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True Heart-Energy (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
True Heart-Energy
April 2
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)

This is, practically, a promise that, by diligent meditation and the giving up of our whole mind to our work for the Lord we shall make a progress which all can see. Not by hasty reading but by deep meditation we profit by the Word of God. Not by doing a great deal of work in a slovenly manner, but by giving our best thought to what we attempt, we shall get real profit. “In all labor there is profit” but not in fuss and hurry without true heart-energy.
If we divide ourselves between God and mammon, or Christ and self, we shall make no progress. We must give ourselves wholly to holy things, or else we shall be poor traders in heavenly business, and at our stocktaking no profit will be shown.
Am I a minister? Let me be a minister wholly and not spend my energies upon secondary concerns. What have I to do with party politics or vain amusements? Am I a Christian? Let me make my service of Jesus my occupation, my lifework, my one pursuit. We must be in-and-in with Jesus, and then out-and-out for Jesus, or else we shall make neither progress nor profit, and neither the church nor the world will feel the forceful influence which the Lord would have us exercise.

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

 

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Set Apart (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Set Apart
February 25
Ye shall be named the priests of the Lord. (Isaiah 61:6)

This literal promise to Israel belongs spiritually to the seed after the Spirit, namely, to all believers. If we live up to our privileges, we shall live unto God so clearly and distinctly that men shall see that we are set apart for holy service and shall name us the priests of the Lord. We may work or trade as others do, and yet we may be solely and wholly the ministering servants of God. Our one occupation shall be to present the perpetual sacrifice of prayer, and praise, and testimony, and self-consecration to the living God by Jesus Christ.
This being our one aim, we may leave distracting concerns to those who have no higher calling. “Let the dead bury their dead.” It is written, “Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine-dressers,” They may manage politics, puzzle out financial problems, discuss science, and settle the last new quibbles of criticism; but we will give ourselves unto such service as becomes those who, like the Lord Jesus, are ordained to a perpetual priesthood.
Accepting this honorable promise as involving a sacred duty, let us put on the vestments of holiness and minister before the Lord all day long.

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

 

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True Heart-Energy (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
True Heart-Energy
April 2
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)

This is, practically, a promise that, by diligent meditation and the giving up of our whole mind to our work for the Lord we shall make a progress which all can see. Not by hasty reading but by deep meditation we profit by the Word of God. Not by doing a great deal of work in a slovenly manner, but by giving our best thought to what we attempt, we shall get real profit. “In all labor there is profit” but not in fuss and hurry without true heart-energy.
If we divide ourselves between God and mammon, or Christ and self, we shall make no progress. We must give ourselves wholly to holy things, or else we shall be poor traders in heavenly business, and at our stocktaking no profit will be shown.
Am I a minister? Let me be a minister wholly and not spend my energies upon secondary concerns. What have I to do with party politics or vain amusements? Am I a Christian? Let me make my service of Jesus my occupation, my lifework, my one pursuit. We must be in-and-in with Jesus, and then out-and-out for Jesus, or else we shall make neither progress nor profit, and neither the church nor the world will feel the forceful influence which the Lord would have us exercise.

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

 

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STOP!

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After a day of visiting Blogs that are new to me, I was introduced to one that had a post in which I related to the topic of the day very much.  This blog post dealt with Lies, and begged to get the message out to STOP the LIEING!  I agreed with it wholeheartedly, because there is way too much of it happening today, in the news, in politics, in our homes, our soceity, and especially in our government!  People are acting like lieing is just an accepted neccessity in today’s world, as if all lies are just little fibs or white lies.  Let me tell you…there is no little fib, no… just a simple white lie.  All lies are just the same…and in the eyes of God, and they rate the same as murder, adultery, lust, hatred, and every other sin.  If you start a relationship based on lies, it will end quickly based on either more lies, or the uncovering of the original lies.  If you take a job based on lies you told in your interview and on your application, sooner or later you will lose that job when those lies come to light.  In fact, if you tell a lie to cover misuse of taxpayer money, you can bet sooner or later you will answer for it…just look at the latest headlines about the G.S.A and Las Vegas.

A lie even meant in good conscience will eventually cause some hurt.  For instance, I grew up with Santa Claus…no that isn’t a lie…my dad actually played Santa Claus.  So we were taught to share this little lie as if it were the truth.  My one regret was ever pushing that little lie on my own children.  Oh I know there was a St. Nicholas, and indeed he is known for giving to those in need, but the Santa Claus with the 8 reindeer and the elves in the workshop…that we know is a “little fib”…it’s a lie.  You wonder how the hurt comes from this lie.  If you have been a parent who eventually had to tell your children the truth about Santa, you will remember that moment when you told your child and saw the look in their eyes that said “my childhood faith has ended.”  If you didn’t tell them, and allowed them to continue to believe, then you remember that moment when they came home telling you that “Johnny or Jane” were making fun of them because they still believed.  Either way that one little lie hurt them.  I’m not saying you are wrong to let them believe…that is your choice, but if I had to do it over again…I think I would just tell them the truth!  I know that knocking down their beliefs in these myths, no matter how innocent, will actually cause them to question other truths we are trying to instill in them, like the belief in Jesus Christ, who is indeed real and the true Messiah.  But they do begin to wonder what else we lied to them about.  I know I questioned my parents on it.

Another little lie thought to be meant for good, is the “Yes, that looks good on you lie.”   I know that men get stuck with this one often, because they don’t know for sure how to answer a woman who ask, “How does this make me look?”  Personally, tell me the truth.  If I ask if it makes my backside look big, then I want to know the truth so I don’t go out in something that makes my backside look big.  If I ask if it is too short, tell me the truth…’cause I’m way too old to wear mini skirts.  In the same way, you can be honest and avoid saying the wrong thing by looking at the good points of the outfit…like “That green is a good color for your eyes…but that hemline is a wee bit short for this event.”  That is called “tact”.  You aren’t lieing, and you are finding good, even in the bad.

Tact is a loss art form of bygone ages of true ladies and gentlemen.  You didn’t lie, you were kind and found good points to mention to keep from lieing about another.  Being caught in a lie was frowned upon back in those days, and lieing would sully your reputation beyond repair.  Now people relish in the fact that they lie and don’t get caught, even if their conscience eeks at them daily.  And when they are caught lieing, they think the right thing to do is redirect people’s view of them by lieing again.  I often wonder if these same people ever were schooled in the same school system that I grew up in.  Have we all not heard the little ditty…”Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practiced to decieve”?  One lies leads to another, and then to another, and ultimately you have had to lie so much to cover up each progressive lie that you forget half the lies you told, and that is when your web starts getting swept away strand by strand.  Before long you’ve lost your reputation, your loved ones, your support system, your past and your future.  No one trust you, believes you, and ultimately you will have burned so many bridges with your lies that you will find yourself set adrift on the raging, stormy river called life…alone.  You will have no one to blame but yourself, and no one to help you get your reputation and life back.  Even God isn’t just going to go “poof” and help you put it magically into place.  Even in going to the Lord for forgiveness, you will still have so much mending to do that it will take most of the rest of your life.

You see…I’m not trying to say that I don’t do this and so you shouldn’t.  I’m telling you that I know from my own experience.  No, I am not holding a huge lie as a secret.  I don’t have a hidden body in the cellar, or a secret life style that I’m hiding, and no I’m not part of the Illumanati or Skull and Bones Soceity.  I just know that the little lies in my life have sometimes become covered over with other lies, and that I ended up with more regrets than I knew how to deal with by myself.  I wouldn’t want to see others go through the regrets I had because I didn’t warn them of the consequences of lieing.  So…this is from one sinner to another.  Please think twice before you tell that next lie!  It might just be the one that sets your tangled web to unweaving.  It might be the one that causes you the loss of someone in your life that was put there by God to help you, love you, and even carry you through the hard times.

There is one more lie that I want to encourage you to put a stop to.  That is the lie we now call journalism.  I don’t want to put an end to journalism, because true journalism based on true facts and telling the truth is a good thing…and is often what our real History is based on.  I’m talking about this “phony” journalism that is evident on ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, and yes even on FOX.  It’s the “phony” journalism that is being used in hundreds of newspapers like the New York Times… even our local newspaper is guilty of it.  Unfortunately, even many bloggers are guilty of it as well, because they are painting the truth with a lie to make it favor their side of the political and soceital issues.   This is reporting based on political opinion and not the true facts.  It is filled with lies upon more lies, false polls, false charts, false studies, and pure political leaning and opinion.  And it is WRONG!  It is allowing the truth to be buried so that one person, or one group can get their agenda through.  The bad thing is that it is also being battled with the same tactics.  For a person to know the truth, they need to do their own research, form their own opinions, find the real facts, because you sure aren’t going to get it from people who will do anything for power, fame, or wealth, or a handout so that they don’t have to work.  Before believing every new poll, chart and focus group ask yourself this…when in your lifetime have you been contacted for one of these so called polls, focus groups and such?  I’ve lived 54 years, and I can tell you I’ve never been.  So I question the truth in them, and who they are using to make their point in them.  In the past 8 years I’ve found myself more than once doing hours of research to find the truth on issues, on bills going through Congress and on Candidates.  For someone to think that I’m going to buy their newest lie, is like a fool saying there is no God…it’s going to come back to bite you in the end.  If you stop buying the lies, and do your own research you will find that you are indeed a stronger person, and you will be so grounded in the truth that you won’t be batted around by the latest political lie…and even the latest personal lie told to you.  You will find that you have a firm foundation…and are really planted firmly on a rock that will keep the storms that are raging from battering your stand for the truth.  Until we all STOP, and say “Enough is Enough!”, we will continue to allow these entities fill the world, our government, our schools, churches, newspapers, television news, cable news, and our families with lie upon lie upon lie.

So today, I’m joining with Life Revelation in saying…”STOP LIEING!”  and “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”  I’m also calling on other bloggers to do the same…to promise to share only the truth and to give a clear message on what is truth and what is fiction.  I’m not talking about you story tellers and authors who make a living writing and telling fiction stories.  I am talking about those who are reporting on issues, on life, and on politics, on current events.  Please hold to the truth in real journalism…report the facts and don’t base your words on lies and any falsehoods!  I challenge my fellow bloggers to join the call to encourage the truth as the only accepted form of journalism and as the way we choose to live and set the example for our children and grandchildren.  I challenge my fellow bloggers to set the standards back to what is real journalism, not the phony baloney that we are being told is the real news on television and in the newspapers.  Let’s take it back to the standards that people like Benjamin Franklin held it to, and not to this propagandist style of literature and gossip that it has become.  If you wish to join us on this please feel free to repost this to your blog and let’s get the message out to the world.  We stand for TRUTH!

Here is the link to the blog that inspired this call for truth…

Before We Go Any Further « LifeRevelation.

 

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