Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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Possessing Our Possessions

“The exceeding riches of His grace” (Ephesians 2:7).
“The unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).
“The riches of His glory” (Ephesians 3:16).

Believing God’s testimony is like endorsing a check and cashing it. Many years ago, a gentleman went into the home of a very poor elderly lady who had applied for government relief. He saw something on the wall that attracted his attention. It was a piece of paper in a neat frame.

He asked, “What is that on the wall?”

She replied, “I just don’t know, but it is a paper that my uncle sent me and I don’t like to throw it away so I keep it as a remembrance of him.”

He exclaimed, “Don’t you see what it is!”

“No, I don’t understand it.”

“Well, it’s a check for several thousand dollars.”

“What?” she said. “Did he intend me to have that money, and I have been living in poverty all these years?”

How many Christians are like that. They believe the Bible and the promises of God in a certain sensethey know that Jesus died to put away their sins. But they have never cashed in, they have never fully trusted Him for themselves, and drawn on the spiritual check that He has given us.

 

             
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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Arise and Go

“And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans. And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
And he arose and went”
(Acts 8:25-27).

The desert may have seemed like a very strange place to send a faithful evangelist whose gospel message was having such great results, as he and others travelled from place to place. But, you see, God had His eye on one man who had tried to find Him and was reading the Old Testament but couldn’t understand it. So, after obeying the order, Philip, out in the middle of the desert, preached the gospel to one manan anxious soul, an Ethiopianand he got saved!

God knows what He is doing. When He says, “Arise, and go!” we better listen to the call and do it. Who knows what blessing we can be to one individual? Are you willing to follow the call of God and be His evangelist today? There are many anxious individuals out there. Maybe it is you that God wants to use to bring them the gospel.

 

             
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Monday, July 29, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

From the window of my 9th floor room in Shobra, Greater Cairo, I can view building after building, as far as the eye can see. Somewhere beyond is the Nile River and the great pyramids of Giza. My view and experience of things today is very different than what the Israelites saw and experienced. Yet, I have the same God that they hadthe very God who could say, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people which are in Egypt” (Exodus 3:7).

He is no less caring today than He was then, andjust as His eye was on His people millenniums ago, and just as He knew and understood what they were passing throughso it is today. God’s eye rests upon me, and I know He loves, cares, and fully understands me.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are doing, and whatever your circumstances may be, you can say like Hagar, “Thou God seest me” (Genesis 16:13). Hagar was thankful that God saw her plight and that of her son. We too, can be thankful that God sees us at all times and in all places.

 Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

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God’s Lamb

“God will provide Himself a Lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8).

Yes, indeed, God has now provided a Lamb. It is the Lord Jesus Christ. John the Baptist, affirmed this on two occasions when he saw the Lord walking here in this world. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!Again the next day after, John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as He walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:29, 35-36).

The Apostle Peter later wrote of God’s Lamb, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” (1 Peter 1:18-20).

Let’s thank God today for that Lamb that He has provided for our salvation and eternal blessing.

 

             
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

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Gospel Hardened

“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).

When I was growing up, I used to hear people say, that someone was “gospel hardened.” Back then I wasn’t exactly sure what it meant.

However, it simply means that someone who hears the gospel over and over again, and either rejects or neglects its message can, after a while, become so callous and insensible to it that it has no effect. This is especially true of those who are brought up in Christian homes where the Bible is read every day, and where they are taken to gospel meetings on a regular basis. It is like someone having a train track running behind their house. When they first move in, they wake up and hear every night train that goes through. But, after a while, they sleep right through it, just because they are so used to it, and it ceases to affect them.

I hope I have no readers like that. Four times the Bible warns, “Harden not your heart” (Psalm 95:8; Hebrews 3:8; 3:15; 4:7). No, instead, accept God’s wonderful salvation through the Lord Jesus and His sacrifice at Calvary.

 

             
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Friday, July 26, 2019

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Monthly Question Page

Q. Could you please explain what a parable is, and also, why the Lord spoke in parables?

A. The word “parable” is from the Greek word Parabole, and this is derived from Paraballo, which signifies “to place beside,” “to place one thing beside another,” as in making a comparison, a “simile,” “similitude,” “parable.” A parable was not a fable or fairy-tale, but a story which illustrated a moral principle or truth regarding the ways of God.

When the Lord spoke in parables, a short narrative was related, which had a hidden meaning in its various details. When its interpretation was understood, it would stay in the mind more than if only the truths contained in the interpretation had been given.

The disciples asked the Lord why He spoke to the people in parables. He replied, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given” (Matthew 13:11), although some of the parables were so plain that the chief priests and Pharisees sensed that He was referring to them. “And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard His parables, they perceived that He spake of them” (Matthew 21:45).

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

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Cares and Worries

The Lord wants us to release our cares and worries to Him. We are told in the Old Testament, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22). And we are again exhorted in the New Testament, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).

When we entrust every little thing to the Lord it brings a great sense of inner peace to the soul, rest of heart, and joy of spirit. To bask in His love, and to accept each day as it comes, with whatever the circumstances may be, is freedom indeed. Freedom from worry, and freedom from self!

Let’s learn to roll every burden on the Lord, and leave it there. So often our problem is that we cast the burden and trouble on Him in prayer, get up off our knees, and take it away with us again, instead of leaving it with Him. When we leave it with Him, then, and only then, do we learn the truth of the Lord’s own words, “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).

 

             
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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Monthly Scripture Reading

Deuteronomy 34

5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.

6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.

7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.

9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.

10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,

11 In all the signs and the wonders, which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,

12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.

 

             
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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My Peace

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

There is nothing more peaceful in a troubled world than taking time out to sit quietly in the presence of the Lord, trusting Him, and feeling His presence, His love, and His everlasting arms of strength about you.

Someone has well said, “The best way to receive this gift of His peace is to stop in the midst of turmoil, and trust Him. Quietness and trust accomplish far more than can be imagined, not only in us, but around us.”

Spending quiet time alone with the Lord can be very difficult and requires discipline. This is especially true in this “activity addicted” age in which we live. It makes us look, or even feel, like we are doing nothing, when in fact we are doing the best thing that we can do.

Remember, “In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15). So much does our Lord value this attitude that He says, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward” (Hebrews 10:35).

 

             
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Monday, July 22, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

I have often quoted this verse when things are going well, and enjoyed its sentiments. I have even quoted it on days when things weren’t going so well, and then continued to grumble and complain. But that’s not what our God and Father wants us to do. He wants us to truly rejoice every day of the week, month, and year.

If you can’t think of anything else to rejoice in, here is at least one thing. “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).No matter what happens in this life, our future and home in the next life are secure in Christ. Nothing can change that! So, when you are tempted to complain and grumble this week, just remember, there is wonderful future ahead for the believer, and nothing can erase our names when they have been “written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27).And we are told to “Rejoice evermore” (1 Thessalonians 5:16).

Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

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