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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Gems from January 2020

January 1

My God shall supply all your need according to 
His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

What a source—“God!”   What a supply—“His riches in glory!”
What a channel—"Christ Jesus!”

It is your sweet privilege to place all your need over against His riches,  
and lose sight of the former in the presence of the latter.

His exhaustible treasury is thrown open to you, in all the love of His heart; go and draw upon it, in the artless simplicity of faith, and you will never have occasion to look to a creature-stream, or lean on a creature—prop. 
C. H. Macintosh

MY  CUP  RUNNETH  OVER

There is always something over, when we trust our gracious Lord;
Every cup He fills o’erfloweth, His great rivers all are broad.
Nothing narrow, nothing stinted, ever issues from His store;
To His own He gives full measure, running over, evermore.
Margaret E. Barber

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January 2

Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.  Acts 15:18

But now they (Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc.) desire a better country, 
that is, an heavenly . . .  Hebrews 11:16.

The earth at the beginning was given to the children of men.  What did they do with it?  They forfeited it. Then what did God do with them? 

Well, He opened heaven to them!  He gave them the earth to enjoy.  They soiled and lost it by sin.  Well said He, I’ll open heaven to you.  This is one way in which the grace of God abounds.

What should I say of one who, when I had abused the gift which He put in my hand,put a better gift in my other hand?  This is God!
Ephesians - J. G. Bellett

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January 3

A  LEADER  YOU  CAN  TRUST

Ye have not passed this way heretofore.  Joshua 3:4

We have not passed this way heretofore, but the Lord Jesus has.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities.   
Hebrews 4:15 

It is all untrodden and unknown ground to us, but He knows it all by personal experience; the steep bits that take away our breathe, the stony bits that make our feet ache so, the hot shadeless stretches that make us feel so exhausted, the rushing rivers that we have to pass through, our Shepherd has gone through it all before us.

Not some but all the the many waters went over Him, 
and yet they did not quench His love.

All Thy waves and Thy billows are gone over Me.  Psalm 42:7 

Many waters cannot quench love, 
neither can the floods drown it. . .  Song of Solomon 8:7  

He was made a perfect Leader by the things He suffered. 

To make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. . . . . .  and being made perfect, He became the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.  
Hebrews 2:10; 5:9.

For now He knows all about it, and leads us softly according as we are able to endure:
For He knoweth our frame  Psalm 103:14.  
Frances Ridley Havergal

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January 4

Call ye upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6

ONE  DAY  AT  A TIME

One day at a time with its failures and fears,
With its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and tears,
With its portion of pain and its burden of care,
One day at a time we must meet and must bear.

One day at a time to be patient and strong,
To be calm under trial and sweet under wrong;
Then its toiling shall pass and its sorrow shall cease;
It shall fade and depart and the night shall bring peace.

One day at a time and the day is His day;
He has numbered its hours, though they haste or delay.
His grace is sufficient; we walk not alone;
As the day, so the strength that He gives to His own.
Annie Johnson Flint 

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January 5

ARE  YOU  LISTENING

Speak; for thy servant heareth.  1 Samuel 3:10 
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  Matthew 11:15
He that hath an ear, let him hear.  Revelation 2:7

It is an oft-recurring word from our Lord, found through-out the Gospels—“He that hath ears to hear. . .”
Some have ears—period!  Samuel was listening—and God spoke.

God has much to say today, but we have “ears to hear, and hear not” (Ezekiel 12:2).   
Some stop their ears  Acts 7:57.
Some turn their ears from the truth  (2 Timothy 4:4).
Some have itching ears  (2 Timothy 4:3).

Are you tuned in on God?  It is said that John Burroughs, the naturalist,
could walk along a noisy street and overhear a cricket in the hedge.
His ear was tuned to the little voices of nature.

You can make your way through the hubbub and still keep
in touch with heaven.

Samuel was listening.  The boy who listens for God to speak will hear Him, for God is looking for such boys.  

God’s men have been men of a double resolve: 
“I will hear what God the Lord will speak” (Psalm 85:8); 
and then, “What the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak”  
(1 Kings 22:14). 
Vance Havner

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January 6

As thy days, so shall thy strength be.  Deuteronomy 33:25

Today is a slender bridge which will bear its own load, 
but it will collapse if we add tomorrow’s.  In every year there are 
365 letters from the Lord, each with its own message
"Bear this for Me."

What shall we do with the letters?  Open them a day at a time.  Yesterday’s seal is broken; lay that letter reverently away; yesterday’s cross is laid down, never to be born again.
Tomorrow’s letter lies on the table; do not break the seal.

For when tomorrow becomes today, there will stand beside us an unseen Figure; and His hand will be on our brow, and His gaze will be in our eyes, as He says with a loving smile, 
“As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” 

The golden summary of our life is to be this: as to the past, a record of gratitude; as to the present, a record of service;
and as to the future, a record of trust.
D.M. Panton

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January 7

For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth.  Hebrews 12:6

We find the greatest difficulty often in bringing our sorrow to God.
How can I do so, the soul of some may be saying, as my sorrow is the fruit of my sin? . . .  Can I, in the integrity of my heart towards God, take my sorrows to Him, knowing I deserve them?

Yes;  Christ has been to God about them.  This, then, is the ground upon which I can go. . . .  God can afford to meet me in all my sorrow, because Christ’s work has been so perfectly done. In the main all sorrow is from sin, and all help is grounded upon the atonement.

There is no position a saint can be in but that he may go to God for help.  
Pilgrim Portions for the Day of Rest -  J. N. D.

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January 8

THE  SHEPHERD  OF  THE  SHEEP

The Lord is my Shepherd.  Psalm 23:1

The Good Shepherd— 
I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.  John 10:11.
  
In the Old Testament the lamb died for the shepherd, in
the New Testament, the Shepherd died for the lambs.

While it is true that all we like sheep had gone astray and thus merited only wrath, still the sword awoke, not against us, but against the Shepherd—the Man Who was Jehovah’s Fellow; and by a lovely parable Christ makes known to us the joy which He has in the salvation of the lost.

And while it is also true that “none of the ransomed ever shall know how deep were the waters the Saviour crossed", yet, through grace, they all may know that the waters have been crossed, that the judgment has been borne, and that in consequence -

"Justice now withstands no more
And mercy yields her boundless store.” 
The Pearl of Psalms - George Henderson

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January 9

THE  SHEPHERD  OF THE  SHEEP

1. THE GOOD SHEPHERD - DEATH

2. THE GREAT SHEPHERD - RESURRECTION.

Redemption accomplished, He is now alive for evermore, and so we would have our young Christian friends—especially them—observe what He says of them.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: and I give unto them them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand.  John 10:27-29.

In verse 27 He describes the two marks which distinguish all His sheep: 
the mark on the ear—they hear His voice; and the mark on the foot—they follow Him. 

And then, in verse 28, He says: “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand”.

What assurance and comfort do these soul-emancipating words impart!  They tell us that the mighty Hand, which brought the universe into being and guides the planets in their lonely way, upholds and sustains the feeblest lamb in the flock of Christ; that -
“The very hand our sins had pierced
Is now our guard and guide”.   

Because eternal life is a gift, it can never be earned; because it is the gift of God it can never be forfeited 
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.  Romans 11:29  
The Lord is thy keeper.  Psalm 121:5
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation 
ready to be revealed in the last time.  1 Peter 1:5
The Pearl of Psalms - George Henderson

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January 10

THE  SHEPHERD  OF  THE  SHEEP

1. THE GOOD SHEPHERD - DEATH.
2. THE GREAT SHEPHERD - RESURRECTION.

3. THE CHIEF SHEPHERD - GLORY.

Feed the flock God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.  1 Peter 5:2-4

This passage is one of many in the Word of God which mark the difference between salvation and rewards. An examination of these scriptures reveals the fact that in order to obtain salvation we must look to Christ; and that to secure rewards we must look to ourselves—our ways, our acts, our lives.

"Look unto Me and be ye saved”—that epitomizes the passages which deal with the first theme (Isaiah 45:22); “look to yourselves . . . that ye receive a full reward”—that summarizes those dealings with the second theme (2 John 8).  Salvation is for those who are lost; rewards are given for the faithful services of the saved. 

Salvation may be possessed here and now  (John 3:36); rewards will be dispensed at the coming of the Lord - Behold I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12  .
The Pearl of Psalms - George Henderson 

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January 11

A man that hath friends must show himself friendly:
and there is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  
Proverbs 18:24

None complain so loudly of the lack of love and friendliness on the part of others as those who manifest very little of either themselves.

He who busies himself to show love will receive it back again.
He who is himself a friend will find friends to reciprocate his kindness.  
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  Proverbs 17:17. 

But the true Friend is ever such.
His heart is unchanged by the slights of the objects of His devotion. 

There is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

He always manifested love and grace in a world where all by nature 
were estranged from Him. 

Let those who complain of lack of love on the part of fellow-saints imitate His holy example. Be concerned, not about receiving kindness, but about manifesting it, and
“good measure, pressed down, shall men give into your bosom.” 
Luke 6:38 .
Proverbs - H. A. Ironside

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January 12

As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with Him.  
Deuteronomy 32:11:12

What would it be if one morning we woke up to find a strange god with us—a stranger, a foreigner, as the word means—one whom we did not know at all?  What would it be?  It will never be.  "So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.” We may rest our hearts on that.

Job 19:26-27 "And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another;—"not a stranger"— not a foreigner—not one whom I shall have to learn to know and love—but the God Who has led me all my life long, and not another.

No strange face will meet us us on that Day, we shall be awakened by the vision of His face—His face, not the face of a stranger.

A little girl was slowly dying in her worldly home in India, and a Christian doctor who was called to see her told her of our Lord Jesus.  After a little while she began to understand and to love Him.

One day she said, “I don’t know anyone one in Heaven.  I shall feel very shy there.”  “But you know our Lord Jesus,” said the doctor, "you won’t be shy of Him,” and she was comforted.  Soon after that she saw Him—not another, not a stranger, But the Lord Who loved her and gave Himself for her.
Edges of His ways - Amy Carmichael

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January 13

Who was delivered for our offences,
and was raised again for our justification.  Romans 4:25

As we look back to the cross, we exclaim, “What has God done?”
and as we look at the empty tomb, we again exclaim , “What has God done?”
At the cross the Lord Jesus “obtained eternal redemption for us,” (Hebrews 9:12).

In His glorious resurrection He triumphed over sin, death and the grave and He assures us, 
"because I live ye shall live also" John 14:19

Today as we look into an empty tomb we proclaim,
“This is the glory of the risen Christ.”

What assurance we have in this living hope!
Jim Comte

Because He lives I can face tomorrow;
Because He lives all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.
W. and G. Gaither

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January 14

And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 
Exodus 2:24 

God always hears, and He never forgets.
His silence does not mean that He is not listening and is not planning.
Probably it means that the best time of deliverance has not come yet, and that He is patiently waiting for the moment to arrive when He may prove His love and His power. 

Cromwell said to his soldiers just before a great battle:
“Know ye soldiers all, that God always comes to man’s help in the nick of time.” 

Yes, God is always on time; never behind and never ahead
Happy the man who learns to wait as he prays, and never loses patience with God.
Men Who Prayed

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January 15

So the shipmaster came to him (Jonah), and said unto him, what meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. . . . Let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us.  So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.  Then said they unto him, tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; what is thine occupation? and whence comest  thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? 
Jonah 1:6-8

Notice Jonah’s answer.  He ignored all the questions but the last, and to this he replied: “I am a Hebrew.”  The name ”Hebrew” seems to have been one of contempt.  The name of dignity was “Israelite.” “Israel,” means “A Prince with God.”  In Jonah’s downward pathway, away from God, he had lost the sense of the dignity of his position and citizenship, and used the name that the enemies of Israel used of them in scorn.

It is easy for us, also, to lose a sense of the dignity of the position in which the Lord has so graciously placed us, and sink down to acknowledge the name which the world in contempt and ignorance use of us.  We have the name of Christian given to us in the New Testament.  

Now notice Jonah’s next words—not an answer to their questions but better than that.  He began to get his eyes off himself, and what a difference it made.  “And I fear Jehovah, the God of the heavens, who hath made the sea and the dry land.”  The sailors had been crying every man to his god, but they did not know Jehovah, the God of the heavens.  They prayed that the sea might be still from its raging, but they did not know the God who had made the sea.  

This was a fine answer that Jonah gave to these heather sailors. He may have lost the sense of the dignity of the place into which God had put him, but he had not lost the sense of the God whom he feared. There is the remedy of all our troubles.  Turning our eyes away from self, away from the world, away from the raging seas around us, let us look off unto Jesus, and then, He will enable us to give a true and ringing testimony of the One whom we fear:
“Whose I am, and whom I serve”   Acts 27:23. 
Lessons From Jonah the Prophet by G. C. Willis

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January 16

Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but God’s.  
2 Chronicles 20:15

So spake the prophet Jahaziel to Jehoshaphat and the people, 
when they were facing a confederacy of three hostile nations and defeat seemed certain.

True to the prophet’s word, these nations were distracted by fighting among themselves and Judah was left unharmed.

There are times when we feel that we face impossible situations and it appears that the enemy has the upper hand.

Never fear.  Our God is the God of the impossible and He is well able to intervene in a mighty way for our deliverance.
W. H. Burnett 

Faint not Christian!  Though the road, leading to thy blest abode,
Darksome be and dangerous too, Christ
thy guide, will bring thee through. 
James Harinton Evans

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January 17

Fear not: for God is come to prove you, 
and that His fear may be before your faces that ye sin not.
Exodus 20:20.

Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord.  And Jesus said unto her, 
Neither do I condemn thee: 
go, and sin no more. 
John 8:10-11   

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

Only through the blood of Jesus
Can the guilty soul have peace;
Only through the death of Jesus
Satan’s captives find release;
Jesus died—thy condemnation,
Thine, believer, Jesus bore;
Conquered grave, thy desolation,
Rose, and lives to die no more.

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January 18

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. 
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

I  WISH  THEE  PEACE

I wish thee peace!  The earth is full of trouble—
And days are marked by rush, and strain and test;
And life grows one unceasing round and struggle;
I wish thee peace!  God’s peace—thy heart’s deep rest!

I wish thee peace! the peace of sins all taken—
All cleansed away through Christ’s atoning Blood;
The peace which rests, untroubled and unshaken,
Since God’s redeeming grace is understood.

I wish thee peace!  the peace of His near presence;
The peace of glad abandon to His will;
The peace which is of God’s own heart the essence;
The peace which reigns—serene, and strong and still.

I wish thee peace! peace past all understanding—
Which comes through prayer, and loving God’s dear Word;
So shall thy life be fruitful, strong, outstanding—
And thou shalt be of service to thy Lord.  
J. Danson Smith  

This was found in an old Bible with a hand written note from
one relative to another.

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January 19

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13

The Lord does not enumerate our victories until warfare is over.
Until the goal is reached, the believer should not be occupied with his progress.

The apostle says: “forgetting the things that are behind.”  

The race is not the moment for pausing; the apostle had to reach forward
to the things that are before, and every backward glance was not only 
lost time, but a positively evil thing, inasmuch as it divided the 
thoughts, affections, and aim of his heart, and hindered
him in doing "one thing”.   (Philippians 3:13)

Ah! when the goal is reached, it will be time enough to enumerate our victories, and God will not leave the charge of this to us; 
He will reckon them Himself.

Meanwhile, then, let us run that we may win Christ; let us fight that we may receive the prize. The end of the struggle is near, and others have already gone before us.

May we be enabled to say with them:  "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
Meditations on the Book of Joshua - Dr. H. L. Rossier 

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January 20

CLEAR   INSIGHT

“And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, 
Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all 
this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art.
Genesis 41:39

It is still the possession of the Spirit of God that makes the immeasurable difference between the children of God and the wise men of the world.

Many indeed may possess giant intellects, well stored with such learning as this world can afford, holding, too, high rank in the religious world.

But unless born again they are mere natural men, without the Spirit, and cannot even see the things that belong to the kingdom of God, much less enter that fair kingdom.
Joseph - Hamilton Smith

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January 21

And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:
for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9

SHOW  US  THY  GRACE

Show us our need, O Lord; How lost, How helpless,
How poor, How sunk in sin our carnal hearts;
Show us how vain to change our sad condition,
Our best endeavour and our utmost arts;
Show us how weak we are, and how dependent, 
How multiplied defeats our pride abase;
And then—O Lord, lest we despair too wholly—
Show us Thy grace!

Show us Thy grace, the great, the all-sufficient,
Infinite riches for our poverty,
Mercy of God for uttermost salvation,
Weapon that turns defeat to victory;
Gladness unspeakable and full of glory,
Beyond our needs, a vast, unmeasured space.
Lord, as we never yet have seen or known it, show us Thy grace!
Annie Johnson Flint’s Best-loved Poems

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January 22

“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Philippians 4:6

The prayer is to be with “supplication” and “thanksgiving.”
We can go again and again to God about the same thing, and be as importunate as we like.

At the same time do not let us omit to mingle our thanksgivings with it all,
for while there may be much to ask Him to give and take away, yet, if sufficiently observant, we shall find many blessings to count, and very much demanding our praise.

And this will bring us to the very verge of that marvellous blessing contained in the verse following:

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”  Philippians 4:7.

Here God does not promise to do what we ask, nor does He undertake to alter our circumstances; but something better is offered us, even His peace, that passeth all understanding, to keep our hearts and minds.

God’s own peace, this becomes ours—a thing that has never been disturbed by anything that has happened, nor can be by anything that may yet happen.
Angels in White - Russell Elliot

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January 23

Israel loved Joseph . . . and made him a coat of many colours.
Genesis 37:3

And he left his garment in her hand.
Genesis 39:12

Pharaoh . . . arrayed him in vestures of fine linen.
Genesis 41:42

Three garments are mentioned in Joseph’s life.
The first is the coat of many colours.
It speaks of a father’s deep love for his son.

The second is the garment he left in the hands of Potiphar’s wife.  It speaks of unjust suffering and humiliation.

The third is the fine linen that Pharaoh arrayed him in, speaking of exaltation.

What a lovely picture when we trace the path of our Saviour!
From the place of love, to the place of humiliation,
to the place of glory.
Sid Halsband

O Lord! When we the path retrace, which Thou on earth hast trod,
To men Thy wondrous love and grace, Thy faithfulness to God.
J. Deck   

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Monday, December 02, 2019

Gems from December 2019

December 1

THIS   MOMENT 

A very present help.   Psalm 46:1 

He’s helping me now—this moment, though I may not see it or hear,
Perhaps by a friend far distant, perhaps by a stranger near,
Perhaps by a spoken message, perhaps by the printed word;
In ways that I know and know not I have the help of the Lord.

He’s keeping me now—this moment, however I need it most,
Perhaps by a single angel, perhaps by a mighty host,
Perhaps by the chain that frets me, or the walls that shut me in;
In ways that I know and know not, He keeps me from harm and sin.

He’s guiding me now—this moment, in pathways easy or hard,
Perhaps by a door wide open, perhaps by a door fast barred,
Perhaps by a joy withholden,  perhaps by a gladness given; 
In ways that I know and know not,

He’s using me now—this moment, and whether I go or stand,  
Perhaps by a plan accomplished, perhaps when He stays my hand,
Perhaps by a word  in season, perhaps by a silent prayer;
In ways that I know and know not, His labour of love I share. 
Flint’s Best Loved Poems

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December 2

THE  GOOD  SAMARITAN

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him. . . . Luke10:33-34.  

Have we made the acquaintance of One Who can remove our guilt, give us strength, and relieve our care? In the words of the parable, “he bound up his wounds;” “he set him on his own beast;”  “he brought him to an inn. ”  If so, shall we not have less care?

God would not have us bear our cares any more than He would have us bear our sins. "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

Does not this one verse of scripture meet the twofold need, that of being lonely and uncared for, expressed in Martha’s appeal—“Dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?”  “Casting all your care upon Him”—this meets the loneliest—“for He careth for you”— this meets the care.  We have Him, whoever else may go, and He cares.

“Never alone and always cared for” describes the happy condition of the man in the inn while he waited to see the face of his friend.

It may be and ought to be, the experience of those who wait to see His face.  
Angels in White - Russell Elliott

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December 3

How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance (weight), and your burden, 
and your strife?  Deuteronomy 1:12

Moses was overwhelmed with the burden of leading Israel through the wilderness to the Promised Land.

We, too, are often overwhelmed with the burdens of daily life whether they be family, work place, or the local assembly.

Thankfully we are not called upon to bear that burden alone.

There are godly men and women around us to help “bear one another’s burdens” and a plurality of leadership in the local assembly for that same purpose.

And most importantly, we always have the Saviour! 
Cast your cares on Him today.
Wm. H. Gustafson

I must tell Jesus all of my trials, I cannot bear these burdens alone; In my distress He kindly will help me, He ever loves and cares for His own.
Elisha A. Hoffmann

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December 4

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

The Lord always does His work thoroughly, if we will only let Him do it; if we put our case into His hands, He will search and probe fully and firmly, though very tenderly.

Very painfully, it may be, but only that He may do the very thing we want—cleanse us and heal us thoroughly, so that we may set off to walk in real newness of life.

But if we do not put it unreservedly into His hands, it will be no use thinking or talking about our lives being consecrated to Him.

The heart that is not intrusted to Him for searching, will not be undertaken by Him for cleansing; The life that fears to come to the light lest any deed should be reproved, can never know the blessedness and the privileges of walking in the light.

But what then?  When He has graciously again put a new song in our mouth, and we are singing,

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, 
Who like me His praise should sing?

and again with fresh earnestness we are saying, 

Take my life, and let it be 
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee!

Kept for the Master’s Use - Frances Ridley Havergal 

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December 5

After he (Paul) had been "caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter . . . lest I should be exalted above measure  through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh . . .”      
2 Corinthians 12:4-7. 

Such high privilege exposed him to a subtle snare, which at the time he did not see, but which the Lord knew, and from which He would save His faithful servant at all costs.  For this “a thorn in the flesh “ was needful.

There have been many conjectures as to what the thorn was, but they are only conjectures at their best, and therefore of no value.  God has not told us, so it is not necessary that we should know.

But it was something hard to bear—as men speak—and which Paul earnestly prayed might be taken away. “What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter,” is a saying which applies to such a case as his.

Think of that dear saint and devoted servant of Christ!  Think of him as he bows his knees to the Lord, and asks in fervent prayer that this distressing infirmity might depart from him!  But no answer came, though he may have long and patiently waited for it.

Again he prays, and again no answer.  For the third time he prays, then the silence is broken, the tarrying time is over, the suspense is ended, and the answer comes.  But there is no taking away of the thorn—that is left to rankle,  to be felt always, and always to be endured with pain and patience. 

The answer to Paul’s cry came in a form which was better than the removal of the distressing thing: And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9  
Comforted of God - A. J. Pollock

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December 6

But when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man left handed.    Judges 3:15

James Strong, in his excellent concordance,
 indicates that one way of translating “left handed” in this context is “impeded".

Probably Ehud was disabled in that he had a weak right hand.
Do you have some physical or other deficiency and feel that it limits you in the Lord’s service?

Remember that the Lord can use what appears to be a weakness as an amazing tool to do His work.

For example, Fanny Crosby’s blindness resulted in her memorizing much of the Bible and writing some of our greatest Scripture based hymns.
Brian Russell

Thou knowest Lord how very weak I am, and how I fear to stray;
For strength to serve I look to Thee alone, the strength Thou must supply!
James McGranahan

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December 7

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.  Psalm 34:8

Often you cannot get at a difficulty so as to deal with it aright and find your way to a happy result.

You pray, but have not the liberty in prayer which you desire. A definite promise is what you want.

You try one and another of the inspired words,
but they do not fit.

You try again, and in due season a promise presents itself which seems to have been made for the occasion; it fits exactly as a well-made key fits the lock for which it was prepared.

Having found the identical word of the living God, you hasten to plead it at the throne of grace, saying, “Oh, Lord, Thou hast promised this good thing unto Thy servant; be pleased to grant it!” 

The matter is ended; sorrow is turned to joy; prayer is heard.
C.H. Spurgeon

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees and looks to God alone, Laughs at impossibilities, and cries, “It shall be done.”

Try all your keys!  Never despair! 
God leaves no treasure-houselocked against us.

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December 8

And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.  Matthew 1:21

There is no name so sweet on earth, no name so sweet in heaven, the name,  before His wondrous birth, to Christ the Saviour given.  
George W. Bethune 

Counsellor—Isaiah 9:6   Emmanuel—Matthew 1:23
Helper—Hebrews 13:6   Messiah—Daniel 9:25
Judge—John 5:22   Sun of Righteousness - Malachi 4:2

But the sweetest name of all to every believer is JESUS(Luke 2:21)  When He was eight days old, Mary’s infant Son was circumcised and given the Hebrew name Joshua (Jesus in Greek), which literally means “the Lord saves.”  And the Scriptures affirm without qualification that “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

I know of a Name, a beautiful Name, that angels brought down to earth;
they whispered it low, one night long ago, to a maiden of lowly birth.

I know of a Name, a beautiful Name, that unto a babe was giv’n;   
the stars glittered bright thruout that glad night, and angels praised God in heav’n.

The One of that Name my Saviour became, my Saviour of Calvary;
my sins nailed Him there; my burdens He bare, He suffered all this for me.

I love that blest Name, that wonderful Name, made higher than all in heav’n;
'twas whispered, I know, in my heart long ago—to Jesus my life I’ve giv’n.

Chorus:  That beautiful Name, that beautiful Name from sin has pow’r to free us!
That beautiful Name, that wonderful Name, that matchless Name is Jesus!
Jean Perry  1865 - 1935

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December 9

. . . How much owest thou unto my Lord?    Luke 16:5

WHERE  IS  THY  TALENT?

Many talents are being hid “in the earth” today.  And it is not just the one-talent men and women who are doing it! Afraid of being considered peculiar and unwilling to be reproached for Christ’s sake, countless numbers are letting the “earth” have their ability.

Living for the things of this world, which must end with time, is as surely hiding talents in the earth as literally burying them far beneath the surface of the ground would be.

Every note in the organ is needed for the full expression of noble harmony. Every instrument in the orchestra is required unless the music is to be lame and broken.

Sir Michael Costa was once conducting an orchestra in London.  One of the instrumentalists,  playing a piccolo, was suddenly impressed with his own unimportance as a minor contributor to the mighty volume of harmonious sound.

So he stayed his fingers and the piccolo was silent. Immediately Sir Michael raised his hand and cried, “Stop!  Where’s the piccolo?" Every other instrument in the orchestra was incomplete without the co-operation of the piccolo!

God has endowed no two souls alike, and every soul is needed to make the music of
“The realm of the blest.”  

What is that in thine hand?  Is it a musical instrument, or the gift of song?  Is it a ledger,  or a school book?  A typewriter or a telegraph instrument?  Is it an anvil or a printer’s rule?  Whatever it is, give it to God, in loving service!
Mountain Trailways for Youth    
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December 10

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:
He turneth it whithersoever He will.
Proverbs 21:1

There is no monarch so great that he can act in independence of God.
Whether he owns it or not, Jehovah is controlling him as He controls the flow of the water brooks.

He who “hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm” (Nahum 1:3) and can make the wrath of man to praise Him, and restrain the remainder thereof. (Psalm 76:10)

The book of Esther is the fitting illustration of this, especially Esther 6:1-10 regarding Haman’s plan that Mordecai should be destroyed.  The Lord reversed the intent and Haman was destroyed and Mordecai honoured.
H. A. Ironside - Proverbs

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December 11

I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
Psalm 102:7

The man who wrote that must have known sparrows well.  A sparrow alone would indeed be a lonely bird can read those words without seeing that solitariness of the soul which all of us by nature most dread?

Surely the Spirit guided the sequence of the Psalms, for the next, Psalm 103, opens a certain and glorious way of escape for that sparrow on the house top.  Fly into that air and there is instant deliverance from that which gives loneliness its power to crush and weaken. 

There is a sense in which every soul that follows hard after its God must find itself alone. “He who follows Him the nearest needs must walk alone.” It is part of the discipline of life.
It is not explained.

Let us rest our hearts on our Lord’s words about the sparrows, not one of whom, not even the one on the house top, is unregarded. 

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? . . . Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.  
Luke 12:6-7
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December 12

The flowers appear on the earth . . .  Song of Solomon 2:12

God who gave the flowers gave His Son to be a plant of renown on earth that by it He might reveal the life of heaven.  Life and light are the source of all the fragrant beauty of the garden, which brings such gladness to appreciative hearts.

Like the herb of the field, He was for the service of man.  Like the leaves of the tree,  He was for the healing of the nations.  Like the fruit of the vine, He cheered God and man.  Like the myrrh, the aloe, the cassia, He grew and suffered and died to fill the presence of God and the joy of His people with the most delightful fragrance.

Like the flowers appearing on the earth, His coming brought the springtime when the birds sing, and when He and His people could walk together in a fellowship that shall one day be unbroken and unending.
A Plant of Renown - Leonard Sheldrake

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December 13

THE  WARNING  OF  A  SILENT HEAVEN

To day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my Lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant.
2 Samuel 14:22 

An answered prayer makes us glad for its own sake.  But there is grace behind the gift which is better and more gladdening than the gift itself. For which is most valued, the engagement ring, or the favour of which it is the token?

Setting aside judicial answers to unspiritual prayers, which an honest conscience will have no difficulty in distinguishing, the servants of the King may take it that His answers to their requests are proofs and tokens of His grace and favour—of His real, and present,  and personal love to themselves individually.

When they are receiving few or none, they should search for the cause, lest it should be some hidden or unrecognized sin.  

For “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” Psalm 66:18;    So never let us go on comfortably and easily when He is silent to us. And instead of envying others who get such wonderful answers, “let us search and try our ways.”  Lamentations 3:40

And evermore the Father sends radiantly down
All-marvellous responses, His ministers to crown;
The incense-cloud returning as golden blessing-showers,
We in each drop discerning some feeble prayer of ours,
Transmuted into wealth unpriced, by Him who giveth thus
The glory all to Jesus Christ, the gladness all to us!
Opened Treasures - Frances Ridley Havergal

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December 14

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth:
And a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
Proverbs 15:23

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11

The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than 
the cry of him that ruleth.
Ecclesiastes 9:17

’Tis the little kindly acts you do that heartens one along,
And sends the friend away from you with glad and happy song.

’Tis the little word you’re led to say which touched that other life,
And gave it nerve and strength again to conquer in the strife.

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December 15

KEEPING  IT  SIMPLE

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3

The word “simplicity” from our passage may also be translated as “sincerity,” so we can say there is both a simplicity and a sincerity associated with the things of Christ.  Yes, there are difficulties.  

Even the apostle Peter had to admit that some of the apostle Paul’s writings on the subject of  salvation, for example, were "hard to understand”   (2 Peter 3:16).

Paul himself said that we don’t understand all biblical mysteries and we only see things “through a glass darkly” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

However, the apostle Paul is simple when it comes to the central facts relating to Christ. 
In Titus 2:11-13 we learn three simple things: 
(1) God’s grace and salvation has appeared to to all men;  
(2) accordingly, we should live in a godly manner; 
(3) the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back. 

Don’t ever let the devil deceive you in this.  Never let what you don’t understand rob from you what you do know to be true.  God has made it simple and it is for us to simply believe and obey.
Brian Reynolds

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December 16

THE  UPWARD  LOOK

They looked unto Him and were lightened.
Psalm 34:5

O Lord! we would delight in Thee, and on Thy care depend,
To Thee in every trouble flee, our safe unfailing Friend.

When human cisterns all are dried, Thy fulness is the same, 
May we with this be satisfied, and glory in Thy name.
Ryland

God would have us to . . . count it a peculiar privilege to be whole-hearted for the Son of His love. Remember that there is no path for us smoother or broader than the path of the Son of man while in the world. You may have gone through deep waters, and many a furrow, grief may have left on your forehead, but as you passed through the trouble which did you find most—the trial or Christ who passed through it with you?

I judge that the great thing is to own God and be still.  “I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because Thou didst it,“ Psalm 39:9, said David. . . . 

There is rest in this—giving to God His own place.

I am sure it is better for us . . . for Divine Wisdom and Love to sit at the helm and decide for us than for us to have to decide.
G. V. Wigram

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December 17

PRAISE  the  LORD

The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
Psalm 19:1

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear Hs voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice! 
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things 
He hath done. 
The Treasures of Fanny Crosby

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December 18

The word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Genesis 15:1

The Lord was to be Abram’s “Shield,” as he passed through this scene—his “Great reward,” both now, and hereafter.

How often a soul makes alarming discoveries as to itself—and says. "I didn’t think it would come to that!”  But God makes no discoveries.  It is all know to HIM.

It isn’t that man stands as a sinner with an inexhaustible store of grace at his command; but that he has a new life.

A Christian is not “let off” (so to speak).  But all the claims of God against him have been met to the very utmost in Christ.

The enemy knows all the history, and he knows the turns of the road where he can meet us and harass us: and unless we know God is for us, we have no answer to give Him. 

If I bring a bit of myself, it’s unholiness.  It is very humbling. But we can’t have Christ any way but by the low door,—when it’s all up with you. 
Hunt’s Sayings

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December 19

Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.    
Matthew 7:13-14

Will the road you are traveling bring you to the place you hope to reach?
On Barr’s Trail up the slope of Pike’s Peak, there is a place where the trail divides. One marker reads: “To the Summit”; the other, “To the Bottomless Pit.” A step decides the goal.

We too often do some shabby living and expect to reach nobleness.
We take short cuts in morality and expect to develop character.

The way we are living and the road we are traveling 
determine the kind of character we will have in the end.

The road that nations take decides the goal at which the world will arrive.
The path of unrighteousness will not create a righteous world.

Right ends do not justify wrong means, for wrong means bring us to wrong ends. To life a righteous life, we must do righteous deeds.

He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to.
Those who live on the mountain top have a much longer day. 
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December 20

For we must needs die, and are as water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth He devise means, that His banished be not expelled from Him.
2 Samuel 14:14 

The action being altogether without precedent serves to show that Israel perceived what was morally suitable to the circumstances of the moment.  Such an acknowledgement of weakness cannot fail to bring blessing from God.

In the spiritual realm, felt weakness is power, as the Apostle lets us know in 2 Corinthians 12:10 "When I am weak, then am I strong".

As Hannah also said, “they that stumbled are girded with strength” 
1 Samuel 2:4. Is it not a singular lesson to have to learn that our self-sufficiency is our undoing? God can use those who are “not anything,” [nothing] 1 Corinthians 3:7.

God alone counts, whether now or in ages past.
When weakness calls Him in, all is well.
Samuel - W.W. Feredy

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December 21

FALLING  APART

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, 
that I might not sin against Thee.  Psalm 119:11

Somebody passed on to me recently a precious nugget: "If you see a Bible that is falling apart, it probably belongs to someone who isn’t!”

A well-worn Bible speaks volumes.
Through the centuries, the old Book has kept unnumbered 
millions from coming unstuck, cracking up, and going to pieces. 

It has saved marriages from collapse, families from destruction, and many a battered soul has made it through a stormy life with the help of a ragged Bible thumbed with reverence and sobbed over in the small night hours when everything seemed lost. 

It has healed more hearts than all the counsellors and prevented more breakdowns that all the psychiatrists. Reading it until it falls apart will hold us together!  
All the Days - Vance Havner

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December 22

. . . Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? . . . 
1 Samuel 15:22

No one can trust God who does not obey Him.
Obedience is the root of trust.

In Jesus’ life, trusting went quite without saying, because,
for Him, obedience went without saying.
Corrie Ten Boom

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December 23

And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord . . . as he journeyed . . . suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? Acts 9: 1-5

That glory and that voice end his career of self-will for ever.  Subdued, and humbled in his mind, he meekly asks, “Who art Thou, Lord?”  He knew it was God’s voice, but what was his surprise to learn that the speaker was Jesus, that He was the Lord of glory, and that He acknowledged His poor disciples—whom Saul would have marched off to Jerusalem to imprison and slay—as being Himself.

“I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest,” carried volumes to his trembling soul, and now awakened conscience. Supposing himself to be doing God's service (John 16:2), he found out that he was the enemy of the Lord, and the chief of sinners.  On the other hand he learned that the saints are one with Christ in glory

This latter truth formed his life from that moment.  Utterly smashed up in all the springs of his moral being, and habits of thought, he discovers a new standing altogether, where he is neither a Jew, nor a Gentile, but “a man in Christ.”  From that moment his life and his ministry flow from the sense of being united to, and having association with, a heavenly Christ.
Simon Peter - W.T. P. Wolston

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December 24

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  Isaiah 1:18.

This verse names four colours, three of which (scarlet, red and crimson) 
describe our sin-stained condition in God’s sight.

The good news, however, is that cleansing is available through the sin-atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you wish to be “as white as snow,” put your
undivided trust in Him!
George Hall

What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
What can make me whole again?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Robert Lowry

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December 25

SPARROWS

And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head. Luke 9:58

Sparrows are mentioned several times in the Bible.  One of the best known Scriptures verses is: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Matthew 10:29

The lowly sparrow is rather drab in comparison with other birds.  It is not majestic.  It isn’t renowned for much of anything, other than being common and numerous.  If you and I were writing the Bible we might have cited the mighty soaring eagle, or the mysterious owl, or a beautiful bird, such as the peacock, flamingo, cardinal, painted bunting or certain parrots - but not the poor sparrow.

Jesus, while here on earth, associated with the poor and the needy.  Indeed, the verse above reminds us that He didn’t even have a customary place to sleep.  Oh what a contrast!  He left and laid aside His glory in heaven to come to this earth.  

He never lived sumptuously while here - quite the opposite.  He made Himself of no reputation; He was the lowly carpenter of Nazareth.  

We like to “strut our stuff,” as the saying goes, but we had to come to God as common, poor and needy sinners.  God resists the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. Aren’t we glad that our loving God puts such value on the lowly? 
L.I.F.E. LINES - Fred Pratt 

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December 26

Thou in Thy mercy hast led forth the people which Thou hast redeemed: Thou hast guided them in Thy strength 
unto Thy holy habitation.
Exodus 15:13

Whom have I in heaven but Thee?
and there is none upon earth that I desire besides Thee.
Psalm 73:25

Guide us, O Thou gracious Saviour, pilgrims through this barren land;
We are weak, but Thou art mighty; hold us with Thy powerful hand.

Saviour, come; we long to see Thee, long to dwell with Thee above,
And to know in full communion all the sweetness of Thy love.
W. Williams - 1774

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December 27

HIS  NAME  IS  WONDERFUL

For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 

More than twenty-five hundred years ago, the prophet Isaiah told of One 
who would be the hope of mankind, the long awaited Messiah  
who would establish an eternal kingdom based on 
justice and righteousness. 

Isaiah’s important pronouncement told that this One would be a God-man: a child born—His humanity; a Son given—His deity.  The quintuplet of names ascribed to this One gives further insight 
into His character and ministry:

- Wonderful—He would be wonderful in what He would accomplish for the fallen human race. 
Counsellor—He would be our guide through life, and our advocate before the heavenly Father. 
The Mighty God—He would be the God before whom every knee shall one day bow. 
The Everlasting Father—He would be the God of eternity.
The Prince of Peace—He would be the One who would ultimately bring a true tranquillity among all nations.

His name is Wonderful, His name is Wonderful, His name is Wonderful, Jesus, my Lord; He is the mighty King, Master of everything; 
His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord.
He’s the great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages, Almighty God is He;
Bow down before Him, love and adore Him, 
His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord.
Audrey Mieir, 1916-1996

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December 28



HIS  NAME  IS  WONDERFUL

For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 

More than twenty-five hundred years ago, the prophet Isaiah told of One 
who would be the hope of mankind, the long awaited Messiah  
who would establish an eternal kingdom based on 
justice and righteousness. 

Isaiah’s important pronouncement told that this One would be a God-man: a child born—His humanity; a Son given—His deity.  The quintuplet of names ascribed to this One gives further insight 
into His character and ministry:

Wonderful—He would be wonderful in what He would accomplish for the fallen human race. 
Counsellor—He would be our guide through life, and our advocate before the heavenly Father. 
The Mighty God—He would be the God before whom every knee shall one day bow. 
The Everlasting Father—He would be the God of eternity.
The Prince of Peace—He would be the One who would ultimately bring a true tranquillity among all nations.

His name is Wonderful, His name is Wonderful, His name is Wonderful, Jesus, my Lord; He is the mighty King, Master of everything; 
His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord.
He’s the great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages, Almighty God is He;
Bow down before Him, love and adore Him, 
His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord.
Audrey Mieir, 1916-1996

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December 29

He hath not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us 
according to our iniquities.  Psalm 103:10

God keeps accurate books, and settles all accounts with sinners.
The blessing for believers is that the Lord’s ledger was reconciled fully at the cross!

Our sins and iniquities were taken completely into account. 
It is not necessary that we know each one—and we certainly don’t, but He does!

God dealt with His Son for our sins, and rewarded Him according to our iniquities, on the cross. All our sins have been forgiven by that one sublime sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Let us thank Him, love Him, and serve Him with rejoicing, for He took them all away, forever!
Carl Knott 
All my sins are gone, all because of Calvary,
Life is filled with song, all because of Calvary.
W. P. Loveless

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December 30

For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  Matthew 6:32

One day while pioneering the Gospel in Canada, a faithful evangelist was very hungry. As he trekked along in a certain place he came to a little restaurant. He ventured in without a penny in his pocket.

He bowed his head and in faith gave thanks to the Lord for the food.
At the pay counter, the owner said to him, 

“When I opened this place I made a vow—
the first person I see giving thanks, the meal will be free!"

Our God ever delights to honour faith in His goodness.
E. MacLelland

All you may need, He will provide,
Nothing you ask will be denied,
Through every day, o’er all the way;
God will take care of you!
C. D. Martin

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December 31

IN  JESUS

In Me . . . peace.   In the world . . . tribulation.
John 16:33

In the world, tribulation; but in Jesus—peace;
The heart of the whirlwind where its roarings cease,
A little home waiting, still and light and warm,
A safe sanctuary from the night and storm.

In the world, tribulation; but in Jesus—rest;
A sure place of refuge for the sore-opprest,
A guarded pavilion no device can take,
A strong-walled fortress no assault can shake.

In the world, tribulation; but in Jesus—joy;
A full cup of gladness that can never cloy,
A sweet fountain rising out of Marah’s tide,
A spring of rejoicing that is never dried.

In the world, tribulation; but in Jesus—peace;
A deep, quiet harbour where the high waves cease, 
A long—desired haven on a friendly shore,
Where the wild winds of ocean sweep the soul no more.

In the world, tribulation, trials all around,
For on earth no resting and no joy are found;
Let us flee unto Jesus where all sorrows cease;
Here alone is gladness, here alone is peace.
The Life of Annie Johnson Flint

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January 1

My God shall supply all your need according to 
His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

What a source—“God!”   What a supply—“His riches in glory!”
What a channel—"Christ Jesus!”

It is your sweet privilege to place all your need over against His riches,  
and lose sight of the former in the presence of the latter.

His exhaustible treasury is thrown open to you, in all the love of His heart; go and draw upon it, in the artless simplicity of faith, and you will never have occasion to look to a creature-stream, or lean on a creature—prop. 
C. H. Macintosh

MY  CUP  RUNNETH  OVER

There is always something over, when we trust our gracious Lord;
Every cup He fills o’erfloweth, His great rivers all are broad.
Nothing narrow, nothing stinted, ever issues from His store;
To His own He gives full measure, running over, evermore.
Margaret E. Barber

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January 2

January 3