Roman soldiers usually carried two offensive weapons, a sword and a spear. However, the Lord has given His soldiers just one, the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” [Ephesians 6:17]. It is a powerful weapon and in Matthew 4 we see how Christ wielded it in His great [...]
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Devotional "For Thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness." 2 Samuel 22:29 Am I in the light? Then Thou, O LORD, art my lamp. Take Thee away and my joy would be gone; but as long as Thou art with me, I can do without the torches [...]
Rome was the end of the journey for the weary apostle Paul. After a sea journey filled with excitement, danger, and shipwreck, he landed in Italy. He had spoken earlier to the Corinthians of the rigours of his life as an evangelist for Christ. He told of the perils in the wilderness, in [...]
Devotional "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1 Covenant blessings are not meant to be looked at only, but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Believer, thou dost not make use of Christ as thou oughtest to [...]
“Gird up the loins of your mind” [1 Peter 1:13] Here the apostle sets before us what should be the resolve of every Christian through grace – to guard the mind. There is in this evil day a constant, concerted attack upon the minds of God’s people. We are daily exposed to [...]
Devotional "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:7 No limit is set to the duration of this promise. It does not merely say, "I will not cast out a sinner at his first coming," but, "I will in no wise cast out." The original reads, "I [...]
What an unlikely object to be an instrument of a divine deliverance! Samson, bound fast, was delivered into the hands of the Philistines. Their shouts of triumph were still echoing when, bursting from his bands by the might of the Spirit, Samson wrought havoc among them with this strangest of weapons. [Judges 15:16]. [...]
Devotional “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 "Cleanseth," says the text-not "shall cleanse." There are multitudes who think that as a dying hope they [...]
Paul was a master illustrator. His epistles use illustrations that help impress the Gospel truth upon our minds. In each one he gives as it were a gift-wrapped package. The shape of his message is clear, but he invites us to unwrap the gift to see the wonderful detail. So what seems to [...]
Devotional "Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof." Psalm 102:13,14 A selfish man in trouble is exceedingly hard to comfort, because the springs of his comfort entirely [...]
Why is it that the news from the media is generally bad – murders, killings, disasters and so on? Is this age worse than earlier ones? Probably not, but with today’s instant communications we quickly become over-loaded, not to mention depressed, with all the bad news. Any examination of the Old Testament [...]
Devotional "And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need [...]