Living and Powerful Word

“Let us, whenever we feel ourselves dead, and especially in prayer, get close to the Word, for the Word of God is alive.  I do not find that gracious men always pray alike.  Who could?  When you have nothing to say to your God, let him say something to you.  The best private devotion is made up, half of searching Scripture in which God speaks to us, and the other half of prayer and praise, in which we speak to God.  When thou art dead, turn from thy death to that Word that still lives.

Next, whenever we feel weak in our duties, let us go to the Word of God, and the Christ in the Word, for power; and this will be the best of power.  The power of our natural abilities, the power of our acquired knowledge, the power of our gathered experience, all of these may be vanity, but the power which is in the Word will prove effectual. Get thou up from thy failing strength to the fountain of omnipotence; for they that drink here, while the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, shall run, and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.”

-Charles Spurgeon (The Bible, p. 26)

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God’s Unchanging Love for You

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” John 15:9

As the Father loves the Son, in the same manner Jesus loves his people. What is that divine method? He loved him without beginning, and thus Jesus loves his members. “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). You can trace the beginning of human affection; you can easily find the beginning of your love to Christ, but his love to us is a stream whose source is hidden in eternity. God the Father loves Jesus without any change. Christian, take this for your comfort, that there is no change in Jesus Christ’s love to those who rest in him.

Yesterday you were on the mountaintop, and you said, “He loves me,” today you are in the valley of humiliation, but he loves you still the same. On the hill, you heard his voice, which spoke so sweetly with the turtle-notes of love; and now on the sea, or even in the sea, when all his waves and billows go over you, his heart is faithful to his ancient choice. The Father loves the Son without any end, and thus does the Son love his people.

Saint, you need not fear the loosing of the silver cord, for his love for you will never cease. Rest confident that even down to the grave Christ will go with you, and that up again from it he will be your guide to the celestial hills. Moreover, the Father loves the Son without any measure, and the same immeasurable love the Son bestows upon his chosen ones. The whole heart of Christ is dedicated to his people. He “loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2). His is a love which surpasses knowledge. Ah! We have indeed an immutable Savior, a precious Savior, one who loves without measure, without change, without beginning, and without end, even as the Father loves him!


Adapted from Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Reblogged from God’s Love for You Doesn’t Change

Slice of Christ or Supreme Christ

How you view your time with Christ is important. Is He a slice of your life that you make time for on Sunday mornings, when reading the Bible, and praying?  How big of a slice of life does He occupy?  Are you an excellent with budgeting your time, so He (and activities that revolve around Him) has an equal share of your life as the other necessities?  Are you “more spiritual” and make the Christ slice the biggest piece in life?  If you answered in the affirmative to any of the aforementioned questions you are like most Christians (see the slice diagram), but unfortunately your view of Christ is too small.  Even if Jesus Christ occupied “every slice”, according to the Bible your Christ is still too small.

Just consider how Jesus Christ is portrayed in Colossians 1:15-23 (ESV):

[15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
    [21] And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, [22] he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, [23] if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Upon seeing the Supreme Christ in Colossians a person will begin to realize why even being the entire “pie” of our life is too small.  As John Myer explains in the June 26, 2011 sermon “Christ Supreme – The Preeminent Son“, according to the will of God Christ is the box in which our life is contained.  Christ is supreme.  All things came into being through Him, for Him, and unto Him.  As Charles Spurgeon once said, “If Christ is anything, He must be everything”.

Knowledge and Wisdom

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge.
To know is not to be wise.
Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it.
There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool.
But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.
-Charles Spurgeon