March 23, 2019

Evening and Morning by Charles Spurgeon

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Hey everyone, I was flipping through C.H. Spurgeon’s book evening an morning reading different selections and read this one from February 11. It is a great read and should encourage us to Christ likeness. Enjoy!

“And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13

A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of Christ is his living biography, written out in the words and actions of his people. If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be, we should be pictures of Christ; yea, such striking likenesses of him, that the world would not have to hold us up by the hour together, and say, “Well, it seems somewhat of a likeness;” but they would, when they once beheld us, exclaim, “He has been with Jesus; he has been taught of him; he is like him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it out in his life and every-day actions.” A Christian should be like Christ in his boldness. Never blush to own your religion; your profession will never disgrace you: take care you never disgrace that. Be like Jesus, very valiant for your God. Imitate him in your loving spirit; think kindly, speak kindly, and do kindly, that men may say of you, “He has been with Jesus.” Imitate Jesus in his holiness. Was he zealous for his Master? So be you; ever go about doing good. Let not time be wasted: it is too precious. Was he self-denying, never looking to his own interest? Be the same. Was he devout? Be you fervent in your prayers. Had he deference to his Father’s will? So submit yourselves to him. Was he patient? So learn to endure. And best of all, as the highest portraiture of Jesus, try to forgive your enemies, as he did; and let those sublime words of your Master, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do,” always ring in your ears. Forgive, as you hope to be forgiven. Heap coals of fire on the head of your foe by your kindness to him. Good for evil, recollect, is godlike. Be godlike, then; and in all ways and by all means, so live that all may say of you, “He has been with Jesus.”

“Looking unto Jesus.” Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon

Hey everyone! I was reading C. H. Spurgeon’s daily devotional, Morning and Evening, and came across this section. It is a wonderful read and I hope it encourages you to look to Christ alone and not at yourself and your short comings.

“Looking unto Jesus.”

Hebrews 12:2

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within.  [Read more…]

Prayer and Devotions

Hey Everyone! Well, this is my first post since the switch from my old blog! I had such an amazing week this past week at my friend’s church for teaching, fun and games and have  been encouraged is several things that I am sure will come across some more in later posts. As for today I wanted to talk to you about prayer and reading/studying your Bible. I have posted some before on these topics, but wish to bring out some different things in this post than I have mentioned in the past.

Prayer and our time in God’s Word is the means God has given us to develop a relationship with Him. Negligence  in prayer and in the Word is to neglect spending time with the God who saved us, our friend, and our creator. What things are they that would take priority over our time with the God of the universe? It is through these means that we are sanctified and made to be more like Christ. [Read more…]

What is it to Meditate?

Hey everyone! I have been reading through Thomas Watson’s book, Heaven Taken By Storm
and read through the section on prayer and meditation. If you’re like me you probably haven’t ever thought too much about what it means to meditate, but when you read in Psalm 1, “and on his law he meditates day and night” it is obviously pretty important to know what it means. I’ll share some of the thoughts from Thomas Watson on this subject.

“Thomas Watson says that meditation is a duty wherein the very heart and lifeblood of religion lies. You may be wondering what meditation even is, well Watson gives a wonderful definition of meditation being described as a holy exercise of the mind whereby we bring the truths of God to remembrance, and seriously ponder upon them and apply them to ourselves. In meditation two things are required: A Christians retiring himself from the world; meditation can not be done in a crowd and serious thinking upon God. This is not a few transient thoughts that are gone quickly, but a fixing and staying of the mind upon heavenly objects. [Read more…]