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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.EPH. 4:30.

The love of the Spirit.—The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.—In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.—After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of the inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.—This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

The Spirit helpeth our infirmities.

Rom. 15:30. -John 14:26. -Isa. 63:9,10.I John 4:13. -Eph. 1:13,14. -Gal. 5:16,17.Rom. 8:26.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer.”

Psalm 66:20

In looking back upon the character of our prayers, if we do it honestly, we shall be filled with wonder that God has ever answered them. There may be some who think their prayers worthy of acceptance—as the Pharisee did; but the true Christian, in a more enlightened retrospect, weeps over his prayers, and if he could retrace his steps he would desire to pray more earnestly. Remember, Christian, how cold thy prayers have been. When in thy closet thou shouldst have wrestled as Jacob did; but instead thereof, thy petitions have been faint and few—far removed from that humble, believing, persevering faith, which cries, “I will not let thee go except thou bless me.” Yet, wonderful to say, God has heard these cold prayers of thine, and not only heard, but answered them. Reflect also, how infrequent have been thy prayers, unless thou hast been in trouble, and then thou hast gone often to the mercy-seat: but when deliverance has come, where has been thy constant supplication? Yet, notwithstanding thou hast ceased to pray as once thou didst, God has not ceased to bless. When thou hast neglected the mercy-seat, God has not deserted it, but the bright light of the Shekinah has always been visible between the wings of the cherubim. Oh! it is marvellous that the Lord should regard those intermittent spasms of importunity which come and go with our necessities. What a God is he thus to hear the prayers of those who come to him when they have pressing wants, but neglect him when they have received a mercy; who approach him when they are forced to come, but who almost forget to address him when mercies are plentiful and sorrows are few. Let his gracious kindness in hearing such prayers touch our hearts, so that we may henceforth be found “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Deuteronomy 5

Deuteronomy 5

5. The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

 5

Moses convened all Israel, and said to them:

Hear, O Israel, the statutes and ordinances that I am addressing to you today; you shall learn them and observe them diligently.2The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb.3Not with our ancestors did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive today.4The Lord spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of the fire.5(At that time I was standing between the Lord and you to declare to you the words of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:

6 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;7you shall have no other gods before me.

8 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.9You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me,10but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

11 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

12 Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.13Six days you shall labor and do all your work.14But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you.15Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.

16 Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

17 You shall not murder.

18 Neither shall you commit adultery.

19 Neither shall you steal.

20 Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.

21 Neither shall you covet your neighbor’s wife.

Neither shall you desire your neighbor’s house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Moses the Mediator of God’s Will

22 These words the Lord spoke with a loud voice to your whole assembly at the mountain, out of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, and he added no more. He wrote them on two stone tablets, and gave them to me.23When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you approached me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders;24and you said, “Look, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the fire. Today we have seen that God may speak to someone and the person may still live.25So now why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer, we shall die.26For who is there of all flesh that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and remained alive?27Go near, you yourself, and hear all that the Lord our God will say. Then tell us everything that the Lord our God tells you, and we will listen and do it.”

28 The Lord heard your words when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me: “I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you; they are right in all that they have spoken.29If only they had such a mind as this, to fear me and to keep all my commandments always, so that it might go well with them and with their children forever!30Go say to them, ‘Return to your tents.’31But you, stand here by me, and I will tell you all the commandments, the statutes and the ordinances, that you shall teach them, so that they may do them in the land that I am giving them to possess.”32You must therefore be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn to the right or to the left.33You must follow exactly the path that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you are to possess.

New Testament in Four Years - Matthew 26:17-25

Matthew 26:17-25

26. Plot Against Jesus

The Passover with the Disciples

17 On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?”18He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’ ”19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

20 When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve;21and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”22And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?”23He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.24The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.”25Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”

Psalm a Day - Psalm 108

Psalm 108

108. Psalm 108

Psalm 108

Praise and Prayer for Victory

A Song. A Psalm of David.

1

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;

I will sing and make melody.

Awake, my soul!

2

Awake, O harp and lyre!

I will awake the dawn.

3

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples,

and I will sing praises to you among the nations.

4

For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens,

and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

 

5

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,

and let your glory be over all the earth.

6

Give victory with your right hand, and answer me,

so that those whom you love may be rescued.

 

7

God has promised in his sanctuary:

“With exultation I will divide up Shechem,

and portion out the Vale of Succoth.

8

Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;

Ephraim is my helmet;

Judah is my scepter.

9

Moab is my washbasin;

on Edom I hurl my shoe;

over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

 

10

Who will bring me to the fortified city?

Who will lead me to Edom?

11

Have you not rejected us, O God?

You do not go out, O God, with our armies.

12

O grant us help against the foe,

for human help is worthless.

13

With God we shall do valiantly;

it is he who will tread down our foes.

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