Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 04.01.20

C_H__SpurgeonWednesday, April 01, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“It is time to seek the Lord.”
~ Hosea 10:12 ~

This month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb aperio, which signifies to open, because all the buds and blossoms are now opening, and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery year. Reader, if you are yet unsaved, may your heart, in accord with the universal awakening of nature, be opened to receive the Lord. Every blossoming flower warns you that it is time to seek the Lord; be not out of tune with nature, but let your heart bud and bloom with holy desires.

Do you tell me that the warm blood of youth leaps in your veins? then, I entreat you, give your vigour to the Lord. It was my unspeakable happiness to be called in early youth, and I could fain praise the Lord every day for it. Salvation is priceless, let it come when it may, but oh! an early salvation has a double value in it. Young men and maidens, since you may perish ere you reach your prime, “It is time to seek the Lord.” Ye who feel the first signs of decay, quicken your pace: that hollow cough, that hectic flush, are warnings which you must not trifle with; with you it is indeed time to seek the Lord. Did I observe a little grey mingled with your once luxurious tresses? Years are stealing on apace, and death is drawing nearer by hasty marches, let each return of spring arouse you to set your house in order.

Dear reader, if you are now advanced in life, let me entreat and implore you to delay no longer. There is a day of grace for you now—be thankful for that, but it is a limited season and grows shorter every time that clock ticks. Here in this silent chamber, on this first night of another month, I speak to you as best I can by paper and ink, and from my inmost soul, as God’s servant, I lay before you this warning, “It is time to seek the Lord.” Slight not that work, it may be your last call from destruction, the final syllable from the lip of grace.

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 04.01.20

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The King’s Highway

“The wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”
~ Isaiah 35:8 ~

The way of holiness is so straight and plain that the simplest minds cannot go astray if they constantly follow it. The worldly wise have many twists and turns, and yet they make terrible blunders and generally miss their end. Worldly policy is a poor, shortsighted thing, and when men choose it as their road, it leads them over dark mountains. Gracious minds know no better than to do as the Lord bids them; but this keeps them in the King’s highway and under royal protection.

Let the reader never for a moment attempt to help himself out of a difficulty by a falsehood or by a questionable act; but let him keep in the middle of the high road of truth and integrity, and he will be following the best possible course. In our lives we must never practice circular sailing nor dream of shuffling. Be just and fear not, Follow Jesus and heed no evil consequences. If the worst of ills could be avoided by wrongdoing, we should, in the very attempt, have fallen into an evil worse than any other ill could be. God’s way must be the very best way. Follow it though men think you a fool, and you will be truly wise.

Lord, lead Thy servants in a plain path because of their enemies.

Today’s Poem: A Fools Mouth

to GOD be the GLORY

~ A Fool’s Mouth ~

By Deborah Ann

A fool could care less,
about knowing God’s will
a fool to his own ways
will never be still.

A fools mouth,
never quits running
a fool doesn’t care
for whom he is gunning.

A fool loves to vent,
rant and to rage
a fool has no real
temperature gage.

A fool despises advice,
other than his own
a fool’s instruction
are always home-grown.

A fools argument,
is fierce and intense
a fools furry is always at
other peoples expense.

A fool doesn’t see,
the need for salvation
A fool can’t believe . . .
Jesus brings redemption!

~~~~~~~~

Proverbs 18:7

“A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
and his lips
are a snare to his soul.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

#throwbackpoem: Forever Strong

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Forever Strong ~

By Deborah Ann

forever-strong-christian-poetry-by-deborah-ann

Sometimes our journey,
seems so hard and long
making it so difficult
to remain being strong.

The pain and the grief,
each day that we face
challenges us daily
to hold on to God’s grace.

Our every single care,
along with what worries us
makes it so very tough
to keep our faith and trust.

The burdens of this life,
weighs us so far down
making it feel as if . . .
God isn’t always around.

Sometimes our journey,
can be hard and long
but if we focus on Jesus
we’ll remain forever strong!

~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 40:29

“He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might
he increaseth strength.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 04.01.20

Psalm 14:1

The fool hath said
in his heart, There is no God.
They are corrupt, they have
done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 04.01.20

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth.”
~ Song of Solomon 1:2 ~

For several days we have been dwelling upon the Saviour’s passion, and for some little time to come we shall linger there. In beginning a new month, let us seek the same desires after our Lord as those which glowed in the heart of the elect spouse.

See how she leaps at once to Him; there are no prefatory words; she does not even mention His name; she is in the heart of her theme at once, for she speaks of Him who was the only Him in the world to her. How bold is her love! it was much condescension which permitted the weeping penitent to anoint His feet with spikenard—it was rich love which allowed the gentle Mary to sit at His feet and learn of Him—but here, love, strong, fervent love, aspires to higher tokens of regard, and closer signs of fellowship.

Esther trembled in the presence of Ahasuerus, but the spouse in joyful liberty of perfect love knows no fear. If we have received the same free spirit, we also may ask the like. By kisses we suppose to be intended those varied manifestations of affection by which the believer is made to enjoy the love of Jesus. The kiss of reconciliation we enjoyed at our conversion, and it was sweet as honey dropping from the comb.

The kiss of acceptance is still warm on our brow, as we know that He hath accepted our persons and our works through rich grace. The kiss of daily, present communion, is that which we pant after to be repeated day after day, till it is changed into the kiss of reception, which removes the soul from earth, and the kiss of consummation which fills it with the joy of heaven.

Faith is our walk, but fellowship sensibly felt is our rest. Faith is the road, but communion with Jesus is the well from which the pilgrim drinks. O lover of our souls, be not strange to us; let the lips of Thy blessing meet the lips of our asking; let the lips of Thy fulness touch the lips of our need, and straightway the kiss will be effected.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.31.20

C_H__SpurgeonTuesday, March 31, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.”
~ 2 Samuel 21:10 ~

If the love of a woman to her slain sons could make her prolong her mournful vigil for so long a period, shall we weary of considering the sufferings of our blessed Lord? She drove away the birds of prey, and shall not we chase from our meditations those worldly and sinful thoughts which defile both our minds and the sacred themes upon which we are occupied? Away, ye birds of evil wing! Leave ye the sacrifice alone! She bore the heats of summer, the night dews and the rains, unsheltered and alone. Sleep was chased from her weeping eyes: her heart was too full for slumber. Behold how she loved her children! Shall Rizpah thus endure, and shall we start at the first little inconvenience or trial?

Are we such cowards that we cannot bear to suffer with our Lord? She chased away even the wild beasts, with courage unusual in her sex, and will not we be ready to encounter every foe for Jesus’ sake? These her children were slain by other hands than hers, and yet she wept and watched: what ought we to do who have by our sins crucified our Lord? Our obligations are boundless, our love should be fervent and our repentance thorough.

To watch with Jesus should be our business, to protect His honour our occupation, to abide by His cross our solace. Those ghastly corpses might well have affrighted Rizpah, especially by night, but in our Lord, at whose cross-foot we are sitting, there is nothing revolting, but everything attractive. Never was living beauty so enchanting as a dying Saviour. Jesus, we will watch with Thee yet awhile, and do Thou graciously unveil Thyself to us; then shall we not sit beneath sackcloth, but in a royal pavilion.

#throwbackpoem: On Tranquil Seas

to GOD be the GLORY

~ On Tranquil Seas ~

By Deborah Ann

Smooth Sailing ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

On tranquil seas,
I wish to sail . . .
sans any storm
or gathering gale.

Smoothing sailing,
is all I want
no rough waters
to leave me gaunt.

Just blissful calm,
nothing more
no raging waves
breaking ashore.

Peaceful days,
restful nights
no disturbances
in which to fight.

But, this I know,
Lord can’t be true
so I’ll just sail . . .
in closer to You!

~~~~~~~

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 03.31.20

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Presence of Mind

“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
~ Proverbs 3:25-26 ~

When God is abroad in judgments, He would not have His people alarmed. He has not come forth to harm but to defend the righteous.

He would have them manifest courage. We who enjoy the presence of God ought to display presence of mind. Since the Lord Himself may suddenly come, we ought not to be surprised at anything sudden. Serenity under the rush and roar of unexpected evils is a precious gift of divine love.

The Lord would have His chosen display discrimination so that they may see that the desolation of the wicked is not a real calamity to the universe. Sin alone is evil; the punishment which follows thereupon is as a preserving salt to keep society from putrefying. We should be far more shocked at the sin which deserves hell than at the hell which comes out of sin.

So, too, should the Lord’s people exhibit great quietness of spirit. Satan and his serpent seed are full of all subtlety; but those who walk with God shall not be taken in their deceitful snares. Go on, believer in Jesus, and let the Lord be thy confidence.

Today’s Poem: Wounded

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Wounded ~

By Deborah Ann

Wounded ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Christ Crucified - IBible Verse

Insulted and ridiculed,
poked and made fun of
for me Jesus was affronted
in the name of eternal love.

Bruised for my rebellion,
cursed and spit upon
for my own wickedness
Jesus was severely beaten on.

Wounded for my sins,
whipped and cruelly lashed
for my transgressions
Jesus was brutally slashed.

Pierced and stabbed,
left hanging on the cross
because of me, Jesus became
no better than a pile of dross.

My punishment He took,
my peace, He finally sealed
tis why by His stripes today . . .
my soul to God is healed!

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 53:5-6

“But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 03.31.20

Isaiah 53:5-6

But he was wounded
for our transgressions,
he was bruised
for our iniquities:
the chastisement
of our peace
was upon him;
and with his stripes
we are healed.

All we like sheep have
gone astray;
we have turned every one
to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid
on him the iniquity of us all.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.31.20

C_H__SpurgeonTuesday, March 31, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“With His stripes we are healed.”
~ Isaiah 53:5 ~

Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fearful laceration, and tore off the flesh from the bone. The Saviour was, no doubt, bound to the column, and thus beaten. He had been beaten before; but this of the Roman lictors was probably the most severe of His flagellations. My soul, stand here and weep over His poor stricken body.

Believer in Jesus, can you gaze upon Him without tears, as He stands before you the mirror of agonizing love? He is at once fair as the lily for innocence, and red as the rose with the crimson of His own blood. As we feel the sure and blessed healing which His stripes have wrought in us, does not our heart melt at once with love and grief? If ever we have loved our Lord Jesus, surely we must feel that affection glowing now within our bosoms.

“See how the patient Jesus stands,
Insulted in His lowest case!
Sinners have bound the Almighty’s hands,
And spit in their Creator’s face.
With thorns His temples gor’d and gash’d
Send streams of blood from every part;
His back’s with knotted scourges lash’d.
But sharper scourges tear His heart.”

We would fain go to our chambers and weep; but since our business calls us away, we will first pray our Beloved to print the image of His bleeding self upon the tablets of our hearts all the day, and at nightfall we will return to commune with Him, and sorrow that our sin should have cost Him so dear.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.30.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, March 30, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.”
~ Lamentations 3:40 ~

The spouse who fondly loves her absent husband longs for his return; a long protracted separation from her Lord is a semi-death to her spirit: and so with souls who love the Saviour much, they must see His face, they cannot bear that He should be away upon the mountains of Bether, and no more hold communion with them. A reproaching glance, an uplifted finger will be grievous to loving children, who fear to offend their tender father, and are only happy in his smile. Beloved, it was so once with you. A text of Scripture, a threatening, a touch of the rod of affliction, and you went to your Father’s feet, crying, “Show me wherefore Thou contendest with me?”

Is it so now? Are you content to follow Jesus afar off? Can you contemplate suspended communion with Christ without alarm? Can you bear to have your Beloved walking contrary to you, because you walk contrary to Him? Have your sins separated between you and your God, and is your heart at rest? O let me affectionately warn you, for it is a grievous thing when we can live contentedly without the present enjoyment of the Saviour’s face. Let us labour to feel what an evil thing this is — little love to our own dying Saviour, little joy in our precious Jesus, little fellowship with the Beloved!

Hold a true Lent in your souls, while you sorrow over your hardness of heart. Do not stop at sorrow! Remember where you first received salvation. Go at once to the cross. There, and there only, can you get your spirit quickened. No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead we may have become, let us go again in all the rags and poverty, and defilement of our natural condition. Let us clasp that cross, let us look into those languid eyes, let us bathe in that fountain filled with blood — this will bring back to us our first love; this will restore the simplicity of our faith, and the tenderness of our heart.

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 03.30.20

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Thanksgiving ~ Praise

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything 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.”
~ Philippians 4:6-7 ~

No care but all prayer. No anxiety but much joyful communion with God. Carry your desires to the LORD of your life, the guardian of your soul. Go to Him with two portions of prayer and one of fragrant praise. Do not pray doubtfully but thankfully. Consider that you have your petitions, and therefore thank God for His grace. He is giving you grace; give Him thanks, Hide nothing. Allow no want to lie rankling in your bosom; “make known your requests.” Run not to man. Go only to your God, the Father of Jesus, who loves you in Him.

This shall bring you God’s own peace. You shall not be able to understand the peace which you shall enjoy. It will enfold you in its infinite embrace. Heart and mind through Christ Jesus shall be steeped in a sea of rest. Come life or death, poverty, pain, slander, you shall dwell in Jesus above every rolling wind or darkening cloud. Will you not obey this dear command?

Yes, LORD, I do believe thee; but, I beseech thee, help mine unbelief.

Today’s Bible Verse 03.30.20

Isaiah 53:3-4

He is despised and rejected of men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted
with grief: and we hid as it were our
faces from him; he was despised,
and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken, s
mitten of God, and afflicted.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Today’s Poem: All Because of His Name

to GOD be the GLORY

~ All Because of His Name ~

By Deborah Ann

All Because of His Name ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ photo/creationswap

He who had no fault,
no witness to defame
was declared guilty . . .
all because of His name.

He who broke no law,
nor to Satan did He obey
was crucified to death
for our iniquity that day.

He who did no wrong,
was put to public shame
ridiculed upon the cross
all because of His name.

He who had no sin,
took the punishment for us
with each piercing stab
on Him that was thrust.

He who had no fault,
took our share of blame
so He could forgive all . . .
who call upon His name!

~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 53:2-5

“For he shall grow up before him
as a tender plant, and as a root
out of a dry ground: he hath no
form nor comeliness; and when we
shall see him, there is no beauty
that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted
with grief: and we hid as it were
our faces from him; he was despised,
and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows: yet we
did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised
for our iniquities: the chastisement
of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: Jesus My Rock

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Jesus, My Rock ~

By Deborah Ann

Jesus, my Rock
my salvation, my refuge
with You there is peace
under worries deluge.

You are my strength,
when my own is spent
in You there’s safety
from all that torments.

My God, My Rock,
shield me from evil
protect me from
the world’s upheaval.

Be my earthly guide,
let me not fall prey
to satan’s deceitfulness
and his unrighteous way.

Jesus, My Rock,
on You I will depend
to keep me sheltered
until You come again!

~~~~~~

Psalm 62:7

“In God is my salvation
and my glory:
the rock of my strength,
and my refuge, is in God.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.30.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, March 30, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“He was numbered with the transgressors.”
~ Isaiah 53:12 ~

Why did Jesus suffer Himself to be enrolled amongst sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. In such a character He could the better become their advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the counsellor with the client, nor can they be looked upon in the eye of the law as apart from one another.

Now, when the sinner is brought to the bar, Jesus appears there Himself. He stands to answer the accusation. He points to His side, His hands, His feet, and challenges Justice to bring anything against the sinners whom He represents; He pleads His blood, and pleads so triumphantly, being numbered with them and having a part with them, that the Judge proclaims, “Let them go their way; deliver them from going down into the pit, for He hath found a ransom.”

Our Lord Jesus was numbered with the transgressors in order that they might feel their hearts drawn towards Him. Who can be afraid of one who is written in the same list with us? Surely we may come boldly to Him, and confess our guilt. He who is numbered with us cannot condemn us. Was He not put down in the transgressor’s list that we might be written in the red roll of the saints? He was holy, and written among the holy; we were guilty, and numbered among the guilty;

He transfers His name from yonder list to this black indictment, and our names are taken from the indictment and written in the roll of acceptance, for there is a complete transfer made between Jesus and His people. All our estate of misery and sin Jesus has taken; and all that Jesus has comes to us. His righteousness, His blood, and everything that He hath He gives us as our dowry. Rejoice, believer, in your union to Him who was numbered among the transgressors; and prove that you are truly saved by being manifestly numbered with those who are new creatures in Him.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.29.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, March 29, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I called him, but he gave me no answer.”
~ Song of Solomon 5:6 ~

Prayer sometimes tarrieth, like a petitioner at the gate, until the King cometh forth to fill her bosom with the blessings which she seeketh. The Lord, when he hath given great faith, has been known to try it by long delayings. He has suffered his servants’ voices to echo in their ears as from a brazen sky. They have knocked at the golden gate, but it has remained immovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges. Like Jeremiah, they have cried, “Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.” Thus have true saints continued long in patient waiting without reply, not because their prayers were not vehement, nor because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased him who is a Sovereign, and who gives according to his own pleasure.

If it pleases him to bid our patience exercise itself, shall he not do as he wills with his own! Beggars must not be choosers either as to time, place, or form. But we must be careful not to take delays in prayer for denials: God’s long-dated bills will be punctually honoured; we must not suffer Satan to shake our confidence in the God of truth by pointing to our unanswered prayers.

Unanswered petitions are not unheard. God keeps a file for our prayers—they are not blown away by the wind, they are treasured in the King’s archives. This is a registry in the court of heaven wherein every prayer is recorded. Tried believer, thy Lord hath a tear-bottle in which the costly drops of sacred grief are put away, and a book in which thy holy groanings are numbered. By and by, thy suit shall prevail. Canst thou not be content to wait a little? Will not thy Lord’s time be better than thy time? By and by he will comfortably appear, to thy soul’s joy, and make thee put away the sackcloth and ashes of long waiting, and put on the scarlet and fine linen of full fruition.

#throwbackpoem: Enduring The Storm

to GOD be the GLORY

Enduring The Storm ~

By Deborah Ann

Though the storm outside,
is swirling all about . . .
inside of me there’s not
one single drop of doubt.

For, I know God’s in control,
of the thunder overhead
and there isn’t anything
for me to fear or dread.

The winds may be gusting,
tearing things apart
but, there’s a calming breeze
sweeping through my heart.

For, I know God’s out there,
keeping His eyes on things
and He will give me the strength
to endure the storms He brings.

I do not know just how long,
this storm is going to last . . .
but, my faith will keep me trusting
until its final blast!

~~~~~~~~~

Nahum 1:7

“The Lord is good,
a strong hold in
the day of trouble;
and he knoweth them
that trust in him.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

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