Welcome to Noonday Devotion
What a great joy it is to share with you. You will find two devotions by me.. Keith.. and I am pleased to include two by one of my spiritual heroes.. Charles Haddon Spurgeon.. who was called the Prince of Preachers. He lived in the 19th Century.. but what he shared has so much relevance for today.. he does say things in Old English.. but it stands hold true for today's world and especially today's church.. if you want to know more about him.. Please place his name in a google search. Please click on the featured page link at the bottom of this page. Noonday Devotion will consist of 2 devotions by me and two by Spurgeon
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3 Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 [Born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you.
Have you ever had an inheritance left to you?
If this inheritance has come in the form of money, then once it is spent, you cannot have it again. but as Christians, we have a heavenly inheritance, that never runs out or rusts or decays.
The Greek word for inheritance talks about a present and future reality, yes a present reality. We have an experience of God here on earth that is wonderful, but as Paul says, we see through a glass darkly, but in heaven.. all will be revealed.
The full extent of our inheritance will be shown as we will look upon the Face of the One who saved us and upon the Face of the Father who loved us before the foundation of the world.
We have this to look forward. It is reserved in heaven for us.. it has your name on it believer.
I know that heaven will be a glorious reality of being with Jesus and the Father for eternity. But let's also rejoice on out earthly inheritance.. our wonderful relationship with God through our salvation is Christ.. that can never fade or rust.. amen
17 Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord all the day long.
There are two commands to obey here.
The first is not to envy sinners. Maybe you look at people who do wrong and it seems like they get away with absolute murder so to speak. But God reminds us in his word, that the way of sinners is the way of death. So plainly.. don't look at their lifestyles and possessions and envy how they are living and what they have.
Instead live in the reverential fear of the Lord. Focus on Him.. and the great things about Him. When we live in such fear of God.. we realise and understand the way of sinners. Just like the Psalmist in Psalm 73. Once he went into the House of the Lord, he understood the way of sinners.
Once you are living in intimate relationship with God and are focus your attentions on Him.. you will no longer focus on sin and sinners.
The words of the song are most relevant
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of the world will grow strangely din
In the light of His glory and Grace
Please read psalm 73. Psalm 1 and Philippians 4:8-9
God Bless you
Morning and Evening By CH Spurgeon
Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord." – Exodus 14:13
These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, "Stand still." It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, "Lie down and die; give it all up." But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, "Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles." But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, "do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness." We must be doing something at once-we must do it so we think-instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, "If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle." But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still," and immovable as a rock it stands. "Stand still;"-keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, "Go forward."
"His camp is very great." – Joel 2:11
Consider, my soul, the mightiness of the Lord who is thy glory and defence. He is a man of war, Jehovah is his name. All the forces of heaven are at his beck, legions wait at his door, cherubim and seraphim;, watchers and holy ones, principalities and powers, are all attentive to his will. If our eyes were not blinded by the ophthalmia of the flesh, we should see horses of fire and chariots of fire round about the Lord’s beloved. The powers of nature are all subject to the absolute control of the Creator: stormy wind and tempest, lightning and rain, and snow, and hail, and the soft dews and cheering sunshine, come and go at his decree. The bands of Orion he looseth, and bindeth the sweet influences of the Pleiades. Earth, sea, and air, and the places under the earth, are the barracks for Jehovah’s great armies; space is his camping ground, light is his banner, and flame is his sword. When he goeth forth to war, famine ravages the land, pestilence smites the nations, hurricane sweeps the sea, tornado shakes the mountains, and earthquake makes the solid world to tremble. As for animate creatures, they all own his dominion, and from the great fish which swallowed the prophet, down to "all manner of flies," which plagued the field of Zoan, all are his servants, and like the palmer-worm, the caterpillar, and the cankerworm, are squadrons of his great army, for his camp is very great. My soul, see to it that thou be at peace with this mighty King, yea, more, be sure to enlist under his banner, for to war against him is madness, and to serve him is glory. Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, is ready to receive recruits for the army of the Lord: if I am not already enlisted let me go to him ere I sleep, and beg to be accepted through his merits; and if I be already, as I hope I am, a soldier of the cross, let me be of good courage; for the enemy is powerless compared with my Lord, whose camp is very great.