Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.31.20

C_H__SpurgeonTuesday, March 31, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.”
~ 2 Samuel 21:10 ~

If the love of a woman to her slain sons could make her prolong her mournful vigil for so long a period, shall we weary of considering the sufferings of our blessed Lord? She drove away the birds of prey, and shall not we chase from our meditations those worldly and sinful thoughts which defile both our minds and the sacred themes upon which we are occupied? Away, ye birds of evil wing! Leave ye the sacrifice alone! She bore the heats of summer, the night dews and the rains, unsheltered and alone. Sleep was chased from her weeping eyes: her heart was too full for slumber. Behold how she loved her children! Shall Rizpah thus endure, and shall we start at the first little inconvenience or trial?

Are we such cowards that we cannot bear to suffer with our Lord? She chased away even the wild beasts, with courage unusual in her sex, and will not we be ready to encounter every foe for Jesus’ sake? These her children were slain by other hands than hers, and yet she wept and watched: what ought we to do who have by our sins crucified our Lord? Our obligations are boundless, our love should be fervent and our repentance thorough.

To watch with Jesus should be our business, to protect His honour our occupation, to abide by His cross our solace. Those ghastly corpses might well have affrighted Rizpah, especially by night, but in our Lord, at whose cross-foot we are sitting, there is nothing revolting, but everything attractive. Never was living beauty so enchanting as a dying Saviour. Jesus, we will watch with Thee yet awhile, and do Thou graciously unveil Thyself to us; then shall we not sit beneath sackcloth, but in a royal pavilion.

#throwbackpoem: On Tranquil Seas

to GOD be the GLORY

~ On Tranquil Seas ~

By Deborah Ann

Smooth Sailing ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

On tranquil seas,
I wish to sail . . .
sans any storm
or gathering gale.

Smoothing sailing,
is all I want
no rough waters
to leave me gaunt.

Just blissful calm,
nothing more
no raging waves
breaking ashore.

Peaceful days,
restful nights
no disturbances
in which to fight.

But, this I know,
Lord can’t be true
so I’ll just sail . . .
in closer to You!

~~~~~~~

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 03.31.20

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Presence of Mind

“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
~ Proverbs 3:25-26 ~

When God is abroad in judgments, He would not have His people alarmed. He has not come forth to harm but to defend the righteous.

He would have them manifest courage. We who enjoy the presence of God ought to display presence of mind. Since the Lord Himself may suddenly come, we ought not to be surprised at anything sudden. Serenity under the rush and roar of unexpected evils is a precious gift of divine love.

The Lord would have His chosen display discrimination so that they may see that the desolation of the wicked is not a real calamity to the universe. Sin alone is evil; the punishment which follows thereupon is as a preserving salt to keep society from putrefying. We should be far more shocked at the sin which deserves hell than at the hell which comes out of sin.

So, too, should the Lord’s people exhibit great quietness of spirit. Satan and his serpent seed are full of all subtlety; but those who walk with God shall not be taken in their deceitful snares. Go on, believer in Jesus, and let the Lord be thy confidence.

Today’s Poem: Wounded

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Wounded ~

By Deborah Ann

Wounded ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Christ Crucified - IBible Verse

Insulted and ridiculed,
poked and made fun of
for me Jesus was affronted
in the name of eternal love.

Bruised for my rebellion,
cursed and spit upon
for my own wickedness
Jesus was severely beaten on.

Wounded for my sins,
whipped and cruelly lashed
for my transgressions
Jesus was brutally slashed.

Pierced and stabbed,
left hanging on the cross
because of me, Jesus became
no better than a pile of dross.

My punishment He took,
my peace, He finally sealed
tis why by His stripes today . . .
my soul to God is healed!

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 53:5-6

“But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 03.31.20

Isaiah 53:5-6

But he was wounded
for our transgressions,
he was bruised
for our iniquities:
the chastisement
of our peace
was upon him;
and with his stripes
we are healed.

All we like sheep have
gone astray;
we have turned every one
to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid
on him the iniquity of us all.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.31.20

C_H__SpurgeonTuesday, March 31, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“With His stripes we are healed.”
~ Isaiah 53:5 ~

Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fearful laceration, and tore off the flesh from the bone. The Saviour was, no doubt, bound to the column, and thus beaten. He had been beaten before; but this of the Roman lictors was probably the most severe of His flagellations. My soul, stand here and weep over His poor stricken body.

Believer in Jesus, can you gaze upon Him without tears, as He stands before you the mirror of agonizing love? He is at once fair as the lily for innocence, and red as the rose with the crimson of His own blood. As we feel the sure and blessed healing which His stripes have wrought in us, does not our heart melt at once with love and grief? If ever we have loved our Lord Jesus, surely we must feel that affection glowing now within our bosoms.

“See how the patient Jesus stands,
Insulted in His lowest case!
Sinners have bound the Almighty’s hands,
And spit in their Creator’s face.
With thorns His temples gor’d and gash’d
Send streams of blood from every part;
His back’s with knotted scourges lash’d.
But sharper scourges tear His heart.”

We would fain go to our chambers and weep; but since our business calls us away, we will first pray our Beloved to print the image of His bleeding self upon the tablets of our hearts all the day, and at nightfall we will return to commune with Him, and sorrow that our sin should have cost Him so dear.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.30.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, March 30, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.”
~ Lamentations 3:40 ~

The spouse who fondly loves her absent husband longs for his return; a long protracted separation from her Lord is a semi-death to her spirit: and so with souls who love the Saviour much, they must see His face, they cannot bear that He should be away upon the mountains of Bether, and no more hold communion with them. A reproaching glance, an uplifted finger will be grievous to loving children, who fear to offend their tender father, and are only happy in his smile. Beloved, it was so once with you. A text of Scripture, a threatening, a touch of the rod of affliction, and you went to your Father’s feet, crying, “Show me wherefore Thou contendest with me?”

Is it so now? Are you content to follow Jesus afar off? Can you contemplate suspended communion with Christ without alarm? Can you bear to have your Beloved walking contrary to you, because you walk contrary to Him? Have your sins separated between you and your God, and is your heart at rest? O let me affectionately warn you, for it is a grievous thing when we can live contentedly without the present enjoyment of the Saviour’s face. Let us labour to feel what an evil thing this is — little love to our own dying Saviour, little joy in our precious Jesus, little fellowship with the Beloved!

Hold a true Lent in your souls, while you sorrow over your hardness of heart. Do not stop at sorrow! Remember where you first received salvation. Go at once to the cross. There, and there only, can you get your spirit quickened. No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead we may have become, let us go again in all the rags and poverty, and defilement of our natural condition. Let us clasp that cross, let us look into those languid eyes, let us bathe in that fountain filled with blood — this will bring back to us our first love; this will restore the simplicity of our faith, and the tenderness of our heart.

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 03.30.20

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Thanksgiving ~ Praise

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
~ Philippians 4:6-7 ~

No care but all prayer. No anxiety but much joyful communion with God. Carry your desires to the LORD of your life, the guardian of your soul. Go to Him with two portions of prayer and one of fragrant praise. Do not pray doubtfully but thankfully. Consider that you have your petitions, and therefore thank God for His grace. He is giving you grace; give Him thanks, Hide nothing. Allow no want to lie rankling in your bosom; “make known your requests.” Run not to man. Go only to your God, the Father of Jesus, who loves you in Him.

This shall bring you God’s own peace. You shall not be able to understand the peace which you shall enjoy. It will enfold you in its infinite embrace. Heart and mind through Christ Jesus shall be steeped in a sea of rest. Come life or death, poverty, pain, slander, you shall dwell in Jesus above every rolling wind or darkening cloud. Will you not obey this dear command?

Yes, LORD, I do believe thee; but, I beseech thee, help mine unbelief.

Today’s Bible Verse 03.30.20

Isaiah 53:3-4

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.

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken, s
mitten of God, and afflicted.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Today’s Poem: All Because of His Name

to GOD be the GLORY

~ All Because of His Name ~

By Deborah Ann

All Because of His Name ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ photo/creationswap

He who had no fault,
no witness to defame
was declared guilty . . .
all because of His name.

He who broke no law,
nor to Satan did He obey
was crucified to death
for our iniquity that day.

He who did no wrong,
was put to public shame
ridiculed upon the cross
all because of His name.

He who had no sin,
took the punishment for us
with each piercing stab
on Him that was thrust.

He who had no fault,
took our share of blame
so He could forgive all . . .
who call upon His name!

~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 53:2-5

“For he shall grow up before him
as a tender plant, and as a root
out of a dry ground: he hath no
form nor comeliness; and when we
shall see him, there is no beauty
that we should desire him.

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.

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows: yet we
did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised
for our iniquities: the chastisement
of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: Jesus My Rock

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Jesus, My Rock ~

By Deborah Ann

Jesus, my Rock
my salvation, my refuge
with You there is peace
under worries deluge.

You are my strength,
when my own is spent
in You there’s safety
from all that torments.

My God, My Rock,
shield me from evil
protect me from
the world’s upheaval.

Be my earthly guide,
let me not fall prey
to satan’s deceitfulness
and his unrighteous way.

Jesus, My Rock,
on You I will depend
to keep me sheltered
until You come again!

~~~~~~

Psalm 62:7

“In God is my salvation
and my glory:
the rock of my strength,
and my refuge, is in God.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.30.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, March 30, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“He was numbered with the transgressors.”
~ Isaiah 53:12 ~

Why did Jesus suffer Himself to be enrolled amongst sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. In such a character He could the better become their advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the counsellor with the client, nor can they be looked upon in the eye of the law as apart from one another.

Now, when the sinner is brought to the bar, Jesus appears there Himself. He stands to answer the accusation. He points to His side, His hands, His feet, and challenges Justice to bring anything against the sinners whom He represents; He pleads His blood, and pleads so triumphantly, being numbered with them and having a part with them, that the Judge proclaims, “Let them go their way; deliver them from going down into the pit, for He hath found a ransom.”

Our Lord Jesus was numbered with the transgressors in order that they might feel their hearts drawn towards Him. Who can be afraid of one who is written in the same list with us? Surely we may come boldly to Him, and confess our guilt. He who is numbered with us cannot condemn us. Was He not put down in the transgressor’s list that we might be written in the red roll of the saints? He was holy, and written among the holy; we were guilty, and numbered among the guilty;

He transfers His name from yonder list to this black indictment, and our names are taken from the indictment and written in the roll of acceptance, for there is a complete transfer made between Jesus and His people. All our estate of misery and sin Jesus has taken; and all that Jesus has comes to us. His righteousness, His blood, and everything that He hath He gives us as our dowry. Rejoice, believer, in your union to Him who was numbered among the transgressors; and prove that you are truly saved by being manifestly numbered with those who are new creatures in Him.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.29.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, March 29, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I called him, but he gave me no answer.”
~ Song of Solomon 5:6 ~

Prayer sometimes tarrieth, like a petitioner at the gate, until the King cometh forth to fill her bosom with the blessings which she seeketh. The Lord, when he hath given great faith, has been known to try it by long delayings. He has suffered his servants’ voices to echo in their ears as from a brazen sky. They have knocked at the golden gate, but it has remained immovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges. Like Jeremiah, they have cried, “Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.” Thus have true saints continued long in patient waiting without reply, not because their prayers were not vehement, nor because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased him who is a Sovereign, and who gives according to his own pleasure.

If it pleases him to bid our patience exercise itself, shall he not do as he wills with his own! Beggars must not be choosers either as to time, place, or form. But we must be careful not to take delays in prayer for denials: God’s long-dated bills will be punctually honoured; we must not suffer Satan to shake our confidence in the God of truth by pointing to our unanswered prayers.

Unanswered petitions are not unheard. God keeps a file for our prayers—they are not blown away by the wind, they are treasured in the King’s archives. This is a registry in the court of heaven wherein every prayer is recorded. Tried believer, thy Lord hath a tear-bottle in which the costly drops of sacred grief are put away, and a book in which thy holy groanings are numbered. By and by, thy suit shall prevail. Canst thou not be content to wait a little? Will not thy Lord’s time be better than thy time? By and by he will comfortably appear, to thy soul’s joy, and make thee put away the sackcloth and ashes of long waiting, and put on the scarlet and fine linen of full fruition.

#throwbackpoem: Enduring The Storm

to GOD be the GLORY

Enduring The Storm ~

By Deborah Ann

Though the storm outside,
is swirling all about . . .
inside of me there’s not
one single drop of doubt.

For, I know God’s in control,
of the thunder overhead
and there isn’t anything
for me to fear or dread.

The winds may be gusting,
tearing things apart
but, there’s a calming breeze
sweeping through my heart.

For, I know God’s out there,
keeping His eyes on things
and He will give me the strength
to endure the storms He brings.

I do not know just how long,
this storm is going to last . . .
but, my faith will keep me trusting
until its final blast!

~~~~~~~~~

Nahum 1:7

“The Lord is good,
a strong hold in
the day of trouble;
and he knoweth them
that trust in him.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 03.29.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, March 29, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Dauntless Faith

“I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee”
~ Acts 18:10 ~

So long as the LORD had work for Paul to do in Corinth, the fury of the mob was restrained. The Jews opposed themselves and blasphemed; but they could neither stop the preaching of the gospel nor the conversion of the hearers. God has power over the most violent minds. He makes the wrath of man to praise Him when it breaks forth, but He still more displays His goodness when He restrains it; and He can restrain it. “By the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone, till thy people pass over, I LORD.”

Do not, therefore, feel any fear of man when you know that you are doing your duty. Go straight on, as Jesus would have done, and those who oppose shall be as a bruised reed and as smoking flax. Many a time men have had cause to fear because they were themselves afraid; but a dauntless faith in God brushes fear aside like the cobwebs in a giant’s path. No man can harm us unless the LORD permits. He who makes the devil himself to flee at a word can certainly control the devil’s agents. Maybe they are already more afraid of you than you are of them. Therefore, go forward, and where you looked to meet with foes you will find friends.

Today’s Poem: His Shoulders

to GOD be the GLORY

His Shoulders ~

By Deborah Ann

His shoulders,
my burden
His grace
my certain.

His pity,
my sin
His love
my win.

His peace,
my regret
His death
my debt.

His forethought,
my lack
His intercession
my back.

His shoulders,
my life
His sorrow
my strife!

~~~~~

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For he hath made him to be sin for us,
who knew no sin; that we might be made
the righteousness of God in him.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 3.29.20

2 Corinthians 5:21

God made him who
had no sin to be sin
for us, so that in him
we might become
the righteousness of God.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.29.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, March 29, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.”
~ Hebrews 5:8 ~

We are told that the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, therefore we who are sinful, and who are far from being perfect, must not wonder if we are called to pass through suffering too. Shall the head be crowned with thorns, and shall the other members of the body be rocked upon the dainty lap of ease? Must Christ pass through seas of his own blood to win the crown, and are we to walk to heaven dryshod in silver slippers?

No, our Master’s experience teaches us that suffering is necessary, and the true-born child of God must not, would not, escape it if he might. But there is one very comforting thought in the fact of Christ’s “being made perfect through suffering”—it is, that he can have complete sympathy with us. “He is not an high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” In this sympathy of Christ we find a sustaining power. One of the early martyrs said, “I can bear it all, for Jesus suffered, and he suffers in me now; he sympathizes with me, and this makes me strong.” Believer, lay hold of this thought in all times of agony. Let the thought of Jesus strengthen you as you follow in his steps.

Find a sweet support in his sympathy; and remember that, to suffer is an honourable thing—to suffer for Christ is glory. The apostles rejoiced that they were counted worthy to do this. Just so far as the Lord shall give us grace to suffer for Christ, to suffer with Christ, just so far does he honour us. The jewels of a Christian are his afflictions. The regalia of the kings whom God hath anointed are their troubles, their sorrows, and their griefs. Let us not, therefore, shun being honoured. Let us not turn aside from being exalted. Griefs exalt us, and troubles lift us up. “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 03.28.20

C_H__SpurgeonSaturday, March 28, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I will accept you with your sweet savour.”
~ Ezekiel 20:41 ~

The merits of our great Redeemer are as sweet savour to the Most High. Whether we speak of the active or passive righteousness of Christ, there is an equal fragrance. There was a sweet savour in his active life by which he honoured the law of God, and made every precept to glitter like a precious jewel in the pure setting of his own person. Such, too, was his passive obedience, when he endured with unmurmuring submission, hunger and thirst, cold and nakedness, and at length sweat great drops of blood in Gethsemane, gave his back to the smiters, and his cheeks to them that plucked out the hair, and was fastened to the cruel wood, that he might suffer the wrath of God in our behalf.

These two things are sweet before the Most High; and for the sake of his doing and his dying, his substitutionary sufferings and his vicarious obedience, the Lord our God accepts us. What a preciousness must there be in him to overcome our want of preciousness! What a sweet savour to put away our ill savour!

What a cleansing power in his blood to take away sin such as ours! and what glory in his righteousness to make such unacceptable creatures to be accepted in the Beloved! Mark, believer, how sure and unchanging must be our acceptance, since it is in him! Take care that you never doubt your acceptance in Jesus. You cannot be accepted without Christ; but, when you have received his merit, you cannot be unaccepted.

Notwithstanding all your doubts, and fears, and sins, Jehovah’s gracious eye never looks upon you in anger; though he sees sin in you, in yourself, yet when he looks at you through Christ, he sees no sin. You are always accepted in Christ, are always blessed and dear to the Father’s heart. Therefore lift up a song, and as you see the smoking incense of the merit of the Saviour coming up, this evening, before the sapphire throne, let the incense of your praise go up also.

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 03.28.20

C_H__SpurgeonSaturday, March 28, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Lead the Way

“The Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail.”
~ Deuteronomy 28:13 ~

If we obey the Lord, He will compel our adversaries to see that His blessing rests upon us. Though this be a promise of the law, yet it stands good to the people of God; for Jesus has removed the curse, but He has established the blessing.

It is for saints to lead the way among men by holy influence: they are not to be the tail, to be dragged hither and thither by others. We must not yield to the spirit of the age, but compel the age to do homage to Christ. If the Lord be with us, we shalt not crave toleration for religion, but we shall seek to seat it on the throne of society. Has not the Lord Jesus made His people priests” Surely they are to teach and must not be learners from the philosophies of unbelievers. Are we not in Christ made kings to reign upon the earth? How, then can we be the servants of custom, the slaves of human opinion?

Have you, dear friend, taken up your true position for Jesus? Too many are silent because diffident, if not cowardly. Should we allow the name of the Lord Jesus to be kept in the background? Should our religion drag along as a tail? Should it not rather lead the way and be the ruling force with ourselves and others?

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