Today’s Poem: God Hold The Stars

to GOD be the GLORY

~ God Holds The Stars ~

By Deborah Ann

God holds the stars,
right in their place
sets the whole earth
into orbit’s race.

He commands the sun,
to up and shine
then tells it when
it needs to recline.

He moves the clouds,
seasons He forms
He controls the calm
orders up the storms.

He tells the moon,
when it’s time to rise
then orders it to dip
right into the skies.

God holds the universe,
right in His hands . . .
for His own pleasure
according to His plans!

~~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 147:4

He telleth the number of the stars;
he calleth them all by their names.

Revelation 4:11 

Thou art worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory and honour
and power: for thou hast created
all things, and for thy pleasure
they are and were created.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 04.22.20

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Power to Raise

“The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down”
~ Psalm 146:8 ~

Am I bowed down? Then let me urge this word of grace before the Lord. It is His way, His custom, His promise, His delight, to raise up them that are bowed down. Is it a sense of sin and a consequent depression of spirit which distresses me? Then the work of Jesus is, in this case, made and provided to raise me up into rest. O Lord, raise me, for Thy mercy’s sake!

Is it a sad bereavement or a great fall in circumstances? Here again the Comforter has undertaken to console. What a mercy for us that one Person of the sacred Trinity should become the Comforter! This work will be well done since such a glorious One has made it His peculiar care.

Some are so bowed down that only Jesus can loose them from their infirmity, but He can, and He will, do it. He can raise us up to health, to hope, to happiness. He has often done so under former trials, and He is the same Savior and will repeat His deeds of lovingkindness. We who are today bowed down and sorrowful shalt yet be set on high, and those who now mock at us shall be greatly ashamed. What an honor to be raised up by the Lord! It is worthwhile to be bowed down that we may experience His upraising power.

Today’s Bible Verse 04.22.20

Romans 1:20

For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world
are clearly seen,
being understood by the things
that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead;
so that they are without excuse:

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 04.22.20

C_H__SpurgeonWednesday, April 22, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Him hath God exalted.”
~ Acts 5:31 ~

Jesus, our Lord, once crucified, dead and buried, now sits upon the throne of glory. The highest place that heaven affords is His by undisputed right. It is sweet to remember that the exaltation of Christ in heaven is a representative exaltation. He is exalted at the Father’s right hand, and though as Jehovah He had eminent glories, in which finite creatures cannot share, yet as the Mediator, the honours which Jesus wears in heaven are the heritage of all the saints.

It is delightful to reflect how close is Christ’s union with His people. We are actually one with Him; we are members of His body; and His exaltation is our exaltation. He will give us to sit upon His throne, even as He has overcome, and is set down with His Father on His throne; He has a crown, and He gives us crowns too; He has a throne, but He is not content with having a throne to Himself, on His right hand there must be His queen, arrayed in “gold of Ophir.” He cannot be glorified without His bride.

Look up, believer, to Jesus now; let the eye of your faith behold Him with many crowns upon His head; and remember that you will one day be like Him, when you shall see Him as He is; you shall not be so great as He is, you shall not be so divine, but still you shall, in a measure, share the same honours, and enjoy the same happiness and the same dignity which He possesses.

Be content to live unknown for a little while, and to walk your weary way through the fields of poverty, or up the hills of affliction; for by-and-by you shall reign with Christ, for He has “made us kings and priests unto God, and we shall reign for ever and ever.” Oh!, wonderful thought for the children of God! We have Christ for our glorious representative in heaven’s courts now, and soon He will come and receive us to Himself, to be with Him there, to behold His glory, and to share His joy.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 04.21.20

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Who is even at the right hand of God.”
~ Romans 8:34 ~

He who was once despised and rejected of men, now occupies the honourable position of a beloved and honoured Son. The right hand of God is the place of majesty and favour. Our Lord Jesus is His people’s representative. When He died for them they had rest; He rose again for them, they had liberty; when He sat down at His Father’s right hand, they had favour, and honour, and dignity.

The raising and elevation of Christ is the elevation, the acceptance, and enshrinement, the glorifying of all His people, for He is their head and representative. This sitting at the right hand of God, then, is to be viewed as the acceptance of the person of the Surety, the reception of the Representative, and therefore, the acceptance of our souls. O saint, see in this thy sure freedom from condemnation. “Who is he that condemneth?” Who shall condemn the men who are in Jesus at the right hand of God?

The right hand is the place of power. Christ at the right hand of God hath all power in heaven and in earth. Who shall fight against the people who have such power vested in their Captain? O my soul, what can destroy thee if Omnipotence be thy helper? If the aegis of the Almighty cover thee, what sword can smite thee? Rest thou secure. If Jesus is thine all-prevailing King, and hath trodden thine enemies beneath His feet; if sin, death, and hell are all vanquished by Him, and thou art represented in Him, by no possibility canst thou be destroyed.

“Jesu’s tremendous name
Puts all our foes to flight:
Jesus, the meek, the angry Lamb,
A Lion is in fight.
“By all hell’s host withstood;
We all hell’s host o’erthrow;
And conquering them, through Jesu’s blood
We still to conquer go.”

#throwbackpoem: The Trials of Your Faith

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Trials of Your Faith ~

By Deborah Ann

The trials of your faith,
may appear ominous
causing you to lose . . .
in God your confidence.

But, for every storm,
that circulates through
there’s something profound
God wants to teach you.

The trials of your faith,
can be hot and furious
making you to think . . .
to God your oblivious.

But, for every fire,
God permits through
remember into gold
He’s refining you.

For, God is preparing you,
when your faith is tried
for when Jesus returns . . .
one day for His bride!

~~~~~~~~~

1 Peter 1:7

That the trial of your faith,
being much more precious than
of gold that perisheth, though
it be tried with fire, might be
found unto praise and honour
and glory at the appearing
of Jesus Christ:

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Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 04.21.20

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


God Repays

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”
~ Proverbs 19:17 ~

We are to give to the poor out of pity. Not to be seen and applauded, much less to get influence over them; but out of pure sympathy and compassion we must give them help.

We must not expect to get anything back from the poor, not even gratitude; but we should regard what we have done as a loan to the Lord. He undertakes the obligation, and, if we look to Him in the matter, we must not look to the second party. What an honor the Lord bestows upon us when He condescends to borrow of us! That merchant is greatly favored who has the Lord on his books. It would seem a pity to have such a name down for a paltry pittance; let us make it a heavy amount. The next needy man that comes this way, let us help him.

As for repayment, we can hardly think of it, and yet here is the Lord’s note of hand. Blessed be His name, His promise to pay is better than gold and silver. Are we running a little short through the depression of the times? We may venture humbly to present this bill at the bank of faith, Has any one of our readers [oppressed] the poor? Poor soul. May the Lord forgive him.

Today’s Poem: God Has A Hold On Me

to GOD be the GLORY

~ God Has A Hold of Me ~

By Deborah Ann

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God has a hold of me,
He has me in His hand
if someone trips me up
He’ll help me to stand.

God’s eyes are on me,
He knows wherever I go
if any one misleads me
the way back He’ll show.

God has His ear on me,
He hears my every cry
if I fall for satan’s tricks
my regrets He’ll not deny.

God has a heart for me,
He understands who I am
if anybody gets me in a fix
He’ll get me out of the jam.

God has a hold of me,
from His hand I cannot slip
there’s not one person who . . .
can snatch me from His grip!

~~~~~~~~~

John 10:29

My Father,
which gave them me,
is greater than all; and no man
is able to pluck them out of
my Father’s hand.”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 04.21.20

John 10:28-30

And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them
out of my hand. My Father, which
gave them me, is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them
out of my Father’s hand. I and my
Father are one.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 04.21.20

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I know that my Redeemer liveth.”
~
Job 19:25 ~

The marrow of Job’s comfort lies in that little word “My”—”My Redeemer,” and in the fact that the Redeemer lives. Oh! to get hold of a living Christ. We must get a property in Him before we can enjoy Him. What is gold in the mine to me? Men are beggars in Peru, and beg their bread in California. It is gold in my purse which will satisfy my necessities, by purchasing the bread I need. So a Redeemer who does not redeem me, an avenger who will never stand up for my blood, of what avail were such?

Rest not content until by faith you can say “Yes, I cast myself upon my living Lord; and He is mine.” It may be you hold Him with a feeble hand; you half think it presumption to say, “He lives as my Redeemer;” yet, remember if you have but faith as a grain of mustard seed, that little faith entitles you to say it. But there is also another word here, expressive of Job’s strong confidence, “I know.” To say, “I hope so, I trust so” is comfortable; and there are thousands in the fold of Jesus who hardly ever get much further.

But to reach the essence of consolation you must say, “I know.” Ifs, buts, and perhapses, are sure murderers of peace and comfort. Doubts are dreary things in times of sorrow. Like wasps they sting the soul! If I have any suspicion that Christ is not mine, then there is vinegar mingled with the gall of death; but if I know that Jesus lives for me, then darkness is not dark: even the night is light about me. Surely if Job, in those ages before the coming and advent of Christ, could say, “I know,” we should not speak less positively. God forbid that our positiveness should be presumption. Let us see that our evidences are right, lest we build upon an ungrounded hope; and then let us not be satisfied with the mere foundation, for it is from the upper rooms that we get the widest prospect. A living Redeemer, truly mine, is joy unspeakable.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 04.20.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, April 20, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Fight the Lord’s battles.”
~ 1 Samuel 18:17 ~

The sacramental host of God’s elect is warring still on earth, Jesus Christ being the Captain of their salvation. He has said, “Lo! I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Hark to the shouts of war! Now let the people of God stand fast in their ranks, and let no man’s heart fail him.

It is true that just now in England the battle is turned against us, and unless the Lord Jesus shall lift His sword, we know not what may become of the church of God in this land; but let us be of good courage, and play the man. There never was a day when Protestantism seemed to tremble more in the scales than now that a fierce effort is making to restore the Romish antichrist to his ancient seat. We greatly want a bold voice and a strong hand to preach and publish the old gospel for which martyrs bled and confessors died. The Saviour is, by His Spirit, still on earth; let this cheer us.

He is ever in the midst of the fight, and therefore the battle is not doubtful. And as the conflict rages, what a sweet satisfaction it is to know that the Lord Jesus, in His office as our great Intercessor, is prevalently pleading for His people! O anxious gazer, look not so much at the battle below, for there thou shalt be enshrouded in smoke, and amazed with garments rolled in blood; but lift thine eyes yonder where the Saviour lives and pleads, for while He intercedes, the cause of God is safe. Let us fight as if it all depended upon us, but let us look up and know that all depends upon Him.

Now, by the lilies of Christian purity, and by the roses of the Saviour’s atonement, by the roes and by the hinds of the field, we charge you who are lovers of Jesus, to do valiantly in the Holy War, for truth and righteousness, for the kingdom and crown jewels of your Master. Onward! “for the battle is not yours but God’s.”

#throwbackpoem: On The Edge of Despair

to GOD be the GLORY

~ On The Edge of Despair ~

By Deborah Ann

I have been on the edge,
of complete, utter despair
I’ve looked over the ledge
not knowing what was there.

I’ve felt the bitter cold,
wrap me in it’s fearful grip
but, God had on me a hold
making sure I wouldn’t slip.

I have been to the threshold,
of total desperation
I’ve felt darkness enfold me
with fear and trepidation.

I’ve sensed the loom of doom,
engulf me with pure terror
but, God in the grasp of gloom
quelled my state of horror.

I have been on the edge,
of utter hopelessness
but, as I was on the ledge . . .
Jesus healed my brokenness!

~~~~~~~

2 Corinthians 4.8-10

We are troubled on every side,
yet not distressed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed;

Always bearing about in the body
the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life also of Jesus might
be made manifest in our body.

Psalm 34:17-19

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth,
and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

The Lord is nigh unto them that are
of a broken heart; and saveth such
as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous:
but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 04.20.20

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


By Faith Not Feeling

“The just shall live by faith.”
~ Romans 1:17 ~

I shall not die, I can, I do, believe in the Lord my God, and this faith will keep me alive. I would be numbered among those who in their lives are just; but even if I were perfect I would not try to live by my righteousness; I would cling to the work of the Lord Jesus and still live by faith in Him and by nothing else. If I were able to give my body to be burned for my Lord Jesus, yet I would not trust in my own courage and constancy, but still would live by faith.

Were I a martyr at the stake
I’d plead my Saviour’s name;
Intreat a pardon for His sake,
And urge no other claim.

To live by faith is a far surer and happier thing than to live by feelings or by works, The branch, by living in the vine, lives a better life than it would live by itself, even if it were possible for it to live at all apart from the stem. To live by clinging to Jesus, by deriving all from Him, is a sweet and sacred thing. If even the most just must live in this fashion, how much more must I who am a poor sinner! Lord, I believe. I must trust Thee wholly. What else can I do? Trusting Thee is my life….

Today’s Poem: Throught Life’s Trials

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Through Life’s Trials ~

By Deborah Ann

Through life’s many trials,
there can be no denials
for those who in God trust
well knowing He is just.

Victory we can claim,
when we call upon His name
though tested are we still
we yet seek to know His will.

Through life’s tribulations,
come various temptations
for those with a Savior
redeemed by grace and favor.

Victorious we can be,
for God helps us to see
the evil in the darkness
so to flee its wickedness.

Through life’s many upsets,
there can be no regrets . . .
for those who Jesus believe
satan cannot deceive!

~~~~~~~

1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 04.20.20

1 Corinthians 15:55-57

O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin;
and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 04.20.20

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Monday, April 20, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death.”
~ Hebrews 2:14 ~

O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil’s power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer’s death, thou mayst be strengthened for that dread hour.

Living near the cross of Calvary thou mayst think of death with pleasure, and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is sweet to die in the Lord: it is a covenant-blessing to sleep in Jesus. Death is no longer banishment, it is a return from exile, a going home to the many mansions where the loved ones already dwell. The distance between glorified spirits in heaven and militant saints on earth seems great; but it is not so. We are not far from home—a moment will bring us there.

The sail is spread; the soul is launched upon the deep. How long will be its voyage? How many wearying winds must beat upon the sail ere it shall be reefed in the port of peace? How long shall that soul be tossed upon the waves before it comes to that sea which knows no storm? Listen to the answer, “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.” Yon ship has just departed, but it is already at its haven. It did but spread its sail and it was there. Like that ship of old, upon the Lake of Galilee, a storm had tossed it, but Jesus said, “Peace, be still,” and immediately it came to land.

Think not that a long period intervenes between the instant of death and the eternity of glory. When the eyes close on earth they open in heaven. The horses of fire are not an instant on the road. Then, O child of God, what is there for thee to fear in death, seeing that through the death of thy Lord its curse and sting are destroyed? and now it is but a Jacob’s ladder whose foot is in the dark grave, but its top reaches to glory everlasting.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 04.19.20

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The Amen.”
~ Revelation 3:14 ~

The word AMEN solemnly confirms that which went before; and Jesus is the great Confirmer; immutable, for ever is “the Amen” in all His promises. Sinner, I would comfort thee with this reflection. Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” If you come to Him, He will say “Amen” in your soul; His promise shall be true to you.

He said in the days of His flesh, “The bruised reed I will not break.” O thou poor, broken, bruised heart, if thou comest to Him, He will say “Amen” to thee, and that shall be true in thy soul as in hundreds of cases in bygone years. Christian, is not this very comforting to thee also, that there is not a word which has gone out of the Saviour’s lips which He has ever retracted? The words of Jesus shall stand when heaven and earth shall pass away. If thou gettest a hold of but half a promise, thou shalt find it true. Beware of him who is called “Clip-promise,” who will destroy much of the comfort of God’s word.

Jesus is Yea and Amen in all His offices. He was a Priest to pardon and cleanse once, He is Amen as Priest still. He was a King to rule and reign for His people, and to defend them with His mighty arm, He is an Amen King, the same still. He was a Prophet of old, to foretell good things to come, His lips are most sweet, and drop with honey still—He is an Amen Prophet. He is Amen as to the merit of His blood; He is Amen as to His righteousness. That sacred robe shall remain most fair and glorious when nature shall decay.

He is Amen in every single title which He bears; your Husband, never seeking a divorce; your Friend, sticking closer than a brother; your Shepherd, with you in death’s dark vale; your Help and your Deliverer; your Castle and your High Tower; the Horn of your strength, your confidence, your joy, your all in all, and your Yea and Amen in all.

#throwbackpoem: As The Storm Rages

to GOD be the GLORY

~ As The Storm Rages ~

By Deborah Ann

As the storm rages,
as the gusts blow
as the reeling waves
mount up and grow.

Let Jesus your heart,
quill and quiet
till the battering winds
are calm and silent.

As the gales whip,
as they howl and roar
as the frigid rain
on top of you pours.

Let Jesus your mind,
still and settle
til the waves become
lulled and gentle.

As the storm rages,
as the winds intensify
hold on to Jesus
so they’ll not terrify!

~~~~~~~~

Luke 8:23-25

But as they sailed he fell asleep:
and there came down a storm of wind
on the lake; and they were filled
with water, and were in jeopardy.

And they came to him, and awoke him,+
saying, Master, master, we perish.
Then he arose, and rebuked the wind
and the raging of the water: and
they ceased, and there was a calm.

And he said unto them, Where is your faith?
And they being afraid wondered, saying
one to another, What manner of man is this!
for he commandeth even the winds and water,
and they obey him.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 04.19.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, April 19, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


An Expert Searcher

“For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.”
~ Ezekiel 34:11 ~

This He does at the first when His elect are like wandering sheep that know not the Shepherd or the fold. How wonderfully doth the Lord find out His chosen! Jesus is great as a seeking Shepherd as well as a saving Shepherd. Though many of those His Father gave Him have gone as near to hell-gate as they well can, yet the Lord by searching and seeking discovers them and draws nigh to them in grace. He has sought out us: let us have good hope for those who are laid upon our hearts in prayer, for He will find them out also.

The Lord repeats this process when any of His flock stray from the pastures of truth and holiness. They may fall into gross error, sad sin, and grievous hardness; but yet the Lord, who has become a surety for them to His Father, will not suffer one of them to go so far as to perish. He will by providence and grace pursue them into foreign lands, into abodes of poverty, into dens of obscurity, into depths of despair; He will not lose one of all that the Father has given Him. It is a point of honor with Jesus to seek and to save all the flock, without a single exception. What a promise to plead, if at this hour I am compelled to cry, “I have gone astray like a lost sheep!”

Today’s Poem: Alive, I’m Alive

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Alive, I’m Alive ~

By Deborah Ann

Alive, I’m alive,
dead to transgression and sin
I’m alive, I’m reborn
now that Jesus lives within.

I’m alive, I’m flourishing,
I’m eternally bound
I’m alive, I was lost
now I’m thankfully found.

I’m alive, I’m at peace,
in Jesus I am forgiven
I’m alive, forever more
a new life I’ve been given.

I’m alive, I’m thriving,
His Spirit is breathing in me
I’m alive, everlastingly blessed
now that Jesus set me free.

Alive, I’m alive,
by grace and grace alone
I’m alive and I’m waiting
for Jesus to take me home!

~~~~~~~~~~

1 Corinthians 15:20-22

But now is Christ risen
from the dead, and become
the firstfruits of them
that slept.

For since by man
came death, by man came
also the resurrection
of the dead.

For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall
all be made alive.

King James Bible
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Deborah Ann Belka

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