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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.COL. 3:2.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.—Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

We walk by faith, not by sight.—We faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory: while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.—An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.

I John 2:15. -Matt. 6:19-21.II Cor. 5:7. -II Cor. 4:16-18. -I Pet. 1:4.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“My grace is sufficient for thee.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

If none of God’s saints were poor and tried, we should not know half so well the consolations of divine grace. When we find the wanderer who has not where to lay his head, who yet can say, “Still will I trust in the Lord;” when we see the pauper starving on bread and water, who still glories in Jesus; when we see the bereaved widow overwhelmed in affliction, and yet having faith in Christ, oh! what honour it reflects on the gospel. God’s grace is illustrated and magnified in the poverty and trials of believers. Saints bear up under every discouragement, believing that all things work together for their good, and that out of apparent evils a real blessing shall ultimately spring—that their God will either work a deliverance for them speedily, or most assuredly support them in the trouble, as long as he is pleased to keep them in it. This patience of the saints proves the power of divine grace. There is a lighthouse out at sea: it is a calm night—I cannot tell whether the edifice is firm; the tempest must rage about it, and then I shall know whether it will stand. So with the Spirit’s work: if it were not on many occasions surrounded with tempestuous waters, we should not know that it was true and strong; if the winds did not blow upon it, we should not know how firm and secure it was. The master-works of God are those men who stand in the midst of difficulties, stedfast, unmoveable,—

“Calm mid the bewildering cry,

Confident of victory.”

He who would glorify his God must set his account upon meeting with many trials. No man can be illustrious before the Lord unless his conflicts be many. If then, yours be a much-tried path, rejoice in it, because you will the better show forth the all-sufficient grace of God. As for his failing you, never dream of it—hate the thought. The God who has been sufficient until now, should be trusted to the end.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Proverbs 14

Proverbs 14

14. Proverbs of Solomon

14

The wise woman builds her house,

but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

2

Those who walk uprightly fear the Lord,

but one who is devious in conduct despises him.

3

The talk of fools is a rod for their backs,

but the lips of the wise preserve them.

4

Where there are no oxen, there is no grain;

abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

5

A faithful witness does not lie,

but a false witness breathes out lies.

6

A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,

but knowledge is easy for one who understands.

7

Leave the presence of a fool,

for there you do not find words of knowledge.

8

It is the wisdom of the clever to understand where they go,

but the folly of fools misleads.

9

Fools mock at the guilt offering,

but the upright enjoy God’s favor.

10

The heart knows its own bitterness,

and no stranger shares its joy.

11

The house of the wicked is destroyed,

but the tent of the upright flourishes.

12

There is a way that seems right to a person,

but its end is the way to death.

13

Even in laughter the heart is sad,

and the end of joy is grief.

14

The perverse get what their ways deserve,

and the good, what their deeds deserve.

15

The simple believe everything,

but the clever consider their steps.

16

The wise are cautious and turn away from evil,

but the fool throws off restraint and is careless.

17

One who is quick-tempered acts foolishly,

and the schemer is hated.

18

The simple are adorned with folly,

but the clever are crowned with knowledge.

19

The evil bow down before the good,

the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20

The poor are disliked even by their neighbors,

but the rich have many friends.

21

Those who despise their neighbors are sinners,

but happy are those who are kind to the poor.

22

Do they not err that plan evil?

Those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.

23

In all toil there is profit,

but mere talk leads only to poverty.

24

The crown of the wise is their wisdom,

but folly is the garland of fools.

25

A truthful witness saves lives,

but one who utters lies is a betrayer.

26

In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,

and one’s children will have a refuge.

27

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

so that one may avoid the snares of death.

28

The glory of a king is a multitude of people;

without people a prince is ruined.

29

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,

but one who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

30

A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh,

but passion makes the bones rot.

31

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,

but those who are kind to the needy honor him.

32

The wicked are overthrown by their evildoing,

but the righteous find a refuge in their integrity.

33

Wisdom is at home in the mind of one who has understanding,

but it is not known in the heart of fools.

34

Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a reproach to any people.

35

A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,

but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

New Testament in Four Years - Colossians 3:15-17

Colossians 3:15-17

3. Rules for Holy Living

15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 43

Psalm 43

43. Psalm 43

Psalm 43

Prayer to God in Time of Trouble

1

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause

against an ungodly people;

from those who are deceitful and unjust

deliver me!

2

For you are the God in whom I take refuge;

why have you cast me off?

Why must I walk about mournfully

because of the oppression of the enemy?

 

3

O send out your light and your truth;

let them lead me;

let them bring me to your holy hill

and to your dwelling.

4

Then I will go to the altar of God,

to God my exceeding joy;

and I will praise you with the harp,

O God, my God.

 

5

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.

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