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

Wednesday, November 18, 2020


November 18
Hosea 14:5
I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow
as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
Our hearts by nature are like the dry, dead, and barren earth; there would be neither life, beauty, nor fruit, but for the grace of God.
And even after regeneration, we are as much dependent upon God, as the earth in the east is dependent upon the dew.
If there is no dew, there will be no fruit, and if there be no grace, there will be no real religion.
But our God has said, “I WILL BE AS THE DEW UPON ISRAEL.”
What the dew is to the earth, God will be unto His people.
Does the dew cool and refresh the earth?
      So will the Lord cool and refresh our souls with a sense of His love, and the tokens of His favour.
Does the dew soften and break the clods of the valley?
       So will our God soften and dissolve our hard and impenient hearts.
Does the dew prepare the ground for seed, and cause the same to vegetate and grow?
        So will our God prepare our hearts to receive the word, and cause it to grow and bring forth fruit.
Does the dew fall insensibly, and in the evening, when most needed?
      So will our God come unto us, when we most need His quickening and fructifying operations.
Come, Holy Ghost, as heavenly dew,
My parched soul revive;
The former mercies now renew,
Quicken and bid me live;
Thy fertilizing power impart,
And sanctify my barren heart.
James Smith

Tuesday, November 17, 2020


II Corinthians 5:20
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God
did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead,
be ye reconciled to God.
Is there any thing but love between God and your souls?
There ought not to be.
God hates nothing but sin.
He is offended with nothing but sin.
This we profess to hate and forsake.
We were once enemies, but Jesus died to reconcile us to God.
We are now professedly friends, but do we act towards God, and speak of God, as though we were His friends?
Are we offended at any thing in God, or at any thing done by God!
Why should we be?
His nature is love.
His ways or all infinitely wise.
His tender mercy is over all his works.
He desires that we should be the best terms with Him.
How wonderful!
He offers a pardon for all our sins, grace to sanctify our natures, and heaven to receive our souls!
As though His tender love could not rest, as though he could not be happy, or content, unless we are friends with Him.
Beloved, are you living or walking at a distance from God?
Is there any shyness between God and your soul!
God beseeches you by me, and I pray you and Christ’s stead, “Be reconciled to God.”
Sprinkled now with blood the throne,
Why beneath thy burdens groan?
See the curse on Jesus laid;
Justice owns the ransom paid;
Bow the knee, and kiss the Son,
James Smith

Monday, November 16, 2020


Micah 2:10
Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest:
because it is polluted, it shall destroy you,
even with a sore destruction.
There is no permanent rest for the believer on earth; here briars and thorns will be with him, and a voice is daily sounding in his ear, “ARISE YE, AND DEPART.”
Here you are not to loll at ease, or idle on your journey; here you are not to expect to find satisfaction, for it is an enemy's land, and you are only passing through it to your heavenly home.
If your march is quick and your conduct spiritual, be not surprised if the dogs bark at you; they know you not, nor did they know your Master.
He was pursued, annoyed, and at last put to death by them; and in agony of soul He cried out, “Dogs have compassed me; the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me; they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but set your affections on things above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God.
Use the world, but do not abuse it; pass through it, but never seek a home in it; remember it is peopled by the enemies of your God, and your enemies too.
When snares and dangers line my way,
Jesus is all my strength and stay;
Cheerful I'll walk the desert through,
Nor fear what earth or hell can do;
Jesus will ease my troubled breast,
And shortly bring my soul to rest.
James Smith

Sunday, November 15, 2020


Isaiah 30:19
For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem:
thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee
at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
We are often very miserable, always very unworthy; but the Lord is very merciful, and He will be very gracious.
He will glorify His grace before angels, men, and devils, in His exceeding kindness towards us; therefore if a sense of our deep depravity and entire unworthiness discourage us, let us appeal to the graciousness of our God, and rely on that.
“He will be very gracious unto us at the voice of our cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer.”  
He has said that when, forsaking our evil courses, we return unto Him, he will prove Himself gracious.
“Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say Here I am.”
Yea, He will prove Himself very gracious, for He says, “Before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear.”
Oh, the infinite grace of a gracious God!
Lord, keep it uppermost in our minds, and before our eyes continually; let it be our encouragement under all the discoveries of depravity we make, and our comfort under all the trials we endure.
Let us endeavour to give our God credit for being “VERY GRACIOUS.”
He is so whether we believe it or not.
What from Christ my soul shall sever,
Bound by everlasting bands?
Once in Him, in Him forever,
Thus the word of promise stands,
None shall pluck me
From the strength of Israel's hands.
James Smith

Saturday, November 14, 2020


November 14

1 Samuel 12:24
Only fear the LORD, and serve him in
 truth with all your heart: for 
consider how great things he hath done for you. 

We are very apt to dwell upon our miseries, and forget our mercies.

If we are injured by man, how seldom do we forget it; but if we are favoured by God, how little attention we pay to it.

Let us this morning consider how great things the Lord has done for us, He gave His Son to be our ransom.

He has given His Spirit to be our guide, and His word to be our directory.

He called us by grace, when we were posting to perdition; 
wrought a change in our hearts, when we were enmity against Him; 
and pardoned our sins when we expected to suffer His fiercest displeasure.
He has given us faith to trust Him; promises to plead with Him; and proofs of His faithful regard without number.
He hath supplied us through all our journey, corrected our mistakes, conquered our foes, and no good thing hath He withheld from us.

Let us consider these things, and praise Him for the past, and trust Him for the future.
He that is our God, is the God of Salvation; He hath done great things for us, and He will do greater things, that we may glorify Him for ever.
My soul, consider the obligations, and give glory to thy God; do so practically -- do so daily.

Oh, may I ne’er forget
The mercy of my God;
Nor ever want a tongue to spread
His loudest praise abroad.
James Smith

Friday, November 13, 2020


To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers,
but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Speak of no man from an unholy motive, or with a design to injure him; this is decidedly wrong.
We are commanded by our beloved Saviour, to love our enemies; to do good to them that hate us and despitefully use us; to pray for them and seek their salvation.
If we speak evil of them we dishonor God, bring guilt upon our consciences, grieve the Spirit, and spoil our peace of mind.
If we can indulge in distraction without feeling guilty and distressed, our conscience must be blinded, and our hearts hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Our tongues are not our own, they are bought with a price, and should be employed in the service of their proper owner.
Never indulge yourselves in thinking evil of another; or in feelings of jealousy, envy, revenge, bitterness, anger, or malice; for these are earthly, sensual and devilish.
How unlovely it is to hear one professor speak evil of another; the hearer speaking evil of the minister; the rich speaking contemptuously of the poor; the mistress of servants; much more ministers of ministers. 
Speak not evil one of another, brethren, for this is not becoming the disciples of Christ.
Whene'er the angry passions rise,
And tempt our thoughts and tongues to strife,
To Jesus let us turn our eyes,
Bright patterns of the Christian life!
How mild! how ready to forgive!
Be these the rules by which we live!
James Smith

Thursday, November 12, 2020


So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
This is a very encouraging view of the Most High God.
He is the helper of His people, and therefore it is that they are more then conquerors.
Beloved, let us remember this, when called to perform self-denying duties, are to pass through great and sore troubles.
We can do nothing aright, apart from God; but we can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth us.
He will help us in every distress, bring us out of every trouble, lead us through the world with honour, and land us safe on the shores of the heavenly Canaan; all this is promised to everyone that trust in Him,
  waits for Him,
     walks with Him,
            and aims habitually to glorify Him.
What sweet encouragement is this; WE HAVE AN OMNIPOTENT HELPER, God in the person of His Son is our DELIVERER; let us come out of the wilderness leaning on our Beloved.
Let us not grieve His love, or dishonour His grace.
Let us keep a clear conscience, maintain a holy walk, exercise simple faith on our covenant God, and then we may boldly say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I will not fear what man can do unto me.”
 If God helps us, no power can overcome us.
To look to Jesus as He rose,
Confirms my faith, disarms my foes;
Exalt on His glorious throne,
I see Him make my cause His own;
Then all my anxious cares subside,
For Jesus lives and will provide.
James Smith

Wednesday, November 11, 2020


MARK 13:37
And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
The hour of death is uncertain, and the second coming of Jesus is equally so; therefore we are commanded to be always ready, and to be on the WATCH.
His coming is the grand object of our hope, and should be our daily desire and prayer.
It will be awfully grand.
We are deeply interested in it.
It is certain, necessary, and will be sudden.
We know not the day – month - or year.
God has purposely concealed it, in wisdom, in mercy, and for our good.
He commands us to AWAKE, and keep awake.
To be at our post, and employed in our calling.
In order to our watching we must be daily believing Jesus will come; thinking and praying to be found ready.
We should watch the signs of the times; the workings of our own hearts; and over our daily conduct.
We should walk as we wish death or Jesus to find us; and transact every business as though Jesus was at the door.
Would you, beloved, wish to be found idle – continuous - at enmity - or murmuring - or indulging in any sin?
If not, WATCH against these things, put off the old man, and put on the new; 
      behold, the Judge standeth before the door.
Behold, the awful day comes on,
When Jesus on His righteous throne
Shall in the clouds appear;
With solemn pomp shall bow the sky,
And in the twinkling of an eye,
Arraign us at His bar.
James Smith

Tuesday, November 10, 2020


JOHN 1:36
And looking upon Jesus as he walked,
he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
Sin requires a sacrifice, and the sacrifices must be in proportion to the offence, and the dignity of the offended; such a sacrifice could not be found, but God condescended to provide one, which was no less a person then His only begotten Son.
This Lamb was provided to expiate and remove sin; to honor the divine government, and reconcile us to God.
Let us daily direct our attention to the Lamb of God, who verily was fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifested in these last times for us.
He is set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, and to be the daily object of our faith, desire, and affection.
Provided by God, He presented to God an infinite atonement; and we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of our sins.
The Lamb is to be presented daily to God by us, in our prayers and praises; and all our expectations are to be founded upon what He is, what He has done, and what He is doing now before the throne of God.
Take off your attention from all other subjects, and “BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD.”
Look to Him daily, and look until guilt and fear depart.
Cast thy guilty soul on Him,
Find Him mighty to redeem;
At His feet thy burden lay,
Look thy doubts and fears away;
Now by faith the Son embrace,
Plead His promise, trust His grace.
James Smith

Monday, November 9, 2020


PSALMS 71:17
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth:
and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
The Psalmist was called early, and he ascribes it to divine teaching.
None but God can teach us experimentally; and the lessons He teaches are always useful and important.
He teaches all His scholars to know themselves -- their depravity, poverty, and slavery.
He teaches them His law -- its purity, claims and penalty.
He teaches them His gospel -- its fulness, freeness and suitability.
He teaches them to know Himself; as a reconciled God, as their Father and faithful Friend.
His teaching is accompanied with power and authority.
Are we taught of God?
We may know divine teaching by its effects; 
 it always produces humility, they sit at His feet; 
  dependance upon Him; 
   abhorrence of sin; 
    love to God as a teacher; 
     obedience to the lessons taught;
      thirst for further attainments; 
       and it brings us daily to Jesus.
Let us earnestly seek divine teaching; it preserves from dangers, sorrows, and snares; and if suitably improved, it brings great glory to God, and honour to the cause of religion.
Our God says, “I will teach thee.”
Lord, teach me, and make me entirely Thine!
He that is taught of God, is wise, holy, and useful.
Oh, let my heart be wholly thine,
Thy property alone;
No longer let me think it mine,
Or call myself my own.
James Smith

Sunday, November 8, 2020


As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making
many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
The Lord's family are generally poor; men may look at them as having nothing valuable, important, or calculated to make them happy; but in reality they possess all things, because God is theirs.  
Our God has said, “I am their inheritance,” and we say, “Thou art my portion, O Lord.”
His eternity is the date of our happiness –
His unchangeableness, the rock of our rest –
His omnipotence, our constant guard –
His faithfulness, our daily security –
His mercies, our overflowing store –
His omniscience, our care for overseer –
His wisdom, our judicious counselor –
His justice our stern avenger –
His omnipresence our sweet company --
His holiness, the fountain from which we receive sanctifying grace –
His all-sufficiency, the lot of our inheritance –
and His infinity, the extent of our glorious portion.
This is the blessedness of the people of the Lord; they have God for their God, and all His perfections engaged to make them blessed.
O love of the Lord!
Live upon the Lord!
Glorify God in the day of visitation!
Make him your portion and everlasting all!
He is enough in the absence of all besides.
To us the privileges given
To be the sons and heirs of heaven;
Sons of the God who reigns on high,
And heirs of joy beyond the sky;
Oh, may our conduct ever prove
Are filial piety and love.
James Smith