His Name Is Jesus ~

His Name Is Jesus ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann / Photo DoorPost Verses 
His name is Jesus,
 the bright Morning Star
 He can change your life
 right where you are.
His name is Jesus,
 God’s begotten Son
 He came to forgive
 each and everyone.
His name is Jesus,
 the sturdy Rock
 He opens doors
 hears every knock.
His name is Jesus,
 the True Vine and Light
 He brings victory
 gives eternal sight.
His name is Jesus,
 Savior, Prince of Peace
 He calms the waters
 brings sweet release.
His name is Jesus,
 The Christ, the Lord of all
 He came to save you
 when you heed His call!
~~~~~~~~~~
John 3:17
  King James Version
“For God sent not his Son
  into the world to condemn
 the world; but that the world
 through him might be saved.”
Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.26.16

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Truth Established

The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment. ~ Proverbs 12:19 ~

Truth wears well. Time tests it, but it right well endures the trial. R; then, I have spoken the truth and have for the present to suffer for it, I must be content to wait. If also I believe the truth of God and endeavor to declare it, I may meet with much opposition, but I need not fear, for ultimately the truth must prevail.

What a poor thing is the temporary triumph of falsehood! “A lying lip is but for a moment!” It is a mere gourd which comes up in a night and perishes in a night; and the greater its development the more manifest its decay. On the other hand, how worthy of an immortal being is the avowal and defense of that truth which can never change; the everlasting gospel, which is established in the immutable truth of an unchanging God! An old proverb saith, “He that speaks truth shames the devil.” Assuredly he that speaks the truth of God will put to shame all the devils in hell and confound all the seed of the serpent which now hiss out their falsehoods.

O my heart, take care that thou be in all things on the side of truth, both in small things and great; but specially, on the side of Him by whom grace and truth have come among men!

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.26.16

Your Word My Light

1 John 4:9

“In this was manifested the love
of God toward us, because that
God sent his only begotten Son
into the world, that we might
live through him.”

   King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.26.16

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Friday, February 26, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Salvation is of the Lord.” ~ Jonah 2:9 ~

SALVATION is the work of God. It is He alone who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is He also who maintains the soul in its spiritual life. He is both “Alpha and Omega.” “Salvation is of the Lord.” If I am prayerful, God makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because He upholds me with His hand. I do nothing whatever towards my own preservation, except what God Himself first does in me.

Whatever I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone. Wherein I sin, that is my own; but wherein I act rightly, that is of God, wholly and completely. If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm. Do I live before men a consecrated life? It is not I, but Christ who liveth in me. Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me. Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God’s chastisements sanctified to my good. Do I grow in knowledge? The great Instructor teaches me. All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art. I find in God all that I want; but I find in myself nothing but sin and misery. “He only is my rock and my salvation.” Do I feed on the Word?

That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it. Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven? What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink? Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength? Where do I gather my might? My help cometh from heaven’s hills: without Jesus I can do nothing. As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in Him. What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet: “Salvation is of the Lord.”

“Thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.”—Psalm 91:9.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.25.16

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa.” ~Jonah 1:3 ~

INSTEAD of going to Nineveh to preach the Word, as God bade him, Jonah disliked the work, and went down to Joppa to escape from it. There are occasions when God’s servants shrink from duty. But what is the consequence? What did Jonah lose by his conduct? He lost the presence and comfortable enjoyment of God’s love. When we serve our Lord Jesus as believers should do, our God is with us; and though we have the whole world against us, if we have God with us, what does it matter? But the moment we start back, and seek our own inventions, we are at sea without a pilot.

Then may we bitterly lament and groan out, “O my God, where hast Thou gone? How could I have been so foolish as to shun Thy service, and in this way to lose all the bright shinings of Thy face? This is a price too high. Let me return to my allegiance, that I may rejoice in Thy presence.” In the next place, Jonah lost all peace of mind. Sin soon destroys a believer’s comfort. It is the poisonous upas tree, from whose leaves distil deadly drops which destroy the life of joy and peace. Jonah lost everything upon which he might have drawn for comfort in any other case. He could not plead the promise of divine protection, for he was not in God’s ways; he could not say, “Lord, I meet with these difficulties in the discharge of my duty, therefore help me through them.” He was reaping his own deeds; he was filled with his own ways.

Christian, do not play the Jonah, unless you wish to have all the waves and the billows rolling over your head. You will find in the long run that it is far harder to shun the work and will of God than to at once yield yourself to it. Jonah lost his time, for he had to go to Tarshish after all. It is hard to contend with God; let us yield ourselves at once.

True Love ~

Love CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
True love does not boast,
 it’s not embedded with pride
 love that is forthright
 hasn’t anything to hide.
It is not offensive,
 carefully it chooses its words
 it’s pleasing and uplifting
 joy and happiness it stirs.
It doesn’t act haughty,
 or say things causing pain
 love that is agape . . .
 has nothing for it to gain.
Love that comes from Jesus,
 is filled with truth and light
 love that is not self-seeking
 is pleasing in God’s sight!
~~~~~~~~~
1 Corinthians 13:4
  King James Version
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
  charity envieth not;
  charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,”
Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.25.16

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Ye shall be named the priests of the Lord. ~ Isaiah 61:6 ~

This literal promise to Israel belongs spiritually to the seed after the Spirit, namely, to all believers. If we live up to our privileges, we shall live unto God so clearly and distinctly that men shall see that we are set apart for holy service and shall name us the priests of the Lord. We may work or trade as others do, and yet we may be solely and wholly the ministering servants of God. Our one occupation shall be to present the perpetual sacrifice of prayer, and praise, and testimony, and self-consecration to the living God by Jesus Christ.

This being our one aim, we may leave distracting concerns to those who have no higher calling. “Let the dead bury their dead.” It is written, “Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine-dressers,” They may manage politics, puzzle out financial problems, discuss science, and settle the last new quibbles of criticism; but we will give ourselves unto such service as becomes those who, like the Lord Jesus, are ordained to a perpetual priesthood.

Accepting this honorable promise as involving a sacred duty, let us put on the vestments of holiness and minister before the Lord all day long.

 

 

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.25.16

Your Word My Light

Matthew 22:37-39

“Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

   King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.25.16

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The wrath to come.”~ Matthew 3:7 ~

IT is pleasant to pass over a country after a storm has spent itself; to smell the freshness of the herbs after the rain has passed away, and to note the drops while they glisten like purest diamonds in the sunlight. That is the position of a Christian. He is going through a land where the storm has spent itself upon His Saviour’s head, and if there be a few drops of sorrow falling, they distil from clouds of mercy, and Jesus cheers him by the assurance that they are not for his destruction.

But how terrible is it to witness the approach of a tempest: to note the forewarnings of the storm; to mark the birds of heaven as they droop their wings; to see the cattle as they lay their heads low in terror; to discern the face of the sky as it groweth black, and look to the sun which shineth not, and the heavens which are angry and frowning! How terrible to await the dread advance of a hurricane—such as occurs, sometimes, in the tropics—to wait in terrible apprehension till the wind shall rush forth in fury, tearing up trees from their roots, forcing rocks from their pedestals, and hurling down all the dwelling-places of man! And yet, sinner, this is your present position. No hot drops have as yet fallen, but a shower of fire is coming.

No terrible winds howl around you, but God’s tempest is gathering its dread artillery. As yet the water-floods are dammed up by mercy, but the flood-gates shall soon be opened: the thunderbolts of God are yet in His storehouse, but lo! the tempest hastens, and how awful shall that moment be when God, robed in vengeance, shall march forth in fury! Where, where, where, O sinner, wilt thou hide thy head, or whither wilt thou flee? O that the hand of mercy may now lead you to Christ! He is freely set before you in the gospel: His riven side is the rock of shelter. Thou knowest thy need of Him; believe in Him, cast thyself upon Him, and then the fury shall be overpast for ever.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.24.16

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy upon Jerusalem? . . . And the Lord answered the angel . . . with good words and comfortable words.”~ Zechariah 1:12,13 ~

WHAT a sweet answer to an anxious enquiry! This night let us rejoice in it. O Zion, there are good things in store for thee; thy time of travail shall soon be over; thy children shall be brought forth; thy captivity shall end. Bear patiently the rod for a season, and under the darkness still trust in God, for His love burneth towards thee. God loves the church with a love too deep for human imagination: He loves her with all His infinite heart. Therefore let her sons be of good courage; she cannot be far from prosperity to whom God speaketh “good words and comfortable words.” What these comfortable words are the prophet goes on to tell us: “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.”

The Lord loves His church so much that He cannot bear that she should go astray to others; and when she has done so, He cannot endure that she should suffer too much or too heavily. He will not have his enemies afflict her: He is displeased with them because they increase her misery. When God seems most to leave His church, His heart is warm towards her. History shows that whenever God uses a rod to chasten His servants, He always breaks it afterwards, as if He loathed the rod which gave his children pain. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.”

God hath not forgotten us because He smites—His blows are no evidences of want of love. If this is true of His church collectively, it is of necessity true also of each individual member. You may fear that the Lord has passed you by, but it is not so: He who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting His own children. He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature He ever made, or the only saint He ever loved. Approach Him and be at peace.

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.24.16

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Hear So as to Be Heard

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. ~ John 15:7 ~

Note well that we must hear Jesus speak if we expect Him to hear us speak. If we have no ear for Christ, He will have no ear for us. In proportion as we hear we shall be heard.

Moreover, what is heard must remain, must live in us, and must abide in our character as a force and a power. We must receive the truths which Jesus taught, the precepts which He issued, and the movements of His Spirit within us; or we shall have no power at the Mercy Seat.

Suppose our Lord’s words to be received and to abide in us, what a boundless field of privilege is opened up to us! We are to have our will in prayer, because we have already surrendered our will to the Lord’s command. Thus are Elijahs trained to handle the keys of heaven and lock or loose the clouds. One such man is worth a thousand common Christians. Do we humbly desire to be intercessors for the church and the world, and like Luther to be able to have what we will of the Lord? Then we must bow our ear to the voice of the Well-beloved, treasure up His words, and carefully obey them. He has need to “hearken diligently” who would pray effectually.

 

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.24.16

Your Word My Light

“For I know the thoughts
that I think toward you,

saith the Lord, thoughts of peace,
and not of evil,

to give you an expected end.

Then shall ye call upon me
and ye shall go and pray

unto me, and I will
hearken unto you.

And ye shall seek me,
and find me, when ye shall search

for me with all your heart.”

   King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.24.16

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” ~ Ezekiel 34:26 ~

HERE is sovereign mercy—”I will give them the shower in its season.” Is it not sovereign, divine mercy?—for who can say, “I will give them showers,” except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them beget the rain. Who sendeth down the rain upon the earth? Who scattereth the showers upon the green herb? Do not I, the Lord? So grace is the gift of God, and is not to be created by man. It is also needed grace. What would the ground do without showers? You may break the clods, you may sow your seeds, but what can you do without the rain? As absolutely needful is the divine blessing. In vain you labour, until God the plenteous shower bestows, and sends salvation down.

Then, it is plenteous grace. “I will send them showers.” It does not say, “I will send them drops,” but “showers.” So it is with grace. If God gives a blessing, He usually gives it in such a measure that there is not room enough to receive it. Plenteous grace! Ah! we want plenteous grace to keep us humble, to make us prayerful, to make us holy; plenteous grace to make us zealous, to preserve us through this life, and at last to land us in heaven. We cannot do without saturating showers of grace. Again, it is seasonable grace.“I will cause the shower to come down in his season.” What is thy season this morning?

Is it the season of drought? Then that is the season for showers. Is it a season of great heaviness and black clouds? Then that is the season for showers. “As thy days so shall thy strength be.” And here is a varied blessing. “I will give thee showers of blessing.” The word is in the plural. All kinds of blessings God will send. All God’s blessings go together, like links in a golden chain. If He gives converting grace, He will also give comforting grace. He will send “showers of blessing.” Look up to-day, O parched plant, and open thy leaves and flowers for a heavenly watering.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.23.16

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Take up the cross, and follow Me.”~ Mark 10:21 ~

YOU have not the making of your own cross, although unbelief is a master carpenter at cross-making; neither are you permitted to choose your own cross, although self-will would fain be lord and master; but your cross is prepared and appointed for you by divine love, and you are cheerfully to accept it; you are to take up the cross as your chosen badge and burden, and not to stand cavilling at it.

This night Jesus bids you submit your shoulder to His easy yoke. Do not kick at it in petulance, or trample on it in vain-glory, or fall under it in despair, or run away from it in fear, but take it up like a true follower of Jesus. Jesus was a cross-bearer; He leads the way in the path of sorrow. Surely you could not desire a better guide! And if He carried a cross, what nobler burden would you desire? The Via Crucis is the way of safety; fear not to tread its thorny paths.

Beloved, the cross is not made of feathers, or lined with velvet, it is heavy and galling to disobedient shoulders; but it is not an iron cross, though your fears have painted it with iron colours, it is a wooden cross, and a man can carry it, for the Man of sorrows tried the load. Take up your cross, and by the power of the Spirit of God you will soon be so in love with it, that like Moses, you would not exchange the reproach of Christ for all the treasures of Egypt. Remember that Jesus carried it, and it will smell sweetly; remember that it will soon be followed by the crown, and the thought of the coming weight of glory will greatly lighten the present heaviness of trouble.

The Lord help you to bow your spirit in submission to the divine will ere you fall asleep this night, that waking with to-morrow’s sun, you may go forth to the day’s cross with the holy and submissive spirit which becomes a follower of the Crucified.

Love Impressed ~

Love Impressed ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborahann ~ 
Oh, Lord my Savior,
 I feel so blessed
 for Your love on my soul
 has been impressed.
You stamped Your Word,
 into my heart
 now all of my days
 You help me to chart.
Engraved into my spirit,
 now are Your ways
 leaving me, for You
 a new path to blaze.
You sealed Your grace,
 into my very being
 so I could have hope
 liberating and freeing.
Oh, Lord My Savior,
 keeping impressing in me
 Your Spirit’s image . . .
 until You’re all I see!
~~~~~~~~
 2 Timothy 1:13-14

“ Hold fast the form of sound words,
  which thou hast heard of me, in faith
  and love which is in Christ Jesus.
That good thing which was committed
  unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost
  which dwelleth in us.”
King James Version
 by Public Domain
Copyright 2015
 Deborah Ann Belka

 

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.23.16

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Unbroken Fellowship Essential

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. ~ John 15:7 ~

Of necessity we must be in Christ to live unto Him, and we must abide in Him to be able to claim the largesse of this promise from Him. To abide in Jesus is never to quit Him for another love or another object, but to remain in living, loving, conscious, willing union with Him. The branch is not only ever near the stem but ever receiving life and fruitfulness from it. All true believers abide in Christ in a sense; but there is a higher meaning, and this we must know before we can gain unlimited power at the throne. “Ask what ye will” is for Enochs who walk with God, for Johns who lie in the Lord’s bosom, for those whose union with Christ leads to constant communion.

The heart must remain in love, the mind must be rooted in faith, the hope must be cemented to the Word, the whole man must be joined unto the Lord, or else it would be dangerous to trust us with power in prayer. The carte blanche can only be given to one whose very life is, “Not I, but Christ liveth in me.” O you who break your fellowship, what power you lose! If you would be mighty in your pleadings, the Lord Himself must abide in you, and you in Him.

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.23.16

Your Word My Light

 “Do they not err that devise evil?
but mercy and truth shall be to
them that devise good.”

   King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.23.16

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I will never leave thee.” ~ Hebrews 13:5 ~

NO promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, He has said to all. When He opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When He openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too.

Whether He gave the word to Abraham or to Moses, matters not, O believer; He has given it to thee as one of the covenanted seed. There is not a high blessing too lofty for thee, nor a wide mercy too extensive for thee. Lift up now thine eyes to the north and to the south, to the east and to the west, for all this is thine. Climb to Pisgah’s top, and view the utmost limit of the divine promise, for the land is all thine own.

There is not a brook of living water of which thou mayst not drink. If the land floweth with milk and honey, eat the honey and drink the milk, for both are thine. Be thou bold to believe, for He hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”In this promise, God gives to His people everything. “I will never leave thee.” Then no attribute of God can cease to be engaged for us. Is He mighty? He will show Himself strong on the behalf of them that trust Him. Is He love? Then with lovingkindness will He have mercy upon us.

Whatever attributes may compose the character of Deity, every one of them to its fullest extent shall be engaged on our side. To put everything in one, there is nothing you can want, there is nothing you can ask for, there is nothing you can need in time or in eternity, there is nothing living, nothing dying, there is nothing in this world, nothing in the next world, there is nothing now, nothing at the resurrection-morning, nothing in heaven which is not contained in this text—”I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.22.16

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Monday, February 22, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power.”
—Nahum 1:3 ~

JEHOVAH “is slow to anger.” When mercy cometh into the world she driveth winged steeds; the axles of her chariot-wheels are red hot with speed; but when wrath goeth forth, it toileth on with tardy footsteps, for God taketh no pleasure in the sinner’s death. God’s rod of mercy is ever in His hands outstretched; His sword of justice is in its scabbard, held down by that pierced hand of love which bled for the sins of men. “The Lord is slow to anger,” because He is GREAT IN POWER.

He is truly great in power who hath power over himself. When God’s power doth restrain Himself, then it is power indeed: the power that binds omnipotence is omnipotence surpassed. A man who has a strong mind can bear to be insulted long, and only resents the wrong when a sense of right demands his action. The weak mind is irritated at a little: the strong mind bears it like a rock which moveth not, though a thousand breakers dash upon it, and cast their pitiful malice in spray upon its summit. God marketh His enemies, and yet He bestirs not Himself, but holdeth in His anger. If He were less divine than He is, He would long ere this have sent forth the whole of His thunders, and emptied the magazines of heaven; He would long ere this have blasted the earth with the wondrous fires of its lower regions, and man would have been utterly destroyed; but the greatness of his power brings us mercy. Dear reader, what is your state this evening?

Can you by humble faith look to Jesus, and say, “My substitute, Thou art my rock, my trust”? Then, beloved, be not afraid of God’s power; for by faith you have fled to Christ for refuge, the power of God need no more terrify you, than the shield and sword of the warrior need terrify those whom he loves. Rather rejoice that He who is “great in power” is your Father and Friend.

To Know God’s Peace ~

To Know God's Peace ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
Oh, to know the peace of God,
 to slip to sleep upon its crest
 to wade into its soft caress
 and find my perfect rest.
To wait for the calming relief,
 from the years of eroding pain
 to find its ebbing tranquility
 releasing all my earthly strain.
Oh, to calm the rushing roar,
 that rages through my mind
 peace asleep upon the shore
 waves to me to come and find.
Peace, peace why do you flee,
 from the head on which I lie
 flood me with your quietness
 abide with me until I die.
Oh, how I long to obtain,
 a stillness – too still to hear
 and then, oh then, my Lord . . .
 I’ll be kept safe and near!
~~~~~
Psalm 4.8
“I will both lay me down in peace,
 and sleep: for thou, Lord,
 only makest me dwell in safety.”
King James Version
 by Public Domain
Copyright 2015
 Deborah Ann Belka
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