Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.28.20

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Monday, September 28, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Go again seven times.”
~
1 Kings 18:43 ~

Success is certain when the Lord has promised it. Although you may have pleaded month after month without evidence of answer, it is not possible that the Lord should be deaf when His people are earnest in a matter which concerns His glory. The prophet on the top of Carmel continued to wrestle with God, and never for a moment gave way to a fear that he should be non-suited in Jehovah’s courts. Six times the servant returned, but on each occasion no word was spoken but “Go again.”

We must not dream of unbelief, but hold to our faith even to seventy times seven. Faith sends expectant hope to look from Carmel’s brow, and if nothing is beheld, she sends again and again. So far from being crushed by repeated disappointment, faith is animated to plead more fervently with her God. She is humbled, but not abashed: her groans are deeper, and her sighings more vehement, but she never relaxes her hold or stays her hand. It would be more agreeable to flesh and blood to have a speedy answer, but believing souls have learned to be submissive, and to find it good to wait for as well as upon the Lord.

Delayed answers often set the heart searching itself, and so lead to contrition and spiritual reformation: deadly blows are thus struck at our corruption, and the chambers of imagery are cleansed. The great danger is lest men should faint, and miss the blessing. Reader, do not fall into that sin, but continue in prayer and watching. At last the little cloud was seen, the sure forerunner of torrents of rain, and even so with you, the token for good shall surely be given, and you shall rise as a prevailing prince to enjoy the mercy you have sought. Elijah was a man of like passions with us: his power with God did not lie in his own merits. If his believing prayer availed so much, why not yours? Plead the precious blood with unceasing importunity, and it shall be with you according to your desire.

#throwbackpoem: I Feel Joy

to GOD be the GLORY

~ I Feel Joy ~

By Deborah Ann

I feel joy,
bubbling up in me
I feel hope
in what I can’t see.

I feel peace,
rising up in me
I feel settled
in what’s to be.

I feel grace,
soaking up in me
I feel sure
in Christ I’m free.

I feel pleasure,
swirling up in me
I feel ready
for eternal glee.

I feel joy,
bubbling up in me
I feel soon . . .
Jesus I will see!

~~~~~~~

Psalm 16:11

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures
for evermore.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.28.20

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Work is Done; Rest in Him

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”
~ Hebrews 4:9 ~

God has provided a Sabbath, and some must enter into it. Those to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief; therefore, that Sabbath remains for the people of God. David sang of it; but he had to touch the minor key, for Israel refused the rest of God. Joshua could not give it, nor Canaan yield it: it remains for believers.

Come, then, let us labor to enter into this rest. Let us quit the weary toil of sin and self. Let us cease from all confidence, even in those works of which it might be said, “They are very good.” Have we any such? Still, let us cease from our own works, as God did from His. Now let us find solace in the finished work of our Lord Jesus. Everything is fully done: justice demands no more. Great peace is our portion in Christ Jesus.

As to providential matters, the work of grace in the soul and the work of the Lord in the souls of others, let us cast these burdens upon the Lord and rest in Him. When the Lord gives us a yoke to bear, He does so that by taking it up we may find rest. By faith we labor to enter into the rest of God, and we renounce all rest in self-satisfaction or indolence. Jesus Himself is perfect rest, and we are filled to the brim in Him.

Today’s Poem: The Eyes of My Faith

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Eyes of My Faith ~

By Deborah Ann

The eyes of my faith,
have seen many things
they have witnessed
what trusting God brings.

They’ve stared right into,
the pit of my soul
they have observed Jesus
taking in me control.

The eyes of my faith,
have watched in unbelief
the world reject God
in utter disbelief.

They’ve spotted the falling,
of man away from God
they’ve seen the advancing
of satan’s ravaging squad.

They eyes of my faith,
keep waiting and watching
for Jesus to return . . .
in a moment’s twinkling.

~~~~~~~~~~

1 Corinthians 15:52

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

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man receiveth
not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 09.28.20

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man receiveth
not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.28.20

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Monday, September 28, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The Lord looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men.”
~ Psalm 33:13 ~

Perhaps no figure of speech represents God in a more gracious light than when He is spoken of as stooping from His throne, and coming down from heaven to attend to the wants and to behold the woes of mankind. We love Him, who, when Sodom and Gomorrah were full of iniquity, would not destroy those cities until He had made a personal visitation of them. We cannot help pouring out our heart in affection for our Lord who inclines His ear from the highest glory, and puts it to the lip of the dying sinner, whose failing heart longs after reconciliation. How can we but love Him when we know that He numbers the very hairs of our heads, marks our path, and orders our ways?

Specially is this great truth brought near to our heart, when we recollect how attentive He is, not merely to the temporal interests of His creatures, but to their spiritual concerns. Though leagues of distance lie between the finite creature and the infinite Creator, yet there are links uniting both. When a tear is wept by thee, think not that God doth not behold; for, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.” Thy sigh is able to move the heart of Jehovah; thy whisper can incline His ear unto thee; thy prayer can stay His hand; thy faith can move His arm. Think not that God sits on high taking no account of thee. Remember that however poor and needy thou art, yet the Lord thinketh upon thee. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards Him.

Oh! then repeat the truth that never tires; No God is like the God my soul desires; He at whose voice heaven trembles, even He, Great as He is, knows how to stoop to me.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.27.20

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“My Beloved put in His hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for Him.”
~ Song of Solomon 5:4 ~

Knocking  was not enough, for my heart was too full of sleep, too cold and ungrateful to arise and open the door, but the touch of His effectual grace has made my soul bestir itself. Oh, the longsuffering of my Beloved, to tarry when He found Himself shut out, and me asleep upon the bed of sloth! Oh, the greatness of His patience, to knock and knock again, and to add His voice to His knockings, beseeching me to open to Him! How could I have refused Him! Base heart, blush and be confounded!

But what greatest kindness of all is this, that He becomes His own porter and unbars the door Himself. Thrice blessed is the hand which condescends to lift the latch and turn the key. Now I see that nothing but my Lord’s own power can save such a naughty mass of wickedness as I am; ordinances fail, even the gospel has no effect upon me, till His hand is stretched out. Now, also, I perceive that His hand is good where all else is unsuccessful, He can open when nothing else will. Blessed be His name, I feel His gracious presence even now. Well may my bowels move for Him, when I think of all that He has suffered for me, and of my ungenerous return. I have allowed my affections to wander.

I have set up rivals. I have grieved Him. Sweetest and dearest of all beloveds, I have treated Thee as an unfaithful wife treats her husband. Oh, my cruel sins, my cruel self. What can I do? Tears are a poor show of my repentance, my whole heart boils with indignation at myself. Wretch that I am, to treat my Lord, my All in All, my exceeding great joy, as though He were a stranger. Jesus, thou forgivest freely, but this is not enough, prevent my unfaithfulness in the future. Kiss away these tears, and then purge my heart and bind it with sevenfold cords to Thyself, never to wander more.

#throwbackpoem: A Trunp Bellowing Out

to GOD be the GLORY

~ A Trump Bellowing Out ~

By Deborah Ann

One day out of heaven,
you’ll hear a shout
along with a trump
bellowing out.

A voice you will hear,
of that of a King
signaling eternal peace
I’m here to bring.

The dead will rise up,
from their earthly grave
as they believe Jesus’ life
for their sins He gave.

Those who are yet alive,
will be caught in the air
for, they believe on the cross
Jesus their sins did too bear.

One day all will hear,
a loud trump, a shout . . .
will with Jesus you leave
or will you be left out?

~~~~~~~

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

“For the Lord himself shall
descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds, to meet the
Lord in the air: and so shall
we ever be with the Lord.”

Wherefore comfort one another
with these words.”

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.27.20

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The Divine Light in Darkness

For thou wilt light my candle.
~ Psalm 18:28 ~

It may be that my soul sits in darkness; and if this be of a spiritual kind, no human power can bring me light. Blessed be God! He can enlighten my darkness and at once light my candle. Even though I may be surrounded by a “darkness which might be felt,” yet He can break the gloom and immediately make it bright around me.

The mercy is that if He lights the candle none can blow it out, neither will it go out for lack of substance, nor burn out of itself through the lapse of hours. The lights which the Lord kindled in the beginning are shining still. The Lord’s lamps may need trimming, but He does not put them out.

Let me, then, like the nightingale sing in the dark. Expectation shall furnish me with music, and hope shall pitch the tune. Soon I shall rejoice in a candle of God’s lighting. I am dull and dreary just now. Perhaps it is the weather, or bodily weakness, or the surprise of a sudden trouble; but whatever has made the darkness, it is God alone who will bring the light. My eyes are unto Him alone. I shall soon have the candles of the Lord shining about me; and, further on in His own good time, I shall be where they need no candle, neither light of the sun. Hallelujah!

Today’s Poem: Seeking God’s Kingdom

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Seeking God’s Kingdom ~

By Deborah Ann

Seeking God’s kingdom,
is a daily must
for all of those
who believe and trust.

Whether we’re at home,
or be far away
we need to please Him
in every single way.

Seeking God’s kingdom,
is to walk worthy
to remain faithful
throughout our journey.

For us to live is Christ,
to die is our gain
the prize of our calling
is our souls only aim.

Seeking God’s kingdom,
while here on the earth
is joy unto salvation
to all who had a rebirth!

~~~~~~~

Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom
of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be
added unto you.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 09.27.20

Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom
of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be
added unto you.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.27.20

C_H__Spurgeon

Sunday, September 27, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Happy art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord!”
~ Deuteronomy 33:29 ~

He who affirms that Christianity makes men miserable, is himself an utter stranger to it. It were strange indeed, if it made us wretched, for see to what a position it exalts us! It makes us sons of God. Suppose you that God will give all the happiness to His enemies, and reserve all the mourning for His own family? Shall His foes have mirth and joy, and shall His home-born children inherit sorrow and wretchedness? Shall the sinner, who has no part in Christ, call himself rich in happiness, and shall we go mourning as if we were penniless beggars?

No, we will rejoice in the Lord always, and glory in our inheritance, for we “have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but we have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” The rod of chastisement must rest upon us in our measure, but it worketh for us the comfortable fruits of righteousness; and therefore by the aid of the divine Comforter, we, the “people saved of the Lord,” will joy in the God of our salvation. We are married unto Christ; and shall our great Bridegroom permit His spouse to linger in constant grief? Our hearts are knit unto Him: we are His members, and though for awhile we may suffer as our Head once suffered, yet we are even now blessed with heavenly blessings in Him.

We have the earnest of our inheritance in the comforts of the Spirit, which are neither few nor small. Heritors of joy for ever, we have foretastes of our portion. There are streaks of the light of joy to herald our eternal sunrising. Our riches are beyond the sea; our city with firm foundations lies on the other side the river; gleams of glory from the spirit-world cheer our hearts, and urge us onward. Truly is it said of us, “Happy art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord?”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.26.20

C_H__Spurgeon

Saturday, September 26, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Howl, fir tree, for the cedar is fallen.
~ Zechariah 11:2 ~

When in the forest there is heard the crash of a falling oak, it is a sign that the woodman is abroad, and every tree in the whole company may tremble lest to-morrow the sharp edge of the axe should find it out. We are all like trees marked for the axe, and the fall of one should remind us that for every one, whether great as the cedar, or humble as the fir, the appointed hour is stealing on apace. I trust we do not, by often hearing of death, become callous to it. May we never be like the birds in the steeple, which build their nests when the bells are tolling, and sleep quietly when the solemn funeral peals are startling the air.

May we regard death as the most weighty of all events, and be sobered by its approach. It ill behoves us to sport while our eternal destiny hangs on a thread. The sword is out of its scabbard—let us not trifle; it is furbished, and the edge is sharp—let us not play with it. He who does not prepare for death is more than an ordinary fool, he is a madman. When the voice of God is heard among the trees of the garden, let fig tree and sycamore, and elm and cedar, alike hear the sound thereof.

Be ready, servant of Christ, for thy Master comes on a sudden, when an ungodly world least expects Him. See to it that thou be faithful in His work, for the grave shall soon be digged for thee. Be ready, parents, see that your children are brought up in the fear of God, for they must soon be orphans; be ready, men of business, take care that your affairs are correct, and that you serve God with all your hearts, for the days of your terrestrial service will soon be ended, and you will be called to give account for the deeds done in the body, whether they be good or whether they be evil. May we all prepare for the tribunal of the great King with a care which shall be rewarded with the gracious commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant”

#throwbackpoem: God Is Never Late

to GOD be the GLORY

~ God Is Never Late ~

By Deborah Ann

God is never late,
tardy, He is not
all goes by His plan
in the time He allots.

God is never slow,
His timing is perfected
the hour, the minute
He has already selected.

God is never delayed,
His purpose is on track
on His own timetable
not a second will He tack.

God is never slack,
He has time on His rein
He knows the exact moment
when Jesus will come to reign.

God is never late,
He knows how long the span
all will work out in the end
for time is in His hand!

~~~~~~~~

2 Peter 3:8

“But, beloved, be not ignorant
of this one thing, that one day
is with the Lord as a thousand
years, and a thousand years
as one day.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.26.20

C_H__Spurgeon

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Among the Redeemed

“Lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be redeemed among the nations.”
~ Numbers 23:9 ~

Who would wish to dwell among the nations and to be numbered with them? Why, even the professing church is such that to follow the Lord fully within its bounds is very difficult. There is such a mingling and mixing that one often sighs for “a lodge in some vast wilderness.”

Certain it is that the Lord would have His people follow a separated path as to the world and come out decidedly and distinctly from it. We are set apart by the divine decree, purchase, and calling, and our inward experience has made us greatly to differ from men of the world; and therefore our place is not in their Vanity Fair, nor in their City of Destruction, but in the narrow way where all true pilgrims must follow their Lord.

This may not only reconcile us to the world’s cold shoulder and sneers but even cause us to accept them with pleasure as being a part of our covenant portion. Our names are not in the same book, we are not of the same seed, we are not bound for the same place, neither are we trusting to the same guide; therefore it is well that we are not of their number. Only let us be found in the number of the redeemed, and we are content to be off and solitary to the end of the chapter.

Today’s Poem: Victory Over Fear

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Victory Over Fear ~

By Deborah Ann

If We're Not to be Fearful ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann


If we’re not to be fearful,
if we’re not to be afraid
then why do we sometimes . . .
feel overwhelmingly dismayed?

If we’re not to despair,
if we’re not to be weak
then why do we sometimes . . .
feel so hopelessly bleak?

If we’re not to be concerned,
if we’re not to worry about today
then why do we sometimes . .
feel so helpless anyway?

If we’re not to be frightened,
if we’re not to have a single care
then why do we sometimes . . .
feel so emotionally threadbare?

If we’re not to be fearful,
if we’re not to be dismayed
then why are we not trembling . . .
with joy, instead of being afraid?

~~~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 41:10

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will
help thee; yea, I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my righteousness.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 09.26.20

Hebrews 10:30-31

For we know him that hath said,
Vengeance belongeth unto me,
I will recompense, saith the Lord.
And again, The Lord shall judge
his people. It is a fearful thing to
fall into the hands of the living God.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.26.20

C_H__Spurgeon

Saturday, September 26, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The myrtle trees that were in the bottom.” 
~ Zechariah 1:8 ~

The vision in this chapter describes the condition of Israel in Zechariah’s day; but being interpreted in its aspect towards us, it describes the Church of God as we find it now in the world. The Church is compared to a myrtle grove flourishing in a valley. It is hidden, unobserved, secreted; courting no honour and attracting no observation from the careless gazer. The Church, like her head, has a glory, but it is concealed from carnal eyes, for the time of her breaking forth in all her splendour is not yet come.

The idea of tranquil security is also suggested to us: for the myrtle grove in the valley is still and calm, while the storm sweeps over the mountain summits. Tempests spend their force upon the craggy peaks of the Alps, but down yonder where flows the stream which maketh glad the city of our God, the myrtles flourish by the still waters, all unshaken by the impetuous wind. How great is the inward tranquility of God’s Church! Even when opposed and persecuted, she has a peace which the world gives not, and which, therefore, it cannot take away: the peace of God which passeth all understanding keeps the hearts and minds of God’s people. Does not the metaphor forcibly picture the peaceful, perpetual growth of the saints?

The myrtle sheds not her leaves, she is always green; and the Church in her worst time still hath a blessed verdure of grace about her; nay, she has sometimes exhibited most verdure when her winter has been sharpest. She has prospered most when her adversities have been most severe. Hence the text hints at victory. The myrtle is the emblem of peace, and a significant token of triumph. The brows of conquerors were bound with myrtle and with laurel; and is not the Church ever victorious? Is not every Christian more than a conqueror through Him that loved him? Living in peace, do not the saints fall asleep in the arms of victory?

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.25.20

C_H__Spurgeon

Friday, September 25, 2020

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Who of God is made unto us wisdom.” 
~ 1 Corinthians 1:30 ~

Man’s intellect seeks after rest, and by nature seeks it apart from the Lord Jesus Christ. Men of education are apt, even when converted, to look upon the simplicities of the cross of Christ with an eye too little reverent and loving. They are snared in the old net in which the Grecians were taken, and have a hankering to mix philosophy with revelation. The temptation with a man of refined thought and high education is to depart from the simple truth of Christ crucified, and to invent, as the term is, a more intellectual doctrine. This led the early Christian churches into Gnosticism, and bewitched them with all sorts of heresies. This is the root of Neology, and the other fine things which in days gone by were so fashionable in Germany, and are now so ensnaring to certain classes of divines.

Whoever you are, good reader, and whatever your education may be, if you be the Lord’s, be assured you will find no rest in philosophizing divinity. You may receive this dogma of one great thinker, or that dream of another profound reasoner, but what the chaff is to the wheat, that will these be to the pure word of God. All that reason, when best guided, can find out is but the A B C of truth, and even that lacks certainty, while in Christ Jesus there is treasured up all the fulness of wisdom and knowledge.

All attempts on the part of Christians to be content with systems such as Unitarian and Broad-church thinkers would approve of, must fail; true heirs of heaven must come back to the grandly simple reality which makes the ploughboy’s eye flash with joy, and glads the pious pauper’s heart—”Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” Jesus satisfies the most elevated intellect when He is believingly received, but apart from Him the mind of the regenerate discovers no rest. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” “A good understanding have all they that do His commandments.”

#throwbackpoem: The World’s Fate

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The World’s Fate ~

By Deborah Ann

When I think about,
the world around me
and all the chaos
I daily see.

I can not help,
but to wonder
how it will last
too much longer.

When I think about,
this world I’m in
and all I see
is evil and sin.

I can not help,
but to ponder
oh dear Lord
how much longer?

When I think about,
the world’s fate
for Jesus’ return
I can not wait!

~~~~~

Romans 8:6

“For to be carnally minded
is death; but to be
spiritually minded is
life and peace.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

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