The Word of God

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Spurgeon’s ‘EVENING by EVENING’ for July 12
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“His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2

“Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” Psalm 119:24

“I delight in Your commands because I love them.” Psalm 119:47

“The law from Your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.” Psalm 119:72

The Word of God is:
a light to our path,
the key of the kingdom of Heaven,
our comfort in affliction,
our shield and sword against Satan,
the school of all wisdom,
the mirror in which we behold God’s face, and
the only food and nourishment for our souls!
(Preface to the Geneva Bible)

“Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long.” Psalm 119:97

“Truly, I love Your commands more than gold, even the finest gold.” Psalm 119:127

“I obey Your statutes, for I love them greatly.” Psalm 119:167

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Nobody Did It!

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This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.  There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.

THE BRIDGE IS OUT!

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There was preacher who was driving home one night with his wife and two daughters in the car.

It was dark, raining and intensely so and the pastor could hardly see past his headlights.

On the way he had to drive over a huge bridge.

There were posted signs “DO NOT PICK UP HITCH-HIKERS.”

By the base of the bridge, there was an institution for the criminally insane the sign warned that sometimes people would escape from it and try to catch a ride and murder you.

On this night, as the pastor slowly approached the bridge, a man suddenly appeared in the headlights.

He was soaked, standing in the middle of the road, frantically waving his shirt over his head and screaming like a mad man.

The preacher’s wife cautioned her husband, “Oh please don’t stop, try to drive around him!”

Car was too close, the man was unavoidable, except to stop or kill him.

As soon as the Pastor stopped, the man slapped his hand down on the hood of the car and continued screaming, at the top of his lungs, unabated.

The preacher looked over at his wife and said to lock the door after him and not to unlock it until he returned.

His family understandably perturbed and crying, pleaded with him not to get out of the car.

He opened the door and stepped outside…

He was immediately soaked from the rain.

As he approached the the man, all of a sudden he could make out what the man was screaming,

“THE BRIDGE IS OUT! THE BRIDGE IS OUT! A BUS LOAD OF KIDS JUST WENT OVER!”

As these words registered in the pastor’s mind, he looked back in the car and his eyes met the eyes of his wife and of his two daughters.

He wrapped his arm around the man and wept in gratitude.

The preacher stood there with the man for the next half-hour in the middle of the road, waving his jacket above his head screaming to warn other commuters.

Stop “THE BRIDGE IS OUT! THE BRIDGE IS OUT!”

For a lost and a dying world,

“THE BRIDGE IS OUT!”

For a people heading to a Christless Eternity,

“THE BRIDGE IS OUT!”

Where are the men who will stand in the middle of the road at risk of their own lives for the sake of their family, friends, neighbors, complete strangers and even their enemies and look like a lunatic and scream “the bridge is out” and forbid people to perish in eternal Hell fire?

HELL HAS OPENED IT’S MOUTH WIDE AND MANY ARE SPEEDING INTO IT.

Where are those who will stand in the gap, on the streets, the highways and the byways to forbid multitudes to go to Hell with the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST, to warn others from going to such a horrible place?

Please Repent of your own willful Sins NOW & SPREAD THE GOSPEL TODAY.

Remember JESUS Loves the world and wants nothing, absolutely nothing more than that we be saved . …..

If you can, please share this message to all your friends and enemies, if any, both Saved and unsaved.

THE BRIDGE IS OUT!

And Time is Running Out.

Thankful Thoughts

Ellis_Rowan26“Thankful thoughts are well deserving your high encouragement. Get a cage full of these birds of paradise, and let them fly about in the groves of your soul, and sing there at all times. There is no better companion than cheerful gratitude. If a man can but see the mercy of God in everything, instead of looking always at the black side of the picture, he will be happy indeed. The fruit of thankful thoughts will be summer in his soul, even when the winds of winter rage outside. Cultivate thankful thoughts as you cultivate sweet flowers in your garden.”  –Charles Spurgeon “Sermons” Vol. 9 p. 170

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/thankful-thoughts/

Mind Your Thoughts

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“We ought to mind our thoughts, for if they turn to be our enemies, they will be too many for us, and will drag us down to ruin. Thoughts from heaven, like birds in spring, will fill our souls with music; but thoughts of evil will sting us like vipers.”  –Charles Spurgeon “Spurgeon’s Practical Wisdom” p. 46.

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/mind-your-thoughts/

Satan’s Workshop!

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(J.A. James, speaking of the power of the press in 1848)

“So that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:11

The press has a great power for evil. Infidel and immoral writers are pouring forth a deluge of skepticism and vice, which are depositing a poisonous and toxic slime over the minds of the people.

Let it be imagined, if imagined it can be, what must be the state of multitudes in this country, when millions of pestiferous publications are annually going out among the masses of our population. Let the minds of all Christian people dwell upon . . .
the insult offered to God,
the ruin brought upon souls,
the injury done to morals, and
the mischief perpetrated in the nation,
by such a state of things!

These ungodly publications originate from Satan’s workshop, and reflect the scenes of that dreadful laboratory of mental poison! These authors, printers, publishers, booksellers, vendors, by myriads, are all busy and indefatigable–to do what?
To destroy the Bible,
to corrupt the mind,
to pull down the cross,
to dethrone God,
to subvert true religion,
to turn man into a speaking brute,
to overturn all morality,
to poison the springs of domestic happiness,
to dissolve the ties of social order,
to involve our country in ruin!

Satan, and all his emissaries upon earth, are in earnest in ruining men’s souls!

We have an evil to contend with–
so gigantic in its strength,
so diffused in its influence all around us,
so infectious and malignant in its effects!

The enemy is coming in like a flood!

Infidelity and immorality are invading us!

The alarm bell must be rung!

(Editor’s note. In 1848 when J.A. James wrote this  article, the press was the only media available. What would he say today, with the deluge ungodly media from Satan’s workshop pouring into Christian homes and minds!)

The Ant’s Nest!

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(Thomas Boston, “Human Nature in its Fourfold State“)

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked! Who really knows how bad it is?” Jeremiah 17:9

Never did any sin appear in the life of the vilest wretch who ever lived–but look into your own corrupt nature, and there you may see the seed and root that sin–and every other sin! There is atheism, idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, and whatever is vile–in your heart! Possibly none of these are apparent to you; but there is more in that unfathomable depth of wickedness than you know.

Your corrupt heart is like an ant’s nest, which, while the stone lies on it, none of them appear. But take off the stone, and stir them up but with a straw–and you will see what a swarm is there, and how lively they are! Just such a sight would your heart afford you–did the Lord but withdraw the restraint He has upon it–and allow Satan to stir it up by temptation!

Christian! the remembrance of what you are by nature, should keep you humble.

“For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.” Mark 7:21, 22

Idiots Catching Flies

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(Charles Spurgeon)

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” Ecclesiastes 1:2

Most people are not seeking to escape from the wrath to come–they are busy in worldly things while Hell is near them. They are like idiots catching flies on board a ship which is in the very act of sinking! We see them busy adorning their bodies, when their soul is in ruin. They are like a man painting the front door, when the house is in flames!

Men are in a restless pursuit after satisfaction in earthly things.
They will hunt the phantom of wealth,
they will travel the pathways of fame,
they will dig into the mines of knowledge,
they will exhaust themselves in the deceitful delights of sin.
Finding them all to be vanity and emptiness, they will become very perplexed and disappointed. But they still continue their fruitless search. Though wearied, they still stagger forward under the influence of spiritual madness, and though there is no result to be reached except that of everlasting disappointment–yet they press forward with much ardor.

Living for today is enough for them–that they are still alive, that they possess present comforts and present enjoyments–this contents the many.

As for the future, they say, “Let it take care of itself.”

As for eternity, they leave others to care for its realities; the present life is enough for them.

Their motto is, “Let us feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

They have no forethought for their eternal state–the present hour absorbs them.

Carnal minds pursue earth’s vanities with all their might; and when they are wearied in their pursuit they but change their direction, and continue the idle chase. They turn to another and another of earth’s broken cisterns, hoping to find water where not a drop was ever discovered yet!

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Nothing But Your Sins and Miseries!

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“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” Philippians 3:8-9

When you come to Christ–you must leave behind you:
all your own righteousness,
all your own holiness,
all your own sanctification,
all your own duties,
all your own tears,
all your own repentings, etc.
Oh, this is hard!

You must bring nothing but your sins and miseries to Him. Otherwise, Christ is not fit for you–nor you for Christ!