#throwbackpoem: Keeping Focused

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Keeping Focused ~

By Deborah Ann

focus ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborahann ~ used with permission IBible Verses


Keep me focused Lord,
when going through the fire
keep my eyes straight on You
so I’ll know Your heart’s desire.

Keep me focused Lord,
when I’m full of dread and fear
keep me looking heavenward
so You can draw me near.

Keep me focused Lord,
when the storm is raging on
keep my mind centered upward
so to Your will I can be drawn.

Keep me focused Lord,
when everything’s falling apart
keep my faith horizontally intact
so You’ll always be in my heart.

Keep me focused Lord,
no matter what I’m going through
help me not to focus on my worries
but, on the day I’ll be with you!

~~~~~~~~~

Proverbs 4:25

“Let thine eyes look right on
and let thine eyelids look
straight before thee.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 01.04.22

Micah 6:8

He hath shewed thee,
O man, what is good;
and what doth the Lord

require of thee,
but to do justly,
and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly
with thy God?

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.04.22

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
~ 2 Peter 3:18 ~

GROW in grace”—not in one grace only, but in all grace. Grow in that root-grace, faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fullness, constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love. Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility. Seek to lie very low, and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward—having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit enable you to “grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.”

He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To know Him is “life eternal,” and to advance in the knowledge of Him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet. Whoever hath sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ doth satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction, that the appetite is not cloyed, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus—as the hart panteth for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of His love. If you do not desire to know Him better, then you love Him not, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer.”

Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven. Rest not then content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of Him in His divine nature, in His human relationship, in His finished work, in His death, in His resurrection, in His present glorious intercession, and in His future royal advent. Abide hard by the Cross, and search the mystery of His wounds. An increase of love to Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of His love to us is one of the best tests of growth in grace.

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.03.22

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
~ Luke 3:4 ~

The voice crying in the wilderness demanded a way for the Lord, a way prepared, and a way prepared in the wilderness. I would be attentive to the Master’s proclamation, and give Him a road into my heart, cast up by gracious operations, through the desert of my nature. The four directions in the text must have my serious attention.

Every valley must be exalted. Low and grovelling thoughts of God must be given up; doubting and despairing must be removed; and self-seeking and carnal delights must be forsaken. Across these deep valleys a glorious causeway of grace must be raised.

Every mountain and hill shall be laid low. Proud creature-sufficiency, and boastful self-righteousness, must be levelled, to make a highway for the King of kings. Divine fellowship is never vouchsafed to haughty, highminded sinners. The Lord hath respect unto the lowly, and visits the contrite in heart, but the lofty are an abomination unto Him. My soul, beseech the Holy Spirit to set thee right in this respect.

The crooked shall be made straight. The wavering heart must have a straight path of decision for God and holiness marked out for it. Double-minded men are strangers to the God of truth. My soul, take heed that thou be in all things honest and true, as in the sight of the heart-searching God.

The rough places shall be made smooth. Stumbling-blocks of sin must be removed, and thorns and briers of rebellion must be uprooted. So great a visitor must not find miry ways and stony places when He comes to honour His favoured ones with His company. Oh that this evening the Lord may find in my heart a highway made ready by His grace, that He may make a triumphal progress through the utmost bounds of my soul, from the beginning of this year even to the end of it.

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#throwbackpoem: The Stepping Stones of Faith

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Stepping Stones of Faith ~

~ CHRISTian poetry by deborahann ~ teach-me-your-way-lord IBible Verses

The stepping-stones of faith,
we all need to get across . . .
but, first we must believe
Jesus died for us on the cross.

The steps following are easy,
if on Jesus we keep our eyes
for, He will be our Teacher . . .
the One who leads and guides.

The stepping-stones of faith,
will take us into deep water
but, if we believe in the Word
from the truth we’ll not falter.

Each stone is a step of trust,
for the meek and compliant
if we take them one by one
on God we’ll become reliant.

The stepping-stones of faith,
are right in front of us . . .
but, they’ll be stumbling blocks
if in God we don’t put our trust!

~~~~~~~~~~

1 Peter 2:8

“And a stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offence,
even to them which stumble
at the word, being disobedient:
whereunto also they were appointed.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 01.03.22

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Rest on a Promise

“The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it.”
~ Genesis 28:13 ~

No promise is of private interpretation: it belongs not to one saint but to all believers. If, my brother, thou canst in faith lie down upon a promise and take thy rest thereon, it is thine. Where Jacob “lighted” and tarried and rested, there he took possession. Stretching his weary length upon the ground, with the stones of that place for his pillows, he little fancied that he was thus entering into ownership of the land; yet so it was.

He saw in his dream that wondrous ladder which for all true believers unites earth and heaven, and surely where the foot of the ladder stood he must have a right to the soil, for otherwise he could not reach the divine stairway. All the promises of God are “Yea” and “Amen” in Christ Jesus, and as He is ours, every promise is ours if we will but lie down upon it in restful faith.

Come, weary one, use thy Lord’s words as thy pillows, Lie down in peace. Dream only of Him. Jesus is thy ladder of light. See the angels coming and going upon Him between thy soul and thy God, and be sure that the promise is thine own God-given portion and that it will not be robbery for thee to take it to thyself, as spoken specially to thee.

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Today’s Poem: The Anchor that Holds

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Anchor that Holds ~

The Anchor That Holds ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

When the winds of adversity,
throw you off course . . .
there’s an anchor that holds
no matter its force.

When the seas of calamity,
toss you all about . . .
there’s an anchor that holds
till the danger runs out.

When the storms of life,
catch you off guard . . .
there’s an anchor that holds
to make them less hard.

When the hazards of living,
come straight at you . . .
there’s an anchor that holds
till you pull your way through.

The only anchor that holds,
is strong, sturdy and sure
Jesus is that anchor . . .
keeping you safe and secure!

~~~~~~~~

Hebrews 6:19

“Which hope we have
as an anchor of the soul,
 both sure and stedfast;”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 01.03.22

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Titus 2:11-12

For the grace of God that bringeth
salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness
and worldly lusts, we should live soberly
, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.03.22

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“I will give thee for a covenant of the people.”
~ Isaiah 49:8 ~

JESUS Christ is Himself the sum and substance of the covenant, and as one of its gifts, He is the property of every believer. Believer, canst thou estimate what thou hast gotten in Christ? “In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Consider that word “God” and its infinity, and then meditate upon “perfect man” and all his beauty; for all that Christ, as God and man, ever had, or can have, is thine—out of pure free favour, passed over to thee to be thine entailed property forever.

Our blessed Jesus, as God, is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent. Will it not console you to know that all these great and glorious attributes are altogether yours? Has he power? That power is yours to support and strengthen you, to overcome your enemies, and to preserve you even to the end. Has He love?

Well, there is not a drop of love in His heart which is not yours; you may dive into the immense ocean of His love, and you may say of it all, “It is mine.” Hath He justice? It may seem a stern attribute, but even that is yours, for He will by His justice see to it that all which is promised to you in the covenant of grace shall be most certainly secured to you. And all that He has as perfect man is yours.

As a perfect man the Father’s delight was upon Him. He stood accepted by the Most High. O believer, God’s acceptance of Christ is thine acceptance; for knowest thou not that the love which the Father set on a perfect Christ, He sets on thee now? For all that Christ did is thine. That perfect righteousness which Jesus wrought out, when through His stainless life He kept the law and made it honourable, is thine, and is imputed to thee. Christ is in the covenant.

“My God, I am thine—what a comfort divine!
What a blessing to know that the Saviour is mine!
In the heavenly Lamb thrice happy I am,
And my heart it doth dance at the sound of His name.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.02.22

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Let the people renew their strength.”
~
Isaiah 41:1 ~

ALL things on earth need to be renewed. No created thing continueth by itself. “Thou renewest the face of the earth,” was the Psalmist’s utterance. Even the trees, which wear not themselves with care, nor shorten their lives with labour, must drink of the rain of heaven and suck from the hidden treasures of the soil. The cedars of Lebanon, which God has planted, only live because day by day they are full of sap fresh drawn from the earth.Neither can man’s life be sustained without renewal from God. As it is necessary to repair the waste of the body by the frequent meal, so we must repair the waste of the soul by feeding upon the Book of God, or by listening to the preached Word, or by the soul-fattening table of the ordinances.

How depressed are our graces when means are neglected! What poor starvelings some saints are who live without the diligent use of the Word of God and secret prayer! If our piety can live without God it is not of divine creating; it is but a dream; for if God had begotten it, it would wait upon Him as the flowers wait upon the dew. Without constant restoration we are not ready for the perpetual assaults of hell, or the stern afflictions of heaven, or even for the strifes within. When the whirlwind shall be loosed, woe to the tree that hath not sucked up fresh sap, and grasped the rock with many intertwisted roots.When tempests arise, woe to the mariners that have not strengthened their mast, nor cast their anchor, nor sought the haven.

If we suffer the good to grow weaker, the evil will surely gather strength and struggle desperately for the mastery over us; and so, mayhap, a painful desolation, and a lamentable disgrace may follow. Let us draw near to the footstool of divine mercy in humble entreaty, and we shall realize the fulfillment of the promise, “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”

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#throwbackpoem: Why I Trust God

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Why I Trust God ~

trustlord-CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

I trust in God therefore ~

I am . . .

Blessed
Joyful
Delivered
Preserved
Saved
Kept
Helped
Set Free
Made Safe
Covered with
His Feathers

I have . . .

Mercy
Salvation
Hope
Strength
A Rock
A Fortress
A High Tower
A Buckler
A Shield
A Refuge
A New Song
A set of
Eagle Wings

I shall . . .

Not Be Forsaken
Not Be Cofounded
Not Be Moved
Not Trust in Men
Not Be Ashamed
Not Be Afraid
Not Be Removed
Not Be Destitute
Not Be Desolate
Not Fear Flesh
Be Kept Under
His Wings

I will . . .

Trust With All My Heart
Be Delighted
Be Glad
Acknowledge Him
Do Good
Commit My Ways
Shout for Joy
Sing my Praises
Greatly Rejoice
Be Happy
Declare His Works
Know His Ways
Lift Up my Soul
Taste and See Goodness
Be an Olive Tree
Flourish as A Branch
Praise His Word
Pour Out my Heart
Be Kept in Perfect Peace
Abide in The Shadow
of His Wings

~~~~~~~~~~~

There are 70 verses in the Book of Psalm
that speak about what it means
to Trust In The Lord
(I added a few of my favorites from Proverbs and Isaiah)

In Whom Do you TRUST?

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 01.02.22

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Conquest to Victory

“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.”
~ Romans 16:20 ~

This promise follows well upon that of yesterday. We are evidently to be conformed to our covenant Head, not only in His being bruised in His heel but in His conquest of the evil one. Even under our feet is the old dragon to be bruised. The Roman believers were grieved with strife in the church; but their God was “the God of peace” and gave them rest of soul.

The archenemy tripped up the feet of the unwary and deceived the hearts of the simple; but he was to get the worst of it and to be trodden down by those whom he had troubled. This victory would not come to the people of God through their own skill or power; but God Himself would bruise Satan. Though it would be under their feet, yet the bruising would be of the Lord alone.

Let us bravely tread upon the tempter! Not only inferior spirits but the prince of darkness himself must go down before us. In unquestioning confidence in God let us look for speedy victory. “Shortly.” Happy word! Shortly we shall set our foot on the old serpent! What a joy to crush evil! What dishonor to Satan to have his head bruised by human feet! Let us by faith in Jesus tread the tempter down.

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Today’s Poem: Everlasting Peace

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Everlasting Peace ~

~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Peace - IBible Verses

We live in a pressurized world,
we’re always under stress
but, those who trust in the Lord
know how much they are blessed.

We’re hassled on every side,
pushed around and shoved
but, those who hope in Jesus
know how much they are loved.

We feel the weight of the world,
come crashing down on us
but, those who believe in Jesus
know in God they can always trust.

We’re full of fear and anxiety,
every time there’s bad news
but, those who have faith in Jesus
can know joy if they choose.

We live in a pressurized world,
our burdens never seem to cease
but, those who trust in the Lord
are filled with everlasting peace!

~~~~~~~~

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 01.02.22

Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number
our days, that we may

apply our hearts unto
wisdom.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.02.22

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Continue in prayer.”
~
Colossians 4:2 ~

IT is interesting to remark how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;” and just as we are about to close the volume, the “Amen” of an earnest supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling Jacob—there a Daniel who prayed three times a day—and a David who with all his heart called upon his God.

On the mountain we see Elias; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in His Word, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives.

If He has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it. So deep are our necessities, that until we are in heaven we must not cease to pray. Dost thou want nothing? Then, I fear thou dost not know thy poverty. Hast thou no mercy to ask of God? Then, may the Lord’s mercy show thee thy misery! A prayerless soul is a Christless soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honour of a Christian. If thou be a child of God, thou wilt seek thy Father’s face, and live in thy Father’s love.

Pray that this year thou mayst be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer communion with Christ, and enter oftener into the banqueting-house of His love. Pray that thou mayst be an example and a blessing unto others, and that thou mayst live more to the glory of thy Master. The motto for this year must be, “Continue in prayer.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.01.22

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“We will be glad and rejoice in Thee.”

~ Song of Solomon 1:4 ~

We will be glad and rejoice in Thee. We will not open the gates of the year to the dolorous notes of the sackbut, but to the sweet strains of the harp of joy, and the high sounding cymbals of gladness. “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise unto the rock of our salvation.” We, the called and faithful and chosen, we will drive away our griefs, and set up our banners of confidence in the name of God.

Let others lament over their troubles, we who have the sweetening tree to cast into Marah’s bitter pool, with joy will magnify the Lord. Eternal Spirit, our effectual Comforter, we who are the temples in which Thou dwellest, will never cease from adoring and blessing the name of Jesus. We WILL, we are resolved about it, Jesus must have the crown of our heart’s delight; we will not dishonour our Bridegroom by mourning in His presence. We are ordained to be the minstrels of the skies, let us rehearse our everlasting anthem before we sing it in the halls of the New Jerusalem. We will BE GLAD AND REJOICE: two words with one sense, double joy, blessedness upon blessedness. Need there be any limit to our rejoicing in the Lord even now?

Do not men of grace find their Lord to be camphire and spikenard, calamus and cinnamon even now, and what better fragrance have they in heaven itself? We will be glad and rejoice IN THEE. That last word is the meat in the dish, the kernel of the nut, the soul of the text. What heavens are laid up in Jesus! What rivers of infinite bliss have their source, ay, and every drop of their fulness in Him! Since, O sweet Lord Jesus, Thou art the present portion of Thy people, favour us this year with such a sense of Thy preciousness, that from its first to its last day we may be glad and rejoice in Thee. Let January open with joy in the Lord, and December close with gladness in Jesus.

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 01.01.22

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


The Bible’s First Promise

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
~ Genesis 3:15 ~

This is the first promise to fallen man. It contains the whole gospel and the essence of the covenant of grace. It has been in great measure fulfilled. The seed of the woman, even our Lord Jesus, was bruised in His heel, and a terrible bruising it was. How terrible will be the final bruising of the serpent’s head!

This was virtually done when Jesus took away sin, vanquished death, and broke the power of Satan; but it awaits a still fuller accomplishment at our Lord’s second advent and in the Day of Judgment. To us the promise stands as a prophecy that we shall be afflicted by the powers of evil in our lower nature, and thus bruised in our heel; but we shall triumph in Christ, who sets His foot on the old serpent’s head.

Throughout this year we may have to learn the first part of this promise by experience, through the temptations of the devil and the unkindness of the ungodly, who are his seed. They may so bruise us that we may limp with our sore heel; but let us grasp the second part of the text, and we shall not be dismayed. By faith let us rejoice that we shall still reign in Christ Jesus, the woman’s seed.

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Today’s Poem: Putting on CHRIST

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Putting on CHRIST ~

Putting on Christ ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~

I’m putting on Christ,
I’m  wearing the robe of love
wrapping it around me
till it fits like a glove.

I’m going to don an attitude,
of humility and meekness
I’m going to bind myself up
with gentleness and kindness.

I’m putting on Christ,
after righteousness I’ll thirst
I’m going to hunger after
putting God in my life first.

I’m going to turn away,
from  temptation and sin
I’m calling upon the power
He gives to me within.

I’m putting on Christ,
wrapping myself in His grace
for it’s the only way I know
to finish the faithful race!

~~~~~~~~~~~

Romans 13:14

“But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make not provision for the flesh,
to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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THROWBACKPOEM: My Steps Are Preset

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Steps Are Preset ~

By Deborah Ann

This year I’m stepping out,
letting my faith take me
to wherever God wants
or plans for me to be.

My steps He will order,
upon a firm foundation
so I will need to be ready
to fall into formation.

If I should stumble,
I know I will not fall
for God will uphold me
when on His name I call.

Onward I will go,
on the path God determines
for I know He has for me
some faith building excursions.

If I should lose my way,
I know I will not get lost
for God will encourage me
to keep my eyes on the cross.

This year I’m stepping out,
trusting the way God will direct
for I know my steps of faith . . .
He’s already planned and preset!

~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 37:23-24

“The steps of a good man
are ordered by the Lord:
and he delighteth in his way.

Though he fall, he shall not
be utterly cast down:
for the Lord upholdeth
him with his hand.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 01.01.22

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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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 01.01.22

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”
~ Joshua 5:12 ~

ISRAEL’S weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight.

To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be “for ever with the Lord.”

A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot, there is no reason why the New Year’s text should not still be true. “We who have believed do enter into rest.” The Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance; He gives us “glory begun below.” In heaven they are secure, and so are we preserve in Christ Jesus; there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories too.

Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this is not denied to us; they rest in His love, and we have perfect peace in Him: they hymn His praise, and it is our privilege to bless Him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. Man did eat angels’ food of old, and why not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.31.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”
~ Jeremiah 8:20 ~

Not saved! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight? Warned of the judgment to come, bidden to escape for your life, and yet at this moment not saved! You know the way of salvation, you read it in the Bible, you hear it from the pulpit, it is explained to you by friends, and yet you neglect it, and therefore you are not saved. You will be without excuse when the Lord shall judge the quick and dead. The Holy Spirit has given more or less of blessing upon the word which has been preached in your hearing, and times of refreshing have come from the divine presence, and yet you are without Christ.

All these hopeful seasons have come and gone—your summer and your harvest have past—and yet you are not saved. Years have followed one another into eternity, and your last year will soon be here: youth has gone, manhood is going, and yet you are not saved. Let me ask you—will you ever be saved? Is there any likelihood of it? Already the most propitious seasons have left you unsaved; will other occasions alter your condition? Means have failed with you—the best of means, used perseveringly and with the utmost affection—what more can be done for you?

Affliction and prosperity have alike failed to impress you; tears and prayers and sermons have been wasted on your barren heart. Are not the probabilities dead against your ever being saved? Is it not more than likely that you will abide as you are till death for ever bars the door of hope? Do you recoil from the supposition? Yet it is a most reasonable one: he who is not washed in so many waters will in all probability go filthy to his end. The convenient time never has come, why should it ever come? It is logical to fear that it never will arrive, and that Felix like, you will find no convenient season till you are in hell. O bethink you of what that hell is, and of the dread probability that you will soon be cast into it!

Reader, suppose you should die unsaved, your doom no words can picture. Write out your dread estate in tears and blood, talk of it with groans and gnashing of teeth: you will be punished with everlasting destruction from the glory of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. A brother’s voice would fain startle you into earnestness. O be wise, be wise in time, and ere another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to the uttermost. Consecrate these last hours to lonely thought, and if deep repentance be bred in you, it will be well; and if it lead to a humble faith in Jesus, it will be best of all. O see to it that this year pass not away, and you an unforgiven spirit. Let not the new year’s midnight peals sound upon a joyless spirit! Now, NOW, NOW believe, and live.

“ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE;
LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE,
NEITHER STAY THOU
IN ALL THE PLAIN;
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAIN,
LEST THOU BE CONSUMED.”

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#throwbackpoem: Faith Is

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Faith Is ~

The testing of Your faith used with permission Doorpost Verses

Faith is a mixture,
of sunshine and rain
of highs and lows
happiness and pain.

Faith is a blending,
of gladness and grief
of ups and downs
struggles and relief.

Faith is a infusion,
of blessings and hardships
of twists and turns
droughts and harvests.

Faith is a combination,
of hope and despair
of rises and falls
injury and repair.

Faith is a merging,
of mercy, grace and love
faith believes in all things
we can rise above!

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James 1:3

“Knowing this, that the trying
 of your faith worketh patience.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 12.31.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


No Stranger in Heaven

“Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”
~ Psalm 73:24 ~

From day to day and from year to year my faith believes in the wisdom and love of God, and I know that I shall not believe in vain. No good word of His has ever failed, and I am sure that none shall ever fall to the ground.

I put myself into His hand for guidance. I know not the way that I should choose: the Lord shall choose mine inheritance for me. I need counsel and advice; for my duties are intricate, and my condition is involved… The counsel of the infallible God I seek in preference to my own judgment or the advice of friends…

Soon the end will come: a few more years and I must depart out of this world unto the Father. My Lord will be near my bed. He will meet me at heaven’s gate: He will welcome me to the gloryland. I shall not be a stranger in heaven: my own God and Father will receive me to its endless bliss.

Glory be to Him who
Will guide me here,
And receive me hereafter. Amen.

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Today’s Poem: Under His Wings

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Under His Wings ~

Under His WIngs used with permission Doorpost Verses on Facebook

Under my Fathers’ wings,
I’m shielded from every storm
for, He gathers me close to Him
keeps me safe and warm.

My Father shelters me,
from everything that harms
He covers me with His feathers
wraps me in His loving arms.

I have full protection,
under the shadow of His wings
He is the buckler of my hope
no matter what life brings.

In Him, I have assurance,
I can rise above it all
for, He gives me my own wings
to soar above each squall.

Under my Fathers’ wings,
I’m eternally protected
my faith and trust in Him . . .
keeps the two of us connected!

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Psalm 91:4

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

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 12.31.21

Isaiah 43:16, 18-19

Thus saith the Lord,
which maketh a way
in the sea, and a path
in the mighty waters;

Remember ye not the
former things, neither
consider the things of o
ld.

Behold, I will do a new thing;
now it shall spring forth;
shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the
wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.31.21

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”
~ Joshua 5:1 ~

Israel’s weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine.

Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be “for ever with the Lord.”

A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot, there is no reason why the New Year’s text should not still be true. “We who have believed do enter into rest.” The Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance; He gives us “glory begun below.” In heaven they are secure, and so are we preserve in Christ Jesus; there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories too.

Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this is not denied to us; they rest in His love, and we have perfect peace in Him: they hymn His praise, and it is our privilege to bless Him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. Man did eat angels’ food of old, and why not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.30.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end?”
~ 2 Samuel 2:26 ~

O my reader! thou art merely a professor, and not a possessor of the faith that is in Christ Jesus, the following lines are a true ketch of thine end. You are a respectable attendant at a place of worship; you go because others go, not because your heart is right with God. This is your beginning. I will suppose that for the next twenty or thirty years you will be spared to go on as you do now, professing religion by an outward attendance upon the means of grace, but having no heart in the matter.

Tread softly, for I must show you the deathbed of such a one as yourself. Let us gaze upon him gently. A clammy sweat is on his brow, and he wakes up crying, “O God, it is hard to die. Did you send for my minister?” “Yes, he is coming.” The minister comes. “Sir, I fear that I am dying!” “Have you any hope?” “I cannot say that I have. I fear to stand before my God; oh! pray for me.” The prayer is offered for him with sincere earnestness, and the way of salvation is for the ten-thousandth time put before him, but before he has grasped the rope, I see him sink. I may put my finger upon those cold eyelids, for they will never see anything here again.

But where is the man, and where are the man’s true eyes? It is written, “In hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment.” Ah! why did he not lift up his eyes before? Because he was so accustomed to hear the gospel that his soul slept under it. Alas! if you should lift up your eyes there, how bitter will be your wailings. Let the Saviour’s own words reveal the woe: “Father Abraham, send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.” There is a frightful meaning in those words. May you never have to spell it out by the red light of Jehovah’s wrath!

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#throwbackpoem: Spiritual Sinkholes

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Spiritual Sinkholes ~

~ CHRISTian poetry by deborahann ~ Devil's Sinkhole Texas Park and Wildlife

Spiritual sinkholes,
lie just beneath the surface
when our faith corrodes . . .
we lose our godly purpose.

The erosion underneath,
causes our trust to collapse
then into worldly things . . .
we will begin to relapse.

Spiritual sinkholes,
any one of us could fall in
they will swallow us up . . .
until our hope caves within.

The gradual deterioration,
of faith’s true foundation
is the underlying reason . . .
we descend into temptation.

Spiritual sinkholes,
causes doubt and fear to flow
they’ll wear down our faith  . . .
until a void forms deep below!

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Psalm 143:7

“Hear me speedily,
O Lord: my spirit faileth:
hide not thy face from me,
lest I be like unto them
that go down into the pit.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 12.30.21

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Loved to Perfection

“Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.”
~
John 13:1 ~

This fact is essentially a promise; for what our Lord was He is, and what He was to those with whom He lived on earth, He will be to all His beloved so long as the moon endureth.

“Having loved”: here was the wonder! That He should ever have loved men at all is the marvel. What was there in His poor disciples that He should love them? What is there in me?

But when He has once begun to love, it is His nature to continue to do so. Love made the saints “his own”—what a choice title! He purchased them with blood, and they became His treasure. Being His own, He will not lose them. Being His beloved, He will not cease to love them. My soul, He will not cease to love thee!

The text is well as it stands: “to the end.” Even till His death the ruling passion of love to His own reigned in His sacred bosom. It means also to the uttermost. He could not love them more: He gave Himself for them. Some read it, to perfection. Truly He lavished upon them a perfect love, in which there was no flaw nor failure, no unwisdom, no unfaithfulness.

Such is the love of Jesus to each one of His people. Let us sing to our Well-beloved a song.

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Today’s Poem: The Valley

to GOD be the GLORY

~ The Valley ~

If God used with permission IBible Verses

Lord, You have me in this valley,
for reason that are unknown . . .
but, I know deep in my heart
I am not down here all alone.

For, I know You are with me,
every step of the way . . .
and I know deep in my soul
there will come a better day.

Lord, I don’t know how long,
in this valley I will be . . .
but, I am prepared to stay
as long as Your here with me.

For, You have always promised,
from me You would never leave
and I know deep in my spirit
these words I now must believe.

Lord, I thank You for this valley,
though it has me feeling low
but, I know I am down here . . .
so my faith in You can grow!

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2 Peter 3:18

“Grow in grace,
and in the knowledge of our

Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

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Today’s Bible Verse 12.30.21

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.

In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.30.21

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”
~ Ecclesiastes 7:8 ~

Look at David’s Lord and Master; see His beginning. He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Would you see the end? He sits at His Father’s right hand, expecting until His enemies be made his footstool. “As He is, so are we also in this world.”

You must bear the cross, or you shall never wear the crown; you must wade through the mire, or you shall never walk the golden pavement. Cheer up, then, poor Christian. “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” See that creeping worm, how contemptible its appearance! It is the beginning of a thing. Mark that insect with gorgeous wings, playing in the sunbeams, sipping at the flower bells, full of happiness and life; that is the end thereof. That caterpillar is yourself, until you are wrapped up in the chrysalis of death; but when Christ shall appear you shall be like Him, for you shall see Him as He is.

Be content to be like Him, a worm and no man, that like Him you may be satisfied when you wake up in His likeness. That rough-looking diamond is put upon the wheel of the lapidary. He cuts it on all sides. It loses much—much that seemed costly to itself. The king is crowned; the diadem is put upon the monarch’s head with trumpet’s joyful sound. A glittering ray flashes from that coronet, and it beams from that very diamond which was just now so sorely vexed by the lapidary. You may venture to compare yourself to such a diamond, for you are one of God’s people; and this is the time of the cutting process.

Let faith and patience have their perfect work, for in the day when the crown shall be set upon the head of the King, Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, one ray of glory shall stream from you. “They shall be Mine,” saith the Lord, “in the day when I make up My jewels.” “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”

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Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 12.29.21

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“What think ye of Christ?”
~
Matthew 22:42 ~

The great test of your soul’s health is, What think you of Christ? Is He to you “fairer than the children of men”—”the chief among ten thousand”—the “altogether lovely”? Wherever Christ is thus esteemed, all the faculties of the spiritual man exercise themselves with energy.

I will judge of your piety by this barometer: does Christ stand high or low with you? If you have thought little of Christ, if you have been content to live without His presence, if you have cared little for His honour, if you have been neglectful of His laws, then I know that your soul is sick—God grant that it may not be sick unto death! But if the first thought of your spirit has been, How can I honour Jesus?

If the daily desire of your soul has been, “O that I knew where I might find Him!” I tell you that you may have a thousand infirmities, and even scarcely know whether you are a child of God at all, and yet I am persuaded, beyond a doubt, that you are safe, since Jesus is great in your esteem. I care not for thy rags, what thinkest thou of His royal apparel? I care not for thy wounds, though they bleed in torrents, what thinkest thou of His wounds? are they like glittering rubies in thine esteem?

I think none the less of thee, though thou liest like Lazarus on the dunghill, and the dogs do lick thee—I judge thee not by thy poverty: what thinkest thou of the King in His beauty? Has He a glorious high throne in thy heart? Wouldst thou set Him higher if thou couldst? Wouldst thou be willing to die if thou couldst but add another trumpet to the strain which proclaims His praise? Ah! then it is well with thee. Whatever thou mayst think of thyself, if Christ be great to thee, thou shalt be with Him ere long.

“Though all the world my choice deride,
Yet Jesus shall my portion be;
For I am pleased with none beside,
The fairest of the fair is He”

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#throwbackpoem: My Heart is Fixed

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Heart is Fixed ~

~ CHRISTian poetry by deborahann ~ Open The Eyes of My Heart - IBible Verses

My heart is fixed Lord,
in trusting You . . .
for all that I am now
and will go through.

It is in You I believe,
it is in You I trust
be it on the hilltop
or in the desert dust.

My mind is fixed Lord,
in believing You . . .
for all I have now
and for all You’ll do.

It is in You I rely on,
it’s to You I give my life
be it clear sunny skies
or on the seas of strife.

My soul is fixed, Lord,
in following You . . .
for in You I’m grounded
Your Word I’m rooted to.

It is in You I’m secure,
it’s on You I depend . . .
be it green pastures
or mountains to descend!

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Psalm 112:7

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings:
his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

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