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hardship with me,
as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
HAVE made him a witness to the peoples, A leader and commander for the
peoples.--It was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom
are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of
their salvation through sufferings.--Through many tribulations we must enter
the kingdom of God.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this
darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in
the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.--We do not war
according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh,
but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
The God of all grace, who called you to His
eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and
2Ti 2.3. Is
Ac. 14.22. Ep. 6.12, 13.--2Co10.3, 4.
one body, and one Spirit.-- for through Him we both have our access in one
Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but
you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having
been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus
Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted
together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are
being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for
brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the
head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, Coming down upon the
edge of his robes.
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified
your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another
from the heart
Ep 4.3. Ep. 4.4.--Ep.
2.18, 19, 20, 21, 22.
Ps133.1, 2. 1Pe1.22
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by F. B. Meyer
BELIEVING AND RECEIVING!
"All things whatsoever ye
pray and ask for, believe that ye have received them, and ye shall
Mar 11:24 (R.V.).
IT IS not enough to pray and ask; we must
believe that we have received. We can only do this when we know
that we have asked according to God's Will (1Jo 5:14-15).
This can be determined by referring to His Word, which teems with
great and precious promises, like so many banknotes or cheques
waiting to be cashed.
In prayer, it is well to be
deliberate, to consider what we are about to ask, to discover some
promise under which we can make our request; and then, having
asked, to wait while the soul, so to speak, takes or appropriates
what it needs. It may be that the time is not ripe for it to be
actually bestowed, but the request is granted, and the coveted
gift is already set aside in God's storehouse, labelled with the
name of the petitioner, just as we sometimes get our Christmas
presents ready and put them aside, and at the right moment they
shall be dispatched.
We thank Thee, O God, for
the daily gifts of Thy Providence, but above all for the gift of
Thyself in Jesus our Lord, in whom all good and perfect gifts are
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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)
An Appeal; Deliverance
"And call upon Me
in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me"
is a promise indeed! Here is an urgent occasion -- "the day of trouble."
It is dark at noon on such a day, and every hour seems blacker than the
one which came before it. Then is this promise in season: it is written
for the cloudy day. Here is condescending advice, "Call upon me." We ought
not to need the exhortation: it should be our constant habit all the day
and every day. What a mercy to have liberty to call upon God! What wisdom
to make good use of it! How foolish to go running about to men! The LORD
invites us to lay our case before Him, and surely we will not hesitate to
do so. Here is reassuring encouragement: "I will deliver thee." Whatever
the trouble may be, the LORD makes no exceptions but promises full, sure,
happy deliverance. He will Himself work out our deliverance by His own
hand. We believe it, and the LORD honors faith. Here is an ultimate
result: "Thou shalt glorify me." Ah, that we will do most abundantly. When
He has delivered us we will loudly praise Him; and as He is sure to do it,
let us begin to glorify Him at once.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning, July 31
““I in them.”
If such be the union which subsists between our souls and the
person of our Lord, how deep and broad is the channel of our
communion! This is no narrow pipe through which a thread-like
stream may wind its way, it is a channel of amazing depth and
breadth, along whose glorious length a ponderous volume of living
water may roll its floods. Behold he hath set before us an open
door, let us not be slow to enter. This city of communion hath
many pearly gates, every several gate is of one pearl, and each
gate is thrown open to the uttermost that we may enter, assured of
welcome. If there were but one small loophole through which to
talk with Jesus, it would be a high privilege to thrust a word of
fellowship through the narrow door; how much we are blessed in
having so large an entrance! Had the Lord Jesus been far away from
us, with many a stormy sea between, we should have longed to send
a messenger to him to carry him our loves, and bring us tidings
from his Father’s house; but see his kindness, he has built his
house next door to ours, nay, more, he takes lodging with us, and
tabernacles in poor humble hearts, that so he may have perpetual
intercourse with us. O how foolish must we be, if we do not live
in habitual communion with him. When the road is long, and
dangerous, and difficult, we need not wonder that friends seldom
meet each other, but when they live together, shall Jonathan
forget his David? A wife may when her husband is upon a journey,
abide many days without holding converse with him, but she could
never endure to be separated from him if she knew him to be in one
of the chambers of her own house. Why, believer, dost not thou sit
at his banquet of wine? Seek thy Lord, for he is near; embrace
him, for he is thy Brother. Hold Him fast, for he is thine
Husband; and press him to thine heart, for he is of thine own
Evening, July 31
““And these are the singers ... they were employed in that work
day and night.”
1 Chronicles 9:33
Well was it so ordered in the temple that the sacred chant never
ceased: for evermore did the singers praise the Lord, whose mercy
endureth forever. As mercy did not cease to rule either by day or
by night, so neither did music hush its holy ministry. My heart,
there is a lesson sweetly taught to thee in the ceaseless song of
Zion’s temple, thou too art a constant debtor, and see thou to it
that thy gratitude, like charity, never faileth. God’s praise is
constant in heaven, which is to be thy final dwelling-place, learn
thou to practise the eternal hallelujah. Around the earth as the
sun scatters his light, his beams awaken grateful believers to
tune their morning hymn, so that by the priesthood of the saints
perpetual praise is kept up at all hours, they swathe our globe in
a mantle of thanksgiving, and girdle it with a golden belt of
The Lord always deserves to be praised for what he is in himself,
for his works of creation and providence, for his goodness towards
his creatures, and especially for the transcendent act of
redemption, and all the marvellous blessing flowing therefrom. It
is always beneficial to praise the Lord; it cheers the day and
brightens the night; it lightens toil and softens sorrow; and over
earthly gladness it sheds a sanctifying radiance which makes it
less liable to blind us with its glare. Have we not something to
sing about at this moment? Can we not weave a song out of our
present joys, or our past deliverances, or our future hopes? Earth
yields her summer fruits: the hay is housed, the golden grain
invites the sickle, and the sun tarrying long to shine upon a
fruitful earth, shortens the interval of shade that we may
lengthen the hours of devout worship. By the love of Jesus, let us
be stirred up to close the day with a psalm of sanctified
J H JOWETT
JULY The Thirty-first
THE CLEAN FLAME OF LOVE
1John 4:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
THIS aged apostle cannot get away from the counsels of love. All his mental
movements circle about this “greatest thing in the world.” Once he would
“call down fire upon men”; now the only fire he knows is the pure and
genial flame of love. Beautiful is it when our fires become cleaner as we
get older, when temper changes to compassion, when malice becomes
goodwill, when an ill-controlled conflagration becomes a homely fireside.
And all the love we acquire we must get from the altars of God. “We love
because He first loved us.” We can find it nowhere else. “Love is of God.”
Why, then, not seek it in the right place? Why seek for palms in arctic
regions, or for icebergs in the tropics? God is the country of love, and
in His deep mines there are riches “unsearchable.”
And the gracious law of life is this, that every acquisition of love
increases our powers of discernment. “He that loveth knoweth...!” It is as
though every jewel we find gives us an extra lens for the discovery of
finer jewels still. And thus the love-life is a continual surprise, and
the surprise will be eternal, for the object of the wonder is the infinite
love of God.
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he
meditates day and night." Psalm 1:2
A perfumer bought a common earthen jar, and filled it with
fragrant flowers. Soon every particle of the substance of the jar,
was filled with the rich perfume; and long afterward, and even
when broken, the fragments retained the fragrance. So it is that a
human life becomes filled, saturated, with the Word of God, when
one loves it and meditates upon it continually. The thoughts,
feelings, affections, dispositions, and the whole character become
colored with the spirit of the Word.
Such a filling of the heart and memory with the pure words of God,
is the best way to prepare for any future of darkness into which
the life may pass. It is like hanging up a hundred lamps while the
light of day yet shines, to be ready to pour down their soft beams
the moment daylight fades.
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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
Unreached People Group of the Day.
(1) GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
-Khori Buriat People in China and Mongolia
The girl waved her arms, sometimes thrusting her face to the
ground, jolting her neck back and forth. A crowd looked on. At
last, they clapped at her swan performance! Even the shaman
clapped! It was a high honor to be chosen to imitate the swan for
the yokhor folk dance. The swan is the most important totem animal
for the Khori Buriat; they believe they descended from her.
Approximately 155,000 Khori Buriat live in China today, while
nearly 92,000 live in Mongolia. There are two main dialects of
Buriat in Mongolia today: Aga and Khori. In China, the Khori
Buriat speak New and Old Bargu. This represents four distinct
languages needing the gospel. They also speak Mongolian.
Formerly nomads, the Khori Buriat have traditionally worshipped in
a nature cult. Living in a very cold climate, they strived to make
peace with nature. Their trade was agriculture and raising horses
and livestock. The Khori Buriat were later influenced by Tibetan
Buddhism, and now have syncretized the two. After some Christian
outreach, there are now 100 believers amongst the Khori Buriat.
Nearly 60 percent have never heard the gospel. The new believers
are hampered by a lack of Scriptures and other resources in their
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Khori Buriat will recognize their need to worship
our Lord God who created nature, and not worship nature itself.
Ask Him for a Bible translation effort will bring God’s Word in
their mother language.
Luke 15:31, NET
Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and
everything that belongs to me is yours.”
Notice the generosity of the Heavenly Father, portrayed by this
man! He offers all he has to the son who stayed close throughout
life. All that our Heavenly Father has is available to us as well.
All we have to do is ask!
Pray for spiritual riches of the Father so that you can use them
to bless others.—KC
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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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