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A NEW commandment I
give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also
love one another.--Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:
for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.--Love covereth all sins.
When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that
your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.--Love
ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again.--Rejoice
not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he
stumbleth.--Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but
contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should
inherit a blessing.--If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live
peaceably with all men.--Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving
one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but
in deed and in truth.
Eph 5.2. Jn
Pr. 10.12. Mk 11.25.--Lk 6.35.--
Pr. 24.17.--1Pe. 3.9.--Ro. 12.18.--
Ep. 4.32. 1Jn 3.18.
Let your requests
be made known unto God.
weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that
accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the
servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me declares the
LORD.--The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues
them. O taste and see that the LORD is good. How blessed is the man who
takes refuge in Him! O fear the LORD, you His saints for to those who fear
Him, there is no want. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger but they
who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.--The lines have
fallen to me in pleasant places. Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
For you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will
rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like
calves from the stall.--He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him
up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Ps 61.5. Is
Ps. 16.6. Mal. 4.2.--Ro. 8.32.
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by F. B. Meyer
"He found no place of
repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears."--
"O Jerusalem .... how often
would I have gathered thy children together .... and ye would
THE GREEKS represented
Opportunity as bald, with no lock of hair by which she could be
laid hold of as she turned away and fled. Every one has
opportunity, but there is often no symptom of its approach, no
sign of its departure; when once it is missed, it rarely comes
again! It is said that Queen Victoria once gave a comparatively
unknown painter the opportunity of a private sitting. She came at
the exact time that was arranged, but he was five minutes late,
and he lost his opportunity!
Esau bartered his
birthright! What cared he for the spiritual prerogative of the
first-born to act as the priest of the clan, and to stand in the
possible lineal descent of the Messiah. He craved what would
satisfy and please his senses. But when he had sold his
birthright, he was held to the transaction. "He found no place of
repentance" does not mean that he wished to and could not, but
that the die was cast, the decision was deemed final. It is within
the range of every one to do an act, to make a choice, to barter
away the spiritual for the material so absolutely, that the
decision is held irrevocable. Let us take care lest we be betrayed
by passion into an act which may affect our entire destiny.
The outstretched wing of
God's love would have sheltered Jerusalem from its impending fate,
but she refused Him in His servants and His Son, and her day of
Even so, salvation waits for
us all, and there is hope and opportunity for us to repent as long
as the day of grace is not closed, but let us not forget, as
McCheyne said, that Christ gives last knocks. The present is your
time of hope, of a fresh beginning, of a new opportunity. Open the
door of your life to Christ and make Him King. He offers you your
chance, rise to it; do your very best, find your niche of service
in His Kingdom, and set yourself to follow Him with all your
heart, and mind, and strength.
O Lord, let us not serve
Thee with the spirit of bondage as slaves, but with the
cheerfulness and gladness of children, delighting ourselves in
Thee and rejoicing in Thy work. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
Bow Down; Be Lifted Up
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he
may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)
This is tantamount to a promise: if we will bow down, the Lord
will lift us up. Humility leads to honor; submission is the way to
exaltation. That same hand of God which presses us down is waiting
to raise us up when we are prepared to bear the blessing. We stoop
to conquer. Many cringe before men and yet miss the patronage they
crave; but he that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not
fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the
ever-gracious One. It is a habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud
and lift up the lowly.
Yet there is a time for the Lord's working. We ought now to humble
ourselves, even at this present moment; and we are bound to keep
on doing so whether the Lord lays His afflicting hand upon us or
not. When the Lord smites, it is our special duty to accept the
chastisement with profound submission. But as for the Lord's
exaltation of us, that can only come "in due time," and God is the
best judge of that day and hour. Do we cry out impatiently for the
blessing? Would we wish for untimely honor? What are we at? Surely
we are not truly humbled, or we should wait with quiet submission.
So let us do.
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading Evening, July 28
“So foolish was I, and
ignorant; I was as a beast before thee.”
Remember this is the confession of the man after God’s own heart;
and in telling us his inner life, he writes, “So foolish was I,
and ignorant.” The word “foolish,” here, means more than it
signifies in ordinary language. David, in a former verse of the
Psalm, writes, “I was envious at the foolish when I saw the
prosperity of the wicked,” which shows that the folly he intended
had sin in it. He puts himself down as being thus “foolish,” and
adds a word which is to give intensity to it; “so foolish was I.”
How foolish he could not tell. It was a sinful folly, a folly
which was not to be excused by frailty, but to be condemned
because of its perverseness and wilful ignorance, for he had been
envious of the present prosperity of the ungodly, forgetful of the
dreadful end awaiting all such. And are we better than David that
we should call ourselves wise! Do we profess that we have attained
perfection, or to have been so chastened that the rod has taken
all our wilfulness out of us? Ah, this were pride indeed! If David
was foolish, how foolish should we be in our own esteem if we
could but see ourselves! Look back, believer: think of your
doubting God when he has been so faithful to you—think of your
foolish outcry of “Not so, my Father,” when he crossed his hands
in affliction to give you the larger blessing; think of the many
times when you have read his providences in the dark,
misinterpreted his dispensations, and groaned out, “All these
things are against me,” when they are all working together for
your good! Think how often you have chosen sin because of its
pleasure, when indeed, that pleasure was a root of bitterness to
you! Surely if we know our own heart we must plead guilty to the
indictment of a sinful folly; and conscious of this “foolishness,”
we must make David’s consequent resolve our own—“Thou shalt guide
me with thy counsel.”
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, July 28
“Who went about doing good.”
Few words, but yet an exquisite miniature of the Lord Jesus
Christ. There are not many touches, but they are the strokes of a
master’s pencil. Of the Saviour and only of the Saviour is it true
in the fullest, broadest, and most unqualified sense. “He went
about doing good.” From this description it is evident that he did
good personally. The evangelists constantly tell us that he
touched the leper with his own finger, that he anointed the eyes
of the blind, and that in cases where he was asked to speak the
word only at a distance, he did not usually comply, but went
himself to the sick bed, and there personally wrought the cure. A
lesson to us, if we would do good, to do it ourselves. Give alms
with your own hand; a kind look, or word, will enhance the value
of the gift. Speak to a friend about his soul; your loving appeal
will have more influence than a whole library of tracts. Our
Lord’s mode of doing good sets forth his incessant activity! He
did not only the good which came close to hand, but he “went
about” on his errands of mercy. Throughout the whole land of Judea
there was scarcely a village or a hamlet which was not gladdened
by the sight of him. How this reproves the creeping, loitering
manner, in which many professors serve the Lord. Let us gird up
the loins of our mind, and be not weary in well doing. Does not
the text imply that Jesus Christ went out of his way to do good?
“He went about doing good.” He was never deterred by danger or
difficulty. He sought out the objects of his gracious intentions.
So must we. If old plans will not answer, we must try new ones,
for fresh experiments sometimes achieve more than regular methods.
Christ’s perseverance, and the unity of his purpose, are also
hinted at, and the practical application of the subject may be
summed up in the words, “He hath left us an example that we should
follow in his steps.”
JULY The Twenty-eighth
ALL THINGS NEW!
2Corinthians 5:14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
HERE is a new constraint! “The love of Christ constraineth me.” The love of
Christ carries me along like a crowd. I am taken up in its mighty movement
and swept along the appointed road! Or it arrests me, and makes me its
willing prisoner. It lays a strong hand upon me, and I have no option but
to go. A gracious “necessity is laid upon me.” I must!
And here is a new world. “Old things are passed away.” The man who is the
prisoner of the Lord’s love will find himself in new and wonderful
scenery. Everything will wear a new face—God, man, self, the garden, the
sky, the sea! We shall look at all things through love-eyes, and it is
amazing in what new light a great love will set familiar things!
Commonplaces become beautiful when looked at through the lens of Christian
love. When we “walk in love” our eyes are anointed with “the eye-salve” of
And here is a new service. “We are ambassadors ... for Christ.” When we
see our Lord through love-eyes, and then our brother, we shall yearn to
serve our brother in Christ. We shall intensely long to tell the
love-story of the Lord our Saviour. What we have seen, with confidence we
"Year Book" 1895
"As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a
chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two
of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind!" 2 Kings
So the most loving friends must sometimes be parted. We walk on
together, talking of a thousand things, not dreaming of
separation, when suddenly, as we turn some sharp corner in the
way, the 'chariot' is waiting, and one is taken and the other
left! We ought not to forget the certainty of separation in every
friendship we form. Some day one of the two will be taken, and the
other must be left to weep by a grave and to walk on lonely and
sorrowing after that.
Another thought suggested here is, that heaven is not far away.
One of the 'chariots' from the King's country came down that day
to carry Elijah home. Another came down to the door of your house
when your godly father died, or when mother or brother or sister
died. We shall not leave this world as Elijah did, missing death;
we shall have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death;
but we shall have the heavenly chariot to bear away our freed
spirit just as truly as he did.
See these other
= 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
- Daily Topic for July 27, 2014
Lord, do not hold this sin against them.
In his dying breath Stephen prays for those who are brutally
killing him. What a testimony of the work of the Holy Spirit in
someone’s life! He could have prayed that God would judge them,
but instead he prayed for God’s mercy, just as Christ did on the
cross. Around the world there are family feuds that continue for
hundreds of years demonstrating what happens when forgiveness is
lacking. Only through the work of the Holy Spirit can we forgive
as Christ forgave sinful humanity when He was on the cross. Isn’t
this message worth dying for?
Pray for those on the frontiers of mission will have the love for
their enemies that will draw the lost to the cross.
Tay people of China and Vietnam
The Tay people, numbering around 100,000 within China, are
certainly not a significant ethnic population group by Chinese
standards. Because of this fact, they were grouped together with
the Zhuang nationality and are largely indistinguishable from
other Tai-speaking peoples in the area.
But that does not mean they have no unique customs and traditions
of their own! The Tay are known for living at the foot of a
mountain or near a stream. Their homes consist of two rooms: the
front one is the main dwelling of the men, and the rear room is
where the women live. Their lives revolve around centuries-old
traditions such as singing folk songs, sharing poetry, and
dancing. They have acquired a reputation for cultivating
attractive fields and gardens, keeping very clean homes, and
living in a thrifty manner.
The Tay people moved to China’s Guangxi Province in the 13th
century, after escaping from the advancing Mongolian army. Since
that time they have remained devoted to ancestor worship, and
there is a dark undercurrent of fear that goes through all of
their life. At present there are small groups of believers among
the Tay people in China and Vietnam.
Pray for significant spiritual breakthroughs among the Tay. Pray
that the church will begin connecting with them in more meaningful
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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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