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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Gems from September 2015

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”
(Galatians 2:20)

According to the glorious economy of grace, 
the same work which secures the complete remission of SINS has broken forever the power of SIN.
It is not only that the SINS OF THE LIFE are blotted out, but the SIN OF THE NATURE is condemned.
The believer is privileged to regard himself as dead to sin.
He can sing, with a glad heart:

“For me, Lord Jesus, Thou hast died, 
And I have died in Thee;
Thou’rt risen, my bands are all untied, 
And now Thou livest in me.
The Father’s face of radiant grace 
Shines now in light on me.”

This is the proper breathing of a Christian.
“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”   
This is Christianity.  The old “I” crucified, and Christ living in me.  
The Christian is a new creation.  Old things are passed away.
The Death of Christ has closed for ever the history of the 
old “I;” and hence, though sin dwells in the believer,
its power is broken and gone for ever.
Not only is its guilt cancelled, but its terrible dominion completely overthrown.
(C.H. Mackintosh)

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September 1

“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, 
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” ***  (Matthew 6:15)

Corrie ten Boom, in her book, “The Hiding Place,” tells of her astounding encounter in a small German church in Munich.  She had come to tell the people of defeated Germany that God forgives.  She spoke of the inhumane conditions and treatment, the bitterness and hate, the cruelty and beatings she experienced in the German concentration camps. Yet she maintained her unreserved faith in God.

Standing at the back of the small church, shaking hands with those who were leaving, she was greeted by the last person in line.  The man was one of the cruel guards from her former prison.  He thrust out his hand and and said, “A fine message, Fraulein!  How good it is to know that, as you say, all our sins are at the bottom of the sea.  You mentioned Ravensbruck in your talk.  I was a guard there.  But since that time I have become a Christian.  I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did there, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well, Fraulein.”  
He reached out to her as he asked, “Will you forgive me?" 

It was a moment of truth!  How real was her faith?  How deep had God’s love penetrated her heart?  This verse instantly came to her (Matthew 6:15).*** With those words burning within her heart, with tears in her eyes, and by the grace of God, she answered, “Yes, I forgive you, my brother, with all my heart.”

She later said, “For a long moment we grasped each other, the former guard and the former prisoner, and I have never known God’s love so intensely as I did at that moment.” (Selected)

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September 2

“Then spake Jesus . . . I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me 
shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
(John 8:12)

Consider the event that happened before Jesus spoke these words.
A woman with many dark secrets was brought before the Light.
The story does not end with her wallowing in sin but walking away from sin.
How many of us hated the Light for fear of what darkness it would reveal in us?
And yet the light of God in Christ shines to dispel the darkness in us!
Where the Light shines, darkness dissipates.
For freedom from darkness, get in the Light.
(D. Lein)

“Visit, Lord, this soul of mine;
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief
Fill me, Radiancy  Divine!
Scatter all my unbelief.
More and more Thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day."
(Charles Wesley)

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September 3

“A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a 
maul (club), and a sword, and a sharp arrow.”
(Proverbs 25:18)    .

Nothing is harder for a wounded spirit and a sensitive soul than to endure uncomplainingly untrue accusations.
Indignation against the false accuser, a determination to clear oneself at all costs, if impossible;
to avenge oneself on the evil-doer—how natural are all these things to the human heart!
But to go on, serenely looking to God for grace to so live that all shall see the falsity 
of the charge; to commit the keeping of my reputation to Him who permitted 
the trial for my humbling; to own the righteousness of His ways as I 
reflect on the many occasions upon which I have dishonoured
His name, however innocent I may be now;—
these are healthful exercises indeed.

Thus I am kept from taking things into my own hand, and can count upon 
God to act for me, as of old He did for Job, for David, for Daniel, 
and a host of others who had learned to commit all to Him 
whose love is unchanging, and who never permits a 
trial unless He discerns in the state of soul a 
“needs be” for the affliction which his 
government permits.
(H.A. Ironside)

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September 4

“But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.”
(Revelation 2:25)

God’s call to each believer is to be obedient and faithful—not to seek a life of earthly success.  Difficulties and defeats are a normal part of every Christian’s life.  Our response to negative situations can either shatter us or they can intensify our perseverance and confidence in a sovereign God.  It has been said that a mark of a champion athlete is not how he or she responds to victory, but how a difficult loss on a previous day has been met.

As was true of so many of the gospel songs by Philip P. Bliss, this stirring hymn was inspired by an illustration used by Major Whittle, an officer in the American Civil War, while addressing a YMCA meeting on the text from Revelation 2:25.  Major Whittle’s illustration was about a small Northern force of soldiers in charge of guarding a a great quantity of supplies.

They were being hard pressed by greatly superior Confederate forces.  Finally, the Confederate general, General French, commanded the Federal troops to surrender.  At that moment the troops saw a signal from their leader, General Sherman, on a hill some miles away, which said, “HOLD THE FORT, I AM COMING.  SHERMAN.
       
The story so captivated Bliss’s interest that he could not retire that evening until he had completed both the text and the music for this rousing gospel song.  It later became a great favourite in the Moody-Sankey campaigns both in Great Britain and in the United States.

We too have a commander now in heaven who has promised to return for us.  Victory is certain!  Our responsibility is to faithfully “hold the fort” and to “Occupy till He comes” (Luke 19:13).     

Ho, my comrades, see the signal waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.

See the mighty host advancing, Satan leading on;
mighty men around us falling, courage almost gone!

See the glorious banner waving!  Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s name we triumph over ev’ry foe.

Fierce and long the battle rages, but our help is near;
onward comes our great Commander—cheer, my comrades, cheer!

Chorus:  "Hold the fort, for I am coming,“ Jesus signals still;
wave the answer back to heaven, “By Thy grace we will.” 
(Philip P. Bliss - 1838—1876)

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September 5

“He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.”
(Psalm 103:14)

“He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
(Job 23:10)

Perhaps those words, HE KNOWETH
are meant for you today because God has allowed you some special trial of faith.
The love of God is very brave.
He does not hold trial off lest we should be overwhelmed.
He lets it come and then gloriously strengthens us to meet it.
At the end, I shall come forth as gold
(Francis Ridley Havergal)

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September 6

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
(Galatians 6:14) 

The world won’t follow Christ as the crucified One.
At the death of Christ, the whole orderly system down here got 
stamped by God as under judgment, and responsible for the death of Christ.
By the cross, the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Nothing is so important as for Christians to take the place they 
ought to be in, of entire separation from what God, 
in the scripture, calls “the world.”
As to our bodies, we are to take care of them 
in order to serve the Lord more;
but there is such a thing as the lust of the flesh and of the mind, 
to be watched against.
(G.V. Wigram)

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September 7

Faith’s Education

“A desert place” (Matthew 14:15).
“A mountain apart . . . alone” (Matthew 14:23).
“The sea, tossed with waves” (Matthew 14:24).

The desert place, the mountains lone, the trouble sea,
These are Thy schools, there I may learn of Thee.

The broken Bread, the Prayer on high, the outstretched Hand;
The hungry fed, the sinking saved, the ship at land;
The baskets filled, the waves subdued, the tempest past;
The plan, the power, the grace from first to last;
I con my lesson o’er, and still spell out -
‘O thou of little faith, why dost thou doubt?’
(James M.S. Tait)

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September 8

“And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, 
and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, 
as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” (Isaiah 32:2)

To the weary traveller in a hot, dry country there can be no greater comfort 
that the refreshing shade of a cool and towering rock.  

Our text suggests a long journey, with trying winds, a tempest, a dry parched land.  

It is the hot mid-afternoon.  

There are miles ahead to be covered.

Perhaps even in our hurried days, we can at least imagine the slow plodding journey, 

on foot or by animal, through the hot, dry valleys in a rainless summer.  

Then the towering rock and its sheltering shade.

Quite naturally this came to tell of the protection of God.  

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress.” (Psalm 18:2)  

How true it is that we need God’s shelter along the journey of life.

His shadow and shelter are close at hand.  

Then, strength, renewed, we can press on again with His help.

We must not count the shadow of the rock as the end of the journey.  

It should merely be a resting place, so that with renewed strength we may finish what we have begun.  

(Traveling Toward  Sunrise)

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September 9

“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, 
but also to suffer for His sake.”
(Philippians 1:29)

Tho’ the road may be rough where He leads me, still His footprints I plainly can trace,
And the trials I meet will seem nothing when I look in my dear Saviour’s face.
(Lizzie DeArmond  1842-1936)

What a privilege it is to have Christ as our Saviour!
Think of all the benefits we enjoy because we believe in Him.
They are of infinite value.
But note here something that we may not equate as a blessing.
We not only are to believe on Him,
but we are given the privilege of suffering for His sake.
When we think of all that He has done and suffered for us,
it certainly is a privilege to bear a little reproach for Him.
The early disciples (Acts 5:41) 
rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His Name.
How do we assess the adversity that comes our way?
(Reg L. Jordan)

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September 10

THE SOVEREIGN REMEDY FOR DESPONDENCY

"Why are thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?
Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 42:11)

The cure for the depression occasioned by overwork, is rest
for that caused by introspection, heart-occupation with the exalted Lord;
 and for that which is sometimes brought on by trial,
a view of the beneficent purposes which God is accomplishing by its means.  
But referring to Psalm 42:11, we have a sovereign remedy for despondency which never fails.
“Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

Hope lightens the heart and enables us to endure; 
praise brightens the face and enables us to sing away what we cannot reason away (Psalm 50:23).
"Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me: and to him that ordereth his
 conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.”

The volume of praise may be very small to begin with; but if you keep lifting up the face to God 
that volume will steadily increase.  
“Bless God for starlight and He will give you moonlight
praise Him for moonlight and He will give you sunlight;  thank Him for sunlight, 
for His redeemed shall yet come to that land where they need not the light of the sun
for the Lord God giveth them light for ever and ever.”
Trials may come and go; summer sunshine may be replaced  by wintry gloom; 
but He Who is the health of your countenance abides.
Above the door of a small hotel in one of the country towns of Arizona, 
there is a huge sign-board bearing the words:
[“Free board every day the sun doesn’t shine.”]      
(Heavens’s Cure for Earth’s Care)

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September 11

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.”
(Psalm 56:3)

The young champion of the Lord, 
David, won many victories before he faced Goliath.
Everything depends on how I approach my supreme conflicts.
If I am careless in small combats, 
I shall fail in the larger ones.
(Corrie ten Boom)

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September 12

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
(Proverbs 1:7)

There is no true knowledge apart from the fear of the Lord.
All that pretends to the name, and ignores Him, is but folly.
It is well for “the young man” to bear this in mind when meeting the many pseudo-scientific theories now abroad.
Philosophers and savants have cast to the winds the fear of the Lord, 
and ruled Him out of His own creation.
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”
Hence the abounding absurdities that are readily accepted by the ignorant as science and true philosophy.
Science means exact knowledge.
To call by such a name the wild guesses of evolutionists and infidel biologists is but word-prostitution.
Hypotheses, however original and erudite (learned knowledge got by study), are not science.
There never has been, and never will be, a conflict between the Bible and science.
The conflict comes in between the Bible and unbelievers’ vain theorizing; 
as, also, between religious notions unsupported by Scripture and scientific facts.
(H.A. Ironside)

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September 13

“Feed the flock of God . . . taking the oversight thereof.”
(1 Peter 5:2)

Some shepherds just want the plaque on their door.
Real shepherds know that some sheep are wayward, wilful, and difficult to manage.
Some get sick and need to be nursed.
Some have horns and want to fight, other sheep get wounded and need healing.
Sometimes a true shepherd is made to look silly as he struggles to bring the flock into line.
Who would want to be a true shepherd?
Only someone who has been called to it by the Good Shepherd, 
and someone who has a sacrificial love for the flock.
(Drew Craig)

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September 14

“And when He rose up from prayer, and was come to His disciples, He found them sleeping for sorrow.  And said unto them, why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
(Luke 22:45-46)
  
Thou canst not be long off thy watch, but the devil will hear on it.
The devil knew the apostle’s sleeping time, and then he desires leave to winnow them (Luke 22).
The thief riseth when honest men go to bed.
The devil begins to tempt when saints cease to watch. . . .
The saint’s sleeping time is Satan’s tempting time; every fly dares venture to creep on a sleeping lion.
No temptation so weak but is strong enough to foil a Christian that is napping in security.

Samson asleep, and Delilah cut his locks.
King Saul asleep, and the spear is taken away from his very side, and he never the wiser.
Noah asleep, and his graceless son has a fit time to discover his father’s nakedness.  
Eutycus asleep, nods, and falls from the third loft, and is taken up for dead.

The Christian asleep may soon lose his spiritual strength, 
be robbed of his spear, and his nakedness discovered by graceless men, to the shame of his profession.
Yea, he may fall from a high loft of profession, so low, into scandalous practices,
that others may question whether there be any life of grace in him.  

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(The writings of William Gurnall (1617-1679) has been left in it its original script)

September 15

”Bid me come unto Thee on the water.”
(Matthew 14:28)

Perhaps it is night in your soul — as dark as ever it can be.
It would not be so bad if you could even distinctly see the waves of the 
troubled sea on which you are tossing.
You do not know where you are.
All seems vague and uncertain and wretched and confused.
And though the Lord Jesus is very near you, though He has come to you,
walking on the water, and has said,
“It is I, be not afraid,”
you cannot see him, and you are not at all sure it is His voice;
or if it is, that He is speaking to you.
So, of course, you are “troubled.”
And if, in this trouble, you go on trying to steer and row for yourself,
these same waves will prove themselves to be awful realities,
and you will be lost in the storm.
Do not venture that; but venture out, 
through the darkness and upon the waves at the bare word of Jesus.  
(Opened Treasures - Francis Ridley Havergal)

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September 16

“Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.”
(John 17:17)

The Acquisition of Divine Truth is never at the expense of another.
Each truth only enhances another.
(Rochfort Hunt)

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September 17

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, 
being rooted and grounded in love . . .”
(Ephesians 3:17)

The prayer is that the Christ may “dwell” in our hearts.
We are not to treat Him as a visitor to be entertained on some special occasion,
but as One that has an abiding place in our hearts.
This can only be by faith, for faith looks out to Christ and as 
He is before us an object He will have a dwelling-place in our hearts. 
The One who is the centre of all God’s counsels will thus become the centre of our thoughts.
“The supreme object to God becomes the supreme object to us.”
What a witness for God we each should be if our lives were governed 
by one engrossing object, and that object Christ.
(Hamilton Smith)

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September 18


“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all,
how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things.”
(Romans 8:32)

What a thought! “All things . . . with Christ”- in fellowship with Him.
Health or sickness—poverty or riches, I am in each state with Him;
and have Him in each state.
According to the apostle’s reasoning, the greater includes the lesser,
and the lesser is possessed and enjoyed with the greater.

Should the Christian be so reduced in circumstances,
as that a dry crust and a cup of cold water were his richest repast,
yet ye could triumphantly say, such as it is, I have it with Christ, and Christ with it.
From the lowest condition on earth to the highest pinnacle in glory,
we have all with Christ, and our richest blessing is to be one with Him.

So wondrous—so real—so perfect, is our oneness with Christ,
the church’s Head, that the apostle says, 
“I am crucified with Christ."
(Andrew Miller)

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September 19

“And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho . . .
And when ye hear the sound of the trumpet . . .
the wall of the city shall fall down flat.”
(Joshua 6:2,5)

The trumpet meant destruction for Jericho but salvation for Rahab.
The trumpet was sweet to those in her house.
For 2000 years God has been silent, 
but soon the silence will be broken with the mighty 
trumpet blast of Christ’s return.
For believers, it will be sweet release;
for the lost it will be unmitigated disaster.
Will it mean destruction or salvation for you?
(Neil Dougal)

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September 20

“Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth;
for I am God, and there is none else.”
(Isaiah 45:22)

LOOKING UNTO JESUS as long as we remain on the earth,
unto Jesus from moment to moment,
without allowing ourselves to be 
distracted by memories of a 
past which we should leave behind us,
nor by occupation with a future of which we know nothing.
(Theodore Monod (1874) -Translated from the French by Helen Willis)

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September 21

“And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai,
and present thyself there to Me in the top of the mount."
(Exodus 34:2)

Having communed with the Heavenly Father in the garden of prayer when the dew of blessing 
awaits at sunrise is a reminder of a certain valley in Romania 
where they grow nothing but roses for the Vienna market.
The perfume of that valley in the time of the rose crop 
is such that if you go into it for a few minutes,
wherever you go the rest of the day,
people know where you have been.
The fragrance goes with you.

Meeting Him in the morning causes the fragrance of 
His presence to go with you throughout the entire day. 
(Streams in the Desert)

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September 22

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

Look at these words carefully.
It does not say He will supply our wants.
There are many things we want that God has not promised to give.
It is our need, and all our need.
My children often want many things they do not get;
but I supply all they need, if it is in my power to do it.
I do not supply all their wants by any means.
And so, though God may withold from us many things that we desire,
He will supply all our need.
There can come upon us no trouble or trial in this life, but
God has grace enough to carry us right through it,
if we will only go to Him and get it.
But we must ask for it day by day.
“As thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25)
(D.L. Moody)

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September 23

“I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”
(Revelation 2:4)

Comparatively few, we believe, long retain, 
in divine freshness their first love.
The lively sense of the Lord’s “great love” to us, 
and how He has met all our necessities, is soon but feebly remembered!  
This is falling from our first love.

And why is this?
In place of going on to know the Lord more fully,
and seeking only to please Him, 
we choose our own way,
follow our own will, and thereby grieve the Holy Spirit:
hence, darkness creeps over the mind, the light is, 
as it were, shut out, and we become feeble and uncertain about everything.
(Andrew Miller)

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September 24

“Be much in Prayer”

“I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace.”
(Acts 20:32)

Be much in prayer, in this dark hour, for great are Satan’s wiles;
Far worse than persecuting power are his seductive smiles.

And error comes in such disguise — smooth-tongued and circumspect— 
That none but truth-enlightened eyes the monster can detect!

And Fair profession, hand-in-hand with evil, stalks abroad
But to deceive.  Oh! who can stand, save those who trust in God

Be much in prayer, ‘mid all thy joys, so shall thy depth increase;
For lack of watchfulness alloys the very sweetest peace.

What power to stand is gained by saints who love to “watch and pray”!
And who escapes the desert taints in this defiling day?

Be much in prayer for labouring ones, who in the Master’s name,
And with the Master’s message, run, His mercy to proclaim.

The harvest’s great, the workmen few, and naught of time to spare;
Iniquity increases, too — remember this in prayer.   
(Author Unknown)
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September 25

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,
so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
(Romans 5:19)

“If the damage had been known, the crew might have been saved.”
So stated NASA, after the ill-fated Columbia disintegrated 
upon its return to earth, on February 1, 2003.
Earlier in the flight, a rescue plan could have been implemented
and the crew might have been saved - but soon it was too late.

As travelers to eternity, we have been damaged by sin.
Mercifully a rescue plan was put into place when the Lord Jesus died for you and me.
By faith in Him, you may be assured of a safe arrival in Heaven.
(Arnot P. McIntee) 

I am unworthy to take of His grace, wonderful grace so free,
Yet Jesus suffered and died in m place, e’en for a soul like me.
(E.M. Roth)

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September 26


Paul Walked Alone With God

“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me . . . “ (2 Timothy 4:16). 
"Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me . . .” (2 Timothy 4:17).

Paul, after all of his years of loving devotion to others, said these words as he stood before his Roman judgment,
This was Paul's testimony. 

What he lacked from others, while being “alone,” was more than made up for by his Lord. 
The Lord was his constant friend and companion.
Paul would say in his last letter, while facing death,
"… All they who are in Asia are turned away from me … only Luke is with me … (2 Timothy 1:15; 4:11).
Paul was willing to walk alone with God; to forgo earthly fellowship and friendship if need be, to honour and follow Him.

Jesus Christ said of the Pharisees,
"For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God" (John 12:43).

By contrast we hear Paul,
"… Not as pleasing men, but God …" (I Thessalonians 2:4). 
"… Do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ" (Galatians 1:10).

Paul's loss of earthly support was offset and outweighed by the deep reality of Divine support.
(Clyde L.Pilkington, Jr. - R.L. - Daily Devotions) 

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September 27


The Bible’s Inexhaustibility 

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out.  
For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His
counsellor?  For of Him, and through Him, and to Him are 
all things; to Whom be glory for ever.   Amen.” 
(Romans 11:33-34,36)    

"This Book,” says an unknown writer, 
contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, 
the reward of saints, and the doom of sinners.
Its histories are true, its doctrines holy, its precepts binding.

It contains light to direct you, food to support you, comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveller’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass,
the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter.  
It is a river of pleasure, a mine of wealth, 
a paradise of glory.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, 
and practise it to be holy.” 
(The Wonderful Word)

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September 28


“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins 
and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
(Hebrews 8:12) 

This is not repression of bad memories, or the workings of an absent-mind.
This is an intentional, just disposition of our sins and iniquities because of the work of
Jesus Christ on the cross.
When a person merely forgets an event or thing, it can surprisingly rise to 
consciousness again or be recalled when certain reminders are given.
But our sins and iniquities shall not one day,
out of the blue, come to His mind.

No, He has put our sins as far as the east is from the west, 
hast cast them into the depths of the sea,
and shall never remember them again.
(D. Lein)

"In holy contemplation, we sweetly now pursue 
The theme of God’s salvation, and find it ever new.”
(William Cowper)  

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September 29


“Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, 
The Lord knoweth them that are His. 

And, let every one that nameth the name of 
Christ depart from iniquity.”  
(2 Timothy 2:19)

The foundation no one could overturn; and the Lord knew in a day of confusion and ruin, 
who were resting upon it; but it was incumbent upon all who professed His name, 
owned His authority, to depart from iniquity. 
If in Zechariah (3:9-10) it was God stepping in, 
on His people's repentance, 
to remove the iniquity of His land, in 
Timothy it is the responsibility of all who acknowledge 
Christ as Lord to walk in separation 
from evil ­this being the evidence of the reality of their profession.
(Edward Dennett—D.H.— Adapted)

N.J. Hiebert - 6025

September 30

"O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good:
For His mercy endureth forever.”
(Psalm 136:1)

The Lord is good!
The psalmist affirmed it repeatedly.
Never forget it.  Never doubt it.
Because, even if you do, He will still be good;
but you will lose the enjoyment of His goodness.
(Nuggets of Truth- J.K.)

N.J. Hiebert - 6026

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