Monday, July 13, 2020

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Dear Young Christian:

Yesterday, I heard someone make this wise comment:

“Stop worrying about what you don’t have,
and thank the Lord for what you do have.”

Very good advice indeed! So often we are like the Israelites when they were in the wilderness. Instead of thanking the Lord for their deliverance from Egypt and all the things He provided from day to day, such as water from the rock and manna from heaven, they grumbled and complained, and said, “Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic” (Numbers 11:4-5).

This week, instead of complaining and worrying about what we wish we had or think we need, let’s count our blessings and mercies, and remember the promise, “No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). He has promised to “supply all your need” (Philippians 4:19), but not necessarily all your “wants.”

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

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Sacrifice

History is filled with many people young and old who have made sacrifices of one sort or anothersome great, some small. Many have even made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the service and freedom of humanity. The Lord Himself said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

But the greatest and most consequential sacrifice ever made in this world was the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus when He went to Calvary’s cross. Here is what the Bible says about that supreme sacrifice:

“Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savor” (Ephesians 5:2).

“Once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26).

“This man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12).

It is so good for us to look back today and remember that wonderful event, and to never forget the sacrifice of Calvary.

 

             
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Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Reality

The other day I saw a T-shirt with the slogan “Let’s Be Real” on one side, and “Let’s Get Real” on the other. It reminded me of the danger of pretending we are real believers, when in fact we are not. The Bible calls this hypocrisy, and, when on earth, the Lord on more than one occasion exposed those who were mere professors or pretenders. He said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” (Matthew 23:27-28). Yes, we can fool a lot of people into thinking we are real, but we cannot fool the One who looks deep into our heart and soul.

However, thankfully, there is a way to “get real.” It is by being saved and having our sins put away by the blood of Christ. The call is, “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22). The promise is, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17).

 

             
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Friday, July 10, 2020

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SlothfulnessPart 2

“Much food is in the tillage of the poor” (Proverbs 13:23).

“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good” (Ecclesiastes 11:6).

The other day, my missionary friend and I were visiting on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. As we were driven across the island, we noticed a billboard which stated:

FARM TODAY OR STARVE TOMORROW!

Yesterday’s verse taught us the sad results of a neglected field and vineyard; no fruit, just weeds and decay. Today’s verse encourages the farmer to work hard, till the ground, plant his seed, and reap the fruit of his labor.

There is a spiritual lesson in all this as well. The Lord never encourages laziness in any aspect of our life. If in natural things we need to be diligent and organized, just so it is in our spiritual life. We cannot expect to have spiritual growth and fruit if we aren’t reading the Bible, and spending time in meditation and study of what we read.

 

             
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Thursday, July 9, 2020

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SlothfulnessPart 1

“He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster” (Proverbs 18:9).

The other day, my wife and I drove by a farmer’s fields that had been sadly neglected for some time. It brought to mind the words recorded by Solomon, who also passed such a farm. Of his experience he said, “I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction” (Proverbs 24:30-32).

Is this true of our lives? Are we “great wasters”? The habits and routines we develop in our day-to-day practical living usually spill over into our spiritual life. A person who is sloppy and disorganized in natural things is often haphazard when it comes to reading their Bible, spending time in prayer, and in their service for the Lord. While it is true we all have different bends to our nature and personality, yet we can all take heed to the exhortation, “Be not slothful” (Judges 18:9; Hebrews 6:12).

 

             
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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Availability

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).

Someone has well stated that this verse is not a question of ability, but of availability.

There is an old saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” But let’s put a little different spin on it: “When it’s God’s will, He makes a way.”

Sometimes we may question whether we have the ability or the strength to do this or that. But it is not so much a matter of “Can I do this?” but a matter of “Is it God’s will for me to do it?” If we are available and sensitive to His leading, then He will provide everything that is needed for the task at hand. His promise is, “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” (Isaiah 41:10). Don’t be afraid to go wherever the will of God leads you or to do whatever task the will of God gives you to do.

 

             
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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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Neglect

If you neglect your Bible,
The precious, living Word,
If you neglect your prayer time
(Your voice has not been heard),
Then you have lost your power,
The Christian’s source of joy,
And you are letting Satan
Your happiness destroy.

So don’t neglect your Bible,
Spend time in prayer each day.
Take time alone with Jesus,
Amid life’s busy fray.
Take time, it is so vital
If you don’t read and pray,
The wiles of the Devil,
Will carry you away.
(So don’t neglect your Bible,
And don’t forget to pray!)

“I sat down under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste”(Song of Solomon 2:3).

 

             
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Monday, July 6, 2020

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Dear Young Christian:

Some of the best lessons I have learned in my Christian life, and some of the best examples and role models I have had in my experience as a believer have been older sisters in Christ.

The other day at a Bible conference, one of these sisters leaned over to me just before the meetings were to start, and reminded me, “Remember, without the Lord we can do absolutely nothing.”

For this simple but timely reminder, I was very thankful, and I want to pass it along to each of my readers at the beginning of another busy week. If you go forth with a very real sense of dependence on the Lord, you will have a happy, fruitful week. Not necessarily an easy or stress-free week, but one in which you can count on the Lord for every situation, and overcome, even in the face of opposition and adversity. Remember the words of the Apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

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Two Suppers

“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God” (Revelation 19:7-9).

What a wonderful thing it is to realize that we who know Christ as our Savior are not only invited to the marriage, but we are going to be the bride of Christ. There in the Father’s house, we will be married to the Lord to be His bride and wife for all eternity.

However, in the meantime, we have been invited to partake in another supper. It is called “the Lord’s supper,” (1 Corinthians 11:20), and we are encouraged, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till He come” (1 Corinthians 11:26).

Will you partake of His supper today? If you are truly saved, it is His desire that you do.

 

             
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Saturday, July 4, 2020

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Sins Removed

“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).

I am thankful that it does not say, as far as the north is from the south. If it did, there would be a limited distance denoted, as we can measure the mileage between the north and the south poles. But you will never be able to measure the distance between east and west. As long as you travel west, you will be going west, and as long as you travel east you will be going east.

Just so, our sins are gone when washed in the blood of Christ, and they are removed to such an extent that they will never be brought up again. Here are some further expressions that confirm the fact that, when we are saved, we have no fear of one charge of sin ever being brought against us again:

“I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins” (Isaiah 44:22).

“And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17).

“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

Are your sins removed? They can be!

 

             
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