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George Bowen

Wisdom is the last thing of the need of which men become sensible. Worldly wisdom indeed they desire to have in larger measure; but it is the rarest thing in the world to see a man who is deeply sensible of his need of that wisdom which God gives in answer to prayer. This only shows how amazingly unwise men are. It is because they have not this wisdom at all, that they are conscious of no need. Yet, would they but know it, this wisdom would give them virtually all that they so impetuously...

Bible Verses: James 1:5

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George Bowen

This promise was addressed in the first instance to Joshua; not because he was Joshua, but because he was a believer; and it is valid for every believer.

The believer is to be content with such things as he has. "Behold Lazarus at the gate of the rich man, his body full of sores, without food, shelter, friends. Is he to be content with such things as he has? He has nothing."' Yes, he has some thing. Let us try to take an inventory of it. He has a Father in heaven, upon the throne of...

Bible Verses: Hebrews 13:5

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George Bowen

That call upon him not because they think it a decorous thing, not as an act of homage merely, but because they need what he alone can give, and believe that he will give it to them, if they ask wisely and in faith.

They call upon him in truth, who make nothing of themselves, everything of Christ. They call upon him in truth, who overlook none of his attributes, but view him as his word reveals him. " If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall...

Bible Verses: Psalms 145:18

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Daily Devotional for October 3, 2022

"He only is my rock" - Psalms 62:2.

George Bowen

O happy Psalmist, who canst use this language? Not only is God thy rock; he is thine only rock. On him dost thou build thy confidence. He is thy only refuge, thy only safe guard.

How grievously do they insult God who rely in part upon him, in part on something else; and who with the utmost emphasis of their souls deprecate being left alone with God, shut up to him alone. They would fain eke out the insufficiency of their wealth by his riches of mercy; the inadequacy of their wisdom,...

Bible Verses: Psalms 62:2

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Daily Devotional for October 2, 2022

" Let us draw near with a true heart." - Hebrews 10:22.

George Bowen

Seek to sound the depths of the meaning of this word, draw near. Examine the supplications of a thousand suppliants, and they will show these suppliants scattered at a thousand different distances from God, but almost all at a great distance, and out of the whole perhaps only one dose to the throne of grace.

There is much to hinder this drawing near. There is the inherited habit of unbelieving prayer. The supineness of the soul. Worldly care. Worldly joy. Inappreciation of the...

Bible Verses: Hebrews 10:22

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George Bowen

Indicated in the last verse of the preceding chapter, these glorious prospects are displayed before God's spiritual Israel. They that reject Christ reject all the good fore spoken by the prophets, and the wrath of God abideth upon them. All things belong to them who belong to Christ. Christians are taught to contemplate not merely their own individual blessedness and perfection; but the unspeakable blessedness and unconceived glory of that condition upon which the whole Church of the living...

Bible Verses: Isaiah 60:20

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George Bowen

The wicked are sometimes seen flourishing as a green bay tree. Their cup of worldly prosperity runneth over. To the spectator their days appear to flow by in pleasantness and peace. They conform to the world's code of morals, and their praises are on the tongues of all. They fare sumptuously every day and fancy that they are to sit down at the banquet of everlasting life. Peace and prosperity are within their gates, if we may believe appearances. But we refer to believe God. He knoweth all...

Bible Verses: Isaiah 57:21

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George Bowen

God is love; and we were called into being that in our measure we might manifest forth this truth, by loving one another. But we are an apostate race; and each one, so far from seeking to be the servant of all, is bent upon serving himself of all. Men are consecrated first and foremost to the augmentation of their own gains. Ordinarily they understand by covetousness some extraordinary development of the passion for gain. But the question is not, what definition of it is given in man's code,...

Bible Verses: Isaiah 57:17

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Daily Devotional for September 28, 2022

I have seen his ways, and will heal him." - Isaiah 57:18.

George Bowen

The greater part of mankind pass through the earthly stage of their existence without anything that can appropriately be termed the knowledge of God. To others, however, it is given in some most solemn moment to find themselves suddenly in the presence of God and to be overwhelmed with the perception of his holiness, power, sovereignty, and omniscience. The scales fall from their eyes, and they behold that sublime and offended Majesty in whose august presence they, in willing...

Bible Verses: Isaiah 57:18

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George Bowen

Christ prayed for his people that they might be with him where he was (" where I am") and behold his glory. Christ is formed in us, the hope of glory; glorious now as revealed by faith, so that we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; but immeasurably more glorious upon the throne of the heavenly majesty, entrancing the universe with the image of the invisible God.

I shall he satisfied: let a man look into his heart and see how much is comprehended in this. He imagines...

Bible Verses: Psalms 17:15

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George Bowen

Had Peter done as he promised to do, and followed Christ from Gethsemane, content to be bound with him, mocked with him, scourged with him, condemned with him, and crucified with him, what an incomparably exalted place would he have had in our regard. Nothing but his own treacherous heart hindered him from occupying this worthiest and sublimest of places occupied by mere finite men. However, as his Lord generously foretold, he followed him afterwards. He met the same hostility, the same...

Bible Verses: 1 Peter 4:13

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George Bowen

A great many of our confessions of sin fall trippingly from the tongue, as though the commission and the acknowledgment were all a mere matter of course. How little of self-reproach there seems to be in it all! How little shame, how little confusion of face! A public exposure - the attention of men drawn to one of the least of these sins - would fill us with unspeakable shame. Is God then nobody in comparison with man? Because God has forgiven us so readily, are we to make light of the sins...

Bible Verses: Daniel 9:8

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George Bowen

They that are Christ's are Abraham's seed, and we are among the posterity whose privileges are here foreshadowed. The people of God are those that are taught of God, and they that are taught of God, have great peace. The throne of God is the seat of a great teacher. The course of nature is a course of instruction. The universe is one vast school. God writes lessons for men on the firmament, on the sea, on the sands, on the mountains, on the forests; yea on every leaf. We tread on problems;...

Bible Verses: Isaiah 54:13

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George Bowen

Who is this that stands in the midst of an assemblage of mortals and makes proclamation in a loud and fearless voice, that if any man, not merely in that assembly but throughout the whole world, desire happiness, he should draw near and obtain what he desires? Who is this that offers to heal all human woes and accomplish in behalf of the entire human family, deliverance from the curse? That speaks of himself as a fountain of the water of life springing up in the centre of the earth, and...

Bible Verses: John 7:37

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