Wednesday, November 25, 2020


November 25
Psalm 119:42 
So shall I have wherewith to answer him that
reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. 
It is unsafe and improper to trust our feelings or fantasies; to listen to suggestions, or judge by appearances; the Christian’s guide is God's word, and this should be the object of His trust.
If we cannot take God's word and depend upon it, what can we trust?
It is true; on all necessary points plain; it has been tried and always found faithful.
We should believe it, rely on it, plead it, expect its fulfillment, and comfort ourselves with it; especially when surrounded with difficulties, when in darkness or filled with forebodings, because God delays and our prayers are not answered.
Trusting in God's faithful word will bring peace to the mind, experience to the soul, and deliverance in time of trouble; if we trust God's word we may be confident, for our supply is certain.
Trusting a naked promise is difficult, but it is attainable, and truly desirable.
The promise is God's bond, and is intended to set our minds at rest; if we trust it calmly and implicitly, we shall enjoy peace, quietness, and confidence.
Trusting God's word, we need fear no foe, or dread any trouble; all is safe, and safe for ever.
Lord, work faith in my heart this day.
In Thee, O Lord, I put my trust;
Mightily, and merciful, and just,
Thy faithful word I prove;
Thou canst, Thou wilt, my helper be;
My confidence is all in Thee,
The faithful God of love.
James Smith

Tuesday, November 24, 2020


November 24
John 16:22 
And ye now therefore have sorrow: but
I will see you again, and your heart shall
rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 
The presence of Jesus is happiness of His people; when He is present manifesting His love, we are filled with joy and peace; but when He hides His face we are troubled.
Nor is it any wonder, for then generally, Satan comes in with his temptations; our corruptions rise and trouble us; and for a time every thing seems to be against us.
But if Jesus hath once visited, He will come again; and He will manifest Himself unto us as He doth not unto the world.
In every season of desertion and darkness, let us plead this precious promise given us by our adorable Lord.
He sympathises with us, and says, “Ye now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”
Precious Lord Jesus, let us this day enjoy Thy presence and Thy love; come and visit us, or rather, come and take up Thy abode with us, to leave us no more for ever.
Our souls thirst for Thee; we long to enjoy Thy love, as we have done in days that are gone by.
Oh, manifest Thyself unto us this day, and unite us closer than ever unto Thyself.
O make us like Thyself and dwell with us for ever!
Then let us sit beneath His cross,
And gladly catch the healing stream;
All things for Him account but dross,
And give up all our hearts to Him
Of nothing think or speak beside;
My Lord, my love, is crucified.
James Smith

Monday, November 23, 2020


November 23
Psalm 81:10 
 I am the LORD thy God, 
which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: 
open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it
The word of God affords all possible encouragement to earnest, fervent prayer; men ought always to pray, and not to faint.
Believers should ask all they want of God as their heavenly Father; they should ask of Him because He has bidden them, and expect to receive because He is faithful.
Are our wants many this morning?
Our God bids us open our mouths wide, and promises to fill them.
We should ask largely, for God considers Himself honoured when we ask for much, and expect much.
He rejoices over us to do us good.
He looks upon us as His dear children, and pledges Himself to give all that we want, or can use to His glory.
Let us then ask for a supply of every want;
let us continue to plead His largest promises;
let us continue to plead in the name of Jesus until we receive.
Our God heareth prayer; and if we, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto our children, much more will our heavenly Father give good things to them that ask Him.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us.
Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much;
He Himself has bid thee pray,
Therefore will not say thee nay.
James Smith

Sunday, November 22, 2020

I will correct thee in measure

November 22
Jeremiah 30:11 
For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I
make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee,
yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee
in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. 
Sin procures correction, and love sends it.
Every child is chastened, because every child sins.
But though we are corrected for sin, yet not according to the desert of sin.
Our Father chastens us in measure, not in wrath, but in love; not to destroy, but to save us.
There is no wrath in His heart, for He has sworn that He will not be wroth with us; yet He will visit our sin with the rod, and our iniquities with stripes.
He is reconciled to our persons, but not to our follies; therefore He says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore and repent.”
Let us not despise His chastening, nor faint when we are rebuked of Him; for it is the common lot of all His children, and if it drives us to Him, and humbles us at His feet, it is evidently sent in love.
It is painful blessing; a mercy sent to purify and cleanse us.
If we sin and are not chastened, our sonship is questionable; for what son is he whom his father chasteneth not?
But if we are chastened, God dealeth with us as with sons; and our sufferings are the fulfillment of His promise.
He corrects us for our profit, to make us partakers of His holiness.
Though ten thousand ills beset thee,
From without and from within,
Jesus saith, He'll ne’er forget thee,
 But will save from hell and sin;
He is faithful
To perform His gracious word.
James Smith

Saturday, November 21, 2020


November 21
John 14:27 
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your
heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 
Peace is an invaluable blessing, it is the gift of Jesus.
None but believers know the sweetness of the peace He bestows.
He made it by shedding His blood.
He proclaims it in the everlasting gospel.
He bestows it upon us when we believe, and it is enjoyed in the heart under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
It is peace with God.
A peaceful conscience.
The beginning of heaven in the soul.
He gives it often when in the midst of trouble; and it makes every burden light, every trouble less, and the sinner happy in every situation.
O Jesus! give us thy peace this morning!
Let it reign and rule in our hearts this day.
Believer, look only to Jesus for peace, for “HE IS OUR PEACE.”
Believe His word, receive His atonement, trust in His perfect work, aim to show forth His praise, and peace which passeth all understanding shall fill your mind.
Let it be your daily prayer, that you may enjoy this peace in death; for then you will die happy, honorably, and safely.
Seek it as a gift of grace, and you shall enjoy it to honour of God.
You can receive peace from God, though you cannot make your peace with God.
Close to my Saviour’s bloody tree,
My soul untired shall ever cleave;
Both scourged and crucified for me,
With Christ resolved to die and live;
My prayer, my grand ambition this,
Living and dying to be His.
James Smith

Friday, November 20, 2020


November 20
I Corinthians 7:29
But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth,
that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
Then our suffering must be short, for they are bound by time, and are confined to the present world.
Consoling consideration this.
Then our opportunities to glorify our God below, must be short; therefore we ought to seize them and improve them with all our might.
Then the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the contradictions of sinners against us will soon be ended; let us therefore be patient, and prayerful, and diligent; for our redemption draws nigh.
The time is short; then we shall soon see our Jesus, enjoy the company of our sanctified brethren, and be for ever with the Lord.
The time is short, but eternity is long; let us therefore be laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust that corrupt; and let us be daily preparing for our last remove.
The time is short, it flies away, our dying day will soon be here; it remaineth therefore, that both they that have been wives be as those that have none; and they that weep, as though that wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they that possessed not.
Let us use our little time to a good purpose.
Oh, may my soul maintain her ground,
From faith to faith go on!
At the last day in Christ be found,
And form the circles that surround
His everlasting throne.
James Smith

Thursday, November 19, 2020


November 19

Matthew  17:4 
Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord,
it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us 
make here  three tabernacles; one for thee, 
and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 
So said Peter when on the mount with Jesus, and so have we said when enjoying His presence and His love.
It is good to live and walk in communion with God.
It is good to be numbered with God's people, and to occupy a place in His church.
It is good to be in the presence world, because we have an opportunity of bearing witness for Jesus, and against its course; we have talents to use, and opportunities for usefulness, whereby we can glorify God.
Is Jesus honoured by our patient suffering?
Then, when on the bed of affliction, we should say, “Lord it is good to be here!”
Is our God glorified by our industry, forbearance, and testimony to the power and grace of Jesus?
Then when in our business, or in company with those whom we are trying to benefit, we may exclaim, “Lord it is good to be here!”
Yes, Christians, it is good to be any where, and any thing, so that thy Jesus may be glorified, and the end of thy creation, redemption, and sanctification, obtained.
Oh, to aim always to honour God, and then we may every where say, “Lord, it is good to be here!”
But if it is good to be here, how much better to be alone!
Great Comforter, descend
In gentle breathings down;
Preserve me to the end,
That no man take my crown;
My Guardian still vouchsafe to be,
Nor suffer me to go from Thee.
James Smith