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Morning Meditations for June 27

Daily Light's Morning Reading

Who shall be able to stand?REV. 6:17.

Who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap.

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. These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more: neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.—Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.

Mal. 3:2.Rev. 7:9,14-17.Rom. 8:1. -Gal. 5:1.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Only ye shall not go very far away.”

Exodus 8:28

This is a crafty word from the lip of the arch-tyrant Pharaoh. If the poor bondaged Israelites must needs go out of Egypt, then he bargains with them that it shall not be very far away; not too far for them to escape the terror of his arms, and the observation of his spies. After the same fashion, the world loves not the non-conformity of nonconformity, or the dissidence of dissent; it would have us be more charitable and not carry matters with too severe a hand. Death to the world, and burial with Christ, are experiences which carnal minds treat with ridicule, and hence the ordinance which sets them forth is almost universally neglected, and even condemned. Worldly wisdom recommends the path of compromise, and talks of “moderation.” According to this carnal policy, purity is admitted to be very desirable, but we are warned against being too precise; truth is of course to be followed, but error is not to be severely denounced. “Yes,” says the world, “be spiritually minded by all means, but do not deny yourself a little gay society, an occasional ball, and a Christmas visit to a theatre. What’s the good of crying down a thing when it is so fashionable, and everybody does it?” Multitudes of professors yield to this cunning advice, to their own eternal ruin. If we would follow the Lord wholly, we must go right away into the wilderness of separation, and leave the Egypt of the carnal world behind us. We must leave its maxims, its pleasures, and its religion too, and go far away to the place where the Lord calls his sanctified ones. When the town is on fire, our house cannot be too far from the flames. When the plague is abroad, a man cannot be too far from its haunts. The further from a viper the better, and the further from worldly conformity the better. To all true believers let the trumpet-call be sounded, “Come ye out from among them, be ye separate.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day — Daniel 7

Daniel 7

7. Daniel's Dream of Four Beasts

1In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream; he told the sum of the matters. 2Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of the heavens broke forth upon the great sea. 3And four great beasts came up from the sea, different one from another. 4The first was like a lion, and had eagle`s wings: I beheld till its wings were plucked; and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon two feet as a man, and a man`s heart was given to it. 5And behold, another beast, a second, like unto a bear, and it raised up itself on one side; and [it had] three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and they said thus unto it: Arise, devour much flesh. 6After this I saw, and behold, another, like a leopard, and it had four wings of a bird upon its back; and the beast had four heads; and dominion was given to it. 7After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and exceeding strong; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the rest with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. 8I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another, a little horn, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. 9I beheld till thrones were set, and the Ancient of days did sit: his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was flames of fire, [and] its wheels burning fire. 10A stream of fire issued and came forth from before him; thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. 11I beheld therefore, because of the voice of the great words that the horn spoke; I beheld till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed, and it was given up to be burned with fire. 12As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away; but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. 13I saw in the night visions, and behold, there came with the clouds of heaven [one] like a son of man, and he came up even to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed. 15As for me Daniel, my spirit was grieved in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the certainty of all this. And he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things: 17These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, [that] shall arise out of the earth. 18But the saints of the most high [places] shall receive the kingdom, and they shall possess the kingdom for ever, even to the ages of ages. 19Then I desired to know the certainty concerning the fourth beast, which was different from them all, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and its nails of brass; which devoured, broke in pieces, and stamped the rest with its feet; 20and concerning the ten horns that were in its head, and the other that came up, and before which three fell: even that horn that had eyes, and a mouth speaking great things, and whose look was more imposing than its fellows. 21I beheld, and that horn made war with the saints, and prevailed over them; 22until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most high [places]; and the appointed time arrived, and the saints possessed the kingdom. 23He said thus: The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom upon the earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24And as to the ten horns, out of this kingdom shall arise ten kings; and another shall arise after them; and he shall be different from the former, and he shall subdue three kings. 25And he shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most high [places], and think to change seasons and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and a half time. 26And the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. 27But the kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heavens, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most high [places]. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. 28So far is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my thoughts much troubled me, and my countenance was changed in me; but I kept the matter in my heart.

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New Testament in Four Years — 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15

1 Thessalonians 5:12-15

12But we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13and to esteem them exceeding highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves. 14And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all. 15See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all.

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 135

Psalm 135

135. Psalm 135

1Hallelujah! Praise the name of Jehovah; praise, ye servants of Jehovah, 2Ye that stand in the house of Jehovah, in the courts of the house of our God. 3Praise ye Jah; for Jehovah is good: sing psalms unto his name; for it is pleasant. 4For Jah hath chosen Jacob unto himself, Israel for his own possession. 5For *I* know that Jehovah is great, and our Lord is above all gods. 6Whatsoever Jehovah pleased, he hath done in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all deeps; 7Who causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; who maketh lightnings for the rain; who bringeth the wind out of his treasuries: 8Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast; 9Who sent signs and miracles into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh and upon all his servants; 10Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings, 11Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan; 12And gave their land for an inheritance, an inheritance unto Israel his people. 13Thy name, O Jehovah, is for ever; thy memorial, O Jehovah, from generation to generation. 14For Jehovah will judge his people, and will repent in favour of his servants. 15The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men`s hands: 16They have a mouth, and they speak not; eyes have they, and they see not; 17They have ears, and they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouth. 18They that make them are like unto them, -- every one that confideth in them. 19House of Israel, bless ye Jehovah; house of Aaron, bless ye Jehovah; 20House of Levi, bless ye Jehovah; ye that fear Jehovah, bless Jehovah. 21Blessed be Jehovah out of Zion, who dwelleth at Jerusalem! Hallelujah!

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