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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Return From Backsliding

Job 22:23  If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
 

Eliphaz, in this utterance, spoke a great truth, which is the summary of many an inspired Scripture. 

Reader, has sin pulled you down? Have you become like a ruin? 

Has the hand of the LORD gone out against you so that in estate you are impoverished and in spirit you are broken down?

Was it your own folly which brought upon you all this dilapidation? Then the first thing to be done is to return to the LORD. 

With deep repentance and sincere faith find your way back from your backsliding.

It is your duty, for you have turned away from Him whom you professed to serve.

It is your wisdom, for you cannot strive against Him and prosper.

It is your immediate necessity, for what He has done is nothing compared to what He may do in the way of chastisement, since He is Almighty to punish.

See what a promise invites you! You shall be "built up." None but the Almighty can set up the fallen pillars and restore the tottering walls of your condition; but He can and He will do it if you return to Him.

Do not delay.

Your crushed mind may quite fail you if you go on to rebel; but hearty confession will ease you, and humble faith will console you. Do this, and all will be well.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Peril Of A Question~As To Fellowship

Introduce a question amongst the LORD'S people, and see what happens.

Introduce a question, get any kind of suspicion amongst believers of one another, a question about one another, doubts about one another, anything like that coming up. What is the end?
 

Well, to begin with, it is weakness, and it is a weakness that means that things are not safe, things cannot carry a weight, cannot take responsibility.

Something is going to break somewhere.

It is a question mark, it is weakness.

It is something bent, and from that point onward everything grows if it is allowed-weakness, doubts, fears, suspicions, separations, disintegration, the end, everything is nullified, and it all began with a question.

If we are going to have any questioning at all, let us question our questions and prove them.

If Christians today would be doing that where insinuations, suggestions, rumours, reports and what not are going about, if only Christians would question the questions, and say, ‘Look here, we have got to make sure about this, it sounds as plausible as the devil’s first question, it seems perfectly harmless, but let us make sure as to one another, and as to all concerned, nail that question.

If you have any reason to believe that that question being given place is going to lead to disintegration, the break-up of fellowship, nail it as from the devil, and have nothing to do with it. 

Oh, what a different history if only Eve had turned at once and said, ‘Yes, GOD has said, and that is the end of the whole matter.’ GOD said. Let us be like that.
 

It is not necessary to remind you of the tremendous emphasis in the New Testament upon certainty, assurance, standing fully assured, having confidence, “casting not away your confidence” (Heb. 10:35)

Oh, what a lot there is, and if you look again you will find that it all relates to this matter of power, authority over the enemy and his works, and in the doing of the work of GOD.

What a lot a question can lead to if it is not, as we say, nipped in the bud, challenged at once, if it is allowed a place.

The LORD make us such as are not prepared just to accept anything that the enemy likes to offer in the most beautiful garb without first of all wanting to know where it is going to lead to, what the result of it will be if we do accept it.
 

~T. Austin Sparks~

Monday, February 1, 2016

The LORD Jesus The Answer To The Question~Hath GOD Said?

There is another side, and if we did but realize it, if only we could grasp it, the whole purpose of the coming and the work of the LORD Jesus was to answer that question.

His coming from GOD, His taking man-form, His being subjected to the testings and temptings of this same sinister being...

His going to the Cross, and crying in His last agony another question~“My God, why …”, was all to answer this question, and He has answered it.

The deepest meaning of Christ in every way is the answer to this challenge of Satan~“Has God said?” 

Yes, the answer is in Him. What is His Name, His title?

His final and all-inclusive title is the Amen, and, as you know, that simply means the great...yes, the great Verily, Verily, the Amen.

What is His categorical language?~“Verily, verily, I say unto you”, and those who know, know that the word Amen and the word Verily are the same word in the original.

He was only saying, “Amen, amen, I say unto you”. This is final, there is no question about this, no place for doubt in this, there is no room whatever for uncertainty here. “Verily, verily, truly, truly, I say unto you”.

His Person...if you follow the LORD Jesus in His life here in His Person there is one thing that you have to conclude about Him...

He is a man without any questions. He is not a man with a question.

If ever there was a man assured, confident and certain, He was that one. There never has been another with such absolute certainty.

In His very Person He is a man Who is not divided at all. He is integrated, He is whole, He is one, and the integrating factor is His absolute certainty.

He knows, or, in other words again, He is a man without a question.

Therefore He is a man without any weakness, because it is questions that mean weakness.

Where there is a question, there is weakness. Where a thing is still open and unsettled, there is weakness.

There is nothing weak about Him.

He spoke as one having authority (Matt. 7:29), and I am quite certain that if we knew why people said that about Him, we should arrive at this...

This man knows what He is talking about, He is sure of His ground, He is not quoting others, thought they may be the authorities.

This man knows in Himself. He spoke as a man having authority.
 

And this certainty, this assurance, this confidence, this integration of His being was His power, His power with men, His power over the devil.

The devil had no foothold here in this way of a question. He could not get in at all.

He tried to get in,,,“If you are the Son” (Matt. 4:3 etc.). That is only another form of saying, “Has GOD said?” because only just prior to that GOD had said, “This is My beloved Son.”

It is only just assailing in another way. “Has God said?”...

He did not get in there, and therefore the one who sought to get
that foothold on a question at the beginning was himself cast out in the end by this power of an integrated life.


Here is the answer to the question, and the answer is in
Himself.
 

But then you say, that may be very true theoretically, actually, but what is the value of that to us?

Oh, everything, everything! Dear friends, you know, those who know the LORD, know quite well that one of the very first features of the Christian life when we really do receive the LORD Jesus into our life is the consciousness that the great big
question has been answered.


We put that in many ways. Now we have come to rest, now
we know, we have assurance.


You ask us how we know; we cannot tell you, but we know. 

There is a sense of our questions having been answered, our doubts having been dealt with.

Something has happened that has brought to us the rest of a conscious assurance, certainty, confidence. 

It is just a mighty sense, but there it is, and that is the
secret of Christian joy.


~T. Austin Sparks~

Friday, January 29, 2016

Obedience Brings Blessing

Deu 12:28  Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.

Though salvation is not by the works of the law, yet the blessings which are promised to obedience are not denied to the faithful servants of GOD.

We are to note and listen to the revealed will of the LORD, giving our attention not to portions of it but to "all these words."

There must be no picking and choosing but an impartial respect to all that GOD has commanded.

This is the road of blessedness for the Father and for His children.

The LORD's blessing is upon His chosen to the third and fourth generation.

If they walk uprightly before Him, He will make all men know that they are a seed which the LORD has blessed.

No blessing can come to us or ours through dishonesty or double dealing.

The ways of worldly conformity and unholiness cannot bring good to us or ours.

It will go well with us when we go well before GOD.

If integrity does not make us prosper, knavery will not.

That which gives pleasure to GOD will bring pleasure to us.

~Charles Spurgeon~
   
  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Beware Of The Cravings Of Appetite.

Gen 27:34  And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.
 

On this incident the writer to the Hebrews found the impressive lesson, that the choices of the past may cast a bitter and irrevocable shadow on all our future.

When he afterward desired to inherit blessing he was rejected; for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

Heb 12:16  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
 

Heb 12:17  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

Beware of the cravings of appetite. - In an evil moment Esau yielded to these, and sold his birthright to secure their gratification;


He found afterward that the choice made in that hour was irrevocable. 

How needful that we watch and pray, lest we fall into temptation!

There are four facts which, when borne in mind, guard us against the sudden oversetting of passionate appetite.

We were once dead in sins. - Surely we do not want to go back again to the charnel-house with its corruption.

In Him we have met the demands of GOD'S holy law; but surely that must be an awful thing which cost our Saviour so dearly.

We died to sin with the LORD JESUS. - We have passed with Him on to Resurrection ground; so that we belong to the new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

We are called on to reckon ourselves dead to sin.

The nearer we live to GOD, the more sensitive we shall be to the most distant suggestion of evil, closing doors and windows against its entrance, reckoning ourselves "not at home" to it, and yielding our members as instruments of righteousness unto GOD.

~F. B. Meyer~

Friday, January 22, 2016

God Is Looking

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.  2Ch 16:9  

GOD is looking for a man, or woman, whose heart will be always set on Him, and who will trust Him for all He desires to do. 

GOD is eager to work more mightily now than He ever has through any soul. The clock of the centuries points to the eleventh hour.

The world is waiting yet to see what GOD can do through a consecrated soul.

Not the world alone, but GOD Himself is waiting for one, who will be more fully devoted to Him than any who have ever lived; who will be willing to be nothing that Christ may be all; who will grasp GOD'S own purposes; and taking His humility and His faith, His love and His power, will, without hindering, continue to let GOD do exploits.

~C. H. P.~

There is no limit to what GOD can do with a man, providing he will not touch the glory.

In an address given to ministers and workers after his ninetieth birthday, George Mueller spoke thus of himself: "I was converted in November, 1825, but I only came into the full surrender of the heart four years later, in July, 1829...

The love of money was gone, the love of place was gone, the love of position was gone, the love of worldly pleasures and engagements was gone.

GOD, GOD alone became my portion. I found my all in Him; I wanted nothing else. 

And by the grace of GOD this has remained, and has made me a happy man, an exceedingly happy man, and it led me to care only about the things of GOD.

I ask affectionately, my beloved brethren, have you fully surrendered the heart to GOD, or is there this thing or that thing with which you are taken up irrespective of GOD?

I read a little of the Scriptures before, but preferred other books; but since that time the revelation He has made of Himself has become unspeakably blessed to me, and I can say from my heart, GOD is an infinitely lovely Being.

Oh, be not satisfied until in your own inmost soul you can say, God is an infinitely lovely Being!' 

~Selected~

I pray to GOD this day to make me an extraordinary Christian. 

~George Whitefield~

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Man Without Fear

                                                       
Exo 3:12  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
 

Of course, if the LORD sent Moses on an errand, He would not let him go alone.

The tremendous risk which it would involve and the great power it would require would render it ridiculous for GOD to send a poor lone Hebrew to confront the mightiest king in all the world and then leave him to himself.

It could not be imagined that a wise GOD would match poor Moses with Pharaoh and the enormous forces of Egypt. Hence He says, "Certainly I will be with thee," as if it were out of the question that He would send him alone.

In my case, also, the same rule will hold good. If I go upon the LORD's errand with a simple reliance upon His power and a single eye to His glory, it is certain that He will be with me.

His sending me binds Him to back me up. Is not this enough? What more can I want?

If all the angels and arch- angels were with me. I might fail; but if He is with me, I must succeed. 

Only let me take care that I act worthily toward this promise. Let me not go timidly, halfheartedly, carelessly, presumptuously.

What manner of person ought he to be who has GOD with him! In such company it behoveth me to play the man and, like Moses, go in unto Pharaoh without fear.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Monday, January 11, 2016

The One To Whom GOD Will Commit Himself

                                                                                 
The LORD Jesus did come, and He did come to show in Himself the kind of person to whom GOD would commit Himself, to whom GOD would let go Himself.

It is a tremendous thing for such as GOD to let himself go to someone else, commit Himself, so to speak, to put Himself into the hands of another with perfect assurance and content and say, "I can trust Myself with that one, I need not be reserved where they are concerned.

I can give them My secrets, I can open up to them My hidden things, I can trust them with blessing, with power, with scope for service, ways of usefulness:

I know quite well self will not come in there; it is safe".

Who of us could say that of ourselves? I cannot; I do not think you can.
 

But what leads to this?

Is it not our deep, agonizing concern before GOD that He will be able to commit Himself to us that we might be the more to His glory and more used by Him?

Does that not concern you?

Do you, with me, desire above all other things that the LORD should be able to be with us and to make us a blessing and to use us and to open the way before us, and not all the time to have to say, "I must go steady there, they are taking it into their own hands to get glory for themselves. 

They have become masters instead of servants"?

Are you concerned about that?

If you are not, of course this word has nothing for you, but if so, surely this is a word to our hearts.

How will the LORD commit Himself?

The LORD Jesus is the great example. He came to show, for GOD was with Him.

That was the testimony of the apostles. He "went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him" (Acts 10:38).

Oh, that is what we are after in our hearts, not the using, not the fame, not the popularity, the publicity, no, but just that God should get glory and have His way.

He puts His finger upon the secret - the single eye, purity of heart.
 

I am not, for a moment, questioning your motives.

I cannot question my own motives as I know them on the surface.

You would all say, "All that I am and all I have is for the Lord; it is at the Lord's disposal. I do not want to have any secondary interest at all." 

We are all like that, but so often we are our own greatest enemies, and I am not speaking to you about the things of which you may be conscious.

We shall, of course, have to face things which come into this realm as we know them; as we are able to discern them, we have to face them quite seriously.

But I know this, that The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer. 17:9)

Deceitful - and we really do not always know our own motives, 

And the motive is only manifest sometimes when the LORD has given us a little extra rope of liberty and blessing,

And then we begin to be very pleased with it and with ourselves, instead of humbly, broken-heartedly, going down before the LORD in worship that such as we, could ever be considered in the realm of His using.

It is what is there. That is why I speak of circumcision of heart, getting right down inside.
 

Well, the opposite to singleness, of course, is dividedness, 

And you know how often the LORD Jesus, when He was here in the flesh, used that word "cannot",

And how often He used the phrase that is here in our portion: "No man does this or that to things." "Men do not put new wine into old bottles" (Matt. 9:17) — two opposite things; 

Men do not put a piece of new cloth upon an old garment (Matt. 9:16) - two different things.

Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Matt. 6:24). 

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33
These "cannots" just touch this: there can be no two things where the LORD is concerned, only one thing, singleness of eye.

Pride and jealousy are only forms of self-interest.

When David returned from slaying the giant, the women came out and sang, "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands" (1 Sam. 18:7).

Saul said, "They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands 

And Saul eyed David from that day and forward", eyed him with an evil eye.

He was jealous, and I think it was David's singleness of eye that was the great characteristic of his life.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Rest On A Promise

Gen 28:13  And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
 

No promise is of private interpretation: it belongs not to one saint but to all believers.

If, my brother, thou canst in faith lie down upon a promise and take thy rest thereon, it is thine. 

Where Jacob "lighted" and tarried and rested, there he took possession. Stretching his weary length upon the ground, with the stones of that place for his pillows, he little fancied that he was thus entering into ownership of the land; yet so it was.

He saw in his dream that wondrous ladder which for all true believers unites earth and heaven, and surely where the foot of the ladder stood he must have a right to the soil, for other wise he could not reach the divine stair- way.

All the promises of GOD are "Yea" and "Amen" in Christ Jesus, and as He is ours, every promise is ours if we will but lie down upon it in restful faith.

Come, weary one, use thy LORD's words as thy pillows, Lie down in peace.

Dream only of Him. Jesus is thy ladder of light.

See the angels coming and going upon Him between thy soul and thy GOD, and be sure that the promise is thine own GOD-given portion and that it will not be robbery for thee to take it to thyself, as spoken specially to thee.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

God Knows

Job 23:10  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Believer! What a glorious assurance! This way of thine-this, it may be, a crooked, mysterious, tangled way-this way of trial and tears. "He knoweth it."

The furnace seven times heated...He lighted it. There is an Almighty Guide knowing and directing our footsteps, whether it be to the bitter Marah pool, or to the joy and refreshment of Elim.

That way, dark to the Egyptians, has its pillar of cloud and fire for His own Israel. 

The furnace is hot; but not only can we trust the hand that kindles it, but we have the assurance that the fires are lighted not to consume, but to refine; and that when the refining process is completed (no sooner-no later) He brings His people forth as gold.

When they think Him least near, He is often nearest. "When my spirit was overwhelmed, then thou knewest my path."

Do we know of ONE brighter than the brightest radiance of the visible sun, visiting our chamber with the first waking beam of the morning; an eye of infinite tenderness and compassion following us throughout the day, knowing the way that we take?

The world, in its cold vocabulary in the hour of adversity, speaks of Providence-the will of Providence-the strokes of Providence. PROVIDENCE! what is that?

Why dethrone a living, directing GOD from the sovereignty of His own earth? 

Why substitute an inanimate, death-like abstraction, in place of an acting, controlling, personal Jehovah?

How it would take the sting from many a goading trial, to see what Job saw (in his hour of aggravated woe, when every earthly hope lay prostrate at his feet) no hand but the Divine.

He saw that hand behind the gleaming swords of the Sabeans-he saw it behind the lightning flash-he saw it giving wings to the careening tempest-he saw it in the awful silence of his rifled home.

The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!

Thus seeing GOD in everything, his faith reached its climax when this once powerful prince of the desert, seated on his bed of ashes, could say, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust him."

~Macduff~

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Angel Host As An Encircling Fence Of Fire

2Ki 6:17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 

So it is with each of GOD'S saints. We cannot see, because of the imperfection of mortal vision, the harnessed squadrons of fire and light; but the Angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.

If our eyes were opened, we should see the angel hosts as an encircling fence of fire; but whether we see them or not, they are certainly there.

GOD is between us and temptation. However strong the foe, GOD is stronger.

However swift the descending blow, GOD is swifter to catch and ward off.

However weak we are, through long habits of yielding, GOD is greater than our hearts, and can keep in perfect peace.

Trust ye in the LORD forever; for in the LORD Jehovah is the Rock of Ages.

GOD is between us and the hate of man.

Dare to believe that there is an invisible wall of protection between you and all that men devise against you.

What though the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing! No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise in judgment shall be condemned.

GOD is between you and the deluge of care.

What thousands are beset with that dark spectre! They have no rest or peace either day or night, saying, "Where will the next rent, the next meal, come from? "

How different the life of birds, and flowers, of children, of Jesus, and all holy souls. Oh, rest in the LORD, and put Him between you and black care.

GOD is between you and the pursuit of your past.

He is your reward; and as He intercepted the pursuit of Pharaoh, so He stands at Calvary between your past and you.

The assayer of retribution is arrested by that Divine Victim what more can we ask!

~F. B. Meyer~

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Discovering GOD'S Graces

Job 10:2  I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.

Perhaps, O tried soul, the LORD is doing this to develop thy graces.

There are some of thy graces which would never have been discovered if it were not for the trials.

Dost thou not know that thy faith never looks so grand in summer weather as it does in winter?

Love is too oft like a glowworm, showing but little light except it be in the midst of surrounding darkness.

Hope itself is like a star - not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. 

Afflictions are often the black folds in which GOD doth set the jewels of His children's graces, to make them shine the better.

It was but a little while ago that, on thy knees, thou wast saying, LORD, I fear I have no faith: let me know that I have faith.

Was not this really, though perhaps unconsciously, praying for trials?

For how canst thou know that thou hast faith until thy faith is exercised?

Depend upon it.

GOD often sends us trials that our graces may be discovered, and that we may be certified of their existence.

Besides, it is not merely discovery; real growth in grace is the result of sanctified trials.

GOD trains His soldiers, not in tents of ease and luxury, but by turning them out and using them to forced marches and hard service.

He makes them ford through streams, and swim through rivers and climb mountains, and walk many a weary mile with heavy knapsacks on their backs.

Well, Christian, may not this account for the troubles through which you are passing?

Is not this the reason why He is contending with you?

~C. H. Spurgeon~

To be left unmolested by Satan is no evidence of blessing.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Trust And Do; Do and Trust

Psalm 37:3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Trust and do are words which go well together, in the order in which the Holy Spirit has placed them.

We should have faith, and that faith should work.

Trust in GOD sets us upon holy doing: we trust GOD for good, and then we do good.

We do not sit still because we trust, but we arouse ourselves and expect the LORD to work through us and by us.

It is not ours to worry and do evil but to trust and do good.

We neither trust without doing nor do without trusting. 

Adversaries would root us out if they could; but by trusting and doing we dwell in the land.

We will not go into Egypt, but we will remain in Immanuel's land-the providence of GOD, the Canaan of covenant love.

We are not so easily to be got rid of as the LORD's enemies suppose.

They cannot thrust us Out nor stamp us out: where GOD has given us a name and a place, there we abide.

But what about the supply of our necessities?

The LORD has put a "verily" into this promise.

As sure as GOD is true, His people shall be fed.

It is theirs to trust and to do, and it is the LORD's to do according to their trust.

If not fed by ravens, or fed by an Obadiah, or fed by a widow, yet they shall be fed somehow.

Away, ye fears!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Gift Of Strength; Peace To Bless

David had just heard the voice of the LORD in a thunderstorm and had seen His power in the hurricane whose path he had described;

And now, in the cool calm after the storm, that overwhelming power by which heaven and earth are shaken is promised to be the strength of the chosen.

He who wings the unerring bolt will give to His redeemed the wings of eagles;

He who shakes the earth with His voice will terrify the enemies of His saints and give His children peace.

Why are we weak when we have divine strength to flee to?

Why are we troubled when the LORD's own peace is ours? 

Jesus, the Mighty GOD, is our strength; let us put Him on and go forth to our service.

Jesus, our blessed LORD, is also our peace; let us repose in Him this day and end our fears.

What a blessing to have Him for our strength and peace both now and forever!

That same GOD who rides upon the storm in days of tempest will also rule the hurricane of our tribulation and send us, before long, days of peace.

We shall have strength for storms and songs for fair weather. 

Let us begin to sing at once unto GOD, our strength and our peace.

Away, dark thoughts! Up, faith and hope!

~Charles Spurgeon~