You are Light

“And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:5

”The evening was “darkness” and the morning was “light,” and yet the two together are called by the name that is given to the light alone! In every believer there is darkness and light, and yet he is not a sinner because there is sin in him, but he is a saint because he possesses some degree of holiness. This will be a most comforting thought to those who ask, “Can I be a child of God while there is so much darkness in me?” Yes; for you, like the day, take not your name from the evening, but from the morning; and you are spoken of in the word of God as if you were even now perfectly holy.

– Charles Spurgeon

In this piece of writing, “The Prince of Preachers”, as Spurgeon is known, points out some thing that should be a comfort to us all: in Christ Jesus we have a pure righteousness that covers all sins, no matter our perception of how bad they are. Of and by ourselves our goodness is as filthy rags. But when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ He gives us a robe of pure white: His holiness is imputed to us. So, who will we choose? Light or dark? Day or night? Jesus or the devil? It all boils down to that one question: Who will you choose?

Witnesses

Luke 24:48 …ye are witnesses…

Charles Spurgeon wrote “The lives of some of God’s people fill us with holy astonishment. Strange and marvelous are the ways which God used in their case to find his own”. Being a child of the Living God, we all have an “adoption story”. Though that testimony may not seem all the extraordinary to us, it may well be just the tool that the Lord plans to use in another person’s life to bring the knowledge of their need for a Savior to them. Share how you came to know Christ with someone this week. Then trust Him to use that testimony as He sees fit.

God’s Peace

Charles Spurgeon wrote the following:

“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.”

How well stated are his thoughts! What a wonderful God we serve that would plan and execute such a wonderful plan to reconcile such wretched creatures to Himself.

Phi. 4:6-7
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

To Know Him Pt. 2

Yesterday we looked at the importance of reading our Bibles. Today I found the following quote from Charles Spurgeon on the wonderous Book itself:

“The Bible is a vein of pure gold, unalloyed by quartz, or any earthly substance. This is a star without a speck; a sun without a blot; a light without darkness a moon without its paleness; a glory without a dimness. O Bible! it cannot be said of any other book, that it is perfect and pure; but of thee we can declare all wisdom is gathered up in thee, without a particle of folly. This is the judge that ends the strife, where wit and reason fail. This is the book untainted by any error; but is pure, unalloyed, perfect truth.”

This is such a true and profound statement. After remembering what the Bible is (God’s Word to man, His love letter to us) it would do us well to make the application of this Truth to our lives top priority.

God gave us His insprired Word not only so we may know Him and our Savior better but also to guide our lives by. If we apply His wisdom fervently to every aspect of our life we are bound to draw closer to Him and become more and more like Christ as we do.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Saints Gone On

This past week my grandfather would have turned 80 years old. He, however, is no longer with us but has gone on to be with the Lord and the saints that departed before him, including my grandmother. I don’t know about you, but at certain times, anniversaries, birthdays, and other holidays for example, I think more about just where these loved ones are, what they are doing and how blessedly happy they mist be. Today in my reading I found a piece written by Charles Spurgeon that gives a pretty nice idea of just how much better off they are than we. Let me share that writing with you:

“The saints in Jesus, when their bodies sleep in peace, have perpetual fellowship with him – ay, better fellowship than we can enjoy. We have but the transitory glimpse of his face; they gaze upon it every moment. We see him “in a glass, darkly;” they behold him “face to face.” We sip of the brook by the way; they plunge into the very ocean of unbounded love. We look up sometimes, and see our Father smile; look whenever they may, his face is always full of smiles for them. We get some drops of comfort; but they get the honeycomb itself. They are full of peace, full of joy forever. They “sleep in Jesus.””.

In my mind’s eye that is such a wonderful depiction of where those saints are now. And as wondrous as this image is, to me anyway, I know where they are and what they are experiencing is far better than that (Isa. 64:4; 1 Cor. 2:9).

2 Cor. 5:6-8

6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Choice Men

Although written long ago, this could very well have been penned just today (if it were in ‘modern’ English).

Choice Men

I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. (Isaiah 48:10)

This has long been the motto fixed before our eye upon the wall of our bedroom, and in many ways it has also been written on our heart. It is no mean thing to be chosen of God. God’s choice makes chosen men choice men. Better to be the elect of God than the elect of a whole nation. So eminent is this privilege, that whatever drawback may be joined to it we very joyfully accept it, even as the Jew ate the bitter herbs for the sake of the Paschal Lamb. We choose the furnace, since God chooses us in it.

We are chosen as an afflicted people and not as a prosperous people, chosen not in the palace but in the furnace. In the furnace beauty is marred, fashion is destroyed, strength is melted, glory is consumed, and yet here eternal love reveals its secrets and declares its choice. So has it been in our case. In times of severest trial God has made to us our calling and election plain, and we have made it sure: then have we chosen the Lord to be our God, and He has shown that we are assuredly His chosen. Therefore, if today the furnace be heated seven times hotter, we will not dread it, for the glorious Son of God will walk with us amid the glowing coals.

-by C.H. Spurgeon

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