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1.           God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                           August 31 & September 1, 2013               

 Good Morning!
The resurrection of Jesus was undoubtedly the greatest event in human history.

 CHRIST'S RESURRECTION IS THE ANCHOR OF THE GOSPEL:
1 Corinthians 15:17. “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.”

The authenticity of the Resurrection of Jesus, the witnesses of the Resurrection, and the importance of the resurrection, is declared by Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 15. The Apostle wrote, “What I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve...to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time...to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all He appeared to me” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). In this battle, Jesus died, was buried, was raised on the third day, and was alive again, all witnessed by hundreds. Accounts were written and preserved. We have accounts by Matthew, by Mark, by Luke, by John, and by Paul.

If Christ was not raised...his preaching was useless and he was a false witness about God. If Christ was not raised...all faith in Him has been futile and those who have died believing in Him have done so in vain and are lost forever. If Christ was not raised...we are to be pitied more than all others because we have believed a lie (1 Corinthians 15:14-19). Paul used the word kenos, meaning empty, to describe a void where there is absolutely nothing. So if Jesus was not raised, Paul says all his effort, our faith...even our lives...have been for nothing.

But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead (verse 20). Not a thought, not a wish, but a fact. How did Paul know? Because he had proof, and so do we. We can see Him work in our lives and the lives of others. We can feel His presence and hear His voice. And with Christ as Lord, teacher and friend, we become a miracle the world cannot comprehend...lives with new meaning and examples for those who reject the proof, who refuse to believe...who have chosen a life that is meaningless. Then Paul states a fact, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20).

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Proverbs   12  13     Revelation   3    Psalm   119 vs. 25—32
Proverbs   14  15     Revelation   4

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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2.                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       September 2, 2013               

Good Morning!
In the next few days we will study about HEAVEN, where it is, its inhabitants, and how to get there. And the certainty of God’s promise of a life beyond the grave, and the rewards that are in store for faithful service as gleaned from Sacred Scripture.

HEAVEN: CITY OF EVERLASTING LIGHT:
Revelation 21:23. “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

These devotions, upon a subject that is very dear to me, are prepared in the hope that they may give comfort and edification to many; that the weak may be strengthened, the sorrowing consoled, and the despondent encouraged to look with increasing faith to that fairest of cities in the Better Land, which is the home of the Redeemer and of the redeemed.

A great 19th century preacher said. “When I was a boy I thought of Heaven as a great shining city, with vast walls and domes and spires, and with nobody in it except white angels, who were strangers to me. By and by my little brother died, and I thought of a great city with walls and domes and spires, and a flock of cold, unknown angels, and one little fellow that I was acquainted with. He was the only one that I knew in that country. Then another brother died, and there were two that I knew. Then my acquaintances began to die, and the number continually grew.

But it was not until I had sent one of my little children back to GOD, that I began to think I had a little interest there myself. A second, a third, a fourth went, and by that time I had so many acquaintances in Heaven that I did not see any more walls and domes and spires. I began to think of the residents of the Celestial City. And now so many of my acquaintances have gone there, that it sometimes seems to me that I know more in Heaven than I do on earth.”

May the thought of loved ones gone before give additional joy to us as we follow in these thoughts about Heaven. We need not forget our dear loved ones; but we may cling forever to the enduring hope that there will be a time when we can meet unfettered, and be blest in that land of everlasting light, where the soul drinks from the living streams of love that roll by God’s high throne.

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Proverbs   16  17     Revelation   5    Psalm   119  vs. 33---40

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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3.             God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                                September 3, 2013               

Good Morning!
In our inmost hearts there are none of us but having questionings of the future.

HEAVEN; IT’S HOPE:
Colossians 1:3. "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . 5. For the HOPE which is laid up for you in heaven.”

A great many people imagine that anything said about Heaven is only a matter of speculation. They talk about Heaven much as they would about the air. Now there would not have been so much in Scripture on this subject if GOD had wanted to leave the human race in darkness about it. “All Scripture,” we are told, “is given by inspiration of God, and 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 Timothy 3:16, 17).

What the Bible says about Heaven is just as true as what it says about everything else. The Bible is inspired. What we are taught about Heaven could not have come to us in any other way than by inspiration. No one knew anything about it but GOD, and so if we want to find out anything about it we have to turn to His Word. The Bible shows itself more than a human book by what it says.

It seems perfectly reasonable that GOD should have given us a glimpse of the future, for we are constantly losing some of our friends by death, and the first thought that comes to us is, "Where have they gone?" When loved ones are taken away from us how that thought comes up before us. How we wonder if we will ever see them again, and where and when it will be. Then it is that we turn to this blessed Book, for there is no other book in all the world that can give us the slightest comfort; no other book that can tell us where the loved ones have gone.

Every time we breathe some one is dying. We all know that we are going to stay here but a very little while. Our life is but a vapor. It is only a shadow. It is perfectly reasonable that we should study this Book, to find out where we are going, and where our friends are who have gone on before. The longest time man has to live has no more proportion to eternity than a drop of dew has to the ocean.

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Proverbs   18  19        Revelation   6

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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4.              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                                  September 4, 2013               

Good Morning!
We are going to spend eternity in another world, a grand and glorious world where GOD reigns. Is it not natural, then, that we should look and listen and try to find out who is already there, and what is the route to take?

HEAVEN: WHERE IS IT?
John 17:1. “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father,”

Jesus “lifted up His eyes to heaven.” This phrase is repeated several times in the Gospels as Jesus began His prayer. So heaven must be up, as He would know more about its location than anyone. In the 17th chapter of Genesis it says that GOD went up from Abraham; and in the third chapter of John, that the Son of Man came down from Heaven. So, in the 1st chapter of Acts we find that Jesus went up into Heaven (not down), and a cloud received him out of sight. Thus we see Heaven is up. There are men who say that there is no heaven. They say there was nothing to justify us in believing in any other Heaven than that we know here on earth. If this is Heaven, it is a very strange one. This world that some think is Heaven is the home of sin, a hospital of sorrow, a place that has nothing in it to satisfy the soul.

The very arrangement of the firmament about the earth declares the seat of God’s glory to be above us. Job says: “Let not God regard it from above.” Again, in Deuteronomy, we find, “who shall go up for us to heaven?” Thus, all through Scripture we find that we are given the location of Heaven as upward and beyond the firmament. This firmament, with its many bright worlds scattered through, is so vast that Heaven must be an extensive realm. Yet this need not surprise us. It is not for short-sighted man to inquire why GOD made Heaven so extensive that its lights along the way can be seen from any part or side of this little world.

Some people are trying to find out just how far Heaven is away. There is one thing we know about it; that is, that it is not so far away but that GOD can hear us when we pray. I do not believe there has ever been a tear shed for sin since Adam's fall in Eden to the present time, but GOD has witnessed it. He is not too far from earth for us to go to Him; and if there is a sigh that comes from a burdened heart to-day, GOD will hear that sigh. If there is a cry coming up from a heart broken on account of sin, GOD will hear that cry. He is not so far away; Heaven is not so far away, as to be inaccessible to the smallest child.

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Proverbs   20  21             Revelation   7      Psalm 119  vs. 41--48

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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5.                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                                September 5, 2013               

Good Morning!
We are going to spend eternity in another world, a grand and glorious world where GOD reigns.

WE ARE GOING TO EMIGRATE:
Hebrews 11:8. “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

Abraham was called by God to emigrate to an unknown place and by faith he “sojourned.” This word means he did not take up any permanent residence but constantly moved from place to place. In Abraham’s mind he could see a city, a heavenly city, to which he ever journeyed towards. We too are “sojourners” in a land that is not our permanent home, and we should ever look towards that city.

I do not think that it is wrong for us to think and talk about Heaven. I like to locate Heaven, and find out all I can about it. I expect to live there through all eternity. If I were going to dwell in any place in this country, if I were going to make it my home, I would want to inquire about the place, about its climate, about the neighbors. I would have about everything, in fact, that I could learn concerning it. If any of you were going to emigrate, that would be the way you would feel. Well, we are all going to emigrate in a very little while to a country that is very far away. Is it not natural, then, that we should look and listen and try to find out who is already there, and what is the route to take?

Perhaps, if we would listen, we too might hear on this storm-tossed world of ours, some sound, some whisper, borne from afar to tell us there is a Heaven which is our home; and when we sing our hymns upon the shores of the earth, perhaps we may hear their sweet echoes breaking in music upon the sands of time, and cheering the hearts of those who are pilgrims and strangers along the way. Yes, we need to look up - out, beyond this low earth, and to build higher in our thoughts and actions, even here!

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Proverbs   22  23             Revelation   8

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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6.                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                         September 6, 2013               

Good Morning!
If there is anything that ought to make Heaven dear to Christians, it is knowing that GOD and all their loved ones will be there.

HEAVEN: ITS INHABITANTS:
Isaiah 33:24. “And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.”

The society of Heaven will be select. No one who studies Scripture can doubt that. There are a good many kinds of aristocracy in this world, but the aristocracy of Heaven will be the aristocracy of holiness. The humblest believer on earth will be an aristocrat there. Scripture say that we shall “reign as kings and priests.” It says in the 57th chapter of Isaiah: “For thus saith the High and Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.” Now what could be plainer than that? No one who is not of a contrite and humble spirit will dwell with GOD in His high and holy place.

What is it that makes home so attractive? Is it because we have a beautiful home? Is it because we have beautiful lawns? Is it because we have beautiful trees around us? Is it because we have beautiful paintings upon the walls inside? Is it because we have beautiful furniture? Is that all that makes home so attractive and beautiful? Nay, it is the loved ones in it; it is the loved ones there.

We find clearly in the 18th chapter of Matthew, 10th verse that the angels are there: “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven.” We shall have good company up there; not only those who have been redeemed, but those who have never been lost; those who have never known what it is to transgress; those who have never known what it is to be disobedient; who have obeyed Him from the very morning of creation.

John 17:24 “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” It says in John 12:26: "If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be."

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Proverbs   24  25       Revelations   9        Psalm   119   vs. 49-56

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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 7.  8.              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                           September 7 & 8, 2013               

Good Morning!
Scripture tells us very plainly that GOD has a dwelling-place. We believe this is just as much a place and just as much a city as is New York, London or Paris.

HEAVEN: ITS CERTAINTY:
John 14:2. “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

There are some people who depend so much upon their reason that they reason away GOD. They say GOD is not a person we can ever see. They say GOD is a Spirit. So He is, but He is a person too; and became a man and walked the earth once. There is no doubt whatever about God having a dwelling-place. A dwelling-place indicates personality. God’s dwelling-place is in Heaven. He has a dwelling-place, and we are going to be inmates of it. Therefore we shall see Him. In I Kings, 8:30, we read: “And hearken Thou to the supplication of Thy servant, and of Thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place; and hear Thou in Heaven Thy dwelling place; and when Thou hearest, forgive.” Heaven is God’s habitation, and when Jesus came to earth He taught us to pray: “Our Father, which art in Heaven.”

This habitation is spoken of as “the city of eternal life.” Think of a city without a cemetery - they have no dying there. If there could be such a city as that found on this earth what a rush there would be to it! How men would try to reach that city! A city without tears - God wipes away all the tears up yonder. This is a time of weeping, but by-and-by there will be a time when God shall call us where there will be no tears. A city without pain, a city without sorrow, without sickness, without death. There is no darkness there. "The Lamb is the light thereof." It needs no sun, it needs no moon. The paradise of Eden was as nothing compared with this one. The tempter came into Eden and triumphed, but in that city nothing that defileth shall ever enter. There will be no tempter there.

Think of a place where we shall be free from sin; where pollution cannot enter, and where the righteous shall reign forever. Think of a city that is not built with hands, where the buildings do not grow old with time; a city whose inhabitants are numbered by no census, except the Book of Life, which is the heavenly directory.

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Proverbs   26  27       Revelation   10
Proverbs   28  29       Revelation   11     Psalm   119 --- vs.  57--64 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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9.                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                          September 9, 2013               

Good Morning!
There is no man so poor in this world that he may not be a heavenly millionaire.

HEAVEN: ITS RICHES:
Matthew 6:20. “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

In these verses Jesus is not advocating poverty but is addressing the way one regards, or uses, what he owns. Someone has said, “No man thinks himself rich until he has all he wants.” Very few people are satisfied with earthly riches. If they want any thing at all that they cannot get, that is a kind of poverty. Sometimes the richer the man the greater the poverty. Somebody has said that getting riches brings care; keeping them brings trouble; abusing them brings guilt; and losing them brings sorrow. It is a great mistake to make so much of riches as we do. But there are some riches that we cannot praise too much: that never pass away. They are the treasures laid up in Heaven for those who truly belong to GOD.

Ministers would not have to urge people to live for Heaven if their treasures were up there; they could not help it; their hearts would be there, and if their hearts were there their minds would be up there, and their lives would tend toward Heaven. They could not help living for Heaven if their treasures were there. It does not take long to tell where a man's treasure is.

In fifteen minutes' conversation with most men you can tell whether their treasures are on the earth or in Heaven. Talk to a farmer about the fields, and you will see his eye light up; you will find he has his heart there. Talk to some business men, and tell them where they can make a thousand dollars, and see their interest; their hearts are there. You talk to fashionable people who are living just for fashion, of its affairs, and you will see their eyes light up; they are interested at once; their hearts are there. Talk to a politician about politics, and you see how suddenly he becomes interested. But talk to a child of GOD, who is laying up treasures in Heaven, about Heaven and about his future home, and see what enthusiasm is kindled. “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

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Proverbs 30  31         Revelation   12

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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10.               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                               September 10, 2013               

Good Morning!
Another want that we have is rest. We get tired of toiling. Yet there is no real rest on earth. That’s part of the curse that God placed upon man (Genesis 3:17-19).

HEAVEN: ALL ETERNITY FOR REST:
Hebrews 4:1. “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 9. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

Now, while we all want rest, I think a great many people make a mistake when they think the church is a place of rest; and when they unite with the church they have a false idea about their position in it. There are a great many who come in to rest. The text tells us: “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God,” but it does not tell us that the church is a place of rest; we have all eternity to rest in. We are to rest by and by; but we are to work here, and when our work is finished, the Lord will call us home to enjoy that rest.

There is no use in talking about rest down here in the enemy's country. We cannot rest in this world, where God’s Son has been crucified and cast out. I think that a great many people are going to lose their reward just because they have come into the church with the idea that they are to rest there, as if the church was working for the reward, instead of each one building over against his own house, each one using all their influence toward the building up of Christ’s kingdom.

Only the work we do for Christ and His Church will last into eternity. In Revelation 14:13, we read, “And I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” Now, death may rob us of money. Death may rob us of position. Death may rob us of our friends; but there is one thing death can never do, and that is rob us of the work that we do for God. That will live on forever, “Their works do follow them.” Heaven its riches:

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Ecclesiastes   1  2         Revelation   13       Psalm   119   vs. 65--72

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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11.                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                              September 11, 2013               

Good Morning!
“Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”

HEAVEN: ITS REWARDS:
1 Corinthians 3:8.“…and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.”
Revelation 22:12. “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

Whenever you find men or women who are looking to be rewarded here in this life for doing right, they are unqualified to work for GOD: because if they are looking for the applause of men, looking for reward in this life, it will disqualify them for the service of God. If you seek the applause of men, you can't have the Lord say “Well done” at the end of the journey. You can't have both. This world was not established in grace, and we have to fight “the world, the flesh, and the devil;” and if we fight the world, the world won't like us; and if we fight the flesh, the flesh won't like us. We have to mortify the flesh. We have to crucify the old man and put him under. Then, by and by, we will get our reward, and a glorious reward it will be.

Jesus says: “Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in Heaven.” If JESUS CHRIST spoke of it as “great” it must be indeed wonderful. We call things great that may look very small to JESUS CHRIST; and things that look very small to us may look very large to Him. When Jesus, the Creator of Heaven and earth, He who formed the heavens and the earth by His mighty power, when He calls it a great reward, what must it be? Perhaps some people said to the Apostle to the Gentiles: “Paul, you are meeting with too much opposition; you are suffering too much.” Hear him reply: “Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

“Our light affliction,” he calls it. We would have called it pretty hard, pretty heavy, would we not?" But he says: “These light afflictions are nothing; think of the glory before me, and think of the crowning time; think of the reward that is laid up for me. I am on my way; the Righteous Judge will give it to me when the time comes;" and that is what filled his soul with joy; it was the thought of reward that the Lord had in store for him.

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Ecclesiastes   3  4         Revelation   14

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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12.            God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                               September 12, 2013               

Good Morning!
“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

HEAVEN - THE HOME OF THE SAVED:
Revelation 7:9. “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10. And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 13. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14. And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15.Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17. 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.

Now if we would ask you that question, some of you would say, “Why, that's the crowd that lived the best they could and treated everybody right, paid their honest debts and were good citizens and behaved themselves. That's the crowd that is going to Heaven. That is the way I'm going.” No, that isn't the answer John got. And if you would ask somebody else who that crowd is, they would say, “Why, that's the crowd that belonged to our church, because we are the only crowd that is going to Heaven. If you don't come this way, why, you'll never get there.” But that is not the answer John got. And somebody else would say, “Why, that's the crowd that was baptized a certain way and held out faithful to the end.” But that is not the answer John got. “Who are these?” “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”

Everyone of them was arrayed in a white robe, and every robe was washed in the Blood of JESUS. You cannot get in without the wedding garment, and it is washed in the Blood of JESUS. Settle that forever. If the Word of GOD is clear on anything, it is clear on that.

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Ecclesiastes   5  6         Revelation   15         Psalm   119  vs. 73--80

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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13.                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                               September 13, 2013               

Good Morning!
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH:
Revelation 21:1. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

God is going to make a new Heaven some day. We read, also, in the fifth verse of this same twenty-first chapter of Revelation, that He is going to make all things new. Why is it necessary for God to make a new Heaven and a new earth? God is a holy God and God does not propose to live with sin. He cannot; and God has sworn by Himself that He is going to purge this universe of sin, and everything that sin has touched. When God gets through there will not be a mark, a stain, a blot of sin left; not a scar or a trace. Every pollution of sin will be thoroughly purged.

“What!” you say, “Has sin ever touched Heaven? Has sin polluted Heaven?” Yes! God tells us in His Word that once there was war in Heaven; that Satan and his angels rebelled against God. Sin, in other words, has lifted its ugly head and made its slimy trail right up to the very throne of God; and God is going to make a new Heaven. When God starts in to purge sin out of His universe, every person that ever lived on this earth who holds on to his sin, and has not been washed of that sin in the Blood of Jesus Christ, will be purged out with it.

If sin is so loathsome to God that He would make a new Heaven because sin had touched Heaven, then dismiss from your mind the thought that anybody ever will live with God who has not been purged from his sins in the Blood of Jesus Christ. No, God is not only going to be rid of sin but He is also going to be rid of everything sin has ever touched. "Behold, I make all things new" says God. I have something in Heaven with GOD, “an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away.” Give me that, and you can have the world.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” That is Heaven He is talking about - the home of God's redeemed, the place of many mansions which Jesus spoke about.

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Ecclesiastes   7  8        Revelation   16

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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14.  15.          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                         September 14 & 15, 2013               

Good Morning!
In Heaven there will be music, there will be singing; and I expect to join in that.

WHAT WILL WE DO IN HEAVEN?
Revelation 7:15. “Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple:”

The greatest joy that I have ever found on this earth is serving the Lord. I had never known real joy until I cut loose from everything and gave my life to the Lord to serve Him. You know, I feel sorry for Christian people who just dabble around the edge, live with one foot in the world and one foot in the church. They have never known what it is to really live. They have never known real joy. If you want to be happy; if you want real joy in your life, cut loose from the world and launch out into the deep with God, and be lost in the fullness of His wonderful love and fellowship. Isaiah tells us in 40:31, “They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

One of the greatest joys to me about Heaven is that I will be able to serve Him to my heart's content. When the saints of God start singing, brother, the angels are going to take a back seat! John says, “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters,” There will not be a discord. (Musicians tell us that the only perfect musical note ever made is the sound of running water) and as the voice of mighty thunderings” Revelation 19:6. That mighty crescendo of praise rises and swells until the whole heavens resound with that chorus of the people of God singing. And what are they singing? “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” Revelation 1:5. Somehow I think David is going to be the choir director. I do! Because he is the greatest singer God ever had on this earth, and the greatest choir director that God ever had. I am going to sit down and watch him. I’ll just want to jump up and say, “Glory to GOD!”

Isn't it good to be a Christian?”  Brother that is the way I feel in my soul when I think about what God has for His children. Talk about shouting! I have been so happy here in this world that my soul has overflowed. And I am not ashamed of it. I am glad I love the Lord enough, and that He is real enough to me, and that He sends the joy of His Holy Spirit into my heart until it just runs over sometimes. I am glad that it is so. I tell you, it is great to be a Christian. But just wait until I get to heaven.

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16.                  God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                         September 16, 2013               

Good Morning!
How little do we realize the meaning of the word death! Jesus took the sting away.

FEAR OF DEATH:
Hebrews 2:14. “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

Jesus shared man's mortal nature that by His dying men might be freed from fear of death. There are a great many of God’s professed children who live in continual bondage, in the constant fear of death. I believe that it is dishonoring GOD. I believe that it is not His will to have one of His children live in fear for one moment.

Jacob showed us how to die. Look and see the way-worn pilgrim breathe his last. His life has been a stern fight; his pathway not strewn with roses, but set with flints; “few and evil the days of the years of his pilgrimage.” Compared with the brilliant career of Esau, his life might be almost considered a failure estimating it by all human standards of failure and success. But as the scaffold is taken down piece by piece, we catch glimpses of the real manhood which GOD has been so carefully building up, through long years of pain and sorrow; and as it comes into view, we feel that it is more than enough to justify all. Better a hundredfold to be Israel the Prince, though an exile; than Esau, the founder of a line of dukes (Genesis 36).

He seems to have fixed his mind with increasing eagerness on Heaven. He felt that if God had not destined for him an earthly resting place, yet He had prepared for him a City. Its foundations had not been laid by man; its walls bore no mark of human workmanship; its atmosphere could not be stained with the smoke or dust of earth. “I am to be gathered unto my people.”

When the dying Patriarch spoke thus, he meant something more than that his dust should mingle with all that was mortal of his forefathers. No; he meant something more than this. He surely looked upon the City as the gathering-place of his clan; the metropolis of true and godly hearts; the rendezvous of all who were his people, because they were the people of God. How much truer is this thought of Heaven than that which is entertained by many today.

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17.                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

 Today’s First Thoughts                                         September 17, 2013               

Good Morning!
Can that be a Father's home, where the brothers and sisters do not know each other?

THE DEATH OF JACOB:
.” Genesis 49:33. “And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people

“What do you think of the intermediate state?” “Shall we be consciously happy from the very moment of death?” “Shall we know one another on the other side?” These are the sorrowful questions asked on many sides; and they present a melancholy contrast to the words of the dying Jacob, “I am to be gathered unto my people.” At the best “we know not what we shall be.” We cannot penetrate the veil that only opens wide enough to admit the entering spirit. It is clear that our spirits will not reach their full consummation and bliss till the morning of the resurrection, when body and spirit will be reunited; but it is equally clear that they will not be unconscious, but will enter into the blessed presence of our Lord

This was taught by Christ Himself, when He quoted the words, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:” and added the comment, “He is not the God of the dead; but of the living.” That grand formula was spoken years after Jacob had fallen asleep; and yet God speaks of Himself as his God: and since He could not be the God of dead mummies only, or of unconscious spirits, Jacob and all the rest must have been living. Yes, they were living then, and are living now, possessed of all the vivid life that made them what they were. There is no accent of uncertainty in the New Testament. As soon as the tent is taken down, the mansion is entered (2 Corinthians 5:2). Absent from the body, the believer is present with the Lord.

Do not puzzle over useless questionings: be content to know that death is not a state, but an act; not a resting-place, but a transition; a passage, a birth, a crossing the Bridge of Sighs from the prison to the palace. It would not have been an object of anticipation to Jacob to be gathered to his people, if he would not know them when he reached their blest society. When the Jew thought of the unseen world, he expected to meet the saints, of whom he had heard from childhood, and especially Abraham. I feel this is what Jacob meant when he was “to be gathered to his people.

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18.                  God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                           September 18, 2013               

Good Morning!
In the life of Jacob we see the hand of God reaching down and molding a man into a saint who to most people would have seemed hopeless.

HEAVEN, THE HOME OF THE GOD OF JACOB:
Psalm 46:7. “The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Psalm 46:11. “The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”

It is very comforting to discover in how many parts of Scripture God calls Himself the God of Jacob. He seems to take special delight in the title which links His holy nature with one who, so far from giving promise of saint-ship, was naturally one of the most dishonorable of men. We should not have been surprised to find Him speaking of Himself as the God of Israel, the Prince; but it is as startling as it is reassuring to find Him speaking of Himself still more often as the GOD of Jacob. God has not changed since He took Jacob in hand; and He feels towards such characters now as He did when He began his gracious work of renewal in that poor cramped heart; and that He is ready to do as much for all who are conscious of being equally worthless by nature, and who are willing to put themselves into His gracious hands which reach down from Heaven to earth, “molding men.”

There is little doubt that God would do as much for all the readers of these lines, if only they were willing. You too may be cunning, crafty, and deceitful; or you may be prone to outbursts of ungovernable temper; or you may be cursed by unholy desires that honeycomb your better nature; or you may be constantly brought into captivity to some tyrannous sin. Now there is no need for this to be your hapless lot for one moment longer, if only you will hand yourself over to the mighty God of Jacob.

Before God will initiate His gracious work on a human spirit, it must be entirely surrendered to Him. The key of every room, and closet, and cupboard, in the being must be put into His hands. Every province of the life must be placed under His government. There must be no keeping back, no reserve: to withhold one thing, even the least, will vitiate the whole transaction; and leave a foothold for the self-life, from which it will speedily spread back throughout the whole nature. Jesus says, “Take My yoke.” And remember, a yoke is for two. Our Lord yokes Himself at our side; and paces by us, step by step, doing for us what Simon the Cyrenian once did for Him, on the way to Golgotha.

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Song of Solomon   5  6         Revelation   21       Psalm 119  vs.  97-104

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19.               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                         September 19, 2013               

Good Morning!
We shall be gathered to our people. Death will not usher us into a chill, unfriendly circle; but into a great gathering of loving and sympathizing friends, who shall give us a choral welcome as we enter into the eternal, everlasting kingdom of our Lord.

HOME AT LAST IN THE CAVE OF MACHPELAH:
Genesis 49:29. “And he (Jacob) charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30. In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. 31. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.”

For seventeen years he had lived in Egypt, surrounded by all the comforts that Joseph's filial love could devise and his generosity execute. He must have become familiar with Egypt's splendid temples and obelisks and pyramids, with which that cave could not for one moment be compared. But he would not rest in any of them. He must be laid where Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and the faithful Leah awaited resurrection. How calm and noble that face looked, fixed in the marble of death! The Jacob-look had vanished from it; and it was stamped with the smile with which the royal Israel-spirit had molded it in its outward passage.

The body was carefully embalmed. No time, or pains, or cost, were spared. Egypt herself mourned for him for seventy days. And then one of the most splendid funeral processions that ever gathered to lay saint, or sage, or hero to his rest, carried that precious casket in solemn pomp from Egypt up to Canaan. The chivalry of Egypt, its statesmen and counselors, its princes and priests, joined with the shepherds of Goshen in accompanying the cortege. And the signs of mourning were so great as to impress the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites. The stone was rolled away, and the remains laid on their appointed niche; and in all probability they are there, in a state of perfect preservation, unto this day. Many a storm has swept over them Assyrian, Egyptian, Babylonian, Grecian, Roman, Saracenic, and Mohammedan. But naught has disturbed their quiet rest; and they hold the land in fee, till God shall fulfill, in all its magnificence, the promise which He made and has never recalled that He would give the land to Jacob's seed for an everlasting inheritance. So rest thee, ISRAEL THE PRINCE! SEE YOU IN GLORYLAND!

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James & Mary Lee Thornton
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20.                   God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                             September 20, 2013               

Good Morning!
In the next few days we will give some thought to the life and legacy of Moses. It is without doubt that Moses was one of the two or three greatest men who ever lived.
Moses was called into partnership with the Lord, and it was through his faith that God fulfilled the promise made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

MOSES: THE SERVANT OF GOD:
Hebrews 11:4. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.”

The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews lays bare the secret of the marvels affected by the heroes of Hebrew history. We make a profound mistake in attributing to these men extraordinary qualities of courage, and strength of body or soul. To do so is to miss the whole point of the reiterated teaching of Scripture. They were not different from ordinary men, except in their faith. But there was one characteristic common to them all, which lifted them above ordinary men, and secured for them a niche in the Hall Of Fame of Scripture, they had a marvelous faculty of faith; which, indeed, is but the capacity of the human heart for God. Four times over this is cited as the secret of all that Moses did for his people. His faith made Moses all he was.

It will be our contention throughout our study of the remarkable life before us, that, though Moses may have had commanding features of mind and body, and have been versed in all the learning of his time (Acts 7:22); yet the marvelous outcome of his life-work was not due to any of these qualities, but to the faith which knit his soul to God. His faith sufficed to do what all his other qualities, without his faith, must have failed in doing. We hope to go further, and show that all the blessings which God in his mindfulness of his covenant bestowed on Israel, came to that rebellious and stiff-necked people through the channel of Moses’ faith.

The believer is the God-filled, the God-moved, the God-possessed man; and the work which he affects in the world is not his, but God’s through him. If only there be faith, though it be as a grain of mustard-seed, sycamore trees can be uprooted; mountains cast into the midst of the sea; and demons exorcised from their victims.

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Isaiah   1  2       Psalm 119  vs. 105---112  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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21.  22.               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                             September 21 & 22, 2013               

Good Morning!
Let us ponder well the lessons taught in the life and character of Moses, that in due time we too may become vessels meet for the Master's use, and prepared to every good work.

MOSES, HIS MOTHER’S FAITH:
Hebrews 11:6. “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.”

It was on a very unfriendly world that the little babe opened his eyes. He was born in a slave’s hut, with a death sentence on his head. Day by day past that cottage-home would go royal processions, as in solemn state the monarch went forth to war, or came down to the Nile to worship. Priests from all parts of the land would pass it on their way to the mighty Temple of Phthah, but how little would they dream that the site of that humble cottage would attract the interest of generations to the end of time, when all of their lordly temples had fallen into an obscure heap! That babe in that slave hut was more precious to the world than all the treasures of Egypt.

This babe belonged to an oppressed race. Three-hundred years before this they were welcomed to Egypt by the Pharaoh. A different dynasty had succeeded to that which welcomed them, and one to whom the name of Joseph had no charm. Suddenly, the shepherds of Goshen found themselves drafted for service in the brickfields, under the eye and whip of cruel taskmasters, who exacted from them daily a certain tale of bricks; or they performed service in the field, drawing water from the river for the irrigation of the land, and toiling in the cultivation of the soil.

Yet they still multiplied and the Pharaoh ordered all boy babies born to be thrown into the Nile. Generally, the birth of a child, and especially of a boy, was heralded with unstinted joy: but now it was the subject of anxiety, and almost of dread. But Moses was the child of believing parents. What an advantages this gives a child.

We have often been furnished with a picture depicting the anxiety with which his parents received their new-born babe, the distress of Amram, and the fears of Jochebed. Such a picture may be true of others of the Hebrew parents, but it is not true of them. “They were not afraid of the king’s commandment.”

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23.               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                             September 23, 2013               

Good Morning!
Moses was born at a time of unusual trouble.

MOSES IS SET AFLOAT IN A BASKET OF BULRUSHES:
Exodus 2:3. “And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.”

Joch-e-bed (Moses’ mother) would take all ordinary precaution; but she would never give way to excessive fear. Sometimes when her heart grew sick she would betake herself to her knees, and plead the Divine promise on which she had been caused to hope. And there was a confidence nurtured by the Spirit of God, and by the loveliness of her child, who was “goodly” (Exodus 2:2), “proper” (Hebrews 11:23), and “exceeding fair” (Acts 7:20), that in some way her son should share in that Exodus.

The whole family, as well as the Hebrew nation, lived on that woman's faith, as men live on bread; in fact the hope of all Israel rested in her faith. And God’s angels bent over the babe, shielding it with their tenderest care, and whispering their love-words into its ear. Finally, the mother was led by the good Spirit of God to weave the papyrus rushes into a little ark, or boat, coating it with bitumen, to make it impervious to wet. There she put the child with many a kiss, closed the lid upon its sweet face, with her own hands bore it to the water's edge, and placed it tenderly among the flags that grew there. But all the while she never lost her simple, steadfast faith.

Miriam was set to watch, not with any thought of harm that would ensue, whether from unfriendly hand, or from beast of prey, but simply to see “what would be done to him;” and Jochebed went back to her house, fighting a mother's natural anxiety by a faith which had enclasped the very arm of the living God, who could not fail her, though the heavens should fall, or the pyramids be hurled into the broad bosom of the Nile. That is faith. Can we wonder at the faith of the man who was born of such a mother, and nurtured in such a home?

Joch-e-bed had done her best, now God would do His best. And she was to rejoice when Miriam came home with the news of what had happened.

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24.                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                             September 24, 2013

Good Morning!               
“Behold the babe wept.” These tears were the jewels that were to ransom the Hebrew Nation.

MOSES, SON OF PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER:
Exodus 2:5. “And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children. 7. Then said his sister (Miriam) to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8. And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. 9. And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 10. And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.”

God sent a princess to claim the child. The sudden interposition of Miriam, who had eagerly and breathlessly watched the whole scene, with her naive suggestion of fetching a Hebrew nurse, solved the problem of what should be done with the babe almost as soon as it could have suggested itself. Quickly Moses’ mother stood before the princess, and received the precious burden from her hands. What an ecstasy of joy would pour out of the heart of that mother when the door was closed on the little group? Moses’ life was secure beneath the powerful protection of Pharaoh's own daughter, who had said, “Nurse it for me.” And the wages which she had promised would do more than provide for all their need. God had done “exceedingly abundantly.”

How long the boy stayed in that lowly home we do not know - perhaps till he was four or five years old: but long enough, in any case, to know something of the perils and hardships of his people's lot; to learn those sacred traditions of their past, which he was afterwards to weave with such majestic simplicity into the Book of Genesis; and to receive into his heart the love of the only God, which was to become the absorbing passion and guiding-light of his life.

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25.              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                            September 25, 2013               

Good Morning!
With nothing to gain and all to lose, after thoughtful examination, Moses descended from the footsteps of the loftiest throne in the world of his day.

MOSES MADE HIS CHOICE:
Hebrews 11:24. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;”

At last the time arrived when the Princes claimed for her own the child whom she had rescued. But, amid all, faith rose preeminent in Joch-e-bed, and she believed that He who had delivered the child from the perils of the Nile, would keep him pure amid the evils and fascinations of the Court. The cream of all Egypt was poured into the cup of Moses. He was brought up in the palace, and treated as the grandson of Pharaoh. If he rode forth into the streets, it would be in a princely equipage, amid the cries of “Bow the knee.” If he floated on the Nile, it would be in a golden barge, amid the strains of voluptuous music. If he wished for aught, the almost measureless wealth of the treasures of Egypt was within his reach.

When old enough he was probably sent to be educated in the college called “the Oxford of Ancient Egypt.” There, also, he would acquire a taste for music; so that in after days he could sing glad and triumphant songs of victory, and compose odes which embalmed the history of God’s dealings with his people. But Moses was something more than a royal student, spending his years in cultured refinement and lettered ease. He was a statesman and a soldier. Stephen tells us that he was “mighty in words and in deeds” (Acts 7:22): - mighty in words, there is the statesman; - mighty in deeds, there the soldier.

But, beneath all, another thought was always present with him, and gradually dwarfed all others as it grew within his soul. He could not forget that his parents were slaves; that the bondmen who were groaning in the brickfields beneath the lash of the task-masters were his brethren. He never lost the thought of that God to whom his mother had taught him to pray: and in his gayest, most successful moments, when sipping the intoxicating cup of earthly success, he could not rid himself of the impression that his destiny did not lie amid such surroundings as those, but was in some way to be associated with the fulfillment of that promise which he had heard so often from his mother's lips.

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26.              God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                            September 26, 2013               

Good Morning!
God dares not entrust his power to men, till they are humbled and emptied, and conscious of their helplessness.

DELIVERANCE BY MAIN FORCE:
Acts 7:24. “And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24. And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:

Moses, by his own human strength, attempted deliverance of Israel. He would make that nation of oppressors reel before his blows, and of course he would be hailed by his brethren as their God-sent deliverer. It was a rude surprise when he essayed to adjust a difference between two Hebrews, to find himself repulsed from them by the challenge, “Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?” He had never expected a rebuff from that quarter. “For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God, by his hand, would deliver them: but they understood not” Acts 7:25.

It was a chivalrous act, well meant, and at least significant of the strength of the emotions pent up within him; but, after all, the mere impulse of pity would never have been strong enough to bear him through the weary years of the desert march. Beneath the repeated provocations of the people it would have given way. He could never have carried them as a nursing-father, or asked that he might be blotted out of the book of life for them, or pleaded with them for God and God for them.

God’s time for the deliverance of His people was not due for forty years. Moses’ own education was very incomplete; it would take at least forty years to drain him of his self-will and   self-reliance, and make him a vessel meet for the Master's use. The Hebrew people had not as yet come to the pitch of anguish, which is so touchingly referred to, when the death of their principal oppressor seems to have brought matters to a crisis, and they forsook the false gods to which they had given their allegiance in order to return to the God of their fathers (Exodus 2:23).

Is there not a lesson here for many of God’s workers? They have not learned to distinguish between passion and principle, between impulse and a settled purpose. It is better far to sacrifice the mere natural impulse for the strong sense of what is right, and what God requires.

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Isaiah   13  14           Psalm   119 vs. 137--144

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27.               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                            September 27, 2013               

Good Morning!
We rush forward, thinking to carry all before us; we strike a few blows in vain; we are staggered with disappointment, and reel back; we are afraid at the first breath of human criticism; we flee from the scenes of our failures to hide ourselves in chagrin.

THE FLIGHT TO THE DESERT:
Acts 7:29. “Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons.”

The news of Moses first attempt to help his brethren came to the ears of Pharaoh, and he sought to slay Moses. But Moses feared, and fled from the face of Pharaoh. Forty years later, under similar circumstances, it is said, “He forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king” (Hebrews 11:27). And when we ask the reason of his fearlessness, we learn that it was by faith he did so; for “he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.”

But if such were the case afterwards, why was it not so at the time with which we are dealing? Why did he not exercise faith in the invisible God? Why did not his heart beat with even throb in the one crisis as in the other? The reason is obvious.

Moses was out of touch with God. Faith is only possible when we are on God’s plan, and stand on God’s promise. It is useless to pray for increased faith until we have fulfilled the conditions of faith. It is equally useless to spend time in regrets and tears over the failures which are due to our unbelief.

After wandering through some of the most inhospitable country on earth Moses came and sat down upon a well where he helped some the daughter’s of the Priest of Midian water their flock. This opened the door to the chieftain's tent; ultimately to marriage with one of those same shepherdesses; and finally to the quiet life of a shepherd in the calm open spaces of that wonderful land, which, on more than one occasion, has served for a Divine training school.

It may seem long to wait, and the oft-expected day so slow in coming, that the heart sinks down, oppressed with the crowd of common days, and relinquishes hope; but your opportunity will come at last. Be always ready!

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28.  29.                    God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                           September 28 & 29, 2013               

Good Morning!
Things were as they had been for forty years, and as they threatened to be, long after Moses had sunk into an obscure and forgotten grave.

“MOSES WAS CONTENT”
Exodus 2:21. “And Moses was content to dwell with the man:”
Exodus 3:1. “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.”

Moses, for 14,600 days and nights, lived amid the peaceful quiet, the meditative leisure, the hiding from the strife of Egypt, the simple piety of the homestead where the priest of Midian ministered, and Zipporah, his wife, welcomed him with his boys, as he brought the flock home to its fold. The scripture tells us that “Moses was content” in this setting among the desolation of the wilderness. Here was a man who, forty years before, was the heir of the throne of Egypt and could have become the richest man on earth. Now we find him watching over someone else’s sheep and seemingly having nothing but a tent to dwell in.

Here was one of the most learned men in the world (Acts 7:22) content to live out his life in solitude amid the other nomads in the land of Midian. Just think for a moment what the world would have missed if Moses had lived out his life and died in this land. Only God knew that shut up inside this “content” man was the first five books of our Bible. This “content” man would give to the world the great set of laws which would become the basics for the laws of all civilized people. The writings of this “content” man, Moses, would become the most widely read works of all human authors.

After forty years in solitude, gazing at the stars at night, looking for grass and water in the daytime, we could wonder if the events occurring in far-off Egypt, and the memories of his mother’s teachings, had receded into the recesses of his mind. Moses was now eighty years old and had, no doubt, given up all hope of being the deliverer of his people he had thought he was destined to be. Sometimes we open the door to a flood of sunshine, sometimes to a sky laden with black, dull clouds; now a funeral, and then a marriage; hours in which it is luxury to live, and others which pass with leaden-footed pace; but nothing can part us from our Divine Companion.

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Isaiah   17  18          Psalm   119  vs. 145---152
Isaiah   19  20

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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30.               God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                            September 30, 2013               

Good Morning!
There are days in all lives which come unannounced, unheralded; no angel faces look out of Heaven; no angel voices put us on our guard: but as we look back on them in after years, we realize that they were the turning points of our existence.

MEMORABLE DAY: A REMARKABLE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Exodus 3:4. “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

Quite ordinary was that morning as it dawned. The sun rose as usual in a dull haze over the expanse of sand, or above the gaunt forms of the mountains. The sheep browsed as usual on the scant herbage, or lay panting beneath the shadow of a great rock; but there was nothing in their behavior to excite the thought that God was nigh. Then, all of suddenly, a common bush began to burn with the flames of Deity; and from its heart of fire the voice of God broke the silence of the ages in words that fell on the shepherd's ear like a double-knock: “Moses, Moses.” The voice of God had not been heard for several centuries. And from that moment all his life was altered. It is one of the most memorable scenes in history.

Out of the bush came the voice of God, blending past, present, and future, in one marvelous sentence:-- the past, “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;”-- the present, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows, and I am come down to deliver them;”- the future, “Come now, therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh”  (Exodus 3:6-10).

 If that summons were to come to-day, too many of us would have to ask for a moment's respite while we went to finish some neglected duty. Oh for the free, untrammeled, unengaged spirit, to be ready to go at any moment whithersoever the Lord may appoint. What rapture to be able to answer his appeal with, “Here am I.”

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Isaiah   21  22                   Psalm   119  vs. 153---160

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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