Song of a forgiven sinner-Charles Spurgeon

 Ps 138:5 ​​​​​​​Let them sing about the LORD’s deeds, ​​​​​​for the LORD’s splendor is magnificent.
The time when Christians begin to sing in the ways of the Lord is when they first lose their burden at the foot of the Cross. Not even the songs of the angels seem so sweet as the first song of rapture which gushes from the inmost soul of the forgiven child of God. You know how John Bunyan describes it. He says when poor Pilgrim lost his burden at the Cross, he gave three great leaps, and went on his way singing—

“Blest Cross! blest Sepulchre! blest rather be

The Man that there was put to shame for me!”

Believer, do you recollect the day when your fetters fell off? Do you remember the place when Jesus met you, and said, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love; I have blotted out as a cloud thy transgressions, and as a thick cloud thy sins; they shall not be mentioned against thee any more forever.” Oh! what a sweet season is that when Jesus takes away the pain of sin. When the Lord first pardoned my sin, I was so joyous that I could scarce refrain from dancing. I thought on my road home from the house where I had been set at liberty, that I must tell the stones in the street the story of my deliverance. So full was my soul of joy, that I wanted to tell every snow-flake that was falling from heaven of the wondrous love of Jesus, who had blotted out the sins of one of the chief of rebels. But it is not only at the commencement of the Christian life that believers have reason for song; as long as they live they discover cause to sing in the ways of the Lord, and their experience of his constant lovingkindness leads them to say, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” See to it, brother, that thou magnifiest the Lord this day.

“Long as we tread this desert land,

New mercies shall new songs demand.”

Note: Really it is the Lord’s Love, Kindness, Goodness, Patience, Long-Suffering that has sustained me all these years.  I seek to fear the Lord (a reverential fear) and walk with Him every day and He sustains me with His Kindness and His Presence through the Holy Spirit.  Many times, I have fallen, but He forgives, lifts me up and encourages me to continue following Him.  Ps 23:6 NASB: ​​​​​​​Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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Your Heavenly Father-Charles Spurgeon

Matt 6:26 Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?

God’s people are doubly his children, they are his offspring by creation, and they are his sons by adoption in Christ. Hence they are privileged to call him, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Father! Oh, what precious word is that. Here is authority: “If I be a Father, where is mine honour?” If ye be sons, where is your obedience? Here is affection mingled with authority; an authority which does not provoke rebellion; an obedience demanded which is most cheerfully rendered—which would not be withheld even if it might. The obedience which God’s children yield to him must be loving obedience. Do not go about the service of God as slaves to their taskmaster’s toil, but run in the way of his commands because it is your Father’s way. Yield your bodies as instruments of righteousness, because righteousness is your Father’s will, and his will should be the will of his child. Father!—Here is a kingly attribute so sweetly veiled in love, that the King’s crown is forgotten in the King’s face, and his sceptre becomes, not a rod of iron, but a silver sceptre of mercy—the sceptre indeed seems to be forgotten in the tender hand of him who wields it. Father!—Here is honour and love. How great is a Father’s love to his children! That which friendship cannot do, and mere benevolence will not attempt, a father’s heart and hand must do for his sons. They are his offspring, he must bless them; they are his children, he must show himself strong in their defence. If an earthly father watches over his children with unceasing love and care, how much more does our heavenly Father? Abba, Father! He who can say this, hath uttered better music than cherubim or seraphim can reach. There is heaven in the depth of that word—Father! There is all I can ask; all my necessities can demand; all my wishes can desire. I have all in all to all eternity when I can say, “Father.”

“AMEN”

Constrained by Love-Charles Spurgeon

Rom 3:31 Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.


When the believer is adopted into the Lord’s family, his relationship to old Adam and the law ceases at once; but then he is under a new rule, and a new covenant. Believer, you are God’s child; it is your first duty to obey your heavenly Father. A servile spirit you have nothing to do with: you are not a slave, but a child; and now, inasmuch as you are a beloved child, you are bound to obey your Father’s faintest wish, the least intimation of his will. Does he bid you fulfil a sacred ordinance? It is at your peril that you neglect it, for you will be disobeying your Father. Does he command you to seek the image of Jesus? Is it not your joy to do so? Does Jesus tell you, “Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”? Then not because the law commands, but because your Saviour enjoins, you will labour to be perfect in holiness. Does he bid his saints love one another? Do it, not because the law says, “Love thy neighbour,” but because Jesus says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments;” and this is the commandment that he has given unto you, “that ye love one another.” Are you told to distribute to the poor? Do it, not because charity is a burden which you dare not shirk, but because Jesus teaches, “Give to him that asketh of thee.” Does the Word say, “Love God with all your heart”? Look at the commandment and reply, “Ah! commandment, Christ hath fulfilled thee already—I have no need, therefore, to fulfil thee for my salvation, but I rejoice to yield obedience to thee because God is my Father now and he has a claim upon me, which I would not dispute.” May the Holy Ghost make your heart obedient to the constraining power of Christ’s love, that your prayer may be, “Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.” Grace is the mother and nurse of holiness, and not the apologist of sin
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“AMEN”

Turning Personal Loss into Public Gain

I have witnessed it over and over: people’s greatest ministry is often built on the platform of their greatest brokenness. They are living examples of what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4: “… the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” It’s vital that we not waste our pain but recycle and redeem it.

Presson, Ramon (2011-03-01). When Will My Life Not Suck?: Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned (p. 65). New Growth Press. Kindle Edition.

God has shown His Goodness to me. He has shown me that all things happen for my very best and I must set the example of Christ in all situations in my life. Even when things go wrong and I have trouble, He tells me to be patient and trust Him. He will settle things. I have undergone financial loss, sickness, humiliation at the workspot and difficulties at home and many other things. But He has not let me down, He has provided for me and my family and taken care of me. This is the circumstances He allows in my life so that I may gain a share of Christ’s Glory. I learn to trust Him, be kind, patient, not lust, not desire, not covet, be faithful. I think in a certain way: a righteous man is one who will not cheat, but a faithful one is one who loves and helps even in difficult situations. I see how much I love my neighbour and how God wants me to love them. I see the price He paid for me on the cross and in His Life on earth and the attitude He tells me to have. I have experienced the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Come to this life. Jesus has died on the cross for all the sins you have ever committed and wants to forgive you and make you a child of God so you can be with Him for all eternity. He died on the cross and rose again on the third day, never to die again. Jesus came to give life-an abundant life (read the Bible: John chapter 10 & verse 10).

If you have not received Jesus into your life, you can kneel and pray this simple prayer:

Lord Jesus thank you for your love for me and dying for my sins on the cross. By your blood, I can be cleansed from my sins and start a new life. Please forgive my sins and come into my life as Saviour and Lord. Thank you for forgiving me and accepting me. Lead me into the new way of life where I put away the old bad way of life and start a new divine life. Amen.

Read the Bible. It is God’s love letter to you (I mean it, we see God’s Kindness to those who follow Him and His wrath towards sin and sinners who do not repent). Start with the Gospel of Mark and then read Romans. Then complete the rest of the New Testament and then the Old Testament. May the Lord bless you.

Seth Bhagwandas

Acts 14:16-17 …

Acts 14:16-17 (NASB):16 In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways; 17 and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

This is God’s Goodness.  It is also my experience.  He Loves you and cares for you.  The Lord is gracious and His Kindness is everlasting. Even though He  has to punish those who sin (we all have sinned), He loves you and sent Jesus, His Own Son to die on the cross and pay the penalty for your sins.  Jesus died and rose again on the third day since death could not hold Him as He had never sinned and now is in Heaven interceding for us. Those who receive Jesus into their life as Saviour and Lord are forgiven their sins and become the children of God.  Come into this life.  You will have real peace and joy such as the world can never give and you will be with Him through all eternity.  Those who do not repent of their sins and receive Jesus will bear the punishment of death and eternal separation from God in a lake of fire.  As it is written:

  1. Acts 17:30
    Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
    You can receive Jesus into your life by praying (i.e. speaking to Jesus).  Pray like this:
    Jesus I want to thank you for your love for me and giving your life in my place on the cross.  I want to repent of my sins (i.e.change my way of life) and follow you.  Please forgive me and come into my life as my Saviour and Lord.  Thank you for your goodness. Amen (which means: it shall be so).

Jesus will come into your life and you will be a part of God’s family.  Welcome to the privileges given to the children of God.  Read the Bible, starting with the New Testament books of Mark & Romans.  Then start reading the rest.  Let us know so we can also pray for you.  You can use the contact form below if you like.

With Love,

Seth.

The church has …

The church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshiping men. This she has done not deliberately, but little by little and without her knowledge; and her very unawareness only makes her situation all the more tragic. This low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us. A whole new philosophy of the Christian life has resulted from this one basic error in our religious thinking.

–A. W. TOZER, THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY

Taken from:Bernecker, Robert (2013-08-12). Who’s Your Father?:  Returning to the Love of the Biblical God (p. 53). Kindle Edition.

When we lack faith, we do not expect any good from the Lord.  We doubt His Love and Graciousness.  When things do not go according to our plan, we doubt Him. Instead of asking where I went wrong, I think that God is not good to me.  Faith means total trust & dependence on God in His Love, Graciousness and Power, that He can and will give me the very best.  Even if things appear to be wrong, I believe my Heavenly Father is in control and is doing it in His Wisdom as to what is good for me and His Wisdom is truly the very best for me.

In fact, if I come to full faith in Him, I will not be disturbed, angry, disappointed or in any hurry.  I do not mean that I do not ask Him for anything, I will definitely ask for whatever I like or need or want, but I am submitted to His Will and willing to give up anything if it is not His Will.  I am 100% assured that my Heavenly Father loves me and will give me the very best.  So shall we say Amen to that?