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weighs the hearts.
THE LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way
of the wicked will perish --The LORD will show who is
His, and who is holy -- Your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and
know my anxious thoughts and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead
me in the everlasting way --There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casts out fear.
Lord, all my desire is
before Thee and my sighing is not hidden from Thee --When my spirit was
overwhelmed within me, Thou didst know my path --He Who searches the hearts
knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God
The firm foundation of God stands, having this seal,
The Lord knows those who are His and, Let everyone who names the name of the
Lord abstain from wickedness
Pr. 21.2. Ps. 1.6.--Nu. 16.5.--
Mt. 6.4. Ps. 139.23, 24.--1Jn 4.18.
Ps. 38.9.--Ps. 142.3.--Ro. 8.27. 2Ti. 2.19.
Weeping may last for the night, but
a shout of joy comes in the morning
NO man may be
disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been
destined for this. For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in
advance that we were going to suffer affliction --In Me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the
I will be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake --The night is
almost gone, the day is at hand.--He is as the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without
clouds, when the tender grass springs out of the earth, through sunshine
He will swallow up death for all time, and the
Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces --There shall be no longer be
any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the
first things have passed away.--We who are alive and remain shall be caught
up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we
shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these
Ps. 30.5. 1Th. 3.3, 4.--Jn
Ps. 17.15.--Ro. 13.12.--2Sa. 23.4.
Is. 25.8.--Re. 21.4.--1Th. 4.17, 18.
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by F. B. Meyer
"Thou shalt remember all the way
which the Lord thy God hath led thee these forty years."--
THE KEYNOTE of this chapter is
"Remember!" Faith begins without certain evidence of an external and
positive kind, but as life advances, one day after another adds the weight
of its indisputable testimony. If we step out on the supposition that
there is an eternal and spiritual world enwrapping us on all sides, we
shall come to so clear and distinct an assurance of it, that it would be
easier to doubt our existence. It is a good thing to look back and see the
way; it is as certain as possible that the thread of Divine purpose is
stringing together the many-coloured links of our life.
Notice the alliteration of
"Who led thee"; "Who fed thee." Where God leads, He feeds! Look back on
the past, and see that just as sure as the guidance of God, has been His
care. There is no lack to those who allow Him to lead them in His own
Look back on the past!--Its sins and
backslidings--leave them behind for ever, and rise to newness of life. Its
discipline--intended to chasten and strengthen us. Its trials--meant to
reveal God's power to deliver in the hour of trouble that we may glorify
Him. The terrible wilderness of loneliness, the fiery serpents of
temptation, the manna which has never failed to fail, the water which the
Rock has ever yielded.
teach us the lesson of humility. If, for some reason, you have been put
into a position of wealth, honour, or influence, do not be proud, or think
that your talents or abilities are to receive the praise. Thank God, and
remember that it is He who gives the power to get wealth or honour, and He
does it with a very definite purpose! Will you not pledge yourself to
serve and worship Him? As you climb the crest of the hill, and begin to
descend into the plain, not knowing what lies before, veiled in the mist,
fear not, tighten your girdle, put your hand in His, and walk with Him to
be His instrument to bless the world of men.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet;
Lest we forget--lest we forget!
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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)
Reward Is Certain
whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold
water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in
no wise lose his reward" (Matthew 10:42).
Well, I can do as much as that. I can do a kind act toward the LORD's
servant. The LORD knows l love them all and would count it an honor to
wash their feet. For the sake of their Master, I love the disciples. How
gracious of the LORD to mention so insignificant an action -- "to give to
drink a cup of cold water only"! This I can do, however poor: this I may
do, however lowly: this I will do right cheerfully. This, which seems so
little, the LORD notices -- notices when done to the least of His
followers. Evidently it is not the cost, nor the skill, nor the quantity,
that He looks at, but the motive: that which we do to a disciple, because
he is a disciple, his LORD observes and recompenses. He does not reward us
for the merit of what we do but according to His riches of His grace. I
give a cup of cold water, and He makes me to drink of living water. I give
to one of His little ones, and He treats me as one of them. Jesus finds an
apology for His liberality in that which His grace has led me to do, and
He says, "He shall in no wise lose his reward."
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, Sept 16
“Partakers of the divine nature.”
2 Peter 1:4
To be a partaker of the divine nature is not, of course, to become
God. That cannot be. The essence of Deity is not to be participated
in by the creature. Between the creature and the Creator there must
ever be a gulf fixed in respect of essence; but as the first man
Adam was made in the image of God, so we, by the renewal of the Holy
Spirit, are in a yet diviner sense made in the image of the Most
High, and are partakers of the divine nature. We are, by grace, made
like God. “God is love”; we become love—“He that loveth is born of
God.” God is truth; we become true, and we love that which is true:
God is good, and he makes us good by his grace, so that we become
the pure in heart who shall see God. Moreover, we become partakers
of the divine nature in even a higher sense than this—in fact, in as
lofty a sense as can be conceived, short of our being absolutely
divine. Do we not become members of the body of the divine person of
Christ? Yes, the same blood which flows in the head flows in the
hand: and the same life which quickens Christ quickens his people,
for “Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Nay, as
if this were not enough, we are married unto Christ. He hath
betrothed us unto himself in righteousness and in faithfulness, and
he who is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Oh! marvellous
mystery! we look into it, but who shall understand it? One with
Jesus—so one with him that the branch is not more one with the vine
than we are a part of the Lord, our Saviour, and our Redeemer! While
we rejoice in this, let us remember that those who are made
partakers of the divine nature will manifest their high and holy
relationship in their intercourse with others, and make it evident
by their daily walk and conversation that they have escaped the
corruption that is in the world through lust. O for more divine
holiness of life!
Evening, Sept 16
Am I a sea,
or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?”
This was a strange question for Job to ask of
the Lord. He felt himself to be too
insignificant to be so strictly watched and
chastened, and he hoped that he was not so
unruly as to need to be so restrained. The
enquiry was natural from one surrounded with
such insupportable miseries, but after all, it
is capable of a very humbling answer. It is true
man is not the sea, but he is even more
troublesome and unruly. The sea obediently
respects its boundary, and though it be but a
belt of sand, it does not overleap the limit.
Mighty as it is, it hears the divine hitherto,
and when most raging with tempest it respects
the word; but self-willed man defies heaven and
oppresses earth, neither is there any end to
this rebellious rage. The sea, obedient to the
moon, ebbs and flows with ceaseless regularity,
and thus renders an active as well as a passive
obedience; but man, restless beyond his sphere,
sleeps within the lines of duty, indolent where
he should be active. He will neither come nor go
at the divine command, but sullenly prefers to
do what he should not, and to leave undone that
which is required of him. Every drop in the
ocean, every beaded bubble, and every yeasty
foam-flake, every shell and pebble, feel the
power of law, and yield or move at once. O that
our nature were but one thousandth part as much
conformed to the will of God! We call the sea
fickle and false, but how constant it is! Since
our fathers’ days, and the old time before them,
the sea is where it was, beating on the same
cliffs to the same tune; we know where to find
it, it forsakes not its bed, and changes not in
its ceaseless boom; but where is man-vain,
fickle man? Can the wise man guess by what folly
he will next be seduced from his obedience? We
need more watching than the billowy sea, and are
far more rebellious. Lord, rule us for thine own
SEPTEMBER The Sixteenth
THE STEADFASTNESS OF THE LORD
“My covenant shall stand fast.”
—Psalm 139:19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.
MUCH a divine assurance ought to make me perfectly quiet in spirit.
Restlessness in a Christian always spells disloyalty. The uncertainty is
born of suspicion. There is a rift in the faith, and the disturbing breath
of the devil blows through, and destroys my peace. If I am sure of my
great Ally, my heart will not be troubled, neither will it be afraid.
And such a divine assurance ought to make me bold in will and majestic in
labour. I ought to be inventive in chivalrous enterprise, and I ought to
covet the hardest parts of the field. If the mighty Ally will never fail,
I should never be afraid of the marshalled hosts of wickedness. “One with
God is in a majority.” “He always wins who sides with God.” “The Lord is
on my side, whom shall I fear?”
And such a divine assurance ought to give me a kingly demeanour. The
members of the Court acquire a certain stateliness by their lofty
fellowship. And, surely, one who walks with God should be characterized by
something of the Divine glory, and men should know that his acquaintances
are found in the courts of heaven.
"Year Book" 1895
"Blessed are you who are poor, because the kingdom of God is
yours!" Luke 6:20
The blessed ones of the Bible, are not those whom this world
considers happy. Indeed, in the opinion of worldlings, those whom
Christ calls blessed, have a dreary life. He says the meek are
blessed, the poor in spirit, the pure in heart, the peacemakers,
those who mourn, and those who are persecuted for righteousness'
sake. It would be hard to convince the man of this world—that
these are the really blessed ones. But that is the way it appears
to the eyes that look down from heaven—and that is the standard of
life by which we must be measured in the divine judgment.
It is assuring to hear Jesus himself speak beatitudes for men. He
knew who really are the blessed. He knew the difference between
the earthly ideals of happiness, and the heavenly ideals. We may
safely trust his estimates, and know that they are right. We know,
too, that he came into this world to make blessedness possible for
men who were lost in sin. On the cross he died to make men happy.
It is pleasant to remember, too, that the last glimpse this world
had of Jesus—he was in the attitude of blessing men. He had his
hands stretched out over his disciples when he began to ascend.
Ever since that moment, blessings have been raining down from
those pierced hands upon a sorrowing earth. Those who do not
receive blessings shut their hearts against them.
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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
- Kashyap Rajputs
Andup counted the coins he had already made that day: 120 rupees.
It was quite early in the morning for his roadside restaurant to
have made so much money. He looked at the picture on the cover of
that morning’s newspaper that lay on the counter. The photo was of
Anurag Kashyap, the famous movie director, producer, and
screenplay writer. Andup looked up as an older man dragged in a
small group of teary-eyed girls dressed in clean outfits. Andup
guessed that these unhappy looking girls would be trafficked; he
couldn’t be certain. But he was certain he might make as much as
200 rupees cooking for the group.
In today’s India the Kashyap Rajputs dominate the roadside
restaurant industry. The less fortunate members of the community
work as landless agricultural laborers. They are found throughout
the state of Haryana, and they speak Haryanvii, a dialect of
The Kashyap Rajput community is divided between Hindus and Sikhs.
No one who follows Christ lives among them, and there is no known
specific outreach to this community. Nevertheless, an indigenous
ministry, the Native Missionary Movement, works in the state of
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Indian believers will be drawn into the Kashyap
restaurants and then speak boldly to them about the hope they have
in Jesus. Pray that the Kashyap Rajputs will also speak up in
defense of victims of the traffickers that visit their roadside
restaurants. Pray that the Kashyap will embrace the hope of Christ
when they learn about Him.
1 Thessalonians 1:5, NIV
The goal of world evangelization will never be achieved by the
brilliance of human strategy, the wisdom of cultural adaptation,
or the power and effort of human determination; nevertheless, each
of these elements has its place in God’s plan. Only God’s Holy
Spirit, moving and working among hearts in each people group, will
accomplish their evangelization. He also uses the available humans
that have yielded to His purposes.
Pray that believers in India and all over the world will be
sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance so that the Great
Commission will be fulfilled.
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hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?
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revival is failure to pray, to plead, to intercede, to cry out.
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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