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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - September 23, 2015

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> "Accepted in the beloved."
> Ephesians 1:6
> What a state of privilege! It includes our justification before God, but the term
"acceptance" in the Greek means more than that. It signifies that we are the
objects of divine complacence, nay, even of divine delight. How marvellous that
we, worms, mortals, sinners, should be the objects of divine love! But it is only
"in the beloved." Some Christians seem to be accepted in their own experience, at
least, that is their apprehension. When their spirit is lively, and their hopes
bright, they think God accepts them, for they feel so high, so heavenly-minded, so
drawn above the earth!
But when their souls cleave to the dust, they are the
victims of the fear that they are no longer accepted. If they could but see that
all their high joys do not exalt them, and all their low despondencies do not
really depress them in their Father's sight, but that they stand accepted in One
who never alters, in One who is always the beloved of God, always perfect, always
without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, how much happier they would be, and
how much more they would honour the Saviour! Rejoice then, believer, in this: thou
art accepted "in the beloved." Thou lookest within, and thou sayest, "There is
nothing acceptable here!" But look at Christ, and see if there is not everything
acceptable there.

Thy sins trouble thee; but God has cast thy sins behind his
back, and thou art accepted in the Righteous One. Thou hast to fight with
corruption, and to wrestle with temptation, but thou art already accepted in him
who has overcome the powers of evil. The devil tempts thee; be of good cheer, he
cannot destroy thee, for thou art accepted in him who has broken Satan's head.
Know by full assurance thy glorious standing. Even glorified souls are not more
accepted than thou art. They are only accepted in heaven "in the beloved," and
thou art even now accepted in Christ after the same manner.
> Evening
> "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe."
> Mark 9:23
> A certain man had a demoniac son, who was afflicted with a dumb spirit. The
father, having seen the futility of the endeavours of the disciples to heal his
child, had little or no faith in Christ, and therefore, when he was bidden to
bring his son to him, he said to Jesus, "If thou canst do anything, have
compassion on us, and help us." Now there was an "if" in the question, but the
poor trembling father had put the "if" in the wrong place: Jesus Christ,
therefore, without commanding him to retract the "if," kindly puts it in its
legitimate position.

"Nay, verily," he seemed to say, "there should be no if'
about my power, nor concerning my willingness, the if' lies somewhere else." "If
thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." The man's
trust was strengthened, he offered a humble prayer for an increase of faith, and
instantly Jesus spoke the word, and the devil was cast out, with an injunction
never to return. There is a lesson here which we need to learn. We, like this man,
often see that there is an "if" somewhere, but we are perpetually blundering by
putting it in the wrong place. "If" Jesus can help me--"if" he can give me grace
to overcome temptation--"if" he can give me pardon--"if" he can make me

Nay, "if" you can believe, he both can and will. You have misplaced
your "if." If you can confidently trust, even as all things are possible to
Christ, so shall all things be possible to you. Faith standeth in God's power, and
is robed in God's majesty; it weareth the royal apparel, and rideth on the King's
horse, for it is the grace which the King delighteth to honour. Girding itself
with the glorious might of the all-working Spirit, it becomes, in the omnipotence
of God, mighty to do, to dare, and to suffer. All things, without limit, are
possible to him that believeth. My soul, canst thou believe thy Lord tonight?
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