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The kingdom of heaven
is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own
slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them...each according to his
Do you not know that
when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are
slaves of the one whom you obey?
One and the same Spirit works all
these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills...the
manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.--As each one has received a
special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the
manifold grace of God.--It is required of stewards that one be found
trustworthy.--And from everyone who has been given much shall much be
required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the
And who is adequate for
these things?--I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Mt 25.14, 15. Ro. 6.16.
1Co. 12.11, 7.--
1Pe. 4.10.--1Co. 4.2.--Lk 12.48.
2Co. 2.16.--Php 4.13.
Contributing to the needs of the saints
ALL authority has been
given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all
the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the
Holy Spirit...and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
The kingdom of heaven is
like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind
If I preach the gospel, I have
nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not
preach the gospel. I have become all things to all men, that I may by all
means save some.
Let us not lose heart in doing
good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.-- My
word...shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire,
and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
My word .-- So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is
anything, but God who causes the growth.
Lk 5.5. Mat. 28.18, 19,
20. Mat. 13.47.
1Co. 9.16, 22. Ga. 6.9.--Is. 55.11.--
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by F. B. Meyer
"And the evening and the morning were
the first day."--
SIX TIMES these words are repeated, and the one lesson
that rings out is that God counts His periods, not as man does from night to
night, but from evening till morning. ' Not first the light, and after that
the dark; but first the dark, and after that the light." God saw that each
night would end in daylight, and that the end of all the nights and all the
days would be the eternal day in which there can be no darkness at all. This
is what St. John saw: "There shall be no night there, for the Lord God
giveth them light" (Rev 22:5).
The sun of materialism sets in a black ocean, unlit by the star of hope. But
as long as God is, we believe that He will make a new heaven and new earth;
and from out of what seems disappointing and hopeless He will bring a fairer
creation than before. Creation shall participate in the glorious liberty of
the sons of God. Watchman what of the night? The morning cometh! The
darkness will finally pass away before the radiance of the dawn, and this
because God is God; He is Love and Light and His Word creates.
So it is with the individual. Life may
be dark. Sin is darkness; sorrow is darkness; ignorance is darkness, and
these three may be part of your daily lot. But the night is far spent, the
day is at hand. For you the morning star is in the sky. The education of
your soul is like that of a child at school. How hard and difficult those
first days, but when the rudiments were mastered; when the discipline had
played its part, then were reaped the harvests of sowing, and darkness was
turned to day. Be of good cheer! Even in death there is nothing to fear.
"That night they caught nothing; but when the morning was now come, Jesus
stood on the shore." The dark waves, as they break around the boat of your
life, are bearing you onward to the morning meal upon the golden sands,
where you will find that Love has gone before you with its preparations! It
shall be evening and morning and lo! the day without night.
O God, the darkness and light are both
alike to Thee, and the night shineth as the day. Help us to follow Thee even
through the valley of the shadow, and to trust Thee whatever be our lot;
until the day dawns, and the shadows flee away. AMEN
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from the VALLEY OF VISION
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
The Care of the Poor
"The LORD will strengthen Him upon the bed of
languishing" (Psalm 41:3).
Remember that this is a promise to the man who considers the poor. Are you
one of these? Then take home the text. See how in the hour of sickness the
God of the poor will bless the man who cares for the poor! The everlasting
arms shall stay up his soul as friendly hands and downy pillows stay up
the body of the sick. How tender and sympathizing is this image; how near
it brings our God to our infirmities and sicknesses! Whoever heard this of
the old heathen Jove, or of the gods of India or China! This is language
peculiar to the God of Israel; He it is who deigns to become nurse and
attendant upon good men. If He smites with one hand, He sustains with the
other. Oh, it is blessed fainting when one falls upon the LORD's own bosom
and is born thereon' Grace is the best of restoratives; divine love is the
safest stimulant for the languishing patient; it makes the soul strong as
a giant, even when the bones are breaking through the skin. No physician
like the LORD, no tonic like His promise, no wine like His love. If the
reader has failed in his duty to the poor, let him see what he is losing
and at once become their friend and helper.
MORNING AND EVENING
“Jesus said unto them, If ye
seek me, let these go their way.”
Mark, my soul, the care which Jesus manifested even in his hour of
trial, towards the sheep of his hand! The ruling passion is strong
in death. He resigns himself to the enemy, but he interposes a
word of power to set his disciples free. As to himself, like a
sheep before her shearers he is dumb and opened not his mouth, but
for his disciples’ sake he speaks with almighty energy. Herein is
love, constant, self-forgetting, faithful love. But is there not
far more here than is to be found upon the surface? Have we not
the very soul and spirit of the atonement in these words? The Good
Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep, and pleads that they
must therefore go free. The Surety is bound, and justice demands
that those for whom he stands a substitute should go their way. In
the midst of Egypt’s bondage, that voice rings as a word of power,
“Let these go their way.” Out of slavery of sin and Satan the
redeemed must come. In every cell of the dungeons of Despair, the
sound is echoed, “Let these go their way,” and forth come
Despondency and Much-afraid. Satan hears the well-known voice, and
lifts his foot from the neck of the fallen; and Death hears it,
and the grave opens her gates to let the dead arise. Their way is
one of progress, holiness, triumph, glory, and none shall dare to
stay them in it. No lion shall be on their way, neither shall any
ravenous beast go up thereon. “The hind of the morning” has drawn
the cruel hunters upon himself, and now the most timid roes and
hinds of the field may graze at perfect peace among the lilies of
his loves. The thunder-cloud has burst over the Cross of Calvary,
and the pilgrims of Zion shall never be smitten by the bolts of
vengeance. Come, my heart, rejoice in the immunity which thy
Redeemer has secured thee, and bless his name all the day, and
“When he cometh in the glory of
his Father with the holy angels.”
If we have been partakers with Jesus in his shame, we shall be
sharers with him in the lustre which shall surround him when he
appears again in glory. Art thou, beloved one, with Christ Jesus?
Does a vital union knit thee to him? Then thou art today with him
in his shame; thou hast taken up his cross, and gone with him
without the camp bearing his reproach; thou shalt doubtless be
with him when the cross is exchanged for the crown. But judge
thyself this evening; for if thou art not with him in the
regeneration, neither shalt thou be with him when he shall come in
his glory. If thou start back from the black side of communion,
thou shalt not understand its bright, its happy period, when the
King shall come, and all his holy angels with him. What! are
angels with him? And yet he took not up angels—he took up the seed
of Abraham. Are the holy angels with him? Come, my soul, if thou
art indeed his own beloved, thou canst not be far from him. If his
friends and his neighbours are called together to see his glory,
what thinkest thou if thou art married to him? Shalt thou be
distant? Though it be a day of judgment, yet thou canst not be far
from that heart which, having admitted angels into intimacy, has
admitted thee into union. Has he not said to thee, O my soul, “I
will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and
in lovingkindness?” Have not his own lips said it, “I am married
unto thee, and my delight is in thee?” If the angels, who are but
friends and neighbours, shall be with him, it is abundantly
certain that his own beloved Hephzibah, in whom is all his
delight, shall be near to him, and sit at his right hand. Here is
a morning star of hope for thee, of such exceeding brilliance,
that it may well light up the darkest and most desolate
J H JOWETT
THE KING OF KINGS
John 18:28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38.
WHAT a strange King our Lord appears, claiming mystic sovereignty, and yet
betrayed by a false friend!
And yet, even in His apparent subjection His majestic kingliness stands
revealed. When I watch the demeanours of Pilate and Jesus, I can see very
clearly who it is who is on the throne; Pilate wears the outer trappings
of royalty, but my Lord’s is “the power and the glory.” Pilate fusses
about in a little “brief authority,” but my Lord stands possessed of a
serene dominion. Even at Pilate’s judgment bar Jesus is the King.
But His kingdom is “not of this world.” And therefore this King is unlike
every other King. He seeks His possessions not by fighting, but by
“lighting”; not by coercion, but by constraint. His servants do not go
forth with swords, but with lamps; not to drive the peoples, but to lead
them. His visible throne is a cross, and His conquests are made in the
power of sacrifice.
And so His armaments are the Truth, and the Truth alone. “For this cause
came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the Truth.” When
the Truth wins and wooes, the triumph is lasting. Garlands won by the
sword perish before the evening. To be one of the King’s subjects is to
share His nature. “Everyone that is of the truth heareth My voice.”
"Year Book" 1895
"You wicked servant! I canceled all that debt of yours because you
begged me to. Should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant
just as I had on you?" Matthew 18:32-33
Though the servant had been forgiven all his vast debt, he had not
been willing to forgive a fellow servant a mere trifle of debt.
No Christian precept is urged more repeatedly and more earnestly
than this. In the form of prayer which our Lord taught his
disciples, he linked together divine and human forgiveness:
"Forgive us our debts—as we forgive our debtors." Then he added a
clear and unmistakable word, emphasizing the lesson: "For if you
forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you; but if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither
will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Paul enjoins, "Be kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving
one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you." This
is but one of many repetitions of the solemn lesson. If we are not
ready to forgive those who do us little injuries—it is proof that
we ourselves are not forgiven of God. If there be not in the heart
the spirit of forgiveness, evidently it has not yet experienced
the mercy of God.
It was said of one: "His heart was as great as the world—but there
was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong."
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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
Unreached People Group of the Day.
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
- Kabardian (Circassian group) in Ukraine
The numbers are disconcerting: 440, 0, and 100. There are
estimated to be only about 440 Kabardian people living in Ukraine.
A group so small hidden in a population of more than 45 million
people is not only very difficult to identify, but it is also
difficult to share the gospel with them.
Which brings us to the second number: 0. This refers to the number
of followers of Christ among the Kabardian people in Ukraine. That
zero should be a motivating factor for reaching these people with
the message of Christ.
The third number is a motivating factor as well: 100. That is the
percentage of the Kabardian people of Ukraine who follow Islam. In
other words, it is believed that all of them may be Muslims.
The Kabardian people have survived centuries of violence in
Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Many of them converted to
Christianity in the 18th century. They were later forced to become
Muslims. Today, they practice a liberal form of Islam with
remnants of Eastern Orthodox Christianity mixed in.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Kabardian people of Ukraine to have the opportunity
to hear the good news of Christ. Pray for God to send missionaries
to this small, but highly valued group of people. Ask Him to open
doors for the faithful workers who answer the call to go and to
prepare the hearts of the Kabardian to respond to the gospel. Pray
for the Holy Spirit to draw members of this Muslim people to the
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting
God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired
or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.
Imagine the excitement of those who hear of the True Lord for the
first time. His power resulted in the Universe being created out
of nothing, and He is love. No god can boast of such a thing! And
there’s more: no one can fathom His understanding. By giving
allegiance to this Creator, people are joining with the One whose
understanding is far beyond anything mankind can imagine. What a
hope! What a privilege!
Pray that when the unreached hear of the One who created them,
they will marvel in such a way that it will be impossible not to
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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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