May 26

Today's Bible Readings:
     Numbers 35
     Psalms 79
     Isaiah 27
     I John 5

“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (I John 5:11-13)

       The Bible teaches us that the Christian has a “know-so” salvation. Almost forty times in the book of I John the word know is used, and it helps us to understand that we can know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are a Child of God. Our memory verses could be the key verses of the entire book. We live in an age of uncertainty and doubt, but a Child of God is a person who is able to say I know. People today are turning to those who are able to know with certainty who they are and where they stand.
       We have seen repeatedly in this little book, the birthmarks of a believer. In Chapter 5, John sums up that subject,  and lets us know that we can know with absolute certainty that we belong to Him; in fact, the person who can be saved and not know it could lose it and never miss it. It is absurd to think that one could be a Child of God without knowing it with absolute certainty.
       John tells us, in I John 5:7, that there are three that bear witness in Heaven -the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are One. It then says that there are three that bear witness on earth - the Spirit, the Water, and the Blood, and these three agree as One. We are standing on solid ground when we say, through faith, ''I know I am a Child of God.”
        Are you married? Do you know you are married? How do you know it? It is not based on feelings, nor is it based on what you deserve. It is based upon a time when you said ''I do'', and were declared husband and wife. Do you know you are born?  How do you know you are born?  You are alive, and you have a physical birth certificate. Today, you are alive spiritually and you have a spiritual birth certificate set forth in the Word of God.
       Sir James Simpson, the discoverer of chloroform, was dying. A friend came in and said, ''Sir James, what are your speculations?” He replied, “Speculations, I do not have any speculations. I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day!” Do you know that? The Holy Spirit bears witness to the Son of God. He bears witness in the saint, and He also bears witness through the Scripture. What a glorious truth that we can know we have eternal life.

       Ireland would be our delight as a prayer focus today. This beautiful country with its more than 70,000 sq. km. has a population of more than 4 million. We hear a great deal about the politics and religion of Ireland on the news. Of Northern Ireland's 1.6 million population, approximately 41% are Catholic and look to having closer links with the south, while 54% are mainly Protestant and determined to maintain their links with the U.K. Thirty years of violence in Northern Ireland now appears to be nearing an end, thanks to a peace agreement between the Irish and British governments and the political parties of Northern Ireland. There is freedom of religion. The Catholic Church has no official link with the State, but it has a strong but waning influence on all aspects of national life. I want to suggest that you focus your prayers today on the youth of Ireland. They are perhaps the only hope for this nation to return to its great history of sending out missionaries. Many Catholic and Protestant missionaries have gone to the ends of the earth. Catholic numbers are falling from the high of 7,000 and 85 foreign missionaries in 1965, to less than 3000 now. Pray for the release, training, and funding of more Irish missionaries and leaders by evangelical churches and fellowships.

''He that serves God for money will serve the Devil for better wages."
Sir Roger L 'Estrange