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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Gems from July 2017

“Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.” (Ephesians 5:2)

A sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18). 

There are a number of sacrifices mentioned in the Scriptures besides those appointed through Moses: sacrifices which we can now offer: In Romans 12:1 our body is spoken of as a “living sacrifice,” and this sacrifice is also said to be ‘acceptable to God.’

In Hebrews 13:15 we are exhorted to offer “the sacrifice of praise to God continually,  that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.”

Then in the next verse we are told not to forget to offer the sacrifice of  “doing good and having fellowship, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased”. 

This is exactly the sacrifice the Philippians had offered, and it is described in almost the same words: “God is well pleased”  “Well pleasing to God”.

These three sacrifices are are ones that almost all can offer,
if they do not “forget.”

Even a Christian child can offer its body; and its praise, the fruit of its lips; and most children have as much money as the poor widow who offered the two mites, and found it more acceptable to God than all the great offerings of the rich.
(G. Christopher Willis)

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June 29

“O Lord God . . . I pray Thee, send me good speed this day.”
(Genesis 24:12)

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: 
for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth 
what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him."
(Matthew 6:7-8)

Our Lord told His disciples that there was no need for many words when they prayed.
A brief prayer goes straight to the heart of God.

Abraham’s servant teaches us a prayer we can pray at all times, 
however pressed for time we may be.

It covers everything.
O Lord God, send me good speed this day.”   
Give me success today, in my prayer life, in my 
work, in what I think and say and do, in what I am.

It is a telegram prayer. Let us use it at moments of sudden need.
We know it will be answered, for “our Father knows”
our needs long before we ask Him.
(Amy Carmichael)

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June 30

"If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he 
put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious.”
(Ecclesiastes 10:10, 12)

A word is such a potent thing; 
A careless word may break a heart;
A bitter word may burn and sting;
A word can rip a home apart — 
And yet a word can comfort bring;
So, Lord of words, please grant to me 
The speech that spreads tranquility.
(Anon)

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July 1

“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.”
(Matthew 11:29)

All power and real effective service will be found to spring from entire submission.

Circumstances would not trouble if they did not find something in us contrary to God;
they would rustle by as the wind.

Until the will has been crushed in the presence of the majesty 
of God, there cannot be a right state before God.
(Pilgrim Portions for the Day of Rest - JND)

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July 2


“After that Jesus put His hands again upon his eyes,
and made him look up: and he was restored,
and saw every man clearly.”
(Mark 8:25)

Why wasn’t this blind man healed completely the first time Jesus laid his hands on him?
Perhaps it is to emphasize the progression of the Christian life.
Our knowledge of Him constantly progresses and grows.

Then there is the progression of following Him, learning
just how far His followers have to go: 

Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself,
take up His cross, and follow Me.”

So the illustration of the blind man’s progression represents each of us. 
Do we see any progression in our lives for Christ?
(Tom Steere)

We thank Thee for the smile and frown, and for the gain and loss;
We bless Thee for the future crown, and for the present cross.
(J. Crewdson)

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July 3


“The multitude of them that believed were 
of one heart and soul.”
(Acts 4:32)

The root of all discords in the church of God is the lack of the Spirit’s power;
where He works unhinderedly in any company of saints,
because ungrieved, there must be unity. . . .

The lack of enjoyed unity in any company is due to the absence 
of the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Edward Dennett)

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July 4


“For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen,
unto the glory of God by us.”
(2 Corinthians 1:20)

Prayer must be based upon promise, but,thank God, 
His promises are always broader 
`than our prayers.

No fear of building inverted pyramids here, 
for Jesus Christ is the foundation and this and all the other 
promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him amen, unto the glory of God by us.” 

So it shall be unto His glory to fulfill this one to us and to answer 
our prayer for a kept or established heart.

And its fulfillment shall work out His glory, 
not in spite of us, but by us.
(Frances Ridley Havergal)

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July 5

“Now unto  Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”
(Ephesians 3:20)

Now unto Him that is able to do above all we ask”; is that what is written? No; that is not enough.

Is it, “Able to do abundantly above all we ask?" That is not enough.

Is it, "Able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask?" Still that does not reach the limit.

Unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”  You need not fear to come to God about anything.

Are you troubled about present circumstances? Have you availed yourself of the abundant resources of God?

If things are right in your heart and you come to God and make connections there,  you can be sure of a wonderful answer.

"Unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” — this divine energy which works through poor feeble creatures such as we are—  “unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. 
Amen.”

He is the One in whom God will find His pleasure throughout all eternity.
(H. A. Ironside)

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July 6

"For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen,
unto the glory of God by us.”
(2 Corinthians 1:20)

The destinies of man under God are alike in Him yea, and in Him amen.

There was dominion in Adam; Government in Noah; 
Fatherhood in Abraham; Judgment in David; and Royalty in Solomon.

In Christ all these glories will meet and shine together.  In Him, 
and under Him, will be ’the restitution of all things.’
Many crowns He will wear, and 
many names He will bear.
(The Son of God - J. G. Bellett)

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July 7


"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God:
on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if
thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” (Romans 11:22)

In any ordinary person, goodness and severity might be seen as conflicting, but in the character of the Lord Jesus they are compatible and consistent.

God’s severity with Israel opened up a means of blessing for Gentiles.
If that be so, the apostle argues, when the Jews are restored,
the blessing for Gentiles will be immeasurable!

We recall that our God is both righteous and good and whichever He manifests in our circumstances is for our ultimate blessing.
(Roy Hill)

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
(Joshua Oatman)

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July 8

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long in the earth.
(Ephesians 6:1-3) 

“The principle of submission and obedience is the healing principle of humanity.”

Sin is disobedience and came into the world through disobedience.
Ever since, the essence of sin has been man doing his own will and refusing to be subject to God.

An insubject wife will make a miserable home; an insubject child will be an unhappy child; and a world not subject to God must be an unhappy and miserable world.

Not until the world is brought into subjection to God, under the reign of Christ, will its sorrow be healed.

Christianity teaches this subjection, and the Christian home should anticipate something of the blessedness of a subject world under the reign of Christ. 

The obedience of the child is, however, to be "in the Lord.” 
This supposes a home governed by the fear of the Lord, 
and therefore according to the Lord.

The quotation from the Old Testament (Exodus 20:12), which connects the promise of blessing with obedience to parents, shows how greatly God esteemed obedience under law.

Though in Christianity the blessing is of an heavenly order, yet in the governmental ways of God the principle remains true that honouring parents will bring blessing.
(Hamilton Smith)

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July 9

Testing and Teaching

“The devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain.”
(Matthew 4:8)

“He went up into a mountain, opened His mouth and taught.”
(Matthew 5:1-2)

Wouldst thou teach others?  There is need,
But ponder well the thought —
Thy Lord Himself, the living Truth,
First practised, then He taught.
Think not to climb where Jesus sat
in moral elevation,
Till, like Him, you’ve triumphant left
The mountain of temptation.

Dare one exhort, “For food, for drink,
For raiment, have no care,”
Who ne’er himself a desert trod,
Fasting, yet trusting, there?
None may with power divine unfold 
The Heavenly Kingdom’s story,
Save those who’ve scorned the kingdoms of 
This world, and all their glory.
(Bells & Pomegranates - James M. S. Tait)

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July 10

"O God, Thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared Thy wondrous works.  Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not;
until I have showed Thy strength unto this generation,
and Thy power to every one that is to come.
(Psalms 71:17-18)

The Psalmist was so well educated by God in his youth that he continued to declare His wondrous works throughout his years.

Later when he realized that age was catching up with him and his strength fading, he determined still to show forth God’s power to everyone he came in contact with.

No matter what age we are, do we have such a determined goal in our life for God? 
(K. C. Ung)

Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!
(B. M. Ramsey)

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July 11


“Jesus answered and said unto (Nicodemus), Verily, verily, I say unto thee,  Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”
(John 3:3-4)

Surely not.  There would be no more gained by a second natural birth than by a first.

If a natural man could enter, ten thousand times, into his mother’s womb and be born again, he would be nought but a natural man after all; for “That which is born of the flesh is flesh.” 

Do what you will with flesh—with nature, and you cannot alter or improve it. Nothing could change flesh into spirit.

You may exalt it to the rank of a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews, a master of Israel—and you can hardly make it higher—but it will be flesh, notwithstanding.

If this were more generally and clearly apprehended,  it would prove the saving of fruitless labour to hundreds. Flesh is of no value whatever.

In itself, it is but withered grass; and as to its most pious endeavours, its religious advantages and attainments, its works of righteousness, they have been pronounced by the pen of inspiration to be as filthy rags." (Isaiah 64:6)
(C. H. Mack1intosh)

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July 12

“Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, 
and doeth His will, him He heareth.”
(John 9:31)

Are you seeking happiness?  Is that your only goal?
We set our minds on something we think will make us happy—a husband, 
children, a particular job, or even a ministry—and refuse to open our eyes to God’s better way.

In fact, there are those who believe so strongly that only this one thing can bring 
happiness that they reject the Lord Jesus Himself.

Happiness is not found in marriage, or work, or ministry, or children, in themselves.
Happiness is found in being secure in Jesus, 
in obedience to Him, in doing His will.

Then we have fellowship with Him and we can speak to Him about everything that occupies our 
thoughts, and all these other things find their proper places in His plan for our lives.
(Corrie Ten Boom)

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July 13

"A man’s pride shall bring him low:
but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
(Proverbs 29:23)

A man may be very zealous in prayer and painstaking in preaching, 
and all the while pride is the master whom he serves, though in God’s uniform.

It is hard starving this sin; there is nothing almost but it can live on;
nothing so base that a proud heart will not be lifted up with,
and nothing so sacred but it will profane. . . .

So far as pride prevails the man prays and preaches rather to be thought good by others,
rather to enthrone himself than Christ, in the opinion and hearts of his hearers.

Remember, Christian, when thou hast they best suit on, who made 
it, who paid for it: thy grace, thy comfort, is neither the work of my own 
hands, nor the price of thy own desert; be not for shame proud of another’s coat.
(The Christian in Complete Armour - William Gurnall 1617- 1679)

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July 14


“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest.”
(Matthew 11:28) 

Some years ago someone asked me which I thought was the most 
precious promise of all those that Christ left.

I took some time to look over the promises, but I gave it up.

I found that I could not answer the question.

Like a man with a large family of children, he cannot tell which he likes best, he loves them all.
But if not the best, this is one of the sweetest promises of all:

Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
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.
(D.L. Moody)

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July 15

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
(Philippians 4:13) 

It is very blessed to see littleness like that of an infant in saints like John and Paul,
to see them them upheld by Christ every step of the way.

To see Christ taking occasion of our littleness to show the exquisite 
graciousness that is connected with His Divine glory.

We think of His glory, and not of His grace in that glory;
everything characterizing the Lord is grace.

All hangs on Himself, whether to sustain faith or to lead forth praise.
(G. V. Wigram)

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July 16

“The Lord is . . . not willing that any should perish, 
but that all should come to repentance."
(2 Peter 3:9)

”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, 
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath 
raised Him from the dead, thou 
SHALT be saved.”
(Romans 10:9)

Then why do any perish?
Simply because they won’t come; 
because they will not yield to the winning 
love and the drawing power which is now being 
put forth to save you, if, as you read this you want to be saved.

There is no sadder word in the Bible than
“Ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.”

But if you are saying, ever so feebly and faintly,"I will,” 
God meets it with His strong and gracious “Thou shalt.” 

What will you do without Him, when He hath shut the door,
And you are left outside, because you would not come before?
When it is no use knocking, no use to stand and wait,
For the word of doom tolls thro’ your heart, that terrible 
Too late!” 
(Francis Ridley Havergal)

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July 17

“Whatsoever ye do, DO IT heartily. as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
(Colossians 3:23)

“Well DONE, good and faithful servant . . .”
(Matthew 25:23)

“For the Son of Man is COME to seek and to save . . .”
(Luke 19:10)

Two Ways

One is God’s way, the other is man’s, 
One is by faith, the other is by fancy, 

One is of grace, the other is of merit, 
One is of faith, the other is of works, 

One is Christ, the other is "Religion."
The one rests on what God has said, the other rests on what man thinks.

The one rests on what Christ has done, the other rests on what man can do.
As to what man is to “do” there is no end to the variety.

These two words sum up and embody the two ways: “DONE” and “DO.”
(E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913

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July 18

“And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience
void of offence toward God, and toward men.”
(Acts 24:16)

"A bad habit is first a caller, and then a guest, and at last a master.”

"Trifles unnoticed by us may be links in the chain of sin.” 

There are no little sins.

“Sir,” said Samuel Johnson, “the chains of habit are generally too small to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken. 
Habits are at first cobwebs—at last cables.” 

Someone asked to define conscience, 
said, “It is a little three-cornered thing in here.  
When I do wrong it turns around and hurts very much.
If I keep on doing wrong, it will turn until it wears the edges all off,
and then it will not hurt any more.”
(Mountain Trailways for Youth)

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July 19

“ . . . we should serve in newness of spirit . . .”
(Romans 7:6)

Go to the man who is carving a stone for a building;
ask him where is that stone going, to what part of the building,
and how is he going to get it into place, and what does he do?

He points you to the builder’s plans.
This is only one stone of many.

So, when men shall ask where and how is your 
little achievement going into God’s plan, point them to your Master,
who keeps the plans, and then go on doing your little service as faithfully 
as if the whole building were yours to build. 
(Phillips Brooks)

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July 20

“By this shall all men know that that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another.”
(John 13:35)

The moment a Christian recognizes divine life in another,
in spite of difference of education, rank, and many 
other things, he will be drawn towards him.

It is characteristic; he cannot help it.
The moment a man discerns the Spirit of 
Christ in another, there is a necessary attraction to him.

At once they are united together in love.
(J. N. Darby

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July 21

July 22

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Gems from June 2017

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”  Ephesians 1:3)

It is good for each of us periodically to take time to rediscover  the simple but profound truths expressed by Johnson J. Oatman Jr, in the four stanzas of this hymn. In the first two stanzas’ he develops the thought that counting our blessings serves as an antidote for life’s discouragements and in turn makes for victorious Christian living.

The third stanza teaches us that counting our blessings can be a means of placing material possessions in proper perspective when compared to the eternal inheritance awaiting believers.
As we review our individual blessings, we certainly would have to agree with Mr. Oatman’s fourth stanza: The provision of God’s help and comfort to the end of our earthly pilgrimage is one of our choicest blessings.

Each of us could spare ourselves much despair and inner tension if we would only learn to apply the practical teaching of this hymn to our daily living. 

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings-name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings-every doubt will fly, and you will be singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold, think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;  Count your many blessings-money cannot buy your reward in heaven nor your home on high.

So amid the conflict, whether great or small, do not be discouraged-God is over all;
Count your many blessings-angels will attend, help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Chorus:  Count your blessings, name them one by one; count your blessings, see what God hath done.  Count your blessings, name them one by one; count your many blessing, see what God hath done. 
(Amazing Grace - Kenneth W. Osbeck)

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“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual,
restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
(Galatians 6:1)

Observe that word “restore”. 
It is the translation of a word which 
means to mend that which is broken, or rent.

Dr. Lightfoot says that it is a surgical term—used of
the  re-setting of a fractured bone, or joint.

Tender work that!  Who is to do it?
“Ye which are spiritual.”

This physician must be Spirit-filled.
What is he to do?  "Restore such an one”;
to bind up the broken heart.  How is he to do it? 
“In the spirit of meekness.”

"Softly he touches for the reed is tender,
Wisely enkindles for the flame is low.”
(In Pastures Green - George Henderson)

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June 1

“He answered . . . never a word.”
(Matthew 27:14)

Not railing  for railing; not a word.
How much is lost by a word!  Be still!  Keep quiet!
If they smite you on one cheek turn the other also.  Never retort!
Hush—not a word!

Never mind your reputation or your character; they are in His hands;
you mar them by trying to retain them.
Do not strive.  Open not your mouth.  Silence!
A word will grieve, disturb the gentle dove.  Hush—not a word! 

Are you misunderstood?  Never mind!  
Will it hurt your influence and weaken your power for good?
Leave it to Him—His to take care and take charge. 

Are you wronged and your good name tarnished?  All right!
Be it yours to be meek and lowly; simple and  gentle—not a word!
Let Him keep you in perfect peace; stay your mind on Him; trust in Him.

Not a word of argument, debate, or controversy.  Mind your own business.  Be still!

Never judge, condemn, arraign, censure.  Not a word!  Never a disparaging remark of another.
As ye would others should do to you, so do ye.

Pause!  Be still!  Selah!  Nor a word, emphatically; 
not even a look that will mar the sweet serenity of the soul.  
Get still!   Know God!  Keep silence before Him!  Stillness is better than noise.
(Stephen Merritt

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(PART - 1)

June 2

"Every word of God is pure:
He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.”
(Proverbs 30:5)

"Every word of God is pure.”
There is no repetition.

One cause of so much head-knowledge is that there is so little meditation;
and Divine things float through the mind and become intellectual,
whereas they were meant for our joys.

As to effects, and as to results, we need never to be anxious;
they are not ours to produce.

Hunt’s Sayings - Rochfort Hunt

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June 3


"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree."
(1 Peter 2:24)

He leadeth me, O joy divine! The glory His, the cross be mine,
Since He who suffered on the tree in tender mercy leadeth me.

****

And many women were there beholding afar off,
which followed Jesus from Galilee ministering unto Him. 
Matthew 27:55

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, 
To the cross where Thou  hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

****

In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David 
and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
Zechariah 13:1

Jesus keep me near the cross, there a precious fountain
Free to all—a healing stream flows from Calvary’s mountain.

****

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Galatians 6:14

In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river.

The Treasures of Fanny Crosby

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June 4

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
(James 1:2-3) 

Endurance is so precious, and of such inestimable value, that we may count it all joy when we fall into these trials, because we know they work endurance.

"But let endurance have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-3).

"We also boast in tribulations, knowing that tribulation works endurance; and endurance, experience; and experience, hope; and hope does not make ashamed” (Romans 5:3-5.)

“His love in times past forbids us to think
He’ll leave us at last, in trouble to sink.”

This is experience, and it was endurance taught it. Do you think Shamma would have missed the experience he gained by that fight in the lentils field? (2 Samuel 23:11-12).  Never!  

When we get home, we will see that some of these hard places on the road were the bits we would not have missed for anything.  
They work endurance.
(Hid Treasures - G. C. Willis)

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June 5

PART 2 - Please note Gem # 6735
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“He answered . . . never a word."
(Matthew 27:14)

Not a word of murmuring or complaining in supplication; not a word of nagging or persuading.
Let language be simple, gentle, quiet; you utter not a word, but give Him 
opportunity to speak.  Hearken to hear His voice.

This is the way to honour and to know Him.  Not a word—not the least word! Listen to obey.
Words make trouble.  Be still! This is the voice of the Spirit

Restlessness, fret, worry, makes the place of His abiding unpleasant. 
He is to keep in perfect peace; take it not out of His hands.
(Stephen Merritt)

“Let me no wrong or idle word unthinking say;
Set Thou a seal upon my lips, just for today."

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June 6

“He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.”
[A sensible man bears up under many things.]
(Proverbs 14:17)

There are days when all sorts of things go wrong one after the other;  I expect that some of you know 
what such days are like, and also the temptation to feel you cannot bear 
up under anything more.

At such times a plain word like this can help very much; it is so matter-of-fact 
and unfussy. Take it or leave it, it seems to say, there is the fact: 
“A sensible man bears up under many things.”

But often we want something that goes deeper.
Here is the word then:
For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, 
lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:3). 
(Edges of His Ways - A. Carmichael)

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June 7

Broken Vessels Mightily Used of God

"I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.”  (Job 16:12)

Job said, "I was at ease, but he hath broken me.God permitted Satan to attack Job at every point in his life, except to take his life. Satan was determined to prove that Job only followed God because He had been gracious unto him. Take all these things away and "he will curse you to your face." 

It's interesting to notice that Job says, "I was at ease.” Surely, after all of his suffering and loss, when he says, "but now mine eyes have seen you,” he realized more than ever how he had been "at ease.” 

What took place happened between the time Satan was permitted by God to attack this upright man and the time when he says, "but now mine eyes have seen you.”  There were times when he was "utterly broken.”  We read that "he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces.”   As his faith was steadfastly fixed on God, his eyes now saw God in an "entirely new dimension.” 

The majesty of God had penetrated his heart, and he said, "Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”  God permitted Job to be broken of "everything that hindered him from seeing God." God must have "broken" vessels.

J. Hudson Taylor returned to England from China "broken in health.” No one ventured to say he would return. But return he did in the might of God and with a perseverance of faith and passion for the lost in China. 

During the next 40 years the China Inland Mission was founded and, under the blessing of God,  ministered beyond all human comprehension, through prayer and faith. 
It was a faith mission with over 1,000 missionaries.

C. T. Studd returned as a missionary from China "broken in health," only to volunteer to be a missionary to Africa when every doctor told him he would die before he would get there. He "dared to believe” that God was able to meet his needs. He founded the Heart of Africa Mission, 
and had seventeen glorious years of fruitful ministry there.

The Auca Indians in Ecuador martyred Jim Elliot and four other missionaries as they sought to plant the seeds of the Gospel with tribesmen who had never encountered the white man.
God uses "broken vessels" that are "possessed and empowered" by Him for His glory.

"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:25). 
(E. P. - Daily Devotions)

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June 8

“The Father’s Care"

“Your Father knoweth.”
(Luke 12:30)

“The Father Himself loveth you.”
(John 16:27)

“He careth for you.”
(1 Peter 5:7)

He knows, He loves, He cares,
Nothing this truth can dim,
He does the very best for those,
Who leave the choice with Him.
(Comforted of God - A.J. Pollock)

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June 9

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee,
and thou shalt glorify Me.”
(Psalm 50:15)

Many of God’s brightest saints have know full well the meaning of “the day of trouble.” Abraham, when he had to cast out Ishmael, and when called upon to offer up Isaac.

Joseph, when hated by his brethren, and sold to the Midianites, who took him down into Egypt, where he became a servant, “Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.”  

Moses, when rejected and obliged to flee.  But they were all delivered, and God was glorified.

And it was not otherwise with David.  Think of him at Ziklag on that day when he and his men found it burned with fire, and their wives and children carried away.  The people, too, spake of stoning him.
And this coming upon the top of all he had been suffering for years at the hands of Saul.

Surely never did a mere man suffer more acute anguish than David at that moment.

But we read he “Encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”  Yes, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me.

This was eminently true in his case, for he was delivered, and shortly after ascended the throne. One day to be stoned; the next, we might say, crowned.  Such are the variations of God’s people.
(Angels in White - Russell Elliott)

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June 10

“For by grace are ye saved through faith
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
(Ephesians 2:8)

Through faith,” this is the agent. 
Faith is simply the hand that lays hold of the gift that God presents to me.

Believing the gospel, I am saved.

Some people, I think, are in danger of making a saviour of their faith, for they say, “Well, if I could only believe firmly enough, if I could believe in the right way, I think I would be saved.”

It is not a question of how you believe; it is a question of whom you believe.

I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have
committed unto Him against that day(2 Timothy 1:12).

Do not make a saviour of your faith.  The Saviour is Christ, and faith lays hold of Him. Then lest there should be any idea in the mind of the redeemed one that in some sense at any rate he deserves credit for coming to Christ and believing this message, the apostle immediately adds,

And that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”  
(H. A. Ironside)

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June 11

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee thee with the right hand of My righteousness.”
(Isaiah 41:10)

Instead of a river, God often give us a brook—
which may be running today, and dried up tomorrow.

Why? - To teach us not to rest in our blessings—but in the 
Blesser Himself. "Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe!” (Psalm 119:117)
(Arthur Pink - 1886-1952)  (Daily Devotions - R.L.)

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June 12

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time—are not worthy to be compared
with the glory which shall be revealed in us!”
(Romans 8:18)

Whether from trouble of mind, sickness of body, trials in business, family difficulties, or persecution for Christ’s sake—all suffer, and most believers suffer much!

But compare their present sufferings—with their future glory: 

Glory which will exclude all pain and suffering, all sin and sorrow!
Glory beyond the reach of all foes and the cause of all trouble!
Glory which includes happiness—perfect, perpetual, never ending happiness! 
Glory which includes honour—the highest, holiest, and most satisfying honour!
Glory, or splendour—which will fill the soul, clothe the body, and dignify the entire person forever!

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9)
(Adapted - Daily Devotions - R. L.)

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June 13

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
(2 Peter 1:21)

The writings of these inspired men are the record of divine revelation. What God revealed, they recorded.

The persons receiving it could not have discovered it by human means.  In many instances, the writers confessed that they did not fully understand the full meaning of the message, but under the guidance of the Holy Spirit they recorded it.

In the providence and protection of God we have in our hands and hopefully in our hearts, all that we need to live for the glory of the One who gave His life for us.
(Drew Craig)

Holy Bible, book divine, precious treasure, Thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came, mine to teach me what I am.
(John Burton)

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June 14

“A glad heart maketh a cheerful countenance: But by sorrow 
of heart the spirit is broken.”
(Proverbs 15:13)

The happy man is the one who has a heart at rest, and who can therefore rejoice at all times. Such a one is the soul who has found in Christ not only a Saviour, but a daily portion.

He who casts all cares upon Him, who has learned to commit all his affairs into His hand, will ever have a glad heart and a cheerful countenance.

A burdened heart is the portion of the one who tries to carry his own sorrows and daily cares, and fails to turn all over to Him who so delights to bear them for us.

Nothing breaks the spirit like hidden grief; but such need not be the portion of any saint who will allow the Lord Jesus to be not only his Sin-bearer, but his Burden-bearer too.
(H. A. Ironside - Notes on Proverbs)

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June 15

“. . . giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue knowledge . . . ” (2 Peter 1:5)

The apostle turns here in verse 5 to the practical state of the believers. Having given them what would comfort and refresh their hearts, he says, That is not all, now I look at  your own state practically.

"Besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue; 
and to virtue knowledge.” 

He knew how easy it was to get slothful, and so he exhorts them to give all diligence in thus adding.
Virtue is that energy and courage of soul, that knows how to refuse, as well as to choose, like Moses, 

who “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season,” and so we read, "Add to your faith, virtue.”

You have the faith that connects you with God, and you believe in what as yet you do not see, but now you must add virtue, that courage, which knows how to say “No” to the thousand things that come up day by day, and to press on unswervingly in the pathway that is set before us. 
(Simon Peter - W. T. P. Wolston)

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June 16

“While I was speaking in prayer, even the [angel] Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.”
(Daniel 9:21)

It is said that in one of Spurgeon’s prayer meetings,  
a little boy rose and asked prayer that his father might read the Bible.

After prayer was offered Mr. Spurgeon looked for the boy and could not find him.

At the conclusion of the meeting he saw the lad and asked him why he had left the meeting.
He replied, “After you prayed for my father to read the Bible,  
I ran home to see him do it.”

"Did he do it?” Mr Spurgeon asked.
“Yes, there he was reading it; and I came back to tell you.”

God makes a promise,  Faith believes it,
Hope anticipates it,  Patience quietly awaits it.
(Traveling Toward Sunrise

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June 17

“For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured (helped) thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
(2 Corinthians 6:2)

As an emergency room physician, I saw patients soon after they were injured. "What happened?”  I would ask.  Commonly they responded: “Well, it was so stupid, I was just . . . “ In other words, they knew better, but did not take the time or care to prevent an injury.

How tragic and terrible would it be for one who knew Christ died for their sins, and who knew that accepting Him as Saviour and Lord would mean eternal life; how tragic indeed for such a one to be cast into the lake of fire.  
Forever.  
(David Logan)

Come to the Saviour, make no delay;
Here in His Word, He’s shown us the way.
(George F. Root)

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June 18

“For Thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the, storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is a storm against the wall.” (Isaiah 25:4)

How often in the loneliness and strain of our work, when foes, seen and unseen, beset us,
we have been conscious of an invisible wall, the angel of the Lord encamping round about us to deliver us.

Often we have been helpless, with no strength of our own against the enemy.
Yet we have been able to lie down and sleep, conscious that our Keeper never slumbers.

"The wall” is a good figure, for we need not be roofed in overhead.  
Satan can surround us but he cannot roof us over, and we need the upward look unobstructed. 

Never has God’s wall broken down, nor has the adversary breached it.  
Because it is invisible, the devil would have us fear it is not there; 
but it is.  He can come so far but no farther.

If ever we needed a wall, it is now.
The hosts of evil are making their worst mad assaults, 
and no ramparts of our own can avail.

But we have a fortress, a hiding place, a Rock of Ages.
Are you hid with Christ in God?
(Day by Day with Vance Havner)

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June 19

“I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me forever: yet hast Thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.”
(Jonah 2:6)

Jonah had gone down of his own accord, down to Joppa, down into the ship, down into the sides of the ship: three sad steps down, God had brought him down into the sea, then down into the fish, and now God brings him down further still:

I went down to the bottoms of the mountains.” 

Now Jonah was down about as far as he could go.
It is well for us when we are down.

I was brought low, and He saved me" (Psalm 116:6).

It is when we are brought down, when our pride is brought low, that He is able to save us.  As soon as Jonah got down to the very bottom, he said,

I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the bars of the earth closed upon me forever;” 

Then, immediately we read, “But Thou hast brought up my life from the pit, O Jehovah my God.” 

Jonah’s pride was broken; he was just as low as he could get.  It was then Jehovah, his God, brought up his life from the pit.
(Lessons from Jonah the Prophet - G. C. Willis)  

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June 20

“And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fastings, and sackcloth, and ashes: and I prayed unto the Lord my God . . . We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from Thy precepts and from Thy judgments . . .” 
(Daniel 9:3-5)      

Daniel was a man of prayer. . .he paid for his consistent prayer life, even to being cast into the den of lions. In Daniel chapter 9, we have a rare insight into Daniel at prayer.

There are so many things we can learn, as we see how he approached prayer,
the basis upon which he made his petitions, and the manner
in which his prayers were answered.

Prayer is is one of the most neglected exercises of the church of God today.
It is easier to read, to study, to write articles or to preach, 
than it is to pray.

Prayer is foreign to our old nature and whenever we exercise ourselves in this way,
we meet with resistance.

Satan is the “Prince of the Power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), so when saints pray,
he is there to interrupt the communication with heaven wherever he can.

Prayer puts us into conflict with spiritual forces that are intent on keeping us from 
being on our knees, and so we often succumb.
 (William Burnett)

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June 21

“See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”
(Ephesians 5:15)

“Circumspectly”  means “looking all around,” like one who is walking in a very dangerous place. There are pitfalls on this side, quagmires on that side, traps and snares all about.

And so this person as he walks is constantly observing where he should next place his feet.
That is a circumspect walk, a walk looking all around.

Christian, your path leads you through a world of sin, a world of folly, 
a world where you are exposed to all kinds of temptations and unholy influences.

Snares and traps abound for your unwary feet. Therefore, walk circumspectly, 
be careful where you put down your feet, be careful as to the company 
you keep, be careful as to your behaviour in any company, so that 
there be that which will bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Walk not as fools, not as simple ones, not as those who are still darkness,
but walk as wise men—made wise by the wisdom of God.
(H. A. Ironside)

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June 22

“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
(Ephesians 2:10)

“Doing good” for you may mean the pouring out of the wealth of a sympathetic spirit, the imparting of encouraging words to the downcast and the sorrowing, the pouring forth of the sunshine that radiates from a heart in the enjoyment of the smile of God.

You are indeed a profitable Christian if everyone is glad to see you coming, if eyes light up at your approach, especially if little children love to be with you and are sorry when you must go.

You are a profitable Christian if you are making happy those whom Christ came to make happy—particularly the poor, the sick, the lonely, the sorrowing, the sinful, the oppressed.

These six classes of people were closest to the heart of Jesus, because their need was the greatest; and He is best pleased when they are closest to the hearts of His disciples.

Care for these and your lives will exhibit the pure gold of the kingdom of heaven.
(Heaven’s Cure for Earth’s Care - George Henderson)

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June 23

“If any man . . . open the door, I will come in.”
(Revelation 3:20)

The Heavenly Guest

If you open the door and let Christ in He will come as a courteous guest; He will take the space that you give Him and will leave you all the rest; If you crowd Him out of your of your largest largest room and give him a corner small, If you scarcely remember that He is there and speak of Him not at all.

Ah, then He may grieve when He sees your mind by the cares of the world possessed, When your feet have strayed and your soul is faint and your heart by grief opprest; But He cannot comfort and lift and guide and help as He longs to do—  Where He sits apart in your House of Life—for you have not asked Him to.

Oh, make him the Master of all you have, the Lord of your heart and soul, Yield all yourself for His dwelling-place and let Him take the whole; He will do with you, He will work for you, He will reign in your life alone, And you’ll find the blessing you have missed and the joys you have never known.
(Annie Johnson Flint’s Best Loved Poems)

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June 24


“For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and
righteousness and truth proving what
is acceptable unto the Lord.”
(Ephesians 5:9-10)

- We are apt to regard the fruits of the Spirit in us 
rather than the work of Christ for us, as the foundation of peace.

- The Holy Ghost is the only gatherer;  
Christ Himself is the only object to which we are gathered;
and our assembly, when thus convened, is to be characterized by holiness,
so that the Lord our God can only gather to Christ.

He cannot gather to a system, a name, a doctrine, or an ordinance.
He gathers to a Person, and that Person 
is a glorified Christ in heaven.
(Food for the Desert)

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June 25

“When Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and 
beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”
(Matthew 14:29-30)

Peter had a little faith in the midst of his doubts, says Bunyan; 
and so with crying and coming he was brought to Christ.

But here you see that sight was a hinderance; the waves were none of his business
when once he had set out; all Peter had any concern with, was the pathway of 
light that came gleaming across the darkness from where Christ stood. 
If it was tenfold Egypt beyond that, Peter
had no call to look and see. 

When the Lord shall call to you over the waters, “come,” step gladly forth.
Look not for a moment away from Him.

Not by measuring the waves can you prevail; not by gauging the wind will you 
grow strong; to scan the danger may be to fall before it; to pause at 
the difficulties, is to have them break above your head.

Lift up your eyes unto the hills, and go forward—there is no other way.

Dost thou fear to launch away?
Faith lets go to swim!
Never will He let thee go;
’Tis by trusting thou shalt know fellowship with Him.”
(Streams in the Desert - Vol. One)

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June 26

“The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way.”
(Psalm 25:9)

One who truly wants to change for the better does not take offence when reminded of failure.
He does not argue, complain, lose his temper or resort to excuses.

Rather, he accepts responsibility and is grateful for the help in facing what he despises.
True repentance (there is no other kind) makes him humble.
Humility makes him grateful.

It is commonly held that a strong will aids in the development of a strong character.
In reality, an unbroken will impedes growth.
An active will is not teachable.

If we do not hear, we can not believe.
If we do not believe, we can not understand, and we remain in the dark. 
(Nuggets of Truth - John Kaiser


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June 27


“Giving thanks always for all things unto God.”
(Ephesians 5:20) 

No matter what the source of the evil, if you are in God and surrounded by Him as by an atmosphere, all evil has to pass through Him before it comes to you.

Therefore you can thank God for everything that comes, not for the sin of it, but for what God will bring out of it and through it.

May God make our lives thanksgiving and perpetual praise, then He will make everything a blessing.

We once saw a man draw some black dots.  We looked and could make nothing of them but an irregular assemblage of black dots.  Then he drew a few lines, put in a few rests, then a clef at the beginning, and we saw these black dots were musical notes. On sounding them we were singing,

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below.” 

There are many black dots and black spots in our lives, and we cannot understand why they are there or why God permitted them to come.  But if we let God come into our lives, and adjust the dots in the proper way, and draw the lines He wants, and separate this from that, and put in the rests at the proper places; out of the black dots and spots in our lives  He will make a glorious harmony.  Let us not hinder Him in this glorious work!  (C.H.P.)   

Would we know that the major chords were sweet, if there were no minor key? Would the painter’s work be fair to our eyes, without shade on land or sea?

Would we know the meaning of happiness, would we feel that the day was bright, If we'd never know what it was to grieve, nor gazed on the dark of night?”   

Many men owe the grandeur  of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.
(C. H. Spurgeon)   

When the musician presses the black keys on the great organ, the music is as sweet as when he touches the white ones, but to get the capacity of the instrument he must touch them all. (Selected)

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June 28

“Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.”
(Ephesians 5:2)

A sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18). 

There are a number of sacrifices mentioned in the Scriptures besides those appointed through Moses: sacrifices which we can now offer: In Romans 12:1 our body is spoken of as a “living sacrifice,” and this sacrifice is also said to be ‘acceptable to God.’

In Hebrews 13:15 we are exhorted to offer “the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.”

Then in the next verse we are told not to forget to offer the sacrifice of  “doing good and having fellowship, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased”. 

This is exactly the sacrifice the Philippians had offered, and it is described in almost the same words: “God is well pleased”  “Well pleasing to God”.

These three sacrifices are are ones that almost all can offer, if they do not “forget.”

Even a Christian child can offer its body; and its praise, the fruit of its lips; and most children have as much money as the poor widow who offered the two mites, and found it more acceptable to God than all the great offerings of the rich.
(G. Christopher Willis)

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June 29

“O Lord God . . . I pray Thee, send me good speed this day.”
(Genesis 24:12)

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: 
for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth 
what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him."
(Matthew 6:7-8)

Our Lord told His disciples that there was no need for many words when they prayed.
A brief prayer goes straight to the heart of God.

Abraham’s servant teaches us a prayer we can pray at all times, 
however pressed for time we may be.

It covers everything.
O Lord God, send me good speed this day.”   
Give me success today, in my prayer life, in my 
work, in what I think and say and do, in what I am.

It is a telegram prayer. Let us use it at moments of sudden need.
We know it will be answered, for “our Father knows”
our needs long before we ask Him.
(Amy Carmichael)

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June 30

"If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he 
put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious.”
(Ecclesiastes 10:10, 12)

A word is such a potent thing; 
A careless word may break a heart;
A bitter word may burn and sting;
A word can rip a home apart — 
And yet a word can comfort bring;
So, Lord of words, please grant to me 
The speech that spreads tranquility.
(Anon)


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