O Lonely Spirit, You Are Not Alone

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry...The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. Psalm 34:15-16

God is all eye and all ear, and all His eye and all His ear are for His people. Are you distressed in heart? God sees your distress. Are you crying in secret in the bitterness of your soul? God hears your cry. You are not alone. O lonely spirit, broken spirit, be not dismayed; be not given to despair. God is with you. If He sees nothing else, He will see you. “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous.” And if He hears no one else in the world, He will hear you. “His ears are open to their cry.”

You know what we say sometimes. “I set my face against such a thing as that.” Now God sets His face against them that do evil. You will come to an end, my friend. Your happiness, like a bubble painted with rainbow colours, may be the object of foolish desires; but in a little while it will burst and be gone, as the bubble is, and there will be nothing left of you. Even your remembrance will be wiped out from the face of the earth. What numbers of books have been written against God of which you could not get a copy now, except you went to a museum! What numbers of men have lived that have been scoffers; and they have had great names amongst the circles of unbelievers, but they are quite forgotten now! But the Christian Church treasures up names of poor, simple-hearted Christian men and women-treasures them up like jewels, and their fame is fresh after hundreds of years.~ C.H. Spurgeon

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Make Your Boast in the Lord

My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name togetherPsalm 34:2,3

Boasting is generally annoying. Even those that boast themselves cannot endure that other people should boast. But there is one kind of boasting that even the humble can bear to hear-nay they are glad to hear it. “The humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.” That must be boasting in God-a holy glorying and extolling the Most High with words sought out with care that might magnify His blessed name. You will never exaggerate when you speak good things of God. It is not possible to do so. Try, dear brethren, and even boast in the Lord. There are many poor, trembling, doubting, humble souls that can hardly tell whether they are the Lord’s people or not, and are half afraid whether they shall be delivered in the hour of trouble, that will become comforted when they hear you boasting. “The humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.” “Why,” says the humble soul, “God that helped that man can help me. He that brought him up through the deep waters, and landed him safely, can also take me through the river and through the sea, and give me final deliverance. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord. The humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.”

(And) he cannot do enough of it himself. He wants others to come in and help him. First, he charges his own heart with the weighty and blessed business of praising God, and then he invites all around to unite with him in the sacred effort. “Magnify the Lord with me. Let us exalt His name together.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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Christ is the Saviour

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8

What a consolation it is that our God never changes! What He was yesterday He is today. What we find in Him today we shall find in Him for ever. Are you struggling against sin? Don’t struggle in your own strength: it is God who performeth all things for you. Victories over sin are only sham victories unless we overcome through the blood of the Lamb, and through the power of divine grace. I am afraid of backsliding, but I think I am more afraid still of growing in sanctification apparently in my own strength. It is a dreadful thing for the grey hairs to appear here and there; but it is worse still for the hair to appear to be of raven hue when the man is weak. Only the indication is changed, but not the state itself. May we have really what we think we have-no surface work, but deep, inner, spiritual life, wrought in us from God-yea, every good spiritual thing from Him, who performeth all things for us; and, I say, whatever struggles may come, whatever vehement temptations assail, or whatever thunder-clouds may burst over your heads, you shall not be deserted, much less destroyed. In spiritual things it is God who performeth all things for you. Rest in Him then. It is no work of yours to save your own soul; Christ is the Saviour. If He cannot save you, you certainly cannot save yourself. Why rest you your hopes where hopes never ought to be rested? Or let me change the question. Why do you fear where you never ought to have hoped? Instead of fearing that you cannot hold on, despair of holding on by yourself, and never look in that direction again. But if the preservation be of God, where is the cause for perturbation with you? In Him let your entire reliance be fixed. Cast the burden of your care on Him who performeth all things for you.~ C.H. Spurgeon

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“Of Him All My Fruit Was Found”

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:- Philippians 1:6

All things in us that have ever been wrought there have been performed by God for us. The Holy Spirit has wrought every fraction of good that is within our souls. No one flower that God loves grows in the garden of our souls in the natural soil, self-sown. The first trembling desire after God came from His Spirit. The blade, though very tender would never have sprung up if Jesus had not sown the seed. Though the first rays of dawn were scarcely light, but only rendered the darkness visible, yet from the Sun of Righteousness they came; no light sprang from the natural darkness of our spirit. It could not be that life could be begotten of death, or that light could be the child of darkness. He began the work: He led us when we went tremblingly to the foot of the cross; He helped us when we followed Him with staggering steps. The eyes with which we looked to Jesus and believed were opened by Him. Christ was revealed to us not by our own discovery, nor by our own tuition, but the Spirit of God revealed the Son of God in our spirit.

My brethren, if there has been any virtue; if there has been in you anything lovely and of good repute, to whom do you or can you attribute it? Must you not say, “Of Him all my fruit was found”? You could not have done without Him. If you have made any progress, if you have made any advance, or even if you think you have, believe me, your growth, advance, progress, have all been a mistake unless they have come entirely from Him. There is no wealth for us but that which is digged in this mine. There is no strength for us but that which comes from the Omnipotent One Himself. ~ C. H. Spurgeon

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Our Redeemer’s Merits

I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. – Psalm 57:2

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. – 2 Corinthians 1:20

The God who made the promises has not left them as pictures, but has made them to fulfill them. It is God who is the actual worker of all that He declared in the covenant of grace should be wrought in and for His people.

Let us think of this as it pertains to our Redeemer’s merits… Meritoriously our Saviour-God has performed all things for us. Our sin has been all put away; He bore it all-every particle of it. The righteousness that wraps us is complete; He has woven it all from the top throughout. All that God’s infinite, unflinching justice can ask of us has been performed for us by our Surety and our Covenant Head. I need not say I have to fight; my warfare is accomplished. I need not think I have to wash away my sins; as a believer, my sin is pardoned. All things are performed for me. Don’t forget amidst your service for Christ what service Christ has rendered to you; do all things for Christ, but let the stimulating motive be that Christ has done all things for you. There is not even a little thing that is for you to do to complete the work of Christ. The temple He has builded wants not that you should find a single stone to make it perfect. The ransom He has paid does not wait until you add the last mite. It is all done. O soul, if Christ has completely redeemed thee and saved thee, rest thou on Him, and cry to Him, and if sin rebels within thee at this present moment, fly-though thy spirit be shut up as in the Cave Adullam- -fly to Him by faith-to Him who hath done all things for thee as thy Representative and Substitute. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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Use the Eye-Salve of Faith

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:34

It is always unwise to anticipate our troubles. “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Of all self-torture, that of importing future trouble into present account is, perhaps, the most insane. Do you tell me you cannot help looking into the future. Well, then, look and peer into the distance as far as your weak vision can reach, but do not breathe upon the telescope with your anxious breath and fancy you see clouds. On the contrary, just wipe your eyes with the soft kerchief of some gracious word of promise, and hold your breath while you gaze through that transparent medium. Use the eye-salve of faith. Then, whatever you discern of the future, you will also descry this. He rules and He overrules: He will make all things work together for good; He will surely bring you through. Goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life, and you shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. He it is who will perform all things for you. Oh! strange infatuation! You see your weakness, you see the temptations that will assail you, and the troubles that threaten you, and you are afraid. Look away from them all. This is no business of yours. Leave it in His hands who will manage well, who will be sure to do the kindest and the best thing for you; be of good confidence and rest in peace.

I want, dear brethren, just to leave this impression in your mind, that in the great business of life, whatever it is, while we do not sit still and fold our hands for lack of work, yet God worketh in us to will and to do of His own good pleasure.

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God is Always Near

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. – Isaiah 43:2

At this moment, thou hast many perplexities; thou mayest chafe thyself with anxiety, and make thyself foolish with shilly-shallying if thou dost sport with fancy, conjuring up bright dreams, and yielding to dark forebodings. There is many a knot we seek to untie, which were better cut with the sword of faith. We should end our difficulties by leaving them with Him who knows the end from the beginning. Up to this moment you have been rightly led: you have the same guide. To this hour, He who sent the cloudy pillar has led you rightly through the devious track-ways of the wilderness; follow still, with a sure confidence that all is well. If ye keep close to Him, He performeth all things for you. Take your guidance from His Word, and, waiting upon Him in prayer, you need not fear. Just now, mayhap, in addition to some exciting dilemma, you are surrounded with real trouble and distress. Will it not be well to cry unto God most high, who now, in the time of your strait and difficulty, will show Himself again to you a God all-sufficient to His people in their times of need. He is always near. I do not know that He has said, “When thou walkest through the green pastures, I will be with thee, and when thy way lies hard by the river of the water of life, where lilies bloom, I will strengthen thee.” I believe He will do so, but I do not remember such a promise; but “When thou goest through the rivers, I will be with thee,” is a well-known word of His. If ever He is present, it shall be in trial: if He can be absent, it will certainly not be when His servants most want His aid. Rest ye in Him then. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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