Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.22.16

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

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Past Deliverance Begets Faith

“David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine”   (1 Samuel 17:37).

This is not a promise if we consider only the words, but it is truly so as to its sense; for David spoke a word which the LORD endorsed by making it true. He argued from past deliverance’s that he should receive help in a new danger. In Jesus all the promises are “Yea” and “Amen” to the glory of God by us, and so the LORD’s former dealings with His believing people will be repeated.

Come, then, let us recall the LORD’s former lovingkindness. We could not have hoped to be delivered aforetime by our own strength; yet the LORD delivered us. Will He not again save us? We are sure He will. As David ran to meet his foe, so will we. The LORD has been with us, He is with us, and He has said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” Why do we tremble? Was the past a dream? Think of the dead bear and lion. Who is this Philistine? True, he is not quite the same, and is neither bear nor lion; but then God is the same, and His honor is as much concerned in the one case as in the other. He did not save us from the beasts of the forest to let a giant kill us. Let us be of good courage.

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.22.16

Your Word My Light

“There is no fear in love;
but perfect love
casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment.
He that feareth is not made
perfect in love.

   King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.22.16

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Monday, February 22, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

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“His bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob.”
~ Genesis 49:24. ~

THAT strength which God gives to His Josephs is real strength; it is not a boasted valour, a fiction, a thing of which men talk, but which ends in smoke; it is true—divine strength. Why does Joseph stand against temptation? Because God gives him aid. There is nought that we can do without the power of God. All true strength comes from “the mighty God of Jacob.” Notice in what a blessedly familiar way God gives this strength to Joseph—”The arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob.” Thus God is represented as putting His hands on Joseph’s hands, placing His arms on Joseph’s arms.

Like as a father teaches his children, so the Lord teaches them that fear Him. He puts His arms upon them. Marvellous condescension! God Almighty, Eternal, Omnipotent, stoops from His throne and lays His hand upon the child’s hand, stretching His arm upon the arm of Joseph, that he may be made strong! This strength was also covenant strength, for it is ascribed to “the mighty God of Jacob.” Now, wherever you read of the God of Jacob in the Bible, you should remember the covenant with Jacob. Christians love to think of God’s covenant.

All the power, all the grace, all the blessings, all the mercies, all the comforts, all the things we have, flow to us from the well-head, through the covenant. If there were no covenant, then we should fail indeed; for all grace proceeds from it, as light and heat from the sun. No angels ascend or descend, save upon that ladder which Jacob saw, at the top of which stood a covenant God. Christian, it may be that the archers have sorely grieved you, and shot at you, and wounded you, but still your bow abides in strength; be sure, then, to ascribe all the glory to Jacob’s God.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.21.16

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Understandest thou what thou readest?” ~ Acts 8:30 ~

WE should be abler teachers of others, and less liable to be carried about by every wind of doctrine, if we sought to have a more intelligent understanding of the Word of God. As the Holy Ghost, the Author of the Scriptures is He who alone can enlighten us rightly to understand them, we should constantly ask His teaching, and His guidance into all truth. When the prophet Daniel would interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, what did he do? He set himself to earnest prayer that God would open up the vision. The apostle John, in his vision at Patmos, saw a book sealed with seven seals which none was found worthy to open, or so much as to look upon. The book was afterwards opened by the Lion of the tribe of Judah, who had prevailed to open it; but it is written first—”I wept much.”

The tears of John, which were his liquid prayers, were, so far as he was concerned, the sacred keys by which the folded book was opened. Therefore, if, for your own and others’ profiting, you desire to be “filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,” remember that prayer is your best means of study: like Daniel, you shall understand the dream, and the interpretation thereof, when you have sought unto God; and like John you shall see the seven seals of precious truth unloosed, after you have wept much.

Stones are not broken, except by an earnest use of the hammer; and the stone-breaker must go down on his knees. Use the hammer of diligence, and let the knee of prayer be exercised, and there is not a stony doctrine in revelation which is useful for you to understand, which will not fly into shivers under the exercise of prayer and faith. You may force your way through anything with the leverage of prayer. Thoughts and reasonings are like the steel wedges which give a hold upon truth; but prayer is the lever, the prise which forces open the iron chest of sacred mystery, that we may get the treasure hidden within.

I’m Heaven Bound ~

Heaven Bound ~ CHRISTian poetry by Deborah ann - photo creation swap
Got me a new birth certificate,
 on the day, I was born again
 I was so excited to have Jesus
 come into my life and reign.
I received a brand new heart,
 on the day, I opened the door
 inviting Jesus to come right in
 not knowing what was in store.
He took a close look around,
 saw what I could never see
 He told me was going to form
 Him image right into me.
I had to give up the old life,
 for the one He was to mold
 He told me when He was done
 I would be, as good as gold.
It took Him quite a while,
 to turn my life around . . .
 but now my birth certificate
 says ~ I’m heaven bound!
~~~~~~~~~~~~
John 3:5-7
  King James Version
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
  Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, 
  he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
  and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee,
  Ye must be born again.”
Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.21.16

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

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Blessing on Littleness

“He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great”            ~ Psalm 115:13 ~

This is a word of cheer to those who are of humble station and mean estate. Our God has a very gracious consideration for those of small property, small talent, small influence, small weight. God careth for the small things in creation and even regards sparrows in their lighting upon the ground. Nothing is small to God, for He makes use of insignificant agents for the accomplishment of His purposes. Let the least among men seek of God a blessing upon his littleness, and he shall find his contracted sphere to be a happy one.

Among those who fear the LORD there are little and great. Some are babes, and others are giants. But these are all blessed. Little faith is blessed faith. Trembling hope is blessed hope. Every grace of the Holy Spirit, even though it be only in the bud, bears a blessing within it. Moreover, the LORD Jesus bought both the small and the great with the same precious blood, and He has engaged to preserve the lambs as well as the full-grown sheep. No mother overlooks her child because it is little; nay, the smaller it is, the more tenderly does she nurse

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.21.16

Your Word My Light

“For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery,
Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal,
Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Thou shalt not covet; and if there be
any other commandment, it is briefly
comprehended in this saying, namely,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:
therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

   King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.22.16

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

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“He hath said.” ~ Hebrews 13:5 ~

IF we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand. What doubt will not be slain by this two-edged sword? What fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound before this arrow from the bow of God’s covenant? Will not the distresses of life and the pangs of death; will not the corruptions within, and the snares without; will not the trials from above, and the temptations from beneath, all seem but light afflictions, when we can hide ourselves beneath the bulwark of “He hath said”? Yes; whether for delight in our quietude, or for strength in our conflict, “He hath said” must be our daily resort.

And this may teach us the extreme value of searching the Scriptures. There may be a promise in the Word which would exactly fit your case, but you may not know of it, and therefore you miss its comfort. You are like prisoners in a dungeon, and there may be one key in the bunch which would unlock the door, and you might be free; but if you will not look for it, you may remain a prisoner still, though liberty is so near at hand. There may be a potent medicine in the great pharmacopoeia of Scripture, and you may yet continue sick unless you will examine and search the Scriptures to discover what “He hath said.”

Should you not, besides reading the Bible, store your memories richly with the promises of God? You can recollect the sayings of great men; you treasure up the verses of renowned poets; ought you not to be profound in your knowledge of the words of God, so that you may be able to quote them readily when you would solve a difficulty, or overthrow a doubt? Since “He hath said” is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort, let it dwell in you richly, as “A well of water, springing up unto everlasting life.” So shall you grow healthy, strong, and happy in the divine life.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.20.16

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”~ Matthew 4:1 ~

A holy character does not avert temptation—Jesus was tempted. When Satan tempts us, his sparks fall upon tinder; but in Christ’s case, it was like striking sparks on water; yet the enemy continued his evil work. Now, if the devil goes on striking when there is no result, how much more will he do it when he knows what inflammable stuff our hearts are made of. Though you become greatly sanctified by the Holy Ghost, expect that the great dog of hell will bark at you still. In the haunts of men we expect to be tempted, but even seclusion will not guard us from the same trial. Jesus Christ was led away from human society into the wilderness, and was tempted of the devil.

Solitude has its charms and its benefits, and may be useful in checking the lust of the eye and the pride of life; but the devil will follow us into the most lovely retreats. Do not suppose that it is only the worldly-minded who have dreadful thoughts and blasphemous temptations, for even spiritual-minded persons endure the same; and in the holiest position we may suffer the darkest temptation. The utmost consecration of spirit will not insure you against Satanic temptation.

Christ was consecrated through and through. It was His meat and drink to do the will of Him that sent Him: and yet He was tempted! Your hearts may glow with a seraphic flame of love to Jesus, and yet the devil will try to bring you down to Laodicean lukewarmness. If you will tell me when God permits a Christian to lay aside his armour, I will tell you when Satan has left off temptation. Like the old knights in war time, we must sleep with helmet and breastplate buckled on, for the arch-deceiver will seize our first unguarded hour to make us his prey. The Lord keep us watchful in all seasons, and give us a final escape from the jaw of the lion and the paw of the bear.

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.20.16

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

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Continual Guidance

“The LORD shall guide thee continually”   ~ Isaiah 5 8:11 ~

What aileth thee? Hast thou lost thy way? Art thou entangled in a dark wood and canst thou not find thy paths? Stand still, and see the salvation of God. He knows the way, and He will direct thee in it if thou cry unto Him.

Every day brings its own perplexity. How sweet to feel that the guidance of the LORD is continual! If we choose our own way or consult with flesh and blood we cast ok the LORD’s guidance; but if we abstain from self-will, then He will direct every step of our road, every hour of the day, and every day of the year, and every year of our life. If we will but be guided, we shall be guided. If we will commit our way unto the LORD, He will direct our course so that we shall not lose ourselves.

But note to whom this promise is made. Read the previous verse: “If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry.” We must feel for others and give them, not a few dry crusts, but such things as we ourselves would wish to receive. If we show a tender care for our fellow-creatures in the hour of their need, then will the LORD attend to our necessities and make Himself our continual Guide. Jesus is the Leader, not of misers, nor of those who oppress the poor, but of the kind and tenderhearted. Such persons are pilgrims who shall never miss their way.

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.20.16

Your Word My Light

“He that covereth a transgression
seeketh love; but he that repeateth
a matter separateth very friends”

   King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.20.16

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“God, that comforteth those that are cast down.”                 ~ 2 Corinthians 7:6 ~

AND who comforteth like Him? Go to some poor, melancholy, distressed child of God; tell him sweet promises, and whisper in his ear choice words of comfort; he is like the deaf adder, he listens not to the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely. He is drinking gall and wormwood, and comfort him as you may, it will be only a note or two of mournful resignation that you will get from him; you will bring forth no psalms of praise, no hallelujahs, no joyful sonnets. But let God come to His child, let Him lift up his countenance, and the mourner’s eyes glisten with hope. Do you not hear him sing—

“‘Tis paradise, if thou art here;
If thou depart, ’tis hell?”

You could not have cheered him: but the Lord has done it; “He is the God of all comfort.” There is no balm in Gilead, but there is balm in God. There is no physician among the creatures, but the Creator is Jehovah-rophi. It is marvellous how one sweet word of God will make whole songs for Christians. One word of God is like a piece of gold, and the Christian is the goldbeater, and can hammer that promise out for whole weeks. So, then, poor Christian, thou needest not sit down in despair.

Go to the Comforter, and ask Him to give thee consolation. Thou art a poor dry well. You have heard it said, that when a pump is dry, you must pour water down it first of all, and then you will get water, and so, Christian, when thou art dry, go to God, ask Him to shed abroad His joy in thy heart, and then thy joy shall be full. Do not go to earthly acquaintances, for you will find them Job’s comforters after all; but go first and foremost to thy “God, that comforteth those that are cast down,” and you will soon say, “In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.19.16

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Friday, February 19, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“He first findeth his own brother Simon.”~ John 1:41 ~

THIS case is an excellent pattern of all cases where spiritual life is vigorous. As soon as a man has found Christ, he begins to find others. I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou canst eat it all thyself. True grace puts an end to all spiritual monopoly. Andrew first found his own brother Simon, and then others. Relationship has a very strong demand upon our first individual efforts. Andrew, thou didst well to begin with Simon.

I doubt whether there are not some Christians giving away tracts at other people’s houses who would do well to give away a tract at their own—whether there are not some engaged in works of usefulness abroad who are neglecting their special sphere of usefulness at home. Thou mayst or thou mayst not be called to evangelize the people in any particular locality, but certainly thou art called to see after thine own servants, thine own kinsfolk and acquaintance. Let thy religion begin at home. Many tradesmen export their best commodities—the Christian should not. He should have all his conversation everywhere of the best savour; but let him have a care to put forth the sweetest fruit of spiritual life and testimony in his own family.

When Andrew went to find his brother, he little imagined how eminent Simon would become. Simon Peter was worth ten Andrews so far as we can gather from sacred history, and yet Andrew was instrumental in bringing him to Jesus. You may be very deficient in talent yourself, and yet you may be the means of drawing to Christ one who shall become eminent in grace and service. Ah! dear friend, you little know the possibilities which are in you. You may but speak a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian church in years to come. Andrew has only two talents, but he finds Peter. Go thou and do likewise.

Free At Last ~

he-set-the-captives-free CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
He sets the captive free,
 from evil spirits within
 releases the binds of guilt
 the shame of our sin.
He loosens the chains,
 on wickedness and hate
 unshackles our burdens
 eases the heavy weight.
He heals the backslidden,
 His love is our freedom
 the yoke of oppression
 no longer the inner demon.
He scours out darkness,
 in His light, there is power
 with grace and mercy
 our lives, He empowers.
No longer are we slaves,
 to man and his laws
 now we come before God
 with holy fear and awe.
Oh, what a privilege,
 no longer are we bound
 free indeed at last . . .
 our liberty in Jesus found!
~~~~~~~~~~
John 8:32
  King James Version
“And ye shall know the truth,
  and the truth shall make you free.”
Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.19.16

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

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God Can Make You Strong

“Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded” ~ 2 Chronicles 15:7 ~

God had done great things for King Asa and Judah, but yet they were a feeble folk. Their feet were very tottering in the ways of the LORD, and their hearts very hesitating, so that they had to be warned that the LORD would be with them while they were with Him, but that if they forsook Him He would leave them. They were also reminded of the sister kingdom, how ill it fared in its rebellion and how the LORD was gracious to it when repentance was shown. The LORD’s design was to confirm them in His way and make them strong in righteousness. So ought it to be with us. God deserves to be served with all the energy of which we are capable.

If the service of God is worth anything, it is worth everything. We shall find our best reward in the LORD’s work if we do it with determined diligence. Our labor is not in vain in the LORD, and we know it. Halfhearted work will bring no reward; but when we throw our whole soul into the cause, we shall see prosperity. This text was sent to the author of these notes in a day of terrible storm, and it suggested to him to put on all steam, with the assurance of reaching port in safety with a glorious freight.

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.19.16

Your Word My Light

“Beloved, if God so loved us,
we ought also to love one another.

No man hath seen God at any time.
If we love one another, God dwelleth
in us, and his love is perfected in us.”

   King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.19.16

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Friday, February 19, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

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“Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them.”~ Ezekiel 36:37 ~

PRAYER is the forerunner of mercy. Turn to sacred history, and you will find that scarcely ever did a great mercy come to this world unheralded by supplication. You have found this true in your own personal experience. God has given you many an unsolicited favour, but still great prayer has always been the prelude of great mercy with you. When you first found peace through the blood of the cross, you had been praying much, and earnestly interceding with God that He would remove your doubts, and deliver you from your distresses.

Your assurance was the result of prayer. When at any time you have had high and rapturous joys, you have been obliged to look upon them as answers to your prayers. When you have had great deliverances out of sore troubles, and mighty helps in great dangers, you have been able to say, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

Prayer is always the preface to blessing. It goes before the blessing as the blessing’s shadow. When the sunlight of God’s mercies rises upon our necessities, it casts the shadow of prayer far down upon the plain. Or, to use another illustration, when God piles up a hill of mercies, He Himself shines behind them, and He casts on our spirits the shadow of prayer, so that we may rest certain, if we are much in prayer, our pleadings are the shadows of mercy. Prayer is thus connected with the blessing to show us the value of it. If we had the blessings without asking for them, we should think them common things; but prayer makes our mercies more precious than diamonds. The things we ask for are precious, but we do not realize their preciousness until we have sought for them earnestly.

“Prayer makes the darken’d cloud withdraw;
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw;
Gives exercise to faith and love;
Brings every blessing from above.”
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.18.16

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

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“Father, I have sinned.”~ Luke 15:18 ~

IT is quite certain that those whom Christ has washed in His precious blood need not make a confession of sin, as culprits or criminals, before God the Judge, for Christ has for ever taken away all their sins in a legal sense, so that they no longer stand where they can be condemned, but are once for all accepted in the Beloved; but having become children, and offending as children, ought they not every day to go before their heavenly Father and confess their sin, and acknowledge their iniquity in that character? Nature teaches that it is the duty of erring children to make a confession to their earthly father, and the grace of God in the heart teaches us that we, as Christians, owe the same duty to our heavenly father.

We daily offend, and ought not to rest without daily pardon. For, supposing that my trespasses against my Father are not at once taken to Him to be washed away by the cleansing power of the Lord Jesus, what will be the consequence? If I have not sought forgiveness and been washed from these offences against my Father, I shall feel at a distance from Him; I shall doubt His love to me; I shall tremble at Him; I shall be afraid to pray to Him: I shall grow like the prodigal, who, although still a child, was yet far off from his father.

But if, with a child’s sorrow at offending so gracious and loving a Parent, I go to Him and tell Him all, and rest not till I realize that I am forgiven, then I shall feel a holy love to my Father, and shall go through my Christian career, not only as saved, but as one enjoying present peace in God through Jesus Christ my Lord. There is a wide distinction between confessing sin as a culprit, and confessing sin as a child. The Father’s bosom is the place for penitent confessions. We have been cleansed once for all, but our feet still need to be washed from the defilement of our daily walk as children of God.

I am Convinced ~

I am convinced I belong to God,
 that nothing can separate us
 I am sure and I am positive
 and so in Him I will always trust.
There’s nothing that man can say,
 to break God’s and my alliance
 I am sure and I am positive
 for on Him I put my full reliance.
Storms may toss and blow my way,
 but I will not be swept out to sea
 I am sure and I am positive
 through each gust, God is with me.
The earth may shake and quiver,
 yet my faith in God will stand
 I am sure and I am positive
 nothing can snatch me out of His hand.
And when Satan comes along,
 putting temptations in my way
 I am sure and I am positive
 on the narrow path, I will stay.
I am convinced I belong to God,
 my victory is in Christ alone
 I am sure and I am positive
 one day He will take me home!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Romans 8:38-39
 King James Version
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor
  life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
  nor things present, nor things to come, Nor
  height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
  shall be able to separate us from the love of
  God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Copyright 2012
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.18.16

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

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God Will Answer

“He will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him: He also will hear their cry, and will save them”   ~ Psalm 145:19 ~

His own Spirit has wrought this desire in us, and therefore He will answer it. It is His own life within which prompts the cry, and therefore He will hear it. Those who fear Him are men under the holiest influence, and, therefore, their desire is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Like Daniel, they are men of desires, and the LORD will cause them to realize their aspirations.

Holy desires are grace in the blade, and the heavenly Husbandman will cultivate them till they come to the full corn in the ear. God-fearing men desire to be holy, to be useful, to be a blessing to others, and so to honor their LORD. They desire supplies for their need, help under burdens, guidance in perplexity, deliverance in distress; and sometimes this desire is so strong and their case so pressing that they cry out in agony like little children in pain, and then the LORD works most comprehensively and does all that is needful according to this Word — “and will save them.”

Yes, if we fear God, we have nothing else to fear; if we cry to the LORD, our salvation is certain.

Let the reader lay this text on his tongue and keep it in his mouth all the day, and it will be to him as “a wafer made with honey.”

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