Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.24.20

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.”
~ Proverbs 24:33, 34 ~

The worst of sluggards only ask for a little slumber; they would be indignant if they were accused of thorough idleness. A little folding of the hands to sleep is all they crave, and they have a crowd of reasons to show that this indulgence is a very proper one. Yet by these littles the day ebbs out, and the time for labour is all gone, and the field is grown over with thorns. It is by little procrastinations that men ruin their souls.

They have no intention to delay for years—a few months will bring the more convenient season—to-morrow if you will, they will attend to serious things; but the present hour is so occupied and altogether so unsuitable, that they beg to be excused. Like sands from an hour-glass, time passes, life is wasted by driblets, and seasons of grace lost by little slumbers. Oh, to be wise, to catch the flying hour, to use the moments on the wing! May the Lord teach us this sacred wisdom, for otherwise a poverty of the worst sort awaits us, eternal poverty which shall want even a drop of water, and beg for it in vain. Like a traveller steadily pursuing his journey, poverty overtakes the slothful, and ruin overthrows the undecided: each hour brings the dreaded pursuer nearer; he pauses not by the way, for he is on his master’s business and must not tarry.

As an armed man enters with authority and power, so shall want come to the idle, and death to the impenitent, and there will be no escape. O that men were wise be-times, and would seek diligently unto the Lord Jesus, or ere the solemn day shall dawn when it will be too late to plough and to sow, too late to repent and believe. In harvest, it is vain to lament that the seed time was neglected. As yet, faith and holy decision are timely. May we obtain them this night.

#throwbackpoem: Whatever is True

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Whatever is True ~

By Deborah Ann

whatever-is-true-christian-poetry-by-deborah-ann

Whatever things are true,
let them fill your mind
and the mercy of God
in them you will find.

For, that which is true,
is born out of God’s favor
and crowned with the grace
of Christ Jesus, our Savior.

Whatever things are true,
let them fill your heart
and from God’s ways
you will not depart.

For, that which is true,
is found in God’s Word
and promises to be
the righteous man’s gird.

 Whatever things are true,
such things, think about
then give God your praise
with a joyful shout!

~~~~~~

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true . . .
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 11.24.20

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Pardon and Forgiveness

“He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.”
~ Psalm 103:9 ~

He will chide sometimes, or He would not be a wise Father for such poor, erring children as we are. His chiding is very painful to those who are true, because they feel how sadly they deserve it and how wrong it is on their part to grieve Him. We know what this chiding means, and we bow before the Lord, mourning that we should cause Him to be angry with us.

But what a comfort we find in these lines! “Not always” will He chide. If we repent and turn to Him with hearts broken for sin and broken from sin, He will smile upon us at once. It is no pleasure to Him to turn a frowning face toward those whom He loves with all His heart: it is His joy that our joy should be full.

Come, let us seek His face. There is no reason for despair, nor even for despondency. Let us love a chiding God, and before long we shall sing, “Thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortest me.” Be gone, ye dark forebodings, ye ravens of the soul! Come in, ye humble hopes and grateful memories, ye doves of the heart! He who pardoned us long ago as a judge will again forgive us as a father, and we shall rejoice in His sweet, unchanging love.

Today’s Poem: Deeper and Stronger

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Deeper and Stronger ~

By Deborah Ann

Stroner and Deeper ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Lord, take me deeper,
so I may be stronger
let me not be taken
by lies others conjure.

Let my heart be fixed,
keep my walk stable
let not my faith become
just another label.

Build me up Lord,
keep me firmly rooted
so the truth I’ve found
doesn’t become diluted.

Let me abound,
in grace and wisdom
so I may not concede
to a worldly system.

Lord, make me stronger,
take me farther and deeper
establish my steps . . .
so I may be a way keeper!

~~~~~~~~

Colossians 2:6-7

“As ye have therefore received
Christ Jesus the Lord,
so walk ye in him:

Rooted and built up in him,
and stablished in the faith,
as ye have been taught,
abounding therein
with thanksgiving.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 11.24.52

Colossians 2:6-7

As ye have therefore received
Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk
ye in him: Rooted and built up
in him, and stablished in the faith,
as ye have been taught,
abounding therein with thanksgiving.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.24.20

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams.”

~ Isaiah 33:21 ~

Broad rivers and streams produce fertility, and abundance in the land. Places near broad rivers are remarkable for the variety of their plants and their plentiful harvests. God is all this to His Church. Having God she has abundance. What can she ask for that He will not give her? What want can she mention which He will not supply? “In this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things.” Want ye the bread of life? It drops like manna from the sky.

Want ye refreshing streams? The rock follows you, and that Rock is Christ. If you suffer any want it is your own fault; if you are straitened you are not straitened in Him, but in your own bowels. Broad rivers and streams also point to commerce. Our glorious Lord is to us a place of heavenly merchandize. Through our Redeemer we have commerce with the past; the wealth of Calvary, the treasures of the covenant, the riches of the ancient days of election, the stores of eternity, all come to us down the broad stream of our gracious Lord. We have commerce, too, with the future. What galleys, laden to the water’s edge, come to us from the millennium! What visions we have of the days of heaven upon earth!

Through our glorious Lord we have commerce with angels; communion with the bright spirits washed in blood, who sing before the throne; nay, better still, we have fellowship with the Infinite One. Broad rivers and streams are specially intended to set forth the idea of security. Rivers were of old a defence. Oh! beloved, what a defence is God to His Church! The devil cannot cross this broad river of God. How he wishes he could turn the current, but fear not, for God abideth immutably the same. Satan may worry, but he cannot destroy us; no galley with oars shall invade our river, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.23.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, November 23, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Get thee up into the high mountain.”
~
Isaiah 40:9 ~

Each believer should be thirsting for God, for the living God, and longing to climb the hill of the Lord, and see Him face to face. We ought not to rest content in the mists of the valley when the summit of Tabor awaits us. My soul thirsteth to drink deep of the cup which is reserved for those who reach the mountain’s brow, and bathe their brows in heaven. How pure are the dews of the hills, how fresh is the mountain air, how rich the fare of the dwellers aloft, whose windows look into the New Jerusalem!

Many saints are content to live like men in coal mines, who see not the sun; they eat dust like the serpent when they might taste the ambrosial meat of angels; they are content to wear the miner’s garb when they might put on king’s robes; tears mar their faces when they might anoint them with celestial oil. Satisfied I am that many a believer pines in a dungeon when he might walk on the palace roof, and view the goodly land and Lebanon. Rouse thee, O believer, from thy low condition!

Cast away thy sloth, thy lethargy, thy coldness, or whatever interferes with thy chaste and pure love to Christ, thy soul’s Husband. Make Him the source, the centre, and the circumference of all thy soul’s range of delight. What enchants thee into such folly as to remain in a pit when thou mayst sit on a throne? Live not in the lowlands of bondage now that mountain liberty is conferred upon thee. Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish attainments, but press forward to things more sublime and heavenly. Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life. Upward to heaven! Nearer to God!

“When wilt Thou come unto me, Lord?
Oh come, my Lord most dear!
Come near, come nearer, nearer still,
I’m blest when Thou art near.”

#throwbackpoem: Prepped for Perfection

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Prepped for Perfection ~

By Deborah Ann

prepped-for-perfection-christian-poetry-by-deborah-ann

I am being prepped,
for perfection . . .
my heart is showing
Jesus’ reflection.

The more about Him,
I get to know
the more of His grace
I’m able to show.

I’m getting closer,
to His image being
the more of His love
in me I am seeing.

The more I study,
how Jesus lived
the more I’m able
others to forgive.

God’s prepping me,
for perfection . . .
ever since on my heart
Jesus left His impression!

~~~~~~~~

Matthew 5:48

“Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father which
is in heaven is perfect.”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 11.23.20

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Acquiring Perseverance

“The Lord thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little.”
~ Deuteronomy 7:22 ~

We are not to expect to win victories for the Lord Jesus by a single blow. Evil principles and practices die hard. In some places it takes years of labor to drive out even one of the many vices which defile the inhabitants. We must carry on the war with all our might, even when favored with little manifest success.

Our business in this world is to conquer it for Jesus. We are not to make compromises but to exterminate evils. We are not to seek popularity but to wage unceasing war with iniquity. Infidelity, popery, drink, impurity, oppression, worldliness, error; these are all to be “put out.”

The Lord our God can alone accomplish this. He works by His faithful servants, and blessed be His name. He promises that He will so work. “Jehovah thy God will put out those nations before thee.” This He will do by degrees that we may learn perseverance, may increase in faith, may earnestly watch, and may avoid carnal security. Let us thank God for a little success and pray for more. Let us never sheathe the sword till the whole land is won for Jesus.

Courage, my heart! Go on little by little, for many littles will make a great whole.

Today’s Poem: Eternally Grateful

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Eternally Grateful ~

By Deborah Ann

Praise Him always by Travis Silva free photo #1222R

Oh, Lord when I mediate,
on Your tender mercy . . .
my heart for You becomes
ever-more thirsty.

I want to drink in,
all of Your compassion . . .
I want to bottle up
each drop of Your passion.

Oh, Lord when I ponder,
on Your abundant grace . . .
I cannot but help to fall
down on my thankful face.

Not out of shame,
but, out of respect and fear
for Your eternal love for me
makes my eyes well and tear.

Oh, Lord when I concentrate,
on Your faithfulness . . .
my hearts swells for You
with eternal gratefulness!

~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 100:4-5

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;
 and his truth endureth to all generations.

King James Version
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Copyright 2014 Revised 2020

Today’s Bible Verse 11.23.20

Psalm 100:4-5

Enter into his gates with
thanksgiving, and into his
courts with praise: be thankful
unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy
is everlasting; and his truth
endureth to all generations.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.23.20

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Monday, November 23, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Fellowship with Him.”
~
1 John 1:6 ~

When we were united by faith to Christ, we were brought into such complete fellowship with Him, that we were made one with Him, and His interests and ours became mutual and identical. We have fellowship with Christ in His love. What He loves we love. He loves the saints—so do we. He loves sinners—so do we. He loves the poor perishing race of man, and pants to see earth’s deserts transformed into the garden of the Lord—so do we. We have fellowship with Him in His desires. He desires the glory of God—we also labour for the same. He desires that the saints may be with Him where He is—we desire to be with Him there too.

He desires to drive out sin—behold we fight under His banner. He desires that His Father’s name may be loved and adored by all His creatures—we pray daily, “Let Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven.” We have fellowship with Christ in His sufferings. We are not nailed to the cross, nor do we die a cruel death, but when He is reproached, we are reproached; and a very sweet thing it is to be blamed for His sake, to be despised for following the Master, to have the world against us.

The disciple should not be above His Lord. In our measure we commune with Him in His labours, ministering to men by the word of truth and by deeds of love. Our meat and our drink, like His, is to do the will of Him who hath sent us and to finish His work. We have also fellowship with Christ in His joys. We are happy in His happiness, we rejoice in His exaltation. Have you ever tasted that joy, believer? There is no purer or more thrilling delight to be known this side heaven than that of having Christ’s joy fulfilled in us, that our joy may be full. His glory awaits us to complete our fellowship, for His Church shall sit with him upon His throne, as His well-beloved bride and queen.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.22.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, November 22, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The power of His resurrection.”
~
Philippians 3:10 ~

The doctrine of a risen Saviour is exceedingly precious. The resurrection is the corner-stone of the entire building of Christianity. It is the key-stone of the arch of our salvation. It would take a volume to set forth all the streams of living water which flow from this one sacred source, the resurrection of our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; but to know that He has risen, and to have fellowship with Him as such—communing with the risen Saviour by possessing a risen life—seeing Him leave the tomb by leaving the tomb of worldliness ourselves, this is even still more precious.

The doctrine is the basis of the experience, but as the flower is more lovely than the root, so is the experience of fellowship with the risen Saviour more lovely than the doctrine itself. I would have you believe that Christ rose from the dead so as to sing of it, and derive all the consolation which it is possible for you to extract from this well-ascertained and well-witnessed fact; but I beseech you, rest not contented even there. Though you cannot, like the disciples, see Him visibly, yet I bid you aspire to see Christ Jesus by the eye of faith; and though, like Mary Magdalene, you may not “touch” Him, yet may you be privileged to converse with Him, and to know that He is risen, you yourselves being risen in Him to newness of life.

To know a crucified Saviour as having crucified all my sins, is a high degree of knowledge; but to know a risen Saviour as having justified me, and to realize that He has bestowed upon me new life, having given me to be a new creature through His own newness of life, this is a noble style of experience: short of it, none ought to rest satisfied. May you both “know Him, and the power of His resurrection.” Why should souls who are quickened with Jesus, wear the grave-clothes of worldliness and unbelief? Rise, for the Lord is risen.

#throwbackpoem: If We’re To Be Meek

to GOD be the GLORY

~ If We’re to Be Meek ~

By Deborah Ann

if-were-to-be-meek-christian-poetry-by-deborah-ann

If we’re to be meek,
but, still be strong . . .
then we must believe
God won’t steer us wrong.

If we’re to be humble,
but, still be bold . . .
then we must let God
into our heart’s to mold.

If we’re to be poor,
but, still be wealthy
then we must remain . . .
to God’s ways healthy.

If we’re to be gentle,
but, still be confident . . .
then we must trust God
is always competent.

If were to be meek,
humble, poor and gentle
then we must live a life . . .
of faith, trust and self-denial!

~~~~~

Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are the poor in spirit:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 11.22.20

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


No Condemnation

“In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve. “

~ Jeremiah 50:20 ~

A glorious word indeed! What a perfect pardon is here promised to the sinful nations of Israel and Judah! Sin is to be so removed that it shall not be found, so blotted out that there shall be none. Glory be unto the God of pardons!

Satan seeks out sins wherewith to accuse us, our enemies seek them that they may lay them to our charge, and our own conscience seeks them even with a morbid eagerness. But when the Lord applies the precious blood of Jesus, we fear no form of search, for “there shall be none”; “they shall not be found.” The Lord hath caused the sins of His people to cease to be: He hath finished transgression and made an end of sin. The sacrifice of Jesus has cast our sins into the depths of the sea. This makes us dance for joy.

The reason for the obliteration of sin lies in the fact that Jehovah Himself pardons His chosen ones. His word of grace is not only royal but divine. He speaks absolution, and we are absolved. He applies the atonement, and from that hour His people are beyond all fear of condemnation. Blessed be the name of the sin-annihilating God!

Today’s Poem: A Joyful, Thankful Heart

to GOD be the GLORY

~ A Joyful, Thankful Heart ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, a joyful, thankful heart,
I bring to Thanksgiving’s table
a soul forever grateful . . .
to You, for all that You are able.

You make my plate complete,
when from Your Word I reap
the full bounty of Your grace
in Your kindness I do steep.

You fill me with such peace,
as Your mercies overflow
Your love fills me to the brim
as my passion for You grows.

You supply all my needs,
bless me with even more
for, out of my thirsty heart
Your living waters pour.

Lord, a joyful, thankful heart,
I bring to You, just not today
but for each day You give me
my thanks to You I’ll convey!

~~~~~~

Colossians 3:15

 “And let the peace
of God rule in your hearts,

to the which also ye are
called in one body;
and be ye

thankful.”

King James Bible
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 11.22.20

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace
of God rule in your
hearts, to the which
also ye are called in
one body; and be
ye thankful.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.22.20

C_H__Spurgeon

Sunday, November 22, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.”
~ Hosea 12:12 ~

Jacob, while expostulating with Laban, thus describes his own toil, “This twenty years have I been with thee. That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee: I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night. Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.”

Even more toilsome than this was the life of our Saviour here below. He watched over all His sheep till He gave in as His last account, “Of all those whom Thou hast given me I have lost none.” His hair was wet with dew, and His locks with the drops of the night. Sleep departed from His eyes, for all night He was in prayer wrestling for His people. One night Peter must be pleaded for; anon, another claims His tearful intercession. No shepherd sitting beneath the cold skies, looking up to the stars, could ever utter such complaints because of the hardness of his toil as Jesus Christ might have brought, if He had chosen to do so, because of the sternness of His service in order to procure His spouse—

“Cold mountains and the midnight air,
Witnessed the fervour of His prayer;
The desert His temptations knew,
His conflict and His victory too.”

It is sweet to dwell upon the spiritual parallel of Laban having required all the sheep at Jacob’s hand. If they were torn of beasts, Jacob must make it good; if any of them died, he must stand as surety for the whole. Was not the toil of Jesus for His Church the toil of one who was under suretiship obligations to bring every believing one safe to the hand of Him who had committed them to His charge? Look upon toiling Jacob, and you see a representation of Him of whom we read, “He shall feed His flock like a shepherd.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.21.20

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him.”
~ John 12:2 ~

He is to be envied. It was well to be Martha and serve, but better to be Lazarus and commune. There are times for each purpose, and each is comely in its season, but none of the trees of the garden yield such clusters as the vine of fellowship. To sit with Jesus, to hear His words, to mark His acts, and receive His smiles, was such a favour as must have made Lazarus as happy as the angels. When it has been our happy lot to feast with our Beloved in His banqueting-hall, we would not have given half a sigh for all the kingdoms of the world, if so much breath could have bought them.

He is to be imitated. It would have been a strange thing if Lazarus had not been at the table where Jesus was, for he had been dead, and Jesus had raised him. For the risen one to be absent when the Lord who gave him life was at his house, would have been ungrateful indeed. We too were once dead, yea, and like Lazarus stinking in the grave of sin; Jesus raised us, and by His life we live—can we be content to live at a distance from Him? Do we omit to remember Him at His table, where He deigns to feast with His brethren? Oh, this is cruel! It behoves us to repent, and do as He has bidden us, for His least wish should be law to us.

To have lived without constant intercourse with one of whom the Jews said, “Behold how He loved him,” would have been disgraceful to Lazarus, is it excusable in us whom Jesus has loved with an everlasting love? To have been cold to Him who wept over his lifeless corpse, would have argued great brutishness in Lazarus. What does it argue in us over whom the Saviour has not only wept, but bled? Come, brethren, who read this portion, let us return unto our heavenly Bridegroom, and ask for His Spirit that we may be on terms of closer intimacy with Him, and henceforth sit at the table with Him.

#throwbackpoem: Grace To The Humble

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Grace To The Humble ~

By Deborah Ann

grace-for-the-humble-christian-poetry-by-deborah-ann

When trials blow,
me to the ground
when my cares
take me down.

Before I rise,
back to my feet
I pray to God
my needs to meet.

When storms blow,
through my door
when my worries
take me to the floor.

Before I get,
my legs back
I pray to God
for the grace I lack.

For, in my life,
to God I’ve found
to humble myself
when I am down!

~~~~~~~~

James 4:6

“But he giveth more grace.
Wherefore he saith,
God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace
unto the humble.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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