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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Professing Church in the Last Days

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But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.
2 Timothy 3:1

The Professing Church in the Last Days
Second Timothy is the last letter that Paul wrote before his martyrdom; and it is significant that he wrote it, not to the Church, but to an individual about the Church. He wrote to Timothy, not only to encourage him, but to also show him there was a path to follow in the midst of the corruption already setting in. Paul, having already foreseen the failure of the Church, appeals to individual faithfulness in spite of it.

At what point is the professing Church now in its...More



Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Lessons on Asa (4)—Maintaining Dedication Using Rules?

All Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; and He was found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around.
2 Chronicles 15:15

Lessons on Asa (4)—Maintaining Dedication Using Rules?
There was great joy and encouragement after the victory against Zerah the Ethiopian, and when Asa and the people heard the words from the Lord given by Azariah. Asa removed the idols from all the land, restored the altar of the Lord, removed the title of queen mother from Maachah because of her idolatry, and brought into the house of God things he and...More



Monday, October 18, 2021

The Consequences of Hypocrisy

Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last … So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.
Acts 5:9-11

The Consequences of Hypocrisy
A new era had again begun in the ways of God with mankind. The Lord Jesus had died on the cross at Calvary, had been buried, had arisen, and had ascended into heaven. Forty days later on the day of Pentecost, in an...More



Sunday, October 17, 2021

The Blood of Christ (8)—Redemption and Forgiveness

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Accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
Ephesians 1:6-7

The Blood of Christ (8)—Redemption and Forgiveness
The epistles of Romans and Ephesians have often been helpfully contrasted. Romans begins from our side, and shows our utter ruin in sin and our sins. Ephesians begins from God’s side, and shows the counsels of His grace in blessing us in Christ. In Romans we begin with what was in our hearts. In Ephesians we begin with what is in God’s heart.

Our verses above bring before us three...More



Saturday, October 16, 2021

A Misunderstood and Misused Text

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.
2 Corinthians 13:5

A Misunderstood and Misused Text
This verse is often misunderstood and even misused to promote the idea that Christians should look within themselves for evidences of salvation. As a Christian I am always to examine myself to see “if there is any wicked way in me” (Ps. 139:24), and to judge myself in God’s presence. However, self-judgment is a much different thing from examining myself in order to find assurance of salvation. Due to the wrong interpretation of this verse, there are many Christians who are forever...More



Friday, October 15, 2021

No Fear

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4

No Fear
Most labor unions, when negotiating for new contracts, seek to build many fringe benefits into the pay package. Some of these are job security, complete health care, holiday pay, sick benefits, retirement pensions, and finally, life insurance. All this seems very appropriate and even necessary for this life. Yet all that can be taken away in a moment. Nothing is secure in this world. But the sheep that follow the Shepherd have the...More



Thursday, October 14, 2021

A Hidden Life with God

Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook.
1 Kings 17:3-4

A Hidden Life with God
The Lord instructed Elijah to do two opposite things. The first one was probably the harder of the two. Elijah was a very fiery preacher, full of energy and zeal. To be taken out of circulation for three and a half years could well have been very difficult (Jas. 5:17).

But God had a purpose in hiding Elijah. What was it? Perhaps this man of God had to be hid because God was preparing him for mighty...More



Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Christian Under Human Government (5)

Although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking … and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Romans 1:21,23

The Christian Under Human Government (5)
Shortly after the Flood, Noah honored God with an impressive sacrifice that pleased Him (Gen. 8:20-21). Sometime later, however, Noah failed and got drunk. Soon afterwards all his offspring fell into idolatry, even Shem and his descendants through whom the Messiah would come. Idolatry means that they...More



Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Are You Interested in Being Broadened Exceedingly?

I have seen an end of all perfection: Thy commandment is exceeding broad.
Psalm 119:96

Are You Interested in Being Broadened Exceedingly?
“Broaden your world. Read a magazine during your lunch break.” So read the advertisement on the side of a magazine delivery van. How true! Whether our world involves gardening or gossip, sports or soaps, automobiles or aerobics; we can undoubtedly broaden it by reading the latest magazine on the subject.

But suppose our world involves reaching the lost, encouraging the Lord’s people, teaching the Word of God, and basically living for the glory...More



Monday, October 11, 2021

Take Your Burdens to the Lord in Prayer

Let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6

Take Your Burdens to the Lord in Prayer
We live in a world where sorrow abounds. This has always been its state since sin came into the world. There cannot be sin without sorrow. And until sin is driven out from the world it is vain for anyone to suppose he can escape sorrow. Some, without doubt, have a larger cup of sorrow to drink than others. But few are to be found who live very long without sorrows or cares of one sort or another. Our bodies, our property, our families, our children, our relations, our friends, our neighbors, our worldly...More



Sunday, October 10, 2021

The Blood of Christ (7)—New Covenant Grace

In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
1 Corinthians 11:25

The Blood of Christ (7)—New Covenant Grace
On the same night in which our Lord was betrayed, near the end of the Passover supper, He took bread and wine and instituted the Lord’s Supper as a feast of memorial to Himself. This memorial feast was to be carried on “until He comes.” As we remember our Lord Jesus, we look back to His sufferings, we look up to see Him now at the right hand of God, and we...More



Saturday, October 9, 2021

The Consequences of Pride

He was walking about the royal palace … The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” … A voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts … until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”
Daniel 4:29-32

The Consequences of Pride
Pride is hateful to God. Indeed, a proud look is the first item on the list of...More



Friday, October 8, 2021

The Sufficiency of the Word of God

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Sufficiency of the Word of God
Since all Scripture is from God, it is all profitable, even the genealogies and the names of cities. If my interpretation of it does not give spiritual profit, then my interpretation is not right.

First, it is profitable for teaching or doctrine, for this is the basis of all true Christian practice. It is profitable for...More



Thursday, October 7, 2021

Lessons on Asa (3)—Three Important Truths

Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
2 Chronicles 15:2

Lessons on Asa (3)—Three Important Truths
Azariah, the son of Oded, spoke these words to Asa after the great victory they had over Zerah the Ethiopian. Asa had cried out to the Lord for His help, and his faith was greatly rewarded. He had rested on God. He had passed the test of his faith successfully.

Three important truths are presented to us in this verse. First, the Lord is with you while you...More



Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Enjoying God’s Riches.

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

Enjoying God’s Riches
As Christians we may get discouraged at times and begin to think that we are missing out somehow on the enjoyment that unbelievers experience. In moments of struggle our walk may not be characterized by an attraction to Christ, and our eyes may wander and look at this world almost longingly when we witness the carefree attitude they have. Yet we should ask ourselves, has God called us to live a life of strict rules and deprivation, or ought we instead to be seen as those who...More



Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The Christian Under Human Government (4)

Fear God. Honor the emperor.
1 Peter 2:17

The Christian Under Human Government (4)
Emperor Nero had the apostle Peter executed approximately a year before the same happened to Paul. As a Roman citizen, the apostle Paul was beheaded by the sword. Peter, not being a Roman citizen, was crucified upside-down as he had requested, according to ancient reports. Before their execution, both apostles had been led by God’s Spirit to teach all believers to submit to the authorities. This rule applied to them, just as they had taught, and it is still valid today. “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every...More



Monday, October 4, 2021

The Supremacy of Joseph—A Foreshadowing of Christ’s Supremacy

Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was son of his old age; and he made him a vest of many colors.
Genesis 37:3

The Supremacy of Joseph—A Foreshadowing of Christ’s Supremacy
“The Father loves the Son” (Jn. 3:35), and faith delights to accept it. On bright occasions we see our Lord Jesus invested with the coat of many colors. In other words, we see in the opened heavens the Father’s delight in Christ as His beloved Son in humiliation, as the Son of Man in heavenly glory, and as the King of kings and Lord of lords, coming forth to reign on earth as Son of Man in...More



Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Blood of Christ (6)—The Fellowship of His Blood

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
1 Corinthians 10:16

The Blood of Christ (6)—The Fellowship of His Blood
Our chapter in 1 Corinthians warns the Corinthian believers against the danger of being associated with idolatry. It is one of the things which the Scriptures warn us to “flee” from (v. 14). It has been well said that an idol is anything that comes between the soul and the true and living God.

To counteract this idolatry, the apostle is directed to bring...More



Saturday, October 2, 2021

Not I but Christ

Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Mark 8:34

Not I but Christ
I have heard it said, “People should be allowed to be themselves.” But I can find no scriptural basis to support this statement, for freedom “to be myself” is to speak and act as I please. If such a practice were carried out in an assembly, the result would be that Christ would be dethroned and self would be enthroned. The promotion of self is contrary to Scripture, for Paul writes, “Knowing this, that our old man [our former self] was crucified with Him, that the body...More



Thursday, September 30, 2021

Lessons on Asa (2)—Trusting God in Everything

Asa cried out to the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You.”
2 Chronicles 14:11

Lessons on Asa (2)—Trusting God in Everything
After ten years of peaceful reign in Judah, Zerah the Ethiopian, came up with an army of a million men against Asa. As a king should, Asa took responsibility and got things ready for battle. But then we see him turning to God in prayer, expressing in a beautiful yet simple way his faith in God. It is through this trial that we see that the ten years...More



Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Keep the Lantern Clean

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels.
2 Corinthians 4:7

Keep the Lantern Clean
The thing that characterizes Christianity is the knowledge of the unveiled glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, and “if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost” (4:3). There is nothing to come but Christ coming in judgment to the world. Then the trials and afflictions of the present time are all connected with the earthen vessel—its weakness. Even if an apostle, one can only be kept, day by day, by the power of God.

The vessel is one thing, the treasure is another. The vessel...More



Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Romans 8:5

The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer
No person ever becomes better or worse. A person’s state may become better or worse, but his nature remains precisely what it is. When one is saved, he does not become better. His sinful nature received from Adam remains as sinful as ever, but he receives from God a new nature that is itself absolute perfection. It is the nature seen in the Person of the Lord Jesus—a nature...More



Monday, September 27, 2021

The Consequences of Disobedience

Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.
1 Samuel 15:22-23

The Consequences of Disobedience
God expects and delights in obedience. Disobedience always has sad consequences. This is especially noticeable in Scripture when God begins a new way of dealing with His own. He is Supreme and...More



Sunday, September 26, 2021

The Blood of Christ (5)—For Our Justification

Whom God has set forth a mercy-seat, through faith in His blood … for the showing forth of His righteousness in the present time, so that He should be just, and justify him that is of the faith of Jesus.

Much rather therefore, having been now justified in the power of His blood, we shall be saved by Him from wrath.

Romans 3:25-26; Romans 5:9

The Blood of Christ (5)—For Our Justification
The book of Romans has often been likened to a courtroom scene. All humanity, including you and me, have been brought to be arraigned in God’s court and found guilty. “There is not a righteous...More



Saturday, September 25, 2021

The Christian Under Human Government (3)

There is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God … whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
Romans 13:1-2

The Christian Under Human Government (3)
Standing before Pontius Pilate, the Lord Jesus plainly stated that the governor’s power was given him “from above” (Jn. 19:11). The Lord confirmed Pilate’s God-given authority and said that the one who had delivered Him had the greater sin—Judas, the Jewish nation. Pilate did not want to risk his own life; he sinned...More



Friday, September 24, 2021

Joshua’s Service to the Lord

Joshua the son of Nun … wholly followed the Lord.
Numbers 32:12

Joshua’s Service to the Lord
In our generation that is characterized by self-interest and a tendency to promote oneself, how refreshing to look back and see the Christ-like character of Joshua in his self-effacing service. Whether in his early days of humbly dedicating himself to Moses, or later in his life as a mighty leader, he glorified God by his obedience and faithfulness—an example to us all that we should not seek to be served, but like our blessed Lord Jesus, our desire should be to serve others.

The first we...More



Thursday, September 23, 2021

Diligence in Prayer

For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Psalm 9:10

Diligence in Prayer
Diligence in prayer is the secret of eminent holiness. Without question there is a vast difference among true Christians. There is an immense gap between the greatest and the weakest in the army of God.

They are all fighting the same good fight, but how much more valiantly some fight than others! They are all doing the Lord’s work, but how much more some do than others! They are all light in the Lord, but how much more brightly some shine than others! They are all running the same race, but how much...More



Wednesday, September 22, 2021

How Much Do You Value Christ?

Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe He is precious.
1 Peter 2:6-7

How Much Do You Value Christ?
One has said that the value of an object is based on what one is willing to pay. We read in the above verse, that for those of us who love the Lord, He indeed is precious. But we should ask, “How precious?”

Judas walked with the Lord for over three years. They had eaten together, they went to the temple together, and he was the Lord’s companion. What was Judas’s valuation of...More



Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sharpen Your Own Tools (2)

They had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.

The charge for a sharpening was a pim for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to set the points of the goads
.
1 Samuel 13:21; 1 Samuel 13:21

Sharpen Your Own Tools (2)
Yesterday we gained a helpful spiritual lesson from 1 Samuel 13:19-22, which shows the danger of a wrong alliance with the religious world. But it’s also good to consider this passage for another moment in order to deepen our faith in the reliability of the...More



Monday, September 20, 2021

Sharpen Your Own Tools (1)

Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.” But all the Israelites would go down to the Philistines to sharpen each man’s plowshare, his mattock, his ax, and his sickle … So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan.
1 Samuel 13:19-22

Sharpen Your Own Tools (1)
During Saul’s reign, the Philistines were a formidable enemy of Israel, yet they did not always engage in direct attacks. In the...More



Sunday, September 19, 2021

The Blood of Christ (4)—To Purchase the Church

The Assembly of God, which He has purchased with the blood of His own.
Acts 20:28

The Blood of Christ (4)—To Purchase the Church
Our verse today shows us the purchase price for God’s Assembly. In the parable of the merchant man seeking fine pearls, we find the merchant selling all that he had to acquire that one pearl (Mt. 13:45-46). This shows us, in parable form, what it cost the Lord Jesus to purchase the Church. He had to give all: “Christ also loved the Assembly, and has delivered Himself up for it” (Eph. 5:25).

However, in our verse above, we find what it cost God...More



Saturday, September 18, 2021

Lessons on Asa (1)—Making Good Use of Quiet Times

[Asa] said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and make walls around them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us, because we have sought the Lord our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.
2 Chronicles 14:7

Lessons on Asa (1)—Making Good Use of Quiet Times
We see a good attitude in Asa right at the beginning of his reign, as the land was quiet for ten years. He used that time to put things in order. First of all, he removed what is against the Lord, the altars of the foreign gods and the high places, which were...More



Friday, September 17, 2021

The Christian Under Human Government (2)

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” … They marveled, and left Him and went their way.
Matthew 22:21-22

The Christian Under Human Government (2)
A scientist from a country with a very large population attended a conference in the West. He said something like this: “In the country I come from, one can oppose Darwin’s evolutionism but cannot speak out against the government. In your country, however, one can freely speak against the government, but not against evolutionism.” Defying Darwinism leads to negative publicity, even...More



Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Consequences of Covetousness

Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I have done: When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it.”
Joshua 7:20-21

The Consequences of Covetousness
Jericho was the first city to resist the Israelites when they crossed the Jordan to conquer the land of Canaan. God gave Joshua explicit directions how this city was to be...More



Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Deceitfulness of Sin and Its Antidote

But encourage yourselves each day … that none of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:13

The Deceitfulness of Sin and Its Antidote
The Bible characterizes the nature of sin in various ways. One of the most descriptive, and perhaps most telling upon our conscience, is the characterization of sin as being “deceitful.”

Sin is deceitful in that it makes promises it cannot keep. It holds out the prospect of pleasure, fulfillment, and contentment, but in the end it betrays its promise and bitterly disappoints. The “old man” is corrupted by “deceitful lusts”...More



Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Defeating the Enemy’s Schemes Against the Christian Family

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood … Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:12-13

Defeating the Enemy’s Schemes Against the Christian Family
If ever there is a day when people need to rise up in the power of His might to stand against the enemy, it is today. Today, the individual believer is under attack, the family is under attack, the assembly is under attack—anywhere the name of Jesus Christ is mentioned in truth, there will be an attack. But thanks be to God, His word gives counsel in...More



Monday, September 13, 2021

Diligence in Prayer

For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Psalm 9:10

Diligence in Prayer
Diligence in prayer is the secret of eminent holiness. Without question there is a vast difference among true Christians. There is an immense gap between the greatest and the weakest in the army of God.

They are all fighting the same good fight, but how much more valiantly some fight than others! They are all doing the Lord’s work, but how much more some do than others! They are all light in the Lord, but how much more brightly some shine than others! They are all running the same race, but how much...More



Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Blood of Christ (3)—Blood and Water

But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
John 19:34

The Blood of Christ (3)—Blood and Water
What is the significance of the blood and water which came from our Savior’s side? It is often said, the blood was for judicial cleansing and the water was for moral cleansing. But what does this mean?

God is holy and must judge sins, and so we read that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). What could answer to God’s judicial claims? Already in the Old Testament it was said, “it is the blood that maketh atonement for the...More



Saturday, September 11, 2021

Be Patient—The Lord Is Coming

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
James 5:7

Be Patient—The Lord Is Coming
James encourages the oppressed brethren to be patient and wait for the coming of the Lord. Their deliverance would come and their patience be rewarded. Let us not forget that like the farmer who waits for the precious fruit of the earth, the Lord waits patiently to gather His precious fruit. The fruit is the fruit of “the labor of His soul” (Isa. 53:11). He...More



Friday, September 10, 2021

Eternal Security of the Believer

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
John 10:27-28

Eternal Security of the Believer
The Lord Jesus speaks of His sheep and presents absolute facts concerning them. Treasuring these truths in our hearts will bring much encouragement and peace.

My sheep hear My voice. All who have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ have heard His invitation to come unto Him. His voice is of most vital value to them; other voices mean nothing. “He calls His own...More



Thursday, September 9, 2021

Lessons on Abijah (3)—God Delivers Those Who Call to Him

When Judah looked around, to their surprise the battle line was at both front and rear; and they cried out to the Lord, and the priests sounded the trumpets. Then the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it happened that God struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
2 Chronicles 13:14-15

Lessons on Abijah (3)—God Delivers Those Who Call to Him
It is interesting to see how Abijah and Judah were saved in the war against Jeroboam. Before the belligerents entered into action, Abijah was bragging about how well they served God and how God had given the kingdom of...More



Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Christian Under Human Government (1)

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.
Romans 13:1

The Christian Under Human Government (1)
Living as a Christian in today’s world involves many challenges. One day, however, the Lord Jesus will set up His reign of peace in Israel and rule the whole universe. Those challenges will then no longer exist because every knee will bow to Him and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Phil. 2:10). In the meantime, however, all Christians are facing the enemy, under whatever government they may live. Even a government that is called “Christian” is nonetheless under the prince...More



Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The Inspired Book

I understand more than the aged, because I have observed Thy precepts.
Psalm 119:100

The Inspired Book
The story is told of a school principal retiring after many years of faithful service and being asked, “How do you plan to spend your retirement years?” Her prompt reply, “In reading again the great classics.” How infinitely better if she would rather devote her remaining years to the study of the Scriptures! Man’s will, by and large, has produced the great classics; God’s skill has produced His written Word. Man’s wisdom permeates the great classics; God’s wisdom permeates His...More



Monday, September 6, 2021

Consequences of Following Wrong Advice

To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Then to Adam He said … “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground.”
Genesis 3:16-19

Consequences of Following Wrong Advice
God had graciously provided our first parents with a delicious...More



Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Blood of Christ (2)—Eating His Flesh and Blood

Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life.
John 6:53-54

The Blood of Christ (2)—Eating His Flesh and Blood
This wonderful chapter in John’s Gospel begins with the fact that the Passover was at hand. After feeding the multitude, the Lord then speaks of Himself as the bread of life.

The bread of life would speak of the incarnation of the Son of God. However, His incarnation—the Son of God becoming Man—while a wonderful fact, could not in itself save us. His death was also...More



Saturday, September 4, 2021

My Helper (2)

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Psalm 121:8

My Helper (2)
The soul that looks to the Lord for help can count upon the unfailing care of the Lord in all circumstances. “Going” and “coming” speak of the changing circumstances that mark a world of unrest. In the gospel day, the Lord could say to His disciples, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat” (Mk. 6:31). In His compassionate care the Lord will give us times...More



Friday, September 3, 2021

My Helper (1)

I lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: whence shall my help come? My help cometh from Jehovah, who made the heavens and the earth.
Psalm 121:1-2

My Helper (1)
In this beautiful psalm we have the experiences of a believer who, in the midst of trials, finds in the Lord his help and unfailing resource. The God-fearing man finds himself faced with trials and difficulties, but realizes that in himself he has no power to meet the circumstances. He needs help.

The greatest source of weakness in the presence of trial is often the self-confidence that leads us to think we can meet the trial in...More



Thursday, September 2, 2021

The Importance of Godly Elders

Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness … To Titus, a true son in our common faith.
Titus 1:1, 4

The Importance of Godly Elders
To find the setting for this epistle, we travel to Crete, a large island in the Mediterranean Sea. There we find an assembly of believers formed during Paul’s visit, and we find Titus, who had been left there to establish them in the life and walk of a believer. Paul wrote this letter to Titus, his son in the faith, to guide him in this enormous...More



Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Blood of Christ (1) — Introduction

And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.
Exodus 12:13

The Blood of Christ (1) — Introduction
We would like to consider some of the scriptures that speak of the blood of Christ and its value for God and for us. The first mention of blood in the Word of God is Abel’s blood, which cried out for vengeance because of Cain murdering him. Hebrews 12:24 tells us that the blood of the Lord Jesus speaks of “better things” than the blood of Abel. Abel’s blood cried out for vengeance; the precious blood of our Lord cries...More



Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Knowing God’s Will (2)

I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight.
Isaiah 42:16

Knowing God’s Will (2)
God has promised that He will guide us in our ways. Psalm 23 shows the wonderful care of the Shepherd. He leads and guides them, is with them in dangerous places, and provides for all their needs. Likewise, He will do this for us too.

If we do not have peace in our hearts, it would indicate something is not His will for us. If we cannot go forward in faith, then it is not according...More



Monday, August 30, 2021

Knowing God’s Will (1)

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15

Knowing God’s Will (1)
We are exhorted in these and other verses to know the Lord’s will before doing something. So the question arises: How do we know His will? There are several principles that will help us with...More



Sunday, August 29, 2021

Doxologies of the New Testament (17)—Worship God and the Lamb

All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
Revelation 7:11-12

Doxologies of the New Testament (17)—Worship God and the Lamb
This is the final doxology of the Bible. It is in response to a vision of “a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues.” This white-robed company stood before the throne and before the Lamb...More



Saturday, August 28, 2021

I Saw You

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
John 1:47-48

I Saw You
We find a beautiful commendation of Nathanael in these words of the Lord Jesus: “An Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” Would we not also desire such a commendation from Him? Nathanael was puzzled, however, that the Lord spoke this way about him, as though He really knew him; and then the Lord said...More



Friday, August 27, 2021

Lessons on Abijah (2)—Spiritual Life: Appearances and Reality

Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim … and said, “Hear me, Jeroboam and all Israel … Have you not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made for yourselves priests … of things that are not gods? But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken Him; and the priests who minister to the Lord are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites attend to their duties.”
2 Chronicles 13:4, 9-10

Lessons on Abijah (2)—Spiritual Life: Appearances and Reality
As Abijah is about to make war against Israel, he rightly reminds them about Jeroboam’s sin: they turned...More



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Aquila and Priscilla, Helpers of Paul

When Aquila and Priscilla heard [Apollos], they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house.

Acts 18:26; Romans 16:3-5

Aquila and Priscilla, Helpers of Paul
We first meet this model couple in Acts 18:1-3 when Paul, coming to Corinth, finds them there and stays with them. Like him, they were Jews and tentmakers. They had been expelled...More



Wednesday, August 25, 2021

“Blessed” in the Psalms (24)—Earthly and Heavenly Blessings

Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes feast at the proper time—for strength and not for drunkenness!
Ecclesiastes 10:17

“Blessed” in the Psalms (24)—Earthly and Heavenly Blessings
One who walks in the right path with God is called blessed (Ps. 1). In Hebrew, the words right, or upright, and blessed are closely linked together. They occur nine times in Proverbs and describe the world to come as marked by justice (Prov. 3:13; 8:32, 34; 14:21; 16:20; 20:7; 28:14; 29:18; 31:28). The above verse is from the fourth book...More



Tuesday, August 24, 2021

God’s Love Is Immutable

Jehovah thy God is in thy midst, a Mighty One that will save: He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love; He will exult over thee with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

God’s Love Is Immutable
Here we have a wondrous thought: that of God resting in His love, a love not for sinless angels but for fallen, redeemed men! The word implies the rest of someone after the completion of some arduous work. He rested at creation, but that rest is but a feeble picture of His complacent rest and rejoicing over one new-born, ransomed soul.

There is a beautiful sequence in this verse—it...More



Monday, August 23, 2021

Yielded to Christ

The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
1 Samuel 18:1

Yielded to Christ
We can imagine that as David went to meet Goliath, and as Goliath advanced to meet David, the armies on both sides of the valley would be watching breathlessly; so much depended on the outcome. Jonathan was one of those who on Israel’s side watched while David went to meet the giant. Even he wouldn’t dare to face Goliath. David’s victory was really, as it were, Jonathan’s deliverance. From that time on, Jonathan really loved David. Twice we read that he “loved him...More



Sunday, August 22, 2021

Doxologies of the New Testament (16)—Loves Us and Washed Us

To Him who loves us, and has washed us from our sins in His blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father: to Him be the glory and the might to the ages of ages. Amen.
Revelation 1:5-6

Doxologies of the New Testament (16)—Loves Us and Washed Us
Revelation is full of prophetic details, but that is not what it is about. Its subject is Jesus Christ revealed as the rightful heir and ruler of all things. The seven-sealed scroll will be placed in the hand of the Lamb by God the Father (Rev. 5:1-7; cf. Ps. 2:8-9). This scroll contains the revelation of God’s purpose and counsel...More



Saturday, August 21, 2021

Set Up Your Banner—Start Rejoicing Today

We will triumph in Thy salvation, and in the name of our God will we set up our banners.
Psalm 20:5

Set Up Your Banner—Start Rejoicing Today
The Father has all delight in Christ as the perfect expression of His love—of all that life is—and we enter into His delight. What a God! Not contented to be Himself light and love in His own glory, He has presented light and love and glory to us in His Son. Has the delight and the blessedness of fellowship with Him up there revealed to us the poverty of all down here?

Are we a heavenly people? Have we heavenly stores laid up in Christ? Why...More



Friday, August 20, 2021

Thoughts on Psalm 34

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Psalm 34:11-16

Thoughts on Psalm 34
This passage teaches us the connection between good words and good days. We enjoy the good blessings of God as we keep our tongues from evil and deceit. It follows that...More



Thursday, August 19, 2021

Lessons on Abijah (1)—Walking Humbly With God

Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim … and said, “Hear me, Jeroboam and all Israel: Should you not know that the Lord God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons, by a covenant of salt?”
2 Chronicles 13:4-5

Lessons on Abijah (1)—Walking Humbly With God
The only thing we read about the three-year reign of Abijah is that he made war with Jeroboam. It appears that he was the one initiating it, and he gave a discourse at the outset. We see at the beginning of his speech that Abijah had high pretensions concerning the kingdom of Israel and presents facts in a way...More



Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Godly Examples of Prayer

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
James 5:16

Godly Examples of Prayer
There are wonderful examples in Scripture of the power of prayer. Nothing seems to be too great, too hard, or too difficult for prayer to do. It has obtained things that seemed impossible and out of reach. It has won victories over fire, air, earth, and water. Prayer opened the Red Sea. Prayer brought water from the rock and bread from heaven. Prayer made the sun stand still. Prayer brought fire from the sky on Elijah’s sacrifice. Prayer turned the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. Prayer...More



Tuesday, August 17, 2021

“Blessed” in the Psalms (23)—Waiting for the Ultimate Blessing

From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days!
Daniel 12:11-12

“Blessed” in the Psalms (23)—Waiting for the Ultimate Blessing
In the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Daniel is not classed along with the “Prophets” but is part of what is called “the Writings,” which includes Psalms, Proverbs, and the Song of Solomon. Together, they are sometimes referred to as “Psalms” (Lk. 24:44)—distinct from Moses and the Prophets. When Peter, Paul,...More



Monday, August 16, 2021

Fervor in Serving the Lord

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you.

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die.

2 Timothy 1:6; Revelation 3:2

Fervor in Serving the Lord
Paul, in speaking to Timothy in the verse above, was telling him to stir up what he already had in him, that is, the gift of God. God has accomplished the work of salvation, and there is nothing you need to do other than believe and put your trust in that finished work. As a Christian, this is the basis for all that follows. With that said, our service for God ought to be a voluntary...More



Sunday, August 15, 2021

Doxologies of the New Testament (15)—Able to Keep Us

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Jude 24-25

Doxologies of the New Testament (15)—Able to Keep Us
The main theme of the Epistle of Jude is the apostasy of the last days. Jude traces this apostasy from its very beginning when it crept in (v. 4) right up to its judgment at the coming of the Lord with all His saints (v. 14). Paul said the same thing when he wrote...More



Saturday, August 14, 2021

King of Peace

Melchisedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. And He was priest of the Most High God.
Genesis 14:18

King of Peace
Abram’s nephew Lot had chosen the part of the land that was pleasant to view, had the best feeding ground, and was near a certain city: Sodom. A king from a distant land had begun to collect taxes from Sodom and four surrounding cities. This continued for twelve years until the people of these five cities rebelled. The distant king, not to be put off, mounted an army from his and three of his allies’ cities. In the ensuing battle, the rebellion was squashed and the people...More



Friday, August 13, 2021

Titus, Helper of Paul

We urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well … But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus. For he not only accepted the exhortation, but being more diligent, he went to you of his own accord.

Titus, a true son in our common faith … I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you.

2 Corinthians 8:6, 16-17; Titus 1:4-5

Titus, Helper of Paul
From the way Paul addresses Titus, and the references he makes in Galatians 2,...More



Thursday, August 12, 2021

A Merry Heart

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

A Merry Heart
Whenever I read this verse I think of a very special brother whose life overflowed with the joy of the Lord. Now with the One whom he loved and served, his life yet speaks. My whole family still remembers the fragrance of that home where we sometimes stayed. Mostly we remember the contagion of his merry heart.

What produces such a merry heart? Why do the lives of some saints bubble over with the joy of the Lord while others rattle harshly with the dry bones of a broken spirit?...More



Wednesday, August 11, 2021

What Is Fasting?

In fastings often.
2 Corinthians 11:27

What Is Fasting?
Over the years I’m sure most of us have heard of those who fasted. Often we hear of people fasting in protest over something, refusing to eat until the wrong was made right. But what does the Bible say about fasting?

There are many instances of those who fasted in the Bible. Moses fasted on Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:28). Hannah fasted when she wanted a son from God (1 Sam. 1:7). David fasted on several occasions (e.g. 2 Sam. 1:12; 12:22). The entire nation of Israel fasted on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:27). Many...More



Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Caring for Our Brethren’s Spiritual Welfare

Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them back unto thy brother. And if thy brother be not near unto thee, and thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thy house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it unto him. And so shalt thou do with his ass.
Deuteronomy 22:1-3

Caring for Our Brethren’s Spiritual Welfare
The Lord cares for all His people. He paid the supreme price of shedding His precious blood to redeem them, and He will not let them go. He knows all the...More



Monday, August 9, 2021

God, and Not Our Enemies, Is the Author of Our Circumstances

Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, except it were given Thee from above.

Genesis 50:19-20; John 19:11

God, and Not Our Enemies, Is the Author of Our Circumstances
What comfort indeed, when man’s arrows painfully strike, to know that there is One who works all things to our good and blessing!

And how important that we truly forgive! For therein is the evidence that we...More



Sunday, August 8, 2021

Doxologies of the New Testament (14)—Our Lord and Savior

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2 Peter 3:18

Doxologies of the New Testament (14)—Our Lord and Savior
Both of the apostle Peter’s epistles end with a doxology, and they are both centered upon the subject of grace. This was something Peter knew about personally, having known not only the Lord’s saving grace but also His restoring grace. This second epistle was written in view of the apostle Peter’s imminent death through martyrdom (2 Pet. 1:13-15). It has a solemn character in that...More




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