Thoughts for the New Year

“In our Christian pilgrimage it is well, for the most part, to be looking forward. Forward lies the crown—and onward is the goal. Whether it is for hope, for joy, for consolation, or for the inspiring of our love—the future must, after all, be the grand object of the eye of faith.

“Looking into the future, the Christian sees sin cast out, the body of sin and death destroyed, the soul made perfect, and fit to be a partaker of eternal glory. Looking further yet, the believer’s enlightened eye can see death’s river passed. He sees himself enter within the pearly gates, hailed as more than conqueror, crowned by the hand of Christ, embraced in the arms of Jesus, glorified with Him, and made to sit together with Him on His throne.”

—Charles Spurgeon, “The Grand Object of the Eye of Faith”

We have a great year and a great future in store for us. We have no reason to doubt or worry. We have Him, who carries us, who knows every second of our future and has it all under control.

May you all have a glorious 2010, and may you grow to be more like Jesus everyday, as you walk this journey as His disciple.

Meditation – Ex. 20:25

“Human wisdom delights to trim and arrange the doctrines of the cross into a system more artificial and more congenial with the depraved tastes of fallen nature.”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 14 a.m.

I read from an actual book, but you can find them online here or as part of MacSword (M&E module) and E-Sword (M&E module) for use on your computer.

SDG,
Lisa

Meditation – Jonah 4:9

“We must not make natural infirmity an excuse for sin, but we must fly to the cross and pray the Lord to crucify our tempers, and renew us in gentleness and meekness after His own image.”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 13 a.m.

I read from an actual book, but you can find them online here or as part of MacSword (M&E module) and E-Sword (M&E module) for use on your computer.

SDG,
Lisa

Meditation – Jude 1, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 1 Peter 1:2

“See the value which God sets upon real holiness, since the Three Persons in theTrinity are represented as co-working to produce a Church without “spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 12 a.m.

I read from an actual book, but you can find them online here or as part of MacSword (M&E module) and E-Sword (M&E module) for use on your computer.

SDG,
Lisa

Meditation – 1 Peter 5:10 Joel 1:3

“May your convictions be deep your love real, your desires earnest. May your whole life be so settled and established, that all the blasts of hell, and all the storms of earth shall never be able to remove you. But notice how this blessed of being “stablished in the faith” is gained. The apostle’s words point us to suffering as the means employed – ….”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 11 a.m.

“Family religion is necessary for the nation, for the family itself, and for the church of God. … Would that parents would awaken to a sense of the importance of this matter.”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 11 p.m.

I read from an actual book, but you can find them online here or as part of MacSword (M&E module) and E-Sword (M&E module) for use on your computer.

SDG,
Lisa

Meditation – Psalm 103:2

“Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of His goodness and of His truth, as much a proof of His faithfulness and veracity, as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before?”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 9 a.m.

I read from an actual book, but you can find them online here or as part of MacSword (M&E module) and E-Sword (M&E module) for use on your computer.

SDG,
Lisa

Spurgeon quote

Just now, the Lord Jesus is betrayed by not a few of His professed ministers. He is being crucified afresh in the perpetual attacks of scepticism against His blessed gospel; and it may be that things will wax worse and worse. This is not the first occasion when it has been so, for, at various times in the history of the Church of God, His enemies have exulted, and cried out that the gospel of past ages was exploded, and might be reckoned as dead and buried. For one, I mean to sit over against the very sepulchre of truth. I am a disciple of the old-fashioned doctrine as much when it is covered with obloquy and rebuke as when it shall again display its power, as it surely shall. Sceptics may seem to take the truth, and bind it, and scourge it, and crucify it, and say that it is dead; and they may endeavour to bury it in scorn, but the Lord has many a Joseph and a Nicodemus who will see that all due honour is done even to the body of truth, and will wrap the despised creed in sweet spices, and hide it away in their hearts. They may, perhaps, be half afraid that it is really dead, as the wise men assert; yet it is precious to their souls, and they will come forth right gladly to espouse its cause, and to confess that they are its disciples. We will sit down in sorrow, but not in despair; and watch until the stone is rolled away, and Christ in His truth shall live again, arid be openly triumphant. We shall see a Divine interposition, and shall cease to fear; while they who stand armed to prevent the resurrection of the grand old doctrine shall quake and become as dead men, because the gospel’s everlasting life has been vindicated, and they are made to quail before the brightness of its glory.—C. H. S., in sermon at the Tabernacle, 1878.

as quoted on spurgeon.org