Saturday, March 16, 2019

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A Contrast

“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments” (Luke 16:23).
“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God”
(Acts 7:55).

What a contrast. A man who lived for sin and self lifts up his eyes in a lost eternity. On the other hand, God’s faithful servant, as he is about to lay down his life as martyr for Christ, lifts up his eyes, and sees the Lord on the very threshold of heaven waiting to receive him safe home. What a glorious sight it was, and what a wonderful welcome he must have gotten.

But you ask, “What makes the difference?” It is knowing Christ as Savior. Nothing else matters and nothing else will do when considering where we will lift up our eyes in eternity. It all hinges on knowing Him, and having availed ourselves of that great salvation offered freely to us. “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, March 15, 2019

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No Separation

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”
(Romans 8:35,38-39).

NOTHING can separate us from that constant, unchanging, divine love. Let the assurance of this glorious truth settle into your mind, heart, and soulNOTHING!

We all want to be loved, and have the assurance that we are loved. Much of the human misery of this world stems from people feeling unloved. In the midst of adverse circumstances people tend to feel that love has been withdrawn and that they have been forsaken. This feeling of abandonment is often worse than the adversity itself. But the promise of the Lord is, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). This is a promise from the One who also says, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

 

             
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

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The Easy Yoke

The story is told of a man who was carrying a heavy basket some distance down a country road. His young son, who was with him, offered to help. After some hesitation, and due to the persistence of the lad, the father cut a large stick and placed it through the handle of the basket so that the end toward himself was very short, while the end toward the boy was three or four times longer. Each took hold of his end of the stick, and the basket was lifted and carried easily.

The son was bearing the burden with the father, but he found the work easy and light because the father assumed the heavier end of the load. So it is when we live for Jesus Christ. He says, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).

There are burdens to bear and trials to face in the Christian life. But we can go through it all knowing that there is nothing that we have to bear alone, and we are encouraged, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).

 

             
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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His GracePart 2

“And of His fulness have all we received,
and grace for grace”
(John 1:16).

James and John are a good example of what we had in yesterday’s meditation. The Lord surnamed them, “Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17). From that, and the fact that they united in asking the Lord to command fire to consume the village of the Samaritans, who refused them (Luke 9:54), we gather that they were rough, impatient, noisy men. Their mother was ambitious, too, in asking for her sons the chief places in the kingdom, and such a mother was likely to have ambitious sons (Matthew 20:20). The fact that they accompanied her when the request was made seems to point to this very clearly.

But see how grace worked. From the book of Acts we gather that James had become a man, ready to suffer martyrdom for Christ’s sake, with no trace of the Boanerges left. John, from his writings, is seen to be gentle, tender, and deeply affectionatehe had well graduated from the top place in the Lord’s schoolhis head upon his Master’s breast. Certainly, the Boanerges had been rooted out of him, the lion of nature had given place to the lamb of grace.

(Adapted from Comforted of God)

 

             
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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His GracePart 1

“He giveth more grace” (James 4:6).

A gardener gives the following illustration:

In clearing a flower bed to make room for some fruit trees, I learned a beneficial lesson. The most difficult to pull up were the rose bushes, because they were covered with more thorns than any others. At the same time, the rose was the sweetest flower that bloomed in the bed. There was a combination of the most thorns and the sweetest scent. I thought, “How like many a Christian.” With some, it is quite easy to be pleasant and amiablewhich may be mistaken for the graces of Christ. But when a rough person is transformed into a gentle, lowly follower of Jesus, this is indeed grace. Of all the bushes and plants I rooted up, the thorny rose was the one I was most careful to find a new place for.

May this little illustration be an encouragement to some of us who find it difficult to be pleasant and gracious, to think that, if grace works in their hearts, the Lord may find His sweetest roses upon His thorniest bushes. We are apt to judge quickly and superficially, and see much grace where there is little, and little grace where there is much. God reads aright, and values the flowers of His own cultivation.

(Adapted from Comforted of God)

 

             
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Monday, March 11, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

As you spend some time quietly in the presence of the Lord today, and I hope every day this week, you will often find your thoughts tending to jump ahead to the plans you are making, and the problems you are anticipating. When this happens, bring your mind back to the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Rein in those wandering thoughts, and focus on Himself. Or, as the Bible says: “Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). This will equip you to face whatever the day and the week ahead may bring. Don’t skimp on your time with the Lord and focusing on His person and work. There may be things you have to leave or let go, but you will have the Lord’s approval of your conduct and the same commendation that Mary received when He visited her home in Bethany while here on earth. “One thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42). That “good part” was time in His presence, without distraction.

Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

We would love to hear from you.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

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Him Only!

“Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only” (Luke 4:8).

No other person or being is to be worshiped. No other is worthy of the adoration of man’s heart and soul.

 The writer of Psalm 45 said, “So shall the King greatly desire thy beauty: for He is thy Lord; and worship thou Him” (verse 11).

When John tried to worship the angel, he immediately said to him, “See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God” (Revelation 19:10).

The Lord Himself said to the woman that He met while sitting alone at the well of Sychar, “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (John 4:23).

So we learn that God the Father and God the Son are the only ones that we are to worship.

As we come together today, may we truly “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 96:9).

 

             
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Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Two Men

 “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other” (Luke 10:14).

These two men both went to the temple with the same objective…to pray. It all seemed good on the surface, but the motive and the result were very different. The first man “prayed thus with himself.” In other words, his prayer never got above the temple roof. He also used the word “I” five times. He was self-consumed, and thought himself a very good fellow.

But the second man, owning he was a sinner before God, received the blessing, and left the temple a changed manas the Lord said, “justified rather than the other.” Which are you? Are you like the publican or the Pharisee?

 

             
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Friday, March 8, 2019

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Not Immune

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

We can expect to encounter adversity in our Christian life. We still live in a world that is under the curse of sin and its affects. Just being Christians does not make us immune to what the unbeliever experiences. So often we try to find a way that circumvents difficulties instead of accepting them from the good hand of our loving Father and going through them with a sense of His presence with us. If we had an easy life it would cause us to forget God and our dependence on the Lord.

When we come face-to-face with impossibilities and situations totally beyond our control and ability to handle, that is when we learn to lean on Him. When you see armies of problems marching toward you, turn it all over to the one who promises, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).

 

             
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Thursday, March 7, 2019

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Great Things

The Lord hath done great things for us;
whereof we are glad”
(Psalm 126:3).

Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed them.

On the other hand, a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come forward joyously, and say something such as,

“The Lord has been so good to me.”

“His care and love has carried me through so many dark and difficult times.”

“I can’t thank Him enough for all His mercies.”

And in the language of Scripture, “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God” (Psalm 40:2-3). (Adapted from C. H. Spurgeon.)

 

             
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