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Daily Light's Evening Reading

Forgive all my sins.PSA. 25:18.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.—I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

The Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.—In Whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.—Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.—Having forgiven you all trespasses, blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, . . . who forgives all thine iniquities.

Isa. 1:18.Matt. 9:2. -Isa. 43:25.Matt. 9:6. -Eph. 1:7. -Tit. 3:5,6. -Col. 2:13,14.Psa. 103:2,3.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“Be zealous.”

Revelation 3:19

If you would see souls converted, if you would hear the cry that “the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord;” if you would place crowns upon the head of the Saviour, and his throne lifted high, then be filled with zeal. For, under God, the way of the world’s conversion must be by the zeal of the church. Every grace shall do exploits, but this shall be first; prudence, knowledge, patience, and courage will follow in their places, but zeal must lead the van. It is not the extent of your knowledge, though that is useful; it is not the extent of your talent, though that is not to be despised; it is your zeal that shall do great exploits. This zeal is the fruit of the Holy Spirit: it draws its vital force from the continued operations of the Holy Ghost in the soul. If our inner life dwindles, if our heart beats slowly before God, we shall not know zeal; but if all be strong and vigorous within, then we cannot but feel a loving anxiety to see the kingdom of Christ come, and his will done on earth, even as it is in heaven. A deep sense of gratitude will nourish Christian zeal. Looking to the hole of the pit whence we were digged, we find abundant reason why we should spend and be spent for God. And zeal is also stimulated by the thought of the eternal future. It looks with tearful eyes down to the flames of hell, and it cannot slumber: it looks up with anxious gaze to the glories of heaven, and it cannot but bestir itself. It feels that time is short compared with the work to be done, and therefore it devotes all that it has to the cause of its Lord. And it is ever strengthened by the remembrance of Christ’s example. He was clothed with zeal as with a cloak. How swift the chariot-wheels of duty went with him! He knew no loitering by the way. Let us prove that we are his disciples by manifesting the same spirit of zeal.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Judges 12

Judges 12

12. Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon and Abdon

Intertribal Dissension

12

The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, “Why did you cross over to fight against the Ammonites, and did not call us to go with you? We will burn your house down over you!”2Jephthah said to them, “My people and I were engaged in conflict with the Ammonites who oppressed us severely. But when I called you, you did not deliver me from their hand.3When I saw that you would not deliver me, I took my life in my hand, and crossed over against the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day, to fight against me?”4Then Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead and fought with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead defeated Ephraim, because they said, “You are fugitives from Ephraim, you Gileadites—in the heart of Ephraim and Manasseh.”5Then the Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. Whenever one of the fugitives of Ephraim said, “Let me go over,” the men of Gilead would say to him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” When he said, “No,”6they said to him, “Then say Shibboleth,” and he said, “Sibboleth,” for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand of the Ephraimites fell at that time.

7 Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died, and was buried in his town in Gilead.

Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon

8 After him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.9He had thirty sons. He gave his thirty daughters in marriage outside his clan and brought in thirty young women from outside for his sons. He judged Israel seven years.10Then Ibzan died, and was buried at Bethlehem.

11 After him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years.12Then Elon the Zebulunite died, and was buried at Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.

13 After him Abdon son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel.14He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys; he judged Israel eight years.15Then Abdon son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried at Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

New Testament in Four Years - Romans 8:5-8

Romans 8:5-8

8. Life Through the Spirit

5For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.6To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.7For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot,8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

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Psalm a Day - Psalm 119:65-80

Psalm 119:65-80

119. Psalm 119

65

You have dealt well with your servant,

O Lord, according to your word.

66

Teach me good judgment and knowledge,

for I believe in your commandments.

67

Before I was humbled I went astray,

but now I keep your word.

68

You are good and do good;

teach me your statutes.

69

The arrogant smear me with lies,

but with my whole heart I keep your precepts.

70

Their hearts are fat and gross,

but I delight in your law.

71

It is good for me that I was humbled,

so that I might learn your statutes.

72

The law of your mouth is better to me

than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

 

73

Your hands have made and fashioned me;

give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

74

Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,

because I have hoped in your word.

75

I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right,

and that in faithfulness you have humbled me.

76

Let your steadfast love become my comfort

according to your promise to your servant.

77

Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;

for your law is my delight.

78

Let the arrogant be put to shame,

because they have subverted me with guile;

as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.

79

Let those who fear you turn to me,

so that they may know your decrees.

80

May my heart be blameless in your statutes,

so that I may not be put to shame.

 

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