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.