Morning, August 13
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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Although we live in a world full of trials, troubles, and tribulations, we do not live in a world that only has trials, troubles, and tribulations. We live in a world where there is also the comfort of God. In the midst of the difficulties of life, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort sends us the comfort we need to help us go through everything that comes our way. Indeed, He sends us the comfort we need to overcome all these things.

What are these comforts that the Apostle Paul has in mind? He does not specifically identify them. This is probably because, so it seems to be the case, they could be virtually anything. In one instance, for example, the Apostle Paul was in Macedonia and he was downcast because of the afflictions he suffered there. He was comforted, however, by the coming of Titus and by the good news Titus brought with him about the Corinthian church's longing, mourning, and zeal for him (II Corinthians 7:6-7). The reason the comforts of God could be anything, then, is because He seems to design them specifically for the situations we find ourselves in.

People who have received the comfort of God in the midst of affliction are better able to be used by God as a source of comfort to others who are going through the same kind of affliction. There is little doubt that the best comforter is the one who has already been comforted by God in the relevant area of life. Such people know the comfort of God can help overcome Satan's attempts to harm us and know how to help others in need to receive the comfort of God.

Like everyone else in this troubled world of ours, you have been going through various and sundry afflictions. The God of comfort, however, is preparing to send you the very thing you need to help you persevere and overcome.

Keep your eyes and ears open, then, for the comfort that is about to come your way.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Psalm 96, 97, 98


Psalm 96 -- Psalms of Praise (1Ch 16)

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Psalm 97 -- The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice! Let the multitude of islands be glad!

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Psalm 98 -- Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!

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New Testament Reading
Romans 12


Romans 12 -- Offering yourselves as Living Sacrifices; Revenge forbidden

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Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.
Insight
Everyone was talking about Jesus! But when it came time to speak up for him in public, no one said a word. All were afraid. Fear can stifle our witness. Although many people talk about Christ in church, when it comes to making a public statement about their faith, they are often embarrassed.
Challenge
Jesus says that he will acknowledge us before God if we acknowledge him before others. Be courageous! Speak up for Christ!
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Psalm 104:16  The cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted.

Lebanon's cedars are emblematic of the Christian, in that they owe their planting entirely to the Lord. This is quite true of every child of God. He is not man-planted, nor self-planted, but God-planted. The mysterious hand of the divine Spirit dropped the living seed into a heart which he had himself prepared for its reception. Every true heir of heaven owns the great Husbandman as his planter. Moreover, the cedars of Lebanon are not dependent upon man for their watering; they stand on the lofty rock, unmoistened by human irrigation; and yet our heavenly Father supplieth them. Thus it is with the Christian who has learned to live by faith. He is independent of man, even in temporal things; for his continued maintenance he looks to the Lord his God, and to him alone. The dew of heaven is his portion, and the God of heaven is his fountain. Again, the cedars of Lebanon are not protected by any mortal power. They owe nothing to man for their preservation from stormy wind and tempest. They are God's trees, kept and preserved by him, and by him alone. It is precisely the same with the Christian. He is not a hot-house plant, sheltered from temptation; he stands in the most exposed position; he has no shelter, no protection, except this, that the broad wings of the eternal God always cover the cedars which he himself has planted. Like cedars, believers are full of sap, having vitality enough to be ever green, even amid winter's snows. Lastly, the flourishing and majestic condition of the cedar is to the praise of God only. The Lord, even the Lord alone hath been everything unto the cedars, and, therefore David very sweetly puts it in one of the psalms, "Praise ye the Lord, fruitful trees and all cedars." In the believer there is nothing that can magnify man; he is planted, nourished, and protected by the Lord's own hand, and to him let all the glory be ascribed.

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Hebrews 11:16  But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

John 14:3  "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

1 Peter 1:4  to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

Hebrews 13:14  For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.

Acts 1:11  They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."

James 5:7,8  Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. • You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

Hebrews 10:37  FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.

1 Thessalonians 4:17,18  Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. • Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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