22 Dec Dec 22nd | Evening Devotional
“The spot of his children.”
They are corrupt and not his children;
to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation.
—Deuteronomy 32:5 [NIV]
What is the secret spot which infallibly betokens the child of God? It were vain presumption to decide this upon our own judgment; but God’s word reveals it to us, and we may tread surely where we have revelation to be our guide. Now, we are told concerning our Lord, “to as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to as many as believed on his name.” Then, if I have received Christ Jesus into my heart, I am a child of God. That reception is described in the same verse as believing on the name of Jesus Christ. If, then, I believe on Jesus Christ’s name-that is, simply from my heart trust myself with the crucified, but now exalted, Redeemer, I am a member of the family of the Most High. Whatever else I may not have, if I have this, I have the privilege to become a child of God. Our Lord Jesus puts it in another shape. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Here is the matter in a nutshell. Christ appears as a shepherd to his own sheep, not to others. As soon as he appears, his own sheep perceive him-they trust him, they are prepared to follow him; he knows them, and they know him-there is a mutual knowledge-there is a constant connection between them. Thus the one mark, the sure mark, the infallible mark of regeneration and adoption is a hearty faith in the appointed Redeemer. Reader, are you in doubt, are you uncertain whether you bear the secret mark of God’s children? Then let not an hour pass over your head till you have said, “Search me, O God, and know my heart.” Trifle not here, I adjure you! If you must trifle anywhere, let it be about some secondary matter: your health, if you will, or the title deeds of your estate; but about your soul, your never-dying soul and its eternal destinies, I beseech you to be in earnest. Make sure work for eternity.
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.” On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let… Continue Reading Dec 31st | Morning Devotional...31 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 3 Likes
“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.” —Jeremiah 8:20 [NIV] Not saved! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight? Warned of the judgment to… Continue Reading Dec 31st | Evening Devotional...31 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. —Ecclesiastes 7:8 [NIV] Look at David’s Lord and Master; see his beginning. He was despised and… Continue Reading Dec 30th | Morning Devotional...30 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“Knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end?” Abner called out to Joab, “Must the sword devour forever? Don’t you realize that this will end in bitterness? How long before you order your men to stop pursuing their fellow Israelites?”… Continue Reading Dec 30th | Evening Devotional...30 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” —1 Samuel 7:12 [NIV] The word “hitherto” seems like a hand pointing… Continue Reading Dec 29th | Morning Devotional...29 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“What think ye of Christ?” “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied. —Matthew 22:42 [NIV] The great test of your soul’s health is, What think you of Christ? Is he to you “fairer… Continue Reading Dec 29th | Evening Devotional...29 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.” I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I… Continue Reading Dec 28th | Morning Devotional...28 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“I came not to send peace on earth, but a sword.” Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. —Matthew 10:34 [NIV] The Christian will be sure to… Continue Reading Dec 28th | Evening Devotional...28 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“Can the rush grow up without mire?” Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water? —Job 8:11 [NIV] The rush is spongy and hollow, and even so is a hypocrite; there is no substance or stability in… Continue Reading Dec 27th | Morning Devotional...27 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“And the LORD shall guide thee continually.” The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. —Isaiah 58:11 [NIV]… Continue Reading Dec 27th | Evening Devotional...27 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like