Friday, September 17, 2021

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Rebellion

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23).

This statement may seem hard to us, but it is God who is speaking. He had told Samuel to reprimand King Saul with these words. Saul himself considered it severe judgment, and with a superficial request asked to be pardoned for his sin. But God no longer could tolerate him as king of Israel.

We all tend to make our own assessments of the severity of sins. We talk about greater and lesser sins. However, God’s perspective is very different. It has been said that one of the greater sins consists of not giving up lesser sins.

The above verse demonstrates precisely that. God understands the motive behind our actions. If we ignore Him and His rights in self-will, then that is sinit is rebellion. Of course, there are differences in the measure of guilt or the character of sin. If we have never fallen into coarse, degrading sins, we should be sincerely thankful. However, the essential thing about our relationship to God is whether we seek to do His will or not. Can we truly say, “I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8)?

 

             
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Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Young People of Scripture
Saul of Tarsus

“And the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul” (Acts 7:58).

As a young man, Saul was one of the greatest persecutors of Christians. Later he said, “For ye have heardhow that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it” (Galatians 1:13). He was of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of pure descent, born at Tarsus, a city of Cilicia, a fact which gave to him the privilege of Roman citizenship. He was a disciple of Gamaliel and a strict Pharisee. He is first introduced to us as a young man, by the name of Saul, at whose feet the witnesses who stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr, laid their clothes.

After his conversion on the road to Damascus, he was so completely changed that he became at once as bold for Christ as before he had been a persecutor of Christ. He immediately preached in the synagogues that Jesus was the Son of God. He went on to become the Apostle Paul and to write a major part of the New Testament.

One great lesson we learn from Saul’s life is the power of God to change a person so completely that He can take the worst sinner and make them a great testimony and blessing.

 

             
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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Cancer Cannot

During a recent brush with cancer, someone sent me the following quote:

What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is limited,

It cannot cripple love,

It cannot shatter hope,

It cannot corrode faith,

It cannot destroy peace,

It cannot kill friendship,

It cannot suppress memories,

It cannot silence courage,

It cannot invade the soul,

It cannot steal eternal life,

It cannot conquer the spirit.

-Author Unknown

This brought to mind the words of Artaxerxes when writing to encourage Ezra, “Perfect peace, and at such a time” (Ezra 7:12). What a wonderful thing it is to have perfect peace and confidence, even in times of sickness or facing real trail. We have so much in Christ that can never be taken away or lost!

 

             
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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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From Him and To Him

It has been well stated, “Take your circumstances from the Lord and your difficulties to the Lord.”

Until we learn this simple yet important principle in our lives, we will never really have true happiness or “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

First of all, we must learn, like David, “This I know; for God is for me” (Psalm 56:9). Whatever is allowed in our lives we must not only accept, but accept with thanksgiving, realizing that He knows best and that it comes from a heart of love and a hand of tenderness.

Secondly, we must learn to take everything to the Lord in prayer, as so beautifully expressed in Joseph Scriven’s hymn written in 1885:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear;
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

 

             
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Monday, September 13, 2021

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Dear Young Christian:

I believe that those of us who are saved can enjoy the wonders of creation in a deeper way than the unbeliever. That’s because we know the Creator in an intimate relationship as our Father. As I write this calendar page, I am looking at a beautiful bouquet of flowers on our dining room table. The vibrant colors are amazing: Yellow, pink, blue, orange, white, purple, and greenall for the Creator’s enjoyment and for ours as well. “All things were created by Him, and for Him” (Colossians 1:16).

When we get to Heaven, we will give the Lord worship and praise, not just as Redeemer, but also as Creator. We will fall at His feet saying, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11). As you enjoy creation this week, remember the One who created it all and who sustains it all as well. And remember, too, that this mighty Creator is interested in every aspect and detail of our lives.

Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

 

             
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Sunday, September 12, 2021

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Spices

“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them” (Luke 24:1).

After His death, those who loved the Lord Jesus had diligently prepared fragrant spices for the body of the One they loved. However, arriving at the tomb on the first day of the week, they found that He was not there but had risen. Others, it seems, arrived too, but without spices.

Preparing spices would typify our ready worship and praise as a result of our enjoyment of the person and work of Christ. Have we prepared fragrant spices of appreciation this past week? As we come into the presence of the Lord today to worship and remember Him and the great work of Calvary, will we come with fragrant worship, praise, and thanksgiving? Or will we depend on what others bring? The Bible reminds us, “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.Come before His presence with singing” (Psalm 95:2; 100:2).Is your heart full of Christ today?

 

             
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Saturday, September 11, 2021

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Riches

“The exceeding riches of his grace” (Ephesians 2:7).

George Cutting shared the following.

An American millionaire, John D. Rockefeller, said“The poorest man I know is the man who has nothing but money.” He was only agreeing with the language of another, who said, “Though a man without money is poor, the man with nothing but money is poorer still! Worldly possessions cannot bear up the spirits from fainting and shrinking when trial and troubles come, any more than a headache can be cured by a golden crown.

Saint Augustine once remarked that “earthly riches are full of poverty;” and this is certainly far nearer the mark than is the world’s notion of riches, which is something like this: that a man who has £10,000 must be twice as happy as the man who has £5,000. Never was a greater mistake made than this, yet how commonly is it believed. It is far more correct to say that money is a universal provider for everything but happiness, and a universal passport to every place but Heaven.

That is why it is so important to have “true riches.” What matters in the next life is not earthly things but what we have in Christeternal life, salvation, and forgiveness of sins.

 

             
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Friday, September 10, 2021

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Our StrengthPart 3

“When I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

The Apostle Paul knew what weakness was. If you read the context of our verse, beginning at chapter 11:23, you will see that he is talking about and listing some of the things he had experienced in his walk of faith and service for the Lord. They are things that most of us will never be called on to go through. How did he do it day after day and year after year? Certainly not in his own strength, but in the strength of the Lord alone. He could say, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). He could say this with confidence because he had had the assurance from the Lord earlier, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Are you feeling weak? Do you feel you just can’t face life, even as a believer? It is not wrong to feel our weakness if it casts us in complete dependence on the Lord? “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:30-31).

 

             
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Thursday, September 9, 2021

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Our StrengthPart 2

Like Nehemiah, David is another Old Testament character who found his strength in the Lord. When you read about the life of David, you quickly see that he did not have an easy life. From the time he was anointed by the prophet Samuel to be the next king in Israel, until he died, there was one problem and difficulty after another. Family problems, running for his life from king Saul, wars with his enemies, domestic struggles, friends and people he trusted letting him down, and on and on.

But amidst it all, David found his strength in the Lord. In his song of thanksgiving, near the end of his life, he could recount the goodness of the Lord and say, “God is my strength and power: and He maketh my way perfect.For Thou hast girded me with strength” (2 Samuel 22:33, 40). Often in the Psalms, which he no doubt wrote during many of those difficult times, he refers to the strength he experienced from the Lord. For example: “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).

We, too, can experience that same strength to meet the daily round of life and the special trials and tests that the Lord allows to keep us dependent on Himself.

 

             
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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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Our StrengthPart 1

“For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands” (Nehemiah 6:9).

Nehemiah was doing the work of the Lord in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. Day after day, week after week, he toiled. But just because we are serving the Lord, it doesn’t mean that it is going to be easy. Nehemiah soon found out that he had a crafty enemy by the name of Sanballat. This man and his cohorts tried many ways to discourage and stop the work.

However, in today’s verse we find that Nehemiah prays and asks the Lord to strengthen his hands. If it had been me, I might have asked the Lord to remove the enemy and give him what I thought he deserved. Or I might have asked Him to give the job to someone else more capable. I might have even asked for a miracle-shortcut so things would get done in a supernatural way without all the sweat and tears.

But no, this man of God asked for strength to press on, even in the face of the enemy and hard, mundane work. It is thrilling to see how God comes in when we are helpless, and all seems hopeless. Remember, “The Lord is the strength of His people” (Psalm 28:8).

 

             
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