Monday, April 30, 2018

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Dear Young Christian:

“While I was musing the fire burned” (Psalm 143:5).

I love to sit and stare into an open fire while meditating on the goodness of the Lord, and all His wonderful workings in me, for me, and around me. I find something relaxing, and certainly heart warming, during those rare opportunities.

Sadly, in today’s fast-paced world, we seem to have little time for musings and meditation. In the whirl of life we forget or neglect to take those solitary moments that are so needful for our spiritual development. The paradox is that if we would spend more time in quiet contemplation before the Lord, it would result in more effective service for Him.

Perhaps you won’t have opportunity to sit alone by an open fire this week, but don’t waste the opportunities to have some quiet time alone with the Lord wherever and whenever it might be. Take the time and you will be able to say, like the writer of old, “My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord” (Psalm 104:34).

Your Christian Friend,    

 Jim Hyland

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

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Worship

“But as for me, I will come into Thy house in the multitude of Thy mercy: and in Thy fear will I worship” (Psalm 5:7).

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).

You can praise and worship the Lord anywhere, anytime. You can enjoy the Lord’s presence individually anywhere, anytime. But it is especially wonderful to Him when His people meet together collectively to worship, acknowledging His headship over His Church. We read of the early believers, “Upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread” (Acts 20:7).

Again, as in many verses, we have reverence connected with worship. You can’t worship the Lord acceptably if you are flippant, or thinking about other things, or talking to the person next to you. No, the Lord has to have first place. We must honor Him for who He is. “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about Him” (Psalm 89:7). Remember that as you meet in the presence of the Lord today.

 

             
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Believe and Have

Believing is receiving. The word in some form occurs forty-four times in John’s gospel, which is the great gospel of “believing.” From the first chapter on it is constantly repeatedbelievedbelieveth, believingbelievestetc.

“As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12). The word “even” indicates that believing is equivalent to receiving. You may, in any one of those forty-four instances in this gospel, put in the word “receive” in place of the word “believe” and still make good sense of the verse.

You have what you take, do you not? It is a simple thing to take what is given to you, and so to have it. That is practically all there is to faith. We may make faith sound complicated by talking too much about it, leading others to think that there is something obscure or mysterious connected with it.

Faith is simple: it is taking God at His word. Just as you can put forth your hand and receive a gift, so you are able to put forth your spiritual hand and receive the gift of God, even Jesus Christ as your Saviour.

 

             
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Friday, April 27, 2018

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Monthly Question Page

Q. I’ve been wondering about Deuteronomy 11:18-19. “Therefore shall ye lay up these My words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

Does it mean we talk about the Lord and the Bible all the time, or what is it really saying in today’s language?

A. This is instruction to godly parents. (Particularly the head of the home). They are to not only read and walk in obedience to the Word of God themselves, but to bring it before their families at every opportunity. This is why it is important for families to have a set time each day for reading the Bible together. The head is responsible to establish this pattern just as the man was to gather manna every day for himself and those in his household. “This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents” (Exodus 16:6).

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Discipline

“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes” (Proverbs 13:24).

“For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receivethNow no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby” (Hebrews 12:6, 11).

My father was a strict disciplinarian. He was not opposed to a good spanking or other forms of punishment if he deemed it necessary, and it seems to my recollection that he often did. He was not afraid to follow the instructions of the Bible which says, “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying” (Proverbs 19:18). He saw no conflict between love and discipline. Neither does the Bible. Our Lord said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten” (Revelation 3:19). The Lord loves us too much to let us go our own way, and if we insist, He must allow disciplinary circumstances in our life. He does this because He loves us, and wants us to be exercised, repent, and walk in the joy of obedience and communion with Himself.

 

             
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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Monthly Scripture Reading

1 Corinthians 3

4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

             
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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The Slothful

“The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain”
(Proverbs 15:19).

Difficulties and seemingly insurmountable obstacles abound in the mind of the slothful person. His way seems hedged in by thorns, and he has all manner and number of excuses for not acting at once according to what he knows is right and suited.

On the other hand, the upright, learning his duty and calling, presses on, and in spite of what may stand in the way finds his way made plain before him as he takes one step after another, in the light of the Word of God. What a beautiful example we have in David, who said, “For by Thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall” (Psalm 18:29). And whose prayer was, “Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies” (Psalm 27:11).

If God commands, I have simply to obey His word. He makes Himself responsible to clear the obstacles from my path, or else to give me the ability to overcome them.

 

             
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Monday, April 23, 2018

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Dear Young Christian:

As you start out this week, remember, you don’t have to pray for new blessings, or the second blessing, or more blessings. The New Testament plainly and indisputably declares, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). We have it all, by His grace, and through the work of Christ on the cross. We are rich, rich in Christ! “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

However, what we do need to pray is that God will give us the spiritual understanding and purpose of heart to grasp these blessings, to make them our own, to rejoice in them, to live in the light of them, and to walk in the power and good of all that is ours in Christ. We often go through life as spiritual paupers when all the time we are wonderfully blessed with “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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The Blood

“But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe”
(John 19:34-35).

Prior to William Harvey’s discovery of the circulation of the blood in 1628, little had been known about its real value. In fact, blood was thought to be the source of sickness and disease rather than life and its defense. The sad truth is that the sick were often bled to get rid of illness. George Washington’s death is said to have been hastened by the practice of what was known as “blood letting.”

How much value do we as believers place on the life-giving blood of Jesus and its cleansing power? Is it precious to our hearts? “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and goldbut with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19). May the blood of Jesus Christ become more precious to us today, as we consider and remember that great sacrifice of the Lamb of God at Calvary.

 

             
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Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Live to 100

“Want to live to 100?”

So asked the question on the front of the health magazine. Yes, there are many cures and preventions that offer to give you a long life, but not one of them says, “Do you want to live forever?” Yet this is the offer that God Himself is making. “The gift of God is eternal life” (Romans 6:23).

It isn’t that God intends that you should live forever in this sad and sinful world. No, He has another world full of love and joy and peace and glory. At the very center of that world is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the One who died on the cross, bearing the sins of all who will come to Him. He, and He alone, makes us fit for that bright world where He is.

But no one can come there who has not had their sins forgiven. If we repent of our sins, God will forgive every one of them because His Son has paid the price. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The Lord Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

 

             
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