Today’s Poem: It’s One Of Those Days

to GOD be the GLORY

~ It’s One Of Those Days~

By Deborah Ann

It’s one of those days Lord,
You know what I mean
it’s a time when on You
all I can do is lean.

It’s a day like no other,
where I feel so helpless
it’s a time where without You
I’d be totally hopeless.

It’s one of those days Lord,
where I need You to uphold me
it’s a time when I need faith
for that which I can’t see.

It’s a day of uncertainty,
where I’m feeling distraught
it’s a time when I need You
to capture my every thought.

It’s one of those days Lord,
I know You understand . . .
It’s a time where I need
the strength of Your right hand!

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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

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.19.21

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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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.19.21

Monday, July 19, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The Lord our God hath shewed us His glory.”
~ Deuteronomy 5:24 ~

God’s great design in all His works is the manifestation of His own glory. Any aim less than this were unworthy of Himself. But how shall the glory of God be manifested to such fallen creatures as we are? Man’s eye is not single, he has ever a side glance towards his own honour, has too high an estimate of his own powers, and so is not qualified to behold the glory of the Lord. It is clear, then, that self must stand out of the way, that there may be room for God to be exalted; and this is the reason why He bringeth His people ofttimes into straits and difficulties, that, being made conscious of their own folly and weakness, they may be fitted to behold the majesty of God when He comes forth to work their deliverance.

He whose life is one even and smooth path, will see but little of the glory of the Lord, for he has few occasions of self-emptying, and hence, but little fitness for being filled with the revelation of God. They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who “do business in great waters,” these see His “wonders in the deep.” Among the huge Atlantic-waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach, we learn the power of Jehovah, because we feel the littleness of man. Thank God, then, if you have been led by a rough road: it is this which has given you your experience of God’s greatness and lovingkindness.

Your troubles have enriched you with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means: your trials have been the cleft of the rock in which Jehovah has set you, as He did His servant Moses, that you might behold His glory as it passed by. Praise God that you have not been left to the darkness and ignorance which continued prosperity might have involved, but that in the great fight of affliction, you have been capacitated for the outshinings of His glory in His wonderful dealings with you.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.18.21

Sunday, July 18, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path.”
~ Joel 2:8 ~

Locusts always keep their rank, and although their number is legion, they do not crowd upon each other, so as to throw their columns into confusion. This remarkable fact in natural history shows how thoroughly the a Lord has infused the spirit of order into His universe, since the smallest animate creatures are as much controlled by it as are the rolling spheres or the seraphic messengers.

It would be wise for believers to be ruled by the same influence in all their spiritual life. In their Christian graces no one virtue should usurp the sphere of another, or eat out the vitals of the rest for its own support. Affection must not smother honesty, courage must not elbow weakness out of the field, modesty must not jostle energy, and patience must not slaughter resolution. So also with our duties, one must not interfere with another; public usefulness must not injure private piety; church work must not push family worship into a corner. It is ill to offer God one duty stained with the blood of another. Each thing is beautiful in its season, but not otherwise. It was to the Pharisee that Jesus said, “This ought ye to have done, and not to have left the other undone.” The same rule applies to our personal position, we must take care to know our place, take it, and keep to it.

We must minister as the Spirit has given us ability, and not intrude upon our fellow servant’s domain. Our Lord Jesus taught us not to covet the high places, but to be willing to be the least among the brethren. Far from us be an envious, ambitious spirit, let us feel the force of the Master’s command, and do as He bids us, keeping rank with the rest of the host. To-night let us see whether we are keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, and let our prayer be that, in all the churches of the Lord Jesus, peace and order may prevail.

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#throwbackpoem: Jesus Is All I Need

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Jesus Is All I Need ~

By Deborah Ann

All that I need, Jesus is it,
all that I was, He has seen
all of the pieces finally fit
for He is all I need.

All that I desire, He gives,
all that I want, He has got
all of my sins, He forgives
for He is all I need.

All that I am, He holds,
all that I can be, He knows
all of my life, He unfolds,
for He is all I need.

All that I must do, He has done,
all that I can do, is to believe
all of my hope, is in Jesus . . .
for He is all I need!

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Psalm 23:1

“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.”

Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.18.21

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Wilderness Communion

“I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.”
~ Hosea 2:14 ~

The goodness of God sees us allured by sin, and it resolves to try upon us the more powerful allurements of love. Do we not remember when the Lover of our souls first cast a spell upon us and charmed us away from the fascinations of the world! He will do this again and again whenever He sees us likely to be ensnared by evil.

He promises to draw us apart, for there He can best deal with us, and this separated place is not to be a paradise, but a wilderness, since in such a place there will be nothing to take of our attention from our God. In the deserts of affliction the presence of the Lord becomes everything to us, and we prize His company beyond any value which we set upon it when we sat under our own vine and fig tree in the society of our fellows. Solitude and affliction bring more to themselves and to their heavenly Father than any other means.

When thus allured and secluded the Lord has choice things to say to us for our comfort. He “speaks to our heart,” as the original has it. Oh, that at this we may have this promise explained in our experience! Allured by love, separated by trial, and comforted by the Spirit of truth, may we know the Lord and sing for joy!

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Today’s Poem: The Faith You Possess

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Faith You Possess ~

By Deborah Ann

It’s not about how much,
faith you possess . . .
it’s about in Whom you believe
the Savior you profess.

It’s about the True Foundation,
on which you stand . . .
it’s about putting your trust
in God and not man.

It’s not about the evidence,
but a mind that is sound
it’s about being firmly anchored
in the faith that you found.

It’s not about what can be seen,
it’s about hope for the future
it’s about knowing your faith
the Word of God will nurture.

It’s not about how much,
or little faith in your possession
it’s about to the world ways . . .
not making a single concession!

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John 20:29

Jesus saith unto him,
Thomas, because thou
hast seen me, thou hast
believed: blessed are they
that have not seen,
and yet have believed.

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 07.18.21

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Psalm 119:7

I will praise thee
with uprightness of heart,
when I shall have learned
thy righteous judgments.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.18.21

Sunday, July 18, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“They shall go hindmost with their standards.”
~ Numbers 2:31 ~

The camp of Dan brought up the rear when the armies of Israel were on the march. The Danites occupied the hindmost place, but what mattered the position, since they were as truly part of the host as were the foremost tribes; they followed the same fiery cloudy pillar, they ate of the same manna, drank of the same spiritual rock, and journeyed to the same inheritance. Come, my heart, cheer up, though last and least; it is thy privilege to be in the army, and to fare as they fare who lead the van. Some one must be hindmost in honour and esteem, some one must do menial work for Jesus, and why should not I? In a poor village, among an ignorant peasantry; or in a back street, among degraded sinners, I will work on, and “go hindmost with my standard.”

The Danites occupied a very useful place. Stragglers have to be picked up upon the march, and lost property has to be gathered from the field. Fiery spirits may dash forward over untrodden paths to learn fresh truth, and win more souls to Jesus; but some of a more conservative spirit may be well engaged in reminding the church of her ancient faith, and restoring her fainting sons. Every position has its duties, and the slowly moving children of God will find their peculiar state one in which they may be eminently a blessing to the whole host.

The rear guard is a place of danger. There are foes behind us as well as before us. Attacks may come from any quarter. We read that Amalek fell upon Israel, and slew some of the hindmost of them. The experienced Christian will find much work for his weapons in aiding those poor doubting, desponding, wavering, souls, who are hindmost in faith, knowledge, and joy. These must not be left unaided, and therefore be it the business of well-taught saints to bear their standards among the hindmost. My soul, do thou tenderly watch to help the hindmost this day.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.17.21

Saturday, July 17, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Let not one of them escape.”
~
1 Kings 18:40 ~

When the prophet Elijah had received the answer to his prayer, and the fire from heaven had consumed the sacrifice in the presence of all the people, he called upon the assembled Israelites to take the priests of Baal, and sternly cried, “Let not one of them escape.” He took them all down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. So must it be with our sins—they are all doomed, not one must be preserved. Our darling sin must die. Spare it not for its much crying.

Strike, though it be as dear as an Isaac. Strike, for God struck at sin when it was laid upon His own Son. With stern unflinching purpose must you condemn to death that sin which was once the idol of your heart. Do you ask how you are to accomplish this? Jesus will be your power. You have grace to overcome sin given you in the covenant of grace; you have strength to win the victory in the crusade against inward lusts, because Christ Jesus has promised to be with you even unto the end. If you would triumph over darkness, set yourself in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness. There is no place so well adapted for the discovery of sin, and recovery from its power and guilt, as the immediate presence of God. Job never knew how to get rid of sin half so well as he did when his eye of faith rested upon God, and then he abhorred himself, and repented in dust and ashes. The fine gold of the Christian is oft becoming dim.

We need the sacred fire to consume the dross. Let us fly to our God, He is a consuming fire; He will not consume our spirit, but our sins. Let the goodness of God excite us to a sacred jealousy, and to a holy revenge against those iniquities which are hateful in His sight. Go forth to battle with Amalek in His strength, and utterly destroy the accursed crew: let not one of them escape.

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#throwbackpoem: Lord, I love You

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Lord, I love You ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord have I told You lately,
just how much I love You . . .
have I expressed my gratitude
for all, for me You do?

Have I sung to You my praise,
for Your mercy and Your grace
have I told you I can’t wait
till I can thank You face to face?

Lord have I stressed to You,
the faith in You I have found
have I said I appreciate You
for keeping my heart sound?

Have I expressed You keep me,
pressing on each new day
have I told You how delighted
You’re my Light, Truth and Way?

Lord if I have neglected,
telling You these things lately
I want to make it clear right now
it’s how I feel about You daily!

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1 John 4:19

We love him,
because he
first 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 07.17.21

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Valiant for Truth

“The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”
~ Daniel 11:32 ~

“The Lord is a man of war, Jehovah is his name.” Those who enlist under His banner shall have a Commander who will train them for the conflict and give them both vigor and valor. The times of which Daniel wrote were of the very worst kind, and then it was promised that the people of God would come out in their best colors: they would be strong and stout to confront the powerful adversary.

Oh, that we may know our God: His power, His faithfulness, His immutable love, and so may be ready to risk everything in His behalf. He is One whose character excites our enthusiasm and makes us willing to live and to die for Him. Oh, that we may know our God by familiar fellowship with Him; for then we shall become like Him and shall be prepared to stand up for truth and righteousness. He who comes forth fresh from beholding the face of God will never fear the face of man. If we dwell with Him, we shall catch the heroic spirit, and to us a world of enemies will be but as the drop of a bucket. A countless array of men, or even of devils, will seem as little to us as the nations are to God, and He counts them only as grasshoppers. Oh, to be valiant for truth in this day of falsehood.

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Today’s Poem: My Hope Is In The Lord

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Hope Is In The Lord ~

By Deborah Ann

My hope doesn’t disappoint,
it never lets me down . . .
my hope is in the Lord
it’s always to be found.

It keeps me in perfect peace,
when around me there’s distress
it keeps me in God trusting
my faith it does not suppress.

My hope I’m not ashamed of,
it is my Life and my Way
my hope cannot be moved
by what other people say.

It keeps me focused,
on my eternal destiny
it fills my heart with joy
with vision’s heavenly.

My hope doesn’t disappoint,
it is my eternal goal . . .
my hope is the only thing
saving this wretched soul!

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Jeremiah 17:7

Blessed is the man
that trusteth in the Lord,
and whose hope the Lord is.

Isaiah 26:3-4

Thou wilt keep him
in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed
on thee: because he
trusteth in thee.

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

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed
of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God
unto salvation to every
one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and
also to the Greek.

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Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.17.21

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed
of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God
unto salvation to every one
that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.17.21

Saturday, July 17, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 1:4 ~

Many persons want to know their election before they look to Christ, but they cannot learn it thus, it is only to be discovered by “looking unto Jesus.” If you desire to ascertain your own election;—after the following manner, shall you assure your heart before God. Do you feel yourself to be a lost, guilty sinner? go straightway to the cross of Christ, and tell Jesus so, and tell Him that you have read in the Bible, “Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out.” Tell Him that He has said, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

Look to Jesus and believe on Him, and you shall make proof of your election directly, for so surely as thou believest, thou art elect. If you will give yourself wholly up to Christ and trust Him, then you are one of God’s chosen ones; but if you stop and say, “I want to know first whether I am elect,” you ask you know not what. Go to Jesus, be you never so guilty, just as you are. Leave all curious inquiry about election alone. Go straight to Christ and hide in His wounds, and you shall know your election. The assurance of the Holy Spirit shall be given to you, so that you shall be able to say, “I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to Him.”

Christ was at the everlasting council: He can tell you whether you were chosen or not; but you cannot find it out in any other way. Go and put your trust in Him, and His answer will be—”I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” There will be no doubt about His having chosen you, when you have chosen Him.

“Sons we are through God’s election,
Who in Jesus Christ believe.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.16.21

Friday, July 16, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time is come. For Thy servants rake pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.” ~ Psalm 102:13, 14 ~

A selfish man in trouble is exceedingly hard to comfort, because the springs of his comfort entirely within himself, and when he is sad all his springs are dry. But a large-hearted man full of Christian philanthropy, has other springs from which to supply himself with comfort beside those which lie within. He can go to his God first of all, and there find abundant help; and he can discover arguments for consolation in things relating to the world at large, to his country, and, above all, to the church

. David in this Psalm was exceedingly sorrowful; he wrote, “I am like an owl of the desert, I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.” The only way in which he could comfort himself, was in the reflection that God would arise, and have mercy upon Zion: though he was sad, yet Zion should prosper; however low his own estate, yet Zion should arise. Christian man! learn to comfort thyself in God’s gracious dealing towards the church. That which is so dear to thy Master, should it not be dear above all else to thee? What though thy way be dark, canst thou not gladden thine heart with the triumphs of His cross and the spread of His truth? Our own personal troubles are forgotten while we look, not only upon what God has done, and is doing for Zion, but on the glorious things He will yet do for His church.

Try this receipt, O believer, whenever thou art sad of heart and in heaviness of spirit: forget thyself and thy little concerns, and seek the welfare and prosperity of Zion. When thou bendest thy knee in prayer to God, limit not thy petition to the narrow circle of thine own life, tried though it be, but send out thy longing prayers for the church’s prosperity, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” and thine own soul shall be refreshed.

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#throwbackpoem: The Word Of Life

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Word Of Life ~

By Deborah Ann

The Word of Life,
has been with us
from the beginning
this we can trust.

Some with their eyes,
espied Him on their own
while others Himself
have not seen or known.

The World of Life,
walked among some
with the Good News
He was God’s only Son.

Some with their hands,
reached out and touched
while others His hem
never felt or brushed.

The Word of Life,
was and is not seen
but, life eternal . . .
is for all to glean!

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1 John 1:1-2

That which was from the beginning,
which we have heard, which we have
seen with our eyes, which we have
looked upon, and our hands
have handled, of the Word of life;

(For the life was manifested,
and we have seen it, and bear witness,
and shew unto you that eternal life,
which was with the Father, and
was manifested unto us;)

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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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.16.21

Friday, July 16, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Word to Him Who Halts

“I will save her that halteth.”
~ Zephaniah 3:19 ~

There are plenty of these lame ones, both male and female. You may meet “her that halteth” twenty times in an hour. They are in the right road and exceedingly anxious to run in it with diligence, but they are lame and make a sorry walk of it. On the heavenly road there are many cripples. It may be that they say in their hearts—What will become of us? Sin will overtake us; Satan will throw us down. Ready-to-halt is our name and our nature; the Lord can never make good soldiers of us, nor even nimble messengers to go on His errands.

Well, well! He will save us, and that is no small thing. He says, “I will save her that halteth.” In saving us He will greatly glorify Himself. Everybody will ask—How came this lame woman to run the race and win the crown? And then the praise will all be given to almighty grace.

Lord, though I halt in faith, in prayer, in praise, in service, and in patience, save me, I beseech Thee! Only Thou canst save such a cripple as I am. Lord, let me not perish because I am among the hindmost, but gather up by Thy grace the slowest of Thy pilgrims—even me. Behold He hath said it shall be so, and therefore, like Jacob, prevailing in prayer, I go forward though my sinew be shrunk.

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Today’s Poem: Do Not Be Stirred Up

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Do Not Be Stirred Up ~

By Deborah Ann

Do not be stirred up,
nor by this world thrown
instead look to Jesus . . .
who sits upon His throne.

For He has urged us,
to live not out of fear
nor to be troubled . . .
by the bad news we hear.

Do not be confused,
nor alarmed or disturbed
by the ways of this world
that are beyond absurd.

Instead keep your eyes,
on Jesus firmly fixed
for He has promised us
to always be in our midst.

Be not grief stricken,
tremble not your heart
instead let Jesus . . .
peace into it impart!

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John 14:1

Let not your heart
be troubled:
ye believe in God,
believe also in me.

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Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.16.21

Colossians 2:9-10

For in him dwelleth all the fulness
of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him,
which is the head of all principality
and power:

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.16.21

Friday, July 16, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“They gathered manna every morning.”
~
Exodus 16:21 ~

Labor to maintain a sense of thine entire dependence upon the Lord’s good will and pleasure for the continuance of thy richest enjoyments. Never try to live on the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, or thou art undone for ever. Old anointings will not suffice to impart unction to thy spirit; thine head must have fresh oil poured upon it from the golden horn of the sanctuary, or it will cease from its glory. To-day thou mayest be upon the summit of the mount of God, but He who has put thee there must keep thee there, or thou wilt sink far more speedily than thou dreamest.

Thy mountain only stands firm when He settles it in its place; if He hide His face, thou wilt soon be troubled. If the Saviour should see fit, there is not a window through which thou seest the light of heaven which He could not darken in an instant. Joshua bade the sun stand still, but Jesus can shroud it in total darkness. He can withdraw the joy of thine heart, the light of thine eyes, and the strength of thy life; in His hand thy comforts lie, and at His will they can depart from thee. This hourly dependence our Lord is determined that we shall feel and recognize, for He only permits us to pray for “daily bread,” and only promises that “as our days our strength shall be.” Is it not best for us that it should be so, that we may often repair to His throne, and constantly be reminded of His love?

Oh! how rich the grace which supplies us so continually, and doth not refrain itself because of our ingratitude! The golden shower never ceases, the cloud of blessing tarries evermore above our habitation. O Lord Jesus, we would bow at Thy feet, conscious of our utter inability to do anything without Thee, and in every favour which we are privileged to receive, we would adore Thy blessed name and acknowledge Thine unexhausted love.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.15.21

Thursday, July 15, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“He appeared first to Mary Magdalene.”
~
Mark 16:9 ~

Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene,” probably not only on account of her great love and persevering seeking, but because, as the context intimates, she had been a special trophy of Christ’s delivering power. Learn from this, that the greatness of our sin before conversion should not make us imagine that we may not be specially favoured with the very highest grade of fellowship. She was one who had left all to become a constant attendant on the Saviour. He was her first, her chief object. Many who were on Christ’s side did not take up Christ’s cross; she did. She spent her substance in relieving His wants.

If we would see much of Christ, let us serve Him. Tell me who they are that sit oftenest under the banner of His love, and drink deepest draughts from the cup of communion, and I am sure they will be those who give most, who serve best, and who abide closest to the bleeding heart of their dear Lord. But notice how Christ revealed Himself to this sorrowing one—by a word, “Mary.” It needed but one word in His voice, and at once she knew Him, and her heart owned allegiance by another word, her heart was too full to say more. That one word would naturally be the most fitting for the occasion. It implies obedience. She said, “Master.”

There is no state of mind in which this confession of allegiance will be too cold. No, when your spirit glows most with the heavenly fire, then you will say, “I am Thy servant, Thou hast loosed my bonds.” If you can say, “Master,” if you feel that His will is your will, then you stand in a happy, holy place. He must have said, “Mary,” or else you could not have said, “Rabboni.” See, then, from all this, how Christ honours those who honour Him, how love draws our Beloved, how it needs but one word of His to turn our weeping to rejoicing, how His presence makes the heart’s sunshine.

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#throwbackpoem: A Heart For Jesus

to GOD be the GLORY

~ A Heart For Jesus ~

By Deborah Ann

A heart for Jesus,
is full of joy and love
its treasure aren’t here
but in heaven above.

Its eyes are open,
to the Life, Truth and Way
it doesn’t care what others
about them might say.

A heart for Jesus,
is one invested wholly
to following the Bible
living a life holy.

Its ears are opened,
to both the old and new
for it does not embrace
or hold a worldly view.

A heart for Jesus,
is a heart trusting
for it has Godly wisdom
and true understanding!

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Matthew 6:20

But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust doth
corrupt, and where thieves
do not break through nor steal:

Matthew 13:51-52

Jesus saith unto them,
Have ye understood
all these things?
They say unto him, Yea, Lord.

Then said he unto them,
Therefore every scribe which
is instructed unto the kingdom
of heaven is like unto a man
that is an householder,
which bringeth forth out of his
treasure things new and old.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.15.21

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The Mourner Comforted

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
~ Matthew 5:4 ~

By the valley of weeping we come to Zion. One would have thought mourning and being blessed were in opposition, but the infinitely wise Savior puts them together in this Beatitude. What He has joined together let no man put asunder. Mourning for sin—our own sins, and the sins of others—is the Lord’s seal set upon His faithful ones. When the Spirit of grace is poured upon the house of David, or any other house, they shall mourn. By holy mourning we receive the best of our blessings, even as the rarest commodities come to us by water. Not only shall the mourner be blessed at some future day, but Christ pronounces him blessed even now.

The Holy Spirit will surely comfort those hearts which mourn for sin. They shall be comforted by the application of the blood of Jesus and by the cleansing power of the Holy Ghost. They shall be comforted as to the abounding sin of their city and of their age by the assurance that God will glorify Himself, however much men may rebel against Him. They shall be comforted with the expectation that they shall be wholly freed from sin before long and shall soon be taken up to dwell forever in the glorious presence of their Lord.

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Today’s Poem: Just Trust Jesus

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Just Trust Jesus ~

By Deborah Ann

When we’re in the dark,
Jesus sends us His light
when we’re in a battle
He’s there to help us fight.

When we are weak,
Jesus sends us assurance
when we are faint
He gives us endurance.

When we are alone,
Jesus draws us near
when we are frightened
He takes away our fear.

When we are worried,
Jesus makes us still
when we are unsure
He shows us His will.

When we’re loved as much,
as Jesus loves us . . .
it’s so very easy
in Him to just trust!

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Psalm 56:3

“What time I am afraid,
I will trust in thee.”

Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.15.21

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James 1:21

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness
and superfluity of naughtiness,
and receive with meekness the
engrafted word, which is able
to save your souls.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.15.21

Thursday, July 15, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”
~ Leviticus 6:13 ~

Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here, there-fore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer, of vital and experimental religion.

Burn here the fat of your sacrifices. Let your closet seasons be, if possible, regular, frequent, and undisturbed. Effectual prayer availeth much. Have you nothing to pray for? Let us suggest the Church, the ministry, your own soul, your children, your relations, your neighbours, your country, and the cause of God and truth throughout the world. Let us examine ourselves on this important matter.

Do we engage with lukewarmness in private devotion? Is the fire of devotion burning dimly in our hearts? Do the chariot wheels drag heavily? If so, let us be alarmed at this sign of decay. Let us go with weeping, and ask for the Spirit of grace and of supplications. Let us set apart special seasons for extraordinary prayer. For if this fire should be smothered beneath the ashes of a worldly conformity, it will dim the fire on the family altar, and lessen our influence both in the Church and in the world.

The text will also apply to the altar of the heart. This is a golden altar indeed. God loves to see the hearts of His people glowing towards Himself. Let us give to God our hearts, all blazing with love, and seek His grace, that the fire may never be quenched; for it will not burn if the Lord does not keep it burning. Many foes will attempt to extinguish it; but if the unseen hand behind the wall pour thereon the sacred oil, it will blaze higher and higher. Let us use texts of Scripture as fuel for our heart’s fire, they are live coals; let us attend sermons, but above all, let us be much alone with Jesus.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.14.21

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“As it began to dawn, came Magdalene, to see the sepulchre.”
Matthew 28:1 ~

Let us learn from Mary Magdalene how to obtain fellowship with the Lord Jesus. Notice how she sought. She sought the Saviour very early in the morning. If thou canst wait for Christ, and be patient in the hope of having fellowship with Him at some distant season, thou wilt never have fellowship at all; for the heart that is fitted for communion is a hungering and a thirsting heart.

She sought Him also with very great boldness. Other disciples fled from the sepulchre, for they trembled and were amazed; but Mary, it is said, “stood” at the sepulchre. If you would have Christ with you, seek Him boldly. Let nothing hold you back. Defy the world. Press on where others flee. She sought Christ faithfully—she stood at the sepulchre. Some find it hard to stand by a living Saviour, but she stood by a dead one. Let us seek Christ after this mode, cleaving to the very least thing that has to do with Him, remaining faithful though all others should forsake Him. Note further, she sought Jesus earnestly—she stood “weeping.” Those tear-droppings were as spells that led the Saviour captive, and made Him come forth and show Himself to her.

If you desire Jesus’ presence, weep after it! If you cannot be happy unless He come and say to you, “Thou art My beloved,” you will soon hear His voice. Lastly, she sought the Saviour only. What cared she for angels, she turned herself back from them; her search was only for her Lord. If Christ be your one and only love, if your heart has cast out all rivals, you will not long lack the comfort of His presence. Mary Magdalene sought thus because she loved much. Let us arouse ourselves to the same intensity of affection; let our heart, like Mary’s, be full of Christ, and our love, like hers, will be satisfied with nothing short of Himself. O Lord, reveal Thyself to us this evening!

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#throwbackpoem: Will Your Faith Remain

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Will Your Faith Remain ~

By Deborah Ann

Will your faith remain,
or will it be shaken
will it be asleep
or in Jesus awaken?

Will your trust stay,
on the vine abiding
or will it be found
on it to be dying?

Will your hope be,
eternal and everlasting
or will it be without
truth and understanding?

Will your belief hold,
or will it be moved
will the Word of God
still need to be proved?

Will your faith remain,
or will it be upended
will it be on Jesus . . .
your salvation is depended?

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Hebrews 12:26-27

Whose voice then shook the earth:
but now he hath promised, saying,
Yet once more I shake not the
earth only, but also heaven.

And this word, Yet once more, signifieth
the removing of those things that are
shaken, as of things that are made,
that those things which cannot be
shaken may remain.

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 07.14.21

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Burdens Cast on Him

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
~ Psalm 55:22 ~

It is a heavy burden; roll it on Omnipotence. It is thy burden now, and it crushes thee; but when the Lord takes it, He will make nothing of it. If thou art called still to bear, “he will sustain thee.” It will be on Him and not on thee. Thou wilt be so upheld under it that the burden will be a blessing. Bring the Lord into the matter, and thou wilt stand upright under that which in itself would bow thee down.

Our worst fear is lest our trial should drive us from the path of duty; but this the Lord will never suffer. If we are righteous before Him, He will not endure that our affliction should move us from our standing. In Jesus He accepts us as righteous, and in Jesus He will keep us so.

What about the present moment? Art thou going forth to this day’s trial alone? Are thy poor shoulders again to be galled with the oppressive load? Be not so foolish. Tell the Lord all about thy grief and leave it with Him. Don’t cast your burden down and then take it up again; but roll it on the Lord and leave it there. Then shalt thou walk at large, a joyful and unburdened believer, singing the praises of thy great Burden-bearer.

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Today’s Poem: It Is You Lord

to GOD be the GLORY

~ It Is You Lord ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, it is You who keeps,
my lamp burning . . .
it is for Your guidance
my heart stays yearning.

It is You who gives,
me hope and trust
it is in Your Word
my soul stays trussed.

Lord, it is You who keeps,
my faith steady
it is for Your return
my mind stays ready.

It is Your eternal love,
I keep my eyes on
it is Your Way and Life
to which I am drawn.

Lord, It is You who keeps,
my life full of Light
it is for You I will win
the good and faithful fight!

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Matthew 6:22

The light of the body is the eye:
if therefore thine eye be single,
thy whole body shall be full of light.

King James Version
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Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.14.21

John 15:10

If ye keep my commandments,
ye shall abide in my love;
even as I have kept my Father’s
commandments, and abide in his love.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.14.21

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“If thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.”
~ Exodus 20:25 ~

God’s altar was to be built of unhewn stones, that no trace of human skill or labour might be seen upon it. Human wisdom delights to trim and arrange the doctrines of the cross into a system more artificial and more congenial with the depraved tastes of fallen nature; instead, however, of improving the gospel carnal wisdom pollutes it, until it becomes another gospel, and not the truth of God at all. All alterations and amendments of the Lord’s own Word are defilements and pollutions.

The proud heart of man is very anxious to have a hand in the justification of the soul before God; preparations for Christ are dreamed of, humblings and repentings are trusted in, good works are cried up, natural ability is much vaunted, and by all means the attempt is made to lift up human tools upon the divine altar.

It were well if sinners would remember that so far from perfecting the Saviour’s work, their carnal confidences only pollute and dishonour it. The Lord alone must be exalted in the work of atonement, and not a single mark of man’s chisel or hammer will be endured. There is an inherent blasphemy in seeking to add to what Christ Jesus in His dying moments declared to be finished, or to improve that in which the Lord Jehovah finds perfect satisfaction. Trembling sinner, away with thy tools, and fall upon thy knees in humble supplication; and accept the Lord Jesus to be the altar of thine atonement, and rest in Him alone.

Many professors may take warning from this morning’s text as to the doctrines which they believe. There is among Christians far too much inclination to square and reconcile the truths of revelation; this is a form of irreverence and unbelief, let us strive against it, and receive truth as we find it; rejoicing that the doctrines of the Word are unhewn stones, and so are all the more fit to build an altar for the Lord.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.13.21

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.”
~ Psalm 56:9 ~

It is impossible for any human speech to express the full meaning of this delightful phrase, “God is for me.” He was “for us” before the worlds were made; He was “for us,” or He would not have given His well-beloved son; He was “for us” when He smote the Only-begotten, and laid the full weight of His wrath upon Him—He was “for us,” though He was against Him; He was “for us,” when we were ruined in the fall—He loved us notwithstanding all; He was “for us,” when we were rebels against Him, and with a high hand were bidding Him defiance; He was “for us,” or He would not have brought us humbly to seek His face.

He has been “for us” in many struggles; we have been summoned to encounter hosts of dangers; we have been assailed by temptations from without and within—how could we have remained unharmed to this hour if He had not been “for us”? He is “for us,” with all the infinity of His being; with all the omnipotence of His love; with all the infallibility of His wisdom; arrayed in all His divine attributes, He is “for us,”—eternally and immutably “for us”; “for us” when yon blue skies shall be rolled up like a worn out vesture; “for us” throughout eternity.

And because He is “for us,” the voice of prayer will always ensure His help. “When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies be turned back.” This is no uncertain hope, but a well grounded assurance—“this I know.” I will direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up for the answer, assured that it will come, and that mine enemies shall be defeated, “for God is for me.” O believer, how happy art thou with the King of kings on thy side! How safe with such a Protector! How sure thy cause pleaded by such an Advocate! If God be for thee, who can be against thee?

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#throwbackpoem: I Shudder To Think

to GOD be the GLORY

~ I Shudder To Think ~

By Deborah Ann

I shudder to think,
just where I would be
if I did not have . . .
Jesus’ peace in me.

I bet you I would be,
a big restless mess
if I couldn’t give Him
my every day stress.

I cannot imagine,
just what I would do
if I did not have . . .
Jesus to cling to.

I can tell you right now,
I would just fall apart
if I didn’t let Him be
the guard of my heart.

I shudder at the thought,
I tremble imagining . . .
just where I’d be without Jesus
with all in the world happening!

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John 14:27

Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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