Monday, July 28, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
This day I may be exposed to great peril,
let me have the serpent’s wisdom to keep out of it and avoid it.
The wings of a dove may be of more use to me to-day
than the jaws of a lion.
It is true I may be an apparent loser by declining evil company,
but I had better leave my cloak than lose my character;
it is not needful that I should be rich,
but it is imperative upon me to be pure.
No ties of friendship, no chains of beauty,
no flashings of talent, no shafts of ridicule
must turn me from the wise resolve to flee from sin.
The devil I am to resist and he will flee from me,
but the lusts of the flesh, I must flee, or they will surely overcome me.
O God of holiness preserve thy Josephs,
that Madam Bubble bewitch them not with her vile suggestions.
May the horrible trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil,
never overcome us!
- Charles Spurgeon -
-taken from Charles Spurgeon's Morning Meditation for July 25th
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Yesterday Brittany and I went to Lane Southern Orchard to pick up our peaches to can this year. Two years ago, we had a semi load shipped to Ohio. How neat it was to actually meet Duke Lane that I worked with two summers ago to get the load up there and to see their operation and facility.
"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul;
therefore will I hope in him.
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him,
to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait
for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth."
~ Lamentations 3:22-27 ~
"How much strength each man hath is best proved
by occasions of adversity:
for such occasions do not make a man frail,
but show of what temper he is."
- Thomas a' Kempis -
"He who believes in God is not careful for the morrow,
but labors joyfully and with a great heart.
"For he giveth His beloved, as in sleep."
They must work and watch,
yet never be careful or anxious,
but commit all to Him,
and live in serene tranquility;
and with a quiet heart,
as one who sleeps safely and quietly."
- Martin Luther -
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Excellent exhortation by Brother Chris Pappas, pastor of Collins Road Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, on trials. Lessons from the book of Daniel chapter 3:19.
Daniel 3:19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.Is your faith being tested in the furnace?? Be encouraged to stand firm as you listen to this message.
Monday, July 21, 2014
By sundry miracles, by divers mercies, by strange deliverances,
Jehovah had proved Himself to be worthy of Israel's trust.
Yet they broke down the hedges
with which God had enclosed them
as a sacred garden;
they forsook their own true and living God,
and followed after false gods.
O true believer,
called by grace and washed
in the precious blood of Jesus,
thou hast tasted of better drink
than the muddy river of this world's pleasure
can give thee;
thou hast had fellowship with Christ;
thou hast obtained the joy of seeing Jesus,
and leaning thine head upon His bosom.
Do the trifles, the songs, the honors, the merriment
of this earth content thee after that?
Good Rutherford once said,
"I have tasted of Christ's own manna,
and it hath put my mouth out of taste
for the brown bread of this world's joys."
Methinks it should be so with thee.
The waters of Sihor may be sweet to the Egyptians,
but they will prove only bitterness to thee.
- Charles Spurgeon -
In their Christian graces
no one virtue should usurp the sphere of another,
or eat out the vitals of the rest for its own support.
Affection must not smother honesty,
courage must not elbow weakness out of the field,
modesty must not jostle energy,
and patience must not slaughter resolution.
So also with our duties,
one must not interfere with another;
public usefulness must not injure private piety;
church work must not push family worship into a corner.
It is ill to offer God one duty
stained with the blood of another.
Each thing is beautiful in its season, but not otherwise.