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Friday, September 01, 2017

Gems from September 2017

Work and Rest

“I have filled him with the Spirit . . . to work.”
(Exodus 31:3-4)

"The sabbath of rest.”
(Exodus 31:15)

O may Thy Spirit teach my hands to toil, lest I be idle, or, unskilled, should spoil
With witless haste the task ordained to me.  O teach me how to work, and work with Thee.

O may Thy Spirit teach my heart to rest; tranquil to share with Thee Thy sabbath blest;
Resting from all my work and want and care, resting in Christ, for Thou art resting there.
(Bells & Pomegranates - James M. S. Tait)

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August 30

“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.”
(Job 26:7)

“What is man, that Thou art 
mindful of him . . .?" (Psalms 8:4)

How rich I am!
God is the Creator of the whole universe, yet is holding my life in His hands.

He ever guides the constellations of stars, and at the same time remembers man.

Wind and water also obey Him.  And this is my God, my Father.  I am His child.

Nobody is like this Lord, and He loves me.
How rich I am! 
(This Day is the Lord’s - Corrie Ten Boom

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September 1

“And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.”
(Luke 23:42-43)

When a prominent man dies, we are anxious to get
his last words and acts.

The last act of the Son of God was to save a sinner.
That was a part of the glory of His death.

He commenced His ministry by saving sinners,
and ended it by saving this poor thief.
(D. L. Moody)

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September 2

“If this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it.”
(Acts 5:38-39)

“He is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently  upon that house,
and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock."
(Luke 6:48)

I know upon this lighthouse tower the winds and waves shall beat in vain;
I know that my Redeemer lives and in His death all death was slain;
I know my life is hid with Him beyond the reach of change or harm,
And life and death to me are one within the shelter of His arm.

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September 3

“Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it . . . that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
(Ephesians 5:25,27)

Must I carry the world in my heart because I am down here in a body of sin and death?
No; blessed be His name! I have got the river of life flowing down from Christ 
above, and filling my heart, helping my soul to bear fruit unto Him from whom it flows.

The old Christian can say to a young Christian, "You may try, but you cannot satisfy your heart
with the world, for I have never found a thing in it to satisfy mine.”

But he could not say, “I have walked so far down the hill of life, and I cannot fail.”

Yet we can say, "Let all that can be brought against me, yet God will be faithful to His word,
and Christ will present me faultless and without spot or blemish before Him at His appearing."

If I could say I am a better man than when I began life in Christ, it would be only because I see more of my own vileness now than I did years ago. 
(Gleanings from the Teaching of G. V. Wigram)

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September 4


“Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for MANY YEARS; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”

"But God said unto him, Thou fool, THIS NIGHT thy soul shall be required of thee: 
then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?"
  (Luke 12:19-20)

The foolish farmer would fill his barns and then say to his soul, “Take it easy—you are well fixed for many years.”

But God said, “You fool, not many years but this night is the correct time!”

It is well to set our timepiece with God’s clock.
There is a lot of difference between many years and this night.

We have Daylight Saving Time,
but there is another far more important Soul Saving Time:

"Behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
(2 Corinthians 6:2

TODAY is God’s time.
TONIGHT your soul may be required.
Set your watch with heaven and not the faulty timepieces of earth.

Do you have the correct time?
(Vance Havner)

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September 5


“Without Me ye can do nothing."
(John 15:5)

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

We had such a nice little quiet, shady corner in the vineyard, down among the tender grapes,
with such easy little weedings and waterings to attend to.

And then the Master comes and draws us out into the thick of the work, and puts
us into a part of the field where we never should have thought of going,
and puts larger tools in our hands, that we may do more at a stroke.

And we know we are not sufficient for these things, and the very tools seem too heavy for us,
and the glare too dazzling, and the vines too tall.

Ah! but would we really go back?
He would not be in the old shady corner with us now; for when He put
us forth He went before us, and it is only by close following that we can abide with Him.

Without Him we could do nothing if we perversely and fearfully ran back to our old 
work.  With Him, "through Christ which strengtheneth" us, we “can do all things” 
in the new work.  Not our power, but His presence will carry us through.  

I could not do without Thee!  No other friend can read
The Spirit’s deepest longings, interpreting its need.
No human heart could enter each dim recess of mine.
And soothe and hush and calm it, O blessed Lord, but Thine!
 (Opened Treasures -Frances Ridley Havergal)

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September 6

“. . . love covereth . . .”
(Proverbs 10:12)

“Have fervent [love] among yourselves:
for [love] shall cover. . .”
(1 Peter 4:8

If we have not been able to discover the good thing in our brother fellow servant;
if our eye has detected only the crooked thing;

if we have not succeeded in finding the
vital spark amid the ashes,

the precious gem among the surrounding rubbish;
if we have seen only what was of one’s nature,

then let us with a loving and delicate hand draw the curtain of silence 
around our brother or speak of him only at the throne of grace.
(C. H. Macintosh)
Let us all resolve: first, to attain the grace of silence;
second, to deem all fault-finding 
that does no good;
third, to practice the grace and virtue of praise.”
(Harriet Beecher Stowe
You said your say: Mine answer was my deed.
(Mountain Trailways for Youth)

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September 7

“Great & marvellous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty. . .”
(Revelation 15:3

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” 
(Psalms 19:1) 

"I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalms 139:14)

God is great in great things, but very great in little things. A party stood on the Matterhorn admiring the sublimity of the scene, when a gentleman produced a pocket microscope, and having caught a fly, placed it under the glass.

He reminded us that the legs of the household fly in England were naked, then called attention to the legs of this little fly, which were thickly covered with hair,  thus showing that the same God who had made the lofty Swiss mountains had also attended to the comfort of His tiniest creatures, even producing socks and mittens for the little fly whose home these mountains were.  This God is our God!”

For the love of God is broader than the measure of man’s mind;
And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.
(Frederick W. Faber)

All through the Bible there is a wonderful care of little things, God noticing them and bringing them to perfectness of meaning.

"He putteth my tears in His bottle” (Psalms 37:31); that is condescension.
"None of His steps shall slide,” (Psalms 37:31) as He numbered step by step all the going of His 
people. One of those people said, "Thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising,”
and "Thou hast beset me behind and before” (Psalms 139:2.5).
(Joseph Parker)

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September 8

“No man hath seen God at any time.
If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”
(1 John 4:12)

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:
because as He is, so are we in this world.”
(1 John 4:17)  

They told us in band class that practice makes perfect.
It didn’t.

In fact, imperfect practice only made the mistakes routine. Rather, it should be said that perfect 
practice makes perfect.

If we want our love to be made perfect we must start with perfect love,
His love, and practice showing it and 
sharing it with one another.

His perfect love casts out fear and that makes 
practicing a lot more enjoyable. 
(Rex Trogdon)

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!  How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure, the saints’ eternal song.
(F. M. Lehman)

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September 9

None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)

How far have your souls found steady rest in Christ?
Or how far are thy satisfied with Christ?

Forsaken of friends, are you still satisfied with Him? Or how far are there things that you crave and have to resist?

Have you done with the world, not as tired of its vanities, and weary of its pleasures, but because your souls have found something in Christ that satisfies for all?

Is He found such a manifestaion of God to your souls that you rest in Him?

Have you found such a ripeness in Christ that the soul is satisfied, so as not to want other things?

Then, if you have, you can say, “None of these things move me.”
(J. N. Darby)  

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September 10

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Anna Steele, whose hymns have helped so very many people,
encountered much pain and sorrow as she journeyed through life.

On the eve of her bridal morn, while she awaited the arrival of her betrothed,
a message came with the news that he had been drowned.

She retired to her chamber; and when the first violent shock had passed away and her
soul had somewhat recovered strength, she wrote a hymn which
has brought healing to many a wounded spirit.

Father, what’er of earthly bliss Thy sovereign will denies,
Accepted at Thy throne of grace let this petition rise:

Give me a calm and thankful heart, from every murmur free;
The blessing of Thy grace impart, and let me live to Thee.”
(Heaven’s Care for Earth’s Joy)

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September 11

“We will flee upon horses.”
(Isaiah 30:16)

God is never slow from His standpoint, but He is from ours
because impetuosity and doing things prematurely are universal weaknesses.

God lives and moves in eternity, and every little detail in His working must be like Himself, and have in it the majesty and measured movement, as well as the accuracy and promptness of infinite wisdom.

We are to let God do the swiftness and we do the slowness.

The Holy Spirit tells us to “be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” That is, swift to take in from God, but slow to give out the opinions, the emotions of the creature.  

We miss a great many things from God by not going slow enough with Him. Who would have God change His perfections to accommodate our whims?

Have we not had glimpses into God’s perfections, insight into wonderful truths, quiet unfoldings of daily opportunities, gentle checks of the Holy Spirit upon our decisions or words, sweet and secret 
promptings to do certain things?  

There is a time for everything in the universe to get ripe—and to go slow with God is 
the heavenly pace that gathers up all things at the time they are ripe.

What they win, who wait for God, is worth waiting for!
Going slow with God is our greatest safety!  
(Springs in the Valley)

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September 12


One of the most common causes of nervous exhaustion and breakdown is the attempt on the part of men and women to live three days in one.

When a person lives in a state of constant remorse because of past sins of omission and commission; and at the same time perpetually worries about the trials and responsibilities that may come tomorrow; and then finds that the tasks and obligations of today must be discharged, the natural
result is a mind overwrought.

But when that one, with a heart willing to be taught God’s way of life,
opens the Bible, relief is sure and speedy. 

We live in a three dimensioned world.
If we think of it in relation to space we have length, width, and depth;
but we are to think of it now in relation to time, which includes past, present and future.

This one thing I do; forgetting those things which are behind . . . I press toward the
mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 3:13-14).

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take 
thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34). 

"Leave tomorrow’s troubles for tomorrow’s strength; tomorrow’s work for tomorrow’s time;
tomorrow’s trial for tomorrow’s grace—and tomorrow’s God." 
(David Livingston

As thy days so shall thy strength be” (Deuteronomy33:25).  It is not too much to say
that if we accept these words at their true value, all worry will be banished from
our lives. "The days of our years are three-score years and ten”- Psalm 90:10;
but remember that they come to us one at a time, and that  our
whole life is but a day repeated. 
(In Pastures Green)

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September 13

“Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. I have called upon Thee, for Thou wilt hear me, O God: incline Thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.”
(Psalms 17:5-6)

He guides my halting footsteps 
Along the weary way,
For well He knows the pathway 
Will lead to endless day.

I sing through shade and sunshine,
And trust what’er befall;
His way is best—it leads to rest; 
My Father planned it all.

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September 14

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

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
 I in my Saviour am happy and blessed.
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled  with  His goodness,
lost in His love.
(Treasures from Fanny Crosby)

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September 15

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:  when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
(Isaiah 43:2) 

God sometimes shuts the door and shuts us in, that He may speak, perchance through grief or pain; And softly, heart to heart, above the din may teach some precious truth to us again. In old testament worship, the mercy seat was the cover of the Ark of the Covenant, which housed the Mosaic tables of stone, a pot of manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded.
The mercy seat was a most sacred, holy place.  It symbolized the place of God’s eternal presence with His people. 

When the storms of life blow our way, we can either cringe in despair or flee to the heavenly Mercy Seat-the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).  There we can find the help and strength to be over-comers.

Trials can sometimes embitter and harden our spirits.  However, if we use the trial to lean more fully on Christ and to learn the lesson He desires to teach us, we become stronger in our faith.

From every stormy wind that blows, from every swelling tide of woes, there is a calm, a sweet retreat; ’Tis found before the mercy-seat.

There is a place where mercy sheds the oil of gladness on our heads; a place than all beside more sweet—It is the heavenly mercy-seat.

There is a spot where souls unite, and saint meets saint in heavenly light; though sundered far, by faith they meet before the common mercy-seat.

Ah! whither could we flee for aid when tempted, desolate, dismayed? or how the hosts of hell defeat, had suffering saints no mercy-seat?  

Thither by faith we upward soar, and time and sense seem all no more,
For freely God our souls can greet where glory crowns the Mercy-seat.   
(Hugh Stowell)

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September 16

The Worldling's Bible!

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
 and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” 
Matthew 5:16 

The worldling's Bible is the Christian. 
He never reads the Book--but he reads the disciple of Christ,
 and he judges the Christian religion by the lives of its professors! 

The world does not read the Bible--the world reads Christians!

"For it is the will of God, that with well doing ye put to silence the ignorance of foolish men!” 
1 Peter 2:15 

“I therefore the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.”  
 Ephesians 4:1-2
(Charles Spurgeon)

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September 17

“See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh.  For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from heaven:
Whose voice then shook the earth . . . yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”
Hebrews 12:25-27

That which does not result from the Divine nature itself will be removed:
no testing or shaking afterwards.

How important for the soul not to be following the opinion of men,
or leaning upon men, but upon that which 
cannot be shaken.”

That which has its foundation in the Word of God only 
will abide, and not “be shaken.”

Receiving a kingdom.” 
That which we have in Christianity is final—not to be moved.
(Hunt’s Sayings)

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September 18

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

The word “nothing” covers the whole range of wilderness anxieties without omitting one.
It does not include sin, far from it, for the simple reason that sin is 
in no wise contemplated in this epistle.

It is not proper to the experience of the Christian, though, alas! every true believer realizes
 its presence, and needs to be on constant guard against its subtile workings.
Sin is abnormal to Christian experience—not impossible, but not normal.
It is confessed and judged just on that very account.

The child of God should be most careful about sin, 
but apart from that he should be careful about nothing—no thing!
(Comforted of God - A.J. Pollock

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September 19

"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know unto God . . .”  

Solution - This is exercise, deep, earnest and precious.  It is not careless nor indifference.
There is prayer; there is supplication; there is making requests known to God;
and there is the blending of thanksgiving with every prayer.
This signifies close personal dealing with God.   

In everything,” no matter how small, nor how great or complex, 
let each request of the burdened heart be laid before Him.

The Bible teems with instances of prayerful men, who spread all kinds of requests before God,
from kings on their thrones to prisoners in chains, and never was a deaf ear 
turned to the lowly and believing suppliant.
(Comforted of God - A. J. Pollock)

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September 20

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made know unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all 
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:6-7)

Supplication is prayer intensified; it is importunity; its root idea is the sense of want; 
it is illustrated in the Prodigal Son.

The word is often used by the Apostle Paul; but it must carry no legal, or
cringing, or selfish element; it must be sustained by thanksgiving; 
for remember that the Christian has received infinitely more 
than he can ever request.  

His blessings far exceed his greatest wants.

God loves a thankful suppliant, and in this happy spirit the requests are made know to One who
assuredly knows all about them, but who waits for the cries of the wearied child,
so that He may pour in the flood of His own incomprehensible peace.

As God’s peace enters care departs; the soul is tranquilized.  No direct answer may have been gathered— the thorn may remain in the flesh—but the heart and mind are garrisoned by the deep, 
eternal calm that marks the throne on high.

See the reflection of that calm as it shone in the face of Stephen; see it in the words of Paul:
I am ready to be offered”; recall it in the bold language of the three men who had  
to face the fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar, when they said:

We are not careful to answer thee in this matter . . . We will not serve thy gods, 
nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

And witness the Son of God as their companion in that fiery ordeal.
(Comforted of God - A. J. Pollock)

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September 21

"Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; And an idle soul shall suffer hunger.”
(Proverbs 19:15)

Many of us fail to realize that idleness is sin.
Time wasted is time to be accounted for at the judgment-seat of Christ.

Needed rest is, of course, very right and proper.
Jesus Himself had to say to His disciples,
Come ye yourselves apart . . . and rest awhile” (Mark  6:31).

But idleness is quite different.
Slothfulness is trifling away opportunities that will never return.
It is failing to appreciate the value of time.

In a natural sense, the sluggard is made to feel the pinch of want; 
and spiritually, the same is also true.

He who, for lack of godly energy, does not bestir himself to procure suited sustenance  
for his soul, will come to want, and know the pangs of famine. 

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).     
(Proverbs - H. A. Ironside)

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September 22

“Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”
(Hebrews 4:7)

Once a man wrote in a book the experiences he had had with the Lord, and the blessings received.  When he was downhearted, he read it.

But the rats, fond of eating paper, found it.
One day he sent his servant for the book, and his servant returned and said: “O Master, the rats have eaten up all your experiences!” 

It would be a good thing if some kind rat would eat up all our experiences if we are in the least living on them. The word is always TODAY if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.   

What about today?  Is all well today?
Is there anything today about which my Lord wants to speak to me?
Let us not harden our hearts, but listen and obey.
(Whispers of His Power - Amy Carmichael)

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September 23

“And even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you."
(Isaiah 46:4)

This priceless passage was originally given to the children of Israel.
But by the grace of God we who are also redeemed by the precious blood of the
 Lamb can appropriate the comforting message to ourselves.

Dear child of God are you nearing the end of the journey;
too tired to walk any further?

Take courage!  
Your heavenly Father will 
carry you the rest of the way home.
(E. MacLelland)

“ ’Tis Jesus the first and the last, whose Spirit shall guide us safe home,
We’ll praise Him for all that is past, and trust Him for all that’s to come.”
(Joseph Hart)

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Gems from August 2017


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

It has been said that man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward. (Job 5:7)  So that we may be quite sure a text such as this appeals to a great many.

It presents to us four points, each of which is worthy of consideration.

They are—first, “The day of trouble.”
Secondly, what we are to do in it: “Call upon Me.”
Next, what God will do in answer to our call: “I will deliver thee.”
Lastly, the end God has in view: “Thou shalt glorify Me.”
(Angels in White - Russell Elliott)

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August 1

“He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.”
(John 14:21)

Neither you nor I were ever caught by Satan and tripped up, we never made a mistake in our history, that it was not the direct results of neglect of some part of the Word of God.

The Lord answered and defeated Satan in the wilderness as the result of having lived by the Word of God. When we have been beaten by Satan, it was because we had not obeyed the Word of the Lord, to go by.

I believe there is in the Word, divine guidance for your soul and mine, for every step of our history from first to last. 

There are principles to be found in it that would guide us at all times, if we were only subject to it.
(W. T. P. Wolston)

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August 2

“Where there is no vision, the people perish" [cast off restraint - JND]   (Proverbs 29:18)

When the modern man would be putting on his slippers, in retirement to sleep himself to death, Abraham put on his seven-league sandals and strode away from Ur of the Chaldees to Canaan.

At eighty, Moses (with Aaron at eighty-three) defied Pharaoh and delivered Israel so that they were redeemed from bondage.

Joshua at eighty-five concluded his military conquest.

And at seventy, Paul pressed toward the mark so that in his majestic final song he could sing, 
I have fought . . . finished… kept,” and then add with rejoicing, “henceforth there is laid up.”

I have all that is stored up for me around their personalities and performances to inspire and enrich my endeavour.

Is that dwelling on the past?
Then let me dream of the future as the
saintly seer of Patmos who saw over a stretch 
of two centuries the Holy city—the new land and life.

The only way to remain young is to grow old gracefully.
Each age has something beautiful in it.
Don’t fight the fact that you are getting old—use it.
(Traveling Toward Sunrise)

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August 3

“Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.”
(John 1:29)


We often hear these days the question, “What is the world coming to?”  It is an interesting subject and most of the discussion relieves the speakers but not the situation.

The chief theme of the Gospel is not what the world is coning to but rather the One who has come to the world.

It is also very popular now to behold the sin of the world.  There never was more of it and it never was more evident.  But John the Baptist was pointing out the cure for sin, the Lamb who came to take it away.

Of course, there is a very real sense in which men need to see their sin and themselves to be sinners. There has not been enough preaching on sin with that in view.
But the Gospel is Good News that the problem of our sin
finds its answer in the person of God’s Son.

He has been made sin—not a sinner or sinful, but sin—for us, though He knew no sin,
that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.  

Let us not be so taken up with beholding the sin of the world that we do not behold Him who came to take it away.
(Day by Day - Vance Havner)

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August 4

“I am the Lord, I change not.”
 (Malachi 3:6)

What peace it brings to the Christian’s heart to realize that our Heavenly Father never differs from Himself.  In coming to Him at any time we need not wonder whether we shall find Him in a receptive mood. He is always receptive to misery and need, as well as to to love and faith.

He does not keep office hours nor set aside periods when He will see no one. Neither does He change His mind about anything.  Today, this moment, He feels toward His creatures, toward babies, toward the sick, the fallen, the sinful, exactly as He did when He sent His only-begotten Son into the world to die for mankind. 

God never changes moods or cools off in His affections or loses enthusiasm. His attitude toward sin is now the same as it was when He drove out the sinful man from the eastward garden, and His attitude toward the sinner the same as when He stretched forth His hands and cried,
Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  

God will not compromise and He need not be coaxed.  He cannot be persuaded to alter 
His Word nor talked into answering selfish prayer.  In all our efforts to find God, to please Him, 
to commune with Him, we should remember that all change must be on our part.

I am the Lord, I change not.”
We have but to meet His clearly stated terms, bring
our lives into accord with His revealed will, and His infinite 
power will become instantly operative toward us in the manner 
set forth through the gospel in the Scriptures of truth.
(A. W. Tozer)

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August 5

“Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them,
as Thou hast loved Me.”
(John 17:23)

Just suppose somebody stood up and declared this without Scriptural authority.
It would be too much to take in!

That the world may know that Thou hast sent me, 
and hast loved them as Thou hast loved Me.”

Is that really true?
Does God the Father love me as much as He loves Jesus Christ?
Do you believe it, my sister?  Does He love you, my brother, as much as He loves Jesus Christ?

What an amazing truth this is!
I can understand that because He loves His Son He will take me 
into favour and give me a measure of affection because I believe in His Son.

But here I find there is no difference between the love the Father has for His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love He has for His children of faith in Jesus Christ.
(H. A. Ironside

So near, so very near to God, nearer I could not be; 
For in the person of His Son, I am as near as He.

So dear, so very dear to God, dearer I could not be;
The love wherewith He loved His Son, such is His love to me.
(C. Paget)

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August 6

Choose you this day whom ye will serve.”
(Joshua 24:15)

As Joshua was nearing the end of his life, he gathered the children of Israel together at Shechem.
And there, from the lips of a man who was close to death, came an appeal
that throughout the centuries has moved the hearts of many.

Joshua said, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve”.

This challenge, viewed in the light of the New Testament, 
suggests three outstanding lessons in regard to our salvation.

First, we must make a choice between God and the devil.
To refuse Christ leaves us automatically on the devil’s side.  

Jesus said, "He that is not with Me is against Me; 
and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad” (Matthew 12:30).  

Second, this choice is a personal matter.  Joshua said, 
”Choose for your selves . . . whom you will serve.”  Through faith 
in Jesus Christ, we can be born again and made a child of God.  
But we must do the believing for ourselves. 

Third, there is an urgency in this charge. "Choose for yourselves this day.” 
not next month, not a week from today, not tomorrow, but this day

Have you made that all-important choice?
Have you trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your 
Saviour?  If not, do so right now!  Remember, the choice is yours.

Salvation is available for everyone to choose;  
But if we do not take it now, that choice we just might lose.

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August 7

“David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, 
which sent thee this day to meet me: and blessed be thy advice,
and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day.”
(1 Samuel 25:32-33)

"Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart:
so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.”
(Proverbs 27:9)

I want to give good measure running over,
And into angry hearts I want to pour
The answer soft that turneth wrath away,
Because I shall not pass again this way.

I want to give the oil of joy for tears,
The faith to conquer cruel doubts and fears;
Beauty for ashes may I give always—
Because I shall not pass again this way.

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August 8

“Oh, how I love Thy law!  It is my meditation all the day.”
(Psalm 119: 97)

It is well to meditate upon the things of God—because it is only by pondering the Scriptures, that we get the real nutriment out of them.  A man who hears many sermons—is not necessarily well-instructed in the faith.

We may read so many religious books that we overload our brains, and they may be unable to work under the weight of the great mass of paper and of printer’s ink. 

The man who reads but one book, and that book his Bible, and then meditates much upon it - will be a better scholar in Christ’s school than he who merely reads hundreds of books, and does not meditate at all!

Oh, that we might get into the very heart of the Word of God—   and get that Word into ourselves!

As I have seen the silkworm eat into the leaf and consume it, so ought we to do with the Word of the Lord—not crawl over its surface, but eat right into it until we have taken it into our inmost parts.

It is idle merely to let the eye glance over the words, or to recollect the poetic expressions, or the historic facts; but it is blessed to eat into the very soul of the Bible until, at last, you come to talk in Scriptural language, and your very style is fashioned upon scripture models—and, what is better still, your spirit is redolent with the words of the Lord!

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts.”
(Jeremiah 15:16)
(Charles Spurgeon)

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August 9

"And the priests . . . and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.”
(Joshua 3:17)

After 40 years in the wilderness the people arrived at the Jordan in flood season.  Could there have been a worse time to cross?

The Lord told them to wait by the banks for three days—
perhaps to assess the situation and to unanimously 
agree that crossing was humanly impossible.

Are you facing an impossible situation?
Perhaps, as with the Israelites, the God of the 
impossible is now ready to “do wonders among you.”
(M. MacMullen)

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?
Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?
God specializes in things thought impossible;
And does the things that others cannot do.
(Oscar C. Eliason)

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August 10

“And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families.”
(Genesis 47:12)

“And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants.”
(Genesis 47:25)

But not only were people saved by Joseph, but they prospered under Joseph. This we see set forth in the history of Israel and his sons.

The Lord Jesus does a great deal more for His people than save them from the world’s famine.

He brings us into a good land, a heavenly country, and blesses us with spiritual blessings, and as we enter into those spiritual blessings we shall grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Hamilton Smith)

Trembling, we had hoped for mercy—some lone place within His door;
But the crown, the throne, the mansion, all were ready long before.

And in past and distant ages, in those courts so bright and fair,
Ere we were, was He rejoicing, all He won with us to share.
(Mrs. Bevan)

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August 11

“Teach me Thy way, O Lord; I will walk in Thy truth:
unite my heart to fear Thy name.”
(Psalm 86:11)

If we are honest, the little book of Jonah hits most of us very hard indeed, but what comfort it may bring to our wounded souls to remember that Jonah’s God is our God.

We have to confess that the same patience, grace and mercy that followed Jonah from start to finish has also followed us from the start, and we doubt not that it will continue with us to the end. 

May He deliver us from our disobedience and self-will, from our sulks and from our tempers! May He form and fashion us like unto Himself, and give us a true estimate of the real value of gourds and souls of men; and make us vessels, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use!
(G. Christopher Willis)

O teach us more of Thy blest ways, Thou holy Lamb of God!
And fix and root us in Thy grace, as those redeemed by blood.

O tell us often of Thy love, of all Thy grief and pain;
And let our hearts with joy confess that thence comes all our gain.

For this, O may we freely count what’er we have but loss;
The dearest object of our love, compared with thee, but dross.

Engrave this deeply on our hearts with an eternal pen,
That we may, in some small degree, return Thy love again.

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August 12

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
(2 Timothy 2:15)

“Turn Thou us unto Thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; 
renew our days as of old." 
(Lamentation 5:21)

At the foot of a cliff under the windows of the Castle at Miramar, at a depth of eighty feet below the surface of the clear waters of the Adriatic, is a a cage fashioned by divers in the face of the rock.

In that cage are some of the most magnificent pearls  in existence.
They belong to the Archduchess Rainer. The gems had become “sick” and had been losing their colour; and experts were unanimous in declaring that the only way to restore their original brilliancy was to submit them to a prolonged immersion in the depths of the sea.

They lay there for a number of years; and, when I last read of them, they were gradually regaining their former unrivalled oriency. Which things are a parable.

Although the children of God are not of the world, they are in the world; and the constant tendency of the influences, by which they are surrounded there, is to make them loose touch with the Unseen and Eternal. 

The consequence is that the fine gold is apt to become dimmed; and the Christian life, to be robbed of its fragrance and bloom.  To counteract this tendency is one of the supreme purposes of the devotional reading of the Bible.  That sacred exercise is as necessary to the well-being of the soul, as is the daily supply of water and nutriment to the plant or the flower.
(The Wonderful Word - George Henderson)

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August 13

The Greatest Blessing

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again 
unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  (1 Peter 1:3)

Day after day He showers us with blessings, night after night His bounty overflows. Joy unto joy His boundless love is adding, Gift unto gift His faithfulness bestows.

Behind us all the past with good is studded, star-points of light in memory’s darkening skies, And faring onward to the unknown future, before us still new constellations rise.

But when the sun springs forth in radiant splendour and floods the world with glory and with light, How swift the shadows flee! How melts the darkness! How pale the stars that seemed so fair and bright!

So when we let Him in—the Life Abundant—fling wide the doors and drop the hindering bars, He comes, the Giver, all His gifts transcending, as doth the sun the rushlights of the stars.
(Annie Johnson Flint)

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August 14

“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)

Too often, alas! we have to be occupied with our failures and infirmities.
If ever the workings of indwelling sin be suffered to rise to the 
surface, we must deal with God about them,
for He cannot go on with sin.

He can forgive it, and cleanse us from it—
He can restore our souls by the gracious ministry of our great 
High Priest—but He cannot go on in company with a single sinful thought.

A light or foolish thought, as well as an unclean or covetous one,  is 
amply sufficient to mar a Christian’s communion, and interrupt his worship.
(Food for the Desert)

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August 15

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able 
to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
(Ephesians 6:11)

The devil is transformed into an angel of light, and he seeks to deceive us.
Here we read of the wiles of the devil.  The word, “wile,” is the very one from which we get the  English word “method,” but it implies a subtle method or craftiness. 

He is an old campaigner; he has been at the business of deceiving men and women for at least six millenniums, and he knows exactly how to approach every individual soul as he comes with his crafty method.

We are to stand against the wiles of the devil, recognizing this, that we wrestle not against flesh and blood.  We have no quarrel with men, no fight with our fellow-beings, we are not wrestling with flesh and blood but against principalities, and powers.  These are the principalities of fallen angels who are marshalled under the skull and cross-bones banner of the devil himself.

Against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  

It might be translated, “Against the world-rulers of this darkness.”  Who are the world rulers of this darkness?  They are the great evil powers, evil angels, who are seeking to control the hearts of those in authoritative positions in the world, to hinder men and women from subjecting themselves to the truth of God.
(H. A. Ironside)

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August 16

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth 
take heed lest he fall.”
(1 Corinthians 10:12)

We have been saved as far as deliverance from the guilt of our sin is concerned, but we are now to be saved practically by conformity to Christ and subjection to the Word of God, that thus we may be fitted in the fullest possible sense for fellowship with Him.

May God give us to be on our guard, to remember
that we cannot put the sword out of our hand,
that we cannot rest upon past victories 
as long as we are in this scene.

And yet there is no reason for discouragement because,
as our faith and trust is centred in Christ,
we may know that

“Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
(1 John 4:4)

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August 17

"Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south, blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out!”   
(Song of Solomon 4:16)

Look at the meaning of this prayer a moment. Its root is found in the fact that, as delicious odours may lie latent in a spice tree, so graces may lie unexercised and undeveloped in a Christian’s heart.

There is many a plant of profession; but from the ground there breathes forth no fragrance of holy affections or of godly deeds.  The same winds blow on the thistle bush and on the spice tree, but it is only one of them which gives out rich odours.

Sometimes God sends severe blasts of trial upon His children to develop their graces. Just as torches burn most brightly when swung to and fro; just as the juniper plant smells sweetest when flung into the flames; so the richest qualities of a Christian often come out under the north wind of suffering and adversity.

Bruised hearts often emit the fragrance that God loveth to smell.
(Streams in the Desert)

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August 18

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things . . . are of 
good report" (or sweet to speak of)”
(Philippians 4:8)

Whatsoever things are lovely, or loveable.
Oh, that we might have our minds occupied with such things!

Oh, that we might meditate on the gracious, winsome things in the saints, and in others about us!
Oh, that we might put the most favourable construction
on every report we hear.

Love thinketh no evil.  Love believeth all things: not the evil things, but the good ones: and where it cannot actually believe all the good it would like, it at least hopeth all things: it hopes the good report is true, and the evil one false.

Notice there is not the slightest suggestion we should meditate on the evil report: but only on the good.

Above all things have fervent love among yourselves:
for love shall cover the multitude of sins.
(1 Peter 4:8)

With the sins and evil reports covered by love,
we will be free to meditate on whatsoever things are of good report.
(G. C. Willis)

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August 19

“To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his friend.”
(Job 6:14)

“They whom I loved are turned against me.” (Job 19:19)

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.”
(Psalm 118:9)

Do your friends despise, forsake you? 
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms he’ll take and shield you;
Your will find a solace there.

Blessed Saviour, Thou hast promised
Thou will all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
(J. Scriven)

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August 20

“For ye have need of patience.”
(Hebrews 10:36)

There are times when great waves of trouble sweep over us, wave upon wave.
There are calm times when all goes peacefully, and then suddenly something distressing happens.

Satan seems to be having things all his own way.  Sometimes
those whom we wholly trusted disappoint us terribly,
and we are tempted to say, 
“Whom can I trust?”

But this is fatal.  There are many on whom we can count even in the worst times.
Let us never look only at the clouds and forget the blue in the sky. 
There is far more blue than gray.

We are here because we are needed to fight through to victory.  We never asked for ease.
Well, this is not ease, so it is what we expected—not play, 
but war.  It is and always must be a fight of faith.
Hebrews 2:9 has a word for us;
We see Jesus . . . CROWNED.  

Nothing can touch that.  We follow an undefeated Lord.
Love won on Calvary.

But we have need of patience.  Give us Thy patience, Lord. 
(Whispers of His Power - Amy Carmichael)

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August 21

“Men ought always to pray and not to faint.”  
(Luke 18:1)

Paul exhorts “that men pray every where” (1 Timothy 2:8).
Here we are exhorted to pray “at all seasons.”  Prayer is the 
constant attitude of dependence upon God.

Under all circumstances, in all places, and at all times, we are to pray. Prayer however, may become a mere formal expression of need; it is therefore linked with “supplication”, which is is the earnest cry of the soul conscious of its need.  It is, moreover, to be under the guidance of the Spirit, and to be accompanied with the faith that watches for God’s answer.

When Peter was in prison “prayer was made without ceasing unto God for him.
But apparently the church failed somewhat in “watchfulness”, for when God answered their prayer it was only with difficulty that they believed that Peter was free.

Further, pray in the Spirit will embrace “all saints”, and yet come down to the need of a special servant. So the Apostle exhorts the Ephesian saints not only to pray for  
all saints”, but also for himself.
(Hamilton Smith)

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August 22

“I will trust and not be afraid.”
(Isaiah 12:2)

Satan gets entrance for his full power in the soul the moment there is a shade of distrust in God.

When unbelief is in action it only produces troubles and sorrows.

When there remains in the heart any groan which is not uttered to God as to a God of grace, any distrust of Him, it is the flesh and work of the enemy. . . .

We may be cast down at times (although scarcely ever without some want of faith) and yet everything goes on well if we bring it all to God.

Anxiety which anticipates evil is not the faith which faces the difficulties through which God sees well to make us pass.

When the soul is distressed or cast down, that is not sin in itself.
But sin comes in when there is distrust of God.
(J. N. Darby)

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August 23

“His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.”
(Psalm 112:7)
“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.”
(John 11:5)

We may always trust the tenderness of the Lord, and fail as we may we may trust Him.

The Spirit brought home to me the other morning an old scripture with great power.

“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.”
(John 11:5). 

In this very chapter Martha does nothing save to blunder, and exhibit her blindness to the glory of the Person of her Lord, and yet the chapter is prefaced by the statement that Jesus loved her.

It touched me deeply as I saw a little of the significance of the statement, and it taught me that the Lord’s love to us rises above all our failures, and that, therefore,
we may count upon it and rest in it at all times.
(Edward Dennett)

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August 24

“He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He hath sent empty away.”
(Luke 1:53)

And hungry souls there are, that find and eat God’s manna day by day,  And glad they are, their life is fresh and sweet, for as their food are they.
(C. T. S.)

Our unceasing cry to God should be for power, power, power, 
spiritual power—without this all is thorough vanity.

We must either be gathering with Christ or scattering abroad.
If we are not engaged for Christ, we are engaged 
against Him—to do nothing for Christ
is to do something for Satan.
(C. H. Macintosh)

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August 25

"Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

Our long-expected change from mortality to immortality will take place “in a moment”.
The Greek word for a moment is “en atomo”, meaning in an atom of time.

In the smallest possible amount of time, we will be changed at the trumpet’s blast.
How exciting when our mortal bodies shall put on immortality.
We shall be changed.”

As we await the moment of transformation, let us live as those who have 
experienced the change of the new birth.
(Arnot McIntee

The Lord Himself shall come, and shout the quickening word;
Thousands shall answer from the tomb, 
"Forever with the Lord.” 

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August 26

“My soul thirsteth for God.”
(Psalm 42:2)

I believe it is joy to the heart of Christ when He sees us, as it were,
compelled to turn to Him.

He loves us so much that he is jealous of our
turning elsewhere.

When you are near Christ you cannot speak of your service. 
The more we are with Christ, self will retire,
and Christ will take His rightful place.

He has His place in heaven. 
Oh, that He might have it in our hearts.
(E. P.  Corrin)

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August 27


Keep my lips, that they may be filled with messages from Thee.

“Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth;
keep the door of my lips.”
(Psalms 141:3)

The days are past forever when we said, “our lips are our own.”
Now we know that they are not our own.

And yet how many of my readers often have the miserable consciousness that they have 
“spoken unadvisedly with their lips!”  How many pray, “keep the door of my lips!”
when the very last thing they think of expecting is that they will be kept!

They deliberately make up their minds that hasty words, or foolish words, or exaggerated words,
according to their respective temptations, must and will slip 
out of that door, and that it can’t be helped.

The extent of the real meaning of their prayer was merely that not quite so many might slip out. 
As their faith went no farther, the answer went no farther, and so the door was not kept.

Do let us look the matter straight in the face.
Either we have committed our lips to our Lord, or we have not. 
This question must be settled first.  If not, oh, do not let another hour pass!  

Take them to Jesus, and ask Him to take them.
(Frances Ridley Havergal)

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August 28

Work and Rest

“I have filled him with the Spirit . . . to work.”
(Exodus 31:3-4)

"The sabbath of rest.”
(Exodus 31:15)

O may Thy Spirit teach my hands to toil, lest I be idle, or, unskilled, should spoil
With witless haste the task ordained to me.  O teach me how to work, and work with Thee.

O may Thy Spirit teach my heart to rest; tranquil to share with Thee Thy sabbath blest;
Resting from all my work and want and care, resting in Christ, for Thou art resting there.
(Bells & Pomegranates - James M. S. Tait)

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August 29

“It pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.”
(Isaiah 53:10)

Our blessed Lord might have come into this world of sin and sorrow.
He might have become a man.  He might have been baptized in the Jordan—
anointed by the Holy Spirit—tempted of Satan in the wilderness.

He might have gone about doing good.  He might have lived and laboured, wept and prayed, and, 
at the close, gone back to heaven again, thus leaving us involved in deeper gloom than ever.

He might, like the priest or the Levite, in the parable, have come and looked upon us in our wounds and misery, pass by on the other side and returned alone to the place whence He came.

And what if He had?

What, but the flames of an everlasting hell, for you and me?
For, be it well remembered, that all the living labours of the Son of God—
His amazing ministry—His days of toil and His nights of prayer—His tears, 
His sighs, His groans—the whole of His life-work, from the manger up to, but short 
of the Cross, could not have blotted out one speck of guilt from a human conscience.

Without shedding of blood is no remission.”  
(Hebrews 9:22)
(C. H. Mackintosh)

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August 30

“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, 
and hangeth the earth upon nothing.”
(Job 26:7)

“What is man, that Thou art mindful of him . . .?" (Psalms 8:4)

How rich I am!
God is the Creator of the whole universe, yet is holding my life in His hands.

He ever guides the constellations of stars, and at the same time remembers man.

Wind and water also obey Him.  And this is my God, my Father.  I am His child.

Nobody is like this Lord, and He loves me.
How rich I am! 
(This Day is the Lord’s - Corrie Ten Boom

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August 31

There is none greater in this house than I (Joseph); neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?  (Genesis 39:9)

When our son went to university we looked for books to help him face the 
“Sodom and Gomorrah” of college life.

One sentence I read struck me forcibly,
“if a young person truly knows the Lord he will make it!

But if that one does not really know Christ in a personal way,
all your advice, as a parent, will not help.”

When far from home and loved ones, what will keep a young believer from sin?
Only a personal relationship with the Saviour and a close walk
with God will enable them to overcome temptation. 
(David Croudace)

He that loves us bears us through, and makes us more than conquerors too.
Faith hath an overcoming power; that triumphs in the trying hour.

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