Today’s Bible Verse 09.22.20

Romans 15:7

Wherefore receive
ye one another,
as Christ also received
us to the glory of God.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.22.20

C_H__SpurgeonTuesday, September 22, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Let Israel rejoice in him.”
~
Psalm 149:2 ~

Be glad of heart, O believer, but take care that thy gladness has its spring in the Lord. Thou hast much cause for gladness in thy God, for thou canst sing with David, “God, my exceeding joy.” Be glad that the Lord reigneth, that Jehovah is King! Rejoice that He sits upon the throne, and ruleth all things! Every attribute of God should become a fresh ray in the sunlight of our gladness. That He is wise should make us glad, knowing as we do our own foolishness. That He is mighty, should cause us to rejoice who tremble at our weakness.

That he is everlasting, should always be a theme of joy when we know that we wither as the grass. That He is unchanging, should perpetually yield us a song, since we change every hour. That He is full of grace, that He is overflowing with it, and that this grace in covenant He has given to us; that it is ours to cleanse us, ours to keep us, ours to sanctify us, ours to perfect us, ours to bring us to glory—all this should tend to make us glad in Him. This gladness in God is as a deep river; we have only as yet touched its brink, we know a little of its clear sweet, heavenly streams, but onward the depth is greater, and the current more impetuous in its joy.

The Christian feels that he may delight himself not only in what God is, but also in all that God has done in the past. The Psalms show us that God’s people in olden times were wont to think much of God’s actions, and to have a song concerning each of them. So let God’s people now rehearse the deeds of the Lord! Let them tell of His mighty acts, and “sing unto the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously.” Nor let them ever cease to sing, for as new mercies flow to them day by day, so should their gladness in the Lord’s loving acts in providence and in grace show itself in continued thanksgiving. Be glad ye children of Zion and rejoice in the Lord your God.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.21.20

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Monday, September 21, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Gather not my soul with sinners.”
~ Psalm 26:9 ~

Fear made David pray thus, for something whispered, “Perhaps, after all, thou mayst be gathered with the wicked.” That fear, although marred by unbelief, springs, in the main, from holy anxiety, arising from the recollection of past sin. Even the pardoned man will enquire, “What if at the end my sins should be remembered, and I should be left out of the catalogue of the saved?” He recollects his present unfruitfulness—so little grace, so little love, so little holiness, and looking forward to the future, he considers his weakness and the many temptations which beset him, and he fears that he may fall, and become a prey to the enemy.

A sense of sin and present evil, and his prevailing corruptions, compel him to pray, in fear and trembling, “Gather not my soul with sinners.” Reader, if you have prayed this prayer, and if your character be rightly described in the Psalm from which it is taken, you need not be afraid that you shall be gathered with sinners. Have you the two virtues which David had—the outward walking in integrity, and the inward trusting in the Lord? Are you resting upon Christ’s sacrifice, and can you compass the altar of God with humble hope? If so, rest assured, with the wicked you never shall be gathered, for that calamity is impossible.

The gathering at the judgment is like to like. “Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” If, then, thou art like God’s people, thou shalt be with God’s people. You cannot be gathered with the wicked, for you are too dearly bought. Redeemed by the blood of Christ, you are His for ever, and where He is, there must His people be. You are loved too much to be cast away with reprobates. Shall one dear to Christ perish? Impossible! Hell cannot hold thee! Heaven claims thee! Trust in thy Surety and fear not!

#throwbackpoem: Perhaps Today My Lord Will Come

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Perhaps Today My Lord Will Come ~

By Deborah Ann

Perhaps today . . .
my Lord will come
perhaps today I’ll see
my Lord on the clouds
coming down for me.

Perhaps today . . .
my Lord will call
perhaps today I’ll hear
the sound of His trumpet
telling me He is here.

Perhaps today . . .
my Lord will show
perhaps today I’ll catch
that twinkling in my eyes
and be taken in a snatch.

Perhaps today . . .
my Lord will arrive
perhaps today I’ll leave
with my Savior to paradise
along with all who believe.

Perhaps today . . .
my Lord will come
perhaps today I’ll be
forever in peace with Him
in the bliss of eternity!

~~~~~~~~~~~

Matthew 24:30

“And then shall appear the sign
of the Son of man in heaven:
and then shall all the tribes
of the earth mourn, and they
shall see the Son of man coming
in the clouds of heaven with
power and great glory.”

1 Corinthians 15:52

“In a moment, in the twinkling
of an eye, at the last trump:
for the trumpet shall sound,
and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall
be changed.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.21.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, September 21, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Let Trials Bless

“Knowing that tribulation worketh patience.”
~ Romans 5:3 ~

This is a promise in essence if not in form. We have need of patience, and here we see the way of getting it. It is only by enduring that we learn to endure, even as by swimming men learn to swim. You could not learn that art on dry land, nor learn patience without trouble. Is it not worth while to suffer tribulation for the sake of gaining that beautiful equanimity of mind which quietly acquiesces in all the will of God?

Yet our text sets forth a singular fact, which is not according to nature but is supernatural. Tribulation in and of itself worketh petulance, unbelief, and rebellion. It is only by the sacred alchemy of grace that it is made to work in us patience. We do not thresh the wheat to lay the dust: yet the Rail of tribulation does this upon God’s floor. We do not toss a man about in order to give him rest, and yet so the Lord dealeth with His children. Truly this is not the manner of man but greatly redounds to the glory of our all-wise God.

Oh, for grace to let my trials bless me! Why should I wish to stay their gracious operation? Lord, I ask Thee to remove my affliction, but I beseech Thee ten times more to remove my impatience. Precious Lord Jesus, with Thy cross engrave the image of Thy patience on my heart.

Today’s Poem: Grace Is An Infusion

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Grace Is An Infusion ~

By Deborah Ann

Grace is an infusion,
of God’s love and mercy
it is given freely . . .
to all who are thirsty.

It cannot be bought,
borrowed or purchased
only by Jesus . . .
to you is it furnished.

Grace is an transfusion,
of Christ’s saving blood
it cleanses our souls
as it flows and floods.

It is a connection,
to everything just
it quickens the heart
in it’s power to trust.

Grace is a transfusion,
of hope, love and peace
grace is an infusion . . .
only Jesus can release!

~~~~~~~

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not
of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:

John 6:54

Whoso eateth my flesh,
and drinketh my blood,
hath eternal life;
and I will raise him
up at the last day.

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 09.21.20

2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the
communion of the Holy Ghost,
be with you all. Amen.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.21.20

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Monday, September 21, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I will rejoice over them to do them good.”
~ Jeremiah 32:41 ~

How heart-cheering to the believer is the delight which God has in His saints! We cannot see any reason in ourselves why the Lord should take pleasure in us; we cannot take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan, being burdened; conscious of our sinfulness, and deploring our unfaithfulness; and we fear that God’s people cannot take much delight in us, for they must perceive so much of our imperfections and our follies, that they may rather lament our infirmities than admire our graces. But we love to dwell upon this transcendent truth, this glorious mystery: that as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so does the Lord rejoice over us.

We do not read anywhere that God delighteth in the cloud-capped mountains, or the sparkling stars, but we do read that He delighteth in the habitable parts of the earth, and that His delights are with the sons of men. We do not find it written that even angels give His soul delight; nor doth He say, concerning cherubim and seraphim, “Thou shalt be called Hephzibah, for the Lord delighteth in thee”; but He does say all that to poor fallen creatures like ourselves, debased and depraved by sin, but saved, exalted, and glorified by His grace. In what strong language He expresses His delight in His people! Who could have conceived of the eternal One as bursting forth into a song?

Yet it is written, “He will rejoice over thee with joy, He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.” As He looked upon the world He had made, He said, “It is very good”; but when He beheld those who are the purchase of Jesus’ blood, His own chosen ones, it seemed as if the great heart of the Infinite could restrain itself no longer, but overflowed in divine exclamations of joy. Should not we utter our grateful response to such a marvellous declaration of His love, and sing, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation?”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.20.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, September 20, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“In the evening withhold not thy hand.”  
~ Ecclesiastes 11:6 ~

In the evening of the day opportunities are plentiful: men return from their labour, and the zealous soul-winner finds time to tell abroad the love of Jesus. Have I no evening work for Jesus? If I have not, let me no longer withhold my hand from a service which requires abundant labour. Sinners are perishing for lack of knowledge; he who loiters may find his skirts crimson with the blood of souls. Jesus gave both His hands to the nails, how can I keep back one of mine from His blessed work? Night and day He toiled and prayed for me, how can I give a single hour to the pampering of my flesh with luxurious ease? Up, idle heart; stretch out thy hand to work, or uplift it to pray; heaven and hell are in earnest, let me be so, and this evening sow good seed for the Lord my God.17 has also its calls. Life is so short that a morning of manhood’s vigour, and an evening of decay, make the whole of it. To some it seems long, but a four-pence is a great sum of money to a poor man. Life is so brief that no man can afford to lose a day. It has been well said that if a great king should bring us a great heap of gold, and bid us take as much as we could count in a day, we should make a long day of it; we should begin early in the morning, and in the evening we should not withhold our hand; but to win souls is far nobler work, how is it that we so soon withdraw from it?

Some are spared to a long evening of green old age; if such be my case, let me use such talents as I still retain, and to the last hour serve my blessed and faithful Lord. By His grace I will die in harness, and lay down my charge only when I lay down my body. Age may instruct the young, cheer the faint, and encourage the desponding; if eventide has less of vigorous heat, it should have more of calm wisdom, therefore in the evening I will not withhold my hand.

#throwbackpoem: These Final Days

to GOD be the GLORY

~ These Final Days ~

By Deborah Ann

Fill us with hope Lord,
in these final days
keep us from following
the world’s wicked ways.

Fill us with trust Lord,
as the end draws near
keep our minds sober
our consciences clear.

Fill us with faith Lord,
in these perilous times
keeps our hearts pure
our souls fit and prime.

Fill us with peace Lord,
as Your return we await
keep our steps heading
towards the narrow gate.

Keep filling us Lord,
with hope, faith, peace and trust
keep our love for You . . .
till the end strong and robust!

~~~~~~

Timothy 3:1-7

This know also, that in the last
days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their
own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient
to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers,
false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded,
lovers of pleasures more than
lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away.

For of this sort are they which
creep into houses, and lead c
aptive silly women laden with sins,
led away with divers lusts,

Ever learning, and never able to
come to the knowledge of the truth.

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Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.20.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, September 20, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Perfect Willingness

‘Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.’ 
~ Psalm 110:3 ~

Blessed be the God of grace that it is so! He has a people whom He has chosen from of old to be His peculiar portion. These by nature have wills as stubborn as the rest of the froward sons of Adam; but when the day of His power comes and grace displays its omnipotence, they become willing to repent and to believe in Jesus. None are saved unwillingly, but the will is made sweetly to yield itself. What a wondrous power is this, which never violates the will and yet rules it! God does not break the lock, but He opens it by a master key which He alone can handle.

Now are we willing to be, to do, or to suffer as the Lord wills. If at any time we grow rebellious, He has but to come to us with power, and straightway we run in the way of His commands with all our hearts. May this be a day of power with me as to some noble effort for the glory of God and the good of my fellowmen! Lord, I am willing; may I not hope that this is a day of Thy power? I am wholly at Thy disposal; willing, yea, eager, to be used of Thee for Thy holy purposes. O Lord, let me not have to cry, “To will is present with me, but how to perform that which I would, I find not”; but give me power as Thou givest me will.

Today’s Poem: Without The First Rain

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Without The First Rain ~

By Deborah Ann

Without the first rain,
there can’t be a last harvest
without the Son’s Light
all would be in darkness.

Without the spring showers,
the seed of truth can’t grow
without the fresh crops
Jesus no one would know.

Without the latter rain,
there be nothing to reap
without God’s eternal mercy
over sin, no one would weep.

Without the outpouring,
of the Holy Spirit
without the Word of God
no one for heaven would be fit.

Without the first rain,
the latter rain can’t come
so that Jesus can return
and set up His Kingdom!

~~~~~~~

James 5:7

“Be patient therefore,
brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.
Behold, the husbandman waiteth
for the precious fruit of the earth,
and hath long patience for it,
until he receive the
early and latter rain.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 09.20.20

Joel 2:23

Be glad then, ye children of Zion,
and rejoice in the Lord your God:
for he hath given you the former
rain moderately, and he will
cause to come down for you
the rain, the former rain, and
the latter rain in the first month.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.20.20

C_H__Spurgeon

Sunday, September 20, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.”
~ Judges 7:20 ~

Gideon ordered his men to do two things: covering up a torch in an earthen pitcher, he bade them, at an appointed signal, break the pitcher and let the light shine, and then sound with the trumpet, crying, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon! the sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” This is precisely what all Christians must do. First, you must shine;break the pitcher which conceals your light; throw aside the bushel which has been hiding your candle, and shine.

Let your light shine before men; let your good works be such, that when men look upon you, they shall know that you have been with Jesus. Then there must be the sound, the blowing of the trumpet. There must be active exertions for the ingathering of sinners by proclaiming Christ crucified. Take the gospel to them; carry it to their door; put it in their way; do not suffer them to escape it; blow the trumpet right against their ears.

Remember that the true war-cry of the Church is Gideon’s watchword, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” God must do it, it is His own work. But we are not to be idle; instrumentality is to be used—”The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” If we only cry, “The sword of the Lord!” we shall be guilty of an idle presumption; and if we shout, “The sword of Gideon!” alone, we shall manifest idolatrous reliance on an arm of flesh: we must blend the two in practical harmony, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!”

We can do nothing of ourselves, but we can do everything by the help of our God; let us, therefore, in His name determine to go out personally and serve with our flaming torch of holy example, and with our trumpet tones of earnest declaration and testimony, and God shall be with us, and Midian shall be put to confusion, and the Lord of hosts shall reign for ever and ever.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.19.20

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“For this child I prayed.”
~ 1 Samuel 1:27 ~

Devout souls delight to look upon those mercies which they have obtained in answer to supplication, for they can see God’s especial love in them. When we can name our blessings Samuel, that is, “asked of God,” they will be as dear to us as her child was to Hannah. Peninnah had many children, but they came as common blessings unsought in prayer:

Hannah’s one heaven-given child was dearer far, because he was the fruit of earnest pleadings. How sweet was that water to Samson which he found at “the well of him that prayed!” Quassia cups turn all waters bitter, but the cup of prayer puts a sweetness into the draughts it brings. Did we pray for the conversion of our children? How doubly sweet, when they are saved, to see in them our own petitions fulfilled! Better to rejoice over them as the fruit of our pleadings than as the fruit of our bodies. Have we sought of the Lord some choice spiritual gift?

When it comes to us it will be wrapped up in the gold cloth of God’s faithfulness and truth, and so be doubly precious. Have we petitioned for success in the Lord’s work? How joyful is the prosperity which comes flying upon the wings of prayer! It is always best to get blessings into our house in the legitimate way, by the door of prayer; then they are blessings indeed, and not temptations.

Even when prayer speeds not, the blessings grow all the richer for the delay; the child Jesus was all the more lovely in the eyes of Mary when she found Him after having sought Him sorrowing. That which we win by prayer we should dedicate to God, as Hannah dedicated Samuel. The gift came from heaven, let it go to heaven. Prayer brought it, gratitude sang over it, let devotion consecrate it. Here will be a special occasion for saying, “Of Thine own have I given unto Thee.” Reader, is prayer your element or your weariness? Which?

#throwbackpoem: When At Last Jesus Returns

to GOD be the GLORY

~ When At Last Jesus Returns ~

By Deborah Ann

When at last Jesus returns,
He’ll bring with Him all the angels
up to the clouds He will call
the saints throughout the ages.

There’ll be a reuniting,
of all His sleeping saints
from the grave their bodies
and souls will reacquaint.

When at last Jesus returns,
there’ll be a loud command
the sounding of a trumpet
will be heard across the land.

Those who’ve been waiting,
will join their Savior in the air
as soon as they hear . . . .
the trumpet’s final warning blare.

When at last Jesus returns,
to paradise with Him we’ll go
where bliss and peace eternally
will gloriously forever flow!

~~~~~~

1 Corinthians 15:52

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last trump: for the trumpet shall
sound, and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.19.20

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The Reason for Singing

“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”
~ Zephaniah 3:17 ~

What a word is this! Jehovah God in the center of His people in all the majesty of His power! This presence alone suffices to inspire us with peace and hope. Treasures of boundless might are stored in our Jehovah, and He dwells in His church; therefore may His people shout for joy.

We not only have His presence, but He is engaged upon His choice work of salvation. “He will save.” He is always saving: He takes His name of Jesus from it. Let us not fear any danger, for He is mighty to save.

Nor is this all. He abides evermore the same, He saves, He finds rest in loving, He will not cease to love. His love gives Him joy. He even finds a theme for song in His beloved. This is exceedingly wonderful. When God wrought creation He did not sing but simply said, “It is very good”; but when He came to redemption, then the sacred Trinity felt a joy to be expressed in song, Think of it, and be astonished! Jehovah Jesus sings a marriage song over His chosen bride. She is to Him His love, His joy, His rest, His song. O Lord Jesus, by Thine immeasurable love to us teach us to love Thee, to rejoice in Thee, and to sing unto Thee our life-psalm.

Today’s Poem: Think

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Think ~

By Deborah Ann

If we were to think,
before we speak . . .
our tongues we’d hold
more in our cheeks.

If we carefully choose,
what words we use
we’d say things to lift up
not those that bruise.

If we were to ponder,
what we had to say
we’d be more likely
to stop first and pray.

If we were to select,
words comforting
our speech would be
far less confronting.

If we knew just how,
powerful our words were
the more encouragement
in others we’d stir.

If we were to just think,
before we speak . . .
more grace we’d have
the less others we’d critique!

~~~~~~~~~

Ephesians 4:29

“Let no corrupt communication
proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to
the use of edifying, that
it may minister grace
unto the hearers.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 09.19.20

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupt communication
proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good
to the use of edifying,
that it may minister grace
unto the hearers.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.19.20

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.”
~ Galatians 5:1 ~

This “liberty” makes us free to heaven’s charter—the Bible. Here is a choice passage, believer, “When thou passest through the rivers, I will be with thee.” You are free to that. Here is another: “The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee”; you are free to that. You are a welcome guest at the table of the promises. Scripture is a never-failing treasury filled with boundless stores of grace. It is the bank of heaven; you may draw from it as much as you please, without let or hindrance. Come in faith and you are welcome to all covenant blessings.

There is not a promise in the Word which shall be withheld. In the depths of tribulations let this freedom comfort you; amidst waves of distress let it cheer you; when sorrows surround thee let it be thy solace. This is thy Father’s love-token; thou art free to it at all times. Thou art also free to the throne of grace. It is the believer’s privilege to have access at all times to His heavenly Father. Whatever our desires, our difficulties, our wants, we are at liberty to spread all before Him. It matters not how much we may have sinned, we may ask and expect pardon.

It signifies nothing how poor we are, we may plead His promise that He will provide all things needful. We have permission to approach His throne at all times—in midnight’s darkest hour, or in noontide’s most burning heat. Exercise thy right, O believer, and live up to thy privilege. Thou art free to all that is treasured up in Christ—wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. It matters not what thy need is, for there is fulness of supply in Christ, and it is there for thee. O what a “freedom” is thine! freedom from condemnation, freedom to the promises, freedom to the throne of grace, and at last freedom to enter heaven!

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