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From “Morning and Evening” by C.H. Spurgeon

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings.”  – Psa_112:7

Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved his faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess?

Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do?

Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, “Stand still and see the salvation of God.” For if you give way to fear when you hear of evil tidings, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure which nerves for duty, and sustains under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God’s high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

My Prayer to the Father, August 6, 2012

Heavenly Father,
You, who are the builder
Of all.
You have allowed us
To build our houses
Within the realm
Of what You built first.

Heavenly Father
You, who are the Almighty God;
Great is Your name;
Great is Your faithfulness;
You are truth;
You are the eternal light
That makes the darkness
As bright as the
Noon day sun.

Heavenly Father
From where You sit
There is no hiding
From Your eyes.
You see everything, all;
There is nothing hidden
In the heart of man
That is not open and
Bare before You.

Heavenly Father,
You, who have made the secret place;
You who have made a place
Where all who desire to know
Truth can reside
In gladness of heart
And spirit.

Heavenly Father,
You, who are all and in all,
And through all
That which is good
And beautiful
And worthy of praise
Comes to man.
You, who made man
A little lower than the angels
And gave him honor
And glory
And put all within the
Grasp of his little hand
And underneath his feet.
Man, who is nothing more
Than a breath and
Sigh upon Your lips.

Heavenly Father,
How amazing it is, and
Beyond comprehension that
You could love us so.
How tragic that we who are
So valued in Your eyes
Cannot see how special
How valuable we are.
What sadness we bear
For nothing
Because of the blindness
Of our spiritual eyes.

Heavenly Father,
You, who in the beginning
Made us perfect;
Who gave all man could
Ever want, ever need;
Who You gave free passage to;
Who You allowed to partake
Of everything.
You, who held nothing back
But for one tree
And he could not stay away.

Heavenly Father,
You, who knew their coming failure
Knew from eternity past
That they would need a Savior,
And in Your eternal spirit
You made it possible
For man to be redeemed;
You, once again
Took it upon Yourself to
Provide that which
Man needed most of all;
Light to see by.

Heavenly Father,
You, provided in Your love,
In Your holiness, and justice
And perfection
What man in his chosen darkness
Did not deserve;
Your, Son.
He who from eternity past
Set upon the throne
Chose to take on the flesh of man
And to walk upon this earth
Tempted in every way
As we are,
Yet, He was without sin.
Perfect in every way.

Heavenly Father,
He, who knew no sin
Took sin upon himself;
The sins of the world,
Our sins,
And stood before royalty
With no word upon
His lips,
And like a sheep
Led to slaughter
Took not the easy way.

Heavenly Father,
He who bore our sins
Took all the worst that man
Can do, that we can do,
And turned not away;
And, carried His cross
Upon bleeding shoulders
To a hill far away.

Heavenly Father,
What agony to endure
A body wracked with pain,
Broken, bloody,
Who in His brokenness
Took all the darkness
That lay upon man
And lay upon His cross
As the nails were driven in.

Heavenly Father,
Thank You. Thank You.
You, who gave all
So that we might live.
Have you not the right
To expect our honor,
Our worship;
Our praise?

Heavenly Father
I have only one request of You;
Make me a reminder
To all I meet what precious blood
Was spilt upon that cross.
Make me a reminder
What sin costs.
Make me a reminder
Of what love is.
Make me a reminder
As long as I live.

In Jesus name, I pray,
Amen.

 

 

 

From the “Writings of James Ryle”

     The reason some christians are weak in their faith is because they don’t know what the word of God says.  They doubt the Word of God.  Believe and take God at His word; have faith and trust that He can and will do all He says.  You’ll be amazed at what will happen in your life when take God at His word.

Never Under-estimate the Power of a Personal Word from God

 

“With God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)

 

Sometimes important things can be lost in translation. This verse is one example of that. The word nothing fails to convey into English the fullness of its Greek beginnings. In order to get a better sense of what is being said, we first need to split the word into two words — as in “no thing” instead of “nothing.”

 

Next we examine the Greek word rhema, which is translated as “thing.” It literally means “that which is spoken by a living voice.” It refers to the power that is inherent within any thing that God says.

 

In fact, the full meaning of the word “nothing” would look like this if translated into English — “Each and every thing God says; any and all words that proceed from His mouth; the whole of what He speaks, and not just a part, shall not under any circumstance of any sort be impossible in any way or at any time.”

 

Or, as the English puts it, “With God nothing shall be impossible.”

 

The point is both powerful, and personal. Whenever God speaks a word to your heart and places a promise upon your life — you can take it to the bank! He will do what He has said He will do.

 

“God said it, and it was so.” This phrase fills the first chapter of Genesis and introduces us to the God who does what He says. Even foolish Balaam has at least enough sense to state the obvious — “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).

 

So, then, what has God spoken to you? What promise has He made, what dream has He given, what hope has He placed in your heart? Whatever it is, know this for certain — “Each and every thing God says; any and all words that proceed from His mouth; the whole of what He speaks, and not just a part, shall not under any circumstance of any sort be impossible in any way or at any time.”

 

Never under-estimate the power of a personal word from God! That’s the second of three great lessons we learn from Mary’s humble response to God’s amazing invitation. Lesson Three will come tomorrow.