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Are You Like the Early Believers ??????

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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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God First, Then Extras

God First, Then Extras

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

See how the Bible opens: “In the beginning God.” Let your life open in the same way. Seek with your whole soul, first and foremost, the kingdom of God, as the place of your citizenship, and His righteousness as the character of your life. As for the rest, it will come from the Lord Himself without your being anxious concerning it. All that is needful for this life and godliness “shall be added unto you.”

What a promise this is! Food, raiment, home, and so forth, God undertakes to add to you while you seek Him. You mind His business, and He will mind yours. If you want paper and string, you get them given in when you buy more important goods; and just so all that we need of earthly things we shall have thrown in with the kingdom. He who is an heir of salvation shall not die of starvation; and he who clothes his soul with the righteousness of God cannot be left of the Lord with a naked body. Away with carking care. Set all your mind upon seeking the Lord. Covetousness is poverty, and anxiety is misery: trust in God is an estate, and likeness of God is a heavenly inheritance. Lord, I seek Thee; be found of me.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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God Stability !!!!!!

God Stability !!!!!!

And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 15:20)

Stability in the fear and faith of God will make a man like a wall of brass, which no one can batter down or break. Only the Lord can make such; but we need such men in the church, and in the world, but specially in the pulpit.

Against uncompromising men of truth this age of shams will fight tooth and nail. Nothing seems to offend Satan and his seed like decision. They attack holy firmness even as the Assyrians besieged fenced cities. The joy is that they cannot prevail against those whom God has made strong in His strength. Carried about with every wind of doctrine, others only need to be blown upon and away they go; but those who love the doctrines of grace, because they possess the grace of the doctrines, stand like rocks in the midst of raging seas.

Whence this stability? “I am with thee, saith the Lord”: that is the true answer. Jehovah will save and deliver faithful souls from all the assaults of the adversary. Hosts are against us, but the Lord of hosts is with us. We dare not budge an inch; for the Lord Himself holds us in our place, and there we will abide forever.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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How Great is Your Burden For the Lost ??????

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Christianity, Religion, C.H. Spurgeon, Faith

 

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Harvest of Light and Gladness

Harvest of Light and Gladness

Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. (Psalm 97:11)

Righteousness is often costly to the man who keeps to it at all hazards, but in the end it will bear its own expenses and return an infinite profit. A holy life is like sowing seed: much is going out, and apparently it is buried in the soil, never to be gathered up again. We are mistaken when we look for an immediate harvest; but the error is very natural, for it seems impossible to bury light. Yet light is “sown,” says the text. It lies latent: none can see it; it is sown. We are quite sure that it must one day manifest itself.

Full sure are we that the Lord has set a harvest for the sower of light, and they shall reap it, each man for himself. Then shall come their gladness. Sheaves of joy for seeds of light. Their heart was upright before the Lord, though men gave them no credit for it, but even censured them: they were righteous, though those about them denounced them as censorious. They had to wait, as husbandmen wait for the precious fruits of the earth: but the light was sown for them, and gladness was being prepared on their behalf by the Lord of the harvest.

Courage, brothers! We need not he in a hurry. Let us in patience possess our souls, for soon shall our souls possess light and gladness.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 
 

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A Huge Praise To God !!!!!!

The prior 60 hours we have been on a huge roller coaster of emotions. I have written of the events up through Monday morning with Caleb. I made my way from NYC to Tulsa and arrived home about 8:30 pm. My wife picked me up at the airport and we made our way to the hospital where Caleb was on the oncology floor, The biopsy had been performed earlier in the day and the mass seen in the cat  scan turned out to be a cantaloupe sized ball of a pasty substance instead of a tumor. One of his major blood vessels was wrapped around it. They sucked 80ccs of the fluid for testing and said they would have the results Tuesday afternoon. Caleb was in intense pain and was being given morphine to help relieve the pain. We had prayer with Caleb and Stacey and left for home after 10pm.

Yesterday morning I was eating breakfast and Stacey called. The surgeon had been in and said that Caleb would go to surgery yesterday or today. Before I had finished breakfast surgery changed to between 10 – 12. We hurriedly prepared and drove into town. We arrived only 15 minutes before he was taken down. We spoke for a moment, had prayer, and kissed him and told him that we loved him. It was hard to see my youngest son in so much pain and uncertainty. They only thing we were told was surgery would be a few hours. There were 3 surgeons; an oncologist, a GI, and a general surgeon. It seems they weren’t sure what they may be getting into but I know they had a direction and that God was doing the directing whether they knew it or not.

After only an hour an a half the phone rang in the surgery waiting room. We were surprised when they reported he was already out of surgery. The surgeon came in within a few minutes and gave us a full report. The huge ball was a cyst full of fluid which they excreted from the cyst and were able to remove it. They also found another cyst that he described as cottage cheese looking and removed it. When probing all around his internal organs a kink was found in his intestine that had been there since birth. They removed 2-3 feet of his intestine but found nothing that appeared to be cancerous anywhere inside of him. They did send all tissues and fluid in for testing to make certain there are no malignancies and we will know by Friday Before the surgery they really were looking for lymphoma.

The surgeon said that in his 30 years of being a surgeon he had never seen what he found in Caleb. He was able to find one case study from the 80s that matched. Caleb is truly a unique man and it continues. I arrived in his room at 7am this morning and he was sitting up, had good color, and was working on a word book. The Lord truly has been with us during this time.

At my age I have been through many such events. What helps me the most is looking back at God’s faithfulness. The prayers of God’s people is also a means whereby God works. He isn’t a genie in the sky that we can call upon to perform His magic. God has a plan, and His plan will be fulfilled and the many thousands of prayers were all a part of that plan. He truly answered them and we Praise His holy name for His grace and mercy.

I want to give you all a hearty thank you and wished I were able to give you all a very big hug. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Christianity, Religion, Faith

 

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Plead His Own Promise !!!!!!

Plead His Own Promise !!!!!!

Thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever. (2 Samuel 7:29)

This is a promise pleaded, and so it yields double instruction to us. Anything which the Lord God has spoken we should receive as surely true and then plead it at the throne.

Oh, how sweet to quote what our own God has spoken! How precious to use a “therefore,” which the promise suggests, as David does in this verse!

We do not pray because we doubt but because we believe. To pray unbelievingly is unbecoming in the Lord’s children. No, Lord, we cannot doubt Thee: we are persuaded that every word of Thine is a sure foundation for the boldest expectation. We come to Thee and say, “Do as Thou hast said.” Bless Thy servant’s house. Heal our sick; save our hesitating ones; restore those who wander; confirm those who live in Thy fear. Lord, give us food and raiment according to Thy Word. Prosper our undertakings; especially succeed our endeavors to make known Thy gospel in our neighborhood. Make our servants Thy servants, our children Thy children. Let the blessing flow on to future generations, and as long as any of our race remains on earth may they remain true to Thee. O Lord God, “let the house of thy servant be blessed.”

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 
 

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