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Not Forgotten

Thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. (Isaiah 44:21) Our Jehovah cannot so forget His servants as to cease to love them. He chose them not for a time but forever. ...

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Prayer, Thanksgiving, Praise

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:6-7)No care but all prayer. No anxiety but much joyful communion with God. ...

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Past Deliverance Begets Faith

David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.(1 Samuel 17:37) This is not a promise if we consider only the words, but it is truly so as to its sense; for David spoke a word which the Lord endorsed by making it true. ...

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To Others an "Ensample"

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:9) It is well when a man can with advantage be so minutely copied as Paul might have been. Oh, for grace to imitate him this day and every day!...

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Giving Without a Whisper

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in, secret himself shall regard thee openly. (Matthew 6:3-4) No promise is made to those who give to the poor to be seen of men. They have their reward at once and cannot expect to be paid twice....

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God First, Then Extras

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33) See how the Bible opens: "In the beginning God." Let your life open in the same way. Seek with your whole soul, first and foremost, the kingdom of God, as the place of your citizenship, and His righteousness as the character of your life....

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Unbroken Fellowship Essential

lf ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7)Of necessity we must be in Christ to live unto Him .....

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You Deal with God

I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man. (Hosea 11:9) The Lord thus makes known His sparing mercies. It may be that the reader is now under heavy displeasure, and everything threatens his speedy doom. ...

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The Dross Purged

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. (Zechariah 13:9)...

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Justice Satisfied

When I see the blood, I will pass over you. (Exodus 12:13)My own sight of the precious blood is for my comfort; but it is the Lord's sight of it which secures my safety. ...

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God Routs Fear

Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel. (Numbers 23:23) How this should cut up root and branch all silly, superstitious fears! Even if there were any truth in witchcraft and omens, they could not affect the people of the Lord. Those whom God blessed, devils cannot curse....

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Mouth Confession; Heart Belief

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9) There must be confession with the mouth. Have I made it? ...

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Blessing after Tears

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6 To a great extent we find that we must sow in tears before we can reap in joy....

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A Wonderful Guarantee

I will strengthen thee. (Isaiah 41:10) When called to serve or to suffer, we take stock of our strength, and we find it to be less than we thought and less than we need. ...

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He Will Carry Us Home

And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. (Isaiah 46:4) The year is very old, and here is a promise for our aged friends; yes, and for us all, as age creeps over us. ...

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Immediately Present

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) A help that is not present when we need it is of small value. ...

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World Concord

And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4) Oh, that these happy times were come! ...

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Following Leads to Honor

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor. (John 12:26) The highest service is imitation. If I would be Christ's servant I must be His follower. ...

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Divine Expulsion

Thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong. (Joshua 17:18) It is a great encouragement to valor to be assured of victory, for then a man goes forth to war in confidence and ventures where else he had been afraid to go....

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Pardon and Forgiveness

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. (Psalm 103:9) He will chide sometimes, or He would not be a wise Father for such poor, erring children as we are....

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Clearly Supernatural

In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. (Zechariah 12:8)...

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Walk Without Stumbling

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved. (Psalm 121:3) If the Lord will not suffer it, neither men nor devils can do it. How greatly would they rejoice if they could give us a disgraceful fall, drive us from our position, and bury us out of memory!...

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Perfection and Preservation

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24) What will He do? He will sanctify us wholly. See the previous verse. He will carry on the work of purification till we are perfect in every part. ...

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His Service, Face, Name

His servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their forehead. (Revelation 22:3-4) Three choice blessings will be ours in the gloryland."His servants shall serve him." No other lords shall oppress us, no other service shall distress us....

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From Every Sin

He shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21) Lord, save me from my sins. By the name of Jesus I am encouraged thus to pray. Save me from my past sins, that the habit of them may not hold me captive....

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If, and a Triple Promise

Called by the name of the Lord, we are nevertheless erring men and women. What a mercy it is that our God is ready to forgive! Whenever we sin let us hasten to the mercy seat of our God, seeking pardon. We are to humble ourselves. Should we not be humbled by the fact that after receiving so much love we yet transgress? O Lord, we bow before Thee in the dust and own our gr...

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To Glorify Christ Jesus

He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. John 16:14 (ESV) The Holy Ghost Himself cannot better glorify the Lord Jesus than by showing to us Christ's own things. Jesus is His own best commendation. There is no adorning Him except with his own gold....

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Broad Rivers Without Galleys

But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.(Isaiah 33:21) The Lord will be to us the greatest good without any of the drawbacks which seem necessarily to attend the best earthly things. ...

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The Safest Shelter

And a man shall be as an hiding-place from the wind and a covert from the tempest.(Isaiah 32:2) Who this Man is we all know. Who could He be but the Second Man, the Lord from heaven, the man of sorrows, the Son of Man?...

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Food and Rest

I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. (Ezekiel 34:15) Under the divine shepherdry saints are fed to the full. Theirs is not a windy, unsatisfying mess of mere human "thought," but the Lord feeds them upon the solid, substantial truth of divine revelation. ...

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Seekers, Finders

"If you seek him, he will be found by you." 1 Chronicles 28:9 (ESV) We need our God; He is to be had for the seeking, and He will not deny Himself to any one of us if we personally seek His face....

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Shine as Many Stars

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3) Here is something to wake me up. This is worth living for. To be wise is a noble thing in itself....

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Burdens Cast on Him

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22) It is a heavy burden; roll it on Omnipotence. It is thy burden now, and it crushes thee; but when the Lord takes it, He will make nothing of it....

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A Mountain Choir

Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. (Isaiah 49:13) So sweet are the comforts of the Lord, that not only the saints themselves may sing of them, but even the heavens and the earth may take up the song....

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The Enemy Frustrated

Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. (2 Kings 19:32) Neither did Sennacherib molest the city. He had boasted loudly, but he could not carry out his threats. ...

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Possess, Not Only Profess

For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance. (Matthew 13:12) When the Lord has given to a man much grace, He will give him more. ...

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Surgery for Healing

Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. (Hosea 6:1) It is the Lord's way to tear before He heals....

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Let No Evil Remain

Israel must conquer idolatrous cities and destroy all the spoil, regarding all that had been polluted by idolatry as an accursed thing to be burned with fire. Now, sin of all sorts must be treated by Christians in the same manner. ...

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Why Remain Captive

The Lord thy God will turn thy captivity. (Deuteronomy 30:3) God's own people may sell themselves into captivity by sin. A very bitter fruit is this, of an exceeding bitter root. ...

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It Becomes Mutual

I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Corinthians 6:16) Here is a mutual interest. Each belongs to each. God is the portion of His people, and the chosen people are the portion of their God. ...

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Desires of Righteous Granted

The desire of the righteous will be granted. Proverbs 10:24 (ESV) Because it is a righteous desire it is safe for God to grant it. It would be neither good for the man himself, nor for society at large, that such a promise should be made to the unrighteous....

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A Sure Guide

I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not. (Isaiah 42:16) Think of the infinitely glorious Jehovah acting as a Guide to the blind! What boundless condescension does this imply! A blind man cannot find a way which he does not know....

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Hear So as to Be Heard

If you abide in, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7 Note well that we must hear Jesus speak if we expect Him to hear us speak. If we have no ear for Christ, He will have no ear for us. In proportion as we hear we shall be heard....

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A Constant Witness

For you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. Acts 22:15 Paul was chosen to see and hear the Lord speaking to him out of heaven....

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Grow Up

And ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. (Malachi 4:2) Yes, when the sun shines, the sick quit their chambers and walk abroad to breathe the fresh air. ...

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Precious Repentance

When we are accepted of the Lord and are standing in the place of favor, and peace, and safety, then we are led to repent of all our failures and miscarriages toward our gracious God. ...

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The Overcomer

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7 (ESV) No man may turn his back in the day of battle or refuse to go to the holy war. ...

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Never Cast Out

Whoever comes to me I will never cast out. John 6:37 (ESV) Is there any instance of our Lord's casting out a coming one? If there be so, we would like to know of it; but there has been none, and there never will be. ...

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They Ate the Fruit of the Land of Canaan

Israel’s weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land....

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Loved to Perfection

Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. (John 13:1) This fact is essentially a promise; for what our Lord was He is, and what He was to those with whom He lived on earth, He will be to all His beloved so long as the moon endureth....

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He Came; He Is Coming

This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. Acts 1:11 Many are celebrating our Lord's first coming this day; let us turn our thoughts to the promise of His second coming. ...

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Divine Expulsion

Thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong. (Joshua 17:18) It is a great encouragement to valor to be assured of victory, for then a man goes forth to war in confidence and ventures where else he had been afraid to go. ...

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The “All” of Belief

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 Our unbelief is the greatest hindrance in our way; in fact, there is no other real difficulty as to our spiritual progress and prosperity....

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Our Holiest Example

I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:8) This is the way to live. With God always before us, we shall have the noblest companionship, the holiest example, the sweetest consolation, and the mightiest influence. ...

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Mountains Turned to Plains

Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of 'Grace, grace to it!' Zechariah 4:7 At this hour a mountain of difficulty, distress, or necessity may be in our way, and natural reason sees no path over it, or through it, or round it. ...

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God Never Forsakes

For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage. Psalm 94:14 No, nor will He cast even so much as one of them. Man has his castoffs, but God has none; for His choice is unchangeable, and His love is everlasting. ...

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The Lord's Free Men

For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14 Sin will reign if it can: it cannot be satisfied with any place below the throne of the heart....

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In God's Time

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end - it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 (ESV) Mercy may seem slow, but it is sure. ...

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Maintain the Difference

Thus I will put a division between my people and your people: tomorrow this sign shall happen. Exodus 8:23 Pharaoh has a people, and the Lord has a people. These may dwell together and seem to fare alike, but there is a division between them, and the Lord will make it apparent. ...

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God's Multiplication Table

A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time. (Isaiah 60:22) Works for the Lord often begin on a small scale, and they are none the worse for this. ...

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Never Ashamed

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:32 Gracious promise! It is a great joy to me to confess my Lord....

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Always First in Fellowship

He goeth before you into Gailee; there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. (Mark 16:7) Where He appointed to meet His disciples, there He would be in due time. Jesus keeps His trust. ...

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Needs to Open Our Mouths

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10 What an encouragement to pray! Our human notions would lead us to ask small things because our deservings are so small; but the Lord would have us request great blessings....

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Deliverance from Dust and Chaff

For behold, I will command, and shake the house of Israel among all the nations as one shakes with a sieve, but no pebble shall fall to the earth. Amos 9:9 ...

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Reward Is Certain

And whosoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. Matthew 10:42 ...

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Fear Has Its Place

Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always. Proverbs 28:14 The fear of the Lord is the beginning and the foundation of all true religion. ...

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Reward for the Righteous

Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.” Psalm 58:11 (ESV) God's judgments in this life are not always clearly to be seen, for in many cases one event happeneth alike to all....

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An Angel Encampment

The angel of the Lord encamps around those that fear him, and delivers them. Psalm 34:7 (ESV) We cannot see the angels, but it is enough that they can see us. There is one great Angel of the Covenant, whom not having seen we love, and His eye is always upon us both day and night....

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God with Us

...God will be with you... Genesis 48:21 (ESV) Good old Jacob could no more be with Joseph, for his hour had come to die: but he left his son without anxiety, for he said with confidence, "God shall be with you."...

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Cure for Envy

Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:17-18 (ESV) When we see the wicked prosper we are apt to envy them....

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Desires of Righteous Granted

The desires of the righteous shall be granted. (Proverbs 10:24) Because it is a righteous desire it is safe for God to grant it. It would be neither good for the man himself, nor for society at large, that such a promise should be made to the unrighteous. ...

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Set Apart

Ye shall be named the priests of the Lord. (Isaiah 61:6) This literal promise to Israel belongs spiritually to the seed after the Spirit, namely, to all believers....

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Tears Shall Cease

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 21:4) Yes, we shall come to this if we are believers. Sorrow shall cease, and tears shall be wiped away. ...

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Word to Him Who Halts

I will save her that halteth. (Zephaniah 3:19) There are plenty of these lame ones, both male and female. You may meet "her that halteth" twenty times in an hour. ...

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Exceedingly Precious

They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts in that day when I make up my jewels. (Malachi 3:17) A day is coming in which the crown jewels of our great King shall be counted, that it may be seen whether they answer to the inventory which His Father gave Him. ...

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