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Will Worrying Make Matters Any Better?

December 4th 2019

Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

So it is useless to worry!

A short person cannot, by any amount of anxiety, make himself an inch taller.

Why, therefore, should he waste his energy and fret his life away in wishing he were taller?

One worries because he is too short another because he is too tall...

One because he too lean another because he is too fat...

One because he has a lame foot another because he has a mole on his face.

No amount of fretting will change any of these things!

People worry, too, over their circumstances.

They are poor, and have to work hard.

They have troubles, losses, and disappointments which come through causes entirely beyond their own control.

They find difficulties in their environment which they cannot surmount.

There are hard conditions in their lot which they cannot change.

Now why should they worry about these things?

Will worrying make matters any better?

Will discontentment cure the blind eye, or remove the ugly mole, or give health to the infirm body?

Will chafing make the hard work, lighter; or the burdens, easier; or the troubles, fewer?

Will anxiety keep the winter away, or keep the storm from rising, or put coal in the cellar, or put bread in the pantry, or get clothes for the children?

Even human reason shows the uselessness of worrying, since it helps nothing, and only wastes one's strength and unfits one for doing one's best!

The Christian gospel goes farther, and says that even the hard things and the obstacles, are blessings if we meet them in the right spirit.

They are stepping-stones lifting our feet upward...disciplinary experiences in which we grow.

So we learn that we should quietly, and with faith, accept life as it comes to us fretting at nothing, and changing hard conditions to easier if we can.

And if we cannot then we must use them as means for growth and advancement.

~J. R. Miller~

Opposition? It's Inevitable!

November 20th 2019

Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

If you and I are going to be men and women of the Spirit, we are not going to have an easy time.

Hell will see to that.

At once the clash arises and it is true that the more the Holy Spirit is able to have His way in us and to lead us into all the will of God, the more we find this opposition, this antagonism.

And it not only comes between us and the world, it sometimes comes in the circle of the Lord's own people.

It is inevitable provocation.

You wonder why, sometimes.

As you read the New Testament you wonder, "What is the matter with these people?

Why should they be so upset and so annoyed?

And why should it be so spontaneous, this thing?

And persistent; so unreasonable?

But there it is.

There is the fact.

It is inevitable.

You see, this thing that the Lord came to do and is doing, will not allow for any neutrality.

It is going to be one thing or the other.

It is going to be for or against.

The eyes of flame (here the fire comes in again) the eyes of flame will not allow lukewarmness or anything that is of the Laodicean character.

The fire is a positive element always, and it will create positive situations.

If everything is all just nice and quiet, no disturbance, no trouble and no antagonism and opposition, you have reason to question whether the Holy Spirit is doing much...

Because He does aim at such a positiveness, which is a very, very costly thing.

It is either with the Lord, or not with the Lord, and there is nothing in between.

It is going to come out sooner or later and be precipitated.

Now, the Lord says that is what He came to do.

This is not an accident, a chance or things having gone wrong or miscarried.

This is exactly what He came to do – to scatter fire on the earth and these are the inevitable effects of the fire.

They are going to work out.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Character

November 15th 2019

Reputation is what a man's neighbors and friends think of him.

Character is what the man IS.

Character is personal.

It is not a possession we can share with someone else.

We can give a hungry person part of our loaf of bread...

We can divide our money with one who needs it...

But character is something we cannot give away or transmit.

The brave soldier cannot share his courage with the trembling recruit who fights by his side in the battle.

The pure, gentle woman cannot give part of her purity and gentleness, to the defiled and hardened woman she meets.

Character is our own - a part of our very being.

It grows in us over the years.

Acts repeated become habits...

And character is made up in the long run, of those habits which have been repeated so often, that they become a permanent part of our lives.

Sow a thought - and you will reap an act...

Sow an act - and you will reap a habit...

Sow a habit - and you will reap a character...

Sow character - and you will reap a destiny!

As the tree falls so must it lie...

As the man lives so must he die!

As a man dies such must he be...

All through the ages of eternity!

~J. R. Miller~

The Costly And The Costless

November 14th 2019

Wood, hay, stubble, that does not represent much cost.

Gold, silver, precious stones, that is costly.

When David came to the threshing floor of Ornan which was to be the site of that great temple, that House of God upon which was to be constructed, that which was not for man but for God, he wanted to possess that threshing floor and he offered Ornan the full price of it...

But Ornan said: "No, I will give it to you freely, without price", and sought to persuade David to accept it as a gift.

But David said: "Nay; but I will verily buy it of thee at a price; neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God which cost me nothing" (1 Chron. 21:24).

Remember that the gates of the city are of pearl, the street of the city is of pure transparent glass, the foundation of the city wall, costly stones; and all that speaks of suffering.

The pearl speaks of suffering, the gold speaks of the fire, the costly stones speak of a good deal of shaping and forming, battering and hammering.

Costly, are these things.

Are you paying the price?

Are you willing, with the apostle, to "fill up that which is behind (lacking) of the afflictions of Christ"?

Are you building the eternal testimony to His grace by accepting a share in His suffering?

Or are you building upon that very precious foundation of Christ crucified, something that is the line of least resistance, that which costs very little, is an easier way?

If two ways are open is the eye first to see the easier way?

Oh, the fellowship of His sufferings - the costly way.

Well, what is cheap will go up in smoke.

What is not worthy of Christ will pass forever.

But that which has been built in suffering, built in heartbreak, built in the fire, will abide forever.

The City is produced out of the sufferings of Christ wrought in His saints.

The costly, or the costless?

~T. Austin Sparks~

The Challenge Of His Presence

November 13th 2019

We should realize that many times when we are being provoked, upset, annoyed, and do not know why, the reason is that the Spirit of Jesus Christ is at work upon us because we are out of harmony with our Lord.

In such a case we can take one of two attitudes: either get right, or go from bad to worse and become more and more bitter, even against the Lord.

Jesus is a sign spoken against; it implies something, and the effect of this implication is to provoke.

Should you begin to see what Jesus means, there will be some reaction; and if you are not prepared to accept the implication of Jesus Christ you will be strongly provoked.

You will not remain neutral, you will begin to fight.

That is where Saul of Tarsus was.

Deeper down than all else, he was fighting against the Lord, kicking against the goad.

That was the innermost meaning of it.

He was provoked by the significance of Jesus, the significance of Christ Himself.

In the person of Christ you have a different kind of man, no mere earthly man, but a heavenly Man.

Here is a Man embodying in His own person a holy, heavenly standard, the standard of heaven...

And men are being measured and weighed by heavenly standards in the presence of the Lord Jesus, not only by what He says, and the judgments that He verbally passes, but by His presence.

They are discovering that here is a standard that finds out their smallness, their lack, and their difference.

You know that is very true.

When a true child of God, indwelt by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, goes into a business house to work or into some ungodly home, it often happens that, without their saying anything about their being a Christian, a strain begins to be felt, and people begin to be nasty or pass remarks.

Something in the very atmosphere is stirred up and provoked by the presence of Christ in the believer.

Even a true, humble, loving child of God finds that something is provoked, and he or she becomes a marked person and known to be different.

People begin to feel uncomfortable.

If that is true of some simple child of God, how much more true it must have been of the very Son of God Himself.

His presence was the standard measure of heaven.

Men could not measure up to it, and they felt all wrong and uncomfortable in His presence.

He was a sign.

There was a significance about Him, about His very presence, which was spoken against: it provoked.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Take A Postition Against What Hinders The Will Of GOD!

November 12th 2019

Mat 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

I think that does say to us that a position has to be taken inclusively and over many things where the will of God is concerned.

We have to come very definitely and positively to such a position...

And then realize that from time to time there will be, by one means or another, an effort of the enemy to change our minds...

To weaken us in that course...

To make other suggestions, to get us to reconsider it in the light of various issues and interests.

We shall meet this offending, this stumbling, this hindering thing and Have To Be Very Ruthless With It.

The way the Lord dealt with Peter was, in a sense, Ruthless.

Really there was no weakness in His attitude over that.

Discerning its true nature, He saw clearly that, if He yielded to this suggestion, then He would go neither to Jerusalem nor to the Cross.

It is a question of whether we have settled that such and such is the way of the will of God...

And then, will this or that arising mean in the long run that we never get there, never do that will?

If so, it has to be Handled Very Ruthlessly and put out of the way and put behind us.

The Cross comes to us in many connections and different terms.

Then, if we are really going to come through to the place of spiritual power as did Peter, that ground of the enemy must continually be Forsaken and Refused.

The enemy has to be Robbed of that which will destroy us and give him power to destroy us...

And we have to be very ruthless with anything that arises to give him that position and defeat God's intention where we are concerned.

This battle of heaven and hell, God and Satan, goes on in our souls...

But there is for us this consolation, that we have a High Priest ever living to make intercession.

We have a great asset in the continual intercession of the Lord Jesus for us.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Full Reliance On GOD

November 11th 2019

Psa 72:12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

The needy cries; what else can he do?

His cry is heard of God; what else need he do?

Let the needy reader take to crying at once, for this will be his wisdom.

Do not cry in the ears of friends, for even if they can help you it is only because the LORD enables them.

The nearest way is to go straight to God and let your cry come up before Him.

Straightforward makes the best runner: run to the LORD and not to secondary causes.

Alas! you cry, "I have no friend or helper."

So much the better; you can rely upon God in both capacities - as without supplies and without helpers.

Make your double need your double plea.

Even for temporal mercies you may wait upon God, for He careth for His children in these temporary concerns.

As for spiritual necessities, which are the heaviest of all, the LORD will hear your cry and will deliver you and supply you.

O poor friend, try your rich God.

O helpless one, lean on His help.

He has never failed me, and I am sure He will never fail you.

Come as a beggar, and God will not refuse you help.

Come with no plea but His grace.

Jesus is King; will He let you perish of wants, What! Did you forget this!

~Charles Spurgeon~

TRUE Love To GOD Says...

November 8th 2019

Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

True love to GOD... produces sweet submission to His will...

Does not rebel at His difficult dispensations...

Does not resist the appointments of His wise and holy providence...

Will not permit us to call into question any part of His government...

Will not indulge a doubt respecting the rectitude of His proceedings.

True love to GOD says, "This trial, this affliction, this bereavement, this piercing cross-has been arranged by my Father in Heaven!

He is infinitely wise, and infinitely good-He does all things well...I submit."

Like Job, it says, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. Job 1:21

~William Nicholson~

Preserved To Work's End

November 7th 2019

Act 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

Are you a witness for the LORD, and are you just now in danger?

Then remember that you are immortal till your work is done.

If the LORD has more witness for you to bear, you will live to bear it.

Who is he that can break the vessel which the LORD intends again to use?

If there is no more work for you to do for your Master, it cannot distress you that He is about to take you home and put you where you will be beyond the reach of adversaries.

Your witness-bearing for Jesus is your chief concern, and you cannot be stopped in it till it is finished: therefore, be at peace.

Cruel slander, wicked misrepresentation, desertion of friends, betrayal by the most trusted one, and whatever else may come cannot hinder the LORD's purpose concerning you.

The LORD stands by you in the night of your sorrow, and He says, "Thou must yet bear witness for me."

Be calm; be filled with joy in the LORD.

If you do not need this promise just now, you may very soon.

Treasure it up.

Remember also to pray for missionaries and all persecuted ones, that the LORD would preserve them even to the completion of their lifework.

~Charles Spurgeon~

A High Esteem Of Yourself?

November 6th 2019

A high esteem of yourself?

You are not a mature Christian, if you have a high esteem of yourself.

He who boasts in himself is but a babe in Christ - if indeed he is in Christ at all.

Young Christians may think much of themselves.

Growing Christians think themselves nothing.

Mature Christians know that they are less than nothing.

The more holy we are, the more we mourn our infirmities, and the humbler is our estimate of ourselves.

Though I am nothing... 2Corinthians 12:11  I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. 

Although I am less than the least of all God's people...Eph 3:8  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst.

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 

Wonderful was the grace that taught the once proud Pharisee thus to speak!

Pride may be set down as "the sin" of human nature.

The demon of pride was born with us - and it will not die one hour before us!

We are never so much in danger of being proud - as when we think we are humble.

There is no sin into which the heart of man so easily falls as pride...

And yet there is no more vice which is more frequently, more emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture.

We are all proud.

Pride can hide under a beggar's rags - as well as under a minister's robes.

Pride is a weed that will grow on a dunghill - as well as in a palace garden...

But it ought never to be allowed to grow in the heart of a Christian!

No matter how dear you are to God...if pride is harbored in your heart, He will whip it out of you!

~Charles Spurgeon~

Here We See

What Is In Every Human Heart

By Nature!

November 5th 2019

Mat 27:22  Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. 

Oh, what a revelation of man the cross is!

Man......hating God, and hating Him most when God displayed His love most fully.

Man acting like the devil, taking Satan's side against God!

Yes, the cross was a public declaration of man's hatred for God and His Son.

The cross is proud man spitting in God's face and saying, "I am holy, I need no Savior, To Hell with God and His Son!"

Our Savior asked, "What do you think of Christ?"

Man's answer was, "Crucify Him!"

Man's heart, his hands, his tongue all combine to scream out hatred for God and His Son.

Calvary's hill displays man's utter hatred for God!

How deep, bitter, universal, and vile is the hatred of the human heart for God!

Oh, how fallen man hates God!

The arrest, the scourging, the mockery, the spitting, the smiting, the cries, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"...

The wagging of the heads, the cruel nails, the thieves' railings...

Everything was but the outpouring of man's utter hatred for God.

Here we see what is in every human heart By Nature!

Man declared his heart, in the crucifixion of God's darling Son.

God seems to have said, "Vent the feelings of your heart."

And he did, taking God by the throat, as it were, man snatched the only begotten Son from His Father's heart and crucified Him with hellish delight.

Reckoning the death of the cross the worst of all deaths, man said, This is the best way to show my contempt for God...This is exactly what I think of the Son of God!

Thus, the enmity of the natural heart speaks out, and man not only confesses publicly that he is a hater of God, but he takes pains to show the intensity of his hatred.

The cross interprets what is in man's heart.

The cross rips the mask of pretended religion off of the face of our race.

The cross of Christ exhibits man's heart as a cesspool overflowing with the malignity of Hell.

~Don Fortner~

Instant Obedience

November 4th 2019

Gen 17:23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is...

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

Every time God calls us to any duty, He is offering to make a covenant with us...

Doing the duty is our part, and He will do His part in special blessing.

The only way we can obey is to obey "in the selfsame day," as Abraham did.

To be sure, we often postpone a duty and then later on do it as fully as we can.

It is better to do this than not to do it at all.

But it is then, at the best, only a crippled, disfigured, half-way sort of duty-doing...

And a postponed duty never can bring the full blessing that God intended...

And that it would have brought if done at the earliest possible moment.

It is a pity to rob ourselves, along with robbing God and others, by procrastination.

In the selfsame day is the Genesis way of saying, "Do it now.

~Messages for the Morning Watch~

Luther says that "a true believer will crucify the question, Why?"

He will obey without questioning.

I will not be one of those who, except they see signs and wonders, will in no wise believe.

I will obey without questioning.

Ours not to make reply, Ours not to reason why, Ours but to do and die.

Obedience is the fruit of faith; patience, the bloom on the fruit.

~Christina Rossetti~

What An Idolatrous Sin!

November 1st 2019

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

Every REAL Christian IS A SPIRITUAL Temple of the Living God.

Worldly cares and desires, are the 'buyers' and 'sellers' that pollute this temple.

Now, how inconsistent it is to make the house of God - into a den of thieves!

What an Idolatrous Sin - to choose a lust instead of Christ!

Again, every member is a Vessel of that temple.

O what a debasing thing, to take these golden vessels, like that drunken king, and devote them to a sordid use!

To fill the heart with lust - which SHOULD BE filled with GOD!

Those ears, which SHOULD BE always ready to hear what God shall speak - to open them to foolish jests!

That tongue which SHOULD BE proclaiming the praises of God...

And which must sing triumphant hallelujahs forever...

To Defile it now with vain talk, or lying words!

What a sacrilegious thing is this, to drive out God - and to devote those sacred vessels to sin and lust!

O Lord, what is YOURS, rule and use as Your own!

~Thomas Sherman~

It Is His God!

October 31st 2019

Who will part with his God?

I will part with my life - rather than with my God!

No wonder, therefore, that the covetous man so idolizes his gold...

It is his god!

If you take that from him, he will cry with Micah, when he lost his idols, "You have taken away all my gods and I have nothing left."

Jdg 18:24  And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and ye are gone away: and what have I more? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee? 

His heaven is gone, his happiness is gone, his all is gone if his idols are gone!

I will not therefore wonder so much at the close-ness of his hand...as at the vanity of his heart.

We count it singular wisdom to keep that God we have chosen.

But it is absolute folly, to choose that god which we cannot keep!

Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle!"

Pro 23:5  Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. 

~Thomas Sherman~

Trust The LORD

October 30th 2019

Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Mat 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Christ makes no less of our trust for temporal things than He does for spiritual things.

He places a good deal of emphasis upon it.

Why?

Simply because it is harder to trust God for them.

In spiritual matters we can fool ourselves, and think that we are trusting when we are not; but we cannot do so about rent and food, and the needs of our body.

They must come or our faith fails.

It is easy to say that we trust Him in things that are a long way off, but there can be no trifling about it in things where the faith must bring practical answers.

It is easy to have faith for our needs, and to trust Him when the sun is shining.

But let some things arise which irritate and rasp and fret us, and we soon find whether we have real trust or not.

And so the things of everyday life are tests of our real faith in God...

And He often puts us where we have to trust for tangible matters--for money and rent, and food and clothes.

If you are not trusting here wholly, when you are placed in such tests you will break down.

Are you trusting God for everything through the six ordinary days of the week?

~A. B. Simpson~

The Vanity Of The World

October 29th 2019

Does Satan tempt you...either by pleasures, power or profits?

O my soul, stand upon your guard, gird on your strength with such thoughts as these:

What can the world profit me if its cares choke me?

How can pleasures comfort me if their sting poisons me?

What advancement is this to be triumphing in honor before the face of men here, and to be trembling for shame before the throne of GOD hereafter?

What are the delights of the world compared to my peace of conscience, or the joy that is in the Holy Spirit?

What are the applauses of men compared to the eternal crown of glory prepared by GOD?

What is the gain of the world compared to the loss of my soul?

The vanity of the world is far beneath the excellency of my soul.

Therefore, Satan, I am determined to resist you, for you desire my eternal loss!

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

1Jn 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

~Thomas Sherman~

THE LORD, THE SAINT'S AVENGER

October 28th 2019

Never are the ungodly further from the mark--never committed to a mistake more suicidal and fatal than when they lay the hand of injustice and oppression upon the saints of the Most High!

GOD is for them.

He is the Avenger of all those who put their trust in Him...the widow and the fatherless...

And those who touch them touch the apple of His eye.

If God is for us, who can be against us?

A simple missionary incident may illustrate this truth.

A little band of missionaries in the Fiji Islands found their home, on one occasion, surrounded by a troop of armed savages, bent upon their destruction.

Unable, as unwilling, to fight, they closed the door, and betook themselves to prayer.

Presently, the war-whoop suddenly ceased.

On opening the door they found only one savage there.

Where are your chiefs? he was asked.

They are gone, was the reply; "they heard you praying to your GOD, and they knew that your GOD was a strong GOD, and they left."

How true this testimony of the savages!

The GOD of the Christians is a strong LORD.

All that strength is on the side of His people.

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself STRONG in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.

Consider, O my soul, this truth, that the LORD is the strength of His people and the Avenger of all who are oppressed...

And will set them in a safe place from those who malign them.

The LORD'S people are an OPPRESSED people.

The ungodly oppress them-sins oppress them-afflictions oppress them-temptations oppress them-needs oppress them-infirmities oppress them-the body of sickness and suffering oppresses them...

And, alas! that it should be said, even the saints often oppress them...

For some of their keenest shafts have been forged and flung by a brother's hand.

Oh, if there is a spectacle on earth which might well awaken tears in heaven, it is that of the brethren of one Father, the ransomed of one Savior, the travelers to one home, falling out by the way, by reason of their varied shades of doctrine, or of worship, or of church relation and so, "biting and devouring one another."

My soul, be a lover of good men; love them, not because they are of your creed, or of your church, but, because they belong to Christ-o shall all men know that you are also one of His disciples.

But, the LORD stands up for His oppressed ones.

He is the Avenger of all such.

It is GOD who avenges me, says David.

Leave Him, O my soul, to vindicate your character...

To redress your wrong...

To rid you of your adversary...

And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noon-day.

O LORD, You have pleaded the causes of my soul.

The sighing of the needy.

Jesus was a sighing Savior! He often "sighed deeply in His spirit."

And still He is in sympathy with His members, who sigh by reason of sin and suffering and need.

For these He will arise.

Sigh on, O my soul! the sigh that breathes from a broken heart...

Or is wrung from an anguished spirit...

Or is awakened by the unkindness of the oppressor...

Or the wounding of a Christian brother...

It ascends to heaven as music in the ear of the Great High Priest within the veil, and awakens the echoes of His loving and compassionate heart.

Weeping has a voice-sighs have a language-and Jesus hears the one and understands the other.

To nothing belonging to a saint can the LORD be indifferent.

O LORD! I am oppressed-undertake for me.

Thus, let the burden of oppression, and sigh of need, prompt you to prayer; then shall you thank and praise Him for both.

Give to the winds your fears...

Hope, and be undismayed...

GOD hears your sighs, and counts your tears, GOD shall lift up your head.

~Octavius Winslow~

The Antidote For Fear!

October 25th 2019

Isa 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

God is intensely desirous to rid me of my needless fears.

Does He not give me reason after reason for peacefulness, calmness and hope?

1. "Fear not," He says, "for I have redeemed you!"

What a work it was!

What a price it demanded!

What a sorrow it involved!

It meant the surrender and sacrifice of His Son, His Only-Begotten, His Well-Beloved.

It meant for the King of Glory, to be born in a lowly stable, with the ox and donkey and camel.

After a life of suffering, it meant a stark and dreadful Cross on the Hill of Shame!

A Scottish professor, who retained to the last a childlike heart, speaking to his students one day about the atoning sacrifice of Calvary, said, with the tears running down his cheeks, "Ay, ay, do you know what it was?

Do you know what it was?

It was damnation--and He took it lovingly!

It was my damnation--and He took it lovingly!

And since God gave all this for me--then how can He ever abandon me?

Let my heart be confident and strong.

2. There is His understanding of my case.

Fear not, He continues, "for I have called you by name.

He has such multitudes to remember, and yet He knows me individually and intimately!

The stars lie along the face of the sky like bright unnumbered dust; but He knows star from star.

The flowers spring up in battalions; but not a single flower is "born to blush unseen"--He knows it, and rejoices in it.

There are billions of people in the world today, and I cannot grasp the tremendous aggregate; but He is familiar with each beating soul.

Just so, He comprehends . . .my special needs and circumstances, my overbearing duties, my sore temptations, my herculean difficulties, my subtle and persevering foes.

Should I not be strong and courageous, when the Lord of Heaven has such perfect acquaintance with me?

3. And there is His ownership of my soul.

Fear not, He commands once more, "for you are Mine!"

In a sense I was always His possession; but since He purchased me with Christ' blood, I am among . . .His jewels, His trophies, His special possessions His redeemed children!

Why should I be afraid?

I am Christ's redeemed child, and He owns and keeps me!

~Alexander Smellie~ 

Can We Ever Reach

The Promised Land?

October 24th 2019

Life is but a journey~a journey from the present fleeting world, to the eternal world.

Exo 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

Israel needed a GUIDE in their journey from the wilderness to the promised land.

They had a long journey before them, which would take them forty years. They had to travel by a strange path, on which they had never trodden before.

Numerous foes would endeavor to obstruct their progress.

Many dangers lined the way.

And they had evil and deceitful hearts!

Fellow-Christians is it not even so with us? We are going on a journey to a country of which the Lord our God has told us.

The journey is long and trying. It takes some twenty, some forty, and some sixty years to travel from earth to Heaven.

It is a strange path. A path which no one knows, a path we have never trodden before.

A path which by nature we could never find, and from which we are prone to turn aside.

We are surrounded by numerous foes, visible and invisible:

The WORLD frowning as a determined persecutor, or fawning as a base deceiver is our foe.

Now by its sneers, sarcasms, or sword and then, by its gilded vanities, flesh-pleasing baits, and blandishments it endeavors to turn us aside from the right ways of the Lord.

SATAN and his hosts — crafty, cunning, cruel, united, persevering and determined set themselves to terrify and drive us back, or to allure us from the way.

And worst of all, in our own natures, we have a determined foe who is ever present, ever vigilant, ever powerful.

Yes, the FLESH lusts against the Spirit.

We find a law in our members warring against the law of our minds.

The world, the flesh, and the devil all combine to oppose our progress, hinder us in our march, and, if possible, to destroy us in the wilderness!

Then, there are so many dangers:the towering rocks of presumption, the quagmires of doubt and fear, the pitfalls of error, the ravines of willful sin, the fiery flying serpents of temptation, the scorpions of indulged lust, the sunshine and the shade; the barren sands and the verdant valleys; the granite rocks and the flowing streams-all of them have dangers concealed in them!

Nor can we be trusted alone for one moment if we are to be safe.

Worst of all, there are our distrustful and deceitful hearts!

With so long a journey, so strange a path, such numerous foes, so many dangers, and such unbelieving hearts—can we ever reach the promised land?

Can we?

Not if left to ourselves! Not if led only by Moses. We must have a guide who well knows the road; who can conquer our many foes; who can lead us safely through all our dangers, who can bear with our stubborn hearts and lives!

We need a guide whose wisdom is perfect, whose power is almighty, whose care is constant, whose patience is immutable, whose mercy endures forever!

God provided just what the Israelites needed in the wilderness a guide to lead them by day and night. He went before them pointing out the road, clearing it of insurmountable difficulties, and conducting them in it.

This is just what our good and gracious God does for us!

He is really present with us though unseen by us.

He is never far from any one of us. He marks out our road, He removes every real impediment out of our way, and conducts us step by step in the path to the promised land!

Naturally we do not know the right path; left to ourselves, we would choose the short-cut, the smooth path, and well-frequented road.

But He leads us in a zig-zag way, by a rough and uneven road where there are but few fellow travelers.

His choice is best.

The way He points out is the only right one.

It is to humble us, and test us, and show what is in our hearts.

It is that we may walk by faith and not by sight.

It is to teach us our need of Himself and to lead us to cleave unto Him. "For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even unto death", through death, and beyond it!

Psa 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

~James Smith~

Look Not At The Things Which Are Seen

October 23rd 2019

2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

How strong is the snare of the things that are seen, and how necessary for God to keep us in the things that are unseen!

If Peter is to walk on the water, he must walk; if he is going to swim, he must swim, but he cannot do both.

If the bird is going to fly it must keep away from the fences and the trees, and trust to its buoyant wings.

But if it tries to keep within easy reach of the ground, it will make poor work of flying.

God had to bring Abraham to the end of his own strength, and to let him see that in his own body he could do nothing.

He had to consider his own body as good as dead, and then take God for the whole work...

And when he looked away from himself, and trusted God alone, then He became fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able also to perform.

This is what God is teaching us, and He has to keep away encouraging results until we learn to trust without them...

And then He loves to make His word real in fact as well as faith.

Let us look only to Him to-day to do all things as He shall choose and in the way He shall choose.

~A. B. Simpson~

Egypt Flatters Self~Zion Slays It!

October 22nd 2019

But the rest is so subtle, it does find so great a response in us.

It is here, of course, that the enemy cunningly works to arrest spiritual progress.

The world? “Oh yes”, you may say, “I have given my life to the Lord: I am born again, I have finished with the world, I am out and out for the Lord now.

All my life, service and energy is for the Lord.

Very well, says Satan, “let us placard your name everywhere as a great witness for the Lord, and then you will begin to be made a lot of by organized Christianity!”

It is all wrapped up under the guise of affording you a great opportunity, and you are altogether unaware of how nice it is, and how you like it.

What has happened?

That is not the way of the Lamb.

What is the way of the Lamb?

He “emptied himself” (Phil. 2:7) — “but made himself of no reputation”, “He emptied himself”: the devil is out to FILL you.

Since he could not fill you with the world, he is going to fill you now with the gratification of the natural life in the service of God.

It will not live very long.

It will spend itself, and it will, moreover, mean spiritual immaturity.

It is not the way of the Lamb.

If we were to press this, we could expose that whole thing very thoroughly by a good deal of evidence.

If the enemy cannot get us in one way, he will get us in another...

And he has got many a young life by flattery...

Ruined many a powerful servant of God by popularity.

Yes, he has brought him down from his excellency by deeply-laid devices in the way of fame, pushing on, bringing to the fore...

Getting into the limelight, giving a name.

Spiritual life has gradually receded and the end has been tragedy.

That is not fiction, that is a tragic fact.

The way to Zion, the way to the throne, the way to spiritual ascendency is the way of the cross...

And the cross ever more deeply planted right down to the very roots of self-interest, self-gratification, self-pleasure, even in the things of God.

In the end we shall be brought to the place where it is not the Lord’s things that delight us, but the Lord Himself alone Who is our life.

So the whole scheme of the enemy is to make the work of the Lord so attractive, to offer the prizes, the spheres, the opportunities, and all that sort of thing.

It is very nice, it is very pleasant, it answers to something in our fallen nature.

That something has to pass through the crucible of the cross.

It may be something legitimate, something God-implanted, something essential to the outworking of this divine purpose, but it has been dragged into a realm of defilement.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Not Of The Extraordinary

October 21st 2019

Exodus 3:1  Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 

Exo 3:2  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 

The vision came in the midst of common toil, and that is where the Lord delights to give His revelations.

He seeks a man who is on the ordinary road, and the Divine fire leaps out at his feet.

The mystic ladder can rise from the market place to Heaven.

It can connect the realm of drudgery with the realms of grace.

My Father God, help me to expect Thee on the ordinary road.

I do not ask for sensational happenings.

Commune with me through ordinary work and duty.

Be my Companion when I take the common journey.

Let the humble life be transfigured by Thy presence.

Some Christians think they must be always up to mounts of extraordinary joy and revelation; this is not after God's method.

Those spiritual visits to high places, and that wonderful communication with the unseen world, are not in the promises; the daily life of communion is.

And it is enough.

We shall have the exceptional revelation if it be right for us.

There were but three disciples allowed to see the transfiguration, and those three entered the gloom of Gethsemane.

No one can stay on the mount of privilege.

There are duties in the valley.

Christ found His life-work, not in the glory, but in the valley and was there truly and fully the Messiah.

The value of the vision and glory is but their gift of fitness for work and endurance.

~Selected~

Can Two Walk Together,

Except They Be Agreed?

October 18th 2019

"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3

There was a time, child of God, when the world held in your heart the chief place.

It was not so in God's heart. You and he were therefore at variance.

But now, through grace, you are brought to make eternity your chief concern.

You and God are agreed there; for in the mind of God eternity as much outweighs time as the stars in the midnight sky outweigh a grain of dust.

There was a time when you loved the world and the things of time and sense; and earth and earthly things were your element and home.

You and God disagreed upon that matter; because the Lord saw that the world was full of evil, whilst you saw it full of good.

The Lord saw the world under his curse, and you loved its favour and its blessing--seeking madly and wickedly to enjoy that which God had denounced; therefore you could not agree.

Thus you see that in order to be agreed with God, we must have God's thoughts in our heart, God's ways in our soul, and God's love in our affections.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord."

But they must become such; and when once God's thoughts become our thoughts and God's ways our ways...

When once we have the mind of Christ and see with the eyes of God, then God and we become agreed, and being agreed, we can walk together.

What is it to walk together?

Why, it is to enjoy union, communion, fellowship, and friendship.

Now as we are brought to agree with God, we walk with God.

He has set up a mercy-seat on high...

And when they thus agree, God and man may meet at the mercy-seat of the Redeemer.

As the eyes are enlightened to see the truth of God...

As the heart is touched to feel the power of God...

And as the affections are drawn forth to love the things of God, we meet at the mercy-seat.

It is sprinkled with blood; it contains and hides from view the broken tables of the law.

There God meets man in gracious amity, and enables him to pour out his soul before him and to tell him his troubles, trials, and temptations.

And every now and then he sweetly relieves by dropping in a gracious promise, applying some portion of his sacred truth, encouraging him to believe in his dear Son, and still to hope in his mercy.

~J. C. Philpot~

Walking In Life Without The Camp

Will Cost Something!

October 17th 2019

Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

We can organize our movements, lay our plans, and draft our schemes.

We can lay it all out according to the New Testament and it can be dead, ineffective....

You see the difference between a traditional system, whether it be Judaism or Christianity, and a living thing coming all the time in a living way out from the Christ Himself by the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit Himself doing it.

Well, this is going to cost something.

See what it meant for these people.

At the end of this letter you come on this: Wherefore, Christ also... suffered without the camp.

Let us therefore go to Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.

The camp was Judaism, and He suffered without the camp because He repudiated Judaism and stood for the realization of all God’s thoughts as in Himself personally.

He gathered up everything into His own person, “I am.”

It is the Christ who is the full sum and embodiment of all God’s thoughts and ways, and that takes the place of Judaism...

And He, therefore, repudiated Judaism and suffered without the camp.

Let us go to Him without the camp.

What is the issue?

If you are going to take this line you are going to repudiate organized Christianity...

Going to repudiate Christendom as a traditional system...

Going to repudiate that order of things which is made...

And going, therefore, to suffer reproach and be outside of the camp -  suffering His reproach.

In other words, we are immediately going to come up against that force of antagonism to stop what has come in through the death and resurrection and exaltation of the Lord Jesus, the heavenly thing.

Is it not sad that these people met it through God’s historic people, the people who claimed to have the oracles, to be the elect, to be the favored of the Lord?

It is always like that.

A man’s foes shall be those of his own household.

Do not narrow that down to the limits of a family where one is a Christian and all the rest are not.

That is not the point at all.

It is his own household, the Christian household.

You will meet the antagonism to what has come in from heaven as a heavenly thing;...

You will meet the antagonism amongst those who are the traditional people of God in this dispensation.

That is how it will be.

That is going to be the cost of a walk in Life with the Lord and not with man, knowing the Lord for yourself.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Men As  Men, GOD As GOD!

October 16th 2019

Isa 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

Isa 51:13 And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?

Let the text itself be taken as the portion for today.

There is no need to enlarge upon it.

Trembling one, read it... Believe it... Feed on it... And plead it before the LORD.

He whom you fear is only a man after all...

While He who promises to comfort you is God, your Maker, and the creator of heaven and earth.

Infinite comfort more than covers a very limited danger...

Where is the fury of the oppressor?

It is in the LORD's hand.

It is only the fury of a dying creature...

Fury which will end as soon as the breath is gone from the nostril.

Why, then, should we stand in awe of one who is as frail as ourselves?

Let us not dishonor our God by making a god of puny man.

We can make an idol of a man by rendering to him excessive fear as well as by paying him inordinate love.

Let us treat men as men, and God as God...

And then we shall go calmly on in the path of duty, fearing the LORD...

And fearing nobody else.

~Charles Spurgeon~

The LOVE Of The LORD

October 15th 2019

Believer, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness...

AAnd how He hath fed and clothed thee every day...

How He hath borne with thine ill manners...

How He hath put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh-pots of Egypt...

How he has opened the rock to supply thee, and fed thee with manna that came down from heaven.

Think of how his grace has been sufficient for thee in all thy troubles.

How His blood has been a pardon to thee in all thy sins...

How His rod and His staff have comforted thee.

When thou hast thus looked back upon the love of the Lord, then let faith survey his love in the future...

For remember that Christ’s covenant and blood have something more in them than the past.

He who has loved thee and pardoned thee, shall never cease to love and pardon.

He is Alpha, and he shall be Omega also...

He is first, and He shall be last.

Therefore, bethink thee, when thou shalt pass through the valley of the shadow of death, thou needest fear no evil, for He is with thee.

When thou shalt stand in the cold floods of Jordan, thou needest not fear, for death cannot separate thee from His love...

And when thou shalt come into the mysteries of eternity thou needest not tremble.

For I am persuaded, that neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed?

Does not this make thee love Jesus?

Doth not a flight through illimitable plains of the ether of love inflame thy heart and compel thee to delight thyself in the Lord thy God?

Surely as we meditate on “the love of the Lord,” our hearts burn within us, and we long to love him more.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Jehovah Will Guide Thee Continually

October 14th 2019

The Lord shall guide thee.

Not an angel, but JEHOVAH shall guide thee.

He said he would not go through the wilderness before his people, an angel should go before them to lead them in the way...

But Moses said, "If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence."

Christian, God has not left you in your earthly pilgrimage to an angel's guidance...

He himself leads the van.

You may not see the cloudy, fiery pillar, but Jehovah will never forsake you.

Notice the word Shall-"The Lord shall guide thee."

How certain this makes it!

How sure it is that God will not forsake us!

His precious "shalls" and "wills" are better than men's oaths.

"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

Then observe the adverb continually.

We are not merely to be guided sometimes, but we are to have a perpetual monitor...

Not occasionally to be left to our own understanding, and so to wander...

But we are continually to hear the guiding voice of the Great Shepherd...

And if we follow close at his heels, we shall not err, but be led by a right way to a city to dwell in.

If you have to change your position in life...

If you have to emigrate to distant shores...

If it should happen that you are cast into poverty...

Or uplifted suddenly into a more responsible position than the one you now occupy...

If you are thrown among strangers, or cast among foes...

Yet tremble not, for "the Lord shall guide thee continually."

There are no dilemmas out of which you shall not be delivered if you live near to God, and your heart be kept warm with holy love.

He goes not amiss who goes in the company of God.

Like Enoch, walk with God, and you cannot mistake your road.

You have infallible wisdom to direct you, immutable love to comfort you, and eternal power to defend you.

"Jehovah"-mark the word-"Jehovah shall guide thee continually."

~Charles Spurgeon~

"NOAH"S ARK"

October 11th 2019

HE wiped out every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, from mankind to livestock, to creatures that crawl, to the birds of the sky, and they were wiped off the earth!

Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark!

Gen 7:23  And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. 

Finally, the frightful morning began!

The heavens gathered blackness.

Angry tempests conflicted in the skies.

The lightnings flashed over the world!

Word was spread, that Noah and his family had entered into the ark.

The ungodly then began to fear!

Before long, floods of water poured from the sky.

Some now began to turn their eyes towards the ark; others stood doubting; others still dared to scoff!

The waters go on to increase.

The rivers fill and start to overflow.

The waters begin to rise in the streets.

Some flee into their houses; others, more intimidated, hasten to the hills!

Others are now convinced, and with dreadful fright, are seen wading towards the ark!

The fountains of the great deep are now broken up!

The waters rise more rapidly, and begin to rush with impetuous force.

With difficulty they stand against the stream.

They struggle for their lives to reach the ark!

Thousands come...some wading, some swimming, some sinking, some hanging onto the ark with the grasp of death...all screaming for admission!

But it is too late!

Time was, when the ark was open and they might have entered in...but that time is past!

Where are now those tongues which derided the enormous vessel and the man who built it?

Now what do you think of him - who for more than a century has borne the character of a fool and madman!

They would give a thousand worlds to be in his condition now!

Those nearest to the ark, cry and plead for admission, but in vain!

The waters roar!

The ark is lifted up!

They sink and are seen no more!

By this time, every wretch on earth is thoroughly convinced.

Hear their cries from the tops of the houses, which are answered by wails from those on the hills.

See the multitudes who have fled to the mountains.

How like frightened sheep they crowd together!

Now the waters, roaring and foaming, have reached their feet!

They flee up to the highest ridge - but the floods pursue them there!

Some are able to climb the lofty oaks and the waves overtake them there!

They flee to the highest branches, and for a moment have time to reflect on their former madness:

How could I disbelieve the Lord's prophet?

Where is now the ark which I scorned?

Where am I going? O eternity! eternity!

What a dreadful God have I despised!

On the topmost bough, the impetuous torrent sweeps them away!

Their hold is broken and they sink to rise no more!

The ark floats by and sails over the heads of the revilers and persecutors!

Only that blessed family in the ark are safe!

The same terrors will seize an unbelieving world when Jesus comes again!

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Mat 24:37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 

Mat 24:38  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 

Mat 24:39  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 

~Edward Griffin~

Jesus Will Always Be The Dragon's Foe

October 10th 2019

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

War always will rage between the two great sovereignties until one or other be crushed.

Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; the very pretence of it would, in fact, be the triumph of the powers of darkness.

Michael will always fight; his holy soul is vexed with sin, and will not endure it.

Jesus will always be the dragon’s foe, and that not in a quiet sense, but actively, vigorously, with full determination to exterminate evil.

All his servants, whether angels in heaven or messengers on earth, will and must fight;

They are born to be warriors...

At the cross they enter into covenant never to make truce with evil...

They are a warlike company, firm in defence and fierce in attack.

The duty of every soldier in the army of the Lord is daily, with all his heart, and soul, and strength, to fight against the dragon.

The dragon and his angels will not decline the affray...

They are incessant in their onslaughts, sparing no weapon, fair or foul.

We are foolish to expect to serve God without opposition...

The more zealous we are, the more sure are we to be assailed by the myrmidons of hell.

The church may become slothful, but not so her great antagonist...

His restless spirit never suffers the war to pause...

He hates the woman’s seed, and would fain devour the church if he could.

The servants of Satan partake much of the old dragon’s energy, and are usually an active race.

War rages all around, and to dream of peace is dangerous and futile.

Glory be to God, we know the end of the war.

The great dragon shall be cast out and forever destroyed, while Jesus and they who are with him shall receive the crown.

Let us sharpen our swords tonight, and pray the Holy Spirit to nerve our arms for the conflict.

Never battle so important, never crown so glorious.

Every man to his post, ye warriors of the cross...

And may the Lord tread Satan under your feet shortly!

~Charles Spurgeon~

"Peace Be Unto You"

October 9th 2019

John 20:19  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 

John 20:20  And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 

This is the type of His first appearing to our hearts when He comes to bring us His peace...

And to teach us to trust Him and love Him.

But there is a second peace which He has to give.

Jesus said unto them again, "Peace be unto you."

There is a "peace," and there is an "again peace."

There is a peace with God, and there is "the peace of God that passeth understanding."

It is the deeper peace that we need before we can serve Him or be used for His glory.

While we are burdened with our own cares, He cannot give us His.

While we are occupied with ourselves, we cannot be at leisure to serve Him.

Our minds will be so filled with our own anxieties that we would not be equal to the trust which He requires of us...

And so, before He can entrust us with His work, He wants to deliver us from every burden and anxiety.

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin, The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed, To do the will of Jesus, this is rest."

~A. B. Simpson~

Behold An Angel Touched Him

October 8th 2019

1Ki 19:5  And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. 

IN all probability the angels often touch us when danger is near, threatening our health and life, or when foul fiends step up to us with hideous temptation.

They find us out, especially when, like Elijah, we are alone and depressed...

When nervous depression has crept about our hearts...

When we seem to have failed in the conflict against evil, and long for death to end our long and weary strife.

It was the lament of a holy soul on the verge of eternity, that he had made so little of the ministry of God's holy and tender angels.

It was very gracious for God to deal thus with his servant.

We might have expected rebuke or remonstrance, chiding or chastisement...

But we would hardly have expected such loving, gentle treatment as this.

Is this the man who defied Ahab and all his priests?

He is as frail and impotent as any!

Nay, but God looked beneath the surface depression, and detected the strong fountains of courage and devotion that lay beneath, only capable of being called again into intense manifestation.

He knew his servant's frame, and recognised that he was dust.

He knew how to distinguish between the passing overstrain of the body and the heroic temper of the spirit.

So, he understands us in our fits of depression and despair.

Whenever these angel fingers touch you, whether directly or through the medium of loving mortal hands, you will always find the cake and the cruse of water.

God never awakens to disappoint.

It is an infinite pleasure to Him to awaken his loved ones to good things, which they had neither asked nor thought.

Will not dying be something like this?

The angel of life will touch us, and we shall awake to see what love has prepared.

~F. B. Meyer~

Faith In God Keeps A Man Calm

In A Storm

October 7th 2019

Note how faith in God keeps a man calm.

Perhaps that is the most notable feature in this story.

Amid a scene of excitement and of terror, we are arrested by the quietude of Paul.

The sailors, panic-stricken, were for fleeing...

The soldiers were crying out to kill the prisoners...

But the apostle was cool, collected, confident...

And he was so because of his faith in God.

Men used to feel that, too, about General Gordon.

There was something mysterious in his calmness in moments of peril.

Those who had fought in many a desperate battle and witnessed many shining deeds of heroism would say there was something in the courage of Gordon that was unlike anything they had ever seen.

We know now what that" something" was.

It was living and glowing and conquering trust in God.

It was the same faith as gave Paul the quiet mastery in the confusion and panic of the storm.

~George H. Morrison~

The Sin That Makes GOD Cry

October 4th 2019

Let me give it to you straight - no beating around the bush and no soft-pedaling.

The sin that makes God cry is being committed daily, not by pagan workers of iniquity but by multitudes of Christians the sin of doubting God's love for His children.

Do you think it makes God sound too human and vulnerable to say that He cries?

Then ask yourself how a God of love could not cry when His own people doubt His very nature.

Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and according to the book of John He wept when those closest to Him doubted His love and concern.

That was God incarnate at the tomb of Lazarus, crying over friends who failed to recognize who He was.

Time and time again Christ's dearest associates on this earth doubted His love for them.

Think of the disciples in a storm-tossed boat that was taking on water.

Jesus was in the stern of the boat, sound asleep.

Fearing for their lives, His followers shook Him awake and then accused Him of outright unconcern.

Master, carest thou not that we perish? (Mark 4:38).

How their accusation must have grieved the Lord!

That was God Almighty in their boat!

How could He not care?

But whenever men take their eyes off the Lord and concentrate instead on their circumstances, doubt always takes over.

Jesus was astounded!

How can you be afraid when I am with you?

How can you question My love and care?

Christians today grieve the Lord in this matter even more.

Our unbelief is a greater affront to Him than the unbelief of Mary, Martha, and all the disciples, for our sin is committed against greater light.

We stand on a higher mountain and see more than they could ever see.

We have a completed Bible with a full and detailed record of God's trustworthiness.

We have the written testimonies of almost twenty centuries of Christians, generation after generation of godly fathers who have passed down to us unshakable proofs of God's love.

And we have countless personal experiences that testify to God's tender love and affection for us.

Let us look for His exceeding mercy and love, admit the sinfulness of our unbelief, and recognize who He is!

~David Wilkerson~

A Love For Pleasure, Diversion

And Recreation

October 3rd 2019

One characteristic of our age is an ever-growing taste for elegance, refinement, and luxurious gratification.

But just in proportion as we multiply the 'attractions of earth' - is the danger of our making it our all and leaving heaven out of sight.

This is now affecting the church, and the godly and self-denying spirit of our practical Christianity is in danger of being weakened, and of degenerating into a soft and sickly wastefulness.

Elegance, extravagance, luxurious entertainments and expensive feasts, are beginning to corrupt the simplicity that is in Christ.

And amid our sumptuous homes, gorgeous furniture, costly dress, and mirthful decorations, - professors of religion are setting their affections too much upon things upon earth, and turning away from the glory of the cross...to the vanities of the world!

Akin to this, is a continually augmenting desire after amusement, for which droves are constantly yearning.

A love for pleasure, diversion and recreation, is an ever-increasing appetite - and there are those who are ever ingenious and ever busy to supply its demands.

Men are continually inventing new kinds of diversions and endless devices, to blot from the mind all considerations of eternity.

The people, it is affirmed, must have recreation.

Be it so...but let it be of a healthful kind - a taste for wholesome literature, quiet home enjoyments, and, above all, the sacred delights of true piety.

Who will call them off from these 'painted nothings', and make them feel how vain are all these things?

Who will set up a barricade against the billows of this ocean of worldly-mindedness, and guard the piety of the church from being entirely swept away

~John Angell James~

When A Tear Is Wept By You...

Do Not Think

That God Does Not Behold It!

October 2nd 2019

The LORD said: I have indeed seen the misery of My people in Egypt.

I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

So I Have Come Down To Rescue Them . . .

Exo 3:7  And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 

Exo 3:8  And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites

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 woes of His redeemed people.

How can we but love Him, when we know that He . . . numbers the very hairs of our heads, marks all our paths, and orders all our ways...

When a tear is wept by you...do not think that God does not behold it...

You keep track of all my sorrows.

You have collected all my tears in Your bottle.

You have recorded each one in Your book

Psa 56:8  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? 

Your sigh is able to move the heart of Jehovah...

Your whisper can incline His ear unto you...

Your prayer can stay His hand...

Your faith can move His arm!

Do Not Think That God Sits On High Taking No Account Of You.

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.

~Charles Spurgeon~

The Secret Of Strength

To Every Christian

October 1st 2019

Faithful, sincere, believing prayer is the secret of strength to every Christian.

It is the channel by which he receives daily help, wisdom, grace, and consolation from above.

A worldly spirit must be avoided if prayer is to be true and effectual.

If the harp is out of tune, if the strings are loose or broken then how can it give forth a delightful strain of pleasant melody?

Just so, if you come to the throne of grace with a mind preoccupied with a thousand eager, feverish worldly desires then how can you offer such hearty spiritual worship as will be music in the ear of our Father in Heaven?

If you would pray and praise aright then watch continually that you are not conformed to the world.

If worldly thoughts are allowed to lodge in the heart...

If you set up an idol of money or pleasure or human praise or anything else, in the sanctuary which belongs to God...

If you indulge yourself in that which is your own besetting snare...

Be sure that you will lose all comfort in prayer.

Either prayer will conquer sin or sin will take away all power in prayer.

Mere lip-service in prayer is another deadly foe to effectual prayer.

It is the shell without the kernel.

It is the husk without the wheat.

It is the body without the soul.

It is the form without the power or reality.

You may repeat the most beautiful words by rote...

You may utter the Lord's Prayer hundreds of times over...

But if there is no earnest desire for the things you ask, then what does it profit you?

God looks at the heart, and He sees the emptiness and worthlessness of all such seeming devotion.

Beware of it as one of the greatest perils.

It is in vain that you worship God and draw near to Him with your lips while your heart is far from Him.

He will never accept it at your hands.

"In Spirit and in truth" is the one great requisite.

A sigh, a groan, a look, an inward longing of the soul has in it more of real, true prayer, than any number of words merely repeated from the memory, or read from a book, without the deep feeling of an humble, believing heart.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

~George Everard-1880~

Pressed Out Of Measure!

September 30th 2019

2Co 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

The Lord Jesus said "I am the true Vine," and it was prophesied of Him that He would tread the winepress alone.

The Cross was His winepress.

How He was pressed in the Cross!

He was crushed and broken, but out of that breaking has come the Life which you and I have, and which so many in all the nations have received.

That is true, in a measure, of His Church.

It was out of the breaking and crushing of the Church that the Life came to the world.

And that is true of every member, every branch of the vine.

If we are to fulfill this true, living ministry, it will only be through suffering, through the winepress, through pressure and through breaking.

Paul said: "We were pressed out of measure above strength 2Corinthians 1:8 – but what Life has come out of that man's pressure!

It is like that.

We are not talking about preaching and Bible teaching, but about this great ministry of Christ giving His Life through us.

It may be passed on to others through preaching, or through teaching, or through living, but if it is His Life it will come out of experiences of suffering.

A preacher or a teacher who has never suffered will never minister Life.

Well, this may not seem a very pleasant outlook, but it is true.

The best doctors and nurses are those who know something about suffering themselves.

Some are just professional, treating you as a case – you are just case number blank.

But, ah! there are others who treat you as a person, a human being, who care for you.

If you ask why, you may find that they have a background of suffering themselves.

They know just a little of what you are going through.

We have read in the Letter to the Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Heb 2:18  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. 

He has been the way of the winepress and we have received the benefit.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Don't Be Offended

September 27th 2019

Luke 7:23  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. 

It is sometimes very difficult not to be offended in Jesus Christ.

The offenses may be circumstantial.

I find myself in a prison-house-a narrow sphere, a sick chamber, an unpopular position...when I had hoped for wide opportunities.

Yes...but He knows what is best for me.

My environment is of His determining.

He means it to intensify my faith, to draw me into nearer communion with Himself, to ripen my power.

In the dungeon my soul should prosper.

The offense may be mental.

I am haunted by perplexities, questions, which I cannot solve.

I had hoped that, when I gave myself to Him, my sky would always be clear...

But often it is overspread by mist and cloud.

Yet let me believe that, if difficulties remain, it is that I may learn to trust Him all the more implicitly...

To trust and not be afraid.

Yes, and by my intellectual conflicts, I am trained to be a tutor to other storm-driven men.

The offense may be spiritual.

I had fancied that within His fold I should never feel the biting winds of temptation; but it is best as it is.

His grace is magnified.

My own character is matured.

His Heaven is sweeter at the close of the day.

There I shall look back on the turnings and trials of the way, and shall sing the praises of my Guide.

So, let come what will come,

His will is welcome; and I shall refuse to be offended in my loving Lord.

~Alexander Smellie~

Blessed is he whose faith is not offended...

When all around his way The power of God is working out deliverance For others day by day...

Though in some prison drear his own soul languish, Till life itself be spent...

Yet still can trust his Father's love and purpose, And rest therein content.

Blessed is he, who through long years of suffering, Cut off from active toil...

Still shares by prayer and praise the work of others, And thus "divides the spoil."

Blessed are thou, O child of God, who sufferest, And canst not understand The reason for thy pain...

Yet gladly leavest Thy life in His blest Hand.

Yea, blessed art thou whose faith is "not offended" By trials unexplained...

By mysteries unsolved, past understanding...

Until the goal is gained.

~Freda Hanbury Allen~

Unanswered

September 26th 2019

Luke 18:6  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

Luke 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 

God's seasons are not at your beckcon.

If the first stroke of the flint doth not bring forth the fire, you must strike again.

God will hear prayer, but He may not answer it at the time which we in our minds have appointed...

He will reveal Himself to our seeking hearts, but not just when and where we have settled in our own expectations.

Hence the need of perseverance and importunity in supplication.

In the days of flint and steel and brimstone matches we had to strike and strike again, dozens of times, before we could get a spark to live in the tinder...

And we were thankful enough if we succeeded at last.

Shall we not be as persevering and hopeful as to heavenly things?

We have more certainty of success in this than we had with our flint and steel...

For we have God's promises at our back.

Never let us despair.

God's time for mercy will come; yea, it has come, if our time for believing has arrived.

Ask in faith nothing wavering...

But never cease from petitioning because the King delays to reply.

Strike the steel again.

Make the sparks fly and have your tinder ready...You will get a light before long.

~C. H. Spurgeon~

I do not believe that there is such a thing in the history of God's kingdom as a right prayer offered in a right spirit that is forever left unanswered.

~Theodore L. Cuyler~

Time  Is Short!

September 25th 2019

1Co 7:29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

We are living in a world where all things are temporary.

Everything here is perishing.

We are going to a world where all things are eternal.

If we are wise, we will live in this world with our hearts fixed on eternity.

And when we look at all things in this world with an eye to eternity, there is one striking fact that we cannot avoid--The time is short!

The time of your life is short. "What is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away."

My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle.

My friend, your days are numbered. Soon, you will have taken your last breath...

Be warned! Blessed be GOD, the time for suffering is short.

2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Since the time is short, we must be detached from the things of this world.

We must hold the dearest objects of this life with a loose hand, and cling only to Christ.

Take your dearest earthly possessions--your money, your lands, your friends, your family--and place this brand upon them--PERISHING!

Christ alone and the riches of His grace are eternal.

What then must we do with the time that we have?

We must redeem the time. Buy up every opportunity to worship and serve Christ.

Buy up every opportunity to point men and women to Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Much time is gone already, the days are evil, and the time that remains is short.

Therefore, I say, redeem the time!

~Don Fortner~

The Only Effectual Reformer

Of The World!

September 24th 2019

The Holy Spirit is the only effectual reformer of the world!

If He is absent...legislators may make laws against crime; philosophers may reason against vice; ministers may preach against sin; conscience may remonstrate against evil; the divine law may prescribe, and threaten hell; the gospel may invite and allure to heaven; but all will be in vain!

The strongest arguments, the most melting entreaties, the most alarming denunciations from man, enforced with the highest authority, or the most compassionate tears—all will have no effect—all will not effectually reclaim one sinner, nor gain one sincere convert to righteousness if the Holy Spirit is absent!

Paul, Apollos, and Peter, with all their apostolic abilities, can do nothing, without the Holy Spirit.

Paul may plant the seed and Apollos may water it; but God alone can make it grow!

1Co 3:6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 

1Co 3:7  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 

Never will peace and harmony be established in this jangling world until this Divine Agent takes the work in hand.

It is He alone who can melt down the obstinate hearts of men into love and peace!

It is He alone who can soften their rugged and savage tempers, and transform them into mutual benevolence!

It is He alone who can quench those lusts that set the world on fire, and implant the opposite virtues and graces.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, are mentioned by Paul, as the fruit of the Spirit, because the Spirit alone is the author of them.

And if these dispositions were predominant in the world...what a serene, calm, peaceful region would it be, undisturbed with the hurricanes of human passions!

Oh, how much do we need the influence of the blessed Holy Spirit to break the heart of stone, to enlighten the dark mind, and to comfort the desponding soul!

~Samuel Davies~

Deliverance From Dust And Chaff

September 23rd 2019

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

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. ~Charles Spurgeon~

What Is Repentance?

September 20th 2019

Luk 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Luk 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

Luk 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Notice the spirit of deep self-abasement in the resolution which the prodigal made.

True repentance is intensely personal.

The prodigal felt it was his own sin. "I have sinned!"

He can scarcely see any sin but his own.

He sees his own sin in the very worst colors.

Study the fifty-first Psalm. See how David again and again speaks.

It is my transgression, my iniquity, my sin ever before me.

True repentance beholds the wrong done to GOD by sin.

The prodigal felt that his sin was primarily against GOD.

It was a breach of His holy law. It was opposition to His holiness.

It was sin against His goodness, and against redeeming love.

So David cries in his bitter sorrow, forgetting for the moment the wrong he had done to Uriah--in the far greater wrong which his sin had done to GOD: "Against You, You only have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight!"

True repentance makes no excuses.

The prodigal seeks for no palliation, no covering, no cloak.

He says nothing of the circumstances which led him to do evil, or of companions who had drawn him aside.

He does not attempt to shift the burden from his own shoulders to that of others.

He makes no self-justifying pleas--he has too much sorrow, too much true brokenness of spirit, to desire or attempt it.

One thing, and one thing only, he sees--his own terrible fall, and his own exceeding guilt.

True repentance takes the very lowest place.

Once to be a son was not enough for him--but now he will be content even to be a slave or a hired servant!

He feels utterly unworthy.

As Jacob felt: "I am not worthy of all the mercies You have showed me."

As the centurion felt when he sent to Jesus: "I am not worthy that You should come under my roof."

So did the young prodigal esteem himself: "I am no longer worthy to be called your son."

Be sure that GOD delights in the humble and contrite soul.

Lift yourself up in pride and self-satisfaction--and GOD will assuredly cast you down.

Cast yourself down in humble confession of your sin--and GOD will assuredly lift you up.

God resists the proud--but gives grace unto the humble.

But we see here the purpose of the heart accomplished.

The young man not only made the resolution, but he kept it, "So he got up and went to his father."

He turned his back forever on that far country and his old companions--and turned his face homeward.

Doubtless it was with many a tear, with many a bitter feeling of regret for all that had passed--since in so different a spirit he had trodden that path before.

Yet onward he trudges with weary heart and weary footstep, in the hope that a place may still be found for him in his father's house.

Do you ask, What Is Repentance?

I can scarcely better describe it than from the path of this wanderer...

It is turning the back...on sin, on the ways of the world, on the lusts of the flesh, on the service of the devil.

And it is turning the face GOD-ward, Heaven-ward, confessing all that is past, looking upward for grace to live holier, with one single desire--to abide in the fear and love of GOD.

~George Everard~

GOD'S Enemies Shall Bow

September 19th 2019

Exo 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.

The ungodly world is hard to teach.

Egypt does not know Jehovah and therefore dares to set up its idols and even ventures to ask, "Who is the LORD?"

Yet the LORD means to break proud hearts, whether they will or not.

When His judgments thunder over their heads, darken their skies, destroy their harvests, and slay their sons, they begin to discern somewhat of Jehovah's power.

There will yet be such things done in the earth as shall bring skeptics to their knees.

Let us not be dismayed because of their blasphemies, for the LORD can take care of His own name, and He will do so in a very effectual manner.

The salvation of His own people was another potent means of making Egypt know that the God of Israel was Jehovah, the living and true God.

No Israelite died by any one of the ten plagues.

None of the chosen seed were drowned in the Red Sea.

Even so, the salvation of the elect and the sure glorification of all true believers will make the most obstinate of God's enemies acknowledge that Jehovah, He is the God.

Oh, that His convincing power would go forth by His Holy Spirit in the preaching of the gospel, till all nations shall bow at the name of Jesus and call Him LORD!

~Charles Spurgeon~

Egypt Flatters Self -  Zion Slays It

September 18th 2019

But the rest is so subtle, it does find so great a response in us.

It is here, of course, that the enemy cunningly works to arrest spiritual progress.

The world? “Oh yes”, you may say, “I have given my life to the Lord: I am born again, I have finished with the world, I am out and out for the Lord now.

All my life, service and energy is for the Lord”.

Very well, says Satan, “let us placard your name everywhere as a great witness for the Lord, and then you will begin to be made a lot of by organized Christianity!”

It is all wrapped up under the guise of affording you a great opportunity, and you are altogether unaware of how nice it is, and how you like it.

What has happened?

That is not the way of the Lamb.

What is the way of the Lamb?

He “emptied himself” (Phil. 2:7) — “but made himself of no reputation”, “He emptied himself”:

The devil is out to FILL you...

Since he could not fill you with the world, he is going to fill you now with the gratification of the natural life in the service of God.

It will not live very long.

It will spend itself, and it will, moreover, mean spiritual immaturity.

It is not the way of the Lamb.

If we were to press this, we could expose that whole thing very thoroughly by a good deal of evidence.

If the enemy cannot get us in one way, he will get us in another...

And he has got many a young life by flattery, ruined many a powerful servant of God by popularity.

Yes, he has brought him down from his excellency by deeply-laid devices in the way of fame, pushing on, bringing to the fore; getting into the limelight, giving a name.

Spiritual life has gradually receded and the end has been tragedy.

That is not fiction, that is a tragic fact.

The way to Zion, the way to the throne, the way to spiritual ascendency is the way of the cross...

And the cross ever more deeply planted right down to the very roots of self-interest, self-gratification, self-pleasure, even in the things of God.

In the end we shall be brought to the place where it is not the Lord’s things that delight us, but the Lord Himself alone Who is our life.

So the whole scheme of the enemy is to make the work of the Lord so attractive...

To offer the prizes, the spheres, the opportunities, and all that sort of thing.

It is very nice...

It is very pleasant...

It answers to something in our fallen nature.

That something has to pass through the crucible of the cross.

It may be something legitimate...

Something God-implanted...

Something essential to the outworking of this divine purpose...

But it has been dragged into a realm of defilement. 

~T. Austin Sparks~

My Father

September 17th 2019

Jer 3:4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

This is a child's cry!

It is full of meaning.

It is full of love.

It is full of comfort.

It is a title which the LORD loves to hear us use!

LORD, give us the Spirit of adoption this morning, and let us see and feel, that we are Your children!

Believer! To whom will you run in trouble?

To whom will you look in difficulty?

To whom will you cry in danger?

From whom will you ask when in need?

Surely I hear you say, "My Father!"

Who speaks to you in the Bible?

Who tries you by His providence?

Who chastens you with His rod?

Who purifies and cleanses you?

Who humbles and reproves you?

Again you will say, "My Father!"

Who supports the world?

Who controls the nations?

Who chains up Satan?

Who comforts the believer?

Who pardons the backslider?

Again you reply, "My Father!"

Then I exhort you to . . .trust your Father's Word...

Abide in your Father's house...

Expect from your Father's hand...

And say in every trial: "I will arise and go to my Father!"

~James Smith~

A Devastating Question

September 16th 2019

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Has GOD said? is the most devastating question that has ever been put into language.

All the history of sin, of misery, and disruption, all the evil story of suspicion, disintegration, hatred, war and the rest came out of that question.

The whole situation in the creation which we so deeply deplore had its roots in that question.

Satan’s whole evil, sinister purpose was summed up in that apparently harmless form...“Has GOD said?”

A question aimed at the very integrity of GOD, at the very goodwill of GOD, aimed at the purpose of GOD for man...

Aimed at GOD as method with man by which that great purpose should be realized, the method of faith, of confidence, of obedience.

Yes, it was all in a very brief sentence in the form of a question Has God said?

And that question, without betraying the subtlety and guile behind it, being admitted by the one to whom it was offered, resulted in a question becoming a very constituent of human nature, a very part of man’s being.

Right at the center of every child of Adam there is a question; it is this question.

Life itself, human life, is a question, a big question, a question which, all through the ages, men have sought to answer, to solve, by countless means, in countless ways, to answer the question that lies there deep in the heart of man.

If you trace that question deeply enough, you will find that it is a question about GOD and GOD'S intention in creating man.

Yes, it is in us; it is a part of us.

The question mark is a bent thing, it is a crooked thing and anything that is bent and crooked is the symbol of weakness.

It signifies that the thing is not to be relied upon, it cannot be trusted.

It is weak, there is something uncertain about it, there is a doubt in it, and that doubt of the question mark has a long and terrible history.

From its simplest form of uncertainty it grows to definite doubt, and on to positive suspicion, then to disintegration and ultimately to death.

That is the history of a question.

A question is a very terrible thing, especially when it involves man’s relationship with GOD. “Has God said?”

You and I know quite well that we are all in some way or other, some degree or other, caught in the meshes of that original question, and it forms the battleground of life.

But that, of course, is a very dark side.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Hindrance To Faith

Lack Of Personal Consecration To God

September 13th 2019

Perhaps the greatest hindrance to faith is a lack of personal consecration to God.

We are taught this in the twelfth of Hebrews, where, in order to look to Jesus as the "beginner and perfecter of our faith," we are to lay aside every weight and the easily besetting sin.

Just as long as there is defect in our consecration, there will be corresponding defects in our faith.

We can trust God only to the extent that we are given up to Him.

Your risk in a bank is up to the limit of your deposit.

Consecration puts us right on believing ground.

Consecration is cutting the shore lines, and faith is launching out into the deep.

So the real question is, not why should I trust all to God, but why should I doubt anything of Him?

Have His promises ever broken down?

Has He ever disappointed or deceived us?

True, He often tests our faith, but at the last moment, in the worst extremity, His train of infinite mercy and provision has arrived on schedule time...

And the finale in many a psalm of life has been, "Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him."

~G. D. Watson~

Hindrance To Faith

Receiving Honor Of Men

September 12th 2019

Another hindrance to faith is that of receiving honor of men.

Jesus asks us, "How can ye believe which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only? " John 5:44

It is not seeking honor of men, but receiving it...

That is, opening our heart to the cordial reception of human praise, or flattery, or fame, that utter violates the tranquility of the soul in God.

Receiving honor from men is a great virtue in the eyes of the world...

But this is an instance in which things highly esteemed among men are an abomination to the Lord.

It may not be seen by all at the first glance, how receiving worldly honor can prevent true faith in God...

BUT a little reflection will show us that receiving worldly honor is an gradual, subtle and malignant form of idolatry.

It has in it the element of man-fearing as well as man-worship.

It is a subtle way of putting self in the place of God.

It implies that our chief happiness comes from man...

Which is an ignoring of the true fountain of joy...

And the hewing out of broken cisterns.

This deference to the creature, this fearing or cringing to man...

This love of place and distinction for self...

Severs the soul from Christ...

Diverts its trust to come from other objects...

And destroys true faith.

~G. D. Watson~

Be Ye Separate

September 11th 2019

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 

Be ye separate.

The Christian, while in the world, is not to be of the world.

He should be distinguished from it in the great object of his life.

To him, "to live," should be "Christ."

Whether he eats, or drinks, or whatever he does, he should do all to God's glory.

You may lay up treasure; but lay it up in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, where thieves break not through nor steal.

You may strive to be rich; but be it your ambition to be "rich in faith," and good works.

You may have pleasure; but when you are merry, sing psalms and make melody in your hearts to the Lord.

In your spirit, as well as in your aim, you should differ from the world.

Waiting humbly before God, always conscious of His presence, delighting in communion with Him, and seeking to know His will, you will prove that you are of heavenly race.

And you should be separate from the world in your actions.

If a thing be right, though you lose by it, it must be done...

If it be wrong, though you would gain by it, you must scorn the sin for your Master's sake.

You must have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Walk worthy of your high calling and dignity.

Remember, O Christian, that thou art a son of the King of kings.

Therefore, keep thyself unspotted from the world.

Soil not the fingers which are soon to sweep celestial strings...

Let not these eyes become the windows of lust which are soon to see the King in His beauty...

Let not those feet be defiled in miry places, which are soon to walk the golden streets...

Let not those hearts be filled with pride and bitterness which are ere long to be filled with heaven, and to overflow with ecstatic joy.

~Charles Spurgeon~

After Waiting Patiently

September 10th 2019

Heb 6:15  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 

Abraham was tested for a very long time, but he was richly rewarded.

The Lord tested him by delaying the fulfillment of His promise...

Satan tested him through temptation...

And people tested him through their jealousy, distrust, and opposition to him.

Sarah tested him through her worrisome temperament...

Yet he patiently endured, not questioning God’s truthfulness and power or doubting God’s faithfulness and love.

Instead, Abraham submitted to God’s divine sovereignty and infinite wisdom.

And he was silent through many delays, willing to wait for the Lord’s timing...

Having patiently endured, he then obtained the fulfillment of the promise.

Beloved, God’s promises can never fail to be accomplished...

And those who patiently wait can never be disappointed...

For believing faith leads to realization.

Abraham’s life condemns a spirit of hastiness...

Admonishes those who complain...

Commends those who are patient...

And encourages quiet submission to God’s will and way.

Remember, Abraham was tested but he patiently waited,ultimately received what was promised,and was satisfied.

If you will imitate his example, you will share the same blessing.

~Selected~

I Will Pour Water

Upon Him That Is Thirsty

September 9th 2019

Isa 44:3  For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 

Thirst, as a feeling of the soul, in a spiritual sense, is certainly indicative of divine life.

It is as impossible, spiritually viewed, for a man dead in sin to thirst after a living God, as for a corpse in the graveyard to thirst after a draught of cold water from the well.

I know for myself that such a feeling as thirsting after God had no place in my bosom until the Lord was pleased to quicken my soul into spiritual life.

I had heard of God by the hearing of the ear.

I had seen him in creation, in the starry sky, in the roaring sea, in the teeming earth...

I had read of him in the Bible...

I had learnt his existence by education and tradition...

And I had some apprehensions of his holiness in my natural conscience...

But as to any spiritual thirsting after him, any earnest desire to fear him, know him, believe in him, or love him,--no such experience or feeling, I can say for myself, ever dwelt in my bosom.

I loved the world too dearly to look to him who made it, and myself too warmly and affectionately to seek him who would bid me crucify and mortify it.

A man, therefore, I am well convinced, must be made alive unto God by spiritual regeneration before he can experience any such sensation as is here conveyed by the figure "thirst," or know anything of the Psalmist's feelings when he cried, "As the hart panteth after the water-brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God" (Psalm 42:1, 2).

Now wherever God has raised up in the soul this spiritual thirst after himself, he certainly will answer that desire, "the desire of the righteous shall be granted" (Prov. 10:24).

His own invitation is, "Ho! every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters" (Isaiah 55:1)...

And Jesus himself says with his own blessed lips, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink" (John 7:37).

Nay, he opened his ministry by pronouncing a blessing on such, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled."

~J. C. Philpot~

Abraham The Friend Of GOD

September 6th 2019

Abraham was the only man in the Old Testament called the friend of God.

James says Abraham was called the friend of God.

The Lord Himself, speaking through the lips of the prophet Isaiah, used this phrase - "Abraham my friend" 

Isa 41:8  But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. 

Jehoshaphat in a day of pressure and need, appealing to the Lord, appealed to Him on this basis, "for the sake of Abraham thy friend".

2Ch 20:7  Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? 

It is said about Moses that the Lord spoke to him face to face as a man speaking to his friend.

That does not upset what I have just said because the Hebrew word is an entirely different one.

The word the Lord used about Moses and the Lord speaking to him face to face as a man speaks with his friend is the word which just means his neighbor or his companion.

Another word is used here of Abraham which is altogether different, which means 'loved one'.

You may talk to your neighbour quite a lot, say a lot of things to your neighbor, but you will not say to him things that you will say to your loved one.

So Abraham stands unique in this title - the friend of God.

Do you see why he was the friend of God?

Do you see the basis of that exclusive title God's friend?

Because of the utter renouncing of the self-life demonstrated and proved in his offering of Isaac.

Abraham knew what that meant, "If Isaac goes, everything goes.

But God is God and He has made a covenant, and I can afford to offer Isaac.

In some way, God will bring Isaac back again.

Paul said Abraham believed God who gives life to the dead.

Rom 4:17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 

And when you get through where you can so utterly let go to God because you believe so utterly in God...

That no matter how much you let go, there will be no loss in the long run where God is concerned...

You are not going to lose anything or be limited by letting go to God utterly and absolutely.

If we can come to that position with God...

And God seems to be striking at that in which everything is contained...

And that with which everything is bound up...

And say, All right Lord, You are the covenant God...

You have covenanted concerning this.

I do not know how You are going to do it or what You will do, but I am going on with You.

That is the basis of this friendship.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Exercise Thyself Unto Godliness

September 5th 2019

1Ti 4:7  But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 

Psa 11:5  The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

In fact, a righteous life is for the most part a tried life.

There is not a child of God, whose graces are lively and active, that is not tried in his soul.

I have no more belief that the soul can live without exercise than that the body can.

The more the soul is exercised, the healthier it will be.

Trial is one main source of exercise.

If you are tried as to your standing...

Tried as to your state...

Tried as to the reality of the work of grace upon your soul...

Tried as to your experience...

Tried as to your manifestations, deliverances, and evidences...

Tried by your sins...

Tried by Satan...

Tried by professors...

Tried by profane...

And above all tried by your own heart, and that continually--it will keep your soul in exercise.

And this is "exercise unto godliness."

If these exercises are unto godliness...

They lead to godliness...

They take you on your way to godliness...

They bring you near to godliness...

They bring you into godliness...

And, above all things, they bring godliness into your soul.

And thus, there is an exercise of the soul unto godliness.

Does not your heart at times seem without a grain of it?

You see what godliness is in its nature, in its branches, in its fruits, in its graces, in what a Christian should be, practically, experimentally, and really--outwardly and inwardly--in the church, and in the world.

You say, "I a Christian! I a godly man or woman! Let me compare myself with godliness.

Am I godly?

Is there grace in my heart?

Do I live? do I speak? do I think? do I act? do I walk?

Do I suffer as becomes a Christian?

Is my life, my profession, my conduct-in the family, in the world-in the business, in the church-at home, abroad-openly, secretly-privately, publicly-is it such that I can take it and lay it down, step by step, with vital, real, experimental, scriptural godliness?

O, say you, "I shrink back from the test."

There are many things in me, inwardly and outwardly, which will not bear to be weighed up with godliness as revealed in the Scriptures of truth.

Well, your mind is exercised, I suppose, when you have these workings.

Now, what is the result?

It is an "exercise unto godliness."

You want it; you strive for it; you cry for it; you press after it; you know that none but the Lord can work it in your soul...

You feel needy, naked, and destitute...

You know that without it you can neither happily live nor die...

Yet have it you must, or perish body and soul for ever.

~A. B. Simpson~

Failure To Believe Christ

For The Present

September 4th 2019

Although Jesus had been teaching His disciples with increasing clearness that He would rise from the dead, none of them had grasped the full meaning of His words.

The company of Jesus had been so sweet to them that they had refused to let their minds dwell upon His death...

And the hints of death and of His resurrection were so vitally connected in the teaching of Jesus that to ignore the one fact was to reject the other.

When Jesus told Martha that her brother would rise again, Martha answered that she knew he would rise at the last day.

So, doubtless, when Jesus spoke darkly of His own resurrection, the disciples would dream of some far distant hour.

Long ages after Elijah had been carried heavenward, some of them had seen him on the Mount of Transfiguration.

So it might be that when the centuries had run, they would meet in glory the Lord they loved so well.

They could believe for some far distant day.

Their point of failure was not the future but the present.

The day would come, no doubt, when Christ would rise.

The incredible thing was that He was risen now.

Are we not all tempted to an unbelief like that?

Is it not easy to believe that God will work, but very hard to believe that God is working?

Strong faith not only deals with the far past and with the years that are still hidden behind the veil, it is radiant for the present hour and sees the hand of God at work today.

~George H. Morrison~

Strength In The Weak

September 3rd 2019

Will Jesus accept such a heart as mine? this erring, treacherous, vile heart?

The PAST - how many forgotten vows - broken covenants - prayerless days!

How often have I made new resolutions, and as often has the reed succumbed to the first blast of temptation!

Oh! my soul! you are low indeed - the things that remain, seem "ready to die."

But your Savior will not give you "over unto death."

The reed is bruised but He will not pluck it up by the roots.

The wick is reduced to a smoldering ember but He will fan the decaying flame.

Why wound your loving Savior's heart by these repeated declensions?

He will not - cannot give you up!

Go, mourn your weakness and unbelief.

Cry unto the Strong for strength.

Weary and faint one!

You have an Omnipotent arm to lean on. "He never grows faint or weary!"

Listen to His own gracious assurance: "Do not be afraid for I am with you.

Do not be discouraged for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you.

I will hold you up with My victorious right hand!

Leaving all your false props and refuges, let this be your resolve, "I will trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock!"

~John Macduff~

The LORD'S Dealings With His People

Are To Prove Them

September 2nd 2019

 

Psa 66:10  For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. 

The Lord's dealings with his people in the wilderness are very much to this purpose and to this end...

To prove them, and to know what is in their hearts.

Has the Lord implanted life in your soul?

Has he touched your conscience with his finger?

Has he begun a work of grace upon your heart?

If so, in your travels through this wilderness there will be things from time to time to prove the reality of this work upon your soul.

You will have temptations...

Now, when temptation comes, it will prove whether you have the fear of God in your soul to stand against the temptation...

Or whether you fall under the temptation...

Or, if you fall under the temptation, whether you are ever recovered out of it.

And if you are a living soul...

The Lord will keep bringing circumstance upon circumstance...

Event upon event...

One thing after another...

And all these things, as they come upon you, shall be made to prove whether the fear of God be in your soul or not.

Now, if the fear of God be not in a man's heart, he must decline, he must fall away.

Satan will be more than a match for every one except God's own family...

Sin will overcome and destroy every one but those whose sins are pardoned through atoning blood and dying love...

And the world, sooner or later, will overcome every one who has not the faith of God's elect whereby alone the world is overcome.

Thus the Lord, in his mysterious dealings (and how mysterious his dealings are!) proves the reality of the work of grace in every heart where that work is begun...

And proves the hypocrisy of all who have but a name to live while their soul is dead before God.

~J. C. Philpot~

Lead Me In The Way Everlasting

August 30th 2019

Psa 139:24  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 

There is often apparently but little difference in two distinct lives between constant victory and frequent victory.

But that one little difference constitutes a world of success or failure.

The one is the Divine, the other is the human; the one is the everlasting way, the other the transient and the imperfect.

God wants to lead us to the way everlasting, and to establish us and make us immovable as He.

We little know the seriousness of the slightest drawing back.

It is but the first step in a downward progression, and God only knows where it shall end.

Let us be "not of them that draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe unto the saving our the soul."

Your victory to-day is but preparing the way for a greater victory to-morrow...

And your drawing back to-day is opening the door for a more terrible defeat in the days to come.

Let us, therefore, whatever we have claimed from our blessed Master, commit it to His keeping...

And take Him to establish us and hold us fast in the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

~A. B. Simpson~

Plentiful Refreshment

August 29th 2019

Jer 31:12  Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. 

Oh, to have one's soul under heavenly cultivation; no longer a wilderness but a garden of the LORD!

Enclosed from the waste, walled around by grace, planted by instruction, visited by love, weeded by heavenly discipline, and guarded by divine power, one's favored soul is prepared to yield fruit unto the LORD.

But a garden may become parched for want of water, and then all its herbs decline and are ready to die.

O my soul, how soon would this be the case were the LORD to leave thee!

In the East, a garden without water soon ceases to be a garden at all: nothing can come to perfection, grow, or even live.

When irrigation is kept up, the result is charming.

Oh, to have one's soul watered by the Holy Spirit uniformly-every part of the garden having its own stream.

Plentifully-a sufficient refreshment coming to every tree and herb, however thirsty by nature it may be, Continually-each hour bringing not only its heat, but its refreshment; wisely-each plant receiving just what it needs.

In a garden you can see by the verdure where the water flows, and you can soon perceive when the Spirit of God comes.

O LORD, water me this day and cause me to yield Thee a full reward for Jesus' sake. Amen.

~Charles Spurgeon~

"Sing Oh Barren"

August 28th 2019

Isa 54:1  Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. 

Though we have brought forth some fruit unto Christ, and have a joyful hope that we are "plants of His own right hand planting," yet there are times when we feel very barren.

Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops.

We are like flowers in the hot sun, requiring the refreshing shower.

In such a condition what are we to do?

The text is addressed to us in just such a state. "Sing, O barren, break forth and cry aloud."

But what can I sing about?

I cannot talk about the present, and even the past looks full of barrenness.

Ah! I can sing of Jesus Christ.

I can talk of visits which the Redeemer has aforetimes paid to me; or if not of these, I can magnify the great love wherewith He loved His people when He came from the heights of heaven for their redemption.

I will go to the cross again.

Come, my soul, heavy laden thou wast once, and thou didst lose thy burden there.

Go to Calvary again.

Perhaps that very cross which gave thee life may give thee fruitfulness.

What is my barrenness?

It is the platform for His fruit-creating power.

What is my desolation?

It is the black setting for the sapphire of His everlasting love.

I will go in poverty, I will go in helplessness, I will go in all my shame and backsliding, I will tell Him that I am still His child, and in confidence in His faithful heart, even I, the barren one, will sing and cry aloud.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Take No Thought For Your Life

August 27th 2019

Mat 6:25  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 

Still the Lord is using the things that are despised.

The very names of Nazarene and Christian were once epithets of contempt.

No man can have God's highest thought and be popular with his immediate generation.

The most abused men are often most used.

There are far greater calamities than to be unpopular and misunderstood.

There are far worse things than to be found in the minority.

Many of God's greatest blessings are lying behind the devil's scarecrows of prejudice and misrepresentation.

The Holy Ghost is not ashamed to use unpopular people.

And if He uses them, what need they care for men?

Oh, let us but have His recognition and man's notice will count for little, and He will give us all we need of human help.

Let us only seek His will, His glory, His approval.

Let us go for Him on the hardest errands and do the most menial tasks.

Honor enough that He uses us and sends us.

Let us not fear in this day to follow Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach...

And by-and-by He will own our worthless name before the myriads of earth and sky.

~A. B. Simpson~

Three Things Necessary:

A Living Faith In The Beyond

August 26th 2019

The last secret of the untroubled heart is a living faith in the beyond.

In my Father's house are many mansions...I go to prepare a place for you.

There every question will be answered, and every chastisement reveal its loving-kindness.

There we shall reach the crowning and completion of all we have tried to do and failed to do.

There these partings, which were so very bitter that for a time they almost wrecked our faith in God, will be justified in the gladness of reunion.

Our light afflictions, which are but for a moment, will work for us an exceeding weight of glory.

We shall arrive, and arriving understand.

Heaven will make perfect our imperfect life.

It was because our blessed Savior lived and died in this divine assurance that He said to His disciples, and says still, "Let not your heart be troubled."

~George H. Morrison~

Three Things Necessary:

Faith In Jesus Christ

August 23rd 2019

The next secret of the untroubled heart is a strong faith in the Lord Jesus.

To trust Him fully is to be at rest.

One is ready to think that when we follow Christ there is going to be exemption from life's hardships.

But discipleship gives no exemptions - in the world ye shall have tribulation.

Discipleship may not remove the trouble...

But it gives such a new setting to it all, that the interior disquiet departs...

And there comes the peace that passes understanding.

Through Him we get a grip of God that was simply impossible before.

Walking with Him, we learn the love of God with a fullness hitherto unknown.

Looking to Him, so radiant and restful, under the very shadow of the cross, we find His spirit entering into us.

When we do that, life may not grow easier.

The thorn in the flesh may not be taken away.

Burdens may weigh heavy on us still, and uncongenial tasks be very irksome.

What is given is not a tranquil world, nor is there any promise of a tranquil life...

What is given is the tranquil heart.

We lose the fearfulness of manhood and reach the happy confidence of childhood.

We have a Friend beside us in the darkest mile.

We have a Savior who can save unto the uttermost.

All of which, in the deep places of our being, unseen by any human eye, ushers in a certain shining peacefulness which the world can never take away.

~George H. Morrison~

Three Things Necessary:

A Quiet Faith in God

August 22nd 2019

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 

For this undisturbedness, He tells us, there are three things which are necessary.

The first of them is a quiet faith in God.

If He be the God of Abraham and of Isaac, then He is the God of individuals.

He does not deal with us upon the scale of thousands; He deals with us upon the scale of one.

And our Lord means that to recognize that dealing, and to trust Him, often in extreme opposition to the senses, is one great secret of interior peace.

If trials be only the bludgeoning of fate, if things that meet us be only chance occurrences, it is incredibly hard for common men and women to be victoriously serene within.

But the moment we say, "This thing is of God," however dark and inscrutable it be, then the birds start singing in the trees.

If underneath are the everlasting arms...

If not a sparrow can fall without our Father...

If He who sees the end from the beginning is ordering everything in perfect wisdom...

However hard life be, or unintelligible, there comes a radiant quietness at the center, and in that quietness we overcome the world.

We are not here to be beaten.

We are here, the weakest of us, to be more than conquerors.

A deep faith in the sovereignty of God overthrows the tyranny of things.

All of which our blessed Savior knew so well, from His immediate communion with the Father, that He could say, "Let not your heart be troubled."

In A Sense Jesus Christ Was Lonely

August 21st 2019

There is a deep sense in which Christ was lonely too.

And it is strange that on the night of the betrayal, perhaps the two loneliest figures in the world were the sinful disciple and his sinless Lord.

But oh, the world of difference between the two!

Christ lonely because He was the Son of God, bearing His cross alone and going out into the glory.

And Judas lonely because he was the son of perdition, with every harmony destroyed by sin, and going out into the night.

Now towards which figure are you making, friends?

For towards one or the other your feet are carrying you.

There is a loneliness upon the mountain top.

There is a loneliness in death and in the grave.

And the one is the isolation of the climbing heart...

And the other the isolation of the lost.

Towards which are you headed?

Is it "To the hills will I lift up mine eyes" or "The wages of sin is death"?

~George H. Morrison~

Deliverance In The Stormy Winds

August 20th 2019

Exo 10:13  And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. 

Exo 10:19  And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt. 

See how in the olden times, when the Lord fought for Israel against the cruel Pharaoh, the stormy winds wrought out their deliverance...

And yet again, in that grandest display of power-the last blow that God struck at the proud defiance of Egypt.

A strange, almost cruel thing it must have seemed to Israel to he hemmed in by such a host of dangers...

In front the wild sea defying them, on either hand the rocky heights cutting off all hope of escape, the night of hurricane gathering over them.

It was as if that first deliverance had come only to hand them over to more certain death.

Completing the terror there rang out the cry: "The Egyptians are upon us!"

When it seemed they were trapped for the foe, then came the glorious triumph.

Forth swept the stormy wind and beat back the waves, and the hosts of Israel marched forward, down into the path of the great deep--a way arched over with God's protecting love.

On either hand were the crystal walls glowing in the light of the glory of the Lord; and high above them swept the thunder of the storm.

So on through all that night; and when, at dawn of the next day, the last of Israel's host set foot upon the other shore, the work of the stormy wind was done.

Then sang Israel unto the Lord the song of the "stormy wind fulfilling his word."

The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil...

Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

One day, by God's great mercy, we, too, shall stand upon the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Then we shall sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:

Just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

We shall know then how the stormy winds have wrought out our deliverance.

Now you see only the mystery of this great sorrow; then you shall see how the threatening enemy was swept away in the wild night of fear and grief.

Now you look only at the loss; then you shall see how it struck at the evil that had begun to rivet its fetters upon you.

Now you shrink from the howling winds and muttering thunders; then you shall see how they beat back the waters of destruction, and opened up your way to the goodly land of promise.

~Mark Guy Pearse~

Though winds are wild, And the gale unleashed, My trusting heart still sings: I know that they mean No harm to me, He rideth on their wings.

True Service For The LORD

August 19th 2019

Rev 2:19  I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 

Oh, that we should get some better idea of what the service of the Lord is than that it is platforms and pulpits and open-air meetings.

Beloved, service for the Lord is just as important when it is rendering some kindly act of helpful service to some rather depressed child of God in the ordinary domestic things of daily life...

Just as valuable as getting on the platform and giving a message.

You see it is strengthening the hands of the Lord's children...

It is coming in to check the crushing overweight of the adversary...

Coming alongside to lift up the testimony in some life or home where the enemy is trying to crush the testimony out...

And the testimony is something maintained in domestic relationships, in family life, private life.

There are too many who want to give up their domestic service and go to Bible College, failing to recognize that that service there may be just as valuable to the Lord as their going out to the mission field.

It is spiritual, not technical, not organized, and you may be as much a priest of the Lord in going round to some home tomorrow where the enemy is pressing in, and giving a practical hand in helping with the washing, as you may be a priest in standing on the platform....

There are many priests of God whose voices have never been heard in public, who have never been seen in a public way, who are unknown, hidden very often in the assembly and yet in secret history fulfilling a most valuable ministry.

Get adjusted over this thing.

We have to come to the point where we deliberately decide as to whether the Lord is worthy of this, and abandon ourselves to it because of our appreciation of Him, the Master.

You see, this servant abandons himself freely, voluntarily, for all time to the service of his master because he has come to love his master.

~T. Austin Sparks~

It Is Better To Be Deaf

August 16th 2019

Pro 10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

In the case of slander, the listener is almost as bad as the speaker.

The only proper response, is to shut your ears the moment you begin to hear an evil report of another from anyone.

The person has no right to tell it to you and you have no right to listen to it!

If you refuse to listen he will not be able to go on with his story.

Ears are made to hear with, but on occasion it is better to be deaf.

We all aim at courtesy, and courtesy requires that we be patient listeners, even to dull speakers; but even courtesy does not require us to listen to evil reports about a neighbor.

Ears should be trained to shut instinctively when the breath of slander touches it, just as our eyes shut at the slightest approach of harm.

~J. R. Miller~

He who speaks a slander, carries the devil on his tongue - and he who listens to it, carries the devil in his ear!

~Thomas Watson~

Tempted To Avoid The Cross

August 15th 2019

We see Him first, and we see Him often, tempted to avoid the cross.

That sore temptation never left Him.

At the very outset of His ministry, such was the suggestion of the devil.

It runs like some dark thread of hell through all the encounters of the wilderness.

Let Him with all His brilliant gifts ally Himself with worldly policies and what need would there be of the bloody way of Calvary?

It smote Him again after many days and this time through the lips of Simon Peter.

Was not our Lord recalling the scene out in the wilderness when He said, "Get thee behind me, Satan" (Mat 16:23)?

And near the end when the Greeks came craving an interview with Christ, was that not the old temptation back again?

Why, in that thrilling hour, did our Lord say "Now is my soul troubled" (Joh 12:27)?

Why did He not rejoice in spirit when the "other sheep" were coming to His feet?

Surely it was because these Greeks were envoys offering an open door to the big world without the imminent agonies of Calvary.

It is notable that in the Gospel of St. John there is no mention whatever of Gethsemane.

To St. John that offer of the Grecian world was the spiritual equivalent of Gethsemane.

It was the temptation to achieve the kingship on which His kingly heart was set by some way other than the cross.

He was tempted to avoid the cross, to shun it, to take some other road.

Have we not all been tempted just like that?

And does it not bring the Master very near us in a brotherhood intensely real to remember that He was victorious just there?

~George H. Morrison~

The LORD The Saints AVENGER!

August 14th 2019

Never are the ungodly further from the mark--never committed to a mistake more suicidal and fatal than when they lay the hand of injustice and oppression upon the saints of the Most High!

GOD is for them. He is the Avenger of all those who put their trust in Him...the widow and the fatherless...and those who touch them touch the apple of His eye.

If God is for us, who can be against us?

A simple missionary incident may illustrate this truth. A little band of missionaries in the Fiji Islands found their home, on one occasion, surrounded by a troop of armed savages, bent upon their destruction.

Unable, as unwilling, to fight, they closed the door, and betook themselves to prayer.

Presently, the war-whoop suddenly ceased.

On opening the door they found only one savage there.

Where are your chiefs? he was asked.

They are gone, was the reply; "they heard you praying to your GOD, and they knew that your GOD was a strong GOD, and they left."

How true this testimony of the savages!

The GOD of the Christians is a strong LORD.

All that strength is on the side of His people.

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself STRONG in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.

Consider, O my soul, this truth, that the LORD is the strength of His people and the Avenger of all who are oppressed, and will set them in a safe place from those who malign them.

The LORD'S people are an OPPRESSED people.

The ungodly oppress them-sins oppress them-afflictions oppress them-temptations oppress them-needs oppress them-infirmities oppress them-the body of sickness and suffering oppresses them...

And, alas! that it should be said, even the saints often oppress them-for some of their keenest shafts have been forged and flung by a brother's hand.

Oh, if there is a spectacle on earth which might well awaken tears in heaven, it is that of the brethren of one Father, the ransomed of one Savior, the travelers to one home, falling out by the way, by reason of their varied shades of doctrine, or of worship, or of church relation and so, "biting and devouring one another."

My soul, be a lover of good men; love them, not because they are of your creed, or of your church, but, because they belong to Christ-o shall all men know that you are also one of His disciples.

But, the LORD stands up for His oppressed ones.

He is the Avenger of all such. "It is GOD who avenges me," says David.

Leave Him, O my soul, to vindicate your character, to redress your wrong, to rid you of your adversary, and He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noon-day.

O LORD, You have pleaded the causes of my soul.

The sighing of the needy. Jesus was a sighing Savior!

He often "sighed deeply in His spirit."

And still He is in sympathy with His members, who sigh by reason of sin and suffering and need.

For these He will arise.

Sigh on, O my soul!

The sigh that breathes from a broken heart, or is wrung from an anguished spirit, or is awakened by the unkindness of the oppressor, or the wounding of a Christian brother, ascends to heaven as music in the ear of the Great High Priest within the veil, and awakens the echoes of His loving and compassionate heart.

Weeping has a voice-sighs have a language-and Jesus hears the one and understands the other.

To nothing belonging to a saint can the LORD be indifferent.

O LORD! I am oppressed-undertake for me.

Thus, let the burden of oppression, and sigh of need, prompt you to prayer; then shall you thank and praise Him for both.

Give to the winds your fears; Hope, and be undismayed; GOD hears your sighs, and counts your tears, GOD shall lift up your head.

~Octavius Winslow~

Stand Still

August 13th 2019

Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord (Exod. 14:13).

These words contain God's command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties.

He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut upon the right hand and on the left.

What is he now to do?

The Master's word to him is "stand still."

It will be well for him if, at such times, he listens only to his Master's word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions.

Despair whispers, "Lie down and die; give it all up."

But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness.

Cowardice says, "Retreat; go back to the worldling's way of action; you cannot play the Christian's part; it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles."

But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it, if you are a child of God.

His Divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course.

What if for a while thou art called to stand still; yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time.

Precipitancy cries, "Do something; stir yourself; to stand still and wait is sheer idleness."

We must be doing something at once-we must do it, so we think-instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something, but will do everything.

Presumption boasts, "If the sea be before you, march into it, and expect a miracle."

But faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still," and immovable as a rock it stands.

Stand still--keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice...

And it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, "Go forward."

~Charles Spurgeon~

Be quiet! why this anxious heed About thy tangled ways?

God knows them all.

He giveth speed And He allows delays.

Tis good for thee to walk by faith And not by sight.

Take it on trust a little while.

Soon shalt thou read the mystery aright In the full sunshine of His smile.

In times of uncertainty, wait.

Always, if you have any doubt, wait.

Do not force yourself to any action.

If you have a restraint in your spirit, wait until all is clear, and do not go against it.

Even The Faintest Call

August 12th 2019

Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Why do I not call on His name?

Why do I run to this neighbor and that when God is so near and will hear my faintest call?

Why do I sit down and devise schemes and invent plans!

Why not at once roll myself and my burden upon the LORD?

Straightforward is the best runner...why do I not run at once to the living God?

In vain shall I look for deliverance anywhere else; but with God I shall find it; for here I have His Royal "Shall" to make it sure.

I need not ask whether I may call on Him or not, for that word whosoever is a very wide and comprehensive one.

Whosoever means me, for it means anybody and everybody who calls upon God.

I will therefore follow the leading of the text and at once call upon the glorious LORD who has made so large a promise.

My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered; but this is no business of mine.

He who makes the promise will find out ways and means of keeping it.

It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels.

I am His servant, not His solicitor.

I call upon Him, and He will deliver me.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Satan Hindered Us

August 9th 2019

1Th 2:18  Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 

Since the first hour in which goodness came into conflict with evil, it has never ceased to be true in spiritual experience, that Satan hinders us.

From all points of the compass, all along the line of battle, in the vanguard and in the rear, at the dawn of day and in the midnight hour, Satan hinders us.

If we toil in the field, he seeks to break the ploughshare; if we build the wall, he labours to cast down the stones; if we would serve God in suffering or in conflict-everywhere Satan hinders us.

He hinders us when we are first coming to Jesus Christ.

Fierce conflicts we had with Satan when we first looked to the cross and lived.

Now that we are saved, he endeavours to hinder the completeness of our personal character.

You may be congratulating yourself, "I have hitherto walked consistently; no man can challenge my integrity."

Beware of boasting, for your virtue will yet be tried; Satan will direct his engines against that very virtue for which you are the most famous.

If you have been hitherto a firm believer, your faith will ere long be attacked; if you have been meek as Moses, expect to be tempted to speak unadvisedly with your lips.

The birds will peck at your ripest fruit, and the wild boar will dash his tusks at your choicest vines.

Satan is sure to hinder us when we are earnest in prayer.

He checks our importunity, and weakens our faith in order that, if possible, we may miss the blessing.

Nor is Satan less vigilant in obstructing Christian effort.

There was never a revival of religion without a revival of his opposition.

As soon as Ezra and Nehemiah begin to labour, Sanballat and Tobiah are stirred up to hinder them.

What then?

We are not alarmed because Satan hindereth us, for it is a proof that we are on the Lord's side, and are doing the Lord's work, and in His strength we shall win the victory, and triumph over our adversary.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Alone With God

August 8th 2019

Gen 32:24  And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

Left alone! What different sensations those words conjure up to each of us.

To some they spell loneliness and desolation, to others rest and quiet.

To be left alone without God, would be too awful for words, but to be left alone with Him is a foretaste of Heaven!

If His followers spent more time alone with Him, we should have spiritual giants again.

The Master set us an example.

Note how often He went to be alone with God...

And He had a mighty purpose behind the command, "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray."

The greatest miracles of Elijah and Elisha took place when they were alone with God.

It was alone with God that Jacob became a prince; and just there that we, too, may become princes--"men (aye, and women too!) wondered at".

Zec 3:8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. 

Joshua was alone when the Lord came to him.

Gideon and Jephthah were by themselves when commissioned to save Israel.

Moses was by himself at the wilderness bush.

Cornelius was praying by himself when the angel came to him. 

No one was with Peter on the house top, when he was instructed to go to the Gentiles.

John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness ...

And John the Beloved alone in Patmos, when nearest God.

Covet to get alone with God.

If we neglect it, we not only rob ourselves, but others too, of blessing, since when we are blessed we are able to pass on blessing to others.

It may mean less outside work; it must mean more depth and power, and the consequence, too, will be "they saw no man save Jesus only."

To be alone with God in prayer cannot be over-emphasized.

If chosen men had never been alone, In deepest silence open-doored to God, No greatness ever had been dreamed or done.

Rules For Prosperity

August 7th 2019

Jos 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

Yes, the LORD will be with us in our holy war, but He demands of us that we strictly follow His rules...

Our victories will very much depend upon our obeying Him with all our heart, throwing strength and courage into the actions of our faith.

If we are halfhearted we cannot expect more than half a blessing.

We must obey the LORD with care and thoughtfulness.

"Observe to do" is the phrase used, and it is full of meaning.

This is referred to every part of the divine will; we must obey with universal readiness.

Our rule of conduct is "according to all the law."

We may not pick and choose, but we must take the LORD's commands as they come, one and all.

In all this we must go on with exactness and constancy...

Ours is to be a Straightforward course which bends neither to the right nor to the left.

We are not to err by being more rigid than the law, nor turn out of levity to a more See and easy way.

With such obedience there will come spiritual prosperity.

O LORD, help us to see if it be not even so!

We shall not test Thy promise in vain.

~Charles Spurgeon~

His Soul Was Grieved

For The Misery Of Israel

August 6th 2019

Jdg 10:16  And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel. 

His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

This is a very strong way of stating the pitifulness of God.

It is applying to Him terms borrowed from our own experiences as men...

And in no other way could we realize the tender love and compassion of our Heavenly Father.

Israel's miseries were due to the sins with which their history was marked...

But God's love brooded over them, longing to deliver.

This is the explanation of God's first words to Adam....

"Where art thou?"...as though God were treading the glades of Eden with a broken heart, grieved for the misery of His children.

This was the lament of God's Spirit throughout the Old Testament. - " How shall I give thee up, Ephraim?

Mine heart is turned within Me; My compassions are kindled together.

O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself!

He looked, and there was no man; He wondered that there was none to help, therefore His own arm brought salvation.

This led to the Incarnation and Passion of our Lord.

This characterized our Lord's earthly life. 

When He beheld the city, and foresaw all the evil that would accrue to it, He could not hold back His tears.

His soul was grieved.

In all likelihood, you, my reader, may be suffering keenly the result of your own mistakes and sins in earlier life.

The troubles that hem you in are the direct outcome of your having forsaken God.

He could, and would, have saved you; but you made it impossible, because you withdrew yourself from His care.

And now He grieves over you.

If only you would forsake your sins and turn to Him, He would assuredly raise up a Jephthah for your help.

~F. B. Meyer~

"Hidden Workers"

August 5th 2019

Joh 10:41  And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. 

You may be very discontented with yourself.

You are no genius, have no brilliant gifts, and are inconspicuous for any special faculty.

Mediocrity is the law of your existence.

Your days are remarkable for nothing but sameness and insipidity.

Yet you may live a great life.

John did no miracle, but Jesus said that among those born of women there had not appeared a greater than he.

John's main business was to bear witness to the Light, and this may be yours and mine.

John was content to be only a voice, if men would think of Christ. 

Willing to be only a voice, heard but not seen...

A mirror whose surface is lost to view, because it reflects the dazzling glory of the sun...

A breeze that springs up just before daylight, and says, "The dawn! the dawn!" and then dies away.

Do the commonest and smallest things as beneath His eye.

If you must live with uncongenial people, set to their conquest by love.

If you have made a great mistake in your life, do not let it becloud all of it...

But, locking the secret in your breast, compel it to yield strength and sweetness.

We are doing more good than we know, sowing seeds...

Starting streamlets...

Giving men true thoughts of Christ...

To which they will refer one day as the first things that started them thinking of Him...

And, of my part, I shall be satisfied if no great mausoleum is raised over my grave...

But that simple souls shall gather there when I am gone, and say, "He was a good man; he wrought no miracles, but he spake words about Christ, which led me to know Him for myself."

~George Matheson~

God Will Make Our Obstacles

Serve His Purposes.

August 2nd 2019

Isa 49:11  And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. 

God will make our obstacles serve His purposes.

We all have mountains in our lives, and often they are people and things that threaten to block the progress of our spiritual life.

The obstacles may be untruths told about us...

A difficult occupation...

A thorn in [the] flesh...

Or our daily cross.

And often we pray for their removal...

For we tend to think that if only these were removed,we would live a more tender, pure, and holy life.

How foolish you are, and how slow of heart!

These are the very conditions we need for achievement, and they have been put in our lives as the means of producing the gifts and qualities for which we have been praying so long.

We pray for patience for many years, and when something begins to test us beyond our endurance, we run from it.

We try to avoid it, we see it as some insurmountable obstacle to our desired goal,and we believe that if it was removed,we would experience immediate deliverance and victory.

This is not true!

We would simply see the temptations to be impatient end.

This would not be patience.

The only way genuine patience can be acquired is by enduring the very trials that seem so unbearable today.

Turn from your running and submit.

Claim by faith to be a partaker in the patience of Jesus and face your trials in Him.

There is nothing in your life that distresses or concerns you that cannot become submissive to the highest purpose.

Remember, they are God’s mountains.

He puts them there for a reason, and we know He will never fail to keep His promise.

God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.

Job 28:23  God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. 

Job 28:24  For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; 

So when we come to the foot of the mountains,we will find our way.

~F. B. Meyer

The purpose of our trials is not only to test our worthiness but also to increase it, just as the mighty oak is tested by the storms as well as strengthened by them.

We Must All Appear

Before The Judgment Seat Of God

August 1st 2019

2Co 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 

It will not always be the day of toil and trial.

Some day, we shall hear our names announced before the universe, and the record read of things that we had long forgotten.

How our hearts will thrill, and our heads will bow, as we shall hear our own names called...

And then the Master shall recount the triumph and the services which we had ourselves forgotten!

And, perhaps, from the ranks of the saved He shall call forward the souls that we have won for Christ and the souls that they in turn had won...

And as we see the issue of things that have, perhaps, seemed but trifling at the time, we shall fall before the throne, and say, "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory!"

Beloved, the pages are going up every day, for the record of our life.

We are setting the type ourselves, by every moment's action.

Hands unseen are stereotyping the plates, and soon the record will be registered, and read before the audience of the universe...and amid the issues of eternity.

~A. B. Simpson~

Power Over The World

July 31st 2019

This is the Victory that hath Overcome the world, even our FAITH (1 John 5:4).

The world in this sense is that whole system and order and atmosphere and attitude of things which MUST have the SEEN, and the PRESENT.

What is the Mark of the world?

It must See, it Must Have Now.

Anything that is unseen and not present is utterly outside of the mentality of the world...

And we know how much of the world there is in our nature and the battle is there.

Faith overcomes that world that is in our own natures and around us.

The things which are seen are temporal: but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18).

Faith has to do with those things.

We could talk for many hours on the matter of faith.

Please do not think I am laying down the law to you.

God knows the battle in all of our hearts on this matter and how true we know this to be in our own experience.

We simply talk to one another solemnly.

We shall always have to fall down before Him and say, Lord, increase our faith!

There will be many times when we shall say, Lord, I have not faith for that, I have not faith to face this, to accept this.

It is a matter of a new dealing with the Lord on this question of faith.

There is the fact, it has to be faced, to be settled, to be resolved again and again.

Everything depends upon it - the Victory in every realm, going on with the Lord, getting through to what God has purposed.

It is all this matter of faith in God, and thereby being well-pleasing unto Him.

He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him (Heb. 11:6).

Lord~increase our faith!

~T. Austin Sparks~

Pray Until You Believe

July 30th 2019

John 4:50  Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. 

The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe.

Mark 11:24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 

When you are confronted with a matter that requires immediate prayer, pray until you believe...

Until with wholehearted sincerity you can thank Him for the answer.

If you do not see the external answer immediately, do not pray for it in such a way that it is evident you are not definitely believing God for it...

This type of prayer will be a hindrance instead of a help to you...

And when you are finished praying, you will find that your faith has been weakened or has entirely gone...

The urgency you felt to offer this kind of prayer is clearly from self and Satan.

It may not be wrong to mention the matter to the Lord again, if He is keeping you waiting for His answer, but be sure to do so in a way that shows your faith.

Never pray in a way that diminishes your faith.

You may tell Him you are waiting, still believing and therefore praising Him for the answer.

There is nothing that so fully solidifies faith as being so sure of the answer that you can thank God for it.

Prayers that empty us of faith deny both God’s promises from His Word and the “Yes” that He whispered to our hearts.

Such prayers are only the expression of the unrest of our hearts, and unrest implies unbelief that our prayers will be answered.

Heb 4:3  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 

The type of prayer that empties us of faith frequently arises from focusing our thoughts on the difficulty rather than on God’s promise.

Abraham,“without weakening in his faith, faced the fact that his body was as good as dead...

Rom 4:19  And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: 

Rom 4:20  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 

May we “watch and pray so that [we] will not fall into [the] temptation” of praying faith-diminishing prayers.

~C.H. P.~

Faith is not a sense, nor sight, nor reason, but simply taking God at His word.

~Christmas Evans~

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.

~George Mueller~

You will never learn faith in comfortable surroundings.

God gives us His promises in a quiet hour, seals our covenants with great and gracious words, and then steps back, waiting to see how much we believe.

He then allows the Tempter to come, and the ensuing test seems to contradict all that He has spoken.

This is when faith wins its crown.

This is the time to look up through the storm, and among the trembling, frightened sailors declare, “I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me”.

Act 27:25  Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. 

Believe and trust; through stars and suns...

Through life and death, through soul and sense...

His wise, paternal purpose runs...

The darkness of His Providence Is starlit with Divine intents.

God's Refreshing

July 29th 2019

1Ki 19:7  And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. 

And what did God do with His tired servant?

Gave him something good to eat, and put him to sleep.

Elijah had done splendid work, and had run alongside of the chariot in his excitement...

And it had been too much for his physical strength, and the reaction had come on, and he was depressed.

The physical needed to be cared for.

What many people want is sleep, and the physical ailment attended to.

There are grand men and women who get where Elijah was -under the juniper tree!

And it comes very soothingly to such to hear the words of the Master: "The journey is too great for thee, and I am going to refresh you."

Let us not confound physical weariness with spiritual weakness.

I'm too tired to trust and too tired to pray, Said one, as the over-taxed strength gave way.

The one conscious thought by my mind possessed, Is, oh, could I just drop it all and rest.

Will God forgive me, do you suppose, If I go right to sleep as a baby goes, Without an asking if I may, Without ever trying to trust and pray?

Will God forgive you?

Why think, dear heart, When language to you was an unknown art, Did a mother deny you needed rest, Or refuse to pillow your head on her breast?

Did she let you want when you could not ask?

Did she set her child an unequal task?

Or did she cradle you in her arms, And then guard your slumber against alarms?

Ah, how quick was her mother love to see, The unconscious yearnings of infancy.

When you've grown too tired to trust and pray, When over-wrought nature has quite given way: Then just drop it all, and give up to rest...

As you used to do on a mother's breast, He knows all about it - the dear Lord knows, So just go to sleep as a baby goes; Without even asking if you may, God knows when His child is too tired to pray.

He judges not solely by uttered prayer, He knows when the yearnings of love are there.

He knows you do pray, He knows you do trust, And He knows, too, the limits' of poor weak dust.

Oh, the wonderful sympathy of Christ, For His chosen ones in that midnight tryst, "When He bade them sleep and take their rest..."

While on Him the guilt of the whole world pressed - You've given your life up to Him to keep, Then don't be afraid to go right to sleep.

In Their Affliction

They Will Seek Me Early

July 26th 2019

Hos 5:15  I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. 

Losses and adversities are frequently the means which the great Shepherd uses to fetch home His wandering sheep; like fierce dogs they worry the wanderers back to the fold.

There is no making lions tame if they are too well fed; they must be brought down from their great strength, and their stomachs must be lowered, and then they will submit to the tamer's hand...

And often have we seen the Christian rendered obedient to the Lord's will by straitness of bread and hard labour.

When rich and increased in goods many professors carry their heads much too loftily, and speak exceeding boastfully.

Like David, they flatter themselves, "My mountain standeth fast; I shall never be moved."

When the Christian groweth wealthy, is in good repute, hath good health, and a happy family, he too often admits Mr. Carnal Security to feast at his table...

And then if he be a true child of God there is a rod preparing for him.

Wait awhile, and it may be you will see his substance melt away as a dream.

There goes a portion of his estate-how soon the acres change hands.

That debt, that dishonoured bill-how fast his losses roll in, where will they end?

It is a blessed sign of divine life if when these embarrassments occur one after another he begins to be distressed about his backslidings, and betakes himself to his God.

Blessed are the waves that wash the mariner upon the rock of salvation!

Losses in business are often sanctified to our soul's enriching.

If the chosen soul will not come to the Lord full-handed, it shall come empty.

If God, in His grace, findeth no other means of making us honour Him among men, He will cast us into the deep...

If we fail to honour Him on the pinnacle of riches, He will bring us into the valley of poverty.

Yet faint not, heir of sorrow, when thou art thus rebuked, rather recognize the loving hand which chastens, and say, "I will arise, and go unto my Father."

~Charles Spurgeon~

"Cast Not Away Your Confidence"

July 25th 2019

Satan cared far less for Peter's denial of his Master than for the use he made of it afterwards to destroy his faith.

So Jesus said to him: "I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not."

It was Peter's faith he attacked...

And so it is our faith that Satan contests.

The trial of our faith is much more precious than gold that perisheth.

Whatever else we let go let us hold steadfastly to our trust.

Cast not away, therefore, your confidence...

And "hold fast the rejoicing of our hope firm unto the end."

And if you would hold your trust...

Hold your sweetness...

Your rightness of spirit...

Your obedience to Christ...

Your victory in every way.

Whatever comes, regard it as of less consequence, than that you should triumph and stand fast...

And accepting every circumstance as God is pleased to let occur...

Wave the banner of your victory in the face of every foe, and go on, shouting in His name...

Thanks be unto God that always causeth us to triumph in Christ Jesus.

~A. B. Simpson~

Is Our Faith Dependent

On Circumstances?

July 24th 2019

Psa 106:12  Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. 

Psa 106:13  They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: 

Psa 106:14  But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. 

Psa 106:15  And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. 

We read of Moses, that "he endured, as seeing him who is invisible."

Exactly the opposite was true of the children of Israel in this record.

They endured only when the circumstances were favorable...

They were largely governed by the things that appealed to their senses, in place of resting in the invisible and eternal God.

In the present day there are those who live intermittent Christian lives because they have become occupied with the outward...

And center in circumstances, in place of centering in God.

God wants us more and more to see Him in everything...

And to call nothing small if it bears us His message.

Here we read of the children of Israel, "Then they believed his words."

They did not believe till after they saw...

When they saw Him work, then they believed.

They really doubted God when they came to the Red Sea...

But when God opened the way and led them across and they saw Pharaoh and his host drowned - "then they believed."

They led an up and down life because of this kind of faith...

It was a faith that depended upon circumstances.

This is not the kind of faith God wants us to have.

Bring Them To Me

July 23rd 2019

Mat 14:17  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 

Mat 14:18  He said, Bring them hither to me. 

Why have ye not received all the fullness of the Holy Spirit?

And how may we be anointed with "the rest of the oil?"

The greatest need is to make room when God makes it.

Look around you at your situation.

Are you not encompassed with needs at this very moment, and almost overwhelmed with difficulties, trials and emergencies?

These are all divinely provided vessels for the Holy Spirit to fill...

And if you would but rightly understand their meaning, they would become opportunities for receiving new blessings and deliverances which you can get in no other way.

Bring these vessels to God.

Hold them steadily before Him in faith and prayer.

Keep still, and stop your own restless working until He begins to work.

Do nothing that He does not Himself command you to do.

Give Him a chance to work, and He will surely do so...

And the very trials that threatened to overcome you with discouragement and disaster, will become God's opportunity for the revelation of His grace and glory in your life, as you have never known Him before.

Bring them (all needs) to Me.

~A. B. Simpson~

The Choice Of The Heart

July 22nd 2019

John 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

A true knowledge of the Lord Jesus will reverse a good many of our ideas, and a good many of our procedures.

A true knowledge of Christ and union with Christ, with all that that means, will make us go to work in entirely the opposite way from that in which we have been accustomed to go.

We shall come to be governed by this one consideration...

That it is not what we would do for the Lord, but what the Lord would do through us, that is alone to rule.

It is a very testing way.

You can hardly believe, unless you have been the same way, how often and intensely and bitterly the enemy fights and tempts you to come down on to a lower position...

And to take up things again for God and launch big schemes enter upon big undertakings, set up some thing on the earth that can be seen...

Because all those who are governed by that standard of things seen have said: "You see, you are doing nothing!"

Show us what you are doing!

You cannot show us anything for it all!

Satan does work on that line.

To the flesh that is not easy.

To go on with God and have nothing to show for it, never to be able to have the work written up in the papers, to publish no reports, nor statistics...

And yet to know in your heart of hearts that, although it is hidden, something is going on, and that you cannot do otherwise than you are doing, is far from being a path of ease to the flesh.

It is a testing way, but, blessed be God, if we do endure the testing and go on patiently with Him...

In His time, when that flesh has been finally laid low; when the voice of natural ambition is no longer sounding and having influence...

And we are now utterly at the place where if things are not going to be of the Lord then there is not going to be anything at all, the Lord has a free way, and He is able to indicate that all the time something has been going on.

He shows how He has been at work, and how that in time there will be manifested a work of God...

A work that shall have such a large percentage of spiritual value and meaning in it that you are very glad, after all, that you walked with God and not with men in the work of God.

~T. Austin Sparks~

He Was A Constant Thorn

In Their Sides!

July 19th 2019

Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Another reason why Christ was despised and rejected, was because He exposed and denounced sin.

Ah, this explains why Christ was not wanted here.

He was a constant thorn in their sides!

His holiness condemned their unholiness!

Men wish to go their own way, to please themselves, to gratify their lusts.

They want to be comfortable in their wickedness...

Therefore they resent one who searches the heart, pierces the conscience, and rebukes their evil.

Christ was absolutely uncompromising.

He would not wink at wrong-doing, but unsparingly denounced it, in whoever it was found.

He boldly affirmed, "For judgment I have come into this world"...

Joh 9:39  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 

That is, to unveil men's secret characters...

To prove they are blind in spiritual things...

To demonstrate they loved darkness rather than light.

His Person and preaching tried everything and everyone He came into contact with!

~Arthur Pink~

Safe Walking

July 18th 2019

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. Psalm 25:10

The paths of the Lord!

My soul! NEVER follow your own paths.

If you do, you will be in danger often of following sight rather than faith...

Choosing the evil, and refusing the good.

But "commit your way unto the Lord and He shall bring it to pass."

Let this be your prayer, "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths."

Oh! for Caleb's spirit, "to wholly follow the Lord my God"...

To follow Him when self must be sacrificed...

And hardship must be borne...

And trials await me.

To "walk with God" to ask in simple faith, "What would You have me to do?"

To have no will of my own but this, that God's will is to be my will.

Here is safety here is happiness!

Fearlessly follow the Guiding Pillar.

He will lead you by a right way, though it may be by a way of hardship, and crosses, and losses, and privations - to the city of God.

Oh! the blessedness of thus lying passive in the hands of God, saying "Undertake for me God!"

Oh! the blessedness of dwelling with holy gratitude on past mercies and interpositions...

Trusting these as pledges of future faithfulness and love...

And hearing His voice behind us, amid life's many perplexities, exclaiming, "This is the way-walk in it!"

Happy, surely, "are every people who are in such a case!"

It will be for you, Reader, if you can form the resolve in a strength greater than your own: "This God shall be my God forever and ever; He shall be my Guide even unto death!"

~John Macduff~

"I Will Remain Quiet

And Will Look On.”

July 17th 2019

Isa 18:4  For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. 

In this passage, Assyria is marching against Ethiopia, whose people are described as “tall and smooth-skinned”.

As the army advances,God makes no effort to stop them, and it appears as though they will be allowed to do as they wish.

The Lord is watching from His dwelling place while the sun continues to shine on them...

Yet "before the harvest” the entire proud army is defeated as easily as new growth is pruned from a vine.

Isn’t this a beautiful picture of God - remaining quiet and watching?

Yet His silence is not to be confused with passive agreement or consent.

He is simply biding His time and will arise at the most opportune moment...

Just when the plans of the wicked are on the verge of success...

In order to overwhelm the enemy with disaster.

And as we see the evil of this world...

As we watch the apparent success of wrongdoers...

And as we suffer the oppression of those who hate us...

Let us remember those miraculous words of God...“I will remain quiet and will look on.”

Yes, God does have another point of view, and there is wisdom behind His words.

Why did Jesus watch His disciples straining at the oars through the stormy night?

Why did He, though unseen by others, watch the sequence of anguishing events unfold in Bethany...

As Lazarus slowly passed through the stages of his terminal illness...

Succumbed to death...

And was finally buried in a rocky tomb?

Jesus was simply waiting for the perfect moment when He could intercede most effectively.

Is the Lord being quiet with you?

Nevertheless, He is attentive and still sees everything.

He has His finger on your pulse and is extremely sensitive to even the slightest change.

And He will come to save you when the perfect moment has arrived.

~Daily Devotional Commentary~

Whatever the Lord may ask of us...

Or however slow He may seem to work...

We can be absolutely sure He is never a confused or fearful Savior.

O troubled soul, beneath the rod, Your Father speaks, be still, be still...

Learn to be silent unto God, And let Him mold you to His will.

O praying soul, be still, be still, He cannot break His promised Word...

Sink down into His blessed will, And wait in patience on the Lord.

O waiting soul, be still, be strong...

And though He tarry, trust and wait...

Doubt not, He will not wait too long...

Fear not, He will not come too late.

The Essence Of Childlikeness

July 16th 2019

This childlikeness which gives God a free, clear, full way is a teachable thing.

The essence of it is teachableness and adjustableness.

If we know anything, and think we know anything, that very mentality is the hindrance to our progress.

So many of us perhaps have been held up by a tremendous amount of knowledge that we think we have had of the things of the Lord.

Oh, we do not know what a hindrance such a mentality is to spiritual progress.

The mark of maturity, of growth, is this...

That the more you know and the further you go, the less you know that you do know...

And the more you realize your need to know.

That is where the spirit of the child is carried right through to the end.

It is a teachableness, resultant from the consciousness that, though we may have been on the road for a life-time...

We are yet only on the fringe of things so far as the Lord is concerned.

That is a mark of the Holy Spirit's power working in us.

We do come to a place where we are able to say...

I do know the Lord on that thing...

I do know the Lord in this.

But in that full sense of knowledge we have ever to be coming more and more to the place where we realize how little we know...

Simply because we are seeing more and more of what there is that we ought to know...

Need to know...

And that there is to know in Christ.

You can adjust a child.

A child is ready to be adjusted.

But that is the trouble with so many of us, we are not just like that, we are not adjustable.

There was a beautiful childlikeness and simplicity about David, although he was king.

How marvellously adjustable he was!

You notice that whenever David made a mistake the Lord had no difficulty in putting David right.

He adjusted to the situation every time.

He did not stand out against the Lord...

He let go...

He yielded...

And whenever a new position required that he should adjust himself to it in the Lord's interests...he did so.

What a rich life of the knowledge of the Lord David's was.

There, on the one hand, is this beautiful simplicity, this teachableness, and this adjustableness...

And on the other hand, a wonderful walk with the Lord.

How much his Psalms mean always!

What a fulness of personal, simple walking with the Lord is in those Psalms.

That is becoming as a little child.

~T. Austin Sparks~

The Doom Of The Double-Hearted

July 15th 2019

Num 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

Balaam had taken the field against Israel-against a people whom he had pronounced blessed-whom he had pronounced invincible both by earth and hell.

Yes; Balaam "the son of Beor," he, and not another of the name-he rushes on the bosses of the Almighty's buckler; he defies Israel and Israel's God!

But he fails.

He would sincerely have cursed Israel; but he could not.

He counseled Moab to seduce Israel by temptation, and his device succeeded too well.

He now fetches his last stroke.

In vain He perishes ignobly.

He is slain with the sword which he had defied.

Such is the end of the backslider; of one who knew the truth but did it not; who once said, "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."

It was certainly not the end he prayed for; yet it was the end to which his whole life had been tending.

He reaped what he sowed, and in him "God was not mocked."

He died as he lived, in fellowship with Moab, yet in heart persuaded that Israel was the beloved of the Lord, and that Jehovah was God.

His life had been with Midian, and so was his death.

His grave is with the unclean.

He passes from earth with none to soothe his death-bed and close his eyes; none to lament for him or to build his monument.

Sad end of a life of halting and indecision, and resistance of the Spirit, and braving of conscience, and rejection of light, and wretched covetousness.

He loved the wages of unrighteousness, and verily he had his reward.

Let us see what he wanted and how he failed; how ambitious he was, yet what a life of utter failure and disappointment was his.

He would sincerely have risen, but he sunk.

He would sincerely have been rich, but he lost everything.

What a wasted life!

Yet the life of one who knew better things but did them not...

Who knew that the world was vanity, yet followed it...

Who knew that Israel's portion was the best, yet chose that of Moab...

Who knew the true God and the true Messiah, but preferred the idolatries of Israel's enemies.

He saw Him from the top of the rocks, but that was all.

He got a passing glimpse of the cross, but no more.

It was all he saw of the way of life, before he plunged into death and woe.

I. He wanted to serve two masters.

These were the same as the Lord in after days designated God and mammon.

He wanted not to offend either; to please both.

He was like Issachar crouching between two burdens.

But it would not do.

He failed.

Such is the certain failure of all who make the like attempt. "You cannot serve God and mammon."

He loved the one master, mammon; and he dreaded the other; but would sincerely do the will of both.

He could not afford to lose the favor of either.

Miserable life!

More miserable death!

The life and death of one whose whole career was one long attempt to do the bidding both of God and the devil.

II. He wanted to earn two kinds of wages.

The wages of righteousness and the wages of unrighteousness were both in his eyes...

He would sincerely have the pay both of God and of the devil.

2Pe 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

He was unwilling to do or say anything which would deprive him of either.

He was as cautious and cunning as he was covetous.

He would not work without wages; and he would work for a hundred masters if they would only pay him well.

How like many so-called "religious" men among ourselves.

III. He wanted to do two opposite things at the same time.

He wished both to bless and to curse.

He was willing to do either according as it might serve his interests.

The only question with him was, "Would it pay?"

If the blessing would pay, he would take it; if the curse would pay, he would take it.

If both would pay, he would take them both.

Blessing and cursing were both alike to him, confessing and denying the true God...

Worshiping Baal or Jehovah, it mattered not, if by "this craft he could have his wealth."

So with many among us.

If Sabbath-keeping will pay, they will keep the Sabbath; if Sabbath-breaking will pay, they will break the Sabbath.

True Balaams – without principle, without faith, and without fear!

IV. He wanted two kinds of friendship. He would sincerely be friends with everybody.

Perhaps he was timid; of those whom Scripture calls "fearful"

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Perhaps, also, he was ambitious, and sought great things for himself wherever these could be obtained...

Jer 45:5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

Certainly he had before him "the fear of man which brings a snare," and the love of man's approbation which brings no less a snare...

He dreaded Israel's God, of whom he knew much, but he dreaded also Moab's gods, though whether he really believed in them we know not.

Made up of these contradictions, and acting not by faith but unbelief, he tried to secure the friendship of all whom he counted great, whether in heaven or in earth.

He shut his eyes not only to the sin but to the impossibility of such a course...

He saw not that the friendship of the world is the enemy of God, and that whoever will be the friend of the world must be the enemy of God.

V. He wanted to have two religions.

He saw religion to be a paying concern, a profitable trade, and he was willing to accept it from anybody or everybody...

To adopt it from any quarter if it would but raise him in the world, and make his fortune.

Perhaps he thought all religions equally right or equally wrong, equally true or equally false.

He would rather not offend any god if lie could help it.

He would make concessions to "religious prejudices" of any kind if the prejudiced people will only help him on.

He was like Erasmus of old, whom a German writer thus describes...

Erasmus belongs to that species of writers who have all the desire to build God a magnificent church; at the same time, however, not giving the devil any offense...

To whom, accordingly, they set up a neat little chapel close by, where you can offer him some touch of sacrifice at a time, and practice a quiet household devotion for him without disturbance.

Such was Balaam; two gods and two religions he wanted to have.

But this double service, and double friendship, and double religion would not do.

He could make nothing by them.

They profited him nothing either in this life or that to come.

His end was with the ungodly, his portion with the enemies of Israel.

And his soul, where could it be?

Not with Israel's God, or Israel's Christ, or in Israel's heaven.

He reaped what he sowed.

He was a good specimen of multitudes in these last days.

An educated and intelligent man, shrewd and quick-seeing, of respectable character...

High in favor with the rich and great, a religious man, too, after a fashion...

Not unsound in creed so far, for he acknowledges Jehovah as the true God.

But he is fond of the world...

Fond of money...

Fond of preferment...

One that would not let his religion stand in the way of his advancement...

Who could pocket all scruples if he could pocket a little gold along with them...

Hollow of heart, but with a fair outside...

His worldly interests are the main thing to him.

He would rather not risk offending God, but yet he would not like to lose Balak's rewards and honors.

He would rather not take up his cross, nor deny himself, nor forsake all for his God.

Religion with him is not just a thing to be suffered for-at least if he can help it.

So is it with multitudes among us.

They want as much religion as will save them from hell; not an atom more.

The world is their real God...

Gold is their idol...

It is in mammon's temple that they worship.

Love God with all their heart...

They don't so much as understand the meaning of such a thing.

Sacrifice riches, place, honor, friends to Christ!...

They scoff at the thing as madness.

Oh, be on the side of God, out and out.

Don't trifle with religion.

Don't mock God and Christ.

Love not the world.

 

Ask Him Now

How He Likes His Bargain!

July 12th 2019

Heb 3:13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 

Sin is a mere cheat.

While it pretends to please us, it beguiles us!

Sin does as Jael did.

First she brought the milk and butter to Sisera, then she pounded the tent peg through his head!

Judges 5:26  She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples. 

Sin first courts, and then kills!

It is first a fox and then a lion.

Whoever sin betrays it kills!

Those locusts in Revelation are fit emblems of sin: They had gold crowns on their heads.

They had tails that stung like scorpions, with power to torture people.

Rev 9:7  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 

Rev 9:8  And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.  Rev 9:9  And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 

Rev 9:10  And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 

Judas pleased himself with the thirty pieces of silver...

But they proved deceitful riches.

Ask him Now how he likes his Bargain!

~Thomas Watson~

It Is GOD That Works In You!

July 11th 2019

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

A day with Jesus.

Let us seek its plan and direction from Him.

Let us take His highest thought and will for us in it.

Let us look to Him for our desires, ideals, expectations in it.

Then shall it bring to us exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think.

Let Him be our Guide and Way.

Let us not so much be thinking even of His plan and way as of Him as the Personal Guide of every moment...

On whom we constantly depend to lead our every step.

Let Him also be the sufficiency and strength of all the day.

Let us never forget the secret: "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me."

Let us have Jesus Christ Himself in us to do the works...

And let us every moment fall back on Him, both to will and do in us of His good pleasure.

Let our holiness be "the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus."

Let our health be the "life of Jesus manifest in our mortal flesh."

Let our faith be "the faith of the Son of God who loved us."

Let our peace and joy be His peace and joy.

And let our service be not our works, but the grace of Christ within us.

Faith Grows In Storms!

July 10th 2019

Job 23:10  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 

Faith grows during storms.

These are just four little words, but what significance they have to someone who has endured life threatening storms!

Faith is that God-given ability that, when exercised, brings the unseen into plain view.

It deals with the supernatural and makes impossible things possible.

And yes, it grows during storms...that is, it grows through disturbances in the spiritual atmosphere.

Storms are caused by conflicts between the physical elements...

And the storms of the spiritual world are conflicts with supernatural, hostile elements.

And it is in this atmosphere of conflict that faith finds its most fertile soil and grows most rapidly to maturity.

The strongest trees are found not in the thick shelter of the forest but out in the open, where winds from every direction bear down upon them.

The fierce winds bend and twist them until they become giant in stature.

These are the trees that toolmakers seek for handles for their tools, because of the wood’s great strength.

It is the same in the spiritual world.

Remember, when you see a person of great spiritual stature, the road you must travel to walk with him is not one where the sun always shines and wildflowers always bloom.

Instead, the way is a steep, rocky, and narrow path, where the winds of hell will try to knock you off your feet...

And where sharp rocks will cut you...

Prickly thorns will scratch your face...

And poisonous snakes will slither and hiss all around you.

The path of faith is one of sorrow and joy, suffering and healing and comfort, tears and smiles, trials and victories, conflicts and triumphs...

And also hardships, dangers, beatings, persecutions, misunderstanding, trouble, and distress.

Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 

Yes, “in all these”...even during storms, when the winds are the most intense...“we are more than conquerors.”

You may be tempted to run from the ordeal of a fierce storm of testing, but head straight for it!

God is there to meet you in the center of each trial.

And He will whisper to you His secrets, which will bring you out with a radiant face and such an invincible faith that all the demons of hell will never be able to shake it.

~E.A. Kilbourne~

GOD Is Now Punishing Me

For My Sins

July 9th 2019

When the believer is smarting under the rod let him not say, "God is now punishing me for my sins!"

That can never be.

That is most dishonoring to the blood of Christ.

God is correcting you in love, not smiting in wrath.

Nor should the Christian regard the chastening of the Lord as a sort of necessary evil to which he must bow as submissively as possible.

No, it proceeds from God's goodness and faithfulness, and is one of the greatest blessings for which we have to thank Him.

Chastisement evidences our Divine sonship.

The father of a family does not concern himself with those on the outside-but those within he guides and disciplines to make them conform to his will.

Chastisement is designed for our good, to promote our highest interests.

Look beyond the rod, to the all-wise hand that wields it!

Let us not conclude when we see a fellow-Christian under the rod of God, that he is necessarily being taken to task for his sins.

Oftentimes God's chastenings are corrective.

They are sent to empty us of self-sufficiency and self-righteousness.

They are given to reveal to us hidden transgressions, and to teach us the plague of our own hearts.

Or again, chastisements are sent to strengthen our faith...

To raise us to higher levels of Christian experience...

And to bring us into a condition of usefulness.

Still again, divine chastisement is sent as a preventative...

To hinder pride...

To save us from being unduly elated over success in God's service.

There is a threefold distinction between divine punishment and divine chastisement:

First, the character in which God acts. In divine punishment, God acts as a Judge.

In divine chastisement, God acts as a Father.

The second distinction lies in the recipients of each...

The objects of divine punishment, are His enemies.

The objects of divine chastisement, are His children.

A third distinction is seen in the design of each...

Divine punishment is retributive Divine chastisement is remedial.

Divine punishment flows from His anger...

Divine chastisement flows from His love.

Heb 12:11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 

~Arthur Pink~

The LORD'S Times

July 8th 2019

Psa 65:8  They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice. 

Get up early and go to the mountain and watch God make a morning.

The dull gray will give way as God pushes the sun towards the horizon...

And there will be tints and hues of every shade, that will blend into one perfect light as the full-orbed sun bursts into view.

As the King of day moves forth majestically, flooding the earth and every lowly vale...

Listen to the music of heaven's choir as it sings of the majesty of God and the glory of the morning.

In the holy hush of the early dawn I hear a Voice "I am with you all the day, Rejoice! Rejoice!"

The clear, pure light of the morning made me long for the truth in my heart...

Which alone could make me pure and clear as the morning...

Tune me up to the concert-pitch of the nature around me.

And the wind that blew from the sunrise made me hope in the God who had first breathed into my nostrils the breath of life...

That He would at length so fill me with His breath, His mind, His Spirit, that I should think only His thoughts...

And live His life, finding therein my own life, only glorified infinitely.

What should we poor humans do without our God's nights and mornings?

~George MacDonald~

In the early morning hours, 'Twixt the night and day...

While from earth the darkness passes Silently away...

Then 'tis sweet to talk with Jesus In thy chamber still...

For the coming day and duties Ask to know His will.

Then He'll lead the way before you...

Mountains laying low...

Making desert places blossom...

Sweetening Marah's flow.

Would you know this life of triumph, Victory all the way?

Then put God in the beginning Of each coming day.

And The Glory Of The LORD

Filled The Tabernacle

July 7th 2019

Exo 40:35  And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 

In the last chapter of Exodus we read all the Lord commanded Moses to do...

And that as he fulfilled these commands...

The glory of the Lord descended and filled the tabernacle till there was no room for Moses...

And from that time the pillar of cloud overshadowed them, their guide, their protection.

And so we have been building as the Lord Himself commanded...

And now the temple is to be handed over to Him to be possessed and filled.

He will so fill you, if you will let Him that yourself and everything else will be taken out of the way...

The glory of the Lord will fill the temple...

Encompassing, lifting up, guiding, keeping...

And from this time your moon shall not withdraw its light, nor your sun go down.

Do you want power?

You have God for it.

Do you want holiness?

You have God for it; and so of everything.

And God is bending down from His throne to-day to lift you up to your true place in Him.

From this time may the cloud of His glory so surround and fill us that we shall be lost sight of forever.

~A. B. Simpson~

Quiet From Fear Of Evil

July 6th 2019

Pro 1:33  But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. 

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.

~Charles Spurgeon~

"A Garden Enclosed"

July 5th 2019

Song Of Solomon 4:12  A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. 

The figure here is a garden enclosed, not a wilderness.

The garden soil is a cultivated soil, very different from the roadside or the wilderness.

The idea of a garden is culture.

The ground has to be prepared...

To be broken up by ploughing...

To be mellowed by harrowing...

All the stones removed...

The roots of all natural growth dug up...

For the good things we are seeking are not natural growths and will not grow in our soil.

We all start on the old basis and try to improve the old nature...

But that is not God's way.

His way is to get self out of the way entirely...

And let Him create anew out of nothing, so that all shall be of Him...

And we must find Jesus the Alpha and Omega.

The thing you want to learn here is to die.

There can be no real life till self dies...

And don't try to die yourself, but ask God to slay you...

And He will make a thorough work of it.

This the secret nature hideth...

Summer dies and lives again...

Spring from winter's grave ariseth...

Harvest grows from buried grain.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Rock Flowers

July 4th 2019

Psa 60:3  Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment. 

I have always been glad that the Psalmist said to God that some things were hard.

There is no mistake about it; there are hard things in life.

Some beautiful pink flowers were given me this summer, and as I took them I said, "What are they?"

And the answer came, "They are rock flowers; they grow and bloom only on rocks where you can see no soil."

Then I thought of God's flowers growing in hard places...

And I feel, somehow, that He may have a peculiar tenderness for His "rock flowers" that He may not have for His lilies and roses.

~Margaret Bottome~

The tests of life are to make, not break us.

Trouble may demolish a man's business but build up his character.

The blow at the outward man may be the greatest blessing to the inner man.

If God, then, puts or permits anything hard in our lives, be sure that the real peril, the real trouble, is what we shall lose if we flinch or rebel.

~Maltbie D. Babcock~

Heroes are forged on anvils hot with pain...

And splendid courage comes but with the test.

Some natures ripen and some natures bloom Only on blood-wet soil...

Some souls prove great Only in moments dark with death or doom.

God gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.

Dealing With The Past

July 3rd 2019

Mat 9:28  And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 

God deals with impossibilities.

It is never too late for Him to do so...

When the impossible is brought to Him, in full faith...

By the one in whose life and circumstances the impossible must be accomplished if God is to be glorified.

If in our own life there has been rebellion, unbelief, sin, and disaster...

It is never too late for God to deal triumphantly with these tragic facts...

If brought to Him in full surrender and trust.

It has often been said, and with truth, that Christianity is the only religion that can deal with man's past.

God can "restore the years that the locust hath eaten...

And He will do this when we put the whole situation and ourselves unreservedly and believingly into His hands.

Not because of what we are but because of what He is.

Joel 2:25  And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 

God forgives and heals and restores.

He is "the God of all grace."

Let us praise Him and trust Him.

~Sunday School Times~

Nothing is too hard for Jesus...

No man can work like Him.

We have a God who delights in impossibilities.

Nothing too hard for Me.

~Andrew Murray~

Our Heart Shall Rejoice In Him

July 2nd 2019

Psa 33:21  For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 

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.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Trembling Soul GOD Is Beneath Thee

July 1st 2019

Deu 32:11  As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: 

She stirs up her nest.

When her fledglings are old enough to fly, but linger around the few bits of stick, dignified as a nest, the mother-bird breaks it up, and scatters them.

How much better this, than that they should miss the luxury of flight on outspread pinions in the blue vault, and of basking in the eye of the sun.

So when the Father sees His children clinging to earth's bare rocks, captured and held by the poor sticks they have gathered...

And missing the ascension-glory, He breaks up the nest.

The fortune is dispersed, the home broken up, the aspect of the life changed.

We are then able to enjoy the bliss of life in the heavenlies with Christ Jesus.

She flutters aver her young.

They stand scared and wretched on the edge of the rock...

But she careers gently above them, now edging around, now mounting, then dropping far below to rise again.

So would she allure them to follow her example.

Here again we have an emblem of God's efforts to make us imitators of Himself...

To teach us the possibilities that await us in Jesus.

She spreads forth her wings and takes them.

Incited by the mother's endeavors, the eaglet may venture on the untried air...

And lo! the unaccustomed wings fail beneath its weight.

It falls, but not far, for the mother swoops beneath, and bears it up and away.

Trembling soul, God is beneath thee.

If thy faith fails, and thou art falling, like another Peter, into a bottomless abyss...

He will catch thee, and bear thee up, and teach thee the mystery of the more abundant life.

~F. B Meyer~

Future Punishment A Fearful Thing

June 30th 2019

Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 

It is the highest benevolence to warn men of their danger...

And to exhort them to escape from the wrath which will surely come upon them...

For It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

We feel that it must be a fearful thing to be punished for sin when you remember the atonement.

It is our full belief as Christians, that, in order to pardon human sin, it was necessary that God himself should become incarnate...

And that the Son of God should suffer excruciating pains, to which the dignity of his person added infinite weight.

Brethren, if the wrath of God be a mere trifle, there was no need of a Saviour to deliver us...

If the Saviour came merely to save us from a pinch or two, why is so much said in his praise?

What need for heaven and earth to ring with the glories of him who would save us from a small mischief?

But mark the word.

As the sufferings of the Saviour were intense beyond all conception...

And as no less a person than God himself must endure these sufferings for us...

That must have been an awful, not to say infinite evil...

From which there was no other way for us to escape except by the bleeding and dying of God’s dear Son.

Think lightly of hell, and you will think lightly of the cross.

Think little of the sufferings of lost souls, and you will soon think little of the Saviour.

God grant we may not live to see such a Christ-dishonouring theology dominant in our times.

The Bible contrasts the words of the holy prophets and the apostles of our Lord, with the words of ‘scoffers, walking after their own lusts...

2Pe 3:2  That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 

2Pe 3:3  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 

2Pe 3:16  As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 

2Pe 3:17  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

The Elders Before The Throne

June 29th 2019

Rev 4:4  And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 

Rev 4:10  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 

Rev 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. 

They who are Christ’s are kings.

Take care that you wear your crown, by reigning over your lusts.

Be a king in the midst of all that would lead you astray.

Christ Jesus has broken the neck of your sin...

Put your foot upon it...

Keep it under...

Subdue it.

In the world at large act a king’s part.

If any would tempt you to betray Christ for gain...

Say, How can I? I am a king.

How shall I betray Christ?

Let the nobility of your nature come out in your actings.

Forgive in a royal manner, as a king can forgive.

Be ready to give to others as God has helped you, as a king gives.

Let your liberality of spirit be right royal.

Let your actions never be mean, sneaking, cowardly, dastardly.

Do the right thing, and defy the worst.

Dare all your foes in the pursuit of that which is right...

And let men see while they look upon you that there is a something under your homely appearance which they cannot understand.

Men make a deal of fuss about the blood of the aristocracy...

I dare say it is not very different from the blood of crossing-sweepers.

But there is a great deal of difference between the lifeblood of the saints and the lifeblood of the proudest prince...

For they who love Christ have fed upon his flesh, and have drunk of his blood...

And have been made partakers of the divine nature.

These are the royal ones...

These are the aristocrats...

These are the nobility, and all are mean beside.

Christians, perhaps some of you have not reigned as kings during the last week.

You have been either murmuring...

Like poor whining beggars...

Or you have been scraping, like dunghill rakers, with your covetousness...

Or you have been sinning, like idle boys in the street, who roll in the mire...

You have not lived up to your kingship.

Christians have a royal law to fulfil...

Jas 2:8  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 

In keeping with our position in Christ our response to temptation ought to be, Should such a man as I?…I will not.

Neh 6:11  And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

 

Separating The Precious

From The Vile

June 28th 2019

A stern rough argument might move us to be separate from the world.

But once again, how is it possible for us to honour Jesus Christ, while there is no difference between us and the world?

I can imagine that a man may not profess to be a Christian, and yet he may honour his master...

But I cannot imagine a man professing to be a Christian, and then acting as the world acts, and yet honoring Christ.

Me thinks I see my Master now; he stands before me.

He has more than those five blessed wounds.

I see his hands running with blood.

My Master! My Master! I cry, where didst thou get those wounds?

Those are not the piercings of the nails, nor the gash of the spear-thrust; whence come those wounds?

I hear him mournfully reply, “These are the wounds which I have received in the house of my friends"...

Such-and-such a Christian fell...

Such-and-such a disciple followed me afar off...

And at last Peter-like denied me altogether...

Such a one of my children is covetous...

Such another of them is proud...

Such another has taken his neighbour by the throat, and said, “Pay me what thou owest"...

And I have been wounded in the house of my friends.

O, blessed Jesus, forgive us, forgive us, and give us thy grace that we may do so no more...

For we would follow thee whithersoever thou goest...

Thou knowest Lord we would be thine...

We would honour thee and not grieve thee.

O give us now of thine own Spirit, that we may come out from the world and be like thyself...

Holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners.

Does the Lord have to ask you “Will ye also go away?”

May he enable us to reply as Simon Peter did...

John 6:67  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

John 6:68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 

John 6:69  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

Israel At The Red Sea

June 27th 2019

Psa 106:9  He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. 

How sweet is providence to a child of God, when he can reflect upon it!

He can look out into this world, and say, “However great my troubles, they are not so great as my Father’s power"...

However difficult may be my circumstances, yet all things around me are working together for good.

He who holds up the starry heavens can also support my soul without a single apparent prop...

He who guides the stars in their well-ordered courses, even when they seem to move in mazy dances...

Surely he can overrule my trials in such a way that out of confusion he will bring order...

And from seeming evil produce lasting good.

He who bridles the storm, and puts the bit in the mouth of the tempest...

Surely he can restrain my trial and keep my sorrows in subjection.

I need not fear while the lightnings are in his hands...

And the thunders sleep within his lips...

While the oceans gurgle from his fist...

And the clouds are in the hollow of his hands...

While the rivers are turned by his foot...

And while he digs the channels of the sea.

Surely he whose might wings an angel, can furnish me with strength...

He who guides a cherub will not be overcome by my trials...

He who makes the greatest star roll in dignity, and keeps its predestined orbit...

Can make a little atom like myself move in my proper course, and conduct me as he pleases.

Christian! There is no sweeter pillow than providence...

And when providence seems adverse, believe it still...

Lay it under your head, for depend upon it there is comfort in its bosom.

There is hope for you, child of God!

You may find it easy to think like this when all seems to be going well.

The Christian is still able to look up spiritually when circumstances would make him look down naturally.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 

Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 

Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

It Will Not Be Long

June 26th 2019

James 5:8  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 

The last word in the Canticle of love is, "Make haste, my beloved,"...

And among the last words of the Apocalypse we read, "The Spirit and the Bride say, Come"...

To which the heavenly Bridegroom answers, "Surely I come quickly."

Love longs for the glorious appearing of the LORD and enjoys this sweet promise - "The coming of the LORD draweth nigh."

This stays our minds as to the future.

We look out with hope through this window.

This sacred "window of agate" lets in a flood of light upon the present and puts us into fine condition for immediate work or suffering.

Are we tired?

Then the nearness of our joy whispers patience.

Are we growing weary because we do not see the harvest of our seed-sowing?

Again this glorious truth cries to us, "Be patient."

Do our multiplied temptations cause us in the least to waver?

Then the assurance that before long the LORD will be here preaches to us from this text, "Stablish your hearts."

Be firm, be stable, be constant, "stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the LORD."

Soon will you hear the silver trumpet which announces the coming of your King.

Be not in the least afraid.

Hold the fort, for He is coming...

He may appear this very day.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Prayer

June 25th 2019

Prayer is a sincere, affectionate pouring out of the soul to God...

Through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Spirit...

For such things as God has promised in His Word.

Prayer opens the heart to God...

And it is the means by which the soul, though empty, is filled with God's grace.

The truths that I know best, I have learned on my knees.

I never know a thing well, until it is burned into my heart by prayer.

Sincere prayer is a shield to the soul...

A scourge to Satan...

And a fragrant and pleasing sacrifice to God.

Prayer will make a man cease from sin...

Or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.

When you pray, rather let your heart be without words-than your words be without heart.

~John Bunyan~

He Will Go On Sinning

And Suffer Forever

June 24th 2019

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 

Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 

Rev 22:11  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 

How solemn is the thought that at death not only will the soul meet its final destiny but that destiny will be irreversible.

Then must we appear before our holy and righteous Judge without disguise.

He who has "sowed to the flesh" will then reap his dread reward of eternal condemnation.

The one who sows to the Spirit, will reap eternal life.

The holy will rejoice in the approach of their unchanging Holy Judge.

The wicked, trembling with horror, will "call upon the rocks and the mountains to fall upon them!"

Yes, the true believer will rejoice that his full redemption from sin is drawing near.

Weak as may have been the principle of holiness within him he is sure that when his Savior comes, it will be both increased and preserved.

All will then be purity.

No clouds will come between him and his adorable Redeemer.

What child of God can look at the happiness and purity of Heaven, and not long to experience them?

What but sin embitters his life, and makes his pilgrimage a weary way?

Should he not then rejoice when this hateful and polluting thing shall be gone forever?

But while the godly man has reason to rejoice, the wicked may well be alarmed.

O, what an appalling prospect!

Filthy, and still more filthy, through eternity!

His eternity must not only be wretched but increasingly wretched.

He will go on sinning and suffering forever!

In Hell there will be no change but from bad to worse, and from suffering to still deeper anguish.

Rev 16:9  And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. 

~Jared Waterbury~

"He Humbled Himself"

June 23rd 2019

Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 

Jesus is the great teacher of lowliness of heart.

We need daily to learn of Him.

See the Master taking a towel and washing His disciples feet!

Follower of Christ, will you not humble yourself?

See Him as the Servant of servants - and surely you cannot be proud!

Is not this sentence the outline of His biography, "He humbled Himself"?

Was He not on earth always stripping off first one robe of honor and then another - until, naked, He was fastened to the cross...

And there did He not empty out His inmost self, pouring out His life-blood...

Giving up for all of us, until they laid Him penniless in a borrowed grave?

How low was our dear Redeemer brought!

How then can we be proud?

Stand at the foot of the cross, and count the purple drops by which you have been cleansed...

See the thorn-crown; mark His scourged shoulders, still gushing with encrimsoned streams...

See hands and feet given up to the rough iron, and His whole self to mockery and scorn...

See the bitterness, and the pangs, and the throes of inward grief, showing themselves in His outward frame...

Hear the horrid shriek, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me!"

If you do not lie prostrate on the ground before that cross - you have never seen it!

If you are not humbled in the presence of Jesus - you do not know Him.

You were so lost that nothing could save you - but the sacrifice of God's only begotten Son.

Think of that, and as Jesus stooped for you...bow yourself in lowliness at His feet.

A sense of Christ's amazing love to us has a greater tendency to humble us than even a consciousness of our own guilt.

May the Lord bring us in contemplation, to Calvary...

Then our position will no longer be that of the pompous man of pride...

But we shall take the humble place of one who loves much because much has been forgiven him.

Pride cannot live beneath the cross!

Let us sit there and learn our lesson and then rise and carry it into practice.

~Charles Spurgeon~

He With Us: We With Him

June 22nd 2019

There is no doubt about it.

The fear of the LORD leads to virtuous habits...

And these prevent that waste of life which comes of sin and vice.

The holy rest which springs out of faith in the LORD Jesus also greatly helps a man when he is ill.

Every physician rejoices to have a patient whose mind is fully at ease.

Worry kills, but confidence in God is like healing medicine.

We have therefore all the arrangements for long life...

And if it be really for our good, we shall see a good old age and come to our graves as shocks of corn in their season.

Let us not be overcome with sudden expectation of death the moment we have a finger-ache...

But let us rather expect that we may have to work on through a considerable length of days.

And what if we should soon be called to the higher sphere?

Certainly there would be nothing to deplore in such a summons but everything to rejoice in.

Living or dying we are the LORD's.

If we live, Jesus will be with us; if we die, we shall be with Jesus.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Intense Prayer

June 21st 2019

Act 12:5  Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 

Peter was in prison awaiting his execution.

The Church had neither human power nor influence to save him.

There was no earthly help, but there was help to be obtained by the way of Heaven.

They gave themselves to fervent, importunate prayer.

God sent His angel, who aroused Peter from sleep and led him out through the first and second wards of the prison...

And when they came to the iron gate, it opened to them of its own accord...

And Peter was free.

There may be some iron gate in your life that has blocked your way.

Like a caged bird you have often beaten against the bars...

But instead of helping, you have only had to fall back tired, exhausted and sore at heart.

There is a secret for you to learn...

And that is believing prayer...

And when you come to the iron gate...

It will open of its own accord.

How much wasted energy and sore disappointment will be saved if you will learn to pray as did the Church in the upper room!

Insurmountable difficulties will disappear...

Adverse circumstances will prove favorable...

if you learn to pray...

Not with your own faith but with the faith of God.

Mar 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Souls in prison have been waiting for years for the gate to open...

Loved ones out of Christ, bound by Satan, will be set free...

When you pray till you definitely believe God.

~C. H. P.~

Emergencies call for intense prayer.

When the man becomes the prayer nothing can resist its touch.

Elijah on Carmel, bowed down on the ground, with his face between his knees, that was prayer--the man himself.

No words are mentioned.

Prayer can be too tense for words.

The man's whole being was in touch with God, and was set with God against the powers of evil.

They couldn't withstand such praying.

There's more of this embodied praying needed.

~The Bent-knee Time~

Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused.

~C. H. Spurgeon~

The LORD Our Companion

June 20th 2019

Psa 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 

Sweet are these words in describing a deathbed assurance.

How many have repeated them in their last hours with intense delight!

But the verse is equally applicable to agonies of spirit in the midst of life.

Some of us, like Paul, die daily through a tendency to gloom of soul.

Bunyan puts the Valley of the Shadow of Death far earlier in the pilgrimage than the river which rolls at the foot of the celestial hills.

We have some of us traversed the dark and dreadful defile of "the shadow of death" several times...

And we can bear witness that the LORD alone enabled us to bear up amid its wild thought, its mysterious horrors, its terrible depressions.

The LORD has sustained us and kept us above all real fear of evil, even when our spirit has been overwhelmed.

We have been pressed and oppressed, but yet we have lived...

For we have felt the presence of the Great Shepherd and have been confident that His crook would prevent the foe from giving us any deadly wound.

~Charles Spurgeon~

GOD Himself Shall Work

June 19th 2019

Isa 33:10  Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself. 

When the spoilers had made the land as waste as if devoured by locusts...

And the warriors who had defended the country sat down and wept like women...

Then the LORD came to the rescue.

When travelers ceased from the roads to Zion...

And Bashan and Carmel were as vineyards from which the fruit has failed...

Then the LORD arose.

God is exalted in the midst of an afflicted people, for they seek His face and trust Him.

He is still more exalted when in answer to their cries He lifts up Himself to deliver them and overthrow their enemies.

Is it a day of sorrow with us?

Let us expect to see the LORD glorified in our deliverance.

Are we drawn out in fervent prayer?

Do we cry day and night unto Him?

Then the set time for His grace is near.

God will lift up Himself at the right season.

He will arise when it will be most for the display of His glory.

We wish for His glory more than we long for our own deliverance.

Let the LORD be exalted, and our chief desire is obtained.

LORD, help us in such a way that we may see that Thou Thyself art working.

May we magnify Thee in our inmost souls.

Make all around us to see how good and great a God Thou art.

~Charles Spurgeon~

None To Help But GOD!

June 18 2019

2Ch 14:11  And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee. 

Remind God of His entire responsibility.

There is none beside thee to help.

The odds against Asa were enormous.

There was a million of men in arms against him, besides three hundred chariots.

It seemed impossible to hold his own against that vast multitude.

There were no allies who would come to his help...

His only hope, therefore, was in God.

It may be that your difficulties have been allowed to come to so alarming a pitch that you may be compelled to renounce all creature aid...

To which in lesser trials you have had recourse, and cast yourself back on your Almighty Friend.

Put God between yourself and the foe.

To Asa's faith, Jehovah seemed to stand between the might of Zerah and himself, as one who had no strength.

Nor was he mistaken.

We are told that the Ethiopians were destroyed before the Lord and before His host...

As though celestial combatants flung themselves against the foe in Israel's behalf...

And put the large host to rout so that Israel had only to follow up and gather the spoil.

Our God is Jehovah of hosts, who can summon unexpected reinforcements at any moment to aid His people.

Believe that He is there between you and your difficulty...

And what baffles you will flee before Him, as clouds before the gale.

~F. B. Meyer~

When nothing whereon to lean remains...

When strongholds crumble to dust...

When nothing is sure but that God still reigns...

That is just the time to trust.

Tis better to walk by faith than sight, In this path of yours and mine...

And the pitch-black night, when there's no outer light Is the time for faith to shine.

Abraham believed God, and said to sight, "Stand back!"...

And to the laws of nature, "Hold your peace!"

And to a misgiving heart, "Silence, thou lying tempter!"

He believed God.

~Joseph Parker~

Our Field Of Battle

June 17th 2019

Deu 20:4  For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. 

We have no enemies but the enemies of God.

Our fights are not against men but against spiritual wickednesses.

We war with the devil and the blasphemy and error and despair which he brings into the field of battle.

We fight with all the armies of sin - impurity, drunkenness, oppression, infidelity, and ungodliness.

With these we contend earnestly, but not with sword or spear...

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal.

Jehovah, our God, abhors everything which is evil, and, therefore, He goeth with us to fight for us in this crusade.

He will save us, and He will give us grace to war a good warfare and win the victory.

We may depend upon it that if we are on God's side God is on our side.

With such an august ally the conflict is never in the least degree doubtful.

It is not that truth is mighty and must prevail but that might lies with the Father who is Almighty...

With Jesus who has all power in heaven and in earth...

And with the Holy Spirit who worketh His will among men.

Soldiers of Christ, gird on your armor.

Strike home in the name of the God of holiness, and by faith grasp His salvation.

Let not this day pass without striking a blow for Jesus and holiness.

~Charles Spurgeon~

"No Man Can Serve Two Masters"

June 16th 2019

 

Mat 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 

Ye cannot serve two masters at all.

Ye shall be sure to end by serving one.

The man who thinks he is serving God a little is deceived; he is not serving God.

God will not have his service.

The devil will monopolize him before he gets through.

A divided heart loses both worlds.

Saul tried it.

Balaam tried it.

Judas tried it.

And they all made a desperate failure.

Mary had but one choice.

Paul said: "This one thing I do." "For me to live is Christ."

Of such a life God says: "Because he hath set his love upon Me therefore will I deliver him.

I will set him on high because he hath known My name.

God takes a peculiar delight in showing His love to the heart that wholly chooses Him.

Heaven and earth will fade away before its trust can be disappointed.

Have we chosen Him only and given Him all our heart?

Say is it all for Jesus, As you so often sing?

Is He your Royal Master?

Is He your heart's dear King?

~A. B. Simpson~

He Constantly Abides

June 15th 2019

1Sa 12:22  For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people. 

God's choice of His people is the reason for His abiding by them and not forsaking them.

He chose them for His love, and He loves them for His choice.

His own good pleasure is the source of their election...

And His election is the reason for the continuance of His pleasure in them.

It would dishonor His great name for Him to forsake them...

Since it would either show that He made an error in His choice or that He was fickle in His love.

God's love has this glory, that it never changes...

And this glory He will never tarnish.

By all the memories of the LORD's former lovingkindnesses let us rest assured that He will not forsake us.

He who has gone so far as to make us His people will not undo the creation of His grace.

He has not wrought such wonders for us that He might leave us after all.

His Son Jesus has died for us, and we may be sure that He has not died in vain.

Can He forsake those for whom He shed His blood?

Because He has hitherto taken pleasure in choosing and in saving us...

It will be His pleasure still to bless us.

Our LORD Jesus is no changeable lover.

Having loved His own, He loves them to the end.

~Charles Spurgeon~

If You Want To Be Victorious-Hold On

June 14th 2019

If You Want to Be Victorious - Hold On...

For (just as our heavenly Father does) we win our victories by holding to it.

We conquer, not in any brilliant fashion...we conquer by continuing.

We master shorthand when we stick to shorthand.

We master Shakespeare when we stick to Shakespeare.

Wandering cattle are lean kine, whether they pasture in Britain or in Beulah.

A certain radiant and quiet doggedness has been one of the marks of all the saints, for whom the trumpets have sounded on the other side.

In the log-book of Columbus there is one entry more common than all others It is not "Today the wind was favorable"...

It is "Today we sailed on...

And to sail on, every common day, through fog and storm, and with mutiny on board, is the one way to the country of our dreams.

Days come when everything seems doubtful, when the vision of the unseen is very dim.

Days come when we begin to wonder if there can be a loving God at all.

My dear reader, hold to it.

Continue trusting.

Keep on keeping on.

It is thus that Christian character is built.

It is thus the "Well done" is heard at last.

~George Morrison~

Divine Cultivation

June 13th 2019

Isa 27:3  I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day. 

When the LORD Himself speaks in His own proper person rather than through a prophet, the word has a peculiar weight to believing minds.

It is Jehovah Himself who is the keeper of His own vineyard...

He does not trust it to any other...

But He makes it His own personal care.

Are they not well kept whom God Himself keeps?

We are to receive gracious watering...

Not only every day and every hour "but every moment."

How we ought to grow!

How fresh and fruitful every plant should be!

What rich clusters the vines should bear!

But disturbers come; little foxes and the boar.

Therefore, the LORD Himself is our Guardian, and that at all hours, both "night and day."

What, then, can harm us?

Why are we afraid!

He tends, He waters, He guards; what more do we need?

Twice in this verse the LORD says, "I will."

What truth, what power, what love, what immutability we find in the great "I will" of Jehovah!

Who can resist His will?

If He says "I will," what room is there for doubt?

With an "I will" of God we can face all the hosts of sin, death, and hell.

O LORD, since Thou sayest, "I will keep thee,"...

I reply, "I will praise Thee!"

~Charles Spurgeon~

Dwelling Safely Apart

June 12th

Deu 33:28  Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. 

The more we dwell alone, the more safe shall we be.

God would have His people separate from sinners...

His call to them is, "Come ye out from among them."

A worldly Christian is spiritually diseased.

Those who compromise with Christ's enemies may be reckoned with them.

Our safety lies, not in making terms with the enemy, but in dwelling alone with our Best Friend.

If we do this, we shall dwell in safety despite the sarcasms, the slanders, and the sneers of the world.

We shall be safe from the baleful influence of its unbelief, its pride, its vanity, its filthiness.

God also will make us dwell in safety alone in that day when sin shall be visited on the nations by wars and famines.

The LORD brought Abram from Ur of the Chaldees, but Abram stopped halfway.

He had no blessing till, having set out to go to the land of Canaan, to the land of Canaan he came...

He was safe alone even in the midst of foes.

Lot was not safe in Sodom though in a circle of friends.

Our safety is in dwelling apart with God.

~Charles Spurgeon~

"I Will Make You Strong"

June 11th 2019

Isa 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 

God has many resources with which to make others strong.

He is able to do anything He pleases, and He Himself is the Dispenser of strength.

Until you can drain dry the ocean of its power...

Until you can crush the towering mountains into pieces...

You have no need to fear.

Don’t ever think that the strength of man will be able to overcome the power of God!

As long as the earth continues to be held together you have enough reason to remain firm in your faith.

The same God who directs the earth in its orbit...

Who feeds the burning furnace of the sun and trims the lamps of heaven...

This God has promised to supply you with daily strength.

While He is able to uphold the universe, do you dream that He is somehow unable to fulfill His own promises.

Remember what He did with previous generations.

Remember how He spoke and it was done; how He commanded, and it stood fast.

Will He suddenly now grow weary?

He hangs the world upon nothing but His own power...

Will He be unable to support His children?

Will He be unfaithful to His word for lack of power?

Isn’t He the One who restrains the storms...?

Who rides upon the wings of the wind?

And makes the clouds His chariots?

And holds the ocean in the hollow of His hand?

If so, then how can He fail you?

When He has put such a faithful promise as this on record, will you for a moment indulge the thought that He has out-promised Himself and gone beyond His power to fulfill?

No way!

Let your doubting come to an end!

~Charles Spurgeon~

A Shephard Secures Them

June 10th 2019

Zep 3:13  The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. 

Yesterday we thought of the afflicted and poor people whom the LORD left to be a living seed in a dead world.

The prophet says of such that they shall not work iniquity nor speak lies.

So that while they had neither rank nor riches to guard them...

They were also quite unable to use those weapons in which the wicked place so much reliance...

They could neither defend themselves by sin nor by subtlety.

What then?

Would they be destroyed?

By no means!

They should both feed and rest and be not merely free from danger but even quiet from fear of evil.

Sheep are very feeble creatures, and wolves are terrible enemies...

Yet at this hour sheep are more numerous than wolves...

And the cause of the sheep is always winning...

While the cause of the wolves is always declining.

One day flocks of sheep will cover the plains, and not a wolf will be left.

The fact is that sheep have a Shepherd, and this gives them provender, protection, and peace.

"None"...which means not one, whether in human or diabolical form "shall make them afraid."

Who shall terrify the LORD's flock when He is near?

We lie down in green pastures, for Jesus Himself is food and rest to our souls.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Am I One Of Them?

June 9th 2019

A Trustworthy Name "I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the Name of the LORD" (Zephaniah 3:12).

When true religion is ready to die out among the wealthy it finds a home among the poor of this world, rich in faith.

The LORD has even now His faithful remnant.

Am I one of them?

Perhaps it is because men are afflicted and poor that they learn to trust in the name of the LORD.

He that hath no money must try what he can do on trust.

He whose own name is good for nothing in his own esteem, acts wisely to rest in another name, even that best of names, the name of Jehovah.

God wilt always have a trusting people, and these will be an afflicted and poor people.

Little as the world thinks of them, their being left in the midst of a nation is the channel of untold blessings to it.

Here we have the conserving salt which keeps in check the corruption which is in the world through lust.

Again the question comes home to each one of us.

Am I one of them?

Am I afflicted by the sin within me and around me?

Am I poor in spirit, poor spiritually in my own judgment?

Do I trust in the LORD?

This is the main business.

Jesus reveals the name, the character, the person of God; am I trusting in Him?

If so, I am left in this world for a purpose.

LORD, help me to fulfill it.

~Charles Spurgeon~

 

"Made Perfect"

June 8th 2019

1Th 5:24  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 

I believe we need a new understanding of the spiritual pilgrimage of the Lord Jesus.

We think that because He was God’s Son, and because of what He was, His way was less difficult than ours.

He had certain powers that we have not.

He had a nature that we have not.

We cannot understand the mystery of One such as He being subjected to trials and difficulties and adversities...

And being tested to breaking-point, where it called for the intervention of heaven to get Him through.

He was brought there...

He was brought to the point more than once where even He would not have gone through, had not heaven intervened and angels ministered to Him.

You say: "I have never had that experience."

Ah, but you have.

You may never have actually seen angels coming to minister to you...

But there is no believer who has gone this way, who has gone any distance...

But knows in his heart, “But for God and Heaven, I would not be here today.”

My own testimony is that it has required the intervention of heaven, more than once, to save me from succumbing.

But what is true of ourselves was far more true of Him.

We do not understand this mystery, but He had a spiritual pilgrimage, with far deeper testings and tryings than ever you or I need, have, or will have.

Yes, “in all points like as we” it is true...

But, for Him, with greater acuteness than for us.

Through it all He has been perfected...“made perfect.”

Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 

Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 

He has reached the end of the road of perfection for us.

And He is the guarantee that God can do it in us!

That is the point.

He is there like the ‘title deeds’ for faith...

The guarantee and the certainty that God, having got Him there, can get anybody there.

He can get you and me there at the end.

He can make perfect His work in us.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Don't Receive Satan's Poison!

June 7th 2019

Satan is ever seeking to inject that poison into our hearts to distrust God's goodness...

Especially in connection with his commandments.

That is what really lies behind all evil, lusting, and disobedience...

A discontent with our position and portion...

A craving from something which God has wisely held from us.

Reject any suggestion that God is unduly severe with you.

Resist with the utmost abhorrence, anything that causes you to doubt God's love...

And his loving-kindness toward you.

Allow nothing to make you question the Father's love for his child.

~Arthur Pink~

The Paralysis Of A Questioning Mind

June 6th 2019

This is peculiarly the peril of the severely tried children of God, or the lurking danger in times and places of adversity.

A doubt as to the love, the wisdom, the power, the faithfulness of God.

Few there be that pass through without at least the consciousness of this spectre...

And not many have passed through deep waters and intense fires without a Godward "Why?" at least in their thought.

Why should it be me?

Why should it always be me?

The ruin of the race was resultant from the acceptance of an insinuation from Satan that God was after all not really favourable to the highest well-being of man...

That there was something He was keeping back...

And suspicion of God has always been a master-stroke against the primary law of union with God~faith.

When this seed of doubt has been sown in the mind and allowed to remain it is not long before every phase of spiritual vitality is paralysed; prayer, fellowship, the Word, ministry, service, testimony...

And God can do nothing with a doubter.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Is There A Difference?

June 5th 2019

What! Has God power over the tongues of dogs!

Can he keep ours from barking?

Yes, it is even so.

He can prevent an Egyptian dog from worrying one of the lambs of Israel's flock.

Doth God silence dogs, and doggish ones among men, and the great dog at hell's gate?

Then let us move on our way without fear.

If He lets dogs move their tongues, yet He can stop their teeth.

They may make a dreadful noise and still do us no real harm.

Yet, how sweet is quiet!

How delightful to move about among enemies and perceive that God maketh them to be at peace with us!

Like Daniel in the den of lions we are unhurt amid destroyers.

Oh, that today this word of the LORD to Israel might be true to me!

Does the dog worry me?

I will tell my LORD about him.

LORD, he does not care for my pleadings; do Thou speak the word of power, and he must lie down.

Give me peace, O my God, and let me see Thy hand so distinctly in it that I may most clearly perceive the difference which Thy grace has made between me and the ungodly!

~Charles Spurgeon~

 

 

Exceedingly Precious

June 4th 2019

Mal 3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

A day is coming in which the crown jewels of our great King shall be counted, that it may be seen whether they answer to the inventory which His Father gave Him.

My soul, wilt thou be among the precious things of Jesus?

Thou art precious to Him if He is precious to thee, and thou shalt be His "in that day," if He is thine in this day.

In the days of Malachi, the chosen of the LORD were accustomed so to converse with each other that their God Himself listened to their talk.

He liked it so well that He took notes of it; yes, and made a book of it, which He lodged in His record office.

Pleased with their conversation, He was also pleased with them.

Pause, my soul, and ask thyself: If Jesus were to listen to thy talk would He be pleased with it?

Is it to His glory and to the edification of the brotherhood?

Say, my soul, and be sure thou sayest the truth.

But what will the honor be for us poor creatures to be reckoned by the LORD to be His crown jewels!

This honor have all the saints.

Jesus not only says, "They are mine," but, "They shall be mine."

He bought us, sought us, brought us in, and has so far wrought us to His image that we shall be fought for by Him with all His might.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Ah! How Despicable Our Troubles And Trials Will Seem!

June 3rd 2019

Psa 30:5  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 

Christian! If you are in a night of trial, then think of the morrow.

Cheer up your heart with the thought of the coming of your Lord.

Be patient, for "Lo! He comes with clouds!"

Be patient, for you know who has said, "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me!" 

Rev 22:12  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 

If you are ever so wretched now remember, "A few more rolling suns at most, will land you on fair Canaan's coast!"

Your head may be crowned with thorny troubles now but it shall wear a sparkling crown before long.

Your hand may be filled with cares but it shall sweep the strings of the harp of Heaven soon.

Your garments may be soiled with dust now but they shall be snow white by-and-by.

Wait a little longer.

Ah! how despicable our troubles and trials will seem when we look back upon them from Heaven!

Looking at them here, they seem immense...

But when we get to Heaven we shall then recount our earthly afflictions as but a flea-bite.

Our earthly trials will then seem as light and momentary afflictions.

Let us go on boldly; if the night is ever so dark...the morning surely comes!

This is more than they can say, who are shut up in the agonies of Hell.

Do you know what it is thus to live on the future to live on expectation to anticipate Heaven?

Happy believer, to have so sure, so comforting a hope.

It may be all dark now but it will soon be all light.

It may be all trial now but it will soon be all happiness.

What does it matter, though weeping may endure for a night-when joy comes in the morning!

Therefore we do not lose heart.

Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.

For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal!

2Co 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 

2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

A Healing Word From Heaven

June 2nd 2019

 

Jesus was drawn to an impotent man lying by the pool of Bethesda.

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

John 5:5  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 

John 5:6  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 

This unnamed crippled man has many faces and represents multitudes of impotent Christians who feel hopeless.

Impotence comes in many forms: physical, spiritual, mental...or all of these at once.

Mentally and spiritually you may be that man lying by the pool.

You are in a situation that seems hopeless and you see no way out.

No one really understands the depth of your suffering; not a single friend or loved one seems to have the time, love or energy to really touch the hurt in you.

Take a good look at that impotent man and think of the years of struggle...

The hurts heaped upon him by uncaring, insensitive people.

How often he must have lifted a withered hand to those rushing by to get their own needs met, crying, "Someone, help! Please!

I can't do it on my own!

Multitudes of Christians are spiritually helpless and impotent because of a lingering battle with some besetting sin that has robbed them of spiritual life and vitality.

They lie helpless on the bed of depression and despair, always hoping for a miracle...

Always waiting for someone to stir things up and make something happen.

They drag themselves to meeting after meeting, counseling sessions, seminars, waiting for that one great, life-changing miracle.

But nothing changes.

I believe God's great love is revealed in response to a cry from the heart...

And I believe Jesus came to this man in answer to a deep and agonizing cry to the Father.

The Bible has much to say about this cry from the heart.

Psa 18:6  In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. 

A cry to God from the heart will always be answered by a merciful, healing word from heaven!

~David Wilkerson~

What A Mystery Are You!

June 1st 2019

Rom 7:19-21 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Are you not often a mystery to yourself?

Warm one moment...cold the next!

Abasing yourself one hour...exalting yourself the following!

Loving the world, full of it, steeped up to your head in it today...

Crying, groaning, and sighing for a sweet manifestation of the love of God tomorrow!

Brought down to nothingness, covered with shame and confusion, on your knees before you leave your room...

Filled with pride and self importance before you have got down stairs!

Despising the world, and willing to give it all up for one taste of the love of Jesus when in solitude...

Trying to grasp it with both hands when in business!

What a mystery are you!

Touched by love and stung with hatred!

Possessing a little wisdom and a great deal of folly!

Earthly minded and yet having the affections in heaven!

Pressing forward and lagging behind!

Full of sloth and yet taking the kingdom with violence!

And thus the Spirit, by a process which we may feel but cannot adequately describe leads us into the mystery of the two natures perpetually struggling and striving against each other in the same bosom.

So that one man cannot more differ from another, than the same man differs from himself.

But the mystery of the kingdom of heaven is this...that our carnal mind undergoes no alteration, but maintains a perpetual war with grace.

And thus, the deeper we sink in self abasement under a sense of our vileness, the higher we rise in a knowledge of Christ...

And the blacker we are in our own view the more lovely does Jesus appear.

~J. C. Philpot~