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Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Contentment

How content are you with the position and circumstances God has placed you in? In this day and age of fast living and constant change there seems to be a restlessness and discontentment that pervades our way of thinking and our attitude. Here are some verses from the Word of God that would encourage and exhort us to be content, above all, because we are saved and have everything we need from the hand of a loving Father through Christ.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

“Be content with your wages” (Luke3:14).

“Be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

The next time you find yourself complaining about life in general think back to these Scriptures. Let’s be like the Apostle Paul, who said, “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11).

 

             
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Monthly Scripture Reading

Genesis 50

15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.

16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.

18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.

19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

 

             
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Spiritual Needs

“I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men” (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

There are spiritual needs all around us. The lost need to be saved, and the believers need encouragement, comfort, correction, and often restoration. In this regard I am reminded of an incident in the life of Billy Sunday, the famed evangelist (1862-1935).

Before holding a series of meetings in a large city, the preacher wrote a letter to the mayor, in which he asked for the names of individuals he knew who had spiritual problems and needed help and prayer. How surprised Mr. Sunday was when he received from the mayor a city directory and phone book.

What will you do today to help someone in need? It takes spiritual discernment and energy, and often self-sacrifice, but it is a much needed service.

 

             
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Monday, April 24, 2017

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Dear Young Christian:

Here is a challenge for the days ahead this week: Let’s go forth with a sense of God’s love for us, and seek to enjoy that love in a little fuller way each day.

Knowing God’s love compels us to love God and others. The Apostle John, who enjoyed the love of God and the Lord Jesus, wrote, “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). The Lord Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). Here we see love’s practical effect in John and the other disciples, and the same should be true of all who know the love of God. The Apostle John further states: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God” (1 John 4:7).

God’s desire is that the divine nature will be produced and nourished in every believer. But are we all conscious of the relative measure to which this is achieved in us?

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Peace

“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you” (John 20:19-21).

The secret of peace is more than knowing that our sins are forgiven. It is having the Person and work of Christ before our souls, having our hearts engaged and occupied with the One who has done it all, and gazing by faith upon the marks of His accomplished workthose wounds in His hands feet, and side. This is true peace for the inner Christian life.

Everyone who has peace with God knows that his sins are gone forever, that he is standing in God’s eternal favor, and that the glory of God awaits him in the future. Happy is the person that lives in the enjoyment of the blessed knowledge of what the work of the Lord Jesus on the cross has accomplished for their eternal blessing.

 

             
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Going Where?

“Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest” (Psalm 55:6).

“We spend our years as a tale that is toldand we fly away” (Psalm 90:9-10).

Where is everyone going? I am sitting at a café in the “A” gate concourse of the Saint Louis, Missouri airport. People are hurrying by on their way to or from their flight. Old and young alike are rushing on their way, I suppose, to many destinations near and far.

But where are they going? I don’t mean, where are they headed at the end of the present trip they are on, or which plane is to take them to which destination, but where are they going when they leave this world. Do they have their “ticket” for that final flight to heaven when the Lord comes? Are they ready to “meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)?

Where are you going? The only ticket to heaven is the Lord Jesus Christ, through the work of Calvary, and His blood that washes sins away. I hope every reader has secured that ticket by receiving the Lord as their Savior. If you have, you are ready for that one-way flight to the Father’s House.

 

             
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Friday, April 21, 2017

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A Real Friend

Our lives can be full of so much tragedy, hurt, heartbreak, and misery. Yet, even in the midst of all this trouble we can be rich and enjoy life. Some people have lost everything temporal in this life, but they have a real Friend, who is always with them. Of this Friend, the Lord Jesus, we read: “There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). And also, “He is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend” (Song of Solomon 5:16).

To be friendless in this life is to be poor indeed. Many can share accounts of friends who have failed us or let us down when the going got rough. But, in Jesus Christ we have a Friend who loves us no matter what we do and what happens. The poet and hymn-writer, Joseph Scriven, in 1885 wrote: “What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear.” Around 1863 James G. Small wrote, “I’ve found a Friend, O such a friend! He loved me ere I knew Him; He drew me with the cords of love, and thus He bound me to Him.”

It is certainly wonderful to have an unfailing, unchanging Friend in Jesus. Enjoy His companionship today!

 

             
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Gates of NehemiahThe Valley Gate

“The valley gate repaired Hanun” (Nehemiah 3:13)

This gate suggests to us the thought of humility. Of the Lord as the perfect example we read, “He humbled Himself” (Philippians 2:5, 8) We also have several exhortations regarding humbling ourselves. Here are four of them:

“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4).

“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up” (James 4:10).

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).

How watchful we need to be from day to day, in our service for Christ, that pride doesn’t become the motive for what we do. “What doth the Lord require of thee, butto walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8) We have nothing to boast in apart from what we are by the grace of God.

 

             
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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HebrewsPart 2

As we proceed through the book of Hebrews we continue to see the Lord Jesus seated at the right hand of God. Yesterday we mentioned two of the four times, and here are the other two occasions:

Thirdly, He is seated having offered Himself as the supreme sacrifice for sin. “But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.” (Hebrews 10:12).

Fourthly, He is seated as the object for faith. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

These and many other Scriptures indicate the need of having the person and work of Christ before us as our constant occupation and object. This is especially true in these “last days” when there is more and more to discourage and weary the saints. How gracious of our God to anticipate these “perilous times” and to give us a full resource for the path of faith.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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HebrewsPart 1

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9).

The book of Hebrews opens up to us the heavens so that we can look up by faith and be occupied with the one that God would always occupy His people withHis beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The above quote is perhaps a key verse to the book. Indeed, God has seated Him at His own right hand as brought before us four times in this epistle.

Firstly, He is seated as the one who has taken care of the question of sin. “Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).

Secondly, He is seated as our Great High Priest, interceding for us. “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens” (Hebrews 8:1).

 

             
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