Friday, January 31, 2020

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Monthly Question PagePart 1

Q. Could you please explain the meaning of Mark 9:38-40?

A. “Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in My name, that can lightly speak evil of Me. For he that is not against us is on our part.”

The disciples thought they were righteous in forbidding the man casting out devils. But they forgot that earlier they had just failed to do that very thing. “And when he was come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we cast him out?” (v. 28). They had been given authority, but they lacked power. “And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils” (Mark 3:14-15). The power they lacked is indicated in the Lord’s answer to their question, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29). Dependence and self-denial were needed. (Continued next month.)

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

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Wherever I Am

In a desk drawer we were cleaning out recently, my wife and I found a bookmark with the following saying:

“Wherever I am is a good place to start”

Of course this has to do with opening the book you are currently reading and starting where you left off the last time you closed it.

However, there is perhaps a spiritual lesson to be learned as well. Maybe there is one of our readers who is a true child of God but has not been following the Lord of late. Maybe you haven’t been praying or reading your Bible. Remember, there is always a restart button. You can confess it and start again from right where you are. David said of the Lord, “He restoreth my soul.” But he didn’t stop there. He goes on to say, “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). In other words, He puts us back on the right way, so we can continue on in the path of faith.

If you have made a wrong stop in your Christian life, don’t be discouraged. Wherever you are, start again, and the Lord will take care of you. He loves you, and wants you to follow close to Him. He says, “Follow Me” (John 21:19).

 

             
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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Criticism

Recently, I found great comfort in a quote from an old book titled, “Food for the Desert”:

“If God sets a person in a certain position, and gives them a work to do, and their fellow Christians think proper to quarrel with them simply on the score of their doing their work, and filling that position, then their quarrel really is with God, who knows how to settle it, and will do it in His own way. The assurance of this gives holy calmness and moral elevation to those who work for the Lord, in a moment when envious and turbulent individuals rise up against them.”

Very simply, what this article is saying is that, if God has given us a service to do, we should do it in spite of whatever criticism we may experience. We don’t have to try and justify ourselves if we have the assurance in our heart that we are doing His will. That is not to say that others may not have good advice and helpful suggestions, but, in the end, we want the Lord’s approval. The Apostle Paul was questioned and criticized by the believers at Corinth, but he responded by saying, “Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him” (2 Corinthians 5:9).

 

             
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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Throw-Away

We live in a throw-away society. It seems like everything is disposable, or at best not made to last very long. Our trash bins are overflowing with garbage, and we are always running out to the store to replace something.

But there is one thing we should never throw away or give up. That one thing is our faith in the Lord. The Bibles exhorts us, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward” (Hebrews 10:35). No matter what the circumstance, or how hopeless and bleak things may seem outwardly, we need to hold onto that inward trust at all times.In the Old Testament, we read of a man by the name of Job, who was going through some very severe trials in his life. He lost his possessions, his family, and his health. His friends then came and spoke unkindly to him. It seemed almost more than he could bear, and yet, through it all, he said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job 13:15).

So much does the Lord value our trust that He has promised to reward us for it. Let’s not throw away our confidence in Him. If you can’t do anything else in the trial, just trust Him!

 

             
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Monday, January 27, 2020

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Dear Young Christian:

Yesterday’s meditation brings to mind the following encouragement from a verse in the Old Testament:

“Them that honor Me I will honor” (1 Samuel 2:30).

There are so many ways that we can honor the Lord:

A godly life lived in obedience to the Word of God is honoring to Him.

Every time we give testimony, either by what we say or what we do, it gives honor to Him.

As we mentioned yesterday, our worship, praise, and thanksgiving brings honor to Him.

How we use our money and other temporal goods can bring honor to Him.

How we use our time and energy should bring Him honor.

How will you honor Him this week? In whatever measure you honor the Lord, He values it so much that He will reward you in one way or another.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

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Honor

“Jesus answered  I honor My Father” (John 8:49).

The Lord Jesus honored His Father here in this world, and never more than in the work of redemption.

“We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor” (Hebrews 2:9).

As a result of the Lord Jesus honoring the Father here in the world, His Father has given Him the highest place of honor in heaven.

“Honor the Son” (John 5:23).

It is our privilege today to honor God’s beloved Son, who accomplished the work of Calvary to His glory. When we do this, in worship, praise, and thanksgiving, it brings delight to the Father’s heart.

“And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever” (Revelation 5:13).

Soon He will have universal honor and praise, and, in the meantime, we can give Him that honor He is so worthy of.

 

             
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Saturday, January 25, 2020

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The Gospel

“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25).

The gospel is not just “good news” it is the “best news” ever published in this world. We all like to receive good news, but what about the good news, “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15)?

It always amazes me that people are so eager to read the newspaper and listen to or watch the hourly reports with all the bad news that is going on every day in this world so characterized by violence, corruption, rebellion, and immorality. Yet when the good news of the gospel is presented, they don’t have time or simply don’t want to hear it. Those who bring this good news are often despised and reproached; and, in some countries, even suffer out-and-out persecution. However, the Lord values these bearers of good news, and says, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things” (Romans 10:15)!

Have you received this good news, and, more importantly, have you received the Lord as your Savior? If not, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

 

             
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Friday, January 24, 2020

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Stops & Steps

“At the commandment of the Lord the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the Lord they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents” (Numbers 9:18).

Recently, going through a difficult time in our lives, my wife and I were reminded of what an older sister in the Lord once said.“God guides by stops as well as steps.My wife had jotted this down long ago in the flyleaf of an old Bible of hers, along with the above verse.

It was a timely reminder for us to realize that there are times when we follow the Lord and times when we stop and rest with Him. How good if we can listen and obey. Otherwise, we lag too far behind or we run too far ahead. Some of us are doersmultitaskersactivistsand we like to keep going. But, sometimes the word is “stop!” For me personally, this is perhaps the hardest thing of all. It reminds me of the word to Ruth from her mother-in-law, at a crossroads in their life. “Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day” (Ruth 3:18). Don’t forget the stops as well as the steps.

 

             
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Thursday, January 23, 2020

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While We Are Young

On his 85th birthday (June 17th, 1788), the evangelist, John Wesley, wrote the following in his diary:

“I find some decay in my memory with regard to names and things lately past, but not at all with what I had read 20, 40, or 60 years ago.” (Paraphrase)

It certainly shows the importance of storing up our minds with that which is good, profitable, and spiritually edifying, during the years of our youth. Personally, I am finding out that what I read and study as I get older, I enjoy, but don’t retain as easily.

With this in mind, I want to encourage you to read and study the Word of God; memorize Scripture, read good Christ-exalting ministry, and learn good Biblically based hymns and spiritual songs. A little time and effort now in your youth will be a great blessing to you in the future. The Apostle Paul encouraged Timothy, “Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:14-15).

 

             
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Monthly Scripture Reading

Genesis 1

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

 

 

             
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