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Let us run with
endurance the race that is set before us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the
Author and Perfecter of faith
IF anyone wishes to
come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow
Me --So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all
his own possessions -- Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and
put on the armor of light.
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. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I
box in such a way, as not beating the air but I buffet my body and make it
my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be
disqualified-- Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it
yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to
what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call
of God in Christ Jesus -- So let us...press on to know the LORD. His going
forth is as certain as the dawn and He will come to us like the rain, like
the spring rain watering the earth.
He 12.1, 2. Lk. 9.23.--Lk.
Ro. 13.12. 1Co. 9.25-27.--Php 3.13, 14.--
It is good for a man
that he should bear The yoke in his youth.
TRAIN up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not
depart from it.
we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we
respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of
spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best
to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I
keep Thy word. It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Thy
I know the plans that I have for you, declares the
LORD, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope
-- Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may
exalt you at the proper time -- Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled and
whoever humbles himself shall be exalted -- A man's pride will bring him
low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.
Lam 3.27 Pr. 22.6. He
Ps. 119.67, 71. Je 29.11.--1Pe. 5.6
-- Mt 23:12 -- Pr 29:23
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by F. B. Meyer
DESCENDING AND ASCENDING
"'He that descended is the same also
that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things."--
THIS IS an amazing verse! Why did our Lord descend? In
the Council-Chamber of Eternity, when the creation and fall of man were
foreseen, it was agreed that He should deliver man; but how could this be
effected, unless He had experienced conditions of human life? Mere power,
though it were that of Omnipotence, would not have availed. Even perfect
love might have failed in absolute sympathy, for lack of actual experience.
"Forasmuch, then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also
Himself took part in the same, that He might be a merciful and faithful High
Priest" (Heb 2:14-17).
How low did He descend? He bowed the
heavens, and came down, and darkness was under his feet. Down to the Virgin
Mother and the Manger-bed; down to Joseph's home in despised Nazareth, and
the carpenter's shop; down to hunger and thirst, to agony and bloody sweat,
to the Cross and Passion; down to Death and burial even in a borrowed tomb;
down to the dim shadow-world of Hades, to the spirits in prison, and if
there be any lower depth, thither!
But He ascended from these low depths,
with the keys of Death and Hades at His girdle. He ascended on high, leading
captivity captive; and as He passed upward, He annexed each province as He
went. This same Jesus who descended is now ascended, with no change in His
nature, that He may fill all hearts, all lives, all homes, with the grace
and love and help that He exhibited during His earthly ministry. When I saw
that, only the other day, I said to myself: "Jesus Christ is literally in
this room. It is true that He is at the right hand of God, but this is only
to allow Him the more easily to fill my heart, my need, my life. He is the
very same as when Martha and Mary welcomed Him to their home in Bethany. I
will read the Gospels again, not so much as a record of the past, but as a
mirror of the living present" (Heb 13:8).
Is there one person who reads this
page, in loneliness, poverty, sickness, sorrow, and pain, that can fail to
get this comfort? Read the Gospels again as the Diary and Day-Book of the
Living Saviour! He that descended is the same also that ascended; and He
ascended that He might fill the lowest depths of human need. Though ascended
to the right hand of the Majesty on high, He is the same loving, tender
Saviour as when the children flocked around His knees, and His tears brimmed
over at the grave of His friend.
I bless thee, O Son of God, that there
is no need for me to go up to Heaven to bring Thee down, or into Thy grave
to bring Thee up. Thou art here, in this hour, and at this place. 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)
A Heavenly Escort
"And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep
thee in all places whither thou goest" (Genesis 28:15).
Do we need journeying mercies? Here are choice ones -- God's presence and
preservation, In all places we need both of these, and in all places we
shall have them if we go at the call of duty, and not merely according to
our own fancy. Why should we look upon removal to another country as a
sorrowful necessity when it is laid upon us by the divine will? In all
lands the believer is equally a pilgrim and a stranger; and yet in every
region the LORD is His dwelling place, even as He has been to His saints
in all generations. We may miss the protection of an earthly monarch, but
when God says, "I will keep thee," we are in no real danger. This is a
blessed passport for a traveler and a heavenly escort for an emigrant.
Jacob had never left his father's room before; he had been a mother's boy
and not an adventurer tike his brother. Yet he went abroad, and God went
with him. He had little luggage and no attendants; yet no prince ever
journeyed with a nobler bodyguard. Even while he slept in the open field,
angels watched over him, and the LORD God spoke to him. If the LORD bids
us go, let us say with our LORD Jesus, "Arise, let us go hence."
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, January 30
“When thou hearest the sound of a
going in the tops of the mulberry trees, then thou shalt bestir
2 Samuel 5:24
The members of Christ’s Church should be very prayerful, always
seeking the unction of the Holy One to rest upon their hearts, that
the kingdom of Christ may come, and that his “will be done on earth,
even as it is in heaven;” but there are times when God seems
especially to favour Zion, such seasons ought to be to them like
“the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” We ought
then to be doubly prayerful, doubly earnest, wrestling more at the
throne than we have been wont to do. Action should then be prompt
and vigorous. The tide is flowing—now let us pull manfully for the
shore. O for Pentecostal outpourings and Pentecostal labours.
Christian, in yourself there are times “when thou hearest the sound
of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” You have a peculiar
power in prayer; the Spirit of God gives you joy and gladness; the
Scripture is open to you; the promises are applied; you walk in the
light of God’s countenance; you have peculiar freedom and liberty in
devotion, and more closeness of communion with Christ than was your
wont. Now, at such joyous periods when you hear the “sound of a
going in the tops of the mulberry trees,” is the time to bestir
yourself; now is the time to get rid of any evil habit, while God
the Spirit helpeth your infirmities. Spread your sail; but remember
what you sometimes sing—
“I can only spread the sail;
Thou! Thou! must breathe the auspicious gale.”
Only be sure you have the sail up. Do not miss the gale for want of
preparation for it. Seek help of God, that you may be more earnest
in duty when made more strong in faith; that you may be more
constant in prayer when you have more liberty at the throne; that
you may be more holy in your conversation whilst you live more
closely with Christ.
Evening, January 30
“In whom also we have obtained
When Jesus gave himself for us, he gave us all the rights and
privileges which went with himself; so that now, although as
eternal God, he has essential rights to which no creature may
venture to pretend, yet as Jesus, the Mediator, the federal head
of the covenant of grace, he has no heritage apart from us. All
the glorious consequences of his obedience unto death are the
joint riches of all who are in him, and on whose behalf he
accomplished the divine will. See, he enters into glory, but not
for himself alone, for it is written, “Whither the Forerunner is
for us entered.” Heb. 6:20. Does he stand in the presence of
God?—“He appears in the presence of God for us.” Heb. 9:24.
Consider this, believer. You have no right to heaven in yourself:
your right lies in Christ. If you are pardoned, it is through his
blood; if you are justified, it is through his righteousness; if
you are sanctified, it is because he is made of God unto you
sanctification; if you shall be kept from falling, it will be
because you are preserved in Christ Jesus; and if you are
perfected at the last, it will be because you are complete in him.
Thus Jesus is magnified—for all is in him and by him; thus the
inheritance is made certain to us—for it is obtained in him; thus
each blessing is the sweeter, and even heaven itself the brighter,
because it is Jesus our Beloved “in whom” we have obtained all.
Where is the man who shall estimate our divine portion? Weigh the
riches of Christ in scales, and his treasure in balances, and then
think to count the treasures which belong to the saints. Reach the
bottom of Christ’s sea of joy, and then hope to understand the
bliss which God hath prepared for them that love him. Overleap the
boundaries of Christ’s possessions, and then dream of a limit to
the fair inheritance of the elect. “All things are yours, for ye
are Christ’s and Christ is God's.”
J H JOWETT
“When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back.”—Ps 56:9
UT it must be a real “cry”! It must not be an idle recitation which sheds
no blood. It must be a cry like the cry of the drowning, a cry which
cleaves the air like a bullet. Said a man to me some while ago, “Assault
the heavens with cries for me!” That is the cry which takes the kingdom by
When such a cry rends the heavens, “my enemies turn back.” A secret and
irresistible artillery begins to play upon them, and their strength fails.
Yes, believing prayer calls these invisible allies into the field. “The
mountains are full of horses and chariots of fire round about!” And the
“This I know.” The psalmist is building upon experience. The miracle has
happened a hundred times. Many a morning has he seen the enemy
vaingloriously tramping the field, and he has cried unto the Lord, and
before nightfall there has been a perfect rout. Blessed is the man who has
had such heartening dealings with the Lord that he can now face a hostile
host in unclouded faith and assurance!
"Year Book" 1895
"All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one
thing was created that has been created." John 1:3
We like to look at a beautiful piece of workmanship, and remember
that some beloved friend of ours fashioned it. This makes it more
precious and sacred.
Some orphan children had been received into an institution, and
were exchanging their old garments for new ones. One poor boy was
seen picking up the wretched cap he had been wearing, and tearing
out of it a piece of faded silk that had been sewed into it. He
was asked why he wanted to keep the patch; and he said, his eyes
full of tears, that his mother had sewed it into his old cap with
her thin frail fingers when she was on her death-bed, and he
wanted to keep it in remembrance of her.
Men prize old paintings, and pay large prices for them, because
they were painted by some famous master. All the works of nature
would be sacred to us—if we but remembered that our Savior made
them. The sweet flowers in the field would be all the sweeter—if
we only thought as we look upon them, "The hands of Christ painted
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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
- Masalit People of Sudan
Since 2003, over 480,000 people have died, and 2.8 million have
been displaced as a result of attacks by marauding militias in the
Darfur Region of Sudan and Chad. The traditional agricultural life
of the Masalit has been destroyed. Until the killing started, the
peoples of this remote, inhospitable desert region were not on the
international radar screen. While tensions between ethnic groups
have existed for generations, until the 1970s they were resolved
through traditional methods of conflict resolution.
In February 2003, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice
and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel groups were formed by members of
the Fur, Zaghawa, and Masalit peoples to demand reparation for the
marginalization of Darfur. In response, a largely Arab guerilla
force called the Janjaweed was created to attack civilian
populations from these tribes. Janjaweed attacks make villages
uninhabitable with their scorched earth campaigns. The violence
has mushroomed into a dire humanitarian crisis. The current
conflict has forced the Masalit to flee their ancestral lands. The
conflict in Darfur was called a “humanitarian emergency of
catastrophic proportions,” by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to divinely protect aid workers who are trying to save the
lives of the Masalit. Ask God to raise up a triumphant church
among the Masalit people in spite of their dire situation. Pray
that Christian workers among them will be able to identify with
the Masalit and gain their trust as they share Christ with them in
word and deed.
Ephesians 5:6, ESV
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these
things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
It is way too easy for Muslims to listen to the wrong voices.
There is an abundance of people in the Muslim World who equate
spirituality with militancy. What a seductive teaching! They
believe they can be spiritual while oppressing those who have less
power. How will they discern truth from error?
Pray for spiritual discernment for the peoples of Sudan that will
result in them questioning Islamic militants and seeking true
spirituality. Pray that they will seek and find the love of
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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,
and grant us Your salvation.
O God, restore us And cause
Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. O LORD God of
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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May God Grant Us
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