Today’s Bible Verse 09.29.21

John 3:20-21

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
should be reproved. But he that doeth truth
cometh to the light, that his deeds may be
made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.29.21

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague.”
~ Leviticus 13:13 ~

Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This morning it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of so singular a rule. We, too, are lepers, and may read the law of leper as applicable to ourselves. When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then is he clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God.

Hidden, unfelt, unconfessed iniquity is the true leprosy, but when sin is seen and felt it has received its death blow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it. Nothing is more deadly than self-righteousness, or more hopeful than contrition. We must confess that we are “nothing else but sin,” for no confession short of this will be the whole truth, and if the Holy Spirit be at work with us, convincing us of sin, there will be no difficulty about making such an acknowledgment—it will spring spontaneously from our lips. What comfort does the text afford to those under a deep sense of sin! Sin mourned and confessed, however black and foul, shall never shut a man out from the Lord Jesus.

Whosoever cometh unto Him, He will in no wise cast out. Though dishonest as the thief, though unchaste as the woman who was a sinner, though fierce as Saul of Tarsus, though cruel as Manasseh, though rebellious as the prodigal, the great heart of love will look upon the man who feels himself to have no soundness in him, and will pronounce him clean, when he trusts in Jesus crucified. Come to Him, then, poor heavy-laden sinner. Come needy, come guilty, come loathsome and bare; You can’t come too filthy—come just as you are.

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Today’s Bible Verse 09.28.21

1 Corinthians 2:14

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

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.28.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


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

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

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

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

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#throwbackpoem: Deeper Things

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Deeper Things ~

By Deborah Ann

Father, this is a new day,
You have given me . . .
a day to search and to find
the deeper things of Thee.

Help me to use it wisely,
for, to You it’s a treasure
granted to me to get to know
what brings Your heart pleasure.

Father, this is a new day,
for me to lift my voice to You
a day to seek and to find
what with it You’d have me to do.

Help me to grow my knowledge,
about Your awesome fear
so that I will remain humble
whenever to You I near.

Father, this is a new day,
to me You’ve graciously given . . .
a day for me to dive deeper
into the things in You still hidden!

~~~~~

Proverbs 2:1-5

My son, if thou wilt receive my words,
and hide my commandments with thee;

So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom,
and apply thine heart to understanding;

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge,
and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

If thou seekest her as silver,
and searchest for her as for
hid treasures;

Then shalt thou understand the
fear of the Lord,
and find the knowledge of God.

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.28.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Work is Done; Rest in Him

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

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

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

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

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Today’s Poem: A Sound Heart 

to GOD be the GLORY

~ A Sound Heart ~

By Deborah Ann

A sound heart,
doesn’t miss a beat
it lays its cares
at Jesus’ feet.

It puts its trust,
into His hands
it faithfully knows
to follow His plans.

A sound heart,
knows to pray
it’s at peace
night or day.

It allows Jesus,
to live in it
so to be guided
by His Spirit.

A sound heart,
is not shameful . . .
for the Word of God
it is grateful!

~~~~~~

Psalm 119:80

“Let my heart be sound
in thy statutes; that
I be not ashamed.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.28.21

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


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

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

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

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

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.27.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


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

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

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

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

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#throwbackpoem: If There Be

to GOD be the GLORY

~ If There Be ~

By Deborah Ann

If there be any praise,
let that be your song
if there be any hope
let that make you strong.

If there be any truth,
let that be your trust
if there be any honesty
let that make you just.

If there be any purity,
let that be your sentiment
if there be any virtue
let that make you resonant.

If there be any good,
let that be your testament
if there be any loveliness
let that make you celebrant.

If there be anything at all,
that you think about . . .
let it be the things
that work your faith out!

~~~~~~~~

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.27.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The Divine Light in Darkness

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

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

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

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

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Today’s Poem: Lord, Let Your Light Saturate My Soul

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Lord, Let Your Light Saturate My Soul ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, let Your Light,
saturate my soul
let over my body
it take control.

Let it bring me,
truth and wisdom
let it beam into me
just like a prism.

Lord, let Your Light,
shine down on me
let it brighten my way
so Your plans I may see.

Let it bring me,
even closer to You
let it sear my heart
all the way through.

Lord, let Your Light,
shine, beam and sear
so that to you Lord
I’ll always be near!

~~~~~~~~

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who commanded the light
to shine out of darkness,
hath shined in our hearts,
to give the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face
of Jesus Christ.

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Today’s Bible Verse 09.27.21

Matthew 6:33

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

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.27.21

Monday, September 27, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


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

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

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

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

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.26.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


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

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

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

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

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#throwbackpoem: The Truth Of My Youth

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Truth Of My Youth~

By Deborah Ann

My faith is simple,
I must admit
the truth I seek
within limits.

If in my Bible,
it’s not found
I know it’s not
Gospel sound.

I don’t believe,
all I hear . . .
for the truth
I do revere.

If God’s Word,
is slightly altered
I don’t accept
what is offered.

My faith is simple,
so is the truth
it’s still the same
as in my youth!

~~~~~~~~

Psalm 71:5

“For thou art my hope,
O Lord God: thou art
my trust from my youth.”

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.26.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Among the Redeemed

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

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

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

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

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Today’s Poem: Trusting God’s Timing

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Trusting God’s Timing ~

By Deborah Ann

Faith is like an airport,
with extended delays
holdups and long waits
turbulence that dismays.

Cancellations and deferments,
can throw our faith in a tailspin
but, if we trust God’s plans . . .
we can have His peace within.

Faith is like a freeway,
there’s going to be traffic
sometimes all goes smooth
other times it’s pure havoc.

Postponements and deters,
can set our faith back . . .
but, if we trust God’s pacing . . .
our confidence will not lack.

Faith is an exciting journey,
we can go along just for the ride
or we can trust in God’s timing . . .
and learn in Him how to abide!

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Acts 1:7

And he said unto them,
It is not for you to know
the times or the seasons,
which the Father hath put
in his own power.

Habakkuk 2:3

For the vision is yet for an appointed time,
but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:
though it tarry, wait for it; because it will
surely come, it will not tarry.

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Today’s Bible Verse 09.26.21

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Hebrews 10:30-31

For we know him that hath said,
Vengeance belongeth unto me,

I will recompense, saith the Lord.
And again, The Lord shall judge
his people. It is a fearful thing
to fall into the hands of the
living God.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.26.21

Sunday, September 26, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


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

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

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

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

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.25.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


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

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

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

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

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#throwbackpoem: We All Thirst

to GOD be the GLORY

~ We All Thirst ~

By Deborah Ann

We all thirst,
we all want more . . .
more hope, more love
we all yearn for.

We all need,
spiritual refreshment
we all need in Jesus
to make an investment.

We all thirst,
we all want more
more joy, more bliss
we all hunger for.

We all need,
to come to the well
where in Living Water
Jesus’ Spirit dwells.

We all have,
deep burning desires
but only Jesus’ love . . .
can quench the fires!

~~~~~~~~~~

John 4:13-14

Jesus answered and said unto her,
Whosoever drinketh of this water
shall thirst again:

But whosoever drinketh of the water
that I shall give him shall
never thirst; but the water that
I shall give him shall be in him
a well of water springing up
into everlasting life.

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.25.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The Sacrifice Has Been Accepted

“If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us all these thing.”
~ Judges 13:23 ~

This is a sort of promise deduced by logic. It is an inference fairly drawn from ascertained facts. It was not likely that the Lord had revealed to Manoah and his wife that a son would be born to them and yet had it in His heart to destroy them. The wife reasoned well, and we shall do well if we follow her line of argument.

The Father has accepted the great sacrifice of Calvary and has declared Himself well pleased therewith; how can He now be pleased to kill us! Why a substitute if the sinner must still perish? The accepted sacrifice of Jesus puts an end to fear.

The Lord has shown us our election, our adoption, our union to Christ, our marriage to the Well-beloved: how can He now destroy us? The promises are loaded with blessings, which necessitate our being preserved unto eternal life. It is not possible for the Lord to cast us away and yet fulfill His covenant. The past assures us, and the future reassures us. We shall not die but live, for we have seen Jesus, and in Him we have seen the Father by the illumination of the Holy Ghost. Because of this life-giving sight we must live forever.

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Today’s Poem: Our Wants, God’s Will

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Our Wants, God’s Will ~

By Deborah Ann

Our wants,
God’s will
our fears
He stills

Our desires,
God’s plans
our hopes
His hands.

Our longings,
God’s grace
our dreams
His face.

Our trust,
God’s way
our chance
now today.

Our hearts,
God’s will
our souls
He fills!

~~~~~

Ephesians 5:17

Wherefore be ye not unwise,
but understanding what the
will of the Lord is.

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Today’s Bible Verse 09.25.21

1 John 2:1

My little children,
these things write I unto you,
that ye sin not.
And if any man sin, we have
an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous:

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.25.21

Saturday, September 25, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Just, and the justifier of him which believeth.”
~ Romans 3:26 ~

Being justified by faith, we have peace with God. Conscience accuses no longer. Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him. Memory looks back upon past sins, with deep sorrow for the sin, but yet with no dread of any penalty to come; for Christ has paid the debt of His people to the last jot and tittle, and received the divine receipt; and unless God can be so unjust as to demand double payment for one debt, no soul for whom Jesus died as a substitute can ever be cast into hell. It seems to be one of the very principles of our enlightened nature to believe that God is just; we feel that it must be so, and this gives us our terror at first; but is it not marvellous that this very same belief that God is just, becomes afterwards the pillar of our confidence and peace!

If God be just, I, a sinner, alone and without a substitute, must be punished; but Jesus stands in my stead and is punished for me; and now, if God be just, I, a sinner, standing in Christ, can never be punished. God must change His nature before one soul, for whom Jesus was a substitute, can ever by any possibility suffer the lash of the law. Therefore, Jesus having taken the place of the believer—having rendered a full equivalent to divine wrath for all that His people ought to have suffered as the result of sin, the believer can shout with glorious triumph, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?”

Not God, for He hath justified; not Christ, for He hath died, “yea rather hath risen again.” My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, He is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me. On the lion of justice the fair maid of hope rides like a queen.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.24.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I sleep, but my heart waketh.”  
~ Song of Solomon 5:2 ~

Paradoxes abound in Christian experience, and here is one—the spouse was asleep, and yet she was awake. He only can read the believer’s riddle who has ploughed with the heifer of his experience. The two points in this evening’s text are—a mournful sleepiness and a hopeful wakefulness. I sleep. Through sin that dwelleth in us we may become lax in holy duties, slothful in religious exercises, dull in spiritual joys, and altogether supine and careless.This is a shameful state for one in whom the quickening Spirit dwells; and it is dangerous to the highest degree.

Even wise virgins sometimes slumber, but it is high time for all to shake off the bands of sloth. It is to be feared that many believers lose their strength as Samson lost his locks, while sleeping on the lap of carnal security. With a perishing world around us, to sleep is cruel; with eternity so near at hand, it is madness. Yet we are none of us so much awake as we should be; a few thunder-claps would do us all good, and it may be, unless we soon bestir ourselves, we shall have them in the form of war, or pestilence, or personal bereavements and losses. O that we may leave for ever the couch of fleshly ease, and go forth with flaming torches to meet the coming Bridegroom! My heart waketh.

This is a happy sign. Life is not extinct, though sadly smothered. When our renewed heart struggles against our natural heaviness, we should be grateful to sovereign grace for keeping a little vitality within the body of this death. Jesus will hear our hearts, will help our hearts, will visit our hearts; for the voice of the wakeful heart is really the voice of our Beloved, saying, “Open to me.” Holy zeal will surely unbar the door.

“Oh lovely attitude! He stands
With melting heart and laden hands;
My soul forsakes her every sin;
And lets the heavenly stranger in.”

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#throwbackpoem: Bonding

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Bonding ~

By Deborah Ann

God speaks in the silence,
of each morning’s dawn
He beckons to me . . .
to be willingly drawn.

He awakens my senses,
to His voice oh, so quiet
so my ears can be open
to His guiding Spirit.

God speaks in the hush,
of a gentle wind blowing
with the promise to keep
my faith in Him growing.

He invites me to lean,
into the stillness
so I can be filled
with all of His fullness.

God speaks ever quietly,
upon morn’s dawning
so throughout the day . . .
we can keep bonding!

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Isaiah 50:4

The Lord God hath given me the
tongue of the learned, that I+
should know how to speak a word
in season to him that is weary:
he wakeneth morning by morning,
he wakeneth mine ear to hear
as the learned.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.24.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The Life-Giving Stream

“And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live.  “
~ Ezekiel 47:9 ~

The living waters, in the prophet’s vision, flowed into the Dead Sea and carried life with them, even into that stagnant lake. Where grace goes, spiritual life is the immediate and the everlasting consequence. Grace proceeds sovereignly according to the will of God, even as a river in all its windings follows its own sweet will; and wherever it comes it does not wait for life to come to it, but it creates life by its own quickening flow. Oh, that it would pour along our streets and flood our slums!

Oh, that it would now come into my house and rise till every chamber were made to swim with it! Lord, let the living water flow to my family and my friends, and let it not pass me by. I hope I have drunk of it already; but I desire to bathe in it, yea, to swim in it. O my Savior, I need life more abundantly. Come to me, I pray Thee, till every part of my nature is vividly energetic and intensely active. Living God, I pray Thee, fill me with Thine own life.

I am a poor, dry stick; come and make me so to live that, like Aaron’s rod, I may bud and blossom and bring forth fruit unto Thy glory. Quicken me, for the sake of my Lord Jesus. Amen.

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Today’s Poem: Out of Sync

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Out of Sync ~

By Deborah Ann

Sometimes with God,
I feel out of sync . . .
it’s like there is some
kind of missing link.

It feels as though,
our wires are crossed
and my linkup to Him
is temporarily lost.

Sometimes with God,
there is a disconnect
its like our lines . . .
no longer intersect.

If feels as though,
we no longer interface
and my gateway to Him
is lost in cyberspace.

Sometimes with God,
I feel we don’t compute
so I go into His Word . . .
and generate a reboot!

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Psalm 73:28

But it is good for me to draw
near to God: I have put my
trust in the Lord God, that
I may declare all thy works.

Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart,
O God; and renew a right
spirit within me.

King James Version
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Today’s Bible Verse 09.24.21

Hebrews 10:35-36

Cast not away therefore
your confidence, which hath
great recompence of reward.
For ye have need of patience,

that, after ye have done the
will of God, ye might receive
the promise.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.24.21

Friday, September 24, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek Him; but His power and His wrath is against all them that forsake Him.” 

Ezra 8:22 ~

A convoy on many accounts would have been desirable for the pilgrim band, but a holy shame-facedness would not allow Ezra to seek one. He feared lest the heathen king should think his professions of faith in God to be mere hypocrisy, or imagine that the God of Israel was not able to preserve His own worshippers.

He could not bring his mind to lean on an arm of flesh in a matter so evidently of the Lord, and therefore the caravan set out with no visible protection, guarded by Him who is the sword and shield of His people. It is to be feared that few believers feel this holy jealousy for God; even those who in a measure walk by faith, occasionally mar the lustre of their life by craving aid from man.

It is a most blessed thing to have no props and no buttresses, but to stand upright on the Rock of Ages, upheld by the Lord alone. Would any believers seek state endowments for their Church, if they remembered that the Lord is dishonoured by their asking Caesar’s aid? as if the Lord could not supply the needs of His own cause! Should we run so hastily to friends and relations for assistance, if we remembered that the Lord is magnified by our implicit reliance upon His solitary arm?

My soul, wait thou only upon God. “But,” says one, “are not means to be used?” Assuredly they are; but our fault seldom lies in their neglect: far more frequently it springs out of foolishly believing in them instead of believing in God. Few run too far in neglecting the creature’s arm; but very many sin greatly in making too much of it. Learn, dear reader, to glorify the Lord by leaving means untried, if by using them thou wouldst dishonour the name of the Lord.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.23.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe.” 
~ Mark 9:23 ~

A certain man had a demoniac son, who was afflicted with a dumb spirit. The father, having seen the futility of the endeavours of the disciples to heal his child, had little or no faith in Christ, and therefore, when he was bidden to bring his son to Him, he said to Jesus, “If Thou cast do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” Now there was an “if” in the question, but the poor trembling father had put the “if” in the wrong place: Jesus Christ, therefore, without commanding him to retract the “if,” kindly puts it in its legitimate position. “Nay, verily,” He seemed to say, “there should be no ‘if’ about My power, nor concerning My willingness, the ‘if’ lies somewhere else.” “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

The man’s trust was strengthened, he offered a humble prayer for an increase of faith, and instantly Jesus spoke the word, and the devil was cast out, with an injunction never to return. There is a lesson here which we need to learn. We, like this man, often see that there is an “if” somewhere, but we are perpetually blundering by putting it in the wrong place. “If” Jesus can help me—“if” He can give me grace to overcome temptation—“if” He can give me pardon—“if” He can make me successful? Nay, “if” you can believe, He both can and will.

You have misplaced your “if.” If you can confidently trust, even as all things are possible to Christ, so shall all things be possible to you. Faith standeth in God’s power, and is robed in God’s majesty; it weareth the royal apparel, and rideth on the King’s horse, for it is the grace which the King delighteth to honour. Girding itself with the glorious might of the all-working Spirit, it becomes, in the omnipotence of God, mighty to do, to dare, and to suffer. All things, without limit, are possible to him that believeth. My soul, canst thou believe thy Lord to-night?

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#throwbackpoem: The Wonders Of Jesus

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Wonders Of Jesus ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, the first thing,
that’s stopping You . . .
is my lack of faith
in what You can do.

I know You can part seas,
walk on them too
and for me miracles
You also want to do.

Lord, the other thing,
that’s blocking You
is my lack of trust
to follow through.

I know You’ll give me,
the strength I need
as long as I let . . .
the Holy Spirit lead.

Lord, there is one thing,
imperative for me to do . . .
and that is to keep believing
in the wonders of You!

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Acts 4:30

By stretching forth thine hand to heal;
and that signs and wonders may be done
by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

Psalm 77:14

Thou art the God that doest wonders:
thou hast declared thy strength
among the people.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 09.23.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Deliverance from Dust and Chaff

“For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all sections, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”
~ Amos 9:9 ~

The sifting process is going on still. Wherever we go, we are still being winnowed and sifted. In all countries God’s people are being tried “like as corn is sifted in a sieve.” Sometimes the devil holds the sieve and tosses us up and down at a great rate, with the earnest desire to get rid of us forever. Unbelief is not slow to agitate our heart and mind with its restless fears. The world lends a willing hand at the same process and shakes us to the right and to the left with great vigor. Worst of all, the church, so largely apostate as it is, comes in to give a more furious force to the sifting process.

Well, well! Let it go on. Thus is the chaff severed from the wheat. Thus is the wheat delivered from dust and chaff. And how great is the mercy which comes to us in the text, “Yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth”! All shall be preserved that is good, true, gracious. Not one of the least of believers lose anything worth calling a loss. We shall be so kept in the sifting that it shall be a real gain to us through Christ Jesus.

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