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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 - Job 8

Job 8

8. Bildad Speaks

Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent

 8

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:

2

“How long will you say these things,

and the words of your mouth be a great wind?

3

Does God pervert justice?

Or does the Almighty pervert the right?

4

If your children sinned against him,

he delivered them into the power of their transgression.

5

If you will seek God

and make supplication to the Almighty,

6

if you are pure and upright,

surely then he will rouse himself for you

and restore to you your rightful place.

7

Though your beginning was small,

your latter days will be very great.

 

8

“For inquire now of bygone generations,

and consider what their ancestors have found;

9

for we are but of yesterday, and we know nothing,

for our days on earth are but a shadow.

10

Will they not teach you and tell you

and utter words out of their understanding?

 

11

“Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?

Can reeds flourish where there is no water?

12

While yet in flower and not cut down,

they wither before any other plant.

13

Such are the paths of all who forget God;

the hope of the godless shall perish.

14

Their confidence is gossamer,

a spider’s house their trust.

15

If one leans against its house, it will not stand;

if one lays hold of it, it will not endure.

16

The wicked thrive before the sun,

and their shoots spread over the garden.

17

Their roots twine around the stoneheap;

they live among the rocks.

18

If they are destroyed from their place,

then it will deny them, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’

19

See, these are their happy ways,

and out of the earth still others will spring.

 

20

“See, God will not reject a blameless person,

nor take the hand of evildoers.

21

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter,

and your lips with shouts of joy.

22

Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,

and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”

 

New Testament in Four Years - Ephesians 5:3-7

Ephesians 5:3-7

5. Living as Children of Light

Renounce Pagan Ways

3 But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints.4Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving.5Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient.7Therefore do not be associated with them.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 1

Psalm 1

1. Psalm 1

BOOK I

(Psalms 1–41)

Psalm 1

The Two Ways

1

Happy are those

who do not follow the advice of the wicked,

or take the path that sinners tread,

or sit in the seat of scoffers;

2

but their delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law they meditate day and night.

3

They are like trees

planted by streams of water,

which yield their fruit in its season,

and their leaves do not wither.

In all that they do, they prosper.

 

4

The wicked are not so,

but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6

for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

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