I logged on this morning and received my regular daily E-mails including the following late 1800′s devotional written by C.H. Spurgeon, which is redistributed through Truth For Life (I recommend it highly!). The timing and content is never an accident, and that is no less true today. Having spent the past weekend at Worldview Weekend, I heard 10 presentations from 7 gifted men of God which talked about America’s present condition, the spiritual consequences of the choices we are making and the fast approaching return of the Lord. Understanding that the Lord would have us to do more than just feel sad and helpless to help the country we love in response, I pray that He will continue to strengthen our faith to live for Him in light of the growing storm.
Jesus, Himself, asks you this important question: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b)
Spurgeon’s wise words, written 100+ years ago are repeated below:
April 26, 2010
Dangers of Our Day
Blessed is the one who stays awake. Revelation 16:15
“I die every day,”1 said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. We are not at this time being called to pass through the same fearful persecutions: if we were, the Lord would give us grace to bear the test. But the tests of Christian life, at the present moment, though outwardly not so terrible, are still more likely to overcome us than even those of the fiery age.
We have to bear the sneer of the world—that is small; its flatteries, its soft words, its oily speeches, its fawning, its hypocrisy are far worse. Our danger is that we might grow rich and become proud; we might give ourselves up to the fashions of this present evil world and lose our faith. Or if wealth does not test us, worldly care is quite as mischievous. If we cannot be torn in pieces by the roaring lion, we may be hugged to death by the bear.
The devil cares very little which it is, as long as he destroys our love for Christ and our confidence in Him. I am afraid that the Christian church is far more likely to lose her integrity in these soft and easy days than in those rougher times. We must stay awake now, for we are crossing enchanted ground and are most likely to fall asleep to our own ruin, unless our faith in Jesus is a reality and our love for Jesus an ardent flame. Many in these days of easy-believism are likely to prove to be tares, and not wheat; hypocrites with attractive masks on their faces, but not the true-born children of the living God.
Christian, do not think that these are times in which you can dispense with watchfulness or with holy ardor; you need these things more than ever, and may God the eternal Spirit display His omnipotence in you, that you may be able to say, in all these softer things as well as in the rougher, “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”2
1. 1 Corinthians 15:31, 2. Romans 8:37
Great Wisdom to Walk in,