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Daily Devotional for August 13, 2022

NAMES IN THE BOOK OF LIFE

Alexander Maclaren
The rest of my fellow-workers , whose names are in the Book of Life, - Philippians 4:3

Paul was as gentle as he was strong. Winsome courtesy and delicate considerateness lay in his character, in beautiful union with fiery impetuosity and undaunted tenacity of conviction. We have here a remarkable instance of his quick apprehension of the possible effects of his words, and of...

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Daily Devotional for August 12, 2022

CITIZENSHIP IN THE HEAVENS

Alexander Maclaren
Our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. - Philippians 3:20

The figure of citizenship is, of course, originally drawn from the registers of the tribes of Israel. In that use, through not without a glance at some higher meaning, it appears in the Old Testament, where we read of "those who are written among them living in...

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Daily Devotional for August 11, 2022

FAITH THE PATH TO GLORY

Alexander Maclaren
He shall come , , . to be marvelled at in all them that believed. - 2 Thessalonians 1:10

That is to say, they who on earth were His, consecrated and devoted to Him, and in some humble measure partaking even here of His reflected beauty and imparted righteousness, - these are they in whom He shall be glorified. They who "believed": poor, trembling, struggling, fainting souls,...

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Daily Devotional for August 10, 2022

MIRACLES OF GRACE

Alexander Maclaren
It shall be to them a renown, in the day that I shall be glorified. - Ezekiel 39:13

The transformation of men is the great miracle and marvel of Christ's power. "He shall come to be admired" - which word is employed in its old English signification, "to be wondered at" - "in all them that believe." So fair and lovely is He that He needs but to be recognised for what He is in...

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Daily Devotional for August 9, 2022

"YE ARE MY WITNESSES"

Alexander Maclaren
And for their sakes I sanctify Myself that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. - John 17:19

The glorifying of men in Christ, which is the goal and highest end of Christ's Cross and Passion and of all God's dealings, is accomplished only because Christ dwells in the men whom He glorifies. And as is the Son with the Father, participant of mutual and reciprocal glorification, so is the...

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Daily Devotional for August 8, 2022

CHRIST GLORIFIED IN HIS SAINTS

Alexander Maclaren
He shall come to be glorified in His saints. - 2 Thessalonians 1:10

The two Epistles to the Thessalonians, which are the Apostle's earliest letters, both give very great prominence to the thought of the second coming of our Lord to judgment. In the immediate context we have that coming described, with circumstances of majesty and of terror. He "shall be revealed .... with the...

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Daily Devotional for August 7, 2022

HOST AND GUEST IN ONE

Alexander Maclaren
He brought me to the banqueting-house, and His banner over me was love. - Song of Solomon 2:4

The entrance of Jesus Christ into the opened heart is no mere metaphor, and it is not beweakened down to the presence in the spirit of the influence of His truth, or anything of that sort. There is a deep and substantial reality in the presence within a believing heart of Jesus Christ...

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Daily Devotional for August 6, 2022

THE RESPONSIBLE POWER OF CHOICE

Alexander Maclaren
She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God. - Zephaniah 3:2

"If any man will open the door" - the door has no handle on the outside. It opens from within. Christ knocks; we open. I do not need to plunge into metaphysics: it is a plain fact that men can, and that men do, reject all this pleading love and meek...

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Daily Devotional for August 5, 2022

CHRIST'S YEARNING COMPASSION

Alexander Maclaren
It is the voice of my Beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to Me, . . . for My head is filled with dew, My locks with the drops of the night. - Song of Solomon 5:2

Men that bear precious gifts for the world do not often need to beseech that they shall be accepted, but He comes to it and "prays us with much entreaty that we should receive the gift." We are mostly too proud to sue...

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Daily Devotional for August 4, 2022

THE CHRIST AT THE DOOR

Alexander Maclaren
Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me, - Revelation 3:20.

We have here the exalted Christ asking to be let in to a man's heart. The latter words of the verse suggest the image of a banqueting-hall. The chamber to which Christ desires entrance is full of feaster's. There is...

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Daily Devotional for August 3, 2022

GOD'S LOVE DEEPER THAN OUR SINS

Alexander Maclaren
I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee. - Jeremiah 31:3

" This Man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him," says the unloving and self righteous heart, "for she is a sinner." Ah! there is nothing more beautiful than the difference between the thought about sinful...

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Daily Devotional for August 2, 2022

FOR HIS SAKE

Alexander Maclaren
Thus saith the Lord God: I do not this for your sake, O House of Israel, but for Mine Holy Name. - Ezekiel 36:22.

The foundation of all God's love to us sinful men lies not in us, nor anything about us, not in anything external to God Himself. He, and He alone, is the cause and reason, the motive and the end, of His own love to our world. And unless we have grasped that...

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Daily Devotional for August 1, 2022

THE GRACE OF HOPE

Alexander Maclaren
Good hope through grace. - 2 Thessalonians 2:16

In 1 Peter 1:13 we are exhorted to " set our hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought at the appearing of Jesus Christ." It is to be " brought unto you." Now, the margins of your Bibles give you a truer notion of the Apostle's meaning. He did not write "that is to be...

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Daily Devotional for July 31, 2022

THE OBJECT OF CHRISTIAN HOPE

Alexander Maclaren
Looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. - Titus 2:13

It is interesting to notice the various phases under which the future perfecting of the Christian life and felicity in Heaven is set forth in the New Testament. Sometimes we read of the object of our hope as being the resurrection from the dead; sometimes we read of the "hope of righteousness";...

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