Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 1st June

“That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death.” /
Hebrews 2:14

O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil’s power over it
is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost,
that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer’s death, thou
mayst be strengthened for that dread hour. Living near the cross of Calvary
thou mayst think of death with pleasure, and welcome it when it comes with
intense delight. It is sweet to die in the Lord: it is a covenant-blessing to
sleep in Jesus. Death is no longer banishment, it is a return from exile, a
going home to the many mansions where the loved ones already dwell. The
distance between glorified spirits in heaven and militant saints on earth
seems great; but it is not so. We are not far from home–a moment will bring
us there. The sail is spread; the soul is launched upon the deep. How long
will be its voyage? How many wearying winds must beat upon the sail ere it
shall be reefed in the port of peace? How long shall that soul be tossed upon
the waves before it comes to that sea which knows no storm? Listen to the
answer, “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.” Yon ship has just
departed, but it is already at its haven. It did but spread its sail and it
was there. Like that ship of old, upon the Lake of Galilee, a storm had tossed
it, but Jesus said, “Peace, be still,” and immediately it came to land. Think
not that a long period intervenes between the instant of death and the
eternity of glory. When the eyes close on earth they open in heaven. The
horses of fire are not an instant on the road. Then, O child of God, what is
there for thee to fear in death, seeing that through the death of thy Lord its
curse and sting are destroyed? and now it is but a Jacob’s ladder whose foot
is in the dark grave, but its top reaches to glory everlasting.

“Fight the Lord’s battles.” / 1 Samuel 18:17

The sacramental host of God’s elect is warring still on earth, Jesus Christ
being the Captain of their salvation. He has said, “Lo! I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world.” Hark to the shouts of war! Now let the people
of God stand fast in their ranks, and let no man’s heart fail him. It is true
that just now in England the battle is turned against us, and unless the Lord
Jesus shall lift his sword, we know not what may become of the church of God
in this land; but let us be of good courage, and play the man. There never was
a day when Protestantism seemed to tremble more in the scales than now that a
fierce effort is making to restore the Romish antichrist to his ancient seat.
We greatly want a bold voice and a strong hand to preach and publish the old
gospel for which martyrs bled and confessors died. The Saviour is, by his
Spirit, still on earth; let this cheer us. He is ever in the midst of the
fight, and therefore the battle is not doubtful. And as the conflict rages,
what a sweet satisfaction it is to know that the Lord Jesus, in his office as
our great Intercessor, is prevalently pleading for his people! O anxious
gazer, look not so much at the battle below, for there thou shalt be
enshrouded in smoke, and amazed with garments rolled in blood; but lift thine
eyes yonder where the Saviour lives and pleads, for while he intercedes, the
cause of God is safe. Let us fight as if it all depended upon us, but let us
look up and know that all depends upon him.

Now, by the lilies of Christian purity, and by the roses of the Saviour’s
atonement, by the roes and by the hinds of the field, we charge you who are
lovers of Jesus, to do valiantly in the Holy War, for truth and righteousness,
for the kingdom and crown jewels of your Master. Onward! “for the battle is
not yours but God’s.”

– From Bible Gateway.Com

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