Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.14.21

Monday, June 14, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face . . . because we have sinned against Thee.”
~ Daniel 9:8 ~

A deep sense and clear sight of sin, its heinousness, and the punishment which it deserves, should make us lie low before the throne. We have sinned as Christians. Alas! that it should be so. Favoured as we have been, we have yet been ungrateful: privileged beyond most, we have not brought forth fruit in proportion. Who is there, although he may long have been engaged in the Christian warfare, that will not blush when he looks back upon the past? As for our days before we were regenerated, may they be forgiven and forgotten; but since then, though we have not sinned as before, yet we have sinned against light and against love—light which has really penetrated our minds, and love in which we have rejoiced.

Oh, the atrocity of the sin of a pardoned soul! An unpardoned sinner sins cheaply compared with the sin of one of God’s own elect ones, who has had communion with Christ and leaned his head upon Jesus’ bosom. Look at David! Many will talk of his sin, but I pray you look at his repentance, and hear his broken bones, as each one of them moans out its dolorous confession! Mark his tears, as they fall upon the ground, and the deep sighs with which he accompanies the softened music of his harp! We have erred: let us, therefore, seek the spirit of penitence. Look, again, at Peter!

We speak much of Peter’s denying his Master. Remember, it is written, “He wept bitterly.” Have we no denials of our Lord to be lamented with tears? Alas! these sins of ours, before and after conversion, would consign us to the place of inextinguishable fire if it were not for the sovereign mercy which has made us to differ, snatching us like brands from the burning. My soul, bow down under a sense of thy natural sinfulness, and worship thy God. Admire the grace which saves thee—the mercy which spares thee—the love which pardons thee!

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#throwbackpoem: Just Like Jesus

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Just Like Jesus ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, help me to be,
just like You . . .
so that I may be
a light shinning true.

Give me humility,
a servant attitude
let my life reflect
one of gratitude.

Lord, let me react,
just like You . . .
so that I may live
a life pleasing too.

May my actions be,
kind and gracious
may my faith be
to others contagious.

Lord, help me to act,
just like You . . .
for You’re the role model
I need to look to!

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John 13:15

For I have given you an example,
that ye should do as
I have done to you.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 06.14.21

Monday, June 14, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


He Constantly Abides

“For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake; because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.”
~ 1 Samuel 12:22 ~

God’s choice of His people is the reason for His abiding by them and not forsaking them. He chose them for His love, and He loves them for His choice. His own good pleasure is the source of their election, and His election is the reason for the continuance of His pleasure in them. It would dishonor His great name for Him to forsake them, since it would either show that He made an error in His choice or that He was fickle in His love. God’s love has this glory, that it never changes, and this glory He will never tarnish.

By all the memories of the Lord’s former lovingkindnesses let us rest assured that He will not forsake us. He who has gone so far as to make us His people will not undo the creation of His grace. He has not wrought such wonders for us that He might leave us after all. His Son Jesus has died for us, and we may be sure that He has not died in vain. Can He forsake those for whom He shed His blood? Because He has hitherto taken pleasure in choosing and in saving us, it will be His pleasure still to bless us. Our Lord Jesus is no changeable lover. Having loved His own, He loves them to the end.

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Today’s Poem: A Heavenly Conversation

to GOD be the GLORY

July 22, 2018

~ A Heavenly Conversation ~

By Deborah Ann

Today I decided,
to have a conversation
with God in heaven
about His expectations.

So I inquired of Him,
what He wanted from me
He responded simply with
believe in what you can’t see.

As we continued to converse,
I told Him about my fears
He said keep to trusting Him
for in heaven there’s no tears.

I asked Him how in paradise,
with Him I could forever be
He said by the grace of His Son
and the faith dwelling inside me.

Today God and I,
had an honest discussion
and to His kingdom . . .
He gave me the instructions!

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Philippians 3:20

“For our conversation is in heaven;
from whence also we look
for the Saviour,
the Lord Jesus Christ:”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 06.14.21

Philippians 3:20

For our conversation
is in heaven; from whence
also we look for the Saviour,
the Lord Jesus Christ:

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.14.21

Monday, June 14, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Delight thyself also in the Lord.”
~ Psalm 37:4 ~

The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the inculcation of a recognized truth. The life of the believer is here described as a delight in God, and we are thus certified of the great fact that true religion overflows with happiness and joy. Ungodly persons and mere professors never look upon religion as a joyful thing; to them it is service, duty, or necessity, but never pleasure or delight.

If they attend to religion at all, it is either that they may gain thereby, or else because they dare not do otherwise. The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that no two words in their language stand further apart than “holiness” and “delight.” But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them. They who love God with all their hearts, find that His ways are ways of pleasantness, and all His paths are peace. Such joys, such brimful delights, such overflowing blessednesses, do the saints discover in their Lord, that so far from serving Him from custom, they would follow Him though all the world cast out His name as evil.

We fear not God because of any compulsion; our faith is no fetter, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight. Delight and true religion are as allied as root and flower; as indivisible as truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious jewels glittering side by side in a setting of gold.

“‘Tis when we taste Thy love,
Our joys divinely grow,
Unspeakable like those above,
And heaven begins below.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.13.21

Sunday June 13, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Remove far from me vanity and lies.”
~ Proverbs 30:8 ~

O my God, be not far from me.” Psalm 38:21. Here we have two great lessons—what to deprecate and what to supplicate. The happiest state of a Christian is the holiest state. As there is the most heat nearest to the sun, so there is the most happiness nearest to Christ. No Christian enjoys comfort when his eyes are fixed on vanity—he finds no satisfaction unless his soul is quickened in the ways of God. The world may win happiness elsewhere, but he cannot. I do not blame ungodly men for rushing to their pleasures.

Why should I? Let them have their fill. That is all they have to enjoy. A converted wife who despaired of her husband was always very kind to him, for she said, “I fear that this is the only world in which he will be happy, and therefore I have made up my mind to make him as happy as I can in it.” Christians must seek their delights in a higher sphere than the insipid frivolities or sinful enjoyments of the world. Vain pursuits are dangerous to renewed souls. We have heard of a philosopher who, while he looked up to the stars, fell into a pit; but how deeply do they fall who look down.

Their fall is fatal. No Christian is safe when his soul is slothful, and his God is far from him. Every Christian is always safe as to the great matter of his standing in Christ, but he is not safe as regards his experience in holiness, and communion with Jesus in this life. Satan does not often attack a Christian who is living near to God. It is when the Christian departs from his God, becomes spiritually starved, and endeavours to feed on vanities, that the devil discovers his vantage hour. He may sometimes stand foot to foot with the child of God who is active in his Master’s service, but the battle is generally short: he who slips as he goes down into the Valley of Humiliation, every time he takes a false step invites Apollyon to assail him. O for grace to walk humbly with our God!

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#throwbackpoem: Wise Eyes

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Wise Eyes ~

By Deborah Ann

Wise eyes,
they look not
at things . . .
that are fraught.

Fraught with sin,
riddled with evil
for wise eyes know . . .
the works of the devil.

Wise eyes,
they look away
at things . . .
that cause decay.

Decay of hearts,
corruption of minds
for wise eyes know . . .
how satan blinds.

Wise eyes,
are full of light . . .
that is why darkness
they can fight!

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Matthew 6:22

The light of the body is the eye:
if therefore thine eye be single,
thy whole body shall be full of light.

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 06.13.21

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Divine Cultivation

“I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: Lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.”
 ~ Isaiah 27:3 ~

When the Lord Himself speaks in His own proper person rather than through a prophet, the word has a peculiar weight to believing minds. It is Jehovah Himself who is the keeper of His own vineyard; He does not trust it to any other, but He makes it His own personal care. Are they not well kept whom God Himself keeps?

We are to receive gracious watering, not only every day and every hour “but every moment.” How we ought to grow! How fresh and fruitful every plant should be! What rich clusters the vines should bear!

But disturbers come; little foxes and the boar. Therefore, the Lord Himself is our Guardian, and that at all hours, both “night and day.” What, then, can harm us? Why are we afraid! He tends, He waters, He guards; what more do we need?

Twice in this verse the Lord says, “I will.” What truth, what power, what love, what immutability we find in the great “I will” of Jehovah! Who can resist His will? If He says “I will,” what room is there for doubt? With an “I will” of God we can face all the hosts of sin, death, and hell. O Lord, since Thou sayest, “I will keep thee,” I reply, “I will praise Thee!”

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Today’s Poem: Living On The Vine

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Living On The Vine ~

By Deborah Ann

Living on the Vine,
takes obedience
it takes a faith
full of resilience.

It takes meekness,
zeal and devotion
it takes a life
under submission.

Living on the Vine,
takes enduring
it takes a trust
securely assuring.

It takes training,
divine direction
it takes a heart
open to instruction.

A life on the Vine,
takes faithful abiding
if good fruit . . .
it want’s to be providing!

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John 15:4

Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot
bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye,
except ye abide in me.

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Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 06.13.21

Luke 11:13

If ye then, being evil,
know how to give good gifts
unto your children:
how much more shall your
heavenly Father give the
Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.13.21

Sunday, June 13, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
~ Revelation 22:17 ~

Jesus says, “take freely.” He wants no payment or preparation. He seeks no recommendation from our virtuous emotions. If you have no good feelings, if you be but willing, you are invited; therefore come! You have no belief and no repentance,—come to Him, and He will give them to you. Come just as you are, and take “Freely,” without money and without price. He gives Himself to needy ones. The drinking fountains at the corners of our streets are valuable institutions; and we can hardly imagine any one so foolish as to feel for his purse, when he stands before one of them, and to cry, “I cannot drink because I have not five pounds in my pocket.”

However poor the man is, there is the fountain, and just as he is he may drink of it. Thirsty passengers, as they go by, whether they are dressed in fustian or in broadcloth, do not look for any warrant for drinking; its being there is their warrant for taking its water freely. The liberality of some good friends has put the refreshing crystal there and we take it, and ask no questions. Perhaps the only persons who need go thirsty through the street where there is a drinking fountain, are the fine ladies and gentlemen who are in their carriages. They are very thirsty, but cannot think of being so vulgar as to get out to drink. It would demean them, they think, to drink at a common drinking fountain: so they ride by with parched lips.

Oh, how many there are who are rich in their own good works and cannot therefore come to Christ! “I will not be saved,” they say, “in the same way as the harlot or the swearer.” What! go to heaven in the same way as a chimney sweep. Is there no pathway to glory but the path which led the thief there? I will not be saved that way. Such proud boasters must remain without the living water; but, “WHOSOEVER WILL, LET HIM TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.12.21

Saturday, June 12, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling.”
~ 2 Timothy 1:9 ~

The apostle uses the perfect tense and says, “Who hath saved us.” Believers in Christ Jesus are saved. They are not looked upon as persons who are in a hopeful state, and may ultimately be saved, but they are already saved. Salvation is not a blessing to be enjoyed upon the dying bed, and to be sung of in a future state above, but a matter to be obtained, received, promised, and enjoyed now.

The Christian is perfectly saved in God’s purpose; God has ordained him unto salvation, and that purpose is complete. He is saved also as to the price which has been paid for him: “It is finished” was the cry of the Saviour ere He died. The believer is also perfectly saved in His covenant head, for as he fell in Adam, so he lives in Christ. This complete salvation is accompanied by a holy calling. Those whom the Saviour saved upon the cross are in due time effectually called by the power of God the Holy Spirit unto holiness: they leave their sins; they endeavour to be like Christ; they choose holiness, not out of any compulsion, but from the stress of a new nature, which leads them to rejoice in holiness just as naturally as aforetime they delighted in sin.

God neither chose them nor called them because they were holy, but He called them that they might be holy, and holiness is the beauty produced by His workmanship in them. The excellencies which we see in a believer are as much the work of God as the atonement itself. Thus is brought out very sweetly the fulness of the grace of God. Salvation must be of grace, because the Lord is the author of it: and what motive but grace could move Him to save the guilty? Salvation must be of grace, because the Lord works in such a manner that our righteousness is for ever excluded. Such is the believer’s privilege—a present salvation; such is the evidence that he is called to it—a holy life.

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#throwbackpoem: Fools For Christ

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Fools For Christ ~

By Deborah Ann

Hurting CHRISTians all around,
I hear your pain, I know the sound
I see the battle that you fight . . .
being for Jesus His saving light.

I know your hurts are for real,
you cannot help how you feel
in the world you are despised
but you’re precious in God’s eyes.

In this world that takes and takes,
there’s no forgiveness for mistakes
if you believe and in God trust
in Jesus’s name you’ll be cussed.

We’re not perfect God knows this,
and the mark we’ll often miss
people can be so mean and cruel . . .
but, for Christ’s sake we’ll be a fool.

Our Lord Jesus saves us from,
the pounding beat of satan’s drum
for it is His wisdom that we seek . . .
tis why His Strong the world calls weak!

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1 Corinthians 4:10

We are fools for Christ’s sake,
but ye are wise in Christ;
we are weak, but ye are strong;
ye are honourable,
but we are despised.

King James Bible
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Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 06.12.21

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Dwelling Safely Apart

“Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew,”
~ Deuteronomy 33:28 ~

The more we dwell alone, the more safe shall we be. God would have His people separate from sinners, His call to them is, “Come ye out from among them.” A Christian world is such a monstrosity as the Scriptures never contemplate. A worldly Christian is spiritually diseased. Those who compromise with Christ’s enemies may be reckoned with them.

Our safety lies, not in making terms with the enemy, but in dwelling alone with our Best Friend. If we do this, we shall dwell in safety despite the sarcasms, the slanders, and the sneers of the world. We shall be safe from the baleful influence of its unbelief, its pride, its vanity, its filthiness.

God also will make us dwell in safety alone in that day when sin shall be visited on the nations by wars and famines. The Lord brought Abram from Ur of the Chaldees, but Abram stopped halfway. He had no blessing till, having set out to go to the land of Canaan, to the land of Canaan he came, He was safe alone even in the midst of foes. Lot was not safe in Sodom though in a circle of friends. Our safety is in dwelling apart with God.

Save

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Today’s Poem: God’s Glory Declared

to GOD be the GLORY

~ God’s Glory Declared~

By Deborah Ann

The heavens declare God’s glory,
the stars twinkle of His grace
the sun shines of His mercy
the moon glows upon His face.

They universe is His handiwork,
all was formed by His finger tips
everything came into concert
by the words from His own lips.

The planets are in constant motion,
as the earth moves around the sun
the world was created so mankind
would know the love of His Son.

The day was made out of the dark,
by the power of the Father of Light
He gave us all His joyful radiance
so that we may have spiritual sight.

God established order in the world,
day and night will come to cease
the upheaval that the earth is in
will soon be washed in His peace.

The heavens declare God’s glory,
everything is bathed in His grace
Jesus’ Light shines out of the dark . . .
one day all will confess to His face!

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Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare
the glory of God

 and the firmament
sheweth his handywork.

Philippians 2:11

And that every tongue
should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.

Copyright 2013 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 06.12.21

Psalm 19:1-2

The heavens declare
the glory of God; and the
firmament sheweth his
handywork.

Day unto day
uttereth speech, and night
unto night sheweth knowledge.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.12.21

Saturday, June 12, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting.”
~ Daniel 5:27 ~

It is well frequently to weigh ourselves in the scale of God’s Word. You will find it a holy exercise to read some psalm of David, and, as you meditate upon each verse, to ask yourself, “Can I say this? Have I felt as David felt? Has my heart ever been broken on account of sin, as his was when he penned his penitential psalms? Has my soul been full of true confidence in the hour of difficulty as his was when he sang of God’s mercies in the cave of Adullam, or in the holds of Engedi?

Do I take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord?” Then turn to the life of Christ, and as you read, ask yourselves how far you are conformed to His likeness. Endeavour to discover whether you have the meekness, the humility, the lovely spirit which He constantly inculcated and displayed. Take, then, the epistles, and see whether you can go with the apostle in what he said of his experience. Have you ever cried out as he did—”O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death”? Have you ever felt his self-abasement? Have you seemed to yourself the chief of sinners, and less than the least of all saints? Have you known anything of his devotion?

Could you join with him and say, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”? If we thus read God’s Word as a test of our spiritual condition, we shall have good reason to stop many a time and say, “Lord, I feel I have never yet been here, O bring me here! give me true penitence, such as this I read of. Give me real faith; give me warmer zeal; inflame me with more fervent love; grant me the grace of meekness; make me more like Jesus. Let me no longer be ‘found wanting,’ when weighed in the balances of the sanctuary, lest I be found wanting in the scales of judgment.” “Judge yourselves that ye be not judged.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.11.21

Friday, June 11, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“There brake He the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle.”
~
Psalm 76:3 ~

Our Redeemer’s glorious cry of “It is finished,” was the death-knell of all the adversaries of His people, the breaking of “the and the battle.” Behold the hero of Golgotha using His cross as an anvil, and His woes as a hammer, dashing to shivers bundle after bundle of our sins, those poisoned “arrows of the bow”; trampling on every indictment, and destroying every accusation.

What glorious blows the mighty Breaker gives with a hammer far more ponderous than the fabled weapon of Thor! How the diabolical darts fly to fragments, and the infernal bucklers are broken like potters’ vessels! Behold, He draws from its sheath of hellish workmanship the dread sword of Satanic power! He snaps it across His knee, as a man breaks the dry wood of a fagot, and casts it into the fire. Beloved, no sin of a believer can now be an arrow mortally to wound him, no condemnation can now be a sword to kill him, for the punishment of our sin was borne by Christ, a full atonement was made for all our iniquities by our blessed Substitute and Surety. Who now accuseth? Who now condemneth?

Christ hath died, yea rather, hath risen again. Jesus has emptied the quivers of hell, has quenched every fiery dart, and broken off the head of every arrow of wrath; the ground is strewn with the splinters and relics of the weapons of hell’s warfare, which are only visible to us to remind us of our former danger, and of our great deliverance. Sin hath no more dominion over us. Jesus has made an end of it, and put it away for ever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end. Talk ye of all the wondrous works of the Lord, ye who make mention of His name, keep not silence, neither by day, nor when the sun goeth to his rest. Bless the Lord, O my soul.

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#throwbackpoem: More Aware of Jesus

to GOD be the GLORY

~ More Aware of Jesus~

By Deborah Ann

Sometimes we can get,
so extremely busy . . .
that we find ourselves
having a big old hissy.

We become frantic,
with all we have to do
that Lord we forget . . .
to take time out for You.

Sometimes we neglect,
what is our real service
and our lives become . . .
just like a three-ring circus.

We become preoccupied,
with the show we must put on
that Lord we don’t notice You
until everyone is gone.

Sometimes we need to be,
more aware Lord of You . . .
and not be so loaded down
in the work we have to do!

~~~~~~~~~~

Luke 10:40-42

But Martha was cumbered about much serving,
and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou
not care that my sister hath left me to serve
alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her,
Martha, Martha, thou art careful and
troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful:
and Mary hath chosen that good part,
which shall not be taken away from her.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 06.11.21

Friday, June 11, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


No Cause to Blush

“Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed.”
~ Isaiah 54.4 ~

We shall not be ashamed of our faith. Carping critics may assail the Scriptures upon which we ground our belief, but every year the Lord will make it more and more clear that in His Book there is no error, no excess, and no omission. It is no discredit to be a simple believer; the faith which looks alone to Jesus is a crown of honor on any man’s head and better than a star on his breast.

We shall not be ashamed of our hope. It shall be even as the Lord has said. We shall be fed, led, blest, and rested. Our Lord will come, and then the days of our mourning shall be ended. How we shall glory in the Lord who first gave us lively hope and then gave us that which we hoped for!

We shall not be ashamed of our love. Jesus is to us the altogether lovely, and never, never, shall we have to blush because we have yielded our hearts to Him. The sight of our glorious Well-beloved will justify the most enthusiastic attachment to Him. None will blame the martyrs for dying for Him. When the enemies of Christ are clothed with everlasting contempt, the lovers of Jesus shall find themselves honored by all holy beings, because they chose the reproach of Christ rather than the treasures of Egypt.

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Today’s Poem: Be Still & Know

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Be Still & Know ~

By Deborah Ann

Stop what you’re doing,
I want you to be awed
be still and know
that I am your God.

Quit trying,
let Me take care of you
quit stumbling
I know just what to do.

Quick fretting,
let Me work this out
quit worrying
give Me all your doubt.

Quit panicking,
I have your back
quit struggling
I know your lack.

Quit resisting,
your life is in My hand
quit refusing
your days I have planned.

Be still . . .
and know I am God
stop what you’re doing
and in Me be awed
!

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Psalm 46:10

“Be still,
and know
that I am God”
 

King James Bible
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Deborah Ann Belka

to GOD be the GLORY!

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Today’s Bible Verse 06.11.21

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Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the heathen,
I will be exalted in the earth.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.11.21

Friday, June 11, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. h. Spurgeon


“We love Him because He first loved us.”
~
1 John 4:19 ~

Ther is no light in the planet but that which proceedeth from the sun; and there is no true love to Jesus in the heart but that which cometh from the Lord Jesus himself. From this overflowing fountain of the infinite love of God, all our love to God must spring. This must ever be a great and certain truth, that we love Him for no other reason than because He first loved us. Our love to Him is the fair offspring of His love to us.

Cold admiration, when studying the works of God, anyone may have, but the warmth of love can only be kindled in the heart by God’s Spirit. How great the wonder that such as we should ever have been brought to love Jesus at all! How marvellous that when we had rebelled against Him, He should, by a display of such amazing love, seek to draw us back. No! never should we have had a grain of love towards God unless it had been sown in us by the sweet seed of His love to us.

Love, then, has for its parent the love of God shed abroad in the heart: but after it is thus divinely born, it must be divinely nourished. Love is an exotic; it is not a plant which will flourish naturally in human soil, it must be watered from above. Love to Jesus is a flower of a delicate nature, and if it received no nourishment but that which could be drawn from the rock of our hearts it would soon wither. As love comes from heaven, so it must feed on heavenly bread. It cannot exist in the wilderness unless it be fed by manna from on high. Love must feed on love. The very soul and life of our love to God is His love to us.

“I love thee, Lord, but with no love of mine,
For I have none to give;
I love thee, Lord; but all the love is thine,
For by thy love I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be
Emptied, and lost, and swallowed up in thee.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.10.21

Thursday, June 10, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“They are they which testify of Me.”
~ John 5:39 ~

Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega of the Bible. He is the constant theme of its sacred pages; from first to last they testify of Him. At the creation we at once discern Him as one of the sacred Trinity; we catch a glimpse of Him in the promise of the woman’s seed; we see Him typified in the ark of Noah; we walk with Abraham, as He sees Messiah’s day; we dwell in the tents of Isaac and Jacob, feeding upon the gracious promise; we hear the venerable Israel talking of Shiloh; and in the numerous types of the law, we find the Redeemer abundantly foreshadowed.

Prophets and kings, priests and preachers, all look one way—they all stand as the cherubs did over the ark, desiring to look within, and to read the mystery of God’s great propitiation. Still more manifestly in the New Testament we find our Lord the one pervading subject. It is not an ingot here and there, or dust of gold thinly scattered, but here you stand upon a solid floor of gold; for the whole substance of the New Testament is Jesus crucified, and even its closing sentence is bejewelled with the Redeemer’s name.

We should always read Scripture in this light; we should consider the word to be as a mirror into which Christ looks down from heaven; and then we, looking into it, see His face reflected as in a glass—darkly, it is true, but still in such a way as to be a blessed preparation for seeing Him as we shall see Him face to face. This volume contains Jesus Christ’s letters to us, perfumed by His love. These pages are the garments of our King, and they all smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia. Scripture is the royal chariot in which Jesus rides, and it is paved with love for the daughters of Jerusalem. The Scriptures are the swaddling bands of the holy child Jesus; unroll them and you find your Saviour. The quintessence of the word of God is Christ.

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#throwbackpoem: Feeble Feet

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Feeble Feet ~

By Deborah Ann

Some feet are feeble,
they slip and they slide
into the darkness . . .
they easily glide.

But, God will not let,
His saint’s feet fall away
if from His Word . . .
they opt never to stray.

Some feet are frail,
they falter and trip
onto the world . . .
their toes keep a grip.

But, God’s Word,
is a lamp to the feet
for those who keep
to the narrow beat.

Some feet are weak,
they wander all about . . .
but, feet that are strong
on God never walkout!

~~~~~~~~

1 Samuel 2:9-10

He will keep the feet of his saints,
and the wicked shall be silent in
darkness; for by strength shall
no man prevail.

The adversaries of the Lord
shall be broken to pieces;
out of heaven shall he thunder
upon them: the Lord shall judge
the ends of the earth;
and he shall give strength
unto his king, and exalt
the horn of his anointed.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 06.10.21

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


A Shepherd Secures Them

“They shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”
~ Zephaniah 3:13 ~

Yesterday we thought of the afflicted and poor people whom the Lord left to be a living seed in a dead world. The prophet says of such that they shall not work iniquity nor speak lies. So that while they had neither rank nor riches to guard them, they were also quite unable to use those weapons in which the wicked place so much reliance: they could neither defend themselves by sin nor by subtlety.

What then? Would they be destroyed? By no means! They should both feed and rest and be not merely free from danger but even quiet from fear of evil. Sheep are very feeble creatures, and wolves are terrible enemies; yet at this hour sheep are more numerous than wolves, and the cause of the sheep is always winning, while the cause of the wolves is always declining. One day flocks of sheep will cover the plains, and not a wolf will be left. The fact is that sheep have a Shepherd, and this gives them provender, protection, and peace. “None”—which means not one, whether in human or diabolical form—”shall make them afraid.” Who shall terrify the Lord’s flock when He is near? We lie down in green pastures, for Jesus Himself is food and rest to our souls.

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Today’s Poem: Playing Hide and Seek

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Playing Hide-and-Seek ~

By Deborah Ann

Some people with God,
play hide-and-seek . . .
they pray to Him only
when their feeling weak.

But, oh when their strong,
without Him they reckon
they can do anything
without first seeking Him.

Some people with God,
like to play games
they only seek Him
for material gains.

But, oh when their down,
and out of their luck
under their arms
their Bibles they tuck.

Some people with God,
think their sins they can hide
but, oh how God sees . . .
right through their pride!

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Genesis 3:8-10

And they heard the voice
of the Lord God walking
in the garden in the cool
of the day: and Adam and his
wife hid themselves from
the presence of the Lord God
amongst the trees of the garden.

And the Lord God called
unto Adam, and said unto him,
Where art thou?

And he said, I heard thy voice
in the garden, and I was afraid,
because I was naked; and I hid myself.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 06.10.21

Colossians 3:13

Forbearing one another,
and forgiving one another,
if any man have a quarrel
against any: even as Christ
forgave you, so also do ye.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.10.21

Thursday, June 10, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“We live unto the Lord.”
~ Romans 14:8 ~

If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should tarry here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven, and to be found meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, though he has but just believed in Jesus. It is true that our sanctification is a long and continued process, and we shall not be perfected till we lay aside our bodies and enter within the veil; but nevertheless, had the Lord so willed it, He might have changed us from imperfection to perfection, and have taken us to heaven at once.

Why then are we here? Would God keep His children out of paradise a single moment longer than was necessary? Why is the army of the living God still on the battle-field when one charge might give them the victory? Why are His children still wandering hither and thither through a maze, when a solitary word from His lips would bring them into the centre of their hopes in heaven?

The answer is—they are here that they may “live unto the Lord,” and may bring others to know His love. We remain on earth as sowers to scatter good seed; as ploughmen to break up the fallow ground; as heralds publishing salvation. We are here as the “salt of the earth,” to be a blessing to the world. We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life. We are here as workers for Him, and as “workers together with Him.” Let us see that our life answereth its end. Let us live earnest, useful, holy lives, to “the praise of the glory of His grace.” Meanwhile we long to be with Him, and daily sing—

“My heart is with Him on His throne,
And ill can brook delay;
Each moment listening for the voice,
‘Rise up, and come away.'”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.09.21

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Search the Scriptures.”
~ John 5:39 ~

The Greek word here rendered search signifies a strict, close, diligent, curious search, such as men make when they are seeking gold, or hunters when they are in earnest after game. We must not rest content with having given a superficial reading to a chapter or two, but with the candle of the Spirit we must deliberately seek out the hidden meaning of the word. Holy Scripture requires searching—much of it can only be learned by careful study. There is milk for babes, but also meat for strong men.

The rabbis wisely say that a mountain of matter hangs upon every word, yea, upon every title of Scripture. Tertullian exclaims, “I adore the fulness of the Scriptures.” No man who merely skims the book of God can profit thereby; we must dig and mine until we obtain the hid treasure. The door of the word only opens to the key of diligence. The Scriptures claim searching. They are the writings of God, bearing the divine stamp and imprimatur—who shall dare to treat them with levity? He who despises them despises the God who wrote them. God forbid that any of us should leave our Bibles to become swift witnesses against us in the great day of account. The word of God will repay searching.

God does not bid us sift a mountain of chaff with here and there a grain of wheat in it, but the Bible is winnowed corn—we have but to open the granary door and find it. Scripture grows upon the student. It is full of surprises. Under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, to the searching eye it glows with splendour of revelation, like a vast temple paved with wrought gold, and roofed with rubies, emeralds, and all manner of gems. No merchandise like the merchandise of Scripture truth. Lastly, the Scriptures reveal Jesus: “They are they which testify of Me.” No more powerful motive can be urged upon Bible readers than this: he who finds Jesus finds life, heaven, all things. Happy he who, searching his Bible, discovers his Saviour.

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#throwbackpoem: Seeking God’s Kingdom

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Seeking God’s Kingdom~

By Deborah Ann

Seeking God’s kingdom,
is a daily must
for all of those
who believe and trust.

Whether we’re at home,
or be far away
we need to please Him
in every single way.

Seeking God’s kingdom,
is to walk worthy
to remain faithful
throughout our journey.

For us to live is Christ,
to die is our gain
the prize of our calling
is our souls only aim.

Seeking God’s kingdom,
while here on the earth
is joy unto salvation
to all who had a rebirth!

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Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom
of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be
added unto you.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 06.09.21

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


A Trustworthy Name

“I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.”
~ Zephaniah 3:12 ~

When true religion is ready to die out among the wealthy it finds a home among the poor of this world, rich in faith. The Lord has even now His faithful remnant. Am I one of them?

Perhaps it is because men are afflicted and poor that they learn to trust in the name of the Lord. He that hath no money must try what he can do on trust. He whose own name is good for nothing in his own esteem, acts wisely to rest in another name, even that best of names, the name of Jehovah. God will always have a trusting people, and these will be an afflicted and poor people. Little as the world thinks of them, their being left in the midst of a nation is the channel of untold blessings to it. Here we have the conserving salt which keeps in check the corruption which is in the world through lust.

Again the question comes home to each one of us. Am I one of them? Am I afflicted by the sin within me and around me? Am I poor in spirit, poor spiritually in my own judgment? Do I trust in the Lord? This is the main business. Jesus reveals the name, the character, the person of God; am I trusting in Him? If so, I am left in this world for a purpose. Lord, help me to fulfill it.

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Today’s Poem: Drawing A Line

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Drawing A Line ~

By Deborah Ann

There is a line,
we mustn’t cross
nor is it one over
which we can gloss.

For It separates,
the dark from the light
and we must choose
which battle to fight.

There is a line,
we mustn’t straddle
nor is it on one
we should travel.

For it divides,
where our treasures lay
be it up in heaven
or on the wide way.

There is a line,
we all need to make . . .
and we need to decided
what road to take!

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Matthew 7:13-14

Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate,
and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be
which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 06.09.21

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate,
and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go
in thereat:

Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.

King James Version
by Public Domain

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