Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 10.09.20

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Friday, October 09, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


What Sanctifies Our Offerings?

“And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the Lord.”
~ Leviticus 4:7 ~

The altar of incense is the place where saints present their prayers and praises; and it is delightful to think of it as sprinkled with the blood of the great sacrifice. This it is which makes all our worship acceptable with Jehovah: He sees the blood of His own Son and therefore accepts our homage.

It is well for us to fix our eyes upon the blood of the one offering for sin. Sin mingles even with our holy things, and our best repentance, faith, prayer, and thanksgiving could not be received of God were it not for the merit of the atoning sacrifice. Many sneer at “the blood”; but to us it is the foundation of comfort and hope. That which is on the horns of the altar is meant to be prominently before our eyes when we draw near to God. The blood gives strength to prayer, and hence it is on the altar’s horns. It is “before the Lord,” and therefore it ought to be before us. It is on the altar before we bring the incense; it is there to sanctify our offerings and gifts.

Come, let us pray with confidence, since the Victim is offered, the merit has been pleaded, the blood is within the veil, and the prayers of believers must be sweet unto the Lord.

Today’s Poem: An Assignment From God

to GOD be the GLORY

~ An Assignment From God~

By Deborah Ann

When God gives you,
an earthly assignment
make sure it is on Him
you remain reliant.

For without His power,
you will be too frail . . .
but, with it flowing in you
your mission will not fail.

When God gives you,
duties to perform
make sure you cleave
onto His mighty arm.

For without His support,
you wont be up to the tasks
but with it you will be able
to do all that He asks.

When God sends you,
out on an assignment
make sure your heart . . .
and His are in alignment!

~~~~~~~~~~

Deuteronomy 13:4

Ye shall walk after the Lord your God,
and fear him, and keep his commandments,
and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him,
and cleave unto him.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 10.09.20

Deuteronomy 13:4

Ye shall walk after the Lord
your God, and fear him, and
keep his commandments,
and obey his voice, and ye
shall serve him,
and cleave unto him.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.09.20

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Friday, October 09, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Able to keep you from falling.
~ Jude 24 ~

In some sense the path to heaven is very safe, but in other respects there is no road so dangerous. It is beset with difficulties. One false step (and how easy it is to take that if grace be absent), and down we go. What a slippery path is that which some of us have to tread! How many times have we to exclaim with the Psalmist, “My feet were almost gone, my steps had well nigh slipped.” If we were strong, sure-footed mountaineers, this would not matter so much; but in ourselves, how weak we are! In the best roads we soon falter, in the smoothest paths we quickly stumble.

These feeble knees of ours can scarcely support our tottering weight. A straw may throw us, and a pebble can wound us; we are mere children tremblingly taking our first steps in the walk of faith, our heavenly Father holds us by the arms or we should soon be down. Oh, if we are kept from falling, how must we bless the patient power which watches over us day by day! Think, how prone we are to sin, how apt to choose danger, how strong our tendency to cast ourselves down, and these reflections will make us sing more sweetly than we have ever done, “Glory be to Him, who is able to keep us from falling.” We have many foes who try to push us down.

The road is rough and we are weak, but in addition to this, enemies lurk in ambush, who rush out when we least expect them, and labour to trip us up, or hurl us down the nearest precipice. Only an Almighty arm can preserve us from these unseen foes, who are seeking to destroy us. Such an arm is engaged for our defence. He is faithful that hath promised, and He is able to keep us from falling, so that with a deep sense of our utter weakness, we may cherish a firm belief in our perfect safety, and say, with joyful confidence,

“Against me earth and hell combine,
But on my side is power divine;
Jesus is all, and He is mine!”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.08.20

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Thursday, October 08, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Praying in the Holy Ghost.”
~
Jude 20 ~

Mark the grand characteristic of true prayer—“In the Holy Ghost.” The seed of acceptable devotion must come from heaven’s storehouse. Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. We must shoot the Lord’s arrows back to Him. That desire which He writes upon our heart will move His heart and bring down a blessing, but the desires of the flesh have no power with Him.

Praying in the Holy Ghost is praying in fervency. Cold prayers ask the Lord not to hear them. Those who do not plead with fervency, plead not at all. As well speak of lukewarm fire as of lukewarm prayer—it is essential that it be red hot. It is praying perseveringly. The true suppliant gathers force as he proceeds, and grows more fervent when God delays to answer. The longer the gate is closed, the more vehemently does he use the knocker, and the longer the angel lingers the more resolved is he that he will never let him go without the blessing. Beautiful in God’s sight is tearful, agonizing, unconquerable importunity.

It means praying humbly, for the Holy Spirit never puffs us up with pride. It is His office to convince of sin, and so to bow us down in contrition and brokenness of spirit. We shall never sing Gloria in excelsis except we pray to God De profundis: out of the depths must we cry, or we shall never behold glory in the highest. It is loving prayer. Prayer should be perfumed with love, saturated with love—love to our fellow saints, and love to Christ. Moreover, it must be a prayer full of faith. A man prevails only as he believes.

The Holy Spirit is the author of faith, and strengthens it, so that we pray believing God’s promise. O that this blessed combination of excellent graces, priceless and sweet as the spices of the merchant, might be fragrant within us because the Holy Ghost is in our hearts! Most blessed Comforter, exert Thy mighty power within us, helping our infirmities in prayer.

#throwbackpoem: One Day Soon

to GOD be the GLORY

~ One Day Soon ~

By Deborah Ann

One Day Soon ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

One day with the Lord,
we will forever be . . .
one day our tears
we’ll never again see.

One day death,
God will banish
one day our grief
will but, vanish.

One day sadness,
joy will replace
one day our cries
mercy will erase.

One day our pain,
will no longer dismay
one day the old things
will just pass away.

One day soon Lord,
all will be made new
when on the day . .
we come home to You!

~~~~~~~~~

Revelation 21:4-5

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away.

And he that sat upon the throne said,
Behold, I make all things new.
And he said unto me, Write: for these
words are true and faithful.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 10.08.20

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Thursday, October 08, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Never Alone

“Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken.”
~
Isaiah 62:4 ~

“Forsaken” is a dreary word. It sounds like a knell. It is the record of sharpest sorrows and the prophecy of direst ills. An abyss of misery yawns in that word forsaken. Forsaken by one who pledges his honor! Forsaken by a friend so long tried and trusted! Forsaken by a dear relative! Forsaken by father and mother! Forsaken by all! This is woe indeed, and yet it may be patiently born if the Lord will take us up.

But what must it be to feel forsaken of God? Think of that bitterest of cries, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Have we ever in any degree tasted the wormwood and the gall of “forsaken” in that sense? If so, let us beseech our Lord to save us from any repetition of so unspeakable a sorrow. Oh, that such darkness may never return! Men in malice said of a saint, “God hath forsaken him; persecute and take him.” But it was always false. The Lord’s loving favor shall compel our cruel foes to eat their own words or, at least, to hold their tongues.

The reverse of all this is that superlative word Hephzibah “the Lord delighteth in thee.” This turns weeping into dancing. Let those who dreamed that they were forsaken hear the Lord say, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

Today’s Poem: Fall’s Refreshing Rain

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Fall’s Refreshing Rain ~

By Deborah Ann

~ CHRISTian poetry by deborahann ~ letitrain IBible Verses

I love when God sends,
Fall’s first refreshing rain
to wash away the grime
on my soul’s windowpane.

It helps me to see,
over summers hot break
the dryness that’s within . . .
the changes I need to make.

I study the dust settling,
atop my old, trusty Bible
shaking it off I am ready
for a Holy Spirit revival.

The  showers bring about,
a renewal in my heart
to restore my faith and hope
before winters chilly start.

I love when God sends,
Fall’s first refreshing rain
so in my heart and soul . . .
Jesus, can settle in again!

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

Isaiah 45:8

“Drop down, ye heavens, from above,
and let the skies pour down
righteousness: let the earth open,
and let them bring forth salvation,
and let righteousness spring up together;
I the Lord have created it.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 10.08.20

Isaiah 43:11-12

I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me
there is no saviour. I have declared,
and have saved, and I have shewed,
when there was no strange god
among you: therefore ye are my
witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.08.20

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Thursday, October 08, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
~ Luke 5:4 ~

We learn from this narrative, the necessity of human agency. The draught of fishes was miraculous, yet neither the fisherman nor his boat, nor his fishing tackle were ignored; but all were used to take the fishes. So in the saving of souls, God worketh by means; and while the present economy of grace shall stand, God will be pleased by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. When God worketh without instruments, doubtless He is glorified; but He hath Himself selected the plan of instrumentality as being that by which He is most magnified in the earth. Means of themselves are utterly unavailing. “Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing.”

What was the reason of this? Were they not fishermen plying their special calling? Verily, they were no raw hands; they understood the work. Had they gone about the toil unskillfully? No. Had they lacked industry? No, they had toiled. Had they lacked perseverance? No, they had toiled all the night. Was there a deficiency of fish in the sea? Certainly not, for as soon as the Master came, they swam to the net in shoals. What, then, is the reason? Is it because there is no power in the means of themselves apart from the presence of Jesus? “Without Him we can do nothing.”

But with Christ we can do all things. Christ’s presence confers success. Jesus sat in Peter’s boat, and His will, by a mysterious influence, drew the fish to the net. When Jesus is lifted up in His Church, His presence is the Church’s power—the shout of a king is in the midst of her. “I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me.” Let us go out this morning on our work of soul fishing, looking up in faith, and around us in solemn anxiety. Let us toil till night comes, and we shall not labour in vain, for He who bids us let down the net, will fill it with fishes.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.07.20

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Wedneday, October 07, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Now on whom dost thou trust?”
~
Isaiah 36:5 ~

Reader, this is an important question. Listen to the Christian’s answer, and see if it is yours. “On whom dost thou trust?” “I trust,” says the Christian, “in a triune God. I trust the Father, believing that He has chosen me from before the foundations of the world; I trust Him to provide for me in providence, to teach me, to guide me, to correct me if need be, and to bring me home to His own house where the many mansions are. I trust the Son. Very God of very God is He—the man Christ Jesus.

I trust in Him to take away all my sins by His own sacrifice, and to adorn me with His perfect righteousness. I trust Him to be my Intercessor, to present my prayers and desires before His Father’s throne, and I trust Him to be my Advocate at the last great day, to plead my cause, and to justify me. I trust Him for what He is, for what He has done, and for what He has promised yet to do. And I trust the Holy Spirit—He has begun to save me from my inbred sins; I trust Him to drive them all out; I trust Him to curb my temper, to subdue my will, to enlighten my understanding, to check my passions, to comfort my despondency, to help my weakness, to illuminate my darkness; I trust Him to dwell in me as my life, to reign in me as my King, to sanctify me wholly, spirit, soul, and body, and then to take me up to dwell with the saints in light for ever.”

Oh, blessed trust! To trust Him whose power will never be exhausted, whose love will never wane, whose kindness will never change, whose faithfulness will never fail, whose wisdom will never be nonplussed, and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution! Happy art thou, reader, if this trust is thine! So trusting, thou shalt enjoy sweet peace now, and glory hereafter, and the foundation of thy trust shall never be removed.

#throwbackpoem: When My Lord Comes

to GOD be the GLORY

March 23, 2016

~ When My Lord Comes ~

By Deborah Ann

When my Lord COmes ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

When my Lord comes,
there will be peace
peace, peace . . .
when my Lord comes
there will be sweet, sweet
merciful peace.

There’ll be no more sorrow,
no tears and no grief
there will only be peace
when My Lord comes
with sweet, merciful peace.

When my Lord comes,
there will be joy
joy, joy . . .
when my Lord comes
there will be sweet, sweet
merciful joy.

There’ll be no more pain,
sicknesses or death
there will only be peace
when My Lord comes
with sweet, merciful peace.

When my Lord comes,
there will be peace
joyful peace . . .
when my Lord comes
there will be sweet, sweet
merciful peace!

~~~~~~

Revelation 21:4

“And God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes; and there shall
be no more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither shall there
be any more pain: for the former
things are passed away.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

~ Hurry Jesus ~

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 10.07.20

C_H__SpurgeonWednesday, October 07, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Always First in Fellowship

“He goeth before you into Gailee; there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.”
~ Mark 16:7 ~

Where He appointed to meet His disciples, there He would be in due time. Jesus keeps His trust. If He promises to meet us at the mercy seat, or in public worship, or in the ordinances, we may depend upon it that He will be there. We may wickedly stay away from the appointed meeting place, but He never does. He says, “Where two or three are met together in my name, there am I”; He says not, “There will I be,” but, “I am there already.”

Jesus is always first in fellowship: “He goeth before you.” His heart is with His people, His delight is in them, He is never slow to meet them. In all fellowship He goeth before us.

But He reveals Himself to those who come after Him: “There shall ye see him.” Joyful sight! We care not to see the greatest of mere men, but to see Him is to be filled with joy and peace. And we shall see Him, for He promises Himself to them. Rest assured that it will be so, for He does everything according to His word of promise: “As he said unto you. Catch at those last words, and be assured that to the end He will do for you “as he said unto you.”

Today’s Poem: My Soul Thirsts

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Soul Thirsts ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, in the aridness,
of my heart and soul
my thirst is for You . . .
to reign and take control.

I long to absorb and drink,
from Your holy Word
to feel the Living Waters
in my mind being stirred.

Lord, in the dryness,
of my daily normality
my thirst is for You . . .
to bring lasting vitality.

I long to be nourished,
with the Truth and Life
to feel Your stilling peace
dissolve my earthly strife.

Lord, my soul thirsts,
for You solely . . .
tis why I seek You
with my heart wholly!

~~~~~~

Psalm 63:1

“O God, thou art my God;
early will I seek thee:
my soul thirsteth for thee,
my flesh longeth for thee
in a dry and thirsty land,
where no water is;”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 10.07.20

Psalm 63:1

O God, thou art my God;
early will I seek thee:
my soul thirsteth for thee,
my flesh longeth for thee
in a dry and thirsty land,
where no water is;

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.07.20

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Wednesday, October 07, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Wherefore hast Thou afflicted Thy servant?”
~
Numbers 11:11 ~

Our heavenly Father sends us frequent troubles to try our faith. If our faith be worth anything, it will stand the test. Gilt is afraid of fire, but gold is not: the paste gem dreads to be touched by the diamond, but the true jewel fears no test. It is a poor faith which can only trust God when friends are true, the body full of health, and the business profitable; but that is true faith which holds by the Lord’s faithfulness when friends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits are depressed, and the light of our Father’s countenance is hidden.

A faith which can say, in the direst trouble, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him,” is heaven-born faith. The Lord afflicts His servants to glorify Himself, for He is greatly glorified in the graces of His people, which are His own handiwork. When “tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope,” the Lord is honoured by these growing virtues. We should never know the music of the harp if the strings were left untouched; nor enjoy the juice of the grape if it were not trodden in the winepress; nor discover the sweet perfume of cinnamon if it were not pressed and beaten; nor feel the warmth of fire if the coals were not utterly consumed. The wisdom and power of the great Workman are discovered by the trials through which His vessels of mercy are permitted to pass. Present afflictions tend also to heighten future joy. There must be shades in the picture to bring out the beauty of the lights.

Could we be so supremely blessed in heaven, if we had not known the curse of sin and the sorrow of earth? Will not peace be sweeter after conflict, and rest more welcome after toil? Will not the recollection of past sufferings enhance the bliss of the glorified? There are many other comfortable answers to the question with which we opened our brief meditation, let us muse upon it all day long.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 10.06.20

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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“He had married an Ethiopian woman.”
~
Numbers 12:1 ~

Strange choice of Moses, but how much more strange the choice of Him who is a prophet like unto Moses, and greater than he! Our Lord, who is fair as the lily, has entered into marriage union with one who confesses herself to be black, because the sun has looked upon her. It is the wonder of angels that the love of Jesus should be set upon poor, lost, guilty men. Each believer must, when filled with a sense of Jesus’ love, be also overwhelmed with astonishment that such love should be lavished on an object so utterly unworthy of it. Knowing as we do our secret guiltiness, unfaithfulness, and black-heartedness, we are dissolved in grateful admiration of the matchless freeness and sovereignty of grace.

Jesus must have found the cause of His love in His own heart, He could not have found it in us, for it is not there. Even since our conversion we have been black, though grace has made us comely. Holy Rutherford said of himself what we must each subscribe to—”His relation to me is, that I am sick, and He is the Physician of whom I stand in need. Alas! how often I play fast and loose with Christ! He bindeth, I loose; He buildeth, I cast down; I quarrel with Christ, and He agreeth with me twenty times a day!” Most tender and faithful Husband of our souls, pursue Thy gracious work of conforming us to Thine image, till Thou shalt present even us poor Ethiops unto Thyself, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.

Moses met with opposition because of his marriage, and both himself and his spouse were the subjects of an evil eye. Can we wonder if this vain world opposes Jesus and His spouse, and especially when great sinners are converted? for this is ever the Pharisee’s ground of objection, “This man receiveth sinners.” Still is the old cause of quarrel revived, “Because he had married an Ethiopian woman.”

#throwbackpoem: I’ve Got This Inkling

to GOD be the GLORY

~ I’ve Got This Inkling ~

By Deborah Ann

I've Got An Inkling ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Oh, Lord I’m waiting,
for that glorious day
when You will return
to take our pain away.

I am anticipating,
that trumpet blowing
to see no more tears
from our eyes flowing.

Oh, Lord I’m ready,
for no more sorrow
I am anxious to see
our new tomorrow.

I am expecting,
to witness the passing
of the former things
that were never lasting.

Oh, Lord I am waiting,
I’ve got this inkling
that very soon . . .
I’ll see that twinkling!

~~~~~~

Revelation 21:4

“And God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no
more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain:
for the former things
are passed away.”

~~~~

1 Corinthians 15:52

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

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 10.06.20

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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The Leadership of Our Guide

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. “
~ John 16:13 ~

Truth is like a vast cavern into which we desire to enter, but we are not able to traverse it alone. At the entrance it is clear and bright; but if we would go further and explore its innermost recesses, we must have a guide, or we shall lose ourselves. The Holy Spirit, who knows all truth perfectly, is the appointed guide of all true believers, and He conducts them as they are able to bear it, from one inner chamber to another, so that they behold the deep things of God, and His secret is made plain to them.

What a promise is this for the humbly inquiring mind! We desire to know the truth and to enter into it. We are conscious of our own aptness to err, and we feel the urgent need of a guide. We rejoice that the Holy Spirit is come and abides among us. He condescends to act as a guide to us, and we gladly accept His leadership. “All truth” we wish to learn, that we may not be one-sided and out of balance. We would not be willingly ignorant of any part of revelation lest thereby we should miss blessing or incur sin. The Spirit of God has come that He may guide us into all truth: let us with obedient hearts hearken to His words and follow His lead.

Today’s Poem: I Trust Thee Lord

to GOD be the GLORY

~ I Trust Thee Lord ~

By Deborah Ann

i-will-trust-thee-christitan-poetry-by-deborah-ann

Forever Lord,
I will trust Thee
no matter what
happens to me.

I will trust Thee,
when its serene
I will trust Thee
for the unseen.

I will trust Thee,
when I’m weak
I will trust Thee
when all is bleak.

I will trust Thee,
with my life
I will trust Thee
through the strife

I will trust Thee,
when under attack
I will trust Thee
for all I lack.

I will Trust Thee,
when I’m ill
I will trust Thee
to be still.

Forever Lord,
I will trust Thee
for Your strength
lives inside me!

~~~~~~~

Isaiah 26:4

“Trust ye
in the Lord for ever:
for in the Lord Jehovah
is everlasting strength:”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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