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A Devotional for such a time as this:

Neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.
~ Exodus 13:7

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.

— Abhor that which is evil.

— Abstain from all appearance of evil.

— Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

— Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

— Such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.

— In him is no sin.

Proverbs 8:13. Romans 12:9. 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Hebrews 12:15. Psalm 66:18. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. 1 Corinthians 11:28. 2 Timothy 2:19. Hebrews 7:26. 1 John 3:5.

- from: Daily Light on the Daily Path
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A Devotional for such a time as this:

Holiness Not an Option

He that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
~ Romans 14:18

Many believers in our day seem to consider the expression of true Christian holiness to be just a matter of personal option: "I have looked it over and considered it, but I don't buy it!"
But the Apostle Peter clearly exhorts every Christian to holiness of life and conversation: God's children ought to be holy because God Himself is holy! I am of the opinion that New Testament Christians do not have the privilege of ignoring such apostolic injunctions.
There is something basically wrong with our Christianity and our spirituality if we can carelessly presume that if we do not like a biblical doctrine and choose to ignore it, there is no harm done. God has never instructed us that we should weigh His desires for us and His commandments to us in the balance of our own judgments—and then decide what we want to do about them.
We have the power within us to reject God's instruction—but where else shall we go? If we turn away from the authority of God's Word, to whose authority do we yield?
 
Dear Lord, I truly desire to obey all of Your commandments. Yet in my flesh I sometimes waver and fall short of Your holy standard. Forgive me, Lord. Empower me by Your Spirit to gain victory over my weak areas.

- from: Mornings with Tozer
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A Devotional for such a time as this:

I LOVE THY KINGDOM, LORD!
Timothy Dwight, 1752–1817

  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
~ Hebrews 10:24, 25

God honored the tears, prayers, and work of the distinguished president of Yale University, Timothy Dwight, to bring to that campus in 1795 a startling spiritual revival. It soon spread to other nearby universities as well. Prior to his administration, most of the students at Yale and other eastern schools had been infected with the “free thought” of Thomas Paine, Rousseau, and the French Revolution.
Timothy Dwight, grandson of the brilliant and powerful American preacher, Jonathan Edwards, was an unusually successful and distinguished person in many areas. A graduate of Yale University at 17, he was a chaplain in the American Revolution, a Congregational minister, a prosperous farmer, a member of the Connecticut state legislature, a faculty member at Yale and eventually president of the university. Timothy Dwight also wrote a number of scholarly books, authored thirty-three hymn texts, and revised the hymnbook used by New England Congregational and Presbyterian churches for 30 years.
In Dwight’s text, the term kingdom suggests three different levels of Christ’s church:
      •      The Church Personal— “The kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)
      •      The Church Local— individual congregations (Matthew 11:28, 29)
      •      The Church Universal— believers of every age, race and culture (Revelation 7:9)

The kingdom of God is a living body, not merely an organization. Its purpose is to extend Christ’s influence, build up the members of His body, and glorify His name. The promise of Christ is that nothing, not even the gates of hell, will ever triumph over His Church (Matthew 16:18).

  I love Thy kingdom, Lord! The house of Thine abode—The Church our blest Redeemer saved with His own precious blood.

  I love Thy Church, O God! Her walls before Thee stand, dear as the apple of Thine eye and graven on Thy hand.

  Beyond my highest joy I prize her heav’nly ways—Her sweet communion, solemn vows, her hymns of love and praise.

  Sure as Thy truth shall last, to Zion shall be giv’n the brightest glories earth can yield, and brighter bliss of heav’n.

        For Today: Matthew 16:15–18; Ephesians 2:19, 21, 22; 5:23–27

Ask yourself if you are as joyful and enthusiastic about Christ’s kingdom and its mission on earth as you should be. Allow this hymn to renew your vision—


- from: Osbeck, K. W. (1996). Amazing grace: 366 inspiring hymn stories for daily devotions (p. 265). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.
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Today it could be said of the church, the body of believers, that it is prayerless, lacks compassion, loveless and un-trusting when it comes to true faith in GOD!!! It's as if everyone has drawn up into a ball of self-centeredness and forgotten that the BODY consist of more than themselves!!!
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A Devotional for such a time as this:

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
~ Psalm 23:2

The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

— Rest in the Lord.

— He that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works.

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace.

— That ... we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.

I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

Isaiah 57:20,21. Matthew 11:28. Psalm 37:7. Hebrews 4:10. Hebrews 13:9. Ephesians 4:14,15. Song of Songs 2:3,4.

- from: Daily Light on the Daily Path
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A Devotional for such a time as this:

A New Way To Look At Priorities 

In most of the seminars I've attended on priorities we were given the traditional list:
 
GOD
Marriage
Family
Work
Etc.
 
For some reason that prioritized list never quite set right with me, as it seemed to separate God from the other important areas of our lives (marriage, etc.). Perhaps a better way of looking at priorities would be:
 
GOD
GOD in my marriage
GOD in my family
GOD in my work
Etc.
 
Chuck Swindoll comments, "Too often we give GOD a few minutes in the morning, put Him back on top of the shelf, then work our way down the bookcase of priorities without taking Him into account.
 
"Seeking God alone in our quiet time each day should be the thing that encourages us to seek Him in every other area of our lives. He should take priority in every thought we think, in every word we speak, in every relationship, in everything. Period." 
 
To determine what your real priorities are, take a moment to write them out. Now ask which is the most difficult area to give to God priority-wise.
 
As you ponder the answer to that question, consider, Matthew 6:19-21, 1 John 2:15-17, Philippians 3:7-8, Hebrews 12:1, 2.
 
"It is easy to say we're putting Christ first, but do our lives really reflect this commitment? Write out a priority list based on how you spend your time. Next, write out one based on how you spend your money. Now write one based on what you feel most strongly about." Write one out on what you think about the most. "Finally, write one based on what you talk about most.
 
"If these different lists were given to a court for evidence in determining your true priorities, how do you think the court would rule? Write out the list that you think an impartial jury might come up with."
 
No person was ever great for God who failed to discipline himself to live by Biblical priorities. How would you categorize yourself ? Disciplined? Focused? Or mucking around in mediocrity?

- from: Facts of the Matter: Daily Devotionals
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A Devotional for such a time as this:

The Works of Faith

“Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith.”
—James. 2:24.

IT has often been supposed that there was opposition betwixt this utterance of James and the doctrine of Paul. It is to be nevertheless acknowledged at once that this is not the case, when one reflects that the works of which Paul speaks are entirely different from those which James intends. Paul always speaks of the works of the law: James has his eye upon the works of faith. The works of the law are those which are done out of the personal power of man, in the direction of fulfilling the law of God in order to merit the favour of God and make himself worthy of it. Of these the word of God says, that man is justified without the works of the law. He can do nothing that is good or meritorious: all that comes from him is impure and deserving of wrath. On the contrary, the works of faith of which James speaks are those which must be done for the confirmation and the perfecting of faith, and thus out of the power which God gives and not to merit anything. They serve to manifest that which faith has received from free grace. They follow upon conversion, while the works of the law can only precede this change. The works of the law will be able to glorify man: the works of faith give God all the honour; for they are done in the acknowledgment of personal unworthiness. Works and faith go together, as being both fruits of grace and tokens of the renewing of the mind; faith as the root of the works, the works as the perfecting of faith.
In this way it can now be clearly understood what the word of God means, when in one passage it says: “To him that worketh not but believeth, his faith is reckoned for righteousness,” and then again insists on works. The works which are done apart from faith, as an endeavour to make ourselves worthy of God’s favour and thus keep us back from faith, the reception of God’s free grace, are not to be done: they are abominable in the eyes of God: “He that worketh not is justified.” The works which are done with and in faith, while the soul in the sense of its unworthiness commits itself to the gracious promises of God, just because it hopes or knows that the Lord receives it apart from its merits, and seeks to praise Him for them, are acceptable to God, and must be done, the more the better. And it is of these that it is said that “man is justified by works”: they are the manifestation of faith and actual fruit-bearing, and not merely of a faith that continues inactive, and is thus dead.
Let the soul which seeks to come to Jesus in faith thus understand what it is to think of works. As soon as it begins to look upon its works as the ground of merit, as soon as it begins to say in fear, “My works are too small, too trifling, too sinful for me to be received,” it must at once remember that “man is justified without works.” No sin or ungodliness of which you have been guilty ought to keep you back from the hope of grace. Yet, on the other side, in order that the soul may not perhaps sit down in idle inactivity, in order that it may not go on in sin while it relies upon grace, let it be remembered that as soon as the first beginnings of the desire for grace awake within us—this, if it is sincere, will necessarily show itself active in the doing of God’s will. We shall be able to pray with confidence and in truth, “forgive us our debts,” only when at the same time we just as heartily endeavour to say, “as we forgive our debtors”; just as John writes, “Let us not love in word, neither with the tongue but in deed and truth. Hereby shall we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him”; and, “If our heart condemn us not, we have boldness toward God.” (Compare further 1 John 4:21, as also Psalm 18:22–27.) Thus we learn to understand rightly the word, “work for God worketh in you,” that is, by faith; and our works become the lovely evidences of His heavenly grace, the foretokens of His everlasting favour.


- from: Murray, A. (1894). Why Do You Not Believe?: Words of Instruction and Encouragement for All Who Are Seeking the Lord (pp. 112–115). Chicago; New York; Toronto: Fleming H. Revell.
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Acknowledgments
 
Most of the chapters of this book appeared as editorials in The Alliance Witness, of which Dr. Tozer was editor, during the years 1960-1963. "The Art of True Worship" appeared originally in Moody Monthly (1952) and is included here with their kind permission.
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Introduction
  
Someone said that while Dr. A.W. Tozer always sought to introduce sinners to their Savior he longed to help saints to see the greatness of God and to experience the life of victory and joy through surrender and faith. This theme—recognizing God for who He is, giving Him the worship and honor due Him—was particularly dominant in Dr. Tozer's late writings.
To know God requires first of all a right relationship to Him. It requires time, and this we must give. It requires also faith and knowledge, and this God gives us as we humbly seek Him. And because we cannot know God apart from the illuminating Holy Spirit we must welcome Him, allowing Him to indwell and possess us.
The reader will find each chapter in this book complete in itself, and one may speak to him more than another. There is, however, progression, and the greater profit will come from at least one consecutive reading.
 
The chapters were selected to instruct the heart that seeks to "follow on to know the Lord." Such a life may not be always easy, but at the last it will be all that really matters.
Anita M. Bailey
Managing Editor
The Alliance Witness
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That Incredible Christian
 
The current effort of so many religious leaders to harmonize Christianity with science, philosophy and every natural and reasonable thing is, I believe, the result of failure to understand Christianity and, judging from what I have heard and read, failure to understand science and philosophy as well.
At the heart of the Christian system lies the cross of Christ with its divine paradox. The power of Christianity appears in its antipathy toward, never in its agreement with, the ways of fallen men. The truth of the cross is revealed in its contradictions. The witness of the Church is most effective when she declares rather than explains, for the gospel is addressed not to reason but to faith. What can be proved requires no faith to accept. Faith rests upon the character of God, not upon the demonstrations of laboratory or logic.
The cross stands in bold opposition to the natural man. Its philosophy runs contrary to the processes of the unregenerate mind, so that Paul could say bluntly that the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness. To try to find a common ground between the message of the cross and man's fallen reason is to try the impossible, and if persisted in must result in an impaired reason, a meaningless cross and a powerless Christianity.
But let us bring the whole matter down from the uplands of theory and simply observe the true Christian as he puts into practice the teachings of Christ and His apostles. Note the contradictions:
The Christian believes that in Christ he has died, yet he is more alive than before and he fully expects to live forever. He walks on earth while seated in heaven and though born on earth he finds that after his conversion he is not at home here. Like the night-hawk, which in the air is the essence of grace and beauty but on the ground is awkward and ugly, so the Christian appears at his best in the heavenly places but does not fit well into the ways of the very society into which he was born.
The Christian soon learns that if he would be victorious as a son of heaven among men on earth he must not follow the common pattern of mankind, but rather the contrary. That he may be safe he puts himself in jeopardy; he loses his life to save it and is in danger of losing it if he attempts to preserve it. He goes down to get up. If he refuses to go down he is already down, but when he starts down he is on his way up.
He is strongest when he is weakest and weakest when he is strong. Though poor he has the power to make others rich, but when he becomes rich his ability to enrich others vanishes. He has most after he has given most away and has least when he possesses most.
He may be and often is highest when he feels lowest and most sinless when he is most conscious of sin. He is wisest when he knows that he knows not and knows least when he has acquired the greatest amount of knowledge. He sometimes does most by doing nothing and goes furthest when standing still. In heaviness he manages to rejoice and keeps his heart glad even in sorrow.
The paradoxical character of the Christian is revealed constantly. For instance, he believes that he is saved now, nevertheless he expects to be saved later and looks forward joyfully to future salvation. He fears God but is not afraid of Him. In God's presence he feels overwhelmed and undone, yet there is nowhere he would rather be than in that presence. He knows that he has been cleansed from his sin, yet he is painfully conscious that in his flesh dwells no good thing.
He loves supremely One whom he has never seen, and though himself poor and lowly he talks familiarly with One who is King of all kings and Lord of all lords, and is aware of no incongruity in so doing. He feels that he is in his own right altogether less than nothing, yet he believes without question that he is the apple of God's eye and that for him the Eternal Son became flesh and died on the cross of shame.
The Christian is a citizen of heaven and to that sacred citizenship he acknowledges first allegiance; yet he may love his earthly country with that intensity of devotion that caused John Knox to pray, "O God, give me Scotland or I die."
He cheerfully expects before long to enter that bright world above, but he is in no hurry to leave this world and is quite willing to await the summons of his heavenly Father. And he is unable to understand why the critical unbeliever should condemn him for this; it all seems so natural and right in the circumstances that he sees nothing inconsistent about it.
The cross-carrying Christian, furthermore, is both a confirmed pessimist and an optimist the like of which is to be found nowhere else on earth.
When he looks at the cross he is a pessimist, for he knows that the same judgment that fell on the Lord of glory condemns in that one act all nature and all the world of men. He rejects every human hope out of Christ because he knows that man's noblest effort is only dust building on dust.
Yet he is calmly, restfully optimistic. If the cross condemns the world the resurrection of Christ guarantees the ultimate triumph of good throughout the universe. Through Christ all will be well at last and the Christian waits the consummation. Incredible Christian!

- from: That Incredible Christian: How Heaven's Children Live on Earth.
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Praise the LORD!!!, this alone should tell you that you've reached the right Vine of CHRIST Ministries :))) For those that know me, know that I'm always praising the LORD, no matter what is happening.
   Vine of CHRIST Ministries, is a multi-branched ministry, seeking to share the love of JESUS with those in need, not a handout, but a hand up !!! Though the ministry has been the works of my hands alone for over twelve years, it will someday grow to be far more. Encompassing numerous branches of Christian ministry,, along with many of the secular helps groups. The LORD revealed to me, when I was anointed for this, that much of that which secular helps groups preform, is really that which Christians are called to do. Yet, for many years, we've forsaken this calling. Well folks, no longer, for this is what this ministry is about and it will reach to the ends of the earth to fulfill this calling !!!!!!!
   The only means to contact me(the ministry(Rev. M. Barth)) at this time, besides online sites, is snail mail. The address is: Vine of CHRIST Ministries, 330 W. Alice Ave., # 7, Kingsville, Texas, 78363
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