Archive for January, 2006

Manna

Friday, January 20th, 2006 at 10:49 am

Exodus 16:15-18 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. 16 This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. 17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. 18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Manna was a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some men required more and some required less; Jesus is enough to meet every man’s need. He is enough to sustain us on our journey through this wilderness until we come to the Promised Land.

Exodus 16:27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.

God commanded them to gather two day’s worth of manna on the sixth day. Those who did not and went out looking on the seventh day found none. There is coming a day when men shall seek the Lord but it will be too late. God is offering salvation today. Today is the day of salvation. Do not think that you will be able to seek him when you are ready to seek him. You may find that you are too late.

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Endure unto the end

Thursday, January 19th, 2006 at 11:22 am

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Some would have you to believe that you must endure unto the end to go to Heaven. If one was to take this verse out of context, I can see where one could twist it to mean that. But if you leave this verse in context, you will see that it does not mean that at all. The end to which it refers is not the end of your life; the context is talking about the end of that time. Did Paul endure unto the end? Did Peter? Did James? John? Any of the apostles? No, all of them died before the end of that time. Also, the object that is being saved is not the soul and spirit; the context is talking about saving the flesh (verse 22).

We are confident that he which began a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. We know that we have been sealed unto the day of redemption. We know that he has given unto us eternal (never-ending) life.

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The Purpose of the Law

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 at 9:34 am

The Law also shows us our great need – our need of cleansing, cleansing with the water and the blood. It discovers to us our filthiness, and this naturally leads us to feel that we must be washed from it if we are ever to draw near to God. So, the Law drives us to accept Christ as the only Person who can cleanse us, and make us fit to stand within the veil in the presence of the Most High

-Charles Spurgeon

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Contention and Strife

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 at 2:05 pm

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

Back when I was a child, I would play in the creek and sometimes build a dam out of mud. If the mud didn’t hold, it would first start out as a small leak and then get a little bigger. It wouldn’t take long before water was flowing unimpeded and there was no trace of the original dam.

Just as when you let out a little water, if you meddle with even a little contention, it won’t be long before the ravaging streams of strife wreak havoc and pain.

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Preaching the Law

Monday, January 16th, 2006 at 7:46 am

I do not believe that any man can preach the gospel who does not preach the Law. The Law is the needle, and you cannot draw the silken thread of the gospel through a man’s heart unless you first send the needle of the law to make way for it.

No man will ever put on the robe of Christ’s righteousness till he is stripped of his fig leaves, nor will he wash in the fount of mercy till he perceives his filthiness. Therefore, my brethren, we must not cease to declare the Law, its demands, its threatenings, and the sinner’s multiplied breaches of it.

-Charles Spurgeon

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So and so really needed that sermon

Saturday, January 14th, 2006 at 12:17 am

So many times, we’ll hear a sermon or read a Bible passage and think (hopefully not say) that a certain person or certain people should hear or read that. We are quick to spot another’s faults, but not our own. The early church was not so. Consider what they said when the Lord Jesus Christ told them that one of them was about to sin:

Matthew 26:21-22 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?

Did you see that? They first looked at themselves. They were truly humble and realized how wretched they really were. They knew they were not above sinning. They knew they must first clean up themselves before cleaning up others.

When you hear a sermon or read a Bible passage, your first thought should be “Is it I?”

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The Sincerity of Prayer

Friday, January 13th, 2006 at 10:52 am

The other night, I told you of a dear brother who said, when I exhorted my hearers to select somebody to pray for, that he had prayed for one person for twenty years, and that he is not converted yet. So I said to him, “Have you spoken to your friend personally about his soul? Have you made it your business to go down to his house, and tell him that you are anxious about him?” “No,” he replied, “I cannot say that I have done so.” “Well, then,” I asked, “do you expect God to hear prayers of that kind? Suppose I were to pray that it might be a good harvest over in that field, and yet, for twenty years, I did not sow any corn there; the probability is that, when I did sow some, I should get my prayers answered, and gather in the harvest.” If we pray for anything, God expects us to use the proper means of obtaining it; and if we neglect the means, we have no right to expect Him to believe in the sincerity of our prayer. If a father and mother pray for their children, but never pray with them, or speak to them personally about the welfare of their souls, they must not wonder if they are not brought to Christ.

-Charles Spurgeon

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The call of God

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006 at 11:47 am

If God has called you to be a missionary, your Father would be grieved for you to shrivel down into a king.

-Charles Spurgeon

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The meaning of repentance

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006 at 11:42 am

Repentance is an old-fashioned word, not much used by modern revivalists. “Oh!” said a minister to me, one day, “it only means a change of mind.” This was thought to be a profound observation. “Only a change of mind,” but what a change! A change of mind with regard to everything! Instead of saying, “It is only a change of mind,” it seems to me more truthful to say it is a great and deep change – even a change of the mind itself. But whatever the literal Greek word may mean, repentance is no trifle. You will not find a better definition of it than the one given in the children’s hymm:

Repentance is to leave, The sins we loved before,
And show that we in earnest grieve, By doing so no more.

-Charles Spurgeon

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The North Star

Monday, January 9th, 2006 at 2:12 pm

Recently, scientists have discovered that the North Star is really three closely positioned stars. This star has been used as a guide as people travel. When I read that it is really three stars, I was reminded of this:

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

God’s creation testifies to the Godhead – the trinity. The three stars guiding man represent the three persons of God that have guided men through all the ages.

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