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Daily Light's Morning Reading

The younger son took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.LUKE 15:13.

Such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.—We . . . were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. If, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

I Cor. 6:11. -Eph. 2:3-6.I John 4:10.Rom. 5:8,10.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“We live unto the Lord.”

Romans 14:8

If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should tarry here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven, and to be found meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, though he has but just believed in Jesus. It is true that our sanctification is a long and continued process, and we shall not be perfected till we lay aside our bodies and enter within the veil; but nevertheless, had the Lord so willed it, he might have changed us from imperfection to perfection, and have taken us to heaven at once. Why then are we here? Would God keep his children out of paradise a single moment longer than was necessary? Why is the army of the living God still on the battle-field when one charge might give them the victory? Why are his children still wandering hither and thither through a maze, when a solitary word from his lips would bring them into the centre of their hopes in heaven? The answer is—they are here that they may “live unto the Lord,” and may bring others to know his love. We remain on earth as sowers to scatter good seed; as ploughmen to break up the fallow ground; as heralds publishing salvation. We are here as the “salt of the earth,” to be a blessing to the world. We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life. We are here as workers for him, and as “workers together with him.” Let us see that our life answereth its end. Let us live earnest, useful, holy lives, to “the praise of the glory of his grace.” Meanwhile we long to be with him, and daily sing—

“My heart is with him on his throne,

And ill can brook delay;

Each moment listening for the voice,

‘Rise up, and come away.’”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Isaiah 61

Isaiah 61

61. Year of the Lord's Favor

The Good News of Deliverance

61

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

because the Lord has anointed me;

he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,

to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and release to the prisoners;

2

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

3

to provide for those who mourn in Zion—

to give them a garland instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.

4

They shall build up the ancient ruins,

they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,

the devastations of many generations.

 

5

Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,

foreigners shall till your land and dress your vines;

6

but you shall be called priests of the Lord,

you shall be named ministers of our God;

you shall enjoy the wealth of the nations,

and in their riches you shall glory.

7

Because their shame was double,

and dishonor was proclaimed as their lot,

therefore they shall possess a double portion;

everlasting joy shall be theirs.

 

8

For I the Lord love justice,

I hate robbery and wrongdoing;

I will faithfully give them their recompense,

and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

9

Their descendants shall be known among the nations,

and their offspring among the peoples;

all who see them shall acknowledge

that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.

10

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,

my whole being shall exult in my God;

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11

For as the earth brings forth its shoots,

and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise

to spring up before all the nations.

 

New Testament in Four Years - Hebrews 6:7-12

Hebrews 6:7-12

6. Warning Against Falling Away

7Ground that drinks up the rain falling on it repeatedly, and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.8But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and on the verge of being cursed; its end is to be burned over.

9 Even though we speak in this way, beloved, we are confident of better things in your case, things that belong to salvation.10For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.11And we want each one of you to show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end,12so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 119:81-96

Psalm 119:81-96

119. Psalm 119

81

My soul languishes for your salvation;

I hope in your word.

82

My eyes fail with watching for your promise;

I ask, “When will you comfort me?”

83

For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,

yet I have not forgotten your statutes.

84

How long must your servant endure?

When will you judge those who persecute me?

85

The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me;

they flout your law.

86

All your commandments are enduring;

I am persecuted without cause; help me!

87

They have almost made an end of me on earth;

but I have not forsaken your precepts.

88

In your steadfast love spare my life,

so that I may keep the decrees of your mouth.

 

89

The Lord exists forever;

your word is firmly fixed in heaven.

90

Your faithfulness endures to all generations;

you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

91

By your appointment they stand today,

for all things are your servants.

92

If your law had not been my delight,

I would have perished in my misery.

93

I will never forget your precepts,

for by them you have given me life.

94

I am yours; save me,

for I have sought your precepts.

95

The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,

but I consider your decrees.

96

I have seen a limit to all perfection,

but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

 

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