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I will raise up a Prophet from among their
countrymen like you and I will put My words in his mouth
between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the
LORD; for you were afraid.-- There is one God, and one mediator also between
God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of
the earth. --Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and
humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.-- Have this
attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He
existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be
grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being
made in the likeness of men.
Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those
things which were to be spoken later;
6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house whose house we are, if we
hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
18.18. Dt. 5.5.--1Ti. 2.5.
Nu. 12.3.--Mt. 11.29.--Php 2.5-7. --Heb. 3.5, 6.
remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will
establish an everlasting covenant with you.
For by one offering He has perfected for all time those
who are sanctified.-- He is able to save forever those who draw near to God
through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.-- I know
whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have
entrusted to Him until that day.
The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.--Who shall separate us from the love of
Christ?-- The Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and
shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every
tear from their eyes. -- Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore
comfort one another with these words.
This is no place of rest.--For here we do not have a
lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.
2.16. Ezek. 16.60. Heb. 10.14.--
Heb. 7.25.--2Ti. 1.12. Ro. 11.29.--
Ro. 8.35.--Rev 7.17.--1Th. 4.17, 18.
Mic. 2.10.--Heb. 13.14.
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by F. B. Meyer
"Praise waiteth for Thee, O God, in
Sion; and unto Thee shall the vow be performed. O Thou that hearest prayer,
unto Thee shall all flesh come."--
WHAT RAPTURES there are here! It
reminds one of a lark at dawn filling regions of air with music which
threatens to rend its tiny throat. The Psalmist is in fellowship with God.
He is enjoying his prayer and praise so much that it seemed to him as though
all flesh must wake up to enjoy it also. His iniquities and transgressions
are purged away. He feels that God is causing him to approach into His
secret place, and all nature takes on a new radiance and beauty.
The personal pronouns for God--Thou,
Thee, Thy, occur at least twenty times in thirteen verses! We remember that
Wordsworth speaks of a Presence that rolls through all things: "A sense
sublime of something deeply interfused, whose dwelling is the light of
setting suns, and the round ocean, and the living air, and the blue sky--a
motion and a spirit." The poet was a lover of the meadows, and the woods,
To many of us, also, Nature seems but
the slight covering or garment, which only partially, conceals the glory and
beauty of God's Presence. The bush still burns with fire. The
mountain-heights are filled with the horses and chariots of angelic
guardians. "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth
His handiwork." There is no voice or language that the ordinary sense of man
can detect, but when our hearts are clean, and our ears open, we realize
that we are in touch with Him whom some day we shall see face to face, but
who even now reveals Himself to the pure in heart (Mat 5:8).
O God our Heavenly Father, renew in us
the sense of Thy gracious Presence, and let it be a constant impulse within
us to peace, trustfulness, and courage on our pilgrimage. AMEN.
by C H Spurgeon
(Read C H Spurgeon's testimony
- It is miraculous as is EVERY testimony of the new birth)
He Never Fails
"l will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee"
This word to Joshua is often quoted; it is the basis of that New
Testament word "He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake
Beloved, a life of warfare is before us, but the LORD of Hosts is
with us. Are we called to lead a great but fickle people? This
promise guarantees us all the wisdom and prudence that we shall
need. Have we to contend with cunning and powerful enemies? Here
is strength and valor, prowess and victory. Have we a vast
heritage to win? By this sign we shall achieve our purpose; the
LORD Himself is with us.
It would be woe to us indeed if Jehovah could fail us; but, as
this can never be, the winds of disquietude are laid to sleep in
the caverns of divine faithfulness. On no one occasion will the
LORD desert us. Happen what may, He will be at our side. Friends
drop from us, their help is but an April shower; but God is
faithful, Jesus is the same forever, and the Holy Spirit abideth
Come, my heart, be calm and hopeful today. Clouds may gather, but
the LORD can blow them away. Since God will not fail me, my faith
shall not fail; and as He will not forsake me, neither will I
forsake Him. Oh, for a restful faith!
MORNING AND EVENING
Spurgeon's Morning Reading Evening, April 18
“She bound the scarlet line in
Rahab depended for her preservation upon the promise of the spies,
whom she looked upon as the representatives of the God of Israel.
Her faith was simple and firm, but it was very obedient. To tie
the scarlet line in the window was a very trivial act in itself,
but she dared not run the risk of omitting it. Come, my soul, is
there not here a lesson for thee? Hast thou been attentive to all
thy Lord’s will, even though some of his commands should seem
non-essential? Hast thou observed in his own way the two
ordinances of believers’ baptism and the Lord’s Supper? These
neglected, argue much unloving disobedience in thy heart. Be
henceforth in all things blameless, even to the tying of a thread,
if that be matter of command.
This act of Rahab sets forth a yet more solemn lesson. Have I
implicitly trusted in the precious blood of Jesus? Have I tied the
scarlet cord, as with a Gordian knot in my window, so that my
trust can never be removed? Or can I look out towards the Dead Sea
of my sins, or the Jerusalem of my hopes, without seeing the
blood, and seeing all things in connection with its blessed power?
The passer-by can see a cord of so conspicuous a colour, if it
hangs from the window: it will be well for me if my life makes the
efficacy of the atonement conspicuous to all onlookers. What is
there to be ashamed of? Let men or devils gaze if they will, the
blood is my boast and my song. My soul, there is One who will see
that scarlet line, even when from weakness of faith thou canst not
see it thyself; Jehovah, the Avenger, will see it and pass over
thee. Jericho’s walls fell flat: Rahab’s house was on the wall,
and yet it stood unmoved; my nature is built into the wall of
humanity, and yet when destruction smites the race, I shall be
secure. My soul, tie the scarlet thread in the window afresh, and
rest in peace.
Spurgeon's Evening Reading Evening, April 18
“And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good.”
When Jacob was on the other side of the brook Jabbok, and Esau was
coming with armed men, he earnestly sought God’s protection, and
as a master reason he pleaded, “And thou saidst, I will surely do
thee good.” Oh, the force of that plea! He was holding God to his
word—“Thou saidst.” The attribute of God’s faithfulness is a
splendid horn of the altar to lay hold upon; but the promise,
which has in it the attribute and something more, is a yet
mightier holdfast—“Thou saidst, I will surely do thee good.” And
has he said, and shall he not do it? “Let God be true, and every
man a liar.” Shall not he be true? Shall he not keep his word?
Shall not every word that cometh out of his lips stand fast and be
fulfilled? Solomon, at the opening of the temple, used this same
mighty plea. He pleaded with God to remember the word which he had
spoken to his father David, and to bless that place. When a man
gives a promissory note, his honour is engaged; he signs his hand,
and he must discharge it when the due time comes, or else he loses
credit. It shall never be said that God dishonours his bills. The
credit of the Most High never was impeached, and never shall be.
He is punctual to the moment: he never is before his time, but he
never is behind it. Search God’s word through, and compare it with
the experience of God’s people, and you shall find the two tally
from the first to the last. Many a hoary patriarch has said with
Joshua, “Not one thing hath failed of all the good things which
the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass.” If
you have a divine promise, you need not plead it with an “if,” you
may urge it with certainty. The Lord meant to fulfil the promise,
or he would not have given it. God does not give his words merely
to quiet us, and to keep us hopeful for awhile with the intention
of putting us off at last; but when he speaks, it is because he
means to do as he has said.
APRIL The Eighteenth
Philemon 1:10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.
THE Apostle Paul declares that benefits may be given in one of two
ways—“of necessity” and “willingly.” One is mechanical, the other is
spontaneous. I once saw a little table-fountain playing in a drawing-room,
but I heard the click of its machinery, and the charm was gone! It had to
be wound up before it would play, and at frequent periods it “ran down.” A
little later I saw another fountain playing on a green lawn, and it was
fed from the deep secret resources of the hills!
There is a generosity which is like the drawing-room fountain. If you
listen you can hear the mechanical click, and a sound of friction, arising
from murmuring and complaint. And there is a generosity which is like the
fountain that is the child of the hills. It is clear, and sweet, and
musical, and flows on through every season! One is “of necessity”; the
other is “willingly.” And “God loveth a cheerful giver.”
And prayer can be of the same two contrary orders. One prayer is
mechanical, it is hard, formal, metallic. The other is spontaneous,
forceful, and irresistible. Listen to the Pharisee—“Lord, I thank Thee
that I am not as other men are.” It is the click of the machine! Listen to
the publican—“God be merciful to me, a sinner!” It is the voice of the
"Year Book" 1895
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again!" John 11:23
There is wondrous music in these words, as they are spoken in the
ears of sorrowing ones beside the coffin and by the new-made
grave. It was a dim teaching in Martha's time—but soon afterward
that occurred which made it bright and clear as day. Jesus himself
lay in the grave, and then rose from death, walking forth in the
light and radiancy of immortal youth.
Christ was the first fruits of resurrection; that is, his
resurrection was a pledge as well as an example of the coming
resurrection of all who believe on him.
We have a right to lay flowers on the coffins of our Christian
dead. They will come forth in the beauty of new life. We open our
New Testament and see Jesus, after he had risen, away beyond
death. He has not been harmed by dying. No beam of the beauty of
his life is quenched. The threads of the earthly life are not
severed. He has not forgotten his friends—but takes up again the
old companionships and friendships. So will it be with our beloved
ones who sleep in Jesus. They will rise—and they will be the same
people we have known here, only they will be cleansed of their
earthliness, mortality and sinfulness. And they will not have
forgotten us. Love never fails. We shall resume friendship's story
on the other side!
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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
-Yadav People In Delhi, India
Since she arrived at the Delhi office at 8:30 AM, she had not had
a moment’s rest! After four hours of running around, she slumped
on the chair. Her eyes began to focus on the diploma that hung on
the opposite wall. It seemed to rise from the clinical green
walls, blurring all else, and began to narrate the story of her
Her father was a herdsman in a remote village in Bihar; He was
just like the other Yadavs in his village. He tended to a herd of
cows, and he sold the milk to make a living. However, he was
unlike the others in one key aspect; he wanted his daughter to go
to school, study hard, and make it.
Thus this Yadav girl from a remote village grew up to be the top
student in the university which enabled her to earn a scholarship
at a leading medical school in Delhi. She remembered with such
crystal clarity the day she received her diploma. Her proud father
cheered from his seat at the auditorium. Soon she began to work
for a world-renowned hospital in Delhi.
“Dr. Yadav, your father’s on the line,” said her assistant
bringing her back to the present as the framed diploma seemed to
disappear into the green wall. Taking the phone off the hook, she
greeted her father cheerily, “Namaste Pithaji….”
Pray that Yadavs in metropolitan cities like Delhi will come in
contact with followers of Christ who will share the gospel with
1Thessalonians 4:16-17, RSV
When Christ returns to earth, He will come with those believers
that are already dead and those believers who are alive at His
coming will be caught up together to meet Him. What a wonderful
future God promises to His followers. How sad that the majority of
the population in Delhi are Hindus and believe in multiple gods.
Pray that God will send dedicated believers to Delhi to spread the
good news that Christ died on the cross for their sins, making a
way for them to obtain eternal life with a loving God.-RR
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doesn't need to pray. The self-sufficient doesn't want to
self-righteous cannot pray!
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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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