Sunday, September 26, 2021

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His Obedience

“The Lord God hath opened Mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back” (Isaiah 50:5).

These words can only apply to the Lord Jesus as He submitted to His Father’s will. As to His suffering at the hand of man, the next verse tells us, “I gave my back to the smiters, and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not My face from shame and spitting” (verse 6). He was indeed the victim of extreme abuse and intense suffering. The heart of man came out in all its awfulness and hatred against God and His Son.

However, the Lord gave His ear to hear the will of God His Father. He would not turn back from that. He had said, “I came down from Heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father.” (John 6:38; 10:17-18).

What a wonderful theme we have for our heart’s meditation todayHis obedience to His Father’s will.

 

             
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Saturday, September 25, 2021

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Youth

“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them” (Ecclesiastes 11:9; 12:1).

The warriors of ancient times would not admit an old man into their army. They considered him unfit to fight and too feeble to meet the situations of battle and to face the enemy.

Though God rejects no one who comes to Him through Christ and the work of Calvary, few come in old age or even middle age. In all the gospel crusades and revivals that have taken place at various times around the world, the majority of those who have been saved and enlisted as soldiers for Christ have been young people.

Christ, by His Spirit, is still calling the young people. He desires their blessing and that they would have a happy life as well as a glorious home in Heaven with Himself. Have you responded to that call?

 

             
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Friday, September 24, 2021

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Monthly Question Page

Q. Some of my non-Christian friends question the accuracy of the Bible and whether it is really the Word of God. Can you help me on this subject?

A. The Bible, containing sixty-six books, was written by some forty-two authors over a period of about fifteen hundred years. Yet, it contains no discrepancies, and all fits together like a jig-saw puzzle. No book written by man could ever do that.

There are more than three hundred prophecies in the Old Testament concerning Jesus as the coming Messiah, and He fulfilled every one of them.

Perhaps the greatest proof that the Bible is the living Word of God is the fact that it has changed millions of lives over the centuries. Think of those who have been saved from all kinds of backgrounds and religions. It has also guided, encouraged, and comforted countless Christians and is still doing the same today.

“For the Word of God is quick [living], and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

 

             
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Thursday, September 23, 2021

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What Is Man?

“I meditate on all Thy works; I muse on the work of Thy hands” (Psalm 143:5).

Do you ever stop and just think about God’s awesome creation? According to the best estimates of astronomers there are at least one hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe. Assuming an average of 100 billion stars per galaxy means that there are about 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s 1 billion trillion) stars in the observable universe!

No wonder David said in the next Psalm: “Lord, what is man, that Thou takest knowledge of Him! or the son of man, that Thou makest account of him!” (Psalm 144:3). And no wonder the New Testament writer echoes the sentiment again, by repeating, “But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that Thou visitest him?” (Hebrews 2:6). Planet earth is just a speck in God’s vast creation, and yet this is the very planet to which God sent His Son and of which we read, “And My delights were with the sons of men” (Proverbs 8:31). What a stupendous, awesome God we have! He not only created and sustains the universe, but He loves us and is interested in our eternal blessing and happiness.

 

             
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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Monthly Scripture Reading
1 Peter 2

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth:

23 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

1 Peter 4

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

 

             
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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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Lasting Joy

“The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Frances Ridley Havergal was born in Astley, England, on December 14th, 1836, and died June 3rd, 1879, at Caswell Bay. She will long be remembered as a poet and hymn-writer, and for the many devotional tracts and pamphlets she penned. When meditating on the above verse of Scripture here is what she wrote:

“Perhaps in that word ‘of’ lies the whole secret of lasting joy. This joy is not merely joy ‘about’ the Lord, or even joy ‘in’ the Lord. It is His own joy flowing into the soul. Jesus prayed that His followers ‘might have My joy fulfilled in themselves’ (John 17:13). Let us seek not the stream but the fountain; not primarily the joy but the real and living union with Jesus by which His joy becomes ours.”

One of the last things the Lord said to His disciples before He went to the cross was, “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). How much do you and I enter into the Lord’s joy and what we mean to His heart?

 

             
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Monday, September 20, 2021

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Dear Young Christian:

When we think of great victories or conquests, we usually think of heroic deeds and feats of war. We often think, too, of great men and women of God who have accomplished great things in the service of God and for the blessing of humanity.

However, consider the following from Robert Hill:

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely ridiculed, and you smile inwardly, glorying in the insult or oversight, that is victory. When you are content, with any food, clothing, climate, society or solitude, and any interruption and annoyancethat is victory. “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).

Contentment is a great thing and is a real conquest. But the Lord is with us and we can do it. That’s why we are told, “Be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

Will you have victory in your life this week, by taking everything that comes your way from the Lord?

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

 

             
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Sunday, September 19, 2021

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The Heavenly Man

• The two on the Emmaus road said to the Lord, “Art Thou only a stranger in Jerusalem?” (Luke 24:18).

• The disciples “supposed that they had seen a spirit” (Luke 24:37).

• Of Mary Magdalene we read, “She, supposing Him to be the gardener” (John 20:15).

Each was mistakenly right.

First of all, the Lord was a stranger. A stranger in Jerusalem and a stranger in this world. It was written of Him prophetically, “I am become a stranger unto My brethren” (Psalm 69:8).

The Apostles thought He was a spirit. “God is a spirit” (John 4:24). However, He could say, “Handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have” (Luke 24:39). He was a glorified Man.

Mary thought He was the gardener. Earlier He had said, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24). In the place where He was crucified, there was a garden and in the garden a tomb. There He died, He rose, and what fruit there has been from that Heavenly Corn of Wheat, that Fruitful Seed!

 

             
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Saturday, September 18, 2021

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Our Greatest Need

“Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

I found this quote in an old periodical called, Grace & Truth, from April 1995:

If our greatest need had been information,
           God would have sent an educator.

If our greatest need had been technology,
           God would have sent an engineer.

If our greatest need had been money,
           God would have sent an economist.

If our greatest need had been pleasure,
           God would have sent an entertainer.

But our greatest need was forgiveness,
           So God sent us a Savior.

“And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14).

“Be it known unto you thereforethat through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins” (Acts 13:38).

 

             
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Friday, September 17, 2021

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Rebellion

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23).

This statement may seem hard to us, but it is God who is speaking. He had told Samuel to reprimand King Saul with these words. Saul himself considered it severe judgment, and with a superficial request asked to be pardoned for his sin. But God no longer could tolerate him as king of Israel.

We all tend to make our own assessments of the severity of sins. We talk about greater and lesser sins. However, God’s perspective is very different. It has been said that one of the greater sins consists of not giving up lesser sins.

The above verse demonstrates precisely that. God understands the motive behind our actions. If we ignore Him and His rights in self-will, then that is sinit is rebellion. Of course, there are differences in the measure of guilt or the character of sin. If we have never fallen into coarse, degrading sins, we should be sincerely thankful. However, the essential thing about our relationship to God is whether we seek to do His will or not. Can we truly say, “I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8)?

 

             
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