March 2008


Saturday, March 29, 2008
C.H.Spurgeon “Morning and Evening”

I CALLED HIM, BUT HE GAVE NO ANSWER.
Song of Solomon 5:6

Prayer sometimes lingers, like a petitioner at the gate, until the King comes with the blessings that she seeks. The Lord, when He has given great faith, has been known to test it by long delays. He has allowed His servants’ voices to echo in their ears as if the heavens were brass. They have knocked at the golden gate, but it has remained immovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges. Like Jeremiah, they have cried, “You have wrapped yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through.”3 In this manner true saints have continued to wait patiently without a reply, not because their prayers were not strong, nor because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased Him who is a Sovereign and who gives according to His own pleasure. If it pleases Him to test our patience, shall He not do as He wishes with His children? Beggars must not be choosers either as to time, place, or form. But we must be careful not to take delays in prayer for denials. God’s postdated checks will be punctually honored; we must not allow Satan to shake our confidence in the God of truth by pointing to our unanswered prayers. Unanswered petitions are not unheard. God keeps a file for our prayers–they are not blown away by the wind; they are treasured in the King’s archives. This is a registry in the court of heaven in which every prayer is recorded. Struggling believer, your Lord has as it were a tear-bottle in which the costly drops of your sacred grief are put away, and a book in which your holy groanings are numbered. By-and-by your case shall prevail. Can you not be content to wait a little? Will the Lord’s time not be better than yours? By-and-by He will comfortably appear, to your soul’s joy, and will cause you to put away the sackcloth and ashes of long waiting and put on the scarlet and fine linen of full fruition.

3 Lamentations 3:44

I must be desperate for the Holy Spirit.

I cannot please God apart from His Spirit. If I try it is only the law and the old covenant. I am under the new covenant and I have a new heart. I cannot pray, fast, love others, witness, disciple, or build the kingdom apart from God’s Holy Spirit.

I must be desperate for His Spirit in me and that is it. I cannot ever please God. Only Christ pleases God. Praise Him that I am in His Son or I would be lost!!

At the beginning of the service David said, ” If you were alone in a room with Jesus, face-to-face, eye-to-eye, toe-to-toe…what would He say to you?

Then he preached from Exodus 33 and 34-about who God is and His character. Moses has just asked God to show him His glory:

“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”

Do you see?!?!?! God says this about Himself in reference to His own glory. When you see God’s character you see His glory!

The David asked us again, “If you were alone in a room with Jesus, face-to-face, eye-to-eye, toe-to-toe…what would He say to you? He would look you in the eyes and say, “I Love you.” In fact I don’t think He would stay in His seat! He would jump up and embrace you and tell you over and over again, “I love you. I AM JEALOUS FOR YOUR HEART’S AFFECTION!!! Destroy the things of this world that tug at your heart and return to Me.”

Heather, D and I went to a free Sara Groves show last night at Shades. I didn’t know she was working so much with the International Justice Mission! She shared some really amazing stories of what they are doing rescuing young girls from many countries from sex trafficking. She told us about Elizabeth a 15 year old girl who was on her way to Bible college was kidnapped and sold into slavery. When IMJ rescued her from the brothel they found she had written Psalm 27 above her bed. She was 15.

My favorite lyric from last night was “I can’t just fight when I think I’ll win.”
We are called to fight. Even if we lose the battle we have already won the war. We cannot hide and refuse to fight because it is painful and it is hard and there are tears. But there is hope and we have to live as children of the Overcomer. Believers who actually believe their God when he says He will and has delivered. To give in to the enemy’s lies is to hide the light of Christ under the bed. Father please help us to recognize the schemes of satan and to press on!!!!

Psalm 27

Of David.

The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh, 
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.

Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.

One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.

For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.

Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;
be merciful to me and answer me.

My heart says of you, “Seek his [b] face!”
Your face, LORD, I will seek.

Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
O God my Savior.

Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.

Teach me your way, O LORD;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
breathing out violence.

I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.

Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.