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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the LORD; let Him do what seems good to Him.--For though I were right, I
could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge..--The LORD
gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.--Shall we
indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?
Jesus wept.-- He was despised and forsaken of men, a
man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief...Surely our griefs He Himself
bore, and our sorrows He carried
THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE
SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES. All discipline for the moment seems not
to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it,
afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.--strengthened with
all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all
steadfastness and patience --In the world you have tribulation, but take
courage; I have overcome the world.
HAVE faith in God.
Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into
the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is
going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things
for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they
shall be granted you.--Without
faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe
that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up
Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only
begotten son it was he to whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL
BE CALLED. He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead;
from which he also received him back as a type --being fully assured that
what He had promised, He was able also to perform.
Is any thing too difficult for the LORD?--With
God all things are possible.--Lord, Increase our faith.
"All things are lawful for
me, but all things edify not. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink,
or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."--
THE WORD Recreation is
preferable to Pastime, for as one realizes the priceless moments,
with all their opportunities, getting fewer, one is averse to hear
people talk of "killing time." But "recreation" is a good word,
and we all need to find some way of re-creating the exhausted
grey-matter of the brain which is being used up in long
application to study or work.
We must not be the "dull
boys" of the old adage, but as Christians our faces should shine
like the morning sun; we should be quick, bright, intelligent, and
in no danger of being reckoned among the "back-numbers," of which
the piles are generally shabby and dusty!
"All things edify not" is
one of the first conditions of healthy recreation. There is really
no limit but this to the recreations in which a Christian person
can indulge. He may play at manly games, row, skate, swim, drive a
motor, sail the ocean, or scale the mountain snows! The more the
better, so long as they are recreative; and are not the end, but
the means to the end of a healthy manhood and womanhood. That is,
they must edify, build up physique, muscle, brain, to be used
afterwards in the main business of life. Nothing is a greater
curse than when people neglect their real business in order to get
to their sports and games. Then, so far from edifying, these in
turn begin to pull down and destroy.
Probably the words "edify
not" put in a plea on the behalf of others. We are not to do
things which in themselves may be lawful and innocent enough, but
which might have a prejudicial effect on those who are watching
every movement of our life.
"Do all to the glory of
God." So many seem afraid of joy! They fear if they are too happy,
God will send some trouble as make weight. How different is the
Deu 26:11 and Phi 4:4.
Even when things do not appear to be good, let us dare to be
thankful in all things, and give praise for all. All our Father's
gifts are good, whatever be the wrappings or packing-cases in
which they come to hand.
May the Holy Spirit so fill
us with Christ our Lord, that there may be no room in our life for
anything inconsistent with His perfect purity and love. AMEN.
July 24 Perfect
Purity "He that
overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment" (Revelation
Warrior of the cross, fight on! Never rest till thy victory is complete,
for thine eternal reward will prove worthy of a life of warfare. See, here
is perfect purity for thee! A few in Sardis kept their garments undefiled,
and their recompense is to be spotless. Perfect holiness is the prize of
our high calling; let us not miss it. See, here is joy! Thou shalt wear
holiday robes, such as men put on at wedding feasts; thou shalt be clothed
with gladness and be made bright with rejoicing. Painful struggles shall
end in peace of conscience and joy in the LORD. See, here is victory! Thou
shalt have thy triumph. Palm, and crown, and white robe shall be thy
guerdon; thou shalt be treated as a conqueror and owned as such by the
LORD Himself. See, here is priestly array! Thou shalt stand before the
LORD in such raiment as the sons of Aaron wore; thou shalt offer the
sacrifices of thanksgiving and draw near unto the LORD with the incense of
praise. Who would not fight for a LORD who gives such large honors to the
very least of His faithful servants? Who would not be clothed in a fool's
coat for Christ's sake, seeing He will robe us with glory?
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord."
These words contain God's command to the believer when he is
reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary
difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut
up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The
Master's word to him is, "Stand still." It will be well for him if
at such times he listens only to his Master's word, for other and
evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, "Lie
down and die; give it all up." But God would have us put on a
cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love
and faithfulness. Cowardice says, "Retreat; go back to the
worldling's way of action; you cannot play the Christian's part,
it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles." But, however
much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if
you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from
strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor
hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou
art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength
for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, "do
something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer
idleness." We must be doing something at once--we must do it so we
think--instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do
something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, "If the sea
be before you, march into it and expect a miracle." But Faith
listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice,
nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still," and
immovable as a rock it stands. "Stand still;"--keep the posture of
an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders,
cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will
not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said
it to the people of Israel, "Go forward."
"His camp is very great."
Consider, my soul, the mightiness of the Lord who is thy glory and
defence. He is a man of war, Jehovah is his name. All the forces
of heaven are at his beck, legions wait at his door, cherubim and
seraphim;, watchers and holy ones, principalities and powers, are
all attentive to his will. If our eyes were not blinded by the
ophthalmia of the flesh, we should see horses of fire and chariots
of fire round about the Lord's beloved. The powers of nature are
all subject to the absolute control of the Creator: stormy wind
and tempest, lightning and rain, and snow, and hail, and the soft
dews and cheering sunshine, come and go at his decree. The bands
of Orion he looseth, and bindeth the sweet influences of the
Pleiades. Earth, sea, and air, and the places under the earth, are
the barracks for Jehovah's great armies; space is his camping
ground, light is his banner, and flame is his sword. When he goeth
forth to war, famine ravages the land, pestilence smites the
nations, hurricane sweeps the sea, tornado shakes the mountains,
and earthquake makes the solid world to tremble. As for animate
creatures, they all own his dominion, and from the great fish
which swallowed the prophet, down to "all manner of flies," which
plagued the field of Zoan, all are his servants, and like the
palmer-worm, the caterpillar, and the cankerworm, are squadrons of
his great army, for his camp is very great. My soul, see to it
that thou be at peace with this mighty King, yea, more, be sure to
enlist under his banner, for to war against him is madness, and to
serve him is glory. Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, is ready to
receive recruits for the army of the Lord: if I am not already
enlisted let me go to him ere I sleep, and beg to be accepted
through his merits; and if I be already, as I hope I am, a soldier
of the cross, let me be of good courage; for the enemy is
powerless compared with my Lord, whose camp is very great.
J H JOWETT
JULY The Twenty-fourth
LOVE OF THE SANCTUARY
Psalm 84:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
GRACIOUS is the strength of this man’s desire for the holy place. He covets
the privilege of the very sparrow which builds its nest beneath the sacred
eaves! When he is away from the Temple its worship and music haunt his
mind and soul. It wooes him in the market-place. Its insistent call is
with him by the fireside. Yes, “in his heart are the highways to Zion!”
And the permanency of this devotional mood transfigures every place. It
turns “the valley of weeping” into “a place of springs.” The colour of any
place is largely determined by our moods. It is surprising what treasures
we find when our soul is full of light. What discoveries old Scrooge made
when the Christmas mood possessed his own heart! When we carry about the
spirit of the sanctuary, we convert every spot into rich and hallowed
“I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the
tents of wickedness.” Better to have the temple-spirit, even as a menial,
than the unhallowed heart in the glittering high places of sin. “God’s
worst is better than the devil’s best.”
"Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an
angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat." He looked around,
and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals,
and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The
angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and
said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." So he
got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled
forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain
of God." 1 Kings 19:5-8
Behold the loving gentleness of God. He followed his discouraged
servant in his flight, kept watch over him all the way, and did
not cast him off. There is great comfort in this for us all. God
is very patient with us in our weaknesses and faults. He does not
break bruised reeds.
Then it must be noticed that when God would restore his servant's
soul—he began with his body. He gave him sleep and then food,
until his exhausted nature was refreshed. Much spiritual
depression is caused by the bodily condition. Ofttimes the best
cure for despondency, is sleep and rest, until the body is
restored to healthy conditions.
This incident is typical. God is continually preparing a table in
the wilderness where he feeds his weary ones. In their sorrows, he
provides for them food which the world knows nothing of; they rise
up and go on their journey with joy, sustained by the secret
strength which divine grace supplies. Many people whose lot in
life is hard—go through the days with cheerful, songful spirit,
because every morning in the closet, God gives them food which
makes them strong.
= 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 24 -
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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