Wednesday, June 29, 2022

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His Strong Hand — Part 2

More verses concerning the strong hand of the Lord:

In mercy

“With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for His mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 136:12).

His voice

“For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me” (Isaiah 8:11).

Job complaining as to the Lord’s dealing with Him

“Thou art become cruel to me: with Thy strong hand Thou opposest Thyself against me” (Job 30:21).

A future day of glory and reward

“Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him: behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him” (Isaiah 40:10).

How wonderful to know that we are sheltered and carried by the strong hand of the Lord, and that He will never let us go until we are safe home with Him in the Father’s house.

 

             
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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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His Strong Hand — Part 1

A recent visitor in our home pointed out a number of times where the Bible speaks of the Lord’s strong hand. Let’s consider some of them:

Deliverance

“And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt” (Exodus 13:9).

His care and ability to answer prayer

“Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of Thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for Thy name’s sake; (For they shall hear of Thy great name, and of Thy strong hand, and of Thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house” (1 Kings 8:41-42).

Redemption

“Now these are Thy servants and Thy people, whom Thou hast redeemed by Thy great power, and by Thy strong hand (Nehemiah 1:10).

 

             
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Monday, June 27, 2022

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Dear Young Christian,

Do you want to be a happy Christian? I mean really happy, down deep in your heart? Here are just a few of the ways to be a happy, joyful, child of God. Remember that the word, “blessed,” in our English Bible can often be translated, “happy.”

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3).

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him” (Psalm 34:8).

“Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee” (Psalm 84:5).

Want to be a happy believer? Learn these truths!

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

 

             
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Sunday, June 26, 2022

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Forsaken

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
(Matthew 27:46).

Forsaken of God! Never will we be able to enter into what that must have been for the Lord Jesus when, compressed into three hours of darkness, God “made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Yet, while we will never be able to fully enter in to those atoning sufferings, yet in the measure in which we meditate on them today it will bring fresh praise and gratitude from our innermost heart and soul.

Here is how the hymn-writer, J.G. Deck, expressed it:

Our sins were laid on His sacred head,
The curse by our Lord was borne;
For us a victim our Savior bled,
And endured that death of scorn;
Himself He gave our poor hearts to win
(Was ever love, Lord, like Thine!)
From the paths of folly, and shame and sin,
And fill them with joys divine.

 

             
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Saturday, June 25, 2022

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Jenny Lind

The acclaimed singer, Jenny Lind, was born in Sweden in 1820. At seventeen she came to England from her native land and very quickly became known as “The Swedish Nightingale.” She received many accolades and honors, not only from Queen Victoria, but from many of the nobility and heads of state in Europe.

However, her career was short lived, as she realized that it was causing her to neglect her Bible and the God and Savior she had come to know and love. When asked why she had given up her singing at the height of her popularity, she pointed to her Bible and said, “When every day made me think less of this, what else could I do.”

On her grave stone in Great Malvern Cemetery are inscribed the words, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.”

Jenny Lind realized that there was more to life than a flash of worldly pomp and glory. She had come to know the secret of the Lord’s own words,

“And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

This is what really counts for this life and certainly for the next. Which life are you living in view of?

 

             
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Friday, June 24, 2022

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Monthly Question Page

Q. A friend of mine who professed to be a believer says he has given up on Christianity because the Lord has stopped answering his prayers. How can I help him?

A. Part of the problem in our modern day, “what can you do for me” world is that we think it is all about us and that the Lord should answer our prayers according to what we think is best. Many of us live in a society where we can get what we want, when we want, with just the swipe of a plastic card. As a result, we begin to think that this is the way the Lord operates.

The Lord always answers our prayers. The writer of Psalms 66 could say with certainty,

“Verily God hath heard me; He hath attended to the voice of my prayer” (verse 19).

However, it may not always be in the way we had hoped or wanted. If it is according to His will and for our blessing, He says, “Yes.” If it is not for our good, He says, “No.” If it is not His timing, He may say, “Wait.” I would impress upon your friend that, when we pray, we need to have the spirit of  the Lord Jesus, who prayed,

“Father, if Thou be willing…nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).

 

             
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Thursday, June 23, 2022

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Ashamed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16).

Paul wrote these words to the Christians at Rome, probably to encourage them to take a stand. Rome was the capital of the known world at that time. It was a dark, heathen metropolis full of violence, corruption, and the worst of sins and loose living. In short, it was a pagan Gentile city!

The Apostle had been given a commission from the Lord to preach to the Gentiles:

“He is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear my name before the Gentiles” (Acts 9:15).

So he was very interested in going to Rome and preaching the good news.

Each of us has a commission as well.

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2).

Ask the Lord to help you to not be ashamed, but take a stand for Him. Be like those in the early church who prayed,

“Grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word” (Act 4:29).

The Lord will certainly help you not to be ashamed.

 

             
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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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Monthly Scripture Reading

Mark 3

13 And He goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto Him whom He would: and they came unto Him.

14 And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach,

15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

16 And Simon He surnamed Peter;

17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and He surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,

19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed Him: and they went into an house.

20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

21 And when His friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on Him: for they said, He is beside himself.

 

             
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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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Silence

“A time to keep silence” (Ecclesiastes 3:7).

In keeping with yesterday’s meditation, I often wonder, Whatever happened to silence? Thought? Remembrance? Meditatation? Study? These can be troublesome and wearying exercises for some. So, with clicks of the button, on goes the music and up goes the volume.

On the other hand, time in the presence of the Lord, listening to His voice and quietly considering what He says, is invaluable. It calms our minds and hearts; it gives peace and joy; it strengthens our faith, and it gives us to know His mind and will for us. In the silence of His company, He can speak in ways that are not otherwise possible. Like the prophet Elijah, we will hear Him in

“a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12).

Schedule some time each day away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and the noisy routine of necessary activities. Be like the writer of Psalm 85, who said,

I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people” (verse 8).

 

             
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Monday, June 20, 2022

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Dear Young Christian,

I see them everywhere! Heads bobbing, shoulders swaying, toes tapping, fingers drumming. Children and young people, middle-aged and elderly, men and women! They can be found almost anywhere: jogging in the park, sitting in the airport, on the way to school and work, or just sitting idly whiling time away. They all have one thing in commonthose little earphones connected to some device hooked on their belt or tucked in their pocket.

Of course, there are many things of spiritual profit that can be listened to, and we certainly don’t want to lessen the value of Scriptural hymns and the spoken Word of God.

Yet, if we were as in tune to the voice of the Lord as we are to that which the world has to offer, I suggest that we would be stronger Christians and that we would have greater joy and more spiritual fruit. We need to say, like Samuel, “Speak; for Thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10). In order to do this we need to take our ear-buds out and open our Bibles.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

 

             
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