Finding

Morning

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,” refers to works that are possible. There are many things which our heart findeth to do which we never shall do. It is well it is in our heart; but if we would be eminently useful, we must not be content with forming schemes in our heart, and talking of them; we must practically carry out “whatsoever our hand findeth to do.” One good deed is more worth than a thousand brilliant theories. Let us not wait for large opportunities, or for a different kind of work, but do just the things we “find to do” day by day. We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived; we never shall have any time but time present. Then do not wait until your experience has ripened into maturity before you attempt to serve God. Endeavour now to bring forth fruit. Serve God now, but be careful as to the way in which you perform what you find to do–“do it with thy might.” Do it promptly; do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you intend to do to-morrow as if that could recompense for the idleness of today. No man ever served God by doing things to-morrow. If we honour Christ and are blessed, it is by the things which we do today. Whatever you do for Christ throw your whole soul into it. Do not give Christ a little slurred labour, done as a matter of course now and then; but when you do serve him, do it with heart, and soul, and strength.

But where is the might of a Christian? It is not in himself, for he is perfect weakness. His might lieth in the Lord of Hosts. Then let us seek his help; let us proceed with prayer and faith, and when we have done what our “hand findeth to do,” let us wait upon the Lord for his blessing. What we do thus will be well done, and will not fail in its effect.

Evening

“They shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel.”
Zechariah 4:10

Small things marked the beginning of the work in the hand of Zerubbabel, but none might despise it, for the Lord had raised up one who would persevere until the headstone should be brought forth with shoutings. The plummet was in good hands. Here is the comfort of every believer in the Lord Jesus; let the work of grace be ever so small in its beginnings, the plummet is in good hands, a master builder greater than Solomon has undertaken the raising of the heavenly temple, and he will not fail nor be discouraged till the topmost pinnacle shall be raised. If the plummet were in the hand of any merely human being, we might fear for the building, but the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in Jesus’ hand. The works did not proceed irregularly, and without care, for the master’s hand carried a good instrument. Had the walls been hurriedly run up without due superintendence, they might have been out of the perpendicular; but the plummet was used by the chosen overseer. Jesus is evermore watching the erection of his spiritual temple, that it may be built securely and well. We are for haste, but Jesus is for judgment. He will use the plummet, and that which is out of line must come down, every stone of it. Hence the failure of many a flattering work, the overthrow of many a glittering profession. It is not for us to judge the Lord’s church, since Jesus has a steady hand, and a true eye, and can use the plummet well. Do we not rejoice to see judgment left to him?

The plummet was in active use–it was in the builder’s hand; a sure indication that he meant to push on the work to completion. O Lord Jesus, how would we indeed be glad if we could see thee at thy great work. O Zion, the beautiful, thy walls are still in ruins! Rise, thou glorious Builder, and make her desolations to rejoice at thy coming.

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Blessed is the man

1 John 4 11-12
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.


Psalm 1:1-2

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

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JESUS IS RETURNING!

SECOND COMING OF CHRIST!

1 Thessalonians 4:14 | View whole chapter | See verse in context For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

2 Corinthians 4:14 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

Mark 10:47 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

John 6:24 | View whole chapter | See verse in context When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.

John 19:9 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.

Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

 

1 Timothy 1:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

John 18:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.

2 Timothy 1:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

2 Peter 1:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Matthew 26:50 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

John 20:14 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Ephesians 1:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Corinthians 4:10 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

John 1:42 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

1 Peter 1:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Luke 19:35 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

Acts 19:13 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.

Mark 11:33 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Jude 1:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

Mark 10:52 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Philippians 1:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

John 21:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

Luke 8:28 | View whole chapter | See verse in context When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.

1 Corinthians 1:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

1 Corinthians 5:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Corinthians 12:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.


 

Trusting in God!

TRUSTING IN GOD!

Proverbs 24:27
“Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.”


Psalms 112:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

Exodus 3:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

1 John 4:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Psalms 77:13 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

Matthew 22:32 | View whole chapter | See verse in context I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

Exodus 4:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Psalms 43:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Psalms 68:35 | View whole chapter | See verse in context O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

Acts 7:32 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.

Psalms 42:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

Exodus 3:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

John 8:47 | View whole chapter | See verse in context He that is of God heareth God‘s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Mark 12:26 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

Psalms 68:20 | View whole chapter | See verse in context He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.

Ezekiel 28:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

John 3:34 | View whole chapter | See verse in context For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

2 Corinthians 2:17 | View whole chapter | See verse in context For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Deuteronomy 10:17 | View whole chapter | See verse in context For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

1 Corinthians 3:9 | View whole chapter | See verse in context For we are labourers together with God: ye are God‘s husbandry, ye are God‘s building.

1 Corinthians 3:17 | View whole chapter | See verse in context If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

1 John 4:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

Deuteronomy 7:9 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

2 Corinthians 6:16 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Psalms 68:8 | View whole chapter | See verse in context The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

Luke 20:37 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

2 Chronicles 26:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.

1 Corinthians 1:21 | View whole chapter | See verse in context For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

1 John 4:16 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Exodus 18:19 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:


 

Listen to God!

Listening to God

Proverbs 2:1-5 – My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;   (Read More…)

John 8:47 – He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

John 10:27-28 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:   (Read More…)

Mark 4:24 – And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Psalms 25:4-5 – Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.   (Read More…)

Psalms 37:4-5 – Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.   (Read More…)

Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Hebrews 4:7 – Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Job 33:14-15 – For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.   (Read More…)

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.   (Read More…)

John 10:2-4 – But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.   (Read More…)

Psalms 37:7-9 – Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.   (Read More…)

Psalms 119:105 – NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

James 1:22 – But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 – And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:   (Read More…)

For this cause

Colossians 1:9

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.


For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

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Love not the world

1 John 2:15-16

“Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”
Matthew 27:51


Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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My Sweet Lord

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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Morning

Proverbs 24:27
“Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.”

 

“I will praise thee, O Lord.”
Psalm 9:1

Praise should always follow answered prayer; as the mist of earth’s gratitude rises when the sun of heaven’s love warms the ground. Hath the Lord been gracious to thee, and inclined his ear to the voice of thy supplication? Then praise him as long as thou livest. Let the ripe fruit drop upon the fertile soil from which it drew its life. Deny not a song to him who hath answered thy prayer and given thee the desire of thy heart. To be silent over God’s mercies is to incur the guilt of ingratitude; it is to act as basely as the nine lepers, who after they had been cured of their leprosy, returned not to give thanks unto the healing Lord. To forget to praise God is to refuse to benefit ourselves; for praise, like prayer, is one great means of promoting the growth of the spiritual life. It helps to remove our burdens, to excite our hope, to increase our faith. It is a healthful and invigorating exercise which quickens the pulse of the believer, and nerves him for fresh enterprises in his Master’s service. To bless God for mercies received is also the way to benefit our fellow-men; “the humble shall hear thereof and be glad.” Others who have been in like circumstances shall take comfort if we can say, “Oh! magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together; this poor man cried, and the Lord heard him.” Weak hearts will be strengthened, and drooping saints will be revived as they listen to our “songs of deliverance.” Their doubts and fears will be rebuked, as we teach and admonish one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. They too shall “sing in the ways of the Lord,” when they hear us magnify his holy name. Praise is the most heavenly of Christian duties. The angels pray not, but they cease not to praise both day and night; and the redeemed, clothed in white robes, with palm-branches in their hands, are never weary of singing the new song, “Worthy is the Lamb.”

Evening

Psalm 11:4

“Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.”
Song of Solomon 8:13

My sweet Lord Jesus remembers well the garden of Gethsemane, and although he has left that garden, he now dwells in the garden of his church: there he unbosoms himself to those who keep his blessed company. That voice of love with which he speaks to his beloved is more musical than the harps of heaven. There is a depth of melodious love within it which leaves all human music far behind. Ten of thousands on earth, and millions above, are indulged with its harmonious accents. Some whom I well know, and whom I greatly envy, are at this moment hearkening to the beloved voice. O that I were a partaker of their joys! It is true some of these are poor, others bedridden, and some near the gates of death, but O my Lord, I would cheerfully starve with them, pine with them, or die with them, if I might but hear thy voice. Once I did hear it often, but I have grieved thy Spirit. Return unto me in compassion, and once again say unto me, “I am thy salvation.” No other voice can content me; I know thy voice, and cannot be deceived by another, let me hear it, I pray thee. I know not what thou wilt say, neither do I make any condition, O my Beloved, do but let me hear thee speak, and if it be a rebuke I will bless thee for it. Perhaps to cleanse my dull ear may need an operation very grievous to the flesh, but let it cost what it may I turn not from the one consuming desire, cause me to hear thy voice. Bore my ear afresh; pierce my ear with thy harshest notes, only do not permit me to continue deaf to thy calls. Tonight, Lord, grant thine unworthy one his desire, for I am thine, and thou hast bought me with thy blood. Thou hast opened mine eye to see thee, and the sight has saved me. Lord, open thou mine ear. I have read thy heart, now let me hear thy lips.

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