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  • 23 SEPTEMBER (1860)

    Struggles of conscience

    “How many are mine iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin.” Job 13:23
    SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: John 8:21–47

    "Tell me how I can feel the need of my Saviour.” The first advice I give you is this: Particularise your sins. Do not say “I am a sinner;” it means nothing; everybody says that. But say this, “Am I a liar? Am I a thief? Am I a drunkard? Have I had impure thoughts? Have I committed unclean acts? Have I in my soul often rebelled against God? Am I often angry without a cause? Have I a bad temper? Am I covetous? Do I love this world better than the world to come? Do I neglect prayer? Do I neglect the great salvation?”

    Put these questions and you will soon convict yourself much more readily as being a sinner. I have heard of a hypocritical old monk who used to whine out, while he whipped his back as softly as he could, “Lord, I am a great sinner, as big a sinner as Judas;” and when someone said, “Yes that you are—you are like Judas, a vile old hypocrite,” then he would say, “No I am not.” Then he would go on again, “I am a great sinner.” Someone would say, “You are a great sinner, you broke the first commandment;” and then he would say, “No I have not.” Then when he would go on and say, “I am a great sinner,” some one would say, “Yes, you have broken the second commandment,” and he would say, “No I have not;” and the same with the third and the fourth, and so on right through.

    So it came to pass he had kept the whole ten according to his own account, and yet he went on crying he was a great sinner. The man was a hypocrite, for if he had not broken the commandments, how could he be a sinner at all? You will find it better not to dwell on your sins as a whole, but to pen them, count them over, and look at them individually, one by one.

    FOR MEDITATION: Christ did not die for a theoretical concept of sin, but for actual sins committed by practising sinners (Matthew 1:21; 26:28; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 1:4; Hebrews 1:3; 9:28; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2; Revelation 1:5).

    Spurgeon, C. H.
    23 SEPTEMBER (1860) Struggles of conscience “How many are mine iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin.” Job 13:23 SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: John 8:21–47 "Tell me how I can feel the need of my Saviour.” The first advice I give you is this: Particularise your sins. Do not say “I am a sinner;” it means nothing; everybody says that. But say this, “Am I a liar? Am I a thief? Am I a drunkard? Have I had impure thoughts? Have I committed unclean acts? Have I in my soul often rebelled against God? Am I often angry without a cause? Have I a bad temper? Am I covetous? Do I love this world better than the world to come? Do I neglect prayer? Do I neglect the great salvation?” Put these questions and you will soon convict yourself much more readily as being a sinner. I have heard of a hypocritical old monk who used to whine out, while he whipped his back as softly as he could, “Lord, I am a great sinner, as big a sinner as Judas;” and when someone said, “Yes that you are—you are like Judas, a vile old hypocrite,” then he would say, “No I am not.” Then he would go on again, “I am a great sinner.” Someone would say, “You are a great sinner, you broke the first commandment;” and then he would say, “No I have not.” Then when he would go on and say, “I am a great sinner,” some one would say, “Yes, you have broken the second commandment,” and he would say, “No I have not;” and the same with the third and the fourth, and so on right through. So it came to pass he had kept the whole ten according to his own account, and yet he went on crying he was a great sinner. The man was a hypocrite, for if he had not broken the commandments, how could he be a sinner at all? You will find it better not to dwell on your sins as a whole, but to pen them, count them over, and look at them individually, one by one. FOR MEDITATION: Christ did not die for a theoretical concept of sin, but for actual sins committed by practising sinners (Matthew 1:21; 26:28; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 1:4; Hebrews 1:3; 9:28; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2; Revelation 1:5). Spurgeon, C. H.
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  • 22 SEPTEMBER (PREACHED 23 SEPTEMBER 1855)

    Repentance unto life

    “Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” Acts 11:18
    SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Luke 3:1–14

    Can they be sincerely penitent, and then go and transgress again immediately, in the same way as they did before? How can we believe you if you transgress again and again, and do not forsake your sin? We know a tree by its fruit; you who are penitent will bring forth works of repentance.

    I have often thought it was a very beautiful instance, showing the power of penitence which a pious minister once related. He had been preaching on penitence and had in the course of his sermon spoken of the sin of stealing. On his way home, a laborer came alongside of him, and the minister observed that he had something under his smock-frock. He told him he need not accompany him farther, but the man persisted. At last he said, “I have a spade under my arm which I stole up at that farm; I heard you preaching about the sin of stealing, and I must go and put it there again.”

    That was sincere penitence which caused him to go back and replace the stolen article. It was like those South Sea Islanders, of whom we read, who stole the missionaries’ articles of apparel and furniture, and everything out of their houses; but when they were savingly converted they brought them all back. But many of you say you repent, yet nothing comes of it; it is not worth the snap of the finger.

    People sincerely repent, they say, that they should have committed a robbery, or that they have kept a gambling-house; but they are very careful that all the proceeds shall be laid out to their hearts’ best comfort. True repentance will yield “works meet for repentance;” it will be practical repentance. Yet farther. You may know whether your repentance is practical by this test. Does it last or does it not?

    FOR MEDITATION: As with faith, repentance without works is dead. Jesus could tell that the repentance of Zacchaeus was practical and real (Luke 19:8–9).

    Spurgeon, C. H.
    22 SEPTEMBER (PREACHED 23 SEPTEMBER 1855) Repentance unto life “Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” Acts 11:18 SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Luke 3:1–14 Can they be sincerely penitent, and then go and transgress again immediately, in the same way as they did before? How can we believe you if you transgress again and again, and do not forsake your sin? We know a tree by its fruit; you who are penitent will bring forth works of repentance. I have often thought it was a very beautiful instance, showing the power of penitence which a pious minister once related. He had been preaching on penitence and had in the course of his sermon spoken of the sin of stealing. On his way home, a laborer came alongside of him, and the minister observed that he had something under his smock-frock. He told him he need not accompany him farther, but the man persisted. At last he said, “I have a spade under my arm which I stole up at that farm; I heard you preaching about the sin of stealing, and I must go and put it there again.” That was sincere penitence which caused him to go back and replace the stolen article. It was like those South Sea Islanders, of whom we read, who stole the missionaries’ articles of apparel and furniture, and everything out of their houses; but when they were savingly converted they brought them all back. But many of you say you repent, yet nothing comes of it; it is not worth the snap of the finger. People sincerely repent, they say, that they should have committed a robbery, or that they have kept a gambling-house; but they are very careful that all the proceeds shall be laid out to their hearts’ best comfort. True repentance will yield “works meet for repentance;” it will be practical repentance. Yet farther. You may know whether your repentance is practical by this test. Does it last or does it not? FOR MEDITATION: As with faith, repentance without works is dead. Jesus could tell that the repentance of Zacchaeus was practical and real (Luke 19:8–9). Spurgeon, C. H.
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  • 95 THESIS OF REVELATION PART 2 The PROPHECY OF DANIEL 2 605 BC To 476 AD

    AND REVELATION SEALS .

    FIRST SEAL 1492 AD to 1918 AD ( WESTERN COLONIALISM ) ,

    SECOND SEAL 1918 to 1991 AD COMMUNISM ,

    THIRD SEAL 1991 AD to 2001 AD GLOBALIZATION ,

    FOURTH SEAL 2001 AD to 2014 AD ( WAR AND CONFLICT ) ,

    FIFTH SEAL 2014 - 01 02 2018 CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION ,

    SIXTH SEAL 01 02 2018 to DD 08 2021 AD

    CONTINUING ON
    1492 AD TO DD 08 2021 AD
    TRACKING THE HISTORY OF THE TOES OF THE STATUE ( THE SEVEN KINGS OF THE WESTERN ROMAN EMPIRE . TILL THE FORMATION OF THE US AND EU ALLIANCE AND THEIR SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL THE JUDGEMENT OF ISRAEL AND DEFEAT OF THE FOURTH KINGDOM AT ARMAGEDDON IN ISRAEL .


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    95 THESIS OF REVELATION PART 2 The PROPHECY OF DANIEL 2 605 BC To 476 AD AND REVELATION SEALS . FIRST SEAL 1492 AD to 1918 AD ( WESTERN COLONIALISM ) , SECOND SEAL 1918 to 1991 AD COMMUNISM , THIRD SEAL 1991 AD to 2001 AD GLOBALIZATION , FOURTH SEAL 2001 AD to 2014 AD ( WAR AND CONFLICT ) , FIFTH SEAL 2014 - 01 02 2018 CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION , SIXTH SEAL 01 02 2018 to DD 08 2021 AD CONTINUING ON 1492 AD TO DD 08 2021 AD TRACKING THE HISTORY OF THE TOES OF THE STATUE ( THE SEVEN KINGS OF THE WESTERN ROMAN EMPIRE . TILL THE FORMATION OF THE US AND EU ALLIANCE AND THEIR SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL THE JUDGEMENT OF ISRAEL AND DEFEAT OF THE FOURTH KINGDOM AT ARMAGEDDON IN ISRAEL . https://archive.org/details/95thesisofrevelationpart2theprophecyofdaniel2605bcto476ad12
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  • Just about every video lecture John Gerstner ever did for Ligonier Ministries. All available in one place: http://thepilgrimjournal.com/media/video/john-gerstner/
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    DISCIPLE – PART TWO
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  • 21 SEPTEMBER (1856)

    Comfort proclaimed

    “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.” Isaiah 40:1
    SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Acts 12:6–11

    To angels, first of all, I believe this command is addressed: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.” You often talk about the insinuations of the devil; I frequently hear you bemoaning yourselves because you have been attacked by Apollyon, and have had a hard struggle with Beelzebub; you have found it hard to resist his desperate thrusts which he made against you, and you are always talking about him.

    Allow me to remind you that there is another side of that question, for if evil spirits assault us, doubtless good spirits guard us; and if Satan can cast us down, doubtless it is true God gives his angels charge over us, to keep us in all our ways, and they shall bear us up in their hands lest at any time we dash our feet against a stone.

    It is my firm belief that angels are often employed by God to throw into the hearts of his people comforting thoughts. There are many sweet thoughts which we have by the way, when we sit down, and when we rise up, which we scarcely dare attribute immediately to the Holy Spirit, but which are still beautiful and calm, lovely, and fair, and consoling; and we attribute them to the ministry of angels.

    Angels came and ministered unto Jesus, and I doubt not that they minister unto us. Few of us have enough belief in the existence of spirits. I like that saying of Milton’s, “Millions of spiritual creatures walk this earth, both when we sleep and when we wake.” And if our minds were opened, if our ears were attentive, we might hold fellowship with spirits that flit through the air every moment. Around the death-bed of saints, angels hover; by the side of every struggling warrior for Christ the angels stand.

    FOR MEDITATION: The verses Spurgeon goes on to quote—Psalm 34:7 and Hebrews 1:14.

    Do you ever thank God for the ministry of his angels?

    Spurgeon, C. H.
    21 SEPTEMBER (1856) Comfort proclaimed “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.” Isaiah 40:1 SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Acts 12:6–11 To angels, first of all, I believe this command is addressed: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.” You often talk about the insinuations of the devil; I frequently hear you bemoaning yourselves because you have been attacked by Apollyon, and have had a hard struggle with Beelzebub; you have found it hard to resist his desperate thrusts which he made against you, and you are always talking about him. Allow me to remind you that there is another side of that question, for if evil spirits assault us, doubtless good spirits guard us; and if Satan can cast us down, doubtless it is true God gives his angels charge over us, to keep us in all our ways, and they shall bear us up in their hands lest at any time we dash our feet against a stone. It is my firm belief that angels are often employed by God to throw into the hearts of his people comforting thoughts. There are many sweet thoughts which we have by the way, when we sit down, and when we rise up, which we scarcely dare attribute immediately to the Holy Spirit, but which are still beautiful and calm, lovely, and fair, and consoling; and we attribute them to the ministry of angels. Angels came and ministered unto Jesus, and I doubt not that they minister unto us. Few of us have enough belief in the existence of spirits. I like that saying of Milton’s, “Millions of spiritual creatures walk this earth, both when we sleep and when we wake.” And if our minds were opened, if our ears were attentive, we might hold fellowship with spirits that flit through the air every moment. Around the death-bed of saints, angels hover; by the side of every struggling warrior for Christ the angels stand. FOR MEDITATION: The verses Spurgeon goes on to quote—Psalm 34:7 and Hebrews 1:14. Do you ever thank God for the ministry of his angels? Spurgeon, C. H.
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