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Daily Light On The Daily Path

Complied by Samuel Bagster of London (1771-1852) has been a favorite daily devotional scripture reading for decade after decade, even century after century. Daily Light consists of brief groupings of scripture passages which speak to prominent Biblical themes - two themes (morning and evening) for each day of the year. Daily Light appends no commentary, but simply allows scripture to speak for itself.

There are many useful Scripture reading plans which conduct one through the entire Bible in the course of a year. Daily Light, since it does not cover the entire Bible, was not intended to be one of these. Rather, it concentrates on inspirational and devotional thoughts which warm the heart, facilitate private worship, and stimulate the mind in pondering the Persons of our Father God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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January 1 morning

This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,... I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Father, I will that they ... whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me. - I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. - He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. - Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus.

PHI. 3:13,14. John 17:24. II Tim. 1:12. Phi. 1:6. I Cor. 9:24,25. Heb. 12:1,2.


January 1 evening

The Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee.

If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. - O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD uphold-eth him with his hand.

I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. - I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

DEUT. 31:8. Exo. 33:15. Jer. 10:23. Psa. 37:23,24. Psa. 73:23,24. Rom. 8:38,39.


January 2 morning

Sing unto the Lord a new song.

Sing aloud unto God our strength; make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. - He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. - The joy of the Lord is your strength. - Paul ... thanked God, and took courage.

Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

ISA. 42:10. Psa. 81:1,2. Psa. 40:3. Josh. 1:9. Neh. 8:10. Acts 28:15. Rom. 13:11 14.


January 2 evening

Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: ... and thou shalt put it before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: ... and when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.

[Jesus] is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. - The smoke of the in-cense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Pray without ceasing.

PSA. 141:2. Exo. 30:1,6 8. Heb. 7:25. Rev. 8:4. I Pet. 2:5. I Thes. 5:17.


January 3 morning

He led them forth by the right way.

He found [Jacob] in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him. - Even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

The Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. - For this GOD is our GOD for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. Who teacheth like him?

PSA. 107:7. Deut. 32:10 12. Isa. 46:4. Psa. 23:3,4. Isa. 58:11. Psa. 48:14. Job 36:22.


January 3 evening

What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee ... Lord, that I may receive my sight.

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scrip-tures. - The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, ... shall teach you all things. - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.

The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, ... give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward who believe, accord-ng to the working of his mighty power.

LUKE 18:41. Psa. 119:18. Luke 24:45. John 14:26. John 1:17. Eph. 1:17 19.


January 4 morning

Ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the Lord your God giveth you.

This is not your rest. - There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. - Within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. - With Christ; which is far better.

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. - There the wicked cease from troubling: and there the weary be at rest.

Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. - Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

DEUT. 12:9. Mic. 2:10. Heb. 4:9. Heb. 6:19,20. John 14:2,3. Phi. 1:23. Rev. 21:4. Job 3:17. Matt. 6:20,21. -Col. 3:2.


January 4 evening

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin. - But now once in the end of the world hath he ap-peared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: hence-forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.

I COR. 15:55. I Cor. 15:56. Heb. 9:26 28. Heb. 2:14,15. II Tim. 4:6 8.


January 5 morning

We which have believed do enter into rest.

They weary themselves to commit iniquity. - I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. - Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

He that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works. - Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. - This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing.

HEB. 4:3. Jer. 9:5. -Rom. 7:23,24. Matt. 11:28. Rom. 5:1,2. Heb. 4:10. -Phi. 3:9. Isa. 28:12.


January 5 evening

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? - They provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

A whisperer separateth chief friends. - There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. - The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Put off ... anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds. - This is the will of God, even your sanctiflcation. - In their mouth was found no guile.

PSA. 141:3. Psa. 130:3. -Psa. 106:33. Matt. 15.11. Prov. 16:28. Prov. 12:18,19. Jas. 3:8,10. Col. 3:8,9. -I Thes. 4:3. -Rev. 14:5.


January 6 morning

Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands.

Thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD. - We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. - The Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon us.

Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. - Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. - Our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

PSA. 90:17. Ezek. 16:14. -II Cor.3:18. -I Pet. 4:14. Psa. 128:1,2. -Prov. 16:3. Phi. 2:12,13. II Thes. 2:16,17.


January 6 evening

The apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things they had done.

There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. - The LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. - Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants.

Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have re-ceived the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. - The prayer of the upright is his delight.

MARK 6:30. Prov. 18:24. Exo. 33:11. John 15:14,15. Luke 17:10. Rom. 8:15. Phi. 4:6. Prov. 15:8.


January 7 morning

Think upon me, my God, for good.

Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness. - I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. - I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you. - For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. - I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number. - Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them they are more than can be numbered.

NEH. 5:19. Jer. 2:2. Ezek. 16:60. Jer. 29:10. -Jer. 29:11. Isa. 55:9. Job. 5:8,9. Psa. 40:5.


January 7 evening

I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass. - God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

The LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him. - He will ever be mindful of his covenant.

Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

JOSH. 1:5. Josh. 21:45. -Num. 23:19. Deut. 7:9. Psa. 1l1:5. Isa. 49:15,16. Zeph. 3:17.


January 8 morning

They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. - I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. - For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints, they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. - The LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people. - Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.

Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

PSA. 9:10. Prov. 18:10. Isa. 12:2. Psa. 37:25. Psa. 37:28. I Sam. 12:22. II Cor. 1:10. Heb. 13:5,6.


January 8 evening

They are without fault before the throne of God.

The iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve. - Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

He hath made us accepted in the beloved. - To present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

REV. 14:5. Jer. 50:20. Mic. 7:18,19. Eph. 1:6. Col. 1:22. Jude 24,25.


January 9 morning

Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.

Jehovah Nissi (The LORD my banner). - When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. - The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God. - We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. - Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. - The captain of our salvation.

My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. - Valiant for the truth. - Fight the LORD's battles. - Be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: fear ye not. - Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. - Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

PSA. 60:4. Exo. 17:15. Isa. 59:19. Psa. 20:5. Jer. 51:10. Rom. 8:37. I Cor. 15:57. Heb. 2:10. Eph. 6:10. Jer. 9:3. I Sam. 18:17. Hag. 2:4,5. John 4:35. Heb. 10:37.


January 9 evening

One thing is needful.

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God. - O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.

I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. Lord, evermore give us this bread. - Mary ... sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. - One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

LUKE 10:42. Psa. 4:6,7. Psa. 42:1,2. Psa. 63:1. John 6:35,34. Luke 10:39. Psa. 27:4.


January 10 morning

I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it; that be might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. - Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

The peace of God ... passeth all understanding. - Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body.

Our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. - Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I THES. 5:23. Eph. 5:25,27. Col. 1:28. Phi. 4:7. Col. 3:15. II Thes. 2:16,17. I Cor. 1:8.


January 10 evening

Will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth?

Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. - I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.

Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

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. - Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you. - Ye ... are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

II CHR. 6:18. Exo. 25:8. Exo. 29:43,45. Psa. 68:18. II Cor. 6:16. I Cor. 6:19. Eph. 2:22. Ezek. 37:28.


January 11 morning

Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Zion.

To us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. - All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. - By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. - Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

PSA. 65:1. I Cor. 8:6. John 5:23. Heb. 13:15. Psa. 50:23. Rev. 7:9,10,12.


January 11 evening

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction.

Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name. - I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction.

As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. - When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe.

PSA. 103:4. Jer. 50:34. Hos. 13:14. Heb. 2:14,15. John 3:36. Col. 3:3,4. II Thes. 1:10.


January 12 morning

The only wise God our Saviour.

Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. - Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. - The mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known, by the church, the manifold wisdom of God.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. - The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

JUDE 25. I Cor. 1:30. Job 11:7,8. I Cor. 2:7. Eph. 3:9,10. Jas. 1:5. Jas. 3:17.


January 12 evening

When shall I arise, and the night be gone?

Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh.

Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. - He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds.

I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.

Let all thine enemies perish, O LORD; but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. - Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

There shall be no night there.

JOB 7:4. Isa. 21:11,12. Heb. 10:37. II Sam. 23:4. John 14:2,3,27,28. Judg. 5:31. I Thes. 5:5. Rev. 21:25.


January 13 morning

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. - I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. - In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.

The effect of righteousness [shall be] quietness and assurance for ever. - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. - Peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come.

ISA. 26:3. Psa. 55:22. Isa. 12:2. Matt. 8:26. Phi. 4:6,7. Isa. 30:15. Isa. 32:17. John 14:27. Rev. 1:4.


January 13 evening

Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.

If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother ... Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. - When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. - Be ye kind one to another, ten-derhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

The apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

EPH. 4:26. Matt. 18:15,21,22. Mark 11:25. Col. 3:12,13. Eph. 4:32. Luke 17:5.


January 14 morning

My Father is greater than I.

When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven. - My Father, and your Father; ... my God and your God. As the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. - The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. - Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? - I and my Father are one. - As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's cornmandments, and abide in his love.

JOHN 14:28. Luke 11:2. John 20:17. John 14:31. John 14:10. John 3:35. -John 17:2. John 14:8 10. -John 10:30. John 15:9,10.


January 14 evening

[The woman's seed] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

His visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men. - He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

This is your hour, and the power of darkness. - Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.

The Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. - He cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. - In my name shall they cast out devils.

The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.

GEN. 3:15. Isa. 52:14. Isa. 53:5. Luke 22:53. John 19:11. I John 3:8. Mark 1:34. Matt. 28:18. -Mark 16:17. Rom. 16:20.


January 15 morning

My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.

If ye ... be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For your life is hid with Christ in God. - Our conver-sation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

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. - Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. - Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

PSA. 119:25. Col. 3:1 3. Phi. 3:20,21. Gal. 5:17. Rom. 8:12,13. I Pet. 2:11.


January 15 evening

The measure of faith.

Him that is weak in the faith. - Strong in faith, giving glory to God.

O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? - Great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.

Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord ... According to your faith be it unto you.

Lord, increase our faith. - Building up yourselves on your most holy faith. - Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith. - He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, ... is God. - The God of all grace ... after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

We ... that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. - Let us not ... judge one another ... but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

ROM. 12:3. Rom. 14:1. Rom. 4:20. Matt. 14:31. Matt. 15:28. Matt. 9:28,29. Luke 17:5. Jude 20. Col. 2:7. II Cor. 1:21. I Pet. 5:10. Rom. 15:1. Rom. 14:13.


January 16 morning

It pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell.

The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. - God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. - By him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. - And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. - Of his fulness have all we received.

COL. 1:19. John 3:35. Phi. 2:9 11. Eph. 1:21. Col. 1:16. Rom. 14:9. Col. 2:10. Rom. 1:16.


January 16 evening

Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.

Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. - That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. - He that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. - That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

REV. 1:19. II Pet. 1:21. I John 1:3. Luke 24:39,40. John 19:35. II Pet. 1:16. I Cor. 2:5.


January 17 morning

Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption.

God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have com-passion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. - O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. - When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. - I waited patiently for the LORD. He brought me up ... out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock.

ISA. 38:17. I John 4:9,10. Mic. 7:18,19. Psa. 30:2,3. Jon. 2:7. Psa. 40:1,2.


January 17 evening

The things which are.

Now we see through a glass, darkly. - Now we see not yet all things put under him.

We have ... a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts. - Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. - The Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

Little children, it is the last time. - The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

REV. 1:19. I Cor. 13:12. Heb. 2:8. II Pet. 1:19. Psa. 119:105. Jude 17,18. I Tim. 4:1. I John 2:18. Rom. 13:12.


January 18 morning

Him that was to come.

Jesus ... made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, ... that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. - One died for all. - As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spint. - That was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. - God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him. - God ... hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person. - Thou hast given him power over all flesh.

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

ROM. 5:14. Heb. 2:9. II Cor. 5:14. Rom. 5:19. I Cor. 15:45. -I Cor. 15:46. Gen. 1:26,27. Heb. 1:1 3. John 17:2. I Cor. 15:47,48.


January 18 evening

Things which shall be hereafter.

As it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit. - The Spirit of truth ... will shew you things to come.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

REV. 1:19. I Cor. 2:9,10. John 16:13. Rev. 1:7. I Thes. 4:13,14,16,17.


January 19 morning

Serving the Lord with all humility of mind.

Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whoso-ever 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.

ACTS 20:19. Matt. 20:26 28. Gal. 6:3. Rom. 12:3. Luke 17:10. II Cor. 1:12. II Cor. 4:7.


January 19 evening

We have turned every one to his own way.

Noah ... planted a vineyard: and he drank of the wine, and was drunken. - Abram ... said unto Sara his wife, ... Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake. - Isaac said unto Jacob, ... Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am. - Moses ... spake unadvisedly with his lips. - The men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD. And Joshua made peace with them. - David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

These all ... obtained a good report through faith. - Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. - The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways.

ISA. 53:6. Gen. 9:20,21. Gen. 12:11,13. Gen. 27:21,24. Psa. 106:32,33. Josh. 9:14,15. I Kgs. 15:5. Heb. 11:39. Rom. 3:24. Isa. 53:8. Ezek. 36:32.


January 20 morning

His name shall be called Wonderful.

The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. - Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. - JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. - God ... hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. - Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come; and hath put all things under his feet. - He had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself ... KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out. - What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

ISA. 9:6. John 1:14. -Psa. 138:2. Matt. 1:23. Matt. 1:21. John 5:23. Phi. 2.9. -Eph. 1:21,22. Rev. 19:12,16. Job 37:23. Prov. 30:4.


January 20 evening

The Lord's portion is his people.

Ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. - I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me. - I am his. - The Son of God ... loved me, and gave himself for me.

Ye are not your own, ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. - The LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.

Ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. - Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. - A spiritual house, an holy priesthood.

They shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels. - All mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. - The glory of his inheritance in the saints.

DEUT. 32:9. I Cor. 3:23. Song 7:10. Song 2:16. Gal. 2:20. I Cor. 6:19,20. Deut. 4:20. I Cor. 3:9. Heb. 3:6. I Pet. 2:5. Mal. 3:17. John 17:10. -Eph. 1:18.


January 21 morning

Every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it.

He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in right-eousness.

We glory in tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. - If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons, for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees.

JOHN 15:2. Mal. 3:2,3. Rom. 5:3 5. -Heb. 12:7,8,11,12.


January 21 evening

Now we call the proud happy.

Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. - Blessed are the poor in spirit for their's is the kingdom of heaven.

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, ... . - Every one that is proud of heart is an abomination to the LORD.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. - Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

MAL. 3:15. Isa. 57:15. Prov. 16:19. Matt. 5:3. Prov. 6:16,17. Prov. 16:5. Psa. 139:23,24. Phi. 1:2,3. Matt. 5:5.


January 22 morning

This God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. - The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup.

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. - Thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. - Our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. - The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

PSA. 48:14. Isa. 25:1. Psa. 16:5. Psa. 23:3,4. Psa. 73:23 26. Psa. 33:21. Psa. 138:8.


January 22 evening

In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me. - Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee. it:

I am but a litile child: I know not how to go out or come in. - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, ... and it shall be given him.

Who is sufficient for these things? - I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing. - My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee ... Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; ... when I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

PSA. 94:19. Psa. 61:2. Isa. 38:14. Psa. 55:22. I Kgs. 3:7. Jas. 1:5. II Cor. 2:16. Rom. 7:18. II Cor. 12:9. Matt. 9:2,22. Psa. 63:5,6.


January 23 morning

Hope maketh not ashamed.

I am the LORD: ... they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. - Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. - My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. - I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed.

God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.

ROM. 5:5. Isa. 49:23. Jer. 17:7. Isa. 26:3,4. Psa. 62:5,6. -II Tim. 1:12. Heb. 6:17 20.


January 23 evening

The offence of the cross.

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. - We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Whosoever believ-eth on him shall not be ashamed. - Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence.

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. - I am crucified with Christ. - They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affec-tions and lusts.

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.

GAL. 5:11. Matt. 16:24. Isa. 4:4. Acts. 14:22. Rom. 9:33. I Pet. 2:7,8. Gal. 6:1. -Gal. 2:20. Gal. 5:24. II Tim 2:12.


January 24 morning

The Lord is at hand.

The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. - He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly; Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. - Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

PHI. 4:5. I Thes. 4:16 18. Rev. 22:20. II Pet. 3:14. I Thes. 5:22 24. Jas. 5:8.


January 24 evening

The choice vine.

My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: and he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, ... and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. - Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me.

The works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, ... envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: ... but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, good-ness, faith, meekness, temperance.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purg-eth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Abide in me, and I in you ... Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

GEN. 49:11. Isa. 5:1,2. Jer. 2:21. Gal. 5:19,21 23. John 15:1,2,4,8.


January 25 morning

The righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe.

He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. - Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. - Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. - 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.

I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.

ROM. 3:22. II Cor. 5:21. Gal. 3:13. I Cor. 1:30. -Tit. 3:5,6. Phi. 3:8,9.


January 25 evening

The spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Jesus ... lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, ... Holy Father, ... O righteous Father. - He said, Abba, Father. - Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. - For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints and of the household of God.

Doubtless thou art our father, ... thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father.

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.

ROM. 8:15. John 17:1,11,25. Mark. 14:36. Gal. 4:6. Eph. 2:18,19. Isa. 63:16. Luke 15:18 20. Eph. 5:1.


January 26 morning

Let us go forth unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. - As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

They departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. - Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

HEB. 13:13,14. I Pet. 4:12,13. II Cor. 1:7. I Pet. 4:14. Acts 5:41. Heb. 11:25,26.


January 26 evening

The Lord Jesus Christ ... shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.

Upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appear-ance of fire, and it had brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.

We all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. - It doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more. - They sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.

PHI. 3:20,21. Ezek. 1:26 28. II Cor. 3:18. I John 3:2. Rev. 7:16. Rev. 15:3.


January 27 morning

Ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins: and in him is no sin.

God, ... hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. - He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold; ... but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. - The love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

I JOHN 3:5. Heb. 1:13. -II Cor. 5:21. I Pet. 1:17 20. II Cor. 5:14,15.


January 27 evening

I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life.

For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin but now they have no cloke for their sin.

That servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. - He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life but the wrath of God abideth on him. - Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

DEUT. 30:19. Ezek. 18:32. John 15:22. Luke 12:47. Rom. 6:23. John 3:36. Rom.6:16. John 12:26.


January 28 morning

As thy days, so shall thy strength be.

When they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. - Take no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God. - He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in re-proaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. - O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

DEUT. 33:25. Matt. 13:11. Matt. 6:34. Psa. 68:35. Isa. 40:29. II Cor. 12:9,10. Phi. 4:13. Judg. 5:21.


January 28 evening

Awake, O north wind, and ... blow upon my garden, that the the spices thereof may flow out.

No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: never-theless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. - The fruit of the Spirit.

He stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.

Though [Jesus] were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the the things which he suffered. - In all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

SONG 4:16. Heb. 12:11. -Gal 5:22. Isa. 27:8. Psa. 103:13. II Cor. 4:16 18. Heb. 5:8. Heb. 4:15.


January 29 morning

Thou God seest me.

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether ... Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. - The ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. - God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. - The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

Jesus ... knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man; for he knew what was in man. - Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.

GEN. 16:13. Psa. 139:1-4,6. Prov. 15:3. Prov. 5:21. Luke 16:15. II Chr. 16:9. John 2:24,25. John 21:17.


January 29 evening

I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me. - It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.

I beseech you, ... brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable ser-vice. - Jesus ... that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. - Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

PSA. 86:12. Psa. 50:23. Psa. 92:1,2. Psa. 150:6. Rom. 12:1. Heb. 13:12,15. -Eph. 5:20. Rev. 5:12.


January 30 morning

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. - Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. - Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness.

Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. - Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. - Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD.

HEB. 12:1,2. Luke 9:23. Luke 14:33. Rom. 13:12. I Cor. 9:25,27. -Phi. 3:13,14. Hos. 6:3.


January 30 evening

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

We have had fathers of our flesh, which corrected us; and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. - Humble yourselves, therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.

LAM. 3:27. Prov. 22:6. Heb. 12:9,10. Psa. 119:67,71. Jer. 29:11. I Pet. 5:6.


January 31 morning

If ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; ... those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.

Fight the good fight of faith. - The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, ... and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

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. - I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. - We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

NUM. 33:55. I Tim. 6:12. II Cor. 10:4,5. Rom. 8:12,13. Gal. 5:17. Rom. 7:23. Rom. 8:37.


January 31 evening

If a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him?

If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world. - Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

He is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

I SAM. 2:25. I John 2:1,2. -Rom. 3:25,26. Job 33:24. Rom. 8:31,33,34.

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