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

“I will meditate in thy precepts.”   Psa_119:15

There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on his Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. Truth is something like the cluster of the vine: if we would have wine from it, we must bruise it; we must press and squeeze it many times. The bruiser’s feet must come down joyfully upon the bunches, or else the juice will not flow; and they must well tread the grapes, or else much of the precious liquid will be wasted. So we must, by meditation, tread the clusters of truth, if we would get the wine of consolation therefrom. Our bodies are not supported by merely taking food into the mouth, but the process which really supplies the muscle, and the nerve, and the sinew, and the bone, is the process of digestion. It is by digestion that the outward food becomes assimilated with the inner life. Our souls are not nourished merely by listening awhile to this, and then to that, and then to the other part of divine truth. Hearing, reading, marking, and learning, all require inwardly digesting to complete their usefulness, and the inward digesting of the truth lies for the most part in meditating upon it. Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord, and be this our resolve this morning, “I will meditate in thy precepts.”

 

From “The Word For You Today” by Bruce Christian – Temptation (2)

     TEMPTATION (2) 

    Notice the three areas in which Satan tempted Christ:  (1)  Provision.  “Command that these stones become bread” (Mt 4:3 NKJV).  This addresses one of our greatest fears-that if we don’t look out for ourselves nobody else will.  So Jesus says: “Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…. your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt 6:31-33 NKJV).  (2)  Protection.  Satan took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and said, “If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down.  For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over You'” (Mt 4:5-6 NKJV).  This addresses another of our core fears-that God may not protect us.  Satan whispers, “You’re on the pinnacle of success right now, but you could easily go over the edge.”  When you start thinking like that-claim this promise: “In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavillion” (Ps 27:5 NKJV).  (3)  Position.  “The devil took Him up an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’  Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan!  For it is written, You shall worship the Lord Your God, and Him only shall you serve.'” (Mt 4:8-10 NKJV).  Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting provision, protection, and position.  The temptation is to try and get them through your own devices and for your own ends.