Monday, September 30, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

What are you predicting will happen in your life this week? Do you have some plans that you hope nothing will change or frustrate? Fine! But remember, life can be turned around, and even upside down, in a moment of time. Recently, my wife and I experienced this. We were getting ready to travel to Europe for a month of visiting believers and friends, but the Lord had other plans. My wife ended up sick in the hospital and we had to cancel. It was disappointing, but we realized that the Lord’s ways are best, and we were thankful that we weren’t already in Europe beforehand. Two verses of Scripture came to mind as we considered what the Lord had allowed:

1. “It is well” (2 Kings 4:26).

2. “He hath done all things well” (Mark 7:37).

Whatever He allows, we must have faith and know that He is working it all out for a purpose of blessing. He loves us and wants us to be happy, trusting believers. It may not be what we had planned, but His plans are better than ours.

 Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

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Singing

“The service of song in the house of the Lord”
(1 Chronicles 6:31).
“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2).

The service of song is something that we can all render to the Lord. He loves to hear our voice, and it thrills His heart every time there is a song from our heart on our lips. As we open our mouths in hymns of praise and worship today, let’s sing like we really mean it. And too, let’s think of the words we are singing. When the Apostle Paul sang, he wanted it to be intelligently, not just words he didn’t understand or think about. That’s what he meant when he said to the Christians at Corinth, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also” (1 Corinthians 14:15).

In this regard, we need to be sure we sing good, Scriptural, Christ-exalting hymns and spiritual songs that are doctrinally accurate. I am thankful that I grew up singing and learning hymns that were based on the Word of God.

Today, as we consider the person and work of Christ, let’s open our mouths in “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Colossians 3:16). It brings glory to Him!

 

             
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Saturday, September 28, 2019

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A Cover-up

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

The story is told of an Indian prince, who was a leper, but very few people, other than close family and servants, knew it. When he appeared in public he always wore a large jewel on his forehead, which sparkled in the sunlight, or glittered in the light of the many lamps in his court.

Only when he was alone did he remove his turban and the jewel, and then the mirror showed him his leprous spot where the gem had been. Keeping the leprous spot covered up with the jewel was his way of never letting anyone know that he had that dreadfuland in those days, incurabledisease.

Many people try to hide their sins, and to some degree may be successful as far as parents, family, and friends. But remember, “all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13). We cannot hide anything from God, but thankfully there is a remedy. It is “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son” and the truth that it “cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

 

             
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Friday, September 27, 2019

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Monthly Question Page

Q. Is Jesus our King, and is it proper to address Him as such? What about addressing God in such a way?

A. Jesus is indeed “King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15), and in a coming day will be universally owned as such, according to Revelation 19:11-16. However, for us He is far more than our King, and we do not have a Scripture that would teach us to address Him in that way.

He is our “Bridegroom” (John 3:29).

He is our “Head” (Ephesians 5:23).

He is our “Savior” (Titus 3:6).

He is our “Lord” (Acts 9:6).

So then, it is not really intelligent for a Christian to address the Lord as “your majesty,” nor is He presented to us as our king. He is “The King of Israel” (John 1:49); “The King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2); and the “King of Nations” (Revelation 15:3, JND).

As for God, the same applies. He is our Father, and we should address Him as such. “Our fellowship is with the Father” (1 John 1:3). To address God or the Lord Jesus as King is to lose the sense of nearness and intimacy that is rightfully ours.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

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Thyself

“Take heed unto thyself” (1 Timothy 4:16).

So often we are more worried about what others are doing than we are about our own conduct. While it is true “that the members should have the same care one for another” (1 Corinthians 12:25), and that we are told, “Bear ye one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2), yet, in the final analysis, we are responsible to the Lord as to our own conduct and attitude.

After the Lord rose from the dead, He told Peter something of the work and pathway of faith and service that He had for him. As Peter listened to the Lord, he turned to John who was standing by, and said to the Lord, “And what shall this man do?” (John 21:21). Here is the answer the Lord gave Him: “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou Me” (John 21:22).

In other words, the Lord was saying, “I have a path for John, and I will take care of that, but you are responsible to follow Me, in the path that I have for you.”

It is not a question of how well my brother or sister follows in the path of faith, but whether or not I am faithful in following the Lord.

 

             
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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Monthly Scripture Reading

Revelation 21

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5 And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6 And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

 

             
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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Your Words

“Let the words of my mouthbe acceptable
in Thy sight, O Lord”
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Watch your words diligently. Words have such a great power to either bless and encourage, or to condemn and discourage. When we speak carelessly or negatively, we do damageoften beyond repair. We can say we are sorry, but we really can’t take it back. Like a bird let loose from a cage over an open meadow, words spread their wings and we can do little, if anything, to bring them back.

That is why we need to learn to control and discipline our speech. Left to itself, “The tongue is a little member, and boasteth great thingsthe tongue is a fire, a world of iniquitythe tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:5-6, 8). That is why, earlier in this epistle, he says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man beslow to speak” (James 1:19). Weigh your words carefully before you let them fly.

On the other hand, under the restraint of the Lord, and guided by the Holy Spirit, our words can be sweet and comforting, and acceptable to the Lord for the blessing and edification of others.

 

             
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Monday, September 23, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

The most influential people in the world are not those who lobby for certain causes or who get involved in humanitarian projects, but the people who spend time in prayer.

We can talk about prayer and praying for one another. We can tell others that we are praying for them, but do we really spend quality time in prayer? The Lord said, “that men ought always to pray” (Luke 18:1). Paul exhorts us, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). And again, “I will therefore that men pray every where” (1 Timothy 2:8). We are also told, “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).

What will characterize your life this week? Will you be a young man or woman of prayer? Prayer is a real thing, a real and powerful resource. Don’t just know about it and don’t just talk about itdo it. It will make a great difference.

Live with a sense that the Lord is there beside you. Talk to Him, and experience the joy and power of genuine prayer! I want you to have a prayerful, powerful, productive week!

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

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The Cup of Judgment

 “And He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).
“The cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?” (John 18:11).

The cup the Lord Jesus was referring to in these verses was the cup of judgment against sin that He was going to (in figurative language) drink in those three hours of darkness when He, “bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24).

Here are the lines of a hymn, written by Mrs. Ann Ross Cousins, which sum up this sacred truth so very well:

Death and the curse were in our cup

O Christ, ’twas full for Thee!

But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,

’Tis empty now for me.

That bitter cup — love drank it up;

Left but the love for me.

 

             
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Saturday, September 21, 2019

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The Word Quoted

You will find that secular writers who are unbelievers, agnostics, or atheists often quote the Word of God in their writings. Their reasons for doing so are varied: some don’t give the matter any thought, others want to show off their intelligence, some quote it as a great literary work or one of the classics, while others do it in out-and-out mockery.

This was happening in the early days of Christianity as well. The Apostle Paul said, “Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel” (Philippians 1:15-17). However, he was thankful for whatever way the inspired Scriptures were spoken or written. Listen to what he further adds on the subject: “What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice” (Philippians 1:18).

You, my reader, have heard the Word of God many times. You may have even quoted it for one reason or another. But are you truly acquainted with its Author? Is God your Father, is the Lord Jesus your Savior? Think seriously about it!

 

             
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