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The measure of faith.ROM. 12:3.

Him that is weak in the faith.—Strong in faith, giving glory to God.

O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?—Great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.

Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord . . . According to your faith be it unto you.

Lord, increase our faith.—Building up yourselves on your most holy faith.—Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith.—He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, . . . is God.—The God of all grace . . . after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

We . . . that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.—Let us not . . . judge one another . . . but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

Rom. 14:1. -Rom. 4:20.Matt. 14:31. -Matt. 15:28.Matt. 9:28,29.Luke 17:5. -Jude 20. -Col. 2:7. -II Cor. 1:21. -I Pet. 5:10.Rom. 15:1. -Rom. 14:13.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“But I give myself unto prayer.”

Psalm 109:4

Lying tongues were busy against the reputation of David, but he did not defend himself; he moved the case into a higher court, and pleaded before the great King himself. Prayer is the safest method of replying to words of hatred. The Psalmist prayed in no cold-hearted manner, he gave himself to the exercise—threw his whole soul and heart into it—straining every sinew and muscle, as Jacob did when wrestling with the angel. Thus, and thus only, shall any of us speed at the throne of grace. As a shadow has no power because there is no substance in it, even so that supplication, in which a man’s proper self is not thoroughly present in agonizing earnestness and vehement desire, is utterly ineffectual, for it lacks that which would give it force. “Fervent prayer,” says an old divine, “like a cannon planted at the gates of heaven, makes them fly open.” The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions. Our thoughts go roving hither and thither, and we make little progress towards our desired end. Like quicksilver our mind will not hold together, but rolls off this way and that. How great an evil this is! It injures us, and what is worse, it insults our God. What should we think of a petitioner, if, while having an audience with a prince, he should be playing with a feather or catching a fly?

Continuance and perseverance are intended in the expression of our text. David did not cry once, and then relapse into silence; his holy clamour was continued till it brought down the blessing. Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation. As artists give themselves to their models, and poets to their classical pursuits, so must we addict ourselves to prayer. We must be immersed in prayer as in our element, and so pray without ceasing. Lord, teach us so to pray that we may be more and more prevalent in supplication.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Exodus 30

Exodus 30

30. Additional Tabernacle Furnishings

The Altar of Incense

30

You shall make an altar on which to offer incense; you shall make it of acacia wood.2It shall be one cubit long, and one cubit wide; it shall be square, and shall be two cubits high; its horns shall be of one piece with it.3You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top, and its sides all around and its horns; and you shall make for it a molding of gold all around.4And you shall make two golden rings for it; under its molding on two opposite sides of it you shall make them, and they shall hold the poles with which to carry it.5You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.6You shall place it in front of the curtain that is above the ark of the covenant, in front of the mercy seat that is over the covenant, where I will meet with you.7Aaron shall offer fragrant incense on it; every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall offer it,8and when Aaron sets up the lamps in the evening, he shall offer it, a regular incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations.9You shall not offer unholy incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering; and you shall not pour a drink offering on it.10Once a year Aaron shall perform the rite of atonement on its horns. Throughout your generations he shall perform the atonement for it once a year with the blood of the atoning sin offering. It is most holy to the Lord.

The Half Shekel for the Sanctuary

11 The Lord spoke to Moses:12When you take a census of the Israelites to register them, at registration all of them shall give a ransom for their lives to the Lord, so that no plague may come upon them for being registered.13This is what each one who is registered shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as an offering to the Lord.14Each one who is registered, from twenty years old and upward, shall give the Lord’s offering.15The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when you bring this offering to the Lord to make atonement for your lives.16You shall take the atonement money from the Israelites and shall designate it for the service of the tent of meeting; before the Lord it will be a reminder to the Israelites of the ransom given for your lives.

The Bronze Basin

17 The Lord spoke to Moses:18You shall make a bronze basin with a bronze stand for washing. You shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it;19with the water Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet.20When they go into the tent of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to make an offering by fire to the Lord, they shall wash with water, so that they may not die.21They shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they may not die: it shall be a perpetual ordinance for them, for him and for his descendants throughout their generations.

The Anointing Oil and Incense

22 The Lord spoke to Moses:23Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, two hundred fifty, and two hundred fifty of aromatic cane,24and five hundred of cassia—measured by the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil;25and you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.26With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the covenant,27and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense,28and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand;29you shall consecrate them, so that they may be most holy; whatever touches them will become holy.30You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, in order that they may serve me as priests.31You shall say to the Israelites, “This shall be my holy anointing oil throughout your generations.32It shall not be used in any ordinary anointing of the body, and you shall make no other like it in composition; it is holy, and it shall be holy to you.33Whoever compounds any like it or whoever puts any of it on an unqualified person shall be cut off from the people.”

34 The Lord said to Moses: Take sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense (an equal part of each),35and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy;36and you shall beat some of it into powder, and put part of it before the covenant in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you; it shall be for you most holy.37When you make incense according to this composition, you shall not make it for yourselves; it shall be regarded by you as holy to the Lord.38Whoever makes any like it to use as perfume shall be cut off from the people.

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New Testament in Four Years - Acts 5:12-16

Acts 5:12-16

5. Ananias and Sapphira

The Apostles Heal Many

12 Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico.13None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high esteem.14Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women,15so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by.16A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.

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Psalm a Day - Psalm 2

Psalm 2

2. Psalm 2

Psalm 2

God’s Promise to His Anointed

1

Why do the nations conspire,

and the peoples plot in vain?

2

The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord and his anointed, saying,

3

“Let us burst their bonds asunder,

and cast their cords from us.”

 

4

He who sits in the heavens laughs;

the Lord has them in derision.

5

Then he will speak to them in his wrath,

and terrify them in his fury, saying,

6

“I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”

 

7

I will tell of the decree of the Lord:

He said to me, “You are my son;

today I have begotten you.

8

Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

and the ends of the earth your possession.

9

You shall break them with a rod of iron,

and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

 

10

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;

be warned, O rulers of the earth.

11

Serve the Lord with fear,

with trembling12kiss his feet,

or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;

for his wrath is quickly kindled.

 

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

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