Thursday, February 28, 2019

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The Burden-Bearer

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).

In his book, Comforted of God, A. J. Pollock recounts the following story:

A man had a vision in which he saw a multitude of people bearing burdens, which greatly afflicted him to behold. Strong men were bowed down under heavy loads, fragile women were staggering under burdens, even children were weighed down. All classes of people were represented, toiling and staggering under heavy burdens. In the vision, the dreamer thought he saw the Lord, and, to his utter amazement, He was busily employed in increasing the burdens. Still the burdened ones toiled on, ready to dropbut not quite. Still the Lord added to their burdens again and again, till at last the man’s curiosity and surprise could be restrained no longer.

He inquired of the Lord why He was adding to the burdens and distresses of those he saw. The reply was: “I am adding to their burdens till they cannot do without Me any longer, and THEN I WILL CARRY BOTH THEM AND THEIR BURDENS.”

 

             
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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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Monthly Scripture Reading

Song of Solomon 5

9 What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?

10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.

11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.

13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.

14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.

15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.

16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

 

             
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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Harmless

“Be ye thereforeharmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).

The word “harmless” means “pure, innocent, inoffensive.” A dove is first mentioned in the Bible story of Noah. “He sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground. But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot” (Genesis 8:8-9). Only the unclean raven could feed on ruin, death and corruption that was the result of the flood.

The dove is first mentioned in the New Testament at the baptism of the Lord: “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him” (Matthew 3:16). Our Lord is, “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” (Hebrews 7:26). Now He wants us to be “blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15). Do we find our rest and joy in Him and seek to emulate His life of purity and harmlessness?

 

             
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Monday, February 25, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

“How are you doing?”

This is a typical greeting in North America. We use it all the time, but usually without any thought of making a sincere inquiry, much less of waiting to hear the answer. We hope people will say, “Fine, thanks,” and change the subject.

People all around us yearn for someone to care. David lamented this sad fact when he said, “I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul” (Psalm 142:4).

One thing we know for sure is that the Lord Jesus genuinely cares for us. But do we care for one another in the same way? The Apostle Paul exhorted the Corinthian Christians, “that the members should have the same care one for another” (1 Corinthians 12:25).

 Take time to ask someone today, “How are you doing?” Then, wait for the answer, and show real care and concern. Who knows what a blessing you can be, just by listening!

 Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

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The Supreme Sacrifice

“Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour” (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 10:2).

What a sacrifice! There has never been a greater sacrifice than the sacrifice of “HIMSELF!” It is the supreme sacrifice and is everything to the heart of God. We will never forget that mighty sacrifice for all eternity. In heaven, we will be occupied with “a Lamb as it had been slain” (Revelation 5:6). As a result, we will sing, “Thou art worthyfor Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9).

Let’s be occupied with that sacrifice today, and, as a result, sing the praises of heaven while still in this world where He “offered Himself without spot to God” (Hebrews 9:14).

 

             
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Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Two Words

“Eternity” (Isaiah 57:15).
“Calvary” (Luke 23:33).

These two words are each only mentioned once in our English Bible. Yet they are words with great import and monumental consequence. No gospel meeting is complete without the truth of these two words being mentioned and stressed many times.

The thought and plan of Calvary arose in eternity, in the heart of God. It took sending His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to carry out that plan. Now that the work of Calvary has been accomplished, salvation can be freely and righteously offered, so that those who were once lost in sin and on their way to an eternity in hell can spend eternity with Christ in the Father’s house.

All of eternity will be divided because of Calvary. And remember, what you do with Christ will determine where you will spend eternity.

Where will you spend eternity?

This question rings in your ear;

With Jesus in heaven, the Father’s own house,

Or hell, where there’s torment and fear?

 

             
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Friday, February 22, 2019

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Monthly Question Page

Q. What does it mean to be justified? Is it the same as forgiveness? (Part 2)

A. To justify us, God takes a guilty sinner and gives him a righteous standing, having been not only forgiven, but acquitted of every transgression. This is how we can be perfectly comfortable in the presence of Godbecause we have been “made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). In this way “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

Justification is an act of God, once and for all, and forever. There are no degrees of justification. It is true of everyone who has believed. God is, “just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). Christ has paid the penalty for sin, God is satisfied, and is just in forgiving and justifying those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. Every believer stands before God in all the perfection of His Son.

We are justified

“By His grace” (Romans 2:24).That is the way.

“By faith” (Romans 3:28).That is the means.

“By His blood” (Romans 5:9).That is the ground.

We would love to hear from you.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Numbers in Scripture: #2

The number two denotes adequate testimony. The first mention of this number in the Bible is in connection with creation. “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night” (Genesis 1:16). These are God’s two great witnesses in the heavens. Two witnesses were needed when there were accusations made, or in matters of discipline and administration. “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established” (Deuteronomy 19:15). This is repeated in the New Testament by the Apostle Paul, regarding matters that had arisen and needed to be dealt with by the believers in Corinth: “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1). God’s word and His oath show the immutability (unchangeableness) of His counsel. “God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:17-18).

 

             
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Temporary

“By faith Abrahamlooked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:8, 10).
“And Isaac dwelt in Gerar” (Genesis 26:6).

Names in Scripture often have important significance. The name Gerar means “sojourning,” or “temporary.” Isaac’s home here was only temporary. He, like his father Abraham, and along with many Old Testament saints, was looking for a permanent home away from this world. How about us? Are we living in view of leaving this world at any moment to live eternally in the Father’s house with our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ? Do we dwell in tents (figuratively-speaking), or are we digging our roots so deep in this world that it’ll hurt to leave it?

May we each live by faith, young people, and look for our home in heaven where all the troubles of this life will be shut out. The Lord has promised, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3). It may be today!

 

             
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Fragments

“He said unto His disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost” (John 6:2).

When I was still a boy at home, we always had one night a week when we had leftovers for the evening meal. My mother would reheat the fragments from the refrigerator of what remained from the previous nights’ meals, and, somehow, she would make a complete meal of them. Later on, when our girls were young and lived at home, my wife did the same.

Often, I do that with spiritual tidbits that I have enjoyed over time. It involves going back over some little notes I scribbled or some thought I enjoyed and jotted down in my note pad. Sometimes, those things then come together as a nice meditation and really feed my soul.

I wonder how many times we let the “little” messages from God’s Word fall to the ground and pay no attention to them when, in fact, they would make a complete spiritual meal for us. Think about the little things today. You’ll be surprised what a feast there is in them. Gathering them up may take some effort, but you will find it very worthwhile.

 

             
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