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him rely on My protection, let him make peace with Me, let
him make peace with Me.
I KNOW the
plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare
and not for calamity--There is no peace for the wicked, says the
In Christ Jesus you who formerly
were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He
Himself is our peace
It it was the Father's good pleasure for all the
fulness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things
to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross
--Christ Jesus Whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in
His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His
righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over
the sins previously committed...that He might be just and the
justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus --If we confess our
sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Trust in the LORD forever, for in GOD the LORD,
we have an everlasting Rock.
Is 27.5. Je
Ep 2.13, 14. Col 1.19, 20.--Ro 3.24, 25,26.--
1Jn 1.9. Is 26.4
has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son
the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to
have life in Himself --For just as the Father raises the dead and
gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He
I am the resurrection and the life; he who
believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives
and believes in Me shall never die -- I am the good shepherd; the
good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep -- I lay down My
life that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me,
but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it
down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I
received from My Father. --No
one comes to the Father, but through Me --He who has the Son has
the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the
life --For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in
God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will
be revealed with Him in glory.
1Jn 5.11. Jn
Jn 11.25, 26.--Jn 10.11, 17, 18.--
Jn 14.6.--1Jn 5.12.--Col 3.3, 4
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by F. B. Meyer
GLADNESS AND THANKSGIVING
"It shall be said in that
day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save
us...we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."-- Isa 25:9.
THIS SONG of praise was
composed by Isaiah to be sung when the proud city of Babylon,
which for so many years had menaced the liberty of the Hebrew
people, should be overthrown. The prophet is so certain that the
oppression of evil will ultimately come to desolation, and that
the world shall be relieved of the awful incubus of its tyranny,
that he prepares the song which was presently to break out in
joyful thanksgiving. As certainly as the torrid heat of the
meridian sun is reduced by the interposition of the shadow of a
cloud, so should the pride and boast of the terrible ones be
The full significance of
this song of praise will be realized only in Heaven, when we sit
down at the Marriage-Supper of the Lamb (Isa 25:6, 7, 8). All
the Babylon's which have menaced the well-being of mankind will
have been destroyed then. The veil of unbelief and uncertainty,
which now lies so heavily over the world, will have been torn from
top to bottom. Death will have been swallowed up in life; tears
will have been wiped away, and our reproach will be over. What
abounding joy will be our portion them. Let the anticipation of it
excite our thanks.
Are you poor? Make God your
stronghold. Are you needy and in distress? Make Him your
hiding-place. Does the storm beat on you? Flee to Him for refuge.
Are you scorched by the heat of temptation? Stand beneath His
shadow. God your Father will not leave you alone. Your need is
your best argument; your helplessness an all-sufficient plea. For
you, too, there shall be song and feasting (Isa 25:4, 5, 6).
Praise is our highest
exercise. In prayer we often approach God for more or less selfish
reasons; in praise we adore Him for what He is in Himself. However
tired and weary you may be, see to it that the morning hour of
devotion begins with the key-note of thanksgiving and adoration.
It is marvellous how this quickens the pulse of the soul, and
reacts upon every moment that follows. "Awake, psaltery and harp,"
said the Psalmist; "I myself will awake right early."
O Lord, Thou art my God. I
will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy Name; for Thou hast done
wonderful things for my soul. Thy counsels of old are faithfulness
and truth. 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)
"And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious
things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath"
We may be rich in such things as Joseph obtained, and we may have them in
a higher sense. Oh, for "the precious things of heaven"! Power with God
and the manifestation of power from God are most precious. We would enjoy
the peace of God, the joy of the LORD, the glory of our God. The
benediction of the three divine Persons in love, and grace, and fellowship
we prize beyond the most fine gold. The things of earth are as nothing in
preciousness compared with the things in heaven. "The dew." How precious
is this! How we pray and praise when we have the dew! What refreshing,
what growth, what perfume, what life there is in us when the dew is about'
Above all things else, as plants of the LORD's own right hand planting, we
need the dew of His Holy Spirit. "The deep that coucheth beneath." Surely
this refers to that unseen ocean underground which supplies all the fresh
springs which make glad the earth. Oh, to tap the eternal fountains! This
is an unspeakable boon; let no believer rest till he possesses it. The
all-sufficiency of Jehovah is ours forever. Let us resort to it now.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, Dec 23
“Friend, go up higher.”
When first the life of grace begins in the soul, we do indeed draw
near to God, but it is with great fear and trembling. The soul
conscious of guilt, and humbled thereby, is overawed with the
solemnity of its position; it is cast to the earth by a sense of the
grandeur of Jehovah, in whose presence it stands. With unfeigned
bashfulness it takes the lowest room.
But, in after life, as the Christian grows in grace, although he
will never forget the solemnity of his position, and will never lose
that holy awe which must encompass a gracious man when he is in the
presence of the God who can create or can destroy; yet his fear has
all its terror taken out of it; it becomes a holy reverence, and no
more an overshadowing dread. He is called up higher, to greater
access to God in Christ Jesus. Then the man of God, walking amid the
splendours of Deity, and veiling his face like the glorious
cherubim, with those twin wings, the blood and righteousness of
Jesus Christ, will, reverent and bowed in spirit, approach the
throne; and seeing there a God of love, of goodness, and of mercy,
he will realize rather the covenant character of God than his
absolute Deity. He will see in God rather his goodness than his
greatness, and more of his love than of his majesty. Then will the
soul, bowing still as humbly as aforetime, enjoy a more sacred
liberty of intercession; for while prostrate before the glory of the
Infinite God, it will be sustained by the refreshing consciousness
of being in the presence of boundless mercy and infinite love, and
by the realization of acceptance “in the Beloved.” Thus the believer
is bidden to come up higher, and is enabled to exercise the
privilege of rejoicing in God, and drawing near to him in holy
confidence, saying, “Abba, Father.”
“So may we go from strength to strength,
And daily grow in grace,
Till in thine image raised at length,
We see thee face to face.”
Evening, Dec 23
“The night also is thine.”
Yes, Lord, thou dost not abdicate thy throne when the sun goeth
down, nor dost thou leave the world all through these long wintry
nights to be the prey of evil; thine eyes watch us as the stars,
and thine arms surround us as the zodiac belts the sky. The dews
of kindly sleep and all the influences of the moon are in thy
hand, and the alarms and solemnities of night are equally with
thee. This is very sweet to me when watching through the midnight
hours, or tossing to and fro in anguish. There are precious fruits
put forth by the moon as well as by the sun: may my Lord make me
to be a favoured partaker in them.
The night of affliction is as much under the arrangement and
control of the Lord of Love as the bright summer days when all is
bliss. Jesus is in the tempest. His love wraps the night about
itself as a mantle, but to the eye of faith the sable robe is
scarce a disguise. From the first watch of the night even unto the
break of day the eternal Watcher observes his saints, and
overrules the shades and dews of midnight for his people’s highest
good. We believe in no rival deities of good and evil contending
for the mastery, but we hear the voice of Jehovah saying, “I
create light and I create darkness; I, the Lord, do all these
Gloomy seasons of religious indifference and social sin are not
exempted from the divine purpose. When the altars of truth are
defiled, and the ways of God forsaken, the Lord’s servants weep
with bitter sorrow, but they may not despair, for the darkest eras
are governed by the Lord, and shall come to their end at his
bidding. What may seem defeat to us may be victory to him.
“Though enwrapt in gloomy night,
We perceive no ray of light;
Since the Lord himself is here,
’Tis not meet that we should fear.”
DECEMBER The Twenty-third
THE LORD OF THE STUDENTS
Matthew 2:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
AND so the good news came to “wise men,” shall we say to students, busying
themselves with the vast and intricate problems of the mind. And the
evangel offered the students mental satisfaction, bringing the
interpreting clue, beaming upon them with the guiding ray which would lead
them into perfect noon.
Yes, our wise men must find the key of wisdom in the Lord. In a wider
sense than the meaning of the original word it is true that “the fear of
the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” To seek mental satisfactions and
leave out Jesus is like trying to make a garden and leave out the sun.
“Without Me ye can do nothing,” not even in the unravelling of the
problems which beset and besiege the mind.
If my mental pilgrimage is to be as “a shining light shining more and more
even unto perfect day,” I must begin with Jesus, and pay homage to His
Kingly and incomparable glory. I must lay my treasures at His feet, “gold,
and frankincense, and myrrh.” Then will He lead me “into all truth,” and
“the truth shall make me free.”
"Year Book" 1895
"Silver or gold I do not have—but what I have I give you." Acts
Someone once said, "It's very hard to know how to help people—when
you can't send them blankets, or coal, or needed food." With many
people this is very true. They know not how to help others, except
in such ways. Yet the needs which these material things satisfy,
are the smallest needs of human lives. There are better ways of
helping: with sympathy, hope, cheer, courage, inspiration,
comfort. These are the blessings which most people need, far more
than they need blankets or coal or food.
So far as we know, Jesus gave no money. He did not have it to
give. Yet there never was in this world another such dispenser of
true charity as he was. He gave encouragement, instruction, love.
He told people of higher things.
None of us are too poor to give help in the same way. We may not
have silver and gold to bestow, but out of a warm heart we can
give coins of love which will mean far more than money! We should
always keep a gentle heart—and then we can be a blessing to many.
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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.
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(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
December 23 -
Nubians in Sudan and Egypt
The Bible calls them Cushites; today they are called Nubians. This
is a people who once controlled ancient Egypt. The name Nubia
comes from the Nuba Mountains. Today they consist of seven
non-Arab peoples between the Aswan High Dam in Egypt and Dongola
in Sudan. In the 1960s, the dam flooded their lands and they were
resettled. Since then, they have become increasingly Arabized in
culture and language, while retaining much of their agricultural
economy. However, today the men, not the women, work the fields.
Women work at home, in schools, public service, etc. Some men are
self-employed. Unlike most Arabs, the Nubians have a high literacy
Although they once were Christians, the Nubians have been Muslims
since the 1600s. However, they practice a folk Islam in which the
spirit of the Nile River is important; this is like pre-Christian
Egypt. Their world is a world of angels, religious leaders, and
powerful beings associated with the Nile River. Ancestors are also
important. (Animism may have colored their Christianity in the
past, too). According to the Joshua Project, there are no known
followers of Christ among the Nubians in Sudan and Egypt.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Because Sudan is basically closed to missionaries, pray for
creative access to them. Bible translations, radio and
humanitarian aid workers are needed by the Nubians. Pray that
African churches will adopt Nubians for evangelism and church
Matthew 4:16, ESV
This month we are praying for people shrouded in darkness. But
when Christ came to Earth, the light came for all to see! He came
so that all the nations could go from darkness to light. That is
something to celebrate this Christmas season!
Pray that the Nubians will see the light of Christ and give their
hearts to the One who came with the truth.
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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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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.
My (Our) soul cleaves
to the dust;
according to Thy word.
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