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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Denying Ungodliness

Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Let us say, "No," to the flesh, the world and the love of self, and learn that holy self-denial in which consists so much of the life of obedience. 

Make no provision for the flesh; give no recognition to your lower life.

Say "No" to everything earthly and selfish. 

How very much of the life of faith consists in simply denying ourselves.

We begin with one great "Yes," to God, and then we conclude with an eternal "No," to ourselves, the world, the flesh and the devil.

If you look at the ten commandments of the Decalogue, you will find that nearly every one of them is a "Thou shalt not." 

If you read the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, with its beautiful picture of love, you will find that most of the characteristics of love are in the negative, what love "does not, thinks not, says not, is not." 

And so you will find that the largest part of the life of consecration is really saying, "No."

I am not my own, I belong to Him.

I am His alone, I belong to Him.

~A. B. Simpson~

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

True Faith

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

True faith drops its letter in the post-office box, and lets it go.

Distrust holds on to a corner of it, and wonders that the answer never comes.

I have some letters in my desk that have been written for weeks, but there was some slight uncertainty about the address or the contents, so they are yet unmailed.

They have not done either me or anybody else any good yet.

They will never accomplish anything until I let them go out of my hands and trust them to the postman and the mail.
This is the case with true faith. It hands its case over to God, and then He works.

That is a fine verse in the thirty-seventh Psalm: "Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him, and He worketh."

But He never worketh until we commit.
Faith is a receiving, or still better, a taking of God's proffered gifts.

We may believe, and come, and commit, and rest, but we will not fully realize all our blessing until we begin to receive and come into the attitude of abiding and taking.

~A. B. Simpson~

Monday, October 13, 2014

"GODLY Sorrow Worketh Repentance'

2Co 7:10  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 

Genuine, spiritual mourning for sin is the work of the Spirit of God. 

Repentance is too choice a flower to grow in nature’s garden. Pearls grow naturally in oysters, but penitence never shows itself in sinners except divine grace works it in them. 

If thou hast one particle of real hatred for sin, God must have given it thee, for human nature’s thorns never produced a single fig. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh.”

True repentance has a distinct reference to the Saviour. 

When we repent of sin, we must have one eye upon sin and another upon the cross, or it will be better still if we fix both our eyes upon Christ and see our transgressions only, in the light of his love.

True sorrow for sin is eminently practical. No man may say he hates sin, if he lives in it. 

Repentance makes us see the evil of sin, not merely as a theory, but experimentally—as a burnt child dreads fire. 

We shall be as much afraid of it, as a man who has lately been
stopped and robbed is afraid of the thief upon the highway; and we shall shun it-shun it in everything-not in great things only, but in little things, as men shun little vipers as well as great snakes. 

True mourning for sin will make us very jealous over our tongue, lest it should say a wrong word; we shall be very watchful over our daily actions, lest in anything we offend, and each night we shall close the day with painful confessions of shortcoming, and each morning awaken with anxious prayers, that this day God would hold us up that we may not sin against him.

Sincere repentance is continual. Believers repent until their dying day. 

This dropping well is not intermittent. Every other sorrow yields to time, but this dear sorrow grows with our growth, and it is so sweet a bitter, that we thank God we are permitted to enjoy and to suffer it until we enter our eternal rest.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Friday, October 10, 2014

Open Door Of Communion

Rev 3:8  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.   

Saints who remain faithful to the truth of God have an open door before them.  

My soul, thou hast resolved to live and die by that which the LORD has revealed in His Word, and therefore before thee stands this open door.

I will enter in by the open door of communion with God. Who shall say me nay? 

Jesus has removed my sin and given me His righteousness; therefore I may freely enter. 

LORD, I do so by Thy grace. 

I have also before me an open door into the mysteries of the Word. I may enter into the deep things of God. 

Election, union to Christ, the Second advent-all these are before me, and I may enjoy them. 

No promise and no doctrine are now locked up against me. 

An open door of access is before me in private and an open door of usefulness in public. 

God will hear me; God will use me. 

A door is opened for my onward march to the church above, and for my daily fellowship with saints below. 

Some may try to shut me up or shut me out, but all in vain.  

Soon shall I see an open door into heaven: the pearl gate will be my way of entrance, and then I shall go in unto my LORD and King and be with God eternally shut in.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Ground Of Satan's Power~The World

You see it is a matter, in the first place, of the ground which is taken and occupied by the one concerned.

When Peter took heavenly ground-"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" he was in a very strong position. 

The keys of the kingdom of heaven, binding on earth and binding in heaven, were his. 

He was weak, and in a very weak position, when he took earthly ground, the ground of men, the ground of his own judgment and of his own selfhood. 

The ground taken decided whether he was spiritually strong or weak, and whether Satan had power over him or not.

It would seem that, when the Lord was speaking to them about what was going to take place in Jerusalem as to His death, Simon just took Him apart quietly, and in a very kindly and consolatory way, and yet with a certain amount of patronage, one would feel, told the Lord that He must not be so depressed and gloomy, that He must take a brighter view of things, and that this sort of thing would certainly not happen to Him. 

But in Peter's attitude, on Peter's ground, the Lord saw quite distinctly a recurrence of what He had met so terribly in the wilderness in His temptation, when Satan had offered Him the kingdoms of this world without the Cross - had sought, that is to say, to divert Him from the way to which He had committed Himself.

Peter became but the voice and instrument of that same arch-enemy to turn the Lord away from the Cross.

Hence the word following about saving the life. 

But taking this ground of having the Kingdom and the Throne on any other line but God's ordained line, which is the way of the Cross, is alliance with Satan, and will put anyone in that alliance into the power of Satan and destroy them spiritually.

Firstly, then, it is very evident that any ground of the world, which in its nature is a kingdom without suffering, without the Cross, without the setting aside of natural life, is the realm of Satan's power and authority. 

It is perfectly clear that, in the case of the Church, speaking fairly generally, and in the case of countless individual Christians, the weakness, defeat and dishonor which characterize them, and which became so manifest in Peter's case, are due to occupying the ground of Satan's strength. 

That ground may be said to be compromise with the world in its principle.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tempted Without Sinning

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

It is a common-place thought, and yet it tastes like nectar to the weary heart...Jesus was tempted as I am. 

You have heard that truth many times: have you grasped it?

He was tempted to the very same sins into which we fall. 

Do not dissociate Jesus from our common manhood. It is a dark room which you are going through, but Jesus went through it before.

It is a sharp fight which you are waging, but Jesus has stood foot to foot with the same enemy.

Let us be of good cheer, Christ has borne the load before us, and the blood-stained footsteps of the King of glory may be seen along the road which we traverse at this hour.

There is something sweeter yet...Jesus was tempted, but Jesus never sinned. 

Then, my soul, it is not needful for thee to sin, for Jesus was a man, and if one man endured these temptations and sinned not, then in his power his members may also cease from sin.

Some beginners in the divine life think that they cannot be tempted without sinning, but they mistake; there is no sin in being tempted, but there is sin in yielding to temptation.

Herein is comfort for the sorely tempted ones. 

There is still more to encourage them if they reflect that the Lord Jesus, though tempted, gloriously triumphed, and as he overcame, so surely shall his followers also, for Jesus is the representative man for his people.

The Head has triumphed, and the members share in the victory. 

Fears are needless, for Christ is with us, armed for our defense.

Our place of safety is the bosom of the Saviour. 

Perhaps we are tempted just now, in order to drive us nearer to him.

Blessed be any wind that blows us into the port of our Saviour’s

Happy wounds, which make us seek the beloved Physician. 

Ye tempted ones, come to your tempted Saviour, for he can be touched with a feeling of your infirmities, and will succor every tried and tempted one.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Many Who Believe Refuse To Confess Christ

John 12:42  Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 

It is very profitable to observe what temptations have overcome men in past times. None can estimate the force of temptation, excepting those who are actually under its influence. Even those temptations by which we ourselves have once been overcome, appear feeble and insignificant when we are removed from their power. 

We have read of a young ruler who refused to follow Christ because he had great possessions. Now we read of many rulers who refused to confess him, because they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. 

What various reasons men have for not doing the will of God! 
But there is not one of all those reasons that will appear a strong one at the last day. 

We cannot, thought these rulers, "confess that Jesus is the Son of God, lest we should be put out of the synagogue." 

There was a beggar born blind who endured the trial; why could not they endure it? When he was cast out, the Son of God found him and revealed himself unto him. Had those rulers acted as he did, they would have been comforted as he was. 

One word from the Son of God could impart more peace to the heart than the plaudits of a whole multitude, or the praise of the whole Sanhedrin.

But it appeared to these rulers an insupportable calamity to be put out of the synagogue. Not to be allowed to approach within an arm's length of any person, or to eat and drink with any for thirty days, was a trial they would not encounter. 

Then if, at the end of thirty days, they continued to confess Christ, a curse would be pronounced on them in the midst of the congregation, accompanied by the extinguishing of lights, and the sounding of trumpets. 

Then would follow destitution, and desolation, and disgrace. They would be deprived of their property, forbidden to hire or to be hired, to buy or to sell, to teach or be taught; when they died stones would be cast at their coffin, and none would follow them to the grave.

These things were sufficient to terrify a human heart; but yet what were they all, compared to the woes God will inflict on the unbelieving and the fearful!

Not to be permitted to approach our fellow-mortals is not so dreadful as to be separated from saints and angels and God and Christ forever and ever. 

The sudden darkness in the synagogue, and the clangor of trumpets, could not be as appalling as the darkness of the sun at noonday, and the sound of the last trumpet!

But though these rulers believed that Jesus was the Christ, they did not believe with the heart. They did not love him. 

They loved men more than God; therefore they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. 

It is possible that a true believer may be tempted to deny his Lord...but then he will not continue in the sin. 

Peter denied Christ; but one "kind upbraiding glance" brought him to repentance, and made him go out and weep bitterly. 

These rulers were not like Peter. They could bear to see their companions insult the Lord day after day, and yet never take his part...they could bear to hear them plotting his death, and yet be silent. 

They were content to be on good terms with his enemies, and not to be counted among his friends. 

Could they have done this had they loved him? O no! had they loved him they would, on some occasion, have betrayed their feelings. 

Nicodemus could not sit in the Sanhedrin and hear the Lord calumniated. He exclaimed, "Does our law judge any man before it hear him, and know what he does?" and thus he brought upon himself the derision of the assembly.

Could an affectionate son hear his father insulted day after day, and never show by word or look how deeply he was wounded!

Perhaps we never hear men speak openly against Jesus himself. But do we not meet with many who speak against his laws and his people?

It is before such persons that we are called upon to confess him. 

If we do not seem to approve of worldly amusements, if we show an attachment to truly religious people, if we refuse to smile at sin, and to admire what the world admires, the enemies of Christ will hate and despise us. 

Are we willing to bear their hatred and contempt for our dear Master's sake?

Is Christ's approbation dearer to us than the world's admiration? 

These are signs that we love the Lord, and that he loves us; and that he will confess us when he comes in his glory with all his holy angels.

~ Favell Lee Mortimer (1802—1878)~

Friday, September 26, 2014


Children of the Kingdom are sown in the earth, and then by night the enemy comes and sows his own children, children of his kingdom. They are the children of the Devil.

His method is suitable to his object. His object being completely to nullify what is of God, his method is to imitate it. 

That is a wile of that evil wisdom of Satan - imitation children of God mixed in with the true children of God in order to nullify. 

The workers are represented as coming to the owner of the field and telling him what they have found there, and he says, 'Ah, an enemy has done this.'

And they say, 'What would you have us do? Shall we pluck up this other thing?'

He replies: 'No - let the sovereignty have its way!

Let them both grow together, and the sovereignty, the rule of Heaven, will progressively make very clear which is which.

The sovereign rule will make manifest what is of itself, and what is otherwise.

Only the sovereign rule of God can bring out into clearness what is of God. But that will happen as we go on. We can trust the sovereign rule. That is very practical: it works like this. 

There are those who are truly of God, of Heaven; and then there are those who come in - who perhaps sing the hymns, use the phraseology, carry on the same way, associate with those of the Kingdom; but there is a difference. 

Deep down, they are really "not of us". 

They are just imitations; they are not real, not the genuine thing. 

We may discern, as these men discerned, that there is something here that is not the same thing, something that is foreign, that is alien and strange.

What are we going to do? Had we better turn them out, tell them to go?

No, no! Go on long enough, and they will go of themselves.

The two things will be self-manifested, and it will be quite easy in the long run. "They went out from us", said John, "that they might be made manifest that they all are not of us" (1 John 2:19). 

This is a heavenly principle, you see - there is a manifestation. 

It is difficult to endure patiently those people who you sense have not, as we say, the root of the matter in them - who are just camp-followers. 

But, as with the mixed multitude that left Egypt with Israel, time and testing will find them out. 

~T. Austin Sparks~

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Life-Giving Stream

Eze 47:9  And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

The living waters, in the prophet's vision, flowed into the Dead Sea and carried life with them, even into that stagnant lake.

Where grace goes, spiritual life is the immediate and the everlasting consequence. 

Grace proceeds sovereignly according to the will of God, even as a river in all its windings follows its own sweet will; and wherever it comes it does not wait for life to come to it, but it creates life by its own quickening flow.

Oh, that it would pour along our streets and flood our slums! 

Oh, that it would now come into my house and rise till every chamber were made to swim with it!

LORD, let the living water flow to my family and my friends, and let it not pass me by.

I hope I have drunk of it already; but I desire to bathe in it, yea, to swim in it.

O my Savior, I need life more abundantly. Come to me, I pray Thee, till every part of my nature is vividly energetic and intensely active.

Living God, I pray Thee, fill me with Thine own life. I am a poor, dry stick; come and make me so to live that, like Aaron's rod, I may bud and blossom and bring forth fruit unto Thy glory. 

Quicken me, for the sake of my LORD Jesus. Amen.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Monday, September 22, 2014

Broad Rivers Without Galleys

But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby  (Isaiah 33:21).

The LORD will be to us the greatest good without any of the drawbacks which seem necessarily to attend the best earthly things.

If a city is favored with broad rivers, it is liable to be attacked by galleys with oars and other ships of war.

But when the LORD represents the abundance of His bounty under this figure, He takes care expressly to shut out the fear which the metaphor might suggest.

Blessed be His perfect love! 

LORD, if Thou send me wealth like broad rivers, do not let the galley with oars come up in the shape of worldliness or pride.

If Thou grant me abundant health and happy spirits, do not let "the gallant ship" of carnal ease come sailing up the flowing flood. 

If I have success in holy service, broad as the German Rhine, yet let me never find the galley of self-conceit and self-confidence floating on the waves of my usefulness.

Should I be so supremely happy as to enjoy the light of Thy countenance year after year, yet let me never despise Thy feeble saints, nor allow the vain notion of my own perfection to sail up the broad rivers of my full assurance. 

LORD, give me that blessing which maketh rich and neither addeth sorrow nor aideth sin.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I Must Take Off My Earthly Garments, And Put On My Sacred Dress

Eze 42:14  When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people.

The priests which Ezekiel mentions, take great discipline and preparation to please God.

In compliance with His command, they clothe themselves in holy robes of the fairest linen. They make ready for drawing near His holy Presence.

Just so, I must be willing to take time and effort in my worship. Every day, I must pass into my sacred shrine to be with God. 

With a set purpose, I must take off my earthly garments, and put on my sacred dress.
I have to hush myself into quietness. I have to beseech the Holy Spirit for His empowerment.
I have to steadfastly study the majesty, the purity, and the grace of the God to Whom I come.
Much mental concentration is required of me. A sincere and honest heart is also required.
I am called to earnest contemplation and prayer.
When the service of the priests is over in the inner sanctuary, they divest themselves of the robes of whiteness in which they stood before the Lord. 

They do not show themselves to the people in a garb so venerable. God keeps something to Himself, something which shall be known only to His servants and to Him.
Just so, I cannot disclose everything in my secret place with others.

There are heights and depths in the truth I am being taught, in the mercy I have received--which I do not yet comprehend, and over which I shall have to ponder all my life long.
And I ought not to disclose everything. To unveil my most sublime spiritual experiences, will injure me.
It would lessen humility, and foster pride. It would rub the delicate bloom from off my character.
It would make my secret place a beaten path. My sanctuary clothing is not for the public outer court.
Yet mine is a God who is never distant and inaccessible. 

The priests of old, left the shrine and went out into the world. 

But the Lord abides in the Holy Place still. 

We need only to return, and to clothe themselves anew in our holy vestments, and we will find Him the same as before--a God Who rejoices to hear our cry, Who delights in our sincere, yet poor and disappointing services, Who will lift up His countenance on us and give us peace.
When I call upon Him, withdrawing myself from all others and all else--He is near as my strong Refuge and and my ever-present Help in times of trouble. 

The doors of His Holy Place are never barred; and, within the doors, His gracious welcome awaits me.
May He be the Temple that is the dearest spot on earth to me.
May I be priest to serve Him day and night.

Psa 91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

~Alexander Smellie~

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Complete Safety

Deut. 33:12  And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.

Yes, there is no safety like that which comes of dwelling near to God. For His best beloved the LORD can find no surer or safer place. 

O LORD, let me always abide under Thy shadow, close to Thy wounded side. Nearer and nearer would I come to Thee, my LORD; and when once specially near Thee, I would abide there forever. 

What a covering is that which the LORD gives to His chosen! Not a fair roof shall cover him, nor a bomb-proof casement, nor even an angel's wing, but Jehovah Himself.

Nothing can come at us when we are thus covered. This covering the LORD will grant us all the day long, however long the day.

LORD, let me abide this day consciously beneath this canopy of love, this pavilion of sovereign power. 

Does the third clause mean that the LORD in His temple would dwell among the mountains of Benjamin or that the LORD would be where Benjamin's burden should be placed, or does it mean that we are borne upon the shoulders of the Eternal?

In any case, the LORD is the support and strength of His saints. LORD, let me ever enjoy Thy help, and then thy arms will be sufficient for me. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

Monday, September 15, 2014

No Dirty Dogs Shall Ever Trample Upon That Golden Pavement

Throughout the Scriptures, unholy people are branded, to their everlasting contempt with the worst appellations.

They are the most dangerous, and the most harmful beings in the world, and therefore are emblemized

by lions for they are cruel, Psalm 22:21;
by bears for they are savage, Isaiah 11:7;

by dragons for they are hideous, Ezek. 29:3;
by wolves for they are ravenous, Ezek. 22:27;

by dogs for they are snarling, Rev. 22:15;
by vipers and scorpions for they are stinging, Mat. 12:34, Ezek. 2:6;

by spiders and cockatrices for they are poisoning, Isaiah 59:5;
by swine for they are intemperate, Mat. 7:6.

Remember this...that all these stinging expressions and
appellations which disgrace and vilify unholy people, were inspired by the Holy Spirit, and published in His holy Word.

The glutton is depicted as a swine;

the fraudulent person is depicted as a fox;
the lustful person is depicted as a goat;

the backbiter is depicted as a barking cur;
the slanderer is depicted as an asp;

the oppressor is depicted as a wolf;
the persecutor is depicted as a tiger;

the seducer is depicted as a serpent.

Do you think that God will admit such vermin as unholy people are...to eternally inhabit His holy heaven? Surely not!

God has long since resolved upon it that no unclean beasts shall enter into heaven that no dirty dogs shall ever trample upon that golden pavement.

Certainly God will not allow such beasts and toads and snakes and serpents to forever live with Him!

Heaven is  too holy a place to admit such vermin to inhabit!

Nothing impure will ever enter it. Revelation 21:27

Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood." Revelation 22:15

All in heaven are holy: the angels holy, the saints holy but the Lord Himself above all, is most glorious in holiness.

Now certainly it would be a hell to these holy ones to have unholy wretches to be their eternal companions!

When the holy angels fell from their holiness heaven was so holy that it spewed them out!

Certainly there will be no room in heaven for such filthy beasts as unholy people are!

Jerusalem above is too glorious a habitation for beasts or for men of beastly spirits, or beastly principles, or beastly practices.

The city of the great God was never built for beasts.

A wilderness and not a paradise is fittest for beasts.

~Thomas Brooks~ 

Friday, September 12, 2014

What Of My House?

Act 16:31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 

This gospel for a man with a sword at his throat is the gospel for me. 

This would suit me if I were dying, and it is all that I need while I am living.

I look away from self, and sin, and all idea of personal merit, and I trust the LORD Jesus as the Savior whom God has given. 

I believe in Him, I rest on Him, I accept Him to be my all in all. 

LORD, I am saved, and I shall be saved to all eternity, for I believe in Jesus. Blessed be Thy name for this.

May I daily prove by my life that I am saved from selfishness, and worldliness, and every form of evil. 

But those last words about my "house": LORD, I would not run away with half a promise when Thou dost give a whole one. 

I beseech Thee, save all my family. Save the nearest and dearest. Convert the children and the grandchildren, if I have any. 

Be gracious to my servants and all who dwell under my roof or work for me. 

Thou makest this promise to me personally if I believe in the LORD Jesus; I beseech Thee to do as Thou hast said. 

I would go over in my prayer every day the names of all my brothers and sisters, parents, children, friends, relatives, servants, and give Thee no rest till that word is fulfilled, "and thy house."

~Charles Spurgeon~