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Daily Devotional for January 25, 2022

Ye are my friends. - John 15:14

James Smith

What infinite condescension in Jesus, to call us worms, His friends! But He not only calls us so, but treats us as such, and expects us as friends to do whatsoever He commands us.

Is Jesus thy friend? Then visit Him often, let Him hear thy voice in prayer and praise; then trust Him confidently, let Him see a proof of thy faith in thy dependence; then walk with Him in love, let Him enjoy much of thy company; then expect Him to be thy Friend in sickness and health, in poverty and plenty,...

Bible verses: John 15:14

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Daily Devotional for January 24, 2022

Ye are not your own. - 1 Corinthians 6:19

James Smith

No: Jesus has purchased you with His own blood, quickened you by His Spirit, espoused you to Himself, and intends to glorify you with Himself for ever. He claims you, and says, "I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine." He will provide for you as His own, and spare you, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

You are His beloved bride. His portion. A member of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. In loving you, He loveth Himself. He requires you to live under the...

Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 6:19

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Daily Devotional for January 23, 2022

Why are ye so fearful? - Mark 4:40

James Smith

The disciples appeared to be in danger, and fear filled their hearts. They did not realize that they were the care and charge of Jesus, or else, knowing Him, their fears could have had no place.

Beloved, you are in the hands of your loving Saviour. He has charge of you and all your concerns. He has numbered the very hairs of your head, and watches over you every moment, by night, as well as by day. He is ever present, His eye cannot be diverted from you, His omnipotence is engaged to...

Bible verses: Mark 4:40

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James Smith

Anxiety, or carefulness, is very injurious; it divides the heart, distracts the mind, chokes the word, leads to distrust, and destroys our peace. It is inconsistent with our profession; we have resigned all into the hands of the Lord, and should leave all to His blessing.

We should do everything as for the Lord, and consider our families, our property, and our business, as the Lord's; so should we be holy and enjoy peace. Anxiety, or inordinate care, dishonours God; it reflects upon...

Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 7:32

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Daily Devotional for January 21, 2022

This honour have all His saints. - Psalms 149:9

James Smith

What honour? Of being redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, out of every nation, country, people, and tongue. Of being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible; by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever.

Of being acknowledged as the sons of God : "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is". Of being closely allied to Jesus : He is not ashamed to...

Bible verses: Psalms 149:9

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Daily Devotional for January 20, 2022

Ye cannot serve God and Mammon. - Matthew 6:24

James Smith

Our God is a jealous God. He requires the devotion of the heart, the consecration of all the powers, and we cannot enjoy religion without these. Persons who try to unite God and the world, the service of sin and the service of God, cannot be happy. We must be decided.

Well, who is to be God TODAY? Who is to have the heart, the talents, the affections, TODAY? Is gain, carnal pleasure, or worldly company, to be the idol to-day? Or, is Jesus to have the thoughts, the desires, and the...

Bible verses: Matthew 6:24

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Daily Devotional for January 19, 2022

The wisdom of the just. - Luke 1:17

James Smith

The Lord's people are justified freely, by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. The work of Jesus is their justification before God; in this they trust; in this they plead; and in this they rejoice. Taught by the Holy Spirit, they manifest wisdom in readily believing God's faithful word, and trusting Him to make good the same to them.

They resign themselves and all they value into His hands for preservation, and to be entirely at His disposal, persuaded that His...

Bible verses: Luke 1:17

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Daily Devotional for January 18, 2022

My brother. - Matthew 12:50

James Smith

And who is the brother of Jesus? Every one who does the will of His Father. Every Believer who proves the truth of his faith by the goodness of his works; who shows the excellence of his nature, by the piety, benevolence, and charity of his life.

Believer, Jesus calls thee BROTHER. He has for thee a Brother's love. O how tender! O how tried! Stronger than death; passing knowledge. He bears with thy infirmities, reproves thy follies, encourages thy faith, forbids thy fears, and will...

Bible verses: Matthew 12:50

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Daily Devotional for January 17, 2022

Evil is present with me. - Romans 7:21

James Smith

But what a mercy that it does not reign in you, and over you; it did once, and would now but for free and sovereign grace. If sin makes you groan, leads you to the throne to plead with God, and to the fountain of the Saviour's blood to be cleansed from it, it does not, it cannot reign.

It may disturb your peace, distress your mind, hinder you in duty, mix with all your efforts to do good; and even make you cry out, "O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me?"...

Bible verses: Romans 7:21

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Daily Devotional for January 16, 2022

I would do good. - Romans 7:21

James Smith

Every Believer has experienced the renewing of the Holy Ghost; sin has not dominion over him. He perceives the beauty of holiness, and loathes himself on account of sin. He would be internally holy, and externally conformed to the precepts of the Bible.

He would pray with fervour; praise with gratitude; believe with confidence; war against sin, Satan, and the flesh with courage; and glorify God by every feeling, thought, word, and action. Thus he feels, and...

Bible verses: Romans 7:21

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Daily Devotional for January 15, 2022

Is it well with thee? - 2 Kings 4:26

James Smith

Is Jesus precious to thy soul? Are you mourning over sin, or after the presence of your beloved Saviour? Are you strong in faith, giving glory to God? Are you panting for communion with your heavenly Father? Is the world beneath your feet? Are you glowing with love to all saints? Are you seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? Are you lying at the feet of Jesus, in trouble, crying, "Lord, help me"?

If so, it is well with thee: there is spiritual life in thy soul, and...

Bible verses: 2 Kings 4:26

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Daily Devotional for January 14, 2022

But Thou art the same. - Psalms 102:27

James Smith

Everything below is liable to change; health may give place to sickness, pleasure to pain, plenty to poverty, love to enmity, honour to disgrace, strength to weakness, and life to death.

Remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. But though all our circumstances and friends should change, there is One who never changes. He is in one mind, and none can turn Him. With Him is no variableness. He is the same yesterday, today, and for ever; and He is...

Bible verses: Psalms 102:27

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Daily Devotional for January 13, 2022

Walk circumspectly. - Ephesians 5:15

James Smith

You are in an enemy's land; surrounded by temptations; and have a heart that is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. To honour Jesus in your spirit, communications, and every action, should be your constant aim.

You are to live UNTO the Lord, for Him who died for you and rose again. To this end, provision was laid up in the everlasting covenant, for this purpose the precious promises were made, and with this design the Holy Spirit is given; that you may serve Him in...

Bible verses: Ephesians 5:15

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Daily Devotional for January 12, 2022

Let him ask in faith. - James 1:6

James Smith

The Believer's prayers should be regulated by God's promises; he often fancies he wants what would only do him harm; and, therefore, if he ask, he is denied, not in anger but in love.

God has promised all good, and only good, to His beloved people. Ask for what God has promised to bestow, and ask believing that God will honour and fulfil His own precious word. He cannot deny Himself; all He hath promised He will perform. You can therefore have no reason to doubt whether the Lord will...

Bible verses: James 1:6

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