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More Spurgeon

posted Aug 12, 2014, 11:10 AM by First Baptist


Inspired by the biography I read of Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), widely considered the greatest preacher of the past millennium, I purchased his classic devotional entitled “Morning and Evening.”


The devotional is comprised of two short readings per day – one for the morning and one for the evening. Each reading is typically a reflection on a single verse or even a single phrase. Since the readings are relatively short, I’ve incorporated them into my other devotional material.


One of his devotionals I’ve read several times. I share it with you in its entirety. May it encourage you as it has encouraged me. The devotional is based on Mark 9:23: “Everything is possible for him who believes.”


Many professed Christians are always doubting and fearing, and they forlornly think that this is the necessary state of believers. This is a mistake, for “all things are possible to him that believeth;” and it is possible for us to mount into a state in which a doubt or fear shall be but as a bird of passage flitting across the soul, but never lingering there.


When you read of the high and sweet communions enjoyed by favored saints, you sigh and murmur in the chamber of your heart, “Alas! These are not for me.” O climber, if thou hast but faith, thou shalt yet stand upon the sunny pinnacle of the temple, for “all things are possible to him that believeth.”


You hear of exploits which holy men have done for Jesus; what they have enjoyed of him; how much they have been like him; how they have been able to endure great persecutions for his sake; and you say, “Ah! As for me, I am but a worm; I can never attain to this.” But there is no elevation of grace, no attainment of spirituality, no clearness of assurance, no post of duty, which is not open to you if you have but the power to believe.


Lay aside your sackcloth and ashes, and rise to the dignity of your true position; you are little in Israel because you will be so, not because there is any necessity for it. It is not meet that thou shouldst grovel in the dust, O child of a King. Ascend! The golden throne of assurance is waiting for you! The crown of communion with Jesus is ready to bedeck your brow. Wrap yourself in scarlet and fine linen, and fare sumptuously every day; for if thou believest, thou mayst eat the fat of kidneys of wheat; thy land shall flow with milk and honey, and they soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness.


Gather golden sheaves of grace, for they await thee in the fields of faith. “All things are possible to him that believeth.”


This devotional encourages me because I occasionally get down on myself and assume I’ll never amount to much as a Christ-follower. My thinking is: “if only I were smarter, wiser or better,” I could do more or be more.


What did Jesus say? “Everything is possible for him who believes.” This is not “faith in faith,” which is so common in our culture today, but “faith in Christ.”


Pastor Dan