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“There is a fullness of atoning efficacy in His blood,
for ‘the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin.’
There is a fullness of justifying righteousness in His life,
for ‘there is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.’
…There is a fullness of blessings of every sort and shape;
a fullness of grace to pardon,
of grace to regenerate,
of grace to sanctify,
of grace to preserve,
and of grace to perfect.
…Oh, what a fullness must this be of which all receive!
…Come, believer, and get all thy need supplied;
ask largely, and thou shalt receive largely,
for this ‘fullness’ is inexhaustible,
and is treasured up where all the needy may reach it…”

Charles Spurgeon
Morning & Evening

“…God, even our own God, shall bless us.”
~ Psalm 67:6b

SONY DSC I read Spurgeon’s take on this verse in Morning & Evening today.
It was perfect timing for what God has been teaching me lately.
I couldn’t pull just a few quotes – it was all so good.

It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God Himself. Though He is ‘our own God,’ we apply ourselves but little to Him, and ask but little of Him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do we go about our business, without seeking His guidance!

In our troubles how constantly do we strive to bear our burdens ourselves, instead of casting them upon the Lord, that He may sustain us! This is not because we may not, for the Lord seems to say, ‘I am thine, soul, come and make use of me as thou wilt; thou mayst freely come to my store, and the oftener the more welcome.’ It is our own fault if we make not free with the riches of our God.

Then, since thou hast such a friend, and He invites thee, draw from Him daily. Never want whilst thou hast a God to go to; never fear or faint whilst thou hast God to help thee; go to thy treasure and take whatever thou needest-there is all that thou canst want. Learn the divine skill of making God all things to thee.

He can supply thee with all, or, better still, He can be to thee instead of all. Let me urge thee, then, to make use of thy God. Make use of Him in prayer. Go to Him often, because He is thy God. O, wilt thou fail to use so great a privilege? Fly to Him, tell Him all thy wants. Use Him constantly by faith at all times. If some dark providence has beclouded thee, use thy God as a ‘sun;’ if some strong enemy has beset thee, find in Jehovah a ‘shield,’ for He is a sun and shield to His people.

If thou hast lost thy way in the mazes of life, use Him as a ‘guide,’ for He will direct thee. Whatever thou art, and wherever thou art, remember God is just what thou wantest, and just where thou wantest, and that He can do all thou wantest.”

 

Right after this I read Psalm 96:5 – “For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord  made the heavens.”

Idols are not only golden statues of the Old Testament.
Idols are the things I daily elevate above God, yes – “even our own God.”
Idols are the things I run to instead of the God of the universe who has made Himself all things to me. 
Idols are the things I want more than the God who can actually grant those things.
And idols never present themselves to me as “worthless.”
They are always the things that capture my passions and my affections and then use them to bulldoze everything in their path.
They always present themselves as worthy above all else, yes – even God.
And they always fail.  They can do nothing else.
How grateful I am that God is enough! 
God is all things to those that seek Him!
It is my prayer today that Jesus would become all and all to me.  That He would teach me the “divine skill of making God all things to thee.” 
I want to be caught up in the only thing that truly is worthy, and leave these worthless things behind.

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This is what I just pulled out of the oven on this sunny Monday morning.
I just love fresh blackberries.
(Don’t worry – this was a pre-bake picture.  We don’t eat raw batter for breakfast.)

And these are some encouraging words I read from Spurgeon this morning:

The love of Christ which passeth knowledge…” ~Eph. 3:19

The love of Christ in its sweetness, its fullness, its greatness, its faithfulness, passeth all human comprehension…To be a man was something, to be a man of sorrows was far more; to bleed, and die, and suffer, these were much for Him who was the Son of God; but to suffer such unparalleled agony – to endure a death of shame and desertion by His Father, this is a depth of condescending love which the most inspired mind must utterly fail to fathom.  Herein is love! and truly it is love that ‘passeth knowledge.’ O let this love fill our hearts with adoring gratitude, and lead us to practical manifestations of its power.”
~C.H.S.

This is love.
As I sit here drinking my tea with a candle lit and music playing softly.
With a kitchen full of dirty dishes.
With laundry lying everywhere begging to be folded 😉
With toys scattered all over the house.
With breakfast baking in the oven and my two loves sleeping above me.
With the sun beginning to stream in through my windows.
All of this is enjoyable because of what Christ has done for me!
All of this is sweet because I know my future is secure in Christ.
All of this matters because Christ made it so.
All of this is an expression of Christ’s love for me.
That Christ would give up his glory so that I might be saved – and not just saved, but made a child of God! – this truly does stagger the mind!
May I live ever mindful of the great riches I have in Christ, even in the mundane of a Monday morning. 
This gives me joy, motivation and faith for my day. 
The love of Christ truly is a powerful and beautiful thing. 
Let it compel me.  (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

Happy Monday!

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I can see a blanket of gold against a gray sky.

Perfect for:
meal planning
week planning
lesson planning
naps that are not going as planned…

Truths that are encouraging me today:

“Knowest thou not that day follows night,
that flood comes after ebb,
that spring and summer succeed to winter?
Hope thou then!
Hope thou ever!
for God fails thee not.”
~ C.H. Spurgeon

But Faith listens neither to Presumption,
nor to Despair,
nor to Cowardice,
nor to Precipitancy,
but it hears God say, ‘Stand still’,
and immovable as a rock it stands.”
~C.H. Spurgeon

“Every word of God proves true;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”
~Proverbs 30:5

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