Saturday, November 3, 2018

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Can’t Save Ourselves

The evangelist Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899), recounts the following incident:

“I remember a lady in the south of England who became quite angry when I made the statement: ‘None of this congregation will be saved until they stop trying to save themselves.’

As soon as the service was over down the aisle from the gallery she came, and said to me, ‘You have made me perfectly miserable.’

‘Indeed,’ I said, ‘how’s that.’

‘Why, I always thought that if I kept on trying, God would save me some time, and now you tell me to stop trying. What then am I to do?’

‘Let the Lord save you,’ I replied.”

No, we cannot save ourselves! However the Bible clearly states, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save” (Isaiah 59:1). When we realize there is nothing we can do, then and only then will we turn to the Lord and let Him do the work. It is not a question of what we can do but, “Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

 

             
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Friday, November 2, 2018

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Wisdom

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

Modern man is well described as those who are “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). The simple reason for this is that he is looking for wisdom and understanding in the wrong places. Searching through his own intellect without the knowledge of the true God, refusing to own His claims, and rejecting His living Word. As a result man is left with human reasoning and a false sense of wisdom and understanding. Someone has well said, “We have education without truth.” “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19).

Job wanted the true source of both wisdom and understanding, and raised the question, “Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding” (Job 28:20)? A moment later he answers the question by saying, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding” (verse 28). Do you, like Job, have that same desire?

 

             
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

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Quaking Aspen

When I was growing up in Canada, my parents had a summer cottage on Bass Lake, about an hour south of Ottawa. Around the property there were what are called quaking aspen trees. They are so named because their leaves will flutter with just the slightest breeze, while the leaves on the other trees around them are not moving at all.

Sometimes I feel like a quaking aspen. People around me seem to be moving through life without issues or concerns, apparently secure and steady, while I seem to tremble at the slightest problem. I marvel that others can be so calm and tranquil while I struggle, fret, and worry. Thankfully, I can go to the Bible and find the calm assurance I need in times like that. Three times in Psalm 37 David says, “Fret not.”

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity” (verse 1).

“Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass” (verse 7).

“Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil” (verse 8).

With our trust in the Lord, we don’t have to be a quaking aspen, but more like the solid oak or maple.

 

             
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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Cold Snow

“As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters” (Proverbs 25:13).

In ancient times snow was used in Palestine, very much like we use ice today. In winter it was carefully put away and stored in insulated places so as to be available for cooling drinks in the heat of summer. When we realize this, the comparison is very easy to understand. As cold snow refreshed the reapers in the warm harvest days, so does a dependable messenger refresh the soul of those to whom they are sent. A few verses later in this same chapter we read, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25).

Every believer should have a message from God for the spiritually parched and thirsty. It may be the good news of the gospel to the lost, or it may be a word of refreshment to a fellow-believer. If we are storing up the Word of God in our own souls and for our own refreshment, then there will be something to share with others who need to be refreshed as well.

 

             
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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Talking

“Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).

Several years ago there was a political cartoon in a major US newspaper of one of the ex-presidents of the United States with his mouth wide open and footprints across his tongue! He had said things and made statements without thinking of the consequences, and it got him into a great deal of trouble. We sometimes say of a person like that, they put their foot in their mouth.

There is a lesson to be learned from this in the context of the above advice given to us in the Word of God by King Solomon. Consider before you speak. Think about what you will say before you say it. They say talk is cheap. However the after-effects can be very costly. Once our things have been said, they cannot be taken back. This is why we need to be “slow to speak” (James 1:19).

Another aspect of the verse teaches us not to make promises or commitments (vows, if you will) that you can’t keep or wish very much that you’d never made. This too can have devastating consequences we may regret for a long time.

 

             
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Monday, October 29, 2018

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Dear Young Christian:

Another week is before us, and another chance to go out into normal everyday life and serve the Lord. I was thinking this morning of how the Lord wants happy servants. We are told “Serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2).

When the Queen of Sheba came and observed the glory of the kingdom of Israel under Solomon, she noted the very commendable attitude of his servants. She said: “Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom” (1 Kings 10:8). Not only does the Lord want faithful, willing servants, but He wants us to have a song in our heart and a smile on our face as we go about whatever little work He graciously gives us to do.

A smile can heal a broken heart,

And lift a weary soul,

And happy service to our Lord,

Should always be our goal.

Have a happy week! We have every reason to rejoice!

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

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Thy Voice

“Let Me hear thy voice” (Song of Solomon 2:14).

These words, spoken by the Bridegroom to his bride, have a very real significance, and meaning for us today. Our Heavenly Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus, desires to hear our voice in praise and song. He says, “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me” (Psalm 50:3). Let’s open our mouths and give Him the joy and privilege of hearing our voice. In our verse in the Song of Solomon the Bridegroom further adds, “For sweet is thy voice.” It doesn’t matter how well we can sing by the world’s standard; if it comes from the heart, it is sweet to Him.

It is true, He wants to hear our voice in prayer when there is a need or request. But more than that He wants to hear our voice in praise and thanksgiving. We are told, “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15). When you are together with other believers today, remember this verse: “Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints” (Psalm 149:1).

 

             
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Saturday, October 27, 2018

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The Day of Judgment

“And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand”? (Revelation 6:15-17).

Riches, and what may have seemed like sound investments, will not profit in that awful day of judgment! Silver, gold, or precious stones will not obtain deliverance. Self-righteous rags will never do. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5).Social standing and class distinction will not hold up. The great and the mighty, the rich and the poor, shall fall.

Who then shall be able to stand in the day of judgment? Only those that have been washed from their guilt in the blood of the Lamb. Only those who can say, “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Revelation 1:5).

 

             
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Friday, October 26, 2018

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Monthly Question Page

Q. Could you explain what the “apples of gold” and the “pictures of silver” typify in Proverbs 25:11?

A. Let’s first of all notice the context, which is always so important. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).

Notice the verse has to do with what we say. Apples would typify fruit, and gold is often a picture of divine righteousness. A picture is something that tells a story or conveys a certain image or message. Silver is invariably a symbol of redemption.

So, at least one lesson we learn from this proverb of Solomon is that our words, spoken in the right time and in the right way will produce divine fruit, for the salvation and blessing of those to whom it is spoken.

Fruit for God in our Christian life is the result of the Holy Spirit within us, and when it is displayed on the beautiful picture of redemption, by our words and conversation, it is indeed a beautiful thing, by which others can view that which is true of every believer in Christ. “In whom we have redemption” (Ephesians 1:7). “Made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

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Live Simply

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering” (Colossians 3:12).

An unsolicited email conveyed a simple yet thought provoking message. It just said “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”

When I thought on this, I realized that the only guide and ability to carry out such sentiments could be the Lord Jesus Himself. These characteristics were exhibited constantly and consistently by Him in His earthly pathway during His thirty-plus years of life on planet earth.

He says to each of us, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29). Paul in writing to the Corinthians, exhibited, “the meekness and gentleness of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:1).

It is incumbent on every believer to seek to imitate and radiate the traits of our Saviour, so that others may be helped, blessed and encouraged.

 

             
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