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The fruit of
the Spirit is . . . faith
BY grace you have
been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God--Without
faith it is impossible to please him.--He who believes in Him is not judged;
he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed
in the name of the only begotten Son of God.-- I do believe; help my
Ga 5.22. Ep.2.8.--He 11.6.--
Whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God
has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him --faith working
through love --Faith without works is useless
We walk by faith, not by sight.-- I have been
crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in
me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of
God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me --though you have not
seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in
Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining
as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
Jn 3.18.--Mk 9.24. 1Jn 2.5.--
Ga. 5.6.--Jas 2.20. 2Co 5.7.--
Ga. 2.20. 1Pe 1.8, 9.
The Lord is
full of compassion and is merciful.
LIKE as a father has
compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him
--The LORD is gracious and compassionate. He has given food to those who
fear Him. He will remember His covenant forever.
Jas 5.11. Ps.
103.13.--Ps 111.4, 5 -Ps121.3, 4--Dt 32.11,12. La 3.22, 23 -- Mt 14.14.--Heb
13.8. Mt 10.30, 29, 31
He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who
keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.-- Like an eagle that stirs up
its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions. The LORD alone guided him, and there was no
foreign god with him.
His compassions never fail. They are new every
morning. Great is Thy faithfulness.
He went ashore, He saw a great multitude, and felt
compassion for them, and healed their sick --Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday and today, yes and forever.
The very hairs of your head are all numbered. Are
not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the
ground apart from your Father. Therefore do not fear.
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by F. B. Meyer
THE WISE USE OF TIME
"Look therefore carefully
how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise redeeming the time,
because the days are evil."-- Eph 5:15-16 (R.V.).
GOD DESIRES to give each
life its full development. Of course, there are exceptions; for
instance, in some cases the lessons and discipline of life are
crowded into a very brief space of time, and the soul is summoned
to the Presence-chamber of eternity. But, on the whole, each human
life is intended to touch all the notes of life's organ. There is
an appointed time when it shall be born or die, shall weep or
laugh, shall get or lose, shall have halcyon peace or storm cast
skies. These times have been fixed for you in God's plan; do not
try and anticipate them, or force the pace, but wait thou the
Lord's leisure. In due time all will work out for thy good and for
His glory. Say to Him" "All my times are in Thy hand."
Times and seasons succeed
one another very quickly. Milton, in his glorious sonnet on the
Flight of Time, bids her call on the leaden-stepping hours,
referring to the swing of the pendulum; and, indeed, as we look
back on our past life it will seem as though each experience was
only for a moment, and then had vanished, never to return. We are
reminded of the cobbler, who, as he sat in his kitchen, thought
that the pendulum of his clock, when it swing to the left, said
For ever; and to the right, Where? For ever--where? For
ever--where? He got up and stopped it, but found that, although he
had stopped the questioner, he had not answered the question. Nor
could he find rest until, on his knees, he had been able to face
the question of the Eternal, and reply to it.
We must be on the alert to
meet the demand of every hour. "Mine hour is not yet come," said
our Lord. He waited patiently until He heard the hours strike in
heaven, and then drawing the strength appropriate to its demand,
He went forth to meet it. Each time and season is kept by the
Father in His own hand. He opens and none shuts; He shuts and none
opens. But in that same hand are the needed supplies of wisdom,
grace, and power. As the time, so is the strength. No time of
sighing, trial, temptation, or bereavement is without its special
and adapted supplies. Take what is needed from His hand, and go
forth to play the part for which the hour calls.
Oh, that Thou wouldst bless
us indeed and enlarge our coasts of useful service. Let Thine hand
be with us, and keep us from all evil that would grieve Thee.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
Covenant Reaches Children
And I will establish my convenant between me and thee and thy
seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting
covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
O Lord, Thou hast made a covenant with me, Thy servant, in
Christ Jesus my Lord; and now, I beseech Thee, let my children
be included in its gracious provisions. Permit me to believe
this promise as made to me as well as to Abraham. I know that my
children are born in sin and shapen in iniquity, even as those
of other men; therefore, I ask nothing on the ground of their
birth, for well l know that "that which is born of the flesh is
flesh" and nothing more. Lord, make them to be born under Thy
covenant of grace by Thy Holy Spirit!
I pray for my descendants throughout all generations. Be Thou
their God as Thou art mine. My highest honor is that Thou hast
permitted me to serve Thee; may my offspring serve Thee in all
years to come. O God of Abraham, be the God of his Isaac! O God
of Hannah, accept her Samuel!
If, Lord, Thou hast favored me in my family, I pray Thee
remember other households of Thy people which remain unblest. Be
the God of all the families of Israel. Let not one of those who
fear Thy name be tried with a godless and wicked household, for
Thy Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, August 1
“Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn.”
Downcast and troubled Christian, come and glean today in the broad
field of promise. Here are abundance of precious promises, which
exactly meet thy wants. Take this one: “He will not break the
bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax.” Doth not that suit thy
case? A reed, helpless, insignificant, and weak, a bruised reed, out
of which no music can come; weaker than weakness itself; a reed, and
that reed bruised, yet, he will not break thee; but on the contrary,
will restore and strengthen thee. Thou art like the smoking flax: no
light, no warmth, can come from thee; but he will not quench thee;
he will blow with his sweet breath of mercy till he fans thee to a
flame. Wouldst thou glean another ear? “Come unto me all ye that
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” What soft
words! Thy heart is tender, and the Master knows it, and therefore
he speaketh so gently to thee. Wilt thou not obey him, and come to
him even now? Take another ear of corn: “Fear not, thou worm Jacob,
I will help thee, saith the Lord and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of
Israel.” How canst thou fear with such a wonderful assurance as
this? Thou mayest gather ten thousand such golden ears as these! “I
have blotted out thy sins like a cloud, and like a thick cloud thy
transgressions.” Or this, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they
shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they
shall be as wool.” Or this, “The Spirit and the Bride say, Come, and
let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will let him take the
water of life freely.” Our Master’s field is very rich; behold the
handfuls. See, there they lie before thee, poor timid believer!
Gather them up, make them thine own, for Jesus bids thee take them.
Be not afraid, only believe! Grasp these sweet promises, thresh them
out by meditation and feed on them with joy.
“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness.”
All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing
us; both when we sleep and when we wake his mercy waits upon us. The
sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but our God never ceases to
shine upon his children with beams of love. Like a river, his
lovingkindness is always flowing, with a fulness inexhaustible as
his own nature. Like the atmosphere which constantly surrounds the
earth, and is always ready to support the life of man, the
benevolence of God surrounds all his creatures; in it, as in their
element, they live, and move, and have their being. Yet as the sun
on summer days gladdens us with beams more warm and bright than at
other times, and as rivers are at certain seasons swollen by the
rain, and as the atmosphere itself is sometimes fraught with more
fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than heretofore, so is
it with the mercy of God; it hath its golden hours; its days of
overflow, when the Lord magnifieth his grace before the sons of men.
Amongst the blessings of the nether springs, the joyous days of
harvest are a special season of excessive favour. It is the glory of
autumn that the ripe gifts of providence are then abundantly
bestowed; it is the mellow season of realization, whereas all before
was but hope and expectation. Great is the joy of harvest. Happy are
the reapers who fill their arms with the liberality of heaven. The
Psalmist tells us that the harvest is the crowning of the year.
Surely these crowning mercies call for crowning thanksgiving! Let us
render it by the inward emotions of gratitude. Let our hearts be
warmed; let our spirits remember, meditate, and think upon this
goodness of the Lord. Then let us praise him with our lips, and laud
and magnify his name from whose bounty all this goodness flows. Let
us glorify God by yielding our gifts to his cause. A practical proof
of our gratitude is a special thank-offering to the Lord of the
GOD AS OUR ALLY!
Romans 8:31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39.
IF God is for us!” But we must make sure of that. Is God on the field,
taking sides with us? Have we been so busy with our preparations, so
concerned with many things, and everybody, that we have forgotten our
greatest possible Ally? Is He on the field, and on which side! My soul, go
on thy knees, and settle this in secret. That purpose of thine! That
choice of thine! That work of thine! Is it hallowed with thy Lord’s
approval and seal?
And “if God is for us, who can be against us?” Nothing else counts. It is
ever a foolish and futile thing to count the heads in the opposing ranks.
“God is always on the side of the big battalions!” It is a black lie of
the devil! We need not fear the big battalions if only we are securely in
the right. We are not to count heads, but to weigh and estimate causes.
Which of the causes provides a tent for the Lord of Hosts? Where has the
truth its waving flag? Stand near that flag, my soul, and thou wilt be
near thy Lord! And nothing shall separate thee from His love, and leave
thee weak and isolated on the field. Thou shalt be “more than conqueror”
in Him who loves thee, and will love thee for evermore.
"Year Book" 1895
"The Lord has sent me to Bethel."
So they went down to Bethel.
"The Lord has sent me to Jericho."
So they went to Jericho.
"The Lord has sent me to the Jordan."
So the two of them walked on.
"Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind!"
2 Kings 2:2, 4, 6, 11
God leads us on step by step, each step a new revelation. He led
Elijah on with new calls to new errands, from Gilgal to Bethel,
from Bethel to Jericho, from Jericho to Jordan, and then over
the river and up among the hills, until at last, as he went on,
the chariot came down and lifted him away to heaven! In this
same beautiful way, does God lead each one of his children
through life. We know not what any day may bring forth. But God
knows; and he calls us forward, to this duty and experience
today, to others tomorrow, and so on and on, and on and on,
until we come to the last step, and that will be into glory!
Elijah's prompt obedience, teaches us our side of the lesson. He
went swiftly from task to task. He would finish his work, before
the end came. It was to visit the schools of the prophets that
he went to Bethel and to Jericho. He wanted to give his last
counsels to the young students whom he had been training, and on
whom the future religious work among the people would depend.
The nearing of the end of life, should intensify our
earnestness. A godly woman was told that she could not live more
than six weeks. "Then I must arise, and hasten to finish my
work!" Leaving her bed, she went out and hurried from place to
place, laboring intensely until the very end came.
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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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(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
- Far East Broadcasting (FEBC) For the Zhuang
by KC and FEBC staff
Datian found a radio station that played something in his own
dialect of Zhuang! He was used to hearing Mandarin, so this was
a special treat. “Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but I
come that you may have life to the full.” Datian had never heard
such a thing! Who was this about? Could it be true that there
was someone who could give him a full and happy life?
Datian had just tuned into FEBC radio. Though there are 13 main
Zhuang dialects, 90 percent of these people speak two of them.
With the help of local believers, FEBC is producing broadcasts
for some of these Zhuang people that will give them hope in
FEBC is currently working on a project that will result in
having past Zhuang programs collected onto a miniature SD memory
card for distribution. These cards can play lots of content on
MP3 players and mobile phones, which are very common among the
Zhuangs, even in remote regions.
Pray for the Lord to throw open the doors for these materials to
become available to all the Zhuang people groups. Pray for
distribution efforts; government officials are suspicious of
people distributing materials if they don’t know the content of
them. Pray for workers to be wise as serpents and harmless as
doves. Pray for FEBC to be able to produce materials in the two
largest Zhuang dialects. Pray for God to provide security for
those secretly recording program materials.
Acts 3:1 (NIV)
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time
of prayer-at three in the afternoon.
Peter shared Christ with all kinds of Jewish people in
Jerusalem, and they embraced whoever wanted to hear the truth.
Extraction evangelism (i.e., removing individuals from their
communities in such a way that they have to lose existing
relationships) has been the common Western missionary method for
two centuries. But in Bible times, it was much more common for
God’s message to be given to the leaders of each people group.
Messengers are now rediscovering God’s ability to lead them to
“men of peace” with the authority to receive and enable the good
news to be welcomed into their whole family and tribe!
Pray that God will prepare Chinese believers to reach out to
leaders among the Zhuang peoples
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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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