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We will be
satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, Thy holy temple.
ONE thing I have asked
from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to meditate
in His temple.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they
shall be satisfied.--He HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; AND SENT
AWAY THE RICH EMPTY-HANDED.
He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled
with what is good.--I am the bread of life: he who comes to Me shall not
hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
How precious is Thy lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men
take refuge in the shadow of Thy wings. They drink their fill of the
abundance of Thy house; and Thou dost give them to drink of the river of Thy
delights. For with Thee is the fountain of life; In Thy light we see light.
Ps. 65.4. Ps. 27.4. Mt. 5.6.--Lk. 1.53. Ps. 107.9--Jn 6.35. Ps. 36.7-9.
WHAT use is it, my
brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith
save him? Faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had
received the promises was offering up his only begotten son... He considered
that God is able to raise men even from the dead --Was not Abraham our
father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? Ye
see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone.
One who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and
abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer,
this man shall be blessed in what he does.
"So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to
Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will
of My Father who is in heaven.--If you know these things, you are blessed if
you do them.
Jn 16.31. Jas 2.14, 17. Heb 11.17-19.--
Jas 2.21, 24 Jas 1.25. Mt 7.20, 21.-- Jn 13.17.
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by F. B. Meyer
THE MESSAGE OF THE SERAPHIM
"Then flew one of the
Seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand.., and said, lo
this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and
thy sin purged."--
Isa 6:6, 7.
EACH SERAPH had six wings.
"With twain he covered his face." Here was Reverence, which is one
of the noblest traits in character, whether angelic or human. The
statesman who beneath human movements set himself to understand
the Divine purpose. The artist, whether in music, poetry or
painting, who discovers a Presence which fills him with elevated
and pure ideals. The scientist who compares himself to a child
gathering pebbles on the shores of a boundless ocean. These
resemble the Seraphim with their veiled faces.
"With twain they covered
their feet"--Self-effacement and Humility. If we begin to think
and talk of ourselves, we prove that we are second-rate. We may be
attractive and useful, but we have not attained the first and
best. The angels forgot themselves in their absorbing love for
God. When shall we forget ourselves in His constraining love, so
as not to live to ourselves, but to Him who died for us and rose
"With twain they did
fly"--Obedient Service. The third part of our energy should be
spent thus. Two-thirds of communion and worship must work
themselves out in service, else we become dreamy mystics. Such
life becomes contagious--"One cried to another." There is always a
cry going forth from the eager soul which is right with God, and
this awakens response in others and stirs them to service. One
bird in the woodlands singing at dawn will wake the whole
forest-glade to music. The Seraphim declared that the whole earth
was full of God's glory!
The prophet saw his need of
cleansing: "Woe is me! I am a man of unclean lips." We do not need
to agonize with God for cleansing, but to open our hearts in
confession. Immediately one of the Seraphim will fly to meet our
need. Nay, the Lord Himself--Lo, this live coal, saturated with
blood and steeped in flame, which combines Calvary and Pentecost,
hath cleansed our iniquity and purged our sin! Then we shall cry:
"Here am I; send me." Redeemed, forgiven, and cleansed sinners
make the best evangelists!
Give us, O Lord, more than
an angel's love, for Thou hast redeemed us. Give us the swiftness
of an angel's obedience; may we do Thy commandments, and hearken
to the voice of Thy word. Cleanse us from all iniquity and purge
us from sin, and use us in Thy service. 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)
Know How to Wait
"He that believeth shall not make haste" (Isaiah 28:16).
He shall make haste to keep the LORD's commandments; but he shall not make
haste in any impatient or improper sense. He shall not haste to run away,
for he shall not be overcome with the fear which causes panic. When others
are flying hither and thither as if their wits had failed them, the
believer shall be quiet, calm, and deliberate, and so shall be able to act
wisely in the hour of trial. He shall not haste in his expectations,
craving his good things at once and on the spot, but he will wait God's
time. Some are in a desperate hurry to have the bird in the hand, for they
regard the LORD's promise as a bird in the bush, not likely to be theirs.
Believers know how to wait. . He shall not haste by plunging into wrong or
questionable action. Unbelief must be doing something, and thus it works
its own undoing; but faith makes no more haste than good speed, and thus
it is not forced to go back sorrowfully by the way which it followed
heedlessly. How is it with me? Am I believing, and am I therefore keeping
to the believer's peace, which is walking with God? Peace, fluttering
spirit! Oh, rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him! Heart, see that
thou do this at once.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, Nov 29
“Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people ...
Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon
Leviticus 19:16, 17
Tale-bearing emits a threefold poison; for it injures the teller,
the hearer, and the person concerning whom the tale is told. Whether
the report be true or false, we are by this precept of God’s Word
forbidden to spread it. The reputations of the Lord’s people should
be very precious in our sight, and we should count it shame to help
the devil to dishonour the Church and the name of the Lord. Some
tongues need a bridle rather than a spur. Many glory in pulling down
their brethren, as if thereby they raised themselves. Noah’s wise
sons cast a mantle over their father, and he who exposed him earned
a fearful curse. We may ourselves one of these dark days need
forbearance and silence from our brethren, let us render it
cheerfully to those who require it now. Be this our family rule, and
our personal bond—Speak evil of no man.
The Holy Spirit, however, permits us to censure sin, and prescribes
the way in which we are to do it. It must be done by rebuking our
brother to his face, not by railing behind his back. This course is
manly, brotherly, Christlike, and under God’s blessing will be
useful. Does the flesh shrink from it? Then we must lay the greater
stress upon our conscience, and keep ourselves to the work, lest by
suffering sin upon our friend we become ourselves partakers of it.
Hundreds have been saved from gross sins by the timely, wise,
affectionate warnings of faithful ministers and brethren. Our Lord
Jesus has set us a gracious example of how to deal with erring
friends in his warning given to Peter, the prayer with which he
preceded it, and the gentle way in which he bore with Peter’s
boastful denial that he needed such a caution.
Evening, Nov 29
“Spices for anointing oil.”
Much use was made of this anointing oil under the law, and that
which it represents is of primary importance under the gospel. The
Holy Spirit, who anoints us for all holy service, is indispensable
to us if we would serve the Lord acceptably. Without his aid our
religious services are but a vain oblation, and our inward
experience is a dead thing. Whenever our ministry is without
unction, what miserable stuff it becomes! nor are the prayers,
praises, meditations, and efforts of private Christians one jot
superior. A holy anointing is the soul and life of piety, its
absence the most grievous of all calamities. To go before the Lord
without anointing is as though some common Levite had thrust
himself into the priest’s office—his ministrations would rather
have been sins than services. May we never venture upon hallowed
exercises without sacred anointings. They drop upon us from our
glorious Head; from his anointing we who are as the skirts of his
garments partake of a plenteous unction. Choice spices were
compounded with rarest art of the apothecary to form the anointing
oil, to show forth to us how rich are all the influences of the
Holy Spirit. All good things are found in the divine Comforter.
Matchless consolation, infallible instruction, immortal
quickening, spiritual energy, and divine sanctification all lie
compounded with other excellencies in that sacred eye-salve, the
heavenly anointing oil of the Holy Spirit. It imparts a delightful
fragrance to the character and person of the man upon whom it is
poured. Nothing like it can be found in all the treasuries of the
rich, or the secrets of the wise. It is not to be imitated. It
comes alone from God, and it is freely given, through Jesus
Christ, to every waiting soul. Let us seek it, for we may have it,
may have it this very evening. O Lord, anoint thy servants.
NOVEMBER The Twenty-ninth
TRANSFORMING OUR FOES
Matthew 5:38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48.
"LOVE your enemies.”
It must be the aim of a Christian to make his enemy lovely. It is not my
supreme business to secure my safety, but to remove his ugliness. He may
only annoy me, but he is destroying himself. He may injure my reputation;
but far worse, he is blighting his own character. Therefore must I seek to
remove the greater thing, the corrosive malady in his own soul. I must
make it my purpose to recover his loveliness, and restore the lost
likeness of the Lord.
And only love can make things lovely. Revenge can never do it. Even duty
will fail in the gracious work. There is a final touch, a consummate
bloom, to which duty can never attain, and which is only attainable by
love. All love’s ministries are creative of loveliness. Wherever her
finger rests, something exquisite is born. Love is a great magician: she
transforms the desert into a garden, and she makes the wilderness blossom
like the rose.
But where shall we get the love wherewith to make our enemy lovely? From
the great Lover Himself. “We love, because He first loved us.” The great
Lover will love love into us! And we, too, shall become fountains of love,
for our Lord will open “rivers in the high places, and fountains in the
midst of the valleys.”
"Year Book" 1895
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding
greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves!" 2
Earthly success is not the test of spiritual life. Sometimes
failure is better than success! God can do more with our
weakness—than with our strength. Paul learned that when he was
weak in himself—then he was strong, because then the strength of
Christ rested on him in fuller measure. Sometimes we do more
effective work, when we seem to fail—than when we appear to get
through victoriously. Many a preacher has learned that his best
sermons are not those he thinks the best. Ofttimes when he has
failed in making his discourse, it has accomplished more than any
of his finer sermons on which he prided himself.
It has been said that some of the greatest treasures in
heaven—will be the blunders which God's children have made, when
trying to show their love. A mother said that the most sacred
treasure in her home was a puckered handkerchief which her little
girl, now in heaven, had tried to hem for her.
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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
“Keep going, gypsies!” the man yelled. “Take your goats away from
here!” another man shouted, shooing them away with his arm.
Young Aqeel looked at his father with tears in his eyes. “Why do
they hate us?” His father who was already moving the flock of
goats further up the road shook his head and tried to smile. “They
don’t hate us. We are just not important to them.” “Why?” “Because
we are Pawinda. We are nomads.” “What does that mean,
father—nomads?” “It means… well… son, you know that we spend
summers in Afghanistan and winters in the Punjab?” The boy nodded
and replied, “We are always moving.” The father said, “That’s what
it means to be a nomad; our home is wherever we put up our tents.”
The Pawinda of Afghanistan and Pakistan are viewed as gypsies and
considered unimportant by many people in this region. They have no
rights of settlement and must move through the area, staying only
three days in one place at a time.
Because of their location and nomadic lifestyle, the Pawinda are
very difficult to reach with the gospel message. It will take
people willing to live an uncertain life, moving from place to
place to reach them for Christ.
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for workers to use radio, Internet, the JESUS Film and other
creative methods to share the good news with the Pawinda people.
Pray for believers to find ways to demonstrate Christ’s love to
the Pawindas and let them know they are very important to God.
In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to
Your Name forever.
No matter how intelligent, competent or skilled one may be, we
cannot boast. God can humble us in a moment if He chooses to do
so. All we can do is thank Him for what He has given us.
Think of the reasons you should thank the Lord. Make it a practice
to thank Him throughout the day. Make this truly a day of
Pray that the Pawinda people will boast in the true God and thank
Him continually for saving and loving them.
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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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