Quote for Today – Charles Spurgeon

Quote for Today

“…the worse the people are among whom you live, the more need have they of your exertions; if they be crooked, the more necessity that you should set them straight; and if they be perverse, the more need have you to turn their proud hearts to the truth. Where should the physician be but where there are many sick? Where is honour to be won by the soldier but in the hottest fire of the battle? And when weary of the strife and sin that meets you on every hand, consider that all the saints have endured the same trial. They were not carried on beds of down to heaven, and you must not expect to travel more easily than they. They had to hazard their lives unto the death in the high places of the field, and you will not be crowned till you also have endured hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
– Charles Spurgeon

Thought for Today – Psalm 34:8

Thought for Today

“O taste and see that the Lord is good”
Psalm 34:8

Such is the invitation of the Spirit. There is a calling and a beckoning to come and feast upon Him. The eternal living bread of God is available to all through His blood that we may be strengthened and transformed into His very likeness. The Word of God is to be tasted and savored. Its rich and powerful ministrations of life are to become our sustenance. His Life is not meant to be observed from a distance as a spectator, nor handled as a religious commodity; it is to be eaten as our daily bread.

“For my flesh is meat indeed…”
John 6:55

Those who do not eat cannot see. It is as we partake of Him and taste of His glory that we are enabled to see!

“O taste and see that the Lord is good”
Psalm 34:8

Life has but one purpose and that is to grow into His likeness by the participation of our lives with Him. Without the tasting and eating and digesting of Him our life is lived from an ethereal realm of statements, teaching and doctrines. The heartbeat of the living Christ is absent. Our life becomes one of an outward appearance rather than an inward reality.

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103

“O taste and see. Make a trial, an inward, experimental trial of the goodness of God. You cannot see except by tasting for yourself; but if you taste you shall see, for this, like Jonathan’s honey, enlightens the eyes. That the Lord is good. You can only know this really and personally by experience. There is the banquet with its oxen and fatlings; its fat things full of marrow, and wine on the lees well refined; but their sweetness will be all unknown to you except you make the blessings of grace your own, by a living, inward, vital participation in them. Blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Faith is the soul’s taste; they who test the Lord by their confidence always find him good, and they become themselves blessed”
– Charles Spurgeon

Brian Troxel

Thought for Today – Charles H. Spurgeon

Thought for Today

Charles Spurgeon

“Love for God is obedience; love for God is holiness. To love God and to love man is to be conformed to the image of Christ, and this is salvation.”
― Charles H. Spurgeon

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue;
but in deed and in truth”
1 John 3:18

Doing is the revelation of Being. Religion concerns itself with words and doctrines, while God is concerned with the deeds of our daily life.

God’s Word to the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation…

“I know thy works…”
Rev. 2:2, 2:9, 2:13, 2:19, 3:1, 3:8, 3:15

Brian Troxel

Quote for Today – Charles Spurgeon

“Christ will be master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. If your life is unholy, then your heart is unchanged, and you are an unsaved person. The Savior will sanctify His people, renew them, give them a hatred of sin, and a love of holiness”

Charles Spurgeon

Unto Us a Son is Given

Unto Us a Son is Given

“For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given:”
Isaiah 9:6

The Mystery of all mysteries is wrapped up in the simplicity of this one verse in God’s Holy word. Not only has a child been born unto us but even more amazing is the fact that the Son has been given! This child was born like any other. He grew up and endured all the same trials and testings as us (and much more). He was in tempted in all points like we are and yet He failed not. He did not remain the child; even at twelve years old He questioned the leaders of that day with a wisdom well beyond His years. The Child became the Son. It is the full grown Son who is given unto all.

He was the only begotten Son of the Father and beloved; all the delight of the Father rested on Him. It is this Son who was handed over to the wicked and religious men of that day. The Son was given to “His own” (John 1:11*) but they refused Him and even demanded that the Roman government crucify Him (Luke 23:20-21**).

This same Son has been given to us by the grace and the Love of our heavenly Father. He has been graciously given to every generation with the intent that all men be reconciled unto God. The Hebrew word used here for “given” expresses a complete passive action. This particular form of the verb declares that the Father has entrusted to us His Son! He has unreservedly given Him to all people. The immensity of this trust is always to the individual. The offering of the Son was not only a moment on Calvary; it is an eternal offering unto all and each one will be held accountable for their actions concerning Him.

“Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:
but unto them which be disobedient,
the stone which the builders disallowed,
the same is made the head of the corner,”
1 Peter 2:7

Faith is the cradle into which He is born in our lives. He has been placed unreservedly into our trust by the grace of God. How do we treat the Christ within? Do we give Him the preeminent place within our hearts or do we casually reference Him from time to time? Is He just an idea or concept with little influence in the concourse of our daily lives?

“What will ye then that I shall do unto him…?”
Mark 15:12

The Gift of all gifts has been given unmerited and undeserved to each one of us. The Son has been fully entrusted to us with the purpose that we be found worshiping Him, loving Him (and one another) and living godly lives to His glory.

“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God”
Romans 14:12

Notes:
* “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” – John 1:11
** “Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. But they cried, saying, crucify him, crucify him” Luke 23:20-21

“We venture to assert, that if there be any day in the year, of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the Savior was born, it is the 25th of December. Regarding not the day, let us, nevertheless, give thanks to God for the gift of His dear Son.”
Charles Spurgeon

Brian Troxel
www.aword.info

The Mixed Multitude

The Mixed Multitude

“And a mixed multitude went up also with them”
Exodus 12:38

The great multitude that left Egypt (well over one and half million people) was comprised not only of Israelites but also of foreign slaves and Egyptians; a great diversity of races, cultures and motives. There were no doubt sincere followers of God in every one of these nationalities* for the promise of the Passover was to all: “when I see the blood I will pass over”. The blood was the reason for the pardon; not the nationality of the people inside the house. Even here we see glimpses of the New Covenant promise which is based upon faith and not natural birth. This mixed multitude were called the children of Israel. The wilderness was the crucible where many offending elements of the throng would be judged and purified (1 Corinthians 10:1-6).

Historically within the purposes of God mixture is a common malady. Within the hearts of all exists various motives for following after God. There are those who join themselves to the multitude for the blessings rather than out of a pure love for God. After the Sermon on the Mount a great multitude followed Him enthralled by the pure words of grace and wisdom which He spoke.

“When he was come down from the mountain,
great multitudes followed him”
Matthew 8:1

Later we read that multitudes followed Him because He fed them.

“Ye seek me…because ye did eat of the loaves,
and were filled”
John 6:26

Jesus began to speak of deeper things; truths which were no longer pleasant and soft but offensive to the natural mind and the religious culture.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man,
and drink his blood, ye have no life in you”
John 6:53

The multitudes began to shrink and many fell away. The way was becoming narrow and the gate unpopular. Many of His “disciples” began to murmur.

“Many therefore of his disciples,
when they had heard this, said,
This is an hard saying; who can hear it?”
John 6:60

So too in our day the multitudes enjoy the broad way focusing only on the elementary things of God. Discipleship, dying to self, the pursuit of true righteousness and holiness are forsaken for the golden calf of the masses. In our day the masses are the proof of a successful church or ministry and often the truth is crucified at the hands of those who want the approval and esteem of men. Nevertheless, there are those whose hearts are set upon following Him. It is to the disciple that His sayings become costly and His way becomes narrow. The self-life must be left behind to move forward in the mystery of His Way. It is the hard sayings of Jesus that cause many to stumble.

“From that time many of his disciples went back,
and walked no more with him”
John 6:66

In our day we have many places where people can congregate to ease their conscience and pacify their convicted soul. They can hear His words without having to follow Him and call Him Lord without obeying. It is a new “gospel” that claims one simply has to believe and heaven is assured and God is pleased. A relieved conscience and a no-cost gospel are nothing more than a religious sedative for a lukewarm environment.

“Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people;
Ephraim is a cake not turned.
Strangers have devoured his strength,
and he knoweth it not…”
Hosea 7:8-9

Even so God calls out to us to draw near in truth and in purity of heart; to leave the crowds and the broad paths. There is a refuge and consolation to be found there. Even the weak, the downtrodden and the lonely are made strong in the way of our God. The Great Shepherd Himself will lead us through the labyrinth of compromise and mixture into truth, righteousness and holiness.

“A faith which works not for purification will work for putrefaction.
Unless our faith makes us pine after holiness,
it is no better than the faith of devils,
and perhaps it is not even so good as that.
A holy man is the workmanship of the Holy Spirit”
Charles Spurgeon

* Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite; one example of several non-Israelites. For his faithfulness to God, Caleb was given an inheritance of the Tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:13).

Brian Troxel
www.aword.info

Thought for Today – Necessity –

Thought for Today

Necessity

“For though I preach the gospel,
I have nothing to glory of:
for necessity is laid upon me;
yea, woe is unto me,
if I preach not the gospel!”
1 Corinthians 9:16

The Call brings the sense of necessity. Here the hearts of His own are easily searched out. The inner need to express Him is a fire within their being. Those who know their God cannot be silent concerning His Name in the earth. Though few will listen, and many who use His Name are steeped in apathy, it will not dampen the irrepressible fervor to preach His Word. Jeremiah in the midst of the lethargy and the mockery of his generation tried to refrain from speaking His word but to no avail. How can His people remain silent in this day?

“Then I said, I will not make mention of him,
nor speak any more in his name.
But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire
shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing,
and I could not stay”
Jeremiah 20:9

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“You cannot preach conviction of sin unless you have suffered it.
You cannot preach repentance unless you have practiced it.
You cannot preach faith unless you have exercised it.
True preaching is artesian;
it wells up from the great depths of the soul.
If Christ has not made a well within us,
there will be no outflow from us”
Charles Spurgeon

Brian Troxel
www.aword.info