His Presence Makes the Difference ( by C.H. Spurgeon)

“Nevertheless I am continually with thee.”
Psalm 73:23

“Nevertheless,”–As if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God’s presence was undoubtedly his. Fully conscious of his own lost estate, and of the deceitfulness and vileness of his nature, yet, by a glorious outburst of faith, he sings “nevertheless I am continually with thee.” Believer, you are forced to enter into Asaph’s confession and acknowledgment, endeavour in like spirit to say “nevertheless, since I belong to Christ I am continually with God!” By this is meant continually upon his mind, he is always thinking of me for my good. Continually before his eye;–the eye of the Lord never sleepeth, but is perpetually watching over my welfare. Continually in his hand, so that none shall be able to pluck me thence. Continually on his heart, worn there as a memorial, even as the high priest bore the names of the twelve tribes upon his heart forever. Thou always thinkest of me, O God. The bowels of thy love continually yearn towards me. Thou art always making providence work for my good. Thou hast set me as a signet upon thine arm; thy love is strong as death, many waters cannot quench it; neither can the floods drown it. Surprising grace! Thou seest me in Christ, and though in myself abhorred, thou beholdest me as wearing Christ’s garments, and washed in his blood, and thus I stand accepted in thy presence. I am thus continually in thy favour–“continually with thee.” Here is comfort for the tried and afflicted soul; vexed with the tempest within–look at the calm without. “Nevertheless”–O say it in thy heart, and take the peace it gives. “Nevertheless I am continually with thee.”

Greatness is Serving ( by Fenny West)

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GREATNESS IS SERVING

Greatness Is Serving
Success is enabling
Progress is empowering
Fruitfulness is from planting.

Be this your portion
Be this your passion
Be this your determination
Be this your inclination
Be this your obsession
Be this your profession
Be this your confession.
Be this your motivation
Be this your mission
Be this your vision
Be this your action
Be it your volition
Be this your disposition.
Be this your compulsion.

Serve joyfully.
Serve cheerfully.
Serve willingly.
Serve gracefully.
Serve generously.
Serve excellently.
Serve worshipfully.
Serve acceptably.
Serve with your all your heart.
Serve with all your mind.
Serve with all your  might.

22 Bondservants , obey in all things your masters according to the flesh , not with eye service , as men-pleasers , but in sincerity of heart , fearing God.
23 And whatever you do , do it heartily , as to the Lord and not to men ,
Col 3:22-23

Bondservants and Masters  5 Bondservants , be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh , with fear and trembling , in sincerity of heart , as to Christ;
6 not with eyeservice , as men-pleasers , but as bondservants of Christ , doing the will of God from the heart ,
7 with goodwill doing service , as to the Lord , and not to men ,

Phil6:5-7
The Cheerful Giver
  6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly , and He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2Cor9:6

 

29 Do you see a man who excels in his work?  He will stand before kings;  He will not stand before unknown men.
Prov22:29
4 So Joseph found favor in his sight , and served him. Then He made him overseer of his house , and all that He had He put under his authority.
22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there , it was his doing.
23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority , because the Lord was with him; and whatever He did , the Lord made it prosper.
Gen39:4,22-23
16 Let our master now command your servants , who are before you , to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp. And it shall be that He will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you , and you shall be well.”
17 So Saul said to his servants , “Provide me now a man who can play well , and bring him to me.”
18 Then one of the servants answered and said , “Look , I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite , who is skillful in playing , a mighty man of valor , a man of war , prudent in speech , and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him.”
1Sam16:16-18

The Best is Yet to Come ( by Fenny West)

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The Best is Yet Come
So don’t regret your past.
Your present position
Is not your destination.

Yes, rise, get up and go.
Don’t give room to the foe.
There’s glory awaiting.
Better days are coming.

Friend, put the past behind
And embrace a new day
With your feet like the hind’s
Tread on with high places any day.

So rise up when you fall
And look up when you’re down.
Your genesis may be small,
Yet at your end shall be a crown.

The best is yet to come
Be that your expectation
Expect great promotion
The best is yet to come
Expect swift acceleration
The best is yet to come
Expect divine intervention
The best is yet to come
Expect miraculous manifestation.

Pressing Toward the Goal 

12 Not that I have already attained , or am already perfected; but I press on , that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
13 Brethren , I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do ,  forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead ,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Phil3:12-14

Christ Conquered for us ( by Fenny West)

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Christ Conquered for Us

In the Battle of Waterloo,

Napoleon met his waterloo;

Defeated by the Duke and Co.

At Calvary too this was so.

Christ conquered at Calvary

Dethroned the enemy

Clinched the crown

Won the war,

obtained victory.

Disarmed principalities,

Shamed our enemies

Made us victors

Made us conquerors

Made us winners

Made us overcome

Because His Kingdom has come.

Yes, Satan and cohorts

were trounced with ignominy,

As Jesus Christ defeated Satan,

demonic powers and principalities.

The battle and war was won.

And it was all because of the Son.

So In Christ I am a winner.

In Christ I am an overcomer.

Yes, regardless of what I see,

The battle is won

and I have overcome

because of the greater One

in me, with me and for me.

 

15 Having disarmed principalities and powers , He made a public spectacle of them , triumphing over them in it. Col2:15

4 You are of God , little children , and have overcome them , because He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world. 1Jn4:4 4

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, -our faith. 1Jn5:4

28.And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God , to those who are the called according to His purpose. God’s Everlasting Love  31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us , who can be against us? 37         Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ro8:28,31,32,37-39

Maintain your Drive ( by Fenny West)

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Maintain Your Drive

Maintaining your drive

Will help you to arise

And go, which will help you

 to arrive and prevent a demise.

Strike when the iron is hot

So you don’t go into a rut

Do what you need to do

Whether the weather

is red, green or blue.

Go with the Spirit’s flow.

Maintain your passion.

Do not delay or be slow

Refuse contrary imagination.

Give no room to distraction.

Give no place to frustration.

Maintain full attention,

Until the manifestation.

Encourage yourself

Motivate yourself

Inspire yourself

Speak well to yourself.

When you fall,

pick up yourself.

And keep going,

growing and glowing.

All things are possible

All things are attainable

All things are achievable

All mountains are surmountable.

All godly goals are a conquerable.

Promises to Abram

1 Now the Lord had said to Abram;  “Get out of your country , From your family  And from your father’s house , To a land that I will show you. 4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him , and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when He departed from Haran. Gen12:1,4

16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz , and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel.

20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out , Jehoshaphat stood and said , “Hear me , O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God , and you shall be established; believe His prophets , and you shall prosper.” 2Chro20:16,20

Isaac Isaac and Abimelech 

1 There was a famine in the land , besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines , in Gerar. 2 Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Gen26:1-2

 

Keep the Prayer Fire Burning ( by Fenny West)

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Keep Your Prayer Fire Ever Ablaze

 

Keep Your Prayer Fire Ever Ablaze

Let the candle burn both night and day

Let no trouble or persecution faze

Know that God is with you every day.

Remember to use the word as launch pad

Fire the artillery everywhere

Let this be your habit and your fad

Pray without ceasing; cast all your cares.

Burden and bother God with what burdens you

Nothing is too big and nothing is too small

Know that God is for you and is in you

Prevail in prayer and Goliath will fall.

 

“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.” Leviticus 6:13

The Apostles and early Christians emphasized the importance

3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

Acts6:3-4

Jesus showed us an example to follow

35Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.Mark1:35

God is a just God and a just judge and will not ignore your fervent prayer

1     Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ “

6Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke18:1-8

There a hour of prayer. Do you have one or do you aspire to have one?

1Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.Act3:1

Prayer should be importunate, continuous and unrelenting

16   Rejoice always,17 pray without ceasing,18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1Thess5:16-18

Pray not only continuously but know the different kinds of prayer and the governing rules and principles

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints –Eph6:18

Here we see a picture of prayer and action in tandem. That is what we should do.

11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

Ex17:11-13

Know the hindrances of prayer and avoid them

  1. Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. 1Pet3:7

Do not pray selfish Prayers; prayer for others too. Pray for the advancement and establishment of the kingdom of God.

Also learn how to make your prayer effective. Make it fervent, passionate, profuse, faith-filled and preponderant.

16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

James5:

Often you may need to step up your pray level by including fasting to obtain certain defiant situations.

17   Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.”18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

19   Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

20   So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Matt17:17-21

Often you may need to use the prophetic word you have received for warfare, either to encourage yourself: confessing it to yourself or using it as a weapon against the enemy who may be saying contrary things to you.

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2Cor10:3-5

1 Timothy 1

18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,

14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.1Tim4:14-16

 

 

Keep Your Prayer Fire Ever Ablaze (by C. H. Spurgeon)

Keep Your Prayer Fire Ever Ablaze

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“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”
Leviticus 6:13

Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here, therefore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer, of vital and experimental religion.

Burn here the fat of your sacrifices. Let your closet seasons be, if possible, regular, frequent, and undisturbed. Effectual prayer availeth much. Have you nothing to pray for? Let us suggest the Church, the ministry, your own soul, your children, your relations, your neighbours, your country, and the cause of God and truth throughout the world. Let us examine ourselves on this important matter. Do we engage with lukewarmness in private devotion? Is the fire of devotion burning dimly in our hearts? Do the chariot wheels drag heavily? If so, let us be alarmed at this sign of decay. Let us go with weeping, and ask for the Spirit of grace and of supplications. Let us set apart special seasons for extraordinary prayer. For if this fire should be smothered beneath the ashes of a worldly conformity, it will dim the fire on the family altar, and lessen our influence both in the Church and in the world.

The text will also apply to the altar of the heart. This is a golden altar indeed. God loves to see the hearts of his people glowing towards himself. Let us give to God our hearts, all blazing with love, and seek his grace, that the fire may never be quenched; for it will not burn if the Lord does not keep it burning. Many foes will attempt to extinguish it; but if the unseen hand behind the wall pour thereon the sacred oil, it will blaze higher and higher. Let us use texts of Scripture as fuel for our heart’s fire, they are live coals; let us attend sermons, but above all, let us be much alone with Jesus.

Enforce the Victory ( by Fenny West)

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Let’s Victory Enforce

At Calvary, Jesus
Turned our minus
Into a great plus.
So let’s victory enforce
Our colours emboss.

And this is because
If God is for us
Who can be against us?
If God is with us
Who can defeat us?
If God is in us
Then every minus
Will turn into a plus.

Give glory to God!
15 Having disarmed principalities and powers , He made a public spectacle of them , triumphing over them in it.
Col2:15
57 But thanks be to God , who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.1Cor.15:57
14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ , and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
2Cor.2:14
1Cor.15:54
Ro8:16,17,28,31,32,37-39,Jn16:33,Luke10:19,Matt.11:12,Rev12:11,1Jn4:4,1Jn5:4, 2Cor.4:7-9,16, Eph1:3,Eph6:10-17,1Tim6:12,Jn19:30,2Tim4:6-8,2Cor12:8-10