Friday, May 16, 2014

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“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Col. 1:15).
Our Lord Jesus is “the image of God,” being “the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person.” He is also “the firstborn” of all creation. The word “firstborn” means either first in time or first in importance. In our Lord’s case, of course, it means first in importance or rank. As far as time is concerned, “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” He could say that “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” But He is “the firstborn” in importance or rank. The highest place of honor in the universe belongs to Him, not only as the eternal Son of God, but also as the exalted Son of Man. God “raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.” For “God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow … and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father,” “that in all things He might have the preeminence.”
He’s above all in heaven and earth,
The One whose right it is to reign;
Is He Lord of all to us e’en now,
As we wait for Him to come again?
2 Corinthians 4:4 ~ Hebrews 1:3 ~ John 1:1 ~ Revelation 1:8 ~ Ephesians 1:20‑21 ~ Philippians 2:9‑11 ~ Colossians 1:18
             
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

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“God … hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Tim. 1:8-9).
“Salvation is of the Lord,” and we have been saved altogether by God’s grace. “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” But He has not only saved us that we “should not perish,” though this is blessedly true; He has saved us also from that eternal doom “according to His purpose.” Elsewhere we read that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” The purpose, then, for which God has called us is that we might “be conformed to the image of His Son.” The full consummation of this will be at His coming, for “we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” But even now, God is making “all things work together for good” to that end. And as we look upon our Lord in the Word, “with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, [we] are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Changed more and more into His image,
As we gaze upon Him in the Word,
Reflecting His likeness to others,
Showing forth to them our dear Lord.
Jonah 2:9 ~ Romans 6:23 ~ John 3:16 ~ Romans 8:28‑29 ~ 1 John 3:2 ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18
             
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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“Teach my Thy way, O Lord; I will walk in Thy truth: unite my heart to fear Thy name” (Psa. 86:11).
For the believer to “live godly in Christ Jesus,” “to walk in the Spirit, and … not fulfill the lust of the flesh,” and to “put … on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh,” there must be godly determination to know and do the will of God, well expressed in the above prayer of David: “Teach me Thy way. … I will walk in Thy truth.” “Show me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.” And even when we desire to know and do His will, how fitting is the prayer to “unite my heart to fear Thy name,” for we must remember that in the saved person there is not only “the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness,” but there is also “the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” We must be able to say that “I have chosen the way of truth: Thy judgments [ordinances] have I laid before me. I have stuck unto Thy testimonies.” Thus will we find the heart united “to fear Thy name.” This will be our one purpose, and we can say with David that “one thing have I desired of the Lord,” and with Paul, “This one thing I do.”
“Unite my heart to fear Thy name,”
O Thou my Saviour and Lord;
I would that I might walk in truth,
In obedience to Thine own Word.
2 Timothy 3:12 ~ Galatians 5:16 ~ Romans 13:14 ~ Psalm 25:4‑5 ~ Ephesians 4:24 ~ Ephesians 4:22 ~ Psalm 119:30‑31 ~ Psalm 27:4 ~ Philippians 3:13
             
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Monday, May 12, 2014

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“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain” (1 Cor. 9:24).
The Bible often likens the Christian life to a race, in which every believer is a participant. And “seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” If we would run so as to “obtain” a reward when we stand before Him, it will be because we are constantly looking away from ourselves and other people and circumstances, and “looking unto Jesus.” He is the Goal upon which the eyes of the runner must be steadfastly fixed. “I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” With Paul, may we be able to say that “I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Let us run with patience the race,
Looking to Jesus our Goal,
Until we shall look on His face
And walk on the streets of gold.
Hebrews 12:1‑2 ~ Psalm 16:8 ~ Philippians 3:13‑14
             
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

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“I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee” (Isa. 41:13).
It is said that the Word of God contains enough “fear nots” or the equivalent to give us a new one for each day of the year. Why are there so many? Is it not because fear is so common among God’s people? It is indeed good to be able to say, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid,” but there are times, many of them, when we need His Word to “fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” Our Lord wants us to have peace in our hearts at all times and under all circumstances, and peace is the opposite of fear and worry. He said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” It is His never-changing presence with us that calms our fears. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee,” so “I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me.” He has said that “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest,” and, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
“I will fear no evil” or hurt,
For “Thou art with me” each hour,
Leading “in paths of righteousness,”
And keeping me by Thy power.
Isaiah 12:2 ~ Isaiah 41:10 ~ John 14:27 ~ Psalm 23:4 ~ Exodus 33:14 ~ Joshua 1:9
             
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

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“This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoreth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me” (Matt. 15:8).
Could our text be true of any of us, as it was with Israel when Isaiah (29:13) spoke it and when our Lord quoted it to the Jews of His day upon earth? We live in a day when there is much profession of lip, but little godliness of life. Churchanity has taken the place of Christianity in many quarters. The name of the Lord is often heard, but the manifestation of Him in the life is too little seen, for “they say, and do not.” Such “profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him.” Assuredly, “my brethren, these things ought not so to be.” We who know the Saviour “have received mercy … [and ought to] have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” May it not be true of us that “they hear Thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.” So “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Professing to know the Lord Jesus,
Yet living for time and for men,
What will it mean when we see Him
Whose blood has redeemed us from sin?
Matthew 23:3 ~ Titus 1:16 ~ James 3:10 ~ 2 Corinthians 4:1‑2 ~ Ezekiel 33:31 ~ James 1:22
             
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Friday, May 9, 2014

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“Thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience” (2 Tim. 3:10).
Notice that Paul mentions his “doctrine” before he speaks of his “manner of life.” In fact, his “manner of life” came as a result of his “doctrine,” that which he believed. Let none of us make the foolish and unscriptural statement, so often heard, that it matters not what we believe, as long as we live right. The fact is that we cannot live right unless we believe right, and we cannot believe right unless we indoctrinate ourselves with the Word of God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Before the Word of God reproves, corrects and instructs us, we must know its doctrine—we must know what it teaches. “God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” So “give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine,” being “rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving,” and “hold fast the form of sound words.”
Taught from God’s Word by His Spirit,
The truth that has made me free,
From sin’s dominion and power,
That praise unto Him might be.
2 Timothy 3:16‑17 ~ Romans 6:17‑18 ~ 1 Timothy 4:13 ~ Colossians 2:7 ~ 2 Timothy 1:13
             
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

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“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up” (James 4:10).
God greatly desires that the believer “be clothed with humility,” and this must be genuine, that which will stand “in the sight of the Lord,” not the put-on “voluntary humility” of one “vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” Humility is just the opposite of pride and haughtiness, and “before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.” Verily “pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” He “whose name is Holy” says that “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” For “whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” That being the case, “humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” And how do we thus “humble [ourselves] under the mighty hand of God”? The succeeding verse tells us. It is by “casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” When we do this, we are confessing that we ourselves cannot handle our cares, and we will find that “He giveth more grace … unto the humble.”
Humble yourself in His presence,
That blessing from Him you may know;
His grace He will pour upon you,
For grace He does love to bestow.
1 Peter 5:5 ~ Colossians 2:18 ~ Proverbs 18:12 ~ Proverbs 16:18 ~ Isaiah 57:15 ~ Matthew 23:12 ~ 1 Peter 5:6‑7 ~ James 4:6
             
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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“These are the beasts which ye shall eat … whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is cloven-footed, and cheweth the cud … that shall ye eat” (Lev. 11:2-3).
We have here not only Jehovah’s instructions to Israel “to make a difference between the unclean and the clean … the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten,” but also “whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning.” The clean animal “parteth the hoof … and cheweth the cud.” Both things must be true. If the animal had one of the characteristics but not the other, it was unclean. The foot and the mouth must both be right. It is not enough to say that we know and love the Lord; our daily walk must demonstrate it. Nor is it sufficient to try to walk uprightly, without confessing the Lord Jesus with our mouth. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” God calls His own to “walk in newness of life,” and also that “your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” He tells us to “speak thou the things which become sound doctrine” and to “make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.”
Our feet in paths of His choosing,
Our lips filled with words of His grace,
Will point others to Christ Jesus,
Who saves all who look on His face.
Leviticus 11:47 ~ Romans 15:4 ~ Ephesians 5:15 ~ Galatians 5:16 ~ Romans 6:4 ~ Colossians 4:6 ~ Titus 2:1 ~ Hebrews 12:13
             
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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“Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, O that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, and that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested” (1 Chron. 4:10).
Notice how intensely personal is the prayer of Jabez: “bless me … enlarge my coast … be with me … keep me from evil.” His name, Jabez, means “to grieve,” but he did not want evil to grieve him. Certainly we are to “pray one for another” and “bear … one another’s burdens” and to “look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” But how good it is that we can take our personal needs to the Lord, asking Him to “remember me, O Lord, with the favor that Thou bearest unto Thy people: O visit me with Thy salvation.” Like Jabez, we can ask the Lord to “bless me indeed,” and “blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust.” We need to request from Him enlargement in our spiritual lives, in our testimony and in our joy, for He asks us that we “be … also enlarged.” We need that “Thine hand might be with me” continually and to pray for His enablement to “abstain from all appearance of evil.” Our personal needs are His concern, so “cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.”
He takes our testings and burdens,
When we are weary and frail;
He gives us His grace and mercy,
From His place “within the veil.”
James 5:16 ~ Galatians 6:2 ~ Philippians 2:4 ~ Psalm 106:4 ~ Psalm 40:4 ~ 2 Corinthians 6:13 ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:22 ~ Psalm 55:22
             
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