Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 08.01.21

Sunday, August 01, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness.”
~ Psalm 65:11 ~

All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake His mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but our God never ceases to shine upon His children with beams of love. Like a river, His lovingkindness is always flowing, with a fulness inexhaustible as His own nature. Like the atmosphere which constantly surrounds the earth, and is always ready to support the life of man, the benevolence of God surrounds all His creatures; in it, as in their element, they live, and move, and have their being.

Yet as the sun on summer days gladdens us with beams more warm and bright than at other times, and as rivers are at certain seasons swollen by the rain, and as the atmosphere itself is sometimes fraught with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than heretofore, so is it with the mercy of God; it hath its golden hours; its days of overflow, when the Lord magnifieth His grace before the sons of men. Amongst the blessings of the nether springs, the joyous days of harvest are a special season of excessive favour. It is the glory of autumn that the ripe gifts of providence are then abundantly bestowed; it is the mellow season of realization, whereas all before was but hope and expectation.

Great is the joy of harvest. Happy are the reapers who fill their arms with the liberality of heaven. The Psalmist tells us that the harvest is the crowning of the year. Surely these crowning mercies call for crowning thanksgiving! Let us render it by the inward emotions of gratitude. Let our hearts be warmed; let our spirits remember, meditate, and think upon this goodness of the Lord. Then let us praise Him with our lips, and laud and magnify His name from whose bounty all this goodness flows. Let us glorify God by yielding our gifts to His cause. A practical proof of our gratitude is a special thank-offering to the Lord of the harvest.

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Today’s Poem: An Everlasting Hope

to GOD be the GLORY

~ An Everlasting Hope ~

By Deborah Ann

My hope is a lively one,
it can not be obliterated
it’s an everlasting hope
it cannot be eliminated.

Though insults fly by me,
from every which way . . .
my hope encourages me
not to care what others say.

My hope is a proven one,
it cannot be canceled
it’s a steadfast hope
it cannot get trampled.

Though daily there is grief,
believing the way I do
my hope gives me peace
no mater what others spew.

My hope is an active one,
it cannot be ostracized
it is a fighting hope . . .
it cannot be victimized.

It is an embolden hope,
though it be protested . . .
my hope is a golden one
for in Jesus it’s invested!

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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,

1 Peter 1.7

That the trial of your faith,
being much more precious
than of gold that perisheth
though it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise
and honour and glory at the
appearing of Jesus Christ:

King James Version
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Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 08.01.21

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Covenant Reaches Children

“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.”
~ Genesis 17:7 ~

O Lord, Thou hast made a covenant with me, Thy servant, in Christ Jesus my Lord; and now, I beseech Thee, let my children be included in its gracious provisions. Permit me to believe this promise as made to me as well as to Abraham. I know that my children are born in sin and shapen in iniquity, even as those of other men; therefore, I ask nothing on the ground of their birth, for well I know that “that which is born of the flesh is flesh” and nothing more. Lord, make them to be born under Thy covenant of grace by Thy Holy Spirit!

I pray for my descendants throughout all generations. Be Thou their God as Thou art mine. My highest honor is that Thou hast permitted me to serve Thee; may my offspring serve Thee in all years to come. O God of Abraham, be the God of his Isaac! O God of Hannah, accept her Samuel!

If, Lord, Thou hast favored me in my family, I pray Thee remember other households of Thy people which remain unblest. Be the God of all the families of Israel. Let not one of those who fear Thy name be tried with a godless and wicked household, for Thy Son Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

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#throwbackpoem: I Write In Rhyme

to GOD be the GLORY

~ I Write In Rhyme ~

By Deborah Ann

I write with rhythm,
I write in rhyme . . .
so to express my faith
as mountain’s I climb.

I open my mind,
to the Spirit’s leading
so to share with others
my uphill pleading’s.

I write with timing,
I write with a beat
so to help others
to stay on their feet.

I open my heart,
let the words flow
until I’m once again
in the valley below.

I write in rhyme,
I write out a poem
to encourage others
from God not to roam!

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Psalm 37:31

The law of his God is in his heart;
none of his steps shall slide.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse (copy)

Psalm 119:114

Thou art my hiding
place and my shield:
I hope in thy word.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 08.01.21

Sunday, August 01, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn.”
~ Ruth 2:2 ~

Downcast and troubled Christian, come and glean to-day in the broad field of promise. Here are abundance of precious promises, which exactly meet thy wants. Take this one: “He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax.” Doth not that suit thy case? A reed, helpless, insignificant, and weak, a bruised reed, out of which no music can come; weaker than weakness itself; a reed, and that reed bruised, yet, He will not break thee; but on the contrary, will restore and strengthen thee. Thou art like the smoking flax: no light, no warmth, can come from thee; but He will not quench thee; He will blow with His sweet breath of mercy till He fans thee to a flame.

Wouldst thou glean another ear? “Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” What soft words! Thy heart is tender, and the Master knows it, and therefore He speaketh so gently to thee. Wilt thou not obey Him, and come to Him even now? Take another ear of corn: “Fear not, thou worm Jacob, I will help thee, saith the Lord and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” How canst thou fear with such a wonderful assurance as this? Thou mayest gather ten thousand such golden ears as these! “I have blotted out thy sins like a cloud, and like a thick cloud thy transgressions.”

Or this, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Or this, “The Spirit and the Bride say, Come, and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely.” Our Master’s field is very rich; behold the handfuls. See, there they lie before thee, poor timid believer! Gather them up, make them thine own, for Jesus bids thee take them. Be not afraid, only believe! Grasp these sweet promises, thresh them out by meditation and feed on them with joy.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.31.21

Saturday, July 31, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“And these are the singers . . . they were employed in that work day and night.”
~ 1 Chronicles 9:33 ~

Well was it so ordered in the temple that the sacred chant never ceased: for evermore did the singers praise the Lord, whose mercy endureth for ever. As mercy did not cease to rule either by day or by night, so neither did music hush its holy ministry. My heart, there is a lesson sweetly taught to thee in the ceaseless song of Zion’s temple, thou too art a constant debtor, and see thou to it that thy gratitude, like charity, never faileth. God’s praise is constant in heaven, which is to be thy final dwelling-place, learn thou to practise the eternal hallelujah. Around the earth as the sun scatters his light, his beams awaken grateful believers to tune their morning hymn, so that by the priesthood of the saints perpetual praise is kept up at all hours, they swathe our globe in a mantle of thanksgiving, and girdle it with a golden belt of song.

The Lord always deserves to be praised for what He is in Himself, for His works of creation and providence, for His goodness towards His creatures, and especially for the transcendent act of redemption, and all the marvellous blessing flowing therefrom. It is always beneficial to praise the Lord; it cheers the day and brightens the night; it lightens toil and softens sorrow; and over earthly gladness it sheds a sanctifying radiance which makes it less liable to blind us with its glare.

Have we not something to sing about at this moment? Can we not weave a song out of our present joys, or our past deliverances, or our future hopes? Earth yields her summer fruits: the hay is housed, the golden grain invites the sickle, and the sun tarrying long to shine upon a fruitful earth, shortens the interval of shade that we may lengthen the hours of devout worship. By the love of Jesus, let us be stirred up to close the day with a psalm of sanctified gladness.

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#throwbackpoem: All Is In God’s Control 

to GOD be the GLORY

~ All Is In God’s Control ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, I am so thankful,
all is in Your control
oh, how knowing this . . .
my heart it consoles.

For, if it weren’t for You,
being all knowing
I would be alarmed . . .
at the way things are going.

Lord, I am so grateful,
Your wisdom is without limit
oh, how unearthing this . . .
calms my restless spirit.

For, if I did not believe,
You have a perfect plan
I would be frightened . . .
by the evilness of man.

Oh, Lord I am thankful,
everything You control . . .
will work out for the good
of each and every soul!

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Romans 8:28

And we know that all things
work together for good to
them that love God, to them
who are the called according
to his purpose.

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Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.31.21

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


An Appeal; Deliverance

“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”
~ Psalm 50:15 ~

This is a promise indeed!

Here is an urgent occasion—”the day of trouble.” It is dark at noon on such a day, and every hour seems blacker than the one which came before it. Then is this promise in season: it is written for the cloudy day.

Here is condescending advice, “Call upon me.” We ought not to need the exhortation: it should be our constant habit all the day and every day. What a mercy to have liberty to call upon God! What wisdom to make good use of it! How foolish to go running about to men! The Lord invites us to lay our case before Him, and surely we will not hesitate to do so.

Here is reassuring encouragement: “I will deliver thee.” Whatever the trouble may be, the Lord makes no exceptions but promises full, sure, happy deliverance. He will Himself work out our deliverance by His own hand. We believe it, and the Lord honors faith.

Here is an ultimate result: “Thou shalt glorify me.” Ah, that we will do most abundantly. When He has delivered us we will loudly praise Him; and as He is sure to do it, let us begin to glorify Him at once.

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Today’s Poem: Ray’s Of Glory

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Ray’s Of Glory ~

By Deborah Ann

Rays of glory,
hope’s eternal beam
open up my eyes
to new things not seen.

A new heart,
a new birth
a new heaven
a new earth.

Showers of mercy,
hope’s melody
open up my ears
to things heavenly.

A bliss eternal,
a peace ceaseless
a joy unyielding
a completeness.

Glory shines down,
mercy breaks through
giving my hope . . .
a new glorious view!

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Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.31.21

John 1:12-13

But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to
become the sons of God,
even to them that believe
on his name: Which were born,
not of blood, nor of the will of
the flesh, nor of the will of man,
but of God.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.31.21

Saturday, July 31, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I in them.”
~John 17:23 ~

If such be the union which subsists between our souls and the person of our Lord, how deep and broad is the channel of our communion! This is no narrow pipe through which a thread-like stream may wind its way, it is a channel of amazing depth and breadth, along whose glorious length a ponderous volume of living water may roll its floods. Behold He hath set before us an open door, let us not be slow to enter. This city of communion hath many pearly gates, every several gate is of one pearl, and each gate is thrown open to the uttermost that we may enter, assured of welcome.

If there were but one small loophole through which to talk with Jesus, it would be a high privilege to thrust a word of fellowship through the narrow door; how much we are blessed in having so large an entrance! Had the Lord Jesus been far away from us, with many a stormy sea between, we should have longed to send a messenger to Him to carry Him our loves, and bring us tidings from His Father’s house; but see His kindness, He has built His house next door to ours, nay, more, He takes lodging with us, and tabernacles in poor humble hearts, that so He may have perpetual intercourse with us. O how foolish must we be, if we do not live in habitual communion with Him.

When the road is long, and dangerous, and difficult, we need not wonder that friends seldom meet each other, but when they live together, shall Jonathan forget his David? A wife may when her husband is upon a journey, abide many days without holding converse with him, but she could never endure to be separated from him if she knew him to be in one of the chambers of her own house. Why, believer, dost not thou sit at His banquet of wine? Seek thy Lord, for He is near; embrace Him, for He is thy Brother. Hold Him fast, for He is thine Husband; and press Him to thine heart, for He is of thine own flesh.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.30.21

Friday, July 30, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


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

No limit is set to the duration of this promise. It does not merely say, “I will not cast out a sinner at his first coming,” but, “I will in no wise cast out.” The original reads, “I will not, not cast out,” or “I will never, never cast out.” The text means, that Christ will not at first reject a believer; and that as He will not do it at first, so He will not to the last.

But suppose the believer sins after coming? “If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” But suppose that believers backslide? “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for Mine anger is turned away from him.” But believers may fall under temptation! “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” But the believer may fall into sin as David did! Yes, but He will “Purge them with hyssop, and they shall be clean; He will wash them and they shall be whiter than snow”; “From all their iniquities will I cleanse them.”

“Once in Christ, in Christ for ever,
Nothing from His love can sever.”

“I give unto My sheep,” saith He, “eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” What sayest thou to this, O trembling feeble mind? Is not this a precious mercy, that coming to Christ, thou dost not come to One who will treat thee well for a little while, and then send thee about thy business, but He will receive thee and make thee His bride, and thou shalt be His for ever? Receive no longer the spirit of bondage again to fear, but the spirit of adoption whereby thou shalt cry, Abba, Father! Oh! the grace of these words: “I will in no wise cast out.”

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.30.21

Friday, July 30, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Promise of Future Meeting

“I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice.”
~ John 16:22 ~

Surely He will come a second time, and then, when He sees us and we see Him, there will be rejoicings indeed. Oh, for that joyous return! But this promise is being daily fulfilled in another sense. Our gracious Lord has many “agains” in His dealings with us. He gave us pardon, and He sees us again and repeats the absolving word as fresh sins cause us grief. He has revealed to us our acceptance before God, and when our faith in that blessing grows a little dim, He comes to us again and again and says, “Peace be unto you,” and our hearts are glad.

Beloved, all our past mercies are tokens of future mercies. If Jesus has been with us, He will see us again. Look upon no former favor as a dead and buried thing, to be mourned over; but regard it as a seed sown, which will grow, and push its head up from the dust, and cry, “I will see you again.” Are the times dark because Jesus is not with us as He used to be? Let us pluck up courage; for He will not be long away. His feet are as those of a roe or young hart, and they will soon bring Him to us. Wherefore let us begin to be joyous, since He saith to us even now, “I will see you again.”

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.30.21

Friday, July 30, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“And when he thought thereon, he wept.8
~ Mark 14:72 ~

It has been thought by some that as long as Peter lived, the fountain of his tears began to flow whenever he remembered his denying his Lord. It is not unlikely that it was so, for his sin was very great, and grace in him had afterwards a perfect work. This same experience is common to all the redeemed family according to the degree in which the Spirit of God has removed the natural heart of stone. We, like Peter, remember our boastful promise: “Though all men shall forsake Thee, yet will not I.” We eat our own words with the bitter herbs of repentance.

When we think of what we vowed we would be, and of what we have been, we may weep whole showers of grief. He thought on his denying his Lord. The place in which he did it, the little cause which led him into such heinous sin, the oaths and blasphemies with which he sought to confirm his falsehood, and the dreadful hardness of heart which drove him to do so again and yet again. Can we, when we are reminded of our sins, and their exceeding sinfulness, remain stolid and stubborn? Will we not make our house a Bochim, and cry unto the Lord for renewed assurances of pardoning love? May we never take a dry-eyed look at sin, lest ere long we have a tongue parched in the flames of hell.

Peter also thought upon his Master’s look of love. The Lord followed up the cock’s warning voice with an admonitory look of sorrow, pity, and love. That glance was never out of Peter’s mind so long as he lived. It was far more effectual than ten thousand sermons would have been without the Spirit. The penitent apostle would be sure to weep when he recollected the Saviour’s full forgiveness, which restored him to his former place. To think that we have offended so kind and good a Lord is more than sufficient reason for being constant weepers. Lord, smite our rocky hearts, and make the waters flow.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.29.21

Thursday, July 29, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me.”
~
John 6:37~

This declaration involves the doctrine of election: there are some whom the Father gave to Christ. It involves the doctrine of effectual calling: these who are given must and shall come; however stoutly they may set themselves against it, yet they shall be brought out of darkness into God’s marvellous light. It teaches us the indispensable necessity of faith; for even those who are given to Christ are not saved except they come to Jesus. Even they must come, for there is no other way to heaven but by the door, Christ Jesus. All that the Father gives to our Redeemer must come to Him, therefore none can come to heaven except they come to Christ.

Oh! the power and majesty which rest in the words “shall come.” He does not say they have power to come, nor they may come if they will, but they “shall come.” The Lord Jesus doth by His messengers, His word, and His Spirit, sweetly and graciously compel men to come in that they may eat of His marriage supper; and this He does, not by any violation of the free agency of man, but by the power of His grace. I may exercise power over another man’s will, and yet that other man’s will may be perfectly free, because the constraint is exercised in a manner accordant with the laws of the human mind.

Jehovah Jesus knows how, by irresistible arguments addressed to the understanding, by mighty reasons appealing to the affections, and by the mysterious influence of His Holy Spirit operating upon all the powers and passions of the soul, so to subdue the whole man, that whereas he was once rebellious, he yields cheerfully to His government, subdued by sovereign love. But how shall those be known whom God hath chosen? By this result: that they do willingly and joyfully accept Christ, and come to Him with simple and unfeigned faith, resting upon Him as all their salvation and all their desire. Reader, have you thus come to Jesus.

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#throwbackpoem: My God Is With Me

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My God Is With Me ~

By Deborah Ann

When life makes no sense,
and obstacles are all I see
I am not disappointed . . .
for my God enables me.

When others have their say,
and we can’t seem to agree
I am not discouraged . . .
for my God inspires me.

When sickness takes its hold,
and the pain will not flee
I am not dishearten . . .
for my God comforts me.

When my world crashes down,
and troubles are all I foresee
I am not depressed . . .
for my God enlivens me.

When sorrow comes my way,
and grief has me on my knees
I am not distraught . . .
for my God nurtures me.

When the day is finally over,
and I say my nightly plea
I am not shaken . . .
for my God is with me!

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Psalm 16:8

“I have set the Lord
always before me.
Because he is at my
right hand,
I will not be shaken.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.29.21

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


He Routs Our Enemy

“He hath cast out thine enemy.”
~ Zephaniah 3:15 `

What a casting out was that! Satan has lost his throne in our nature even as he lost his seat in heaven. Our Lord Jesus has destroyed the enemy’s reigning power over us. He may worry us, but he cannot claim us as his own. His bonds are no longer upon our spirits: the Son has made us free, and we are free indeed.

Still is the archenemy the accuser of the brethren; but even from this position our Lord has driven him. Our Advocate silences our accuser. The Lord rebukes our enemies and pleads the causes of our soul, so that no harm comes of all the devil’s revilings.

As a tempter, the evil spirit still assails us and insinuates himself into our minds; but thence also is he cast out as to his former preeminence. He wriggles about like a serpent, but he cannot rule like a sovereign. He hurls in blasphemous thoughts when he has opportunity; but what a relief it is when he is told to be quiet and is made to slink off like a whipped cur! Lord, do this for any who are at this time worried and wearied by his barkings. Cast out their enemy, and be Thou glorious in their eyes. Thou hast cast him down; Lord, cast him out. Oh, that Thou wouldst banish him from the world!

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Today’s Poem: Drop By Drop 

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Drop By Drop ~

By Deborah Ann

Drop by drop,
hope drips in . . .
til goose bumps
form on my skin.

Shivers of glory,
tingles of peace
as each droplet
God releases.

Drip by drip,
hope seeps in
til my elation
forms a big grin.

Smiles of bliss,
cheers of delight
with each trickle
my soul it excites

Hope drips in,
drop by drop . . .
causing my heart
with joy to flip-flop!

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Romans 15:13

Now the God of hope
fill you with all joy and
peace in believing, that ye
may abound in hope,
through the power
of the Holy Ghost.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.29.21

Psalm 119:93

I will never forget
thy precepts:
for with them thou hast
quickened me.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.29.21

Thursday, July 29, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Nevertheless I am continually with Thee.”
~ Psalm 73:23 ~

Neverless, —as if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God’s presence was undoubtedly his. Fully conscious of his own lost estate, and of the deceitfulness and vileness of his nature, yet, by a glorious outburst of faith, he sings “nevertheless I am continually with Thee.” Believer, you are forced to enter into Asaph’s confession and acknowledgment, endeavour in like spirit to say “nevertheless, since I belong to Christ I am continually with God!”

By this is meant continually upon His mind, He is always thinking of me for my good. Continually before His eye;—the eye of the Lord never sleepeth, but is perpetually watching over my welfare. Continually in His hand, so that none shall be able to pluck me thence. Continually on His heart, worn there as a memorial, even as the high priest bore the names of the twelve tribes upon his heart for ever. Thou always thinkest of me, O God. The bowels of Thy love continually yearn towards me. Thou art always making providence work for my good. Thou hast set me as a signet upon thine arm; thy love is strong as death, many waters cannot quench it; neither can the floods drown it. Surprising grace!

Thou seest me in Christ, and though in myself abhorred, Thou beholdest me as wearing Christ’s garments, and washed in His blood, and thus I stand accepted in Thy presence. I am thus continually in Thy favour—”continually with Thee.” Here is comfort for the tried and afflicted soul; vexed with the tempest within—look at the calm without. “Nevertheless”—O say it in thy heart, and take the peace it gives. “Nevertheless I am continually with Thee.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.28.21

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Who went about doing good.”
~
Acts 10:38 ~

Few words, but yet an exquisite miniature of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are not many touches, but they are the strokes of a master’s pencil. Of the Saviour and only of the Saviour is it true in the fullest, broadest, and most unqualified sense. “He went about doing good.” From this description it is evident that He did good personally. The evangelists constantly tell us that He touched the leper with His own finger, that He anointed the eyes of the blind, and that in cases where He was asked to speak the word only at a distance, He did not usually comply, but went Himself to the sick bed, and there personally wrought the cure. A lesson to us, if we would do good, to do it ourselves.

Give alms with your own hand; a kind look, or word, will enhance the value of the gift. Speak to a friend about his soul; your loving appeal will have more influence than a whole library of tracts. Our Lord’s mode of doing good sets forth His incessant activity! He did not only the good which came close to hand, but He “went about” on His errands of mercy. Throughout the whole land of Judea there was scarcely a village or a hamlet which was not gladdened by the sight of Him. How this reproves the creeping, loitering manner, in which many professors serve the Lord. Let us gird up the loins of our mind, and be not weary in well doing.

Does not the text imply that Jesus Christ went out of His way to do good? “He went about doing good.” He was never deterred by danger or difficulty. He sought out the objects of His gracious intentions. So must we. If old plans will not answer, we must try new ones, for fresh experiments sometimes achieve more than regular methods. Christ’s perseverance, and the unity of His purpose, are also hinted at, and the practical application of the subject may be summed up in the words, “He hath left us an example that we should follow in His steps.”

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#throwbackpoem: What Can Make Me Turn Away

~ What Can Make Me Turn Away ~

By Deborah Ann

What can make me,
from Jesus walk away
what can happen . . .
to make me go astray?

What kind of jeopardy,
will make me turn my back
what sort of danger . . .
will cause my faith to slack?

What can make me,
to stop in God believing
what can prevent me from
His face to keep seeking?

What kind of persecution,
can cause me to turn down
the hope and the grace
in Jesus I have found?

What can make me,
from God to separate
nothing I know of could . . .
my love for Him penetrate!

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Romans 8:35 -37

Who shall separate us
from the love of Christ?
shall tribulation, or distress,
or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written,
For thy sake we are killed
all the day long; we are
accounted as sheep for
the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we
are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.28.21

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Bow Down; Be Lifted Up

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”
~ 1 Peter 5:6 ~

This is tantamount to a promise: if we will bow down, the Lord will lift us up. Humility leads to honor; submission is the way to exaltation. That same hand of God which presses us down is waiting to raise us up when we are prepared to bear the blessing. We stoop to conquer. Many cringe before men and yet miss the patronage they crave; but he that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the ever-gracious One. It is a habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud and lift up the lowly.

Yet there is a time for the Lord’s working. We ought now to humble ourselves, even at this present moment; and we are bound to keep on doing so whether the Lord lays His afflicting hand upon us or not. When the Lord smites, it is our special duty to accept the chastisement with profound submission. But as for the Lord’s exaltation of us, that can only come “in due time,” and God is the best judge of that day and hour. Do we cry out impatiently for the blessing? Would we wish for untimely honor? What are we at? Surely we are not truly humbled, or we should wait with quiet submission. So let us do.

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Today’s Poem: Onward Press

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Onward Press ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, today,
I must confess
it was truly
one big mess.

I bit the dust,
fell flat on my face
I couldn’t get up
if not for Your grace.

Lord, today,
I really blew it
failed to rely on
the Holy Spirit.

On my own,
I went off to fight
without relying
on Your might.

Lord, today,
was truly a mess
but I’m determined . . .
to onward press!

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Philippians 3:14

“I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.28.21

Philippians 3:14

I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.28.21

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I was so foolish and ignorant; I was acting like an stupid animal before you.”
~ Psalm 73:22 ~

This is the confession of the man after God’s own heart. The word “foolish” here means more than it signifies in ordinary language. Earlier in the Psalm he wrote, “I was envious of the foolish when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” Since he envied the same evil within his own heart, he had to confess that he himself was intensely foolish, or as he says, “so foolish.” How foolish he could not tell. It was a sinful folly—- one that shouldn’t be excused by frailty, but should be condemned because of its perverseness and willful ignorance. He envied the present prosperity of the ungodly, but forgot about the dreadful end that will come to them.

And are we better than the Psalmist that we should call ourselves wise! Do we profess to have attained perfection or to have rid all willful disobedience from our lives? Now that would be prideful foolishness, indeed!

Look back, believer! Think of how you doubted God when He has been so faithful to you. Think of how you foolishly rejected His afflictions when He only intended to give you a greater blessing. Think of the many times when you have questioned His leading in the dark and groaned out, “All these things are against me,” when they were, in fact, all working together for your good! Think of how often you have chosen sin because of its pleasure only to find that it brought great bitterness!

Surely if we know our own heart we must plead guilty to the charge of sinful folly, and, conscious of this foolishness, we must make the Psalmist’s consequent resolve our own, “Lord, guide me with Your counsel.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.27.21

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?”
~
Romans 8:33 ~

Most blessed challenge! How unanswerable it is! Every sin of the elect was laid upon the great Champion of our salvation, and by the atonement carried away. There is no sin in God’s book against His people: He seeth no sin in Jacob, neither iniquity in Israel; they are justified in Christ for ever. When the guilt of sin was taken away, the punishment of sin was removed. For the Christian there is no stroke from God’s angry hand—nay, not so much as a single frown of punitive justice. The believer may be chastised by his Father, but God the Judge has nothing to say to the Christian, except “I have absolved thee: thou art acquitted.” For the Christian there is no penal death in this world, much less any second death.

He is completely freed from all the punishment as well as the guilt of sin, and the power of sin is removed too. It may stand in our way, and agitate us with perpetual warfare; but sin is a conquered foe to every soul in union with Jesus. There is no sin which a Christian cannot overcome if he will only rely upon his God to do it. They who wear the white robe in heaven overcame through the blood of the Lamb, and we may do the same. No lust is too mighty, no besetting sin too strongly entrenched; we can overcome through the power of Christ. Do believe it, Christian, that thy sin is a condemned thing. It may kick and struggle, but it is doomed to die. God has written condemnation across its brow. Christ has crucified it, “nailing it to His cross.” Go now and mortify it, and the Lord help you to live to His praise, for sin with all its guilt, shame, and fear, is gone.

“Here’s pardon for transgressions past,
It matters not how black their cast;
And, O my soul, with wonder view,
For sins to come here’s pardon too.”

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#throwbackpoem: Encouragement Needed

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Encouragement Needed ~

By Deborah Ann

We all need encouragement,
on this journey we call life
we all need a stretched out hand
to help us with our daily strife.

For it can be a painful trip,
if we don’t help one another
for the tough times are easier
when they are done together.

We all need some motivation,
on this voyage to get to heaven
we all need an inspiration boost
when our heart’s are down laden.

For it can be a weary trek,
without having some backing
to help us get over the bumps
when our own faith is lacking.

We all need encouragement,
as we make our journey here
we all need motivation . . .
until the final trump we hear!

~~~~~~

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Wherefore comfort
yourselves together,
and edify one another,
even as also ye do.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.27.21

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


More than Mere Words

“I will give you the sure mercies of David”
~ Acts 13:34 ~

Nothing of man is sure; but everything of God is so. Especially are covenant mercies sure mercies, even as David said “an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure.”

We are sure that the Lord meant His mercy. He did not speak mere wards: there is substance and truth in every one of His promises. His mercies are mercies indeed. Even if a promise seems as if it must drop through by reason of death, yet it never shall, for the good Lord will make good His word.

We are sure that the Lord will bestow promised mercies on all His covenanted ones. They shall come in due course to all the chosen of the Lord. They are sure to all the seed, from the least of them unto the greatest of them. We are sure that the Lord will continue His mercies to His own people. He does not give and take. What He has granted us is the token of much more. That which we have not yet received is as sure as that which has already come; therefore, let us wait before the Lord and be still. There is no justifiable reason for the least doubt. God’s love, and word, and faithfulness are sure. Many things are questionable, but of the Lord we sing—

For his mercies shall endure
Ever faithful, ever sure.

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Today’s Poem: You Can Do It

to GOD be the GLORY

~ You Can Do It ~

By Deborah Ann

You can be an endurer,
you can persist
if to the world’s wicked ways
you will resist.

You can be an overcomer,
you can prevail
if you don’t let satan’s arrows
your faith impale.

You can be an achiever,
you can win
if you run away from
all forms of sin.

You can be an opposer,
you can contend
if you don’t conform
or be the world’s friend.

You can do it,
you can win the race . . .
just keep looking to Jesus
for assurance and grace!

~~~~~

Hebrews 12:1-2

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed
about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race
that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher
of our faith; who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is set down at the right
hand of the throne of God.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.27.21

Hebrews 12:1

Wherefore seeing we also are
compassed about with so great
a cloud of witnesses, let us lay
aside every weight, and the sin
which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the
race that is set before us,

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.27.21

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Exceeding great and precious promises.”
~ 2 Peter 1:4 ~

If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will tread them the juice will flow. Thinking over the hallowed words will often be the prelude to their fulfillment. While you are musing upon them, the boon which you are seeking will insensibly come to you. Many a Christian who has thirsted for the promise has found the favour which it ensured gently distilling into his soul even while he has been considering the divine record; and he has rejoiced that ever he was led to lay the promise near his heart.

But besides meditating upon the promises, seek in thy soul to receive them as being the very words of God. Speak to thy soul thus, “If I were dealing with a man’s promise, I should carefully consider the ability and the character of the man who had covenanted with me. So with the promise of God; my eye must not be so much fixed upon the greatness of the mercy—that may stagger me; as upon the greatness of the promiser—that will cheer me. My soul, it is God, even thy God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to thee. This word of His which thou art now considering is as true as His own existence.

He is a God unchangeable. He has not altered the thing which has gone out of His mouth, nor called back one single consolatory sentence. Nor doth He lack any power; it is the God that made the heavens and the earth who has spoken thus. Nor can He fail in wisdom as to the time when He will bestow the favours, for He knoweth when it is best to give and when better to withhold. Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true, so immutable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the promise.” If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their fulfillment.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.26.21

Monday, July 26, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“That He may set him with princes.”
~
Psalm 113:8 ~

Our spiritual privileges are of the highest order. “Among princes” is the place of select society. “Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” Speak of select society, there is none like this! “We are a chosen generation, a peculiar people, a royal priesthood.” “We are come unto the general assembly and church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven.” The saints have courtly audience: princes have admittance to royalty when common people must stand afar off.

The child of God has free access to the inner courts of heaven. “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” “Let us come boldly,” says the apostle, “to the throne of the heavenly grace.” Among princes there isabundant wealth, but what is the abundance of princes compared with the riches of believers? for “all things are yours, and ye are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Princes have peculiar power. A prince of heaven’s empire has great influence: he wields a sceptre in his own domain; he sits upon Jesus’ throne, for “He hath made us kings and priests unto God, and we shall reign for ever and ever.” We reign over the united kingdom of time and eternity.

Princes, again, have special honour. We may look down upon all earth-born dignity from the eminence upon which grace has placed us. For what is human grandeur to this, “He hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”? We share the honour of Christ, and compared with this, earthly splendours are not worth a thought. Communion with Jesus is a richer gem than ever glittered in imperial diadem. Union with the Lord is a coronet of beauty outshining all the blaze of imperial pomp.

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#throwbackpoem: God Of My Yesterdays

to GOD be the GLORY

~ God Of My Yesterdays ~

By Deborah Ann

God of my yesterdays,
all the days of my youth
I thank You for blessing me . . .
with hope, trust and truth.

Though at times I’ve stumbled,
on the straight, narrow way
I thank You for giving me . . .
the courage, on it to stay.

God of my today,
the rest of my tomorrows
I thank You for taking from me. . .
the weight of my sorrows.

Though the road has been long,
and at times menacing
I thank You for always . . .
my faith strengthening.

God of my yesterdays,
today and tomorrows too
may I remain as faithful . . .
just as You always do!

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Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ
the same yesterday,
and to day,
and for ever.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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