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Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest
ENTER by the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and
many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow
that leads to life, and few are those who find it--The kingdom of heaven
suffers violence, and violent men take it by force --Do not work for the
food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which
the Son of Man shall give to you.-- Be all the more diligent to make certain
about His calling and choosing you...for in this way the entrance into the
eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly
supplied to you.--Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who
competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it
to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
The one who has entered
His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His..-- You
will have the LORD for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory
Heb 4.11. Mat. 7.13, 14.--Mat.
11.12.-- John 6.27.--2Pe. 1.10, 11.--1Co. 9.24, 25. He. 4.10.--Is. 60.19.
JESUS raised His eyes,
and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou heardest Me.--Father, glorify Thy
name. There came therefore a voice out of heaven: I have both
glorified it, and will glorify it again.--BEHOLD, I HAVE COME...TO DO THY
WILL.--Not my will, but thine, be done.
As He is, so also are we
in this world.--This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we
ask anything according to His will, He hears us
Whatever we ask we
receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that
are pleasing in His sight.
Without faith it is
impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is,
and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
He always lives to make
intercession for them.--We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ
Jn 11.42. Jn 11.41.--John
12.28.-- He. 10.7.--Lk. 22.42. 1John 4.17.-- 1John 5.14. 1John 3.22. He.
He. 7.25. 1John 2.1.
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by F. B. Meyer
THE PERSISTENCE OF LIFE
"The God of Abraham, and the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the
living: for all live unto Him."--
WHAT IS Death? It is not a condition
but a transition; not an abiding-place, but a passage; not a house, but a
doorway. The Scripture refers to it as a birth--"the first-born from the
dead"; as an exodus --"after my exodus," says Peter; as a striking of the
tent--"I must shortly put off this tabernacle;" as the weighing of an
anchor--"the time for me to loose-off from the shore is come." Each of these
metaphors accentuates the fact that Death is but a momentary act. We are
absent from the body one moment, present with the Lord the next.
Persistent Personality. In that other
field we shall surely recognise each other, and shall be as close akin, yea,
closer than we were in long-past happy days, when heart to heart had sweet
converse, or co-operated in useful ministry. Abraham will still be Abraham;
Isaac, Isaac; and Jacob, Jacob. Not bodiless ghosts, but living
personalities etherealised and transfigured. Moses and Elijah were
recognised as such by the startled disciples on the Transfiguration mount;
and Mary knew the Master in the Garden. What gain would it have been that
Jesus promised the dying thief that he should be with Him in Paradise, if,
when he reached there, he could not recognise the Lord?
Persistent Love. Love will never fail!
But how can it exist without an object; and how can it forget! Why did Jesus
promise the "many mansions," unless He meant that there should be homes! He
knows that the heart clings, even in the light of Resurrection, to the dear
objects of human affection, else He would never have mentioned Peter's name,
nor have sent a message to His disciples, nor come a second time for Thomas!
And will He ignore those natural cravings for us, whom He has loved better
than Himself? How deep and sweet His assurance: "If it were not so, I would
have told you!" Charles Kingsley asked that on the grave stone, which stood
above his wife and himself, should be inscribed the words: "Amavimus, Amamus,
Amabimus"--We loved, we love, we shall continue to love. And who shall
challenge the truth or appositeness of these words?
Persistent Activity. "His servants
shall serve Him!" The tasks we bungled here with our apprentice-hands will
become possible; and unravelling our tangled skeins, we shall weave such
fabrics as our wildest dreams never imagined.
I pray Thee, O Lord, to deliver me
from the fear of death; and when mine eyes open in the dawn of heaven, may I
see Thee standing to welcome me, and may I receive Thy Well-done! AMEN.
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from the VALLEY OF VISION
by C H Spurgeon
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Nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man
sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of Heaven
Ah, LORD, Thou wast in Thy lowest state when before Thy persecutors Thou
wast made to stand like a criminal! Yet the eyes of Thy faith could see
beyond Thy present humiliation into Thy future glory. What words are
these, "Nevertheless - hereafter!" I would imitate Thy holy foresight, and
in the midst of poverty, or sickness, or slander, I also would say,
"Nevertheless - hereafter." Instead of weakness, Thou hast all power;
instead of shame, all glory; instead of derision, all worship, Thy cross
has not dimmed the splendor of Thy crown, neither has the spittle marred
the beauty of Thy face. Say, rather, Thou are the more exalted and honored
because of Thy sufferings. So, LORD, I also would take courage from the
"hereafter." I would forget the present tribulation in the future triumph.
Help thou me by directing me into Thy Father's love and into Thine own
patience, so that when I am derided for Thy name I may not be staggered
but think more and more of the hereafter, and, therefore, all the less of
today. I shall be with Thee soon and behold Thy glory. Wherefore, I am not
ashamed but say in my inmost soul, "Nevertheless - hereafter."
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, May 30
Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines.”
Song of Solomon 2:15
A little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide
the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief
to the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and
make it so full of that which is hateful to Christ, that he will
hold no comfortable fellowship and communion with us. A great sin
cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him
miserable. Jesus will not walk with his people unless they drive
out every known sin. He says, “If ye keep my commandments, ye
shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s
commandments and abide in his love.” Some Christians very seldom
enjoy their Saviour’s presence. How is this? Surely it must be an
affliction for a tender child to be separated from his father. Art
thou a child of God, and yet satisfied to go on without seeing thy
Father’s face? What! thou the spouse of Christ, and yet content
without his company! Surely, thou hast fallen into a sad state,
for the chaste spouse of Christ mourns like a dove without her
mate, when he has left her. Ask, then, the question, what has
driven Christ from thee? He hides his face behind the wall of thy
sins. That wall may be built up of little pebbles, as easily as of
great stones. The sea is made of drops; the rocks are made of
grains: and the sea which divides thee from Christ may be filled
with the drops of thy little sins; and the rock which has well
nigh wrecked thy barque, may have been made by the daily working
of the coral insects of thy little sins. If thou wouldst live with
Christ, and walk with Christ, and see Christ, and have fellowship
with Christ, take heed of “the little foxes that spoil the vines,
for our vines have tender grapes.” Jesus invites you to go with
him and take them. He will surely, like Samson, take the foxes at
once and easily. Go with him to the hunting.
Evening, May 30
“That henceforth we should not serve sin.”
Christian, what hast thou to do with sin? Hath it not cost thee
enough already? Burnt child, wilt thou play with the fire? What!
when thou hast already been between the jaws of the lion, wilt
thou step a second time into his den? Hast thou not had enough of
the old serpent? Did he not poison all thy veins once, and wilt
thou play upon the hole of the asp, and put thy hand upon the
cockatrice’s den a second time? Oh, be not so mad! so foolish! Did
sin ever yield thee real pleasure? Didst thou find solid
satisfaction in it? If so, go back to thine old drudgery, and wear
the chain again, if it delight thee. But inasmuch as sin did never
give thee what it promised to bestow, but deluded thee with lies,
be not a second time snared by the old fowler—be free, and let the
remembrance of thy ancient bondage forbid thee to enter the net
again! It is contrary to the designs of eternal love, which all
have an eye to thy purity and holiness; therefore run not counter
to the purposes of thy Lord. Another thought should restrain thee
from sin. Christians can never sin cheaply; they pay a heavy price
for iniquity. Transgression destroys peace of mind, obscures
fellowship with Jesus, hinders prayer, brings darkness over the
soul; therefore be not the serf and bondman of sin. There is yet a
higher argument: each time you “serve sin” you have “Crucified the
Lord afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Can you bear that
thought? Oh! if you have fallen into any special sin during this
day, it may be my Master has sent this admonition this evening, to
bring you back before you have backslidden very far. Turn thee to
Jesus anew; he has not forgotten his love to thee; his grace is
still the same. With weeping and repentance, come thou to his
footstool, and thou shalt be once more received into his heart;
thou shalt be set upon a rock again, and thy goings shall be
J H JOWETT
FINDING THE DEEP THINGS
“The Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
1Corinthians 2:7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
THE deep things of God cannot be discovered by unaided reason. “Eye hath
not seen:” they are not to be apprehended by the artistic vision. “Ear
hath not heard:” they are not unveiled amid the discussion of the
philosophic schools. “Neither hath entered into the heart of man:” even
poetic insight cannot discern them. All the common lights fail in this
realm. We need another illumination, even that provided by the Holy
Spirit. And the Spirit is offered unto us “that we might know the things
that are freely given to us of God.”
And here we have the reason why so many uncultured people are spiritually
wiser than many who are learned. They lack talent, but they have grace.
They lack accomplishments, but they have the Holy Ghost. They lack the
telescope, but they have the sunlight. They are not scholars, but they are
saints. They may not be theologians, but they have true religion. And so
they have “the open vision.” They “walk with God,” and “the deep things of
God” are made known to their souls.
We must put first things first. We may be busy polishing our lenses when
our primary and fundamental need is light. It is not a gift that we
require, but a Friend.
"Year Book" 1895
"Since he had no sword, he ran over and pulled Goliath's sword
from its sheath. David used it to kill the giant and cut off his
head!" 1 Samuel 17:50-51
If he had not cut off the giant's head—the old Philistine champion
would have gotten up by and by, and walked away; for he was only
stunned, not killed, by the stone. David made sure work of his
A great many of our attacks upon sin in our own hearts, and in the
world—only stun, and do not kill the evil. We walk away, thinking
we have done a fine thing. But shortly, we meet the 'old giant'
again, stalking abroad as before! He soon recovers from our blow,
and we have to fight the battle over; and perhaps we fight it
again in the same half-hearted way—and thus on and on, to the end
Most of us have had just such experience as this, with our own
evil lusts and passions. We overcome them very often, and think
each time that we are through with them—but soon again they are as
active as ever.
We need to learn a lesson from David—and finish our victories by
cutting off the head of every giant we strike down!
There is no other way of killing sins!
The life is in the head—and the head must be struck off—or the
enemy will be facing us again in a day or two, with but a scar on
The only way to get a real victory over vices—is to decapitate
them! Bruises and wounds are not enough. There must be thorough
work done, in the name of the Lord. Half-way measures will not
"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:
sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which
is idolatry." Colossians 3:5
"Samuel hewed Agag to pieces before the Lord." 1 Samuel 15:33.
Like Samuel, we must hew our Agags to pieces!
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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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Unreached People Group of the Day.
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-Santa María Quiegolani Zapotec People
by Esther Jerome Dharmaraj
(This story serves to illustrate the life of Santa María
Quiegolani Zapotec and is not an actual account.)
Leaning against the cool stone walls of the tiny quarters she
calls home, Estella let the palm reeds drop into her lap. Picking
up the basket that was beginning to emerge, Estella examined the
pretty pattern. As she looked at the pattern she began to imagine
with her mind’s eye the countless people–her people–who had lived
before her and from whom she had inherited the dexterity and
artistry to weave baskets and embroider lace.
Their lives hundreds of years ago would not have been very much
different from hers today. They would have lived in small
communities just as they live today. The men would have farmed the
land, and the women would have raised children, woven baskets, and
embroidered pretty patterns. Their faith would not have been very
different from hers. They would have gone to church and worshipped
God as their European conquistadors did, but they still held onto
animistic beliefs that they had inherited from their ancestors.
Picking up her basket, she sighed; for nothing much had changed in
all these years.
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Pray for a radical spiritual transformation among the Santa María
Quiegolani Zapotec people that will change their communities
forever. Pray that this people group will come to know,
experience, and love the Lord Jesus Christ as their only Lord and
Luke 6:26, NET
Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for their ancestors
did the same things to the false prophets.
It would be easy for indigenous people in Mexico to be satisfied
with their twisted form of Christianity. Neighbors will speak well
of them if they go to mass, perform the rituals, and devote their
lives to lesser things. But God sees these things very
Pray for workers in Mexico to find those who will seek the true
and living God even if it means losing face and status in their
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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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O God, restore us And cause
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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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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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