We have been "bought with a price" to be "ambassadors
for Christ" and our "salvation is nearer to us than when we believed" so
let us "cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God" "so that when He appears, we may
have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming."
(1Cor 6:20, 2Cor 5:20, Ro 13:11, 2Cor 7:1, 1Jn 2:28, All)
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Abraham when he was called obeyed by going out to a place which he was
to receive for an inheritance
chooses our inheritance for us --He encircled him, He cared for him, He
guarded him as the pupil of His eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them. He carried
them on His pinions. The LORD alone guided him and there was no foreign god
I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who
leads you in the way you should go.--Who is a teacher like Him?
We walk by faith, not by sight --Here we do not have a
lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.--Beloved, I urge
you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war
against the soul.--Arise and go, for this is no place of rest because of the
uncleanness that brings on destruction, a painful destruction.
He 11.8. Ps. 47.4.--Dt
Is 48.17.--Job 36.22. 2Co 5.7.--
He 13.14.--1Pe. 2.11.--Mic. 2.10
Give thanks to
His holy name.
heavens are not pure in His sight. How much less one who is detestable and
corrupt (is) man, who drinks iniquity like water! -- The stars are not pure
in His sight. How much less man, that maggot.
Who is like Thee among the gods, O LORD? Who is like
Thee, majestic in holiness -- Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts.
Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves
also in all your behavior; because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I
AM HOLY." -- That we may share His holiness.
The temple of God is holy, and that is what you
are..-- What sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and
godliness...spotless and blameless
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth,
but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the
moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.And do not grieve the Holy
Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
"Exercise thyself unto
godliness: for bodily exercise is profitable for a little; but
godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life
which now is, and of that which is to come."--
THE RELATION of the body to religion has
always engaged the attention of thoughtful religious men. Human
opinion has oscillated between two extremes. On the one hand, some
have considered that the body was the seat of sin, and have set
themselves to degrade and debase it with every indignity and
torture. This conception has influenced devoutly-intentioned
people in the East, and also in Western monasticism. But sin must
be dealt with in the heart and soul, where it has its inception
and spring. It is easy to macerate the body, whilst the pride of
self-mortification is undetected. If we deal with bad thought and
evil suggestion, we shall not have so much trouble with the body,
which is only the dial-plate, registering the workings within. The
other extreme was represented in the Greek religion. The temples
that stand in ruins: the superb works of art which have survived
the wreck of centuries; its poetry and literature, sustain and
illustrate the supreme devotion of the Greek mind to beauty. The
Christian position differs from both. To us the body is the
temple, the instrument, the weapon of the soul. The Holy Spirit
quickens our mortal body by His indwelling, and in the faces and
lives of holy men and women we may trace the growing results of
the inward power and beauty of pure and undefiled religion. It is
good to care for the body, but only as we should care for a
complex and fine piece of machinery which is to serve us. There
are gifts in us, which we must not neglect, or it will go hard
with us when we meet our Master, who entrusted them to our
stewardship. Probably the trials and temptations of life are
intended to give us that inward training which shall bring our
spiritual muscles into play. In each of us there is much unused
force; many moral and spiritual faculties, which would never be
used, if it were not for the wrestling which we are compelled to
take up with principalities and powers, with difficulty and
sorrow. The Apostle bids us take heed to ourselves, and to live in
the atmosphere of uplifting thought and of self-denying ministry (1Ti 4:13-15
Mould us, O God, into forms
of beauty and usefulness by the wheel of Thy providence, and by
the touch of Thy hand. Fulfil Thine ideal, and conform us to the
image of Thy Son. AMEN.
"And it shall
be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call Me Ishi; and shalt
call Me no more Baali; for I will take away the names of Baalim out of her
mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name" (Hosea
That day has come. We view our God no more as Baal, our tyrant LORD and
mighty master, for we are not under law but under grace. We now think of
Jehovah, our God, as our Ishi, our beloved husband, our LORD in love, our
next-of-kin in bonds of sacred relationship. We do not serve Him less
obediently, but we serve Him for a higher and more endearing reason. We no
longer tremble under His lash but rejoice in His love. The slave is
changed into a child and the task into a pleasure. Is it so with thee,
dear reader? Has grace cast out slavish fear and implanted filial love?
How happy are we in such an experience! Now we call the LORD's day a
delight, and worship is never a weariness. Prayer is now a privilege, and
praise is a holiday. To obey is heaven; to give to the cause of God is a
banquet. Thus have all things become new. Our mouth is filled with singing
and our heart with music. Blessed be our heavenly Ishi forever and ever.
MORNING AND EVENING
Morning "Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to
virtue knowledge, etc."
2 Peter 1:5-6
If thou wouldest enjoy the eminent grace of the full assurance of
faith, under the blessed Spirit's influence, and assistance, do
what the Scripture tells thee, "Give diligence." Take care that
thy faith is of the right kind--that it is not a mere belief of
doctrine, but a simple faith, depending on Christ, and on Christ
alone. Give diligent heed to thy courage. Plead with God that he
would give thee the face of a lion, that thou mayest, with a
consciousness of right, go on boldly. Study well the Scriptures,
and get knowledge; for a knowledge of doctrine will tend very much
to confirm faith. Try to understand God's Word; let it dwell in
thy heart richly.
When thou hast done this, "Add to thy knowledge temperance." Take
heed to thy body: be temperate without. Take heed to thy soul: be
temperate within. Get temperance of lip, life, heart, and thought.
Add to this, by God's Holy Spirit, patience; ask him to give thee
that patience which endureth affliction, which, when it is tried,
shall come forth as gold. Array yourself with patience, that you
may not murmur nor be depressed in your afflictions. When that
grace is won look to godliness. Godliness is something more than
religion. Make God's glory your object in life; live in his sight;
dwell close to him; seek for fellowship with him; and thou hast
"godliness"; and to that add brotherly love. Have a love to all
the saints: and add to that a charity, which openeth its arms to
all men, and loves their souls. When you are adorned with these
jewels, and just in proportion as you practise these heavenly
virtues, will you come to know by clearest evidence "your calling
and election." "Give diligence," if you would get assurance, for
lukewarmness and doubting very naturally go hand in hand.
"That he may set him with princes."
Our spiritual privileges are of the highest order. "Among princes"
is the place of select society. "Truly our fellowship is with the
Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." Speak of select society,
there is none like this! "We are a chosen generation, a peculiar
people, a royal priesthood." "We are come unto the general
assembly and church of the first-born, whose names are written in
heaven." The saints have courtly audience: princes have admittance
to royalty when common people must stand afar off. The child of
God has free access to the inner courts of heaven. "For through
him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." "Let us
come boldly," says the apostle, "to the throne of the heavenly
grace." Among princes there is abundant wealth, but what is the
abundance of princes compared with the riches of believers? for
"all things are yours, and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's."
"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Princes
have peculiar power. A prince of heaven's empire has great
influence: he wields a sceptre in his own domain; he sits upon
Jesus' throne, for "He hath made us kings and priests unto God,
and we shall reign forever and ever." We reign over the united
kingdom of time and eternity. Princes, again, have special honour.
We may look down upon all earth-born dignity from the eminence
upon which grace has placed us. For what is human grandeur to
this, "He hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus"? We share the honour of Christ,
and compared with this, earthly splendours are not worth a
thought. Communion with Jesus is a richer gem than ever glittered
in imperial diadem. Union with the Lord is a coronet of beauty
outshining all the blaze of imperial pomp.
J H JOWETT
JULY The Twenty-sixth
THE WELLS OF SALVATION
John 3:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19,
HE springs of our redemption are found in infinite love. “God is love!”
Redemption was not inspired by anger, but by grace. We do not contemplate
an angry God, demanding a victim, but a compassionate Father making a
sacrifice. At one extreme of our golden text is eternal “love,” and at the
other extreme is “eternal life.” What if the two are one? Etymologically,
“love” and “life” are akin. What if they are only two names for the same
To “believe” in the love is to receive the life. For when I believe in a
person’s love I open my doors to the lover. And to believe in the love of
God is to let the heavenly Lover in. And with love comes a wonderful
tropical air—light, and warmth, and air; and “all things become new!” It
is the letting in of the spring, and things which have been in wintry
bondage awake, and arise from their graves.
And so I “enter into the kingdom of God.” I become a native of a new and
marvellous country. I begin to be acclimatized in the realm of the blest.
And I “see the kingdom of God.” Spiritual perceptions become mine, and I
gaze upon the mystic glories of the home of God.
"Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not
bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him." 1
Things were not so bad as Elijah had thought. He supposed he was
the only one left; but there were seven thousand more, scattered
here and there through the land, who were still loyal to God.
God's cause in this world is never hopeless. He has others, where
we think we are the only one.
There is an experience of Luther's which is suggestive: "At one
time," he says, "I was sorely vexed and tried by my own
sinfulness, by the wickedness of the world, and by the dangers
that beset the church. One morning I saw my wife dressed in
mourning. Surprised, I asked her who had died. 'Do you not know?'
she replied; 'GOD is dead.' 'How can you talk such nonsense?' I
said. 'How can God die?' 'Is that really true?' she asked. 'Of
course,' I said, not perceiving her aim.' How can you doubt it?'
'Yet,' she said, 'though you do not doubt that—yet you are so
helpless and discouraged.' "
= command to make this privilege our practice enabled to
do so by the Holy Spirit!) 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
July 26 -
Wusa Nasu People
Often seen herding goats, sheep, and pigs, the Wusa Nasu people
seem barely distinguishable from other Nasu people, but they are.
Their language is completely different from other Nasu neighbors.
They cluster together in seven counties of northwest Guizhou
Province and in three counties of northeast Yunnan Province. They,
like the Eastern Nasu, were evangelized in the early 1900s by
missionaries, but today there are only 25 percent that claim to be
One thing that sets the Wusa Nasu apart from other Nasu groups is
their love of dancing. It is integral in their celebrations of
weddings, funerals, and feast days. Once the Wusa Nasu buried
their dead, but now they mostly cremate them. Tradition usually
has a shaman pray and perform rituals over the dead to ensure that
they will reach their ancestors’ homeland. Most of the shamans are
over 60 years of age, so this custom seems to be dying out as
younger Wusa Nasu mature and hopefully recognize it as a useless
Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to send dreams and visions to the Wusa Nasu who genuinely
hungers for the truth. Ask God to raise up an evangelist like Paul
who can not only identify with his fellow Nasu but also be
effective in convincing them of the salvation that Jesus Christ
offers. Pray that soon there will be a strong church planting
movement among the Wusa Nasu people.
centered daily devotionals -- use it to prompt
but not to
replace your time in the pure milk of the Word -- for that
is the primary source for spiritual growth -- Never read
the devotionals and fail to read the living and active
Word of Truth and Life (1Peter 2:2 = "by it [pure Word]
you grow in respect to salvation," Mt 4:4, Jer 15:16)
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!)
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. Proverbs 14:34
My (Our) soul cleaves
to the dust; Revive
according to Thy word.
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