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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Men As Men; God As God

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~

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Divine Expulsion

Jos 17:18  But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong. 

It is a great encouragement to valor to be assured of victory, for then a man goes forth to war in confidence and ventures where else he had been afraid to go. 

Our warfare is with evil within us and around us, and we ought to be persuaded that we are able to get the victory and that we shall do so in the name of the LORD Jesus.

We are not riding for a fall, but to win; and win we shall. 

The grace of God in its omnipotence is put forth for the overflow of evil in every form: hence the certainty of triumph. 

Certain of our sins find chariots of iron in our constitution, our former habits, our associations, and our occupations. 

Nevertheless we must overcome them. They are very strong, and in reference to them we are very weak; yet in the name of God we must master them, and we will.

If one sin has dominion of us we are not the LORD's free men. 

A man who is held by only one chain is still a captive. There is no going to heaven with one sin ruling within us, for of the saints it is said, "Sin shall not have dominion over you." 

Up, then, and slay every Canaanite, and break to shivers every chariot of iron! 

The LORD of hosts is with us, and who shall resist His sin-destroying power?

~Charles Spurgeon~

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The LORD As A FRIEND

John 15:8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17         

YE are my friends!”

In my Lord’s friendship there is the ministry of sacrifice. 


Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

This great Friend is always giving His blood. 

It is a lasting shame when professed Christians are afflicted with spiritual anemia. 

And yet we are often so fearful, so white-faced, so chicken-hearted, so averse from battle, that no one would think us to be “the soldiers of the Lord.” 

We need blood. “Except ye drink my blood ye have no life.”

And in my Lord’s friendship there is the privilege of most intimate communion.

All things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.


He takes us into His confidence, and tells us His secrets. 

It is His delight to lift the veil, and give us constant surprises of love and grace. 

He discovers flowers in desert places, and in the gloom He unbosoms “the treasures of darkness.”

He is a Friend of inexhaustible resource, and His companionship makes the pilgrim’s way teem with interest, and abound in the wonders of redeeming grace.

~J. W. Jowett~

Friday, December 12, 2014

SPIRITUAL BUOYANCY

Isa 43:2  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
 

Isa 43:3  For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
 

Isa 43:4  Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
 

Isa 43:5  Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
 

Isa 43:6  I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
 

Isa 43:7  Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

WHEN Mrs. Booth, the mother of the Salvation Army, was dying, she quietly said, “The waters are rising but I am not sinking.”


But then she had been saying that all through her life. Other floods besides the waters of death had gathered about her soul. 

Often had the floods been out and the roads were deep in affliction. But she had never sunk!

The good Lord made her buoyant, and she rode upon the storm!

This, then, is the promise of the Lord, not that the waters of trouble shall never gather about the believer, but that he shall never be overwhelmed. He shall “keep his head above them.” 

Yes, to him shall be given the grace of “aboveness.” He shall never be under, always above! 

It is the precious gift of spiritual buoyancy, sanctified good spirits, the power of the Christian hope.

When we are in Christ Jesus circumstances shall never be our master.

One is our Master, and “we are more than conquerors in Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.”

~J. W. Jowett~

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

God Is Our Ally

Exo 23:22  But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. 

The LORD Christ in the midst of His people is to be acknowledged and obeyed. 

He is the vice-regent of God and speaks in the Father's name, and it is ours implicitly and immediately to do as He commands.

We shall lose the promise if we disregard the precept.

To full obedience how large the blessing! The LORD enters into a league with His people, offensive and defensive. He will bless those who bless us and curse those who curse us.

God will go heart and soul with His people and enter in deepest sympathy into their position. 

What a protection this affords us! We need not concern ourselves about our adversaries when we are assured that they have become the adversaries of God. 

If Jehovah has taken up our quarrel, we may leave the foemen in His hands.

So far as our own interest is concerned we have no enemies; but for the cause of truth and righteousness we take up arms and go forth to conflict.

In this sacred war we are allied with the eternal God, and if we carefully obey the law of our LORD Jesus, He is engaged to put forth all His power on our behalf. Wherefore we fear no man. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

Friday, December 5, 2014

High Places Of Defense

Isa 33:16  He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
The man to whom God has given grace to be of blameless life dwells in perfect security. He dwells on high, above the world, Out of gunshot of the enemy, and near to heaven.

He has high aims and motives, and he finds high comforts and company.

He rejoices in the mountains of eternal love, wherein he has his abode. He is defended by munitions of stupendous rock.

The firmest things in the universe are the promises and purposes of the unchanging God, and these are the safeguard of the obedient believer.

He is provided for by this great promise: "Bread shall be given him." 

As the enemy cannot climb the fort, nor break down the rampart, so the fortress cannot be captured by siege and famine. 

The LORD, who rained manna in the wilderness, will keep His people in good store even when they are surrounded by those who would starve them. 

But what if water should fail? That cannot be. "His waters shall be sure." There is a never-failing well within the impregnable fortress.

The LORD sees that nothing is wanting. None can touch the citizen of the true Zion.

However fierce the enemy, the LORD will preserve His chosen.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My Heavenly Friend

The precious Lord Jesus Christ is our friend. Oh, let us seek to realize this! It is not merely a religious phrase or statement, but truly He is our friend. 

He is the Brother " born for adversity," the one who "sticks closer than a brother." Who will never leave and never forsake us.   

How precious even on earth to have a heavenly friend, for this brings the joys of heaven in a little degree into our hearts now. 

This is just what our heavenly Father desires regarding His children, that they might be as happy as they are capable of being while here in the body.

Have we entered into this, that the One who is "altogether lovely " is ready hour by hour, to be our Friend?

When we cannot sleep at night, say to Christ, " My precious heavenly Friend, wilt Thou give me a little sleep?"

When in pain, say,  My precious heavenly Friend, if it may please Thee, wilt Thou take away this pain?   

But if not, if Thou sees better that it should continue, sustain, help, and strengthen me, my precious heavenly friend!

When we feel lonely and tired, turn to the precious Lord Jesus; He is willing to be our friend in our loneliness.

For sixty-two years and five months I had a beloved wife, and now in my ninety-second year I am left alone.

But I turn to my precious Lord Jesus as I walk up and down in my room, and say, " My precious Lord Jesus, I am alone, and yet not alone, Thou art with me; Thou art my friend; now Lord, comfort me and strengthen me, give to Thy poor servant everything Thou sees he needs."      

Oh, this is a reality, not a fable, that the Lord Jesus Christ is our friend. 

We should not be satisfied till we are brought to this, that we know the Lord Jesus Christ experientially to be our friend and habitually to be our friend. 

Just ponder this. Habitually, never leaving, never forsaking us, at all times and under all circumstances ready to prove Himself to be our friend.   

He is willing not merely to grant this for a few months, or a year or two, but to the very end of our earthly pilgrimage. 

David, in Psalm 23 says: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me."

Oh, how precious this is. For this "Lovely One" is coming again, and soon.

Soon He will come again; and then He will take us home and there we shall be forever with Him.

Oh, how precious is that bright and glorious prospect. Here again the practical point is to appropriate this to ourselves. 

He is coming to take me-poor, guilty, worthless, hell-deserving me-He is coming to take me to Himself.   

And to the degree in which we enter into these glorious things, the joys of heaven have already commenced!

~George Mueller~

Saturday, November 29, 2014

If Our Faith Stops At The Cross

The women had brought spices, expecting to find Jesus' body wrapped in burial garments, lying in the tomb. "He is not here — He has risen!" said the angel. Matthew 28:6

Too many Christians look yet for their Christ, among the dead. They do not get beyond the cross and the grave

They see Christ, as only the Lamb of God who takes away their sin. They think of Him as accomplishing in His sufferings and death, the whole of His work of human redemption. 

They do not think of a living Christ who intercedes for them in Heaven, and who walks with them on earth in loving companionship.

The cross must never be forgotten! In a certain very real sense Christ saved His people by giving Himself for them. 

The cross was the fullest, most complete revealing of divine love, which earth has ever seen! There the heart of God broke that its streams of life might flow out to give life to the perishing world. 

To leave a dying Christ out of our creed is to leave out salvation. 

The prints of the nails are the proof-marks on all doctrine, on all theology, on all Christian life.

He who dims the luster of the cross of Christ is putting out the light of Christian hope, by which alone souls can be lighted homeward. 

We must never forget that Jesus died...died for us!

But if our faith stops at the cross it misses the blessing of the fullest revealing of Christ. 

We do not merely need a Savior who nineteen hundred years ago went to death to redeem us but one who also is alive to walk by our side in loving companionship.

We need a Savior who can now hear our prayers.

We need a Savior to whose feet we can now creep in penitence, when we have sinned.

We need a Savior to whom we can now call for help, when the battle is going against us.

We need a Savior who is now interested in all of the affairs of our common life, and who can assist us in time of need.

We need a Savior who can now be our real Friend...loving us, keeping close beside us always.

We not only need a Savior who saved us by one great act wrought centuries ago but one who continually saves us by His warm heart throbbing with love today, walking ever by our side.

Nothing less than a living Christ will do for us! That is what the gospel brings to us. It tells us of Him who lives. He was dead — the nail-prints are in His hands — but He is now alive forevermore! 

He is risen! He loves us now, today, always. He is ever with us!

It is only as we realize the truth of a living Christ that our hearts are satisfied. We crave a personal friendship which will come into our life with its sympathies, its inspirations, its companionship, its shelter, its life, its comfort. All this, the living Christ is to us.

Heb 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 ~J. R. Miller~

Thursday, November 27, 2014

No Shortcuts

Patience is needed in peculiar measure for all development of human character. "In your patience possess ye your souls" your selves. 

Every man, that is, has a true self hidden amid the ruins of his nature. 

And as a mother from a burning homestead saves her child, so man must win his life. 

And the only way to do it is the long way, the long and tedious and patient way--in your patience ye shall win your souls. 

Just as there are no shortcuts to heaven, so are there no shortcuts to character.

If it takes long to grow a mustard seed, it will take longer still to grow a man. 

And therefore we have need of patience when we are tempted to what is swift and flashy; tempted to forget that of all lengthy ways there are none so lengthy as the ways of God. 

All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. It was the great temptation of Christ as He looked out upon His opening ministry.

And then He chose the long and lowly way by the garden of Gethsemane and Calvary, and so came to His kingdom and His crown.

~George H. Morrison~

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Temptation To Come Down From The Cross

Lastly our Lord was tempted to come down from the cross."Let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him" Matt. 27:42. 

When these voices broke upon His ear, were they not fraught with terrible temptation? 

Think of the agony He was enduring in His so sensitive and sinless frame. 

Think how the very passion of His heart was that these men and women should believe in Him. 

And as these cries rang upon His ear did they not carry with them the suggestion that in one instant He might escape His torture, and doing it win the allegiance of His own?

Tempted in every prospect of the cross, our Lord was tempted on the cross itself.

By one swift action might He not end His agony and win the great ambition of His life?

And the wonderful thing is that on the cross as in the desert at the opening of His ministry, He steeled Himself against these tempting voices. 

They said "Come down, and we will believe in you." 

We believe, because He did not come down. To us the glory is in His hanging there till He cried in a loud voice "It is finished." 

And when we are tempted, as we so often are, to release ourselves when "crucified with Christ," what a comfort that we can quietly say, "He was tempted in all points like as we are."

~George H. Morrison~

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blessed Is The One Who Waits

Dan 12:12  Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

Waiting may seem like an easy thing to do, but it is a discipline that a Christian soldier does not learn without years of training.

Marching and drills are much easier for God’s warriors than standing still.

There are times of indecision and confusion, when even the
most willing person, who eagerly desires to serve the Lord, does not know what direction to take.

So what should you do when you find yourself in this situation?

Should you allow yourself to be overcome with despair?
 

Should you turn back in cowardice or in fear or rush ahead in ignorance?

NO, you should simply wait—but wait in prayer.

Call upon God and plead your case before Him, telling Him of your difficulty and reminding Him of His promise to help.

Wait in faith. Express your unwavering confidence in Him.

And believe that even if He keeps you waiting until midnight, He will come at the right time to fulfill His vision for you.

Wait in quiet patience. Never complain about what you believe to be the cause of your problems, as the children of Israel did against Moses.

Accept your situation exactly as it is and then simply place it with your whole heart into the hand of your covenant God.
 

And while removing any self-will, say to Him,“Lord,‘Not my will, but yours be done’ [Luke 22:42].

I do not know what to do, and I am in great need. But I will wait until You divide the flood before me or drive back my enemies.

I will wait even if You keep me here many days, for my heart is fixed on You alone, dear Lord.

And my spirit will wait for You with full confidence that You will still be my joy and my salvation, Psa 61:3  For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 


~From Morning by Morning~

Wait, patiently wait, God never is late; Your budding plans are in Your Father’s holding, And only wait His grand divine unfolding.

Then wait, wait, Patiently wait.

Trust, hopefully trust, That God will adjust Your tangled life; and from its dark concealings, Will bring His will, in all its bright revealings.

Then trust, trust, Hopefully trust.

Rest, peacefully rest On your Savior’s breast;

Breathe in His ear your sacred high ambition, And He will bring it forth in blest fruition.

Then rest, rest, Peacefully rest!

~Mercy A. Gladwin~

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blessed Is The Man Who Says "I Will Not"

There is a perilous progress in sin! 

At first I content myself with walking in the counsel of the wicked. It is an occasional companionship. 

It is a meeting only now and again. For a little while I am with them,

And then some better influence calls me away...a remembrance of my mother's prayers, a sentence in a letter from a friend, a verse of Scripture shot suddenly into my mind.

But by and by I am found standing in the way of sinners. They have gained a greater power over me, and a completer fascination.  

I have learned to love them too well. I linger much longer in their society, and it is hard for me to tear myself from them.

The poison is working, the leaven is spreading...my condition is more fixed and more hopeless by far! 

And, at last, where do you see me? I am sitting in the seat of the scornful. I am at home among those who laugh at God and Christ and Heaven and Hell. 

You cannot see any difference between me and them. I have joined their ranks. I am one of their number. 

Their resorts are mine; their sneers and sarcasms are mine; their seared conscience and withered heart are mine!

Oh dreary ending of a dreary journey!

As I would escape that lowest depth of all...let me not look over the precipice, nor set my feet on the fatal slope.

Blessed is the man who says, "I will not!" to the first allurements of sin. 

Blessed is the man who will not so much as walk On the Enchanted Ground. 

~Alexander Smellie~

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"Oh Man Of Desire"

Dan 10:11  And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
 

Oh, man of desire---This was the divine character given to Daniel of old. It is translated in our version, "O man, greatly beloved." But it literally means "O man of desires!" This is a necessary element in all spiritual forces.

It is one of the secrets of effectual prayer, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them." The element of strong desire gives momentum to our purposes and prayers. 

Indifference is an unwholesome condition; indolence and apathy are offensive both to God and nature.

And so in our spiritual life, God often has to wake us up by the presence of trying circumstances, and push us into new places of trust by forces that we must subdue, or sink beneath their power. 

There is no factor in prayer more effectual than love. 

If we are intensely interested in an object, or an individual, our petitions become like living forces, and not only convey their wants to God, but in some sense convey God's help back to them.

May God fill us to-day with the heart of Christ that we may glow with the Divine fire of holy desire.

~A. B. Simpson~

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sanctified Souls Are Satisfied

Jer 31:14  And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.
                 
                                                             

Note the "My" which comes twice: "My people shall be satisfied with My goodness."

The kind of people who are satisfied with God are marked out as God's own.

He is pleased with them, for they are pleased with Him. They call Him their God, and He calls them His people; He is satisfied to take them for a portion, and they are satisfied with Him for their portion.

There is a mutual communion of delight between God's Israel and Israel's God. These people are satisfied. This is a grand thing. 

Very few of the sons of men are ever satisfied, let their lot be what it may; they have swallowed the horse-leech, and it continually cries, "Give! give!"

Only sanctified souls are satisfied souls. 

God Himself must both convert us and content us.

It is no wonder that the LORD's people should be satisfied with the goodness of their LORD. 

Here is goodness without mixture, bounty without stint, mercy without chiding, love without change, favor without reserve.

If God's goodness does not satisfy us, what will? 

What! are we still groaning?

Surely there is a wrong desire within if it be one which God's goodness does not satisfy.

LORD, I am satisfied. Blessed be Thy name.