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I will meditate in thy precepts

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Good advice. Mike I wonder if you have a clear statement on how God’s word through David in the Psalms and Spurgeon’s exhortation is different from the practices taught by those like Richard Foster on Silence and Solitude or those who teach the monastic practice of Lectio Divina. I still often run into people in churches that promote these. How do they differ from Biblical Meditation? How are they like Eastern Mediation? And how does one explain the distinction to those who practice them, if it truly matters?

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C.A. Spurgeon from his Morning by Morning Devotional for October 12.

15 I will meditate in thy precepts,
and have respect unto thy ways.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes:
I will not forget thy word.Psalms 119:15-16 (KJV)

There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on his Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. Truth is something like the cluster of the vine: if we would have wine from it, we must bruise it; we must press and squeeze it many times. The bruiser’s feet must come down joyfully upon the bunches, or else the juice will not flow; and they must well…

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A Cake Not Turned

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I found Mike’s commentary on the Spurgeon devotion quite useful in it’s description of these two aspects of the current visible church.

Mike concluded..” The reason preachers edit the Gospel this way is to increase their numbers or, in the case of Wokeism, it is to become socially acceptable. They have believed the ideologies of men rather than trusting in the promises from God’s Word. They have compromised the truth in order to please men. They have mixed themselves with the world and have proven that they are cakes not turned whose product is just more half-baked dough like themselves.”

Btw, Mike much like your other Spurgeon posts, maybe 🤔 add the date reference, this one is a little out of the timeline. When I got into reading it though I could definitely tell you were quoting him.

Also maybe your readers would like to check out Acacia’s free 1676 John Bunyan’s book The Strait Gate, or, Great difficulty of going to heaven.

It talks in length about the narrow path, as does Pilgrim’s Progress, and the difficulties along the way.

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by Mike Ratliff

8 Ephraim mixes himself with the nations;
Ephraim has become a cake not turned. Hosea 7:8 (NASB)

The Gospel is not something given to us in such a way that gives us the right to edit it. Nor is it our prerogative to change the focus of our local churches from what God intended. Both the Church Growth movement and Wokeism does both. Both of these movements are based on ideologies rooted in pragmatism. These ideologies say that if something produces the desired results then it must be right and, therefore, the will of God. However, there is a major flaw in this because it begins with a false assumption.

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Accepted in the beloved

Great read. To the praise of his glory!
The whole section is rich. I have highlight on almost every verse, which don’t show in the comments.

Ephesians 1:3-14 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

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C. H. Spurgeon devotion from his Morning by Morning for September 23.


3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6 (KJV) 

WHAT a state of privilege! It includes our justification before God, but the term acceptance” in the Greek means more than that. It signifies that we are the objects of divine complacence, nay, even of divine delight. How marvellous that we, worms…

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Life and Peace

Looking forward to your comments on Mead. My small reading group did that book maybe 15 years ago. Along with some lesser Bunyan works.

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by Mike Ratliff

6 τὸ γὰρ φρόνημα τῆς σαρκὸς θάνατος, τὸ δὲ φρόνημα τοῦ πνεύματος ζωὴ καὶ εἰρήνη· Romans 8:6 (NA28)

6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but he mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)

Discernment work is no fun. I wonder at some who seem to thrive on it. I do not. I will take up the sword when necessary and will not hesitate to take that firm stand, but my heart yearns for that time of peace like I am in right now as I am working my way through Romans 8:1-11 in light of my reading Matthew Mead’s The Almost Christian Discovered. The other side of discernment work for me is dealing with the inevitable spiritual assaults that come through our enemy’s servants. Their nagging little cuts and slices are nothing…

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