True Intimacy Takes Time ( by C.H. Spurgeon)

 

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Genesis 42:8

And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

 

This morning our desires went forth for growth in our acquaintance with the Lord Jesus; it may be well to-night to consider a kindred topic, namely, our heavenly Joseph’s knowledge of us. This was most blessedly perfect long before we had the slightest knowledge of Him. “His eyes beheld our substance, yet being imperfect, and in His book all our members were written, when as yet there was none of them.” Before we had a being in the world we had a being in His heart. When we were enemies to Him, He knew us, our misery, our madness, and our wickedness. When we wept bitterly in despairing repentance, and viewed Him only as a judge and a ruler, He viewed us as His brethren well beloved, and His bowels yearned towards us. He never mistook His chosen, but always beheld them as objects of His infinite affection. “The Lord knoweth them that are His,” is as true of the prodigals who are feeding swine as of the children who sit at the table. But, alas! we knew not our royal Brother, and out of this ignorance grew a host of sins. We withheld our hearts from Him, and allowed Him no entrance to our love. We mistrusted Him, and gave no credit to His words. We rebelled against Him, and paid Him no loving homage. The Sun of Righteousness shone forth, and we could not see Him. Heaven came down to earth, and earth perceived it not. Let God be praised, those days are over with us; yet even now it is but little that we know of Jesus compared with what He knows of us. We have but begun to study Him, but He knoweth us altogether. It is a blessed circumstance that the ignorance is not on His side, for then it would be a hopeless case for us. He will not say to us, “I never knew you,” but He will confess our names in the day of His appearing, and meanwhile will manifest Himself to us as He doth not unto the world.

Intimacy is Gold

Intimacy is Gold

Relationship with God

Cherished above all things

Surpassing everything.

 

Let it be your delight

And you will have His light

Let it be your first love

And you will be above.

 

New Birth is the first rung

Of a ladder that’s long.

You must desire to grow;

Increase, rise, soar and glow.

 

Like Enoch walked with God

You too must walk with God

Walk worthy of His call

Walk consistently like Paul.

 

Desire to know Him more

And He’ll open the door

To treasury you know not yet

And you’ll zoom like jet.

 

Let it be your one desire,

Then you’ll rise out of mire,

Into the place for you;

Specially meant for you.

 

Cry, ”That I may know Him!”

Yell, ”That I may love Him!”

More than all else I know.

May we together  flow

Hand in hand like lovers

Communing under cover

Meeting long before dawn

Much long before the sun.

Intimacy with God is gold

Go for it and be bold.

Grow in it day by day.

Be this, O Lord, I pray!

w 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

1     As the 35 Nodeer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.

2     My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?Ps42:1-2

4     One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.

5     For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.Ps27:4-5

Uncommon Courage Comes

Uncommon Courage Comes

 

Uncommon courage comes

To those who trust the Lord

Regardless of the storm

Their faith hinged on the Word.

 

The world around will see

They have been with Jesus

He is their energy

He is their driving force.

 

They do not compromise

What He has said – His word

They stand on it and rise

In the face of the world.

 

Like the three Hebrew men

They ride raging fires

Till they reach God’s haven

His pleasure their desire.

 

7  Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.Acts4:13

 

35        Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Heb10:35

18   that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Heb6:18

 

 

 

 

8     But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

9     Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs.

10   And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.”

11   So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,

12   “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.

13   Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.”

14   So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.

15   And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.

16   Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

17   As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

18   Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.

19   Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king.

20   And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.

21   Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.Dan1: 8-21

 

©Fenny West2012

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