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No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave
does not know what his master is doing but I have called you friends
the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? -- To you it
has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them
it has not been granted -- God revealed them through the Spirit; for the
Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. -- The hidden wisdom,
which God predestined before the ages to our glory.
Blessed is the one whom thou dost choose, and bring
near to Thee, to dwell in Thy courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness
of Thy house, Thy holy temple -- The secret of the LORD is for those who
fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant -- I have given to them;
and they received them, and truly understood that I came forth from Thee,
and they believed that Thou didst send Me.
You are My friends, if you do what I command you.
Jn 15.15 Ge.
1Co. 2.10. 1Co. 2.7. Ps. 65.4.--
Ps. 25.14. Jn 17.8. Jn 15.14.
will call your walls salvation and your gates praise
wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve
names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you
are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself
being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is
growing into a holy temple in the Lord in whom you also are being built
together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit -- If you have tasted the
kindness of the Lord. And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by
men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living
stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to
offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
There will be silence before Thee, and praise in
Zion, O God and to Thee the vow will be performed.
Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion.
Isa. 60.18 Rev 21.14. Ep.
2.19, 20, 21, 22.--
1 Pe.2. 3, 4, 5, Ps. 65.1.
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by F. B. Meyer
FAITHFULNESS IN DAILY LIFE
"With goodwill doing service, as to
the Lord, and not to men."--
THE COMMON drudgery of daily life can
be a Divine Calling. We often speak of a young man as "being called to the
Ministry"; but it is as fitting to speak of a carpenter being called to the
bench, the blacksmith to the forge, and the shoemaker to his last.
"Brethren," said the Apostle, "let every man wherein he is called, therein
abide with God."
Remember that your life has been
appointed by God's wise providence. God as much sent Joseph to the drudgery
and discipline of the prison as to the glory and responsibility of the
palace. Nothing happens to us which is not included in His plan for us; and
the incidents which seem most tiresome are often contrived to give us
opportunities to become nobler, stronger characters.
We are called to be faithful in
performing our assigned duties. Not brilliance, not success, not notoriety
which attracts the world's notice, but the regular, quiet, and careful
performance of trivial and common duties; faithfulness in that which is
least is as great an attainment in God's sight as in the greatest.
In every piece of honest work, however
irksome, laborious, and commonplace, we are fellow-workers with God. We must
help God to give men their daily bread. It is for Him to cause the growth of
the corn, but man must reap and thresh, grind out the flour, make and
distribute the bread. The tailor is God's fellow-workman, helping Him to
clothe the bodies which He has made to need garments of various textures.
The builder co-operates with God in housing His children. The merchant helps
to bring the products of the East to refresh and enrich the toiling masses
of the West. God uses man in a thousand ways to serve the children of men.
Take up your work, then, you who seem
to be the nobodies, the drudges, the maid-of-all-work, the clerk, or shop
assistant. Do it with a brave heart, looking up to Him who for many "years
toiled at the carpenter's bench. Amid the many scenes and actions of life,
set the Lord always before your face. Do all as in His presence, and to win
His smile; and be sure to cultivate a spirit of love to God and man. Look
out for opportunities of cheering your fellow-workers. Do not murmur or
grumble, but let your heart rise from your toil to God your Maker, Saviour,
and Friend. So the lowliest service will glisten, as grass-blades do when
sun and dewdrops garnish them.
Be not far from me, O Lord, this day;
and through all its hours may I be found doing those things which are
well-pleasing in Thy sight. AMEN.
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by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
"I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness" (Isaiah
Fear of falling is wholesome. To be venturesome is no sign of wisdom.
Times come to us when we feel that we must go down unless we have a very
special support. Here we have it. God's right hand is a grand thing to
lean upon. Mind, it is not only His hand, though it keepeth heaven and
earth in their places, but His right hand: His power united with skill,
His power where it is most dexterous. Nay, this is not all; it is written,
"I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." That hand
which He uses to maintain His holiness and to execute His royal sentences
-- this shall be stretched out to hold up His trusting ones. Fearful is
our danger, but joyful is our security. The man whom God upholds, devils
cannot throw down. Weak may be our feet, but almighty is God's right hand.
Rough may be the road, but Omnipotence is our upholding. We may boldly go
forward. We shall not fall. Let us lean continually where all things lean.
God will not withdraw His strength, for His righteousness is there as
well. He will be faithful to His promise, and faithful to His Son, and
therefore faithful to us. How happy we ought to be! Are we not so?
MORNING AND EVENING
"Thou shalt call his name Jesus."
When a person is dear, everything connected with him becomes dear
for his sake. Thus, so precious is the person of the Lord Jesus in
the estimation of all true believers, that everything about him
they consider to be inestimable beyond all price. "All thy
garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia," said David, as if
the very vestments of the Saviour were so sweetened by his person
that he could not but love them. Certain it is, that there is not
a spot where that hallowed foot hath trodden--there is not a word
which those blessed lips have uttered--nor a thought which his
loving Word has revealed--which is not to us precious beyond all
price. And this is true of the names of Christ--they are all sweet
in the believer's ear. Whether he be called the Husband of the
Church, her Bridegroom, her Friend; whether he be styled the Lamb
slain from the foundation of the world--the King, the Prophet, or
the Priest--every title of our Master--Shiloh, Emmanuel,
Wonderful, the Mighty Counsellor--every name is like the honeycomb
dropping with honey, and luscious are the drops that distil from
it. But if there be one name sweeter than another in the
believer's ear, it is the name of Jesus. Jesus! it is the name
which moves the harps of heaven to melody. Jesus! the life of all
our joys. If there be one name more charming, more precious than
another, it is this name. It is woven into the very warp and woof
of our psalmody. Many of our hymns begin with it, and scarcely
any, that are good for anything, end without it. It is the sum
total of all delights. It is the music with which the bells of
heaven ring; a song in a word; an ocean for comprehension,
although a drop for brevity; a matchless oratorio in two
syllables; a gathering up of the hallelujahs of eternity in five
"Jesus, I love thy charming name,
'Tis music to mine ear."
"He shall save his people from their sins."
Many persons, if they are asked what they understand by salvation,
will reply, "Being saved from hell and taken to heaven." This is
one result of salvation, but it is not one tithe of what is
contained in that boon. It is true our Lord Jesus Christ does
redeem all his people from the wrath to come; he saves them from
the fearful condemnation which their sins had brought upon them;
but his triumph is far more complete than this. He saves his
people "from their sins." Oh! sweet deliverance from our worst
foes. Where Christ works a saving work, he casts Satan from his
throne, and will not let him be master any longer. No man is a
true Christian if sin reigns in his mortal body. Sin will be in
us--it will never be utterly expelled till the spirit enters
glory; but it will never have dominion. There will be a striving
for dominion--a lusting against the new law and the new spirit
which God has implanted--but sin will never get the upper hand so
as to be absolute monarch of our nature. Christ will be Master of
the heart, and sin must be mortified. The Lion of the tribe of
Judah shall prevail, and the dragon shall be cast out. Professor!
is sin subdued in you? If your life is unholy your heart is
unchanged, and if your heart is unchanged you are an unsaved
person. If the Saviour has not sanctified you, renewed you, given
you a hatred of sin and a love of holiness, he has done nothing in
you of a saving character. The grace which does not make a man
better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves his
people, not in their sins, but from them. "Without holiness no man
shall see the Lord." "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ
depart from iniquity." If not saved from sin, how shall we hope to
be counted among his people. Lord, save me now from all evil, and
enable me to honour my Saviour.
J H JOWETT
REVISITING OLD ALTARS
“I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my
distress.” Ge 35:3
—Genesis 35:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
IT is a blessed thing to revisit our early altars. It is good to return to
the haunts of early vision. Places and things have their sanctifying
influences, and can recall us to lost experiences. I know a man to whom
the scent of a white, wild rose is always a call to prayer. I know another
to whom Grasmere is always the window of holy vision. Sometimes a
particular pew in a particular church can throw the heavens open, and we
see the Son of God. The old Sunday-school has sometimes taken an old man
back to his childhood and back to his God. So I do not wonder that God led
Jacob back to Bethel, and that in the old place of blessing he
re-consecrated himself to the Lord.
It is a revelation of the loving-kindness of God that we have all these
helps to the recovery of past experiences. Let us use them with reverence.
And in our early days let us make them. Let us build altars of communion
which in later life we shall love to revisit. Let us make our early home
“the house of God and the gate of heaven.” Let us multiply deeds of
service which will make countless places fragrant for all our after years.
"Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present
your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God . . .
" Romans 12:1
A Christian man had quoted this verse, urging those whom he had
addressed to present their bodies to God as a living sacrifice.
When he closed, a good friend who sat beside him said, "John, the
next time you quote that verse, you would better quote all of it."
"Didn't I quote it all? "
"No; you left off the last words, 'which is your reasonable
service.' That is very important."
The old Quaker was right. We had better quote the whole verse. It
is not an unreasonable thing that God asks us to do when he
beseeches us to present ourselves to him as a living sacrifice.
He is our Father, and we are his children; is it unreasonable that
a child shall be asked to do a father's will?
We may think of our redemption, and remember at what tremendous
cost Christ bought us, and then of all the blessings and hopes
that are ours through his sacrifice for us. Is it unreasonable
that we should be asked to consecrate our lives to God when he has
done such things for us?
We may think, too, of what will be the result if we do not yield
ourselves to God—that our lives will be lost in sin's darkness;
and of the good that will come to us through devoting ourselves to
him eternal life and blessedness. Is it, then, unreasonable that
we should be called to make this presentation of ourselves to God?
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= 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
- Adamawa Fulani
In the 1800s, Modibo Adama, a scholar and Muslim holy warrior, led
a jihad in what is now Cameroon and Nigeria, opening the region up
to Fulani colonization. He continued his campaign, eventually
conquering many villages and founding his own empire, which he
named Adamawa after himself. His Fulani people established Islam
as the religion in the region. New converts learned classical
Arabic in order to study the Qur’an. To support themselves, the
people raised cattle on land that was once forested. Today there
are over a million people whom we call the Adamawa Fulani.
In May 2013, the president of Nigeria declared a state of
emergency in Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria because of the
activities of Boko Haram. World Watch Monitor reported that
violence persisted as recently as March 2015. At that time a group
of Fulani herdsmen with ties to Islamist movements broke into
homes and killed 100 men, women, and children. The attackers then
burned the houses and surrounding crops in Adamawa.
The Adamawa Fulani people do not have to live in such a way that
will bring God’s wrath on them. The complete Bible has been
translated into their language, and they can also hear it online!
The JESUS Film and gospel recordings are available in their mother
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for compassionate believers to bring these resources to the
Adamawa Fulani people. Pray for courage and safety as missionaries
venture into these turbulent areas to reach out to a people with a
long history of violence.
Exodus 1:8-13, NASB
Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said
to his people, “Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more
and mightier than we. Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else
they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join
themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart
from the land.” So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict
them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities,
Pithom and Ramses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they
multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in
dread of the sons of Israel. The Egyptians compelled the sons of
Israel to labor rigorously...
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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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"I came that they might have life