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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.PROV. 3:13.

Whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might: . . . but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord.—The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.—In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.—Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

Christ Jesus, . . . is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.

He that winneth souls is wise.

Prov. 8:35.Jer. 9:23,24. -Prov. 9:10.Phi. 3:7,8. -Col. 2:3. -Prov. 8:14.I Cor. 1:30.Prov. 11:30.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.”

Judges 7:20

Gideon ordered his men to do two things: covering up a torch in an earthen pitcher, he bade them, at an appointed signal, break the pitcher and let the light shine, and then sound with the trumpet, crying, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon! the sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” This is precisely what all Christians must do. First, you must shine; break the pitcher which conceals your light; throw aside the bushel which has been hiding your candle, and shine. Let your light shine before men; let your good works be such, that when men look upon you, they shall know that you have been with Jesus. Then there must be the sound, the blowing of the trumpet. There must be active exertions for the ingathering of sinners by proclaiming Christ crucified. Take the gospel to them; carry it to their door; put it in their way; do not suffer them to escape it; blow the trumpet right against their ears. Remember that the true war-cry of the Church is Gideon’s watchword, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” God must do it, it is his own work. But we are not to be idle; instrumentality is to be used—“The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” If we only cry, “The sword of the Lord!” we shall be guilty of an idle presumption; and if we shout, “The sword of Gideon!” alone, we shall manifest idolatrous reliance on an arm of flesh: we must blend the two in practical harmony, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” We can do nothing of ourselves, but we can do everything by the help of our God; let us, therefore, in his name determine to go out personally and serve with our flaming torch of holy example, and with our trumpet tones of earnest declaration and testimony, and God shall be with us, and Midian shall be put to confusion, and the Lord of hosts shall reign forever and ever.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Jeremiah 47

Jeremiah 47

47. Message About Philistines

Judgment on the Philistines

47

The word of the Lord that came to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh attacked Gaza:

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Thus says the Lord:

See, waters are rising out of the north

and shall become an overflowing torrent;

they shall overflow the land and all that fills it,

the city and those who live in it.

People shall cry out,

and all the inhabitants of the land shall wail.

3

At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions,

at the clatter of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels,

parents do not turn back for children,

so feeble are their hands,

4

because of the day that is coming

to destroy all the Philistines,

to cut off from Tyre and Sidon

every helper that remains.

For the Lord is destroying the Philistines,

the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.

5

Baldness has come upon Gaza,

Ashkelon is silenced.

O remnant of their power!

How long will you gash yourselves?

6

Ah, sword of the Lord!

How long until you are quiet?

Put yourself into your scabbard,

rest and be still!

7

How can it be quiet,

when the Lord has given it an order?

Against Ashkelon and against the seashore—

there he has appointed it.

 

New Testament in Four Years - John 21:20-25

John 21:20-25

21. Jesus Re-Appears to Disciples

Jesus and the Beloved Disciple

20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?”21When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”22Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!”23So the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”

24 This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.25But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 58

Psalm 58

58. Psalm 58

Psalm 58

Prayer for Vengeance

To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam.

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Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?

Do you judge people fairly?

2

No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;

your hands deal out violence on earth.

 

3

The wicked go astray from the womb;

they err from their birth, speaking lies.

4

They have venom like the venom of a serpent,

like the deaf adder that stops its ear,

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so that it does not hear the voice of charmers

or of the cunning enchanter.

 

6

O God, break the teeth in their mouths;

tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!

7

Let them vanish like water that runs away;

like grass let them be trodden down and wither.

8

Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime;

like the untimely birth that never sees the sun.

9

Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns,

whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!

 

10

The righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done;

they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

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People will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;

surely there is a God who judges on earth.”

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