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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appears, we shall be like Him,
because we shall see Him just as He is.
AS many as received
Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who
believe in His name -- For by these He has granted to us His precious and
magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of
the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by
For from of old they have not heard
nor perceived by ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, Who acts
in behalf of the one who waits for Him.
Now we see in a mirror dimly, but
then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I
also have been fully known.-- Christ ...will transform the body of our
humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of
the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.-- As for me, I
shall behold Thy face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Thy
likeness when I awake.
Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form -- I have given help to
one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people -- I have
trodden the wine trough alone, and from the peoples there was no man with
Great is the mystery of godliness: He who
was revealed in the flesh -- A child will be born to us, a Son will be given
to us and the government will rest on His shoulders and His name will be
called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
He is the radiance of His glory and the
exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of
His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right
hand of the Majesty on high... of the Son He says, THY THRONE, O GOD, IS
FOREVER AND EVER.
LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Zech 13.7. Col
2.9.--Ps. 89.19.--Is 63.3.
1Ti 3.16.--Is 9.6. He 1.3, 8. He. 1.6.
"'Let us draw near with a true
heart, in full assurance of faith."-- Heb 10:22.
"That Christ may dwell in your
hearts by faith."-- Eph 3:17.
FAITH IS our power of appropriation.
The pity is that we are so slow to make use of our Lord's resources! He
does not force Himself upon us. Though He brings with Him gold tried in
the fire that we may be enriched, and white raiment for our clothing, and
eye-salve for our blindness; and though He knows how urgently we need
these things, He will not force them on our acceptance. Rather, He stands
and knocks, as a travelling merchant knocks at the door, who has wares to
dispose of, and we need to open the door and receive the gifts which are
offered, without money and without price (Rev 3:18-20;
Faith is our reception of the
spiritual to make good the lack of the physical. It is a drawing on the
Eternal for the deficiencies of our earthly pilgrimage. Probably when we
look back on our present life, we shall find that our deficiencies were
permitted, and even assigned, that we might be driven to avail ourselves
of the fullness of the Lord Jesus (John 1:16; Eph 3:19). We
were allowed to wander in the sultry heat, that we might know Him as the
shadow of a great Rock in a weary land; we were exposed to wild tempests
and storms, that we might make for alcoves and harbours in Him that we
should otherwise have missed.
It has been truly observed that
Job's rebellious moods arose when he thought that God was afar off, but
there was a difference when he realised that God was suffering with him.
Remember that you are not divided from God by a deep chasm. He knows your
sorrows. In all your afflictions He is afflicted. We have not a High
Priest, who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. When
Jesus saw the sisters weeping, He not only succoured them, but entered
into their distress, and wept with them.
Are you weary with burdens that are
crushing you? Is your lot cast with them that hate peace? Is your heart
oppressed with loneliness? Take Jesus into account. Don't face your
difficulties alone, but meet them in the fellowship of your Saviour. Have
faith, i.e., reckon on God. Let the Lord Christ dwell in your heart, and
He will be responsible for all, as you reckon on Him for all.
O Lord, I open my nature, and since
my capacity is small, I pray that by love and faith, by patience and
suffering, Thou wilt enlarge my heart, that it may be filled with all the
fullness of God. AMEN.
saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see
heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son
of man" (John 1:51).
Yes, to our faith this sight is plain even at this day. We do see heaven
opened. Jesus Himself has opened that kingdom to all believers. We gaze
into the place of mystery and glory, for He has revealed it to us. We
shall enter it soon, for He is the way. Now we see the explanation of
Jacob's ladder. Between earth and heaven there is a holy commerce; prayer
ascends, and answers come down by the way of Jesus, the Mediator. We see
this ladder when we see our LORD. In Him a stairway of light now furnishes
a clear passage to the throne of the Most High. Let us use it and send up
by it the messengers of our prayers. We shall live the angelic life
ourselves if we run up to heaven in intercession, lay hold upon the
blessings of the covenant, and then descend again to scatter those gifts
among the sons of men. This choice sight which Jacob only saw in a dream
will turn into a bright reality. This very day we will be up and down the
ladder each hour: climbing in communion and coming down in labor to save
our fellowmen. This is Thy promise, O LORD Jesus; let us joyfully see it
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "Get thee up into the high mountain."
Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like climbing one of our Welsh
mountains. When you are at the base you see but little: the
mountain itself appears to be but one-half as high as it really
is. Confined in a little valley, you discover scarcely anything
but the rippling brooks as they descend into the stream at the
foot of the mountain. Climb the first rising knoll, and the valley
lengthens and widens beneath your feet. Go higher, and you see the
country for four or five miles round, and you are delighted with
the widening prospect. Mount still, and the scene enlarges; till
at last, when you are on the summit, and look east, west, north,
and south, you see almost all England lying before you. Yonder is
a forest in some distant county, perhaps two hundred miles away,
and here the sea, and there a shining river and the smoking
chimneys of a manufacturing town, or the masts of the ships in a
busy port. All these things please and delight you, and you say,
"I could not have imagined that so much could be seen at this
elevation." Now, the Christian life is of the same order. When we
first believe in Christ we see but little of him. The higher we
climb the more we discover of his beauties. But who has ever
gained the summit? Who has known all the heights and depths of the
love of Christ which passes knowledge? Paul, when grown old,
sitting grey-haired, shivering in a dungeon in Rome, could say
with greater emphasis than we can, "I know whom I have believed,"
for each experience had been like the climbing of a hill, each
trial had been like ascending another summit, and his death seemed
like gaining the top of the mountain, from which he could see the
whole of the faithfulness and the love of him to whom he had
committed his soul. Get thee up, dear friend, into the high
"The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot."
Reader, can you find rest apart from the ark, Christ Jesus? Then
be assured that your religion is vain. Are you satisfied with
anything short of a conscious knowledge of your union and interest
in Christ? Then woe unto you. If you profess to be a Christian,
yet find full satisfaction in worldly pleasures and pursuits, your
profession is false. If your soul can stretch herself at rest, and
find the bed long enough, and the coverlet broad enough to cover
her in the chambers of sin, then you are a hypocrite, and far
enough from any right thoughts of Christ or perception of his
preciousness. But if, on the other hand, you feel that if you
could indulge in sin without punishment, yet it would be a
punishment of itself; and that if you could have the whole world,
and abide in it forever, it would be quite enough misery not to be
parted from it; for your God--your God--is what your soul craves
after; then be of good courage, thou art a child of God. With all
thy sins and imperfections, take this to thy comfort: if thy soul
has no rest in sin, thou are not as the sinner is! If thou art
still crying after and craving after something better, Christ has
not forgotten thee, for thou hast not quite forgotten him. The
believer cannot do without his Lord; words are inadequate to
express his thoughts of him. We cannot live on the sands of the
wilderness, we want the manna which drops from on high; our skin
bottles of creature confidence cannot yield us a drop of moisture,
but we drink of the rock which follows us, and that rock is
Christ. When you feed on him your soul can sing, "He hath
satisfied my mouth with good things, so that my youth is renewed
like the eagle's," but if you have him not, your bursting wine vat
and well-filled barn can give you no sort of satisfaction: rather
lament over them in the words of wisdom, "Vanity of vanities, all
J H JOWETT
JUNE The Twenty-fifth
DESOLATIONS WROUGHT BY SIN
“The Lord hath spoken this word.”
—Isaiah 24:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
THE Lord hath spoken this word,” and it is a word of judgment. It unveils
some of the terrible issues of sin.
See the effects of sin upon the spirit of man. “The merry-hearted do
sigh.” Life loses its wings and its song. The buoyancy and the optimism
die out of the soul. The days move with heavy feet, and duty becomes very
stale and unwelcome. If only our ears were keen enough we should hear many
a place of hollow laughter moaning with troubled and restless sighs. The
soul cannot sing when God is defied.
But see another effect of sin. “The earth moaneth.” That is a frequent
note in Bible teaching. The forces of nature are mysteriously conditioned
by the character of man. When man is degraded, nature is despoiled. The
beauty of the garden is checked when man has lost his crown. “The whole
creation groaneth in pain,” waiting for the manifestation of the children
Sin spreads desolation everywhere. When I sin, I become the centre of
demoralizing forces which influence the universe. And so let me ever pray,
“Deliver me from evil.”
"Then He said to Moses—Come up to the Lord." Exodus 24:1
God is always far above us. We can get nearer to him only by
rising out of sin and earthliness, into holier, purer life. It was
not easy to climb up the steep side of Sinai; it is not easy to
rise nearer to God. It costs pain and struggle. We must make
stepping-stones of our dead selves—if we would ascend in life and
character. We must climb upward step by step.
Jacob saw life visioned before him as a ladder. That is the true
vision in every case, not a level path, through grassy meadows—but
rocky steps up a mountain-side. We sing:
"Nearer, my God! to you, Nearer to Thee!
E'en though it be a cross, That raises me!"
A child lay dying, and said plaintively, "Lift me higher! Lift me
higher!" The father took the little one in his arms, and lifted
her up high as he could raise her, as she continued to plead, with
failing strength, "Lift me higher!" Soon she was gone, lifted out
of her earthly father's trembling arms, into the bosom of her
heavenly Father. On the child's grave they cut her name and the
words: "Lifted higher!" God wants us all to come up to him, to get
closer to him, to be lifted higher into life's better things.
= 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
June 25 -
Sulu Tausug People
(This story illustrates what could happen among this people
The children were running in circles around the trees; all of them
were carrying sticks that were swords in their imaginations. They
were shouting, and every so often a stand-off would occur with
fierce sword fights between two or three of them.
Just as this epic battle was at its height, the tutor arrived and
called them to gather in the clearing under the trees. He had come
to teach them about the Qur’an. One of the children groaned. “Why
can’t we keep playing pirates?”
Sensing the need to draw their attention away from their
make-believe war, the tutor began to tell them a story about real
pirates – their ancestors who survived and prospered in the Sulu
Archipelago of the Philippines by stealing and marauding on the
high seas. Though the children had heard the story before and it
had fueled their pretend battles, they always enjoyed hearing it
Aside from their history of piracy, the Sulu Tausug people also
have a history linked to Islam. The majority of them continue to
be Muslim, and most of them also mix animistic beliefs into their
view of the spirit world.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Lord to soften Sulu Tausug hearts to receive the
gospel. Pray for a strong network of Tausug fellowships. Pray for
the kingdom of God to come to the Sulu Tausug.
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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