CareLines: Volume 3

Table of Contents

1. The Lord
2. Fear
3. Mercy
4. Grace
5. Remember
6. Service
7. Meeting Together
8. Faithfulness
9. Unbelief
10. Coveting
11. Marvelous Things
12. Thinking on Him
13. Service
14. Old Versus New
15. Fake
16. Testing
17. Fear
18. Advice
19. The Cross
20. Dedication
21. Hold on
22. Stirring up
23. Listen
24. Fruit
25. Love
26. The Cross
27. Service
28. The Lord Knows
29. Comfort
30. Aim
31. Rule
32. Prayer
33. The Cross
34. Service
35. God’s Word
36. Jonah
37. Pilate
38. Herod
39. Love
40. The Cross
41. Service
42. Old Against New
43. God’s Ways
44. The Lord’s Pleasure
45. Communion
46. Help
47. The Cross
48. Service
49. Repentance
50. Home
51. Never Remembered
52. Distress
53. Comfort
54. The Cross
55. Service
56. Giving
57. Thanks
58. The Law
59. Trouble
60. Encouragement
61. The Cross
62. Service
63. Temporary
64. Afraid? Why?
65. Grace
66. Tell Everything
67. Jonah
68. The Cross
69. Service
70. Child Abuse
71. Doubt
72. Faith
73. Love
74. He Cares
75. The Cross
76. Service
77. Reality
78. Perversion of Justice
79. Our Lot
80. The Crowd
81. Judgment
82. The Cross
83. Willing to Listen
84. Depression
85. Criticism
86. Communion
87. Companionship
88. Faith
89. The Cross
90. Service for Sisters
91. Fear
92. Testimony
93. God Is Good
94. Speak Your Heart
95. Correction
96. The Garden
97. Service
98. Death
99. Self-Confidence
100. Treasure in Heaven
101. Safety
102. Witness
103. The Garden
104. Service
105. The Look
106. Pearls
107. Temptation
108. Evil
109. Hezekiah
110. The Garden
111. Service
112. The Separator
113. Stand Fast
114. Dependence
115. Faith
116. Give God a Chance
117. Remember
118. Service
119. Lust
120. Thankfulness
121. Forgiveness
122. The Pilgrim’s Path
123. Salvation
124. Worship
125. Service
126. Held
127. Frustration
128. Diligence
129. Idols
130. Care
131. Worship
132. Reflection
133. Broken-Hearted
134. Belief
135. Dependence
136. Faith
137. Confession
138. Praise
139. Service
140. Pride
141. Called
142. Gift
143. Honesty
144. Gentleness
145. The Lord’s Death
146. Fornication
147. Self-Control
148. Purity
149. Wisdom
150. God’s Secret
151. Deliverance
152. Jesus Only
153. Compassion
154. Slander
155. Sanctification
156. Exercise
157. Example
158. Contentment
159. The Lord’s Day
160. Entangled
161. Self
162. Ask God
163. Burdens
164. Fear
165. Passion
166. Praise
167. Worldliness
168. Courtesy
169. Restraint
170. Walk
171. Holiness
172. Service
173. Be Ready
174. Praise
175. Mercy
176. A Message for Guys
177. Prayer
178. Blessing
179. The Scriptures
180. Sacrifice
181. Love
182. Thoughts
183. Kindness
184. Iniquity
185. Words
186. Help
187. Worship
188. Service
189. Wealth/Riches
190. Kept
191. Eternity
192. Giving in
193. Hypocrisy
194. Worship
195. Servants
196. Faithful
197. Fighting God
198. New Life
199. Giving Offense
200. Thirst
201. Worship
202. Service
203. God’s Hand
204. Humility
205. Pride
206. Love
207. Kindness
208. Blameless
209. God’s Servant
210. Failure
211. Peace
212. Home
213. Unbelief
214. Victory
215. Heaven on Earth
216. Misunderstood
217. My Words
218. Contentment
219. Contentment
220. Cheer
221. Wisdom
222. Sacrifice
223. Service
224. Listening
225. Faith
226. Guidance
227. New
228. Joy
229. Redeemed
230. Long-Suffering
231. His Promise
232. Vigilance
233. Forsaken
234. God’s Love
235. God’s Word
236. Love
237. Fruit
238. Acceptability
239. Cleansed
240. Experts
241. The Path
242. Qualified
243. Worship
244. Witnessing
245. The Lord First
246. Deliverance
247. Eternal Youth
248. Vow
249. Strength
250. Worship
251. Service
252. Forgotten
253. Forgotten
254. Fragments
255. Salvation
256. Marriage
257. Worship
258. Service
259. Lovely
260. Jesus Himself
261. Don’t Go
262. Fake
263. Communion
264. Worship
265. Service
266. Thanks
267. Belonging
268. Remember
269. Faith
270. The Body
271. Praise
272. Service
273. Edifying
274. Obedience
275. Corrupted
276. Respect
277. Salvation
278. Remember
279. Service
280. One Thing God Can’t Do
281. Trouble
282. Misery
283. A Snare
284. Reward
285. Love
286. Service
287. Everything
288. Responsibility
289. Choked to Death
290. Give
291. Choice
292. Risen
293. Service
294. Ready
295. Choice
296. Judgment
297. Broken Heart
298. Mystery
299. Worship
300. Service
301. Confidence
302. Citizenship
303. Peace
304. Proud
305. No Fellowship
306. The Lord’s Death
307. Service
308. God’s Work
309. God Sees
310. Deliverance
311. Secret
312. The Password
313. Obedience
314. Servants
315. Kept
316. Dedication
317. Control
318. Honesty
319. Faithfulness
320. Rejection
321. Service
322. Beauty
323. Helpers
324. Spiritual Understanding
325. Wisdom
326. Excellence
327. Rejection
328. Service
329. Secret
330. Prayer
331. Watched
332. Fear
333. Beseeching
334. Death
335. Service
336. Confidence
337. Stand Still
338. Dedication
339. Hold on
340. God Is Close
341. Worship
342. Service
343. Distress
344. Salvation
345. Sulking
346. God’s Words
347. Great Things
348. The Cross
349. Service
350. Encouragement
351. Repentance
352. Evil
353. Kindness
354. Prayer
355. Sacrifice
356. Service
357. Trust
358. Deliverance
359. Kindness
360. The Gospel
361. Appearances
362. Troubles
363. The Future
364. Love
365. Music
366. The Lord’s Coming

The Lord

GEN 18:14
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
Gen. 18:14
Here’s a good verse to start the year with. If things get tough this year and you get discouraged, repeat this verse to yourself. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” The answer, of course, is, “No!” Nothing is impossible to Him. Your situation may be difficult, but He has allowed it for a good reason. He will help you in your circumstances. Nothing is too hard for Him.


EXO 14:10
They were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.
Ex. 14:10
The children of Israel were trapped. In front of them was the Red Sea, behind them marched their enemy, Pharaoh and his army. No wonder they were scared silly. In their extreme predicament they cried out to the Lord. He had a plan already worked out and used Moses to save His people and destroy the Egyptians. Let’s learn a lesson from this verse - in times of difficulty turn to the Lord. Cry out to Him for help. He already has a plan of escape worked out. All you have to do is take it.


2SA 24:14
Let us fall now into the hand of the Lord; for His mercies are great.
2 Sam. 24:14
David had learned a great lesson about the heart of God. His mercies are great. Given the choice of trusting man to show mercy or trusting the Lord, David chose the latter. When we stop and consider how sinful we really were and that God saved us and brought us to Himself, we too can say with David, “His mercies are great.” God showed great mercy and paid a great price to save me, a great sinner.


COL 4:6
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt.
Col. 4:6
When the Lord Jesus spoke, they “wondered at the gracious words that proceeded out of His mouth.” But He also spoke the truth, and that hurt like salt in a wound. This should be our pattern when we talk with our friends. Our conversation should be filled with grace, with a little sprinkling of salt! Too much we find that it’s filled with salt with a little sprinkling of grace (maybe)!


ISA 42:26
Put Me in remembrance.
Isa. 43:26
In the previous verse (v. 25) God is reminding His people that it was He that had blotted out their transgressions. Then He asks them to put Him in remembrance. But how easy it is to forget. We get so busy (I’m sure that’s what Satan wants) and so occupied with things down here that we often forget what God has done for us. Today as we go to remember the Lord in His death, let’s make a special effort to REALLY remember what it cost Him to redeem us; what He had to do in order to blot out our transgressions. And then during the week always thank the Lord for what He did in order for us to get to heaven.


COL 4:17
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
Col. 4:17
Many of us need such exhortation. We have received a ministry of the Lord - a need which we are in the position to fill or an ability which we can use for the Lord. For one reason or another there is a danger that this ministry may not be fulfilled. Let none of us fall into thinking that some small thing which the Lord has given us to do is unimportant. Be diligent to fulfill that work. Don’t let anything distract or discourage you from doing the ministry that the Lord has for you to do.

Meeting Together

HEB 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Heb. 10:25
There are some who neglect the meetings of their local assembly because they feel that they can learn more by studying at home. There may be much in the ministers or the ministry that may be discouraging - and we can expect it to get weaker as we draw nearer to the end. You may be able to learn more at home. But you won’t be able to minister it to others. While you are feeding yourself, your empty chair at meeting will probably add to the discouragement of others who are struggling too. You DO make a difference. Be an encourager. Be there!


NUM 14:24
But My servant Caleb, because he  .  .  .  hath followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land.
Num. 14:24
This is quite a commendation, isn’t it? Caleb had followed the Lord fully. He had given all his heart to the Lord and had been faithful to the Lord all his life. Had Caleb had an easy life? Probably not. He had to travel through the wilderness for 40 years like all his peers. But the difference was that Caleb got to enter Canaan. His peers, who left Egypt the same time, didn’t (except for Joshua). The reward was a long time coming - but it came. And Caleb got to see the promised land. He had been faithful. He faithfulness was rewarded.


HEB 3:19
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Heb. 3:19
Today’s verse is in complete contrast to yesterday’s. “They” in our verse were some of Caleb’s friends, some of his relatives. He got into Canaan - they didn’t. The difference? Caleb believed that God was able to help them in their land. These people in our verse did not believe. So they didn’t get in. And so today those who simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour will get into heaven. Those who do not believe will not get in. Are you a believer?


1CO 12:31
But covet earnestly the best gifts.
1 Cor. 12:31
It’s not wrong to covet, as long as you covet the right things. What are the right things? Those that pertain to God and a more Godly life. To covet the conveniences of this life is wrong. To covet a gift to use for the glory of God and in His service is encouraged. If you have a real desire to preach the gospel and ask the Lord to give you the gift so that you can preach, don’t forget to use that gift in the gospel and for the Lord’s glory when He grants your request. The vessel should never be seen. But what’s inside should shine out.

Marvelous Things

JOB 5:8-9
God  .  .  .  which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number.
Job 5:8,9
God has created a most wonderful world. The variety, the number, the colors and patterns -everything is absolutely marvelous. But the greatest marvel of all is the work of salvation. In order for us to get to heaven, God had to punish His own Son for our sins. He gives the faith for us to use to accept Christ as Saviour. He will reward us for using that faith. He provides for us and protects us every day. Great indeed are the things He does - those marvelous things without number.

Thinking on Him

MAL 3:16
A book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name.
Mal. 3:16
Thinking about Jesus is a pleasure to God. He especially remembers those that think on the Lord’s name. That name of JESUS is very dear to God’s heart. It’s the name above every name. At that name EVERYTHING will bow. It’s the name of His only Son. Today many of us will remember the Lord in His death at Calvary. We will mention His name many times. And there will be some silent times as we think on His name and thank Him from our hearts for what He did to save us. Think on Jesus today.


NUM 16:28
And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.
Num. 16:28
Service for the Lord should be done at His direction and because He has sent us to do it. We should not choose a work out of our own imagination or for our own pleasure. Moses tried to get out of serving the Lord. But God had just finished training Moses and He sent Him back to Egypt to rescue His people from slavery. It was God’s work done by Moses. He has a work for you too. When He sends you -go.

Old Versus New

EXO 19:5-6
If ye will obey  .  .  .  and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar [purchased] treasure  .  .  .  a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.
Ex. 19:5, 6
This is the OLD - it’s conditional. The people of God were required to keep the law in order to be God’s peculiar treasure, kingdom of priests and holy nation. But in Christianity it is remarkably different. Peter states in his first letter (chap. 2, verse 9): “But ye ARE a  .  .  .  royal priesthood, an holy nation; a [purchased] people.” Yes, Christ fulfilled the law in every detail. Now those that believe on Him are already what the children of Israel could never be. This is very wonderful. And it’s all because of God’s grace.


1TI 1:5
Faith unfeigned.
1 Tim. 1:5
Unfeigned means unfaked - without hypocrisy. Are you “faking it”? Let’s be real in our faith.


1PE 1:7
The trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth  .  .  .  might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:7
God says that the trial of our faith is precious to Him. How it must have pleased God as he watched Job’s faith tried and proven by fire! The trials that you endure prove the reality of your faith. That is why God not only allows those trials but values them. Job did not realize that he was being tested, but we know from Scripture that the eye of God is upon us during our trials.


PSA 56:3
What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.
Psa. 56:3
Today you are beginning a new job and you’re nervous about it. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” You are being sent to a new foster home. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” You’ve had to go to a new school where you don’t know anyone. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Some major exams are coming up and you’re not sure that you’re ready. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in THEE.” No confidence in self - just in the Lord. Trust Him. He’ll see you through.


TIT 2:3-4
Aged women  .  .  .  teach the young women.
Titus 2:3, 4
Let’s remember that God has given the older ones (men and women) the responsibility of passing on to us godly teaching and counsel. We benefit from the fruit of their experience. We should listen to their help and receive it as the Lord’s care for us. Never be afraid, young Christian, to listen to older ones. It could save you a lot of trouble.

The Cross

MAT 27:26
Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.
Matt. 27:26
I want you to know what scourging is. The victim was stripped and tied in a bending posture to a pillar, or stretched on a frame. The scourge was made of leather thongs, weighted with sharp pieces of bone or lead, which tore the flesh of both the back and the breast. People sometimes died as a result. Jesus endured a scourging. But the price for sin was paid in the three hours of darkness on the cross - far worse than the scourging. Think about that today when you remember the Lord in His death.


NEH 6:3
I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
Neh. 6:3
Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem when his enemies requested that he meet with them. He was so exercised about the great work going on that he refused to stop. He was dedicated. He was in earnest. Nothing would come between him and his work for the Lord. I wonder if we are that dedicated? There are so many attempts by Satan and his angels to stop the Lord’s work. Don’t be distracted, young believer. Continue on in the work that the Lord has given you to do and let nothing stop you until it’s done.

Hold on

1TI 1:19
Holding faith, and a good conscience.
1 Tim. 1:19
These two things go together. If you are careless and indifferent in your Christian life and allow sin to ruin your testimony, you will lose that good conscience. There will be no power in your life and your testimony will be like a great shipwreck. Hold on to your good conscience.

Stirring up

2PE 1:9
He that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2 Peter 1:9
A blind Christian is one who does not show the characteristics of the divine nature in his life. Such a one shows in his manner of life that he has no appreciation of the forgiveness of his old sins. Because we need to be continually in the appreciation of our salvation, the Apostle Peter writes later in the chapter that as long as he was alive he would stir them up and put them in remembrance of these things. Even after his death he wanted them to be reminded and stirred up. So we have his letters to read today. Meditate upon those letters and be stirred up!


LUK 8:18
Take heed therefore how ye hear.
Luke 8:18
The Lord reminds us that how we choose to hear His Word is recorded and will be manifested. Let us hear his Word with tender consciences and an eagerness to know and obey His will. We pray that none of us will for one moment deviate from His will in our lives, and that we will never question whether His will is better than ours. The Lord takes note, and will bless, those who hear with a good and honest heart.


1JO 2:29
If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him.
1 John 2:29
I had been anxiously waiting for the first sign of fruit from my young apple tree. One day - there it was. A large round green thing in my tree. I called my wife to share in the joy of the first fruit, but I soon became the laughing stock of my family. My apple turned out to be a pumpkin growing on a vine that had climbed the tree and begun bearing fruit. It has proved true so many times: if you meet someone who is a real Christian, he will act like one. If you meet someone who tries to act like a Christian but really is not one, he is like my “pumpkin tree” - the fruit is from below, not from above.


ROM 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
Rom. 8:28
A preacher was searching for a way to help a poor, discouraged woman. Pulling out a woven bookmark from his Bible, he showed her the back where many strands coursed in all directions. There was no pattern nor did they make any sense. Have you ever felt this way about your life? As the preacher turned the bookmark over a smile crossed the woman’s face. There in bright letters were these words,

The Cross

MAT 27:33-35
And when they were come to  .  .  .  a place of a skull, they gave Him vinegar to drink.  .  .  .  And they crucified Him.
Matt. 27:33-35
Last Lord’s Day we considered the Lord’s scourging. Today we come to a place of a skull. We’re at Calvary now. We see the soldiers giving Jesus vinegar to drink (which he rejected). Then we see them nail Him to the cross and drop the cross into a hole in the ground. He groans as the cross hits bottom. His bones are jolted out of joint. Man has done his worst to the Lord. But now He has to face God about the sin question. The worst is not over yet. The cost of our redemption was VERY high.
O Calvary! blest Calvary!
’Twas there the Saviour died for me.


JOH 4:36
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal.
John 4:36
Wouldn’t you like to gather fruit unto life eternal? What a tremendous privilege to preach the gospel and lead lost souls to the Saviour. A friend of ours has just returned from a trip to Russia where he took Bibles to the believers there. He was in Moscow on the Monday morning after Mr. Gorbechev was (temporarily) deposed. Not knowing what was happening, but seeing army tanks around the square, Brian lost no time in handing out tracts to the soldiers. They received them gladly. Pray that some of them will accept Jesus as Lord.

The Lord Knows

JOH 21:17
Lord, thou knowest all things.
John 21:17
These are the words of Peter. He was distressed that the Lord would ask him three times about his love. Peter had doubted the Lord’s word when He told him that he would deny Him three times. Now Peter learned a lesson that we all need to learn -whenever our thoughts differ from the thoughts of the Lord - we are wrong. For every occasion when we think that our way would be better this time, we’ll end up with the painful confession, “Lord, thou knowest all things.” For every doubt that comes into our thoughts there will be the triumphant confession, “Lord, thou knowest all things.”


2CO 1:3-4
God  .  .  .  comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
2 Cor. 1:3,4
The Lord never says that we won’t have hard times; in fact some of the difficulties are allowed for our betterment - so that we might be more useful to Him. Often the hard times are the times when He draws us closest to Him. That makes the hard times the best times. The comfort that we have gotten during those hard times is like the cruise of oil that does not fail -we keep pouring it out to help someone else, but there is always enough left for the next needy one.


1TI 1:6
Some having swerved [not taking aim] have turned aside.
1 Tim. 1:6
Do you want to walk a steady, consistent Christian life? Maybe you have friends who have been turned aside and are no longer walking as Christians should be for the Lord’s honor and glory. To avoid that sorrow in your life you need to “take aim” and keep your eye steady on the goal. The Lord will help you in your walk so that it’s pleasing to Him. TAKE AIM.


COL 3:15
Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.
Col. 3:15
This word “rule” comes from a root word which means “direct” or “control”. No matter what question or conflict or struggle comes up in our lives, the peace of God should control the state of our hearts. Nothing ever disturbs His peace. His peace should preside in our hearts.


1TI 2:1-2
I exhort therefore, that  .  .  . prayers  .  .  . be made  .  .  .  for kings, and for all that are in authority.
1 Tim. 2:1, 2
When was the last time you prayed for President Bush by name? (Brian Mulroney? He’s Prime Minister of Canada!) Are you praying daily for the salvation of Saddam Hussein’s soul? Scripture is very clear that we need to be specific in prayer. We tend to be very general sometimes and with one sentence cover everyone from pole to pole. God wants us to pray for individuals - by name. Let’s pray this way -and see what power there is in specific prayer.

The Cross

MAT 27:40
If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
Matt. 27:40
Was Jesus the Son of God? Absolutely. No question about it. Could He have come down from the cross? Yes, He could have. Why didn’t He? Because His love for you and me was SO STRONG that it kept Him on the cross. If Jesus had come down from the cross there would be no heaven for us. The Lord Jesus didn’t need to prove who He was by coming down from the cross. No, He proved who He was and proved His great love by staying there, by dying, shedding His blood, and rising from the dead after three days. Hallelujah, what a Saviour!


MAR 14:8
She hath done what she could.
Mark 14:8
How often we are faced with a problem which appears overwhelming! Nothing that we can do seems to make any difference. Mary was in such a situation as she anticipated the death of the Lord. She couldn’t do much but she did what she could: she anointed the Lord with her precious spikenard ointment. The Lord will not ask you to do the impossible. Just do what you can and leave the results to Him.

God’s Word

MAR 8:2-3
They have now been with Me three days, and have nothing to eat; and if I send them away fasting  .  .    they will faint by the way.
Mark 8:2, 3
What an example these people are to us! They so hungered after the words of eternal life that they followed Jesus into the wilderness without taking enough physical food for the journey. Some were so hungry after three days that they would not have made it home if they didn’t have a meal before they left. Jesus does not forsake or disappoint those who cast themselves on Him. They had put their lives into the hands of Jesus and it was in those hands that the loaves and the fishes were multiplied. Jesus will not let us down either. He’ll provide for our needs - according to His riches.


MAT 12:41
The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah.
Matt. 12:41
Jonah so despised the Gentile city of Nineveh that he tried to escape from the Lord rather than preach there. The storm and the great fish were used by the Lord to make Jonah obey. But in his heart Jonah was angry with the Lord for not destroying the city. God used a gourd and a worm to speak to Jonah’s heart and He appealed to Jonah for the many simple people and children who would have been destroyed if there was no mercy. History records that Jonah’s tomb is in the city of Nineveh. It would seem that not only was Jonah’s heart won to the people but that he lived out his life ministering to them.


MAT 27:19
Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of Him.
Matt. 27:19
Pilate’s wife sent a very clear message to her husband to leave Jesus alone - to not condemn Him. Pilate did not listen to his wife’s warning and history records that he soon lost his place of power and honor as well as his life - possibly by suicide. After death is the judgment. Pilate now waits righteous judgment by the very One he judged unrighteously. “What do you think of Christ?” is a question that Jesus asked a few days before His death. Pilate’s answer determined his destiny. Your eternal destiny also hangs on your answer to that question.


MAR 6:20
For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
Mark 6:20
Herod’s wife wanted John the Baptist executed, but Herod respected John. He called John in from time to time and listened to him. John faithfully reproved Herod, and Herod changed his life in many ways. But Herod was not willing to give up one treasured sin. A sin that is not judged and finished with will dull the conscience. Herod eventually had John beheaded. With no further restraint of conscience, Herod crowned his life of sin by being involved in the death of Jesus. Beware of sin harbored in your life. Confess it to the Lord and forsake it before your conscience gets hardened.


HOS 11:4
I drew them  .  .  .  with bands of love.
Hos. 11:4
Those that trust in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour are not forced to do so. No, they are drawn to Him with bands of love. This is a tremendous thing. Dictators force obedience - usually with the threat of death. Jesus draws people to Himself from every walk of life by bands of love. No one in heaven will say that they were forced to go there. No, they chose to go, drawn by bands of love. Have you felt the bands of Jesus’ love pulling at your heart? Let Him take you to Him. Enjoy His love and let it fill your heart to overflowing.

The Cross

MAT 27:45
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Matt. 27:45
Three hours of darkness - in the middle of the day. From noon until 3 p.m. God shut out the view of the cross. No one could see the suffering that Jesus went through on account of sin. There was no more mocking or scornful looks. Absolutely alone, forsaken by man and God, Jesus was punished for our sins. We will never know the depth of all His intense suffering. We will never need to know, because Jesus suffered in our place. Let’s praise and thank Him very specially today as we remember His death on the cross.


MAR 16:15
And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15
What a service! What a responsibility! How do we respond to the Lord’s request. Perhaps we are not able to physically go, but we can help those who do, through prayers and financial support. I realize that this command was made to the eleven apostles, but it does not relieve us of our responsibility to get the gospel out to the lost. There is not much time left to do it either. Jesus is coming soon. Let’s be diligent in making the gospel available to those that need it so much.

Old Against New

GAL 5:17
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.
Gal. 5:17
Young believer, as long as life on this earth continues, we will always have a battle going on inside us - the old nature against the new nature, and the new against the old. They are contrary the one to the other. They do not agree with each other. One we were born with, the other we received as a gift from God when we accepted Jesus as Saviour. The old makes us miserable when we allow it to act because it is against God. The new pleases God in everything that it does. Ask the Lord to help you to keep the old in the place of death and so let the new have full control of your life.

God’s Ways

HEB 3:10
Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known My ways.
Heb. 3:10
God was greatly grieved with His people because they did not know His ways. He had delivered them from Pharaoh and the slavery of Egypt; He had provided food and water for them in the desert; and He had given them the evidence of His presence in the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire. God expected His people to look back and thank Him for the past and trust Him for the future, yet at every new event they seemed to think that God had forsaken them. Let us remember that the ways of God toward His people are always for their good. He delights to bless and is delighted when we have confidence in Him.

The Lord’s Pleasure

PSA 147:11
The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy.
Psa. 147:11
We are a nation of hero worshippers - particularly in sports accomplishments. A “Hall of Fame” society. But do you know whose names hang in the Lord’s “Hall of Fame”? Not the winner of the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. Not the fastest runner in the 100 meter race. Not the winner of the Indianapolis 500. No, not this world’s heroes but those that fear Him, those who have trusted in Jesus as Saviour. We are the ones in whom the Lord finds His pleasure - even if we’re losers in the school sports. Jesus doesn’t care that you never made it onto the ball team. He takes His pleasure in you because you are a Christian.


LUK 24:15
While they communed together and reasoned, Jesus Himself drew near, and went with them.
Luke 24:15
This is a very encouraging verse. Perhaps this couple was in the valley of despair - really discouraged. They couldn’t understand why the One whom they thought was their Messiah had died. All their hopes had gone. But the news that morning was that the cave where Jesus had been buried was empty. What could it all mean? Then Jesus comes and walks with them. Their hearts burn as He talks to them and gently explains all the Scriptures that pointed to Himself. Then they recognize Him and He vanishes. But in their great joy they rush back to Jerusalem to tell the news. Communion with Jesus brings joy.


PSA 102:2
Hide not Thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline Thine ear unto me.
Psa. 102:2
This is a prayer that perhaps many of us pray at times. Things can get so tough that it seems as if even the Lord is not listening. Do you ever feel that way? O, but He is there. He is listening. He knows that you’re in trouble. He wants you to trust Him and call to Him. You’ll remember when Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus and he started sinking, that it wasn’t until Peter called for help that Jesus reached out and picked him up. He wants us to call. Don’t be afraid. Only believe.

The Cross

MAT 27:46
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice.
Matt. 27:46
Jesus, the Creator of the universe, had been hanging on the cross for about six hours, the last three in total darkness. No one knows or will know the suffering of those three hours - only God. He punished His own Son for our sins during that time. Is it any wonder that Jesus cried out? He cried in a loud voice - He was still in control of His life. What was the cry? Perhaps the most awful cry ever to leave the lips of a man: “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” There was no answer. We know it though - because of our sin. What a cost! Let’s thank Him again today.


MAR 10:13
And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them.
Mark 10:13
This service - of bringing young children to the Lord - was intercepted by the disciples. They meant well, but they didn’t know the heart of the Lord. Children are very precious to Him. (We have to become as a little child in order to come to Him.) A friend of mine credits his children’s Sunday school teacher with being the main influence in his children accepting Jesus as their Saviour. So for those of you who have a Sunday school class, keep telling them how to get saved. Bringing a child to the Lord is a great work and one that the Lord fully approves of.


JER 5:25
Your sins have withholden good things from you.
Jer. 5:25
There is a channel of blessing from God to you (if you are one of His own). When that channel is blocked, it is plugged from below, not from above. Repentance is the “Draino” that unclogs that channel again.


DEU 8:7-9
For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land  .  .  .  wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness.
Deut. 8:7, 9
God has our eternal blessing in view. His earthly people were promised a terrific “home” in the land of Canaan. Everything would be perfect with an ample supply for all. So it is with our home in heaven. Absolute perfection. Nothing lacking, and all the things of this life gone forever. The Father’s house is to be our home for eternity. Are you going there?

Never Remembered

HEB 10:17
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb. 10:17
What a great thing it is to know that God has completely erased His memory of our sins forever. As soon as we accept Jesus as our Saviour our sins are gone. God cannot accuse us of any of them. Why? Because Jesus paid the price for them at Calvary. They were all laid on Him. And now they are not only forgiven but they will never be remembered again. The cost of our salvation will always be remembered, but not our sins. What peace!


PSA 18:6
In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice.
Psa. 18:6
It is a real comfort to know that in times of extreme trouble we can call on the Lord for help. And not just that, but we know that He hears us. When Nebuchadnezzar issued the order that all the wise men of Babylon should be killed because none could tell him his dream, Daniel and his three friends immediately had a prayer meeting. God told them the dream and its interpretation. Take courage, young Christian. We do have troubles, but God hears us when we call.


2CO 7:6
God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us.
2 Cor. 7:6
The Apostle Paul had times when he was downcast. Things really bothered him. And just when it was needed God comforted him - in our verse through the arrival of Titus. Yes, God knows when you need comforting and He will send just what is needed to do it - perhaps a letter, maybe a kind word from another Christian, sometimes a phone call, many times a verse on the calendar or from your daily reading. Whatever He uses, God loves to comfort those who are cast down.

The Cross

MAT 27:50
Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Matt. 27:50
Three of the gospels record that just before He died Jesus cried with a loud voice. Only John records what He said. “It is finished!” Imagine those three words ringing from Calvary’s hill in the ears of all. The work was done. Jesus had taken the punishment for sin. And then He gave up His life. What a infinite price was paid to redeem us. Nothing can compare to it. But it was all done. There’s nothing more to do - just believe.


MAR 8:6
He  .  .  .  gave thanks  .  .  .  and gave to His disciples to set before them; and they did set [the food] before the people.
Mark 8:6
Here we have team work in service. All the disciples were working together to help the Lord in His provision of a meal for several thousand people. Sometimes it’s easier for a young person to work with others in public witness for the Lord; serving at a gospel supper, going to sing at a retirement home, etc. You personally may not say anything. But you are serving by helping. Keep it up!


2CO 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly.
2 Cor. 9:7
The Lord loves a cheerful giver - one who is willing, and glad, to give to others. The rich young ruler (Mark 10:21, 22) was apparently not willing to give up his riches. The poor widow in Mark 12 (verses 41-44) who gave her last two coins to the Lord, was really appreciated by Him. As we have opportunity, let us give what we can to and for the Lord.


LUK 17:15-16
One of them  .  .  .  fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.
Luke 17:15, 16
This man, found at Jesus’ feet, was extremely thankful to the Lord. He had left the Lord’s presence a leper but on the way to the high priest he noticed that he was cured. So he went back to thank Jesus. We often ask the Lord for things. Always our prayers are answered. Do we thank Him for the answer (even if it’s not what we wanted)? When was the last time that you said “Thank you” to the Lord?

The Law

HEB 10:1
For the law  .  .  .  can never  .  .  .  make the comers thereunto perfect.
Heb. 10:1
The law, as given to the Jews, was not able to satisfy God’s requirements for sin. Only the death of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary and His shed blood could erase the incredible debt that we owed God. The law was good - if used properly - but it couldn’t save a soul for eternity. Only faith in Christ can do that. Do you believe in Him?


PSA 88:2-3
Let my prayer come before Thee: incline Thine ear unto my cry; for my soul is full of troubles.
Psa. 88:2, 3
Is there someone reading this that feels this way? My soul is full of troubles! Sometimes there is no place else to go for help and counsel but the Lord Jesus. Others may not understand what you are going through, but Jesus does. He heals the brokenhearted. Has something or someone really hurt you? Turn to Jesus. He will help to heal the wounds. He alone can restore peace to your troubled heart. Cry out to Him. He’s listening - always!


1TH 4:18
Encourage one another.
1 Thess. 4:18 J.N.D.
We all need encouragement. Make a special effort today to be an encouragement to others.

The Cross

JOH 19:33
But when they came to Jesus  .  .  .  they brake not His legs.
John 19:33
A few verses later we find out why they didn’t break the Lord’s legs. It was no coincidence that Jesus died before the soldiers came to break the legs of those on the crosses. The Jews, in their Passover celebration, were not allowed to break any of the bones of the sacrificial lamb. So Jesus, in fulfilling the type, did not suffer any broken bones - just a broken heart. Jesus died voluntarily. He gave up His life. No one took it from Him.


For the Son of man  .  .  .  gave  .  .  .  to every man his work.
Mark 13:34
So, you don’t think that you have a service for the Lord? Our verse says otherwise. He gave to every man his work. You have a niche to fill that only you can fill. Don’t shirk your responsibilities. You have been chosen (and at some time will go through God’s school of preparation) to do a very necessary work for the Lord. You may not think it’s much; others may not even know about it; but you need to do it anyway. Keep serving!


And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
Genesis 26:6
The name Gerar means “sojourning”, or temporary. Isaac’s home here was only temporary. He, along with many Old Testament saints, were looking for a permanent home away from this world. How about us? Do we dwell in tents (figuratively-speaking) or have we dug our roots so deep in this world that it’ll hurt to leave it? May we each live by faith, young people, and look for our home in heaven where all the troubles of this life will be shut out.

Afraid? Why?

Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?
Mark 4:40
The disciples’ faith had just been through a major test - and they all flunked! They hadn’t yet learned that Jesus had everything in control even though they didn’t think He did. When we learn the fact that the Lord is still in control, still on His throne in resurrection power, then our faith in times of testing will pass - because we trust in Him.


Why have I found grace in thine eyes  .  .  .  seeing I am a stranger?
Ruth 2:10
The reason that Boaz gave for showing grace to Ruth was that she had been kind to her mother-in-law and had cared for her when she needed help. Ruth’s kindness was rewarded by the one who is a picture of Christ. The grace shown to us though is simply because the Lord wanted to. We didn’t merit His favor. But His love is so great that He chose us. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. This is wonderful and beyond our comprehension. Enjoy it!
GRACE marvelous GRACE!

Tell Everything

But the woman fearing and trembling  .  .  .  came and fell down before [Jesus], and told Him all the truth.
Mark 5:33
Do you think you can hide anything from the Lord? Of course you can’t! He delights in you telling Him everything. He loves personal fellowship with you. He wants you to have confidence in Him. The woman, in our verse, was scared to death, but the Lord’s response was, “Thy faith hath made thee whole; GO IN PEACE.” That’s the heart of Jesus, to give peace to a troubled soul. Trust Him!


And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed.
Jonah 1:17,2:1
It does not seem that Jonah prayed when the heathen shipmaster asked him to “arise, call upon thy God.” It would seem that he spent a full three days in the belly of the fish before he became willing to pray! He knew that his circumstances were from God, but he may have thought that he was being punished and therefore had no access to God. However, God was preparing him for a work. We, like Jonah, are slow to realize that God is working with us - not against us.

The Cross

One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side.
John 19:34
It seems that man could not satisfy his hatred of Christ. But the very spear that pierced His side drew forth the blood to save. Amazing plan of salvation. The blood of Jesus, shed after He had died, cleanses from every stain of sin. The question of sin has now been settled. God’s righteous requirements have been satisfied. Now man can once again enjoy a relationship with God, without fear.


Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him [Naaman] of his leprosy.
2 Kings 5:3
Just a little captive girl, slave to the wife of a renowned army captain, but she could serve God even in that capacity. She had faith. Her faith struck a chord in the heart of her mistress who encouraged her husband to go and get help. Who knows what spiritual work was done in the heart of that great man as a result of the simple faith of a child. Young people, you will have a profound effect on those around you if you put your faith into action.

Child Abuse

And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
Mark 9:42
It’s a VERY, VERY serious thing in God’s sight to offend a child. Child abuse is rampant in our society. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more of a problem among Christians. As potential baby sitters (and later, after marriage, maybe parents), I appeal to you to treat your young charges as precious jewels. NEVER mistreat them in any way - especially sexually.


What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where He was before?
John 6:62
Many people were scrutinizing the teachings of Jesus to determine if He was indeed the Christ. After Jesus made some remarks that were difficult to accept, some of His followers left; the response of Jesus is recorded in the above verse. The thought is that the difficulties of our faith have to do with our lack of comprehension of the person of our Lord. We may doubt a remark that is made by our brother; but do we doubt when we hear or read a statement from the lips of Him who is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God in heaven?


Let us go up at once, and possess [the land]; for we are well able to overcome it.
Numbers 13:30
If you read Numbers 13 through chapter 14 verse 10, you will see 2 groups of people: those who had no faith, and those whose faith was very strong. Caleb and Joshua saw the huge giants just like the other spies, did but they also saw the beauty and productivity of the land and by faith wanted to go in and take it over. They saw the blessing at the end. Those without faith saw only obstacles. What do we see - the blessing at the end of our pathway, or the problems and difficulties in the way?


When Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.
John 13:1
A translator’s footnote on this verse points out that “to the end” wrongly appears to refer to time; whereas “going through with everything” is implied. In other words, He loved them to the full extent that love could go! He knew that His disciples would forsake Him within a day; but with love immeasurable, He said within Himself: “I’ll gladly die for each one of you; I’ll pay your debt of sin because you could never pay it; but before I do that, I’m going to get down on my knees with my basin and towel and wash your feet.” Could His love have gone farther than that?

He Cares

And He took the damsel by the hand.
Mark 5:41
The Lord took a personal interest in the troubles of others. He was indeed that Good Shepherd that gave His life for the sheep. A command from the Lord 20 miles away could have raised this 12-year-old up. But Jesus went with her father into her room and took her by the hand. Jesus will take you by the hand too and raise you up when you’re down. He really does care!

The Cross

They shall look on Him whom they pierced.
John 19:37
Here’s another Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in part when Jesus died. I say in part because its complete fulfilment is not until the Lord comes to set up His earthly kingdom. Then those on the earth will wonder why He has wounds in His hands and feet. “Those that I received in the house of my friends!” What a condemnation. How blessed for us who have already looked and believed. Think about the spear and the nails today. Think about the cost of our salvation.


For Christ sent me  .  .  .  to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
1 Corinthians 1:17
A good product does not need a high powered salesperson; it sells itself. There are searching souls who need and even crave the peace and joy that the Christian has. We don’t need the “wisdom of words”; our clever conversation may even distract from the gospel and make the cross of Christ of none effect. The gospel is beautiful in its simplicity. Its power is in itself - not in the one who presents it. God often uses a new believer or a child to spread the gospel. Let us not fear or hesitate to be used of Him.


For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Acts 4:20
It is often easy to learn about spiritual things from various sources but then forget them because they were only in our minds. That which we learn by experience or what we enjoy and take into our hearts becomes a permanent part of us. When others hear us speaking about those things that we have really made a part of us then they will be compelled by the reality of the message. Sharing a message from the heart is far better than delivering an intellectually sound argument. Be real!

Perversion of Justice

If thou seest  .  .  .  violent perverting of  .  .  .  justice  .  .  .  marvel not  .  .  .  for He that is higher than the highest regardeth.
Ecclesiastes 5:8
We have all experienced a certain amount of perversion of justice. Don’t be surprised. Think back to the worst perversion of justice that has ever occurred. Remember Gabbatha? Jesus was condemned to death. Why? Because the leaders were jealous of Him. Remember that God notices everything. No mistreatment has ever escaped His eye. Restitution WILL come - in His time.

Our Lot

The cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?
John 18:11
When I was 33 years old, I was struck that this was the age of Jesus when He was crucified. At 33 it seems that so much of life is still ahead. He was truly cut off in the midst of His days. Many people are upset with their lot in life: their national origin, their physical appearance, their inabilities, or a handicap or disease. We might forget that all that we have and are is part of the cup which the Father hath given us. Shall we not drink it? The issues of life become clear when we bring the Lord into the picture.

The Crowd

For of a truth against Thy holy child Jesus, whom Thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together.
Acts 4:27
There is nothing like trouble to draw a crowd when people are idle. Therefore, it may be that following the crowd would mean that you are always where the trouble is. Both Jew and Gentile, political and religious leaders gathered together in the crowd that crucified Jesus. There is not always “safety in numbers.” People we look up to might draw us in the wrong way. That which we do in the crowd today may be hard to forget tomorrow. I wonder how many who were swept along in that murderous throng were smitten with regrets afterwards?


Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place.
Genesis 1:9
In the Bible waters speak of judgment. Judgment concentrated in one place would remind us of Calvary. So the twelfth sentence of the Word of God prophetically intimates a coming judgment. We know what that was - the judgment of God against sin poured out on His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. God wastes no time in unfolding His plan to us. Aren’t you glad you belong to Him?

The Cross

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
Matthew 27:51
One of the effects of the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross was the tearing of the veil in the temple. God tore it - from the top to the bottom. This showed that the Lord’s work was done and accepted and the way for us to go into the holy presence of God was now open. Happy day. Blessed privilege.
The veil is rent, our souls draw near,
Unto a throne of grace.
The merits of the Lord appear;
They fill the holy place.

Willing to Listen

Speak, Lord; for Thy servant heareth.
1 Samuel 3:9
These words, Samuel’s answer to the Lord’s call, show that he was a willing listener to the Lord’s instructions. This is something that each of us should covet - to be willing listeners. And when He speaks, do what He asks. A bad servant is one who doesn’t listen to instructions. So if our service for our Lord and Master is to be effective, we need to listen to His voice and follow His instructions.


Why art thou cast down, O my soul?  .  .  .  hope thou in God.
Psalm 42:5,11
David was having real difficulties. He was getting to the point of depression. And he asks “Why?” The answer that came was, “Hope thou in God.” Depression caused by a medical problem can be cured with medication. Spiritual depression can also be cured - with God. Hoping in Him is the answer to a spiritual down. Leave the problem with Him and let Him work it out.


And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
Acts 4:14
Some of the criticism that Christians receive is deserved; it is provoked by that which we do in the flesh rather than the spirit. However, that which is done in the power and spirit of the Lord cannot be spoken against. The enemy will always oppose; opposition is to be expected; but it will be powerless if we are acting in the power and the spirit of our Lord.


If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
Exodus 33:15
Was Moses concerned that if God did not go with them, they would not be provided for? I think, rather, that he so valued communion with the Lord that he feared to lose it. He knew that wherever the Lord was, there was joy and peace - and yes, provisions also. Let us likewise treasure communion with the Lord. Hardship or suffering or danger may be a joy if it is accompanied by a sense of the Lord’s presence. A mansion with all the luxuries of the world will be miserable without Him.


I am a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that keep Thy precepts.
Psalm 119:63
Who are your friends? David’s friends were all those who feared God. Our friends should be Christians. Sometimes you may be in a situation where there are just no Christians to be with. BE CAREFUL. It is much easier for you to be enticed into the world without realizing it than for your unsaved “friend” to become a Christian. Why? Because becoming a Christian takes a real fight - enjoying the world is natural. Try to make friends with Christians. Leave the world alone.


And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee.
John 9:37
The man who was born blind had never seen the one who had put clay on his eyes; but Jesus sought him out and said, “Thou hast seen him.” The point is that you can see the Son of God only with the eye of faith. The blind man saw Him before he laid eyes on Him; others laid eyes on Him but did not see Him! In answer to the simple question: “Who is he Lord?” Jesus adds, “It is He that talketh with thee.” Having received the answer that he eagerly anticipated, the healed man immediately answers: “Lord, I believe” and worships Him.

The Cross

Joseph  .  .  .  went to Pilate and begged the body of Jesus.
Matt. 27:57,58
Also Nicodemus  .  .  .  brought  .  .  .  myrrh and aloes.
John 19:39
Two loving friends of the Lord took His body down from the cross and buried Him in a new tomb. Normally one who died as a criminal received a criminal’s grave. God saw to it that Jesus was buried in a rich man’s tomb. After this the world never saw Jesus again. The next time they do, it will be in judgment. Woe to those who condemned Jesus and never repented of it - their eternal future will be in the lake of fire.

Service for Sisters

Well reported of for good works.
1 Timothy 5:10
This is spoken of widows. One requirement before they could be financially cared for by the assembly was that they had done good works -and in addition that they were well reported of. Young sisters, start your good works while you are young. You’re never too young to do good to others.


But when [Peter] saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid.
Matthew 14:30
It’s interesting that it wasn’t the waves, or the walking on the water that scared Peter, but the wind. Satan will “blow” on our faith too, to see if he can scare us. The winds of adversity put our faith to the test - and often we are afraid. Why? Because we’re watching the wind, not Jesus.
Just a little bit of faith and you can remove a mountain;
A little faith and you’ll calm the troubled sea;
And when the storms of life are pouring down
upon you,
Reach out your hand of faith - and trust in Me.
Dear CARELINES friends!
As I write this hello there are only 10 days left to 1991. Another year almost gone. And the Lord, in His infinite patience, is still waiting.
What a remarkable number of changes have occurred this year. The U.S.S.R. is no longer. Europe is becoming a united force in the world. Can the Lord’s coming be far away? I hardly think so. Keep looking up. He’s coming soon.
Thanks this issue to Paul Hadley for helping with many of the articles.


The churches  .  .  .  walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Acts 9:31
Often when we see that we are few in number, we feel that there must be a gospel outreach to bring in others. That may be so; however, notice in this verse that it was personal godliness and faith in the daily life which seemed to cause the disciples to be multiplied. Do not underestimate the power of the testimony of your life to the lost (and to other Christians) if you walk in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Ghost!

God Is Good

Thou art good, and doest good: teach me Thy statutes.
Psalm 119:68
David had learned how good God was. Later in his life king David showed some of God’s goodness to the lame grandson of the late king Saul. David had obviously learned from the Lord’s teaching. When we grasp the fact that all our eternal blessing has been planned for us by God BEFORE He made the world, then we realize just how good God is and that He does us good all the time.

Speak Your Heart

Forty years old was I  .  .  .  and I brought [Moses] word again as it was in mine heart.
Joshua 14:7
Caleb was one of the 2 faithful spies who investigated their land when Moses first got to the border of Canaan. Now, 40 years later, Caleb is recalling that he had reported to Moses what had been in his heart. Ten of the spies gave a bad report. Two didn’t, Caleb being one. He spoke what was in his heart. This is a real lesson to us. Speak what’s in your heart - don’t be swayed by the opinions of others.


They delivered the epistle: which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation [or, exhortation].
Acts 15:30-31
The exhortation had its desired effect of encouraging and building up the believers; they rejoiced for it. The soul that is close to the Lord longs for direction or even correction from the Lord. How is it, then, that sometimes when we receive exhortation we are agitated rather than comforted? There can be a big difference between correction and criticism: correction is helpful and should encourage; criticism tears down and discourages. If you receive a word of criticism, look for any correction in it, take it from the Lord, and rejoice.

The Garden

Now in the place where [Jesus] was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher.
John 19:41
The last time Jesus was in a garden it was a time of intense mental suffering - in the garden of Gethsemane. Now we see Him in a garden of rest. All is over now. Judgment is done, the price of sin paid for. The Lord’s body was laid to rest by loving hands. Is this it? For the disciples it was. But through the Spirit within us we know that it was not. Something wonderful and very marvelous was about to take place. The power of death was about to be broken.
Low in the grave He lay,
Jesus my Saviour.


I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 2:12
The Lord opens doors for each of us to spread His gospel. When an enquiring soul would come my way, I used to, right away, try to get this person to talk with some other brother who was “good” in the gospel. I did not recognize that the Lord had opened that particular door to me. We may fumble with our words; we may not know all the answers; but the Lord can use our earnest and simple words to help. Maybe the inquirer will want to talk to someone who can answer difficult questions; however, I recall times when the inquirer lost interest when he was brought to “the expert”.


Whither I go, thou canst not follow Me now; but thou shalt follow Me afterward.
John 13:36
None but Jesus could lay down His life that He might take it again. All others who entered into death were taken captive by it. Jesus boldly entered into the fortress of death and conquered it, setting its captives free. Jesus told Peter that he would follow Him into death afterwards. Jesus settled the question of sin and took the sting out of death; and so Peter was able to face death without fear. For the lost, death is the “King of Terrors”; for the saved, there is no terror in going to be with our King!


Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Job 40:4
Young people, it’s good to know that we, who are born again, are VERY precious to the Lord. He died to save us. We are perfect in God’s sight because of the death of His Son. But, in spite of all, this I must realize that I myself, in my own strength, in my own intelligence, AM ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. My life, Peter says, is just like a vapor that vanishes away. I cannot answer back to God. I must lay my hand upon my mouth. BUT I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST which strengthens me. You see, CHRIST IS EVERYTHING. Give Him the first place - and He will use you for His glory.

Treasure in Heaven

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth  .  .  .  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven  .  .  .  for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6:19-21
The late Sonny Liston, ex-heavyweight boxing champion of the world, used to say: “Everyone wants to get to heaven; but nobody wants to die.” There are God-given attachments to loved ones which we are not expected to want to sever; and we are not expected to want to pass through the pains of death; however, Mr. Liston’s statement is a commentary on where people have their treasure and their heart. Would you like to have a greater longing for heaven? Transfer more of your treasure there.


Of them which Thou gavest Me have I lost none.
John 18:9
Each believer comes to the Father through the Son (see John 14:6). And then God the Father plays an active role in our safe keeping. “They shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my Father’s hand. My Father which gave them Me, is greater than all: and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand.” John 10:28,29. The ultimate place of safety is the Lord’s hand and the Father’s hand. Are you in them?


That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Phil. 2:15
There is something enjoyable about looking into the dark sky and seeing the stars shining. Have you ever thought how that God must be pleased as He looks down into this dark world and sees His own shining for Him? We may be prone to count on Christian leaders to do the shining, but the real beauty of the night sky is the multitude of the stars. God intends that each one of us should give off our little light.

The Garden

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher.
John 20:1
Mary’s heart had never left the garden. Over the years Jesus had won her affections and although the Sabbath routine had to be kept, I’m sure Mary’s heart was not in it. In heart she was still in the garden, at the mouth of the sepulcher. Her Lord had died. What would she do? As soon as custom would allow she came back to the garden. This is devotion. Nothing would come between her and her Lord - even if He was dead. Are we that devoted to Him? Is the remembrance of His death that drawing power that brings us together every Sunday morning?


Fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life.
Philippians 4:3
Paul had many fellow laborers. The work of the Lord is vast and He uses many in the harvest fields. What a privilege: c to be a fellow laborer in the gospel, and,
c to know that your name is written in the Book of Life.

The Look

And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter.
Luke 22:61
The look that melted Peter’s heart;
That caused the bitter tears;
Was a silent word of tenderness,
Sounding loud in Peter’s ears.
Remembering what he had done
He wept so bitterly.
He left the warmth of worldly fires - 
The LOOK had set Him free.
“Whosoever  .  .  .  will be a friend of the world IS the enemy of God.”
James 4:4.


And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
Revelation 21:21
It is significant that the gates are of pearl. The pearl is the only adornment that is perfect just as it is found. Gold and silver must be refined and shaped; gems must be cut and polished. You and I will never be more fit to enter the presence of the Lord than we were the day we were saved. There is nothing that man can add to improve on salvation! Most who wear pearls enjoy their beauty but don’t remember that the pearl is the fruit of suffering in the oyster. Let us not forget the suffering of our Lord who opened the gate of salvation for us.


There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Cor. 10:13
There are four words of comfort in this verse for one who is tempted: (1) We might feel that no one else could understand or endure what we are passing through, but God says that our temptation is common to man. (2) Sometimes we feel that we just can’t bear our trial or temptation any longer; if we couldn’t bear it, God wouldn’t allow it. (3) “God is faithful”; doesn’t that tell us that our difficulty is for our ultimate good? (4) We may feel trapped, but God says that He will make a way of escape.


And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Ephesians 5:11
We as Christians may sometimes be content to make excuses for not participating in evil. It is well that we have no fellowship with the evil; however, God would have us know that we also have a responsibility to remind others of the wrongness of their deeds. “Open rebuke is better that secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” Proverbs 27:5,6.


God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.
2 Chronicles 32:31
Hezekiah had been very sick. He prayed, and God healed him. When some officials from another country came to ask him about this miracle that had occurred God tested the integrity of Hezekiah by leaving him. God wanted to see all that was in his heart. In other words, God wanted to see whether Hezekiah would brag about his own accomplishments or give the glory to God. Sometimes we are like Hezekiah. Instead of praising God for all the wonderful things in our life, we try to show how successful WE have been. Without Jesus we are absolutely nothing and can do nothing. Let’s give credit to whom it is due.

The Garden

But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher.
John 20:11
And what did she see? Two angels, not the Lord. Her tears continued - angels were not what she was looking for. Someone had taken her Saviour. She hears a voice behind her. She hears some questions but she didn’t recognize who spoke to her until she heard, “Mary!” She turns - and sees the Lord Jesus. Her response? “Rabboni!” which means, “My great Master!” She had found Him! The garden of rest had become the garden of resurrection. Jesus was ALIVE. Joy returns. Jesus had conquered sin, the grave, and Satan. He is indeed our great Master. Rabboni!


If any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest.
1 Corinthians 3:12
There are two categories of service: that which is for myself, and that which is for the Lord. Service done with and for the Lord is gold, silver, precious stones which will pass the judgment-seat fire test as a rewardable service. Service done under the “guise” of Christian service but with the intent of self-gratification will not pass the fire test. Wood, hay, stubble all burn when lit. O that we may each fulfil our responsibility in the field of service in a way that is pleasing to Christ. Then it will be of gold, silver, precious stones.

The Separator

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Galatians 6:14
Perhaps we might think of the cross as the altar and Jesus as the sacrifice; and perhaps we may glory in the cross as that which has put away our sins; however, that is not what the Apostle Paul is writing about in this verse. The cross is more than an altar - it is that which separates us from the world and all its pursuits! Jesus is not only the sacrifice and the object of our faith - He is the object of our affection!

Stand Fast

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith.
1 Corinthians 16:13
We must be on constant guard watching for enemy attacks. Satan rarely attacks the same way twice. He knows our weaknesses and will hit us there every time but with a new twist. Don’t fall asleep, young person, in spiritual things. That’s when Satan is most likely to get you. Stand fast in the faith. Don’t give up. The end of the path of faith is in sight. Watch ye!


Jacob  .  .  .  worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
Hebrews 11:21
The Lord had touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh and weakened him, just at the time when he was preparing to fight his brother Esau. His strength was taken from him when he needed it most. This made him more dependent on God. Ever after, Jacob’s staff would be a reminder of his handicap; but we find Jacob at the end of his life worshipping, leaning on the top of that staff. Our weakeners, also, are given to us to make us more dependent on the Lord and to draw us closer to Him.


Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
2 Kings 6:16
The eye of faith can see things that the human eye cannot. Elisha’s servant in this story in 2 Kings 6 looked outside the city one morning and saw the city completely surrounded by enemies. But Elisha saw more than that. He saw chariots of fire - the Lord’s army - in the mountains, more than able to overcome the enemy. Elisha prayed and his servant also saw what Elisha could see. Faith was rewarded and there was peace of heart. How’s your faith?

Give God a Chance

Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God  .  .  .  but Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.
Isaiah 7:11-12
God was seeking out king Ahaz. God wanted to prove Himself to the unbelieving king; but Ahaz would not give Him the chance. If you are weak in faith, God is gracious; He will reveal Himself to those who earnestly seek Him: it may be by a sign or by an answer to prayer or just by a sense of His presence. Let Him strengthen and encourage you. Don’t be like Ahaz; give God a chance.


Whither I go ye cannot come.
John 13:33
Jesus longed for companionship in His hour of sorrow; His feelings are expressed in the Psalms: “Lover and friend Thou hast put far from Me” and “I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.” However, He knew that they were not able: He said that they “cannot come.” He was that high priest entering alone into the holiest of all, offering the sacrifice of Himself for the sins of the people. Though His suffering is now over, He still looks for those who would associate themselves with His death. He says, “This do in remembrance of Me.”


If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1 Corinthians 3:14
One of the tests that building (service) will undergo is, was it done on the foundation? If so, then my work will receive a reward - it was gold, silver, precious stones and passed the fire test. What a wonderful day to be rewarded for faithful service. Not that I’m doing it for a reward but that my work will glorify the Lord Jesus. He should be the motivating force and reason why I do everything. Are you building with the right materials?


Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.
Ephesians 4:22
We are told to put out of our lives deceitful lusts. In Hebrews 3:13 we are warned of the “deceitfulness of sin”. In Mark 4:17, we read of the deceitfulness of riches. The deceitfulness of these things is that they promise happiness but deliver sorrow. Beware of lusts; they will try to push the true source of joy out of your life. If you let them fool you, you will be miserable.


Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
Luke 17:17
You can almost hear the disappointment in the Lord’s question. And how “disappointed” He must be when we forget to thank Him. Yes, the Lord wants us to come to Him with thankfulness - for everything: salvation, a home in heaven, present blessings that we often take for granted. Don’t forget to say “Thanks, Lord.” He notices when you don’t.


Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?
Matthew 18:33
In this similitude of the kingdom the debtor who was forgiven the 10,000 talent debt would not forgive his fellow servant who owed him 100 pence. Our Lord does not say that you ought to forgive your brother because the offense which he has committed against you is insignificant; a 100 pence debt was a very large debt in those days. You may be very deeply hurt by something that someone else has done to you; the Lord understands that. He only asks you to consider that which He has forgiven you.

The Pilgrim’s Path

Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country.
Numbers 20:17
This was the request of the Israelites when they reached the borders of Edom. There is a great parallel for our own pathway. See what conditions Joshua laid out:
We will NOT:
- pass through the fields (worldly pleasures);
- pass through the vineyards (worldly joy);
- drink of the water of the wells (worldly refreshment);
- turn to the right hand or left hand (no distractions).
We WILL go:
- by the King’s highway (God’s path);
- until we have passed thy borders (we are in the world
only for a while - then heaven).


Prepare to meet thy God.
Amos 4:12
Many in this world are not ready to meet their Creator. They are trusting only in themselves. Are you ready?
PREPARE - Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
TO MEET - We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
THY GOD - That in all things He might have the preeminence.


For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.
1 Corinthians 11:26
We can worship the Lord any time, any place. But there is a special time for collective worship. This is the highest level of worship that there is - a time when we remember what it cost the Lord Jesus to get us fit for heaven. That special time, the remembrance of the Lord in the breaking of bread, should be very meaningful to everyone who partakes. The remembrance of the cross should make our hearts burst with praise and adoration to Him who is so worthy - our Lord Jesus Christ.


Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
2 Timothy 4:11
There are many who have given up their jobs and are serving the Lord full time. That is not the question here. The point is that every one of you who knows the Lord Jesus as Saviour should be, and indeed can be, profitable to Him in His work. Satan would try to bring other things into your lives so that you are not useful to the Lord. Ask Him sincerely in prayer to show you how you can serve Him today. We often speak of activities that are either profitable or unprofitable, but the question is, “Are you profitable?”


Thou hast holden me by my right hand.
Psalm 73:23
The right hand is the hand of strength. And mine, as a child of God, is held by the Lord. This is a real comfort in times of trouble. The One who holds me by my right hand is stronger than all. He who controls the universe by the word of His mouth - He holds my hand.


He that earneth wages, earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
Haggai 1:6
How true this is of today’s society. It’s very frustrating to bring home your hard-earned pay only to see it all disappear on bills and living expenses. It is SO important that your eternal riches don’t suffer the same fate. Treasure built in heaven can never disappear. Labor for the Lord will be rewarded by Him. I think He allows us to feel frustrated here so that we might be more and more occupied with Him and heaven.


Take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law.
Joshua 22:5
He goes on:
1. to love the Lord,
2. to keep His commandments,
3. to cleave to Him,
4. to serve Him
This takes diligence and produces happiness and peace in a believer’s heart.


What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard Him, and observed Him.
Hosea 14:8
If we really get a view of the Lord in heaven, the things of this life that attract our hearts would fade into the background. Let’s turn our eyes from idols and fix them on our Lord Jesus in glory. Our prayer for you, young people, is that you would see more of Jesus now and live to please Him.


I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace.
Acts 20:32
The Apostle Paul was about to leave Ephesus and these words were spoken to the Ephesian Christians on the beach just before he got into a ship. He would never see them again and he committed them to God and His word. I have never met most of you, although I talk to you many times from these pages. I, too, commend you to God and His Word. He alone is able to keep you from falling.


MAY 10
When the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom  .  .  .  there was no more spirit in her.
1 Kings 10:4,5
The Queen of Sheba was totally awe-struck. Here was the most incredible array of kingly wisdom, power, wealth, respect and glory that she had ever seen. It’s just a little picture of what heaven will be like. When we see our King on His throne, and all His wisdom, power, wealth, respect and glory - then we will be totally awe-struck too - forever!


MAY 11
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.
Genesis 1:16
The sun - the greater light - is a picture of Christ. The lesser light - the moon - is a picture of the Church which is composed of all those who are true believers in the Lord Jesus. The moon reflects the sun’s light into the darkness. The Bible states that “men loved darkness rather than light.” This then is the challenge for us: that we who are Christians would reflect some of the Son’s light into this dark, depraved, degenerate world, so that through us they might see something of the beauty of Jesus and be drawn to Him.


MAY 12
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3
Sorrow and tears go with this life. We sometimes call it “this valley of tears.” I’m sure that there are many, if not all, reading this who have experienced a “broken heart”. You’ve been hurt at school by a “friend”; your boyfriend (or girlfriend) dumped you for someone else; a close friend or relative died. The Lord understands and sympathizes with you. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Tell Him the hurt - He really cares.


MAY 13
He that saw it bare record, and his record is true  .  .  .  he saith true, that ye might believe.
John 19:35
John saw everything that he wrote in his gospel. His record is true. It’s written from the viewpoint of Jesus as the Son of God. John’s account of the life of Jesus as a man shows Him as God’s Son in human form. It’s true. It really did happen. And John wants you to believe it. He was probably more in tune with Jesus than the other disciples, and he shares some things that the Lord did and said that are not recorded in Matthew, Mark or Luke. What a beautiful story - and it’s all true!


MAY 14
When He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears  .  .  .  was heard.
Hebrews 5:7
This verse is about the Lord. He prayed with great emotion and intensity  .  .  .  and He was heard. As a man He utterly cast Himself on God to help Him in His great time of need. What a lesson for us! How often we try to work our own way out of a situation without asking the Lord for help. Let’s be totally dependent on Him for everything.


MAY 15
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.
Romans 4:20
Abraham’s faith was being tested. God told him that his wife would have a son even though Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah 90. Abraham believed. Sarah had a son - and Abraham loved that son, Isaac, very deeply. Faith - absolute faith - is very pleasing to God and He will reward it. Has God called you to a special work for Him? Go out in faith - He will bless you for it.


MAY 16
Give, I pray thee, glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession unto Him; and tell me now what thou hast done.
Joshua 7:19
Confession is extremely important. No, more than that - it is absolutely necessary. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If we don’t confess, the Lord may have to pass us through trials until we acknowledge our wrongdoing. Keep short accounts with God. It’s the only way to happiness.


MAY 17
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me.
Psalm 50:23
Praise is pleasing to God and brings glory to Him. Why? Because we are thanking the Lord for what He has done. And anything that exalts Jesus glorifies God. Perhaps we don’t praise enough. We become so occupied with our own troubles that we stop thinking about the Lord. Today as we meet the Lord and remember Him in His death at Calvary, let’s praise Him —genuinely. It really does give glory to God.


MAY 18
And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.
Genesis 31:6
Jacob served his father-in-law with everything that he had. He did everything in his power to be a good servant. But his service wasn’t appreciated. When we serve the Lord, however, He appreciates everything we do for Him - no matter how insignificant it may seem to us. Even a cup of cold water given in His name will be rewarded. We have a Master who is really worth serving.


MAY 19
When he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction.
2 Chronicles 26:16
King Uzziah had great pride, so much of it that he thought that he was good enough to burn incense on the altar - a task reserved exclusively for the priests. The priests tried to warn him, but Uzziah became very angry, and God struck him down with leprosy - a disease that he had until he died. Watch out for pride, young person. God hates it - especially spiritual pride.


MAY 20
Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou are Mine.
Isaiah 43:1
Yes, young person, you have been called to belong to the Lord Jesus. He has called you by your name. This shows His interest in you as an individual. You belong to Him - He bought you with His blood. You are redeemed. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” There’s no need to be afraid. God has given you peace.


MAY 21
If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth.
1 Peter 4:11
God has given you an ability in something. Each of us has been given a different gift or area of service. It doesn’t matter what that ability is. Use it. Don’t go beyond the ability that God has given. Just use it in the sphere where the Lord makes you feel comfortable. Some of you are good at visiting the sick and other shut-ins. Some can preach the gospel. Some can explain the Scriptures well. Some can relate to young people. Some can witness one-on-one with total strangers. Just remember to use what God has given you and don’t step beyond your gift until God makes it clear that He has other things for you to do.


MAY 22
For neither at any time used we flattering words  .  .  .  nor a cloak of covetousness.
1 Thessalonians 2:5
The Christian world is full of crooks. Some TV evangelists make millions of dollars by using “flattering words” and “a cloak of covetousness.” The Apostle Paul was honest, and he is a good example to follow. The Lord wants us to be honest in all things. Everything we do should be done for the Lord’s honor and glory. Remember that He sees everything, He knows our thoughts and intentions, and we will have to give an account of how we conducted ourselves here. Be honest.


MAY 23
We were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children.
1 Thessalonians 2:7
A nurse cherishing her children leaves us a mental picture of a very kind, patient and gentle person doing everything she can to protect her young charges and to help them learn and grow. A true servant of the Lord will not strive (or be hard to get along with), but will be gentle unto all. Is that what marks you? Gentleness! It’s a great quality to practice.

The Lord’s Death

MAY 24
Moses and Elias: who appeared in glory, and spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem.
Luke 9:31
Moses and Elijah could have visited with the Lord on numerous topics when they met Him on the mountaintop. Instead, they discussed Calvary. Perhaps the whole of heaven was occupied with the Lord’s imminent death, and so Moses and Elijah were just continuing what was the main topic of concern in heaven. How much are we occupied with Jesus and His death at Calvary? We commend this subject to you as one that warrants your special attention today. It’s the most important event that ever occurred on earth. And God will never forget it.


MAY 25
Ye should abstain from fornication.
1 Thessalonians 4:3
.  .  .  But we were so much in love  .  .  .
.  .  .  We didn’t mean to  .  .  .
.  .  .  Hey, listen, man, it happened before we could stop  .  .  .
.  .  .  Everybody does it, so what’s the big deal?  .  .  .
But God says: ABSTAIN FROM FORNICATION. We must obey God rather than make excuse for our own lack of self-control or our own permissiveness.


MAY 26
Every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor.
1 Thessalonians 4:4
There are many practical verses in Thessalonians that are a challenge to the way we conduct ourselves. Yesterday we considered the need for abstinence from fornication. It’s all very well for me to say, “Don’t do it.” But how can you guard against it? Paul says, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” That’s one way that you can exercise self-control - by walking in the Spirit. Perhaps you have some suggestions as to practices to help avoid fornication. Write them down and send them to me (Paul Pascoe). We’ll publish a list of practical helps to avoid this most damaging sin.


MAY 27
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
1 Thessalonians 4:7
The world is fast sliding into an abyss of uncleanness. Romans 1 shows how bad man would become, and we are at that point today. God has given up the Christ-rejectors to allow them to practice all kinds of evil and immorality. But for those of us who belong to Him through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been called out of the world and its ways to be holy and wholly for Him.


MAY 28
Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates.
Proverbs 8:34
To obtain and use the wisdom given by God is of immense value. There is great blessing in a believer’s life when the path of godly wisdom is followed. Daily dependence and asking for wisdom is needed if we are to make sound decisions (and in today’s world we need to make sound decisions). Don’t start your day without first asking the Lord for the wisdom that you will need to meet and respond to every situation.

God’s Secret

MAY 29
The Lord hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.
2 Kings 4:27
Sometimes the Lord doesn’t tell us what is happening, and we have to wait in dependence on Him before the way is made clear. Have you asked the Lord for something and the answer hasn’t come? Wait longer. He’s testing your sensitivity to the Spirit’s guidance. Elisha, in our chapter, soon knew what had happened and why he was needed. Your patience, too, will be rewarded. Wait on the Lord. He just hasn’t told you yet.


MAY 30
Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psalm 107:28
A genuine cry to the Lord for help will be answered. How often, though, we only cry to the Lord after we’ve exhausted every other avenue. Perhaps this indicates how much we do or don’t trust in Him. Peter didn’t try to get back into the boat when he started sinking as he was walking on the water. No, he called to the Lord for help. And the Lord saved him. Let’s all get into the habit of calling on the Lord FIRST.

Jesus Only

MAY 31
And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
Matthew 17:8
Three of the Lord’s disciples had just experienced one of the most spectacular events in their lives. But they didn’t realize just how important Jesus was in the eyes and thoughts of God until Peter, James and John saw Jesus only. Everything else, no matter how wonderful, was shut out. When we meet with the Lord to remember Him in His death, is He the only person we see? Quite often we are occupied with the happenings of yesterday or last week. Let’s really try on this special day to shut out everything else and see Jesus only.
Hello from the CareLines desk!
Not much to say this time except that we’re still expecting the Lord to come pretty soon. Are you all ready? We pray that not one of our readers will be left behind on the next, most momentous event that will take place in this world - the day all Christians everywhere will be snatched away without a second’s warning. You will get NO second chance. Make sure you’re ready - NOW.
Thanks to Dan Hayhoe for help this issue.


When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
Luke 7:13
One of the characteristics of the Lord was that He had compassion on those in trouble. We often see funeral processions and feel no particular compassion for those who mourn - we don’t even know who they are. But Jesus cared very deeply for this widow in our verse. She had lost her only son. The Lord cared so much that He raised him back to life again. Jesus cares for you in your sorrow. “His compassions fail not. They are new every morning.” He never runs out of compassion.


Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
1 Timothy 3:11
This verse applies to someone who has a position of responsibility in the local assembly. It is plain that not only the person himself but also his wife had to be clear of things like slander. Rather than slandering those around us (an activity that even those in the world look down on in disgust), it is so much better to be occupied with the things that are listed in Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true  .  .  .  honest  .  .  .  just  .  .  . pure  .  .  .  lovely  .  .  .  of good report  .  .  .  think on these things.”


Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.
John 17:17
The Lord Jesus was praying to His Father when He mentioned the words in our verse today. His desire for those who belonged to Him was that they should be separate from the defilement of this world. Hebrews 10:10 describes our spiritual position because of the work of Calvary. But our verse is referring to daily separation in the nitty-gritty details of life. We can do that through reading the Scriptures. When you pour water through a sieve, even though it doesn’t retain anything, at least the sieve is cleaned. So you can clean your mind and heart with the Word of God. READ!


Exercise yourself  .  .  .  unto godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things.
1 Timothy 4:7,8 NKJV
There is a tremendous emphasis today on physical exercise, getting in shape, taking care of our bodies, staying fit. And all of these things do profit for a little time. But the only thing which has eternal benefit is exercising ourselves unto godliness. In other words, daily building ourselves up spiritually - consciously and in an organized way - so that our lives will be lived for the glory of God. Just as your level of performance in sports will be determined by your physical fitness and practice now, so your future enjoyment of Christ and your capacity to appreciate Him will be determined by your spiritual exercise from day to day.


Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
From the time I was a preteen right through high school my mother said to me every morning as I left for school, “Son, be thou an example.” Even though I sometimes resented it, her words had a tremendous preserving effect on my life, and I am very thankful now for her faithfulness then. The Word of God tells us, “None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.  .  .  . Whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” We cannot live our lives in a vacuum and we cannot live our lives selfishly, thinking that what we do has no effect on other Christians. It does have an effect, whether for good or for bad. We are members of the same body and we are told to be an example.


Godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Timothy 6:6
We are assaulted almost every day of our lives with advertising that is specifically designed to make us discontented with what we are and what we have in this life. The message is clear - whatever you bought last week is not good enough today. Pressure, pressure, pressure. Satisfy yourself with something new, and better. Godliness with contentment runs totally contrary to the thinking of modern society. When we consider our eternal blessings in Christ and His daily blessings poured out on us we should be perfectly content. And it should show. The challenge is to avoid being swept along with the grumbling, complaining, grasping, dissatisfied crowd and ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE in Jesus.

The Lord’s Day

If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath  .  .  .  and shalt honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure.  .  .
Isaiah 58:13
“.  .  .  nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord” (v. 14). These verses, which refer to the Sabbath, are a good example for us in connection with the Lord’s Day. We should treat it differently from other days of the week. The world has changed the Lord’s Day into a day of recreation and business. Unfortunately, it has affected the way we treat it too, and many times we do things on Sundays just like everyone else. Let’s respect the Lord’s Day, and keep it for Him who rose from the dead on that day, the first day of the week.


No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2 Timothy 2:4
The word “entangled” is from a Greek word that means to “weave in”. This brings a very strong picture before us which goes much deeper than our usual thoughts about the word. In West Africa the Urhobo chiefs wear beautiful, multicolored robes which often display a thin gold thread intricately woven through the fabric, making the robe reflect the rays of the sun in a gorgeous way. This should be the character of our lives. That thin gold thread would remind us of the glorious person of Christ who should be woven into the very fabric of our lives so that we reflect His glory to those around. When we weave ourselves into the affairs of this life the gold thread won’t show.


For men shall be lovers of their own selves.
2 Timothy 3:2
In this epistle we have a description of God’s house on earth in disorder. It’s called a “great house”. This includes many professing Christians who are not really born again - they just say they are. In our verse today we have a long list of characteristics of those who are not true children of God. And it begins with “lovers of their own selves.” When found in real Christians, self-centeredness and selfishness are sinful attitudes which lead to many problems. Let us all try to occupy our thoughts with the Lord Jesus, to give Him the first place in our lives, and not to put ourselves in the limelight.

Ask God

And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord.
Joshua 9:14
Here we have a great lesson. Fellowship with the world will dull our communion with the Lord. What Joshua and his men saw convinced them that their visitors were telling the truth. So they accepted them without asking for the Lord’s thoughts on the matter. From that day on, the Jewish people formed an alliance with a tribe of the land. This alliance should never have been made. ALWAYS ASK THE LORD for guidance, young believer. The world can put on a pretty good act if they choose to and may trap you in a wrong relationship.


Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2
In verse 5 of our chapter it says, “For every man shall bear his own burden.” Is this a contradiction? Of course not. If you look up the word burden in a Greek dictionary, you will see that the original language of the Bible used two entirely different words for “bear”. The word in our verse means “weight”. This indicates that sometimes the weight of daily life gets more than we can carry. When we notice another Christian bearing a great weight of life, we should immediately be willing to ease that burden, even if it means carrying some of it ourselves.


For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
The word for fear is the same one used in Revelation 21:8 in the list of those who have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. The first on that list is “fearful”. Fear, or timidity, or cowardice, is not from God. We often feel afraid when there’s a chance to witness to our friends for the Lord. We are timid in standing up and letting the world know that we’re a Christian. But this is not what God wants. Sure there are some who are naturally more timid than others. They’re just made that way. But God has given each of His own the power, and the love, and the discretion to be effective witnesses for Him.


And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections [passions] and lusts.
Galatians 5:24
You might say, “That’s really tough for me to do. My lusts seem to be uncontrollable. As soon as I think that I have them under control they come back to haunt me again, and make me fail.” Let’s check out verses 22 and 23 - “the fruit of the Spirit”, and verse 25 - “walking in the Spirit.” These are two bookends surrounding our verse and they must be in place if we are to win the victory over our lusts and passions. So next time you feel your lusts or passions getting out of control, check to make sure that the bookends are in place.


He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.
Psalm 40:3
Our new song is not man-made, but one that Christ has put in our hearts. It’s a happy song and one that we’ll never get tired of singing. It’s the song of the redeemed. There never has been a song in the history of man that has been able to give God the praise that He deserves. He gave up His own Son and punished Him for our sins so that we could go free. And after we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, He puts the new redemption song in our mouth that gives praise to Him. Redemption is God’s work and the song is His. Let’s praise Him with it today.


God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, BY WHOM THE WORLD IS CRUCIFIED UNTO ME, AND I UNTO THE WORLD.
Galatians 6:14
The cross of Jesus erects a barrier that separates me, as a Christian, from Satan’s world. If I force myself around that cross and join hands with the world, then I have placed myself in a very serious position. I knew a young Christian lady very well. Each Sunday she remembered the Lord in His death at the breaking of bread. But she began to seek out friends and pleasures in the world. Her mother quoted James 4:4 to her: “Friendship with the world is enmity against God.  .  .  .  Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world IS the enemy of God.” Her response was, “Well then, I guess I’ll just have to be an enemy of God!” A few days later she was killed in a terrible car crash. Don’t make the Lord speak to you like that!


Be courteous.
1 Peter 3:8
Go on, open the car door for her - it’s not sissy, it’s considerate. Stand up on a crowded bus and offer the lady your seat. Say “Excuse me!” when you accidentally bump into that older brother at meeting. Say “Hello!” to that old, frail sister who doesn’t walk as fast as she used to. Say “Thank you!” when someone shows you a kindness. Hold the swinging door so that it doesn’t slam in the face of the person behind you. These seem to be little things, but they make the day go better for others. Be courteous. God expects you to, especially to members of your own family.


His sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
1 Samuel 3:13
Eli had a real problem on his hands. His sons did not follow his faithful walk. Instead, they took bribes and committed fornication with as many women as they could. However, Eli’s real downfall was that he did not try to rebuke or restrain his sons. For any parents who may be reading this, restrain your child if you see them going in a path contrary to the Word of God. God will hold YOU responsible if you let them go unchecked. And young person, your Christian parents are trying to steer you in a path that is pleasing to the Lord. Don’t despise them when they admonish you.


Walk worthy of God.
1 Thessalonians 2:12
Walk in such a way that God is not ashamed of you. That is an extremely high standard, but totally attainable. The new nature CANNOT sin. It is God’s nature and He cannot sin. Therefore, we can walk worthy of God. By keeping the old nature in the place of death the new nature will flourish and everything that the new nature does is pleasing to God.


Be ye holy in all manner of conversation.
1 Peter 1:15
Immoral life styles are all around us. The media is full of it. Any scandal involving today’s heroes or politicians makes the headlines. As Christians we are called by God to a holy walk, a holy life-style, one that God can look down on with approval. We are encouraged to be holy as He (the Lord Jesus) is holy. Do we measure up?


Serving the Lord.
Romans 12:11
Service is such an important aspect of the Christian life. And we especially encourage you young people to serve the Lord. While you are young, with lots of energy and strength, and few responsibilities, may you be exercised to spend as much time as you can in dedicated service for Him. We only have today to live. We are not promised tomorrow. Use today for Him.

Be Ready

Be ready in the morning  .  .  .  and present thyself there to Me in the top of the mount.
Exodus 34:2
How’s our readiness? The Lord wanted Moses to be ready the next morning. And not just any old ready - but ready to stand before God. There are two cardinal rules to follow when going for a job interview: Be there on or before time, and, dress like you really want to impress. How much more dedicated we should be when summoned to present ourselves before God.


Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto His name; for it is pleasant.
Psalm 135:3
Recently we visited an old couple, the wife being quite ill with various maladies and cancer. She rarely gets out any more. As we left, the husband said, “Well, we’ve got such a lot to thank the Lord for. We’ve got no troubles!” Amazing faith! This surely gave joy to the heart of God as He heard this dear brother’s words of praise.


For His mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 136:1-26
Psalm 136 is most unusual. David makes 26 statements, and follows each one with “for His mercy endureth for ever.” No matter whether it was just praise to the Lord, or a remembrance of His care during the wilderness journey, or the slaying of the enemy, everything revolved around one basic premise: His mercy endures forever. So too for us. It’s nothing but God’s great mercy that we’re cared for all the way to heaven.

A Message for Guys

The commandment is a lamp  .  .  .  to keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
Proverbs 6:23,24
Verse 25 goes on: “Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.” A worldly woman, perfumed, attractively made up, dressed in beautiful clothes, is still just that - a worldly woman, with a worldly heart, bent on worldly ways. BE CAREFUL! The outside is a cover for a wicked heart. Keep close to the Lord and His Word or you will be led astray.


If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.
John 14:14
God answers the prayer of faith asked in the name of His dear Son, our Lord Jesus. Note some items of interest in connection with prayer; your prayer must be asked:
- in faith;
- in Jesus’ name;
- according to God’s will;
- without doubting.


Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in His ways.
Psalm 128:1
There is a path of blessing and happiness. There is a path that the Lord will bless. There is a path that will bring great reward. The path is the one that follows God. In order to find the path you must fear the Lord. What does that mean? You respect the Lord’s wishes in how He wants you to live. Christians are expected to leave the pleasures and evil ways of the world and follow a rejected Christ - a life of simplicity, honesty and purity. That’s Christ’s way. Are you walking it?

The Scriptures

My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother.
Proverbs 6:20
Obedience to parents is regarded as absolutely necessary - as long as their directions don’t contradict Scripture. There is responsibility toward God on both sides.
- The parent(s) must guide the children in the fear of the Lord.
- The child must obey - as before God.
Sometimes you may not understand why you have to do what you’re told to do. But if you obey as unto the Lord you will have the Lord’s blessing in your life.


Who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send Me.
Isaiah 6:8
A sacrifice for the sins of the world was needed. Man was hopeless and helpless and away from God. Who could go? Who could bear the great burden of sin that had to be dealt with? Christ was the only one and in our verse He volunteered to go. No one else was capable. No one else loved that much. Let’s remember today as we gather around the Lord Jesus that His love was so strong that death could not quench it. He willingly offered Himself without spot to God in order that we might go free. He was the only perfect sacrifice, and as a result we have free access to heaven through faith in Him.


Love  .  .  .  is kind.
1 Corinthians 13:4
L ife is getting more rushed.
O ther people live their lives for them.
V ery often, I do the same for me.
E veryone is getting selfish.
I sn’t it a shame that Christ doesn’t
S hine in my life as He should?
K indness - an act that more and more
I s disappearing in our daily life.
N othing makes me feel sadder inside when others
D on’t show kindness to me - do I to them?


I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.
Ezekiel 11:5
Wow! God knows every thought that we think -good or bad. You see, He knows our intentions, what our real purpose was in what we did or said. And everything is recorded. Thoughts towards the Lord will be rewarded. Thoughts that are evil or towards myself will be judged. We need to practice thought control. The ad says, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” It is indeed. So let’s reduce all our thoughts to Him. Then there will be peace and contentment.


Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness.
Psalm 141:5
When we are rebuked by any who are walking a godly path, we should take it, not as being unkind, but as a kindness. They care for us so much that they don’t want us to get into trouble. Often we take a rebuke the wrong way -and a rebuke does hurt, no matter which way it’s meant. But we must consider the source and appreciate anything that is done to stop us in a downward course.


Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
2 Timothy 2:19
Scripture is clear. There is a call to the individual to depart from iniquity - whether religious or moral. Christ cannot link His name with evil. Therefore, if we ever find ourselves identified with that which either supports evil or is evil, we are called to depart from it. Take that step of faith. Leave what is evil and let the Lord show you what the next step is.


For by thy words thou shalt be justified.
Matthew 12:37
We need to watch our words. Our verse goes on to say, “And by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” God never forgets. If you have never confessed the Lord as Saviour, then you will be condemned by your words. God’s name is used in vain all around us. Some people use the Lord’s name as everyday vocabulary. By their words they will be condemned. Is the name of Jesus special to you? Do you speak His name with reverence? If you also believe in Him, then by your words you will be justified.


Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124:8
What better source for help than the name of the Lord. He who made heaven and earth, who is all-powerful, all-loving and all-caring, is the only One who can help us in our difficulties. How many times do we go to any other place instead of to the Lord in order to get help. Sure our friends and family can be a real help and comfort, but why not go to the most powerful?


I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
Psalm 122:1
The worship meeting should be a meeting that we really look forward to. We are going to meet with the Lord Jesus Christ, to remember Him in His death. For once this week our thoughts will be on Jesus, and not on ourselves. And when our thoughts are on Him, there will be gladness of heart and a willingness to get to meet Him.


Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.
Psalm 127:1
Unless our service for Christ is done with His leading and His support and His encouragement, we are wasting our time. Just remember, young believer, that service in the name of the Lord is done by millions; some are genuine in their service, some are not. Let each one reading this message today be very much before the Lord that his or her service - whatever it may be - be done in His fear, for His glory and according to the Scriptures.


They that trust in their wealth  .  .  . none of them can by any means redeem his brother.
Psalm 49:6,7
Riches can have their useful place in this life. But the richest person in the world cannot redeem even his closest relative. They can buy houses, land, cars, all the luxuries and excesses possible, but they can’t buy salvation. Eternal life is only available by believing in Jesus. He alone has the power (and paid the price) to redeem man. Trust Him if you are still unsaved. Tomorrow may be too late.


Him that is able to keep you from falling.
Jude 24
The Lord is well able to keep us from falling. So why is it that we sometimes do fall? Perhaps one reason is that we don’t practice diligently the additions to our faith that Peter lists in the first chapter of his second letter: add VIRTUE to faith, KNOWLEDGE to virtue, SELF-CONTROL to knowledge, PERSEVERANCE, GODLINESS, BROTHERLY KINDNESS, and LOVE. “For if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” 2 Peter 1:10. God will keep us, but these verses tell us what we need to do.


I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.
Psalm 17:15
David knew something of life after death. He knew that death was not the end of everything. More than that, he seemed to know that he would be just like his Lord. It is revealed to us in John’s epistle that “we shall be like Him.” This doesn’t mean that we’ll all have the same faces, but we will all have sinless, incorruptible bodies, with the deficiencies of this life replaced by perfection. What a relief! No wonder David was looking forward to it.

Giving in

[Delilah] pressed [Samson] daily with her words.
Judges 16:16
And Samson finally gave in. He told her the secret to his strength, something he should never have revealed. It was a secret between Samson and God. He gave up his separate walk to share a secret with the world. Subsequently he lost his relationship with the Lord, he lost his freedom, his eyesight, his dignity, and finally his life. Don’t flirt with the world, young friend. It will deceive you and you will lose that special relationship with Christ that is so necessary for a happy life.


When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are.
Matthew 6:5
What is a hypocrite? Someone who pretends to be something that they are not. Jesus condemned hypocrisy very strongly simply because the hypocrite put on a show for others to think that he was righteous when, in fact, his heart was not right with God. Are you the same every day of the week, or do you “behave” on Sundays? This is a very searching question and one that needs to be answered even by those of us who are not young any more.


Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Psalm 29:2
Worthy of homage and of praise;
Worthy by all to be adored:
Exhaustless theme of heavenly lays!
Thou, thou art worthy, JESUS, LORD.


Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
1 Corinthians 7:23
Some employers are not satisfied unless you put in 60 hours or more a week. And even then they may not be satisfied. Those of us who are saved have a commitment to the Lord. He is the One who bought us - it cost Him everything. So we need to be careful that we don’t take away from the Lord’s share of our lives and give too much to man. We belong to Jesus. He should have the FIRST part.


Timothy  .  .  .  faithful in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 4:17
That’s a nice commendation, that one is faithful to the Lord. We are encouraged when we see younger Christians who are walking in a way that shows their faithfulness to the Lord. You are never too young to start down that path. Samuel started down it when he was a very young child and lived a life of faithfulness to God. We encourage each of our readers to do the same.

Fighting God

God is greater than man. Why dost thou strive against Him?
Job 33:12,13
When we don’t submit to God’s chastening (we are not concerned about a difficulty that we’re going through) and carry on as if there is nothing wrong, then we are really fighting against God. And we can’t possibly win. Close communion with Him, no confidence in ourselves, and a sensitivity to our circumstances, will cause a humbling of ourselves before God and blessing will surely follow. Don’t fight against God - it’s not worth it.

New Life

But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified  .  .  .
1 Corinthians 6:11
WASHED: in the precious blood of Christ - all my sins are gone.
SANCTIFIED: I have Christ’s name on me and I have been separated from the world and its evil ways.
JUSTIFIED: No one can point the finger at me - I cannot be condemned. It’s as if I never had sinned at all.
.  .  .  in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Giving Offense

Give none offense.
1 Corinthians 10:32
Lord, help me today,
In what I do and say,
Should others pass my way,
To not offend.
Lord, control my tongue,
When I meet anyone,
No matter what they’ve done,
I won’t offend.


My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God.
Psalm 42:2
Have you ever been so thirsty that your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth? Humans can go for about three days without water, yet often Christians go much longer without spiritual food or drink. Has your life seemed empty, dry, or even painful lately? God often allows hard, trying times in our lives, not to punish us, but to help us realize how “thirsty” we really are.


He is thy Lord; and worship thou Him.
Psalm 45:11
Worship is the automatic response of a heart that has been cleansed from sin. We really don’t need to be told to worship the Lord. And yet sometimes in the ever increasing rush of life perhaps we need to be reminded that Jesus is still our Lord and we need to spend time in worship.


Epaphras  .  .  .  a servant of Christ  .  .  . always laboring fervently for you in prayers.
Colossians 4:12
A lot of work for the Lord is done in private. Prayer is some of that “private” work. The Lord taught His disciples to pray “in the closet.” In our verse Epaphras labored with dedication in prayer for the Colossian saints. Perhaps you have a certain person on your heart as needing prayer. Maybe a young person in your assembly doesn’t come to meeting any more. Labor for them in prayer - fervently. You may be the only intercessor they have (besides the Lord).

God’s Hand

The hand of God hath touched me.
Job 19:21
The touch of God’s hand was felt by Job very strongly. God has to speak loudly at times if we get away from Him or if we become spiritually proud. Just the touch of God’s hand and all our “greatness” becomes nothing, all our strength becomes total weakness. What is God’s purpose in touching us? That we might give Him first place in our lives, that we might give glory to Him, and that He might bless us. Are we listening?


Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.
2 Corinthians 3:5
A big hit song by Frank Sinatra has this line several times, “I did it my way.” Sinatra thinks a lot of himself and his accomplishments. As Christians, however, our confidence must be in God. To think that we are self-sufficient is the deceit of Satan. God is the source of all our blessings, and we should always try to live our lives His way.


When he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction.
2 Chronicles 26:16
King Uzziah had great pride. He had so much of it that he thought he was now good enough to burn incense on the altar - a task reserved exclusively for the priests. The priest warned him, but Uzziah became very angry and God struck him down with leprosy - a disease he had until his death. Watch out for pride, young person. God hates it - especially spiritual pride.


Ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
1 Thessalonians 4:9
When a person becomes a Christian they receive a new nature that loves others even when they are unresponsive or unlovable. God’s love is that way too. He loved us when we were sinners and away from Him. His love went all the way to Calvary, and on into death. And He still loves us even when we do wrong and commit sin. His nature is now ours and our love can go out to others even in the most trying situations. Some things we learn by reading, some things by listening. To love, we learn from God Himself. And His lessons bring great reward.


See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:15
It’s in our nature to get even, just like the bumper sticker that says, “I don’t get mad, I get even.” That’s the old nature at work - quick to respond in an unkind way. But the Apostle Paul in writing to the saints at Thessalonica reminds them, and us, to always follow that which is good. Instead of a harsh word, a kind remark. Instead of anger, a quiet response. Instead of derision, sympathy. Let the new nature take control. It makes for peace.


I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
Every part of us, from the depths of our being to the outside shell, needs to be preserved. It is so easy to get occupied with the world and its wickedness, especially when you are in school. The peer pressure from others of your age is very strong. All the moral standards that our forefathers tried to stand for in the fear of God are being given up. We do well to pray this prayer for each other every day: “I pray God that your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved BLAMELESS unto the coming of the Lord.”

God’s Servant

My servant Job  .  .  .
Job 1:8; 2:3; 42:7; 42:8
Right after Job 1:8, Job lost all his children and worldly possessions in a catastrophe. Immediately after Job 2:3, God allowed Satan to touch Job and cause intense suffering from boils - head to toe. Then for 40 long chapters and several months Job wondered and reasoned and argued as to why this had all been allowed. When he confessed that he was a sinner and humbled himself, God restored everything - doubled. And through it all Job was called by God, “My servant.” Incredible story!


Peter followed Him afar off  .  .  .  and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
Mark 14:54
Peter learned a very valuable lesson here. You can’t fellowship with the world and remain faithful to the Lord. His association led him to deny that he even knew Jesus. Be very careful, young Christian, as to who are your “friends”. They can cause you to do things that your new nature would never even consider. Don’t sit and warm yourself by the fires of the world, no matter how cold it is outside.


He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psalm 107:29
Jesus did this more than once while He was on earth - a clear evidence that He was God, continuing what He did in Old Testament times. Not only in the physical realm but also in the spiritual realm He can calm the storm in our lives so that the waves are still. Let the Lord take control in the troubles in your life and you will feel a great peace.


He bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psalm 107:30
The desired haven for every true child of God is heaven - the Father’s house. And the Lord Jesus will bring us there. Even though life has its ups and downs, the trials sometimes severe, yet the end of the path is heaven. Notice that our verse says, “He bringeth them.” Yes, Jesus Himself is going to come and call us to meet Him in the air and take us back to glory.


Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief.
Hebrews 3:12
The Israelites didn’t believe that God had their good at heart. And so everyone who left Egypt (except for two) never made it to Canaan. God made them wander in the desert for 40 years until the original generation had died. This is the message to the New Testament Hebrews, and to each one of us who have been influenced by the gospel. Do we really believe the gospel? If not, we’ll die in the wilderness and never make it to the promised land.


This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4
There is only one way to overcome and that is through faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. With faith we can remove mountains. God expects us to use faith and He rewards us for using it. Are you finding that the world’s attraction is too strong? Try putting your faith into action and overcome.

Heaven on Earth

That your days may be multiplied  .  .  . as the days of heaven upon the earth.
Deuteronomy 11:21
This promise to Israel was conditional on their dedication to keeping God’s Word. Its principle, though, seems to hold true today. If our interest and time is in devotedness to the Word of God, we will have a very happy life. And what will life be like in heaven? Very happy.


Why camest thou down hither?  .  .  . Thou art come that thou mightest see the battle.
1 Samuel 17:28
WRONG! David had come to fight the battle, not watch it. David’s purpose had been misunderstood. Don’t worry if people misunderstand you. Satan can use others’ reactions to what you do as a real hindrance to the work of the Lord. In our chapter today David was not turned aside from his purpose and he challenged, met and overcame the enemy.

My Words

Therefore shall ye lay up these My words in your heart and in your soul.
Deuteronomy 11:18
This verse follows a warning about turning aside from the Lord to serve other gods. A preventative “medicine” to stop this is to fill our hearts and our souls with God’s Word. How much do we value the Scriptures? They are worth making a part of our daily routine, part of our regular diet. God’s Word. It always comes to pass.


Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Proverbs 15:16
Here’s a simple couplet that makes a lot of sense. Why is the first part so much better than the second? Which would you rather have: peace and a happy heart, or trouble, trouble, trouble? I think we would all pick the first. And we can have it if we make the Lord our primary object.


Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
Proverbs 15:17
Said another way this means, It is better to eat salad and have a loving home, than to eat prime rib and have a home of hatred and unhappiness. It is better to be poor with the Lord, than rich without Him. There are many who eat well and have everything that money can buy but are miserable on the inside. Thankfully, there are many who are happy and enjoying the Lord but have none of the luxuries that many of us have. Theirs is a rich life indeed.


A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.
Proverbs 15:13
A person who is happy on the inside cannot help but show it. Conversely, a grouch has a miserable look on his or her face. A little song that the children sometimes sing says: “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.” A happy Christian will indeed know it and it will be evident - by a contented, happy face.


How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
Proverbs 16:16
These two statements were written by a man who was both rich and wise. Solomon had asked God for the wisdom to govern his country properly. God granted his request and also gave him much wealth. And Solomon felt that wisdom was much more important than gold or silver. There’s only one source for this wisdom and that’s God Himself. If you are His child, you can ask for it and He’ll give it.


The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6
The work of the cross was God’s work. He chose to lay on Jesus our iniquity. And then He punished Him for it as if it was His own. This was the punishment that we deserved but Jesus took it for us. As we remember the Lord Jesus again today, let’s think about the tremendous cost of our salvation. It cost Jesus His life. It cost God the giving up of His Son.


I am the least in my father’s house. And the Lord said unto [Gideon], Surely I will be with thee.
Judges 6:15,16
Gideon was told by God to go and do a wonderful service in freeing Israel from the bondage of their oppressors. Gideon felt his own weakness and nothingness. But the Lord said, “Surely I will be with thee.” That must have been a real encouragement for Gideon. When the Lord gives you a work to do, do it even if you feel helpless, because when it’s His work, He’ll be in it with you.


For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
Job 33:14
Power and speed were being enjoyed by the two snowmobilers on the newly frozen Michigan lake. The thrill of the 50 MPH ride was suddenly replaced, however, by an icy plunge into the water. Swift action by some on shore using ladders and ropes allowed these two to be rescued - but it was so close. God often speaks to us through the circumstances and “close calls” in our lives. Are you listening?


And [Rahab] bound the scarlet line in the window.
Joshua 2:21
Rahab was probably not a well-respected person in Jericho. But she had something that no one else in that city had: Faith. She believed the spies. She believed their word. And she demonstrated her faith by tying the scarlet line in her window. Her faith was put into action. Her faith was the means of her salvation. And by grace God chose Rahab to be in the lineage of the Lord. God rewards faith!


A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
Proverbs 16:9
This is a good verse to keep in mind when you are planning your schooling, your career, your marriage. God expects you to use the brain He has given you. He expects you to plan ahead a certain amount. Yes, even dream of what you want to be when you grow up. But, let the Lord guide you through the doors that He opens up. Don’t leave the Lord out of your plans. Everything should be done “if the Lord will.” Study the Scriptures. They make plain what God can approve of and what He can’t.


And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.
Revelation 21:1
This is still future. Did you ever wonder why God has to make a new heaven and earth? I’m sure it’s because man has so ruined everything which God made perfect in the beginning that the only way to fix things up and eradicate all the effects of sin is to start over. Even when we became Christians God did not patch up the old. No, He gave us a brand new life - one that cannot and will not ever sin.


These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 15:11
Jesus brought a message of joy. He gives a life of peace. He promises a future of happiness and perfection. He tells us of a pathway of blessing and He wants us to have a full and joyful life. No one else has or ever can give what Jesus gives. The world offers fame, fortune and fulfilment. But the end of a Christless life is eternal darkness. How much better to have a life here of joy and an eternity with Christ in heaven.


Redeemed  .  .  .  with the precious blood of Christ.
1 Peter 1:18
There is nothing as precious as the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. The biblical principle is that “without the shedding of blood is no remission” for sin. The shedding of animal blood in Old Testament times satisfied God temporarily, but it didn’t permanently cleanse from sin. The only permanent, eternal solution for man’s sin problem is the shed blood of the Lord Jesus. Are you redeemed?


The long-suffering of our Lord is salvation.
2 Peter 3:15
Why doesn’t the Lord come? Why do things appear to go on without change? Because He is incredibly long-suffering. There will come a time when His patience will run out. But God’s patience fuse is much longer than ours. His timetable will not be changed. Is the Lord coming? He sure is! But the longer He waits, the more opportunity for another soul to be saved.

His Promise

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise.
2 Peter 3:9
Jesus promised that He would come again. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Thessalonian Christians told them how it would happen. But no one knows when. What keeps faith going is that He promised that He would come again and His promises are always kept. Are you ready for His coming? It WILL come to pass - maybe today.


Be sober, be vigilant; because  .  .  .
1 Peter 5:8
Sober means self-controlled. Vigilant means watchful. Why do we need to be this way? Because Satan is trailing us everywhere we go, waiting to pounce. Any drop in the vigilance or self-control and  .  .  .  WHAM  .  .  .  down we go. In these days of permissiveness and a non-caring society, we need to be extra careful not to get caught by the archenemy of our souls. WATCH OUT!


My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?
Psalm 22:1
This is the most heart-rending cry ever uttered by a man. Jesus, the only, eternal Son of God, was forsaken by God and left alone to die on the cross at Calvary under the burden of our sins. God turned His back on Jesus. For those of us who are saved this can NEVER happen to us. But for all who are unsaved, you will be forsaken by God and punished for all eternity -not something nice to look forward to.

God’s Love

Keep yourselves in the love of God.
Jude 21
Here we have a little exhortation to each true child of God to keep ourselves in His love. How do we do that? Simply by keeping in communion with Him. We should never let anything come between us and the Lord. Just as the moon moving between the sun and the earth blocks the sunshine, so any sin will cause us to get out of the sunshine of God’s love. Keep short accounts with Him.

God’s Word

Whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected.
1 John 2:5
Yesterday we talked about keeping in God’s love. Our verse today is another way of putting yesterday’s verse into effect. You see, it is all a matter of personal choice and dedication. How much I want to keep in His love determines how much I want to keep His Word. And our verse says that God’s love is perfected in any who keep His Word.


Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13
The greatest demonstration of love was at the cross. It wasn’t the nails that held the Lord on the cross but His great love for us. His love cannot be outperformed. No one has or ever will show such love as Jesus did when He died at Calvary. When was the last time that you thanked Him? Let’s do it today from a full heart.


Every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John 15:2
Each spring I attempt to prune off the sucker shoots that have grown on my fruit trees during the previous year. Some of them grow two feet in one season. If left on the trees they would drain the trees so that the fruit would be smaller and less of a crop than it could be. In spiritual things it’s much the same, only God is the pruner and we are the trees. He wants the best crop that He can get. So He prunes off the extra things that have grown into our lives.


For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.
1 Timothy 2:3
Have you ever asked the question, “What’s wrong with doing that?” Today’s verse is referring to the preceding verse which talks about living a life of godliness and honesty. Instead of trying to keep a list of “dos” and “don’ts” (which often leads either to self-satisfaction or to getting as close as we can to the “don’ts”), simply ask the Lord to help you live your life in a way that pleases Him.


Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7
Recently a man called a medical office and asked to speak to the doctor. Once the doctor was on the line, the man explained that he had no money but was willing to work to pay the bill. On being assured that money wasn’t needed, he then said, “One more thing. I just got out of prison. I ‘done wrong’ but the Lord has saved me and I’m not the man I was.” The Lord has promised forgiveness and cleansing to ANY who simply confess that they have “done wrong” and ask to be saved. You too can be free.


I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
Romans 16:19
Often we hear a person described as being an expert in his or her field. Most of us want to be an expert at something, especially if it will bring us some recognition or a high income. But with this verse in mind, let’s spend more time this year using our God-given wisdom to become experts at that which is good - the things that bring eternal benefit.

The Path

There is a path.
Job 28:7
There is a path that the birds don’t know,
Vultures’ eyes can’t see,
And the lions don’t go.
But if we follow the Lord in the path He trod;
Believe in His Word,
And are washed in His blood,
We’ll walk on the path to the home of God.
Have you found that path, my friend?


Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without.
1 Timothy 3:7
Chapter 3 of 1 Timothy describes the qualifications of “elders” and “deacons”. You may never be in a position to do the work of an elder (you may be a sister, for instance), but we would like to challenge you to take these qualifications seriously for your own life. Today’s verse is a good example of how we should live our lives -projecting a good testimony to the world. Read this chapter carefully and ask the Lord to help you to be qualified.


To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Jude 25
What a doxology! After Jude spends his short letter explaining about evil people around, he bursts with adoration when he thinks of the One who is able to keep us from falling. Here we have a beautiful example of a tongue overflowing in praise and a heart full of worship for the One who made and sustains everything.


Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3
Carl, a mailman friend of mine, was having a problem at work. Often when he came to work in the morning his mailbag was missing. Sometimes part-time workers would grab just any bag and ignore the name on the strap. The problem was solved when Carl wrote, after his name, “Christ died for our sins.” From then on men would pick up his bag and then put it right back down - but at least each time this occurred they would read a gospel message. Are you doing all you can to get the “good news” out?
Just a quick note to encourage you on in the path of faith. The news reports paint a dark picture of the world’s political and financial situation. It surely cannot hang together much longer. Soon the Lord will come and call us away. Then, and only then, will there be peace, perfect peace. Amen, even so come, Lord Jesus!
Thanks this issue to Joe Smith for his help. Write to us - we enjoy hearing from you.

The Lord First

Rule thou over us  .  .  .  I will not rule over you  .  .  .  the Lord shall rule over you.
Judges 8:22,23
Gideon had been chosen by God to fight for Israel and remove their enemies from dominating them. Israel was so glad to be free that they put Gideon on a pedestal and wanted him to rule them. How encouraging to see Gideon’s response! No, I will not! He gave the Lord the first place. It was the Lord who had won the battle that day against the Midianites. Gideon recognized his own weakness and God’s great power, and so gave the Lord the place that He alone deserved. Let’s do the same and put the Lord first in our hearts, our minds, and our lives.


I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:4
Overcoming fear is often quite hard to do. Job had a fear deep inside that no one ever knew. But when Satan attacked him, he said that the thing that he feared had come upon him. Full deliverance from fear is only possible with help from the Lord. Is there something in your life that you are afraid of? Tell it to Jesus. He’s interested in every detail of your life and wants you to trust in Him. It is possible to be like David and find complete deliverance from all our fears.

Eternal Youth

For with Thee is the fountain of life.
Psalm 36:9
Looking for the fountain of youth? Many spend lots of time and money in such a pursuit. But it can never be found unless you come to Jesus. He is the fountain of true life. Human life promises one end and one end only - death. But in Jesus we can have eternal life. After believing in Him and His work of salvation at Calvary’s cross, we have His promise that we will live forever.


I have opened my mouth unto the Lord, and I cannot go back.
Judges 11:35
Jephthah made a vow that afterward he wished that he hadn’t. It meant sacrificing his only daughter to the Lord. But Jephthah knew better than to change or go back on his vow. In principle the same is true for us. We should never go back on a promise. The New Testament says to let our “yes” mean “yes” and our “no,” “no.” When you make a promise, keep it. The secret is to be before the Lord in prayer about the promise and He will give you wisdom in what you say so that you won’t regret the promise you made.


But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: He is their strength in the time of trouble.
Psalm 37:39
If anyone knew what trouble was like, David did. King Saul had tried to kill him. Saul had hunted him down in the mountains. David spent years running and hiding. And yet he appreciated the strength that he received from the Lord during those difficult times. Not only did he receive physical strength, but he also got strength of mind to go on when everything seemed to be against him.


O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.
Psalm 34:3
A time to worship the Lord is a very special and precious time. It’s the time when we clear our hearts and minds of anything else but Jesus. It’s a time when we can really tell Him our appreciation of what He has done for us at Calvary. It’s a time to remember Him in His death. “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”


For the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life.
Philippians 2:30
Here we have true, unselfish service for the Lord. This man, Epaphroditus, almost died while serving the Lord. He had no regard for his own life but fully gave himself to the Lord’s service. It seems that he was filling a need for the Apostle Paul that the assembly at Philippi should have filled, and in so doing he became very sick. Are we willing to be that dedicated?


And the children of Israel remembered not the Lord their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies.
Judges 8:34
When you read the history of the children of Israel in the Old Testament, it’s just amazing how unappreciative they were of the Lord and how soon they became swallowed up by the world and its idolatrous ways. Over and over again they turned their backs on God. At last He sent His Son to them and they nailed Him to a cross to get rid of Him - their most wicked rejection of God’s provision. Israel has now been set aside (at least temporarily). Let’s learn a lesson from this and not be found guilty of doing the same.


Neither showed they kindness to the house of  .  .  .  Gideon, according to all the kindness which he had showed unto Israel.
Judges 8:35
Yesterday we noticed how often and easily the children of Israel forgot God. To go along with that, we see today that they also forgot God’s servant who had rescued them (with God’s leading) from their enemies. Why is it so? Selfishness! Israel thought too much of themselves, and so God and His servant were forgotten. How important it is for us to keep the Lord constantly before our hearts and to “know them which labor among you.” 2 Thessalonians 5:12.


Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
John 6:12
When I was still at home, we always had one day a week when we had leftovers for supper. My mother would reheat the fragments that remained, and we would have a complete meal on them. I wonder how many times we let the “little” messages from God’s Word fall to the ground and pay no attention to them when in fact they would make a complete spiritual meal for us. Think about the little things today. You’ll be surprised what a feast there is in them. It may take some effort, even stooping to the ground, but you’ll fill your basket.


Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.
Isaiah 1:18
There is only one solution to the sin question -the problem of your heart being stained with sin - that is the application of the blood of Christ. The only way for your sins to be “as white as snow” is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour and for Him to wash your sins away. This is salvation. It’s very simple - and it gives peace.


Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.
Genesis 2:24
Today is my daughter Jenny’s wedding day. There is only one person she’s interested in today, and she’s been spending a lot of time getting ready for the moment when her groom, Ken, will see her walk down the aisle to meet him. Then, after saying their vows before the Lord, they will become one. Happy day! Happy day, too, when Jesus, the heavenly bridegroom, will be united with his perfect bride, the Church. Christian marriage is such a beautiful picture of the coming marriage of the Lamb.


And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy.
Revelation 5:9
If you picked up some fragments we talked about on September 10th, you’ll be better equipped to worship today. Yes, 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 Jesus in His death at Calvary. Heaven will be filled with singing, but we can start heaven’s song now and join together in the worship of the only Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who gave His life on the cross.


I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart.
Psalm 40:8
Service, true service, for Christ comes from a believer who delights to do the will of the Lord. Intelligent service comes from a person whose heart retains the Word of the Lord. You can’t know His will unless His Word abides in you. You can’t truly serve Him unless it’s genuine service from a heart of love for Christ.


He is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend.
Song of Solomon 5:16
The bride in Solomon’s Song was totally occupied with her beloved. And there was no one else who could come close to him in the bride’s eyes. “He is altogether lovely,” she says. This is just a picture of what the Lord Jesus should mean to each of us. He is our beloved. We are His bride. When we consider Him, we too can say, “He is altogether lovely. This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend.”

Jesus Himself

Jesus Himself drew near, and went with them.
Luke 24:15
Here were a couple of people who were deeply distressed and puzzled because their “Messiah” had been crucified. He had died and had been buried. Now there was a rumor that He was alive again. And in the middle of their discussion, Jesus Himself comes along and walks with them. Now they are totally occupied with Him and what He is teaching them. Their hearts are bubbling up with an excitement that wasn’t there before. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, they were listening to Jesus talk - and they were at peace. Have you spent time with Jesus lately?

Don’t Go

Will ye also go away?  .  .  .  Lord, to whom shall we go?
John 6:67,68
The first question was asked by the Lord. You can almost hear a tone of deep sorrow to think that His disciples would leave Him. The Lord’s question was answered by Peter, with another question. In English we call this a rhetorical question because it needs no answer. You know what it is. Is there anyone else in the world to whom you can turn except Jesus? He alone can satisfy the needs of the human soul. There is no one else to go to.


Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [or, love], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1
Here we have a real fake in action. A man may indeed be able to give the most wonderful exposition on a scripture, but if in that person we see or feel no love for his audience, the effect of the discourse is lost. It really was pretty much a waste of time. When the Lord Jesus spoke, the crowds couldn’t get enough. Why? Because the Lord showed in His manner that underneath was a large heart full of love for His people. And so His words had power. Giving a speech is one thing; living your speech is quite another.


Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary.
Psalm 77:13
To know God’s way you have to get into His presence and have personal fellowship with Him. Satan would tempt us to go one way or another, but God’s way is in the sanctuary - in His holy presence, listening to His voice. When was the last time you were there?


And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever.
Revelation 5:14
In Revelation, the twenty-four elders are a picture of all of the redeemed - the Church, Christ’s body, as well as all who had faith in Old Testament times. We see the Church then falling down in worship at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ. We can start practicing now. Today is a good day to worship the Lord. It was He who died on Calvary to redeem us from hell and make us fit for heaven. He is surely worthy of all our worship.


Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.
John 2:5
This is simple faith in action. Jesus’ mother said this to the servants at a wedding feast after they had run out of wine. If they had raised questions every time the Lord told them to do something, they may have continued without wine. But in simple trust they obeyed - and there was wine. When Jesus gives you something to do, do it. You don’t need to ask “Why?” or say, “But  .  .  .  .” Just do it, and there’ll be a blessing.


And one of them  .  .  .  fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.
Luke 17:15,16
Have you thanked the Lord lately? There’s so much to thank Him for - friends, family, health, home, work - not to mention all the eternal blessings that are waiting for us at the end of the journey. We often ask the Lord for things. But don’t forget to say, “Thanks, Lord.”


I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.
Song of Solomon 7:10
Stop and think about that for a minute. It is indeed wonderful that we belong to Christ. But think what we mean to Him. His desire is toward us. He thinks about us ALL THE TIME. He cares for us all day long. He pours out unnumbered blessings on us. He has a home waiting for us in heaven. Hallelujah, what a Saviour!


Remember Lot’s wife.
Luke 17:32
Remember Lot’s wife? What was her name? It doesn’t say. So what are we to remember? Simply this - she loved the world more than God’s Word, and He turned her instantly into a pillar of salt. Have you a hankering for the world? Remember Lot’s wife. Has God asked you to do something and you don’t feel like doing it? Remember Lot’s wife. Will God, in the end, change His mind and not punish unbelievers? Remember Lot’s wife.


Stand therefore  .  .  .  taking the shield of faith.
Ephesians 6:14,16
How’s your faith? Weak? I think we all feel that way. But if we pray in faith, believing, we’ll receive. Let’s take up the faith shield today, knowing that God will do abundantly above all that we ask or think. Put your faith into action. It’ll grow.

The Body

God hath tempered the body together  .  .  .  that there should be no schism in the body.
1 Corinthians 12:24,25
God made our physical bodies one complete unit, each part working together for the benefit of the whole. He has also made the spiritual body of Christ (the Church) one complete unit. Each member in the body should also work in harmony with the others for the benefit of the whole. The responsibility rests with YOU to see that that happens.


I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1
David had a real heart for the Lord. He knew Him. He had experienced God’s love, care and forgiveness, and his heart was full of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. We will probably never go through some of the deep trials and failures that David went through, but it doesn’t take much thought to know how much God cares for us too. This prayer of David’s should be ours. “I will bless the Lord at ALL times.”


But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Acts 6:4
Each member of the Church has a different job to do. In the case of our verse today, the twelve apostles had a very special service for the Lord - continual prayer, and ministry. Your service may be entirely different. Whatever it is, you have been fitted for it and chosen by the Lord to do it. Don’t neglect your responsibility.


Seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
1 Corinthians 14:12
God’s purpose for public ministry in the Church is for the edifying of those that hear. The Lord wants His Church built up in the Christian faith. The Corinthian saints were zealous of spiritual gifts which was a fine thing to be zealous over. But the underlying purpose of the gift is for the edification of others. If my words don’t edify, then I’d be better off staying quiet.


Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered.
Hebrews 5:8
When the Lord Jesus, the Son of God, became a man, He learned what obedience was and what it cost. It cost Him rejection by His own people; an unjust trial in which He was condemned to death; the forsaking of God while He was punished for our sins on the cross. And knowing ahead of time what it would cost Him, He was still willing to be the sin-bearer. He really did learn the cost of obedience.


Beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall  .  .  .
2 Peter 3:17
This is a timely warning for us and it means simply this: we get so used to evil and corruption and immorality that our consciences get hardened, and if we’re not really careful we will fall into the same practices as the world.


But without thy mind would I do nothing.
Philemon 14
Here is a really nice spirit to have. Onesimus, a runaway slave, had just been converted through Paul and was a real help and encouragement to the imprisoned Apostle. But before he would use Onesimus in the Lord’s work, he checked with Onesimus’s previous owner, Philemon. That shows respect for others. We should always show respect.


Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 4:12
Man has invented many ways and religions in order to get himself to heaven, but they all end in death. God has provided the only way that leads to life - JESUS, His only Son. Do you trust Him?


We will remember Thy love.
Song of Solomon 1:4
Today we will spend some time in a simple remembrance of Jesus and His sacrificial death at Calvary. Although it happened almost 2000 years ago, it’s still as fresh in God’s mind today as when it happened. God remembers the awful cost of our redemption. Now we, as believers in the Lord Jesus, can remember it too.
Love that no suffering stayed,
We’ll praise true love divine.
Love that for us atonement made,
Love that has made us Thine.
“We will remember Thy love.”


Put them in mind  .  .  .  to be ready to every good work.
Titus 3:1
A Christian is expected to be kind. We should be ready, at any time, to drop what we are doing for ourselves and go and help someone else. And we don’t have to restrict our service to other believers. Our kindness to the unsaved can speak volumes and can be used of the Lord to reach their consciences and bring them to Christ.

One Thing God Can’t Do

God, that cannot lie.
Titus 1:2
Isn’t it great that this is one thing that God can’t do? Yes, He cannot lie. Whenever He says something, it’s always the absolute truth. One of the first sins that we commit as children is to lie. Satan is called by Jesus a “liar from the beginning,” and “the father of lies.” God is the exact opposite. Absolute truth. Jesus said of Himself, “I am  .  .  .  the truth.” John 14:6. Trust Him - He cannot lie.


This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
Psalm 34:6
God loves humility. And a call for help from a humble heart will be heard and answered. The Lord wants us to call on Him! Don’t try and dig yourself out of your trouble - you’ll probably fall back in. Call on the Lord. He alone can bring you complete release from whatever is troubling you.


And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the Lord: and His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
Judges 10:16
Israel was in a real predicament. They had turned deeply into idolatry and God gave them up to be beaten by their enemies. In final desperation they got rid of their idols and came back to the Lord, crying for His deliverance. And what was God’s reaction? He was grieved because of Israel’s misery. That’s the heart of God. He is with us when we turn to Him. Don’t let idols come between you and the Lord, young believer. They’ll rob you of your enjoyment of and your fellowship with Christ. You’ll be miserable. And God will be grieved over your misery.

A Snare

And Gideon made an ephod there-of  .  .  .  which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.
Judges 8:27
Poor old Gideon! He had become a hero in Israel. He had beaten the Midianites in battle. Then he had taken the earrings and clothing of Israel’s enemies and formed them into an ephod - an imitation of the real article of clothing worn only by the high priest. This ephod became a real snare to Gideon, his family, and eventually others. Anything can come between you and the Lord - even your own religiousness. Be careful of an ephod - it might ensnare you.


For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance.
Matthew 25:29
Rewards will be given to those that have. Have what? you ask. Eternal life; treasure in heaven. And to those, and those only, will more be given. Those who don’t have eternal life will lose everything that they have obtained in this life and will go into eternity absolutely destitute. Only their memories will remain. Are you going to get more? You will if you believe in Jesus.


Many waters cannot quench love.
Song of Solomon 8:7
The cold waters of death didn’t even slow the Lord’s love, let alone quench it. His love was (and still is) so immense that nothing could stop the greatest act of love that man has ever shown. He died at Calvary voluntarily, so that we wouldn’t have to spend eternity in the lake of fire. That is love.


And God hath set some in the church  .  .  .  helps.
1 Corinthians 12:28
“Thanks, you’ve been a real help!” Ever heard that? (Was it said to you?) The helper had been filling one of the positions available in the Church. A help may not seem like much, nor very important, but what would life be like if Christians never helped each other? Be a help. You’re doing God’s work.


They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
Psalm 34:10
Jesus satisfies in a way that nothing else can or will. Man was made with a heart so big that only God can fill it. You see so many “stars” who have fame and fortune, and yet they are not happy. The reason? An empty heart. Let Christ fill you today, enjoy His love and see the fulfillment of this verse. You will not want any good thing.


Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.
Mark 12:17
God expects us to pay taxes, keep the speed limit, and show kindness and respect to others. And He also expects us to give Him the honor that is due to Him as God without forgetting our earthly responsibilities. We have a responsibility to live honorable lives, devoid of offense, and we also have a responsibility to live our lives for the Lord.

Choked to Death

Choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life  .  .  .
Luke 8:14
What a sad end to what could have been a very productive life. Some hear the gospel and perhaps are really moved in their heart to believe. Then they meet with the usual routine (which doesn’t change when you become a Christian) and the daily cares, riches, and pleasures of this life choke any indications of new life and they produce no fruit for God. Don’t let the cares, riches, and pleasures of this life come between you and the Lord. You may end up being choked to death.


Father, give me.
Luke 15:12
“ ‘Father, give me’ - all that is mine;
I want to be free and have a good time.
I’m going to give parties and have lots of girls.
I’m tired of living cut off from the world.”
But when all his money was gone - so were they.
Left lonely and hungry, repentant he prayed.
He returned to his Father who received him
with joy;
Not now rebellious but a different young boy.
“Father, I have sinned.” Luke 15:21.


No servant can serve two masters.  .  .  . Ye cannot serve God and mammon [or, money].
Luke 16:13
It is impossible for anything to go in two opposite directions at the same time. You can’t take a vacation on the beach in California and, at the same time, sit on the beach in Florida. So it is in spiritual things. You can’t serve God and money - at the same time or at the same level. One will always take priority over the other. Who is your master?


He is not here, but is risen.
Luke 24:6
“Why do you come looking for the living among the dead?
He is not here - He’s risen” is what the angels said.
Death could never hold Him, He’d risen from the grave.
He gave His life - He’s living again!


And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor  .  .  .  and have not charity [love], it profiteth me nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:3
If God’s love is not the indwelling, motivating force behind everything you do - no matter how benevolent your actions - you might just as well stay at home and do nothing. Love makes us act with the right motive - a godly care for others, for the glory of God. Nothing else matters or will bring a reward.


And they that were ready went in with him.
Matthew 25:10
The Lord will reward readiness. To be not ready will mean being left behind - for judgment. Get ready NOW. If you have never taken Jesus as your Saviour, do so today. Tomorrow may never come for you.


And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground.
Acts 27:41
Sometimes, in the storms of life, we fall into a place where two seas meet - an especially rough area of water where we don’t know what to do. There is only one solution. Cast ourselves on the Lord and seek His guidance. He will bring us safely to shore, we can count on that. But we may get wet getting there!


And I saw the dead  .  .  .  stand before God  .  .  .  and the dead were judged.
Revelation 20:12
This is the final judgment. This is the end of the life of a person who didn’t believe in Jesus. He’ll believe then. Standing before the great white throne he will have to bow the knee to Jesus and proclaim Him as Lord. But what an awful end - cast out of God’s presence forever. “Depart from me ye cursed” will be the last words that the unbeliever will hear. Don’t be one of them. Accept Jesus as your Saviour today.

Broken Heart

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart.
Psalm 34:18
The term “broken heart” is referring to someone who is totally repentant because of some sin in their life, and they have come back, in humility, to the Lord. And the Lord received them. You see, God is a God who forgives and then doesn’t remind us of it again. He loves to heal. But He’ll only do it if we are truly repentant. Another verse in Psalm 51:17 says, “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Never for one moment believe that you are too bad to come to God. He will receive you if you come to Him in humility, not trusting in yourself.


Behold, I show you a mystery.
1 Corinthians 15:51
One of the great mysteries of the Bible is the truth that we shall be changed, when we’re taken to heaven, to have incorruptible bodies just like the Lord Jesus. No more sickness, pain or sorrow. No more need for food to keep the body going. (Some of you may be sorry about that one!) Everything will be different. I suppose, it still is a mystery in some respects - like how it will happen. But we know that it will.


The four and twenty elders fall down  .  .  .  and worship  .  .  .  saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord.
Revelation 4:10,11
Heaven will be filled with spontaneous worship scenes like this one. Every tongue will give honor to the Lamb. He is worthy. And it is a great privilege to be able to worship Him now, while we wait for His return. How pleasing it is for the Lord Jesus to see His own falling down in worship, and praising Him with, “Thou art worthy, O Lord.” Are you going to be doing that today?


Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Matthew 24:46
There is a future blessing for each believer when the Lord comes and He finds us doing the work He has given us to do. Often we become occupied with what everyone else is or isn’t doing, and we forget that we are responsible to the Lord for our own work for Him. But besides that, there is a present blessing to be busy in the Lord’s work. It brings great happiness and peace to your heart.


For we  .  .  .  have no confidence in the flesh.
Philippians 3:3
The Apostle Paul said these words, and he meant them. He had no confidence in the flesh. He recognized that the old nature is corrupt and cannot please God. He had plenty of confidence in the Lord working through him, as he said in chapter 4, verse 13, “I can do all things THROUGH CHRIST.” Let us never forget that through Christ I can do anything - if He is with me in it. In my own strength, I am useless. A Christian, in close communion and walking with the Lord, should be the most confident person in the world.


For our [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:20
As Christians we belong to heaven. Heaven is our permanent, eternal, mortgage-free home. We don’t belong to this earth at all, as far as eternity goes. The Lord leaves us here to be lights shining for Him, but we don’t belong here. Everything we do should reflect the fact that we are citizens of heaven. Does that challenge the way I do things? It should.


Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14
Peace is something little realized in this world. There are wars somewhere all the time. People are very discontented. There are always demonstrations and protest marches of one kind or another. But God wants us to follow peace. The only possible way to accomplish that is by following Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace. His way is the way of peace. Let us try, if at all possible, to be at peace with all men.


In the last days   .   .   .   men shall be   .   .   . high-minded.
2 Timothy 3:1-4
High-minded. This word really means, “To be wrapped in smoke,” or proud. Man is a very proud creature. Proud of his accomplishments, his intellect, his abilities. And in it all man has left God completely out of the picture. Pride and God don’t get along. Because of pride, Lucifer was cast out of heaven. And because of pride man will be cast out into everlasting darkness.

No Fellowship

But have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Ephesians 5:11
I am not a big, strong or intimidating person, yet I once worked with a fellow who said that he was afraid of me. Actually his conscience was afraid because he knew that I disapproved of him living with his girlfriend. And when he was around me he got nervous. We are witnesses for the Lord by the things we allow in our lives and by those with whom we do or do not associate. As a Christian I am not to approve of the corruptness that is in the world but by my quiet testimony to speak out against it.

The Lord’s Death

Christ Jesus  .  .  .  became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:5,8
Many people have been willing to give their lives for a noble cause, or for the protection of their country, or for their friends. But Christ gave His life voluntarily for His enemies. And not only that but He willingly submitted to death by crucifixion - a long, slow, painful and VERY shamefully humiliating death. What a Saviour we have!


Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
Matthew 25:21
Even faithfulness in small things will get this reward. The Lord is not concerned with how much you do for Him. But He is concerned that whatever you do is done for Him, because He told you to, and in genuine love for Him, without grumbling. Then, no matter how small the service may seem to you, He will say “Well done” when you meet Him.

God’s Work

Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven.
Judges 16:22
God had a work to do. The Philistines, Israel’s enemies, needed to be judged through Samson. But God’s work came to a halt when Samson’s hair was cut off. However, God will not allow His work to stop, and so Samson’s hair grew again, he regained his strength, he pulled out the supporting pillars of the Philistine’s mansion and when it fell it killed more people than Samson had killed during his life. God’s plans will not be changed because of our failure. His work must go on.

God Sees

Thou God seest me.
Genesis 16:13
He sees us in our troubles.
He sees us when we’re sad.
He sees us in the good times;
He sees us in the bad.
He’s always caring for us,
Even if we flee.
One thing is never different.
It’s: “Thou God seest me.”


The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.
Psalm 34:7
“The king of Syria  .  .  .  came by night, and encompassed the city about. And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host encompassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not.  .  .  .  And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord  .  .  .  open his eyes.  .  .  .  And he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:11-17.


He told not his father or his mother what he had done.
Judges 14:6
No, this wasn’t that the boy had broken a window, or wrecked the car and didn’t tell his folks! Samson here had a secret between himself and the Lord that he told no one - not even his parents. The Lord had given him a special super strength that had not been given to others. And for quite a while Samson kept the secret. But Satan tempted him and he failed. Satan hates the Lord and His people and will do anything to break that special communion that Christians share with their Saviour. Be careful!

The Password

Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right.
Judges 12:6
Here was a classic test to prove the nationality of a person. The Gibeonites, on catching an Ephraimite, asked him to pronounce “Shibboleth.” He was unable to and said “Sibboleth” instead. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites died because they couldn’t say the password. There is only one password to heaven and if you can’t say it correctly, you can’t get in. The password? JESUS IS LORD! Do you own Him as such?


The cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?
John 18:11
Jesus asked Peter this question. Peter had tried to stop the band of soldiers from arresting Jesus, but the Lord had been given the work of the cross to do and do it He must. He was truly “obedient unto death.” Nothing could stop the work on Calvary, and Peter had to put his sword away and watch in helpless disbelief as his Lord was taken to trial, and eventually to Calvary’s cross.


The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all.
2 Timothy 2:24
We feel rebuked by this verse. Our natural tendency when things don’t go our way is to fight and argue and try to make opposers see things like we do. But Paul reminds us that the true servant of the Lord is not an arguer nor a fighter, but is gentle to all. Let’s be gentle servants for Christ, just as He was a gentle person. “The fruit of the Spirit is.   .   . gentleness.” Galatians 5:22.


Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed  .  .  .  and that thou wouldest keep me from evil. 1 Chron. 4:10
I pray  .  .  .  that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
John 17:15
The first verse is a prayer of Jabez whose name means “sorrowful.” The second is a prayer of the Lord Jesus to His Father on behalf of all who believe in Him. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, part of that prayer was, “Deliver us from evil.” In our day it is VERY important to ask the Lord to keep us.


[There was] no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might.
2 Kings 23:25
What a commendation! And this king of Israel (Josiah) was only 8 years old when he started his reign. All his life he lived for the Lord. You’re never too young to turn to the Lord with all your heart, your soul and your might. Give your best to Him!


Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psalm 34:13
At school - especially early in high school - it’s so easy to slip into the talk of your unsaved friends. Be very careful, young Christian friend, to guard your tongue: first, that you don’t talk dirty and tell dirty jokes, etc., and second, that your speech is always truthful -without deceit.


There was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.
2 Kings 22:7
Honesty is a wonderful quality to have. The world is full of cheaters and thieves. A person who can be trusted without question is someone that employers and schools like to have around. You may be laughed at for turning in that $1.00 you found in the locker room - but God has seen your honesty and He will reward you for it.


Josiah  .  .  .  did that which was right in the sight of the Lord  .  .  .  and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
2 Kings 22:1,2
Josiah was a faithful king and followed the Lord wholeheartedly. There had been so many kings who had done evil in the sight of the Lord. But Josiah was different. It takes real courage to stand alone and be faithful, but we have many examples in the Scriptures of those who did - and they were always blessed by the Lord for their faithfulness.


But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned  .  .  .  saying  .  .  .  Come, let us kill him.
Luke 20:14
The husbandmen in this parable, told by the Lord, referred to the Jewish nation. The one they saw coming was the Lord Jesus, their Messiah. And their response was to kill Him. Yes, Jesus, the Son of God, was not wanted when He came to earth and was rejected by His own people. Thanks to God, though, that by His rejection the way to heaven has been opened, and you and I can go in.


He oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain.
2 Timothy 1:16
Onesiphorus labored for the Lord in a special way. He often visited the Apostle Paul in prison and encouraged him. Onesiphorus was not ashamed to be identified with the imprisoned Apostle. Paul perhaps got discouraged at times in his prison cell, but a visit from this servant of Christ really refreshed him and helped him not give up.


Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
Song of Solomon 4:7
This is how the groom views his bride and this is how the Lord views His bride, the Church. No spot? Right! Because every evidence of sin was removed by the Lord Himself through His blood shed on the cross of Calvary. Now all those who believe in Him are perfect in His sight. We are all fair; there is no spot in us. This is most wonderful and is true of every child of God.


Now these are they that came to David  .  .  .  helpers of the war.
1 Chronicles 12:1
We are fighting a spiritual war. “For we wrestle  .  .  .  against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12. Are you one of the helpers in the war? You can be by “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Ephesians 6:18.

Spiritual Understanding

What I do thou knowest not now: but thou shalt know hereafter.
John 13:7
Peter didn’t understand why the Lord was washing his feet. He was teaching His disciples a spiritual lesson - not a physical one - and without the Spirit inside them they couldn’t understand. In a practical sense we often do not understand what the Lord is trying to teach us through a trial of some kind. But if we spend time in His presence in prayer - afterwards we’ll understand, and there will be blessing from it.


Teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
Judges 13:8
Samson’s parents wanted to know how to raise their son. And they made it a matter of prayer before Samson was born. This is a good example for us to follow. Make all the plans in your life a matter of prayer - BEFORE they happen. Ask God for the wisdom to make the right choice and to follow the right path. There is a way that seems right to a man, Proverbs tells us. But the Lord knows the best path for us. Don’t be afraid to ask the Lord for His guidance in everything.


Daniel was preferred   .   .   .   because an excellent spirit was in him.
Daniel 6:3
Daniel had every reason to feel discouraged, and unwanted, and mistreated. But he didn’t let any of his circumstances get him down. He had a quiet confidence in God, took all his circumstances from Him, talked to Him on a regular basis, and the result was that Daniel was well-liked and had a wonderful attitude towards life. And he started being this way when he was quite a young boy. Don’t let the difficulties and frustrations of life make you bitter. Pray often, leave the problem with Jesus, and you can face life with an excellent spirit.


Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied Him  .  .  .  and killed the Prince of life.
Acts 3:13,15
The Lord Jesus was indeed rejected in every sense of the word. His own people refused to have anything to do with Him and they gave Him to the Roman authorities to be crucified. But God was pleased with His Son and raised Him back to life again and exalted Him to the highest place in heaven. Do you believe in Him as your Saviour and Lord?


Rich in good works.
1 Timothy 6:18
In North America we live in relative affluence. This verse is written to rich people. It’s a warning that we should not trust in our riches (which may be gone tomorrow), but rather remember to be rich in good works. By so doing we will be building up treasure in heaven. Earthly banks sometimes fail and close down. But the Bank of Heaven is growing in “assets” every day as its members are serving the Lord with a cheerful heart - doing good works.


Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came.
1 Samuel 9:15
It’s really neat to see the number of times God shared a secret with one of His servants. Here Samuel is told a day ahead about the one that God had chosen to be king over Israel. It is a real blessing to be able to know God’s thoughts and to be able to act in all confidence in accordance with God’s will. Samuel would never have to say, “Man, I sure hope I picked the right guy for the job.” He knew that he had - because God had told him whom he should choose.


Hezekiah received the letter   .   .   .   and read it   .   .   .   and spread it before the Lord.
2 Kings 19:14
Hezekiah didn’t like what he read in the letter he had just received, so he went into the house of the Lord and prayed to God, asking for His protection and care. Notice that he didn’t rush to call his friends first, but rather went to God. God’s answer to his prayer was, “I have heard  .  .  .  I will defend this city, to save it, for Mine own sake.” 1 Kings 19:20,34. Of Israel’s enemies, 185,000 died that night. Do you think Hezekiah was glad that he had gone to the Lord about it? You can be sure he was.


The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous.
Psalm 34:15
You are being watched! Not in a critical way but in a loving way. Just as when a young man and woman fall in love and they watch each other with careful interest, so our Lord watches over us with loving care. He wants to make sure that no harm comes to us. And if we fall into danger and call to Him, “His ears are open unto their cry.” You are never alone.


When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
1 Samuel 17:11
Isn’t it something that one man could scare a whole nation? Goliath didn’t just frighten the king, or the army, but all Israel. All except one, that is. David wasn’t afraid. What was the difference? He had a close relationship with the Lord and had confidence in Him to conquer the enemy. Confidence in self should bring fear and dismay. Confidence in God brings power.


And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why?  .  .  .  Turn from Thy fierce wrath.
Exodus 32:11,12
Read carefully verses 7 through 14. They are remarkable verses. God had decided that because Israel had turned into such gross idolatry, He would destroy them all and rebuild Israel through Moses’s line. In our verse today Moses, in a very humble and genuine spirit, earnestly beseeches God not to destroy Israel. And God doesn’t. He listens to us when we respectfully reason with Him. We should listen to each other too.


He hath poured out His soul unto death.
Isaiah 53:12
The death of Jesus was the most incredible death of any human. He died willingly. He became obedient unto death, it says in Philippians 2, even the death of the cross. “Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” is another verse. “He is despised and rejected of men.” Isaiah 53:3. Spend some time today remembering Calvary and the Lord’s death there, and why He was willing to die. It’s a wonderful story.


And [Moses’] sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
Exodus 2:4
Miriam had a special job to do for her parents. She had to watch over her brother Moses and see what would happen to him. And she did her job well. So well, in fact, that Moses ended up being reunited with his mother to be nursed and cared for until he was old enough to go to Pharaoh’s house as the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter. But by then he had been taught enough by his mother to know that true blessing could only be found by following God. This he did - with all his heart. Have you ever thought what might have happened if Miriam had not watched that day? Be dedicated in your service, young believer. God will reward you.
Hi from the CareLines desk! Here’s our last issue this year. It looks like I did a lot from the Old Testament. But there are so many neat verses there that we often overlook. Make it a habit to read the Old Testament and enjoy for yourself some of the riches there, written by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit to write.
With love in the Lord Jesus,
Paul Pascoe


David said  .  .  .  the Lord that delivered me  .  .  .  will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
1 Samuel 17:37
Here we have the reason why David was not afraid of Goliath (see November 27). He had had personal experience in the saving power of the Lord and so was unafraid in the face of this new challenge. Notice that David had no self-confidence - rather, his confidence was in God alone. Again we say that a Christian trusting completely in the Lord should be the most confident person in the world.

Stand Still

Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Job 37:14
Have you ever heard a frustrated mother say to her toddler, “WILL YOU STAND STILL A MINUTE???!!” O.K., so she screamed it! Maybe God feels that way about us sometimes. You can almost hear Him say, “Will you stand still a minute and look at all the wonderful things that I’ve created? Will you stand still a minute and consider JESUS, My Son? Consider His beauty and power and majesty. Stand still a minute.”


I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: and I prayed.
Daniel 9:3,4
This is dedication and determination in earnest prayer. This is REAL humility. Israel as a nation had sinned and gotten away from God. Daniel took that sin as if he had done it and confessed it to God. “Daniel was a man of prayer,” we often sing. He was also extremely dedicated to the Lord.

Hold on

And he said, Let me go.  .  .  .  And [Jacob] said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Genesis 32:26
Jacob had hold of someone who was the only source for blessing. And so Jacob refused to let him go. Are we that determined to hold on to the Lord - the source of all our blessing? Worldly temptations would cause us to loosen our grip. Hold on! Don’t let go of the Lord. The end is in sight. Eternal blessing is just around the corner.

God Is Close

They should seek the Lord  .  .  .  though He be not far from every one of us.
Acts 17:27
God’s real desire for each person in the world is that they should seek Him. He wants our company. It’s man that has turned away from God, not the other way around. And now He’s just a whisper away, waiting for man to come and seek Him. Yes, God is close. He’s never far away, especially from His own.


When Abigail saw David, she hasted  .  .  .  and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground.
1 Samuel 25:23
You can’t get a better picture than this one of what our attitude should be when we come to worship the Lord. Everything that Abigail did in our verse today was spontaneous. Our worship should also be spontaneous when we get into the presence of the King of kings. Abigail recognized her nothingness in the presence of David, her king. We should too when we come into the presence of our King.


Paul thought not good to take [John Mark] with them.
Acts 15:38
For some reason John Mark left Paul at one point of Paul’s work for the Lord. On this trip Paul decided not to include John Mark because of his previous problem. Young person, sometimes God may have to set you to one side in your service and use someone else to do your job because of some unfaithfulness on your part. Let this episode in the life of John Mark be a lesson to each of us. If the Lord can’t use us, He’ll use someone else.


I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan.
1 Samuel 1:26
David was extremely upset. His very closest friend, Jonathan, had been killed in battle. So had Jonathan’s two brothers and his father. But it was for Jonathan that David mourned. He really felt this loss. The Lord understands when you lose a loved one. He cares for you in your sorrow. He, who wept at the grave of His friend Lazarus, will be with you and comfort you in your loss. Trust Him.


The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants: and none of them that trust in Him shall be guilty.
Psalm 34:22 (margin)
Total and free salvation is ours through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We will not be held guilty of sin if we have trusted in Him as our Saviour because He has borne the punishment for our sins. God will not punish sin twice. It’s not necessary. Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.


And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased  .  .  .  and would eat no bread.
1 Kings 21:4
Ahab was mad. So he sulked. The verse also tells us that he laid on his bed and turned away his face. Why? The same reason that most of us sulk. He couldn’t get what he wanted. He wanted another man’s property. The man, Naboth, wouldn’t give it to Ahab. Covetousness, if not satisfied, will cause you to sulk and when it is satisfied you’ll still want more. Learn to be content with what you have and, if the Lord wants you to have more, He will give it to you.

God’s Words

And Micaiah said, As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.
1 Kings 22:14
Micaiah had been told by the king’s messenger that he must speak good words to the king. Micaiah’s response is our verse today. He would not be intimidated by others or have his thoughts changed by man. He would speak only what God told him to speak. This takes real courage, especially when the majority is against you. But God always rewards faithfulness.

Great Things

Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things He hath done for you.
1 Samuel 12:24
God gave His only begotten Son. He punished Him for our sins. Those who have believed in Jesus have been given “all things that pertain unto life and godliness.” We have a RICH inheritance. God has done great things for us. Let us serve Him with all our heart.

The Cross

Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
John 12:27
Here we see the manhood of the Lord Jesus. As a man Jesus would say, “Father, save Me.” As God He would say, “But that’s why I came. I must go through with this. I am the only one who can pay the immense cost for sin.” And so He did -on Calvary’s cross. Our salvation cost Jesus EVERYTHING.


Whereunto I also labor, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily.
Colossians 1:29
The Apostle Paul was a tireless servant of Christ. His purpose in life was to preach, to warn and to teach every man in all wisdom (verse 28). His desire was to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus (verse 28). He never forsook his mission, and he was subjected to many hardships because of it.


O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee; be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened.
Daniel 10:19
Daniel was encouraged by his heavenly visitor. In times of stress and discouragement may we each feel the touch of God’s hand. (Verse 10 says, “An hand touched me.” And verse 18, “There came again and touched me.”) God loves personal fellowship. He wants to be with us and lift us up when we’re down. “Fear not,” He says. “Peace be to thee.”


And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly.  .  .  .  I have done very foolishly.
1 Chronicles 21:8
Repentance is the only way to peace and happiness and restored communion with the Lord. When we sin we offend Him. We need to make it right by repenting, or taking sides with God against ourselves. David did it. The prodigal son in Luke 15 did it. We must too.


There was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord.
1 Kings 21:25
Ahab has gone down in Bible history as an extremely wicked person. He SOLD himself to work wickedness. He played right into Satan’s hand and caused untold damage in Israel. But he paid the price. Today Ahab is still in hell, in torments because of his evil life. Don’t be like Ahab.


In her tongue is the law of kindness.
Proverbs 31:26
Love  .  .  .  is kind.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Kindness is a characteristic of God which comes with the Christian new life. The woman in Proverbs 31 spoke kind words. She was known for her kind speech. The Christian who has the nature of God has kindness in his heart. Let it show.


God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you.
1 Samuel 12:23
How much we need to pray for one another. We pray that each one reading this daily calendar will grow in his or her Christian life, and that you will spend time praying for others.


Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isaiah 6:8
The Lord was a willing sacrifice. He gave Himself voluntarily as the only one qualified to bear our sins. We could not have borne the punishment that God had to inflict to pay the price for sin.
There was none other good enough,
To pay the price for sin.
He only could unlock the gate
Of heaven, and let us in.


As a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
Philippians 2:22
Timothy had been a great help to the Apostle Paul, serving with him in his gospel outreach. A work for the Lord can be done in conjunction with others, helping them in their service for Christ. We all need to be especially concerned that we are doing what the Lord wants us to do, and, above all, that we are doing it from a willing heart.


Trust in the Lord, and do good  .  .  . -verily thou shalt be fed.
Psalm 37:3
The Christian lives by faith. Christians also have a responsibility to do good to others. If Jesus has first place in our life, and we happily serve the Lord in kindness to others, then the Lord will make sure that we are cared for.


Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech Thee, deliver my soul.
Psalm 116:4
We have so many examples in the Scriptures of those who called to the Lord for help in a time of trouble. Often we get in a habit of going for counsel to this one and that - and if they are the Lord’s and can give good advice, that’s fine. But don’t ever forget to call on the Lord. He is all-powerful and all-caring. And His office doesn’t close at 5 o’clock - ever!


Send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared.
Nehemiah 8:10
God rewards kindness - even in little things. There are so many in the world (and Christians in other lands) who have nothing. Send them a portion. Our giving doesn’t always have to be into the collection on Sunday mornings. We can set some aside so that we can provide something for those with whom we come in contact who have nothing.

The Gospel

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
1 Timothy 1:15
Today most of the world will “celebrate” the birth of Jesus. For the most part it’s just an excuse to have a good time. But the coming of Jesus into the world is one of the most important events that ever happened in this world. Another tremendously important event was His death. And yet another was His resurrection. Put these three together and you get the gospel. Christ Jesus came into the world - because He loved us - to save us and make us fit for heaven. Have you believed in Jesus as your own Lord and Saviour? That’s the gospel - and it’s VERY simple.


Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
Young people, be very careful of what you do and of what you allow in your life. If anything gives even the appearance of being evil - don’t do it. Satan is out to trip you up. You have to be on your guard at all times. Something may, in itself, not be evil. But if it appears to others that what you are doing or what you are allowing is evil - drop it - QUICK.


In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.
Ecclesiastes 7:14
Here’s something to think about. Let’s thank the Lord when we have plenty. But if He chooses to take it away - what then? Consider! Think! Be concerned that God is speaking to you! Job knew what this was all about. His response, when he lost everything, was, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Can we give thanks to God in EVERY situation?

The Future

The revelation of Jesus Christ  .  .  .  to show unto His servants things  .  .  .
Revelation 1:1
Those of us who have trusted in Jesus as our Saviour are His servants. And as such He likes to tell us what’s going to happen in the future. God is faithful and hasn’t withheld secrets from us. We know what the future holds. We know that we have passed from death to life. We know that we have a home reserved in heaven. And it’s so good to know the One who holds the future in His hands.


I love the Lord, because  .  .  .
Psalm 116:1
We love Him, because  .  .  .
1 John 4:19
Can you finish the two verses today? Look them up if you can’t remember and then think about both of them. Love is only possible on our part because of His part. Love is of God. That’s His nature - and we now have His nature in ourselves through faith in the Lord Jesus. Let it show.


Bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.
2 Kings 3:15
I love music. I always have. And at the end of a day to sit and play the piano for a while is very soothing. Elisha found it so too. He prophesied while the music played and he felt the hand of the Lord upon him. God’s music is wonderful and we will sing the song of the redeemed for all eternity. You don’t know how to sing, you say! Don’t worry. When you get to heaven, you’ll sing like you’ve never sung before. And you won’t need to take singing lessons first!

The Lord’s Coming

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
Psalm 34:19
Well, we’ve reached the end of another year. It’s gone fast. And there have been many problems and trials. Some of us have been through great stress and heartache. Many tears have been shed. And yet we know that the Lord delivers us and will deliver us into the eternal wonder of His presence. How near His coming must be. Keep looking up, young Christian. Jesus is definitely coming again. And His coming is VERY close. Let’s pray for one another that we will all be kept living faithfully for Him until He does come.