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Mission Devotional - July 31, 2017

"I in them." Today's Devotional Reading John 17:23 If such be the union which subsists between our souls and the person of our Lord, how deep and broad is the channel of our communion! This is no narrow pipe through which a thread-like stream may wind its way, it is a channel of amazing depth and breadth, along whose glorious length a ponderous volume of living water may...

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Mission Devotional - July 30, 2017

"And when he thought thereon, he wept." Today's Devotional Reading Mark 14:72 It has been thought by some that as long as Peter lived, the fountain of his tears began to flow whenever he remembered his denying his Lord. It is not unlikely that it was so, for his sin was very great, and grace in him had afterwards a perfect work. This same experience is common to all the ...

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Mission Devotional - July 29, 2017

"Nevertheless I am continually with thee." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 73:23 "Nevertheless," - As if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God's presence was undoubtedly his. Fully con...

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Mission Devotional - July 28, 2017

"So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before thee." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 73:22 Remember this is the confession of the man after God's own heart; and in telling us his inner life, he writes, "So foolish was I, and ignorant." The word "foolish," here, means more than it signifies in ordinary language. David, in a former verse of the Psalm, writes, "...

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Mission Devotional - July 27, 2017

"Exceeding great and precious promises." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Peter 1:4 If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will tread them the juice will flow. Thinking over the hallowed words will often be the prelude to t...

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Mission Devotional - July 26, 2017

"Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge, etc." Today's Devotional Reading 2 Peter 1:5-6 If thou wouldest enjoy the eminent grace of the full assurance of faith, under the blessed Spirit's influence, and assistance, do what the Scripture tells thee, "Give diligence." Take care that thy faith is of the right kind - that it is not a mere bel...

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Mission Devotional - July 25, 2017

"He left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 39:12 In contending with certain sins there remains no mode of victory but by flight. The ancient naturalists wrote much of basilisks, whose eyes fascinated their victims and rendered them easy victims; so the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in solemn danger. He who would be ...

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Mission Devotional - July 24, 2017

"Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 14:13 These words contain God's command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master's word to him is, "Stand stil...

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Mission Devotional - July 23, 2017

"Even thou wast as one of them." Today's Devotional Reading Obadiah 1:11 Brotherly kindness was due from Edom to Israel in the time of need, but instead thereof, the men of Esau made common cause with Israel's foes. Special stress in the sentence before us is laid upon the word thou; as when Caesar cried to Brutus, "and thou Brutus"; a bad action may be all the worse, be...

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Mission Devotional - July 22, 2017

"I am married unto to you." Today's Devotional Reading Jeremiah 3:14 Christ Jesus is joined unto his people in marriage-union. In love he espoused his Church as a chaste virgin, long before she fell under the yoke of bondage. Full of burning affection he toiled, like Jacob for Rachel, until the whole of her purchase-money had been paid, and now, having sought her by his ...

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Mission Devotional - July 21, 2017

"The daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee." Today's Devotional Reading Isaiah 37:22 Reassured by the Word of the Lord, the poor trembling citizens of Zion grew bold, and shook their heads at Sennacherib's boastful threats. Strong faith enables the servants of God to look with calm contempt upon their most haughty foes. We know that our enemies are attemptin...

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Mission Devotional - July 20, 2017

"The earnest of our inheritance." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 1:14 Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ's preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, "'Tis but a taste!...

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Mission Devotional - July 18, 2017

"They shall go hindmost with their standards." Today's Devotional Reading Numbers 2:31 The camp of Dan brought up the rear when the armies of Israel were on the march. The Danites occupied the hindmost place, but what mattered the position, since they were as truly part of the host as were the foremost tribes; they followed the same fiery cloudy pillar, they ate of the s...

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Mission Devotional - July 19, 2017

"The Lord our God has shewed us his glory." Today's Devotional Reading Deuteronomy 5:24 God's great design in all his works is the manifestation of his own glory. Any aim less than this were unworthy of himself. But how shall the glory of God be manifested to such fallen creatures as we are? Man's eye is not single, he has ever a side glance towards his own honour, has t...

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Mission Devotional - July 17, 2017

"Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Thessalonians 1:4 Many persons want to know their election before they look to Christ, but they cannot learn it thus, it is only to be discovered by "looking unto Jesus." If you desire to ascertain your own election; - after the following manner, shall you assure your heart before God. Do you...

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Mission Devotional - July 16, 2017

"They gathered manna every morning." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 16:21 Labour to maintain a sense of thine entire dependence upon the Lord's good will and pleasure for the continuance of thy richest enjoyments. Never try to live on the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, or thou art undone for ever. Old anointings will not suffice t...

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Mission Devotional - July 15, 2017

"The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out." Today's Devotional Reading Leviticus 6:13 Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here, therefore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer, of vital and experimental religi...

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Mission Devotional - July 14, 2017

"If thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou has polluted it." Today's Devotional Reading Exodus 20:25 God's altar was to be built of unhewn stones, that no trace of human skill or labour might be seen upon it. Human wisdom delights to trim and arrange the doctrines of the cross into a system more artificial and more congenial with the depraved tastes of fallen nature; instea...

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Mission Devotional - July 13, 2017

"God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry." Today's Devotional Reading Jonah 4:9 Anger is not always or necessarily sinful, but it has such a tendency to run wild that whenever it displays itself, we should be quick to question its character, with this enquiry, "Doest thou well to be angry?" It may be that we can answer, "YES." Very frequently anger is the madman's...

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Mission Devotional - July 12, 2017

"Through sanctification of the Spirit." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 1:2 Mark the union of the Three Divine Persons in all their gracious acts. How unwisely do those believers talk who make preferences in the Persons of the Trinity; who think of Jesus as if he were the embodiment of everything lovely and gracious, while the Father they regard as severely just, but ...

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Mission Devotional - July 11, 2017

"After that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Peter 5:10 You have seen the arch of heaven as it spans the plain: glorious are its colours, and rare its hues. It is beautiful, but, alas, it passes away, and lo, it is not. The fair colours give way to the fleecyclouds, and the sky is no longer brilli...

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Mission Devotional - July 10, 2017

"Fellow citizens with the saints." Today's Devotional Reading Ephesians 2:19 What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? It means that we are under heaven's government. Christ the king of heaven reigns in our hearts; our daily prayer is, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us: the dec...

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Mission Devotional - July 9, 2017

"Forget not all His benefits." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 103:2 It is a delightful and profitable occupation to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints, and to observe his goodness in delivering them, his mercy in pardoning them, and his faithfulness in keeping his covenant with them. But would it not be even more interesting and profitable for us to re...

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Mission Devotional - July 8, 2017

"Tell me I pray thee wherein thy great strength lieth." Today's Devotional Reading Judges 16:6 Where lies the secret strength of faith? It lies in the food it feeds on; for faith studies what the promise is - an emanation of divine grace, an overflowing of the great heart of God; and faith says, "My God could not have given this promise, except from love and grace; there...

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Mission Devotional - July 7, 2017

"Brethren, pray for us." Today's Devotional Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:25 This one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader's memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly implore every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us. Brethren, our work is solemnly mom...

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Mission Devotional - July 6, 2017

"Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." Today's Devotional Reading Proverbs 1:33 Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love i...

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Mission Devotional - July 5, 2017

"Called to be saints." Today's Devotional Reading Romans 1:7 We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were "saints" in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are "saints" whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject to the same weakne...

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Mission Devotional - July 4, 2017

"Sanctify them through thy truth." Today's Devotional Reading John 17:17 Sanctification begins in regeneration. The Spirit of God infuses into man that new living principle by which he becomes "a new creature" in Christ Jesus. This work, which begins in the new birth, is carried on in two ways - mortification, whereby the lusts of the flesh are subdued and kept under; an...

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Mission Devotional - July 3, 2017

"The ill favoured and lean fleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine." Today's Devotional Reading Genesis 41:4 Pharaoh's dream has too often been my waking experience. My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enth...

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Mission Devotional - July 2, 2017

"Our heart shall rejoice in Him." Today's Devotional Reading Psalm 33:21 Blessed is the fact that Christians can rejoice even in the deepest distress; although trouble may surround them, they still sing; and, like many birds, they sing best in their cages. The waves may roll over them, but their souls soon rise to the surface and see the light of God's countenance; they ...

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Mission Devotional - July 1, 2017

"In summer and in winter shall it be." Today's Devotional Reading Zechariah 14:8The streams of living water which flow from Jerusalem are not dried up by the parching heats of sultry midsummer any more than they were frozen by the cold winds of blustering winter. Rejoice, O my soul, that thou art spared to testify of the faithfulness of the Lord. The seasons change and t...

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