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The “All” of Belief (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
The “All” of Belief
December 9
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. (Mark 9:23)

Our unbelief is the greatest hindrance in our way; in fact, there is no other real difficulty as to our spiritual progress and prosperity. The Lord can do everything; but when He makes a rule that according to our faith so shall it be unto us, our unbelief ties the hands of His omnipotence.
Yes, the confederacies of evil shall be scattered if we can but believe. Despised truth shall lift its head if we will but have confidence in the God of truth. We can bear our load of trouble or pass uninjured through the waves of distress if we can gird our loins with the girdle of peace, that girdle which is buckled on by the hands of trust.
What can we not believe? Is everything possible except believing in God? Yet He is always true; why do we not believe in Him? He is always faithful to His word; why can we not trust Him? When we are in a right state of heart, faith costs no effort: it is then as natural for us to rely upon God as for a child to trust his father.
The worst of it is that we can believe God about everything except the present pressing trial. This is folly. Come, my soul, shake off such sinfulness, and trust thy God with the load, the labor, the longing of this present. This done, all is done.

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Waiting, Not Running (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Waiting, Not Running
August 11
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. (Psalm 62:1)

Blessed posture! Waiting truly and only upon the Lord. Be this our condition all this day and every day. Waiting His leisure, waiting in His service, waiting in joyful expectation, waiting in prayer, and content. When the very soul thus waits, it is in the best and truest condition of a creature before his Creator, a servant before his Master, a child before his Father. We allow no dictation to God, nor complaining of Him; we will permit no petulance and no distrust. At the same time, we practice no running before the cloud and no seeking to others for aid: neither of these would be waiting upon God. God, and God alone, is the expectation of our hearts.
Blessed assurance! From Him salvation is coming; it is on the road. It will come from Him and from no one else. He shall have all the glory of it, for He alone can and will perform it. And He will perform it most surely in His own time and manner. He will save from doubt, and suffering, and slander, and distress. Though we see no sign of it as yet, we are satisfied to bide the Lord’s will, for we have no suspicion of His love and faithfulness. He will make sure work of it before long, and we will praise Him at once for the coming mercy.

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The Dross Purged (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
The Dross Purged
February 9
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. (Zechariah 13:9)

Grace transmutes us into precious metal, and then the fire and the furnace follows as a necessary consequence. Do we start at this? Would we sooner be accounted worthless, that we might enjoy repose, like the stones of the field! This would be to choose the viler part — like Esau, to take the pottage and give up the covenant portion. No, Lord; we will gladly be cast into the furnace rather than be cast out from Thy presence!
The fire only refines; it does not destroy. We are to be brought through the fire, not left in it. The Lord values His people as silver, and therefore He is at pains to purge away their dross. If we are wise, we shall rather welcome the refining process than decline it. Our prayer will be that our alloy may be taken from us rather than that we should be withdrawn from the crucible.
O Lord, Thou triest us indeed! We are ready to melt under the fierceness of the flame. Still, this is Thy way, and Thy way is the best. Sustain us under the trial and complete the process of our purifying, and we will be Thine forever and ever.

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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Christianity, Church, Devotionals

 

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Never Alone (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Never Alone
October 8
Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken. (Isaiah 62:4)

“Forsaken” is a dreary word. It sounds like a knell. It is the record of sharpest sorrows and the prophecy of direst ills. An abyss of misery yawns in that word forsaken. Forsaken by one who pledges his honor! Forsaken by a friend so long tried and trusted! Forsaken by a dear relative! Forsaken by father and mother! Forsaken by all! This is woe indeed, and yet it may be patiently born if the Lord will take us up.
But what must it be to feel forsaken of God? Think of that bitterest of cries, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Have we ever in any degree tasted the wormwood and the gall of “forsaken” in that sense? If so, let us beseech our Lord to save us from any repetition of so unspeakable a sorrow. Oh, that such darkness may never return! Men in malice said of a saint, “God hath forsaken him; persecute and take him.” But it was always false. The Lord’s loving favor shall compel our cruel foes to eat their own words or, at least, to hold their tongues.
The reverse of all this is that superlative word Hephzibah “the Lord delighteth in thee.” This turns weeping into dancing. Let those who dreamed that they were forsaken hear the Lord say, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Christianity, Church, Devotionals

 

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Let Trials Bless (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Let Trials Bless
September 21
Knowing that tribulation worketh patience. (Romans 5:3)

This is a promise in essence if not in form. We have need of patience, and here we see the way of getting it. It is only by enduring that we learn to endure, even as by swimming men learn to swim. You could not learn that art on dry land, nor learn patience without trouble. Is it not worth while to suffer tribulation for the sake of gaining that beautiful equanimity of mind which quietly acquiesces in all the will of God?
Yet our text sets forth a singular fact, which is not according to nature but is supernatural. Tribulation in and of itself worketh petulance, unbelief, and rebellion. It is only by the sacred alchemy of grace that it is made to work in us patience. We do not thresh the wheat to lay the dust: yet the Rail of tribulation does this upon God’s floor. We do not toss a man about in order to give him rest, and yet so the Lord dealeth with His children. Truly this is not the manner of man but greatly redounds to the glory of our all-wise God.
Oh, for grace to let my trials bless me! Why should I wish to stay their gracious operation? Lord, I ask Thee to remove my affliction, but I beseech Thee ten times more to remove my impatience. Precious Lord Jesus, with Thy cross engrave the image of Thy patience on my heart.

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For Terry1954…He will help you through this.

 

 

I wasn’t going to add to these devotionals, but my friend Terry commented on this and I felt that it needed to have a thought added to it.  So here goes…

Being a mom, I know that there are many things that I have to be persistant in teaching my children.  When they say, “Mom, I want to ride a bike”, or “Mom, I want to swim”, without teaching them how it is rare that they will be able to do so without getting hurt in some way, or even drowning.  So I take the time to teach them until they are masterful at it.  Right now Jk is in the process of learning to skate on inline skates.  Now I’m the clumsiest person on earth, but my husband and his sister were amazing ice skaters and roller skaters.  His sister in fact, use to skate in ice skating shows.  But when it comes to the patience to teach Jk, I tend to have more experience in that having been through it with 4 girls already.  When I’m having a good day I will go on their nightly dog walks so Jk can skate.  Her fear of getting hurt has been a problem holding her back, and Dad being the military guy he is responds with the “buck up and go with no fear”, which doesn’t do much but make her more nervous.  When I go, I walk beside her, letting her hold my hand when she first starts out, and then walking beside her until her confidence grows.  I don’t allow her to say “I can’t”, and I have told all my girls that those are the worse words you can use because you already set yourself up for defeat.  It doesn’t mean I don’t understand their struggle in doing things, in fact I know because I went through it myself as a child growing up.  I know though that they need to feel that I am right there by them through the struggle of learning, and that I will do my best to keep them free from harm.

That is how it is when we ask God for things like patience.  Just like our children have things that they need to be taught, there are things that we ask God for that can only come through the learning process, and patience is one of those.  There are only 2 things that God gives us that we need that don’t have to be learned and that is his mercy and his love, because those he gives freely to any who ask for them.  But there are many other things we ask for that just as any parent God has to teach us to have.  If we ask to learn to pray, we have to read the Bible and find out how Jesus taught us to pray and then to practice it by making it a daily thing.  If we need patience, then be sure that we will be given things to be patient through.  If we ask for wisdom, then we need to go to the book where God shared his wisdom for us…the Bible, and then we need to practice making decisions based on that wisdom.  Sure this is a time when Satan likes to attack us because he knows our resolve is easily challenged because we are humans and weak.  That is why it is important for us to remember that even in these times of testing, God is right beside us preparing to pick us up should we fall, and we need to hold onto his hand until we have made it through.  This is our confidence, our hope, and what will get us through those times when our patience is tried…that God is always there like our Heavenly Father to encourage us, hold us up, and see us through to Victory in Him.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Christianity, Church, Devotionals

 

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Bible Verse…I Peter 4:7-19

1Peter 4:7-19
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
� KJV

I posted these verses from my time with God the other day after reading many articles about current events going on in the United States and Israel.  It is evident the the world is in a tail spin, headed quickly into the days when the Tribulation will happen.  As a believer there are many things I believe as truth besides knowing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and that he rose again then ascended into Heaven to prepare a place for those who are His.  I know I am one of those, and that it won’t be long whether through my death or the Rapture that I will be with Jesus there in Heaven.  But there are many other things that I know from the prophecy in the Bible about what is to come.  For one, the rising persecution of Christians and Jews, and for another that there will be a chain of events that will happen before Jesus comes back to end all the evil on Earth and judge all people.  There will be great roaring of the seas that will cause men’s hearts to fear.  There will be wars and rumors of wars.  Another list of things is famine, earthquakes, and pestilence.  In the last years we have seen those things growing, and during the Tribulation these things will be far worse than even what we see today.  One thing we know as Christians is that we don’t know the day, nor the hour, not even the very moment of the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus, but we know what he tells us to look for so that we will know it is close.  In Matthew 24 Jesus, himself, gives us many of these signs to look for in his answer to the disciples question about what would be the signs of His coming.  Jesus gave us these signs so that as his children we would know what to watch for.  i can tell you that I’ve been watching, as are many other Christians and those times are upon us.

Some believe that the trumpet sound the Rapture, or the moment when Jesus will take all true believers to Heaven so we won’t live through the Tribulation, that we will just pop out of here and never have to face any trials at all.  Others, like me, know that God doesn’t promise that we won’t see any of these trials, but that we won’t see the worst of them that will come in the Tribulation, when the Antichrist (False Messiah) rules the Earth under a One World Government.    We already see some of those near future elements of the Tribulation being put into affect.  For example, Agenda 21 of the U.N., which will have many effects on all the world, from education, to confiscation of guns, even those liscensed and registered to personal owners, which will leave only criminals and governments to have them.  It will also put all economics, all personal records including medical records under one government.  It will put so much control on the people of the world that ultimately we will all be slaves to those in power, forced to worship the AntiChrist or face death.  People will be executed for not denying Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and those who do not take the Mark of the Beast (AntiChrist) will not be able to buy or sell, get food, or live in homes like we do now.  It will be a terrible time, of what will be a global dictatorship, with a global one world religion, and a time of great persecution of anyone who doesn’t conform, especially Christians and Jews.  It will also be a terrible time of environmental upheaval as storms become even deadlier than they are now, great food shortages, greater earthquakes and volcanic activity, and plagues like we have never seen.

As I said, these things are already on the rise.  I read an article the other day that coined the term “Christianopobia”, which is the hate and fear of Christians.  A week doesn’t go by that I don’t read comments on articles or hear how someone on the news is calling Christians “haters”.  I read articles weekly about churches all over the world being bombed or attacked and Christians being imprisoned, persecuted, and killed.  Of course these aren’t reported on the mainstream media as much, but there are articles coming out of news sources around the world that report these attacks.  There is a group called “Voice of the Martyr” that acts like an advocate for those Christians who are being persecuted around the world.  In the U.S. there is a growing hatred for Christians coming from many different groups from Athiest, Muslims, Gays, Communists, Socialists, Marxists, Anarchists, and many groups on the Left.  It seems like every terrible event that happens the left rushes to blame it on Conservative Christians, even though it isn’t true.  Our own government under Barack Obama has gone as far as calling all those who disagree with his agenda as Homeland Terrorists, including those who are Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage, Conservative, Christian, Stay-at-Home Moms, Military Men and Women, Military Vets and Retirees.  They have even installed security measures to spy on us like we are no more than common criminals.  They allow Leftists Protestors speak out, and even allow their acts of vandalism, but threaten anyone who gathers peacefully to protest Obama’s wicked agenda which includes the killing of millions through his Healthcare Plan, and through abortion.  Recently there was a pastor who was jailed for holding a Bible Study in his own home.  As we near the Tribulation more of these attacks on Christianity will rise.

As I said earlier, we do not know the day, the hour, nor the very moment that Jesus will call us home.  But I can tell you this as this time approaches we will see more attacks on Christians, on freedom, and on truth, and my friends, things could get a lot uglier than we ever dreamed of until the day of our Rapture.  But we don’t need to be afraid, because there are so many verses in the Bible that God has given us to see us through, just like tese found in I Peter.  God gives us instructions on how to stand strong, how to overcome, and reminds us that in the face of these trials and tribulations, in times of great fear and adversity, God will always be here for us.  He will see us through if we just keep holding on to him.

 

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