Monday, May 16, 2022

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Dear Young Christian,

In reading the 27th Psalm today, the 8th verse seemed to stand out. “When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; My heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek”

To seek His face is to be close to Him, enjoying His love, listening to Him speak, captivated by the glories and beauties of His person, and to know that His desire is for our blessing as we walk hand in hand with Him each moment of each day. The Lord wants our company! He wants us to seek His face! The great question is, Do we desire the same?

When in distress, David wrote, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing” (Psalm 34:10).

The inspired writer of Psalm 105 wrote, “Glory ye in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord, and His strength: seek His face evermore” (Psalm 105:3-4).

Seek the Lord’s face in all you do, and you will have a happy, fruitful week.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

 

             
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Sunday, May 15, 2022

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He Emptied Himself

“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).

The Lord Jesus poured Himself out in obedience to God His Father and in love to you and me.

• He was alone: “I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top” (Psalm 102:7).

• He was forsaken of His followers: “And they all forsook Him, and fled” (Mark 14:50).

• He was forsaken of God: “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me” (Matthew 27:46).

• He became the sin-bearer: “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

• He laid down His life. He could say, “No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:18).

• His blood was shed: “One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:34).

 

             
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Saturday, May 14, 2022

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Repentance And Faith

One of Nazi Germany’s prominent leaders, Doctor Robert Ley, came from a truly Christian family. On May 1st, 1936, he announced through the public press and radio that people should rejoice in the rebirth of nature and cast aside the pessimistic view that this life is a vale of tears and woe, adding that none but fools would speak of sin, repentance and grace. This declaration caused a wave of indignation amongst the Christian community.

Contrary to the declaration of Doctor Ley, the Bible teaches that the way of blessing is “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Simply put, it is realizing that we are helpless sinners and turning to the One who died for us, in faith and godly sorrow. It is to recognize that what God says about our condition without Christ is absolutely true, and then to realize that He has a remedy for sin and that remedy is through the death and the shedding of the blood of His Son.

Thus the jail keeper in Philippi was told, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Today, the message is still the same.

Have each of you availed yourselves of it?

 

             
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Friday, May 13, 2022

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The Right Thing

“David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord” (1 Kings 15:5).

What a beautiful summarization of David’s life this verse is! Wouldn’t we all covet such a summary of God’s approval?

While enjoying Bible meetings in a collage gymnasium in Kirkland, Washington, I noticed an advertising banner for a major tire company over the main entrance. The slogan at the bottom of the banner said:

DOING THE RIGHT THING MATTERS!

However, the question arises, How do we know what is right? It is only by diligently reading and following the Word of God. Paul reminded Timothy, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable…for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Many Christians do many good things, but not always the right things, or even in the right way. On another occasion, David prayed, “Teach me Thy way, O Lord; I will walk in Thy truth” (Psalm 86:11). This is a good prayer for all of us, young and old!

 

             
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Thursday, May 12, 2022

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Looking Ahead

Have you ever heard someone say that, if you just trust Jesus, He’ll solve all your problems and you’ll sail through life with riches and peace? I have!

But if that were true for those who serve and trust Him, then what was the problem with the Apostle Paul? After he was saved he had one trouble after another: beaten, stoned, run out of town, arrested, nearly drowned, and many other hardships. He said, “Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace” (1 Corinthians 4:11).

So why bother? Why the struggles? Is it really worth it? Paul said, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). In other words, Paul was looking forward to the coming glory and measuring everything in relationship to what was ahead for the believer. So it is for us. In the measure that we keep our focus on the coming glory and the time when we will be finally with and like Christ, we will be able to endure whatever He deems best to pass us through here in this life.

 

             
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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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Divine Love

If pain and suffering had not entered the world, we never could have known divine love as we know it now. The test of love is, How much is it willing to bear for the sake of others? In 1 Corinthians 13, the first thing to be said about divine love is, “Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4). Had there been no pain and no suffering to endure, then love would have lacked an opportunity to display itself. Let us never forget that pain, and pain alone, made it possible for God fully to reveal Himself. Christ felt painHe groanedHe suffered agonyHe shed tears. Weariness, want and woe were His portion. Had no such things existed, what losers had we been! We never could have known Him as we know Him now.

Remember, “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). If we have learned the meaning of that and love Him in return, then we may believe that, through everything, however dark and disappointing, however contrary to our will things may turn out, our good is God’s constant aim.

 

             
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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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Time Is Short

The ladies that came early to the empty tomb on the resurrection morning were given a wonderful message by the angel to take to the disciples. And in doing so they were told, “And go quickly” (Matthew 28:7).

There is always an urgency in getting out the gospel. Time is short, and even before you finish reading this calendar page the Lord may have come and the door of grace and mercy may be closed forever. Do we really believe that the Lord Jesus is coming soon? If we do it will make us anxious for the salvation of the lost, especially in view of coming judgment. Think of how many people you meet in the course of a day. Now, consider how many of those people hear something about the Lord Jesus and the way of salvation from you. Now, put some gospel literature in your pocket or purse and have it ready the next time the Lord gives you an opportunity to witness for Him. Remember what Solomon said, “In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good” (Ecclesiastes 11:6).

 

             
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Monday, May 9, 2022

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Dear Young Christian,

Life doesn’t always work out the way we hope or purpose. The wise man, Solomon, wrote, “The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33).

We can plan, but the Lord controls. Deep down, that is really what we want, isn’t it? Suppose the Lord came directly to you in some situation and offered to change things in your life, even though it was not His will. What would you do? Would you ask Him to change it and make it the way you wanted, or would you just ask Him to give you the grace to submit, knowing that His way is the very best? I think you and I both know the answer.

I am sure you all have plans and schemes for the coming week, and things you plan and hope to accomplish. But remember, the Lord may change those plans, and you will be happiest if you accept those changes and say, “Teach me THY way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path” (Psalm 27:11).

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

 

             
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Sunday, May 8, 2022

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God Is Satisfied

The following verses give proof beyond any shadow of a doubt that God the Father is completely satisfied with the work of atonement accomplished by His Son the Lord Jesus.

“According to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (Ephesians 1:19-21).

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

Sweetest rest and peace have filled us,
Sweeter praise than tongue can tell,
God is satisfied with Jesus,
We are satisfied as well.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

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Imperative

“God…now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30).

This is very strong language, isn’t it? When the Bible gives something in such forceful terms, it is imperative that we listen and obeyor the consequences will be dire and irreversible.

The Apostle Paul said, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11). While the Lord is gracious and loving and desires the salvation and blessing of all, yet He is righteous and must judge and punish sin. On the one hand, “God is love,” (1 John 4:8), but on the other hand, “God is light” (1 John 1:5). The Old Testament prophet records, “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13).

So we can see the importance of “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). If you are unsaved and reading this calendar page, the way of salvation is still available to you through the work of the Lord Jesus at Calvary. I would strongly urge you:

Don’t wait another moment.

 

             
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