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 Please, tap or click on appropriate day of the week, and prayerfully get nourished by meditatively reading the corresponding bible devotional content.

  • Monday:

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    Monday 23 March 2020

    SILENT VOICES OF THE STONES!

    Luke 19:35-45

    But could the stones cry out? Assuredly they could if he who opens the mouth of the dumb should bid them lift up their voice. Certainly if they were to speak, they would have much to testify in praise of him who created them by the word of his power; they could extol the wisdom and power of their Maker who called them into being. Shall not we speak well of him who made us anew, and out of stones raised up children unto Abraham? The old rocks could tell of chaos and order, and the handiwork of God in successive stages of creation’s drama; and cannot we talk of God’s decrees, of God’s great work in ancient times, in all that he did for his church in the days of old?

    If the stones were to speak, they could tell of their breaker, how he took them from the quarry, and made them fit for the temple, and cannot we tell of our glorious Breaker, who broke our hearts with the hammer of his word, that he might build us into his temple? If the stones should cry out they would magnify their builder, who polished them and fashioned them after the similitude of a palace; and shall not we talk of our Architect and Builder, who has put us in our place in the temple of the living God? If the stones could cry out, they might have a long, long story to tell by way of memorial, for many a time has a great stone been rolled as a memorial before the Lord; and we too can testify of Ebenezers, stones of help, pillars of remembrance. The broken stones of the law cry out against us, but Christ himself, who has rolled away the stone from the door of the sepulchre, speaks for us. Stones might well cry out, but we will not let them: we will hush their noise with ours; we will break forth into sacred song, and bless the majesty of the Most High, all our days glorifying him who is called by Jacob the Shepherd and Stone of Israel.

    Meditation:
    “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40

    Prayer Point:
    1. My lips will never be closed, but rather be wide open to thank, praise and worship God; it is not in my generation that the stones will rise praise you.
    2. Thank you Lord for caving me fittingly from the quarry into being part of your temple; even so Lord, help me to abide in you till eternity.
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    Read the Bible in one Year: Deuteronomy 25-27; Luke 5:1-16

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  • Tuesday:

     

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    Tuesday 17 March 2020

    BLESSEDNESS OF A PEACEMAKER

    Matthew 5:1-12

    “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matt 5:9. This is the seventh of the beatitudes: and seven was the number of perfection among the Hebrews. It may be that the Saviour placed the peacemaker the seventh upon the list because he most nearly approaches the perfect man in Christ Jesus. He who would have perfect blessedness, so far as it can be enjoyed on earth, must attain to this seventh benediction, and become a peacemaker. There is a significance also in the position of the text. The verse which precedes it speaks of the blessedness of “the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” It is well to understand that we are to be “first pure, then peaceable.” Our peaceableness is never to be a compact with sin, or toleration of evil. We must set our faces like flints against everything which is contrary to God and his holiness: purity being in our souls a settled matter, we can go on to peaceableness. Not less does the verse that follows seem to have been put there on purpose.

    However peaceable we may be in this world, yet we shall be misrepresented and misunderstood: and no marvel, for even the Prince of Peace, by his very peacefulness, brought fire upon the earth. He himself, though he loved mankind, and did no ill, was “despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Lest, therefore, the peaceable in heart should be surprised when they meet with enemies, it is added in the following verse, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Thus, the peacemakers are not only pronounced to be blessed, but they are compassed about with blessings. Lord, give us grace to climb to this seventh beatitude! Purify our minds that we may be “first pure, then peaceable,” and fortify our souls, that our peaceableness may not lead us into cowardice and despair, when for your sake we are persecuted.

    Meditation:
    “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
    Matthew 5:9

    Prayer Point:
    1. My Father in Heaven, please grant me purity of heart and the attainment of being a Peace Maker and the inherent blessings thereof.
    2. Purify my mind that I may first be made pure in heart and then become peaceful in my soul.
    3. O Lord, I receive fortifications against misrepresentation, misunderstanding or persecution that could deter the intimate father and child relationship with you.
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    Read the Bible in one Year: Deuteronomy 8-10; Luke 1:57-80

     

     

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  • Wednesday:

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    Wednesday 18 March 2020

    DIMENSIONS OF HIS LOVE FOR HUMANITY

    John 15:9-23

    As the Father loves the Son, in the same manner Jesus loves his people. What is that divine method? He loved him without beginning, and thus Jesus loves his members. “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” You can trace the beginning of human affection; you can easily find the beginning of your love to Christ, but his love to us is a stream whose source is hidden in eternity.

    God the Father loves Jesus without any change. Christian, take this for your comfort, that there is no change in Jesus Christ’s love to those who rest in him. Yesterday you were on Tabor’s top, and you said, “He loves me:” today you are in the valley of humiliation, but he loves you still the same. On the hill Mizar, and among the Hermons, you heard his voice, which spoke so sweetly with the turtle-notes of love; and now on the sea, or even in the sea, when all his waves and billows go over you, his heart is faithful to his ancient choice.

    The Father loves the Son without any end, and thus does the Son love his people. Saint, you need not fear the loosing of the silver cord, for his love for you will never cease. Rest confident that even down to the grave Christ will go with you, and that up again from it he will be your guide to the celestial hills.

    Moreover, the Father loves the Son without any measure, and the same immeasurable love the Son bestows upon his chosen ones. The whole heart of Christ is dedicated to his people. He “loved us and gave himself for us.” His is a love which passes knowledge. Ah! we have indeed an immutable Saviour, a precious Saviour, one who loves without measure, without change, without beginning, and without end, even as the Father loves him! There is much food here for those who know how to digest it. May the Holy Ghost lead us into its marrow and fatness!

    Meditation:
    “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” John 15:9

    Prayer Point:
    1. May I continually abide in His incomparable love that is without measure; I therefore declare that no depth nor height nor any circumstances shall dissuade me from abiding agape love.
    2. Just as the Father loves the Son, and the Son Loves His own, even so shall I love the Trinity and humanity with my whole heart.
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    Read the Bible in one Year: Deuteronomy 11-12; Luke 2:1-20

     

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  • Thursday:

      

     

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    Thursday 26 March 2020

    HE COMES IN HIS GLORY FOR THE REGENERATED

    Mark 8:36-38, Matthew 25:31-40

    If we have been partakers with Jesus in his shame, we shall be sharers with him in the lustre which shall surround him when he appears again in glory. Are you, beloved one, with Christ Jesus? Does a vital union knit you to him? Then you are today with him in his shame; you have taken up his cross, and gone with him without the camp bearing his reproach; you shall doubtless be with him when the cross is exchanged for the crown. Sincerely judge yourself at this moment; for if you are not with him in the regeneration, neither shall you be with him when he shall come in his glory. If you start back from the black side of communion, you shall not understand its bright, its happy period, when the King shall come, and all his holy angels with him. What! are angels with him? And yet he took not up angels—he took up the seed of Abraham. Are the holy angels with him? Come, my soul, if you are indeed his own beloved, you cannot be far from him. If his friends and his neighbours are called together to see his glory, what do you think if you are married to him? Shall you be distant? Though it be a day of judgment, yet you cannot be far from that heart which, having admitted angels into intimacy, has admitted you into union.

    Has he not said to you, O my soul, “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion” (Hosea 2:19). Have not his own lips said it, “I am married unto thee, and my delight is in thee?” If the angels, who are but friends and neighbours, shall be with him, it is abundantly certain that his own beloved Hephzibah, in whom is all his delight, shall be near to him, and sit at his right hand. Here is a morning star of hope for you, of such exceeding brilliance, that it may well light up the darkest and most desolate experience.

    Meditation:
    If you are not with him in the regeneration, neither shall you be with him when he shall come in his glory.

    Prayer Point:
    1. I surrender everything that charms me most. Today, I yield my whole-heart onto you; regenerate and refine me completely.
    2. You who has betrothed me in righteousness, justice, love and compassion, draw and keep me ever close and closer to you, and keep me from failing and from falling out of grace.
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    Read the Bible in one Year: Deuteronomy 31-32; Luke 6:17-49

     

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  • Friday:

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    Friday 27 March 2020

    SURE VICTORY IN PREVAILING FAITH

    Matthew 15:22-28

    The Canaanite woman gained comfort in her misery by thinking great thoughts of Christ . The Master had talked about the children’s bread: “Now,” argued she, “since you are the Master of the table of grace, I know that you are a generous housekeeper, and there is sure to be abundance of bread on your table; there will be such an abundance for the children that there will be crumbs to throw on the floor for the dogs, and the children will fare none the worse because the dogs are fed.” She thought him one who kept so good a table that all that she needed would only be a crumb in comparison; yet remember, what she wanted was to have the devil cast out of her daughter. It was a very great thing to her, but she had such a high esteem of Christ, that she said, “It is nothing to him, it is but a crumb for Christ to give.”

    This is the royal road to comfort. Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace. “My sins are many, but oh! it is nothing to Jesus to take them all away. The weight of my guilt presses me down as a giant’s foot would crush a worm, but it is no more than a grain of dust to him, because he has already borne its curse in his own body on the tree. It will be but a small thing for him to give me full remission, although it will be an infinite blessing for me to receive it.” The woman opens her soul’s mouth very wide, expecting great things of Jesus, and he fills it with his love. Dear reader, do the same. She confessed what Christ laid at her door, but she laid fast hold upon him, and drew arguments even out of his hard words; she believed great things of him, and she thus overcame him. She won the victory by believing in Him . Her case is an instance of prevailing faith; and if we would conquer like her, we must imitate her tactics.

    Meditation:
    “And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.” Matthew 15:27

    Prayer Point:
    1. I believe Lord, even so, deliver me completely from every iota of unbelief in disguise.
    2. Crumbs shall not be my portion, but abundance of bread of Grace, honour, blessings and healing, because I am a seed of Abraham.
    3. I reject every crushing giant foot of sins, failures and curses, because Jesus had already borne them all in his own body on the Calvary tree.
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    Read the Bible in one Year: Deuteronomy 33-34; Luke 7:1-35

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  • Saturday:

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     Saturday 28 March 2020

    THE WORTHY SWEET SAVOURED SAVIOUR

    Isaiah 53:1-12

    “I will accept you with your sweet savour.” Ezekiel 20:41. The virtues of our great Redeemer are as sweet savour to the Most High. Whether we speak of the active or passive righteousness of Christ, there is an equal fragrance. There was a sweet savour in his active life by which he honoured the law of God, and made every precept to glitter like a precious jewel in the pure setting of his own person. Such, too, was his passive obedience, when he endured with unmurmuring submission, hunger and thirst, cold and nakedness, and at length sweat great drops of blood in Gethsemane, gave his back to the smitten, and his cheeks to them that plucked out the hair, and was fastened to the cruel wood, that he might suffer the wrath of God in our behalf. These two things are sweet before the Most High; and for the sake of his doing and his dying, his substitutionary sufferings and his vicarious obedience, the Lord our God accepts us. What a preciousness must there be in him to overcome our want of preciousness! What a sweet savour to put away our ill savour! What a cleansing power in his blood to take away sin such as ours! and what glory in his righteousness to make such unacceptable creatures to be accepted in the Beloved!

    Mark, believer, how sure and unchanging must be our acceptance, since it is in him! Take care that you never doubt your acceptance in Jesus. You cannot be accepted without Christ; but, when you have received his merit, you cannot be unaccepted. Notwithstanding all your doubts, and fears, and sins, Jehovah’s gracious eye never looks upon you in anger; though he sees sin in you, in yourself, yet when he looks at you through Christ, he sees no sin. You are always accepted in Christ, are always blessed and dear to the Father’s heart. Therefore lift up a song, and as you see the smoking incense of the merit of the Saviour coming up at this moment, before the sapphire throne, let the incense of your praise go up also.

    Meditation:
    “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:11

    Prayer Point:
    1. Thank you Lord for making us who were not a people to become your people; we who were lost in sin to become righteous in you by the cleansing power of your blood.
    2. I reject any forms of gloomy and doom situations, because my Lord has given me hope for every hopelessness, and has restored a destiny and a bright future for me.
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    Read the Bible in one Year: Joshua 1-2; Luke 7:36-50

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    Sunday 22 March 2020

    WHY THE GOODLY CEDARS OF LEBANON DIE?

    John 17:16-26

    O death! why do you touch the tree beneath whose spreading branches weariness has rest? Why do you snatch away the excellent of the earth, in whom is all our delight? If you must use your axe, use it upon the trees which yield no fruit; you might be thanked then. But why will you fell the goodly cedars of Lebanon? O stay your axe, and spare the righteous. But no, it must not be; death smites the best of our friends; the most generous, the most prayerful, the most holy, the most devoted must die. And why? It is through Jesus’ prevailing prayer—“ Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am.” It is that which bears them on eagle’s wings to heaven.

    Every time a believer mounts from this earth to paradise, it is an answer to Christ’s prayer. A good old divine remarks, “Many times Jesus and his people pull against one another in prayer. You bend your knee in prayer and say ‘Father, I will that thy saints be with me where I am’; Christ says, ‘Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where am.’” Thus the disciple is at cross-purposes with his Lord. The soul cannot be in both places: the beloved one cannot be with Christ and with you too. Now, whose plead shall win the day? If you had your choice; if the King should step from his throne, and say, “Here are two supplicants praying in opposition to one another, which shall be answered?” Oh! I am sure, though it were agony, you would start from your feet, and say, “Jesus, not my will, but thine be done.” You would give up your prayer for your loved one’s life, if you could realize the thoughts that Christ is praying in the opposite direction—“ Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am.” Lord, you shall have them. By faith we let them go.

    Meditation:
    “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world..” John 17:24

    Prayer Point:
    1. I shall not die the death of the wicked, and the number of my days I shall surely fulfill, in Jesus name.
    2. In the fullness of years, I shall see the Messiah and be eternally united with King of Glory forever; therefore, hell shall never be my portion, in Jesus name.
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    Read the Bible in one Year: Deuteronomy 22-24; Luke 4:14-44

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