Victory is Mine, the Battle is the Lord’s

Victory is Mine, the Battle is the Lord’s

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15   And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

2Chro.2:15

When I come to the Crossroad the blood will speak

When Pharaoh pursues me after leaving Egypt, I will not fear but stand to see the salvation of the Lord, the blood traps await him. As the Egyptian soldiers drown in the Red sea so shall it be for the Pharaoh- financial, Pharaoh- health; Pharaoh-relation; Pharaoh arrayed against my vision; pharaoh arrayed against my Church; Pharaoh arrayed against my family. The blood will speak! (Ex14)

When goliath comes to challenge the David mantle will come upon me to see him for who he is: uncircumcised Philistine. (1 Sam 17)

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God will remind me of the testimonies He had given me in the past, to embolden me to go after Goliath in the name of the Lord.

I shall review the past and brag about my God- able to do exceeding abundantly more than my wildest dream.(1Sam17:36-37; Eph3:20)

I shall use no carnal weapons but my sling and my stone, my endowment; what God has put in me. (2Cor10:4-5)

His grace upon my life is sufficient for me. Through my God I shall do valiantly. I shall not cower but run towards my enemy with my stone and sling. (2Cor12:9)

Then shall I run forward and take Goliath’s sword- that with which he threatened me- and cut off his head. The place where I have been tried most shall be the source of my greatest triumph. (1Sam17:48)

As I use my sling and stone the Holy Spirit will guide the missile to the right target- the bull’s eye and my Goliath will fall in Jesus’ Name. (1Sam17:49)

By the fall of this Goliath light shall be turned on for the Church, my Church. Many will be emboldened to do what they have not done before. Those who quaked in their boots will have springs in their steps because of the victory the Lord will bring. (1Sam17:51-52)

Yes, they banded together in a confederacy and came against Jehoshaphat and Judah. The King fear at first but summon courage and called a time of national fasting and prayer. In his prayer he praise God and acknowledged His sovereignty and reminded God of His friend Abraham. Using various rhetorical questions he wrestled with God until God responded in a prophecy: ‘Do not be afraid because of this great multitude. The battle is not yours but mine.’ (2Chro20:15)

God gave him a strategy: Go out against them. You will not fight. I will fight for you.(2Chro20:16-17) Since they were not going to fight they resorted to sing in the face of the battle, but they were obedient to go against the enemy with their praise:

Praise ye the Lord, His mercies endures forever.

Praise ye the Lord, His mercies endures forever. ( 2Chro20 :21-22)

And as they did the Lord cause the enemy so see themselves as their enemies and started killing each other. They completely wiped themselves out, leaving the theatre of war, the field of war littered with gold silver and so much spoils that it took three days for Judah to gather the booty. God gave Judah unprecedented protection and provision in the face of conspiracy, satanic alliance and opposition.(—:22-25)

That God remains the same. ‘He said I am the Lord I change not.’ Jesus Christ, the same , yesterday, today and forever.’ ( Mal 3: 6, Heb13:8)

Satan lusted after Job and came against him, accusing him before God, but God bragged about Job. Satan told Go have you not placed a hedge of protection over him? Remove it and he will curse you to your face.’ (Job 1:8-10,  21)

God allowed Satan to attack Job and his family, the billionaire became a pauper in one day as he lost all his camel, donkeys, sheep and even his children one after the other. Job worship: ‘The Lord has given, the Lord has taken, Blessed be the name of the Lord!’ (Job1:13-19,21) ‘ I know my redeemer lives. ( Job19:25-26) I will wait until my change comes.(Job14:14) Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him; (-13:15) When he has tried me I will come forth like gold;( -23:10)

Job who was the advocate of the poor, eyes to the blind, feet to the lame was reduced to nothing, avoided by his family and relatives, a byword. He was surrounded by miserable comforters who accused him of sin and made him feel worse. But God sustained Job and gave him a song in the night. (Job35:10)

In the fullness of time as Job prayed for his friends, God turned his captivity and calamity and blessed him twice as much as he was initially blessed. He renewed his youth and he was able to have ten more children. There was no rival to the beauty of his daughter. (Job42:8-10, 11-16)

Those who despised and rejected him came to celebrate with him and even brought gifts. He lived long enough to see his great grand children. What a victory in the face of severe battle! 

The God of Job is still on the throne and He is my God. Regardless of what the enemy is doing God will triumph by His Spirit. God has the final say and the final word. I shall not fear what Satan or man will do to me. The Lord is my Helper, Arbiter, Advocate, Sun and Shield, Fortress and Victorious Banner. A great testimony and triumph shall come from my trial and tests. (Heb13:6)

When I come to the crossroad, the blood will speak. When Pharaoh pursues he will be greeted with the Red sea. (Ex14:13-15)

Let Jericho be fortified, barricade, look impenetrable, my victory is in my praise. These walls that stare me in the face, daring me, taunting me, will see the power of the Lord. They will be greeted with a rude awakening as my praise goes forth. The Lord will fight for me and I will hold my peace. They will fall down flat! (Josh6:1-5)

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Oh yes, let the Philistines come with all their armada of weaponry because of my anointing and the increase in my territory. The Lord has given me a land of good things. I will press in and make it mine. I will not cover. I will not retreat. I will seek the face of the Lord like David, ’Shall I pursue? Will you deliver them into my hands? Will I recover all?’ (2Sam:17-25)

The Philistines Defeated

8     Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them.

9     Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim.

10   And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The LORD said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.”

11   So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim.

12   And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.

13   Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley.

14   Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.

15   And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”

16   So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer.

17        Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.(2Chro14:8-17)

I shall pursue, I shall over take and recover all, to the glory of God. None of my stolen property shall remain in the hands of the enemy. I will go to the enemy’s camp and take what Satan has stolen from me. I will bind the strongman and take what belongs to me. God is for me, with me and in me. The Holy will guide me, strengthen me, anoint me and give me the strategy. (1Sam30:6,8, 18-19)

This financial Goliath will fall in Jesus’ name. I will hear what the Lord has said in the midst of the famine as He did to Isaac: Stay in the land and I will bless you.’ Isaac did and even sowed and was blessed with a hundredfold return. That shall be my portion, in Jesus’ name. (Gen26:1-6,12)

Victory is mine, the battle is the Lord’s.

Is the enemy laughing that you obeyed God, followed divine direction and I was beaten, battered and broken, bleeding and my hands and feet are in stock. You can barely move and have been thrown into the back of a prison. It’s time to give a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of your lips. Your victory is in your praise!

 Are your foes are rejoicing, in great glee?: ‘We got him, we got him!’ But they do not have the final word. God is not a man that He should lie nor the Son of man that He should repent. ( Num23:19)  They thought the same when Jesus was crucified. Demon spirits rejoiced. But on the third day, after heaven had got the news that the righteous demands of a just God had been satisfied, Jesus was raised from the dead. He rose up just like He said. The grave could not hold Him. The cross could not keep Him  He rose up triumphant- truly the King of Glory! (Luke24:5-6, John20:16-17) Alleluia!

Through a great test Paul and Silas obtain a great testimony as they sang and praised and prayed to their God in the prison at midnight. The foundations if the prison was rocked and their chains fell off. And so what appeared the foolishness of God for directing him to Philippi was wiser than the wisdom of men. Although Paul suffered, the greatest miracle that can be wrought in any one’s life-salvation-was wrought in the life of the jailor and even in his household. God’s ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not ours. They are far higher than ours. (Acts16:22-24, 25-34; 1Cor1:25)

No battle, no victory. Great battle, Great victory!

So Redeemed -of –the- Lord, Blood Bought, Blood Kept, Blood Spoken for, are you facing a severe trial? Stand to see your salvation. The battle is not yours but God’s. Seek the face of the Lord. Hear His Voice, obtain divine direct, divine strategy and instruction you need to overcome the enemy of your destiny and purpose.  (2Chro20, 1Sam30, 1Chro14, 2Sam5 Jos6). Refuse to bow to the adversary. Jesus said in the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. (John16:33) The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of stronghold, casting down every imagination and high thing that exalts itself against the revealed will of the Lord  (2Cor10:4-5). . Jesus said ‘Behold, I give you power all the power of the enemy; .power to trample upon serpents and scorpions.( Luke10:19) Stand your ground. Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand in the veil the day. Don the helmet of salvation the breastplate of right-standing with God. . Put on the shoes of the gospel and the belt of truth. Above all take the shield of faith with which to extinguish every flaming arrow of doubt, deceit and unbelief that the enemy throws at you. Take the offensive weapon of the word of God – the sword of the spirit and .and go out against your enemies. Go in the name of the Lord.  Use the prophetic word that God gave you and pray it back to the Lord. Be on the offensive; set your face like a flint and go like David did in Ziklag. After three days and three nights victory came. ( Sam30:18-19) That same victory is coming to you because of Calvary; because it is finished; because the blood so peak better things that the blood of bulls and goat. Because they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, that they loved not their lives even unto death. ( Eph6:10-18, John19:30; Matt11:12; Rev12:11)

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I will conclude with this story.

A man had an old donkey which fell into a disused well. He tried to rescue it but met will a lot of frustration so he decided he would not bother, the donkey was old anyway and the well was of no use. He then asked his family and friends to help him to bury the donkey and close the offending well.

So they armed themselves with shovels and stated throwing dirt on the donkey in the well. The donkey screamed hysterically initially, surprised that he was being buried alive, but after a while quieted down.

The owner thought he was dead and looked in. He could not believe what he saw. With each batch of debris and dirt that landed on the donkey, he simply shook it off and took a step up. As the debris cam he simply shook it off and took a step up. He kept doing this until he came out of the well and strutted off majestically and triumphantly.

What is life throwing at you? Who is trying to bury you alive? Who is saying to you ‘It’s all over for you? Now that it is not over until God says so. God is sovereign over your life – not the enemy of your soul. So whatever is being thrown at you right now, shake it off and take a step up are the debt collectors threatening? Shake it off and take a step up. Is it health issue? Shake it off and take a step up. Take a double dose of God’s pills. By His stripes you were healed. And we know that all things work together for those who love God and who are the called according to His purpose. Neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers 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. Shall tribulation separate us? No! Shall persecution separate us? No! Shall famine or nakedness or peril or sword? No! Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors. Shake it off and take a step up.

(Rom8:31, 32, 35, 37-39)

Shake it off and take a step up

What is life throwing at you?

Shake it off and take a step up

Is it financial trouble?

Shake it off and take a step up

Is your destiny assaulted?

Seek God’s face, obtain His strategy

To shaking the debris  of your foes off

And taking a step up

Is your family ambushed?

Shake it off and take a step up

Have you lost your business or job?

You have an opportunity to start again

Shake it off and take a step up

From being an employee you will be an employer

Shake it off and take a step up

Your greatest challenge will charge you

And bring and wonderful change

As you look to the Lord

Shake it off and take a step up

©Fenny West

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1.     Victory is mine, victory is mine(D)

Victory today is mine

I told Satan, get thee behind me

Victory today is mine

Joy is mine, joy is mine

Joy today is mine

I told Satan, get thee behind

Joy today is mine.

Health is mine, health is mine#

Health today is mine

I told Satan, get thee behind me

Health today is mine

Wealth is mine, wealth is mine

Wealth today is mine

I told Satan, ‘Get thee behind me

Health today is mine

Wisdom is mine wisdom is mine

Wisdom, today is mine

I told Satan, ‘Get thee behind me.’

Wisdom today is mine.

Peace is mine, peace in mine

Peace today is mine

I told Satan, ‘Get thee behind

Peace today is mine.

 

Healing in mine, Healing is mine

Healing today is mine

I told Satan, ‘Get thee behind.’

Healing today is mine

( faith, Strength)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDz3gSrX_lc

 

  1. 2.    Jesus, we celebrate your victory ( G or D)

Jesus, we revel in your love

Jesus, we rejoice you set us free

Jesus, your death has brought us life

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If was for freedom that Christ has set us free

No longer to be subject to the yoke of slavery

So we‘re rejoicing in God’s victory

Our hearts responding to His love

His Spirit in is releases us from fear

The way to Him is open

With boldness we draw near

And in His presence our problems disappear

Our hearts rejoicing in His love.

Jesus, we celebrate your victory

Jesus, we revel in your love

Jesus, we rejoice you set us free

Jesus, your death has brought us life

Jesus, your death has brought us life (xxx to finish)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sstjy2ZOcGU

  1. Come on and celebrate(D)

His gift of love,  we will celebrate

The Son of God who loved us and gave us life

We shout Your praise, O King

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You bring us joy nothing else can bring

We give to You our offering

In celebration praise.

Come on and celebrate, celebrate

Celebrate and sing,

Celebrate and sing to the King

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3EeMhqRWBo

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  1. Celebrate, Jesus celebrate

Celebrate Jesus celebrate

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He is risen, He is risen

And He lives forevermore

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He is risen, He is risen

Come and celebrate

the resurrection of our Lord.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9EMTTLfQTw

5.       The joy of the Lord is my strength x3(G)

His joy is my strength.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKxuXg3V5qs

 

  1. 6.    Salvation belongs to our God(G)

Who’s seated on the throne

Declaring aloud

Praise and glory

Wisdom and thanks

honour and power and might

Be to our God

Forever and ever

Be to our God forever and ever

Be to our God forever and ever amen.

 

And we the redeemed shall be strong

In purpose and unity

Declaring aloud

Praise and glory

Wisdom and thanks

Honour and power and might

Be to our God Forever and ever

Be to our God forever and ever

Be to our God forever and ever amen.

 

 

Victory is mine

 

Victory is mine the battle is the Lord’s

Hosanna, Hosanna

When the enemy comes (like  flood )

His praise goes forth

Hosanna, Hosanna

You Need a Battle Buddy

You Need a Battle Buddy
by Rick Warren

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God   can heal you. When a believing person prays, great things happen.” (James   5:16 NCV)

People don’t go to war by themselves. It would be a suicide mission.   Someone has to have your back.

You need a battle buddy.

The same is true in the spiritual battles we all face. You can’t go to   war against lustful thoughts, dishonesty, addictions, and fear by yourself.   You’ll be doomed to fail.

If all you want is to be forgiven, admit your sin and brokenness to   God. If you want to make a change, admit it to someone else.

Revealing your sin is the beginning of healing. You don’t have to   admit your sin to everyone. But you need to admit it to someone. You need one   person who’ll love you unconditionally, accept you completely, and pray for   you constantly. You need someone of the same gender to be open and honest   with.

The Bible says in James 5:16, “Confess your sins to each other and   pray for each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great   things happen” (NCV).

When you confess your sins to someone else, you open the relief valve   and take the pressure off. Suddenly, the boogieman isn’t so big.

Often sin is a cycle. You start out humbly asking God for help, so he   gives you the power to make it. After about six months of success, you start   getting prideful. Then, you fall. And, in humility again, you ask God for   help. If you could stay in that spirit of humility, you’d be good. But pride   always returns.

You can’t kick that kind of cycle without friends who’ll pray for you,   care for you, encourage you, and keep you on track. When success comes,   they’ll help you keep your perspective so your humility stays in check.

That’s why local churches are so important. But you can attend many   churches for years and never put yourself in a situation where you know   others and are known by others. Make the effort to find a small group of   believers in a local church with whom you can be open and honest.

To think you can quit a bad habit without being honest about it with   others is simply a cop out. It never works. You guarantee failure when you do   that.

Talk It Over

What sin in your life do you need to confess to another person?

– To whom in your life can you confess your sin?

– What frightens you about revealing your sin to someone else?

 

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Christ’s Cross and Your Cross( by C.H. Spurgeon)

Christ’s Cross and Your Cross ( by C.H .Spurgeon)

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Charles Spurgeon

On Him they laid the cross, that He might bear it after Jesus.

We see in Simon’s carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer. But let us comfort ourselves with this thought, that in our case, as in Simon’s, it is not our cross, but Christ’s cross which we carry. When you are molested for your piety; when your religion brings the trial of cruel mockings upon you, then remember it is not your cross, it is Christ’s cross; and how delightful is it to carry the cross of our Lord Jesus! You carry the cross after Him. You have blessed company; your path is marked with the footprints of your Lord. The mark of His blood-red shoulder is upon that heavy burden. ‘Tis His cross, and He goes before you as a shepherd goes before his sheep. Take up your cross daily, and follow Him. Do not forget, also, that you bear this cross in partnership. It is the opinion of some that Simon only carried one end of the cross, and not the whole of it. That is very possible; Christ may have carried the heavier part, against the transverse beam, and Simon may have borne the lighter end. Certainly it is so with you; you do but carry the light end of the cross, Christ bore the heavier end. And remember, though Simon had to bear the cross for a very little while, it gave him lasting honour. Even so the cross we carry is only for a little while at most, and then we shall receive the crown, the glory. Surely we should love the cross, and, instead of shrinking from it, count it very dear, when it works out for us “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Made Righteous In Christ

Made Righteous in Christ

by Charles Spurgeon

 

2 Corinthians 5:21

For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

Mourning Christian! why weepest thou? Art thou mourning over thine own corruptions? Look to thy perfect Lord, and remember, thou art complete in Him; thou art in God’s sight as perfect as if thou hadst never sinned; nay, more than that, the Lord our Righteousness hath put a divine garment upon thee, so that thou hast more than the righteousness of man-thou hast the righteousness of God. O Thou who art mourning by reason of inbred sin and depravity, remember, none of thy sins can condemn thee. Thou hast learned to hate sin; but thou hast learned also to know that sin is not thine-it was laid upon Christ’s head. Thy standing is not in thyself-it is in Christ; thine acceptance is not in thyself, but in thy Lord; thou art as much accepted of God to-day, with all thy sinfulness, as thou wilt be when thou standest before His throne, free from all corruption. O, I beseech thee, lay hold on this precious thought, perfection in Christ! For thou art “complete in Him.” With thy Saviour’s garment on, thou art holy as the Holy one. “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Christian, let thy heart rejoice, for thou art “accepted in the beloved”-what hast thou to fear? Let thy face ever wear a smile; live near thy Master; live in the suburbs of the Celestial City; for soon, when thy time has come, thou shalt rise up where thy Jesus sits, and reign at His right hand; and all this because the divine Lord “was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

 

The Highest Price Paid (By Fenny West)

The Highest Price Paid

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The Highest price paid

Was by Jesus Christ

His life, for you He laid

 For debt He did not owe.

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It cost God a great price

But He gives it to you free

So that you too can rise

From deadness in sin.

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Salvation is the greatest gift

But a gift you cannot enjoy

Unless you accept the gift

By coming to the cross.

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This Easter why not cross over

From religion into relationship

Come to Alpha and Omega

And begin a brand New Life.

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The Narrow Road is the true road

The broad road leads to hell

Come and off-load your load

On Jesus- the burden-bearer.

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Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.Rev3:20

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.Eph2:8-9

 It Is Finished

28   After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”

29   Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.

30   So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

John19:28-30

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Humility of His Majesty

 

Charles H. Spurgeon

“The Son of man.”John 3:13

How constantly our Master used the title, the “Son of man!” If he had chosen, he might always have spoken of himself as the Son of God, the Everlasting Father, the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the Prince of Peace; but behold the lowliness of Jesus! He prefers to call himself the Son of man. Let us learn a lesson of humility from our Saviour; let us never court great titles nor proud degrees. There is here, however, a far sweeter thought.

Jesus loved manhood so much, that he delighted to honour it; and since it is a high honour, and indeed, the greatest dignity of manhood, that Jesus is the Son of man, he is wont to display this name, that he may as it were hang royal stars upon the breast of manhood, and show forth the love of God to Abraham’s seed. Son of man — whenever he said that word, he shed a halo round the head of Adam’s children.

Yet there is perhaps a more precious thought still. Jesus Christ called himself the Son of man to express his oneness and sympathy with his people. He thus reminds us that he is the one whom we may approach without fear. As a man, we may take to him all our griefs and troubles, for he knows them by experience; in that he himself hath suffered as the “Son of man,” he is able to succour and comfort us. All hail, thou blessed Jesus! inasmuch as thou art evermore using the sweet name which acknowledges that thou art a brother and a near kinsman, it is to us a dear token of thy grace, thy humility, thy love.

“Oh see how Jesus trusts himself Unto our childish love, As though by his free ways with us Our earnestness to prove! His sacred name a common word On earth he loves to hear; There is no majesty in him Which love may not come near.”

Do Your Duty Diligently and Heartily

CG662 Chronicles 31:21

He did it with all his heart and prospered.

 C.H. Spurgeon

This is no unusual occurrence; it is the general rule of the moral universe that those men prosper who do their work with all their hearts, while those are almost certain to fail who go to their labour leaving half their hearts behind them. God does not give harvests to idle men except harvests of thistles, nor is He pleased to send wealth to those who will not dig in the field to find its hid treasure. It is universally confessed that if a man would prosper, he must be diligent in business. It is the same in religion as it is in other things. If you would prosper in your work for Jesus, let it be heart work, and let it be done with all your heart. Put as much force, energy, heartiness, and earnestness into religion as ever you do into business, for it deserves far more. The Holy Spirit helps our infirmities, but He does not encourage our idleness; He loves active believers. Who are the most useful men in the Christian church? The men who do what they undertake for God with all their hearts. Who are the most successful Sabbath-school teachers? The most talented? No; the most zealous; the men whose hearts are on fire, those are the men who see their Lord riding forth prosperously in the majesty of His salvation. Whole-heartedness shows itself in perseverance; there may be failure at first, but the earnest worker will say, “It is the Lord’s work, and it must be done; my Lord has bidden me do it, and in His strength I will accomplish it.” Christian, art thou thus “with all thine heart” serving thy Master? Remember the earnestness of Jesus! Think what heart-work was His! He could say, “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten Me up.” When He sweat great drops of blood, it was no light burden He had to carry upon those blessed shoulders; and when He poured out His heart, it was no weak effort He was making for the salvation of His people. Was Jesus in earnest, and are we lukewarm?

Expectation of Promotion

Expectation of Promotion

Psalm 62:5

My expectation is from Him.

C.H. Spurgeon

It is the believer’s privilege to use this language. If he is looking for aught from the world, it is a poor “expectation” indeed. But if he looks to God for the supply of his wants, whether in temporal or spiritual blessings, his expectation” will not be a vain one. Constantly he may draw from the bank of faith, and get his need supplied out of the riches of God’s lovingkindness. This I know, I had rather have God for my banker than all the Rothschilds. My Lord never fails to honour His promises; and when we bring them to His throne, He never sends them back unanswered. Therefore I will wait only at His door, for He ever opens it with the hand of munificent grace. At this hour I will try Him anew. But we have “expectations” beyond this life. We shall die soon; and then our “expectation is from Him.” Do we not expect that when we lie upon the bed of sickness He will send angels to carry us to His bosom? We believe that when the pulse is faint, and the heart heaves heavily, some angelic messenger shall stand and look with loving eyes upon us, and whisper, “Sister spirit, come away!” As we approach the heavenly gate, we expect to hear the welcome invitation, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” We are expecting harps of gold and crowns of glory; we are hoping soon to be amongst the multitude of shining ones before the throne; we are looking forward and longing for the time when we shall be like our glorious Lord-for “We shall see Him as He is.” Then if these be thine “expectations,” O my soul, live for God; live with the desire and resolve to glorify Him from whom cometh all thy supplies, and of whose grace in thy election, redemption, and calling, it is that thou hast any “expectation” of coming glory.

 

Jealous For You with Great Jealousy

Jealous For You with Great Jealousy

 

Charles H. Spurgeon

“O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy upon Jerusalem? … And the Lord answered the angel … with good words and comfortable words.”Zechariah 1:12,13

What a sweet answer to an anxious enquiry! This night let us rejoice in it. O Zion, there are good things in store for thee; thy time of travail shall soon be over; thy children shall be brought forth; thy captivity shall end. Bear patiently the rod for a season, and under the darkness still trust in God, for his love burneth towards thee. God loves the church with a love too deep for human imagination: he loves her with all his infinite heart. Therefore let her sons be of good courage; she cannot be far from prosperity to whom God speaketh“good words and comfortable words.

”What these comfortable words are the prophet goes on to tell us: “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.” The Lord loves his church so much that he cannot bear that she should go astray to others; and when she has done so, he cannot endure that she should suffer too much or too heavily. He will not have his enemies afflict her: he is displeased with them because they increase her misery.

When God seems most to leave his church, his heart is warm towards her. History shows that whenever God uses a rod to chasten his servants, he always breaks it afterwards, as if he loathed the rod which gave his children pain. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” God hath not forgotten us because he smites — his blows are no evidences of want of love.

If this is true of his church collectively, it is of necessity true also of each individual member. You may fear that the Lord has passed you by, but it is not so: he who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting his own children. He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature he ever made, or the only saint he ever loved. Approach him and be at peace.

 

‘…Let us…love one another…’

LOVE

‘…Let us…love one another…’ 1 John 4:7

Love is slow to suspect but quick to trust; slow to condemn but quick to justify; slow to offend  but quick to defend; slow to expose but quick to shield; slow to reprimand but quick to  empathise; slow to belittle but quick to appreciate; slow to demand but quick to give; slow to  provoke but quick to help; slow to resent but quick to forgive. Jerry Cook talks about a  church where the people make the following pledge to each other: ‘I’ll never knowingly say  or do anything to hurt you. I’ll always, in every circumstance, seek to help and support you. If  you’re down and I can lift you, I’ll do that. If you need something and I have it, I’ll share it with  you. If I need to, I’ll give it to you. No matter what I find out about you, no matter what  happens in the future-either good or bad-my commitment to you will never change. And  there’s nothing you can do about it.’ 1 Corinthians 13:7 NKJV says love: 1) ‘Believes all  things.’ When someone you care about is called into question, love says, ‘That’s not the kind  of person they are; that’s not what they meant.’ 2) ‘Hopes all things.’ Love sees people not  just as they are, but as they can be through God’s grace. And if you let Him, God will  download that kind of love into your heart. 3) ‘Endures all things.’ The word ‘endure’ is a  military term. It means driving a stake into the ground. It’s like saying, ‘I’ll stand my ground in  loving you.’ Today, take the love that God has given to you, and give it to others.