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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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. And what I say to you I say to all, Be on the alert!--
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is
patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to
repentance.--The coming of the Lord is at hand...The Judge is
standing right at the door.--Yes, I am coming quickly.
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way,
what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?
The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of
sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.-- Be dressed in
readiness, and keep your lamps alight. And be like men who are waiting for
their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may
immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.
anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let
them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord and the
prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will
raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so
that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can
accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed
earnestly that it might not rain; and it did not rain on the earth for three
years and six months.
And he prayed again, and the sky poured rain, and the earth produced its
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in
the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and
petition for all the saints
Unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers
making request. -- Always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that
you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
"Whosoever therefore shall
confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father
which is in heaven."--
CHRIST'S ULTIMATE aim is to
secure peace for our sin-stricken race, and the proclamation of
the tidings of peace is spreading throughout the world. We must
not falter in our testimony, or hide in our heart the truth which
has been committed to us, because it may bring us to contumely and
suffering. Nothing is so like to promote our own earnestness and
devotion as our constant testimony for Christ. The advance of the
Kingdom of God is determined much less by remarkable missions and
sermons, as by each one saying to his neighbour: "Know the Lord!"
We should begin with our
next of kin. Andrew's testimony and confession brought Peter to
And whatever blessing came to the Church, and to the world through
the testimony and confession of Peter must be partly credited to
his brother Andrew.
We must confess Christ to
our nearest friends. Philip found Nathanael. Our friends expect
that we should let them share our inner thoughts and experience.
Sometimes we can only give our simple testimony: "We have found
Christ," but as we bring those whom we love to Christ, we shall
ever find Him sympathetic and willing to meet our endeavours with
His mighty help and fellowship. How He welcomed Peter, and read
the character of Nathanael.
Our personal testimony is
invaluable. The woman of Samaria brought the entire city to the
feet of Jesus by her confession. Many of the Samaritans believed
on Him for the saying of the woman, which testified, "He told me
all that ever I did." That was the beginning of a great revival.
It was Mr. Moody's custom to
speak each day, personally, to some one about the Lord Jesus. If
any shall say that this habit is apt to become mechanical and
formal, I can only answer that the days when I have lived like
that have been the most radiant of my life. It is not necessary
that one should be always interlarding phraseology with references
to religion, but there must be no coveting of the light within us
How great an honour it will be to be confessed by Christ before
all worlds, and to be presented by Him with exceeding joy before
the Father (Jud 1:24).
"If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He
will also deny us."
May we so represent Christ
our Lord in this world that men may love Him for what they see of
His likeness in us. AMEN.
their sins and iniquities will I remember no more" (Hebrews 10:17).
According to this gracious covenant the LORD treats His people as if they
had never sinned. Practically, He forgets all their trespasses. Sins of
all kinds He treats as if they had never been, as if they were quite
erased from His memory. O miracle of grace! God here doth that which in
certain aspects is impossible to Him. His mercy worketh miracles which far
transcend all other miracles. Our God ignores our sin now that the
sacrifice of Jesus has ratified the covenant. We may rejoice in Him
without fear that He will be provoked to anger against us because of our
iniquities. See! He puts us among the children; He accepts us as
righteous; He takes delight in us as if we were perfectly holy. He even
puts us into places of trust; makes us guardians of His honor, trustees of
the crown jewels, stewards of the gospel. He counts us worthy and gives us
a ministry; this is the highest and most special proof that He does not
remember our sins. Even when we forgive an enemy, we are very slow to
trust him; we judge it to be imprudent so to do. But the LORD forgets our
sins and treats us as if we had never erred. O my soul, what a promise is
this! Believe it and be happy.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "I am married unto you."
Christ Jesus is joined unto his people in marriage-union. In love
he espoused his Church as a chaste virgin, long before she fell
under the yoke of bondage. Full of burning affection he toiled,
like Jacob for Rachel, until the whole of her purchase-money had
been paid, and now, having sought her by his Spirit, and brought
her to know and love him, he awaits the glorious hour when their
mutual bliss shall be consummated at the marriage-supper of the
Lamb. Not yet hath the glorious Bridegroom presented his
betrothed, perfected and complete, before the Majesty of heaven;
not yet hath she actually entered upon the enjoyment of her
dignities as his wife and queen: she is as yet a wanderer in a
world of woe, a dweller in the tents of Kedar; but she is even now
the bride, the spouse of Jesus, dear to his heart, precious in his
sight, written on his hands, and united with his person. On earth
he exercises towards her all the affectionate offices of Husband.
He makes rich provision for her wants, pays all her debts, allows
her to assume his name, and to share in all his wealth. Nor will
he ever act otherwise to her. The word divorce he will never
mention, for "He hateth putting away." Death must sever the
conjugal tie between the most loving mortals, but it cannot divide
the links of this immortal marriage. In heaven they marry not, but
are as the angels of God; yet there is this one marvellous
exception to the rule, for in Heaven Christ and his Church shall
celebrate their joyous nuptials. This affinity as it is more
lasting, so is it more near than earthly wedlock. Let the love of
husband be never so pure and fervent, it is but a faint picture of
the flame which burns in the heart of Jesus. Passing all human
union is that mystical cleaving unto the Church, for which Christ
left his Father, and became one flesh with her.
"Behold the man!"
If there be one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the
joy and comfort of his people, it is where he plunged deepest into
the depths of woe. Come hither, gracious souls, and behold the man
in the garden of Gethsemane; behold his heart so brimming with
love that he cannot hold it in--so full of sorrow that it must
find a vent. Behold the bloody sweat as it distils from every pore
of his body, and falls upon the ground. Behold the man as they
drive the nails into his hands and feet. Look up, repenting
sinners, and see the sorrowful image of your suffering Lord. Mark
him, as the ruby drops stand on the thorn-crown, and adorn with
priceless gems the diadem of the King of Misery. Behold the man
when all his bones are out of joint, and he is poured out like
water and brought into the dust of death; God hath forsaken him,
and hell compasseth him about. Behold and see, was there ever
sorrow like unto his sorrow that is done unto him? All ye that
pass by draw near and look upon this spectacle of grief, unique,
unparalleled, a wonder to men and angels, a prodigy unmatched.
Behold the Emperor of Woe who had no equal or rival in his
agonies! Gaze upon him, ye mourners, for if there be not
consolation in a crucified Christ there is no joy in earth or
heaven. If in the ransom price of his blood there be not hope, ye
harps of heaven, there is no joy in you, and the right hand of God
shall know no pleasures for evermore. We have only to sit more
continually at the cross foot to be less troubled with our doubts
and woes. We have but to see his sorrows, and our sorrows we shall
be ashamed to mention. We have but to gaze into his wounds and
heal our own. If we would live aright it must be by the
contemplation of his death; if we would rise to dignity, it must
be by considering his humiliation and his sorrow.
J H JOWETT
JULY The Twenty-third
A GREAT SOUL AT PRAYER
2Chronicles 6:12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
LET me reverently study this great prayer in order that, when I go to the
house of God, I may be able to enrich its ministry by the wealth of my own
Solomon prayed that the eyes of the Lord might be open toward the house
“day and night.” Like the eyes of a mother upon her child! Like the eyes
of a lover upon his beloved! And therefore it is more than protective
vision; shall we reverently say that it is inventive vision, devising
gracious surprises, anticipating needs, preparing love-gifts; it is sight
which is both insight and foresight, ever inspecting and prospecting for
the loved one’s good.
And Solomon prayed that God’s ear might be open to the cry of His people’s
need. “Hear Thou from Thy dwelling-place.” He prayed that the house of God
might be the place of open communion. That is ever the secret of peace,
and therefore of power. If I know that I have correspondence with the Holy
One, I shall walk and work as a child of light. If God hear me, then I can
And Solomon prays for the grace of forgiveness. He prays for the sense of
sweet emancipation which is the gift of grace. It is the miracle of
renewal, and it ought to happen every time we open the doors of the
"He himself went a day's journey into the desert. He came to a
juniper tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I
have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better
than my ancestors." 1 Kings 19:4
He was sorely discouraged. It seemed to him that all he had done,
had come to nothing. There are few things we need more to guard
against than discouragement. When once we come under its
influence, it makes us weak, robbing us of our hope and making
cowards of us. Many a life is discrowned and drawn down to
failure, through discouragement.
It is surely a sad picture: this greatest of the old prophets
lying there under the little bush, in the wilderness, longing to
die! If he had died then and there, what an inglorious ending it
would have made of his life! As it was, however, he lived to do
further glorious work and to see great results from his contest
with idolatry. God was kinder to him, than he knew.
It is wrong to wish ourselves dead. Life is God's gift to us, a
sacred trust for which we shall have to give account. While God
keeps us living—he has something for us to do. Our prayer should
be for grace to do our duty bravely and well unto the end. From
Elijah's after-experience, we learn that we would never be cast
down by any discouraging experiences. The things we think have
failed are often only slowly ripening into rich success. We have
only to be faithful to God and to duty, and we may always rejoice.
What seems failure—is often best success.
= 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 23 -
Panxian Nasu People
(The following is a fictional account based on facts.)
As the bus rocked and swayed over the narrow mountain road, the
young Panxian Nasu man peered out at grounds that once were
verdant paddy fields. As he neared the town center, he saw the
cluster of wooden structures that served as homes. He spotted the
house where he was born and raised. Coming from the ever-changing
big city, this sleepy hamlet in Guizhou Province remained
Hopping out of the bus, he bounded to his home. He was greeted by
a group of family and friends singing. He quietly sat by the door
as his father began to pray, “Lord Jesus Christ, help us to show
your love to those around us.” A few years ago family from nearby
Pu’an County told them about Christ. Ever since, they have been
coming ever so often to share the gospel with them, until one day
his parents decided to become followers of Christ.
According to Joshua Project, there is a significant number of
Panxian Nasu believers living in Pu’an County, where they have met
in three large house churches since 1980. However, there are other
regions, particularly in southern Guizhou, Yunnan, and Guangxi
provinces where they have had less exposure to the gospel.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Panxian Nasu people who know the Lord Jesus would
grow in Him, and expand His Kingdom by discipling others. Pray for
a complete harvest.
Hebrews 10:19-23, NIV
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter
the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way
opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we
have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God
with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith
brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty
conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us
hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is
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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