Today’s Bible Verse 11.21.15

Your Word My Light

1 Corinthians 1:4-5

“I thank my God always on your behalf,
for the grace of God which is given
you by Jesus Christ; That in every
thing ye are enriched by him, in
all utterance, and in all knowledge;”

King James Version
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~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.21.15

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Grieve not the Holy Spirit.”

~ Ephesians 4:30 ~

ALL that the believer has must come from Christ, but it comes solely through the channel of the Spirit of grace. Moreover, as all blessings thus flow to you through the Holy Spirit, so also no good thing can come out of you in holy thought, devout worship, or gracious act, apart from the sanctifying operation of the same Spirit. Even if the good seed be sown in you, yet it lies dormant except He worketh in you to will and to do of His own good pleasure. Do you desire to speak for Jesus—how can you unless the Holy Ghost touch your tongue?

Do you desire to pray? Alas! what dull work it is unless the Spirit maketh intercession for you! Do you desire to subdue sin? Would you be holy? Would you imitate your Master? Do you desire to rise to superlative heights of spirituality? Are you wanting to be made like the angels of God, full of zeal and ardour for the Master’s cause? You cannot without the Spirit—”Without me ye can do nothing.” O branch of the vine, thou canst have no fruit without the sap! O child of God, thou hast no life within thee apart from the life which God gives thee through His Spirit! Then let us not grieve Him or provoke Him to anger by our sin. Let us not quench Him in one of His faintest motions in our soul; let us foster every suggestion, and be ready to obey every prompting.

If the Holy Spirit be indeed so mighty, let us attempt nothing without Him; let us begin no project, and carry on no enterprise, and conclude no transaction, without imploring His blessing. Let us do Him the due homage of feeling our entire weakness apart from Him, and then depending alone upon Him, having this for our prayer, “Open Thou my heart and my whole being to Thine incoming, and uphold me with Thy free Spirit when I shall have received that Spirit in my inward parts.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.20.15

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Friday, November 20, 2015

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.” ~ Proverbs 30:26 ~

CONSCIOUS of their own natural defenselessness, the conies resort to burrows in the rocks, and are secure from their enemies. My heart, be willing to gather a lesson from these feeble folk. Thou art as weak and as exposed to peril as the timid cony, be as wise to seek a shelter. My best security is within the munitions of an immutable Jehovah, where His unalterable promises stand like giant walls of rock.

It will be well with thee, my heart, if thou canst always hide thyself in the bulwarks of His glorious attributes, all of which are guarantees of safety for those who put their trust in Him. Blessed be the name of the Lord, I have so done, and have found myself like David in Adullam, safe from the cruelty of my enemy; I have not now to find out the blessedness of the man who puts his trust in the Lord, for long ago, when Satan and my sins pursued me, I fled to the cleft of the rock Christ Jesus, and in His riven side I found a delightful resting-place. My heart, run to Him anew to-night, whatever thy present grief may be; Jesus feels for thee; Jesus consoles thee; Jesus will help thee. No monarch in his impregnable fortress is more secure than the cony in his rocky burrow.

The master of ten thousand chariots is not one whit better protected than the little dweller in the mountain’s cleft. In Jesus the weak are strong, and the defenceless safe; they could not be more strong if they were giants, or more safe if they were in heaven. Faith gives to men on earth the protection of the God of heaven. More they cannot need, and need not wish. The conies cannot build a castle, but they avail themselves of what is there already: I cannot make myself a refuge, but Jesus has provided it, His Father has given it, His Spirit has revealed it, and lo, again to-night I enter it, and am safe from every foe.

Thank You God ~

~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Thank You God - IBible Verse
I thank You God,
 for everything . . .
 for the hope
 Your mercy brings.
I thank You God,
 for Your Son
 for the work
 He has begun.
I thank You God,
 for Your goodness
 for the joy
 of Your fullness.
I thank You God,
 for prayers granted
 for the peace
 You’ve implanted.
I thank You God,
 for deliverance
 for the strength
 of perseverance.
I thank You God,
 for everything . . .
 for each provision
 You daily bring!
~~~~~~~
Psalm 136:26
“O give thanks unto the God of heaven:
 for his mercy endureth for ever.”
King James Version
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Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 11.20.15

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Hunger Satisfied

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:9)

It is well to have longings, and the more intense they are the better. The Lord will satisfy soul-longings, however great and all-absorbing they may be. Let us greatly long, for God will greatly give. We are never in a right state of mind when we are contented with ourselves and are free from longings. Desires for more grace and groanings which cannot be uttered are growing pains, and we should wish to feel them more and more. Blessed Spirit, make us sigh and cry after better things and for more of the best things!

Hunger is by no means a pleasant sensation. Yet blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness. Such persons shall not only have their hunger relieved with a little food, but they shall be filled. They shall not be filled with any sort of rough stuff, but their diet shall be worthy of their good Lord, for they shall be filled with goodness by Jehovah Himself.

Come, let us not fret because we long and hunger, but let us hear the voice of the psalmist as he also longs and hungers to see God magnified. “Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.”

Today’s Bible Verse 11.20.15

Your Word My Light

Psalm 95:1-2

” O come, let us sing unto the Lord:
let us make a joyful noise to the
rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence
with thanksgiving, and make a joyful
noise unto him with psalms”

King James Version
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~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.20.15

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Friday, November 20, 2015

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“O Lord, Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul.”
~ Lamentations 3:58 ~

OBSERVE how positively the prophet speaks. He doth not say, “I hope, I trust, I sometimes think, that God hath pleaded the causes of my soul”; but he speaks of it as a matter of fact not to be disputed. “Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul.” Let us, by the aid of the gracious Comforter, shake off those doubts and fears which so much mar our peace and comfort. Be this our prayer, that we may have done with the harsh croaking voice of surmise and suspicion, and may be able to speak with the clear, melodious voice of full assurance. Notice how gratefully the prophet speaks, ascribing all the glory to God alone!

You perceive there is not a word concerning himself or his own pleadings. He doth not ascribe his deliverance in any measure to any man, much less to his own merit; but it is “thou”—”O Lord, Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; Thou hast redeemed my life.” A grateful spirit should ever be cultivated by the Christian; and especially after deliverances we should prepare a song for our God. Earth should be a temple filled with the songs of grateful saints, and every day should be a censor smoking with the sweet incense of thanksgiving. How joyful Jeremiah seems to be while he records the Lord’s mercy.

How triumphantly he lifts up the strain! He has been in the low dungeon, and is even now no other than the weeping prophet; and yet in the very book which is called “Lamentations,” clear as the song of Miriam when she dashed her fingers against the tabor, shrill as the note of Deborah when she met Barak with shouts of victory, we hear the voice of Jeremiah going up to heaven—”Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.” O children of God, seek after a vital experience of the Lord’s lovingkindness, and when you have it, speak positively of it; sing gratefully; shout triumphantly.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.19.15

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“O that I knew where I might find Him!”—Job 23:3.

IN Job’s uttermost extremity he cried after the Lord. The longing desire of an afflicted child of God is once more to see his Father’s face. His first prayer is not “O that I might be healed of the disease which now festers in every part of my body!” nor even “O that I might see my children restored from the jaws of the grave, and my property once more brought from the hand of the spoiler!” but the first and uppermost cry is, “O that I knew where I might find HIM, who is my God! that I might come even to His seat!”

God’s children run home when the storm comes on. It is the heaven-born instinct of a gracious soul to seek shelter from all ills beneath the wings of Jehovah. “He that hath made his refuge God,” might serve as the title of a true believer. A hypocrite, when afflicted by God, resents the infliction, and, like a slave, would run from the Master who has scourged him; but not so the true heir of heaven, he kisses the hand which smote him, and seeks shelter from the rod in the bosom of the God who frowned upon him. Job’s desire to commune with God was intensified by the failure of all other sources of consolation.

The patriarch turned away from his sorry friends, and looked up to the celestial throne, just as a traveller turns from his empty skin bottle, and betakes himself with all speed to the well. He bids farewell to earth-born hopes, and cries, “O that I knew where I might find my God!” Nothing teaches us so much the preciousness of the Creator, as when we learn the emptiness of all besides. Turning away with bitter scorn from earth’s hives, where we find no honey, but many sharp stings, we rejoice in Him whose faithful word is sweeter than honey or the honeycomb. In every trouble we should first seek to realize God’s presence with us. Only let us enjoy His smile, and we can bear our daily cross with a willing heart for His dear sake.

What Thanksgiving Brings ~

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Thanksgiving brings hope,
 where there is none
 thanksgiving brings gladness
 as praise rolls of the tongue.
Thanksgiving brings calm,
 where there is chaos
 thanksgiving brings joyfulness
 with peace, as its payoff.
Thanksgiving brings trust,
 where there is doubt
 thanksgiving brings jubilation
 to those who are devout.
Thanksgiving brings power,
 where there is weakness
 thanksgiving brings merriment
 healing and completeness.
Thanksgiving brings delight,
 to our Father and His Son
 thanksgiving brings rejoicing
 for all they have done!
~~~~~~~~
Psalm 75:175
“Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks,
 unto thee do we give thanks:
 for that thy name is near
 thy wondrous works declare.”
King James Version
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Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 11.19.15

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


From Obedience to Blessing

From this day will I bless you. (Haggai 2:19)

Future things are hidden from us. Yet here is a glass in which we may see the unborn years. The Lord says, “From this day will I bless you.”

It is worthwhile to note the day which is referred to in this promise. There had been failure of crops, blasting, and mildew, and all because of the people’s sin. Now, the Lord saw these chastened ones commencing to obey His word and build His temple, and therefore He says, “From the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid, consider. From this day will I bless you.” If we have lived in any sin, and the Spirit leads us to purge ourselves of it, we may reckon upon the blessing of the Lord. His smile, His Spirit, His grace, His fuller revelation of His truth will all prove to us an enlarged blessing. We may fall into greater opposition from man because of our faithfulness, but we shall rise to closer dealings with the Lord our God and a clearer sight of our acceptance in Him.

Lord, I am resolved to be more true to Thee and more exact in my following of Thy doctrine and Thy precept; and I pray Thee, therefore, by Christ Jesus, to increase the blessedness of my daily life henceforth and forever.

 

Today’s Bible Verse 11.19.15

Your Word My Light

Psalm 1:1-2

“Blessed is the man that walketh not
in the counsel of the ungodly, nor
standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of
the Lord; and in his law doth
he meditate day and night.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.19.15

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Avoid foolish questions.”—Titus 3:9.

OUR days are few, and are far better spent in doing good, than in disputing over matters which are, at best, of minor importance. The old schoolmen did a world of mischief by their incessant discussion of subjects of no practical importance; and our Churches suffer much from petty wars over abstruse points and unimportant questions. After everything has been said that can be said, neither party is any the wiser, and therefore the discussion no more promotes knowledge than love, and it is foolish to sow in so barren a field.

Questions upon points wherein Scripture is silent; upon mysteries which belong to God alone; upon prophecies of doubtful interpretation; and upon mere modes of observing human ceremonials, are all foolish, and wise men avoid them. Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether; and if we observe the apostle’s precept (Titus 3:8) to be careful to maintain good works, we shall find ourselves far too much occupied with profitable business to take much interest in unworthy, contentious, and needless strivings.

There are, however, some questions which are the reverse of foolish, which we must not avoid, but fairly and honestly meet, such as these: Do I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Am I renewed in the spirit of my mind? Am I walking not after the flesh, but after the Spirit? Am I growing in grace? Does my conversation adorn the doctrine of God my Saviour? Am I looking for the coming of the Lord, and watching as a servant should do who expects his master? What more can I do for Jesus? Such enquiries as these urgently demand our attention; and if we have been at all given to cavilling, let us now turn our critical abilities to a service so much more profitable. Let us be peace-makers, and endeavour to lead others both by our precept and example, to “avoid foolish questions.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.18.15

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Thou art from everlasting.”—Psalm 93:2.

CHRIST is EVERLASTING. Of Him we may sing with David, “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.” Rejoice, believer, in Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. Jesus always was. The Babe born in Bethlehem was united to the Word, which was in the beginning, by whom all things were made. The title by which Christ revealed Himself to John in Patmos was, “Him which is, and which was, and which is to come.” If He were not God from everlasting, we could not so devoutly love Him; we could not feel that He had any share in the eternal love which is the fountain of all covenant blessings; but since He was from all eternity with the Father, we trace the stream of divine love to Himself equally with His Father and the blessed Spirit.

As our Lord always was, so also He is for evermore. Jesus is not dead; “He ever liveth to make intercession for us.” Resort to Him in all your times of need, for He is waiting to bless you still. Moreover, Jesus our Lord ever shall be. If God should spare your life to fulfil your full day of threescore years and ten, you will find that His cleansing fountain is still opened, and His precious blood has not lost its power; you shall find that the Priest who filled the healing fount with His own blood, lives to purge you from all iniquity. When only your last battle remains to be fought, you shall find that the hand of your conquering Captain has not grown feeble—the living Saviour shall cheer the dying saint.

When you enter heaven you shall find Him there bearing the dew of His youth; and through eternity the Lord Jesus shall still remain the perennial spring of joy, and life, and glory to His people. Living waters may you draw from this sacred well! Jesus always was, He always is, He always shall be. He is eternal in all His attributes, in all His offices, in all His might, and willingness to bless, comfort, guard, and crown His chosen people.

In the Middle of the Night ~


In the Middle of the Night ~ CHristian poetry by deborah ann - photo Creationswap
In the middle of the night,
 when all is calm and quiet
 when in my house . . .
 there’s a peaceful climate.
I take advantage,
 of the early morning hour
 and I thank God . . .
 for His strength and power.
I thank Him for the new day,
 He has in store for me . . .
 I thank Him for helping me
 believe in things, I can’t see.
I thank Him for His mercy,
 He showers on me anew
 I thank Him for His grace
 that restores and renews.
I thank Him for His love,
 above all other things . . .
 I thank Him for the peace
 just knowing Him brings.
In the middle of the night,
 if awaken from my sleep . . .
 I thank my heavenly Father
 for every blessing that I reap!
~~~~~~~~~~
Psalm 119:62
 ” At midnight I will rise to give
 thanks unto thee because
 of thy righteous judgments.”
King James Version
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Copyright 2015
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 11.18.15

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Clearly Supernatural

In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. (Zechariah 12:8)

One of the best methods of the Lord’s defending His people is to make them strong in inward might. Men are better than walls, and faith is stronger than castles.

The Lord can take the feeblest among us and make him like David, the champion of Israel. Lord, do this with me! Infuse Thy power into me, and fill me with sacred courage that I may face the giant with sling and stone, confident in God.

The Lord can make His greatest champions far mightier than they are: David can be as God, as the angel of Jehovah. This would be a marvelous development, but it is possible, or it would not be spoken of. O Lord, work with the best of our leaders! Show us what Thou art able to do—namely, to raise Thy faithful servants to a height of grace and holiness which shall be clearly supernatural!

Lord, dwell in Thy saints, and they shall be as God; put Thy might into them, and they shall be as the living creatures who dwell in the presence of Jehovah. Fulfill this promise to Thine entire church in this our day, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Today’s Bible Verse 11.18.15

Your Word My Light

John 17:17

“Sanctify them through thy truth:
thy word is truth.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.18.15

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.”—Song of Solomon 4:12.

IN this metaphor, which has reference to the inner life of a believer, we have very plainly the idea of secrecy. It is a spring shut up: just as there were springs in the East, over which an edifice was built, so that none could reach them save those who knew the secret entrance; so is the heart of a believer when it is renewed by grace: there is a mysterious life within which no human skill can touch. It is a secret which no other man knoweth; nay, which the very man who is the possessor of it cannot tell to his neighbour. The text includes not only secrecy, but separation. It is not the common spring, of which every passer-by may drink, it is one kept and preserved from all others; it is a fountain bearing a particular mark—a king’s royal seal, so that all can perceive that it is not a common fountain, but a fountain owned by a proprietor, and placed specially by itself alone.

So is it with the spiritual life. The chosen of God were separated in the eternal decree; they were separated by God in the day of redemption; and they are separated by the possession of a life which others have not; and it is impossible for them to feel at home with the world, or to delight in its pleasures. There is also the idea of sacredness. The spring shut up is preserved for the use of some special person: and such is the Christian’s heart.

It is a spring kept for Jesus. Every Christian should feel that he has God’s seal upon him—and he should be able to say with Paul, “From henceforth let no man trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Another idea is prominent—it is that of security. Oh! how sure and safe is the inner life of the believer! If all the powers of earth and hell could combine against it, that immortal principle must still exist, for He who gave it pledged His life for its preservation. And who “is He that shall harm you,” when God is your protector?

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.17.15

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“He that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby”
~Ecclesiastes 10:9 ~

OPPRESSORS may get their will of poor and needy men as easily as they can split logs of wood, but they had better mind, for it is a dangerous business, and a splinter from a tree has often killed the woodman. Jesus is persecuted in every injured saint, and He is mighty to avenge His beloved ones. Success in treading down the poor and needy is a thing to be trembled at: if there be no danger to persecutors here there will be great danger hereafter.

To cleave wood is a common every-day business, and yet it has its dangers; so then, reader, there are dangers connected with your calling and daily life which it will be well for you to be aware of. We refer not to hazards by flood and field, or by disease and sudden death, but to perils of a spiritual sort. Your occupation may be as humble as log splitting, and yet the devil can tempt you in it. You may be a domestic servant, a farm labourer, or a mechanic, and you may be greatly screened from temptations to the grosser vices, and yet some secret sin may do you damage. Those who dwell at home, and mingle not with the rough world, may yet be endangered by their very seclusion.

Nowhere is he safe who thinks himself so. Pride may enter a poor man’s heart; avarice may reign in a cottager’s bosom; uncleanness may venture into the quietest home; and anger, and envy, and malice may insinuate themselves into the most rural abode. Even in speaking a few words to a servant we may sin; a little purchase at a shop may be the first link in a chain of temptations; the mere looking out of a window may be the beginning of evil. O Lord, how exposed we are! How shall we be secured! To keep ourselves is work too hard for us: only Thou Thyself art able to preserve us in such a world of evils. Spread Thy wings over us, and we, like little chickens, will cower down beneath Thee, and feel ourselves safe!

Thankfulness ~

Thankfull ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~
This year I am thankful,
 for so many things . . .
 but mostly for my faith
 the peace that it brings.
I am forever indebted,
 for the gift of salvation
 how by the grace of Jesus
 I’ve eternal redemption.
I am thankful for the truth,
 setting me free from sin
 I am ever appreciative
 for the power I’ve within.
I am full of thankfulness,
 for the Life and the Way
 I am grateful for the Word
 shedding light on my way.
This year I am thankful.
 for so many things . . .
 but most of all I’m grateful
 for the hope Jesus brings!
~~~~~~~
Ephesians 5:20
“Giving thanks always
 for all things unto
 God and the Father
 in the name of our
 Lord Jesus Christ;”
King James Version
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Copyright 2015
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 11.17.15

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


God Never Forsakes

For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. (Psalm 94:14)

No, nor will He cast even so much as one of them. Man has his castoffs, but God has none; for His choice is unchangeable, and His love is everlasting. None can find out a single person whom God has forsaken after having revealed Himself savingly to him.

This grand truth is mentioned in the psalm to cheer the heart of the afflicted. The Lord chastens His own; but He never forsakes them. The result of the double work of the law and the rod is our instruction, and the fruit of that instruction is a quieting of spirit, a sobriety of mind, out of which comes rest. The ungodly are let alone till the pit is digged into which they will fall and be taken; but the godly are sent to school to be prepared for their glorious destiny hereafter. Judgment will return and finish its work upon the rebels, but it will equally return to vindicate the sincere and godly. Hence we may bear the rod of chastisement with calm submission; it means not anger, but love.

God may chasten and correct
But He never can neglect;
May in faithfulness reprove,
But He ne’er can cease to love.

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