Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 01.16.22

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Even the Faintest Call

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shalt be delivered.”
~ Joel 2:32 ~

Why do I not call on His name? Why do I run to this neighbor and that when God is so near and will hear my faintest call? Why do I sit down and devise schemes and invent plans! Why not at once roll my self and my burden upon the Lord? Straightforward is the best runner—why do I not run at once to the living God? In vain shall I look for deliverance anywhere else; but with God I shall find it; for here I have His royal “shall” to make it sure.

I need not ask whether I may call on Him or not, for that word whosoever is a very wide and comprehensive one. Whosoever means me, for it means anybody and everybody who calls upon God. I will therefore follow the leading of the text and at once call upon the glorious Lord who had made so large a promise.

My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered; but this is no business of mine. He who makes the promise will find out ways and means of keeping it. It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels. I am His servant, not His solicitor. I call upon Him, and He will deliver me.

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Today’s Poem: The Thrill Of Trusting

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Thrill Of Trusting ~

Trust in The Lord used with permission IBible Verses

Oh, the thrill of trusting God,
to meet our every need
to no longer live in fear
or follow where it may lead.

Oh, how great is the faith,
of the one who doesn’t doubt
who stands on the promise
God will figure all things out.

Oh, how great is His delight,
when we give to Him our strife
to place in our Master’s hand
complete control of our life.

Oh, how wonderful is the way,
which is paved in sound belief
Jesus is the soul’s provider
for everlasting peace and relief.

Oh, the thrill of trusting God,
in everything by prayer
to give to Him our every need
casting onto Him our daily care!

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1 Peter 5:6-7

“Therefore humble yourselves under the
mighty hand of God, that He may exalt
you in due time, casting all your care
upon Him, for He cares for you.”

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Today’s Bible Verse 01.16.22

Galatians 5:16

This I say then,
Walk in the Spirit,
and ye shall not fulfill
the lust of the flesh.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.16.22

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I will help thee, saith the Lord.”
~ Isaiah 41:14 ~

This morning let us hear the Lord Jesus speak to each one of us: “I will help thee.” “It is but a small thing for Me, thy God, to help thee. Consider what I have done already. What! not help thee? Why, I bought thee with My blood. What! not help thee? I have died for thee; and if I have done the greater, will I not do the less? Help thee! It is the least thing I will ever do for thee; I have done more, and will do more. Before the world began I chose thee. I made the covenant for thee.

I laid aside My glory and became a man for thee; I gave up My life for thee; and if I did all this, I will surely help thee now. In helping thee, I am giving thee what I have bought for thee already. If thou hadst need of a thousand times as much help, I would give it thee; thou requirest little compared with what I am ready to give. ‘Tis much for thee to need, but it is nothing for me to bestow. ‘Help thee?’ Fear not! If there were an ant at the door of thy granary asking for help, it would not ruin thee to give him a handful of thy wheat; and thou art nothing but a tiny insect at the door of My all-sufficiency. ‘I will help thee.'”

O my soul, is not this enough? Dost thou need more strength than the omnipotence of the United Trinity? Dost thou want more wisdom than exists in the Father, more love than displays itself in the Son, or more power than is manifest in the influences of the Spirit? Bring hither thine empty pitcher! Surely this well will fill it. Haste, gather up thy wants, and bring them here—thine emptiness, thy woes, thy needs. Behold, this river of God is full for thy supply; what canst thou desire beside? Go forth, my soul, in this thy might. The Eternal God is thine helper!

“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismay’d!
I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.15.22

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“But I give myself unto prayer.”
~ Psalm 109:4 ~

Lying tongues were busy against the reputation of David, but he did not defend himself; he moved the case into a higher court, and pleaded before the great King Himself. Prayer is the safest method of replying to words of hatred. The Psalmist prayed in no cold-hearted manner, he gave himself to the exercise—threw his whole soul and heart into it—straining every sinew and muscle, as Jacob did when wrestling with the angel.

Thus, and thus only, shall any of us speed at the throne of grace. As a shadow has no power because there is no substance in it, even so that supplication, in which a man’s proper self is not thoroughly present in agonizing earnestness and vehement desire, is utterly ineffectual, for it lacks that which would give it force. “Fervent prayer,” says an old divine, “like a cannon planted at the gates of heaven, makes them fly open.” The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions.

Our thoughts go roving hither and thither, and we make little progress towards our desired end. Like quicksilver our mind will not hold together, but rolls off this way and that. How great an evil this is! It injures us, and what is worse, it insults our God. What should we think of a petitioner, if, while having an audience with a prince, he should be playing with a feather or catching a fly?

Continuance and perseverance are intended in the expression of our text. David did not cry once, and then relapse into silence; his holy clamour was continued till it brought down the blessing. Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation. As artists give themselves to their models, and poets to their classical pursuits, so must we addict ourselves to prayer. We must be immersed in prayer as in our element, and so pray without ceasing. Lord, teach us so to pray that we may be more and more prevalent in supplication.

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Today’s Poem: Seek

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Seek ~

Seek and you shall find,
whenever you’re in doubt
turn to the Good Book
to find the answers out.

For in the Bible you’ll see,
what God wants of you
seek and you shall find
His light shining through.

Seek and you shall find,
love that is everlasting
when in uncertain times
all else is so contrasting.

Come to the throne of grace,
God is always the same
seek and you shall find
the power in His name.

Seek and you shall find,
the answers to your prayers
then find rest in knowing
Jesus has all your cares.

For Jesus came to save you,
from daily fear and strife
seek and you shall find
for yourself eternal life!

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Jeremiah 29:13

“And ye shall seek me,
and find me,

when ye shall search
for me with all your heart.”

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 01.15.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Made Rich by Faith

For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
~ Psalm 9:18 ~

Poverty is a hard heritage; but those who trust in the Lord are made rich by faith. They know that they are not forgotten of God, and though it may seem that they are overlooked in His providential distribution of good things, they look for a time when all this shall be righted. Lazarus will not always lie among the dogs at the rich man’s gate, but he will have his recompense in Abraham’s bosom.

Even now the Lord remembers His poor but precious sons, “I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me,” said one of old, and it is even so. The godly poor have great expectations. They expect the Lord to provide them all things necessary for this life and godliness; they expect to see things working for their good; they expect to have all the closer fellowship with their Lord, who had not where to lay His head; they expect His second advent and to share its glory.

This expectation cannot perish, for it is laid up in Christ Jesus, who liveth forever, and because He lives, it shall live also. The poor saint singeth many a song which the rich sinner cannot understand. Wherefore, let us, when we have short commons below, think of the royal table above.

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#throwbackpoem: A Lively Hope

to GOD be the GLORY

~ A Lively Hope ~

Beleive used with permission IBible Verses

I’ve got me a lively hope,
a perpetual supply of grace
for I know one glorious day
I’m going to see God face to face.

I’ve got me a transforming hope,
an abundant supply of favor
mercy beyond all measure
in the Lord my eternal Savior.

I’ve got me an active hope,
and I’m full of anticipation
for the day my Lord will come
is my confident expectation.

I’ve got me a breathing hope,
it is permanent and undying
my future blessings are a fact
and on Christ Jesus I am relying.

I got me an incorruptible hope,
an inheritance that’s all mine
nothing that I have earned at all
but one that is of God’s design.

I’ve got me a living hope,
an everlasting supply of love
for I know one glorious day
I”ll be with my Lord above!

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1 Peter 1:3

“Blessed be the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

which according to his
abundant mercy hath begotten us

again unto a lively
hope by the resurrection of

Jesus Christ from the dead”

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Today’s Bible Verse 01.15.22

John 8:31-32

Then said Jesus to those
Jews which believed on him,
If ye continue in my word,
then are ye my disciples indeed;
And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.15.22

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Do as thou hast said.”
~ 2 Samuel 7:25 ~

God’s promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; He intended that they should be used. God’s gold is not miser’s money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation; He loves to see His children bring them up to Him, and say, “Lord, do as Thou hast said.” We glorify God when we plead His promises.

Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches He has promised? Do you dream that He will be any the less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine He will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins? He has said “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Faith lays hold upon the promise of pardon, and it does not delay, saying, “This is a precious promise, I wonder if it be true?” but it goes straight to the throne with it, and pleads, “Lord, here is the promise, ‘Do as Thou hast said.'”

Our Lord replies, “Be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” When a Christian grasps a promise, if he do not take it to God, he dishonours Him; but when he hastens to the throne of grace, and cries, “Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, ‘Thou hast said it;'” then his desire shall be granted. Our heavenly Banker delights to cash His own notes. Never let the promise rust. Draw the word of promise out of its scabbard, and use it with holy violence. Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding Him of His promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is His delight to bestow favours. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God’s nature to keep His promises; therefore go at once to the throne with “Do as Thou hast said.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.14.22

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”
~ Matthew 14:30 ~

Sinking times are praying times with the Lord’s servants. Peter neglected prayer at starting upon his venturous journey, but when he began to sink his danger made him a suppliant, and his cry though late was not too late. In our hours of bodily pain and mental anguish, we find ourselves as naturally driven to prayer as the wreck is driven upon the shore by the waves. The fox hies to its hole for protection; the bird flies to the wood for shelter; and even so the tried believer hastens to the mercy seat for safety. Heaven’s great harbour of refuge is All-prayer; thousands of weather-beaten vessels have found a haven there, and the moment a storm comes on, it is wise for us to make for it with all sail.

Short prayers are long enough. There were but three words in the petition which Peter gasped out, but they were sufficient for his purpose. Not length but strength is desirable. A sense of need is a mighty teacher of brevity. If our prayers had less of the tail feathers of pride and more wing they would be all the better. Verbiage is to devotion as chaff to the wheat. Precious things lie in small compass, and all that is real prayer in many a long address might have been uttered in a petition as short as that of Peter.

Our extremities are the Lord’s opportunities. Immediately a keen sense of danger forces an anxious cry from us the ear of Jesus hears, and with Him ear and heart go together, and the hand does not long linger. At the last moment we appeal to our Master, but His swift hand makes up for our delays by instant and effectual action. Are we nearly engulfed by the boisterous waters of affliction? Let us then lift up our souls unto our Saviour, and we may rest assured that He will not suffer us to perish. When we can do nothing Jesus can do all things; let us enlist His powerful aid upon our side, and all will be well.

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#throwbackpoem: If God Is The Potter

to GOD be the GLORY

~ If God is the Potter ~

You Are God Masterpiece used with permission IBible Verses

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we be more pliable
so He could mold us to Him
to be more flexible?

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we rest in His hands
so He could mold into us
His purpose and plans?

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we be more adaptable
so He could mold us to be
for Him more workable?

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we trust Him in all things
so He could mold into us hope
no matter what this life brings.

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we me more bendable
so He can mold us to see
on Him we need to be dependable?

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we be the obedient clay
so He can mold into us all
His truths and His way?

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Isaiah 64:8

“But now, O Lord, thou art our father;
we are the clay, and thou our potter;
and we all are the work of thy hand.”

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 01.14.22

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Rest Is a Gift

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
~ Matthew 11:28 ~

We who are saved find rest in Jesus. Those who are not saved will receive rest if they come to Him, for here He promises to “give” it. Nothing can be freer than a gift; let us gladly accept what He gladly gives. You are not to buy it, nor to borrow it, but to receive it as a gift. You labor under the lash of ambition, covetousness, lust, or anxiety: He will set you free from this iron bondage and give you rest.

You are “laden,” yes, “heavy laden” with sin, fear, care, remorse, fear of death; but if you come to Him He will unload you. He carried the crushing mass of our sin that we might no longer carry it. He made Himself the great Burden-bearer, that every laden one might cease from bowing down under the enormous pressure.

Jesus gives rest. It is so. Will you believe it? Will you put it to the test? Will you do so at once? Come to Jesus by quitting every other hope, by thinking of Him, believing God’s testimony about Him, and trusting everything with Him. If you thus come to Him the rest which He will give you will be deep, safe, holy, and everlasting. He gives a rest which develops into heaven, and He gives it this day to all who come to Him.

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Today’s Poem: Don’t Worry Trust

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Don’t Worry Trust ~

Don't Worry . . . Trust ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Don’t worry about tomorrow,
give no thought to what lies ahead
for, Jesus wants you to trust Him
not to live in fear and dread.

Don’t be concerned about the future,
give no thought to where you’ll be
for, Jesus wants you to go to Him
not to panic over what you can’t see.

Don’t stress  about the unfamiliar,
give no thought to what you don’t know
for, Jesus wants you to follow Him
so His plans for you, He can show.

Don’t fret about tomorrow,
give no thought in what you hear
for, Jesus wants to take care of you . . .
so there’s no need for you to fear!

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Matthew 6:25-26

“Therefore I say unto you,
Take no thought for your life,

what ye shall eat,
or what ye shall drink;

nor yet for your body,
what ye shall put on.

Is not the life more than meat,
and the body than raiment?

Behold the fowls of the air:
for they sow not,

neither do they reap,
nor gather into barns;

yet your heavenly
Father feedeth them.

Are ye not much
better than they?”

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Today’s Bible Verse 01.14.22

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1 John 4:20-21

If a man say, I love God,
and hateth his brother,
he is a liar: for he that
loveth not his brother
whom he hath seen,
how can he love God

whom he hath not seen?
And this commandment
have we from him, That
he who loveth God love
his brother also.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.14.22

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Mighty to save.”
~
Isaiah 63:1 ~

By the words “to save” we understand the whole of the great work of salvation, from the first holy desire onward to complete sanctification. The words are multum in parro: indeed, here is all mercy in one word. Christ is not only “mighty to save” those who repent, but He is able to make men repent. He will carry those to heaven who believe; but He is, moreover, mighty to give men new hearts and to work faith in them. He is mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and to constrain the despiser of His name to bend the knee before Him.

Nay, this is not all the meaning, for the divine power is equally seen in the after-work. The life of a believer is a series of miracles wrought by “the Mighty God.” The bush burns, but is not consumed. He is mighty to keep His people holy after He has made them so, and to preserve them in his fear and love until he consummates their spiritual existence in heaven. Christ’s might doth not lie in making a believer and then leaving him to shift for himself; but He who begins the good work carries it on; He who imparts the first germ of life in the dead soul, prolongs the divine existence, and strengthens it until it bursts asunder every bond of sin, and the soul leaps from earth, perfected in glory.

Believer, here is encouragement. Art thou praying for some beloved one? Oh, give not up thy prayers, for Christ is “mighty to save.” You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty. Lay hold on that mighty arm, and rouse it to put forth its strength. Does your own case trouble you? Fear not, for His strength is sufficient for you. Whether to begin with others, or to carry on the work in you, Jesus is “mighty to save;” the best proof of which lies in the fact that He has saved you. What a thousand mercies that you have not found Him mighty to destroy!

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.13.22

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The iron did swim.”
~ 2 Kings 6:9 ~

The axe-head seemed hopelessly lost, and as it was borrowed, the honour of the prophetic band was likely to be imperilled, and so the name of their God to be compromised. Contrary to all expectation, the iron was made to mount from the depth of the stream and to swim; for things impossible with man are possible with God. I knew a man in Christ but a few years ago who was called to undertake a work far exceeding his strength. It appeared so difficult as to involve absurdity in the bare idea of attempting it. Yet he was called thereto, and his faith rose with the occasion; God honoured his faith, unlooked-for aid was sent, and the iron did swim.

Another of the Lord’s family was in grievous financial straits, he was able to meet all claims, and much more if he could have realized a certain portion of his estate, but he was overtaken with a sudden pressure; he sought for friends in vain, but faith led him to the unfailing Helper, and lo, the trouble was averted, his footsteps were enlarged, and the iron did swim. A third had a sorrowful case of depravity to deal with. He had taught, reproved, warned, invited, and interceded, but all in vain. Old Adam was too strong for young Melancthon, the stubborn spirit would not relent. Then came an agony of prayer, and before long a blessed answer was sent from heaven. The hard heart was broken, the iron did swim.

Beloved reader, what is thy desperate case? What heavy matter hast thou in hand this evening? Bring it hither. The God of the prophets lives, and lives to help His saints. He will not suffer thee to lack any good thing. Believe thou in the Lord of hosts! Approach Him pleading the name of Jesus, and the iron shall swim; thou too shalt see the finger of God working marvels for His people. According to thy faith be it unto thee, and yet again the iron shall swim.

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#throwbackpoem: Hold On Tight

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Hold On Tight ~

Hand-of-JESUS

Hold on tight,
hang onto that rope . . .
trust and believe
there is always hope.

For when you get to the end,
there’s only one place to go
so just pour out your heart
let your troubles God know.

Hold on tight,
don’t loose your grip . . .
trust and believe
and into God’s arm slip.

For Jesus is waiting,
to carry your cares
when you give them over
to Him in your prayers.

So when you are ready,
to let go and let Him . . .
grab onto Jesus’ hand
your hope is therein!

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Hebrews 3:6

“But Christ as a son over
his own house; whose house
are we, if we hold fast the
confidence and the rejoicing
of the hope firm unto the end.”

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 01.13.22

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Never Cast Out

“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
~ John 6:37 ~

Is there any instance of our Lord’s casting out a coming one? If there be so, we would like to know of it; but there has been none, and there never will be. Among the lost souls in hell there is not one that can say, “I went to Jesus, and He refused me.” It is not possible that you or I should be the first to whom Jesus shall break His word. Let us not entertain so dark a suspicion.

Suppose we go to Jesus now about the evils of today. Oh, this we may be sure—He will not refuse us audience or cast us out. Those of us who have often been and those who have never gone before—let us go together, and we shall see that He will not shut the door of His grace in the face of any one of us.

“This man receiveth sinners,” but He repulses none. We come to Him in weakness and sin, with trembling faith, and small knowledge, and slender hope; but He does not cast us out. We come by prayer, and that prayer broken; with confession, and that confession faulty; with praise, and that praise far short of His merits; but yet He receives us. We come diseased, polluted, worn out, and worthless; but He doth in no wise cast us out. Let us come again today to Him who never casts us out.

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Today’s Poem: A Thread of Faith

to GOD be the GLORY

~ A Thread of Faith ~

by-believing CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

It only takes a thread of faith,
to keep you from unraveling
it only takes one strand of trust
so God can do some refashioning.

It only takes one single cord,
to have patience in all things
it only takes a fiber of hope
to see the strength God brings.

It only takes a wisp of conviction,
to believe in what you can’t see
it only takes a little string of truth
to see how great God can be.

It only takes a remnant of belief,
and a willingness to pray
it only takes one heartfelt cry
for God to save the day.

It only takes a thread of faith,
to weave your salvation story
it only takes one strand of trust
for God to have all the glory!

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Joshua 2:18

“Behold, when we come
into the land,

thou shalt bind
this line of scarlet thread

in the window which
thou didst let us down by:

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Today’s Bible Verse 01.13.22

2 Corinthians 5:19-20

To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses
unto them; and hath committed
unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for
Christ, as though God did beseech
you by us: we pray you in Christ’s
stead, be ye reconciled to God.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.13.22

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber.”
~ 1 Kings 22:48 ~

Solomon’s ships had returned in safety, but Jehoshaphat’s vessels never reached the land of gold. Providence prospers one, and frustrates the desires of another, in the same business and at the same spot, yet the Great Ruler is as good and wise at one time as another. May we have grace to-day, in the remembrance of this text, to bless the Lord for ships broken at Ezion-geber, as well as for vessels freighted with temporal blessings; let us not envy the more successful, nor murmur at our losses as though we were singularly and specially tried. Like Jehoshaphat, we may be precious in the Lord’s sight, although our schemes end in disappointment.

The secret cause of Jehoshaphat’s loss is well worthy of notice, for it is the root of very much of the suffering of the Lord’s people; it was his alliance with a sinful family, his fellowship with sinners. In 2 Chron. 20:37, we are told that the Lord sent a prophet to declare, “Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works.” This was a fatherly chastisement, which appears to have been blest to him; for in the verse which succeeds our morning’s text we find him refusing to allow his servants to sail in the same vessels with those of the wicked king. Would to God that Jehoshaphat’s experience might be a warning to the rest of the Lord’s people, to avoid being unequally yoked together with unbelievers!

A life of misery is usually the lot of those who are united in marriage, or in any other way of their own choosing, with the men of the world. O for such love to Jesus that, like Him, we may be holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners; for if it be not so with us, we may expect to hear it often said, “The Lord hath broken thy works.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.12.22

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I have yet to speak on God’s behalf.”
~ Job 36:2 ~

We ought not to court publicity for our virtue, or notoriety for our zeal; but, at the same time, it is a sin to be always seeking to hide that which God has bestowed upon us for the good of others. A Christian is not to be a village in a valley, but “a city set upon a hill;” he is not to be a candle under a bushel, but a candle in a candlestick, giving light to all. Retirement may be lovely in its season, and to hide one’s self is doubtless modest, but the hiding of Christ in us can never be justified, and the keeping back of truth which is precious to ourselves is a sin against others and an offence against God. If you are of a nervous temperament and of retiring disposition, take care that you do not too much indulge this trembling propensity, lest you should be useless to the church.

Seek in the name of Him who was not ashamed of you to do some little violence to your feelings, and tell to others what Christ has told to you. If thou canst not speak with trumpet tongue, use the still small voice. If the pulpit must not be thy tribune, if the press may not carry on its wings thy words, yet say with Peter and John, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee.” By Sychar’s well talk to the Samaritan woman, if thou canst not on the mountain preach a sermon; utter the praises of Jesus in the house, if not in the temple; in the field, if not upon the exchange; in the midst of thine own household, if thou canst not in the midst of the great family of man. From the hidden springs within let sweetly flowing rivulets of testimony flow forth, giving drink to every passer-by.

Hide not thy talent; trade with it; and thou shalt bring in good interest to thy Lord and Master. To speak for God will be refreshing to ourselves, cheering to saints, useful to sinners, and honouring to the Saviour. Dumb children are an affliction to their parents. Lord, unloose all Thy children’s tongue.

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#throwbackpoem: My Hope

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Hope ~

my-hope-is-in-you CHRISTian poetry be deborah ann

While my flesh,
withers away
my hope is in
a better day.

The time coming,
when I’ll be at peace
while I’m waiting
my hope won’t cease.

As I wait,
for the Lord to come
on my heart-strings
my hope will strum.

Looking onward,
Jesus in my sight
eternal life . . .
hopes greatest delight.

While my flesh,
withers away . . .
my hope rests in
that glorious day!

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Psalm 39:7

“And now, Lord,
what wait I for?
my hope is in thee.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 01.12.22

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Loved unto the End

“For the Lord will not cast off for ever.”
~ Lamentations 3:31 ~

He may cast away for a season but not forever. A woman may leave off her ornaments for a few days, but she will not forget them or throw them upon the dunghill. It is not like the Lord to cast off those whom He loves, for “having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” Some talk of our being in grace and out of it, as if we were like rabbits that run in and out of their burrows; but, indeed, it is not so. The Lord’s love is a far more serious and abiding matter than this.

He chose us from eternity, and He will love us throughout eternity. He loved us so as to die for us, and we may therefore be sure that His love will never die. His honor is so wrapped up in the salvation of the believer that He can no more cast him of than He can cast off His own robes of office as King of glory.

No, no! The Lord Jesus, as a Head, never casts off His members; as a Husband, He never casts off His bride. Did you think you were cast off? Why did you think so evil of the Lord who has betrothed you to Himself? Cast off such thoughts, and never let them lodge in your soul again. “The Lord hath not cast away his people which he foreknew” (Romans 11:2). “He hateth putting away” (Malachi 2:16).

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Today’s Poem: My Everything

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Everything ~

My Everthing CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Jesus, You’re my everything,
You are my all in all
there is such peace
when on Your name I call.

You fill me with hope,
You give my life purpose
may all You’re doing in me
continue to rise to the surface.

You’re my joy and happiness,
You are always around
in Your grace and mercy
I have learned to abound.

You are my helper,
You bring me great comfort
trusting in You . . .
takes of me, so little effort.

Jesus, You’re my everything,
You’re my beginning and end
You are my Lord, my Savior
my eternal Friend.

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1 Corinthians 15:28

“And when all things
shall be subdued unto him,
then shall the Son also
himself be subject unto him
that put all things under him,
that God may be all in all.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 01.12.22

Galatians 3:26-28

For ye are all the children of God
by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many
of you as have been baptized into
Christ have put on Christ. There is
neither Jew nor Greek, there is
neither bond nor free, there is
neither male nor female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

King James Version
by Public Domain

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.12.22

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Ye are Christ’s.”
~ 1 Corinthians 3:23 ~

Ye are Christ’s.” You are His by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; His by His bloody purchase, for He counted down the price for your redemption; His by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to Him; His by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of His brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.” Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin.

When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ’s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ’s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you are tempted to loiter, cry, “No, I cannot stop, for I am Christ’s. If I were not purchased by blood, I might be like Issachar, crouching between two burdens; but I am Christ’s, and cannot loiter.”

When the siren song of pleasure would tempt you from the path of right, reply, “Thy music cannot charm me; I am Christ’s.” When the cause of God invites thee, give thy goods and thyself away, for thou art Christ’s. Never belie thy profession. Be thou ever one of those whose manners are Christian, whose speech is like the Nazarene, whose conduct and conversation are so redolent of heaven, that all who see you may know that you are the Saviour’s, recognizing in you His features of love and His countenance of holiness. “I am a Roman!” was of old a reason for integrity; far more, then, let it be your argument for holiness, “I am Christ’s!”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.11.22

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I have prayed for thee.”
~ Luke 22:32 ~

How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer’s never-ceasing intercession for us. When we pray, He pleads for us; and when we are not praying, He is advocating our cause, and by His supplications shielding us from unseen dangers. Notice the word of comfort addressed to Peter—”Simon, Simon, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat; but”—what? “But go and pray for yourself.”

That would be good advice, but it is not so written. Neither does he say, “But I will keep you watchful, and so you shall be preserved.” That were a great blessing. No, it is, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.” We little know what we owe to our Saviour’s prayers. When we reach the hill-tops of heaven, and look back upon all the way whereby the Lord our God hath led us, how we shall praise Him who, before the eternal throne, undid the mischief which Satan was doing upon earth.

How shall we thank Him because He never held His peace, but day and night pointed to the wounds upon His hands, and carried our names upon His breastplate! Even before Satan had begun to tempt, Jesus had forestalled him and entered a plea in heaven. Mercy outruns malice.

Mark, He does not say, “Satan hath desiredto have you.” He checks Satan even in his very desire, and nips it in the bud. He does not say, “But I have desired to pray for you.” No, but “I have prayed for you: I have done it already; I have gone to court and entered a counterplea even before an accusation is made.” O Jesus, what a comfort it is that thou hast pleaded our cause against our unseen enemies; countermined their mines, and unmasked their ambushes. Here is a matter for joy, gratitude, hope, and confidence.

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#throwbackpoem: Childlike Faith

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Childlike Faith ~

Childlike Faith ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Give me faith like a child,
without fear and doubt
where the Word of God
can root, grow and sprout.

Give me an attitude,
that believes readily
where happiness and joy
overflows steadily.

Give me childlike faith,
pure and simple . . .
one that is steadfast
not unsure or fickle.

Give me a mindset,
that to God is reachable
a mind that is open
hungry and teachable.

Give me a heart,
that is willing to obey
that humbly follows
without going astray.

Give me a soul,
that is calm and quiet
one that on God
is always reliant.

Give me faith like a child,
innocent and sweet . . .
eagerly anticipating the day
when  Jesus and I will meet!

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Matthew 11:25

“At that time Jesus
answered and said,

I thank thee, O Father,
Lord of heaven and earth,

because thou hast hid these
things from the wise
and prudent,

and hast revealed
them unto babes.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 01.11.22

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Faith Sets the Bow

“And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the beau shall be seen in the cloud.”
~ Genesis 9:14 ~

Just now clouds are plentiful enough, but we are not afraid that the world will be destroyed by a deluge. We see the rainbow often enough to prevent our having any such fears. The covenant which the Lord made with Noah stands fast, and we have no doubts about it. Why, then, should we think that the clouds of’ trouble, which now darken our sky, will end in our destruction? Let us dismiss such groundless and dishonoring fears.

Faith always sees the bow of covenant promise whenever sense sees the cloud of affliction. God has a bow with which He might shoot out His arrows of destruction. But see, it is turned upward! It is a bow without an arrow or a string; it is a bow hung out for show, no longer used for war. It is a bow of many colors, expressing joy and delight, and not a bow blood-red with slaughter or black with anger. Let us be of good courage.

Never does God so darken our sky as to leave His covenant without a witness, and even if He did, we would trust Him since He cannot change or lie or in any other way fail to keep His covenant of peace. Until the waters go over the earth again, we shall have no reason for doubting our God.

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Today’s Poem: Stop Doubting

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Stop Doubting ~

Stop Doubting by Thomas Roberts free photo #17827
Reach out your hand,
put it into Mine
believe I’m right here
in your heart and mind.

Close your eyes tightly,
think just about Me
so that My Spirit
can witness to thee.

Though I’m not with you,
in you I abide
whenever you need Me
I will be at your side.

You mustn’t be faithless,
lest you be hopeless
don’t let your unbelief
cause you to be joyless.

Don’t be skeptical,
there’s nothing to doubt
don’t let your disbelief
shut My love for you out.

Reach out your hand,
put it into Mine
let My presence encompass
your heart and mind!

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John 20:27

“Then saith he to Thomas,
Reach hither thy finger,
and behold my hands;
and reach hither thy hand,
and thrust it into my side:
and be not faithless,
but believing.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 01.11.22

Psalm 118:5-6

I called upon the Lord in distress:
the Lord answered me, and set me
in a large place. The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

King James Version
by Public Domain

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.11.22

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“These have no root.
~ Luke 8:13 ~

My soul, examine thyself this morning by the light of this text. Thou hast received the word with joy; thy feelings have been stirred and a lively impression has been made; but, remember, that to receive the word in the ear is one thing, and to receive Jesus into thy very soul is quite another; superficial feeling is often joined to inward hardness of heart, and a lively impression of the word is not always a lasting one.

In the parable, the seed in one case fell upon ground having a rocky bottom, covered over with a thin layer of earth; when the seed began to take root, its downward growth was hindered by the hard stone and therefore it spent its strength in pushing its green shoot aloft as high as it could, but having no inward moisture derived from root nourishment, it withered away. Is this my case?

Have I been making a fair show in the flesh without having a corresponding inner life? Good growth takes place upwards and downwards at the same time. Am I rooted in sincere fidelity and love to Jesus? If my heart remains unsoftened and unfertilized by grace, the good seed may germinate for a season, but it must ultimately wither, for it cannot flourish on a rocky, unbroken, unsanctified heart.

Let me dread a godliness as rapid in growth and as wanting in endurance as Jonah’s gourd; let me count the cost of being a follower of Jesus, above all let me feel the energy of His Holy Spirit, and then I shall possess an abiding and enduring seed in my soul. If my mind remains as obdurate as it was by nature, the sun of trial will scorch, and my hard heart will help to cast the heat the more terribly upon the ill-covered seed, and my religion will soon die, and my despair will be terrible; therefore, O heavenly Sower, plough me first, and then cast the truth into me, and let me yield Thee a bounteous harvest.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.10.22

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“In my flesh shall I see God.”
~ Job 19:26 ~

Mark the subject of Job’s devout anticipation “I shall see God.” He does not say, “I shall see the saints”—though doubtless that will be untold felicity—but, “I shall see God.” It is not—”I shall see the pearly gates, I shall behold the walls of jasper, I shall gaze upon the crowns of gold,” but “I shall see God.” This is the sum and substance of heaven, this is the joyful hope of all believers. It is their delight to see Him now in the ordinances by faith.

They love to behold Him in communion and in prayer; but there in heaven they shall have an open and unclouded vision, and thus seeing “Him as He is,” shall be made completely like Him. Likeness to God—what can we wish for more? And a sight of God—what can we desire better? Some read the passage, “Yet, I shall see God in my flesh,” and find here an allusion to Christ, as the “Word made flesh,” and that glorious beholding of Him which shall be the splendour of the latter days. Whether so or not it is certain that Christ shall be the object of our eternal vision; nor shall we ever want any joy beyond that of seeing Him.

Think not that this will be a narrow sphere for the mind to dwell in. It is but one source of delight, but that source is infinite. All His attributes shall be subjects for contemplation, and as He is infinite under each aspect, there is no fear of exhaustion. His works, His gifts, His love to us, and His glory in all His purposes, and in all His actions, these shall make a theme which will be ever new. The patriarch looked forward to this sight of God as a personal enjoyment. “Whom mine eye shall behold, and not another.” Take realizing views of heaven’s bliss; think what it will be to you. “Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty.” All earthly brightness fades and darkens as we gaze upon it, but here is a brightness which can never dim, a glory which can never fade—“I shall see God.”

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