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What The Church Needs

“The most critical need of the Church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.” A. W. Tozer

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Yet, surely, there must be some who will fling aside the (cowardly) love of peace, and speak out for our Lord, and for His truth. A craven spirit is upon man, and their tongues are paralyzed. Oh, for an outburst of true faith and holy zeal. C.H. Spurgeon

In·trep·id adjective \in-ˈtre-pəd\
: feeling no fear : very bold or brave
Who stands up for Truth!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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It Was Grace and Only Grace

 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1

SpurgeonIn Gods case, if He had said in the infinite sovereignty of His absolute will, “I will have no substitute, but each man shall suffer for himself, he who sinneth shall die,” none could have murmured. It was grace, and only grace which led the divine mind to say, “I will accept of a substitute. There shall be a vicarious suffering; and My vengeance shall be content, and My mercy shall be gratified.”  (C.H. Spurgeon Expiation, Sermon 561)

It was grace, and only grace

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Put Your Troubles Here!

“Cast your burden on the Lord—and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22

SpurgeonCast your troubles where you have cast your sins; you have cast your sins onto Jesus—cast your troubles there also! As soon as the trouble comes, quick, the first thing, tell it to your Father in heaven! Remember, that the longer you take telling your trouble to God—the more your peace will be impaired. The longer the frost lasts—the more likely the ponds will be frozen.

Oh! It is a happy way of smoothing sorrow, when we can cast our burden upon the Lord. Oh, you agitated Christians, do not dishonor your religion by always wearing a ‘frown of concern’. Come, cast your burden upon the Lord. I see you staggering beneath a weight, which He would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden—would be nothing but a bit of dust to Him. See! The Almighty bends His shoulders, and He says, “Here—put your troubles here!” (Charles Spurgeon) HT: Grace Gems

“Cast all your cares upon Him—because He cares about you!” 1 Peter 5:7

Come, cast your burden upon the Lord

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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A Proud Christian!

SpurgeonChristian, be humble. If you know anything, you have been taught it by the Holy Spirit. If you possess anything, it has been given you by God. You are a charity child. The clothes on your back are furnished by the Lord’s favor. The bread in your mouth is the provision of his love. A proud Christian is a contradiction in terms. “What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?” 1 Cor. 4:7” (Spurgeon, “Grace for Grace” #2087)

Christian, be humble!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Every Speck, Spot, and Stain of Sin is Gone

 

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“See how red your guilt is. Mark the scarlet stain. If you were to wash your soul in the Atlantic Ocean, you might incarnadine every wave that washes all its shores, and yet the crimson spots of your transgression would still remain. But plunge into the “fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel’s veins,” and in an instant you are whiter than snow. Every speck, spot, and stain of sin is gone, and gone forever.”~ C.H. Spurgeon

Every Speck, Spot, and Stain of Sin is Gone!

FOREVER!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Examine Yourselves

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

SpurgeonNow what is it to have Jesus Christ in you? The Roman Catholics hang the cross on his bosom, but the true Christian carries the cross in his heart and a cross inside the heart my friends is one of the sweetest cures for a cross on the back. If you have a cross in your heart, christ crucified in you, the hope of glory and all the cross of this worlds troubles will seem to you light enough and you will easily be able to sustain it. Christ in the heart means Christ believed in. 

Go Right Through Yourselves
Test Yourselves!
Prove Your Own Selves

Christ in the heart means Christ believed in.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Stony Heart Removed

Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. Ezekiel 36:25-27

SpurgeonIf a man has injured his bones, the fractured parts soon send forth healing liquid, and the bone is by and bye restored to its former strength, if a man hath youth on his side. But if a man’s heart were rotten, how could that be cured? If the heart were a putrid ulcer, if the very vitals of the man were rotten, what humans surgery, what marvelous medicine could touch a defect so radical as this?

I will give you a new heart and put
a new spirit within you; and I will
remove the heart of stone from your
flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

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Calvinism Is The Gospel

SpurgeonI have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchanging, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor. C.H. Spurgeon  A Defense of Calvinism

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Full Pardon

SpurgeonOh! rejoice in the richness of our salvation!

When the Lord pardoned our sins, he did not
pardon half of them, and leave some of them
on the book- but with one stroke of the pen
he gave a full receipt for all our debts!

When we went down into the fountain filled with
blood, and washed, we did not come up half-clean,
but there was no spot nor wrinkle upon us-
we were white as snow!

-Spurgeon, “The joy of salvation” HT: Grace Gems

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

no spot nor wrinkle upon us-
we were white as snow!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Reading and Studying the Bible

“Do you understand what you read?” Acts 8:30

SpurgeonWe would be abler teachers of others, and less liable to be carried about by every wind of doctrine—if we sought to have a more intelligent understanding of the Word of God. As the Holy Spirit, the Author of the Scriptures, is He who alone can enlighten us rightly to understand them, we should constantly ask His teaching, and His guidance into all truth.

When the prophet Daniel would interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, what did he do? He set himself to earnest prayer that God would open up the vision. The apostle John, in his vision at Patmos, saw a book sealed with seven seals which none was found worthy to open, or so much as to look upon. The book was afterwards opened by the Lion of the tribe of Judah; but it is written first, “I wept much!” The tears of John, which were his liquid prayers, were, so far as he was concerned, the sacred keys by which the sealed book was opened!

Therefore, if, for your own and others’ profiting, you desire to be “filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,” remember that prayer is your best means of study! Like Daniel, you shall understand the dream, and the interpretation thereof—when you have sought unto God; and like John you shall see the seven seals of precious truth unloosed—after you have wept much.

Stones are not broken, except by an earnest use of the hammer; and the stone-breaker must go down on his knees. Use the hammer of diligence, and let the knee of prayer be exercised—and there is not a stony doctrine in Scripture, which is useful for you to understand, which will not fly into shivers under the exercise of prayer and faith! You may force your way through anything—with the leverage of prayer. Prayer is the lever which forces open the iron chest of sacred mystery, that we may get the treasure hidden within! So shall you grow healthy, strong, and happy in the divine life!

(Charles Spurgeon) HT: Grace Gem

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Soli Deo Gloria
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