Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.13.21

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Implicit Trust

“For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Lord.”
~ Jeremiah 39:18 ~

Behold the protecting power of trust in God. The great men of Jerusalem fell by the sword, but poor Ebed-melech was secure, for his confidence was in Jehovah. Where else should a man trust but in his Maker? We are foolish when we prefer the creature to the Creator. Oh, that we could in all things live by faith, then should we be delivered in all time of danger! No one ever did trust in the Lord in vain, and no one ever shall.

The Lord saith, “I will surely deliver thee,” Mark the divine “surely.” Whatever else may be uncertain, God’s care of believers is sure. God Himself is the guardian of the gracious, Under His sacred wing there is safety even when every danger is abroad. Can we accept this promise as sure? Then in our present emergency we shall find that it stands fast.

We hope to be delivered because we have friends, or because we are prudent, or because we can see hopeful signs; but none of these things are one-half so good as God’s simple “because thou hast put thy trust in me.” Dear reader, try this way, and, trying it, you will keep to it all your life. It is as sweet as it is sure.

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Today’s Poem: Hungry People

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Hungry People ~

By Deborah Ann

Hungry people,
are all around
these starved souls
in darkness abound.

In an ungodly world,
that is full of lust
for they don’t think
they’ll return to dust.

Famished souls,
don’t want the truth
their wanton desires
appease and soothe.

There’s a deep ache,
they have inside
and so from God
they choose to hide.

But God knows,
their real hunger
and He will not  . . .
always slumber.

For, He will shake,
every man’s appetite
until each one sees Jesus
as the One True Light!

~~~~~~~~

Philippians 2:10-11

“That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
of things in heaven,
and things in earth,
and things under the earth;

And that every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.13.21

Philippians 2:9-11

Wherefore God also hath
highly exalted him, and
given him a name which
is above every name:

That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
of things in heaven,
and things in earth,
and things under the earth;

And that every tongue
should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory
of God the Father.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.13.21

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry?”
~ Jonah 4:9 ~

Anger is not always or necessarily sinful, but it has such a tendency to run wild that whenever it displays itself, we should be quick to question its character, with this enquiry, “Doest thou well to be angry?” It may be that we can answer, “YES.” Very frequently anger is the madman’s firebrand, but sometimes it is Elijah’s fire from heaven. We do well when we are angry with sin, because of the wrong which it commits against our good and gracious God; or with ourselves because we remain so foolish after so much divine instruction; or with others when the sole cause of anger is the evil which they do.

He who is not angry at transgression becomes a partaker in it. Sin is a loathsome and hateful thing, and no renewed heart can patiently endure it. God himself is angry with the wicked every day, and it is written in His Word, “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.” Far more frequently it is to be feared that our anger is not commendable or even justifiable, and then we must answer, “NO.” Why should we be fretful with children, passionate with servants, and wrathful with companions? Is such anger honourable to our Christian profession, or glorifying to God? Is it not the old evil heart seeking to gain dominion, and should we not resist it with all the might of our newborn nature.

Many professors give way to temper as though it were useless to attempt resistance; but let the believer remember that he must be a conqueror in every point, or else he cannot be crowned. If we cannot control our tempers, what has grace done for us? Some one told Mr. Jay that grace was often grafted on a crab-stump. “Yes,” said he, “but the fruit will not be crabs.” We must not make natural infirmity an excuse for sin, but we must fly to the cross and pray the Lord to crucify our tempers, and renew us in gentleness and meekness after His own image.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.12.21

Monday, July 12, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“His heavenly kingdom.”
~ 2 Timothy 4:18 ~

Donder city of the great King is a place of active service. Ransomed spirits serve Him day and night in His temple. They never cease to fulfil the good pleasure of their King. They always “rest,” so far as ease and freedom from care is concerned; and never “rest,” in the sense of indolence or inactivity. Jerusalem the golden is the place of communion with all the people of God. We shall sit with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in eternal fellowship. We shall hold high converse with the noble host of the elect, all reigning with Him who by His love and His potent arm has brought them safely home.

We shall not sing solos, but in chorus shall we praise our King. Heaven is a place of victory realized. Whenever, Christian, thou hast achieved a victory over thy lusts—whenever after hard struggling, thou hast laid a temptation dead at thy feet—thou hast in that hour a foretaste of the joy that awaits thee when the Lord shall shortly tread Satan under thy feet, and thou shalt find thyself more than conqueror through Him who hath loved thee. Paradise is a place of security.

When you enjoy the full assurance of faith, you have the pledge of that glorious security which shall be yours when you are a perfect citizen of the heavenly Jerusalem. O my sweet home, Jerusalem, thou happy harbour of my soul! Thanks, even now, to Him whose love hath taught me to long for Thee; but louder thanks in eternity, when I shall possess thee.

“My soul has tasted of the grapes,
And now it longs to go
Where my dear Lord His vineyard keeps
And all the clusters grow.
“Upon the true and living vine,
My famish’d soul would feast,
And banquet on the fruit divine,
An everlasting guest.”

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#throwbackpoem: None But The Hungry

to GOD be the GLORY

~ None But The Hungry ~

By Deborah Ann

None but the hungry soul,
can be satisfied
none but the thirsty ones
will have peace inside.

None but the longing heart,
can be fulfilled
none but the willful ones
will have faith instilled.

None but the seeking mind,
can be transformed
none but the desiring ones
will to God be reformed.

None but the selfless life,
can be made anew
none but the meek ones
will Jesus come to.

None but the hungry soul,
can see the Light
none but the thirsty heart
will stay in the fight!

~~~~~~

Psalm 107:9

For he satisfieth
the longing soul,
and filleth the hungry
soul with goodness.

1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith,
lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called,
and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.12.21

Monday, July 12, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Whom, When, How to Deliver

“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.”
~ 2 Peter 2:9 ~

The godly are tempted and tried. That is not true faith which is never put to the test. But the godly are delivered out of their trials, and that not by chance, nor by secondary agencies, but by the Lord Himself. He personally undertakes the office of delivering those who trust Him. God loves the godly or godlike, and He makes a point of knowing where they are and how they fare.

Sometimes their way seems to be a labyrinth, and they cannot imagine how they are to escape from threatening danger. What they do not know, their Lord knows. He knows whom to deliver, and when to deliver, and how to deliver. He delivers in the way which is most beneficial to the godly, most crushing to the tempter, and most glorifying to Himself. We may leave the “how” with the Lord and be content to rejoice in the fact that He will, in some way or other, bring His own people through all the dangers, trials, and temptations for this mortal life to His own right hand in glory.

This day it is not for me to pry into my Lord’s secrets but patiently to wait His time, knowing this, that though I know nothing, my heavenly Father knows.

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Today’s Poem: God’s Word Garden

to GOD be the GLORY

~ God’s Word Garden ~

By Deborah Ann

Every day is a smorgasbord,
a buffet of renewed pardon
a fresh supply of God’s grace
found in His Word garden.

My appetites are gratified,
from each verse that I pick
they bring me such comfort
whether feeling well or sick.

I hunger after what is holy,
to fill me up for the day
and in the Word I can find
comfort throughout the day.

I crave the righteousness,
reading the Word will bring
it satisfied my hunger pangs
it’s like dining with the King.

It’s seems I’m always hungry,
I’m constantly in the Word
but my desire to know Jesus
is continuously being stirred.

I need a steady, stable filling,
of God’s mercy and His love
it’s like manna from heaven
coming down from above.

One day I’ll sit at His banquet table,
and I will have all that I need
but until that day comes . . .
in His Word garden, I will feed!

~~~~~~~

Matthew 4:4

“But he answered and said,
It is written, Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by
every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 7.12.21

Matthew 4:4

But he answered and said,
It is written, Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by
every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.12.21

Monday, July 12, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Sanctified by God the Father.”
~ Jude  ~
“Sanctified in Christ Jesus.”
~ 1 Corinthians 1:2 ~
“Through sanctification of the Spirit.”
~ 1 Peter 1:2 ~

Mark the union of the Three Divine Persons in all their gracious acts. How unwisely do those believers talk who make preferences in the Persons of the Trinity; who think of Jesus as if He were the embodiment of everything lovely and gracious, while the Father they regard as severely just, but destitute of kindness. Equally wrong are those who magnify the decree of the Father, and the atonement of the Son, so as to depreciate the work of the Spirit. In deeds of grace none of the Persons of the Trinity act apart from the rest.

They are as united in their deeds as in their essence. In their love towards the chosen they are one, and in the actions which flow from that great central source they are still undivided. Specially notice this in the matter of sanctification. While we may without mistake speak of sanctification as the work of the Spirit, yet we must take heed that we do not view it as if the Father and the Son had no part therein. It is correct to speak of sanctification as the work of the Father, of the Son, and of the Spirit. Still doth Jehovah say, “Let us make man in our own image after our likeness,” and thus we are “his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

See the value which God sets upon real holiness, since the Three Persons in the Trinity are represented as co-working to produce a Church without “spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.” And you, believer, as the follower of Christ, must also set a high value on holiness—upon purity of life and godliness of conversation. Value the blood of Christ as the foundation of your hope, but never speak disparagingly of the work of the Spirit which is your meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light. This day let us so live as to manifest the work of the Triune God in us.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.11.21

Sunday, July 11, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.”
~
Joel 1:3 ~

In this simple way, by God’s grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land—the beloved of the Lord are to hand down their witness for the gospel, and the covenant to their heirs, and these again to their next descendants. This is our first duty, we are to begin at the family hearth: he is a bad preacher who does not commence his ministry at home. The heathen are to be sought by all means, and the highways and hedges are to be searched, but home has a prior claim, and woe unto those who reverse the order of the Lord’s arrangements.

To teach our children is a personal duty; we cannot delegate it to Sunday School Teachers, or other friendly aids, these can assist us, but cannot deliver us from the sacred obligation; proxies and sponsors are wicked devices in this case: mothers and fathers must, like Abraham, command their households in the fear of God, and talk with their offspring concerning the wondrous works of the Most High. Parental teaching is a natural duty—who so fit to look to the child’s well-being as those who are the authors of his actual being? To neglect the instruction of our offspring is worse than brutish.

Family religion is necessary for the nation, for the family itself, and for the church of God. By a thousand plots Popery is covertly advancing in our land, and one of the most effectual means for resisting its inroads is left almost neglected, namely, the instruction of children in the faith. Would that parents would awaken to a sense of the importance of this matter. It is a pleasant duty to talk of Jesus to our sons and daughters, and the more so because it has often proved to be an accepted work, for God has saved the children through the parents’ prayers and admonitions. May every house into which this volume shall come honour the Lord and receive His smile.

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#throwbackpoem: In The Gym Of Trust

to GOD be the GLORY

~ In The Gym Of Trust ~

By Deborah Ann

Sometimes my faith,
God has to exercise
to see how I’ll handle
problems as they arise.

So He sends me to the gym,
of trusting Him, to workout
where He has me confront
all my fears and doubt.

He knows I need the grit,
of the power of His might
so He drills it into me . . .
these enemies I must fight.

As I get down on the mat,
His sufficient grace I exert
and from my convictions
I do not turn or divert.

Sometimes my faith,
gets stretched and strained
due to its own weakness . . .
so His strength I can obtain!

~~~~~~

2 Corinthians 12:9

And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect
in weakness.
Most gladly therefore will
I rather glory in my infirmities
that the power of Christ may
rest upon me.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.11.21

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Never Separated from God

“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this?”
~ John 11:26 ~

Yes, Lord, we believe it; we shall never die. Our soul may be separated from our body, and this is death of a kind; but our soul shall never be separated from God, which is the true death—the death which was threatened to sin—the death penalty which is the worst that can happen. We believe this most assuredly, for who shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord?

We are members of the Body of Christ; will Christ lose parts of His Body? We are married to Jesus; will He be bereaved and widowed? It is not possible. There is a life within us which is not capable of being divided from God: yea, and the Holy Spirit dwells within us, and how then can we die? Jesus, Himself, is our life, and therefore there is no dying for us, for He cannot die again, In Him we died unto sin once, and the capital sentence cannot a second time be executed. Now we live, and live forever. The reward of righteousness is life everlasting, and we have nothing less than the righteousness of God, and therefore can claim the very highest reward.

Living and believing, we believe that we shall live and enjoy. Wherefore we press forward with full assurance that our life is secure in our living Head.

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Today’s Poem: Unstoppable

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Unstoppable ~

By Deborah Ann

Unstoppable  ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ photo creation swap

With God, you and I can do,
the seemingly impossible
for with God . . .
all things are truly possible.

There is not anything,
He is not able to perform
just look at all He created
by stretching out His arm.

There is not a single prayer,
too small for Him to regard
there isn’t any one too big
for, with God nothing is hard.

There isn’t a dilemma,
too immense or too great
for with God . . .
even the sea’s abate.

With God, we can do,
the unaccomplishable
for our God is . . .
powerfully, unstoppable!

~~~~~~~~~~

Jeremiah 32:17

Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made
the heaven and the earth by thy
great power and stretched out arm,
and there is nothing too hard for thee:

King James Version
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Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.11.21

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Jeremiah 32:17

Ah Lord God! behold,
thou hast made the
heaven and the earth
by thy great power
and stretched out arm,
and there is nothing
too hard for thee:

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.11.21

Sunday, July 11, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“After that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
~ 1 Peter 5:10 ~

You have seen the arch of heaven as it spans the plain: glorious are its colours, and rare its hues. It is beautiful, but, alas, it passes away, and lo, it is not. The fair colours give way to the fleecy clouds, and the sky is no longer brilliant with the tints of heaven. It is not established. How can it be? A glorious show made up of transitory sun-beams and passing rain-drops, how can it abide?

The graces of the Christian character must not resemble the rainbow in its transitory beauty, but, on the contrary, must be stablished, settled, abiding. Seek, O believer, that every good thing you have may be an abiding thing. May your character not be a writing upon the sand, but an inscription upon the rock! May your faith be no “baseless fabric of a vision,” but may it be builded of material able to endure that awful fire which shall consume the wood, hay, and stubble of the hypocrite. May you be rooted and grounded in love. May your convictions be deep, your love real, your desires earnest. May your whole life be so settled and established, that all the blasts of hell, and all the storms of earth shall never be able to remove you.

But notice how this blessing of being “stablished in the faith” is gained. The apostle’s words point us to suffering as the means employed—“After that ye have suffered awhile.” It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if no rough winds pass over us. Those old gnarlings on the root of the oak tree, and those strange twistings of the branches, all tell of the many storms that have swept over it, and they are also indicators of the depth into which the roots have forced their way. So the Christian is made strong, and firmly rooted by all the trials and storms of life. Shrink not then from the tempestuous winds of trial, but take comfort, believing that by their rough discipline God is fulfilling this benediction to you.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.10.21

Sunday, July 10, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
~ Genesis 1:5 ~

The evening was “darkness” and the morning was “light,” and yet the two together are called by the name that is given to the light alone! This is somewhat remarkable, but it has an exact analogy in spiritual experience. In every believer there is darkness and light, and yet he is not to be named a sinner because there is sin in him, but he is to be named a saint because he possesses some degree of holiness.

This will be a most comforting thought to those who are mourning their infirmities, and who ask, “Can I be a child of God while there is so much darkness in me?” Yes; for you, like the day, take not your name from the evening, but from the morning; and you are spoken of in the word of God as if you were even now perfectly holy as you will be soon. You are called the child of light, though there is darkness in you still. You are named after what is the predominating quality in the sight of God, which will one day be the only principle remaining.

Observe that the evening comes first. Naturally we are darkness first in order of time, and the gloom is often first in our mournful apprehension, driving us to cry out in deep humiliation, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” The place of the morning is second, it dawns when grace overcomes nature. It is a blessed aphorism of John Bunyan, “That which is last, lasts for ever.” That which is first, yields in due season to the last; but nothing comes after the last. So that though you are naturally darkness, when once you become light in the Lord, there is no evening to follow; “thy sun shall no more go down.”

The first day in this life is an evening and a morning; but the second day, when we shall be with God, for ever, shall be a day with no evening, but one, sacred, high, eternal noon.

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#throwbackpoem: In The Gym Of Trust

to GOD be the GLORY

~ In The Gym Of Trust ~

By Deborah Ann

Sometimes my faith,
God has to exercise
to see how I’ll handle
problems as they arise.

So He sends me to the gym,
of trusting Him, to workout
where He has me confront
all my fears and doubt.

He knows I need the grit,
of the power of His might
so He drills it into me . . .
these enemies I must fight.

As I get down on the mat,
His sufficient grace I exert
and from my convictions
I do not turn or divert.

Sometimes my faith,
gets stretched and strained
due to its own weakness . . .
so His strength I can obtain!

~~~~~~

2 Corinthians 12:9

And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect
in weakness.
Most gladly therefore will
I rather glory in my infirmities
that the power of Christ may
rest upon me.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.10.21

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Love the Church

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

Yes, our prayers for the church will be heard. The set time is come. We love the prayer meetings, and the Sunday school, and all the services of the Lord’s house. We are bound in heart to all the people of God and can truly say,

There’s not a lamb in all thy flock
I would disdain to feed
There’s not a foe before whose face
I’d fear thy cause to plead.

If this is the general feeling, we shall soon enjoy times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. Our assemblies will be filled, saints will be revived, and sinners will be converted. This can only come of the Lord’s mercy; but it will come, and we are called upon to expect it. The time, the set time, is come. Let us bestir ourselves. Let us love every stone of our Zion, even though it may be fallen down. Let us treasure up the least truth, the least ordinance, the least believer, even though some may despise them as only so much dust. When we favor Zion, God is about to favor her. When we take pleasure in the Lord’s work, the Lord Himself will take pleasure in it.

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Today’s Poem: God’s Not Finished With Me

to GOD be the GLORY

~ God’s Not Finished With Me ~

By Deborah Ann

God’s not finished with me,
I know this to be true . . .
for, I can see all the things
that He has yet to do.

I realize He got started,
on me a long time ago
but, I also know there’s still
a lot of room for me to grow.

God’s not done with me,
all things beautiful take time
but, first He needed to chisel
away sin’s grit and grime.

I know when I came to Him,
my life was a big mess
but, a masterpiece takes time
and a lot of divine finesse.

God’s not finished with me,
He has a long way to go . . .
but, I am confident in this
when He is done, I will know!

~~~~~~~~

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He hath made every thing
beautiful in his time:

Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this very
thing, that he which hath
begun a good work in you
will perform it until the
day of Jesus Christ:

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.10.21

Philippians 1:6

Being confident
of this very thing,
that he which hath begun
a good work in you
will perform it until

the day of Jesus Christ:

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.10.21

Saturday, July 10, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Fellow citizens with the saints.”
~
Ephesians 2:19 ~

What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? It means that we are under heaven’s government. Christ the king of heaven reigns in our hearts; our daily prayer is, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us: the decrees of the Great King we cheerfully obey. Then as citizens of the New Jerusalem, we share heaven’s honours.

The glory which belongs to beatified saints belongs to us, for we are already sons of God, already princes of the blood imperial; already we wear the spotless robe of Jesu’s righteousness; already we have angels for our servitors, saints for our companions, Christ for our Brother, God for our Father, and a crown of immortality for our reward. We share the honours of citizenship, for we have come to the general assembly and Church of the first-born whose names are written in heaven.

As citizens, we have common rights to all the property of heaven. Ours are its gates of pearl and walls of chrysolite; ours the azure light of the city that needs no candle nor light of the sun; ours the river of the water of life, and the twelve manner of fruits which grow on the trees planted on the banks thereof; there is nought in heaven that belongeth not to us. “Things present, or things to come,” all are ours. Also as citizens of heaven we enjoy its delights. Do they there rejoice over sinners that repent—prodigals that have returned? So do we. Do they chant the glories of triumphant grace? We do the same. Do they cast their crowns at Jesu’s feet? Such honours as we have we cast there too. Are they charmed with His smile?

It is not less sweet to us who dwell below. Do they look forward, waiting for His second advent? We also look and long for His appearing. If, then, we are thus citizens of heaven, let our walk and actions be consistent with our high dignity.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.09.21

Friday, July 09, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“And God divided the light from the darkness.”
~ Genesis 1:4 ~

A believer has two principles at work within him. In his natural estate he was subject to one principle only, which was darkness; now light has entered, and the two principles disagree. Mark the apostle Paul’s words in the seventh chapter of Romans: “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in my members.” How is this state of things occasioned? “The Lord divided the light from the darkness.”

Darkness, by itself, is quiet and undisturbed, but when the Lord sends in light, there is a conflict, for the one is in opposition to the other: a conflict which will never cease till the believer is altogether light in the Lord. If there be a division within the individual Christian, there is certain to be a division without. So soon as the Lord gives to any man light, he proceeds to separate himself from the darkness around; he secedes from a merely worldly religion of outward ceremonial, for nothing short of the gospel of Christ will now satisfy him, and he withdraws himself from worldly society and frivolous amusements, and seeks the company of the saints, for “We know we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.”

The light gathers to itself, and the darkness to itself. What God has divided, let us never try to unite, but as Christ went without the camp, bearing His reproach, so let us come out from the ungodly, and be a peculiar people. He was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners; and, as He was, so we are to be nonconformists to the world, dissenting from all sin, and distinguished from the rest of mankind by our likeness to our Master.

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.09.21

Friday, July 09, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Faithful and Useful

“Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.”
~ Psalm 101:6 ~

If David spoke thus, we may be sure that the Son of David will be of the same mind. Jesus looks out for faithful men, and He fixes His eyes upon them, to observe them, to bring them forward, to encourage them, and to reward them. Let no true-hearted man think that he is overlooked; the King Himself has His eye upon him.

There are two results of this royal notice. First we read, “That they may dwell with me.” Jesus brings the faithful into His house, He sets them in His palace, He makes them His companions, He delights in their society. We must be true to our Lord, and He will then manifest Himself to us. When our faithfulness costs us most, it will be best rewarded; the more furiously men reject, the more joyfully will our Lord receive us.

Next, he says of the sincere man, “He shall serve me.” Jesus will use for His own glory those who scorn the tricks of policy and are faithful to Himself, His Word, and His cross. These shall be in His royal retinue, the honored servants of His Majesty. Communion and usefulness are the wages of faithfulness. Lord make me faithful that I may dwell with Thee and serve Thee.

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.09.21

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now unto him that is able to do
exceeding abundantly above all
that we ask or think, according
to the power that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church
by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,
world without end. Amen.

King James Version
by Public Domain

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.09.21

Friday, July 09, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Forget not all His benefits.”
~
Psalm 103:2 ~

It is a delightful and profitable occupation to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints, and to observe His goodness in delivering them, His mercy in pardoning them, and His faithfulness in keeping His covenant with them. But would it not be even more interesting and profitable for us to remark the hand of God in our own lives? Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of His goodness and of His truth, as much a proof of His faithfulness and veracity, as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that He wrought all His mighty acts, and showed Himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare His arm for the saints who are now upon the earth. Let us review our own lives.

Surely in these we may discover some happy incidents, refreshing to ourselves and glorifying to our God. Have you had no deliverances? Have you passed through no rivers, supported by the divine presence? Have you walked through no fires unharmed? Have you had no manifestations? Have you had no choice favours? The God who gave Solomon the desire of his heart, hath He never listened to you and answered your requests? That God of lavish bounty of whom David sang, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things,” hath He never satiated you with fatness? Have you never been made to lie down in green pastures?

Have you never been led by the still waters? Surely the goodness of God has been the same to us as to the saints of old. Let us, then, weave His mercies into a song. Let us take the pure gold of thankfulness, and the jewels of praise and make them into another crown for the head of Jesus. Let our souls give forth music as sweet and as exhilarating as came from David’s harp, while we praise the Lord whose mercy endureth for ever.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.08.21

Thursday, July 08, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.”
~ Psalm 25:5 ~

When the believer has begun with trembling feet to walk in the way of the Lord, he asks to be still led onward like a little child upheld by its parent’s helping hand, and he craves to be further instructed in the alphabet of truth. Experimental teaching is the burden of this prayer. David knew much, but he felt his ignorance, and desired to be still in the Lord’s school: four times over in two verses he applies for a scholarship in the college of grace.

It were well for many professors if instead of following their own devices, and cutting out new paths of thought for themselves, they would enquire for the good old ways of God’s own truth, and beseech the Holy Ghost to give them sanctified understandings and teachable spirits. “For thou art the God of my salvation.” The Three-One Jehovah is the Author and Perfecter of salvation to His people. Reader, is He the God of your salvation? Do you find in the Father’s election, in the Son’s atonement, and in the Spirit’s quickening, all the grounds of your eternal hopes? If so, you may use this as an argument for obtaining further blessings; if the Lord has ordained to save you, surely He will not refuse to instruct you in His ways.

It is a happy thing when we can address the Lord with the confidence which David here manifests, it gives us great power in prayer, and comfort in trial. “On Thee do I wait all the day.” Patience is the fair handmaid and daughter of faith; we cheerfully wait when we are certain that we shall not wait in vain. It is our duty and our privilege to wait upon the Lord in service, in worship, in expectancy, in trust all the days of our life. Our faith will be tried faith, and if it be of the true kind, it will bear continued trial without yielding. We shall not grow weary of waiting upon God if we remember how long and how graciously He once waited for us.

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#throwbackpoem: I Am Just A Vapor

to GOD be the GLORY

~ I Am Just A Vapor ~

By Deborah Ann

I am just a vapor,
a puff of steam in the air
so, I give to the Lord
all on earth I have to bear.

I may be here today,
but tomorrow I might not be
so, I lay up my treasures
in a place I cannot see.

I know not His will,
for the days of my life
so, I give to the Lord
all of my daily strife.

God could have me live,
to a hundred or more
but, then again tomorrow
I could be at heaven’s door.

I am just a vapor,
my days are in His hands
so, I rest in the comfort
of His eternal plans!

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James 4:14

“Whereas ye know not
what shall be on the morrow.
For what is your life?
It is even a vapour,
that appeareth for
a little time,
and then vanisheth away.”

King James Bible
Public Domain

Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.08.21

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


An Angel Encampment

“The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
~ Psalm 34:7 ~

We cannot see the angels, but it is enough that they can see us. There is one great Angel of the Covenant, whom not having seen we love, and His eye is always upon us both day and night. He has a host of holy ones under Him, and He causes these to be watchers over His saints and to guard them from all ill. If devils do us mischief, shining ones do us service.

Note that the Lord of angels does not come and go and pay us transient visits, but He and His armies encamp around us. The headquarters of the army of salvation is where those live whose trust is in the living God. This camp surrounds the faithful so that they cannot be attacked from any quarter unless the adversary can break through the entrenchments of the Lord of angels. We have a fixed protection, a permanent watch.

Sentineled by the messengers of God, we shall not be surprised by sudden assaults nor swallowed up by overwhelming forces. Deliverance is promised in this verse—deliverance by the great Captain of our salvation, and that deliverance we shall obtain again and again until our warfare is accomplished and we exchange the field of conflict for the home of rest.

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Today’s Poem: The Bible Is Like A Mirror

to GOD be the GLORY

November 30, 2019

~ The Bible Is Like A Mirror ~

By Deborah Ann

The Bible is like a mirror,
it reflects yourself so true
it shows all the hidden sin
yet living inside of you.

But if you never read it,
how will you ever glean
the areas in your life
God still needs to make clean.

The Bible is like a mirror,
it reflects your heart so true
it shows what is keeping
God disconnected from you.

But if you don’t study it,
God cannot lead or direct
you to see how sinfulness
has an everlasting effect.

The Bible is like a mirror,
His reflection should be in you
but, you must apply it . . .
in your life ~ for this to be true!

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1 John 3:2

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God,
and it doth not yet appear what we
shall be: but we know that, when he
shall appear, we shall be like him;
for we shall see him as he is.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.08.21

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Psalm 138:2

I will worship toward
thy holy temple,
and praise thy name
for thy lovingkindness
and for thy truth:
for thou hast magnified
thy word above all
thy name.

King James Version
by Public Domain

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.08.21

Thursday, July 08, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Tell me I pray thee wherein thy great strength lieth.”
~ Judges 16:6 ~

Where lies the secret strength of faith? It lies in the food it feeds on; for faith studies what the promise is—an emanation of divine grace, an overflowing of the great heart of God; and faith says, “My God could not have given this promise, except from love and grace; therefore it is quite certain His Word will be fulfilled.” Then faith thinketh, “Who gave this promise?”

It considereth not so much its greatness, as, “Who is the author of it?” She remembers that it is God who cannot lie—God omnipotent, God immutable; and therefore concludeth that the promise must be fulfilled; and forward she advances in this firm conviction. She remembereth, why the promise was given,—namely, for God’s glory, and she feels perfectly sure that God’s glory is safe, that He will never stain His own escutcheon, nor mar the lustre of His own crown; and therefore the promise must and will stand. Then faith also considereth the amazing work of Christ as being a clear proof of the Father’s intention to fulfil His word. “He that spared not His own Son, but freely delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

Moreover faith looks back upon the past, for her battles have strengthened her, and her victories have given her courage. She remembers that God never has failed her; nay, that He never did once fail any of His children. She recollecteth times of great peril, when deliverance came; hours of awful need, when as her day her strength was found, and she cries, “No, I never will be led to think that He can change and leave His servant now. Hitherto the Lord hath helped me, and He will help me still.” Thus faith views each promise in its connection with the promise-giver, and, because she does so, can with assurance say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life!”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.07.21

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“When I passed by thee, I said unto thee, Live.”
~ Ezekiel 16:6 ~

Saved one, consider gratefully this mandate (of mercy. Note that this fiat of God is majestic. In our text, we perceive a sinner with nothing in him but sin, expecting nothing but wrath; but the eternal Lord passes by in His glory; l He looks. He pauses, and He pronounces the solitary but royal word, “Live.” There speaks a God. Who but He could venture thus to deal with life and dispense it with a single syllable? Again, this fiat is manifold. When He saith “Live,” it includes many things. Here is judicial life. The sinner is ready to be condemned, but the mighty One saith, “Live,” and he rises pardoned and absolved. It is spiritual life.

We knew not Jesus—our eyes could not see Christ, our ears could not hear His voice—Jehovah said “Live,” and we were quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins. Moreover, it includes glory-life, which is the perfection of spiritual life. “I said unto thee, Live:” and that word rolls on through all the years of time till death comes, and in the midst of the shadows of death, the Lord’s voice is still heard, “Live!” In the morning of the resurrection it is that self-same voice which is echoed by the arch-angel, “Live,” and as holy spirits rise to heaven to be blest for ever in the glory of their God, it is in the power of this same word, “Live.”

Note again, that it is an irresistible mandate. Saul of Tarsus is on the road to Damascus to arrest the saints of the living God. A voice is heard from heaven and a light is seen above the brightness of the sun, and Saul is crying out, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” This mandate is a mandate of free grace. When sinners are saved, it is only and solely because God will do it to magnify His free, unpurchased, unsought grace. Christians, see your position, debtors to grace; show your gratitude by earnest, Christlike lives, and as God has bidden you live, see to it that you live in earnest.

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#throwbackpoem: Remember Me Lord

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Remember Me Lord ~

By Deborah Ann

Remember me oh God,
for all the good I’ve done
for all the things I say . . .
about the love of Your Son.

Remember my good works,
the seeds I have sown
the hope I have brought
as faith in You was grown.

Remember my acts and deeds,
done out of hope and charity
to bring into a lost soul
the gift of eternal certainty.

Remember my many prayers,
for all of mankind
how much I wanted them
Your mercy and grace to find.

Remember me oh, God,
for all the good I say and do
how in this evil world I still . . .
unashamedly speak up for You!

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Nehemiah 5:19

Think upon me, my God,
for good, according to all
that I have done for this people
.

Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight,
O Lord, my strength,
and my redeemer.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.07.21

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


A Mountain Choir

“Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.”
~ Isaiah 49:13 ~

So sweet are the comforts of the Lord, that not only the saints themselves may sing of them, but even the heavens and the earth may take up the song. It takes something to make a mountain sing; and yet the prophet summons quite a choir of them. Lebanon, and Sirion, and the high hills of Bashan and Moab, He would set them all singing because of Jehovah’s grace to His own Zion. May we not also make mountains of difficulty, and trial, and mystery, and labor become occasions for praise unto our God? “Break forth into singing, O mountains!”

This word of promise, that our God will have mercy upon His afflicted, has a whole peal of bells connected with it. Hear their music—”Sing!” “Be joyful!” “Break forth into singing.” The Lord would have His people happy because of His unfailing love. He would not have us sad and doubtful; He claims from us the worship of believing hearts. He cannot fail us: why should we sigh or sulk as if He would do so? Oh, for a well-tuned harp! Oh, for voices like those of the cherubim before the throne!

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