Posts tagged ‘blessing’

July 10, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 7.10.2017

Sunday Evening | Empty Vessels Filled | 2 Kings 4:1-7
“Then he said, ‘Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few.'” -2 Kings 4:3

We’ve got to come to Him as an empty vessel with an expectant heart. Empty vessels are filled with God’s blessings. -excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Evening Sermon
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February 27, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 2.27.2017

Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: The Distortion of the SabbathJohn 5:16 (Anthony Vance)
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

The Sabbath was intended to be a blessing, but the Jewish leaders had distorted the laws regarding the Sabbath, making it a burden. There is no rest in trying to keep the Pharisees’ law, but there is rest in Christ.

-excerpts from Anthony Vance’s Evening Sermon


This Week’s Sermon Audio:

Wednesday Evening – Can the Righteous Deliver the Ungodly? | Ezekiel 14 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Morning – A Contrast of Two Adams | Romans 5:12-21 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Evening – The Distortion of the SabbathJohn 5:16 (Anthony Vance)

May 26, 2015

Scripture at Sunrise 5.26.2015

“You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water…” -Exodus 23:25

What a promise is this! To serve God is in itself a high delight. But what an added privilege to have the blessing of the Lord resting upon us in all things! Our commonest things become blessed when we ourselves are consecrated to the Lord. Our Lord Jesus took bread and blessed it; behold, we also eat of blessed bread. Jesus blessed water and made it wine: the water which we drink is far better to us than any of the wine with which men make merry; every drop has a benediction in it. The divine blessing is on the man of God in everything, and it shall abide with him at every time.

What if we have only bread and water! Yet it is blessed bread and water. Bread and water we shall have. That is implied, for it must be there for God to bless it. “Thy bread shall be given thee, and thy waters shall be sure.” With God at our table, we not only ask a blessing, but we have one. It is not only at the altar but at the table that He blesses us. He serves those well who serve Him well. This table blessing is not of debt but of grace. Indeed, there is a trebled grace; He grants us grace to serve Him, by His grace feeds us with bread, and then in His grace blesses it.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

February 10, 2013

Scripture at Sunrise 2.12.2013

And the Lord said unto Abraham, after that Lot was separated from him, “Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward, for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” -Genesis 13:14-15

A special blessing for a memorable occasion. Abram had settled a family dispute. He had said, “Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between thee and me, for we be brethren”; and hence he received the blessing which belongs to peacemakers. The Lord and giver of peace delights to manifest His grace to those who seek peace and pursue it. If we desire closer communion with God, we must keep closer to the ways of peace.

Abram had behaved very generously to his kinsman, giving him his choice of the land. If we deny ourselves for peace’s sake, the Lord will more than make it up to us. As far as the patriarch can see, he can claim, and we may do the like by faith. Abram had to wait for the actual possession, but the Lord entailed the land upon him and his posterity. Boundless blessings belong to us by covenant gift. All things are ours. When we please the Lord, He makes us to look everywhere and see all things our own, whether things present or things to come, all are ours, and we are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

April 24, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 4.24.2012

Bring ye all of the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. -Malachi 3:10

Many read and plead this promise without noticing the condition upon which the blessing is promised. We cannot expect heaven to be opened or blessing poured out unless we pay our dues unto the Lord our God and to His cause. There would be no lack of funds for holy purposes if all professing Christians paid their fair share.

Many are poor because they rob God. Many churches, also, miss the visitation of the Spirit because they starve their ministries. If there is no temporal meat for God’s servants, we need not wonder if their ministry has been little food in it for our souls. When missions pine for means and the work of the Lord is hindered by an empty treasury, how can we look for a large amount of soul-prosperity?

Come, come! What have I given of late? Have I been mean to my God? Have I stinted my Savior? This will never do. Let me give my Lord Jesus His tithe by helping the poor and aiding His work, and then l shall prove His power to bless me on a large scale.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

March 7, 2011

Scripture at Sunrise 3.8.2011

“Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.” -Deuteronomy 28:5

Obedience brings a blessing on all the provisions which our industry earns for us. That which comes in and goes out at once, like fruit in the basket which is for immediate use, shall be blest; and that which is laid by with us for a longer season shall equally receive a blessing. Perhaps ours is a hand-basket portion. We have a little for breakfast and a scanty bite for dinner in a basket when we go out to do our work in the morning. This is well, for the blessing of God is promised to the basket. If we live born hand to mouth, getting each day’s supply in the day, we are as well off as Israel; for when the Lord entertained His favored people He only gave them a day’s manna at a time. What more did they need? What more do we need?

But if we have a store, how much we need the Lord to bless it! For there is the care of getting, the care of keeping, the care of managing, the care of using; and, unless the Lord bless it, these cares will eat into our hearts till our goods become our gods and our cares prove cankers.

O Lord, bless our substance. Enable us to use it for Thy glory, Help us to keep worldly things in their proper places, and never may our savings endanger the saving of our souls.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

November 28, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 11.29.2010

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”  -2 Corinthians 1:3-4

God comforts us so that we can comfort others.  Suffering often makes you think inward, but God is working in the suffering in our life that we might be a blessing to others.  Someone who has “been there…done that” can comfort better than others.

November 9, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 11.9.2010

Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God.  -Ezekiel 34:30

To be the Lord’s own people is a choice blessing, but to know that we are such is a comfortable blessing. It is one thing to hope that God is with us and another thing to know that He is so. Faith saves us, but assurance satisfies us. We take God to be our God when we believe in Him; but we get the joy of Him when we know that He is ours and that we are His. No believer should be content with hoping and trusting; he should ask the Lord to lead him on to full assurance, so that matters of hope may become matters of certainty.

It is when we enjoy covenant blessings and see our Lord Jesus raised up for us as a plant of renown that we come to a clear knowledge of the favor of God toward us. Not by law, but by grace do we learn that we are the Lord’s people. Let us always turn our eyes in the direction of free grace. Assurance of faith can never come by the works of the law. It is an evangelical virtue and can only reach us in a gospel way. Let us not look within. Let us look to the Lord alone. As we see Jesus we shall see our salvation.

Lord, send us such a flood-tide of Thy love that we shall be washed beyond the mire of doubt and fear.

[From Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, November 9 entry]

 

August 8, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 8.9.2010

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”  -Ephesians 1:3

I. Praise God for His goodness. Seek the face of God, not just His hand. Why does He love me?  Because He is good!  Psalm 25:8, 34:8, 54:6

II. Praise God for His gifts. He gives good gifts because He is a good gift-giving God!  James 1:17 Praise Him for His unspeakable gift, Christ Jesus!  If you think of Ephesians 1:3 as a gift box, you can think of vs. 4-14 as what’s inside!  We have everything we need IN Christ.

III. Praise God for His grace. How did we get to be the us (= the saints, believers)?  He chose us before the foundation of the world!  You can’t praise Him for His goodness or gifts until you can praise Him for His grace.

{Thanks to Bro. Anthony Vance for boldly proclaiming what the Lord had laid on his heart Sunday Morning.  We extend a warm welcome to him and his wife Becky as part of the NLBC family.  We consider you all good gifts that have come from above and look forward to growing closer to the Lord with you.}

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