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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - September 11, 2015

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> "Be ye separate."
> 2 Corinthians 6:17
> The Christian, while in the world, is not to be of the world. He should be
distinguished from it in the great object of his life. To him, "to live," should
be "Christ." Whether he eats, or drinks, or whatever he does, he should do all to
God's glory. You may lay up treasure; but lay it up in heaven, where neither moth
nor rust doth corrupt, where thieves break not through nor steal. You may strive
to be rich; but be it your ambition to be "rich in faith," and good works. You may
have pleasure; but when you are merry, sing psalms and make melody in your hearts
to the Lord. In your spirit, as well as in your aim, you should differ from the

Waiting humbly before God, always conscious of his presence, delighting in
communion with him, and seeking to know his will, you will prove that you are of
heavenly race. And you should be separate from the world in your actions. If a
thing be right, though you lose by it, it must be done; if it be wrong, though you
would gain by it, you must scorn the sin for your Master's sake. You must have no
fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Walk
worthy of your high calling and dignity.

Remember, O Christian, that thou art a
son of the King of kings. Therefore, keep thyself unspotted from the world. Soil
not the fingers which are soon to sweep celestial strings; let not these eyes
become the windows of lust which are soon to see the King in his beauty--let not
those feet be defiled in miry places, which are soon to walk the golden
streets--let not those hearts be filled with pride and bitterness which are ere
long to be filled with heaven, and to overflow with ecstatic joy.
> Then rise my soul! and soar away,
> Above the thoughtless crowd;
> Above the pleasures of the gay,
> And splendours of the proud;
> Up where eternal beauties bloom,
> And pleasures all divine;
> Where wealth, that never can consume,
> And endless glories shine.
> Evening
> "Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies."
> Psalms 5:8
> Very bitter is the enmity of the world against the people of Christ. Men will
forgive a thousand faults in others, but they will magnify the most trivial
offence in the followers of Jesus. Instead of vainly regretting this, let us turn
it to account, and since so many are watching for our halting, let this be a
special motive for walking very carefully before God.

If we live carelessly, the
lynx-eyed world will soon see it, and with its hundred tongues, it will spread the
story, exaggerated and emblazoned by the zeal of slander. They will shout
triumphantly. "Aha! So would we have it! See how these Christians act! They are
hypocrites to a man." Thus will much damage be done to the cause of Christ, and
much insult offered to his name. The cross of Christ is in itself an offence to
the world; let us take heed that we add no offence of our own.

It is "to the Jews
a stumblingblock": let us mind that we put no stumblingblocks where there are
enough already. "To the Greeks it is foolishness": let us not add our folly to
give point to the scorn with which the worldly-wise deride the gospel. How jealous
should we be of ourselves! How rigid with our consciences! In the presence of
adversaries who will misrepresent our best deeds, and impugn our motives where
they cannot censure our actions, how circumspect should we be! Pilgrims travel as
suspected persons through Vanity Fair.

Not only are we under surveillance, but
there are more spies than we know of. The espionage is everywhere, at home and
abroad. If we fall into the enemies' hands we may sooner expect generosity from a
wolf, or mercy from a fiend, than anything like patience with our infirmities from
men who spice their infidelity towards God with scandals against his people. O
Lord, lead us ever, lest our enemies trip us up!
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