Today’s Poem: Shine His Light

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Shine His Light ~

By Deborah Ann

In a world full of darkness,
shine His light . . .
in these times of uncertainty
be His light.

In the lives of those lost,
radiate the Light . . .
in the souls that are dying
expose the Light.

In the hearts that are hurting,
exude the Light . . .
in the minds that are unraveling
refract the Light.

In those who are unsure,
transmit the Light . . .
in the one who is wandering
broadcast the Light.

In a world that is perverse,
shine His light . . .
in an earth that is corrupt
be His light!

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Philippians 2:15

”That ye may be blameless
and harmless, the sons of God,
without rebuke, in the midst of a
crooked and perverse nation,
among whom ye shine
as lights in the world;”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.07.21

Psalm 18:30

As for God, his way is perfect:
the word of the Lord is tried:
he is a buckler to all those that
trust in him.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.07.21

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Brethren, pray for us.”
~1 Thessalonians 5:25 ~

This one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader’s memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly implore every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us. Brethren, our work is Solemnly momentous, involving weal or woe to thousands; we treat with souls for God on eternal business, and our word is either a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death.

A very heavy responsibility rests upon us, and it will be no small mercy if at the last we be found clear of the blood of all men. As officers in Christ’s army, we are the especial mark of the enmity of men and devils; they watch for our halting, and labour to take us by the heels. Our sacred calling involves us in temptations from which you are exempt, above all it too often draws us away from our personal enjoyment of truth into a ministerial and official consideration of it. We meet with many knotty cases, and our wits are at a non plus; we observe very sad backslidings, and our hearts are wounded; we see millions perishing, and our spirits sink. We wish to profit you by our preaching; we desire to be blest to your children; we long to be useful both to saints and sinners; therefore, dear friends, intercede for us with our God.

Miserable men are we if we miss the aid of your prayers, but happy are we if we live in your supplications. You do not look to us but to our Master for spiritual blessings, and yet how many times has He given those blessings through His ministers; ask then, again and again, that we may be the earthen vessels into which the Lord may put the treasure of the gospel. We, the whole company of missionaries, ministers, city missionaries, and students, do in the name of Jesus beseech you . . .

“BRETHREN, PRAY FOR US.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.06.21

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“How many are mine iniquities and sins?”
~
Job 13:23 ~

Have you ever really weighed and considered how great the sin of God’s people is? Think how heinous is your own transgression, and you will find that not only does a sin here and there tower up like an alp, but that your iniquities are heaped upon each other, as in the old fable of the giants who piled Pelian upon Ossa, mountain upon mountain. What an aggregate of sin there is in the life of one of the most sanctified of God’s children! Attempt to multiply this, the sin of one only, by the multitude of the redeemed, “a number which no man can number,” and you will have some conception of the great mass of the guilt of the people for whom Jesus shed His blood.

But we arrive at a more adequate idea of the magnitude of sin by the greatness of the remedy provided. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only and well-beloved Son. God’s Son! Angels cast their crowns before Him! All the choral symphonies of heaven surround His glorious throne. “God over all, blessed for ever. Amen.” And yet He takes upon Himself the form of a servant, and is scourged and pierced, bruised and torn, and at last slain; since nothing but the blood of the incarnate Son of God could make atonement for our offences. No human mind can adequately estimate the infinite value of the divine sacrifice, for great as is the sin of God’s people, the atonement which takes it away is immeasurably greater.

Therefore, the believer, even when sin rolls like a black flood, and the remembrance of the past is bitter, can yet stand before the blazing throne of the great and holy God, and cry, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea rather, that hath risen again.” While the recollection of his sin fills him with shame and sorrow, he at the same time makes it a foil to show the brightness of mercy—guilt is the dark night in which the fair star of divine love shines with serene splendour.

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#throwbackpoem: The Evidence Of Charity

to GOD be the GLORY

The Evidence Of Charity ~

By Deborah Ann

Justified by faith,
the good works we do
when Jesus we follow
the Gospel of You.

From works of the law,
we are no longer bound
now that our salvation
in You we have found.

Justified by faith,
to produce good fruit
when in You, Lord
they grow and take root.

Then kindness will be,
out of our hearts flowing
as acts of mercy
we continue showing.

Justified by faith,
the evidence of . . .
good works of charity
because Jesus we love!

~~~~~~~~

James 2:14

What doth it profit, my brethren,
though a man say he hath faith,
and have not works?
can faith save him?

King James Version
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Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.06.21

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


His Love; His Gift; His Son

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
~ John 3:16 ~

Of all the stars in the sky, the polestar is the most useful to the mariner. This text is a polestar, for it has guided more souls to salvation than any other Scripture. It is among promises what the Great Bear is among constellations.

Several words in it shine with peculiar brilliance. Here we have God’s love with a “so” to it, which marks its measureless greatness. Then we have God’s gift in all its freeness and greatness. This also is God’s Son, that unique and priceless gift of a love which could never fully show itself till heaven’s Only-begotten had been sent to live and die for men. These three points are full of light.

Then there is the simple requirement of believing, which graciously points to a way of salvation suitable for guilty men. This is backed by a wide description—”whosoever believeth in him.” Many have found room in “whosoever” who would have felt themselves shut out by a narrower word. Then comes the great promise, that believers in Jesus shall not perish but have everlasting life. This is cheering to every man who feels that he is ready to perish and that he cannot save himself. We believe in the Lord Jesus, and we have eternal life.

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Today’s Poem: Now That I am Alive

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Now That I am Alive ~

By Deborah Ann

Now that I am alive,
I no longer conform . . .
to the ways of the world
nor to it’s social norms.

For with Christ living in me,
I now have a new life
releasing me from the issues
once causing me strife.

Now that I am dead,
to sin and transgressing
I can see how eternal hope
was once absent and missing.

For now that I am awake,
sober, alert and aware
with the world and its ideals
I’ve no longer a love affair.

Now that I am alive,
with the world behind me
I long for the day . . .
when with Jesus I’ll be!

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1 Corinthians 15:22

For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall
all be made alive.

Ephesians 2:3-5

Among whom also we all had
our conversation in times past
in the lusts of our flesh,
fulfilling the desires of the flesh
and of the mind; and were by
nature the children of wrath,
even as others.

But God, who is rich in mercy,
for his great love wherewith
he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;)

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.06.21

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth
shall pass away,
but my words shall
not pass away.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.06.21

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
~
Proverbs 1:33 ~

Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it I shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, He punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while He did this, He took care that His own chosen ones should be secure.

If all other brooks are dry, yet shall there be one reserved for Elijah; and when that fails, God shall still preserve for him a place of sustenance; nay, not only so, the Lord had not simply one “Elijah,” but He had a remnant according to the election of grace, who were hidden by fifties in a cave, and though the whole land was subject to famine, yet these fifties in the cave were fed, and fed from Ahab’s table too by His faithful, God-fearing steward, Obadiah. Let us from this draw the inference, that come what may, God’s people are safe. Let convulsions shake the solid earth, let the skies themselves be rent in twain, yet amid the wreck of worlds the believer shall be as secure as in the calmest hour of rest.

If God cannot save His people under heaven, He will save them in heaven. If the world becomes too hot to hold them, then heaven shall be the place of their reception and their safety. Be ye then confident, when ye hear of wars, and rumours of wars. Let no agitation distress you, but be quiet from fear of evil. Whatsoever cometh upon the earth, you, beneath the broad wings of Jehovah, shall be secure. Stay yourself upon His promise; rest in His faithfulness, and bid defiance to the blackest future, for there is nothing in it direful for you. Your sole concern should be to show forth to the world the blessedness of hearkening to the voice of wisdom.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.05.21

Monday, July 05, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”
~
Isaiah 26:4 ~

Seeing that we have such a God to trust to, let us rest upon Him with all our weight; let us resolutely drive out all unbelief, and endeavour to get rid of doubts and fears, which so much mar our comfort; since there is no excuse for fear where God is the foundation of our trust. A loving parent would be sorely grieved if his child could not trust him; and how ungenerous, how unkind is our conduct when we put so little confidence in our heavenly Father who has never failed us, and who never will.

It were well if doubting were banished from the household of God; but it is to be feared that old Unbelief is as nimble nowadays as when the psalmist asked, “Is His mercy clean gone for ever? Will He be favourable no more?” David had not made any very lengthy trial of the mighty sword of the giant Goliath, and yet he said, “There is none like it.” He had tried it once in the hour of his youthful victory, and it had proved itself to be of the right metal, and therefore he praised it ever afterwards; even so should we speak well of our God, there is none like unto Him in the heaven above or the earth beneath; “To whom then will ye liken Me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.”

There is no rock like unto the rock of Jacob, our enemies themselves being judges. So far from suffering doubts to live in our hearts, we will take the whole detestable crew, as Elijah did the prophets of Baal, and slay them over the brook; and for a stream to kill them at, we will select the sacred torrent which wells forth from our Saviour’s wounded side. We have been in many trials, but we have never yet been cast where we could not find in our God all that we needed. Let us then be encouraged to trust in the Lord for ever, assured that His ever lasting strength will be, as it has been, our succour and stay.

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#throwbackpoem: Rise Up Again

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Rise Up Again ~

By Deborah Ann

We all take misguided steps,
causing us to stumble . . .
we all take a nose dive
when into sin we tumble.

But, we who have faith,
can rise up again . . .
for we know we need
from all evil to abstain.

We all say things we shouldn’t,
causing an avalanche . . .
of words we don’t mean
in the heat of circumstance.

But, we who have the Holy Spirit,
can tame our tongues
by letting Him take control
of our words before they come.

We all stumble at times,
we all use words carelessly
but, we who love God . . .
pray not to do so fervently!

~~~~~~~~

Psalm 20:8

They are brought down
and fallen: but we are
risen, and stand upright.

James 3:5

Even so the tongue is a little member,
and boasteth great things. Behold,
how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.05.21

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, July 05, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Complete Deliverance

“But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.”
~
Jeremiah 39:17 ~

When the Lord’s faithful ones are suffering for Him, they shall have sweet messages of love from Himself, and sometimes they shall have glad tidings for those who sympathize with them and help them. Ebed-melech was only a despised Ethiopian, but he was kind to Jeremiah, and so the Lord sent him this special promise by the mouth of His prophet. Let us be ever mindful of God’s persecuted servants, and He will reward us.

Ebed-melech was to be delivered from the men whose vengeance he feared. He was a humble… man, but Jehovah would take care of him. Thousands were slain by the Chaldeans, but [he] could not be hurt. We, too, may be fearful of some great ones who are bitter against us; but if we have been faithful to the Lord’s cause in the hour of persecution, He will be faithful to us.

After all, what can a man do without the Lord’s permission? He puts a bit into the mouth of rage and a bridle upon the head of power. Let us fear the Lord, and we shall have no one else to fear. No cup of cold water given to a despised prophet of God shall be without its reward; and if we stand up for Jesus, Jesus will stand up for us.

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Today’s Poem: My Soul Aches

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Soul Aches ~

By Deborah Ann

My soul aches,
to be compliant
it longs to be
on God reliant.

For I am in awe,
of His holiness
making me aware
of my lowliness.

My heart yearns to be,
onto God cleaving
so I may serve Him
through righteous living.

For to be obedient,
I need to walk
the voice I hear
when to me He talks.

My souls pines,
to keep God’s commands
my heart strives . . .
to do what He demands!

~~~~~~~~

Deuteronomy 13:4

Ye shall walk after
the Lord your God,
and fear him, and keep
his commandments,
and obey his voice,
and ye shall serve him,
and cleave unto him.

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.05.21

Isaiah 12:4

And in that day shall ye say,
Praise the Lord, call upon his
name, declare his doings among
the people, make mention
that his name is exalted.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.05.21

Monday, July 05, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Called to be saints.”
~ Romans 1:7 ~

We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were “saints” in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are “saints” whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject to the same weaknesses and temptations as ourselves. Yet in so doing we are forgetful of this truth, that the nearer a man lives to God the more intensely has he to mourn over his own evil heart; and the more his Master honours him in His service, the more also doth the evil of the flesh vex and tease him day by day.

The fact is, if we had seen the apostle Paul, we should have thought him remarkably like the rest of the chosen family: and if we had talked with him, we should have said, “We find that his experience and ours are much the same. He is more faithful, more holy, and more deeply taught than we are, but he has the selfsame trials to endure. Nay, in some respects he is more sorely tried than ourselves.” Do not, then, look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from infirmities or sins; and do not regard them with that mystic reverence which will almost make us idolators. Their holiness is attainable even by us. We are “called to be saints” by that same voice which constrained them to their high vocation.

It is a Christian’s duty to force his way into the inner circle of saintship; and if these saints were superior to us in their attainments, as they certainly were, let us follow them; let us emulate their ardour and holiness. We have the same light that they had, the same grace is accessible to us, and why should we rest satisfied until we have equalled them in heavenly character? They lived with Jesus, they lived for Jesus, therefore they grew like Jesus. Let us live by the same Spirit as they did, “looking unto Jesus,” and our saintship will soon be apparent.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.04.21

Sunday, July 4, 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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Today’s Poem: My Heart Grieves

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Heart Grieves ~

By Deborah Ann

My Heart Grieves ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

My heart grieves,
as this nation falls
for it no longer heeds
God’s righteous calls.

It has all but turned,
away from His grace
our leaders no longer
seek His divine face.

Man has succeeded,
to remove God’s laws
I grieve for a nation
now in Satan’s claws.

We’ve come a long way,
in a very short span . . .
went from in God we trust
to ~ we don’t give a damn.

My heart grieves,
for this country’s fallen soul
but, I know God still . . .
can heal and make it whole!

~~~~~~~~~

2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.04.21

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The Word, Necessary Food

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
~ Matthew 4:4 ~

If God so willed it we could live without bread, even as Jesus did for forty days; but we could not live without His Word. By that Word we were created, and by it alone can we be kept in being, for he sustaineth all things by the Word of His power. Bread is a second cause; the Lord Himself is the first source of our sustenance.

He can work without the second cause as well as with it; and we must not tie Him down to one mode of operation. Let us not be too eager after the visible, but let us look to the invisible God. We have heard believers say that in deep poverty, when bread ran short, their appetites became short, too; and to others, when common supplies failed, the Lord has sent in unexpected help.

But we must have the Word of the Lord. With this alone we can withstand the devil. Take this from us, and our enemy will have us in his power, for we shall soon faint. Our souls need food, and there is none for them outside of the Word of the Lord. All the books and all the preachers in the world cannot furnish us a single meal: it is only the Word from the mouth of God that can fill the mouth of a believer. Lord, evermore give us this bread. We prize it above royal dainties.

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Today’s Poem: If Only We Would

to GOD be the GLORY

~ If Only We Would ~

By Deborah Ann

If we the people of
the good old USA
would only be humble
before God and pray . . .

Then He would forgive us,
of our rebellion and sin
and bless once more
these States we live in.

If all we the people,
were to seek His face
confessing and repenting
of our sinful disgrace.

Then God would heal,
our divided land
and United under Him
we would again stand.

If we the people,
would pledge our trust
and see that God’s laws
are fair and just.

Then God would,
give us a new start
and restore to Him
our Nation’s heart.

If we the people,
of the USA
would only be humble
and to God pray . . .

~~~~~~~~

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called
by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from
their wicked ways; then will
I hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin, and will
heal their land.

King James Bible
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to God be the Glory ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.04.21

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Psalm 33:12

Blessed is the nation
whose God is the Lord;
and the people whom
he hath chosen for his
own inheritance.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.04.21

Sunday, July 04, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Sanctify them through Thy truth.”
~ John 17:17 ~

Sanctification begins in regeneration. The Spirit of God infuses into man that new living principle by which he becomes “a new creature” in Christ Jesus. This work, which begins in the new birth, is carried on in two ways—mortification, whereby the lusts of the flesh are subdued and kept under; and vivification, by which the life which God has put within us is made to be a well of water springing up unto everlasting life. This is carried on every day in what is called “perseverance,” by which the Christian is preserved and continued in a gracious state, and is made to abound in good works unto the praise and glory of God; and it culminates or comes to perfection, in “glory,” when the soul, being thoroughly purged, is caught up to dwell with holy beings at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

But while the Spirit of God is thus the author of sanctification, yet there is a visible agency employed which must not be forgotten. “Sanctify them,” said Jesus, “through thy truth: thy word is truth.” The passages of Scripture which prove that the instrument of our sanctification is the Word of God are very many. The Spirit of God brings to our minds the precepts and doctrines of truth, and applies them with power. These are heard in the ear, and being received in the heart, they work in us to will and to do of God’s good pleasure. The truth is the sanctifier, and if we do not hear or read the truth, we shall not grow in sanctification. We only progress in sound living as we progress in sound understanding.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Do not say of any error, “It is a mere matter of opinion.” No man indulges an error of judgment, without sooner or later tolerating an error in practice. Hold fast the truth, for by so holding the truth shall you be sanctified by the Spirit of God.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.03.21

Saturday, July 03, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.”
~
2 Timothy 2:12 ~

We must not imagine that we are suffering for Christ, and with Christ, if we are not in Christ. Beloved friend, are you trusting to Jesus only? If not, whatever you may have to mourn over on earth, you are not “suffering with Christ,” land have no hope of reigning with Him in heaven. Neither are we to conclude that all a Christian’s sufferings are sufferings with Christ, for it is essential that he be called by God to suffer. If we are rash and imprudent, and run into positions for which neither providence nor grace has fitted us, we ought to question whether we are not rather sinning than communing with Jesus.

If we let passion take the place of judgment, and self-will reign instead of Scriptural authority, we shall fight the Lord’s battles with the devil’s weapons, and if we cut our own fingers we must not be surprised. Again, in troubles which come upon us as the result of sin, we must not dream that we are suffering with Christ. When Miriam spoke evil of Moses, and the leprosy polluted her, she was not suffering for God. Moreover, suffering which God accepts must have God’s glory as its end. If I suffer that I may earn a name, or win applause, I shall get no other reward than that of the Pharisee. It is requisite also that love to Jesus, and love to His elect, be ever the mainspring of all our patience.

We must manifest the Spirit of Christ in meekness, gentleness, and forgiveness. Let us search and see if we truly suffer with Jesus. And if we do thus suffer, what is our “light affliction” compared with reigning with Him? Oh it is so blessed to be in the furnace with Christ, and such an honour to stand in the pillory with Him, that if there were no future reward, we might count ourselves happy in present honour; but when the recompense is so eternal, so infinitely more than we had any right to expect, shall we not take up the cross with alacrity, and go on our way rejoicing?

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#throwbackpoem: Say No To Negative Thoughts

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Say No To Negative Thoughts ~

By Deborah Ann

Negative thoughts,
have no real place
in hearts and minds
flowing with grace.

For they will plug up,
and stop the flow
making being sober
harder for you to know.

Negative thoughts,
play with the mind
until a sound one
you no longer find.

For they’ll pull you down,
take complete control
and suck all the hope
right out of your soul.

To negative thoughts,
just say no . . . .
so the grace of God
can continue to flow!

~~~~~~~~

1 Peter 1:13

Wherefore gird up the loins
of your mind, be sober, and
hope to the end for the grace
that is to be brought unto
you at the revelation of
Jesus Christ;

King James Version
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Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.03.21

Saturday, July 03, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


A Guide All the Way

“He will be my guide even unto death.”
~ Psalm 48:14 ~

We need a guide. Sometimes we would give all that we have to be told exactly what to do and where to turn. We are willing to do right, but we do not know which one of two roads we are to follow. Oh, for a guide!

The Lord our God condescends to serve us as guide. He knows the way and will pilot us along it till we reach our journey’s end in peace. Surely we do not desire more infallible direction. Let us place ourselves absolutely under His guidance, and we shall never miss our way. Let us make Him our God, and we shall find Him our guide. If we follow His law we shall not miss the right road of life, provided we first learn to lean upon Him in every step that we take.

Our comfort is that as He is our God forever and ever, He will never cease to be with us as our guide. “Even unto death” will He lead us, and then we shall dwell with Him eternally and go no more out forever. This promise of divine guidance involves lifelong security: salvation at once, guidance unto our last hour, and then endless blessedness. Should not each one seek this in youth, rejoice in it in middle life, and repose in it in old age? This day let us look up for guidance before we trust ourselves out-of-doors.

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Today’s Poem: Child Of The Day

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Child Of The Day ~

By Deborah Ann

Child of the day,
children of the Light
put our trust in God
with all of our might.

Warriors on this earth,
fighting off evilness
pledge never to return
to our former wretchedness

Holy and righteous are we,
holding on to the Life
even though it causes us
worldly grief and strife.

Awake, sober and alert,
to the powers of darkness
son’s and daughter’s of God
full of awe and awareness.

Child of the Light,
children of the day
put all of our faith in . . .
the Truth, Life and Way!

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Thessalonians 5:4-5

But ye, brethren, are not
in darkness, that that day
should overtake you as a thief.

Ye are all the children of light,
and the children of the day:
we are not of the night,
nor of darkness.

Therefore let us not sleep,
as do others; but let us
watch and be sober.

King James Version
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Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Today’s Bible Verse 07.03.21

Proverbs 14:34

Righteousness exalteth
a nation: but sin is a
reproach to any people.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.03.21

Saturday, July 03, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The ill favoured and lean fleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine.”
~ Genesis 41:4 ~

Pharaoh’s dream has too often been my waking experience. My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enthusiasm; and my fits of worldliness have thrown me back from my advances in the divine life. I had need to beware of lean prayers, lean praises, lean duties, and lean experiences, for these will eat up the fat of my comfort and peace. If I neglect prayer for never so short a time, I lose all the spirituality to which I had attained; if I draw no fresh supplies from heaven, the old corn in my granary is soon consumed by the famine which rages in my soul.

When the caterpillars of indifference, the cankerworms of worldliness, and the palmerworms of self-indulgence, lay my heart completely desolate, and make my soul to languish, all my former fruitfulness and growth in grace avails me nothing whatever. How anxious should I be to have no lean-fleshed days, no ill-favoured hours! If every day I journeyed towards the goal of my desires I should soon reach it, but backsliding leaves me still far off from the prize of my high calling, and robs me of the advances which I had so laboriously made. The only way in which all my days can be as the “fat kine,” is to feed them in the right meadow, to spend them with the Lord, in His service, in His company, in His fear, and in His way.

Why should not every year be richer than the past, in love, and usefulness, and joy?—I am nearer the celestial hills, I have had more experience of my Lord, and should be more like Him. O Lord, keep far from me the curse of leanness of soul; let me not have to cry, “My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!” but may I be well-fed and nourished in Thy house, that I may praise Thy name.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.02.21

Friday, July 02, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Unto Thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if Thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
~ Psalm 28:1 ~

A cry is the natural expression of sorrow, and a suitable utterance when all other modes of appeal fail us; but the cry must be alone directed to the Lord, for to cry to man is to waste our entreaties upon the air. When we consider the readiness of the Lord to hear, and His ability to aid, we shall see good reason for directing all our appeals at once to the God of our salvation. It will be in vain to call to the rocks in the day of judgment, but our Rock attends to our cries.

“Be not silent to me.” Mere formalists may be content without answers to their prayers, but genuine suppliants cannot; they are not satisfied with the results of prayer itself in calming the mind and subduing the will—they must go further, and obtain actual replies from heaven, or they cannot rest; and those replies they long to receive at once, they dread even a little of God’s silence. God’s voice is often so terrible that it shakes the wilderness; but His silence is equally full of awe to an eager suppliant. When God seems to close His ear, we must not therefore close our mouths, but rather cry with more earnestness; for when our note grows shrill with eagerness and grief, He will not long deny us a hearing.

What a dreadful case should we be in if the Lord should become for ever silent to our prayers? “Lest, if Thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.” Deprived of the God who answers prayer, we should be in a more pitiable plight than the dead in the grave, and should soon sink to the same level as the lost in hell. We must have answers to prayer: ours is an urgent case of dire necessity; surely the Lord will speak peace to our agitated minds, for He never can find it in His heart to permit His own elect to perish.

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#throwbackpoem: The Meaning To Life

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Meaning To Life ~

By Deborah Ann

Life has more meaning,
when in God you believe
it is more enjoyable . . .
when Jesus you receive.

It is more peaceful,
when others you forgive
it is more compatible
when love is what you give.

Life has more to offer,
when God you daily seek
it is more agreeable
when humble and meek.

It is more pleasant,
when you’re being kind
it is more courteous
when peace fills your mind.

Life is just plain better,
when in God you trust
it is just simply easier . . .
when Jesus lives in us!

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2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature: old things
are passed away; behold,
all things are become new.

King James Version
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Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 07.02.21

Friday, July 02, 2021

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Refreshing Sleep

So he giveth his beloved sleep.
~ Psalm 127:2 ~

Ours is not a life of anxious care but of happy faith. Our heavenly Father will supply the wants of His own children, and He knoweth what we have need of before we ask Him. We may therefore go to our beds at the proper hour and not wear ourselves out by sitting up late to plot, and plan, and contrive. If we have learned to rely upon our God, we shall not lie awake with fear gnawing at our hearts; but we shall leave our care with the Lord, our meditation of Him shall be sweet, and He will give us refreshing sleep.

To be the Lord’s beloved is the highest possible honor, and he who has it may feel that ambition itself could desire no more, and therefore every selfish wish may go to sleep. What more is there even in heaven than the love of God? Rest, then, O soul, for thou hast all things. Yet we toss to and fro unless the Lord Himself gives us not only the reasons for rest but rest itself. Yea, He doth this. Jesus Himself is our peace, our rest, our all, On His bosom we sleep in perfect security, both in life and in death.

Sprinkled afresh with pardoning blood,
I lay me down to rest
As in the embraces of my God,
Or on my Saviour’s breast.

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Today’s Poem: Examine My Heart Lord

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Examine My Heart Lord ~

By Deborah Ann

Lord, search my heart,
from the inside out
tell me where You find
places of fear and doubt.

See if You see in me,
any remaining skepticism
put into my heart
by religious dogmatism.

Lord, pull in the reins,
of my heart today
harness them to follow
Your righteous ways.

Yank hard if You must,
so closer to You I’ll turn
jerk ’em if You have to
so in hell I’ll not burn.

Lord, check the fruit,
for You, I am bearing
if any be rotting . . .
be quick with Your paring.

Make sure all my doings,
are being done for You
oh, Lord examine my heart
till for You it proves true!

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Jeremiah 17:10

I the Lord search the heart,
I try the reins, even to give
every man according to his ways,
and according to the fruit
of his doings.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 7.2.21

Jeremiah 17:9-10

The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked: who can know it?
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins,
even to give every man according to his ways,
and according to the fruit of his doings.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.02.21

Friday, July 02, 2021

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Our heart shall rejoice in Him.”
~
Psalm 33:21 ~

Blessed is the fact that Christians can rejoice even in the deepest distress; although trouble may surround them, they still sing; and, like many birds, they sing best in their cages. The waves may roll over them, but their souls soon rise to the surface and see the light of God’s countenance; they have a buoyancy about them which keeps their head always above the water, and helps them to sing amid the tempest, “God is with me still.”

To whom shall the glory be given? Oh! to Jesus—it is all by Jesus. Trouble does not necessarily bring consolation with it to the believer, but the presence of the Son of God in the fiery furnace with him fills his heart with joy. He is sick and suffering, but Jesus visits him and makes his bed for him. He is dying, and the cold chilly waters of Jordan are gathering about him up to the neck, but Jesus puts His arms around him, and cries, “Fear not, beloved; to die is to be blessed; the waters of death have their fountain-head in heaven; they are not bitter, they are sweet as nectar, for they flow from the throne of God.”

As the departing saint wades through the stream, and the billows gather around him, and heart and flesh fail him, the same voice sounds in his ears, “Fear not; I am with thee; be not dismayed; I am thy God.” As he nears the borders of the infinite unknown, and is almost affrighted to enter the realm of shades, Jesus says, “Fear not, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Thus strengthened and consoled, the believer is not afraid to die; nay, he is even willing to depart, for since he has seen Jesus as the morning star, he longs to gaze upon Him as the sun in his strength. Truly, the presence of Jesus is all the heaven we desire.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 07.01.21

Thursday, July 01, 2021

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.”
~ Genesis 3:8 ~

My soul, now that the cool of the day has come, retire awhile and hearken to the voice of thy God. He is always ready to speak with thee when thou art prepared to hear. If there be any slowness to commune it is not on His part, but altogether on thine own, for He stands at the door and knocks, and if His people will but open He rejoices to enter. But in what state is my heart, which is my Lord’s garden? May I venture to hope that it is well trimmed and watered, and is bringing forth fruit fit for Him?

If not, He will have much to reprove, but still I pray Him to come unto me, for nothing can so certainly bring my heart into a right condition as the presence of the Sun of Righteousness, who brings healing in His wings. Come, therefore, O Lord, my God, my soul invites Thee earnestly, and waits for Thee eagerly. Come to me, O Jesus, my well-beloved, and plant fresh flowers in my garden, such as I see blooming in such perfection in Thy matchless character! Come, O my Father, who art the Husbandman, and deal with me in Thy tenderness and prudence! Come, O Holy Spirit, and bedew my whole nature, as the herbs are now moistened with the evening dews. O that God would speak to me. Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth!

O that He would walk with me; I am ready to give up my whole heart and mind to Him, and every other thought is hushed. I am only asking what He delights to give. I am sure that He will condescend to have fellowship with me, for He has given me His Holy Spirit to abide with me for ever. Sweet is the cool twilight, when every star seems like the eye of heaven, and the cool wind is as the breath of celestial love. My Father, my elder Brother, my sweet Comforter, speak now in lovingkindness, for Thou hast opened mine ear and I am not rebellious.

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#throwbackpoem: Denying Ourself

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Denying Ourselves ~

By Deborah Ann

If we are in Jesus,
to believe and trust
faith in ourselves
we’ll need to adjust.

For when we’re on Him,
completely reliant
then to our own means
we’ll be less dependent.

If we are in Jesus,
to completely obey
then our self-interests
we’ll need to put away.

For to take up the cross,
we must ourselves deny
then to our old ways
we’ll no longer comply.

If we are in Jesus,
to trust and to believe
then through His Spirit . . .
the new man we’ll receive!

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Matthew 16:24

Then said Jesus unto his
disciples, If any man will
come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross,
and follow me.

King James Version
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Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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