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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Serving the Lord with all humility of mind.ACTS 20:19.

Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.—I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man, . . . not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.—When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Our rejoicing is this, . . . that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world.—We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Matt. 20:26-28.Gal. 6:3. -Rom. 12:3. -Luke 17:10.II Cor. 1:12. -II Cor. 4:7.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“I sought him, but I found him not.”

Song of Solomon 3:1

Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, “Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there.” So look for Christ where you lost him, for he has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence.

Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to him. But how is it you have lost him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch him every moment for fear of losing sight of him? Yet, since you have let him go, what a mercy that you are seeking him, even though you mournfully groan, “O that I knew where I might find him!” Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without thy Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a sere leaf in the tempest—not bound to the tree of life. With thine whole heart seek him, and he will be found of thee: only give thyself thoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discover him to thy joy and gladness.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Job 12

Job 12

12. Job Replies

Job Replies: I Am a Laughingstock

12

Then Job answered:

2

“No doubt you are the people,

and wisdom will die with you.

3

But I have understanding as well as you;

I am not inferior to you.

Who does not know such things as these?

4

I am a laughingstock to my friends;

I, who called upon God and he answered me,

a just and blameless man, I am a laughingstock.

5

Those at ease have contempt for misfortune,

but it is ready for those whose feet are unstable.

6

The tents of robbers are at peace,

and those who provoke God are secure,

who bring their god in their hands.

 

7

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you;

the birds of the air, and they will tell you;

8

ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;

and the fish of the sea will declare to you.

9

Who among all these does not know

that the hand of the Lord has done this?

10

In his hand is the life of every living thing

and the breath of every human being.

11

Does not the ear test words

as the palate tastes food?

12

Is wisdom with the aged,

and understanding in length of days?

 

13

“With God are wisdom and strength;

he has counsel and understanding.

14

If he tears down, no one can rebuild;

if he shuts someone in, no one can open up.

15

If he withholds the waters, they dry up;

if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.

16

With him are strength and wisdom;

the deceived and the deceiver are his.

17

He leads counselors away stripped,

and makes fools of judges.

18

He looses the sash of kings,

and binds a waistcloth on their loins.

19

He leads priests away stripped,

and overthrows the mighty.

20

He deprives of speech those who are trusted,

and takes away the discernment of the elders.

21

He pours contempt on princes,

and looses the belt of the strong.

22

He uncovers the deeps out of darkness,

and brings deep darkness to light.

23

He makes nations great, then destroys them;

he enlarges nations, then leads them away.

24

He strips understanding from the leaders of the earth,

and makes them wander in a pathless waste.

25

They grope in the dark without light;

he makes them stagger like a drunkard.

 

New Testament in Four Years - Ephesians 5:25-33

Ephesians 5:25-33

5. Living as Children of Light

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,26in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word,27so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.28In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.29For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church,30because we are members of his body.31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”32This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church.33Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 5

Psalm 5

5. Psalm 5

Psalm 5

Trust in God for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.

1

Give ear to my words, O Lord;

give heed to my sighing.

2

Listen to the sound of my cry,

my King and my God,

for to you I pray.

3

O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;

in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.

 

4

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;

evil will not sojourn with you.

5

The boastful will not stand before your eyes;

you hate all evildoers.

6

You destroy those who speak lies;

the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.

 

7

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,

will enter your house,

I will bow down toward your holy temple

in awe of you.

8

Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness

because of my enemies;

make your way straight before me.

 

9

For there is no truth in their mouths;

their hearts are destruction;

their throats are open graves;

they flatter with their tongues.

10

Make them bear their guilt, O God;

let them fall by their own counsels;

because of their many transgressions cast them out,

for they have rebelled against you.

 

11

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;

let them ever sing for joy.

Spread your protection over them,

so that those who love your name may exult in you.

12

For you bless the righteous, O Lord;

you cover them with favor as with a shield.

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