Morning Devotion with Spurgeon – March 7

March 7 — Morning

{Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 17:1–20:20} {Quick Study: Deuteronomy 27:1–28:68}

Have faith in God. {Mark 11:22}

Mornings & Evenings with Spurgeon edited by Larry & Marion PierceFaith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly; but faith is the foot which carries the soul. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well; and without faith the wheels are taken from the chariot, and we drag heavily. With faith I can do all things; without faith I shall neither have the inclination nor the power to do anything in the service of God. If you want to find the men who serve God the best, you must look for the men with the most faith. Little faith will save a man, but little faith cannot do great things for God. Poor Little Faith could not have fought Apollyon1; it needed Christian to do that. Poor Little Faith could not have slain Giant Despair; it required Great Heart’s arm to knock that monster down. Little Faith will go to heaven most certainly, but it often has to hide itself in a nut shell, and it frequently loses everything except its jewels. Little Faith says, “It is a rough road, beset with sharp thorns, and full of dangers; I am afraid to go”; but Great Faith remembers the promise, “Your shoes shall be iron and brass; as your days, so shall your strength be”:  and so she boldly ventures. Little Faith stands desponding, mingling her tears with the flood; but Great Faith sings, “When you pass  through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you”: and she fords the stream at once. Would  you be comfortable and happy? Would you enjoy religion? Would you have the religion of cheerfulness and not that of gloom? Then  “have faith in God.” If you love darkness, and are satisfied to dwell in gloom and misery, then be content with little faith; but if you  love the sunshine, and would sing songs of rejoicing, covet earnestly this best gift, “great faith.”

1. Apollyon, Giant Despair, Great Heart, Little Faith are characters in John Bunyon’s Pilgrim’s Progress.

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Evening Devotion with Spurgeon – March 6

March 6 — Evening

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty. {Proverbs 18:12}

Mornings & Evenings with Spurgeon edited by Larry & Marion PierceIt is an old and common saying, that “coming events cast their shadows before them”; the wise man teaches us that a haughty heart is the prophetic prelude of evil. Pride is as safely the sign of destruction as the change of mercury in the barometer is the sign of rain; and far more infallibly so than that. When men have ridden the high horse, destruction has always overtaken them. Let David’s aching heart show that there is an eclipse of a man’s glory when he dotes upon his own greatness. {2 Samuel 24:10} See  Nebuchadnezzar, the mighty builder of Babylon, creeping on the earth, devouring grass like oxen, until his nails had grown like bird’s claws, and his hair like eagle’s feathers. {Daniel 4:33} Pride made the boaster a beast, as once before it made an angel a devil. God hates high looks, and never fails to bring them down. All the arrows of God are aimed at proud hearts. Oh, Christian, is your heart haughty this evening? For pride can get into the Christian’s heart as well as into the sinner’s; it can delude him into dreaming that he is “rich and increased in goods, and has need of nothing.” Are you glorying in your graces or your talents? Are you proud of yourself, that you have had holy frames and sweet experiences? Take note, reader, there is a destruction coming to you also. Your flaunting poppies of self-conceit will be pulled up by the roots, your mushroom graces will wither in the burning heat, and your self-sufficiency shall become as straw for the dunghill. If we forget to live at the foot of the cross in deepest lowliness of spirit, God will not forget to make us smart under his rod. A destruction will come to you, oh unduly exalted believer, the destruction of your joys and of your comforts, though there can be no destruction of your soul. Therefore, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

Morning Devotion with Spurgeon – March 6

March 6 — Morning

{Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 14:1–16:22} {Quick Study: Deuteronomy 24:1–26:19}

You must be born again. {John 3:7}

Mornings & Evenings with Spurgeon edited by Larry & Marion PierceRegeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to take heed that we really are “born again,” for there are many who imagine they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian land, and being recognised as professing the Christian religion is of no avail whatever, unless there is something more added to it — the being “born again,” is a matter so mysterious, that human words cannot describe it. “The wind  blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but cannot tell where it comes from, and where it is going: so is everyone who is born  by the Spirit.” Nevertheless, it is a change which is known and felt: known by works of holiness, and felt by gracious experience. This  great work is supernatural. It is not an operation which a man performs for himself: a new principle is infused, which works in the  eart, renews the soul, and affects the entire man. It is not a change of my name, but a renewal of my nature, so that I am not the man I used to be, but a new man in Christ Jesus. To wash and dress a corpse is a far different thing from making it alive: man can do the one,  God alone can do the other. If you have then, been “born again,” your acknowledgment will be, “Oh Lord Jesus, the everlasting  Father, you are my spiritual Parent; unless your Spirit had breathed into me the breath of a new, holy, and spiritual life, I would have been to this day ‘dead in trespasses and sins.’ My heavenly life is wholly derived from you, to you I ascribe it. ‘My life is hidden with  Christ in God.’ It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” May the Lord enable us to be well assured on this vital point, for to be unregenerate is to be unsaved, unpardoned, without God, and without hope.

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Evening Devotion with Spurgeon – March 5

March 5 — Evening

Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” {Psalms 35:3}

Mornings & Evenings with Spurgeon edited by Larry & Marion PierceWhat does this sweet prayer teach me? It shall be my evening’s petition; but first let it yield to me an instructive meditation. The text informs me first of all that David had his doubts; for why should he pray, “Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation,’ ” if he was not  sometimes exercised with doubts and fears? Let me, then, be of good cheer, for I am not the only saint who has to complain about  weakness of faith. If David doubted, I need not conclude that I am not a Christian because I have doubts. The text reminds me that  David was not content while he had doubts and fears, but he went at once to the mercy seat to pray for assurance; for he valued it as  much fine gold. I too must labour after an abiding sense of my acceptance in the Beloved, and must have no joy when his love is not  shed abroad in my soul. When my Bridegroom is gone from me, my soul must and will fast. I learn also that David knew where to  obtain full assurance. He went to his God in prayer, crying, “Say to my soul ‘I am your salvation.’ ” I must be much alone with God if I wish to have a clear sense of Jesus’ love. Let my prayers cease, and my eye of faith will grow dim. Much in prayer, much in heaven; slow in prayer, slow in progress. I notice that David would not be satisfied unless his assurance had a divine source. “Say to my soul. ‘Lord, do you say it!’ ” Nothing short of a divine testimony in the soul will ever satisfy the true Christian. Moreover, David could not rest unless his assurance had a vivid personality about it. “Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’ ” Lord, if you should say this to all  the saints, it would be nothing, unless you would say it to me. Lord, I have sinned; I do not deserve your smile; I scarcely dare to ask  for it; but oh! say to my soul, even to my soul, “I am your salvation.” Let me have a present, personal, infallible, indisputable sense  that I am yours, and that you are mine.

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Mornings & Evenings with Spurgeon
edited by Larry & Marion Pierce
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Morning Devotion with Spurgeon – March 5

March 5 — Morning
{Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 11:1–13:18} {Quick Study: Deuteronomy 21:1–23:25}

Let us not sleep, as others do. {1 Thessalonians 5:6}

Mornings & Evenings with Spurgeon edited by Larry & Marion PierceThere are many ways of promoting Christian wakefulness. Among the rest, let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord. Christian and Hopeful, as they journeyed towards the Celestial City, said to themselves, “To prevent drowsiness in this place, let us fall into good discourse.” Christian enquired, “Brother, where shall we begin?” And Hopeful answered, “Where God began with us.” Then Christian sang this song —

When saints do sleepy grow, let them come hither,
And hear how these two pilgrims talk together;
Yes, let them learn from them, in any wise,
Thus to keep open their drowsy slumbering eyes.
Saints’ fellowship, if it is managed well,
Keeps them awake, and that in spite of hell.

Christians who isolate themselves and walk alone are very liable to grow drowsy. Hold Christian company and you will be kept  wakeful and refreshed and encouraged to make quicker progress on the road to heaven. But as you take “sweet counsel” with others  in the ways of God, take care that the theme of your conversation is the Lord Jesus. Let the eye of faith be constantly looking to him;  let your heart be full of him; let your lips speak of his worth. Friend, live near to the cross, and you will not sleep. Labour to impress  yourself with a deep sense of the value of the place to which you are going. If you remember that you are going to heaven, you will  not sleep on the road. If you think that hell is behind you, and the devil pursuing you, you will not loiter. Would the manslayer sleep  with the avenger of blood behind him, and the city of refuge before him? Christian, will you sleep while the pearly gates are open —  the songs of angels waiting for you to join them — a crown of gold ready for your brow? Ah! no; in holy fellowship continue to watch  and pray so that you do not enter into temptation.

taken from Mornings & Evenings with Spurgeon edited by Larry & Marion Pierce
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