we
begin to regard sin as but a little ill; and then follows an
unholy presumption: “We have not fallen into open sin. True, we
tripped a little, but we stood upright in the main. We may have
uttered one unholy word, but as for the most of our conversation,
it has been consistent.” So we palliate sin; we throw a cloak over
it; we call it by dainty names. Christian, beware how thou
thinkest lightly of sin. Take heed lest thou fall by little and
little. Sin, a little thing? Is it not a poison? Who knows its
deadliness? Sin, a little thing? Do not the little foxes spoil the
grapes? Doth not the tiny coral insect build a rock which wrecks a
navy? Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks? Will not continual
droppings wear away stones? Sin, a little thing? It girded the
Redeemer’s head with thorns, and pierced his heart! It made him
suffer anguish, bitterness, and woe. Could you weigh the least sin
in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a
serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin
as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, March 11
Thou shalt be called, Sought out.”
The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only
sought, but sought out. Men seek for a thing which is lost upon the floor
of the house, but in such a case there is only seeking, not seeking out.
The loss is more perplexing and the search more persevering when a thing
is sought out. We were mingled with the mire: we were as when some
precious piece of gold falls into the sewer, and men gather out and
carefully inspect a mass of abominable filth, and continue to stir and
rake, and search among the heap until the treasure is found. Or, to use
another figure, we were lost in a labyrinth; we wandered hither and
thither, and when mercy came after us with the gospel, it did not find us
at the first coming, it had to search for us and seek us out; for we as
lost sheep were so desperately lost, and had wandered into such a strange
country, that it did not seem possible that even the Good Shepherd should
track our devious roamings. Glory be to unconquerable grace, we were
sought out! No gloom could hide us, no filthiness could conceal us, we
were found and brought home. Glory be to infinite love, God the Holy
Spirit restored us!
The lives of some of God’s people, if they could be written would fill us
with holy astonishment. Strange and marvellous are the ways which God used
in their case to find his own. Blessed be his name, he never relinquishes
the search until the chosen are sought out effectually. They are not a
people sought today and cast away to-morrow. Almightiness and wisdom
combined will make no failures, they shall be called, “Sought out!” That
any should be sought out is matchless grace, but that we should be sought
out is grace beyond degree! We can find no reason for it but God’s own
sovereign love, and can only lift up our heart in wonder, and praise the
Lord that this night we wear the name of “Sought out.”
GOOD AND BAD ROADS
Psalm 1:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
THERE is nothing breaks up more speedily than a badly-made road. Every
season is its enemy and works for its destruction. Fierce heat and
intensest cold both strive for its undoing. And “the way of the ungodly”
is an appallingly bad road. There is rottenness in its foundations, and
there is built into it “wood, and hay, and stubble,” How can it stand?
“The Spirit of the Lord breatheth upon it,” and it is surely brought to
nought. All the forces of holiness are pledged to its destruction, and
they shall pick it to pieces, and shall scatter its elements to the winds.
“I am the way!” That road remains sound “in all generations.” Changing
circumstances cannot affect its stability. It is proof against every
tempest, and against the most violent heat. It is a road in which little
children can walk in happiness and in which old people can walk in peace.
It is firm in the day of life, and it is absolutely sure in the hour of
death. It never yields! “Thou hast set my feet upon a rock and hast
established my goings.” “This is the way, walk ye in it.”
"Year Book" 1895
"As for the other events of Solomon's reign—all he did . . . are
they not written in the book of the annals of Solomon?" 1 Kings
They are all written! They are not all written in the Bible—but
they all went down in the chronicles of the kings. Nor was that
all. When their ancient paper was used, the impression of the
writing goes through and is traced on underlying sheets.
Just so, our life makes its records in the chronicles of the
times; but the writing also goes through, and every line and word
goes down on pages invisible to our eyes the pages of God's book.
We read in the Bible, that the books will be opened for final
judgment; and Solomon himself tells us that "God shall bring every
work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good,
or whether it be evil."
Solomon is gone, and his record cannot now be changed; but we are
concerned with our own lives. The young have the chief portion of
their life yet before them. It is important that they remember
that all their acts are written; that things which are hidden from
the eyes of the world—are yet written down on the Book within the
veil; and that some day—all secret things shall be manifested,
brought fully to the light, before all the universe. It is
important, therefore, that they do, along the common days, only
the things which they will be glad to see revealed when all secret
things shall be uncovered. When the day of judgment comes, we
shall be asked how holy were our lives—and not how fine our words!
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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.
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March 11-Chamalal People
“Which way do we go to get to this big wedding?” Rasul and
Ibraghim, the two young Chamalal men, asked their older friend.
With a slight smile, he gave them instructions. “Thanks!” Rasul
said as the two of them quickly drove away.
Rasul and Ibraghim were two young Chamalal men from an urban
region of Dagestan. They were under instructions from their elders
to find Chamalal wives. The most hopeful settings for such a find
were large weddings in Chamalal mountain villages where dancing
and socializing continue for two straight days.
There are 14 Chamalal villages in the high mountains of extreme
western Dagestan. In these 14 villages, plus eight more across the
ridge in the adjacent mountains of southeastern Chechnya, the
distinct Chamalal language is spoken by approximately 10,000
Chamalal people. All Chamalal people proudly consider themselves
Muslim. They follow traditional Sunni Islam mixed with ancient
Pray that the rich, but harsh heritage of Chamalal culture will be
graced with the mercy of Jesus and the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
To date there are no known Chamalal believers. Pray that trained
linguists will befriend the Chamalal people and honor their
ancient complex language with a Bible translation. They can also
open the door for oral recordings of the good news of Jesus in the
Chamalal language. Pray that young Chamalal people will connect
with Dagestani followers of Jesus in urban areas and become
messengers to their own people.
After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and
mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband
and she shall be your wife.
We often remember the all-out assaults on the Caananite peoples by
the Israelites, but forget the mercy that God demanded of His
children. After the Israelites had conquered a nation, they were
expected to show mercy, not brutality, to the women they captured.
I would not even want to describe what people normally did to the
women and children they captured during that time period. But God
demanded a much higher standard from His children.
Pray that as the peoples of the North Caucasus hear of the God of
the Bible, they will comprehend His mercy without neglecting to
understand His justifiable wrath.
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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?
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revival is failure to pray, to plead, to intercede, to cry out.
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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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"I came that they might have life