Monday, May 23, 2022

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Dear Young Christian,

Recently, while I was going through a severe trial, someone sent me a slip of paper tucked in a card with a note of encouragement. Here is what it said:

• FRET NOT – Because God loves you!

“Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3).

FAINT NOT – Because God holds you!

“I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

• FEAR NOT – Because God keeps you!

 “The Lord is thy keeper” (Psalm 121:5).

“Kept by the power of God” (1 Peter 1:5).

This encouragement brought comfort to my heart, and if there is a reader going through some difficulty today my prayer is that it will do the same for you.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

 

             
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Sunday, May 22, 2022

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Love

“Thy love” (Song of Solomon 1:4).

Two small words, and yet what a panorama of wealth for our meditation!

First of all, think of the love of God in sending His Son, knowing how He would be treated and how much it would cost Himgoing to Calvary to become the sin-bearer and to lay down His life for us. “God is love” (1 John 4:8). “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9).

Secondly, ponder the love of the Lord Jesus in coming in obedience to God His Father and for the eternal blessing of those He has redeemed. “Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end” (John 13:1).

Let this stupendous, eternal love fill your mind and heart today and your soul will be filled with worship, praise, and thanksgiving, and you will surely echo the words of the Lord Himself,

“Greater love hath no man than this” (John 15:13).

 

             
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Saturday, May 21, 2022

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Seeing Jesus

“Sir, we would see Jesus” (John 12:21).

This was the request of some Greeks, addressed to Philip of Bethsaida. At that time, the Greeks belonged to a very elite and cultured race. They were surrounded by beauty, art, worldly wisdom, and knowledge. No doubt they spent many hours in pleasure seeking and intellectual striving and debate.

However, when they heard of the Lord Jesus, something made them realize that there was somethingsome Onethat surpassed all their earthly ambition and rational-
ism. Back at home they could contemplate great and wonderful things. But here was a Person that superseded all that.

Just so, today we have One who surpasses all that this world can offer. If there is an unsaved young person reading this calendar, my prayer is that you would have a burning desire, not only to see Jesus, but to come to know Him as Savior and Lord of your life. Like Saul of Tarsus, who later, as the Apostle Paul, could say, “That I may know Him” (Philippians 3:10). And as John records: “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

 

             
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Friday, May 20, 2022

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Success

A few years ago I had some medical tests done at the CENTER FOR SUCCESSFUL AGING in southern New Jersey. It made me think of how the Lord defined the word “success” when speaking to Joshua.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

Only as we read, meditate on, and obey the Word of God, can we claim to be successful in this life. God does not measure our success by the good grades we get, how much money we make, or how well we take care of our bodies. Of course, it is important to work hard, provide for our temporal and practical needs, and not neglect our physical being. But more important is our obedience to the Word of God, and our spiritual life and walk of faith with the Lord. This is how success will be measured when we get to heaven and the final tally is in.

“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12).

 

             
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Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Prayer

Thanksgiving

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).

We thank a person for some benefit or gift that they have bestowed upon us, and when we think of what we have from God through Christ, we ought to be the most thankful people on the face of the earth. Consider today not only what our God has done for us, but what He is doing in our life every day, and also what is ahead in that future day of glory when we arrive at the Father’s house.

The writer of Psalm 116, in reviewing the multitude of the Lord’s benefits, raised the following question: “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” (verse 12). Later in the Psalm, he answers his own question: “I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord” (verse 17). As we consider all His marvelous gifts, what will the response of our hearts be today?

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).

 

             
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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

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Words

Wordscan’t break bones,
But they can break hearts!

So declared the large billboard at the entrance of a school in Freeport, Bahamas.

It made me think of a rhyme we used to chant when we were children and someone called us an unkind name or said something mean. I think it went something like this:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones,
But names will never hurt me!”

However, this is not quite true. Words can, and do, break hearts. What is said can hurthurt deeply. Perhaps this is why David prayed these words: “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).

Here is how the Sunday school song we used to sing expressed it:

Oh, be careful, little tongue, what you say,
Oh, be careful, little tongue, what you say.
There’s a Father up above looking down in tender love,
Oh, be careful, little tongue, what you say.

 

             
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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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Simplicity

“Or he that exhorteth…let him do it with simplicity” (Romans 12:8).

The truth of Scripture is really not complicated, and I enjoyed “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3), in regard to the following account:

A young six-year-old, by the name of Noah, was asked by his school teacher to give a definition of the word worry. After a brief pause of thoughtful contemplation, he replied, “Worry is when we think God cannot handle it.” How simple, yet how profound!

In essence, I believe he was absolutely correct. We worry when we think that things are beyond all help. And yet, there is One who is greater than every difficulty and every circumstance. Jeremiah, in his trying situation, was assured, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).

We, too, can have this assurance as we head out for another day of activities. Our awesome, all-powerful God tells us, “fret not” (Psalm 37:1). And again, “Be careful for nothing” (Philippians 4:6).

 

             
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Monday, May 16, 2022

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Dear Young Christian,

In reading the 27th Psalm today, the 8th verse seemed to stand out. “When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; My heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek”

To seek His face is to be close to Him, enjoying His love, listening to Him speak, captivated by the glories and beauties of His person, and to know that His desire is for our blessing as we walk hand in hand with Him each moment of each day. The Lord wants our company! He wants us to seek His face! The great question is, Do we desire the same?

When in distress, David wrote, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing” (Psalm 34:10).

The inspired writer of Psalm 105 wrote, “Glory ye in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord, and His strength: seek His face evermore” (Psalm 105:3-4).

Seek the Lord’s face in all you do, and you will have a happy, fruitful week.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

 

             
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Sunday, May 15, 2022

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He Emptied Himself

“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).

The Lord Jesus poured Himself out in obedience to God His Father and in love to you and me.

• He was alone: “I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top” (Psalm 102:7).

• He was forsaken of His followers: “And they all forsook Him, and fled” (Mark 14:50).

• He was forsaken of God: “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me” (Matthew 27:46).

• He became the sin-bearer: “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

• He laid down His life. He could say, “No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:18).

• His blood was shed: “One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:34).

 

             
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Saturday, May 14, 2022

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Repentance And Faith

One of Nazi Germany’s prominent leaders, Doctor Robert Ley, came from a truly Christian family. On May 1st, 1936, he announced through the public press and radio that people should rejoice in the rebirth of nature and cast aside the pessimistic view that this life is a vale of tears and woe, adding that none but fools would speak of sin, repentance and grace. This declaration caused a wave of indignation amongst the Christian community.

Contrary to the declaration of Doctor Ley, the Bible teaches that the way of blessing is “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Simply put, it is realizing that we are helpless sinners and turning to the One who died for us, in faith and godly sorrow. It is to recognize that what God says about our condition without Christ is absolutely true, and then to realize that He has a remedy for sin and that remedy is through the death and the shedding of the blood of His Son.

Thus the jail keeper in Philippi was told, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Today, the message is still the same.

Have each of you availed yourselves of it?

 

             
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