Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 12.06.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


“Through,” Not Engulfed

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”  
~ Isaiah 43:2 ~

Bridge there is none: we must go through the waters and feel the rush of the rivers. The presence of God in the flood is better than a ferryboat. Tried we must be, but triumphant we shall be; for Jehovah Himself, who is mightier than many waters, shall be with us. Whenever else He may be away from His people, the Lord will surely be with them in difficulties and dangers. The sorrows of life may rise to an extraordinary height, but the Lord is equal to every occasion.

The enemies of God can put in our way dangers of their own making, namely, persecutions and cruel mockings, which are like a burning, fiery furnace. What then? We shall walk through the fires. God being with us, we shall not be burned; nay, not even the smell of fire shall remain upon us.

Oh, the wonderful security of the heaven-born and heaven-bound pilgrim! Floods cannot drown him, nor fires burn him. Thy presence, O Lord, is the protection of Thy saints from the varied perils of the road. Behold, in faith I commit myself unto Thee, and my spirit enters into rest.

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Today’s Poem: When All Hope is Gone 

to GOD be the GLORY

~ When All Hope is Gone ~

By Deborah Ann

When All Hope is Gone ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

When all hope,
has gone out of you
when the sea ahead
turns a raging blue.

Hold on to Jesus,
let Him be your light
and the waves of depression
He will help you fight.

When all desire,
has gone out of you
when the storm you’re in
obscures your eternal view.

Hold on to Jesus,
let Him be your Rock
and the winds of adversity
He will begin to block.

When all hope and desire,
has gone out of you . . .
you’ll not be discouraged
if Jesus you hold onto!

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Acts 27:20

“And when neither sun nor stars
in many days appeared, and no
small tempest lay on us,
all hope that we should be saved
was then taken away.”

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Today’s Bible Verse 12.06.21

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John 10:14-15

I am the good shepherd,
and know my sheep,
and am known of mine.
As the Father knoweth me,
even so know I the Father:
and I lay down my life
for the sheep.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.06.21

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“As is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.”
~ 1 Corinthians 15:48 ~

The head and members are of one nature, and not like that monstrous image which Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. The head was of fine gold, but the belly and thighs were of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet, part of iron and part of clay. Christ’s mystical body is no absurd combination of opposites; the members were mortal, and therefore Jesus died; the glorified head is immortal, and therefore the body is immortal too, for thus the record stands, “Because I live, ye shall live also.”

As is our loving Head, such is the body, and every member in particular. A chosen Head and chosen members; an accepted Head, and accepted members; a living Head, and living members. If the head be pure gold, all the parts of the body are of pure gold also. Thus is there a double union of nature as a basis for the closest communion. Pause here, devout reader, and see if thou canst without ecstatic amazement, contemplate the infinite condescension of the Son of God in thus exalting thy wretchedness into blessed union with His glory. Thou art so mean that in remembrance of thy mortality, thou mayest say to corruption, “Thou art my father,” and to the worm, “Thou art my sister”; and yet in Christ thou art so honoured that thou canst say to the Almighty, “Abba, Father,” and to the Incarnate God, “Thou art my brother and my husband.”

Surely if relationships to ancient and noble families make men think highly of themselves, we have whereof to glory over the heads of them all. Let the poorest and most despised believer lay hold upon this privilege; let not a senseless indolence make him negligent to trace his pedigree, and let him suffer no foolish attachment to present vanities to occupy his thoughts to the exclusion of this glorious, this heavenly honour of union with Christ.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.05.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“And the Lord shewed me four carpenters.”
~ Zechariah 1:20 ~

In the vision described in this chapter, the prophet saw four terrible horns. They were pushing this way and that way, dashing down the strongest and the mightiest; and the prophet asked, “What are these?” The answer was, “These are the horns which have scattered Israel.” He saw before him a representation of those powers which had oppressed the church of God. There were four horns; for the church is attacked from all quarters. Well might the prophet have felt dismayed; but on a sudden there appeared before him four carpenters. He asked, “What shall these do?” These are the men whom God hath found to break those horns in pieces. God will always find men for His work, and He will find them at the right time.

The prophet did not see the carpenters first, when there was nothing to do, but first the “horns,” and then the “carpenters.” Moreover, the Lord finds enough men. He did not find three carpenters, but four; there were four horns, and there must be four workmen. God finds the right men; not four men with pens to write; not four architects to draw plans; but four carpenters to do rough work. Rest assured, you who tremble for the ark of God, that when the “horns” grow troublesome, the “carpenters” will be found. You need not fret concerning the weakness of the church of God at any moment; there may be growing up in obscurity the valiant reformer who will shake the nations: Chrysostoms may come forth from our Ragged Schools, and Augustines from the thickest darkness of London’s poverty.

The Lord knows where to find His servants. He hath in ambush a multitude of mighty men, and at His word they shall start up to the battle; “for the battle is the Lord’s,” and He shall get to Himself the victory. Let us abide faithful to Christ, and He, in the right time, will raise up for us a defence, whether it be in the day of our personal need, or in the season of peril to His Church.

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#throwbackpoem: This Too Shall End

to GOD be the GLORY

~ This Too Shall End ~

This Too ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

This too I know,
will soon be gone
so to my faith
I will hold on.

I will stay strong,
I won’t be weak
for God’s grace
I’ll hourly seek.

His grace helps me,
to stick things out
for it calms my fears
dispels my doubt.

It buoys my trust,
dispels my nerves
it shows me worrying
does not, Him serve.

This too I know,
shall soon end and pass
until it does  . . .
I’ll not let fear trespass!

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Joshua 1:9

” Have not I commanded thee?
Be strong and of a good courage;
be not afraid, neither be thou
dismayed: for the Lord thy God
is with thee whithersoever
thou goest.”

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 12.05.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


High Places of Defense

“He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.”
~ Isaiah 33:16 ~

The man to whom God has given grace to be of blameless life dwells in perfect security.

He dwells on high, above the world, out of gunshot of the enemy, and near to heaven. He has high aims and motives, and he finds high comforts and company. He rejoices in the mountains of eternal love, wherein he has his abode.

He is defended by munitions of stupendous rock. The firmest things in the universe are the promises and purposes of the unchanging God, and these are the safeguard of the obedient believer.

He is provided for by this great promise: “Bread shall be given him.” As the enemy cannot climb the fort, nor break down the rampart, so the fortress cannot be captured by siege and famine. The Lord, who rained manna in the wilderness, will keep His people in good store even when they are surrounded by those who would starve them.

But what if water should fail? That cannot be. “His waters shall be sure.” There is a never-failing well within the impregnable fortress. The Lord sees that nothing is wanting. None can touch the citizen of the true Zion. However fierce the enemy, the Lord will preserve His chosen.

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Today’s Poem: Needing a Boost

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Needing a Boost ~

Needing a Boost ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Needing a boost,
a real lifter-upper
something to give
your nerves a buffer?

Then go to the Word,
look up God’s peace
and soon you’ll feel
a calming release.

Needing a hand,
an arm to hold on
something to grasp
till your fears are gone?

Then go the Word,
look up God’s grace
and soon you’ll feel
joy light up your face.

Needing a lifter-upper,
a hand, a boost, an arm?
Then go to your Bible . . .
and your worry it’ll disarm!

~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 119:105

“Thy word is a
lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.”

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Today’s Bible Verse 12.05.21

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John 10:7, 9-10

Then said Jesus unto them
again, Verily, verily, I say
unto you,
I am the door of the sheep.

I am the door: by me if any man
enter in, he shall be saved, and
shall go in and out, and find p
asture.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal,
and to kill, and to destroy: I am come
that they might have life, and that they
might have it more abundantly.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.05.21

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Ask, and it shall be given you.”
~ Matthew 7:7 ~

We know of a place in England still existing, where a dole of bread is served to every passerby who chooses to ask for it. Whoever the traveller may be, he has but to knock at the door of St. Cross Hospital, and there is the dole of bread for him. Jesus Christ so loveth sinners that He has built a St. Cross Hospital, so that whenever a sinner is hungry, he has but to knock and have his wants supplied. Nay, He has done better; He has attached to this Hospital of the Cross a bath; and whenever a soul is black and filthy, it has but to go there and be washed. The fountain is always full, always efficacious.

No sinner ever went into it and found that it could not wash away his stains. Sins which were scarlet and crimson have all disappeared, and the sinner has been whiter than snow. As if this were not enough, there is attached to this Hospital of the Cross a wardrobe, and a sinner making application simply as a sinner, may be clothed from head to foot; and if he wishes to be a soldier, he may not merely have a garment for ordinary wear, but armour which shall cover him from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. If he asks for a sword, he shall have that given to him, and a shield too. Nothing that is good for him shall be denied him. He shall have spending-money so long as he lives, and he shall have an eternal heritage of glorious treasure when he enters into the joy of his Lord.

If all these things are to be had by merely knocking at mercy’s door, O my soul, knock hard this morning, and ask large things of thy generous Lord. Leave not the throne of grace till all thy wants have been spread before the Lord, and until by faith thou hast a comfortable prospect that they shall be all supplied. No bashfulness need retard when Jesus invites. No unbelief should hinder when Jesus promises. No cold-heartedness should restrain when such blessings are to be obtained.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.04.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
~ Romans 8:23 ~

This groaning is universal among the saints: to a greater or less extent we all feel it. It is not the groan of murmuring or complaint: it is rather the note of desire than of distress. Having received an earnest, we desire the whole of our portion; we are sighing that our entire manhood, in its trinity of spirit, soul, and body, may be set free from the last vestige of the fall; we long to put off corruption, weakness, and dishonour, and to wrap ourselves in incorruption, in immortality, in glory, in the spiritual body which the Lord Jesus will bestow upon His people. We long for the manifestation of our adoption as the children of God.

“We groan,” but it is “within ourselves.” It is not the hypocrite’s groan, by which he would make men believe that he is a saint because he is wretched. Our sighs are sacred things, too hallowed for us to tell abroad. We keep our longings to our Lord alone. Then the apostle says we are “waiting,” by which we learn that we are not to be petulant, like Jonah or Elijah, when they said, “Let me die”; nor are we to whimper and sigh for the end of life because we are tired of work, nor wish to escape from our present sufferings till the will of the Lord is done.

We are to groan for glorification, but we are to wait patiently for it, knowing that what the Lord appoints is best. Waiting implies being ready. We are to stand at the door expecting the Beloved to open it and take us away to Himself. This “groaning” is a test. You may judge of a man by what he groans after.

Some men groan after wealth—they worship Mammon; some groan continually under the troubles of life—they are merely impatient; but the man who sighs after God, who is uneasy till he is made like Christ, that is the blessed man. May God help us to groan for the coming of the Lord, and the resurrection which He will bring to us.

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#throwbackpoem: Hold On Fast

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Hold On Fast ~

Hold on Fast ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

When you grasp,
the end of the rope
don’t slide off
or lose your hope.

Don’t let go,
of that last thread
let God’s mercy
hold you up instead.

When that rope,
begins to unravel
and your nerves
start to frazzle.

Don’t let panic,
cause you to slip
on God’s love
keep your grip.

When you’re at,
the end of your rope
hold on fast . . .
to your one sure hope!

~~~~~~~~~

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 12.04.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Covered and Protected

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
~ Psalm 91:4 ~

A condescending simile indeed! Just as a hen protects her brood and allows them to nestle under her wings, so will the Lord defend His people and permit them to hide away in Him. Have we not seen the little chicks peeping out from under the mother’s feathers? Have we not heard their little cry of contented joy? In this way let us shelter ourselves in our God and feel overflowing peace in knowing that He is guarding us.

While the Lord covers us, we trust. It would be strange if we did not. How can we distrust when Jehovah Himself becomes house and home, refuge and rest to us?

This done, we go out to war in His name and enjoy the same guardian care. We need shield and buckler, and when we implicitly trust God, even as the chick trusts the hen, we find His truth arming us from head to foot. The Lord cannot lie; He must be faithful to His people; His promise must stand. This sure truth is all the shield we need. Behind it we defy the fiery darts of the enemy.

Come, my soul, hide under those great wings, lose thyself among those soft feathers! How happy thou art!

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Today’s Poem: My Hope is Set

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Hope is Set ~

My Hope is Set ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

I don’t put my faith,
in what man can offer me
my hope is only set in . . .
things I cannot yet see.

I don’t put my trust,
in worldly lusts or bling
my hope is only set in . . .
what Jesus is going to bring.

I don’t put my faith,
in the government
my hope is only set in . . .
God’s enpowerment.

I don’t put my trust,
in fleshly desires
my hope is only set in . . .
doing what God requires.

I don’t put my faith,
in myself or mankind
my hope is only set in . . .
God’s purposes by design!

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Psalm 118:8-9

“It is better to trust
in the Lord than to
put confidence in man.

It is better to trust
in the Lord than to
put confidence in princes.”

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Today’s Bible Verse 12.04.21

John 8:12

Then spake Jesus again
unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall
not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.04.21

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I have much people in this city.”
~ Acts 18:10 ~

This should be a great encouragement to try to do good, since God has among the vilest of the vile, the most reprobate, the most debauched and drunken, an elect people who must be saved. When you take the Word to them, you do so because God has ordained you to be the messenger of life to their souls, and they must receive it, for so the decree of predestination runs.

They are as much redeemed by blood as the saints before the eternal throne. They are Christ’s property, and yet perhaps they are lovers of the ale-house, and haters of holiness; but if Jesus Christ purchased them He will have them. God is not unfaithful to forget the price which His Son has paid. He will not suffer His substitution to be in any case an ineffectual, dead thing. Tens of thousands of redeemed ones are not regenerated yet, but regenerated they must be; and this is our comfort when we go forth to them with the quickening Word of God.

Nay, more, these ungodly ones are prayed for by Christ before the throne. “Neither pray I for these alone,” saith the great Intercessor, “but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word.” Poor, ignorant souls, they know nothing about prayer for themselves, but Jesus prays for them. Their names are on His breastplate, and ere long they must bow their stubborn knee, breathing the penitential sigh before the throne of grace.

“The time of figs is not yet.” The predestinated moment has not struck; but, when it comes, they shall obey, for God will have His own; they must, for the Spirit is not to be withstood when He cometh forth with fulness of power—they must become the willing servants of the living God. “My people shall be willing in the day of my power.” “He shall justify many.” “He shall see of the travail of His soul.” “I will divide him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.03.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The Lord mighty in battle.”
~ Psalm 24:8 ~

Wel may our God be glorious in the eyes of His people, seeing that He has wrought such wonders for them, in them, and by them. For them, the Lord Jesus upon Calvary routed every foe, breaking all the weapons of the enemy in pieces by His finished work of satisfactory obedience; by His triumphant resurrection and ascension He completely overturned the hopes of hell, leading captivity captive, making a show of our enemies openly, triumphing over them by His cross. Every arrow of guilt which Satan might have shot at us is broken, for who can lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? Vain are the sharp swords of infernal malice, and the perpetual battles of the serpent’s seed, for in the midst of the church the lame take the prey, and the feeblest warriors are crowned.

The saved may well adore their Lord for His conquests in them, since the arrows of their natural hatred are snapped, and the weapons of their rebellion broken. What victories has grace won in our evil hearts! How glorious is Jesus when the will is subdued, and sin dethroned! As for our remaining corruptions, they shall sustain an equally sure defeat, and every temptation, and doubt, and fear, shall be utterly destroyed. In the Salem of our peaceful hearts, the name of Jesus is great beyond compare: He has won our love, and He shall wear it.

Even thus securely may we look for victories by us. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. We shall cast down the powers of darkness which are in the world, by our faith, and zeal, and holiness; we shall win sinners to Jesus, we shall overturn false systems, we shall convert nations, for God is with us, and none shall stand before us. This evening let the Christian warrior chant the war song, and prepare for to-morrow’s fight. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

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#throwbackpoem: Trust God

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Trust God ~

Trust God ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
 

Trust God,
when you hurt
let His grace
your pain divert.

Trust God,
when you’re weak
with all your heart
His mercy seek.

Trust God,
when you’re tired
until His peace
is acquired.

Trust God,
when you’re anxious
let your mind
be His canvass.

Trust God when,
you don’t want to
and His love . . .
will make things new!

 
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Proverbs 3:5

“Trust in the Lord
with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine
own understanding.”

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Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Peace Whatever Exposure

“I will make them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.”
~ Ezekiel 34:25 ~

It is the height of grace that Jehovah should be in covenant with man, a feeble, sinful, and dying creature. Yet the Lord has solemnly entered into a faithful compact with us, and from that covenant He will never turn aside. In virtue of this covenant we are safe. As lions and wolves are driven off by shepherds, so shall all noxious influences be chased away. The Lord will give us rest from disturbers and destroyers; the evil beasts shall cease out of the land. O Lord, make this Thy promise good even now!

The Lord’s people are to enjoy security in places of the greatest exposure: wilderness and woods are to be as pastures and folds to the flock of Christ. If the Lord does not change the place for the better, He will make us the better in the place. The wilderness is not a place to dwell in, but the Lord can make it so; in the woods one feels hound to watch rather than to sleep, and yet the Lord giveth His beloved sleep even there. Nothing without or within should cause any fear to the child of God. By faith the wilderness can become the suburbs of heaven and the woods the vestibule of glory.

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Today’s Poem: I’m Ditching This Boat

to GOD be the GLORY

~ I’m Ditching This Boat ~

Ditching This Boat ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Today, on water I’m walking,
I’m gonna ditch this boat
and on the Word of God
my feet are going to float.

Today, I am going to do,
what is seemly impossible
because I deeply believe
with God, all is truly possible.

Today, I’m stepping out in faith,
so that Jesus I can meet
I’m going to let God’s Word
lift the sole’s of my feet.

Today, I’m going to heed,
Jesus commands to me
today, is the day  . . .
I am walking on this sea.

Today, I’m throwing my legs,
right over this boat’s side
and in faith, on the water
my feet are going to glide!

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Matthew 14:28-29

“And Peter answered him and said,
Lord, if it be thou, bid me come
unto thee on the water.

And he said, Come. And when Peter
was come down out of the ship,
he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.”

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Today’s Bible Verse 12.03.21

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John 6:35

And Jesus said unto them,
I am the bread of life: he
that cometh to me shall
never hunger; and he that
believeth on me shall
never thirst.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.03.21

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“There is no spot in thee.”
~ Song of Solomon 4:7 ~

Having pronounced His Church positively full of beauty, our Lord confirms His praise by a precious negative, “There is no spot in I thee.” As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world would insinuate that He had only mentioned her comely parts, and had purposely omitted those features which were deformed or defiled, He sums up all by declaring her universally and entirely fair, and utterly devoid of stain. A spot may soon be removed, and is the very least thing that can disfigure beauty, but even from this little blemish the believer is delivered in his Lord’s sight.

If He had said there is no hideous scar, no horrible deformity, no deadly ulcer, we might even then have marvelled; but when He testifies that she is free from the slightest spot, all these other forms of defilement are included, and the depth of wonder is increased. If He had but promised to remove all spots by-and-by, we should have had eternal reason for joy; but when He speaks of it as already done, who can restrain the most intense emotions of satisfaction and delight? O my soul, here is marrow and fatness for thee; eat thy full, and be satisfied with royal dainties.

Christ Jesus has no quarrel with His spouse. She often wanders from Him, and grieves His Holy Spirit, but He does not allow her faults to affect His love. He sometimes chides, but it is always in the tenderest manner, with the kindest intentions: it is “my love” even then. There is no remembrance of our follies, He does not cherish ill thoughts of us, but He pardons and loves as well after the offence as before it. It is well for us it is so, for if Jesus were as mindful of injuries as we are, how could He commune with us? Many a time a believer will put himself out of humour with the Lord for some slight turn in providence, but our precious Husband knows our silly hearts too well to take any offence at our ill manners.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.02.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Behold, all is vanity.”
~
Ecclesiastes 1:14 ~

Nothing can satisfy the entire man but the Lord’s love and the Lord’s own self. Saints have tried to anchor in other roadsteads, but they have been driven out of such fatal refuges. Solomon, the wisest of men, was permitted to make experiments for us all, and to do for us what we must not dare to do for ourselves. Here is his testimony in his own words: “So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.” “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” What! the whole of it vanity? O favoured monarch, is there nothing in all thy wealth? Nothing in that wide dominion reaching from the river even to the sea? Nothing in Palmyra’s glorious palaces? Nothing in the house of the forest of Lebanon? In all thy music and dancing, and wine and luxury, is there nothing? “Nothing,” he says, “but weariness of spirit.” This was his verdict when he had trodden the whole round of pleasure.

To embrace our Lord Jesus, to dwell in His love, and be fully assured of union with Him—this is all in all. Dear reader, you need not try other forms of life in order to see whether they are better than the Christian’s: if you roam the world around, you will see no sights like a sight of the Saviour’s face; if you could have all the comforts of life, if you lost your Saviour, you would be wretched; but if you win Christ, then should you rot in a dungeon, you would find it a paradise; should you live in obscurity, or die with famine, you will yet be satisfied with favour and full of the goodness of the Lord.

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Throwbackpoem: My Hope Quiets Me

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Hope Quiets Me ~

My Hope Quiets Me ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

My hope quiets me,
when I get restless
it calms me down
if I get breathless.

My Hope never fails,
it keeps me strong
it brings me such comfort
all day and night long.

My hope is in God,
His mercy and favor
my hope is in Jesus
my forever Savior.

My hope elates me,
I’m ever so grateful
it makes me always
eternally thankful.

My hope is in the future,
the things that will come
when Jesus peacefully . . .
sets up His kingdom!

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Psalm 16:9

“Therefore my heart is glad,
and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 12.02.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Our Holiest Example

“I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”
~ Psalm 16:8 ~

This is the way to live. With God always before us, we shall have the noblest companionship, the holiest example, the sweetest consolation, and the mightiest influence. This must be a resolute act of the mind. “I have set,” and it must be maintained as a set and settled thing. Always to have an eye to the Lord’s eye and an ear for the Lord’s voice—this is the right state for the godly man.

His God is near him, filling the horizon of his vision, leading the way of his life, and furnishing the theme of his meditation. What vanities we should avoid, what sins we should overcome, what virtues we should exhibit, what joys we should experience if we did indeed set the Lord always before us! Why not?

This is the way to be safe. The Lord being ever in our minds, we come to feel safety and certainty because of His being so near. He is at our right hand to guide and aid us; and hence we are not moved by fear, nor force, nor fraud, nor fickleness. When God stands at a man’s right hand, that man is himself sure to stand. Come on, then, ye foemen of the truth! Rush against me like a furious tempest, if ye will. God upholds me. God abides with me. Whom shall I fear?

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Today’s Poem: God’s Gift of Trust

to GOD be the GLORY

~ God’s Gift Of Trust ~

By Deborah Ann

God’s gift of Trust,
is a treasure to find
it gives assurance
to both heart and mind.

It brings perfect peace,
when on God it’s stayed
it keeps us from being
afraid or dismayed.

God’s gift of Trust,
is something to seek
it gives us the strength
whenever we’re weak.

It keeps us believing,
all things He controls
so worry and doubt
can’t enter our souls.

God’s gift of Trust,
is a Divine blessing . . .
for it helps us into Him
to keep on pressing!

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Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord
with all thine heart;
and lean not unto
thine own understanding.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 12.02.21

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Hebrews 1:1-2

God, who at sundry times
and in divers manners spake
in time past unto the fathers
by the prophets, Hath in these

last days spoken unto us by
his Son, whom he hath
appointed heir of all things,
by whom also he made the worlds;

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.02.21

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Thou art all fair, my love.”
~ Song of Solomon 4:7 ~

The Lord’s admiration of His Church is very a wonderful, and His description of her beauty is very glowing. She is not merely fair, but “all fair.” He views her in Himself, washed in His sin-atoning blood and clothed in His meritorious righteousness, and He considers her to be full of comeliness and beauty. No wonder that such is the case, since it is but His own perfect excellency that He admires; for the holiness, glory, and perfection of His Church are His own glorious garments on the back of His own well-beloved spouse. She is not simply pure, or well-proportioned; she is positively lovely and fair!

She has actual merit! Her deformities of sin are removed; but more, she has through her Lord obtained a meritorious righteousness by which an actual beauty is conferred upon her. Believers have a positive righteousness given to them when they become “accepted in the beloved” (Eph. 1:6). Nor is the Church barely lovely, she is superlatively so. Her Lord styles her “Thou fairest among women.” She has a real worth and excellence which cannot be rivalled by all the nobility and royalty of the world. If Jesus could exchange His elect bride for all the queens and empresses of earth, or even for the angels in heaven, He would not, for He puts her first and foremost—”fairest among women.”

Like the moon she far outshines the stars. Nor is this an opinion which He is ashamed of, for He invites all men to hear it. He sets a “behold” before it, a special note of exclamation, inviting and arresting attention. “Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair” (Song of Sol. 4:1). His opinion He publishes abroad even now, and one day from the throne of His glory He will avow the truth of it before the assembled universe. “Come, ye blessed of my Father” (Matt. 25:34), will be His solemn affirmation of the loveliness of His elect.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.01.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men.”
~ Psalm 107:8 ~

If we complained less, and praised more, we should be happier, and God would be more glorified. Let us daily praise God for common mercies—common as we frequently call them, and yet so priceless, that when deprived of them we are ready to perish. Let us bless God for the eyes with which we behold the sun, for the health and strength to walk abroad, for the bread we eat, for the raiment we wear.

Let us praise Him that we are not cast out among the hopeless, or confined amongst the guilty; let us thank Him for liberty, for friends, for family associations and comforts; let us praise Him, in fact, for everything which we receive from His bounteous hand, for we deserve little, and yet are most plenteously endowed. But, beloved, the sweetest and the loudest note in our songs of praise should be of redeeming love.

God’s redeeming acts towards His chosen are for ever the favourite themes of their praise. If we know what redemption means, let us not withhold our sonnets of thanksgiving. We have been redeemed from the power of our corruptions, uplifted from the depth of sin in which we were naturally plunged. We have been led to the cross of Christ—our shackles of guilt have been broken off; we are no longer slaves, but children of the living God, and can antedate the period when we shall be presented before the throne without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.

Even now by faith we wave the palm-branch and wrap ourselves about with the fair linen which is to be our everlasting array, and shall we not unceasingly give thanks to the Lord our Redeemer? Child of God, canst thou be silent? Awake, awake, ye heritors of glory, and lead your captivity captive, as ye cry with David, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” Let the new month begin with new songs.

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Today’s Poem: Faith Walking

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Faith Walking ~

By Deborah Ann

Faith Walking ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Today, I’m taking a journey,
don’t know where it’ll lead
but, I know God will supply
the directions that I’ll need.

He will give me courage,
to get down the road
and if I get too weary
He’ll help me with the load.

Today, I’m faith walking,
not sure of the way
but, I know God will provide
guidance for the day.

He will give me strength,
if roadblocks I come across
by helping me to keep
my eyes on the cross.

Today, I stepping out in faith,
I’m going into the unknown
believing and trusting God . . .
the truth and way will be shown!

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2 Corinthians 5:7

“For we walk by faith,
not by sight:”

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Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 12.01.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


True Walking Posture

” He that walketh uprightly walketh surely.”
~ Proverbs 10:9 ~

His walk may be slow, but it is sure. He that hasteth to be rich shall not be innocent nor sure; but steady perseverance in integrity, if it does not bring riches, will certainly bring peace. In doing that which is just and right, we are like one walking upon a rock, for we have confidence that every step we take is upon solid and safe ground.

On the other hand, the utmost success through questionable transactions must always be hollow and treacherous, and the man who has gained it must always be afraid that a day of reckoning will come, and then his gains will condemn him.

Let us stick to truth and righteousness. By God’s grace let us imitate our Lord and Master, in whose mouth no deceit was ever found. Let us not be afraid of being poor, nor of being treated with contempt. Never, on any account whatever, let us do that which our conscience cannot justify. If we lose inward peace, we lose more than a fortune can buy.

If we keep in the Lord’s own way and never sin against our conscience, our way is sure against all comers. Who is he that can harm us if we be followers of that which is good? We may be thought fools by fools if we are firm in our integrity; but in the place where judgment is infallible we shall be approved.

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Today’s Poem: God’s Gift of Hope

to GOD be the GLORY

~ God’s Gift Of Hope ~

By Deborah Ann

God’s gift of hope,
is heaven sent . . .
for He sees how often
we’re tired and spent.

So He sends to us,
hope each day anew
so our faith in Him
we can daily renew.

God’s gift of hope,
is ours to hold onto
the closer to Jesus . . .
we press into.

For He knew we’d need,
His love and grace
so He gave us hope
to finish the race.

Hope is God’s gift,
to all of us . . .
when we place in Jesus
our faith and trust!

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1 Corinthians 15:19

If in this life only we
have hope in Christ,
we are of all men
most miserable.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 12.01.21

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John 1:1-2, 14

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning
with God.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.01.21

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Thou hast made summer and winter.”
~ Psalm 74:17 ~

My soul begin this wintry month with thy God. The cold snows and the piercing winds all remind thee that He keeps His covenant with day and night, and tend to assure thee that He will also keep that glorious covenant which He has made with thee in the person of Christ Jesus. He who is true to His Word in the revolutions of the seasons of this poor sin-polluted world, will not prove unfaithful in His dealings with His own well-beloved Son.

Winter in the soul is by no means a comfortable season, and if it be upon thee just now it will be very painful to thee: but there is this comfort, namely, that the Lord makes it. He sends the sharp blasts of adversity to nip the buds of expectation: He scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes over the once verdant meadows of our joy: He casteth forth His ice like morsels freezing the streams of our delight. He does it all, He is the great Winter King, and rules in the realms of frost, and therefore thou canst not murmur. Losses, crosses, heaviness, sickness, poverty, and a thousand other ills, are of the Lord’s sending, and come to us with wise design. Frosts kill noxious insects, and put a bound to raging diseases; they break up the clods, and sweeten the soul. O that such good results would always follow our winters of affliction!

How we prize the fire just now! how pleasant is its cheerful glow! Let us in the same manner prize our Lord, who is the constant source of warmth and comfort in every time of trouble. Let us draw nigh to Him, and in Him find joy and peace in believing. Let us wrap ourselves in the warm garments of His promises, and go forth to labours which befit the season, for it were ill to be as the sluggard who will not plough by reason of the cold; for he shall beg in summer and have nothing.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 11.30.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.”
~ Revelation 12:7 ~

War always will rage between the two great sovereignties until one or other be crushed. Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; the very pretence of it would, in fact, be the triumph of the powers of darkness. Michael will always fight; his holy soul is vexed with sin, and will not endure it. Jesus will always be the dragon’s foe, and that not in a quiet sense, but actively, vigorously, with full determination to exterminate evil. All His servants, whether angels in heaven or messengers on earth, will and must fight; they are born to be warriors—at the cross they enter into covenant never to make truce with evil; they are a warlike company, firm in defence and fierce in attack. The duty of every soldier in the army of the Lord is daily, with all his heart, and soul, and strength, to fight against the dragon.

The dragon and his angels will not decline the affray; they are incessant in their onslaughts, sparing no weapon, fair or foul. We are foolish to expect to serve God without opposition: the more zealous we are, the more sure are we to be assailed by the myrmidons of hell. The church may become slothful, but not so her great antagonist; his restless spirit never suffers the war to pause; he hates the woman’s seed, and would fain devour the church if he could. The servants of Satan partake much of the old dragon’s energy, and are usually an active race. War rages all around, and to dream of peace is dangerous and futile.

Glory be to God, we know the end of the war. The great dragon shall be cast out and for ever destroyed, while Jesus and they who are with Him shall receive the crown. Let us sharpen our swords to-night, and pray the Holy Spirit to nerve our arms for the conflict. Never battle so important, never crown so glorious. Every man to his post, ye warriors of the cross, and may the Lord tread Satan under your feet shortly!

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