Watchwoman’s Uplifting Inspirational Editorial Comment: With all the horrible things that go on in our world, we Christians need to be uplifted too. Morning and Eveningby Dr. Charles H. Spurgeon is one of the best devotionals (if not THE BEST EVER). I wanted you to feel better like this pick me up does for me. I can’t spend 24/7 in my Church with Pastor Sanders giving me a message of support and uplifting Scriptures. Daily, I need something to keep me from feeling down and defeated. I read the Bible and I pray several times during the day. PLUS – Spurgeon inspires me, uplifts me and keeps me keeping on – and keeps me running to the battle, equipped with answers to the naysayers and those who hate Christ. Everyday, all I read on the Net mostly is about the horrors, injustices, persecution of the Christians, 3,200 deaths of unborn babies in bloody abortion mills in America daily, plus women who are being carried out in stretchers from abortions that they tell you are safe – just because they’re legal. I get dozens of prayer requests from good families, Christian families, about their children turning to sin, that includes doing such horrible acts like injecting heroine and entering into homosexual relationships. I hear about the children who have been diagnosed with incurable diseases and others from parents whose children have already entered into heaven. Broken hearts and broken relationships. Believe me, I hear it all. You may think I share way too much negative. I only share a small portion of what I read. So I need to be uplifted and Spurgeon is a way to get my eyes refocused upon heaven and get them off the sinful conditions on planet earth. Enjoy and may God bless your reading and may it further your resilience to storm the gates of hell – and give’em heaven!!! Amen? Amen! Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, for we pray in Jesus’ name! AMEN!!! ▬Donna Calvin ▬ Tuesday, July 24, 2012
MORNING AND EVENVING DEVOTIONAL
By Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.”
– Exodus 14:13
These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, “do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once-we must do it so we think-instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle.” But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands. “Stand still;”-keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”
“His camp is very great.”
– Joel 2:11
Consider, my soul, the mightiness of the Lord who is thy glory and defence. He is a man of war, Jehovah is his name. All the forces of heaven are at his beck, legions wait at his door, cherubim and seraphim;, watchers and holy ones, principalities and powers, are all attentive to his will. If our eyes were not blinded by the ophthalmia of the flesh, we should see horses of fire and chariots of fire round about the Lord’s beloved. The powers of nature are all subject to the absolute control of the Creator: stormy wind and tempest, lightning and rain, and snow, and hail, and the soft dews and cheering sunshine, come and go at his decree. The bands of Orion he looseth, and bindeth the sweet influences of the Pleiades. Earth, sea, and air, and the places under the earth, are the barracks for Jehovah’s great armies; space is his camping ground, light is his banner, and flame is his sword. When he goeth forth to war, famine ravages the land, pestilence smites the nations, hurricane sweeps the sea, tornado shakes the mountains, and earthquake makes the solid world to tremble. As for animate creatures, they all own his dominion, and from the great fish which swallowed the prophet, down to “all manner of flies,” which plagued the field of Zoan, all are his servants, and like the palmer-worm, the caterpillar, and the cankerworm, are squadrons of his great army, for his camp is very great. My soul, see to it that thou be at peace with this mighty King, yea, more, be sure to enlist under his banner, for to war against him is madness, and to serve him is glory. Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, is ready to receive recruits for the army of the Lord: if I am not already enlisted let me go to him ere I sleep, and beg to be accepted through his merits; and if I be already, as I hope I am, a soldier of the cross, let me be of good courage; for the enemy is powerless compared with my Lord, whose camp is very great.
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