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Refreshing Sleep

Ours is not a life of anxious care but of happy faith. Our heavenly Father will supply the wants of His own children, and He knoweth what we have need of before we ask Him. ...

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Thank Him; Dwell Acceptably

Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence. (Psalm 140:13) Oh, that my heart may be upright, that I may always be able to bless the name of the Lord! He is so good to those that be good, that I would fain be among them and feel myself full of thankfulness every day....

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A Sound Heart

May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame! Psalm 119:80 (ESV) We may regard this inspired prayer as containing within itself the assurance that those who keep close to the Word of God shall never have cause to be ashamed of doing so....

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No Cause to Blush

Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed. (Isaiah 54.4) We shall not be ashamed of our faith. Carping critics may assail the Scriptures upon which we ground our belief, but every year the Lord will make it more and more clear that in His Book there is no error, no excess, and no omission. ...

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Exceedingly Precious

They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts in that day when I make up my jewels. (Malachi 3:17) A day is coming in which the crown jewels of our great King shall be counted, that it may be seen whether they answer to the inventory which His Father gave Him. ...

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Remind God of His Promise

But you said, ‘I will surely do you good.’ Genesis 32:12 (ESV) This is the sure way of prevailing with the Lord in prayer. We may humbly remind Him of what He has said. Our faithful God will never run back from His word, nor will He leave it unfulfilled; yet He loves to be enquired of by His people and put in mind of His promise. ...

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Song of Confidence

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. Psalm 138:7 Wretched walking in the midst of trouble. Nay, blessed walking, since there is a special promise for it. Give me a promise, and what is the trouble? What doth my Lord teach me here to say?...

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A Mother's Day Message from Charles Spurgeon

O dear mothers, you have a very sacred trust reposed in you by God! He hath in effect said to you, "Take this child and nurse it for Me, and I will give thee thy wages."...

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Trust Means Joy

For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. (Psalm 33:21) The root of faith produces the flower of heart-joy. We may not at the first rejoice, but it comes in due time. ...

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Forget and Forgive

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. Proverbs 20:22 Be not in haste. Let anger cool down. Say nothing and do nothing to avenge yourself. You will be sure to act unwisely if you take up the cudgels and fight your own battles; and, certainly, you will not show the spirit of the Lord Jesus. ...

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No Fear of Death

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; he that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (Revelation 2:11) The first death we must endure unless the Lord should suddenly come to His temple. ...

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This Body Fashioned Anew

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body. (Philippians 3:21) Often when we are racked with pain and unable to think or worship, we feel that this indeed is "the body of our humiliation," and when we are tempted by the passions which rise from the flesh we do not think the word vile at all too vigorous a translation. ...

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The Bible's Supreme Place

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psalm 119:165) Yes, a true love for the great Book will bring us great peace from the great God and be a great protection to us....

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Sensitive to Warning

Many despise warning and perish. Happy is he who trembles at the Word of God. Josiah did so, and he was spared the sight of the evil which the Lord determined to send upon Judah because of her great sins. ...

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Refreshing Sleep

If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 (ESV) Is the reader likely to be confined for a while to the bed by sickness! Let him go upstairs without distress with this promise upon his heart "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid."...

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Becoming Fit for Glory

The Lord will give grace and glory. (Psalm 84:11) Grace is what we need just now, and it is to be had freely. What can be freer than a gift? Today we shall receive sustaining, strengthening, sanctifying, satisfying grace. ...

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Whose Battle?

And that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand. 1 Samuel 17:47 (ESV) Let this point be settled, that the battle is the Lord's, and we may be quite sure of the victory, and of the victory in such a way as will best of all display the power of God. ...

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Honor God

Them that honor me I will honor. (1 Samuel 2:30) Do I make the honor of God the great object of my life and the rule of my conduct? If so, He will honor me. I may for a while receive no honor from man, but God will Himself put honor upon me in the most effectual manner...

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Truth Established

The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment.(Proverbs 12:19) Truth wears well. Time tests it, but it right well endures the trial. R; then, I have spoken the truth and have for the present to suffer for it, I must be content to wait. ...

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Better Farther On

Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. (Nahum 1:12) There is a limit to affliction. God sends it, and God removes it. Do you sigh and say, "When will the end be?" Remember that our griefs will surely and finally end when this poor earthly life is over, Let us quietly wait and patiently endure the will of the Lord till He cometh....

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Ever Mindful

The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us. (Psalm 115:12) I can set my seal to that first sentence. Cannot you? Yes, Jehovah has thought of us, provided for us, comforted us, delivered us, and guided us. In all the movements of His providence He has been mindful of us, never overlooking our mean affairs. ...

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He Will Return

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14:18) He left us, and yet we are not left orphans. He is our comfort, and He is gone; but we are not comfortless. Our comfort is that He will come to us, and this is consolation enough to sustain us through His prolonged absence. ...

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Obedience Brings Blessing

Be careful to obey all these words that I command you,that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.Deuteronomy 12:28 (ESV)...

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God's Enemies Shall Bow

The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord. (Exodus 7:5) The ungodly world is hard to teach. Egypt does not know Jehovah and therefore dares to set up its idols and even ventures to ask, "Who is the Lord?" Yet the Lord means to break proud hearts, whether they will or not....

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Made Rich by Faith

For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. (Psalm 9:18) Poverty is a hard heritage; but those who trust in the Lord are made rich by faith. They know that they are not forgotten of God, and though it may seem that they are overlooked in His providential distribution of good things, they look for a time when all th...

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The Bible's First Promise

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15 (ESV)...

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Christmas Devotional-Evening

"And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually."-Job 1:5...

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Christmas Devotional-Morning

"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."-Isaiah 7:14 Let us to-day go down to Bethlehem, and in company with wondering shepherds and adoring Magi, ...

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Trust and Do; Do and Trust

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. (Psalm 37:3) Trust and do are words which go well together, in the order in which the Holy Spirit has placed them. We should have faith, and that faith should work....

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True Walking Posture

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 (ESV) His walk may be slow, but it is sure. He that hasteth to be rich shall not be innocent nor sure; but steady perseverance in integrity, if it does not bring riches, will certainly bring peace. ...

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Doing what God Can Bless

The Lord will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. Deuteronomy 28:8 (ESV) If we obey the Lord our God He will bless that which He gives us. Riches are no curse when blessed of the Lord. ...

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Hunger Satisfied

For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. (Psalm 107:9) It is well to have longings, and the more intense they are the better. The Lord will satisfy soul-longings, however great and all-absorbing they may be. Let us greatly long, for God will greatly give. ...

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Sanctified Souls Are Satisfied

My people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:14) Note the "my" which comes twice: "My people shall be satisfied with my goodness."...

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Delight and Desires

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (ESV) Delight in God has a transforming power and lifts a man above the gross desire of our fallen nature. Delight in Jehovah is not only sweet in itself, but it sweetens the whole soul, ...

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Thorough Cleansing

Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. (Ezekiel 36:25) What an exceeding joy is this! He who has purified us with the blood of Jesus will also cleanse us by the water of the Holy Spirit. God hath said it, and so it must be, ...

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Godly Stability

And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the LORD. Jeremiah 15:20 (ESV) Stability in the fear and faith of God will make a man like a wall of brass, which no one can batter down or break....

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One with Christ Jesus

Because I live, ye shall live also. (John 14:19) Jesus has made the life of believers in Him as certain as His own. As sure as the Head lives the members live also. If Jesus has not risen from the dead, then are we dead in our sins; but since He has risen, all believers are risen in Him. ...

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The Mighty Magnet

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. John 12:32 (ESV) Come, ye workers, be encouraged. You fear that you cannot draw a congregation. Try the preaching of a crucified, risen, and ascended Savior; for this is the greatest "draw" that was ever yet manifested among men. ...

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The Sacrifice Has Been Accepted

Charles Spurgeon teaches us that the accepted sacrifice of Jesus puts an end to fear....

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Mark of Divine Approval

Yes, he is blessed while he is enduring the trial. No eye can see this till he has been anointed with heavenly eye salve. ...

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Sufferers Make Strong Believers

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. (Lamentations 3:27) This is as good as a promise. It has been good, it is good, and it will be good for me to bear the yoke....

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A Strong Heart

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:14) Wait! Wait! Let your waiting be on the Lord! He is worth waiting for. He never disappoints the waiting soul....

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Out of Any Circumstance

As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. (Psalm 55:16) Yes, I must and will pray. What else can I do! What better can I do? Betrayed, forsaken, grieved, baffled, O my Lord, I will call upon Thee. ...

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Love and Seek True Wisdom

I love those that love me;and those who seek me diligently find me. Proverbs 8:17 (ESV Wisdom loves her lovers and seeks her seekers. He is already wise who seeks to be wise, and he has almost found wisdom who diligently seeks her. ...

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Uncover and Confess Sin

Here is the way of mercy for a guilty and repenting sinner. He must cease from the habit of covering sin. This is attempted by falsehood, which denies sin; by hypocrisy, which conceals it; by boasting, which justifies it; and by loud profession, which tries to make amends for it....

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Rules for Prosperity

Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. Joshua 1:7 (ESV) Yes, the Lord will be with us in our holy war, but He demands of us that we strictly follow His rules....

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He Routs Our Enemy

He hath cast out thine enemy. (Zephaniah 3:15) What a casting out was that! Satan has lost his throne in our nature even as he lost his seat in heaven. Our Lord Jesus has destroyed the enemy's reigning power over us. He may worry us, but he cannot claim us as his own. His bonds are no longer upon our spirits: the Son has made us free, and we are free indeed....

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Absolutely No Remembrance

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 10:17) According to this gracious covenant the Lord treats His people as if they had never sinned. Practically, He forgets all their trespasses. Sins of all kinds He treats as if they had never been,...

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Valiant for Truth

"The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action." Daniel 11:32 "The Lord is a man of war, Jehovah is his name." Those who enlist under His banner shall have a Commander who will train them for the conflict and give them both vigor and valor. ...

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Whom, When, How to Deliver

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. (2 Peter 2:9) The godly are tempted and tried. That is not true faith which is never put to the test. But the godly are delivered out of their trials, and that not by chance, nor by secondary agencies, but by the Lord Himself. ...

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A Guide All the Way

He will be my guide even unto death. (Psalm 48:14) We need a guide. Sometimes we would give all that we have to be told exactly what to do and where to turn. We are willing to do right, but we do not know which one of two roads we are to follow. Oh, for a guide!...

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It Will Not Be Long

Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (James 5:8) The last word in the Canticle of love is, "Make haste, my beloved," and among the last words of the Apocalypse we read, "The Spirit and the Bride say, Come"; to which the heavenly Bridegroom answers, "Surely I come quickly."...

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A Sound Heart

Let my heart be sound in thy statutes: that I be not ashamed. (Psalm 119:80) We may regard this inspired prayer as containing within itself the assurance that those who keep close to the Word of God shall never have cause to be ashamed of doing so....

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Dwelling Safely Apart

Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew, (Deuteronomy 33:28) The more we dwell alone, the more safe shall we be. God would have His people separate from sinners, His call to them is, "Come ye out from among them." ...

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Wisdom for the Asking

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5) If any of you lack wisdom. There is no "if" in the matter, for I am sure I lack it. What do I know? How can I guide my own way? How can I direct others? Lord, I am a mass of folly, and wisdom I have none....

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Fishers Follow Him

And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (Mark 1:17) Only by coming after Jesus can we obtain our heart's desire and be really useful to our fellow men. Oh, how we long to be successful fishers for Jesus! We would sacrifice our lives to win souls. But we are tempted to try methods which Jesus would never have tried. Shall...

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Rain Without Clouds? Never!

If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth. (Ecclesiastes 11:3) Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; He will shine out again before long....

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God's High Places

I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. (Psalm 91:14) Does the Lord say this to me? Yes, if I have known His name. Blessed be the Lord, I am no stranger to Him. I have tried Him, proved Him, and known Him, and therefore do I trust Him....

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Help Wanted

Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. (Matthew 20:7) Yes, there is work in Christ's vineyard for old bodies. It is the eleventh hour, and yet He will let us work. What grace is this! Surely every old man ought to jump at this invitation! ...

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Full of Song

The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12) When sin is pardoned, our greatest sorrow is ended, and our truest pleasure begins. Such is the joy which the Lord bestows upon His reconciled ones, that it overflows and fills all nature with delight. The material world has latent...

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Condition of Blessing

Bring ye all of the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10) Many read and plead this promise without noticing the condition upon which the blessing is pr...

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Enemies at Peace

When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7) I must see that my ways please the Lord. Even then I shall have enemies; and, perhaps, all the more certainly because I endeavor to do that which is right. But what a promise this is! The Lord will make the wrath of man to praise Him and abate it so that it shall not d...

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The Bible's Supreme Place

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psalm 119:165) Yes, a true love for the great Book will bring us great peace from the great God and be a great protection to us. Let us live constantly in the society of the law of the Lord, and it will breed in our hearts a restfulness such as nothing else can....

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Sensitive to Warning

Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the Lord. (2 Kings 22:19) Many despise warning and perish. Happy is he who tr...

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Drawing Near to God

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8) The nearer we come to God, the more graciously will He reveal Himself to us. When the prodigal comes to his father, his father runs to meet him. When the wandering dove returns to the ark, Noah puts out his hand to pull her in unto him, When the tender wife seeks her husband's society, he comes to her on wings ...

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Continue Upright

The prayer of the upright is his delight. (Proverbs 15:8) This is as good as a promise, for it declares a present fact, which will be the same throughout all ages. God takes great pleasure in the prayers of upright men; He even calls them His delight. ...

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Whose Battle?

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saith not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:47) Let this point be settled, that the battle is the Lord's, and we may be quite sure of the victory, and of the victory in such a way as will best of all display the power of God. ...

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Honor God

Do I make the honor of God the great object of my life and the rule of my conduct? If so, He will honor me. I may for a while receive no honor from man, but God will Himself put honor upon me in the most effectual manner. In the end it will be found the surest way to honor to be willing to be put to shame for conscience' sake....

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What Follows Us

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. (Psalm 23:6) A devout poet sings Lord, when thou Puttest in my time a day, as thou dost now, Unknown in other years, grant, I entreat, Such grace illumine it, that whate'er its phase It add to holiness, and lengthen praise!...

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Blessing on Littleness

He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great. (Psalm 115:13) This is a word of cheer to those who are of humble station and mean estate. Our God has a very gracious consideration for those of small property, small talent, small influence, small weight. God careth for the small things in creation and even regards sparrows in their lighting upon the ground....

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Continual Guidance

The Lord shall guide thee continually. (Isaiah 58:11) What aileth thee? Hast thou lost thy way? Art thou entangled in a dark wood and canst thou not find thy paths? Stand still, and see the salvation of God. He knows the way, and He will direct thee in it if thou cry unto Him....

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Return from Backsliding

Reader, has sin pulled you down? Have you become like a ruin? Has the hand of the Lord gone out against you so that in estate you are impoverished and in spirit you are broken down?...

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He Will Return

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14:18) He left us, and yet we are not left orphans. He is our comfort, and He is gone; but we are not comfortless. Our comfort is that He will come to us, and this is consolation enough to sustain us through His prolonged absence. Jesus is already on His way:...

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He Acts on Honest Confession

He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;he will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light. (Job 33:27-28)...

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A Man Without Fear

And he said, Certainly I will be with thee. (Exodus 3:12) Of course, if the Lord sent Moses on an errand, He would not let him go alone. The tremendous risk which it would involve and the great power it would require would render it ridiculous for God to send a poor lone Hebrew to confront the mightiest king in all the world and then leave him to himself....

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Faith Sets the Bow

And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the beau shall be seen in the cloud. (Genesis 9:14) Just now clouds are plentiful enough, but we are not afraid that the world will be destroyed by a deluge. We see the rainbow often enough to prevent our having any such fears....

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Rest on a Promise

The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it. (Genesis 28:13) No promise is of private interpretation: it belongs not to one saint but to all believers. If, my brother, thou canst in faith lie down upon a promise and take thy rest thereon, it is thine....

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Absolute Assurance

He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5) Several times in the Scriptures the Lord hath said this. He has often repeated it to make our assurance doubly sure. Let us never harbor a doubt about it....

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He Came; He Is Coming

This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:11) Many are celebrating our Lord's first coming this day; let us turn our thoughts to the promise of His second coming. ...

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The Name to Use

If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:14) What a wide promise! Anything! Whether large or small, all my needs are covered by that word anything. Come, my soul, be free at the mercy seat, and hear thy Lord saying to thee, "Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it."...

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Gift of Strength; Peace to Bless

The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11) David had just heard the voice of the Lord in a thunderstorm and had seen His power in the hurricane whose path he had described; and now, in the cool calm after the storm, that overwhelming power by which heaven and earth are shaken is promised to be the strength of th...

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Know How to Wait

He that believeth shall not make haste. (Isaiah 28:16) He shall make haste to keep the Lord's commandments; but he shall not make haste in any impatient or improper sense....

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No Condemnation

In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve. (Jeremiah 50:20) ...

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Weapons Doomed to Fail

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. (Isaiah 54:17) There is great clatter in the forges and smithies of the enemy. They are making weapons wherewith to smite the saints. ...

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The Magnitude of Grace

My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Our weakness should be prized as making room for divine strength....

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Heavenly Wealth

No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11) Many pleasing things the Lord may withhold but "no good thing." He is the best judge of what is good for us. ...

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God First, Then Extras

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33) See how the Bible opens: "In the beginning God." ...

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Tears, Then Joyful Harvest

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. (Psalm 126:5) Weeping times are suitable for sowing: we do not want the ground to be too dry. Seed steeped in the tears of earnest anxiety will come up all the sooner....

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Mark of Covenant Grace

And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul that thou mayest live. (Deuteronomy 30:6)...

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The Mighty Magnet

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32) Come, ye workers, be encouraged. ...

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The Sacrifice Has Been Accepted

If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us all these thing. (Judges 13:23)...

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Let Trials Bless

Knowing that tribulation worketh patience. (Romans 5:3) This is a promise in essence if not in form. We have need of patience, and here we see the way of getting it....

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Mark of Divine Approval

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12)...

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A Strong Heart

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:14) Wait! Wait! Let your waiting be on the Lord! He is worth waiting for. He never disappoints the waiting soul....

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Abiding in Obedience, in Love

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love. (John 15:10) These things cannot be parted...

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God Above Human Philosophy

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. (1 Corinthians 1:19) This verse is a threatening so far as the worldly wise are concerned, but to the simple believer it is a promise....

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Uncover and Confess Sin

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13) Here is the way of mercy for a guilty and repenting sinner. He must cease from the habit of covering sin....

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Pruning for Fruit-Bearing

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (John 15:2)...

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Speak What He Teaches

Many a true servant of the Lord is slow of speech, and when called upon to plead for his Lord, he is in great confusion lest he should spoil a good cause by his bad advocacy. In such a case it is well to remember that the Lord made the tongue which is so slow, and we must take care that we do not blame our maker....

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Bow Down; Be Lifted Up

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)...

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Looking for Him

Unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9:28) This is our hope. He to whom we have already looked as coming once to bear the sins of many will have another manifestation to the sons of men; this is a happy prospect in itself. But that second appearing has certain peculiar marks which glorify it exceedingly....

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Whom, When, How to Deliver

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. (2 Peter 2:9) ...

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Complete Deliverance

But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. (Jeremiah 39:17) ...

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It Will Not Be Long

Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (James 5:8) The last word in the Canticle of love is, "Make haste, my beloved," and among the last words of the Apocalypse we read, "The Spirit and the Bride say, Come"; ...

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He with Us; We with Him

The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. (Proverbs 10:27)...

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He Constantly Abides

For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake; because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people. (1 Samuel 12:22)...

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The Safest Place

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (John 10:28) We believe in the eternal security of the saints. First, because they are Christ's, and He will never lose the sheep which He has bought with His blood and received of His Father....

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Be of Good Cheer

In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)...

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Full Reliance on God

For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. (Psalm 72:12)...

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No Need to Stint

The upright shall have good things in possession....

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Fear Only God

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Hebrews 13:6)...

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Spiritual Sowing

He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:8)...

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An Expert Searcher

For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. (Ezekiel 34:11)...

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He Remembers No More

For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:34)...

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Dauntless Faith

So long as the Lord had work for Paul to do in Corinth, the fury of the mob was restrained....

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Grace for the Humble

He giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6)...

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God is a Sanctuary

Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. (Ezekiel 11:16)...

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Our Substance Blessed

Obedience brings a blessing on all the provisions which our industry earns for us. That which comes in and goes out at once, like fruit in the basket which is for immediate use, shall be blest; and that which is laid by with us for a longer season shall equally receive a blessing. ...

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Joy for the Cast-Out

Hear the Word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his guard; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. (Isaiah 66:5)...

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Past Deliverance Begets Faith

David said, "Moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:37)...

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Ever Mindful

The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us. (Psalm 115:12) I can set my seal to that first sentence. Cannot you?...

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Joyful Security

Fear of falling is wholesome. To be venturesome is no sign of wisdom. Times come to us when we feel that we must go down unless we have a very special support. Here we have it. God's right hand is a grand thing to lean upon....

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Never Despair

Fulfilled once in the first advent of our glorious Lord, and yet to have a fuller accomplishment in His second advent, this gracious word is also for daily use. Is it dark with the reader? ...

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Christ and His Children

When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed. (Isaiah 53:10) Our Lord Jesus has not died in vain. His death was sacrificial: He died as our substitute, because death was the penalty of our sins. ...

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Do You Read Scripture Every Day?

This Book’s consecrated talk sanctifies and molds the mind into the Image of Christ. You cannot expect to grow in Grace if you do not read the Scriptures. If you are not familiar with the Word, you cannot expect to become like He that spoke it....

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To Live Upon God Alone

This huge round earth is sustained in its orbit without prop or pillar, by the unseen power of the Almighty God. Turning round upon its own axis with marvelous regularity, and moving through space with inconceivable rapidity,...

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Anticipating the Last Judgment

THERE is a story told of two soldiers who, being in the valley of Jehoshaphat, the one said to the other, "Here in this place shall be the general judgment, and therefore I will now take up my place where I will then sit;" and so, lifting up a stone, he sat down upon it, ...

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The Bridge over the Road

LATELY RIDING THROUGH A PLEASANT COUNTRY the road passed along a hollow like a railway cutting, and overhead we observed a handsome bridge, by which the person who owned the property on both sides had connected the two portions of his garden. ...

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The Sword of Damocles

DIONYSIUS the tyrant king of Syracuse, was pronounced by Damocles the flatterer, the happiest man on earth. The king, in order to convince him of his mistake, invited Damocles to a banquet, and caused him to be robed and treated as a sovereign....

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Such is Life

Such is LIFE. A bubble, brilliant with rainbow hues, delighting the eye of youth for a moment and then gone for ever, leaving not a trace behind. Man wilt thou risk thine all upon that bubble? ...

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Father Will Hold the Rope

I'LL go down if father will hold the rope," was the offer of a Highland lad, when a traveller wanted him to reach the eggs of a wild bird which had built on a rocky ledge. The boy felt that there would be no danger if the rope was in his father's hand, for he had a powerful arm, and a loving heart, and would not leave his own child to perish....

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