We Are to Be as the Moon

“I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” – John 17:23

Oh, to throw back on Christ His Father’s love. The Father is the sun and we are the moon, but the moonlight is not the same light as the sunlight. We can see a difference because reflection robs the light of much of its heat and its brilliance, but it is the same light. The moon has not a ray of light but what came from the sun, and we have not a live coal of love to Christ but what came from the Father. We are as the moon, shining by reflected light, but Jesus loves the moonlight of our love and rejoices in it. Let us give Him all of it: let us try to be as the full moon always, and let us not dwindle down to a mere ring of love, or a crescent of affection; let us render no half-moon love; let us not be half dark and cold, but let us shine on Christ with all the light we can possibly reflect of His Father’s love, saying in our very soul,

“My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.”

This love of the Father in us is to go beaming forth from us to all around. When we get the love wherewith the Father loves the Son into our hearts, then it is to go out towards all the chosen seed…Ay, and your love is to go forth to all the sons of men, seeking their good for God’s glory, that they may be brought in to know the same Saviour in whom we rejoice. ~ C.H. Spurgeon



From Death to Life in an Instant

“…let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” – Revelation 22:17

It does not take so long to save a soul as it does for a lightening flash to become visible. You pass from death to life in an instant. When lost, ruined, condemned, the man casts himself at Christ’s feet, immediately he is saved. It is not the work of hours or weeks or years when you trust to the finished work of Christ. All that required time Christ has accomplished. All that now has to be done can be done in a moment. When a man is thirsty it does not take him long to drink when the water is there. Remember the invitation with which the Scriptures must conclude, “Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” The water of life is there, take it. When a man is hungry it does not take him long to eat when the bread is on the table. God can now give you, who came to this Tabernacle afar off from Him, grace which shall enable you to be made nigh at once. He can bring you immediately out of the blackness of sin, and make you on the instant “whiter than snow.”

Believe my Lord and Master. Oh, why do you not believe Him? Artful doubts and reasonings cease! I would now take the hammer and the nails, and fasten my unbelief and fear to Christ’s cross. Hang there, ye thieves, and die! You destroy men’s souls, ye doubts and reasonings! Come here, simple faith, thou who hast no wisdom! A mere child thou art, but; O simple faith, thou hast the key of the kingdom! Come, and welcome, into my heart. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


It Is Christ’s Nature to Bless You

Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

Consider well that it is contrary to His nature to refuse to bless. He is brimful of love; and if He does put a sinner back for a while, it is only because it is right and kind and wise to do so. But His heart yearns over every seeking sinner. He wants you more than you want Him. He longs after you. He desires to bless you. He must do so; it is His nature to do so.

He must give you a comfortable reply before long, again, for it is contrary to His glory to refuse. If He allowed a seeking sinner to die, where would His troubles be? Has He not said, “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out”? Our friend, Dr. Barnardo, announces that in his refuges no homeless boy will ever be rejected: that no destitute child shall ever be turned away. Suppose somebody could prove-which, of course they cannot do-that scores of destitute children were turned away, all confidence in him would be destroyed. And if it could be proved that Christ ever cast out a single soul that came to Him, it would take away His honor and glory. We could never believe Him any more. Perish the thought of such a thing!

It is contrary to His word to refuse any seeker, and Christ will keep His word. “Come unto Me,” saith He, “all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” If Christ will not give you rest when you come to Him, what is His promise worth? ~ C.H. Spurgeon


Why Does Christ Think So Much of Faith?

When Jesus saw their faith… – Mark 2:5

Why does Christ think so much of faith?

One reason is, because faith glorifies Him. He thinks much of it, because it thinks so much of Him. Faith believes Him, faith trusts Him, faith lives upon Him…Therefore, because faith highly esteems Christ, Christ highly esteems faith.

Next, He loves faith because it is God’s appointed way in which we are to receive blessings. God might have appointed ordinances as the vehicle of grace; but, instead thereof, He has made faith to be the medium of salvation. If thou believest, thou shalt be saved…Since God has put faith into so eminent a place, our Lord Jesus Christ loves to see it; He takes delight in that which pleases His Father.

Another reason why He loves it is, because faith is the signal which permits the train of mercy to come to us. Whenever unbelief holds up its arms, the train of almighty grace stands still. Of a certain place it is said, “He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Their doubt blocked the way. But when faith lowers the signal, the great Driver of heaven’s express says, “That road is clear,” and He delights to see it, and drives right ahead…He is glad to come wherever He can bring a blessing, and He rejoices when faith reveals to Him a clear road. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


Let Faith Enable You

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. – Romans 3:28

We want faith to have some works, some prayers, something or other of our own to help it. It is as if somebody were to try and help me to walk by giving me a big chair to carry. I should not walk so well with the burden, as without it. Have you ever heard this parable concerning faith? She had to cross a stream, and the current was strong, and there came one to her who said, “Faith, I will help thee! Come with me up the river till we can find a place where we can ford it.” Faith said, “No; I was bidden to cross the river here.” So another came, and said, “I will build a bridge for you, that you may go over the river with ease;” and he laid hold of a few stones, but not much ever came of it. Yet another said, “I will go and find a boat.” But there were no boats about; therefore they asked Faith to wait till they build a boat for her. What did she do? She took off her vestments, and plunged into the water. “Thanks be to God,” said she, “I can swim;” and so she swam across, and reached the other side without a boat, without a bridge, and without a ford. That is what I should like to see every sinner here do-begin to swim. Do not wait for help. Cast yourself into the stream of everlasting love. Believe in Christ Jesus, and have no more confidence in the flesh, with its bridges and boats. Commit thyself to the stream of eternal grace, and swim across. Faith can enable you to do it. Nothing else can. Take that lesson home to yourselves, you who are seeking the Saviour at this time.~ C.H. Spurgeon


Doubt and Saving Faith

“…Help Thou mine unbelief” – Mark 9:24

There are many true believers who at the first are tried with unbelief, because they have now, more than ever they had before, a sense of their past sins. Many a man receives a far deeper sense of sin after he is forgiven than he ever had before. The light of the law is but moonlight compared with the light of the gospel, which is the light of the sun. Love makes sin to become exceeding sinful.

“My Sins, my Sins, my Savior!
How sad on Thee they fall;
Seen through Thy gentle patience,
I tenfold feel them all.

I know they are forgiven,
But still their pain to me
Is all the grief and anguish
They laid, my Lord, on Thee.”

The light of the promise gleaming in the soul reveals the infinite abyss of horror which lies in indwelling sin. In the light of God’s countenance we discover the filthiness, the abomination, the detestable ingratitude of our past conduct…Oh, that we could blot out those evil days! We have said, “Cursed be the sun that it rose on such a day as that in which I so defiled myself with iniquity.” Thus, under a sense of sin, though there is the belief that we are pardoned, there may also arise the unbelief against which we need the Lord to help us…Learn from this that a measure of doubt is consistent with saving faith; that weak faith is true faith, and a trembling faith will save the soul. If thou believest, even though thou be compelled to say, “Help Thou mine unbelief,” yet that faith makes thee whole, and thou art justified before God. ` C.H. Spurgeon


Trust God In Your Sore Trials

And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to Thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. – Mark 9:18

The spirit which possessed this poor child was accustomed to throw him sometimes into the fire, and sometimes into the water. Just our condition; for our spirit has sometimes been thrown into the very fire of presumption, and at another season into the floods of despair. We have alternated between the cold of melancholy and the heat of self-conceit. We have at one time cried, “I love pleasure, and after it I will go;” and at another time we have said, “My soul chooseth strangling rather than life; I would not live always.” At the moment while the father was speaking, the poor boy was on the ground wallowing in dreadful paroxysms of his disorder, foaming at the mouth, and gnashing with his teeth. Satan had great wrath, because he knew that his time was short. When the Savior spoke, and bade the devil come out of him, the fiercest struggle of all took place; for the unclean spirit rent the child, and the most terrible cries were heard. Still the father said, “Lord, I believe.” Now, it may be, dear hearer, you are this morning yourself full of great trouble, vexed and tormented with innumerable fears of wrath to come; a little hell burns within your soul, anguish unutterable has taken hold upon you, your heart is like a battle field torn by contending hosts, which rush hither and thither, destroying on every side. You are yourself an embodied agony; you are like David when he said, “The pains of hell get hold upon me, I found trouble and sorrow.” Can you now believe? Will you now accept the word of the Most High? If thou canst, thou wilt greatly glorify God, and thou wilt bring to thyself much blessedness. Happy is that man who can not only believe when the waves softly ripple to the music of peace, but continues to trust in Him who is almighty to save when the hurricane is let loose in its fury…Surely Christ Jesus is fit to be believed at all times, for, like the pole star, He abides in His faithfulness, let storms rage as they may. He is always divine, always omnipotent to succor, always overflowing with lovingkindness, ready and willing to receive sinners, even the very chief of them. ~ C.H. Spurgeon