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A PROMISE FOR US AND FOR OUR CHILDREN 

 

NO. 564 

 

 DELIVERED ON SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 10, 1864, 

 

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BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON, 

 

AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON. 

 

 “Yet now hear, O Jacob, My servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: thus says the Lord that made you, and formed  you from the womb, which will help you: Fear not, O Jacob, My servant; and you, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.  417991_2543266001210_769512934_n

 

For I will pour water upon him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My Spirit upon your seed, and My blessing upon your offspring: and they shall spring up as among the  grass, as willows by the water courses. One shall say, I am the Lord’s; and another  shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.” 

 

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  Brothers and Sisters, reach down for your biographies; turn over your diaries; go back with me a little while to that spot where you first knew the Savior, then march on along the way by which the Lord has led you, till you reach the day and hour which found you in the House of God, listening to His promise. 

 

  We were once the servants of sin, and the slaves of our own passions, but He who made us free has now taken us into His family and taught us obedience to His will. We can say with David, “I am Your servant; I am Your servant, and the son of Your handmaid: You have loosed my bonds.” 

 

 We do not serve our Master perfectly, but we would if we could. There are some of His Commandments which we forget, but there are none which we would despise. We do, through infirmity, turn aside unto crooked ways, but we find no comfort in them. Our meat and our drink is to do the will of Him who sent us, and our prayer is— “Make me to walk in Your commands,  It is a delightful road. Nor let my head, nor heart, nor hands,  Offend against my God.” 394882_10150872506818976_260836383975_12561480_2028311960_n

 

  Ah, my Savior is no fickle lover. He does not feel enchanted for a while with some gleams of beauty from His Church’s eyes, and then afterwards cast her off because of her unfaithfulness.

 

   Well then, here is His promise of what He will do, “I will help you.” 

 

You cannot pray this morning; you cannot wrestle as you desire—“I will help you.” You feel unable to overcome sin—“I will help you.” You are engaged in service too heavy for you—“I will help you.” Whether it is to suffer, to sacrifice, to labor, or to endure, take this comfort—“I will help you.” I love this promise! It is a very short one, but it is all the longer in meaning because it is short in expression. You may avail yourself of it in all cases. The promise turns every way, and blesses in every form. It is like a weapon which may be used for 50 purposes—it will be to you, if you will, a sword, and you may beat it into a plowshare; or it will prove a shield, a spear, a chariot, and I know not what besides. You cannot find any possible position into which the child of God can be brought in which this promise will fail to bless him! 

 

  O my Brothers and Sisters, when the Holy Spirit visits a man, what a difference it makes in him!

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  I know a preacher, once as dull and dead a man as ever misused a pulpit; under his slumbering ministrations there were few conversions, and the congregation grew thinner and thinner, good men sighed in secret, and the enemy said, “Aha, so would we have it!”

 

 The revival came—the Holy Spirit worked gloriously, the preacher felt the Divine Fire and suddenly woke up to energy and zeal. The man appeared to be transformed; his tongue seemed touched with fire; elaborate and written discourses were laid aside, and he began to talk out of his own glowing heart to the hearts of others! He preached as he had never done before; the place filled; the dry bones were stirred, and quickening began! They who knew him once so elegant, correct, passionless, dignified, cold, lifeless, and unprofitable, asked in amazement, “Is Saul also among the Prophets?” The Spirit of God is a great wonder-worker!421895_2543251000835_1840547792_1520311_2129492618_n

 

 You will notice certain Church members; they have never been good for much; we have had their names on the roll, and that is all—suddenly the Spirit of God has come upon them, and they have been honored among us for their zeal and usefulness! We have seen them here and there and everywhere diligent in the service of God, and foremost in all sorts of Christian labor, though before you could hardly get them to stir an inch.

 

 I would that the quickening Spirit would come down upon me and upon you—upon every one of us in abundance—to create us valiant men for Truth and mighty for the Lord! 

 

 O for some of the ancient valor of Apostolic times, that, like good Knights of the Cross we would dash forward against the foe, and with irresistible courage deal heavy blows against the adversary of souls and his vast host! We may do this; we have only to plead the promise! God will be inquired of, but the promise stands true, “I will pour water upon him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” Do not lose the blessing through remissness, but ask and you shall receive. 429342_302604559803347_100001614176353_917614_941774501_n

 

 Brothers and Sisters, pray for me; for I need more Grace, and in return I will plead the Lord’s words on your behalf.  little-nell-and-her-grandfather

 

  As a very great comfort to His mourning people, the Lord now promises A BLESSING UPON THEIR CHILDREN. You will observe, dear Friends, that they must get the blessing for themselves first, for the third verse has it—“I 

 

will pour water upon him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground”—that is first; and then afterwards—“I will pour My Spirit upon your seed.” 

 

 We must not expect to see our children blessed unless we ourselves grow in Grace. It is often the inconsistency of parents which is the obstacle—the outward obstacle to the conversion of their children.

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 No doubt there have been multitudes of children of professing parents who have been damned instrumentally by the ungodliness and inconsistency of their parents at home. 

 

 The parents, let us hope, were Christians—but there has been so much of apparent inconsistency about them, that the ruin of their children has been the consequence. It is a notorious fact that some of the worst of men have been the children of godly parents.

 

 Do pray, dear Friends, for your children, that God will pour His Spirit upon them; and as to the rest, you may depend that all the fruits will come in due time.

 

 Tell the child that he is dead in trespasses and sins, let there be no doubt about his natural condition, and let this always be your prayer, “Almighty Grace, renew his heart; turn him from darkness to Light, and make him Yours!” 30-zuber-buhler_thumb

 

 Then you have in the promise in the third place, the plenty of Grace which God gives. He says, “I will pour My Spirit upon your seed”—not a little of it—but they shall have abundance.  You ought not, in the case of children, to look merely for life—you will find vigorous life! You may not expect a little surface-knowledge only, but you may expect to find in them a depth of knowledge in the things of God, for so God’s promise has it, “I will pour My Spirit upon your seed.”  407052_239200382836038_150145948408149_521670_1031671815_n

 

  For my part I am more and more persuaded that the study of a good 

 

Scriptural Catechism is of infinite value to our children,

 

 The promise upon which I have preached this morning needs to be pleaded before God, for God does not fulfill such promises as these without our bringing them before Him in earnest fervent prayer.P1140892

 

  Some of us, in looking back, can speak of a godly father and a godly grandfather; we can look for generations back, till as far as we can trace a line—Divine Grace has run in our family. O that the line may continue for years to come, till as long as generations are born, there shall be one of our kith and kin to carry the standard, and sound the trumpet, and fight for the Lord of Israel! 

 

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 “Wake, parents of Israel! O hasten to plead  

 

For the Spirit of Grace to descend!  

 

The Word has gone forth, and the faithful have need  

 

Of your prayers the great cause to defend.  

 

From the youth of our country shall armies arise,  

 

The Gospel of peace to proclaim; 

 

Over the land and the seas, the glad message that flies,  

 

Shall re-echo Immanuel’s name!  

 

Wake, parents in Israel! O, wrestle and pray  

 

That Grace to our youth may be given;  

 

For the hands that in faith are uplifted today  

 

Shall prevail with our Father in Heaven!”

 

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The Most High

By: J N Darby

Still God is, of course, always such, and referred to in trial as the One who will set all right. When the Lord is just coming into the world to set all in order, the question is raised, Where is the secret place of the Most High? Where is He to be found as a protection? Whoever finds Him will have the protection of Abraham’s God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the place of promise. Jehovah is it, the God of Israel. And in fact the full divine care of the supreme God, the God of promise, is found, possessor of heaven and earth, revealed in connection with the Melchisedec priest.I have been looking into the force of the Hebrew words for most High. That it ultimately refers to God in the millennium as the supreme God then manifested, to the exclusion of what is false, is evident. This is the force of the word—One who, to the exclusion of and superiority over all others, holds the place of the one true God, but exalted as supreme in government. Jehovah is, as we know, the God who is in relationship with Israel, but He is the supreme God, the Most High. The full statement of the title, and the time of taking it, is in Genesis 14:19, 20, 22.Israel’s enemies are entirely discomfited, and delivered into his hand, and the heir of promise blessed of Him who possesses heaven and earth. He is supreme, and has taken all things into His possession.

Hence, too, when Nebuchadnezzar is restored from a state that represents the character of the empires which began in him, he owns the Most High; Dan. 4:25-34.

In the Psalms the use of it is frequent. In Psalm 21 it is connected with the royalty of Christ as the glorified Man and King. His hand will find out all His enemies and by the favour of the Most High He will not be moved. In Psalm 46 God is again in the midst of His people on Messiah’s triumph (Psalm 45). The tabernacles are those of the Most High. His power is fully displayed in the earth, Jehovah being with Jacob. So more fully as to the world in Psalm 47. In Psalm 50 Most High is connected with the judgment of God in power. In Psalms 9, 10, 55, and 57, it is calling upon Him in this character by the remnant when in distress, the first of the two latter speaking of the distress, the second of the delivering supremacy over all the earth. Psalm 73 is the first of the third book, and the power of the Most High despised by the adversariesbut, going into the sanctuary, their judgment is discovered. The years of the Most High are remembered in Psalm 77, His way is in the sanctuary and in the sea; not looking to heart-failing in man, but to Jehovah, the Supreme, who accomplishes His good pleasure. In this and the next it is Jehovah’s right to this name, as in all the history of Israel. For this is all Israel. Psalms 82 and 83 are both judgment at the close, and in the fullest way to recognise that Jehovah is the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 91 has been spoken of. Psalm 92 is the same perishing of the enemies, and exalting the true David. Psalm 97 is expressly as Jehovah reigning, and as Most High over all the earth, and exalted above the gods when He comes to judgment. In Psalm 107 it is Israel re-gathered, who celebrates God’s government, and His chastisement for their rebellion against Jehovah who is the Most High.

We have the Most High in Daniel 7, though in most of the occurrences it is in the plural for “high” or “heavenly places.” There its connection with God’s title, and making good His dominion, and this connected with Israel, is evident. Thus, though Jehovah is looked back to in self-judgment in the history of Israel, as Psalms 56, 57, 73, 77, yet the force of the title is evident.

New Testament Assembly

September 17, 2012 //Stockton Bible Chapel  http://stocktonbiblechapel.wordpress.com/

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BUT GOD….

The Our Daily Bread devotion for the day focused upon the great contrast between the things of man and the things of God.  Forty-six times in the Bible, we are told man’s thoughts, words, deeds, and intentions, and then the Word says, “But God….”  Here are a few of the forty-six:

But God warned a heathen king – Gen. 20:3.
But God protected Jacob – Gen. 31:7.
But God directed the life of Joseph – Gen. 45:8; 50:20.
But God hindered Israel from entering the land – Ex. 13:18.
But God delivered David from Saul – 1 Sam. 23:14.
But God prevented David from building His Temple – 1 Chron. 28:3.
But God fought Israel’s battle – 2 Chron. 20:15.
But God will resurrect genuine believers – Ps. 49:15.
But God is to be THE Judge – Ps. 75:7.
But God prepared a worm – Jon. 4:7.
But God alone forgives sins – Mk. 2:7.
But God knows our hearts – Lk. 16:15.
But God raised Jesus from the dead – Acts 13:30.
But God loved us while we were still sinners – Rom. 5:8.
But God chooses the foolish instead of the wise – 1 Cor. 1:27.
But God alone saves – 1 Cor. 3:6-7.
But God has called us to peace – 1 Cor. 7:15.
But God is faithful – 1 Cor. 10:13.
But God is merciful – Eph. 2:4

If I had read none of the Bible but just these short descriptions, I would learn several things about God: 

1)  He is definitely in control!  

2)  He loves all of mankind, sinner and saint alike! 

3)  He has a plan for each of us. 

4)   He is holds man accountable as THE Judge. 

6)  He is merciful. 

7)  He can be trusted to take charge of our lives.

The safest place in all the universe is being in the will of God!

Reblogged from :http://skipslighthouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/but-god.html

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The Bible In 50 Words

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Uploaded by on Feb 16, 2012

This video is an artistic look at God’s story, including the Old Testament (Abraham, Jacob, Saul, etc.), the Gospel (hope died, love rose), and all that we have to look forward to (God remained), in just 50 words. It is not meant to take the place of your biblical teaching, but engage your audience to hear more of the greatest story ever told.

Of course, there’s so much more to say about the Bible, and that’s where you come in! Use this video to introduce an in-depth exploration of any of the stories or themes mentioned in the text.

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