Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.08.20

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.”
~ Psalm 25:5 ~

When the believer has begun with trembling feet to walk in the way of the Lord, he asks to be still led onward like a little child upheld by its parent’s helping hand, and he craves to be further instructed in the alphabet of truth. Experimental teaching is the burden of this prayer. David knew much, but he felt his ignorance, and desired to be still in the Lord’s school: four times over in two verses he applies for a scholarship in the college of grace.

It were well for many professors if instead of following their own devices, and cutting out new paths of thought for themselves, they would enquire for the good old ways of God’s own truth, and beseech the Holy Ghost to give them sanctified understandings and teachable spirits. “For thou art the God of my salvation.” The Three-One Jehovah is the Author and Perfecter of salvation to His people. Reader, is He the God of your salvation? Do you find in the Father’s election, in the Son’s atonement, and in the Spirit’s quickening, all the grounds of your eternal hopes? If so, you may use this as an argument for obtaining further blessings; if the Lord has ordained to save you, surely He will not refuse to instruct you in His ways.

It is a happy thing when we can address the Lord with the confidence which David here manifests, it gives us great power in prayer, and comfort in trial. “On Thee do I wait all the day.” Patience is the fair handmaid and daughter of faith; we cheerfully wait when we are certain that we shall not wait in vain. It is our duty and our privilege to wait upon the Lord in service, in worship, in expectancy, in trust all the days of our life. Our faith will be tried faith, and if it be of the true kind, it will bear continued trial without yielding. We shall not grow weary of waiting upon God if we remember how long and how graciously He once waited for us.

#throwbackpoem: Peace Jesus Gives

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Peace Jesus Gives ~

By Deborah Ann

Peace Jesus gives,
to all who seek
no matter if . . .
mighty or weak.

For in peace He came,
so we could find
peace to guard and keep
both heart and mind.

Peace Jesus offers,
to all who inquire
if it is truly . . .
their heart’s desire.

For He promises,
peace perfect
to minds on Him
that reflect.

Peace Jesus left,
for all of us
now we must . . .
in this trust!

~~~~~~

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.

Isaiah 26:3

Thou wilt keep him in
perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed
on thee: because
he trusteth in thee.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.08.20

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


An Angel Encampment

“The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
~ Psalm 34:7 ~

We cannot see the angels, but it is enough that they can see us. There is one great Angel of the Covenant, whom not having seen we love, and His eye is always upon us both day and night. He has a host of holy ones under Him, and He causes these to be watchers over His saints and to guard them from all ill. If devils do us mischief, shining ones do us service.

Note that the Lord of angels does not come and go and pay us transient visits, but He and His armies encamp around us. The headquarters of the army of salvation is where those live whose trust is in the living God. This camp surrounds the faithful so that they cannot be attacked from any quarter unless the adversary can break through the entrenchments of the Lord of angels. We have a fixed protection, a permanent watch.

Sentineled by the messengers of God, we shall not be surprised by sudden assaults nor swallowed up by overwhelming forces. Deliverance is promised in this verse—deliverance by the great Captain of our salvation, and that deliverance we shall obtain again and again until our warfare is accomplished and we exchange the field of conflict for the home of rest.

Today’s Poem: Forever Grateful

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Forever Grateful ~

By Deborah Ann

I am thankful,
I am blessed
for I have found
in Jesus rest.

I am content,
I am delighted
for in my life . . .
Jesus I invited.

I am grateful,
I am satisfied
for in Jesus
I am purified.

I am loved,
I am at peace
for Jesus brings
my soul release.

I am blessed,
I am thankful
to Jesus, I am
forever grateful!

~~~~~~

Psalm 138:1

“I will praise thee
with my whole heart:
before the gods will
I sing praise unto thee.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 07.08.20

Psalm 138:2

I will worship toward
thy holy temple, and
praise thy name for
thy lovingkindness
and for thy truth:
for thou hast magnified
thy word above
all thy name.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.08.20

C_H__SpurgeonWednesday, July 08, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Tell me I pray thee wherein thy great strength lieth.”
~ Judges 16:6 ~

Where lies the secret strength of faith? It lies in the food it feeds on; for faith studies what the promise is—an emanation of divine grace, an overflowing of the great heart of God; and faith says, “My God could not have given this promise, except from love and grace; therefore it is quite certain His Word will be fulfilled.” Then faith thinketh, “Who gave this promise?”

It considereth not so much its greatness, as, “Who is the author of it?” She remembers that it is God who cannot lie—God omnipotent, God immutable; and therefore concludeth that the promise must be fulfilled; and forward she advances in this firm conviction. She remembereth, why the promise was given,—namely, for God’s glory, and she feels perfectly sure that God’s glory is safe, that He will never stain His own escutcheon, nor mar the lustre of His own crown; and therefore the promise must and will stand. Then faith also considereth the amazing work of Christ as being a clear proof of the Father’s intention to fulfil His word. “He that spared not His own Son, but freely delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

Moreover faith looks back upon the past, for her battles have strengthened her, and her victories have given her courage. She remembers that God never has failed her; nay, that He never did once fail any of His children. She recollecteth times of great peril, when deliverance came; hours of awful need, when as her day her strength was found, and she cries, “No, I never will be led to think that He can change and leave His servant now. Hitherto the Lord hath helped me, and He will help me still.” Thus faith views each promise in its connection with the promise-giver, and, because she does so, can with assurance say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life!”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.07.20

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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“When I passed by thee, I said unto thee, Live.”
~ Ezekiel 16:6 ~

Saved one, consider gratefully this mandate (of mercy. Note that this fiat of God is majestic. In our text, we perceive a sinner with nothing in him but sin, expecting nothing but wrath; but the eternal Lord passes by in His glory; l He looks. He pauses, and He pronounces the solitary but royal word, “Live.” There speaks a God. Who but He could venture thus to deal with life and dispense it with a single syllable? Again, this fiat is manifold. When He saith “Live,” it includes many things. Here is judicial life. The sinner is ready to be condemned, but the mighty One saith, “Live,” and he rises pardoned and absolved. It is spiritual life.

We knew not Jesus—our eyes could not see Christ, our ears could not hear His voice—Jehovah said “Live,” and we were quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins. Moreover, it includes glory-life, which is the perfection of spiritual life. “I said unto thee, Live:” and that word rolls on through all the years of time till death comes, and in the midst of the shadows of death, the Lord’s voice is still heard, “Live!” In the morning of the resurrection it is that self-same voice which is echoed by the arch-angel, “Live,” and as holy spirits rise to heaven to be blest for ever in the glory of their God, it is in the power of this same word, “Live.”

Note again, that it is an irresistible mandate. Saul of Tarsus is on the road to Damascus to arrest the saints of the living God. A voice is heard from heaven and a light is seen above the brightness of the sun, and Saul is crying out, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” This mandate is a mandate of free grace. When sinners are saved, it is only and solely because God will do it to magnify His free, unpurchased, unsought grace. Christians, see your position, debtors to grace; show your gratitude by earnest, Christlike lives, and as God has bidden you live, see to it that you live in earnest.

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.07.20

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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


A Mountain Choir

“Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.”
~ Isaiah 49:13 ~

So sweet are the comforts of the Lord, that not only the saints themselves may sing of them, but even the heavens and the earth may take up the song. It takes something to make a mountain sing; and yet the prophet summons quite a choir of them. Lebanon, and Sirion, and the high hills of Bashan and Moab, He would set them all singing because of Jehovah’s grace to His own Zion. May we not also make mountains of difficulty, and trial, and mystery, and labor become occasions for praise unto our God? “Break forth into singing, O mountains!”

This word of promise, that our God will have mercy upon His afflicted, has a whole peal of bells connected with it. Hear their music—”Sing!” “Be joyful!” “Break forth into singing.” The Lord would have His people happy because of His unfailing love. He would not have us sad and doubtful; He claims from us the worship of believing hearts. He cannot fail us: why should we sigh or sulk as if He would do so? Oh, for a well-tuned harp! Oh, for voices like those of the cherubim before the throne!

Today’s Poem: The Perfect Way of God

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Perfect Way of God ~

By Deborah Ann

God’s way is perfect,
it leads to His Son
where grace and forgiveness
is offered to everyone.

God’s way is peaceful,
if you trust and believe
God’s mercy and favor
for yours sins you’ll receive.

God’s way is righteous,
it is tried and true
it’s where you will find
why Jesus died for you.

God’s way is direct,
it is holy and straight
leading all who follow it
through the narrow gate.

God’s way is perfect,
it leads to salvation
removing the curse . . .
of eternal damnation!

~~~~

Psalm 18:30

“As for God, his way is perfect:
the word of the Lord is tried:
he is a buckler to all those
that trust in him.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 07.07.20

Psalm 18:30

As for God, his way is perfect:
the word of the Lord is tried:
he is a buckler to all those
that trust in him.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.07.20

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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Brethren, pray for us.”
~1 Thessalonians 5:25 ~

This one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader’s memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly implore every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us. Brethren, our work is Solemnly momentous, involving weal or woe to thousands; we treat with souls for God on eternal business, and our word is either a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death.

A very heavy responsibility rests upon us, and it will be no small mercy if at the last we be found clear of the blood of all men. As officers in Christ’s army, we are the especial mark of the enmity of men and devils; they watch for our halting, and labour to take us by the heels. Our sacred calling involves us in temptations from which you are exempt, above all it too often draws us away from our personal enjoyment of truth into a ministerial and official consideration of it. We meet with many knotty cases, and our wits are at a non plus; we observe very sad backslidings, and our hearts are wounded; we see millions perishing, and our spirits sink. We wish to profit you by our preaching; we desire to be blest to your children; we long to be useful both to saints and sinners; therefore, dear friends, intercede for us with our God.

Miserable men are we if we miss the aid of your prayers, but happy are we if we live in your supplications. You do not look to us but to our Master for spiritual blessings, and yet how many times has He given those blessings through His ministers; ask then, again and again, that we may be the earthen vessels into which the Lord may put the treasure of the gospel. We, the whole company of missionaries, ministers, city missionaries, and students, do in the name of Jesus beseech you . . .

“BRETHREN, PRAY FOR US.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.06.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, July 06, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“How many are mine iniquities and sins?”
~
Job 13:23 ~

Have you ever really weighed and considered how great the sin of God’s people is? Think how heinous is your own transgression, and you will find that not only does a sin here and there tower up like an alp, but that your iniquities are heaped upon each other, as in the old fable of the giants who piled Pelian upon Ossa, mountain upon mountain. What an aggregate of sin there is in the life of one of the most sanctified of God’s children! Attempt to multiply this, the sin of one only, by the multitude of the redeemed, “a number which no man can number,” and you will have some conception of the great mass of the guilt of the people for whom Jesus shed His blood.

But we arrive at a more adequate idea of the magnitude of sin by the greatness of the remedy provided. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only and well-beloved Son. God’s Son! Angels cast their crowns before Him! All the choral symphonies of heaven surround His glorious throne. “God over all, blessed for ever. Amen.” And yet He takes upon Himself the form of a servant, and is scourged and pierced, bruised and torn, and at last slain; since nothing but the blood of the incarnate Son of God could make atonement for our offences. No human mind can adequately estimate the infinite value of the divine sacrifice, for great as is the sin of God’s people, the atonement which takes it away is immeasurably greater.

Therefore, the believer, even when sin rolls like a black flood, and the remembrance of the past is bitter, can yet stand before the blazing throne of the great and holy God, and cry, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea rather, that hath risen again.” While the recollection of his sin fills him with shame and sorrow, he at the same time makes it a foil to show the brightness of mercy—guilt is the dark night in which the fair star of divine love shines with serene splendour.

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.06.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, July 06, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


His Love; His Gift; His Son

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
~ John 3:16 ~

Of all the stars in the sky, the polestar is the most useful to the mariner. This text is a polestar, for it has guided more souls to salvation than any other Scripture. It is among promises what the Great Bear is among constellations.

Several words in it shine with peculiar brilliance. Here we have God’s love with a “so” to it, which marks its measureless greatness. Then we have God’s gift in all its freeness and greatness. This also is God’s Son, that unique and priceless gift of a love which could never fully show itself till heaven’s Only-begotten had been sent to live and die for men. These three points are full of light.

Then there is the simple requirement of believing, which graciously points to a way of salvation suitable for guilty men. This is backed by a wide description—”whosoever believeth in him.” Many have found room in “whosoever” who would have felt themselves shut out by a narrower word. Then comes the great promise, that believers in Jesus shall not perish but have everlasting life. This is cheering to every man who feels that he is ready to perish and that he cannot save himself. We believe in the Lord Jesus, and we have eternal life.

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.06.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, July 06, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
~
Proverbs 1:33 ~

Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it I shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, He punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while He did this, He took care that His own chosen ones should be secure.

If all other brooks are dry, yet shall there be one reserved for Elijah; and when that fails, God shall still preserve for him a place of sustenance; nay, not only so, the Lord had not simply one “Elijah,” but He had a remnant according to the election of grace, who were hidden by fifties in a cave, and though the whole land was subject to famine, yet these fifties in the cave were fed, and fed from Ahab’s table too by His faithful, God-fearing steward, Obadiah. Let us from this draw the inference, that come what may, God’s people are safe. Let convulsions shake the solid earth, let the skies themselves be rent in twain, yet amid the wreck of worlds the believer shall be as secure as in the calmest hour of rest.

If God cannot save His people under heaven, He will save them in heaven. If the world becomes too hot to hold them, then heaven shall be the place of their reception and their safety. Be ye then confident, when ye hear of wars, and rumours of wars. Let no agitation distress you, but be quiet from fear of evil. Whatsoever cometh upon the earth, you, beneath the broad wings of Jehovah, shall be secure. Stay yourself upon His promise; rest in His faithfulness, and bid defiance to the blackest future, for there is nothing in it direful for you. Your sole concern should be to show forth to the world the blessedness of hearkening to the voice of wisdom.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.05.20

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Sunday, July 05, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”
~
Isaiah 26:4 ~

Seeing that we have such a God to trust to, let us rest upon Him with all our weight; let us resolutely drive out all unbelief, and endeavour to get rid of doubts and fears, which so much mar our comfort; since there is no excuse for fear where God is the foundation of our trust. A loving parent would be sorely grieved if his child could not trust him; and how ungenerous, how unkind is our conduct when we put so little confidence in our heavenly Father who has never failed us, and who never will.

It were well if doubting were banished from the household of God; but it is to be feared that old Unbelief is as nimble nowadays as when the psalmist asked, “Is His mercy clean gone for ever? Will He be favourable no more?” David had not made any very lengthy trial of the mighty sword of the giant Goliath, and yet he said, “There is none like it.” He had tried it once in the hour of his youthful victory, and it had proved itself to be of the right metal, and therefore he praised it ever afterwards; even so should we speak well of our God, there is none like unto Him in the heaven above or the earth beneath; “To whom then will ye liken Me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.”

There is no rock like unto the rock of Jacob, our enemies themselves being judges. So far from suffering doubts to live in our hearts, we will take the whole detestable crew, as Elijah did the prophets of Baal, and slay them over the brook; and for a stream to kill them at, we will select the sacred torrent which wells forth from our Saviour’s wounded side. We have been in many trials, but we have never yet been cast where we could not find in our God all that we needed. Let us then be encouraged to trust in the Lord for ever, assured that His ever lasting strength will be, as it has been, our succour and stay.

#throwbackpoem: May You Be At Peace

to GOD be the GLORY

~ May You Be At Peace ~

By Deborah Ann

May you be at peace,
all times, in every way
may you take heart knowing
God sends new mercies each day.

May you be anxious for naught,
nor about one single thing
may you feel the calming
only a Savior can bring.

May your mind be fixed,
on a God worth trusting
may you find your tranquility
in things everlasting.

May you lie down and sleep,
with dreams of green pastures
may you find peace
as your heart Jesus captures!

~~~~~~~~~

2 Thessalonians 3:16

“Now the Lord of peace himself
give you peace always by all means.
The Lord be with you all.

Numbers 6:26

“The Lord lift up his
countenance upon thee,
and give thee peace.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.05.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, July 05, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Complete Deliverance

“But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.”
~
Jeremiah 39:17 ~

When the Lord’s faithful ones are suffering for Him, they shall have sweet messages of love from Himself, and sometimes they shall have glad tidings for those who sympathize with them and help them. Ebed-melech was only a despised Ethiopian, but he was kind to Jeremiah, and so the Lord sent him this special promise by the mouth of His prophet. Let us be ever mindful of God’s persecuted servants, and He will reward us.

Ebed-melech was to be delivered from the men whose vengeance he feared. He was a humble… man, but Jehovah would take care of him. Thousands were slain by the Chaldeans, but [he] could not be hurt. We, too, may be fearful of some great ones who are bitter against us; but if we have been faithful to the Lord’s cause in the hour of persecution, He will be faithful to us.

After all, what can a man do without the Lord’s permission? He puts a bit into the mouth of rage and a bridle upon the head of power. Let us fear the Lord, and we shall have no one else to fear. No cup of cold water given to a despised prophet of God shall be without its reward; and if we stand up for Jesus, Jesus will stand up for us.

Today’s Poem: I’ll Praise God No Matter What

to GOD be the GLORY

~ I’ll Praise Him No Matter What ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, I’ll praise You in the quietness,
when my soul is at rest
I’ll praise You in the tranquil times
when I’m feeling oh, so blessed.

I’ll praise You while in the valley,
when my spirit is feeling low
I’ll praise You in darker times
when I’m not sure which way to go.

I’ll praise You from the mountain top,
when my heart with You is right
I’ll praise You for each victory
when I’m soaking in Your light.

I’ll praise You in the gusts that blow,
when my soul is tossed about
I’ll praise You in the stormy sea
when I am struggling with doubt.

Lord, I’ll praise You no matter what,
be it I am blessed or stressed
I will praise You regardless . . .
if  I am anxious or at rest!

~~~~~~~~

Psalm 46:1-3

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear,
though the earth be removed,

and though the mountains be
carried into the midst of the sea;

though the waters thereof
roar and be troubled,

though the mountains shake
with the swelling thereof. Selah.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 07.05.20

Isaiah 12:4

And in that day shall ye say,
Praise the Lord, call upon his
name, declare his doings
among the people,
make mention that his
name is exalted.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.05.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, July 05, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Called to be saints.”
~ Romans 1:7 ~

We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were “saints” in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are “saints” whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject to the same weaknesses and temptations as ourselves. Yet in so doing we are forgetful of this truth, that the nearer a man lives to God the more intensely has he to mourn over his own evil heart; and the more his Master honours him in His service, the more also doth the evil of the flesh vex and tease him day by day.

The fact is, if we had seen the apostle Paul, we should have thought him remarkably like the rest of the chosen family: and if we had talked with him, we should have said, “We find that his experience and ours are much the same. He is more faithful, more holy, and more deeply taught than we are, but he has the selfsame trials to endure. Nay, in some respects he is more sorely tried than ourselves.” Do not, then, look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from infirmities or sins; and do not regard them with that mystic reverence which will almost make us idolators. Their holiness is attainable even by us. We are “called to be saints” by that same voice which constrained them to their high vocation.

It is a Christian’s duty to force his way into the inner circle of saintship; and if these saints were superior to us in their attainments, as they certainly were, let us follow them; let us emulate their ardour and holiness. We have the same light that they had, the same grace is accessible to us, and why should we rest satisfied until we have equalled them in heavenly character? They lived with Jesus, they lived for Jesus, therefore they grew like Jesus. Let us live by the same Spirit as they did, “looking unto Jesus,” and our saintship will soon be apparent.

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