Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 05.05.21

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.”
~ Proverbs 16:20 ~

Wisdom is man’s true strength; and, under its guidance, he best accomplishes the ends of his being. Wisely handling the matter of life gives to man the richest enjoyment, and presents the noblest occupation for his powers; hence by it he finds good in the fullest sense. Without wisdom, man is as the wild ass’s colt, running hither and thither, wasting strength which might be profitably employed.

Wisdom is the compass by which man is to steer across the trackless waste of life; without it he is a derelict vessel, the sport of winds and waves. A man must be prudent in such a world as this, or he will find no good, but be betrayed into unnumbered ills. The pilgrim will sorely wound his feet among the briers of the wood of life if he do not pick his steps with the utmost caution. He who is in a wilderness infested with robber bands must handle matters wisely if he would journey safely

. If, trained by the Great Teacher, we follow where He leads, we shall find good, even while in this dark abode; there are celestial fruits to be gathered this side of Eden’s bowers, and songs of paradise to be sung amid the groves of earth. But where shall this wisdom be found? Many have dreamed of it, but have not possessed it.

Where shall we learn it? Let us listen to the voice of the Lord, for He hath declared the secret; He hath revealed to the sons of men wherein true wisdom lieth, and we have it in the text, “Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.” The true way to handle a matter wisely is to trust in the Lord. This is the sure clue to the most intricate labyrinths of life, follow it and find eternal bliss. He who trusts in the Lord has a diploma for wisdom granted by inspiration: happy is he now, and happier shall he be above. Lord, in this sweet eventide walk with me in the garden, and teach me the wisdom of faith.

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#throwbackpoem: Grace Is A Mender ~

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Grace Is A Mender ~

By Deborah Ann

Grace is a mender,
of flaws running deep
it is a collector
of the tears we weep.

Grace is a healer,
of vessel’s broken
it is a free gift
God set into motion.

Grace is a liberator,
of evil and oppression
it is a deliver
of earthly transgression.

Grace is a giver,
of eternal redemption
it is a perfecter
of faith and salvation.

Grace is God’s mercy
pity and favor . . .
grace is God’s free gift
of Jesus our Savior!

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Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that
not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:

Not of works,
lest any man should boast.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 05.05.21

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Why Remain Captive

“The Lord thy God will turn thy captivity.”
~ Deuteronomy 30:3 ~

God’s own people may sell themselves into captivity by sin. A very bitter fruit is this, of an exceeding bitter root. What a bondage it is when the child of God is sold under sin, held in chains by Satan, deprived of his liberty, robbed of his power in prayer and his delight in the Lord! Let us watch that we come not into such bondage; but if this has already happened to us, let us by no means despair.

But we cannot be held in slavery forever. The Lord Jesus has paid too high a price for our redemption to leave us in the enemy’s hand. The way to freedom is, “Return unto the Lord thy God.” Where we first found salvation we shall find it again. At the foot of Christ’s cross, confessing sin, we shall find pardon and deliverance. Moreover, the Lord will have us obey His voice according to all that He has commanded us, and we must do this with all our heart and all our soul, and then our captivity shall end.

Often depression of spirit and great misery of soul are removed as soon as we quit our idols and bow ourselves in obedience before the living God. We need not be captives. We may return to Zion’s citizenship, and that speedily. Lord, turn our captivity!

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Today’s Poem: In Everything With A Prayer

to GOD be the GLORY

In Everything With A Prayer ~

By Deborah Ann

In everything with a prayer,
and a thankful plea . . .
make your requests known
on a grateful knee.

And the peace that God possess,
though you might not understand
will fill your hearts and minds
till you find rest in hands.

For, He knows our every need,
each worry, every care
but, we must always offer Him
our constant, thankful prayer.

God understands our wants,
sees our heart’s desires
before we even come to Him
yet, our prayers He still requires.

For, He wants us to know,
the richness of His grace
and He will lavish it on those
who humbly seek His face.

Then we’ll know our peace,
is the privilege of our salvation
when we make known our requests
with heartfelt praise and adoration!

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Philippians 4:6-7

Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer
and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which
passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus.

Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

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Philippians 4:6-7

Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer
and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which
passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 05.05.21

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
~ 2 Corinthians 6:16 ~

What a sweet title: “My people!” What a cheering revelation: “Their God!” How much of meaning is couched in those two words, “My people!” Here is speciality. The whole world is God’s; the heaven, even the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s, and He reigneth among the children of men; but of those whom He hath chosen, whom He hath purchased to Himself, He saith what He saith not of others—”My people” In this word there is the idea of proprietorship. In a special manner the “Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the lot of His inheritance.”

All the nations upon earth are His; the whole world is in His power; yet are His people, His chosen, more especially His possession; for He has done more for them than others; He has bought them with His blood; He has brought them nigh to Himself; He has set His great heart upon them; He has loved them with an everlasting love, a love which many waters cannot quench, and which the revolutions of time shall never suffice in the least degree to diminish.

Dear friends, can you, by faith, see yourselves in that number? Can you look up to heaven and say, “My Lord and my God: mine by that sweet relationship which entitles me to call Thee Father; mine by that hallowed fellowship which I delight to hold with Thee when Thou art pleased to manifest Thyself unto me as Thou dost not unto the world?”

Canst thou read the Book of Inspiration, and find there the indentures of thy salvation? Canst thou read thy title writ in precious blood? Canst thou, by humble faith, lay hold of Jesus’ garments, and say, “My Christ”? If thou canst, then God saith of thee, and of others like thee, “My people;” for, if God be your God, and Christ your Christ, the Lord has a special, peculiar favour to you; you are the object of His choice, accepted in His beloved Son.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 05.04.21

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible.”
~
1 Peter 1:23 ~

Peter most earnestly exhorted the scattered saints to love each other “with a pure heart fervently” and he wisely fetched his argument, not from the law, from nature, or from philosophy, but from that high and divine nature which God hath implanted in His people.

Just as some judicious tutor of princes might labour to beget and foster in them a kingly spirit and dignified behaviour, finding arguments in their position and descent, so, looking upon God’s people as heirs of glory, princes of the blood royal, descendants of the King of kings, earth’s truest and oldest aristocracy, Peter saith to them, “See that ye love one another, because of your noble birth, being born of incorruptible seed; because of your pedigree, being descended from God, the Creator of all things; and because of your immortal destiny, for you shall never pass away, though the glory of the flesh shall fade, and even its existence shall cease.”

It would be well if, in the spirit of humility, we recognized the true dignity of our regenerated nature, and lived up to it. What is a Christian? If you compare him with a king, he adds priestly sanctity to royal dignity. The king’s royalty often lieth only in his crown, but with a Christian it is infused into his inmost nature. He is as much above his fellows through his new birth, as a man is above the beast that perisheth.

Surely he ought to carry himself, in all his dealings, as one who is not of the multitude, but chosen out of the world, distinguished by sovereign grace, written among “the peculiar people” and who therefore cannot grovel in the dust as others, nor live after the manner of the world’s citizens. Let the dignity of your nature, and the brightness of your prospects, O believers in Christ, constrain you to cleave unto holiness, and to avoid the very appearance of evil.

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#throwbackpoem: There’s Good News

to GOD be the GLORY

~ There’s Good News ~

By Deborah Ann

There’s Good News,
for when days are bad
there is hope . . .
for when you feel sad.

There is light,
for when all seems dim
there is rest  . . .
that comes from Him.

There is grace,
for when needing more
there is trust . . .
when God you implore.

There is strength,
for when you awake
there is new mercy . . .
upon morning’s break.

There is warmth,
for when you feel cold
there is power . . .
to make you bold.

There’s Good News,
for when you are low
there is peace . . .
when God’s love flows!

~~~~~~~

Proverbs 25:25

As cold waters to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 05.04.21

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Victory in Reverses

“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.”
~ Micah 7:8 ~

This may express the feelings of a man or woman downtrodden and oppressed. Our enemy may put out our light for a season. There is sure hope for us in the Lord; and if we are trusting in Him and holding fast our integrity, our season of downcasting and darkness will soon be over. The insults of the foe are only for a moment. The Lord will soon turn their laughter into lamentation and our sighing into singing.

What if the great enemy of souls should for a while triumph over us, as he has triumphed over better men than we are; yet let us take heart, for we shall overcome him before long. We shall rise from our fall, for our God has not fallen, and He will lift us up. We shall not abide in darkness, although for the moment we sit in it; for our Lord is the fountain of light, and He will soon bring us a joyful day.

Let us not despair or even doubt. One turn of the wheel, and the lowest will be at the top. Woe unto those who laugh now, for they shall mourn and weep when their boasting is turned into everlasting contempt. But blessed are all holy mourners, for they shall be divinely comforted.

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Today’s Poem: Heal Our Land Lord

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Heal Our Land Lord ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, this country . . .
is so in need of healing
before the day every knee
will be to You kneeling.

For the time will come,
when every one will confess
how they did or didn’t . . .
contribute to the mess.

Lord, we need to turn back,
our trust over to You
so You can restore our hearts
and our faith in You renew.

For the darkness now spreads,
across all the land . . .
and we need to return
our life’s into Your hand.

Lord, this country . . .
is so in need of restoration
every single soul needs
forgiveness unto salvation!

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2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called
by my name, shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face, and turn
from their wicked ways; then will I hear
from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 05.04.21

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods.”

~ Jeremiah 16:20 ~

One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly. Remphan’s star shines no longer, and the women weep no more for Tammuz, but Mammon still intrudes his golden calf, and the shrines of pride are not forsaken.

Self in various forms struggles to subdue the chosen ones under its dominion, and the flesh sets up its altars wherever it can find space for them. Favourite children are often the cause of much sin in believers; the Lord is grieved when He sees us doting upon them above measure; they will live to be as great a curse to us as Absalom was to David, or they will be taken from us to leave our homes desolate. If Christians desire to grow thorns to stuff their sleepless pillows, let them dote on their dear ones.

It is truly said that “they are no gods,” for the objects of our foolish love are very doubtful blessings, the solace which they yield us now is dangerous, and the help which they can give us in the hour of trouble is little indeed. Why, then, are we so bewitched with vanities? We pity the poor heathen who adore a god of stone, and yet worship a god of gold.

Where is the vast superiority between a god of flesh and one of wood? The principle, the sin, the folly is the same in either case, only that in ours the crime is more aggravated because we have more light, and sin in the face of it. The heathen bows to a false deity, but the true God he has never known; we commit two evils, inasmuch as we forsake the living God and turn unto idols. May the Lord purge us all from this grievous iniquity!

“The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be;
Help me to tear it from thy throne,
And worship only thee.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 05.03.21

Monday, May 03, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“A very present help.”

~ Psalm 46:1 ~

Covenant blessings are not meant to be looked at only, but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Believer, thou dost not make use of Christ as thou oughtest to do. When thou art in trouble, why dost thou not tell Him all thy grief? Has He not a sympathizing heart, and can He not comfort and relieve thee? No, thou art going about to all thy friends, save thy best Friend, and telling thy tale everywhere except into the bosom of thy Lord. Art thou burdened with this day’s sins?

Here is a fountain filled with blood: use it, saint, use it. Has a sense of guilt returned upon thee? The pardoning grace of Jesus may be proved again and again. Come to Him at once for cleansing. Dost thou deplore thy weakness? He is thy strength: why not lean upon Him? Dost thou feel naked? Come hither, soul; put on the robe of Jesus’ righteousness. Stand not looking at it, but wear it. Strip off thine own righteousness, and thine own fears too: put on the fair white linen, for it was meant to wear.

Dost thou feel thyself sick? Pull the night-bell of prayer, and call up the Beloved Physician! He will give the cordial that will revive thee. Thou art poor, but then thou hast “a kinsman, a mighty man of wealth.” What! wilt thou not go to Him, and ask Him to give thee of His abundance, when He has given thee this promise, that thou shalt be joint heir with Him, and has made over all that He is and all that He has to be thine? There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people to make a show-thing of Him, and not to use Him. He loves to be employed by us. The more burdens we put on His shoulders, the more precious will He be to us.

“Let us be simple with Him, then,
Not backward, stiff, or cold,
As though our Bethlehem could be
What Sinai was of old.”

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#throwbackpoem: Mercy and Truth Merges

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Mercy and Truth Merges ~

By Deborah Ann

Mercy and truth have merged,
redemption found on the cross
righteousness and peace kissed
God’s justice cleanses the dross.

Truth was raised from the earth,
from death came resurrection
eternal life rose from the grave
bringing to God reconciliation.

Love looked down from above,
forgiveness imparted to each soul
hope shall make way for His steps
so in Him all can be made whole.

For those who are beholden,
to the Life, Truth and the Way
will jubilantly celebrate
with Jesus in heaven one day.

Mercy and truth came together,
righteousness and peace have kissed
all who by grace through faith believe
will have glorious, eternal bliss!

~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 85:10-12

“Mercy and truth
are met together;

righteousness and peace
have kissed each other.

Truth shall spring
out of the earth;

and righteousness shall
look down from heaven.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 05.03.21

Monday, May 03, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Listen for the Signal

“And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.” ~ 2 Samuel 5:24 ~

There are signs of the Lord’s moving which should move us. The Spirit of God blows where He listeth, and we hear the sound thereof. Then is the time for us to be more than ever astir. We must seize the golden opportunity and make the most we can of it. It is ours to fight the Philistines at all times; but when the Lord Himself goes out before us, then we should be specially valiant in the war.

The breeze stirred the tops of the trees, and David and his men took this for the signal for an onslaught, and at their advance the Lord Himself smote the Philistines. Oh, that this day the Lord may give us an opening to speak for Him with many of our friends! Let us be on the watch to avail ourselves of the hopeful opening when it comes.

Who knows but this may be a day of good tidings; a season of soul-winning. Let us keep our ear open to hear the rustle of the wind and our minds ready to obey the signal. Is not this promise, “Then shall the Lord go out before thee,” a sufficient encouragement to play the man? Since the Lord goes before us, we dare not hold back.

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Today’s Poem: Be Joyful and Prayerful

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Be Joyful and Prayerful ~

By Deborah Ann

Be joyful in hope,
be faithful in prayer
don’t forget to give . . .
Jesus your care.

For to be joyful,
when troubles increase
will make your anxiety
decline and decrease.

Be patient in affliction,
be steadfast and firm
don’t forget to give . . .
Jesus your concern.

For to be diligent,
when problems arise
will help you to keep
your eyes on the prize.

Be joyful and prayerful,
be so ever patient too
and never forget . . .
how much Jesus loves you!

~~~~~~~~~~

Romans 12:12

Rejoicing in hope;
patient in tribulation;
continuing instant
in prayer;

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Romans 12:12

Rejoicing in hope; patient
in tribulation; continuing
instant in prayer;

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 05.03.21

Monday, May 03, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“In the world ye shall have tribulation.”
~
John 16:33 ~

Art thou asking the reason of this, believer? Look upward to thy heavenly Father, and behold Him pure and holy. Dost thou know that thou art one day to be like Him? Wilt thou easily be conformed to His image? Wilt thou not require much refining in the furnace of affliction to purify thee? Will it be an easy thing to get rid of thy corruptions, and make thee perfect even as thy Father which is in heaven is perfect? Next, Christian, turn thine eye downward. Dost thou know what foes thou hast beneath thy feet?

Thou wast once a servant of Satan, and no king will willingly lose his subjects. Dost thou think that Satan will let thee alone? No, he will be always at thee, for he “goeth about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Expect trouble, therefore, Christian, when thou lookest beneath thee. Then look around thee. Where art thou? Thou art in an enemy’s country, a stranger and a sojourner. The world is not thy friend. If it be, then thou art not God’s friend, for he who is the friend of the world is the enemy of God. Be assured that thou shalt find foe-men everywhere. When thou sleepest, think that thou art resting on the battlefield; when thou walkest, suspect an ambush in every hedge.

As mosquitoes are said to bite strangers more than natives, so will the trials of earth be sharpest to you. Lastly, look within thee, into thine own heart and observe what is there. Sin and self are still within. Ah! if thou hadst no devil to tempt thee, no enemies to fight thee, and no world to ensnare thee, thou wouldst still find in thyself evil enough to be a sore trouble to thee, for “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Expect trouble then, but despond not on account of it, for God is with thee to help and to strengthen thee. He hath said, “I will be with thee in trouble; I will deliver thee and honour thee.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 05.02.21

Sunday, May 02, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“These all died in faith.”
~
Hebrews 11:13 ~

Behold the epitaph of all those blessed saints who fell asleep before the coming of our Lord! It matters nothing how else they died, whether of old age, or by violent means; this one point, in which they all agree, is the most worthy of record, “they all died in faith.” In faith they lived—it was their comfort, their guide, their motive and their support; and in the same spiritual grace they died, ending their life-song in the sweet strain in which they had so long continued. They did not die resting in the flesh or upon their own attainments; they made no advance from their first way of acceptance with God, but held to the way of faith to the end. Faith is as precious to die by as to live by.

Dying in faith has distinct reference to the past. They believed the promises which had gone before, and were assured that their sins were blotted out through the mercy of God. Dying in faith has to do with the present. These saints were confident of their acceptance with God, they enjoyed the beams of His love, and rested in His faithfulness. Dying in faith looks into the future. They fell asleep, affirming that the Messiah would surely come, and that when He would in the last days appear upon the earth, they would rise from their graves to behold Him. To them the pains of death were but the birth-pangs of a better state.

Take courage, my soul, as thou readest this epitaph. Thy course, through grace, is one of faith, and sight seldom cheers thee; this has also been the pathway of the brightest and the best. Faith was the orbit in which these stars of the first magnitude moved all the time of their shining here; and happy art thou that it is thine. Look anew to-night to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith, and thank Him for giving thee like precious faith with souls now in glory.

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#throwbackpoem: The Righteous Hands Of God

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Righteous Hands Of God ~

By Deborah Ann

God hands are righteous,
mighty and powerful
they’re loving and kind
and oh, so merciful.

His hands laid out,
the earth’s foundation
preparing the way
for eternal salvation.

His hands upholds,
those who are afraid
so they needn’t be
fearful or dismayed.

His hands are strong,
they provide protection
to those who seek
wisdom and direction.

His hands are etched,
with the names of those
who through grace by faith
redemption in Jesus choose.

Out of God’s hands,
no one can be snatched
for onto our souls . . .
His fingers are latched!

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Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help
thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the
right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 49:16

Behold, I have graven thee
upon the palms of my hands; t
hy walls are continually before me.

John 10:28

And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them
out of my hand.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 05.02.21

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Spiritual Sowing

“He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
~ Galatians 6:8 ~

Sowing looks like a losing business, for we put good corn into the ground never to see it anymore. Sowing to the Spirit seems a very fanciful, dreamy business; for we deny ourselves and apparently get nothing for it. Yet if we sow to the Spirit by studying to live unto God, seeking to obey the will of God, and laying ourselves out to promote His honor, we shall not sow in vain.

Life shall be our reward, even everlasting life. This we enjoy here as we enter into the knowledge of God, communion with God, and enjoyment of God. This life flows on like an ever-deepening, ever-widening river till it bears us to the ocean of infinite felicity, where the life of God is ours forever and ever.

Let us not this day sow to our flesh, for the harvest will be corruption, since flesh always tends that way; but with holy self-conquest let us live for the highest, purest, and most spiritual ends, seeking to honor our most holy Lord by obeying His most gracious Spirit. What a harvest will that be when we reap life everlasting! What sheaves of endless bliss will be reaped! What a festival will that harvest be! Lord, make us such reapers, for thy Son’s sake.

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Today’s Poem: Trust And Be Still

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Trust and Be Still ~

By Deborah Ann

Trust and Be Still ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

So many desires,
so many petitions
so many asking
God for provisions.

So many needing,
answer to prayers
so many wondering
if God really cares.

So many wanting,
to know if God hears
so many discouraged
by all of their fears.

So many requests,
to have an answer
so many let doubt
spread like cancer.

So many petitions,
for knowing God’s will
so little confidence . . .
to trust and be still!

~~~~~~~

1 John 5:14-15

“And this is the confidence
that we have in him, that,
if we ask any thing according
to his will, he heareth us:

And if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask, we know
that we have the petitions
that we desired of him.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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1 John 5:14-15

And this is the confidence
that we have in him, that,
if we ask any thing according
to his will, he heareth us:

And if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask, we know
that we have the petitions
that we desired of him.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 05.02.21

Sunday, May 02, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I pray not that Thou shouldst take them out of the world.” ~John 17:15 ~

It is a sweet and blessed event which will occur to all believers in God’s own time—the going home to be with Jesus. In a few more years the Lord’s soldiers, who are now fighting “the good fight of faith” will have done with conflict, and have entered into the joy of their Lord. But although Christ prays that His people may eventually be with Him where He is, He does not ask that they may be taken at once away from this world to heaven. He wishes them to stay here.

Yet how frequently does the wearied pilgrim put up the prayer, “O that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away and be at rest;” but Christ does not pray like that, He leaves us in His Father’s hands, until, like shocks of corn fully ripe, we shall each be gathered into our Master’s garner. Jesus does not plead for our instant removal by death, for to abide in the flesh is needful for others if not profitable for ourselves. He asks that we may be kept from evil, but He never asks for us to be admitted to the inheritance in glory till we are of full age. Christians often want to die when they have any trouble.

Ask them why, and they tell you, “Because we would be with the Lord.” We fear it is not so much because they are longing to be with the Lord, as because they desire to get rid of their troubles; else they would feel the same wish to die at other times when not under the pressure of trial. They want to go home, not so much for the Saviour’s company, as to be at rest. Now it is quite right to desire to depart if we can do it in the same spirit that Paul did, because to be with Christ is far better, but the wish to escape from trouble is a selfish one. Rather let your care and wish be to glorify God by your life here as long as He pleases, even though it be in the midst of toil, and conflict, and suffering, and leave Him to say when “it is enough.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 05.01.21

Saturday, May 01, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I am the rose of Sharon.”
~
Song of Solomon 2:1 ~

Whatever there may be of beauty in the material world, Jesus Christ possesses all that in the spiritual world in a tenfold degree. Amongst flowers the rose is deemed the sweetest, but Jesus is infinitely more beautiful in the garden of the soul than the rose can in the gardens of earth. He takes the first place as the fairest among ten thousand. He is the sun, and all others are the stars; the heavens and the day are dark in comparison with Him, for the King in His beauty transcends all. “I am the rose of Sharon.”

This was the best and rarest of roses. Jesus is not “the rose” alone, He is “the rose of Sharon,” just as He calls His righteousness “gold,” and then adds, “the gold of Ophir”—the best of the best. He is positively lovely, and superlatively the loveliest. There is variety in His charms. The rose is delightful to the eye, and its scent is pleasant and refreshing; so each of the senses of the soul, whether it be the taste or feeling, the hearing, the sight, or the spiritual smell, finds appropriate gratification in Jesus. Even the recollection of His love is sweet. Take the rose of Sharon, and pull it leaf from leaf, and lay by the leaves in the jar of memory, and you shall find each leaf fragrant long afterwards, filling the house with perfume.

Christ satisfies the highest taste of the most educated spirit to the very full. The greatest amateur in perfumes is quite satisfied with the rose: and when the soul has arrived at her highest pitch of true taste, she shall still be content with Christ, nay, she shall be the better able to appreciate Him. Heaven itself possesses nothing which excels the rose of Sharon. What emblem can fully set forth His beauty? Human speech and earth-born things fail to tell of Him. Earth’s choicest charms commingled, feebly picture His abounding preciousness. Blessed rose, bloom in my heart for ever!

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#throwbackpoem: No One But Jesus

to GOD be the GLORY

~ No One But Jesus ~

By Deborah Ann

No one but Jesus,
can save you . . .
no one besides
can you go to.

No one else,
can deliver you . . .
no one other
love is this true.

No one but Jesus,
can offer liberty . . .
no one otherwise
can end your misery.

No one else,
just Jesus alone . . .
no one other
your sin’s can atone.

No, not one,
no god made by man
can save you . . .
only Jesus can!

~~~~~~

Psalm 55:16

As for me, I will call upon God;
and the Lord shall save me.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 05.01.21

Saturday, May 01, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Full of Song

“The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
~ Isaiah 55:12 ~

When sin is pardoned, our greatest sorrow is ended, and our truest pleasure begins. Such is the joy which the Lord bestows upon His reconciled ones, that it overflows and fills all nature with delight. The material world has latent music in it, and a renewed heart knows how to bring it out and make it vocal.

Creation is the organ, and a gracious man finds out its keys, lays his hand thereon, and wakes the whole system of the universe to the harmony of praise. Mountains and hills, and other great objects, are, as it were, the bass of the chorus; while the trees of the wood, and all things that have life, take up the air of the melodious song.

When God’s Word is made to prosper among us and souls are saved, then everything seems full of song. When we hear the confessions of young believers and the testimonies of well-instructed saints, we are made so happy that we must praise the Lord, and then it seems as if rocks and hills and woods and fields echo our joy-notes and turn the world into an orchestra. Lord, on this happy May Day, lead me out into thy tuneful world as rich in praise as a lark in full song.

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Today’s Poem: Diligently Seeking

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Diligently Seeking ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, help me each day,
to diligently seek You
let it be Your light in me
I see shinning through.

Give me the dedication,
to study and read
so that in Your Word
I’ll find all that I need.

Lord, help me each day,
to trust in what I believe
give me the patience
so my crown I’ll receive.

Let me have the faith,
most pleasing to You
make me a believer
through and through.

Lord, help me each day,
to wait for Your direction
so that I may be rewarded
with the peace of perfection!

~~~~~~~

Hebrews 11:6

“But without faith
it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must
believe that he is, and that
he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him.”

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 05.01.21

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is
impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder
of them that diligently seek him.

King James Version
by Public Domain

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 05.01.21

Saturday, May 01, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers.”
~
Song of Solomon 5:13 ~

Lo, the flowery month is come! March winds and April showers have done their work, and the earth is all bedecked with beauty. Come my soul, put on thine holiday attire and go forth to gather garlands of heavenly thoughts. Thou knowest whither to betake thyself, for to thee “the beds of spices” are well known, and thou hast so often smelt the perfume of “the sweet flowers,” that thou wilt go at once to thy well-beloved and find all loveliness, all joy in Him.

That cheek once so rudely smitten with a rod, oft bedewed with tears of sympathy and then defiled with spittle—that cheek as it smiles with mercy is as fragrant aromatic to my heart. Thou didst not hide Thy face from shame and spitting, O Lord Jesus, and therefore I will find my dearest delight in praising Thee. Those cheeks were furrowed by the plough of grief, and crimsoned with red lines of blood from Thy thorn-crowned temples; such marks of love unbounded cannot but charm my soul far more than “pillars of perfume.”

If I may not see the whole of His face I would behold His cheeks, for the least glimpse of Him is exceedingly refreshing to my spiritual sense and yields a variety of delights. In Jesus I find not only fragrance, but a bed of spices; not one flower, but all manner of sweet flowers. He is to me my rose and my lily, my heart’s-ease and my cluster of camphire. When He is with me it is May all the year round, and my soul goes forth to wash her happy face in the morning-dew of His grace, and to solace herself with the singing of the birds of His promises. Precious Lord Jesus, let me in very deed know the blessedness which dwells in abiding, unbroken fellowship with Thee. I am a poor worthless one, whose cheek Thou hast deigned to kiss! O let me kiss Thee in return with the kisses of my lips.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 04.30.21

Friday, April 30, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God.”
~ Psalm 139:17 ~

Divine omniscience affords no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation. God is always thinking upon us, never turns aside His mind from us, has us always before His eyes; and this is precisely as we would have it, for it would be dreadful to exist for a moment beyond the observation of our heavenly Father.

His thoughts are always tender, loving, wise, prudent, far-reaching, and they bring to us countless benefits: hence it is a choice delight to remember them. The Lord always did think upon His people: hence their election and the covenant of grace by which their salvation is secured; He always will think upon them: hence their final perseverance by which they shall be brought safely to their final rest. In all our wanderings the watchful glance of the Eternal Watcher is evermore fixed upon us—we never roam beyond the Shepherd’s eye. In our sorrows He observes us incessantly, and not a pang escapes Him; in our toils He marks all our weariness, and writes in His book all the struggles of His faithful ones.

These thoughts of the Lord encompass us in all our paths, and penetrate the innermost region of our being. Not a nerve or tissue, valve or vessel, of our bodily organization is uncared for; all the littles of our little world are thought upon by the great God.
Dear reader, is this precious to you? then hold to it. Never be led astray by those philosophic fools who preach up an impersonal God, and talk of self-existent, self-governing matter. The Lord liveth and thinketh upon us, this is a truth far too precious for us to be lightly robbed of it. The notice of a nobleman is valued so highly that he who has it counts his fortune made; but what is it to be thought of by the King of kings! If the Lord thinketh upon us, all is well, and we may rejoice evermore.

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#throwbackpoem: His Radiant Grace

to GOD be the GLORY

~ His Radiant Grace ~

By Deborah Ann

When Jesus you invite,
into your life . . .
you’ll no longer be filled
with worldly strife.

For His love will fill,
the cold, stony place
that once was your heart
with His radiant grace.

When you decide,
Jesus to follow . . .
you’ll no longer feel
empty and hollow.

For His love will flow,
into the recesses
of a heart once filled
with worldly excesses.

When you accept Jesus,
as the Life of your soul
satan will no longer . . .
over you have control!

~~~~~~~~~

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion
over you: for ye are not under
the law, but under grace.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 04.30.21

C_H__SpurgeonFriday, April 30, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The Overcomer’s Reward

“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”
~ Revelation 2:17 ~

My heart, be thou stirred up to persevere in the holy war, for the reward of victory is great. Today we eat of heavenly food which falls about our camps; the food of the wilderness, the food which comes from heaven, the food which never fails the pilgrims to Canaan. But there is reserved for us in Christ Jesus a still higher degree of spiritual life and a food for it which, as yet, is hidden from our experience.

In the golden pot which was laid up in the ark there was a portion of manna hidden away, which though kept for ages never grew stale. No one ever saw it; it was hid with the Ark of the Covenant, in the Holy of Holies. Even so, the highest life of the believer is hid with Christ, in God. We shall come to it soon, Being made victorious through the grace of our Lord Jesus, we shall eat of the King’s meat and feed upon royal dainties. We shall feed upon Jesus. He is our “hidden manna,” as well as the manna of the wilderness.

He is all in all to us in our highest, as well as in our lowest, estate. He helps us to fight, gives us the victory, and then is Himself our reward. Lord, help me to overcome.

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Today’s Poem: Order In The House

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Order In The House ~

By Deborah Ann

If we are to have,
order in the house
our understanding
we need to rouse.

For we need to build,
upon Godly wisdom
keeping heaven
right within our vision.

Then our homes,
will be full of pleasure
as we come to realize
our eternal treasure.

If we are to have,
our house in order
each room needs to be
without a border.

For when our walls,
come tumbling down
inside our hearts
our Savior is found!

~~~~~~~~~

Proverbs 24:3

“Through wisdom is an house builded;
and by understanding it is established:”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 04.30.21

Ephesians 4:15

But speaking the truth in love,
may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ:

King James Version
by Public Domain

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