Monthly Archives: July 2008

Morning and Evening

Charles Spurgeon

‘Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord’ Exodus 14:13

These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is , ‘Stand still’. It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisors come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, ‘Lie down and die; give it all up’. But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, ‘Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christians part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles’. But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God.

His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, ‘Do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait is sheer idleness’. We must be doing something at once – we must do it so we think – instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything (my emphasis).

Presumption boasts, ‘If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle’. But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, ‘Stand still’; keep the posture of an upright, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said to the people of Israel, ‘Go forward’.

Worship — God’s Way Not Mine!

As I have been reading The Desert Pastor’s blog, I have been praying about areas of my life that should be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. Doing this, however, has not been an easy task! It is so easy to respond in a fleshly manner (the manner I’m used to doing) instead of a godly manner. Many times my mind struggles against the flesh but the flesh wins out. Why is that? I ask myself. The times I do that is normally when I have not renewed my mind with God’s Word and/or I am following a habit and respond without thinking or praying about the situation first.

We know that worship is NOT just 20 minutes of singing on Sunday (normally called the “Praise and Worship” time). Worship IS glorifying God in every area of your life! Since we cannot do it on our own then it becomes necessary that we go to the ONE Who enables us to do it. The only way we can worship God — HIS WAY — is through us being renewed in our mind regularly.

I am very thankful that the Lord has put many things in our lives recently, including heartbreak, to wake us up to the fact that we were not serving Him but ourselves! May the Lord continue to break our wills, mould us into the image of Christ, and enable us to renew our minds continuously and without ceasing!

Thankful for God’s Discipline when we need it,

Desert Pastor’s wife

Which God are you worshipping??

The Desert Pastor has continued his series on Worship.  I would highly recommend this to you and feel free to pass on the links to others.  Here is the link for Part 8, and I know that Part 9 is soon to be added as well.

Thanks for reading, and may you be encouraged with what we share on my blog as well as the posts found at The Desert Pastor.

More Truths on Worship

The Desert Pastor has continued his series on Worship.  I would highly recommend this to you and feel free to pass on the links to others.  Below are the next two links to Parts 6 & 7 in the series.

Part 6 “Which God Do You Worship??” Are we maintaining our distance from the world?  And is Romans 8:28 for just anybody?

Part 7 “Which God Do You Worship??” Why is the Church being lulled to sleep and to its death?

Poison Pills

The Desert Pastor has been doing a series on Worship that has been a help to me and will be one to you, if you let it. Below are the links to each part in the series.

Part 1 “Which God Do You Worship??” Do Christians really want to hear the truth?

Part 2 “Which God Do You Worship??” Why is it so hard to apply what we learn?

Part 3 “Which God Do You Worship??” Why is our worship only confined to approximately 3-5 hours per week?

Part 4 “Which God Do You Worship??” What lessons will we have to learn before we are willing to give due honour, glory, and praise to our Saviour alone?

Part 5 “Which God Do You Worship??” How many poison pills are we willing to continue to consume before we realize that true joy and happiness comes from serving the Lord?

Be prepared for another part coming up!

Knowing God’s Will by John MacArthur

Are you interested in knowing God’s will? Here is a series of 5 youtube videos by John MacArthur with a clear explanation of knowing God’s will for your life! It has been a big help for me and I hope it will be for you!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5