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Daily Devotional for Monday May 1st/06

The following is taken from chapter five of The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians by Oliver B. Greene:

Verse 19: "For I through the Law am dead to the Law, that I might live unto God."

Is the believer under Law? Is the Christian subject to the Law of Moses? In Paul's day, that question was already a burning issue. The Bible is crystal clear in giving the answer to the question, "Is the believer under the Law?" Paul answers: "Ye are not under the Law, but under Grace" (Romans 6:14). The believer is loosed and delivered from the Law (Romans 7:2). The believer is delivered from the Law (Romans 7:6). The LORD JESUS CHRIST is "the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone that believeth" (Romans 10:4). The Christian is free from the Law (Romans 8:2). And in our present Scripture (Galatians 2:19) the believer is "DEAD TO THE LAW."

It may be that some of the Jews asked Paul, "When and where did you die?" The answer is found in our next verse:

Verse 20: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me."

Paul answers by saying, "I died when JESUS died on the Cross." When JESUS hung on the Cross, the passers-by saw only one man dying on a Cross; but GOD the FATHER saw more than one man. GOD saw more than a physical body. GOD saw the spiritual body, the mystical body - and that body is CHRIST. The church of the living GOD is the body of CHRIST. GOD looks upon the church as a body. JESUS is the Head; we born again believers are the members.

In I Corinthians 12:13, Paul declares, "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles."

Writing to the believers at Ephesus, Paul said, "For we are members of His body, OF HIS FLESH AND OF HIS BONES."

Writing to the believers in Colosse, Paul said, "And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence."

CHRIST is the head of the church; we are members of His body. Colossians 3:3: "Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." As GOD looked down upon Mount Calvary and saw the LORD JESUS dying on the Cross, He saw not only the head of the body, but GOD saw the entire body - complete, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing (Ephesians 5:27). He saw the glorious church that He purchased with His own Blood. GOD lives in the eternal present. He knows the end in the beginning; and He saw in CHRIST the church . . . complete, without spot, the holy church that will be displayed in the heavenlies throughout eternity (Ephesians 2:7).

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will" (Ephesians 1:3-5).

That is the meaning of the words of Paul, "For I through the Law am dead to the Law" He died when JESUS died on the Cross. Paul, by grace, was in CHRIST as He hung on the Cross, and what happened to JESUS on the Cross happened to Paul since he was in CHRIST. What happened to Paul happened to every born again believer from then until this day, and to every believer from this day until the church is completed and caught up to meet JESUS in the air.

"WHEREFORE, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the Law BY THE BODY OF CHRIST" (Romans 7:4).

The Law could do no more - it had no more authority over Paul. Certainly the Law holds nothing against a dead man - ("I... am dead to the Law . . . I am crucified with Christ"). If a person commits murder, the state tries him as a criminal, the judge sentences him to die in the gas chamber, and the sentence is carried out.

When the corpse of the murderer is removed from the gas chamber . . . when the body is buried . . . the courts hold nothing against the dead man. He paid the supreme penalty of death. JESUS CHRIST, the Son of GOD, paid the penalty for sin ("The wages of sin is death"). JESUS died for sinners. He knew no sin (II Corinthians 5:21). He was the sinless, spotless, Son of GOD. He willingly died on the Cross, that we might be saved, and all believers died with Him because in reality all believers were in Him when He laid down His life on the Cross...

We born again believers are crucified, buried, and risen with JESUS. What He experienced, we experienced with Him:

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:3-4).

Yes, born again believers are crucified with CHRIST, buried with CHRIST in the baptism of His death. (Certainly Paul is not referring to the water in the River Jordan nor to the water in a baptistry. The baptism referred to in this scripture is the baptism of which JESUS spoke when He said, "I have a baptism to be baptized with.")

When JESUS came out of that tomb, every member of the New Testament church came out with Him . . . that is, we were raised from the dead along with the Head of the church:

"Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:8-11).

Hear these precious words:

"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. FOR YE ARE DEAD, AND YOUR LIFE IS HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD" (Colossians 3:1-3).

But that is not all.

Hear this:

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) AND HATH RAISED US UP TOGETHER, AND MADE US SIT TOGETHER IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS" (Ephesians 2:4-6).

Positionally, we born again believers sit with JESUS in heavenly places - now. Our Head is in heaven, the Body to which we belong is in heaven, the Foundation of the New Testament church is in Heaven. Our citizenship is in Heaven. We sit together in heavenly places in CHRIST JESUS. What a wonderful position! It is tragic that so many professing Christians do not understand the marvel and the miracle of the grace of GOD.

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday May 2nd/06

Today and tomorrow, I am sending out the following two studies, which are two looks at an Old Testament type - basically seeing what the differences are between the first Testament (covenant - ie. the law, the covenant of works) and the second Testament (salvation in Christ, the covenant of grace). I hope they make sense - sometimes some studies are a lot to tackle! I do hope what I have put together is a blessing to you.

Without Blemish In Christ

Lord willing, I will also post some of these studies from my Blog as separate pages here and on my personal website - but wanted to make them available for now too.

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday May 3rd/06

The Glory Of The New Testament (Covenant)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday May 4th/06

I love the fact that God keeps His Word, and does not change His purposes and plans. There are some things in the Word of God that the Lord said He would not repent of (ie. change His mind about). This is a simple look at those passages:

The Lord Would Not Repent

I hope this devotional is a blessing to you. Sometimes knowing how a word is used really opens up some otherwise unclear (to us) passages. Food for thought anyway.

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Daily Devotional for Friday May 5th/06

Kingly Lessons - None Like These

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Daily Devotional for Saturday May 6th/06

This promises to be a good book, offering comfort and hope to those who read it and consider the Scripture passages therein.

The chapter headings are as follows:

1. Heaven: Its Hope
2. Heaven: Its Inhabitants
3. Heaven: Its Happiness
4. Heaven: Its Certainty
5. Heaven: Its Riches
6. Heaven: Its Rewards

Heaven by D. L. Moody

The following was taken from the entry on Heaven in David Cloud's Way Of Life Encyclopedia (worth marking in your Bible margin):

What Will Not Be in Heaven.

The following is from the F.B.F. Bulletin, Jan.-Feb. 1989 (Jerry's Note: I have just listed the main point headings without the corresponding commentary):

1. No More Sea (Re 21:1).
2. No More Separation (Re 21:4).
3. No More Sorrow (Re 21:4).
4. No More Sickness and Suffering (Re 21:4).
5. No More Sanctuary (Re 21:22).
6. No More Shadows (Re 21:22; 22:5).
7. No More Sin (Re 21:8, 27; 22:3, 15).

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Daily Devotional for Sunday May 7th/06

Sojourners

Our Guide Unto Death

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Daily Devotional for Monday May 8th/06

I wasn't able to put together or find a devotional for tonight - but I wanted to share this Mother's Day poem with you. Please pass it on to anyone you think may be encouraged or comforted by it.

Mother's Day In Heaven

It’s your first Mother’s Day in Heaven –
I'm so thankful that you're not alone;
As you behold the face of our Saviour,
And are blessed to worship at His throne.

Mom, I would love to send you flowers,
Though their fading glory could not compare
To the beautiful sights and sounds of Heaven,
And your very own mansion over there.

I never thought so much about Heaven,
As I have since you’ve gone home to that place –
Oh Mom, I miss you so very much,
And I long to see your precious face.

You see, this earthly home now seems more empty –
Its glitter and glamour can no more impress;
For Heaven is the place of God’s truest riches –
Where our Father only keeps the best!

Since you turned and trusted in the Saviour,
An amazing change has taken place;
Dwelling in the presence of Jesus now,
In Heaven - only because of His grace.

It’s your first Mother’s Day in Heaven –
With everlasting joy and peace up there.
Oh Mom, I miss you so much now,
But I know our reunion will be beyond compare.

May 8th/06
Jerry Bouey

For page with background on Home Of The Real McCoy:

Mother's Day In Heaven

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday May 9th/06

The following contrasts between Law and Grace are taken from chapter 10 of The Epistle of Paul to the Galatians by Oliver B. Greene INDEX.

I have found the following study very interesting and helpful. Please read all of these verses and study them carefully. They have to do with Law and Grace:

1. Under Law there was a dividing veil (Exodus 26:33) - Grace brought a rent veil (Hebrews 10:19-22).

2. Law blots out the sinner (Exodus 32:33) - Grace blots out the sinner's sin (Colossians 2:14).

3. The Law curses the offender (Galatians 3:10) - Grace covers the offender (Romans 4:7).

4. The Law cries out, "Do - and live!" (Deuteronomy 8:1) - Grace cries out, "It is done! It is finished! Receive Jesus and live!" (John 19:30; John 1:12).

5. The Law cries out, "Every mouth... stopped." (Romans 3:19) - Grace invites, "Every mouth opened." "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus" (Romans 10:9). "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord" (Romans 10:13).

6. The Law showed favor to the good (Proverbs 12:2) - The grace of GOD shows mercy and favor to the bad, the ungodly (Ephesians 2:1-6).

7. The Law was graven upon stone . . . outward (II Corinthians 3:3) - Grace is graven on the heart . . . inward . . . CHRIST in you (Colossians 1:27; Colossians 3:3; II Corinthians 3:3).

8. The Law says, "He added no more" (Deuteronomy 5:22) - Grace assures us, "Hath... spoken... by His Son" (Hebrews 1:2).

9. Law is inexorable in its demand (Joshua 7:25) - The grace of GOD is inspirational in its blessing (II Corinthians 5:17).

10. The Law brings judgment (Romans 5:18) - Grace brings justification (Romans 3:24).

11. Law cries out, "Keep the Commandments - all of them, in every minute detail" (James 2:10) - Grace assures us we are kept by the power of God (I Peter 1:5).

12. The Law demands love (Deuteronomy 6:5) - The grace of GOD exhibits love (John 3:16).

13. The Law moves the sinner to sin (Romans 7:8) - The grace of GOD removes sin from the sinner (Matthew 1:21).

14. According to the Law, nearness to GOD is impossible (Exodus 20:21) - In Grace, nearness to GOD is guaranteed (Ephesians 2:13).

15. The Law demands obedience - or no blessing (Deuteronomy 28:1-2) - Grace brings obedience because of the blessing (I John 4:19).

16. The Law cries out, "Stone the prodigal" (Deuteronomy 21:20-21) - Grace cries out, "Put the best robe on the prodigal . . . kill the fatted calf! Let us feast and be merry!" (Luke 15:20-23).

17. Law brings death (Deuteronomy 21:22-23) - Grace gives to us the quietness and assurance of peace (Romans 5:1).

18. The Law retaliates (Exodus 21:24) - The grace of GOD redeems (Galatians 3:13).

19. The Law demands sanctification (Leviticus 11:44) - Grace bestows sanctification (I Corinthians 1:30).

20. Because of the Law, three thousand were slain (Exodus 32:28) - Because of the grace of GOD, three thousand were saved (Acts 2:41).

21. The Law is unsatisfying to the conscience (Hebrews 10:1-2) - The grace of GOD is unfailing in its forgiveness and remedy for sin (Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 10:10-14).

22. The Law is the voice of consternation (Hebrews 12:18-21) - The grace of GOD is the voice of covenant, blessing, peace and assurance (Hebrews 12:22-24).

23. When the Law was given, Moses' face shown, and the people feared (Exodus 34:30) - Grace brought by JESUS CHRIST attracted the people to the face of JESUS (Mark 9:15).

24. The Law was a yoke of burdensome weight (Galatians 5:1) - Grace is to be in the yoke with JESUS, which makes the yoke easy and the burden light (Matthew 11:29-30).

25. The Law produced zeal (Romans 10:1-2), but no salvation (Philippians 3:6; Romans 10:1-8) - Grace imparts zeal, and brings joy unspeakable and full of glory because we are saved (Titus 2:14; I Peter 1:8).

I am so thankful that "Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone that believeth!" These facts are precious to me:

We are "accepted in the Beloved" (Ephesians 1:6).
We are "blessed... with all spiritual blessings" (Ephesians 1:3).
We are "called the sons of God" (I John 3:1).
We are "delivered... from the wrath to come" (I Thessalonians 1:10).
We are "the elect of God" (I Thessalonians 1:4).
We are "forgiven by God" (Ephesians 1:7) for CHRIST's sake (Ephesians 4:32).
We are "saved by the grace of God" (Ephesians 2:5).
We are "an holy priesthood" (I Peter 2:5).
We are "hidden in Christ" (Colossians 3:3).
We are "justified in His sight without works" (Romans 3:28).
We are "kept for Jesus Christ" (Jude 1).
"Life eternal is given to us by Jesus" (John 10:28).
We are "near to GOD by the Blood of His Son" (Ephesians 2:13).
We are "ordained to eternal life" (Acts 13:48).
We have "peace with God" (Romans 5:1).
We are "quickened... together with Christ" (Ephesians 2:5).
We are "redeemed to GOD by Christ's Blood" (Revelation 5:9).

ALL OF THESE BLESSINGS ARE THE RESULT OF GRACE!

I cannot but say, "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!"

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday May 10th/06

God Knows

"He knoweth the way that I take" (Job 23:10).

Believer! What a glorious assurance! This way of thine -- this, it may be, a crooked, mysterious, tangled way -- this way of trial and tears. "He knoweth it." The furnace seven times heated -- He lighted it. There is an Almighty Guide knowing and directing our footsteps, whether it be to the bitter Marah pool, or to the joy and refreshment of Elim.

That way, dark to the Egyptians, has its pillar of cloud and fire for His own Israel. The furnace is hot; but not only can we trust the hand that kindles it, but we have the assurance that the fires are lighted not to consume, but to refine; and that when the refining process is completed (no sooner -- no later) He brings His people forth as gold.

When they think Him least near, He is often nearest. "When my spirit was overwhelmed... then thou knewest my path."

Do we know of ONE brighter than the brightest radiance of the visible sun, visiting our chamber with the first waking beam of the morning; an eye of infinite tenderness and compassion following us throughout the day, knowing the way that we take?

The world, in its cold vocabulary in the hour of adversity, speaks of "Providence" -- "the will of Providence" -- "the strokes of Providence." PROVIDENCE! what is that?

Why dethrone a living, directing God from the sovereignty of His own earth? Why substitute an inanimate, death-like abstraction, in place of an acting, controlling, personal Jehovah?

How it would take the sting from many a goading trial, to see what Job saw (in his hour of aggravated woe, when every earthly hope lay prostrate at his feet) -- no hand but the Divine. He saw that hand behind the gleaming swords of the Sabeans -- he saw it behind the lightning flash -- he saw it giving wings to the careening tempest -- he saw it in the awful silence of his rifled home.

"The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!"

Thus seeing God in everything, his faith reached its climax when this once powerful prince of the desert, seated on his bed of ashes, could say, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him." --Macduff

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday May 11th/06

From Fetters Free

"Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners." (Psalm 146:7)

He has done it. Remember Joseph, Israel in Egypt, Manasseh, Jeremiah, Peter, and many others. He can do it still. He breaks the bars of brass with a word and snaps the fetters of iron with a look. He is doing it. In a thousand places troubled ones are coming forth to light and enlargement. Jesus still proclaims the opening of the prison to them that are bound. At this moment doors are flying back and fetters are dropping to the ground.

He will delight to set you free, dear friend, if at this time you are mourning because of sorrow, doubt, and fear. It will be joy to Jesus to give you liberty. It will give Him as great a pleasure to loose you as it will be a pleasure to you to be loosed. No, you have not to snap the iron hand: the LORD Himself will do it. Only trust Him, and He will be your Emancipator. Believe in Him in spite of the stone walls or the manacles of iron. Satan cannot hold you, sin cannot enchain you, even despair cannot bind you if you will now believe in the LORD Jesus, in the freeness of His grace, and the fullness of His power to save.

Defy the enemy, and let the word now before you be your song of deliverance; "The LORD looseth the prisoners."

(Taken from Faith's Checkbook by Spurgeon)

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Daily Devotional for Friday May 12th/06

"For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth." --3 John 3

The truth was in Gaius, and Gaius walked in a the truth. If the first had not been the case, the second could never have occurred; and if the second could not be said of him the first would have been a mere pretence. Truth must enter into the soul, penetrate and saturate it, or else it is of no value. Doctrines held as a matter of creed are like bread in the hand, which ministers no nourishment to the frame; but doctrine accepted by the heart, is as food digested, which, by assimilation, sustains and builds up the body. In us truth must be a living force, an active energy, an indwelling reality, a part of the woof and warp of our being. If it be in us, we cannot henceforth part with it. A man may lose his garments or his limbs, but his inward parts are vital, and cannot be torn away without absolute loss of life. A Christian can die, but he cannot deny the truth. Now it is a rule of nature that the inward affects the outward, as light shines from the centre of the lantern through the glass: when, therefore, the truth is kindled within, its brightness soon beams forth in the outward life and conversation. It is said that the food of certain worms colours the cocoons of silk which they spin: and just so the nutriment upon which a man's inward nature lives gives a tinge to every word and deed proceeding from him. To walk in the truth, imports a life of integrity, holiness, faithfulness, and simplicity -- the natural product of those principles of truth which the gospel teaches, and which the Spirit of God enables us to receive. We may judge of the secrets of the soul by their manifestation in the man's conversation. Be it ours to-day, O gracious Spirit, to be ruled and governed by Thy divine authority, so that nothing false or sinful may reign in our hearts, lest it extend its malignant influence to our daily walk among men.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Saturday May 13th/06

Here are several short Mother's Day devotionals from Days of Praise:

She Shall Be Praised

The Faith Of Our Mothers

The Clothing Of A Virtuous Woman

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Daily Devotional for Sunday May 14th/06

The following is the message one of our preacher boys preached this morning for Mother's Day:

Being The Mother God Wants You To Be
By David Garner

Psalms 127:1-3 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

The commentator Matthew Henry had this to say about Proverbs 14:1. "1. A good wife is a great blessing to a family. By a fruitful wife a family is multiplied and replenished with children, and so built up. But by a prudent wife, one that is pious, industrious, and considerate, the affairs of the family are made to prosper, debts are paid, portions raised, provision made, the children well educated and maintained, and the family has comfort within doors and credit without; thus is the house built. She looks upon it as her own to take care of, though she knows it is her husband's to bear rule in, Esther 1:22. 2. Many a family is brought to ruin by ill housewifery, as well as by ill husbandry. A foolish woman, that has no fear of God nor regard to her business, that is wilful, and wasteful, and humoursome, that indulges her ease and appetite, and is all for jaunting and feasting, cards and the play-house, though she come to a plentiful estate, and to a family beforehand, she will impoverish and waste it, and will as certainly be the ruin of her house as if she plucked it down with her hands; and the husband himself, with all his care, can scarcely prevent it."

Introduction: Having children of my own has given me a great appreciation for motherhood. It is a 24/7 job, but more than just a job, it is a gift, it is a calling from God, it is a ministry given from heaven. Being a Mother is more than just feeding, bathing, cleaning, and clothing your children. It is a trust given by God. It is raising servants for the Lord!

REMEMBER THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS! Let's look at God's Word to see how God views Motherhood.

To be the Mother that God wants you to be:

1. You Must Be Saved

A. To be the Mother that God wants you to be you must be saved. God established motherhood, and a personal knowledge of Him, through Jesus Christ, is necessary for proper motherhood.

B. You say, "Well, I know such and such, she doesn't go to church, and she's a wonderful mother!"
- We are confusing the physical with the spiritual: God is more concerned with our spiritual well-being than with our physical.

C. Illustration: Rick and Bev - one motivation for their salvation was concern for their daughter!

D. How would you teach your children to know someone who you don't even know? Mother, are you saved? (Explain the Gospel - see God's Simple Plan Of Salvation)

2. You Must Be Seeking

A. Daily devotion - Mothers need this just as much as Dads; Dad help out with this!!!

B. Mother, do you truly seek to know the Lord?
- Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
- 1 Samuel 2:19 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. Hannah knew the Lord.

C. You need to lead your children to seek the Lord by example!
- Do your children see you seeking the Lord?

"Mother Is At Prayer"

Billy Sunday tells of a minister who was making calls. He came to a certain home and asked for the mother but the child opening the door answered, "You cannot see mother for she prays from nine to ten." He waited forty minutes to see that mother, and when she came out of her prayer closet the light of glory was on her face, and he knew why that home was so bright; he knew why her two sons were in the ministry and her daughter was a missionary. "All hell cannot tear a boy or girl away from a praying mother," comments Mr. Sunday.

Susanna Wesley, with seventeen children, spent one hour each day shut up with God alone in her room, praying for them.

- Teach them how to read the Bible, pray for things, memorize verses.
- Proverbs 31:1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
- Teach them that church is important, every time the doors are opened; what's your attitude towards church?

D. Pray for their salvation! How tragic if one of your children should perish!!!
- Teach them respect for authority/discipline.
- The Bible links discipline to salvation in Proverbs 23:14.
- Show them the importance of salvation by praying for other's salvation and leading others to Christ! - Example, my Mother's witnessing.

3. You Must Be Surrendered

A. Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

B. The immediate context of this verse is that we surrender our bodies wholly to Christ, so that we will know and do His will!

C. Application: Mother, does not this mean your womb?
- Present your "little bodies" to the Lord.
- 1 Samuel 1:11, 27-28 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head... For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.

D. Raise you children to know God's will for their lives!
- Do you, mother, know God's will for your life?
- Robert Moffat, the great missionary to Africa, testified that it was his mother's influence that led him to become a missionary.
- Do you even care if your children know and do God's will for their lives? If not, you are not the mother God wants you to be!
- What God thinks of one who hinders a child from coming to Him: Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
- Proverbs 23:24-25 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

Through One Mother's Prayers

An old woman with a halo of silvered hair - the hot tears flowing down her furrowed cheeks - her worn hands busy over a washboard in a room of poverty - praying - for her son John - John who ran away from home in his teens to become a sailor - John of whom it was now reported that he had become a very wicked man - praying, praying always, that her son might be of service to God. The mother believed in two things: the power of prayer and the reformation of her son. God answered the prayer by working a miracle in the heart of John Newton. John Newton, the drunken sailor became John Newton, the sailor-preacher. [This is the author of the well-known hymn, Amazing Grace] Among the thousands of men and women he brought to Christ was Thomas Scott, cultured, selfish, and self-satisfied. Because of the washtub prayers another miracle was worked, and Thomas Scott used both his pen and voice to lead thousands of unbelieving hearts to Christ, among them a sickly, melancholic young man, William Cowper by name. He, too, was washed in the cleansing blood and in a moment of inspiration wrote, "There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood." And this song has brought countless thousands to the Man who died on Calvary. All this resulted because a mother took God at His Word and prayed that her son's heart might become as white as the soapsuds in the washtub.

How to be a good mother - Be A Godly Mother

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. - sincere, no hypocrisy.
- What is your faith like, mother? Are you truly fulfilling motherhood as God planned?
- Romans 12:1; Proverbs 14:1
Proverbs 31:10, 27-28 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies... She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Matthew 1:20-21 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

The Devil wants our kids. Will you make a commitment before God to raise servants for Him and to be the Mother that God wants you to be?

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Daily Devotional for Monday May 15th/06

"Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him." --John 12:2

He is to be envied. It was well to be Martha and serve, but better to be Lazarus and commune. There are times for each purpose, and each is comely in its season, but none of the trees of the garden yield such clusters as the vine of fellowship. To sit with Jesus, to hear His words, to mark His acts, and receive His smiles, was such a favour as must have made Lazarus as happy as the angels. When it has been our happy lot to feast with our Beloved in His banqueting-hall, we would not have given half a sigh for all the kingdoms of the world, if so much breath could have bought them.

He is to be imitated. It would have been a strange thing if Lazarus had not been at the table where Jesus was, for he had been dead, and Jesus had raised him. For the risen one to be absent when the Lord who gave him life was at his house, would have been ungrateful indeed. We too were once dead, yea, and like Lazarus stinking in the grave of sin; Jesus raised us, and by His life we live -- can we be content to live at a distance from Him? Do we omit to remember Him at His table, where He deigns to feast with His brethren? Oh, this is cruel! It behoves us to repent, and do as He has bidden us, for His least wish should be law to us. To have lived without constant intercourse with one of whom the Jews said, "Behold how He loved him," would have been disgraceful to Lazarus, is it excusable in us whom Jesus has loved with an everlasting love? To have been cold to Him who wept over his lifeless corpse, would have argued great brutishness in Lazarus. What does it argue in us over whom the Saviour has not only wept, but bled? Come, brethren, who read this portion, let us return unto our heavenly Bridegroom, and ask for His Spirit that we may be on terms of closer intimacy with Him, and henceforth sit at the table with Him.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday May 16th/06

So Amazed

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday May 17th/06

The following is an an excerpt from an excellent sermon by Spurgeon - I quoted this portion because it speaks especially to me as a preacher, but I wanted to share the whole sermon with you. It is based on Isaiah 12:2.

Mr. Moody's Text - A Sermon By Spurgeon

I desire always to do this as God’s minister. I have not always done it, I am sorry to say; yet I wish to do it. Did you ever notice this one thing about Christian ministers, that they need even more mercy than other people? Possibly someone asks, “How do you know that?” Well, I feel quite safe when I am following the apostle Paul; and if you look through his Epistles to the Romans, to the Corinthians, to the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, and to Philemon, you will see what blessings he wishes to the people at the beginning of each letter, or if it is not quite at the beginning, it is a few verses down: “Grace unto you, and peace.” You recollect that Paul also wrote three Epistles to ministers; there are two to Timothy, and one to Titus. What does he say to them? He says, “Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord,” as if he thought that, although everybody needs mercy, ministers need it more than anybody else; and so we do, for if we are not faithful, we shall be greater sinners even than our hearers, and it needs much grace for us always to be faithful, and much mercy will be required to cover our shortcomings. So I shall take those three things to myself: “Grace, mercy, and peace.” You may have the two, “Grace and peace,” but I need mercy more than any of you; so I take it from my Lord’s loving hand, and I will trust, and not be afraid, despite all my shortcomings, and feebleness, and blunders, and mistakes, in the course of my whole ministry. I will still cast all my burden upon my blessed Lord, and will still go on trusting and not being afraid. But, dear friends, you may do the same; let us all do it. God help us to do it, from this time forth, and he shall have all the glory!

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Daily Devotional for Thursday May 18th/06

"And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him." --Genesis 42:8

This morning our desires went forth for growth in our acquaintance with the Lord Jesus; it may be well to-night to consider a kindred topic, namely, our heavenly Joseph's knowledge of us. This was most blessedly perfect long before we had the slightest knowledge of Him. "Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect, and in Thy book all my members were written... when as yet there was none of them." Before we had a being in the world we had a being in His heart. When we were enemies to Him, He knew us, our misery, our madness, and our wickedness. When we wept bitterly in despairing repentance, and viewed Him only as a judge and a ruler, He viewed us as His brethren well beloved, and His bowels yearned towards us. He never mistook His chosen, but always beheld them as objects of His infinite affection. "The Lord knoweth them that are His," is as true of the prodigals who are feeding swine as of the children who sit at the table.

But, alas! we knew not our royal Brother, and out of this ignorance grew a host of sins. We withheld our hearts from Him, and allowed Him no entrance to our love. We mistrusted Him, and gave no credit to His words. We rebelled against Him, and paid Him no loving homage. The Sun of Righteousness shone forth, and we could not see Him. Heaven came down to earth, and earth perceived it not. Let God be praised, those days are over with us; yet even now it is but little that we know of Jesus compared with what He knows of us. We have but begun to study Him, but He knoweth us altogether. It is a blessed circumstance that the ignorance is not on His side, for then it would be a hopeless case for us. He will not say to us, "I never knew you," but He will confess our names in the day of His appearing, and meanwhile will manifest Himself to us as He doth not unto the world.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Friday May 19th/06

Lord willing, today (Friday) I will be preaching on Judah being Surety for Benjamin and promising to bring him back again to his father, and how that pictures Christ being Surety for the believer and promising to bring him safely home to the Heavenly Father. While these are not on the exact same theme, they are devotionals on that passage of Scripture.

The following devotions are from PROVIDENCE PORTRAYED: Genesis 42-50 by Charles M. Horne.

100 - THE LAST TEST (Con't. - Read Genesis 44:1-13)

In the consciousness of their innocence, Joseph's brothers repelled the charge of the steward with indignation. They appealed to the fact that they had brought back the gold found in their sacks. Therefore they certainly could not be accused of stealing gold or silver. They declared that whoever was found in possession of the cup should be put to death, and the rest would become slaves (v. 9).

The steward, knowing what the outcome would be, greatly modified the declaration of the brothers. "Even though now this is to be settled according to your words, yet only he with whom it is found shall be my servant, whereas ye shall be innocent" (Leupold's rendering).

The men then took down their sacks as quickly as possible. The steward examined them, beginning with the eldest and finishing with the youngest. The cup was found in Benjamin's sack. We can hardly imagine the utter astonishment of these brothers when they, practically sure of vindication, saw the cup emerge from Benjamin's sack.

We are struck with their response; they did not remonstrate with him; they did not seem to think of the possibility of his having tried to deceive them; they did not believe him to be guilty. With anguish and alarm at this new calamity, they rent their garments, reloaded their asses and returned to the city.

It would now be seen how they felt in their hearts toward their father's favorite son. Were they going to give up their brother and bring their aged father to the grave; or were they with unenvying, self-sacrificing love going to give up their own liberty and their lives for him? They stood the test.

From this incident we may learn an important lesson. When the cup was found in Benjamin's sack, the brothers had a pretext for leaving him in Egypt to be a slave. But we cannot judge what men are now by what they have been formerly; nor what they will do by what they have done. Men's inner attitudes and outer actions change when they become the recipients of GOD's sovereign grace.

101 - RESULTS OF THE TEST (Read Genesis 44:14-34)

With Judah leading the way, the brothers returned to Joseph's house, and falling down before him begged for mercy. Joseph spoke to them harshly: "What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?" (v. 15). By referring to the gifts of prognostication which were admittedly his, Joseph indicated that he believed that higher powers were at work in the case. He was known in the past to have received divine revelation. Recall how he had foretold the event indicated by Pharaoh's dream (Gen. 41).

Judah made no attempt at a defense. The strong feeling of helplessness is indicated by Judah's triple question: "What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves?" (v. 16). These brothers believed that they had at last fallen into divine hands. "GOD hath found out the iniquity of thy servants." They believed that JEHOVAH was now punishing them for the crime they had committed against their brother (cf. Gen. 42:21).

But Joseph would punish in a just and much milder fashion. Only the guilty one would be his slave; the others were to go in peace to their father (v. 17). But the brothers were not willing to do this. Judah, who had pledged himself to his father for Benjamin, stepped forward in the anguish of his heart to speak privately with Joseph, imploring him to free his brother. Luther long ago wrote: "I would give very much to be able to pray to our LORD GOD as well as Judah prays to Joseph here; for it is a perfect specimen of prayer, the true feeling that ought to be in prayer."

This prayerlike request of Judah was most remarkable coming as it did from one who once so calloused that he cared nothing about the grief he had caused his father. GOD's grace had indeed worked repentance in his heart, as also in the others.

It should be observed that Judah's faithful cleaving to Benjamin now in his distress was rewarded many years later by the tribe of Benjamin keeping with the tribe of Judah when the other tribes deserted it.

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Daily Devotional for Saturday May 20th/06

The following study is a look at Matthew 5:43-48.

The Children Of Your Father

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Daily Devotional for Sunday May 21st/06

This is the message I preached on Friday at the Gospel Mission:

Jesus - The Sinner's Surety

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Daily Devotional for Monday May 22nd/06

The following is a Sunday School lesson presented recently to the teens and adults on a Sunday morning. It was gleaned from various sources and put together by Jeremy Johnson. Used with permission.

Providence

Scriptural Teachings Of God's Providence.

1) In the universe.
- Psalm 103:19; 1 Samuel 7:10; Job 9:5-7; 37:10; 38:12-35; Psalm 104:14; 147:16-18.

2) In the animal kingdom.
- Job 12:10; Psalm 104:21-28; 147:9; Matthew 6:26; 10:29.

3) Over the nations.
- Job 12:23; Psalm 22:28; 66:7; 75:6-7; Isaiah 10:5-7; Daniel 2:38-39; 4:25; Acts 17:26; Romans 13:1.

4) Over individuals.

(a) Their birth and role in life.
- 1 Samuel 16:1; Esther 4:14; Psalm 139:16-18; Isaiah 45:5; Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 1:15-16.

(b) Their success and failures.
- Psalm 75:6-7; Luke 1:52; Proverbs 21:1; 1 Samuel 2:6-8; Exodus 12:36.

(c) Events never occur by accident, chance, or fortune.
- Exodus 21:13; Job 5:6; Proverbs 16:33; Matthew 10:30.

(d) The needs of God's people.
- Psalm 4:8; 5:12; 63:8; 121:3; Romans 8:28; Philippians 4:19; Isaiah 64:4.

5) Things to remember about God's providence.

(a) Everything God does is governed by His holiness.
- Psalm 5:4-6; 66:18.

(b) Forgiveness and mercy do not always erase physical consequences of sin.
- Genesis 3:16-19; Numbers 14.

(c) God's providence is not measured by our understanding, but by His wisdom and plan.
- Isaiah 55:8-11.

What a comfort God's providence ought to be to us as His children, no matter what the circumstance, no matter how big the problem, God is in complete control and will accomplish His perfect will.

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday May 23rd/06

The following article was sent out last month on a mailing list I am on, and I thought it worth passing on:

Trading Beauty For Ashes In Christian Dress

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday May 24th/06

HE CARETH FOR YOU

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (I Pet. 5:7).

An immeasurable source of strength and encouragement is at the disposal of every believer in these four words, "He careth for you." If we could remember no other text of Scripture when faced with evil tidings or sudden disaster, or even during the daily trials of life, this wonderful truth has power to bring the touch of heaven. GOD has a personal interest and concern for each of us.

This is quite a different line of truth from His love for the whole world. "He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matt. 5:45). He loved the world and gave His Son to die so that whosoever believeth on Him may have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Peter is writing to the elect of GOD, who have obeyed the Gospel and have been born again unto a living hope (1:2-3). We know we have been redeemed by the precious blood of CHRIST (1:18-19). We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a people for GOD's own possession (2:9). GOD's eyes are over us, His ears are open to our cry (3:12). Joy amid trials is our privilege because we "are partakers of Christ's sufferings" (3:14; 4:13).

As a consequence, we have a special place within the heart of GOD. He cares for each one of us. This personal love for individual believers is manifested in many ways. Because of it, we can say with David, "The Lord thinketh upon me" (Ps. 40:17). "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil" (Jer. 29:11). If He thinks upon us, how can we doubt His tender mercies? Why should we not continue to trust Him even when we cannot understand every trying circumstance?

He delights in the way we take (Psa. 37:23). He knows what we need (Matt. 6:32) and has promised to supply all we shall ever need (Phil. 4:19). He keeps us by His power (I Pet. 1:5). When we cry to Him, He answers (Ps. 138:3). He says, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isa. 41:10). He should have our implicit trust.

(Taken from The Comfort Of The Scriptures)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday May 25th/06

"The Lord our Righteousness." --Jeremiah 23:6

It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are "perfect in Christ Jesus." It is no wonder that those who are dwelling upon their own corruption should wear such downcast looks; but surely if we call to mind that "Christ... is made unto us... righteousness," we shall be of good cheer. What though distresses afflict me, though Satan assault me, though there may be many things to be experienced before I get to heaven, those are done for me in the covenant of divine grace; there is nothing wanting in my Lord, Christ hath done it all. On the cross He said, "It is finished!" and if it be finished, then am I complete in Him, and can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, "Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." You will not find on this side heaven a holier people than those who receive into their hearts the doctrine of Christ's righteousness. When the believer says, "I live on Christ alone; I rest on Him solely for salvation; and I believe that, however unworthy, I am still saved in Jesus;" then there rises up as a motive of gratitude this thought -- "Shall I not live to Christ? Shall I not love Him and serve Him, seeing that I am saved by His merits?" "The love of Christ constraineth us," "that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them." If saved by imputed righteousness, we shall greatly value imparted righteousness.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Friday May 26th/06

Mustard Seeds And Mountains

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Daily Devotional for Saturday May 27th/06

Hidden Treasure From Proverbs 2

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Daily Devotional for Sunday May 28th/06

The following was taken from chapter three (Heaven: Its Happiness) of Heaven by D.L. Moody. I found this a great source of comfort, though it did make my eyes water.

"WHAT! ALMOST HOME?"

"What! almost home?" "Yes, almost home," she said.
And light seemed gleaming on her aged head.
"JESUS is very precious!" Those who near
Her bedside stood were thrilled those words to hear.

"Toward His blest home I turn my willing feet;
Hinder me not; I go my Lord to meet."
Silence ensued. She seemed to pass away,
Serene and quiet as that summer day.

"Speak," cried through tears her daughter, bending low,
"One word, beloved mother, ere you go."
She spoke that word; the last she spoke on earth,
In whispering tones - that word of wondrous worth:

"JESUS!" The sorrowing listeners caught the sound,
But angels heard it with a joy profound.
Back, at its mighty power, the gates unfold -
The gates of pearl that guard the streets of gold.

The harpers with their harps took up the strain,
And sang the triumph of the Lord again,
As through the open portals entered in
Another soul redeemed from death and sin.

And as from earth the spirit passed away,
To dwell forever in the realms of day,
Those who were left to mourn could almost hear
The strains of heavenly music strike the ear.

And to their longing eyes by grace was given,
In such a scene, as 'twere, a glimpse of Heaven.

- Unknown

The story is told of a father who had his little daughter out late in the evening. The night was dark, and they had passed through a thick wood to the brink of a river. Far away on the opposite shore a light twinkled here and there in the few scattered houses, and still farther off blazed the bright lights of the great city to which they were going. The little child was weary and sleepy, and the father held her in his arms while he waited for the ferryman, who was at the other side. At length they saw a little light; nearer and nearer came the sound of the oars, and soon they were safe in the boat.

"Father," said the little girl. "Well, my child?"

"It's very dark, and I can't see the shore, where are we going?"

"The ferryman knows the way, little one; we will soon be over."

"O, I wish we were there, father."

Soon in her home loving arms welcomed her, and her fears and her tremor were gone. Some months pass by, and this same little child stands on the brink of a river that is darker and deeper, more terrible still. It is the River of Death. The same loving father stands near her, distressed that his child must cross this river and he not be able to go with her.

For days and for nights he and her mother have been watching over her, leaving her bedside only long enough for their meals, and to pray for the life of their precious one. For hours she has been slumbering, and it seems as if her spirit must pass away without her waking again, but just before the morning watch she suddenly awakes with the eye bright, the reason unclouded, and every faculty alive. A sweet smile is playing upon her face.

"Father," she says, "I have come again to the riverside, and am again waiting for the ferryman to come and take me across."

"Does it seem as dark and cold as when you went over the other river, my child?"

"O no! There is no darkness here. The river is covered with floating silver. The boat coming toward me seems made of solid light, and I am not afraid of the ferryman."

"Can you see over the river, my darling?"

"O yes, there is a great and beautiful city there. It is all filled with light; and I hear music such as the angels make!"

"Do you see anyone on the other side?"

"Why yes, yes, I see the most beautiful form; and He beckons me now to come. Oh, ferryman, make haste! I know who it is! It is JESUS; my own blessed JESUS. I shall be caught in His arms. I shall rest on His bosom - I come - I come."

And thus she crossed over the River of Death, made like a silver stream by the presence of the blessed Redeemer.

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Daily Devotional for Monday May 29th/06

"And they follow me." --John 10:27

We should follow our Lord as unhesitatingly as sheep follow their shepherd, for He has a right to lead us wherever He pleases. We are not our own, we are bought with a price -- let us recognize the rights of the redeeming blood. The soldier follows his captain, the servant obeys his master, much more must we follow our Redeemer, to whom we are a purchased possession. We are not true to our profession of being Christians, if we question the bidding of our Leader and Commander. Submission is our duty, cavilling is our folly. Often might our Lord say to us as to Peter, "What is that to thee? Follow thou Me." Wherever Jesus may lead us, He goes before us. If we know not where we go, we know with whom we go. With such a companion, who will dread the perils of the road? The journey may be long, but His everlasting arms will carry us to the end. The presence of Jesus is the assurance of eternal salvation, because He lives, we shall live also. We should follow Christ in simplicity and faith, because the paths in which He leads us all end in glory and immortality. It is true they may not be smooth paths -- they may be covered with sharp flinty trials, but they lead to the "city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." "All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant." Let us put full trust in our Leader, since we know that, come prosperity or adversity, sickness or health, popularity or contempt, His purpose shall be worked out, and that purpose shall be pure, unmingled good to every heir of mercy. We shall find it sweet to go up the bleak side of the hill with Christ; and when rain and snow blow into our faces, His dear love will make us far more blest than those who sit at home and warm their hands at the world's fire. To the top of Amana, to the dens of lions, or to the hills of leopards, we will follow our Beloved. Precious Jesus, draw us, and we will run after Thee.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday May 30th/06

Resting On The Promises

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday May 31st/06

"They shall sing in the ways of the Lord." --Psalm 138:5

The time when Christians begin to sing in the ways of the Lord is when they first lose their burden at the foot of the Cross. Not even the songs of the angels seem so sweet as the first song of rapture which gushes from the inmost soul of the forgiven child of God. You know how John Bunyan describes it. He says when poor Pilgrim lost his burden at the Cross, he gave three great leaps, and went on his way singing--

"Blest Cross! blest Sepulchre! blest rather be
The Man that there was put to shame for me!"

Believer, do you recollect the day when your fetters fell off? Do you remember the place when Jesus met you, and said, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love; I have blotted out as a cloud thy transgressions, and as a thick cloud thy sins; they shall not be mentioned against thee any more for ever." Oh! what a sweet season is that when Jesus takes away the pain of sin. When the Lord first pardoned my sin, I was so joyous that I could scarce refrain from dancing. I thought on my road home from the house where I had been set at liberty, that I must tell the stones in the street the story of my deliverance. So full was my soul of joy, that I wanted to tell every snow-flake that was falling from heaven of the wondrous love of Jesus, who had blotted out the sins of one of the chief of rebels. But it is not only at the commencement of the Christian life that believers have reason for song; as long as they live they discover cause to sing in the ways of the Lord, and their experience of His constant lovingkindness leads them to say, "I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." See to it, brother, that thou magnifiest the Lord this day.

"Long as we tread this desert land,
New mercies shall new songs demand."

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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