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Thursday, September 22, 2016

When We See The Larger Life, We Become Blind To Little Grievances

Act 9:8  And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

Putting the matter in another light, suppose we think of the little frets of life, of the little pinpricks and unkindness which most people experience as they journey.

There are folk who brood upon such things as these, until they practically see nothing else. 

They tend and water all their little grievances till their blossoms would take prizes at a show. 

And what I have noticed of such folk is this, that when through the mercy of God their eyes are opened, of all these little pinpricks they see nothing Their eyes have been opened to what real suffering is.

They were only playing before at being miserable. Their eyes have been opened to that larger life which is always given us in Christ.

And the beautiful thing about that life is this, that worries which were overwhelming yesterday, somehow have vanished so that we cannot see them in the love commended on the cross.

Every rock and ridge is clear and glistening in the Highland burn when it is low.

But when the summer rain falls or the winter snow, then they become invisible.

And I have found it so in many a man's life when a new tide of being has possessed him; things that were sharp and hard and hurt him yesterday, somehow have become invisible today.

Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us--they felt the sting of it and thought that He was undutiful.

But when their eyes were opened they saw nothing; that ingratitude had vanished.

So when we see, many a thing vanishes; many a thing which hurt and fretted us, and met us everywhere, and barred the sunshine out, and silences all the music in the dwelling.

~George H. Morrison~

Monday, September 19, 2016

"For This Child I Prayed"

1Sa 1:27  For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

Devout souls delight to look upon those mercies which they have obtained in answer to supplication, for they can see God’s especial love in them.


When we can name our blessings Samuel, that is, “asked of God,” they will be as dear to us as her child was to Hannah. 

Peninnah had many children, but they came as common blessings unsought in prayer:

Hannah’s one heaven-given child was dearer far, because he was the fruit of earnest pleadings.

How sweet was that water to Samson which he found at “the well of him that prayed!”

Quassia cups turn all waters bitter, but the cup of prayer puts a sweetness into the draughts it brings.
 

Did we pray for the conversion of our children?

How doubly sweet, when they are saved, to see in them our own petitions fulfilled!

Better to rejoice over them as the fruit of our pleadings than as the fruit of our bodies.

Have we sought of the Lord some choice spiritual gift?

When it comes to us it will be wrapped up in the gold cloth of God’s faithfulness and truth, and so be doubly precious.

Have we petitioned for success in the Lord’s work? 

How joyful is the prosperity which comes flying upon the wings of prayer!

It is always best to get blessings into our house in the legitimate way, by the door of prayer;

Then they are blessings indeed, and not temptations.

Even when prayer speeds not, the blessings grow all the richer
for the delay;


The child Jesus was all the more lovely in the eyes of Mary when she found him after having sought him sorrowing.

That which we win by prayer we should dedicate
to God, as Hannah dedicated Samuel.


The gift came from heaven, let it go to heaven.

Prayer brought it, gratitude sang over it, let devotion consecrate it.

Here will be a special occasion for saying, “Of thine own have I given unto thee.”

Reader, is prayer your element or your weariness? Which?

~Charles Spurgeon~

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Forces At Work

The forces which are at work to bring a soul to ruin, to prevent a man or a woman reaching God’s appointed and desired haven, are far greater and more terrible and persistent than anything that has ever been encountered in the natural realm of storms.

Of course, you do not know that until you definitely set yourself in the direction of God’s will.

A great many people in this world seem to be getting along very well, with not very much trouble, and think that they are going (in that easygoing, carefree way) to get where God wants them to be.

That is an illusion.

Never yet has there been a definite and serious association with the will of God, the purpose of God, except there has been the rising of terrific conflict and tempest to make that realization impossible...

And I say when a man or a woman does seriously have an understanding with God that His will and purpose is to be realized in their life and that they are abandoned to Him for that, then such a life will know that it is not all plain sailing, easygoing. 

There will be forces which were not imagined arising to hinder that, to make that impossible. 

~T. Austin Sparks~

Saturday, September 10, 2016

THE LORD FAITHFUL, AND HIS WORD TRUE TO THE LAST

Jos 23:14  And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.

There is no testimony to the faithfulness of God in His Word so convincing and touching as that of the dying believer.

If ever a man is sincere, it is then.

If ever the veil is laid aside and the soul appears real and undisguised, be it a saint or a sinner, it is at that solemn moment.

No motive now exists for the false, and no cloud can conceal the true;

The coin that has passed current with many for genuine is now found to be counterfeit...

And that which many regarded as counterfeit-even the possessor himself...proves to be genuine!

Nature now appears to be but nature; and grace, vindicating its true character, proves itself grace.

The specious hope dies, and the true hope gathers life; the false faith sinks, and the real rises;

And the timid believer, who went doubting and trembling all the way to Jordan's brink, plunges boldly into the river, and passes over to the other side, with the paean of triumph breathing sweetly from his lips, "O Death, where is your sting? O Grave, where is your victory?"

Such is the picture which the position of Joshua now presents to our view.

He is standing upon the sunny slope, and before the soles of his feet smite the cold waters, he casts a back glance upon all the way the Lord his God had brought him;

And in words the most emphatic and impressive, testifies to the divine faithfulness and unchanging love of his covenant God in making good all His great and precious promises He had so graciously given...

Not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord, your God, spoke unto you; all are come to pass.

Such is the divine assurance with which we conclude our daily thoughts.

What more precious truth, blended with sweeter melody, could linger upon the ear as we close the volume than this...God's faithfulness in the fulfillment of His Word?
 

Let us look at this truth as confirmed by the experience, first, of the living, and then of the dying believer, for both are God's witnesses.

What is the life of the child of God but a continuous experience of the truth of His Word, and the veracity of His promises?

You have, perhaps, been placed in trying circumstances; resources have lessened and demands have increased; your faith has been sharply tried; your spirits depressed; the sky has lowered and the waters have risen; but lo!

The Spirit, the Comforter, has guided you to some precious promise which has just met your case.

It has touched your heart, moistened your eye, uplifted the pressure, and your whole soul has been, as it were, absorbed in God.

And now the harp that hung sad and mute upon the willow is taken down, and thrills with a new song of praise and thanksgiving to the faithfulness of God in the fulfillment of His Word.

Yes, my soul, you can testify to the truth that every sweet invitation and precious promise and loving word of Jesus, upon which He causes your soul to rest in its grief and desolation, has come to pass...not one word has failed.

This is a clear proof of God's veracity in the making good His every word of promise.

Has He not promised to provide for you? then trust Him.
Has He not pledged Himself to guide you? then commit your way to Him.

Has He not undertaken to save you? then believe His Word and pray..."Say unto my soul, I am your salvation."

Soon the living witness to the faithfulness of the Lord in His Word will become the dying one.

When heart and flesh are failing-when the solemn curtain of eternity is rising-when the eye is darkening, and the pulse is sinking, and earth is receding, and eternity is nearing, and, heaven is opening...

Oh, then, like Joshua, you shall testify to the unchanging love and faithful word and precious comforts and secure supports of your covenant God and redeeming Savior...

As He gently leads you down the valley, radiant with His presence, resounding with your song-up the delectable mountains, home to your Father's House-"Forever with the Lord!"

~Octavius Winslow~

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Right Light Is Needed

We use lights to make manifest.

A Christian man should so shine in his life, that a person
could not live with him a week without knowing the gospel.


His conversation should be such that all who are about him should clearly perceive whose he is, and whom he serves; and should see the image of Jesus reflected in his daily actions.

Lights are intended for guidance.

We are to help those around us who are in the dark. We are to hold forth to them the Word of life.

We are to point sinners to the Saviour, and the weary to a divine restingplace.

Men sometimes read their Bibles, and fail to understand them; we should be ready, like Philip, to instruct the inquirer in the meaning of God’s Word, the way of salvation, and the life of godliness.

Lights are also used for warning. 

On our rocks and shoals a light-house is sure to be erected.

Christian men should know that there are many false lights shown everywhere in the world, and therefore the right light is needed.

The wreckers of Satan are always abroad, tempting the ungodly to sin under the name of pleasure; they hoist the wrong light...

Be it ours to put up the true light upon every dangerous rock, to point out every sin, and tell what it leads to, that so we may be clear of the blood of all men, shining as lights in the world.

Lights also have a very cheering influence, and so have Christians.

A Christian ought to be a comforter, with kind words on his lips, and sympathy in his heart; he should carry sunshine wherever he goes, and diffuse happiness around him.
 

Gracious Spirit dwell with me; I myself would gracious be, And with words that help and heal Would thy life in mine reveal, And with actions bold and meek Would for Christ my Saviour speak.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Monday, August 29, 2016

Out Of Any Circumstance

Yes, I must and will pray. What else can I do! What better can I do?

Betrayed, forsaken, grieved, baffled, O my LORD, I will call upon Thee.

My Ziklag is in ashes, and men speak of stoning me; but I encourage my heart in the LORD, who will bear me through this trial as He has borne me through so many others.

Jehovah shall save me; I am sure He will, and I declare my faith.

The LORD and no one else shall save me. I desire no other helper and would not trust in an arm of flesh even if I could.

I will cry to Him evening, and morning, and noon, and I will cry to no one else, for He is all sufficient.

How He will save me I cannot guess; but He will do it, I know.

He will do it in the best and surest way, and He will do it in the largest, truest, and fullest sense.

Out of this trouble and all future troubles the great I AM will bring me as surely as He lives;

And when death comes and all the mysteries of eternity follow thereon, still will this be true: "the LORD shall save me."

This shall be my song all through this autumn day. Is it not as a ripe apple from the tree of life?

I will feed upon it. How sweet it is to my taste!

~Charles Spurgeon~

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Food And Rest

Eze 34:15  I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

Under the divine shepherdry saints are fed to the full. Theirs is not a windy, unsatisfying mess of mere human "thought," but the LORD feeds them upon the solid, substantial truth of divine revelation. 

There is real nutriment for the soul in Scripture brought home to the heart by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Himself is the true life-sustaining Food of believers. Here our Great Shepherd promises that such sacred nourishment shall be given us by His own self. 

If, on the LORD's Day, our earthly shepherd is empty-handed, the LORD is not.

When filled with holy truth the mind rests.

Those whom Jehovah feeds are at peace. No dog shall worry them, no wolf shall devour them, no restless propensities shall disturb them.

They shall lie down and digest the food which they have enjoyed.

The doctrines of grace are not only sustaining but consoling: in them we have the means for building up and lying down.

If preachers do not give us rest, let us look to the LORD for it.

This day may the LORD cause us to feed in the pastures of the Word and make us to lie down in them.

May no folly and no worry but meditation and peace mark this day.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

He That Watereth Shall Be Watered Also Himself

Pro 11:25  The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others.

In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness.
 

We have latent talents and dormant faculties, which are brought to light by exercise.

Our strength for labor is hidden even from ourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord’s battles, or to climb the mountains of difficulty.

We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow’s tears, and soothe the orphan’s grief.

We often find in attempting to teach others, that we gain instruction for ourselves. 

Oh, what gracious lessons some of us have learned at sick beds! We went to teach the Scriptures, we came away blushing that we knew so little of them.

In our converse with poor saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth.

So that watering others makes us humble. 

We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it; and how much the poor saint may outstrip us in knowledge.

Our own comfort is also increased by our working for others. We endeavour to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart.

Like the two men in the snow; one chafed the other’s limbs to keep him from dying, and in so doing kept his own blood in circulation, and saved his own life.
 

The poor widow of Sarepta gave from her scanty store a supply for the prophet’s wants, and from that day she never again knew what want was.

Give then, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and running over.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Just Shall Live By Faith

Heb 10:38  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  

Seemings and feelings are often substituted for faith. 

Pleasurable emotions and deep satisfying experiences are part of the Christian life, but they are not all of it.

Trials, conflicts, battles and testings lie along the way, and are not to be counted as misfortunes, but rather as part of our necessary discipline.

In all these varying experiences we are to reckon on Christ as dwelling in the heart, regardless of our feelings if we are walking obediently before Him.

Here is where many get into trouble; they try to walk by feeling rather than faith.

One of the saints tells us that it seemed as though God had withdrawn Himself from her. His mercy seemed clean gone.

For six weeks her desolation lasted, and then the Heavenly Lover seemed to say:

Catherine, thou hast looked for Me without in the world of sense, but all the while I have been within waiting for thee; meet Me in the inner chamber of thy spirit, for I am there.

Distinguish between the fact of God's presence, and the emotion of the fact.

It is a happy thing when the soul seems desolate and deserted, if our faith can say, "I see Thee not. I feel Thee not, but Thou art certainly and graciously here, where I am as I am."

Say it again and again: Thou art here: though the bush does not seem to burn with fire, it does burn. 

I will take the shoes from off my feet, for the place on which I stand is holy ground.

~London Christian~

Believe God's word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flows, but your sea.

~Samuel Rutherford~

Keep your eye steadily fixed on the infinite grandeur of Christ's finished work and righteousness. 

Look to Jesus and believe, look to Jesus and live! Nay, more; as you look to him, hoist your sails and buffet manfully the sea of life. 

Do not remain in the haven of distrust, or sleeping on your shadows in inactive repose, or suffering your frames and feelings to pitch and toss on one another like vessels idly moored in a harbor.

The religious life is not a brooding over emotions, grazing the keel of faith in the shallows, or dragging the anchor of hope through the oozy tide mud as if afraid of encountering the healthy breeze.

Away! With your canvas spread to the gale, trusting in Him, who rules the raging of the waters.

The safety of the tinted bird is to be on the wing. If its haunt be near the ground-if it fly low-it exposes itself to the fowler's net or snare.

If we remain grovelling on the low ground of feeling and emotion, we shall find ourselves entangled in a thousand meshes of doubt and despondency, temptation and unbelief.

Pro 1:17  Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

Hope thou in God. 

~J. R. Macduff~

When I cannot enjoy the faith of assurance, I live by the faith of adherence.

~Matthew Henry~

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Be Sure Of His Promises

1Ch 17:23  Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.
 

1Ch 17:24  Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.

This is a most blessed phase of true prayer. Many a time we ask for things which are not absolutely promised.

We are not sure therefore until we have persevered for some time whether our petitions are in the line of God's purpose or no. 

There are other occasions, and in the life of David this was one, when we are fully persuaded that what we ask is according to God's will.

We feel led to take up and plead some promise from the page of Scripture, under the special impression that it contains a message for us.

At such times, in confident faith, we say, "Do as Thou hast said."

There is hardly any position more utterly beautiful, strong, or safe, than to put the finger upon some promise of the Divine word, and claim it.

There need be no anguish, or struggle, or wrestling; we simply present the check and ask for cash, produce the promise, and claim its fulfillment; nor can there be any doubt as to the issue.

It would give much interest to prayer, if we were more definite. It is far better to claim a few things specifically than a score vaguely.

~F. B. Meyer~

Every promise of Scripture is a writing of God, which may be pleaded before Him with this reasonable request: "Do as Thou hast said."

The Creator will not cheat His creature who depends upon His truth; and far more, the Heavenly Father will not break His word to His own child.

Remember the word unto thy servant, on which thou hast caused me to hope, is most prevalent pleading.

It is a double argument: it is Thy Word. Wilt Thou not keep it?

Why hast thou spoken of it, if Thou wilt not make it good.

Thou hast caused me to hope in it, wilt Thou disappoint the hope which Thou has Thyself begotten in me?

~C. H. Spurgeon~

Rom 4:21  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 

It is the everlasting faithfulness of God that makes a Bible promise "exceeding great and precious." 

Human promises are often worthless.

Many a broken promise has left a broken heart.

But since the world was made, God has never broken a single promise made to one of His trusting children.

Oh, it is sad for a poor Christian to stand at the door of the promise, in the dark night of affliction, afraid to draw the latch, whereas he should then come boldly for shelter as a child into his father's house.

~Gurnal~

Every promise is built upon four pillars: God's justice and holiness, which will not suffer Him to deceive; His grace or goodness, which will not suffer Him to forget; His truth, which will not suffer Him to change, which makes Him able to accomplish.

~Selected~

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hold On Until The End

Heb 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
 

It is the last step that wins; and there is no place in the pilgrim's progress where so many dangers lurk as the region that lies hard by the portals of the Celestial City.

It was there that Doubting Castle stood. It was there that the enchanted ground lured the tired traveler to fatal slumber.

It is when Heaven's heights are full in view that hell's gate is most persistent and full of deadly peril. 

Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. So run, that ye may obtain.

In the bitter waves of woe Beaten and tossed about By the sullen winds that blow From the desolate shores of doubt, Where the anchors that faith has cast Are dragging in the gale, I am quietly holding fast To the things that cannot fail.

And fierce though the fiends may fight, And long though the angels hide, I know that truth and right Have the universe on their side; And that somewhere beyond the stars Is a love that is better than fate.

When the night unlocks her bars I shall see Him...and I will wait.

~Washington Gladden~

The problem of getting great things from God is being able to hold on for the last half hour.

~Selected~

Friday, August 12, 2016

Christ's Certain Knowledge Of His Limited Time

John 11:9  Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

There were many reasons for that wholehearted zeal which it does not fall to me to touch on here.

But one was the certain knowledge of the Lord that there were only twelve hours in His day.

Before His birth, in His pre-existent life, there had been no rising or setting of the sun.

After His death, in the life beyond the grave, the day would be endless, for "there is no night there."

But here on earth with a mighty work to do and to get finished before His side was pierced, Christ was aroused into triumphant energy by the thought of the determined time. "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work."

What is it but the shadow of sunset and the breath of the twilight that was soon to fall?

A day at its longest...what a little space!

Twelve hours - they are ringing to evensong already!

Under that power the tide that seemed asleep moved on "too full for sound or foam."

It is always very wonderful to me that Christ thus felt the shortness of the time.

This Child of Eternity heard with quickened ear the muffled summons of the fleeting hours.

It is only occasionally that we hearken to it; far more commonly we seek to silence it.

Most men, as Professor Lecky says, are afraid to look time in the face.

But Christ was never afraid to look time in the face; steadily He eyed the sinking sands, till moved to His depths by the urgency of days, the zeal of the house of His Father ate Him up.

Have you awakened to that compelling thought, or do you live as if your sun would never set?

There are but twelve hours in the day, and it will be sunset before you dream of it.

Get done what God has sent you here to do.

Wait not for the fool's phantom of tomorrow...Act, act today, act in the living present!

~George H. Morrison~

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

It Is Never Safe To Make Pets Of Tigers!

Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Gen 4:5  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him!

Gen 4:8  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

See here, the fearful growth of the evil feeling in Cain's heart.

It was only a thought at first...but it was admitted into the heart and cherished there. Then it grew until it caused a terrible crime!

We learn here, the danger of cherishing even the smallest beginning of bitterness; we do not know to what it will grow!

Some people think lightly of bad temper, laughing at it as a mere harmless weakness; but it is a perilous mood to indulge, and we do not know to what it may lead.
 

Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you!  In His reproof of Cain, the Lord likens his sin to a wild beast lying in hiding by his door, ready to leap on him and devour him.

This is true of all sin which is cherished in the heart. It may long lie quiet and seem harmless but it is only a wild beast sleeping!

There is a story of a man who took a young tiger and resolved to make a pet of it. It moved about his house like a kitten and grew up fond and gentle.

For a long time its savage, blood-thirsty nature seemed changed into gentleness, and the creature was quiet and harmless.

But one day the man was playing with his 'pet', when by accident his hand was scratched and the beast tasted blood.


That one taste, aroused all the fierce tiger nature, and the ferocious animal flew on his master and tore him to pieces!

So it is, with the passions and lusts of the old nature, which are only petted and tamed and allowed to reside in the heart.

They will crouch at the door in treacherous lurking, and in some unguarded hour they will rise up in all their old ferocity!

It is never safe to make pets of tigers!


It is never safe to make pets of little sins!

We never know what sin may grow into if we let it abide in our heart!


Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him!

That is what came of the passion of envy in Cain's heart!

It was left unrebuked, unrepented of, uncrushed and in time it grew to fearful strength.

Then in an evil moment, its tiger nature asserted itself!

We never know to what dreadful stature  a little sin may grow!


~J. R. Miller~

Monday, August 8, 2016

How Do I Mortify The Flesh?

The flesh is a bosom traitor; it is like the Trojan horse within the walls, which does all the mischief.

The flesh is a sly enemy...it kills by embracing.

The embraces of the flesh are like the ivy embracing the oak; which sucks out the strength of it for its own leaves and berries. 

So the flesh by its soft embraces, sucks out of the heart all good.

The pampering of the flesh, is the quenching of God's Spirit.
 

The flesh chokes and stifles holy motions...the flesh sides with
Satan.


There is a party within us, which will not pray, which will not believe.

The flesh inclines us more to believe a temptation than a promise.

The flesh is so near to us, its counsels are more attractive. 

There is no chain of adamant which binds so tightly as the chain of lust.

In the best of saints, do what they can, sin will fasten its roots in them, and spring out sometimes with inordinate desires.


There is always something which needs mortifying.

Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

How do I mortify the flesh?

1. Withdraw the fuel that may make lust burn.


Avoid all temptations. Take heed of that which nourishes sin.
Those who pray that they may not be led into temptation must not lead themselves into temptation.

2. Fight against fleshly lusts with spiritual weapons...faith and prayer. 


The best way to combat with sin is upon our knees. Beg strength from Christ. 

Samson's strength lay in his hair; our strength lies in our head...Christ.

This is a mystery to the major part of the world...who gratify the flesh rather than mortify it.

~Thomas Watson~