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Daily Devotional for February 28, 2024

A Circumcised Heart

T. Austin-Sparks

He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His souland be satisfied. (Isaiah 53:11 AMP)

Well, we know more than the Prophet Isaiah knew about that! We have been with Him in Gethsemane in the time of the travail of His soul, and we are with Him, on the other side of the travail. How many are the seed of Christ since then! Dear friends, if ever you are tempted to think that Christians are few, and that we are only a...

Bible Verses: Isaiah 53:11

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Daily Devotional for February 27, 2024

The Lord's Burden

T. Austin-Sparks

The Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name....” (Acts 9:15 ESV)

The Lord must have an instrument, a Daniel instrument, whether personal or collective, that moves out towards God for His testimony. He must have a Nehemiah with a heartache over the people because of the breakdown of the testimony. He must have an Ezra who is not for a moment compromising with anything contrary to...

Bible Verses: Acts 9:15

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Daily Devotional for February 26, 2024

The Man Christ Jesus

T. Austin-Sparks

There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)

God's answer to everything, God's explanation of everything, and God's means of realizing everything is a Man, "the man Christ Jesus." When this world has run its evil course, this inhabited earth will be judged in a Man. Men will be judged by what their inward relationship is to that Man. The question at the judgment...

Bible Verses: 1 Timothy 2:5

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Daily Devotional for February 25, 2024

A Larger Measure Of Christ

T. Austin-Sparks

Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens. (Hebrews 12:26 ESV)

Everything is going to be shaken in earth and in heaven, with a view to finding out just how much there is of Christ living in it. These Jewish believers were going to see the temple and the whole temple system wrecked, and then they would discover just how much they had got of Christ, or how much of their life was bound up with...

Bible Verses: Hebrews 12:26

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Daily Devotional for February 24, 2024

The Only Divine Life

T. Austin-Sparks

I can guarantee this truth: No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. (John 3:5 GW)

No one has ever yet been "volitionalized" into the kingdom of God; that is, soappealed to in their wills to make a decision, and todetermine to be in the kingdom of God, as by thestrength of that decision and that determination to havegot through. It cannot be done.A great deal of mistake has been...

Bible Verses: John 3:5

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Daily Devotional for February 23, 2024

Timelessness in Christ

T. Austin-Sparks

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

When we are really "in Christ," to use Paul's phrase, we are always regarded as being together, though we may be thousands of miles apart. The Lord Jesus does not look upon us as being in this country, in that country and in another country. He Himself is the only...

Bible Verses: Galatians 3:28

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Daily Devotional for February 22, 2024

Victory Over Death

T. Austin-Sparks

We had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. (2 Corinthians 1:9)

You know that those who are not the Lord’s people are not alive to the fact that they are dead. Death is not the great reality to them until they come to their body dying. But in their ordinary life when things are going on and there is health and provision, death is no reality to them....

Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 1:9

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Daily Devotional for February 21, 2024

Divine Order – In Christ

T. Austin-Sparks

In Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)

This whole Bible is about bringing man back to God, bringing him into God, and restoring him to his environment. "In Him we live and move and have our being" is the fundamental truth of the spiritual life. There is one thing I suggest to you, or hint at, which, if you grasp it, would be such a tremendous help to you. When the Lord says anything, it may...

Bible Verses: Acts 17:28

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Daily Devotional for February 20, 2024

Life Centers In Christ

T. Austin-Sparks

To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God. (2 Corinthians 2:16,17)

The Lord has not called upon us to form churches. That is not our business. Would to God men had recognized the fact! A very different situation would obtain today from what exists, if that had...

Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 2:162 Corinthians 2:17

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Daily Devotional for February 19, 2024

The Testimony of the Christ

T. Austin-Sparks

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3 NIV)

The new creation is a company, it is a Body indwelt by the Holy Spirit, actuated by the Holy Spirit, actually made one by the Holy Spirit. “In one Spirit were we all baptized into one body” (1 Cor. 12:13). The oneness is the oneness of the Holy Spirit. “Giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit” (Eph....

Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:31 Corinthians 12:13

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Daily Devotional for February 18, 2024

Spirituality – A Practical Reality

T. Austin-Sparks

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. (Ephesians 1:3 NLT)

Some people seem to think that spirituality is a kind of mystical or mythical "something" – that spirituality is something remote from reality, a kind of frame of mind. Well, spirituality is certainly not a frame of mind in the first...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 1:3

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Daily Devotional for February 17, 2024

A Home-Grown Training Ground

T. Austin-Sparks

We are His household. (Hebrews 3:6 ISV)

With all that the Lord needs and desires to do in the recovery of His first thought, His original idea for His people, not the least is the recovery of the spiritual family. Any fresh movement of God which relates to His original thought will most certainly reintroduce the spiritual family, and all that that means. That may mean the breakdown of a lot; it may mean that a good...

Bible Verses: Hebrews 3:6

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Daily Devotional for February 16, 2024

The Purpose of Life in Abundance

T. Austin-Sparks

I have come that they may have life. (John 10:10 ISV)

If, on the one hand, eternal Life operates to cut us off from our natural life as the basis of our relationship with God, on the other hand, it is perfectly wonderful what is done. It is "the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes." The Lord even comes in as our physical life to the doing of more than would have been possible to us at our ...

Bible Verses: John 10:10

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Daily Devotional for February 15, 2024

Confusion – The Strategy of the Evil One

T. Austin-Sparks

Some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. (Galatians 1:7 NIV)

It does not require a great deal of intelligence in order to recognize that, throughout the history of God's work, the master-stroke of the great perverter has been confusion. God is not the God of confusion, but of order. Satan is the god of confusion. To get order out of chaos, God said: "Let there be...

Bible Verses: Galatians 1:7

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