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Weapons Doomed to Fail (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Weapons Doomed to Fail
November 16
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. (Isaiah 54:17)

There is great clatter in the forges and smithies of the enemy. They are I making weapons wherewith to smite the saints. They could not even do as much as this if the Lord of saints did not allow them; for He has created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire. But see how busily they labor! How many swords and spears they fashion! It matters nothing, for on the blade of every weapon you may read this inscription: It shall not Prosper.
But now listen to another noise: it is the strife of tongues. Tongues are more terrible instruments than can be made with hammers and anvils, and the evil which they inflict cuts deeper and spreads wider. What will become of us now? Slander, falsehood, insinuation, ridicule-these are poisoned arrows; how can we meet them? The Lord God promises us that, if we cannot silence them, we shall, at least, escape from being ruined by them. They condemn us for the moment, but we shall condemn them at last and forever. The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped, and their falsehoods shall be turned to the honor of those good men who suffered by them.

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Holy Fear (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Holy Fear
October 17
He that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. (Proverbs 13:13)

Holy awe of God’s Word is at a great discount. Men think themselves wiser than the Word of the Lord and sit in judgment upon it. “So did not I, because of the fear of God.” We accept the inspired Book as infallible and prove our esteem by our obedience. We have no terror of the Word, but we have a filial awe of it. We are not in fear of its penalties because we have a fear of its commands.
This holy fear of the commandment produces the restfulness of humility, which is far sweeter than the recklessness of pride. It becomes a guide to us in our movements: a drag when we are going downhill and a stimulus when we are climbing it. Preserved from evil and led into righteousness by our reverence of the command, we gain a quiet conscience, which is a well of wine; a sense of freedom from responsibility, which is as life from the dead; and a confidence of pleasing God, which is heaven below. The ungodly may ridicule our deep reverence for the Word of the Lord; but what of that?. The prize of our high calling is a sufficient consolation for us. The rewards of obedience make us scorn the scorning of the scorner.

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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Christianity, Church, Devotionals

 

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Bible Verse

Psa 9
Psalm 9

To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.

1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart;

I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee:

I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

3 When mine enemies are turned back,

they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause;

thou satest in the throne judging right.

5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked,

thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.

6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end:

and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

7 But the Lord shall endure for ever:

he hath prepared his throne for judgment.

8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness,

he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,

a refuge in times of trouble.

10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:

for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

11 Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion:

declare among the people his doings.

12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them:

he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord;

consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me,

thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:

14 That I may shew forth all thy praise

in the gates of the daughter of Zion:

I will rejoice in thy salvation.

15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made:

in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth:

the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell,

and all the nations that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten:

the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail:

let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

20 Put them in fear, O Lord:

that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.
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Bible Verse

Psa 5
Psalm 5

To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.

1 Give ear to my words, O Lord,

consider my meditation.

2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God:

for unto thee will I pray.

3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord;

in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness:

neither shall evil dwell with thee.

5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight:

thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing:

the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy:

and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies;

make thy way straight before my face.

9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;

their inward part is very wickedness;

their throat is an open sepulchre;

they flatter with their tongue.

10 Destroy thou them, O God;

let them fall by their own counsels;

cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions;

for they have rebelled against thee.

11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:

let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:

let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous;

with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
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Bible Verse (Psalm 2)

Psa 2
Psalm 2

1 Why do the heathen rage,

and the people imagine a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder,

and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh:

the Lord shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath,

and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my king

upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree:

the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son;

this day have I begotten thee.

8 Ask of me,

and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,

and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;

thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings:

be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear,

and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry,

and ye perish from the way,

when his wrath is kindled but a little.

Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
� KJV

 

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Bible Verse

Psa 1
Psalms

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man

that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,

nor standeth in the way of sinners,

nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord;

and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,

that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;

his leaf also shall not wither;

and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so:

but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous:

but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
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Reward for the Righteous (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Reward for the Righteous
August 19
So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth. (Psalm 58:11)

God’s judgments in this life are not always clearly to be seen, for in many cases one event happeneth alike to all. This is the state of probation, not of punishment or reward. Yet at times God works terrible things in righteousness, and even the careless are compelled to own His hand.
Even in this life righteousness has that kind of reward which it prefers above all others, namely, the smile of God, which creates a quiet conscience. Sometimes other recompenses follow, for God will be in no man’s debt. But, at the same time, the chief reward of the righteous lies in the hereafter.
Meanwhile, on a large scale, we mark the presence of the great Ruler among the nations. He breaks in pieces oppressive thrones and punishes guilty peoples. No one can study the history of the rise and fall of empires without perceiving that there is a power which makes for righteousness and, in the end, brings iniquity before its bar and condemns it with unsparing justice. Sin shall not go unpunished, and goodness shall not remain unrewarded. The Judge of all the earth must do right. Therefore, let us fear before Him and no more dread the power of the wicked.

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