Saturday, December 7, 2019

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No Speculation

Recently, my missionary friend and I were visiting in the village of Greiggs, on the island of Saint Vincent. We were handing out gospel tracts and Scripture calendars for the new year, and speaking to folks about the Lord and the way of salvation. While passing down the street, my friend met a young man, and, when he offered him some literature and spoke to him about eternal matters, his reply was, “Anything concerning life after death is only speculation.”

My friend quickly assured him, by quoting several verses from the Bible, that there was no speculation as to what happens when we leave this life. The Word of God is very specific, and we need to take heed and be ready to meet God. One of the verses quoted was, “Andit is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). There is no speculation in that verse!

The young man was not convinced, nor willing to hear what the Bible has to say on the matter. How sad! I trust there are none reading this calendar page who feel this way. Read the story in Luke 16:19-31. There we are left in no doubt as to the next life. This is not speculation, this is reality and certainty. “Be ye also ready” (Matthew 24:44).

 

             
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Friday, December 6, 2019

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MotivationPart 2

“O love the Lord, all ye His saints” (Psalm 31:23).

As we are obedient to His Word, we will be led by the Spirit, who produces the “fruit of the Spirit,” in our lives, and the first thing on the list is “love” (Galatians 5:22).

This love is a love that is first of all for God, and then for His people, for the lost, and even for our enemies. The Lord Jesus says, “By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). We further read, “If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12).

The Apostle John also asks, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” (1 John 3:17). He then goes on to challenge us, by saying, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him” (1 John 3:18-19).

May the love of Christ motivate us in such a way that He is honored and glorified through us today. “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

 

             
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

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MotivationPart 1

“Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of HimFor the love of Christ constraineth us” (1 Corinthians 5:9, 14).

What motivates you? What drives you from one day to the next? There are many things that motivate people to be the way they are. The motivation for a Christian should be different than for the rest of the worldnot because we are better, but because we are different. Because we are the Lord’s, we have a new motive! The love that caused a holy God to give His only Son as the sacrifice for our sins is what should motivate every believer. It was this love that motivated the Son to give His life for our sins.

The Lord told His disciples, “If a man love me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him” (John 14:23). We cannot manufacture this love for God or for others. It has been poured out in the heart of every true Christian by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5). His love has been placed in us and that is what should motivate us.

 

             
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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Devotedness

“And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord” (2 Corinthians 8:5).

Devotedness is a much deeper and, at the same time, a much simpler thing than many suppose. Most think that if they are earnestly engaged in the Lord’s work, and looking for His guidance and blessing that they are being devoted.

However, devotedness is much more than this. It is having Christ Himself as the delight and resource of my heart, with my mind set towards Him. The highest service we can render the Lord is to delight His heart and to be a comfort and a joy to Him. The truth is, this is a service to which few devote themselves. Occupation with Christ, with a view to becoming more intimately acquainted with His character; studying Him, that we may learn what pleases Him, is very rare indeed. Many can be found who are occupied for Christ, like Martha; few who are occupied with Him, like her sister Mary, to learn what is in His heart.

Is your first thought in every circumstance that comes up, Lord, I would like to be a joy to Thee in this very circumstance Thou hast allowed? If it is, this is true devotedness!

(Adapted from Things New And Old.)

 

             
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Come and Go

“Come, follow Me” (Luke 18:22).

Come, trust in Jesus, trust His Word,

That Word can never fail;

He is the Faithful and the True,

In Him you will prevail.

Come, sing His praise, sing with your heart,

Sing of His glorious name,

(He loves to hear your happy songs),

And all His worth proclaim.

Come, serve the Lord with joyful heart,

Come, follow Him today;

He has a work for you to do,

And He will lead the way.

Go forth for Him, answer His call,

The mission fields are ripe;

It may be in your neighborhood,

Or some far distant site.

 

             
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Monday, December 2, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” (Psalm 27:4).

This desire of David sums up what should be the desire of every true believer in Christ. David wanted to go through life with the conscious sense of the Lord’s presence with him every day of his life. He knew that he would “dwell in the house of the Lord for ever” (Psalm 23:6), but he didn’t want to wait until that time to enjoy the Lord’s company. No, he wanted it all during his life time. This was paramount with Davidit seems to me that it was the “one thing” that he desired and sought above all else.

As you start out on another busy week, be exercised to go forth with the realization that there is One who is with you and has promised, “I will never leave thee” (Hebrews 13:5). Be aware of His presence, talk to Him as you would a friend, and listen as He speaks to you through His Word, the Bible, and the circumstances He brings your way.

 Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

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A New Song

“O sing unto the Lord a new song” (Psalm 96:1).
“Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints”
(Psalm 149:1).
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy”
(Revelation 5:9).

The more you enjoy the Lord, keep company with Him from day to day, and read your Bible on a regular basis, the better equipped you will be to worship Him today and to sing that “new song” that He so delights to hear from our lips. Yes, the Lord Jesus is indeed worthy of our praise and worship. And our hearts can bow in adoration before Him today as we take time to remember Him in His death at Calvary.

Heaven will be filled with the singing of that “new song,” but we can start heaven’s song now and join together in the worship of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who gave His life on the cross. “And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God” (Psalm 40:3). He is worthy, a thousand times worthy, don’t fail to give Him His due!

 

             
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Saturday, November 30, 2019

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Beginning & End

Everything in this life has a beginning and an end. So it is with the gospel.

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1). Mark presents to us the good news of the Lord Jesus, the Son of God coming into this world to give Himself as that great sacrifice on the cross. “For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). This is the beginning of the gospel; “That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).

However, there is an end as well, a terrible end to those who refuse the gospel. Peter raises the question, “What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17). The Bible doesn’t leave us in any doubt as to what that end is. “The end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs14:12). “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15). That’s why there is an appeal, “O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!” (Deuteronomy 32:29).

 

             
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Friday, November 29, 2019

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Monthly Question PagePart 2

Q. Will the earth remain forever and will there be people living on the earth forever?

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more seaAnd God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:1, 4). These verses indicate there will be a new (cleansed) earth. 

Who will live on this “new earth”?  Let the Bible answer the question.  “I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their handsThese are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 21:3).  Those who inhabit the “new earth” will be the righteous millennial saints. They will dwell in a perfect, fixed state of things where sin will never affect them.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

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Faith

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report” (Hebrews 11:1-2).

Here are seven short statements regarding faith:

 

1. Faith rests on the Word of God without question.

2. Faith does not reason, but faith is reasonable.

3. Faith acts on the Word of God without hesitation.

4. Faith does not look at itself, but at what Christ is and what He has done.

5. Faith has Christ in glory as its object.

6. Faith has complete confidence in the goodness of God, and His ability to see us through.

7. Faith is the opposite of unbelief.

 

“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seednothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20).

Remember, it is not the amount of faith we have but who our faith is in.

“Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).

 

             
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