Between the revelation of God in his word and that in his works, there can be no actual discrepancy. The one may go farther than the other, but the revelation must be harmonious. Between the interpretation of the Works and the interpretation of the Word, there may be very great differences. It must be admitted that the men of the Book have sometimes missed its meaning. Nay, more: it is certain that, in their desire to defend their Bible, devout persons have been unwise enough to twist its words. If they had always labored to understand what God said in his book, and had steadfastly adhered to its meaning, they would have been wise. – Charles Spurgeon
41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,
42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side
44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
41-48 Who can behold the holy Jesus, looking forward to the miseries that awaited his murderers, weeping over the city where his precious blood was about to be shed, without seeing that the likeness of God in the believer, consists much in good-will and compassion? Surely those cannot be right who take up any doctrines of truth, so as to be hardened towards their fellow-sinners. But let every one remember, that though Jesus wept over Jerusalem, he executed awful vengeance upon it. Though he delights not in the death of a sinner, yet he will surely bring to pass his awful threatenings on those who neglect his salvation. – Pocket Sword Commentary
Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength and honor of a Christian.
Spiritual mercies are good things, and not only good things, but the best things, so that you may well ask for them; for if no good things will be withhold, much more will none of the best things. – Charles Spurgeon
If you want power in prayer you must have purity in life.
If our faith is to grow exceedingly we must “pray without ceasing” – 1Thess. 5:17
God does not want just weekend visits, he wants us everyday. To hear our needs and for Him to hear our praise.
Sunlight is never more grateful than after a long watch in the midnight blackness; Christ’s presence is never more acceptable than after a time of weeping, on account of his departure. It is a sad thing that we should need to lose our mercies to teach us to be grateful for them; let us mourn over this crookedness of our nature; and let us strive to express our thankfulness for mercies, so that we may not have to lament their removal. If thou desirest Christ for a perpetual guest, give him all the keys of thine heart; let not one cabinet be locked up from him; give him the range of every room, and the key of every chamber; thus you will constrain him to remain. – Charles Spurgeon
We give him the keys
But yet strive to achieve
Him opening up the doors
To our secrets of remorse
We ask for a visitation
but have no room for a habitation,
Of the cluttered shelves that hold empty pleasures for the heart.
We want to feel His presence
But yet don’t harbor Him when He passes by.
We want a touch but yet we move away when He gets close enough.
We want a revelation, But choose to ignore when He speaks.
Let not love pass us by, for the temporary possessions that we may possess.
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36
“Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:25
If you would find God, he dwelleth on every hill-top and in every valley; God is everywhere in creation; but if you want a special display of him, if you would know what is the secret place of the tabernacle of the Most High, the inner chamber of divinity, you must go where you find the church of true believers, for it is here he makes his continual residence known-in the hearts of the humble and contrite, who tremble at his word. Every church is to our Lord a more sublime thing than a constellation in the heavens; as he is precious to his saints, so are they precious to him. – Charles Spurgeon
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18
Without doubt Christ himself is the Rock
Thats why the church is the hospital for the sick, mediator for the afflicted. healer for the broken hearted, and the ark for the lost.
It certainly is not possible for us to be in a position where Omnipotence cannot assist us. God hath servants everywhere. There are “treasures hid in the sand,” and the Lord’s chosen shall eat thereof. When the clouds hide the mountains they are as real as in the sunshine; so the promise and the Providence of God are unchanged by the obscurity of our faith, or the difficulties of our position. There is hope, and hope at hand, therefore, let us be of good cheer. When we are at our worst let us trust with unshaking faith. Recollect that then is the time when we can most glorify God by faith. – Charles Spurgeon
Q: Ever been down in the dumps? Q: Having a not so good attitude? Q: What made it become like that?
A: When we begin to let our outlook on the problem being the outcome.
Magnify the problem = minimizing Him
Magnify Him = minimize’s the problem
Self cannot fix what human dilemma offers, Jesus is the cure for human dilemma, nor a humanistic psychologist can do the wonder working power of the Cross.
There is hope for today, tomorrow & the future. Let us place out hope in the only One who gives it.
He who lives without prayer – he who lives with little prayer – he who seldom reads the Word – he who seldom looks up to heaven for a fresh influence from on high – he will be the man whose heart will become dry and barren. – Charles Spurgeon
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8
I am convinced that the reason a lot of people give up on prayer is because they get bogged down mentally when they try to pray. They try to pray, but the thoughts just won’t come. They can’t think of what they need to be praying about. They just give up, and then afterward they feel really dissatisfied because they think they have failed. – From Ken Raggio’s Book:
“Praying On Purpose, Praying For Results”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
When we seek the kingdom of God, having a mind set on Heavenly thoughts (Col 3:2) soon discover that this World is not worth being held too. We begin to pay more attention to our surroundings; People who are hurting and in need of Jesus. We begin to look through His eyes.
“It certainly is not possible for us to be in a position where Omnipotence cannot assist us. God hath servants everywhere. There are “treasures hid in the sand,” and the Lord’s chosen shall eat thereof. When the clouds hide the mountains they are as real as in the sunshine; so the promise and the Providence of God are unchanged by the obscurity of our faith, or the difficulties of our position. There is hope, and hope at hand, therefore, let us be of good cheer. When we are at our worst let us trust with unshaking faith. Recollect that then is the time when we can most glorify God by faith.” – Charles Spurgeon
“8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Cor 4:8,9
– The apostles were great sufferers, yet they met with wonderful support. Believers may be forsaken of their friends, as well as persecuted by enemies; but their God will never leave them nor forsake them. There may be fears within, as well as fightings without; yet we are not destroyed.
11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Cor 4:11
-The apostle speaks of their sufferings as a counterpart of the sufferings of Christ, that people might see the power of Christ’s resurrection, and of grace in and from the living Jesus. In comparison with them, other Christians were, even at that time, in prosperous circumstances.
Your next struggle is your next testimony of God’s unchanging powers by a Believer who has unshakeable faith.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
He who calls in secret oh his God – who spends much time in holy retirement – who delights to meditate on the words of the Most High – whose soul is given up to Christ – such a man must have an overflowing heart; and as his heart is, such will his life be. – Charles Spurgeon
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalms 37:4
Q: How do we delight ourselves in the Lord?
A: By doing what is pleasing to Him.
Matthew Henry puts it best
“He has not promised to gratify all the appetites of the body and the humours of the fancy, but to grant all the desires of the heart, all the cravings of the renewed sanctified soul. What is the desire of the heart of a good man? It is this, to know, and love, and live to God, to please him and to be pleased in him.”
Imagine what our desires would be and how God would meet them if we spent more time on the first part of Psalm 37:4 than the last part.
A spray of bullets cut through the forest, seeking out the criminals. The band scattered as shouts broke out. Right and left, men dove for cover, but Nimal wasn’t fast enough. A bullet struck his head, and he fell to the ground.
The gunshot came after 22 years of suffering. When Nimal was an infant, his father left the family and ran off with another woman. Nimal’s mother had no way to provide for him, so she also abandoned him, leaving their homeland of Sri Lanka to find work in another country. Nimal was never to see his mother or father again.
Left in his aunt’s care, the young child often watched with eyes full of tears as his cousins were fed and he wasn’t. He tried to satisfy his hunger by filling his stomach with water.
Nimal had no one to help or encourage him in his education, either. He went to school through the fourth grade and then dropped out. The lonely boy began to walk the streets each morning looking for work so he would have food to eat.
He lived this way for years until the day he met a group of men in a big truck. They were headed to work in the jungle, and they asked if he would like to join them.
The men were cutting down trees in the rainforest—illegally. They would then sell the valuable wood. Last century, deforestation wiped out a significant portion of Sri Lanka’s forests. Regulations haven’t stopped the logging, so the government tracks down and raids the criminal enterprises.
The job offer was illegal, not to mention dangerous. But to a young man who had lived hand to mouth his whole life, the money was too good to pass up. He took the job and became a thief.
On the day forest authorities rained down bullets on Nimal and his company of tree thieves, the Lord used a gunshot to take him out and give him new life.
The head wound landed the 23-year-old in intensive care, unable to move most of his body. The doctors weren’t sure if he would survive; all of them gave up hope for his recovery.
Many times in his life, Nimal had thought,”I’m the most unfortunate man in the world.” He didn’t know about the unimaginable suffering the Son of God had endured for him, but the Lord was about to tell him.
A local pastor came to the hospital during Nimal’s stay and shared about Jesus. Nimal believed what the pastor said, and he began to trust Jesus to defy all odds and heal him.
“How do I pray to this Jesus?” he asked the pastor.
“You just talk to Jesus as a friend and tell Him your worries. He will answer your prayers, and if it is His will, you will get up from your bed and walk,” the pastor assured him.
So Nimal started to talk to God.
Then, one morning, he felt like his hands and legs had life in them again. He shouted for joy and got up out of his hospital bed. Slowly, he took step after step. The Lord restored him, and eventually, he walked out of the hospital.
Nimal knew it was Jesus who had healed him from the gunshot wound, but he still didn’t understand the Good News. This time, the Lord led several people to reach out to him—one was a national missionary, and the rest were the missionary’s sponsors, thousands of miles away.
With the backing of believers on the other side of the world, GFA-supported missionary Ashane Ranatunga shared the love of Christ with Nimal. Through him, the former thief realized the Lord was not just his Healer but also his Savior.
After learning about the life of Christ, Nimal came to the conclusion that his sufferings were nothing compared to what Jesus had paid for him.
– Gospel For Asia
You have no place in which to pour your troubles except the ear of God. If you tell them to your friends, you but put your troubles out a moment, and they will return again. Roll your burden unto God, and you have rolled it into a great deep, out of which it will never by any possibility rise. Cast your troubles where you cast your sins; you have cast your sins into the depths of the sea, there cast your troubles also. Never keep a trouble half an hour on your own mind before you tell it to God. As soon as the trouble comes, quick, the first thing, tell it to your Father. – Charles Spurgeon
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30
Is my conscience at peace? For, if my heart condemn me not, God is greater than my heart, and doth know all things; if my conscience bear witness with me, that I am a partaker of the precious grace of salvation, then happy am I! I am one of those to whom God hath given the peace which passeth all understanding. Now, why is this called “the peace of God?” Because it comes from God because it was planned by God because God gave his Son to make the peace because God gives his Spirit to give the peace in the conscience because, indeed, it is God himself in the soul.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
The peace of God is like no other, one comes to know the peace that He offers when we choose to live in Him, for the World offers no peace but discontent in the materialism that grabs ahold of the lost soul.
Do not be afraid, Christ is your strength and righteousness. A wave comes against the side of the ship, but it does not hurt the ship, it only drives the wedges in tighter. The Master is at the helm will not that assure your heart? It has floated over so many billows will not that increase your confidence? It must, indeed, be a strong, billow that will sink it now; there never shall be such an one. Christ presents the perfect number of all his people to the Father in the last day; not one shall perish. The ark of our salvation shall bring all its living freight into the haven of everlasting rest. – Charles Spurgeon
What great assurance we have in Christ. As long as we hold onto the Anchor which is Jesus we shall never sink.
Who is your Anchor?