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Daily Light's Morning Reading

My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.PSA. 119:25.

If ye . . . be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For your life is hid with Christ in God.—Our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.—Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.—Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

Col. 3:1-3. -Phi. 3:20,21.Gal. 5:17. -Rom. 8:12.13. -I Pet. 2:11.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Do as thou hast said.”

2 Samuel 7:25

God’s promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; he intended that they should be used. God’s gold is not miser’s money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see his promises put in circulation; he loves to see his children bring them up to him, and say, “Lord, do as thou hast said.” We glorify God when we plead his promises. Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches he has promised? Do you dream that he will be any the less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine he will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins? He has said “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Faith lays hold upon the promise of pardon, and it does not delay, saying, “This is a precious promise, I wonder if it be true?” but it goes straight to the throne with it, and pleads, “Lord, here is the promise, ‘Do as thou hast said.’” Our Lord replies, “Be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” When a Christian grasps a promise, if he does not take it to God, he dishonours him; but when he hastens to the throne of grace, and cries, “Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, ‘Thou hast said it;’” then his desire shall be granted. Our heavenly Banker delights to cash his own notes. Never let the promise rust. Draw the sword of promise out of its scabbard, and use it with holy violence. Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding him of his promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is his delight to bestow favours. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God’s nature to keep his promises; therefore go at once to the throne with “Do as thou hast said.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Genesis 30

Genesis 30

30. Rachel and Bilhah

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When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister; and she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!”2Jacob became very angry with Rachel and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”3Then she said, “Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, that she may bear upon my knees and that I too may have children through her.”4So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife; and Jacob went in to her.5And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.6Then Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son”; therefore she named him Dan.7Rachel’s maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.8Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed”; so she named him Naphtali.

9 When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.10Then Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.11And Leah said, “Good fortune!” so she named him Gad.12Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.13And Leah said, “Happy am I! For the women will call me happy”; so she named him Asher.

14 In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”15But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you tonight for your son’s mandrakes.”16When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him, and said, “You must come in to me; for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night.17And God heeded Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.18Leah said, “God has given me my hire because I gave my maid to my husband”; so she named him Issachar.19And Leah conceived again, and she bore Jacob a sixth son.20Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good dowry; now my husband will honor me, because I have borne him six sons”; so she named him Zebulun.21Afterwards she bore a daughter, and named her Dinah.

22 Then God remembered Rachel, and God heeded her and opened her womb.23She conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach”;24and she named him Joseph, saying, “May the Lord add to me another son!”

Jacob Prospers at Laban’s Expense

25 When Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country.26Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know very well the service I have given you.”27But Laban said to him, “If you will allow me to say so, I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you;28name your wages, and I will give it.”29Jacob said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you, and how your cattle have fared with me.30For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly; and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?”31He said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything; if you will do this for me, I will again feed your flock and keep it:32let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages.33So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.”34Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.”35But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in charge of his sons;36and he set a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was pasturing the rest of Laban’s flock.

37 Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the rods.38He set the rods that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink,39the flocks bred in front of the rods, and so the flocks produced young that were striped, speckled, and spotted.40Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and the completely black animals in the flock of Laban; and he put his own droves apart, and did not put them with Laban’s flock.41Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob laid the rods in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the rods,42but for the feebler of the flock he did not lay them there; so the feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s.43Thus the man grew exceedingly rich, and had large flocks, and male and female slaves, and camels and donkeys.

New Testament in Four Years - Matthew 6:1-4

Matthew 6:1-4

6. Sermon on the Mount

Concerning Almsgiving

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“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.3But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,4so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 150

Psalm 150

150. Psalm 150

Psalm 150

Praise for God’s Surpassing Greatness

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Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty firmament!

2

Praise him for his mighty deeds;

praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

 

3

Praise him with trumpet sound;

praise him with lute and harp!

4

Praise him with tambourine and dance;

praise him with strings and pipe!

5

Praise him with clanging cymbals;

praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

6

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

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