Devotional by Charles H. Spurgeon

Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand finds to do, do it with thy might.” 

“Whatsoever thy hand finds to do,” refers to works that are possible. There are many things which our heart findeth to do which we never shall do. It is well it is in our heart; but if we would be eminently useful, we must not be content with forming schemes in our heart, and talking of them; we must practically carry out “whatsoever our hand findeth to do.” One good deed is more worth than a thousand brilliant theories. Let us not wait for larger opportunities, or for a different kind of work, but do just the things we “find to do” day by day. We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived; we never shall have any time but time present. Then do not wait until your experience has ripened into maturity before you attempt to serve God. Endeavor now to bring forth fruit. Serve God now, but be careful as to the way in which you perform what you find to do- “do it with thy might.” Do it promptly; do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you intend to do to-morrow as if that could recompense for the idleness of today. No man ever served God by doing things to-morrow. If we honour Christ and are blessed, it is by the things which we do today. Whatever you do for Christ throw your whole soul into it. Do not give Christ a little slurred labour, done as a matter of course now and then; but when you do serve Him, do it with heart, and soul, and strength. 

But where is the might of a Christian? It is not in himself, for he is perfect weakness. His might lieth in the Lord of Hosts. Then let us seek His help; let us proceed with prayer and faith, and when we have done what our “hand findeth to do,” let us wait upon the Lord for His blessing. What we do thus will be well done, and will not fail in its effect. “

Charles H. Spurgeon 

 

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Criminal Mind

Psalms 7:11 “God is a just Judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”
I used to be a criminal. Every thought I had was wrong and polluted. My mind thought of sin, crime and lust continually, yet I had a hate for the Law as if it was their fault that I was locked up for the un- teenth time. In fact, most of the people incarcerated with me claimed to be innocent. Do you really believe we were? No way! Not most of us. But this is the mindset that all of humanity is born with towards a holy God, because we were all born into sin. Our minds are at enmity with our Creator, yet we feel we are justified in our actions. But the fact is that He is the One who is just and holy and good, and it is we who must change our ways. God has a right to be angry with the wicked daily because we blaspheme, slander, and drink iniquity like water. Any good judge would be justly angry at a rapist who kills little children, or someone who is rebellious and continually breaks the law with no remorse. But God is not like man in the sense that we would seek the destruction of our enemies, but in His love He sent His own Son into the world to take the punishment that we deserve. On that cross it was as if Jesus had committed lust, adultery, idolatry, pridefulness, arrogance, rebellion, homosexuality, murder, hatred, gossip, drunkenness, selfishness, greed, blasphemy, rape, and every other wicked thing we have done, and He boar the full brunt of the Fathers wrath upon Himself, even being separated from Him for the first time in eternity. Jesus suffered all this and then rose from the dead for us, but if we continue to reject His grace and live as criminals against the God of all creation, then there is nothing left for us but a fearful expectation of the much deserved wrath of God; and that wrath is eternal.
Please, if your mind is still at war with the law of God, turn to the Father in repentance today, leave your sins behind and receive the free gift of life that He offers you through Jesus. Today is the day of salvation; you may not have tomorrow.
Love Jonathan

Leasure Time

“It has always been difficult to understand those evangelical Christians who… Say they serve the Lord, but they divide their days so as to leave plenty of time to play and loaf and enjoy the pleasures of the world as well. They are at ease while the world burns.”
A.W. Tozer

Do You Really Believe?

Do You Really Believe?

Romans 10:9, 10
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Back when the Romans still ruled, this verse carried much more weight than it does today. When a person made a profession of faith publicly, they were most likely going to suffer for it. I have even heard that at times, when a believer was baptized, as soon as they came out of the water their names were written down, and they would lose their Roman citizenship, their possessions and many lost their lives also. Does your profession of faith posses that much sacrifice?
Think about it, the willingness to sacrifice everything proved the genuineness of their belief in Jesus and His teachings.
Does our profession prove itself true by our actions? You might say, “I don’t have a chance to prove it because we are free to worship here in the US, but my answer to all is that yes, if we say we believe, and confess it to others, then our sacrifice should be just as great as those of the first century. Do you believe in Jesus enough to sacrifice your love of sin and lust, do you love His word so much that you will do anything to obey it, even at the cost of your reputation, money, fame, a loved one or girlfriend, will you follow Christ even at the price of being mocked by others because you desire to live in holiness before God?
If the answer is no, then I would question whether you truly have faith unto salvation, even if you prayed a sinners prayer a few times in your life. Mankind has turned this Scripture into a little antidote for becoming “saved”, but I never once saw Jesus lead anyone into a “sinner’s prayer”. Rather, He preached the powerful convicting Words of God, and even told us to count the cost of following Him. If we would follow in His footsteps, we would have a lot less ” decisions” to boast about, but a lot more genuine conversions, with transformed hearts and minds by the power of God.
Love in Christ Jesus, Jonathan Ball