Monday, May 26, 2014

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Dear Young Christian:

The gospel is free, and thank God it is so. “Without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1). However, we must buy the truth. “Buy the truth, and sell it not” (Proverbs 23:23). If we are going to really lay hold of the truth and walk in obedience to it, there is going to be a cost, a price to pay. Some pay a greater price than others, but there is always a price. It may be simply reproach from family or friends, or it may involve imprisonment, torture, or even the ultimate price, death.

We never value something as much as when we buy it for ourselves. That’s why the Lord allows many tests of faith in our Christian life, so that we have to buy the truth for ourselves, and value it more and more. Let’s not sell out when the tests come. The price of selling out is not worth the loss that results. Loss of testimony, peace of mind, rest of soul, joy of heart, and many other hidden costs, that we don’t realize until it is too late. “Hold fast” (Revelation 2:25).

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Never Forget

“And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped”
(Exodus 12:26-27).

God did not want His people, the children of Israel, to forget this miraculous deliverance from the bondage of Pharaoh and the Egyptians, and so the Passover memorial was instituted. It was to be observed and kept from year to year.

The Lord’s Supper is the same for us. Rather than once a year, we find that the early Christians broke bread once a week. “Upon the first day of the week…the disciples came together to break bread” (Acts 20:7). We were not there at Calvary but we must never forget it. “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come” (1 Corinthians 11:26).

 

             
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

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The Queen’s Birthday

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn”
(Luke 2:7).

The 24th of May is celebrated as the Queen’s birthday in the British Commonwealth, which includes Canada where I live. It is a statutory holiday by law. It was actually Queen Victoria’s birthday, and when I was a child we used to chant a little rhyme that went like this:

The 2nd of May is the Queen’s Birthday,

If you don’t give us a holiday we’ll all run away.

Queen Victoria died in 1901, but she is still honored on her special day 113 years later.

But what about the Lord Jesus? Sad to say there is still room for Him in the hearts of men and women in this Christ-rejecting world. I trust there are none of our readers like that. God’s desire is “that all men should honor the Son” (John 5:23). Do you know Him as Saviour
and Lord?

 

             
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Friday, May 23, 2014

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A Channel

“Hezekiah…made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city” (2 Kings 20:20).

When we order a milkshake or glass of soda in a restaurant, there is always a straw provided to convey the refreshment from the cup to our mouth. The straw is simply a channel through which the good, sweet liquid flows, just like the conduit or aqueduct that Hezekiah built in the days when he was king of Israel. That conduit brought water into the city for the good and refreshment of the people of God. It was not the refreshment itself, but just the channel that delivered it.

This is what a Christian is to be. A channel of blessing through which the love of God, the sweetness of Christ, and the truth of the Living Word flow out to others. It is a wonderful privilege, and also a great responsibility that has been given to us. Are we ready to be used as a channel of blessing today? In order for a straw to be useful it must be clean and empty to begin with. It we keep ourselves morally clean and empty of self, God can use us in this way.

 

             
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Sacrifice

“Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour” (Ephesians 5:2).

“We ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).

The ultimate sacrifice is to give oneself in love and service, even if it means death. Several years ago I read an account that touched my heart. The story went something like this:

A young man in a college town in the United States was stirred by hearing of great need on the foreign mission field. He was determined to offer his life in service to the Lord, but before doing so he wrote to his mother telling her of the burning desire of his heart and asking for her blessing and consent. By and by the answering letter came, blotted with his mother’s tears. She gave her consent, rejoicing that her son had such noble and godly desires, and at the end of the letter wrote these words: “I never knew until now how much it cost God to give His Son.”

 

             
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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More Advice

“Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psalm 119:11).

Here is some further advice from the same older brother we mentioned on May 13:

Read, mark, learn and inwardly digest your Bible with much fervent prayer. Do not be discouraged if you do not seem to get much at the time. You will get sufficient for your need, and you will always find you have sufficient to give to others if you have the heart to do it. “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth” (Proverbs 11:24). So the more you give, the more you will get to give, and the greater will be your joy in giving.

Pray a lot! All men and women of God are men and women of prayer. They live in the Spirit of prayer, and find their delight in stealing away when occasion offers to talk with God. Prayer is the expression of the Christian’s dependence on God. It is human weakness clinging to Almighty strength, linked up with eternal and tender love. Lean hard on Him.

 

             
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Private Prayer

Treat God as your Father. Exercise unbounded confidence in Him. Don’t think anything too trivial or beneath His notice. “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Don’t neglect your private prayer. The moment you find yourself becoming lax in that, you may be sure there is something wrong. Pull yourself up at once and examine yourself, and see that the hindrance is removed, or a fall will be the result. Don’t live before others, but live before God.

Look for answers to prayer, and turn back and give thanks. Don’t forget to be grateful. Let these things become a constant habit of soul with you, and your happiness is assured. “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication” (Ephesians 6:18).

 

             
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Monday, May 19, 2014

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Dear Young Christian:

Here are some scriptures that should be the response of our hearts in light of yesterday’s meditation:

“Love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).

Love the Lord thy God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments” (Deuteronomy 30:16).

“I love the Lord” (Psalm 116:1).

In Christianity we have been given the ability and capacity to love the Lord. The more we are occupied with His love, the more we will love Him. We won’t be able to help ourselves. Don’t be discouraged with your lack of love or dullness of affection for Him. Rather be occupied with His unchanging, divine love for you, and you will unconsciously love Him more without even realizing it.

Start the week with a fresh sense of His love. And remember, “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

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What Love!

“I have loved you, saith the Lord” (Malachi 1:2).

“Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

“Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us” (Ephesians 5:2).

What love! Will we ever get to the bottom of it? No, it is “the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19).

As we meditate on His wonderful love today, it will open up our hearts to love Him more in return. It will also cause us to praise and thank Him more, and to echo the words of the Apostle John, when he wrote, “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 5:5-6).

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ” (Romans 8:5). No one…nothing! Let His love fill your heart and put a song on your lips today.

 

             
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

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The Power of Love

“The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” (Romans 5:5).

Here is a story of how the love of Christ can change lives:

Japanese Commander Mitsuo Fuchida led the deadly attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He hated the Americans.

Jake DeShazer, from Salem Oregon, hated the Japanese, and was chosen to be part of the Doolittle Raid, a reprisal attack on Japan on April 18, 1942. His plane went down, he was captured, and spent 40 months as a prisoner of war. Most of that time was in solitary confinement. He survived beatings, torture, and a starvation diet. However, he also got saved through the reading of a Bible that became available while a prisoner.

After Word War II ended he was released, and later returned to Japan to preach the gospel to the people he now loved. Mitsuo Fuchida, through the reading of a pamphlet about the salvation of DeShazer, his experience as a POW and his return to Japan as a missionary, got saved as well. They became brothers in Christ, and often preached together from the same platform.

 

             
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