Friday, November 18, 2022

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GIGO

What are we taking in through our eyes and ears?

When I was a young person, computers were about the size of a classroom, and involved laboriously feeding information into them through computer punch-cards. Back then there was an expression Garbage ingarbage out, (GIGO). In other words, computers will unquestioningly process unintended, even nonsensical, input data (“garbage in”) and produce undesired, often nonsensical output data (“garbage out”).

There is an application of this in our Christian life. The Lord made several statements on the subject, and here are just a couple:

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34).

“Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:18-19).

Let’s be careful what we take in…what we watch…what we read…what we hear…etc.

 

             
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Thursday, November 17, 2022

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Prayer

Praying Always

“And sheserved God with fastings and
prayers night and day”
(Luke 2:37).

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication
in the Spirit”
(Ephesians 6:18).

George Muller, who lived from 1805–1898, was a man of faith, prayer, and spiritual energy, used mightily of God. This  is a quote of his on prayer and work for the Lord:

“Here is the great secret of success…Work with all your might, but trust not in the least in your work. Pray with all your might for the blessing of God, but work at the same time with all diligence…with all patience…with all perseverance. Pray then and work…work and pray…and still again, pray and then work. And so on all the days of your life. The results will surely be abundant blessing. Whether you see more fruit or little fruit, such kind of service will be blessed.”

We read of the Lord during His busy days of service on earth, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1:35).

 

             
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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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Self

“Not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord” (2 Corinthians 4:5)

One of the greatest hindrances to the work of the Spirit of God in the believer is self. Good self or bad self…self is still self. Self-esteem, self-worth, self-image, self-love, are at best the occupation with the wrong man, the very man whom God has set aside and condemned in the death of Christ. God is not attempting to improve man in the flesh. Instead He has introduced another Man, “the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

This is a hard lesson for us to learn: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We may well ask ourselves, “What should we do? How does this solve the problem?” First, we must realize and admit that “in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18). Then as I learn how wretched the flesh in me is, I turn away from self and turn my eye of faith toward Christ. There I find an object of supreme delight, the One in whom God finds eternal joy and satisfaction.

 

 

             
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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

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Reality

“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ”
(2 Corinthians 3:2-3).

Gustavus Adolphus the Great was the King of Sweden from 1611 to 1632 and is credited as the founder of Sweden as a great power. After his death, Swedish representatives met to consider the situation. Some wanted a republic. Oxenstierna, the Chancellor, said, “Let there be no talk of that; we have the heir of Gustavus with us, a girl of six years old.”

Larsen, a peasant, said, “We have never seen her. We do not know that the king has left an heir. How do we know that you are not tricking us?” The Chancellor went out and returned with the child, Christina. They pressed near to gaze, and Larsen turned and said, “I see in this child the features of the king. Look at her eyes, nose, her chin. She is indeed the child of our king.” As a result she reigned as Queen Christina Alexandra, from 1632 to 1655.

The world watches the Christian closely to see if we are real, and to discern in us the characteristics of Christ. If they do not see that which marks us as children of God, they will consider us pretenders.

 

             
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Monday, November 14, 2022

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Dear Young Christian,

Back in February, we considered the following verse: “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18).

While we still don’t know what the future holds, or what will happen this week, we do know who has full knowledge of what’s ahead, whether in the short term or long term. I recently enjoyed the following quote in this regard: “What a comfort to realize that our unknown future is safe in the hands of our all-knowing [omniscient] God.”

Solomon, no doubt understood something of this when he wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). We can start out this week with real confidence, knowing that no matter what happens, we know the One who is in full control. There are no surprises to God our Father. Everything is carefully anticipated, calculated and allowed for our good and blessing.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

 

             
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Sunday, November 13, 2022

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Behold

What will occupy your thoughts today? Here are three aspects of the person of Christ that should focus our attention and fill our spiritual eyes and hearts.

“Behold My Servant” (Isaiah 42:1).

“Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36).

“Behold the Man!” (John 19:5).

The Lord Jesus was the perfect servant sent by God the Father to accomplish a great work: the work of redemption on the cross. He could say,

“I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do” (John 17:4).

He was also the Lamb, the sacrifice, the One of whom we read,

“Christoffered Himself without spot to God” (Hebrews 9:14).

He was

“The Man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

Let’s BEHOLD this wonderful Person by faith today, as we will, very soon, BEHOLD Him, in the Father’s house, “face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

 

             
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Saturday, November 12, 2022

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Caesar’s Three Words

In May of 47 B.C., Julius Caesar left Cleopatra, who was soon to give birth to their son Caesarion, to rout the enemy. This enemy was Pharnaces of Pontus, an area by the Black Sea in what is modern northeastern Turkey. Caesar captured Pharnaces near the town of Zela. He claimed he did it all in only four hours. To inform the Senate of his victory, Caesar succinctly wrote and sent the message, “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” or, “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

Just so it is with the Lord Jesus.

He came: “Christ Jesus came into the world” (1 Timothy 1:15).

He saw: “When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them” (Matthew 9:36).

He conquered: “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

The Lord Jesus not only came to planet earth and viewed on every hand the results of sin, but He went to the cross and accomplished a great victory over sin and Satan and death, so that you could be saved. Have you availed yourself of this great victory? The results of it are available for your eternal blessing.

 

             
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Friday, November 11, 2022

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The WordPart 2

“The words that I speak unto you, they are
spirit, and they are life”
(John 6:63).

THE BIBLE IS NOT ONLY THE WORLD’S BEST SELLER, IT IS ALSO MAN’S BEST PURCHASE.

Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, said, “I am sorry for people who do not read the Bible every day. I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and pleasure.”

On another occasion he wrote, “The Bible is the Word of Life. Read it, and find this out for yourself. Read…not only little snatches here and there, but long passagesthat will really be the road to the heart of it. When you have read the Bible you will have found it the key to your own heart and your own happiness.”

John Quincy Adams, 6th president of the United States, remarked, “I have for many years made it the practice of my life to read through the Bible once a year.”

Abraham Lincoln said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”

 

             
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Thursday, November 10, 2022

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The WordPart 1

“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).

With almost every kind of machine goes a book of instructions. The Bible is the instruction book that comes with man. Think of it! Sixteen or so waking hours every day to travel the highway of life, and no time to read the Guide Book! No wonder so many go astrayno wonder there are so many “wrecks” strewn along life’s road!

William Gladstone (1809-1898), England’s great prime minister and statesman, often came home from the British Parliament late at night. But no matter how late he went to bed, he rose at 6:30 in the morning and gave the first hour of every day to reading the Word of God. He said,

“Talk about the questions of time! There is but one questionhow to bring the truths of God’s Word to the minds and hearts of all classes of people.”

If we neglect to read the Bible, we are missing the best things in life. The Bible is the Book of the heart. Satisfaction in life is found by reading and receiving the Word of Life into our hearts.

 

 

             
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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

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Individual Faithfulness

“Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on His breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth Thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou Me” (John 21:20-22).

Too many Christians are exercising curiosity in areas where they have no business. Why do we find such attraction in the lives of others? Is our life so dull and boring?

As in the past, so once again, Peter took his eyes off of the Lord. His interest in John can certainly be appreciated, yet the Lord gently rebuked Peter for his curiosity. The Lord’s admonition was given in order to emphasize that interest in one another must never be allowed to stand in the way of, or be a substitute for, faithfully and individually following the Lord Jesus Christ. Later on the Apostle Paul wrote,

“But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden”
(Galatians 6:4-5).

 

             
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