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October 31, Evening
by might, nor by power, but by my
spirit, saith the LORD
WHO hath directed the Spirit of the LORD,
or being his counsellor hath taught him?
God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and
God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which
are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised,
hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought
things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but
canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that
is born of the Spirit.--Born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God.
My spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.--The battle is not yours,
The LORD saveth not with sword
and spear: for the battle is the LORD's.
Zech 4.6. Isa 40.13. 1 Co. 1.27-29.
Jn 3.8.--Jn 1.13. Hag. 2.5.--
2 Ch. 20.15. 1 Sa. 17.47.
word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. So shall I have
wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to
hope.--Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.--The
law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
For ever, O LORD, thy word is
settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations.
God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the
heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an
oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for
God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to
lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor
of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the
veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.
Exceeding great and precious promises.
Ps. 119.38, 42, 49, 54, 72, 89, 90.
Heb 6.17, 18, 19, 20. 2 Pe 1.4.
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GIVING GOD PLEASURE
"The Lord taketh
pleasure in them that fear Him."--Ps. 147:11.
GOD TAKES pleasure in our faith. "Without faith it is impossible to please
Him"; but surely the alternative is true, that our faith is precious in
His sight, though it be only as the touch of the hem of His garment.
God works in us to
will and to do of His good pleasure. The Apostle says that we ought to
walk so as to please God. How can we walk thus? it is not within our
power. But how blessed to know that if only we will work out what He works
in, and abandon ourselves to Him, He will perfect us in every good work to
do His Hill (Heb. 13:21).
There are many ways
in which we may please God. Generosity is a sacrifice well-pleasing and
acceptable unto God; obedience is well-pleasing unto the Lord; a holy and
humble walk with God, like Enoch's, will elicit this testimony, that it
has pleased God. Let us not disappoint Him, but "walk worthy of the Lord
unto all pleasing."
O God, we pray that Thou wouldst make us what Thou wouldst have us become,
that we may perfectly please Thee, and worthily magnify Thy Holy Name.
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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)
not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD" (Psalm 118:17).
A fair assurance this! It was no doubt based upon a promise, inwardly
whispered in the psalmist's heart, which he seized upon and enjoyed. Is my
case like that of David? Am I depressed because the enemy affronts me? Are
there multitudes against me and few on my side? Does unbelief bid me lie
down and die in despair-a defeated, dishonored man? Do my enemies begin to
dig my grave? What then? Shall I yield to the whisper of fear, and give up
the battle, and with it give up all hope? Far from it. There is life in me
yet: "I shall not die." Vigor will return and remove my weakness: "I shall
live." The LORD lives, and I shall live also. My mouth shall again be
opened: "I shall declare the works of Jehovah." Yes, and I shall speak of
the present trouble as another instance of the wonder-working faithfulness
and love of the LORD my God. Those who would gladly measure me for my
coffin had better wait a bit, for "the LORD hath chastened me sore, but he
hath not given me over unto death." Glory be to His name forever! I am
immortal till my work is done. Till the LORD wills it, no vault can close
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, October 31
“Renew a right spirit within me.”
A backslider, if there be a spark of life left in him will groan
after restoration. In this renewal the same exercise of grace is
required as at our conversion. We needed repentance then; we
certainly need it now. We wanted faith that we might come to Christ
at first; only the like grace can bring us to Jesus now. We wanted a
word from the Most High, a word from the lip of the loving One, to
end our fears then; we shall soon discover, when under a sense of
present sin, that we need it now. No man can be renewed without as
real and true a manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s energy as he felt
at first, because the work is as great, and flesh and blood are as
much in the way now as ever they were. Let thy personal weakness, O
Christian, be an argument to make thee pray earnestly to thy God for
help. Remember, David when he felt himself to be powerless, did not
fold his arms or close his lips, but he hastened to the mercy-seat
with “renew a right spirit within me.” Let not the doctrine that
you, unaided, can do nothing, make you sleep; but let it be a goad
in your side to drive you with an awful earnestness to Israel’s
strong Helper. O that you may have grace to plead with God, as
though you pleaded for your very life—“Lord, renew a right spirit
within me.” He who sincerely prays to God to do this, will prove his
honesty by using the means through which God works. Be much in
prayer; live much upon the Word of God; kill the lusts which have
driven your Lord from you; be careful to watch over the future
uprisings of sin. The Lord has his own appointed ways; sit by the
wayside and you will be ready when he passes by. Continue in all
those blessed ordinances which will foster and nourish your dying
graces; and, knowing that all the power must proceed from him, cease
not to cry, “Renew a right spirit within me.”
Evening, October 31
I did know thee in the
wilderness, in the land of great drought.”
Yes, Lord, thou didst indeed know me in my fallen state, and thou
didst even then choose me for thyself. When I was loathsome and
self-abhorred, thou didst receive me as thy child, and thou didst
satisfy my craving wants. Blessed forever be thy name for this free,
rich, abounding mercy. Since then, my inward experience has often
been a wilderness; but thou hast owned me still as thy beloved, and
poured streams of love and grace into me to gladden me, and make me
fruitful. Yea, when my outward circumstances have been at the worst,
and I have wandered in a land of drought, thy sweet presence has
solaced me. Men have not known me when scorn has awaited me, but
thou hast known my soul in adversities, for no affliction dims the
lustre of thy love. Most gracious Lord, I magnify thee for all thy
faithfulness to me in trying circumstances, and I deplore that I
should at any time have forgotten thee and been exalted in heart,
when I have owed all to thy gentleness and love. Have mercy upon thy
servant in this thing!
My soul, if Jesus thus acknowledged thee in thy low estate, be sure
that thou own both himself and his cause now that thou art in thy
prosperity. Be not lifted up by thy worldly successes so as to be
ashamed of the truth or of the poor church with which thou hast been
associated. Follow Jesus into the wilderness: bear the cross with
him when the heat of persecution grows hot. He owned thee, O my
soul, in thy poverty and shame—never be so treacherous as to be
ashamed of him. O for more shame at the thought of being ashamed of
my best Beloved! Jesus, my soul cleaveth to thee.
“I'll turn to thee in days of light,
As well as nights of care,
Thou brightest amid all that’s bright!
Thou fairest of the fair!”
TWO GREAT MYSTERIES
THIS is an unutterable mystery, that a man can close his life against God.
“Israel would have none of Me.” We can shut out God as we can shut out the
pure air. We can bar His entrance just as we can exclude the light from
the chamber. And then the pity is, we can deceive ourselves into believing
that the air is perfectly fresh and that the room is flooded with light.
We lose our fine discernment, and we call evil good, and the darkness we
call day. If we “refuse to have God” in our thoughts God gives us over to
a “reprobate mind.”
And it is an equally unutterable mystery that a man can open his life to
the entertainment of Almighty God. “I will dwell with them!” That is my
supreme honour, that the Lord will be my guest. I can “hearken” to Him,
and “talk” to Him, and “walk” with Him. And He offers me protection. He
will “subdue my enemies.” And He offers me unfailing provision. The Guest
becomes the Host! I put my little upon the table, and lo! I find that “the
cruse of oil fails not, and the meal in the barrel is not consumed!”
"Year Book" 1895
"May He incline our hearts toward Him—to walk in all His ways and
to keep His commands, ordinances, and judgments." 1 Kings 8:58
We must be obedient and faithful—or else we forfeit the divine
promises. We are "prone to wander" from God; our hearts are
deceitful and incline to lead us away. Hence this prayer is a fit
one to be always on our lips—that God may incline our hearts unto
him, to walk in all his ways, to keep his commandments.
We are charged to keep our heart with all diligence. The heart is
the fountain of all motive and action, and therefore it must be
under constant guard. We in our weakness, cannot keep it
ourselves, and hence the need of divine keeping.
Fenelon's prayer was, "Lord take my heart—for I cannot give it to
you; and when you have it, oh, keep it—for I cannot keep it for
you; and save me in spite of myself, for Jesus Christ's sake.
Amen." This is a good daily prayer for any of us. God will never
compel us to be obedient; but he will grant to us the grace of his
Holy Spirit, if we ask for it, and will incline us, draw us, help
us. We need, therefore, to pray continually to him—to throw over
us the mystic influence of his Spirit that we may seek to walk in
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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
- South Asian Concern
How are believers going to reach the Urdu-speaking South Asians
for Christ in a place like Pakistan where missionary visas are
highly restricted? It could be that these Muslim South Asians can
be reached in Europe where missionary visas are not a serious
restriction. There are about 100,000 Pakistani nationals in Greece
alone, not to mention the rest of Europe. Other Pakistanis live in
Barcelona, Spain and England in large numbers.
South Asian Concern, a British-based network for reaching South
Asians in England, is hoping to see Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims
reached in other parts of the continent. Consider this common
scenario: unreached high caste Hindus have received an education
so they can work in the IT industry in England or France. They
then find jobs in England or other parts of Europe and the West.
Punjabi Sikh Jats, among the world’s most skilled agricultural
workers, are developing the cheese industry in northern Italy.
Other South Asians who are less fortunate are trafficked into
Italy or Greece where they find employment.
As unreached South Asians begin to spread out on the European
continent, they can be reached for Christ by any one of the 40
members of the South Asian European Network (From an April, 2014
South Asian Concern Newsletter).
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move some of England’s 70,000 South
Asian believers to reach out to Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs on the
continent. Pray for the efforts of those who are trying to find
more South Asians who live in Europe and reach them for Christ.
Psalms 34:18, ESV
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in
In every culture there are people who are brokenhearted and
crushed in spirit. These suffering people are often ready for
spiritual change. Who can be more crushed in spirit,
brokenhearted, and open to God’s Word than someone who has just
left his family to find work on a distant continent?
Pray that the brokenhearted and spiritually crushed among the
South Asians in Europe will look to Jesus to heal their hearts and
purify their spiritual conditions.
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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?
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doesn't need to pray. The self-sufficient doesn't want to
self-righteous cannot pray!
Paulus commented: "Those three
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self-sufficient that we think we don't need revival, and so
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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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