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October 30, Evening
good that a man should both hope
and quietly wait for the
HATH God forgotten to
be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?--I said in my
haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heard the
voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though
he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.--Wait
on the LORD, and he shall save
thee.--Rest in the LORD, and
wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospers in his
way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves,
stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD.
Let us not be weary in well doing: . . . in due season we shall reap, if we
faint not.--Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the
earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter
Lam 3.26. Ps. 77.9.--Ps. 31.22.
Lk. 18.7, 8.--Pr. 20.22.--Ps. 37.7.
2 Ch. 20.17. Ga. 6.9.--Jas 5.7.
Catch the foxes for us,
The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards
are in blossom
WHO can understand
his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.--Looking
diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of
bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.--Ye
did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day
of Jesus Christ.--Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of
Christ.--The tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how
great a matter a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a
world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the
whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of
hell. The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of
deadly poison.--Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with
Ps. 19.12.--Heb 12.15.--
Ga. 5.7. Phil1.6, 27.--Jas 3.5, 6, 8.--
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by F. B. Meyer
THE TIMELESS CROSS
"How much more shall the Blood of
Christ, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to
God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"--
WHAT IS the meaning of that great
word eternal? Too often it is employed as though it were synonymous with
everlasting. But the two words stand for two very different things.
Everlasting conveys the idea of the duration of time; whereas eternal
stands for the quality and character of the existence referred to, which
is absolutely timeless. The eternal is that which is not measured by
duration, which has no succession of years, which cannot be described as
past or future. It is the dateless present, and can only be used,
therefore, of God, the AIM, because He lives in the eternal now. He never
was and never will be anything that He is not at this present moment, and
only that which partakes of His Being can be termed eternal.
When, therefore, we are told that
our Lord offered Himself to God through the Eternal Spirit, we must
believe that in the Cross there was this element of Timelessness. Our Lord
was the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8).
The Cross of Christ has been contemporaneous with all the generations of
mankind, and it is this attribute of Timelessness which gives the Cross
its perennial power. There is a sense in which Christ is always being
wounded by our transgressions, bruised by our iniquities, chastised for
our peace, and bearing the stripes that procure our healing.
The Cross of Christ stands with open
arms to welcome every sinful soul. The nails are not rusted or blunted by
the years that have passed since they were driven into the flesh of Christ
our Lord. And as we humble ourselves, and submit our proud and selfish
soul-life to be nailed with Him to the Cross, in the power of the Eternal
Spirit, out of suffering comes life to those to whom we minister, as we
serve the Living God, and we can say with the Apostle: "Death worketh in
us, but life in you." (2Co 4:10-12).
We bless Thee, Lord Jesus, that Thou
didst not withhold Thyself from the Cross. Enable us by the Eternal Spirit
to surrender our life to Calvary, that Thy risen life may become manifest
in our mortal flesh. AMEN.
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by C H Spurgeon
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will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your
filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you" (Ezekiel
What an exceeding joy is this! He who has purified us with the blood of
Jesus will also cleanse us by the water of the Holy Spirit. God hath said
it, and so it must be, "Ye shall be clean." LORD, we feel and mourn our
uncleanness, and it is cheering to be assured by Thine own mouth that we
shall be clean. Oh, that Thou wouldst make a speedy work of it! He will
deliver us from our worst sins. The uprisings of unbelief and the
deceitful lusts which war against the soul, the vile thoughts of pride,
and the suggestions of Satan to blaspheme the sacred name-all these shall
be so purged away as never to return. He will also cleanse us from all our
idols, whether of gold or of clay: our impure loves and our excessive love
of that which in itself is pure. That which we have idolized shall either
be broken from us or we shall be broken off from it. It is God who speaks
of what He Himself will do. Therefore is this word established and sure,
and we may boldly look for that which it guarantees to us. Cleansing is a
covenant blessing, and the covenant is ordered in all things and sure.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, October 30
“I will praise thee, O Lord.”
Praise should always follow answered prayer; as the mist of earth’s
gratitude rises when the sun of heaven’s love warms the ground. Hath
the Lord been gracious to thee, and inclined his ear to the voice of
thy supplication? Then praise him as long as thou livest. Let the
ripe fruit drop upon the fertile soil from which it drew its life.
Deny not a song to him who hath answered thy prayer and given thee
the desire of thy heart. To be silent over God’s mercies is to incur
the guilt of ingratitude; it is to act as basely as the nine lepers,
who after they had been cured of their leprosy, returned not to give
thanks unto the healing Lord. To forget to praise God is to refuse
to benefit ourselves; for praise, like prayer, is one great means of
promoting the growth of the spiritual life. It helps to remove our
burdens, to excite our hope, to increase our faith. It is a
healthful and invigorating exercise which quickens the pulse of the
believer, and nerves him for fresh enterprises in his Master’s
service. To bless God for mercies received is also the way to
benefit our fellow-men; “the humble shall hear thereof and be glad.”
Others who have been in like circumstances shall take comfort if we
can say, “Oh! magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name
together; this poor man cried, and the Lord heard him.” Weak hearts
will be strengthened, and drooping saints will be revived as they
listen to our “songs of deliverance.” Their doubts and fears will be
rebuked, as we teach and admonish one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs. They too shall “sing in the ways of the Lord,”
when they hear us magnify his holy name. Praise is the most heavenly
of Christian duties. The angels pray not, but they cease not to
praise both day and night; and the redeemed, clothed in white robes,
with palm-branches in their hands, are never weary of singing the
new song, “Worthy is the Lamb.”
Evening, October 30
“Thou that dwellest in the
gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.”
Song of Solomon 8:13
My sweet Lord Jesus remembers well the garden of Gethsemane, and
although he has left that garden, he now dwells in the garden of his
church: there he unbosoms himself to those who keep his blessed
company. That voice of love with which he speaks to his beloved is
more musical than the harps of heaven. There is a depth of melodious
love within it which leaves all human music far behind. Ten of
thousands on earth, and millions above, are indulged with its
harmonious accents. Some whom I well know, and whom I greatly envy,
are at this moment hearkening to the beloved voice. O that I were a
partaker of their joys! It is true some of these are poor, others
bedridden, and some near the gates of death, but O my Lord, I would
cheerfully starve with them, pine with them, or die with them, if I
might but hear thy voice. Once I did hear it often, but I have
grieved thy Spirit. Return unto me in compassion, and once again say
unto me, “I am thy salvation.” No other voice can content me; I know
thy voice, and cannot be deceived by another, let me hear it, I pray
thee. I know not what thou wilt say, neither do I make any
condition, O my Beloved, do but let me hear thee speak, and if it be
a rebuke I will bless thee for it. Perhaps to cleanse my dull ear
may need an operation very grievous to the flesh, but let it cost
what it may I turn not from the one consuming desire, cause me to
hear thy voice. Bore my ear afresh; pierce my ear with thy harshest
notes, only do not permit me to continue deaf to thy calls. Tonight,
Lord, grant thine unworthy one his desire, for I am thine, and thou
hast bought me with thy blood. Thou hast opened mine eye to see
thee, and the sight has saved me. Lord, open thou mine ear. I have
read thy heart, now let me hear thy lips.
A TESTIMONY MEETING
Psalm 34:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
THIS is a little testimony meeting, in which each of the witnesses tells
the story of the Lord’s gracious dealings with him. Let me listen to them.
“He delivered me from all my fears.” His fears held him in dungeons. Even
the noontide was as darkness round about him, and there was no song in his
soul. And the Lord broke open the prison-gate and let him out to light,
and joy, and belief.
“They looked to Him and were lightened.” They looked upon the grace of the
Lord, and were lit up, just as I have seen humble cottage windows ablaze
with the glory of the rising sun. I must “set my face” towards the Lord,
and I, too, shall catch the radiance of His glory.
“This poor man cried ... and the Lord saved him out of all his troubles.”
And these troubles were what I should call “tight corners,” when the life
is hemmed in by unfortunate circumstances, and there seems no way of
escape. Disappointment shuts us in. Sorrow shuts us in. Lack of money
shuts us in. Let me cry unto the Lord. He is a wonderful Friend in the
tight corner, and He will bring my feet into “a large place.”
"Year Book" 1895
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith—we have
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" Romans 5:1
PEACE is a favorite word with Paul. His life was full of
suffering, care, toil, and trial; yet his epistles are starred all
over with the bright word 'peace'.
He speaks of different kinds of peace. Here it is "peace with
God." This means the consciousness of reconciliation with God. Sin
separates us from God. While guilt is in the heart, there is no
peace with God. We cannot look into God's face. But when we have
repented of our sins, and have confessed them, and received God's
forgiveness through Jesus Christ, we have peace with God.
Paul speaks elsewhere of "the peace of God." Writing from a
prison, he exhorted his friends, "Do not be anxious about
anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus." This is a step farther than peace
with God. It is the peace which holds the heart quiet and still—in
the midst of whatever things are hard and trying in this world. It
comes from resting in God's love, and leaving all tangled things
in his hands. Christ promised the same peace when he said, "Peace
I leave with you; my peace I give unto you."
Peace is named as one of the fruits of the Spirit. It comes,
therefore, through having the Holy Spirit in our heart, and is not
an earthly attainment.
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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
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
- Nanbai People
“Dad, I don’t like getting my hands all sticky and sweaty from the
tandoori oven. For heaven’s sake it reaches 800 degrees
Fahrenheit! I don’t want to follow in your footsteps or grandpa’s
footsteps. I don’t care if we bake the best naan bread in
Pakistan. I want to go to school and earn lots of money so I can
have a nice car.”
Moureesh’s father gritted his teeth as he replied to his teenage
son. “You should be ashamed of yourself! You can take pride in
being part of the most skilled baking community in Pakistan, but
all you want to do is make money. I’ll do you a favor; I won’t
tell your mother of your foolish notions. She would demand I give
you a thorough beating.”
Moureesh rushes out of the bakery, hoping never to return. Perhaps
he will join his friend who is purchasing a gas-powered rickshaw
in order to start a taxi business. He will still be sticky and
sweaty, but he will meet people and see places his father has
never dreamed of.
Most of the Nanbai people still make a living as bakers and cooks
in Pakistan and in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A few have
opened tea stalls, and some pull rickshaws. They are virtually all
Pray that they will come to know Jesus, the bread of life, as
their Lord and Savior. Pray for believers to make the effort to
take gospel materials to the Nanbai people, so that they can hear
the gospel message and learn His ways.
Psalms 78:4, ESV
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming
generation the glorious deeds of the LORD and His might and the
wonders that He has done.
Do you have contact with children? Most of us do. Did you know
that if no one tells them about the deeds of the Lord, His light
will dim among your people within a generation? Likewise, if
someone tells of the glorious deeds of the Lord among the children
of unreached people groups, He will be glorified and magnified
Pray for the Lord to raise up many to tell of His deeds to the
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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