Saturday, February 22, 2020

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Life-Changing

“I will consider Thy testimonies … Thy commandment is exceeding broad. O how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:95-97).

Wherever the Bible is read, in whatever country and in whatever language, it is life-changing. Here are some of the very real effects of earnest, prayerful reading of Scripture:

1. Seeking souls find Christ.

2. Sinners are saved.

3. Saved souls are edified.

4. Those in darkness find light.

5. Sorrowers are comforted.

6. The discouraged are encouraged.

7. The downhearted are uplifted.

Yes, many a life has been completely turned around for good and for the glory of God as a result of reading the only book on earth that is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Do you know its Author? Are you familiar with its live changing message?

 

             
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Friday, February 21, 2020

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The Eagle Soars

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name … Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:1, 5).

The eagle knows when the storm is approaching before it breaks. It will fly to some high spot and wait for the wind to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and carry it above the storm. While the storm rages below, it is soaring in perfect peace above it. The eagle does not escape the storm, it simply uses the storm to lift it higher, and, with a heavenly perspective, it rides on the winds that bring the storm.

The Lord can help us to do that as well. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles” (Isaiah 40:31). We can either be overcome by the storms of life, or we can, in the power of the Lord, rise above them and learn to trust Him through it allseeing His ways and purposes from His perspective, learning what is for our good and blessing, and even seeing what is necessary for our correction and chastening. In this way, our soul will be satisfied and our strength renewed day by day.

 

             
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Psalm 23Part 2

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want”(Psalm 23:1).

As we noted last month, this psalm is intensely personal. Count, and you will find the personal pronouns, “my,” “me,” “mine,” and “I,” seventeen times. By the time he wrote this psalm, David had developed a deep, intimate relationship with the Lord as his Shepherd. The opening statement is not some vague or wishful sentiment, but a solid confirmation of a loving, caring Shepherd, known and appreciated through real-life experiences and trust.

I have enjoyed the way another has put it, in reciting this second statement of verse 1: “What more could I want!” Yes, when we are under the watchful care of the Shepherd, and in tune with His heart and ways, there is certainly nothing lacking as far as that which satisfies the heart. We may not have a lot of material possessions, or a large bank account; we may feel physical want and even hunger; but we will find the Good and Great Shepherd is all that we need for the soul. We are indeed His sheep, He loves us; He carries us on His shoulders according to Luke 15:5; we are His joy; and He will never let us go or stop caring for us until He has us safe home in the Father’s house.

 

             
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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Weary

“I am weary of My crying” (Psalm 69:3).

“Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well” (John 4:6).

Do you ever feel weary? And not just physically weary but weary with life in general? One of Satan’s great tactics is to weary the believers and wear them down, so they just give up following the Lord. It may not be with anything wrong or sinful, but just the daily grind and pace of life.

The above verses (one prophetically and the other in actuality), show that the Lord Jesus as a man was often weary when here in this world. On another occasion, we read, “And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow” (Mark 4:38). If you are weary today, take heart, the Lord understands.

But there is something we should never be weary of. “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9). The Lord, though often weary, was always ready to do good and dispense blessing. There will be many opportunities for “well doing” today. “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it” (Proverbs 3:27).

 

             
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Questions & Doubts

The work of Satan has always been to raise questions and doubts, especially in connection with the Word of God.

The first recorded words of Satan in the Old Testament are, “Hath God said” (Genesis 3:1)? Here is one of Satan’s oldest tricks, immediately trying to raise a doubt in the mind of Eve as to whether God had really spoken and whether what He said was true. The first recorded words of Satan in the New Testament are, “If Thou be the Son of God” (Matthew 4:3). When the Living Word came, Satan immediately tried to raise a doubt as to whether the Lord Jesus was really who He said He was.

Satan is still raising those same doubts and questions today. Has God really spoken through the written Word, the Bible? Is the Lord really the eternal Word as presented to us in the Gospel of John, where we read, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14)?

Don’t let questions like this trouble you, as they come straight from Satan himself. The Bible states, “Thy Word is truth” (John 17:17).

 

             
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Monday, February 17, 2020

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Dear Young Christian:

“Be not, as the hypocrites”(Matthew 6:16)

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary give the following definition of the word“hypocrisy:”

“A feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not: behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel: the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion.

What God wants in our lives is reality! King David’s prayer was, “Lead me into the land of uprightness” (Psalm 143:10). In other words, “Don’t let me pretend to be something I’m not.” Even as believers we can often put on an outward show of godliness, perhaps to hide some sin or practice we don’t want others to see. “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

Remember, you may fool many people, but not God. He knows us through and through.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

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BeautyPart 1

There is an old saying,“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” While this is true of many things, such as nature, art, architecture, etc., yet it is never so true as it is in connection with the person of Christ. Listen to what some of the inspired writers have to say on the subject.

David:

 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after … to behold the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4).

Isaiah:

“Thine eyes shall see the king in His beauty” (Isaiah 33:17).

Luke: (Recording the experience and words of Stephen at this martyrdom).

“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55).

The writer of Hebrews:

“We see Jesus … crowned with glory and honor” (Hebrews 2:9).

What fresh vision of the beauties of Christ will you have today as you remember Him in His death?

Continued next Lord’s Day.

 

             
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Saturday, February 15, 2020

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How Do I Get Saved?

While we do not want to reduce the way of salvation to a man-made formula, yet here are some verses from the Bible that teach us the simplicity of God’s way of blessing. Here are just a few examples:

“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).

“And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

“Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Ephesians 1:12-13).

Getting saved is not complicated. It is realizing that I am a sinner and accepting Christ as Savior on the basis of the work of Calvary. Are you saved? If not, He is imploring you,“Look unto Me, and be ye saved” (Isaiah 45:22).

 

             
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Friday, February 14, 2020

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Love

“God is love” (1 John 4:16).

In many countries, February 14th is hailed as Valentine’s Day. Love notes and cards are often sent to sweethearts and loved ones, and often gifts of chocolate and jewelry are exchanged by those who can afford them.

God has shown His love to us as well, a far greater love than any earthly love. It is a love that gave His Son to die for us, and as a result has given us many wonderful and eternal gifts. “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). As a result, we can now call God our Father, and rejoice in the words of the Lord Jesus to His disciples, when He said, “For the Father Himself loveth you” (John 16:27).

As you enjoy the love of family and friends today, don’t forget the greatest love of all. “Keep yourselves in the love of God” (Jude 21). And as you read the notes and cards you receive from earthly friends and loved ones, don’t forget to read a portion of the greatest love letter of all timethe BibleGod’s message of love to you!

 

             
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

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A Faithful Man

“He was a faithful man, and feared God above many” (Nehemiah 7:2).

Shortly before he passed away, the writer, William Kelly, said to one who visited by his bedside:“There are three things that are realthe Cross, the enmity of the world, and the love of God.”

An aged believer, who had long resorted to Mr. Kelly for spiritual counsel, on hearing of his decease, wrote: “He was pre-eminently a faithful man, and feared God above many.”

I wonder what could be said if we heard today of your death? Would we be able to quote something edifying that you had spoken for our blessing and encouragement? And could it be said that you were a faithful follower of Christ who had lived in the fear of God?

If you read Nehemiah chapter seven, you will see that Nehemiah gave Hananiah charge over the city of Jerusalem because of these two characteristics: he was faithful and feared God. That is what God is really looking for today. Faithful, obedient young men and women are those that He blesses and uses in His service, often in very remarkable and unusual ways.

 

             
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