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The death that
He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He
lives to God.
HE was numbered with
the transgressors.--Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins
of many .--He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might
die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were
healed.--For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are
He abides forever, holds His priesthood permanently.
Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through
Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.-- While we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified
by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
Since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the
same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of
men, but for the will of God.
Ro 6.10. Is 53.12.--Heb. 9.28.
1Pe. 2.24.--Heb. 10.14. Heb. 7.24, 25.-- Ro. 5.8 , 9. 1Pe. 4.1, 2
yourselves in the love of God.
ABIDE in me, and I in
you. AAs the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the
vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are
the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for
apart from Me you can do nothing.
The fruit of the Spirit is love.
By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove
to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you;
abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love;
just as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love.
-- Whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.
This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have
loved you. -- God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us.--God is love, and the one who abides in
love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Jude 21. Jn 15.4, 5.
Jn 15.8, 9, 10.--1Jn 2.5. Jn 15.12.-- Ro. 5.8.--1Jn 4.16
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by F. B. Meyer
SURRENDER LEADING TO SONG
"And when the burnt offering
began, the song of the Lord began also with the trumpets, and with
the instruments ordained by David king of Israel."--
THE HEBREW Psalmody became
famous throughout the world. Even their fierce conquerors
recognized the sublime beauty of the Hebrew temple music. By the
waters of Babylon they urged them to sing one of the Songs of
Zion, not knowing how impossible it was for the captives to sing
the Lord's song in a strange land! For sixteen years no song had
poured forth from the sacred shrine. Ahaz had shut the doors,
dispersed the Levites, and allowed the holy fabric to remain
unkempt, unlit, and unused. There were no sacrifices on the Altar,
no sweet incense in the Holy Place, no blood on the Mercy-Seat, no
Song of the Lord!
For too many Christians
this, alas, is a picture of their life. The soul, intended to be a
holy temple for God, shows signs of disorder and neglect. The
lights are not lit, the sweet incense of prayer does not ascend,
the doors of entrance to fellowship and exit to service are
closed. Outwardly the ordinances of the religious life are
preserved, but inwardly silence and darkness prevail, into which
bat-like thoughts intrude. Thorns have come up in the court of the
Holy Place, where the scorpion makes her nest. The Song of the
Lord had died out of heart and life.
Why should not this
miserable condition be ended to-day? Why should you not be
cleansed from the traces of sin and neglect through the Blood of
the Cross? Why should you not come back into fellowship with God,
who waits to receive and forgive? Surrender yourself to Him now.
Do not be general, but specific in your consecration. Weld
yourself to some life or lives that sorely need help. Give not
words only, but deeds and blood. Merge your little life in the
life of Christ, as the streamlet in the wide ocean. And as you
yield yourself to Christ first, and next to all who need you for
His sake, you will find the Song of the Lord breaking forth again
in your heart like a spring, which was formerly choked with
We pray Thee, Heavenly
Father, to cleanse the thoughts of our hearts, by the inspiration
of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love Thee, and worthily
magnify Thy Holy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
An Eternal Pledge
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee
unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness,
and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness;
and thou shalt know the Lord. (Hosea 2:19-20)
Betrothment unto the Lord! What an honor and a joy! My soul, is
Jesus indeed thine by His own condescending betrothal? Then, mark
it is forever. He will never break His engagement, much less sue
out a divorce against a soul joined to Himself in marriage bonds.
Three times the Lord says, "I will betroth thee." What words He
heaps together to set forth the betrothal! Righteousness comes in
to make the covenant legal; none can forbid these lawful bans.
Judgment sanctions the alliance with its decree: none can see
folly or error in the match. Lovingkindness warrants that this is
a love union, for without love betrothal is bondage and not
blessedness. Meanwhile, mercy smiles and even sings; yea, she
multiplies herself into "mercies" because of the abounding grace
of this holy union.
Faithfulness is the registrar and records the marriage, and the
Holy Spirit says "Amen" to it as He promises to teach the
betrothal heart all the sacred knowledge needful for its high
destiny, What a promise!
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading Evening, July 22
“I am married unto you.”
Christ Jesus is joined unto his people in marriage-union. In love
he espoused his Church as a chaste virgin, long before she fell
under the yoke of bondage. Full of burning affection he toiled,
like Jacob for Rachel, until the whole of her purchase-money had
been paid, and now, having sought her by his Spirit, and brought
her to know and love him, he awaits the glorious hour when their
mutual bliss shall be consummated at the marriage-supper of the
Lamb. Not yet hath the glorious Bridegroom presented his
betrothed, perfected and complete, before the Majesty of heaven;
not yet hath she actually entered upon the enjoyment of her
dignities as his wife and queen: she is as yet a wanderer in a
world of woe, a dweller in the tents of Kedar; but she is even now
the bride, the spouse of Jesus, dear to his heart, precious in his
sight, written on his hands, and united with his person. On earth
he exercises towards her all the affectionate offices of Husband.
He makes rich provision for her wants, pays all her debts, allows
her to assume his name, and to share in all his wealth. Nor will
he ever act otherwise to her. The word divorce he will never
mention, for “He hateth putting away.” Death must sever the
conjugal tie between the most loving mortals, but it cannot divide
the links of this immortal marriage. In heaven they marry not, but
are as the angels of God; yet there is this one marvellous
exception to the rule, for in Heaven Christ and his Church shall
celebrate their joyous nuptials. This affinity as it is more
lasting, so is it more near than earthly wedlock. Let the love of
husband be never so pure and fervent, it is but a faint picture of
the flame which burns in the heart of Jesus. Passing all human
union is that mystical cleaving unto the Church, for which Christ
left his Father, and became one flesh with her.
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, July 22
“Behold the man!”
If there be one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the
joy and comfort of his people, it is where he plunged deepest into
the depths of woe. Come hither, gracious souls, and behold the man
in the garden of Gethsemane; behold his heart so brimming with
love that he cannot hold it in—so full of sorrow that it must find
a vent. Behold the bloody sweat as it distils from every pore of
his body, and falls upon the ground. Behold the man as they drive
the nails into his hands and feet. Look up, repenting sinners, and
see the sorrowful image of your suffering Lord. Mark him, as the
ruby drops stand on the thorn-crown, and adorn with priceless gems
the diadem of the King of Misery. Behold the man when all his
bones are out of joint, and he is poured out like water and
brought into the dust of death; God hath forsaken him, and hell
compasseth him about. Behold and see, was there ever sorrow like
unto his sorrow that is done unto him? All ye that pass by draw
near and look upon this spectacle of grief, unique, unparalleled,
a wonder to men and angels, a prodigy unmatched. Behold the
Emperor of Woe who had no equal or rival in his agonies! Gaze upon
him, ye mourners, for if there be not consolation in a crucified
Christ there is no joy in earth or heaven. If in the ransom price
of his blood there be not hope, ye harps of heaven, there is no
joy in you, and the right hand of God shall know no pleasures for
evermore. We have only to sit more continually at the cross foot
to be less troubled with our doubts and woes. We have but to see
his sorrows, and our sorrows we shall be ashamed to mention. We
have but to gaze into his wounds and heal our own. If we would
live aright it must be by the contemplation of his death; if we
would rise to dignity, it must be by considering his humiliation
and his sorrow.
JULY The Twenty-second
VISIONS AND TASKS
2Chronicles 34:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
JOSIAH “began to seek after God.” (2Chr 34:1 contrasted with Ps 10:4) The other day I saw a young art student
copying one of Turner’s pictures in the National Gallery. His eyes were
being continually lifted from his canvas to his “master.” He put nothing
down which he had not first seen. He was “seeking after” Turner!
And thus it was with Josiah. His eyes were “ever toward the Lord!”
(contrast Lk 12:20, 21) He
studied the “ways” of the Lord (cf Ps 103:7), in order that he might incarnate them in
national life and practice. Wise doings always begin in clear seeing. We
should be far more efficient in practice if we were more diligently
assiduous in vision. It is never a waste of time to “look unto Him.”
Looking is a most needful part of our daily discipline. “What I say unto
you, I say unto all, Watch!” (Mk 13:37)
And because Josiah saw the holiness of the Lord he saw the uncleanness of
the people. He had a vision of God’s holy place, and he therefore saw the
defilement of the material worship.
“In the twelfth year he began to purge Judah.” (2Chr 34:3) Yes, that is the sequence.
The reformer follows the seer. We shall begin to sweep the streets of our
own city when we have gazed upon the glories of the holy city, the New
Jerusalem (Re 3:12, Re 21:2).
"Year Book" 1895
"So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her son
continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil for many days."
1 Kings 17:15
Had not the prophet come to the widow's door, she and her
household would probably have perished in the famine. Or had the
woman refused the prophet's request, saying, "I cannot spare
anything for a stranger; charity begins at home, and I must look
first after my own," she and her son would have starved before the
rain fell. The meal wasted not, because she shared it with
The lesson is plain. There is a withholding that tends to poverty;
there is a giving that enriches. The way to make sure of spiritual
blessing is—to seek to be a blessing. If your love is growing
cold, help someone, and it will become warm again. We cannot
afford to shut our doors in the face of those whom God sends to us
for sympathy and for the ministries of love. Such serving brings
to us blessings which we must not miss..
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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
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
- Lianshan Zhuang
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth
(Psalm 96:1, NIV).
“That man is from the Lianshan Zhuang people,” my guide said,
looking at a young man who was singing like a lark. To me it
seemed that the young man blended in with all the Han Chinese
people around him. I asked our guide why he thought that the
singer was a Lianshan and he explained, “Two things give him away.
First of all he is constantly singing, and secondly, the words are
not Mandarin. While music is a universal language, for the Zhuang
people it defines who they are! They have a song for virtually any
event and emotion. But they have no songs of praise for the true
and living God.”
For several days we have read about various Zhuang subgroups.
Almost all of them live in China near each other in Guangxi or
Yunnan provinces. But the Lianshan Zhuang group we are praying for
today live hundreds of miles away near Guangzhou, a major
commercial center near Hong Kong. This location makes them a
“gateway group” for their Zhuang people. And other sources tell us
that the Zhuang people as a whole are a “gateway people” for many
other groups in southwestern China.
Pray for the workers in the Guangzhou metro area to bridge the
divide and bring the gospel to the Lianshan Zhuang in their
region. Pray that God will inspire songwriters among the Lianshan
who will write songs of praise in their dialect.
The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
This might step on some people’s toes, but did you know that the
term “Christian” was originally a derisive term? In today’s
terminology, it means different things to different people. For
example, it might mean a “holy roller,” or someone who jumps and
screams to please God. On the other hand, the term Christian in
some cultures is often associated with whatever people do in the
West. Muslims and Hindus often associate this term with people who
are sexually impure and abuse drugs and alcohol. For this reason,
we avoid the term Christian in the GPD, and try to use a more
accurate term like followers of Christ or believers in Christ.
Pray that unreached Lianshan Zhuang people will understand the
difference between what they think is a “Christian” and those who
truly follow the Lord.
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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,
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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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