May 27

2019-05-27 - 2020-05-23 All day

In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves–Phil. 2: 3.

Paul exhorts that all shall cultivate the grace of humility, and that in every affair each shall take heed that “nothing be done through strife or vainglory,” that self-laudation and strivings for pre-eminence be thoroughly put away as the greatest enemies to the Spirit of the Lord and the blessing of the Church. On the contrary, each should have that lowliness of mind which can see the good qualities of fellow-brethren and appreciate some of these qualities at least as superior to his own. All the talents, and all the abilities, need never be expected in any one person in any congregation. So, then, each may, if he be of lowly mind, see in others certain good qualities or graces superior to his own, and should delight to recognize these and to esteem their possessor accordingly—Z ’97, 296 (R 2227).

By lowliness of mind we understand humility to be meant. Humility is a proper self-estimate, and a self-estimate to be proper for us must be lowly; because whether considering ourselves from the standpoint of our physical, mental, moral or religious qualities, we must judge ourselves as not amounting to much. Such a self-estimate naturally esteems others better than ourselves, because it looks upon their qualities with more appreciation than upon one’s own qualities—P ’26, 61.

Parallel passages: Rom. 12: 3, 10, 16; 1 Pet. 5: 5; Phil. 2: 5-11; Psa. 138: 6; Prov. 15: 33; 16: 19; 25: 6, 7; Isa. 57: 15; Jer. 45: 5; Mic. 6: 8; Matt. 11: 29; 20: 26, 27; 23: 12; Luke 14: 10; John 13: 14-16.

Hymns: 198, 95, 23, 114, 74, 4, 145.
Poems of Dawn, 144: Judge Not by Outward Appearance.
Tower Reading: Z ’16, 35 (R 5842).

Questions: What were this week’s experiences along the lines of this text? How were they met? What were their effects?

 

 
JUDGE NOT BY OUTWARD APPEARANCE

JUDGE not; the workings of the brain
And of the heart thou canst not see;
What looks to thy dim eye a stain,
In God’s pure light may only be
A scar, brought from some well-won field,
Where thou wouldst only faint and yield.

The look, the air, that frets thy sight,
May be a token that below
The soul hath closed in deadly fight
With some internal, fiery foe,
Whose glance would scorch thy smiling grace,
And cast thee, shuddering, on thy face.

The fall thou darest to despise;
May be the angel’s slackened hand
Hath suffered it that he may rise
And take a firmer, truer stand;
Or, trusting less to earthly things,
May henceforth learn to use his wings.

And judge none lost; but wait and see,
With hopeful pity, not disdain;
The depth of the abyss may be
The measure of the height of pain
And love and glory that may raise
This soul to God in after days.

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  • 2016-05-01 - 2017-04-30 All day

    The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister--Matt. 20: 28.

    If the consecration be to the Lord, then every sacrifice of our just rights and interests on behalf of ourselves as Christians, on behalf of husband or children, father or mother, neighbors or friends, brethren in Christ, is counted of the Lord as so much done to Him; whereas if the very same services were rendered from any other standpoint—by anyone unjustified, and not consecrated to the Lord, or merely done to the individuals and not as a sacrifice unto the Lord—these things would not count to us as His followers, as our sacrifices—Z '03, 407 (R 3265).

    How eminently proper that the Son of Man, Adam's pre-eminent descendant, should come not to be ministered unto, but to minister; and how greatly superior therein is the Son of Man to the man Adam, in that the latter by serving self wrecked the hopes of the race, while Jesus by serving others worked out salvation for the entire race. He was as superior to the first Adam as unselfishness is superior to selfishness, and is our example, the following of which will make us fit for the Kingdom—P '30, 77.

    Parallel passages: 2 Cor. 8: 9; Matt. 1: 21; 4: 23; 5: 17; 9: 13; 15: 24; 18: 11-14; 20: 25-27; Mark 1: 38; Luke 1: 78; 4: 18; 22: 27; John 4: 34; 10: 10; 13: 4-17; 18: 37; Acts 10: 38; Gal. 5: 13; Heb. 2: 9, 14, 15, 18.

    Hymns: 275, 15, 28, 132, 212, 325, 326.
    Poems of Dawn, 163: He That Scattereth Increaseth.
    Tower Reading: Z '14, 6 (R5375).

    Questions: What has this text meant to me this week? How did I use it? Why? What did it effect?

     

     
    HE THAT SCATTERETH INCREASETH

    IS thy cruse of comfort failing?
    Rise and share it with another,
    And through all the years of famine
    It shall serve thee and thy brother.
    Love Divine will fill thy storehouse,
    Or thy handful still renew;
    Scanty fare for one will often
    Make a royal feast for two.

    For the heart grows rich in giving;
    All its wealth is living grain;
    Seeds which mildew in the garner,
    Scattered, fill with gold the plain.
    Is thy burden hard and heavy?
    Do thy steps drag wearily?
    Help to bear thy brother's burden;
    God will bear both it and thee.

    Numb and weary on the mountains,
    Wouldst thou sleep amid the snow?
    Chafe that frozen form beside thee,
    And together both shall glow.
    Art thou stricken in life's battle?
    Many wounded round thee moan;
    Lavish on their wounds thy balsams,
    And that balm shall heal thine own.

    Is thy heart a well left empty?
    None but God its void can fill;
    Nothing but a ceaseless Fountain
    Can its ceaseless longings still.
    Is thy heart a living power?
    Self-entwined, its strength sinks low;
    It can only live in loving,
    And by serving love will grow.
  • 2016-05-02 - 2017-05-01 All day

    All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution--2 Tim. 3: 12.

    Opposition is to be expected, and will, doubtless, continue until we finish our course in death. To submit patiently to this opposition is to sacrifice our own natural preferences for the friendship and the pleasures of the present life, and to endure hardness as good soldiers for the Truth's sake, in whatever shape that hardness may come, in our effort to do the Lord's will and work of advancing the interests of His Kingdom. To be really in the Lord's service involves, first, the careful and continual study of God's Plan; second, the imbibing of its spirit; leading, thirdly, to an enthusiastic zeal for its accomplishment, and to activity to the extent of ability in its service, at whatever cost or sacrifice it may require—Z '03, 164, 165 (R 3199).

    Those in Christ Jesus are the consecrated. Their consecration makes them sacrificers for righteousness amid a world wherein the advantages are on the side of unrighteousness, and the disadvantages are placed on the side of righteousness. Their course cannot be otherwise than one of persecution from those whose selfishness seems antagonized by the course of the consecrated. Thus all the faithful will be persecuted—P '35, 62.

    Parallel passages: Gen. 49: 23; Job 12: 4, 5; Psa. 11: 2; 37: 32; 38: 20; 44: 15-18, 22; Prov. 29: 10, 27; Isa. 29: 20, 21; 51: 12, 13; 59: 15; Jer. 20: 8; Matt. 5: 10-12, 44; 10: 16-18, 21-23, 28; 24: 8-10; Luke 6: 22, 23; John 15: 18, 19; 16: 1, 2; Acts 28: 22; Rom. 8: 17, 35-37; 1 Cor. 4: 9-13.

    Hymns: 304, 47, 114, 134, 302, 312, 322.
    Poems of Dawn, 121: Hymn Of The Waldenses.
    Tower Reading: Z '12, 323 (R 5116).

    Questions: Has godly living brought me persecution this week? What helped or hindered therein? How did I bear it? What were its results?

     

     
    HYMN OF THE WALDENSES

    HEAR, Father, hear Thy faint, afflicted flock
    Cry to Thee from the desert and the rock,
    While those who seek to slay Thy children hold
    Blasphemous worship under roofs of gold;
    And the broad, goodly lands with pleasant airs
    That nurse the grape and wave the grain, are theirs.

    Yet better were this mountain wilderness,
    And this wild life of danger and distress--
    Watchings by night, and perilous flight by day,
    And meetings in the depths of earth to pray--
    Better, far better than to kneel with them,
    And pray the impious rite Thy laws condemn.

    Thou, Lord, dost hold the thunder; the firm land
    Tosses in billows when it feels Thy hand.
    Thou dashest nation against nation, then
    Stillest the angry world to peace again.
    Oh, touch their stony hearts who hunt Thy sons--
    The murderers of our wives and little ones.

    Yet, mighty God, yet shall Thy frown look forth
    Unveiled, and terribly shall shake the earth;
    Then the foul power of priestly sin and all
    Its long-upheld idolatries shall fall.
    Thou shalt raise up the trampled and opprest,
    And Thy delivered saints shall dwell in rest.
  • 2016-05-03 - 2017-05-02 All day

    Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil--Heb. 5: 14.

    Those who have real and sincere faith in God are willing to take Him at His word; and with these the first principles of the doctrine should long ago have been established; much of the superstructure of gold and silver and precious stones should already be erected, and the work be steadily progressing. Such are able, if they are loyal and true to God, to discern between truth and error. We ought to know what we believe and why we believe it, and then should be bold and uncompromising in declaring it; for "if the trumpet give an uncertain sound who shall prepare himself to the battle?"—Z '03, 167 (R 3199).

    As the natural babes have not physical organs sufficiently strong to digest strong meat, neither have the spiritual babes organs sufficiently strong to assimilate strong spiritual meat. One must be well developed in Christ properly to assimilate the deepest truths, and such a development is attained, only by a constant exercise of the mental, moral and religious faculties in spiritual respects. Like the natural, the spiritual muscles are strengthened by exercise—P '34, 62.

    Parallel passages: Jer. 15: 16; Ezek. 3: 3; Amos 8: 11-13; Rom. 16: 19; 1 Cor. 2: 6-16; 13: 11; 14: 20; 1 Pet. 2: 2; Psa. 119: 99; 131: 2; Eph. 3: 5; 4: 13-15; Col. 3: 16; 2 Tim. 3: 15-17; Heb. 6: 1; 2 Pet. 3: 16, 18; Jas. 1: 18-25.

    Hymns: 296, 154, 49, 22, 311, 315, 332
    Poems of Dawn, 8: How Readest Thou?
    Tower Reading: Z '15, 151 (R 5688).

    Questions: How have this week's experiences corroborated this text? What good did I get from them?

     

     
    HOW READEST THOU?
    LUKE 10: 16

    'TIS one thing now to read the Bible through,
    Another thing to read, to learn and do;
    'Tis one thing now to read it with delight,
    And quite another thing to read it right.

    Some read it with design to learn to read,
    But to the subject pay but little heed;
    Some read it as their duty once a week,
    But no instruction from the Bible seek;

    Whilst others read it without common care,
    With no regard to how they read or where.
    Some read it as a history, to know
    How people lived three thousand years ago.

    Some read to bring unto themselves repute,
    By showing others how they can dispute;
    Whilst others read because their neighbors do,
    To see how long 'twill take to read it through.

    Some read it for the wonders that are there,
    How David killed a lion and a bear;
    Whilst others read—or rather in it look--
    Because, perhaps, they have no other book.

    Some read the blessed Book—they don't know why,
    It somehow happens in the way to lie;
    Whilst others read it with uncommon care,
    But all to find some contradictions there.

    One reads with father's specs upon his head,
    And sees the thing just as his father did;
    Another reads through Campbell or through Scott,
    And thinks it means exactly what they thought.

    Some read to prove a pre-adopted creed,
    Thus understand but little what they read;
    And every passage in the Book they bend
    To make it suit that all-important end.

    Some read the Book to find that God is love,
    Whilst others read—the opposite to prove.
    Some people read, as I have often thought,
    To teach the Book, instead of being taught.
  • 2016-05-04 - 2017-05-03 All day

    The LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart--1 Sam. 16: 7.

    If we lose sight of the fact that God regards us from the standpoint of the will, if we get to thinking of ourselves and God's estimate of us according to the flesh, we are sure to get proportionately into darkness and confusion and discouragement. But let us not forget, on the other hand, that the spirit, or will, is counted alive because of its righteousness, because it is in harmony with God. Let us, therefore, never be slack in respect to the will, or intention governing the conduct of our lives, but remember that any laxity will mean the proportionate loss of spiritual life. To will right is always possible to us, and nothing less than an absolutely loyal will could be acceptable to God in Christ—Z '03, 171 (R 3200).

    One's standard of judgment reveals much of his character—the superficiality and errancy of the average man's character is evidenced by his judging from outward appearance. Jehovah's character is manifested by His rule of judgment. Instead of estimating by surface indications, He penetrates into the reality of things, and forms His estimate from what is, and not from what seems; and all things are naked and open to His all-seeing eye. As far as possible let us judge, not by appearance, but by the reality of things—P '33, 78, 79.

    Parallel passages: Deut. 10: 17; 2 Chron. 19: 7; Job 34: 19; 37: 24; Matt. 22: 16; John 7: 24; Acts 10: 34, 35; Rom. 2: 16; 2 Cor. 10: 7; Gal. 2: 6; Eph. 6: 8, 9; Col. 3: 25; Jas. 2: 1-6.

    Hymns: 196, 198, 293, 47, 67, 74, 99.
    Poems of Dawn, 139: If We Only Understood.
    Tower Reading: Z '15, 88 (R 5656).

    Questions: Have I this week judged according to appearance or according to reality? Why? How? With what results?

     

     
    IF WE ONLY UNDERSTOOD

    COULD we draw aside the curtains
    That surround each other's lives,
    See the naked heart and spirit,
    Know what spur the action gives--
    Often we would find it better,
    Purer than we judge we would;
    We would love each other better
    If we only understood.

    Could we judge all deeds by motives,
    See the good and bad within,
    Often we would love the sinner
    All the while we loathe the sin.
    Could we know the powers working
    To o'erthrow integrity,
    We would judge each other's errors
    With more patient charity.

    If we knew the cares and trials,
    Knew the efforts all in vain,
    And the bitter disappointments--
    Understood the loss and gain--
    Would the grim external roughness
    Seem, I wonder, just the same?
    Would we help where now we hinder?
    Would we pity where we blame?

    Ah, we judge each other harshly,
    Knowing not life's hidden force;
    Knowing not the fount of action
    Is less turbid at its source.
    Seeing not amid the evil
    All the golden grains of good,
    Oh, we'd love each other better
    If we only understood.
  • 2016-05-05 - 2017-05-04 All day

    If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live--Rom. 8: 13.

    The conditions upon which we may continue our relationship to the Lord, and our hope for a share in the glories of the resurrection are thus definitely stated to include mortification of the deeds of the body—restraining the fleshly inclinations, putting them to death, crucifying them, using them up in the service of the Lord and His cause. Such mortification of the deeds of the body, such a battle against the weaknesses of the flesh, is what the Apostle elsewhere speaks of as the "warfare," when he tells us that the flesh warreth against the spirit, and the spirit in turn warreth against the flesh; for the two are contrary, and will be opponents to the end of life; and if the spirit has been willing, and has fought to the best of its ability against the weaknesses of the flesh, the Lord will count the victory complete, through the merit of the Redeemer—Z '03, 172 (R 3200).

    By the spirit the new heart, mind and will is meant; by the body the humanity is meant. By the deeds of the body the selfish, worldly, erroneous and sinful tendencies and their expressions are meant. The deeds of the body are mortified especially in two ways, by their displacement through their opposite good qualities and acts and by their restraint through good qualities and acts that are not their opposites. He who so does will gain life—P '32, 48.

    Parallel passages: Gal. 4: 6; 5: 16, 17, 22-25; 6: 8; Eph. 3: 16; Col. 3: 10; 1 Pet. 2: 21; 3: 4; Rom. 6: 6-23; 8: 11; 1 Cor. 3: 16; 6: 19; Eph. 4: 22-32; Col. 3: 5-9; Deut. 30: 6; Ezek. 18: 21; 33: 15, 16; Zech. 4: 6; Matt. 16: 25; 19: 12, 16, 21; Luke 18: 29, 30; John 12: 25.

    Hymns: 192, 90, 91, 130, 136, 145, 20.
    Poems of Dawn, 144: Take Time to be Holy.
    Tower Reading: Z '15, 356 (R 5805).

    Questions: What were this week's experiences relating to this text? How were they used? What were their results?

     

     
    TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY

    TAKE time to be holy! Speak oft with the Lord;
    Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word;
    Make friends of God's children, help those who are weak,
    Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

    Take time to be holy! The world rushes on;
    Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone;
    By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
    Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

    Take time to be holy! Let Him be thy guide,
    And run not before Him, whatever betide;
    In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
    And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His word!

    Take time to be holy! Be calm in thy soul,
    Each thought and each motive beneath His control;
    Thus led by His spirit to fountains of love,
    Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
  • 2016-05-06 - 2017-05-05 All day

    As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God--Rom. 8: 14.

    This, then, is the guide by which we may know our true position, not only at the beginning of the race, but to the end of it, namely, if we are led by the Spirit of God—if that is the direction in which we are following, if that is what we are seeking—then we are sons of God; He owns and accepts all who have come unto Him through Christ, and who are trusting in the merit of the Lord Jesus and who continue in this attitude of heart—Z '03, 173 (R 3200).

    By the Spirit of God here the disposition of God in His children is meant. His disposition blends wisdom, justice, love and power in perfect harmony. Those whose motives, thoughts, words and acts are actuated and sustained by this disposition, are sealed by God as His own. Therein they have the strongest possible witness of their sonship with God. What a noble family this is whose family sign and seal are God's character!—P '26, 61.

    Parallel passages: Ex. 33: 13, 14; Num. 9: 15-23; 2 Chron. 5: 13, 14; Psa. 5: 8; 23: 2, 3; 25: 5, 9; 32: 8; 143: 10; Prov. 8: 20, 21; Isa. 48: 17; John 16: 13; 1 Cor. 3: 16; 6: 19; Gal. 4: 6.

    Hymns: 90, 1, 11, 279, 91, 334, 95.
    Poems of Dawn, 113: Father, Take My Hand.
    Tower Reading: Z '14, 355 (R 5582).

    Questions: Have I that witness of the Spirit contained in this verse? How did it manifest itself this week? What were its effects?

     

     
    FATHER, TAKE MY HAND

    THE way is dark, my Father! Cloud on cloud
    Is gathering thickly o'er my head, and loud
    The thunders roar above me. See, I stand
    Like one bewildered! Father, take my hand,
    And through the gloom
    Lead safely home
    Thy child.

    The way is long, my Father! And my soul
    Longs for the rest and quiet of the goal;
    While yet I journey through the weary land,
    Keep me from wandering, Father, take my hand.
    Quickly and straight
    Lead to heaven's gate
    Thy child.

    The path is rough, my Father! Many a thorn
    Hath pierced me; and my weary feet, all torn
    And bleeding, mark the way. Yet Thy command
    Bids me press forward. Father, take my hand.
    Then, safe and blest,
    Lead on to rest
    Thy child.

    The throng is great, my Father! Many a doubt
    And fear, and danger, compass me about,
    And foes oppress me so. I cannot stand
    Or go alone. O Father! take my hand,
    And through the throng
    Lead safe along
    Thy child.
  • 2016-05-07 - 2017-05-06 All day

    Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel--1 Cor. 9: 16.

    We should be prompt to tell to others the best tidings we have; sympathy with the groaning creation in the various trials of life should lead us to point to the Lord's promises respecting the coming Kingdom and the blessings that should then be to all the families of the earth. Whoever does not thus proclaim daily, on every suitable opportunity, gives evidence either of lack of knowledge or of faith in the revelation or of selfishness, which the Lord cannot approve, and which, persisted in, will ultimately debar him from a share in the Kingdom—Z '03, 174 (R 3204).

    By the Gospel the good tidings of salvation in and by Jesus is meant. The highest privilege of any human being is to be invested with the office of preaching the Gospel; and those who have the spirit of this office fully are at heart in a woeful state when unable to carry out their mission. So thoroughly ingrained into their characters does the exercise of this office become that when deprived of it their hearts are unhappy—P '36, 64.

    Parallel passages: Psa. 40: 9, 10; Eccles. 11: 6; Mark 8: 38; 2 Tim. 1: 8; Jer. 1: 17; 20: 7, 9; 23: 29; Amos 3: 8; 7: 15;John 18: 37; Acts 4: 20; 9: 6, 15; 26: 16-20; 1 Cor. 1: 18; 15: 58; 2: 4; 15: 2; Col. 1: 5, 6; 4: 17; Rom. 1: 14-16; 1 Thes. 1: 5; 2 Tim. 4: 2; Heb. 4: 12.

    Hymns: 70, 44, 116, 210, 260, 275, 309.
    Poems of Dawn, 138: "Instant in Season."
    Tower Reading: Z '16, 140 (R 5893).

    Questions: Have I this week preached the Gospel? How? Why? What hindered or helped? What were the results?

     

     
    "INSTANT IN SEASON"

    IF while I walk the busy mart,
    I find there one whose fainting heart
    By some kind, sympathetic word
    To new life might be stirred,
    Lord, help me say it now!

    Or, if upon the thorny road
    I meet another 'neath a load
    Of sorrow, which my tears might share,
    And thus the burden bear,
    Lord, help me shed them now!

    If any ointment, rare and sweet,
    I long to pour upon "His feet,"
    To rest and soothe them by the way,
    My hand let nothing stay,
    Lord, help me bring it now!
  • 2016-05-08 22:27 - 2017-05-07 22:27

    And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life--1 John 2: 25.

    We all should understand that we have something to do in realizing the gracious promises of God to us. In connection with the affairs of this present life He has promised that our bread and water shall be sure, but this does not imply that we shall neglect reasonable opportunities for securing these. He has promised us also a share in the Kingdom by and by; but it is for us to make our calling and election sure. God is thoroughly capable and thoroughly willing to perform all of His part in connection with every matter, but it is to our advantage that He calls us to show our faith by our works—by our cooperation with Him in all reasonable ways—Z '03, 175 (R 3204).

    Eternal life is not a natural inherent possession of man but is a gift of God, bestowed on those whose characters will be in harmony with God's character. This promise is unconditional to the faithful, bound by Jehovah's oath. If we are faithful, our faith may rest with immovable steadfastness on God's fulfilling His promise. What an inspiration to loyalty such a promise should be!—P '30, 77.

    Parallel passages: Psa. 21: 4; 133: 3; Dan. 12: 3; Matt. 19: 29; Luke 20: 36; John 3: 14-17; 4: 14; 5: 24, 25, 29, 39; 6: 27, 40, 47, 50-58, 68; 10: 10, 28; 12: 50; 17: 2, 3; Acts 13: 46, 48; Rom. 2: 7; 5: 21; 6: 22, 23; 1 Cor. 15: 53, 54; 2 Cor. 5: 1.

    Hymns: 208, 5, 9, 15, 62, 246, 255.
    Poems of Dawn, 251: Eternity.
    Tower Reading: Z '15, 12 (R 5608).

    Questions: How has this text influenced me this week? Why? With what results?

     

     
    ETERNITY

    WHAT is Eternity? Can aught
    Paint its duration to the thought?
    Tell every beam the sun emits,
    When in sublimest noon he sits;
    Tell every light-winged mote that strays
    Within its ample round of rays;
    Tell all the leaves and all the buds
    That crown the gardens, fields and woods;
    Tell all the spires of grass the meads
    Produce, when spring propitious leads
    The new-born year.

    Be this astonishing account
    Augmented with the full amount
    Of all the drops the clouds have shed,
    Where'er their watery fleeces spread
    Through all Time's long-protracted tour.
    Tell all the sands the ocean laves;
    Tell all the changes of its waves,
    Or tell, with more laborious pains,
    The drops its mighty mass contains.

    Were there a belt that could contain
    In its vast orb the earth and main;
    With figures were it clustered o'er,
    And not one cipher in the score;
    And could thy laboring thoughts assign
    The total of the extended line;
    How vast the amount, the attempt how vain,
    To read duration's endless chain;
    For when as many years have run,
    Eternity is but begun!

    Then think of life thou mayst attain,
    Through years eternal to remain,
    And the love which bought it all for thee
    When thou wert doomed no life to see;
    And grace which to its boundless store
    Adds endless blessings evermore:
    And when thy cup of joy runs over,
    Let songs of praise rise to the Giver.
  • 2016-05-09 - 2017-05-08 All day

    As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in him and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving--Col. 2: 6, 7.

    The general sentiment among the teachers of false doctrine, who think it is neither necessary nor advisable to be established in the faith is … that to be established is to be a bigot. And so it is, if one is so unfair in mind as to accept and tenaciously hold that which he has never proved either by sound logic or Bible authority. But he is not an unreasoning bigot who, in simple faith, on the authority of God, accepts the Word of God. And such, and only such, as do so are established in the Truth. The difference between a strong and steadfast Christian and a bigot is that the one is established in the Truth, while the other is established in error—Z '03, 199 (R 3215).

    We receive Christ Jesus as Lord by surrendering our wills and accepting His will as our own. This beginning should be persevered in. We are rooted in Him when we draw our supplies from Him alone. We are built up in Him when we construct a character like His. We are established in the faith according to the Word when we remain firm therein; and we abound therein with thanksgiving when we gratefully increase therein—P '35, 62.

    Parallel passages: John 1: 12; Phil. 1: 27; 1 Thes. 4: 1; Jude 3, 20; Eph. 2: 20-22; 3: 17; 4: 1; Col. 1: 23; 3: 17; Isa. 61: 3; 1 Cor. 3: 9, 11; 1 Pet. 2: 5; 2 Pet. 2: 12; Acts 20: 32; 2 Cor. 1: 21.

    Hymns: 267, 6, 87, 113, 172, 37, 324.
    Poems of Dawn, 23: Our Master.
    Tower Reading: Z '14, 311 (R 5557).

    Questions: What have been this week's experiences in line with this text? How were they met? What helped or hindered therein? In what did they result?

     

     
    OUR MASTER

    NO fable old, nor mythic lore,
    Nor dream of bards and seers,
    No dead fact stranded on the shore
    Of the oblivious years;--

    But warm, sweet, tender, even yet
    A present help is He,
    And faith hath still its Olivet,
    And love its Galilee.

    The healing of His seamless dress
    Is by our beds of pain;
    We touch Him in life's throng and press,
    And we are whole again.

    O Lord and Savior of us all!
    O blessed Christ Divine!
    We own Thy sway, we hear Thy call,
    We test our lives by Thine.

    We faintly hear, we dimly see,
    In various phrase we pray;
    But, dim or clear, we own in Thee
    The light, the Truth, the Way.

    Our Friend, our Brother, and our Lord,
    What may Thy service be?
    Not name, nor form, nor ritual word,
    But simply following Thee.

    To do Thy will is more than praise,
    As words are less than deeds,
    And simple trust can find Thy ways
    We miss with charts of creeds.
  • 2016-05-10 - 2017-05-09 All day

    Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over--Psa. 23: 5.

    The fullness of the cup, running over, has a double significance. It is a cup of joy and a cup of sorrow, and in both respects it overflows. He who would partake of the joys of the Lord must also partake of His cup of suffering; we must suffer with Him if we would reign with Him. But we count the sufferings of this present time as not worthy to be compared with the glories that shall be revealed in us, and hence we are enabled to rejoice in tribulation, so that as the tribulations will overflow, the rejoicing likewise overflows, and with the Apostle we can say, Rejoice, and again I say, Rejoice!—Z '03, 413 (R3268)

    The Head of the Church, our Lord Jesus Christ, was anointed with the holy Spirit without measure and this anointing has flowed down upon the Body. The experiences Divinely arranged for this class have been an overflowing cup—abounding in blessing from the Lord in its measure of both sorrow and joy; its heights of joy have been higher than its depths of sorrow have been deep, which is as should be expected—P '34, 62.

    Parallel passages: Psa. 45: 7, 8; 92: 10; Isa. 61: 1-3; Matt. 3: 16; Acts 10: 38; John 14: 16, 17, 26; 15: 26; 16: 7; 15: 11; 16: 20-24, 33; 17: 13; Acts 13: 52; Rom. 14: 17; 15: 13; 2 Cor. 12: 10; Heb. 10: 34; Jas. 1: 2; 1 Pet. 4: 13; 2 Cor. 1: 8, 9; 4: 7-12, 16-18; 6: 4-10; 11: 23-30; Heb. 12: 6-9; 1 Pet. 5: 9.

    Hymns: 299, 96, 139, 90, 92, 222, 273.
    Poems of Dawn, 26: Jesus Only.
    Tower Reading: Z '15, 90 (R 5653).

    Questions: What have been this week's experiences in line with this text? How were they met? What was hindersome and helpful in them? In what did they result?

     

     
    JESUS ONLY

    JESUS only! In the shadow
    Of the cloud so chill and dim,
    We are clinging, loving, trusting,
    He with us and we with Him;
    All unseen, though ever nigh,
    Jesus only—all our cry.

    Jesus only! In the glory,
    When the shadows all are flown,
    Seeing Him in all His beauty,
    Satisfied with Him alone;
    May we join His ransomed throng,
    Jesus only—all our song!
  • 2016-05-11 - 2017-05-10 All day

    For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter--Psa. 44: 22.

    We are to remember that we have but one sacrifice; that it is to be rendered to the Lord day by day in the improvement of every opportunity, as it comes to us, to serve Him and His. We are to remember that while it consists of many little sacrifices, some of them too small to mention or even to consider, nevertheless it will require all of these to complete the one sacrifice which we made at the beginning of our induction into His family. When we gave our wills, we gave our all; and any holding back in any of the little affairs of life—any refusal to sacrifice that which we think would please the Lord—is a keeping back of that much of what we have devoted to Him—Z '03, 408 (R 3265).

    From loyalty to the Lord's Person, Character, Word and Cause, faithful followers of Christ have been persecuted throughout the Gospel Age. Their lives have been counted of as little value as the life of a sheep, and they have been as unfeelingly slaughtered. However, as Jehovah had pleasure in the sacrificial death of Him who was slain as the Lamb of God, so the Lord has pleasure in the sacrificial death that the faithful endure for His sake; for "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Psa. 116: 15)—P '33, 79.

    Parallel passages: Rom. 8: 35, 36; Matt. 5: 10-12, 44; 10: 16-18, 21, 22, 26, 28; 20: 22, 23; 23: 34, 35; Luke 21: 12-19; John 15: 18, 19; 16: 1, 2; 1 Cor. 4: 9-13; 15: 30-32; 2 Cor. 4: 8-12; John 12: 23-26; 2 Thes. 1: 4; 2 Tim. 2: 9-12; Heb. 10: 32-34; 13: 12, 13; 1 Pet. 3: 14-17.

    Hymns: 146, 134, 150, 25, 93, 279, 326.
    Poems of Dawn, 176: Sometimes I Almost Wonder.
    Tower Reading: Z '13, 37 (R 5172).

    Questions: Have I this week suffered persecution? How? Why? With what effects?

     

     
    SOMETIMES I ALMOST WONDER

    SOMETIMES I almost wonder if my Lord doth
    really know
    About the many little things that wound my poor
    heart so.
    I can but wonder if He knows the anguish of my
    soul,
    When tempests beat upon my head, and surging
    billows roll;
    I wonder if He hears at night my weary, longing
    sighs,
    I wonder if He sees the tears that tremble in mine
    eyes!
    I wonder if my burdens weigh upon His tender
    heart,
    And in my many sorrows, if His great love shares a part!

    *   *   *

    Ah! no, I will not wonder, I will silence every
    fear,
    I've read that "in His bottle He doth treasure up
    each tear;"
    I know that He who heeds the smallest sparrow when
    it falls,
    Will surely, surely hearken when His own child
    feebly calls;
    I know that He who stilled the waves on Galilee's
    dark sea,
    Will bid the storms of life, "Be still," that rudely
    threaten me.
    Ah! no, I do not wonder, I am sure my Lord doth
    know
    About the many, many things that wound my poor
    heart so!
  • 2016-05-12 - 2017-05-11 All day

    Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God--2 Cor. 7: 1.

    How many of the prospective heirs of the Kingdom find that they have defilements along this line—malice, guile, hypocrisy, envy, evil speaking! It is safe to say that everyone has some, if not all, of these weaknesses in the flesh to contend with, especially at the beginning of his entrance upon the Christian vocation. How carefully all should seek to put all these away! How each should scrutinize not only every act of life and every word and every thought, but, additionally, every motive underlying his words, thoughts and actions, so that they may be more and more purified from the earth's defilements and be more and more acceptable to the Lord!—Z '03, 408 (R 3265).

    By the filthiness of the flesh, the faults that root in, and are expressed by the body are meant, like the tobacco, narcotic and alcohol habits, unchastity, gluttony, bodily filthiness, etc. By the filthiness of the spirit, faults that root in, and are expressed by the mind are meant, like anger, hatred, malice, evil surmising, hypocrisy, covetousness, unbelief, despair, pride, etc. The promises that constitute the Oath-bound Covenant are the Divinely ordained means for cleansing us of the filthiness of the flesh and spirit; and the best method for the attainment of the cleansing is reverence for God, whereby we complete our consecration—P '32, 48.

    Parallel passages: 2 Cor. 6: 17, 18; Gen. 22: 16-18; Psa. 51: 10; John 15: 3; 1 John 1: 7-9; Gal. 5: 19-21; Eph. 4: 17-32; 5: 26; Col. 3: 5-9; Rom. 8: 1-14; 12: 2, 9-21; Gal. 5: 22-25; 6: 7-10; Col. 3: 10-17; 1 Thes. 5: 11-22.

    Hymns: 130, 78, 196, 198, 1, 20, 125.
    Poems of Dawn, 211: Sweet Harmony at Last.
    Tower Reading: Z '15, 230 (R 5737).

    Questions: Did I this week seek to realize the exhortations of this text? How? With what effects?

     

     
    SWEET HARMONY AT LAST

    I SAT alone at the organ,
    At the close of a troubled day,
    When the sunset's crimson embers
    On the western altar lay.
    I was weary with vain endeavor,
    My heart was ill at ease,
    And I sought to soothe my sadness
    With the voice of the sweet-toned keys.

    My hands were weak and trembling,
    My fingers all unskilled,
    To render the grand old anthem
    With which my soul was filled.
    Through the long day's cares and worries,
    I had dreamed of that glorious strain,
    And I longed to hear the organ
    Repeat it to me again.

    It fell from mine untaught fingers
    Discordant and incomplete,
    I knew not how to express it,
    Or to make the discord sweet;
    So I toiled with patient labor
    Till the last bright gleams were gone,
    And the evening's purple shadows
    Were gathering one by one.

    Then a Master stood beside me,
    And touched the noisy keys,
    And lo! the discord vanished
    And melted in perfect peace.
    I heard the great organ pealing
    My tune that I could not play,
    The strains of the glorious anthem
    That had filled my soul all day.

    Down through the dim cathedral
    The tide of music swept,
    And through the shadowy arches
    The lingering echoes crept;
    And I stood in the purple twilight
    And heard my tune again--
    Not my feeble, untaught rendering,
    But the master's perfect strain.

    So I think, perchance, the Master,
    At the close of life's weary day,
    Will take from our trembling fingers
    The tune that we cannot play;
    He will hear through the jarring discord
    The strain, although half expressed;
    He will blend it in perfect music,
    And add to it all the rest.
  • 2016-05-13 - 2017-05-12 All day

    Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams--1 Sam. 15: 22.

    Our Heavenly Father wishes us to be very attentive to His Word, and not to think for a moment that we can improve thereon, or that times and circumstances will alter the propriety of our obedience to Him. Let us hearken to the Word of the Lord and keep close to it, not fearing the results, but having faith that He who keeps us never slumbers nor sleeps, and is too wise to err, as well as is competent to meet every emergency that could possibly come upon us as a result of our obedience—Z '03, 218, 219 (R 3224).

    By sacrifice we understand our denial of our rights, while putting our humanity to death in God's service, to be meant. Such self-denial in efforts to serve God, though it should consume our humanity, if rendered contrary to the Lord's will, is not acceptable to God. Better are we without it, while rendering obedience, than with it in disobedience. But it is best when we render such sacrifice with obedience—P '26, 61.

    Parallel passages: Num. 14: 24; 1 Sam. 12: 22; 1 Chron. 28: 9, 10, 20; Psa. 40: 6; 51: 16, 17; 69: 30, 31; Prov. 21: 3; Eccles. 5: 1; Ezek. 9: 5-10; Hos. 6: 6; Mic. 6: 6-8; Matt. 9: 13; Mark 12: 32, 33; John 12: 26; 13: 17; 14: 15, 21; 1 John 2: 3-6.

    Hymns: 1, 114, 128, 150, 196, 208, 307.
    Poems of Dawn, 167: Service.
    Tower Reading: Z '14, 100 (R 5430).

    Questions: Have I this week sacrificed contrary to, or in harmony with the Lord's will? Have I refrained from sacrifice? Under what circumstances? Why? How?

     

     
    SERVICE

    OH, my soul is filled with its yearning,
    Dear Lord, and my heart is sad,
    I long, how I long, to be spreading
    The Truth that hath made me glad!

    And the fields are white to the Harvest,
    The daylight is almost spent,
    I see all about me the reapers,
    On their holy mission sent;

    But mine eager hands Thou hast folded,
    In weakness upon my breast;
    Thou hast whispered, "I know thy longings,
    My will for thee is to rest."

    Then alone with Thee in the twilight,
    My poor, throbbing heart grows still,--
    Since Thou closest my door of service,
    I bow to Thy sovereign will.

    I know "to obey and to hearken"
    Ofttimes proves the greater test,--
    At Thy feet would I lie forever,
    If thus I might serve Thee best!
  • 2016-05-14 - 2017-05-13 All day

    Speaking the truth in love … grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ--Eph. 4: 15.

    What is it to grow in grace? It is to grow in favor with the Lord through an intimate personal acquaintance and fellowship of spirit with Him. To grow thus in grace and not grow in knowledge is impossible; for the very object of such communion is to build us up in a more perfect knowledge and acquaintance with the Lord—to bring us into closer fellowship with the Divine Plan, and to give us the privilege of being "workers together with him" in executing that Plan. If, therefore, we love and obey the Lord and desire to grow in His favor, His written Word is our daily meditation and study; and thus we grow in knowledge—Z '03, 200 (R 3215).

    The Christian's mission is to proclaim God's Word; and it should be fulfilled especially from the motive and in the expression of disinterested love. He who so presents the Truth is given such experiences by Christ, our Head, as will enable him to develop in every good work, and grow to completeness in his place and as an heir of the Kingdom—P '36, 64.

    Parallel passages: Zech. 8: 16; 2 Cor. 4: 2; Eph. 4: 25; Psa. 32: 2; John 1: 47; Rom. 12: 9; 1 Pet. 1: 22; 2: 2; 1 John 3: 18; Eph. 2: 21; 2 Pet. 3: 18; Eph. 1: 21, 22; 5: 23; Col. 1: 18, 19; 2: 19.

    Hymns: 78, 4, 47, 74, 114, 128, 150.
    Poems of Dawn, 243: Woman's Mission.
    Tower Reading: Z '16, 323 (R 5977).

    Questions: What have been this week's experiences in line with this text? How were they met? In what did they result?

     

     
    WOMAN'S MISSION

    THE rights of women—what are they?
    The right to labor, love and pray;
    The right to weep with those that weep,
    The right to wake when others sleep.

    The right to dry the falling tear,
    The right to quell the rising fear;
    The right to smooth the brow of care,
    And whisper comfort in despair.

    The right to watch the parting breath,
    To soothe and cheer the bed of death;
    The right, when earthly hopes all fail,
    To point to that within the veil.

    The right the wanderer to reclaim,
    And win the lost from paths of shame;
    The right to comfort and to bless
    The widow and the fatherless.

    The right the little ones to guide,
    In simple faith, to Him who died;
    With earnest love and gentle praise,
    To bless and cheer their youthful days.

    The right the intellect to train,
    And guide the mind to noble aim;
    Teach it to rise above earth's toys,
    And fix the heart on Heavenly joys.

    The right to live for Him you love,
    The right to die that love to prove;
    The right to brighten earthly homes
    With pleasant smiles and gentle tones.

    Are these thy rights?—then use them well;
    The holy influence none can tell;
    If these be thine—Why ask for more?
    Thou hast enough to answer for!

    Are these thy rights? Then murmur not
    That woman's mission is thy lot;
    Improve the talents God hath given;
    Earth's duties done—thy rest in Heaven!
  • 2016-05-15 - 2017-05-14 All day

    Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation--Hab. 3: 17, 18.

    We see that God permits evil in the world that the world may learn certain lessons of bitter experience as to the natural rewards of evil-doing, but we see also a ministry of evil in respect to the saints—in their testing and polishing and refining; making them ready, and proving them worthy, as overcomers, to inherit the wonderful things which God has in reservation for the faithful—Z '03, 94 (R 3167).

    In the providence of God, He has been pleased to permit fleshly Israel and spiritual Israel to go into captivity in literal and symbolic Babylon respectively, where there was very little opportunity to develop external fruitfulness in influencing mankind in general; yet the Lord's grace has enabled the faithful in symbolic Babylon to rejoice in God and in Christ, because of their marvelous works of salvation. Certain untoward and unproductive experiences have come to God's people at the extreme end of the Age, but amid them they still find joy in the Lord's special favor, as this text prophetically promised—P '30, 77, 78.

    Parallel passages: John 15: 21; 16: 20, 33; Acts 14: 22; 20: 23, 24; Rom. 8: 18; 2 Cor. 4: 17, 18; Psa. 103: 9; 126: 5, 6; Isa. 54: 7, 8; 61: 2, 3; Phil. 4: 4; 1 Thes. 5: 16; 1 Pet. 1: 6; 4: 13, 14; 5: 10.

    Hymns: 63, 67, 99, 110, 293, 328, 331.
    Poems of Dawn, 291: "Yet Will I Rejoice in the Lord."
    Tower Reading: Z '14, 19 (R 5383).

    Questions: Have I this week rejoiced in tribulations? What helped or hindered? In what did it result?

     

     
    "YET WILL I REJOICE IN THE LORD"

    THOUGH the fig tree shall not blossom,
    Though no fruit be in the vines,
    Though the fields shall yield no fruitage,
    Of the herd there be no signs--
    Yet I'll joy in God's salvation,
    As my faith in Him reclines.

    While the nations reel and stagger,
    And the Dove of Peace has fled,
    While the land and sea are groaning
    'Neath the burden of their dead--
    Yet, amid the awful tumult,
    I rejoice and lift my head!

    Though the vision seem to tarry,
    And the waiting time prolong,
    Though my faith be sorely tested
    In the conflict fierce and strong,
    Yet His grace will be sufficient,
    And the burden of my song!

    Though He slay me, I will trust Him,
    Though my very heart He break,
    For I know with loving wisdom
    He has planned the way I take--
    Thus my dying breath shall bless Him,
    And I'll praise Him when I wake!
  • 2016-05-16 - 2017-05-15 All day

    Thou shalt be called by a new name … thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God--Isa. 62: 2, 3.

    Let us never forget that we are a "peculiar people," separate from the great body of nominal Christians, as well as from the world, having higher hopes, aims and ambitions and favored with a clearer insight into the deep things of God, having been called out of our former darkness into His marvelous light. And if thus separate from the world and from Christians who partake largely of the worldly spirit, what wonder if we find them all out of harmony with us, and either ignoring or opposing us—Z '03, 164 (R 3199).

    The word name is used in the Scriptures in the sense of appellation, nature, character, honor, office and works. The Christ class were promised a new name, especially in the sense of new nature and office, and as such to become a glorious crown of many radiant jewels in the Lord's hands, reflecting the splendors of Divine Truth, character and work, for the blessings of the whole human family—P '35, 62.

    Parallel passages: Psa. 122: 6; 102: 13-16; Isa. 60: 1-3; Rev. 2: 17; 21: 2, 9, 10, 17, 23, 24; Ezek. 48: 35; Jer. 11: 16; 33: 16; Heb. 12: 22; Gal. 4: 26; Prov. 12: 4; Psa. 132: 18; Song 3: 11; Rev. 19: 12; 1 Thes. 2: 19.

    Hymns: 310, 8, 72, 152, 201, 204, 314.
    Poems of Dawn, 203: Our Blessed Hope.
    Tower Reading: Z '11, 413 (R 4913).

    Questions: How has our hope affected me this week? Amid what experiences? What was helpful or hindersome therein? What were its results?

     

     
    OUR BLESSED HOPE

    WHAT though this earthly house of clay
    Sink into ruin and decay,
    Though health and vigor pass away,
    Christ is my life.

    What though fond dreams of youth be fled,
    The light that shone upon my head
    Extinguished and forever dead,
    Christ is my light.

    What though bright hopes now withered lie,
    Like autumn leaves, all sere and dry,
    Or meteors vanished from the sky,
    Christ is my hope.

    What though rude billows round me roll,
    His voice the tempest can control;
    They ruffle not my tranquil soul,
    Christ is my peace.

    What though dear friends I once caressed
    Within the silent grave now rest,
    The valley clods above them pressed,
    Christ ever lives.

    What though perplexing paths appear,
    God's Word, a lamp, makes all things clear;
    Onward I pass, nor evil fear,
    Christ is my way.

    What though the darkness deeper grows,
    And foes more active to oppose,
    God's truth provides a sweet repose,
    Christ shall appear.
  • 2016-05-17 - 2017-05-16 All day

    They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, the time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service--John 16: 2.

    The persecutions of today are more refined than in any previous period. The faithful today are not stoned with literal stones or shot with literal arrows or literally beheaded, but it is still true that the wicked shoot out arrows at the righteous, "even bitter words"; and many because of faithfulness are reproved and slandered and cut off from fellowship—"beheaded for the testimony of Jesus." Let all such emulate Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Let their testimonies be given with radiant faces like his. Let their eyes of faith perceive Jesus at the right hand of the Majesty on high as their Advocate and Deliverer. Let their words be with moderation as were Stephen's, and let it be true of them, as written of him, "full of grace and power" and "filled with the Holy Spirit"—Z '97, 57 (R 2108).

    All the faithful have incurred the displeasure and consequent disfellowship of the nominal people of God. Misunderstood with respect to their work, teaching, character and hopes by those out of harmony with God's Plan, God's faithful people have been regarded by them as the enemies of God, His Plan and His Church, and consequently the latter have often thought they served God by killing those who really were His children—P '34, 62, 63.

    Parallel passages: John 9: 22, 34; 12: 42; 16: 3; Acts 8: 1; 9: 1; John 15: 18-21; Rom. 10: 2; 1 Cor. 2: 8; 1 Tim. 1: 13; Psa. 11: 2; 38: 20; 44: 22; 56: 5; 94: 5; Prov. 29: 10; Matt. 5: 10-12, 44; 10: 16-18, 21-23, 28; 23: 34; 24: 8-10; Mark 13: 9-13; Luke 6: 22, 23; 21: 12-19; Acts 5: 29, 40-42; Rom. 8: 17, 35-37; 1 Cor. 4: 9-13.

    Hymns: 272, 56, 57, 216, 313, 300, 335.
    Poems of Dawn, 181: Grace Sufficient.
    Tower Reading: Z ' 12, 323 (R 5116).

    Questions: Have I been persecuted this week? How? Why? With what results?

     

     
    GRACE SUFFICIENT

    BEAR the burden of the present,
    Let the morrow bear its own;
    If the morning sky be pleasant,
    Why the passing night bemoan?

    If the darkened heavens lower,
    Wrap thy cloak around thy form;
    Though the tempest rise in power,
    God is mightier than the storm.

    Steadfast faith and hope unshaken
    Animate the trusting breast;
    Step by step the journey's taken
    Nearer to the land of rest.

    All unseen, the Master walketh
    By the toiling servant's side;
    Comfortable words He talketh,
    While His hands uphold and guide.

    Grief, nor pain, nor any sorrow
    Rends thy heart to Him unknown;
    He today and He tomorrow
    Grace sufficient gives His own.

    Then bear thy burden with good cheer,
    Take promptly up thy daily cross;
    Nor hesitate to shed a tear,
    Nor reckon o'er thy present loss.
  • 2016-05-18 - 2017-05-17 All day

    We which have believed do enter into rest--Heb. 4: 3.

    Our rest in the Lord is as complete as is our belief in Him. He who believes fully rests fully; he who believes only partially rests but partially. The ideal condition of the spiritual Israelite is the attainment of a perfect rest, a perfect sabbath-keeping, in his present experience, and a waiting and laboring for another and still more complete rest—the actual rest of the perfected condition—the rest that remains for the people of God. "Let us therefore labor to enter into that rest [sabbath], lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief [of fleshly Israel]" (Heb. 4: 9-11)—Z '99, 253 (R 2534).

    The weekly sabbath of the Jews, with its rest from labor and its worship, fittingly symbolizes the Millennial Sabbath, with its rest from the curse and its service of God. Our faith-justification reckons to us the Millennial rest in its perfection, and enables us to have the rest of faith in Christ's finished work. In consecration, we labor earnestly even unto death, to be enabled to enter into the rest that remains for the people of God in His glorious Kingdom—P '33, 79.

    Parallel passages: Isa. 26: 3; Heb. 4: 3-11; 3: 14, 18; Matt. 11: 28-30; John 14: 27; 16: 33; 20: 19; Acts 10: 36; Rom. 2: 10; 5: 1; 14: 17; 15: 13, 33; Eph. 2: 14-17; Phil. 4: 7, 9; Col. 1: 20; 3: 15; 2 Thes. 3: 16.

    Hymns: 244, 48, 97, 107, 176, 179, 305.
    Poems of Dawn, 178: God's Perfect Peace.
    Tower Reading: Z '14, 104 (R 5433).

    Questions: Have I this week enjoyed the rest of faith? How? What hindered or helped therein? What resulted?

     

     
    GOD'S PERFECT PEACE

    LIKE a river glorious is God's perfect peace,
    Over all victorious in its glad increase.
    Perfect; yet it floweth fuller every day;
    Perfect; yet it groweth deeper all the way.
    Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are truly blest,
    Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

    Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
    Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
    Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
    Not a blast of hurry toucheth spirit there.
    Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are truly blest,
    Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

    Every joy or trial cometh from above,
    Traced upon our dial by the Sun of love.
    We may trust Him solely, all for us to do;
    They who trust Him wholly, find Him wholly true.
    Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are truly blest,
    Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
     
  • 2016-05-19 - 2017-05-18 All day

    We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves--Rom. 15: 1

    Principles may never be abandoned for any consideration; but liberties and personal rights may be ignored in the interest of others frequently and to Divine pleasing. The Apostle Paul was ready to go to any length in defense of principle (Gal. 2: 5, 11), but in the sacrifice of his earthly rights and privileges and liberties for the sake of Christ and the Church, the Apostle evidently came next to our Lord Jesus and is a noble example to all the Church—Z '97, 75 (R 2118).

    Those who are weak put more or less of the weight of their burdens upon others, and those who are strong may very fittingly relieve the weak of a part of their too great weights, even if it be not to the pleasing of their human nature. This is the Law of Christ for us, that as He did not indulge Himself but bore the weakness of others, so should we bear the weaknesses of our brethren—P '32, 48.

    Parallel passages: Rom. 14:1-23; 15: 2-7; 1 Cor. 8: 7-13; 9: 4-27; Gal. 2: 20; 6: 1; Matt. 16: 24-26; 1 Thes. 5: 10; 1 Pet. 4: 2; 2 Cor. 5: 15.

    Hymns: 191, 44, 134, 192, 198, 277, 279.
    Poems of Dawn, 289: God's Anvil.
    Tower Reading: Z '14, 309 (R 5555).

    Questions: Did I this week help the weak? How? Why? With what results?

     

     
    GOD'S ANVIL

    PAIN'S furnace-heat within me quivers,
    God's breath upon the flame doth blow,
    And all my heart in anguish shivers,
    And trembles at the fiery glow;
    And yet I whisper, As God will!
    And in His hottest fire hold still.

    He comes and lays my heart all heated,
    On the hard anvil, minded so
    Into His own fair shape to beat it,
    With the great hammer, blow on blow;
    And yet I whisper, As God will!
    And at His heaviest blows hold still.

    He takes my softened heart and beats it,
    The sparks fly off at every blow;
    He turns it o're and o're and heats it,
    And lets it cool, and makes it glow;
    And yet I whisper, As God will!
    And in His mighty hands hold still.

    Why should I murmur? For the sorrow
    Thus only longer-lived would be;
    It's end will come, and will, tomorrow,
    When God has done His work in me;
    So I say, trusting, As God will!
    And trusting to the end, hold still.

    He kindles, for my profit purely,
    Affliction's glowing fiery brand,
    And all His heaviest blows are surely
    Inflicted by a master hand;
    So I say, praying, As God will!
    And hope in Him and suffer still.
  • 2016-05-20 - 2017-05-19 All day

    A peculiar people, zealous of good works--Titus 2: 14.

    A "peculiar people"—not peculiar in dress, nor in manners, nor in language, nor in foolish, senseless forms and idiosyncrasies; but peculiar in that it is separate from the world and the spirit of the world. It has the Spirit of Christ—a spirit of full consecration to the Lord, and separateness from the world and its selfish aims. It is peculiar in its adherence to the Word of the Lord as its only law. It is peculiar in that it rejects worldly wisdom when it conflicts with the Divine revelation. It is peculiar in that it is in the world, but not of the world. It is peculiar in that it has a decided faith and acts in harmony with its faith, and with zeal. It is peculiar in that it is self-sacrificing and knows no will but the will of its king. It is peculiar in that it knows the Truth and is able to give a reason for the hope within, while others merely speculate and wonder and doubt—Z '97, 95 (R 2127).

    The peculiarity of God's people consists in their separateness from selfishness, worldliness, sinfulness and erroneousness, and their dedication to the Lord for His service. They are peculiar to the Lord in the sense that they are owned by Him, and are for Him, ready for His service in the promotion of truth and righteousness. As such they are enthusiastically active in well-doing, serving in good things, as they have opportunity, all men, especially the household of faith—P '26, 61.

    Parallel passages: Deut. 7: 6; 14: 2; 26: 18; Psa. 69: 9; 1 Pet. 2: 9; Eph. 2: 10; Titus 3: 8; Gal. 6: 7-10; 1 Cor. 15: 58; 2 Thes. 3: 13; 1 Thes. 5: 15; 1 Tim. 6: 18; Heb. 13: 16.

    Hymns: 275, 267, 20, 200, 78, 125, 116,
    Poems of Dawn, 169: Go, Labor On.
    Tower Reading: Z '14, 151 (R 5460).

    Questions: Have I this week acted as one peculiarly the Lord's in good works? Under what circumstances? How? Why? With what results?

     

     
    GO, LABOR ON

    GO, labor on; spend and be spent,--
    Thy joy to do thy Father's will;
    It is the way the Master went;
    Should not the servant tread it still?

    Go, labor on; 'tis not for naught;
    Thine earthly loss is heavenly gain;
    Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not;
    The Master praises—what are men?

    Go, labor on; enough, while here,
    If He shall praise thee—if He design
    Thy willing heart to mark and cheer;
    No toil for Him shall be in vain.

    Men sit in darkness at thy side,
    Without a hope beyond the tomb;
    Take up the torch and wave it wide,
    The torch that lights the thickest gloom.

    Go, labor on; thy hands are weak,
    Thy knees are faint, thy soul cast down,
    Yet falter not; the prize we seek,
    Is near—a Kingdom and a crown!
  • 2016-05-21 - 2017-05-20 All day

    All scripture, given by inspiration of God, is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works--2 Tim. 3: 16, 17.

    It will be well for us all to remember that all the graces of the Spirit, all the progress in the knowledge of Divine things to which we have already attained, that may have helped us nearer to God and to holiness, have come to us through the Scriptures of the Old Testament and through the words of our Lord and His inspired Apostles: nor will it ever be necessary to go to other channels for the true wisdom which would prepare us for the salvation promised—Z '97, 170 (R 2165).

    The Scriptures are God in-breathed, and therefore to the man of God they contain a sufficiency of Divine thought as to what he should believe as true, as to what he should reject as error, as to what he should purge from his character, and as to what he should practice for character development. Accordingly, by subjecting his heart and mind to its influence, he is purged from sin, error, selfishness and worldliness, as well as thereby is fully developed in every good word and quality, whereby he is completely prepared for every good work—P '36, 64.

    Parallel passages: Deut. 6: 6, 7; 2 Sam. 23: 2; Luke 1: 70; Matt. 22: 43; 26: 54, 56; John 5: 39; 10: 35; Mark 12: 24; 2 Pet. 1: 19-21; Acts 20: 20, 27; Rom. 3: 2; 15: 4; Psa. 19: 7-11; 119: 9, 11, 97-104; 1 Tim. 6: 11; 2 Tim. 2: 21, 25; 4: 2; Heb. 3: 7; 4: 12; 10: 24; 2 Cor. 9: 8; Eph. 2: 10; Titus 2: 14.

    Hymns: 22, 49, 79, 154, 296, 311, 315.
    Poems of Dawn, 7: The Word of God.
    Tower Reading: Z '03, 186 (R 3210).

    Questions: How have I used this passage this week? Why? What was hindersome and what was helpful? In what did it result?

     

     
    THE WORD OF GOD

    OH, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
    True wisdom its pages unfold;
    And though we may read them a thousand time o'er,
    They never, no never, grow old!
    Each line hath a pleasure, each promise a pearl,
    That all if they will may secure;
    And we know that when time and the world pass away,
    God's Word shall forever endure.

    Oh, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
    The lamp that our Father above
    So kindly hath lighted to teach us the way
    That leads to the arms of His love!
    Its warnings, its counsels, are faithful and just;
    Its judgments are perfect and pure;
    And we know that when time and the world pass away,
    God's Word shall forever endure.

    Oh, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
    Our only salvation is there;
    It carries conviction down deep in the heart,
    And shows us ourselves as we are.
    It tells of a Savior, and points to the cross,
    Where pardon we now may secure;
    And we know that when time and the world pass away
    God's Word shall forever endure.
  • 2016-05-22 - 2017-05-21 All day

    God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind--2 Tim. 1: 7.

    The spirit of the Lord imparted to His people is not a spirit of fear, but on the contrary a spirit of power, energy, zeal awakened by love—loving devotion to God, and a desire to please and serve Him; loving devotion to the Truth, and a loving devotion to God's people and a desire to build them up in holy things, and to do good unto all men as we have opportunity—the spirit of a "sound mind"—a mind that is fortified and strengthened by the Word of the Lord on every subject, and hence, while thoroughly fearless of man, is wise in judging of times, seasons and methods for using the energy of love which burns as a fire within the consecrated heart—Z '97, 170 (R 2165).

    As the spirit of fear is a timid disposition, so the spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind is the disposition of power, of love and of wisdom, i.e., a strong, loving and wise disposition. God rids us of a timid disposition by His Spirit, Word and providences, as well as thereby gives us a disposition like His own, in which wisdom, justice, love and power blend in beautiful harmony. Praise be to God for such a gift!—P '30, 78.

    Parallel passages: Josh. 1: 5-9; Rom. 8: 15; Isa. 51: 12, 13; Acts 1: 8; 6: 8; Eph. 1: 19, 20; 1 Cor. 1: 24-28; 2 Cor. 12: 9; Psa. 18: 1; 31: 23; John 14: 15, 21, 24; 13: 34, 35; 15: 12-15, 17; 1 Cor. 13:1-13; Matt. 7: 24, 25; 25: 1-9; 15: 14; 16: 19; Eph. 5: 15-17; Col. 3: 10, 16; Jas. 3: 13.

    Hymns: 95, 13, 44, 346, 266, 165, 272.
    Poems of Dawn, 105: My Times are in Thy Hand.
    Tower Reading: Z '12, 279 (R 5093).

    Questions: What have been this week's experiences as to this text? How were they met? To what did they lead?

     

     
    MY TIMES ARE IN THY HAND
    PSALM 31: 15.

    FATHER, I know that all my life
    Is portioned out for me;
    And the changes that are sure to come
    I do not fear to see:
    But I ask Thee for a present mind
    Intent on pleasing Thee.

    I ask Thee for a thankful love,
    Through constant watching wise,
    To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
    To wipe the weeping eyes,
    And a heart at leisure from itself,
    To soothe and sympathize.

    I would not have the restless will
    That hurries to and fro,
    Seeking for some great thing to do,
    Or secret thing to know;
    I would be dealt with as a child,
    And guided where to go.

    I ask Thee for the daily strength,
    To none that ask denied;
    And a mind to blend with outward life,
    While keeping at Thy side,
    Content to fill a little space,
    If Thou be glorified.
  • 2016-05-23 - 2017-05-22 All day

    Ye also ought to wash one another's feet--John 13: 14.

    This would signify that the disciples of Christ should have a mutual watch-care over one another's welfare; to keep each other clean, holy, pure, and to assist one another in overcoming the trials and temptations and besetments of this present evil world, arising from the three sources of temptation, "the world, the flesh and the devil." Only as we cultivate the various graces of the Spirit—meekness, patience, gentleness, brotherly kindness, love—can we hope to be specially helpful to others in putting on these adornments of character and purities of life, and to get rid of defilements of the world and the flesh—Z '97, 243 (R 2200).

    Certainly in exhorting us to wash one another's feet, the Lord did not mean our literal feet, for this under present conditions would be the reverse of the spirit He manifested in washing His disciples' feet. As the washing of their feet by Jesus made them comfortable and thus served them, so His exhortation to us to wash one another's feet would signify to serve one another in love, even in the humblest ways—P '35, 62.

    Parallel passages: Matt. 4: 19; 10: 16-24; 20: 25-28; 23: 8-11; John 4: 36-38; Luke 10: 1, 2; Acts 6: 3, 4; 13: 1-3; 20: 24; Rom. 10: 14, 15; 1 Cor. 9: 16-20; 2 Cor. 5: 18-20; Eph. 4: 11, 12; Heb. 5: 4; Isa. 32: 20; 52: 11; Jer. 20: 9; Mal 2: 6, 7; John 13: 13-17; 1 Cor. 3: 7-10.

    Hymns: 309, 22, 275, 70, 210, 23, 49.
    Poems of Dawn, 169: Go, Labor On.
    Tower Reading: Z '12, 273 (R 5090).

    Questions: Have I this week served the brethren? How? Why? Under what circumstances? With what result?

     

     
    GO, LABOR ON

    GO, labor on; spend and be spent,--
    Thy joy to do thy Father's will;
    It is the way the Master went;
    Should not the servant tread it still?

    Go, labor on; 'tis not for naught;
    Thine earthly loss is heavenly gain;
    Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not;
    The Master praises—what are men?

    Go, labor on; enough, while here,
    If He shall praise thee—if He design
    Thy willing heart to mark and cheer;
    No toil for Him shall be in vain.

    Men sit in darkness at thy side,
    Without a hope beyond the tomb;
    Take up the torch and wave it wide,
    The torch that lights the thickest gloom.

    Go, labor on; thy hands are weak,
    Thy knees are faint, thy soul cast down,
    Yet falter not; the prize we seek,
    Is near—a Kingdom and a crown!
  • 2016-05-24 - 2017-05-23 All day

    Love … is not easily provoked--1 Cor. 13: 4, 5.

    However natural depravity and heredity and nervous disorders may tend toward the spirit of fretfulness, taciturnity and touchiness, every heart filled with the Lord's Spirit must oppose this disposition to evil in his flesh, and must wage a good warfare against it. It will not do to say, "It is my way"; for all the ways of the fallen nature are bad; it is the business of the new nature to overcome the old nature in this as well as other works of the flesh and the devil; and few show to our friends and households more than this of the power of the grace of Love. This grace as it grows should make every child of God sweet-tempered—Z '97, 247 (R 2202).

    By love not only is thankful good will meant, but more especially the unselfish, disinterested good will which delights in good principles, which appreciates character in harmony with them, which sympathizes with and pities those out of harmony with them, and which delights to lay down life to spread them. Such a love cannot become infuriated. An evil disposition is the reverse of such love. On the contrary, such a love is mild, long-suffering and forgiving—P '34, 63.

    Parallel passages: 1 Cor. 13: 4; 2 Cor. 6: 4-6; Gal. 5: 22; Eph. 4: 1, 2; Col. 1: 11-13; 1 Tim. 1: 16; 2 Tim. 3: 10; 4: 2; Prov. 19: 11; Eccles. 7: 21; Matt. 5: 7, 39-48; Luke 6: 35-37; Rom. 12: 14, 17, 19, 21; 1 Cor. 4: 12, 13; Eph. 4: 32; 1 Pet. 3: 9.

    Hymns: 125, 95, 198, 165, 166, 201.
    Poems of Dawn, 119: A Prayer for Perfect Love.
    Tower Reading: Z '15, 5 (R 5603).

    Questions: Have I been forbearing this week? How? Why? With what results?

     

     
    A PRAYER FOR PERFECT LOVE

    O GOD! this is my plea,
    Whate'er the process be,
    This love to know
    And if, the prize to gain,
    Through sorrow, toil and pain
    I go, ere self be slain,
    Amen! I go.

    Rooted and grounded! yes,
    For this I plead. O! bless
    My waiting soul.
    Will not this proud heart melt
    Unless the rod be felt?
    In mercy be it dealt,
    And make me whole.

    To Thee I humbly bow
    And pray Thou wilt e'en now
    The work begin.
    'Tis all that I desire
    This fullness to acquire;
    This one great Purifier,
    Dwelling within.
  • 2016-05-25 - 2017-05-24 All day

    Be not overcome of evil--Rom. 12: 21.

    We are never to take up or to use evil words or methods or manners. To do so is temporarily to join the enemy, or to admit that his implements and methods are better than those of the Captain to whom we belong. To answer anger with anger, evil report with evil report, bitter words with bitter words, slander with slander, persecution with persecution, blow with blow, or any of these, would be to endeavor to overcome evil with evil. This, which is natural to our fallen natures, is what we are commanded to avoid, that we may the more thoroughly cultivate the new nature. To be misled by the Adversary to use his methods in any of these ways is to be overcome by evil—Z '97, 267 (R 2212).

    Evils of all sorts are permitted to assail the Lord's people. The devil, the world and the flesh are constantly seeking to overcome the new heart, mind and will. Only by persistent battles will we be enabled to overcome our enemies. God's Oathbound Covenant is our encouragement in this warfare, and His Spirit, Word and Providence are our weapons of defense and offense. Therewith let us fight the good fight of faith, so that instead of being overcome by evil, we will overcome it—P '33, 79.

    Parallel passages: Ex. 23: 4, 5; Deut. 32: 35; Prov. 19: 11; 24: 17, 29; 25: 21, 22; Matt. 5: 7, 30-45; Luke 6: 35-37; Rom. 12: 14, 17, 19, 20; Heb. 10: 30; Acts 7: 60; 1 Cor. 4: 12; 1 Pet. 3: 9.

    Hymns: 91, 130, 136, 145, 183, 196, 198.
    Poems of Dawn, 92: Believe Good Things of God.
    Tower Reading: Z '15, 179 (R 5705).

    Questions: Have I this week overcome evil? How? What helped or hindered therein? What were the results?

     

     
    BELIEVE GOOD THINGS OF GOD

    WHEN in the storm it seems to thee
    That He who rules the raging sea
    Is sleeping, still, on bended knee,
    Believe good things of God.

    When thou hast sought in vain to find
    The silver thread of love entwined
    In life's soft, tangled web, resigned,
    Believe good things of God.

    And should He smite thee till thy heart
    Is crushed beneath the bruising smart,
    Still, while the bitter teardrops start,
    Believe good things of God.

    'Tis true thou mayst not understand
    The dealings of thy Father's hand;
    But trusting what His love hath planned,
    Believe good things of God.

    He loves thee; in that love confide;
    Unchanging, faithful, true and tried;
    And through whatever may betide,
    Believe good things of God.
  • 2016-05-26 - 2017-05-25 All day

    Knowledge puffeth up, but love buildeth up--1 Cor. 8: 1.

    All who seek to teach the Divine Plan to others are exposed to peculiar temptations, so that the honor of serving the Lord and His people demands a correspondingly larger measure of the graces of the holy Spirit, as well as of knowledge. Whoever, therefore, would be an instructor of others, a mouthpiece of the Lord, should cultivate all the various graces of the holy Spirit including meekness, that these (combined in Love) with knowledge, may build up himself as well as build up those to whom he ministers—Z '97, 277 (R 2218).

    The natural tendency of knowledge is to puff up its possessor, whose defense against such pride is a humble recognition that this knowledge is not his own invention, but a gift of God. The natural tendency of love is to build us up in abhorrence and avoidance of evil and opposition to it, in the graces, in the heavenly disposition, in the consecrated use of our fleshly members and in strengthening, balancing and perfecting the elements of Christlikeness—P '32, 48.

    Parallel passages: Rom. 11: 25; 12: 16; Prov. 3: 7; 26: 12; Isa. 5: 21; 1 Cor. 13:1-13; John 15: 9-17; Rom. 12: 9, 10; 1 Tim. 1: 5; 1 Pet. 1: 22; 1 John 4: 7-21.

    Hymns: 165, 166, 90, 91, 95, 198, 201.
    Poems of Dawn, 159: Not Now, My Child.
    Tower Reading: Z '12, 110 (R 5000).

    Questions: What were this week's experiences relating to this text? How were they met? What were their results?

     

     
    NOT NOW, MY CHILD

    "FATHER, I long to spread thy blessed Truth
    o'er land and sea!"
    I listen, and there comes to me
    His answer, tender, loving, mild,
    "Not now, My child."

    "Father, my heart is sad, I fain would leave this wilderness,
    Go forth, earth's groaning ones to bless!"
    I hear again His answer mild,
    "Not now, My child."

    "Father, I yearn to break these fleshly fetters and be
    free,
    As pants the hart, I pant for Thee!"
    His voice, how sweet, how tender, mild,
    "Not now, My child."

    "Father, Thy will be done, I humbly leave it all
    with Thee,
    Thou knowest what is best for me!"
    I hear His voice, so low, so mild,
    "Come now, My child."
  • 2016-05-28 - 2017-05-27 All day

    Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body [so long as we feel entirely contented with present conditions—ourselves and our surroundings], we are absent from the Lord--2 Cor. 5: 6.

    If we were living near to Him "walking with God," we would not feel perfectly satisfied with present attainments, conditions, etc., but would feel like pilgrims and strangers, seeking a better rest, a better home, "which God hath in reservation for them that love him." But this, as the Apostle explains (v.7), is true only of those who walk by faith and not by sight. "But we are confident [full of faith toward God, we rejoice to walk by faith], and are well pleased rather to be from home [homeless, pilgrims and strangers in this world], and to be at home with the Lord" "in the spirit of our fellowship"—Z '97, 305 (R 2230).

    Confidence, the full assurance of faith, is the privilege of God's people, based upon the word and oath of the all-wise, just, loving and powerful Jehovah. His Plan and our experience in connection with that plan, so far as unfolded, fully corroborate His word and His oath. Under all circumstances of our pilgrimage to our home, we may enjoy this confidence, as we see all things working together for our good. This keeps us from feeling absent from the Lord in the spirit of our minds—P '36, 64.

    Parallel passages: Matt. 6: 25-34; 10: 39; 16: 26; 18: 1-4; 24: 38, 39; Luke 8: 14; 12: 19; 14: 17-24; 21: 34; John 12: 43; 15: 19; 1 Cor. 7: 29-31; 15: 32; Phil. 3: 18, 19; Col. 3: 2; Jas. 4: 4; 1 Pet. 1: 14, 24; 2: 11.

    Hymns: 47, 322, 7, 94, 170, 172, 4.
    Poems of Dawn, 196: In The Wilderness.
    Tower Reading: Z '97, 303 (R 2230).

    Questions: What have been this week's experiences in line with this text? How were they undergone? In what did they result?

     

     
    IN THE WILDERNESS

    BE still, and murmur not, poor heart,
    When God shall lead thee to a "desert place,"
    And bid thee dwell apart;
    If ravens in the wilderness
    Did feed the servant of the Lord, will He
    For thee, His child, do less?

    Nor fear, sad heart, its loneliness,--
    Hath He not said, "I never will forsake
    Nor leave thee comfortless?"
    Have faith, thy Master may design
    To fit thee thus for Kingdom work and bliss,--
    And wilt thou then repine?

    Be patient, let His will be done;
    Be calm, be strong, that He may finish there
    The work He hath begun.
    "A little while," He soon will come,
    And say to thee, "It is enough, my child,
    My faithful one, come home!"
  • 2016-05-29 - 2017-05-28 All day

    Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid--John 14: 27.

    The more we overcome the world, the flesh and the devil, the more we seek to do the will of our Father who is in heaven, the more we seek for the fellowship and communion of our dear Redeemer, the more we seek to do those things which are pleasing in His sight, so much the more will we have of the joy and peace which no man takes from us, and which trials, difficulties and persecutions can only make the more sweet and precious. "Ye now therefore have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you" (John 16: 22)—Z '97, 306 (R 2230).

    Peace is rest of heart and mind. In the first instance, it arises from the consciousness of the forgiveness of our sins through the merit of Christ, giving us peace with God. In the second instance, it arises from a consciousness of our harmony with the good will of God in sanctification, giving the peace of God. In neither sense should we permit anything to drive it from our hearts, but hold ourselves in rest with, and in God—P '30, 78.

    Parallel passages: Job 34: 29; Psa. 4: 8; 25: 12, 13; 85: 8; 119: 165; 125: 1; Prov. 3: 17, 24; Isa. 26: 3; 28: 12; 32: 2, 17, 18; 53: 5; Matt. 11: 28-30; John 16: 33; Rom. 5: 1; 8: 6; 14: 17; 15: 13, 33; Eph. 2: 14, 17; Phil. 4: 6, 7, 9; Col. 3: 15; 2 Thes. 3: 16.

    Hymns: 330, 63, 110, 99, 120, 244, 293.
    Poems of Dawn, 210: A Little While.
    Tower Reading: Z '11, 150 (R 4817).

    Questions: Have I been fully resting in the Lord this week? Under what circumstances? What aided or hindered? What were the results?

     

     
    A LITTLE WHILE

    A LITTLE while, our warfare shall be over;
    A little while, our tears be wiped away;
    A little while, the power of Jehovah
    Shall turn our darkness into gladsome day.

    A little while, the fears that oft surround us
    Shall to the memories of the past belong;
    A little while, the love that sought and found us
    Shall change our weeping into Heaven's glad song.

    A little while! 'Tis ever drawing nearer--
    The brighter dawning of that glorious day.
    Blest Savior, make our spirit's vision clearer,
    And guide, O guide us in the shining way!

    A little while, O blessed expectation!
    For strength to run with patience, Lord, we cry;
    Our hearts up-leap in fond anticipation;
    Our union with the Bridegroom draweth nigh.
  • 2016-05-30 - 2017-05-29 All day

    Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation--Rom. 12: 12.

    Here is an important part of the great battle of the Christian's life. He must fight the natural tendencies of the old nature and confidently anticipate the victory in the strength of the great Captain of his Salvation. He must not succumb to the flattering and deceptive influences of prosperity, nor faint under the burdens of adversity. He must not allow the trials of life to sour and harden his disposition, to make him morose, or surly, or bitter, or unkind. Nor may he allow pride or ostentation or self-righteousness to grow and feed upon the temporal good things which the Lord's providence has granted him to test his faithfulness as a steward—Z '95, 20 (R 1759).

    Our hope of being in God's and Christ's image and of sharing in the Kingdom blessings and work is a strong basis for joy. Our tribulations are steps preparing us for the realization of our hopes, and they call for the exercise of patience, lest we fail, while considering our tribulations, to persevere in looking with cheerful constancy to the glorious hope set before us. Let patience have her perfect work, and the glorious hope will be ours—P '35, 62.

    Parallel passages: Phil. 4: 4; 1 Thes. 1: 2, 3, 6, 7; 5: 16; Luke 10: 20; Rom. 15: 3, 4, 13; 5: 2-5; Heb. 3: 6; 10: 36; 1 Pet. 4: 13; Luke 21: 19; Psa. 37: 7; 40: 1; Hab. 3: 17, 18; Col. 1: 11; Jas. 1: 2-4; 5: 7; 1 Pet. 2: 19, 20; Heb. 12: 1-3; 2 Thes. 1: 4.

    Hymns: 25, 7, 21, 32, 58, 88, 92.
    Poems of Dawn, 185: I Can Trust.
    Tower Reading: Z '11, 408 (R 4909).

    Questions: What have this week's experiences been in the light of this text? How were they met? In what did they result?

     

     
    I CAN TRUST

    I CANNOT see, with my small human sight,
    Why God should lead this way or that for me;
    I only know He saith, "Child, follow me."
    But I can trust.

    I know not why my path should be at times
    So straitly hedged, so strangely barred before;
    I only know God could keep wide the door.
    But I can trust.

    I often wonder, as with trembling hand
    I cast the seed along the furrowed ground,
    If ripened fruit for God will there be found.
    But I can trust.

    I cannot know why suddenly the storm
    Should rage so fiercely round me in its wrath;
    But this I know, God watches still my path--
    And I can trust.
  • 2016-05-31 - 2017-05-30 All day

    It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak--Rom. 14: 21.

    It is a very serious crime against the law of love and against the Lord's injunction, to cause one of His brethren to stumble (Matt. 18: 6), but it would also be a crime in His sight for us to stumble others—to hinder them from becoming brethren, and of the household of faith. Hence, it is clear that although knowledge might remove all prohibition of our consciences and all restraints of our liberty, yet love must first come in and approve the liberty before we can exercise it. Love places a firm command upon us, saying, Thou shalt love the Lord with all thine heart, and thy neighbor as thyself. Love, therefore, and not knowledge, not liberty, must finally decide every question—Z '03, 43 (R 3144).

    The strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak. Cheerfully ought they to surrender their preferences in natural things to the spiritual interests of the weak. The thought of stumbling one for whom Christ died will be a successful deterrent to a faithful follower of Christ from self-indulgence at the expense of a weak brother. Yes, such an one would gladly lay down life to save a weak brother rather than to indulge self to his injury—P '34, 63.

    Parallel passages: Rom. 14:1-23; 1 Cor. 8:1-13; Rom. 15: 1-3; 1 Tim. 4: 3, 4; Col. 2: 16; 1 Cor. 9: 10, 22; 10: 23, 24, 31-33; 13: 5; 1 Pet. 4: 2; 2 Cor. 5: 15; Phil. 2: 4, 5; Matt. 13: 44-46; 16: 24, 25; Acts 20: 22-24.

    Hymns: 23, 8, 95, 114, 346, 340, 250.
    Poems of Dawn, 136: What Would Jesus Do?
    Tower Reading: Z '11, 424 (R 4919).

    Questions: What have been this week's experiences in line with this text? How were they met? What helped or hindered therein? In what did they result?

     

     
    WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

    WHEN the morning paints the skies,
    And the birds their songs renew,
    Let me from my slumbers rise,
    Saying, "What would Jesus do?"

    When I ply my daily task,
    And the round of toil pursue,
    Let me every moment ask,
    "What would Jesus do?"

    Would the foe my heart beguile,
    Whispering thoughts and words untrue?
    Let me to his subtlest wile
    Answer, "What would Jesus do?"

    Countless mercies from above
    Day by day my pathway strew,
    Father, I would prove my love,
    Asking, "What would Jesus do?"

    Ever let Thy love, O God,
    Fill my spirit through and through,
    While I tread where He hath trod,
    Whispering, "What would Jesus do?"

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