Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Forsaken

“My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me”
(Psalm 22:1)?
“My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me”
(Matthew 27:46)?
“My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me”
(Mark 15:34)?

What a question, spoken from the lips of the Lord Jesus at the end of the three hours of darkness on the cross. It is repeated three times in the Word of God to impress upon our hearts something of the reality of what it must have meant to that Holy One to be forsaken of God in those awful hours when He “bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24).

Now, as a result of that work, we will never have to experience being forsaken by God. The wonderful promise to us is, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

As we consider the Lord Jesus today, and remember all that He went through for us, let’s echo the sentiments of the children of Israel, who said to Joshua, “God forbid that we should forsake the Lord” (Joshua 24:16).

 

             
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Saturday, January 12, 2019

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One God

There are many false deities worshipped and prayed to everyday in this world. However, the God of the Bible says, “There is no God else beside Me” (Isaiah 45:21). We further read, “Hath not one God created us” (Malachi 2:10)? The New Testament reaffirms, “There is one God” (1 Timothy 2:5).

In other words we are not given a choice of the sort of God we want to believe in or not believe in. This is the God we must face. When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica he reminded them that they had, “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10).

This true and living God has provided a Savior through the sacrifice of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross. “For there isone mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

 

             
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Friday, January 11, 2019

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Success

“Then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

Each young person must apply the following three things in their life as soon as possible to ensure good, spiritual success. These three things are to be practiced dailynot just once or twice a week.

1. We are to search the Scriptures.

“Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39).

“They received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures DAILY, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

2.We are to cry out to the Lord in prayer.

“Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto Thee DAILY” (Psalm 86:3).

3. We are to take up our cross and follow the Lord.

“And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).

 

             
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

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Submit & Accept

When things don’t go as you would like, submit and accept the situation immediately. If you indulge in feelings of regret, they can easily spill over into resentment and bitterness. One of the keys to this is found in the words of Peter’s epistle: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Rejoice in what the Lord is doing in your life, even though it is beyond your understanding. Through all the din and confusion of daily routine, keep your eye of faith focused on Christ. This is the ultimate challenge in the Christian race. No matter what is going on around you, don’t lose sight of Christ and the prize. “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

When Christ is our object and heaven our goal, we are able to view our circumstances from His perspective. Then and only then will we be able to truly and completely submit and accept.

 

             
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Empathy

It is wonderful to have a friend or loved one with us in a trial or difficulty. But isn’t it more wonderful to have someone who has been through a similar circumstance? That person can not only sympathize, but can also empathize as well. That person knows what you are feeling, and feels it with you, because they themselves have been through the same experience. They know and understand more than someone who has never been in the situation.

The Lord Jesus never passes His own through anything in the path of faith that He, as a man, hasn’t felt in His journey through this world. Here is how the Bible sums it up: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all pointstempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Because of this wonderful fact, we are invited to come to Him in every situation and receive the help and comfort we need. The next verse encourages us by saying, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

 

             
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Apart

Come apart, or fall apart!

It’s going to be one or the other. Notice what the Lord said to the disciples when they came and told Him of the death of John the Baptist, and all the things they had been doing in active service for Him. “Come ye yourselves apartand rest a while” (Matthew 6:31). He knew that there was a need for quiet and refreshment in His presence. When you read the rest of the chapter, you realize that it did not last very long. Very soon, we find these twelve men distributing food to thousands of people under the direction of the Master. He knew what was ahead, and He knew it was vital that they have a short time to “come apart” in order to equip them for the task at hand.

We need these “come apart” times as well. We can only be strong in the Lord and effective in our service for Him as we spend quiet, restful moments in His company. There is much to do, and many opportunities for Christian service. The times when we “come apart” may not last long, but they need to be frequent. The Lord, in His pathway of service as man, understood this need. That’s why, “He withdrew Himself into the wilderness, and prayed” (Luke 5:16).

 

             
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Monday, January 7, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

Is there someone in your life who needs sympathy? There are different ways of showing sympathy. Some are helpful and some not. A fable is related of an elephant who, travelling over a desert, discovered an ostrich egg on the sand. Standing over it, he said, “Poor thing! What a shame! It is all alone!” The tears started in his eyes and rolled down his trunk. “Well,” he said, “I will sit on it myself.”

While we smile at the legend, yet there is a lesson to be learned. We need to be wise and yet harmless. The Lord said, “Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Let’s be careful in our zeal to help that we don’t crush those who are in need of comfort and sympathy, but lift them up and encourage them in the Lord. “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees” (Hebrews 12:12). And remember, when we need sympathy ourselves, we have, “an High Priestwho is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens” (Hebrews 7:27).

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

We would love to hear from you.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

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The Lord’s Supper

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”
(Matthew 26:26-28).

At the close of the passover supper, the Lord institutes that which the Apostle Paul later speaks of as the “Lord’s supper” (1 Corinthians 11:20). The Lord well knew that Satan would enter into Judas Iscariot to make sure he carried out the awful deed of betraying Him. He also knew that the Jewish leaders were plotting His death, that the multitudes whom He had healed and fed would turn against Him, and that His own disciples would flee and leave Him alone. Yet nothing could stop the outflow of His love. His heart was filled with thoughts of infinite love, both for His own and for mankind, of which these memorials of His death so simply speak. “Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end” (John 13:1). May we never cease to remember such divine love.

 

             
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Saturday, January 5, 2019

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The Blind Man

“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him” (John 9:35).

If you read the account in this chapter, starting at the 13th verse, you will see that Jesus had just healed a man who had been blind from his birth. That his sight was fully restored was entirely evident to all who knew him. Yet the religious leaders, namely the Pharisees, rejected this man and his account of what had happened to him. However, Jesus in His love and compassion found him. And, in response to the Savior’s invitation, he trusted in the Lord and worshipped Him.

Do you feel rejected, alone, forsaken, and misunderstood? Jesus offers Himself to you as Savior and Lord. Will you believe in Him today? You will never have to feel alone or forsaken again. Best of all, you will be on your way to heaven to spend eternity with Jesus.

 

             
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Friday, January 4, 2019

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With GodPart 2

“And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach” (Mark 3:14).

The first and foremost reason why the Lord chose twelve disciples was so that He would have them “with Him.” He desired their company and fellowship. Later, He did send them out to preach and to work all kinds of miracles, but not until they had spent time “with Him.”

If we want to be effective in our Christian service we must learn, like Enoch, Noah, and the disciples, to walk with Him.

In a future day, we are going to walk with Him when we arrive in heaven—the Father’s house. He promises, “And they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy” (Revelation 3:4).But it is our immense privilege to experience that here and now in this life.

Walk with the Lord, stay close by His side,

Feel His presence, trust Him as guide;

Then from faith’s pathway you never will swerve,

This will equip you, to please and to serve.

 

             
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