SPURGEON AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE: 365 SERMONS – THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020

A promise for us and for our children

‘I will pour water upon him that is thirsty … I will pour my spirit upon thy seed … and they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses, One shall say, I am the Lord’s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob.’ Isaiah 44:3–5

Suggested Further Reading: Acts 2:1–21

The thirsty land shall be springs of water. O my brethren, when the Holy Spirit visits a man, what a difference is made in him! I know a preacher, once as dull and dead a man as ever misused a pulpit; under his slumbering ministrations there were few conversions, and the congregation grew thinner and thinner, good men sighed in secret, and the enemy said, ‘Aha! so would we have it.’ The revival came, the Holy Spirit worked gloriously, the preacher felt the divine fire and suddenly woke up to energy and zeal. The man appeared to be transformed; his tongue seemed touched with fire; elaborate and written discourses were laid aside, and he began to talk out of his own glowing heart to the hearts of others. He preached as he had never done before; the place filled; the dry bones were stirred, and quickening began. Those who knew him once so elegant, correct, passionless, dignified, cold, lifeless, and unprofitable, asked in amazement, ‘Is Saul also among the prophets?’ The Spirit of God is a great wonder-worker. You will notice certain church members; they have never been good for much; we have had their names on the roll, and that is all: suddenly the Spirit of God has come upon them, and they have been honoured among us for their zeal and usefulness. We have seen them here and there and everywhere diligent in the service of God, and foremost in all sorts of Christian labour, though before you could hardly get them to stir an inch. I would then that the quickening Spirit would come down upon me, and upon you, upon every one of us in abundance, to create men valiant for truth and mighty for the Lord. O for some of the ancient valour of apostolic times.

For meditation: This abundant watering is carried out by the Holy Spirit in the heart of the believer (John 7:37–39Romans 5:5Titus 3:5–6). Are you overflowing or not really thirsty enough?

Sermon no. 564
10 April (1864)

365 Days with C.H. Spurgeon, Vol. 2: A Unique Collection of 365 Daily Readings from Sermons Preached by Charles Haddon Spurgeon from His Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit (365 Days With Series); edited by Terence Peter Crosby; (c) Day One Publications, 2002

TOZER ON LEADERSHIP – THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020

Prayer: Men Who Do Not Pray

Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.—Acts 6:3

Let us watch that we do not slide imperceptibly to a state where the women do the praying and the men run the churches. Men who do not pray have no right to direct church affairs. We believe in the leadership of men within the spiritual community of the saints, but that leadership should be won by spiritual worth.

Leadership requires vision, and whence will vision come except from hours spent in the presence of God in humble and fervent prayer? All things else being equal, a praying woman will know the will of God for the church far better than a prayerless man.

We do not here advocate the turning of the churches over to the women, but we do advocate a recognition of proper spiritual qualifications for leadership among the men if they are to continue to decide the direction the churches shall take. The accident of being a man is not enough. Spiritual manhood alone qualifies. We Travel an Appointed Way, 16.

“Lord, don’t ever let me have leadership that I don’t deserve. Don’t ever let me become careless in prayer. Don’t ever let me rely on the women to pray while I lead. Amen.”

Reprinted from Tozer on Christian Leadership by A.W. Tozer, copyright © 2001 by Zur Ltd. Used by permission of WingSpread Publishers, a division of Zur Ltd.

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SISTERS IN FAITH – THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020

Making It Work At Work

By Jamell Meeks

Sisters in Faith

When “iron sharpeneth iron,” it causes friction. And when friction happens, things heat up. We are all taught as youngsters to avoid differences. We may come to believe a person is not our friend unless they always agree with us. But it is important that we always be willing to exchange ideas and to challenge one another in order to grow. When we are in the workplace, it is often difficult to have an “iron sharpeneth iron” relationship with co-workers. We often don’t trust each other enough to share ideas, fearing someone will take credit from us or that we will be criticized. But when we share ideas and provoke one another to good works, we become valuable employees, our thoughts become sharper; and we, in turn, can sharpen others. Then the workplace becomes energized and exciting. Trust the Word of the Lord in your workplace today. (3, p.799)

Excerpt from the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible, King James Version

Copyright © 2012 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Notes and articles copyright © 2012 by Michele Clark Jenkins and Stephanie Perry Moor

“The Good Steward”

BG!

Topic: Living for God

Romans 13:11-14

Brothers and sisters, “who is wise and understanding among you?” (James 3:13). Let him show the wisdom from above, by walking fitting to his character. If he calls himself a steward of the many gifts of God, let him see that all his thoughts, words, and works fulfill the duty God has assigned him. It is no small thing to lay out for God all which you have received from God. It requires all your wisdom, all your determination, all your patience and faithfulness; far more than ever you had by nature but not more than you may have by grace. His grace is sufficient for you. “All things,” you know, “are possible to him that believes” (Mark 9:23). By faith, then, “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14), “put on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11), and you will be able to glorify Him in all your words and works. Yes, to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ!

– Edinburgh, May 14, 1768

Adapted from “The Good Steward” in The Collected Sermons of John Wesley

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