Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”—Joshua 5:12.

SRAEL’S weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be “for ever with the Lord.”
A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot, there is no reason why the New Year’s text should not still be true. “We who have believed do enter into rest.” The Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance; He gives us “glory begun below.” In heaven they are secure, and so are we preserve in Christ Jesus; there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories too. Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this is not denied to us; they rest in His love, and we have perfect peace in Him: they hymn His praise, and it is our privilege to bless Him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. Man did eat angels’ food of old, and why not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~

C_H__Spurgeon

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon

“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”—Joshua 5:12.

SRAEL’S weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be “for ever with the Lord.”

A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot, there is no reason why the New Year’s text should not still be true. “We who have believed do enter into rest.” The Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance; He gives us “glory begun below.” In heaven they are secure, and so are we preserve in Christ Jesus; there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories too. Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this is not denied to us; they rest in His love, and we have perfect peace in Him: they hymn His praise, and it is our privilege to bless Him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. Man did eat angels’ food of old, and why not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.30.14

 C_H__Spurgeon

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end?”—2 Samuel 2:26.

F, O my reader! thou art merely a professor, and not a possessor of the faith that is in Christ Jesus, the following lines are a true ketch of thine end.
You are a respectable attendant at a place of worship; you go because others go, not because your heart is right with God. This is your beginning. I will suppose that for the next twenty or thirty years you will be spared to go on as you do now, professing religion by an outward attendance upon the means of grace, but having no heart in the matter.

Tread softly, for I must show you the deathbed of such a one as yourself. Let us gaze upon him gently. A clammy sweat is on his brow, and he wakes up crying, “O God, it is hard to die. Did you send for my minister?” “Yes, he is coming.” The minister comes. “Sir, I fear that I am dying!” “Have you any hope?” “I cannot say that I have. I fear to stand before my God; oh! pray for me.” The prayer is offered for him with sincere earnestness, and the way of salvation is for the ten-thousandth time put before him, but before he has grasped the rope, I see him sink. I may put my finger upon those cold eyelids, for they will never see anything here again.

But where is the man, and where are the man’s true eyes? It is written, “In hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment.” Ah! why did he not lift up his eyes before? Because he was so accustomed to hear the gospel that his soul slept under it. Alas! if you should lift up your eyes there, how bitter will be your wailings. Let the Saviour’s own words reveal the woe: “Father Abraham, send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.” There is a frightful meaning in those words. May you never have to spell it out by the red light of Jehovah’s wrath!

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~

C_H__Spurgeon

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”—Ecclesiastes 7:8.

OOK at David’s Lord and Master; see His beginning. He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Would you see the end? He sits at His Father’s right hand, expecting until His enemies be made his footstool. “As He is, so are we also in this world.”

You must bear the cross, or you shall never wear the crown; you must wade through the mire, or you shall never walk the golden pavement. Cheer up, then, poor Christian. “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” See that creeping worm, how contemptible its appearance! It is the beginning of a thing. Mark that insect with gorgeous wings, playing in the sunbeams, sipping at the flower bells, full of happiness and life; that is the end thereof. That caterpillar is yourself, until you are wrapped up in the chrysalis of death; but when Christ shall appear you shall be like Him, for you shall see Him as He is.

Be content to be like Him, a worm and no man, that like Him you may be satisfied when you wake up in His likeness. That rough-looking diamond is put upon the wheel of the lapidary. He cuts it on all sides. It loses much—much that seemed costly to itself. The king is crowned; the diadem is put upon the monarch’s head with trumpet’s joyful sound. A glittering ray flashes from that coronet, and it beams from that very diamond which was just now so sorely vexed by the lapidary. You may venture to compare yourself to such a diamond, for you are one of God’s people; and this is the time of the cutting process.

Let faith and patience have their perfect work, for in the day when the crown shall be set upon the head of the King, Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, one ray of glory shall stream from you. “They shall be Mine,” saith the Lord, “in the day when I make up My jewels.” “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”

This CHRISTmas ~

Star used with permission Creation Swap
 This Christmas . . .
Let us be as the Wise Men,
 who came from afar
 let us each search for God
 right here, where we are.
He’ll lead us with His Word,
 His Spirit will show us the way
 just as the star led the Wise Men
 to baby Jesus, Christmas day.
Let’s give our hearts to Jesus,
 like Wise Men, offer up our praise
 as we worship and adore Him
 let our treasures, to Him be raised.
Let’s surrender to Him our life,
 give Jesus everything we hold
 our worldly sacrifices for Him
 are more precious than any gold.
Let’s bring to Him our prayers,
 our hopes, plans and dreams
 let the aroma of frankincense
 rise up to the King, who redeems.
Let’s give Him all our pain,
 heartache, grief and suffering
 let the fragrance of myrrh
 be our thankful offering.
Let us be as the Wise Men,
 who came from afar . . .
 let us give unto Jesus
 all we have ~ all we are!
~~~~~~~~~
Matthew 2:10-11
  King James Version
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child
  with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:
  and when they had opened their treasures,
  they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
Copyright 2013
 Deborah Ann Belka

Jesus Knows Your Pain ~

jesuscomforter-CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
Jesus knows your pain,
 He understands your grief
 He knows that only His love
 can bring your heart relief.
He recognizes your sorrow,
 He sees the spiteful sting
 and the grace He has for you
 in your life, He wants to bring.
He's aware of your rejection,
 He hears others put you down
 and His favor and His mercy
 will be your victory crown.
He identifies with your hurt,
 the tenderness of your ache
 and He will bring you comfort
 that no man could ever break.
For He too ~ was rejected,
 His life others gladly discarded
 and He knows the agony inflected
 when your cry is disregarded.
Jesus knows your pain,
 He wants to give you relief
 so He died to put an end to
 your sorrow and your grief.
~~~~~~~~
Isaiah 53:3
  King James Version
"He is despised and rejected of men;
  a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
  and we hid as it were our faces from him;
  he was despised, and we esteemed him not."
Copyright 2012
 Deborah Ann Belka

Nana, Why Can’t We See Angels?

"Nana, why can't we see angels?"
 My grandson one day asked me.
 "Why if they are here with us . . .
 their wings we cannot see?"
I took him by the hand,
 and we walked my garden path
 and the innocence of his question
 gave my heart a happy, little laugh.
I knew I had to give an answer,
 that his tender heart could hold
 for God gave me my own angel
 so his soul ~ I could help to mold.
"Although you can't see angels,
 they're right here in front of you
 and no matter where you go
 they surround you in all you do.
They rush to your side,
 when you need a friend and helper
 and when you get into trouble
 they become for you, God's shelter.
They wrap their arms around you,
 when you go to bed each night
 they keep your heart close to Jesus
 until you see the morning light.
They are given to you by God,
 to keep you safe and warm
 and it is their duty and obligation
 to keep you from Satan's harm.
All you have to do is to believe,
 that angels are for real . . .
 and if you always trust in God
 in your heart, their wings you will feel."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 91:11
 King James Version
" For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
  to keep thee in all thy ways."
Copyright 2012
 Deborah Ann Belka

a Quote

“God is love,
Jesus is His forgiveness
The Holy Spirit is His witness.”

deborah ann

Abba ~ My Father ~


 Abba ~ my Father,
 has adopted me . . .
 into His royal family
 so I could be . . .
An heir to salvation,
 a daughter of light
 a child that brings
 to Him great delight.
I'm no longer an orphan,
 I'm no longer a stray
 I've inherited a room
 in His mansion I'll stay.
Abba ~ my Father,
 has adopted me . . .
 into His royal family,
 so I can be free . . .
Free from the guilt,
 of my wandering ways
 free from the darkness
 that once filled my days.
The adoption became final,
 that day on the Cross
 when Jesus died for me
 and all those who are lost.
Abba ~ my Father,
 has adopted me . . .
 into His royal family
 so I might see . . .
See His glory,
 in the middle of my pain
 see His grace fall
 like sweet drops of rain.
The inheritance is mine,
 I'm claiming my right
 and now I have privilege
 to His power and might.
Abba ~ my Father,
 has adopted me . . .
 into His royal family,
 I willingly flee . . .
~~~~~~~~~
Psalm 37:18
 King James Version
"The Lord knoweth the days of the upright:
  and their inheritance shall be for ever.
Copyright 2012
 Deborah Ann Belka

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Heaven Bound ~

Loved completely,
 that's what we are
 no matter how near
 no matter how far.
Comforted forever,
 that's what we hold
 no matter young
 no matter how old.
Blessed assurance,
 that's what we own
 no matter how new
 no matter how grown.
Forgiven eternally,
 that's what we hope in
 no matter our works,
 no matter our sin.
Heaven bound,
 that's where we'll be
 no matter how burdened,
 no matter how free!
~~~~~~~~~
Philippians 3:20-21
"For our conversation is in heaven; from
  whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord
  Jesus Christ:"
Copyright 2012
  Deborah Ann Belka

Give Me Faith ~

Give me faith unwavering,
 so I may stand steadfast
 give me strength astounding
 so rough seas I may outlast.
Give me faith unshakable,
 so I may walk faithfully
 give me hope unfaltering
 so I may tread gracefully.
Give me faith undoubting,
 so I may be committed
 give me power unflinching
 so my sins may be acquitted.
Give me faith unending,
 so I may see eternity
 give me grace eternal
 so I may die in certainty.
Give me faith everlasting,
 give me faith, give me power
 give me faith everlasting
 give me faith ~ until my final hour!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Romans 1:17
"For in it the righteousness of God is revealed
 from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just
 shall live by faith."
Kings James Bible
 By Public Domain
Copyright 2012
  Deborah Ann Belka

The World’s Greatest Love Letter ~

lovebeyond used with permission IBible Verses
For God so loves the world,
 that He gave to all His only Son
 who came to mend and heal
 the heart and soul of everyone.
It doesn't matter your race,
 or the color of your skin
 Jesus just wants to forgive you
 if you'd confess to Him your sin.
You may be rich and happy,
 you may be poor and weak
 but to Jesus we're all bankrupt
 if His truth we do not seek.
It doesn't matter your fortune,
 or your station in this life
 for He knows without His love
 we'll live with everlasting strife.
You may be blind or deaf,
 but that won't stand in His way
 for He came to teach and show
 how sin causes death and decay.
It doesn't matter your position,
 all are equal in His eyes
 but He knows without His truth
 we won't see through Satan's lies.
You may be a thief or a murderer,
 an idolaters or an oppressor
 but that won't stop His promise
 to set free every transgressor.
It doesn't matter your offense,
 to Him ~ all sin is the same
 what matters most to Jesus
 is that we believe in His name.
For God so loves the world,
 that He gave to all His only Son
 who came to forgive and breathe
 new life into each and everyone!
~~~~~~~~~
John 3:16
King James Version 
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his
  only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
  in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Copyright 2012
  Deborah Ann Belka

Putting On the New Man ~



You offered to me this new man,
 and asked me to put him on . . .
 You challenged me to grow in Him
to be willing to be Spirit drawn.
You told me my life was useless,
 and my heart was as dry as dust
 that my mind was full of darkness
 overflowing with the sin of lust.
You asked me to give to You,
 the worldly joys in my possession
 You told me that in return for them
 You'd give me Your pure perfection.
You made me open up my eyes,
 and see the uselessness in what I do
 showing me no matter how hard I try
 they're fruitless when done without You.
You revealed to me that all my pain,
 was from the emptiness deep inside
 and why this old and new man
 can't live peacefully side by side.
You asked me to make a choice,
 a dark heart for one full of light
 I chose to put on the righteous man
 and to give the old one a holy fight!
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ephesians 4:24
 King James Version
And that ye put on the new man,
 which after God is created in righteousness
 and true holiness.
Copyright 2012
 Deborah Ann Belka

Let Jesus Come In ~


Be Free by Marian Trindad free photo
 
 A heart full of wounds,
 that no longer can feel
needs the touch of Jesus
 who knows how to heal.
A life that's been shattered,
 that leaves them nowhere
needs the hand of the Lord
 to lead them somewhere.
A body that is broken,
 beaten up, and is bare
needs the love of Jesus
 who will always care.
A sinner, a beggar
 a poor man's thief
 needs God's forgiveness
 to overcome their grief.
No matter your station,
 or place in this life
you need the Savior
 to overcome the strife.
So open your mind,
 shut out the depression
 let Jesus come in
 and make His impression!
~~~~~~~~
Acts 4:12
 King James Version
"Neither is there salvation in any other:
 for there is none other name under heaven
 given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

The Mystery of God’s Love ~



God is Love CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
Lord, I cannot illustrate,
 the mystery of Your love
 for it rises higher than the moon
 hanging onto the skies above.
I cannot measure it,
 not the distance or the length
 I cannot grasp it
 not its power or its strength.
I cannot calculate it,
 not the width or the depth
 I cannot fathom it
 without holding in my breath.
I cannot explain it,
 not how near or how far
 I cannot clarify it
 for it is the Morning Star.
I cannot imagine it,
 beyond what my eyes can see
 and yet I am amazed
 that to infinity ~ You love me.
Lord, I cannot illustrate
 Your mystery from above
 and yet I cannot live without
 Your everlasting love!
~~~~~~~~
Jeremiah 31:3
"The Lord hath appeared of old unto me,
 saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an
 everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness
 have I drawn thee."
King James Bible
 by Public Domain
Copyright 2012
  Deborah Ann Belka

Ten Laws You Mustn’t Break

Exodus 20

And God spake all these words, saying,

I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage

1.     Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

 2.    Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water  under the earth. 

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and  fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

3.     Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain;   for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

4.     Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

5.     Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

6.     Thou shalt not kill.

7.      Thou shalt not commit adultery.

8.     Thou shalt not steal.

9.     Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

10.    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

and the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

King James Version (KJV)
Public Domain

God Is My Refuge



God is my refuge,
 a retreat for my soul
 where life and its pressures
 cannot take their toll.
His wings watch over me,
 a shelter they provide
 whenever I am weary
 a perfect place to hide.
He will protect me,
 I will not be harmed
 for, He has me encased
 in His everlasting arms.
God is my refuge,
 a safe harbor to which I flee
 when I’m being tossed
 upon the stormy sea.
When I need strength,
 for the troubles I get in
 I always turn to the Lord
 my refuge from within!
~~~~~~~~~~
Psalm 46:1
 King James Version
“God is our refuge and strength,
 a very present help in trouble.”
Copyright 2011
 Deborah Ann Belka

God Is My Refuge ~

Canada_Geese_Tule_Lake_National_Wildlife_Refuge_California.jpg
God is my refuge,
  a retreat for my soul
  where life and its pressures
  cannot take their toll.
His wings watch over me,
  a shelter they provide
  whenever I am weary
  a perfect place to hide.
He will protect me,
  I will not be harmed
  for He has me encased
  in His everlasting arms.
God is my refuge,
  a safe harbor to which I flee
  when I'm being tossed
  upon the stormy sea.
When I need strength,
  for the troubles I get in
  I always turn to the Lord
  my refuge from within!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Psalm 46:1
"God is our refuge and strength,
  a very present help in trouble."
Copyright 2012 
  Deborah Ann Belka

Peace Of Mind ~



Direct my Paths used with permission Doorpost Verses on Facebook
There is a place of calm,
for all of us to find
a place to just let go
and have peace of mind.
Mine is in God's garden,
amid His Word I do reap
promises of green pastures
the gathering of His sheep.
As I walk along the path,
I bow to smell a rose
the scent of His undying love
in my heart forever grows.
I wander down the way,
and stop to pick a verse
I'm awed by His goodness
and find myself immersed.
I sit upon the bench,
under the arbor of my soul
and rest in the knowledge,
God is always in control!
~~~~~~~~
Isaiah 26:3
King James Version
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka
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