“If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, blessed shalt thou be in the city.” -Deuteronomy 28:2-3
The city is full of care, and he who has to go there from day to day finds it to be a place of great wear and tear. It is full of noise, and stir, and bustle, and sore travail; many are its temptations, losses, and worries. But to go there with the divine blessing takes off the edge of its difficulty; to remain there with that blessing is to find pleasure in its duties and strength equal to its demands.
A blessing in the city may not make us great, but it will keep us good; it may not make us rich, but it will preserve us honest. Whether we are porters, or clerks, or managers, or merchants, or magistrates, the city will afford us opportunities for usefulness. It is good fishing where there are shoals of fish, and it is hopeful to work for our Lord amid the thronging crowds. We might prefer the quiet of a country life; but if called to town, we may certainly prefer it because there is room for our energies.
Today let us expect good things because of this promise, and let our care be to have an open ear to the voice of the Lord and a ready hand to execute His bidding. Obedience brings the blessing. “In keeping His commandments there is great reward.”
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“The more you grow in the truth of Christ, the more freedom you experience. Grow in the grace and knowledge of His Word. If you love Him, you will keep His commandments.” -excerpts from Steve Wainright’s 12/10 evening sermon
“The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto.” -Deuteronomy 28:8
If we obey the Lord our God He will bless that which He gives us. Riches are no curse when blessed of the Lord. When men have more than they require for their immediate need and begin to lay up in storehouses, the dry rot of covetousness or the blight of hard-heartedness is apt to follow the accumulation; but with God’s blessing it is not so. Prudence arranges the saving, liberality directs the spending, gratitude maintains consecration, and praise sweetens enjoyment. It is a great mercy to have God’s blessing in one’s iron safe and on one’s banking account.
What a favor is made ours by the last clause! “The Lord shall bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand unto.” We would not put our hand to anything upon which we dare not ask God’s blessing, neither would we go about it without prayer and faith. But what a privilege to be able to look for the Lord’s help in every enterprise! Some talk of a lucky man: the blessing of the Lord is better than luck. The patronage of the great is nothing to the favor of God. Self-reliance is all very well; but the Lord’s blessing is infinitely more than all the fruit of talent, genius, or tact.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Morning | Two Masters. Two Ends. | Romans 6:17-23 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” -Romans 6:17-18
God’s judgment is coming on man because of sin. Here He is laying down the standard and principles by which they will be judged.
In this passage, we take a look at how we are judged according to our works. We are judged according to the things we do in life. Does your life display obedience or disobedience? (This is not referring to salvation, but judgment. Salvation is all by God’s grace. We do not work for it; however, we do good things as a result of our salvation.)
We are born again to do good works. When we do good works, we glorify God–and that’s the whole purpose. A lot of times you don’t see the fruits of your labor in the midst of your labor, but be patient in well-doing.
If you do what God has told you to do, you have nothing else to worry about. There is a relief of responsibility when you obey. -Anthony Vance
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” -John 2:5
Why is God worthy of our complete surrender? He’s infinitely wiser than we are. He’s sovereignly involved. He not only knows the future, but controls the future. -Anthony Vance in “What True Obedience Is”
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: A Renowned Faith | Romans 1:8-17 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.” -Romans 1:8
The church at Rome was not famous for their choir or their preacher, but for their faith. Their faith as a body of believers was so strong that it was spoken of throughout the world. They had a heartfelt faith that produced obedience.
Their faith was spread abroad by their obedience to the Word of God. When we walk in the works that God has ordained, our faith is renowned in all the world. Are you obedient to the faith?