Friday, August 31, 2018

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Monthly Question Page

Q. What is the difference between 1 Chronicles 21:13, “Let me fall now into the hand of the Lord,” and Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”?

A. In First Chronicles, King David had sinned, and in pride had numbered the people. When he realizes what he has done he takes full responsibility for his actions, and seeks to spare the people from a consequence that he feels they do not deserve. In confessing his sin he understands that God is gracious and avails himself of that grace, instead of blaming others for his failure.

In Hebrews it is a question of a person who rejects God’s testimony and His offer of salvation. This we see from the context, beginning at verse 29. It is indeed a fearful thing to reject God’s grace and salvation, especially for those who have made a profession of being saved and pretend to be believers but are not real. There will be judgment for such!

So, for a child of God to fall into His hand is to count on His grace, mercy, and wisdom. But to fall into the hands of a holy God having rejected His grace and mercy is the most dreadful thing of all.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

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Our Ministry

“Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, He departed into Galilee” (Matthew 4:12).

Sometimes I have asked myself, why didn’t the Lord go and visit John the Baptist, or try to plead his cause and get him out of prison? The answer is simple, because John’s work for the Lord on earth was done. He had spoken the truth and was condemned because of it. He had performed the most significant work of any Old Testament prophet in that he had introduced the Lord to the Jewish nation. But for the most part they rejected his testimony. John then steps aside and lets Jesus have His place as the Saviour of the world. John was faithful unto death too, just as Jesus was. He was willing to be hidden while the Lord came into public view.

We also have a work to do for the Lord. John’s ministry was to announce the coming of Christ. Our work is to announce to this world that He has come, died, risen, and that as an ascended man in heaven He is the Saviour of sinners, and the resource of the believers. Are we fulfilling that ministry? And are we like John who said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30)?

 

             
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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Big & Small Choices

What is a big choice? What is a small choice? Does God care which route we take to a certain place or the time and place in which we do certain things? I’m reminded of the incident where the Lord Jesus was travelling from Judea to Galilee. “He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And He must needs go through Samaria” (John 4:3-4). We are told that He had to go through Samaria. Was that the only route from the one place to the other? Nothere was more than one way to make that trip, and the route He took on that day was not the preferred route for many.

So how did He decide which way to go? As the story unfolds, we find Him taking a rest from His journey at Jacob’s well in Sychar. This was not an accidental layover, however, for the woman with whom He had a conversation at that well was just one of many people from that town who came to know the Saviour as a result of His stopping for lunch that day. His “small” choice of routes, and His decision to rest at a certain place and at a certain time, put Him in the right place at the right time to be a big blessing to the people there. Let’s be sensitive to the Lord’s leading in our lives so that we too will be at the right place at the right time.

 

             
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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His Will

“In all thy ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct thy paths”
(Proverbs 3:6).

The Lord has different paths for each of us to follow, and we may well ask ourselves, how can we discern what His will for our life is? Paul’s prayer for the Colossians was that they “might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9). The last part of the verse unlocks the first: How can we be wise apart from the Scriptures? How can we have spiritual understanding apart from the Spirit of God?

To know what His will is, we must be familiar with His Word. If we are thinking about a certain thing or considering doing something that is contrary to the mind of God revealed in Scripture, we need not go any further. His will does not contradict His Word. For other matters, our ability to know God’s will is absolutely dependant upon the closeness of our walk with Him.

May we each examine the path that we are on in the light of God’s will, and seek to be walking that path each day in such a way that He can use us in His service, for our blessing and the blessing of others.

 

             
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Monday, August 27, 2018

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Dear Young Christian:

As you start out this week in whatever endeavours you may have, remember this exhortation: “Use this world, as not abusing it” (1 Corinthians 7:31). The fact that you are reading this calendar page is an indication that the Lord has not yet come and that we are still here in this world. We have to get along and utilize that which is at our disposalthose things that God has given us in a temporal sense. It may be a job, our schooling, a car, a bicycle, some fundsand a whole host of other things. These things, if used in a proper way are helps to get us through life in this world, so that we can be a testimony and point others to the Saviour.

The problem is, we often place more value on the things of this world than we should, and we can sometimes use them in a way that is not pleasing or honoring to the Lord. The rest of our verse says, “for the fashion of this world passeth away.” We are also told, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:17).

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Worship

“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment” (John 12:3).

Mary, who before had been at the feet of Jesus as a learner (Luke 10:39), and but recently had wept at His feet as a mourner (John 11:32), is now found at His feet as a worshipper. She comes quietly and humbly, with a heart overflowing, and anoints His feet with the very costly ointment and wipes those blessed feet with her hair.

Her act proclaims that in her estimation nothing that she possesses is good enough for Christ. She expends upon Him every drop of the costly ointment, and puts at His disposal that which is the glory of a womanher hair. He alone is worthy! She was not at that moment thinking of the poor or the blessing of others; she was wholly engrossed with Christ. This, indeed, is worship: but, even so, the one that is absorbed with Christ will bring blessing to others; so we read, “The house was filled with the odour of the ointment.”

 

             
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

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Freedom

A motorcyclist gave the following account:

“Many people can’t understand why I enjoy driving a motorbike. In sunny weather you drive through the countryside, enjoying the clear air, and feeling like a carefree youth. You forget your duties, problems, and the monotony of everyday routine. You are free like a bird in the sky.

“However, sometimes I wonder if I am really as free as I feel. Is it merely a sensation of short duration? Sometimes instead of solving my problems I am putting them off.

“So I am thankful that I have come to know another kind of freedom: true freedom. Not a passing feeling, but reality. I have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as my Saviour. He has taken away my sins, my fear of death, my indifference to life, and really given me true freedom. The Bible says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you freeIf the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:32, 36).

“When I got saved it was as if heavy chains fell off my heart. Have you experienced that happy day? This is true and lasting freedom!”

 

             
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Friday, August 24, 2018

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At Peace

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).

This is a far-reaching statement, which is much less thought over than it should be. It allows for no exceptions. If your ways are pleasing to the Lord, your enemies will be unable to say one word against your character. They may hate you, but they are compelled to own that God is with you.

If your enemies are not at peace with you, it is time to ask, “Do my ways really please the Lord?” Doubtless you will soon be reminded of something in your life needing to be judged in His presence.

One thing that is very conducive to closing the mouths of enemies is just going on quietly through evil report and good report. Seeking to please the Lord and not wasting time in self-vindication. Like the Lord Himself, “Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:23).

Remember, a holy, humble walk in the presence of the Lord must silence even your worst enemies.

 

             
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

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Changes

Life tends to be full of changes, and I don’t suppose this year is turning out to be any different in that respect. Some folks may be optimistic, even excited about events ahead, while others may be anxious and uncertain. But none of us can see very far ahead. We think we know the way and know where we’re going in our lives, and we hope we’ll get there. But we don’t really know. We may ask ourselves, will today’s decisions translate into what we want tomorrow to be?

When we are young we are thankful for those who can advise and guide us. I am thankful that I have Someone that I can turn to at any time. He knows the way I take, and He knows every outcome. Because He knows the way so perfectly I can trust Him at all times in all circumstances. Jeremiah stated, “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). Solomon questioned, “For who knoweth what is good for man in this life?” (Ecclesiastes 6:12). I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know who holds the future. I don’t know what changes are ahead, but I know the One who never changes.

 

             
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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Monthly Scripture Reading

Psalm 24

1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

2 For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in His holy place?

4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6 This is the generation of them that seek Him, that seek Thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.

 

             
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