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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - November 05, 2015

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> "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper."
> Isaiah 54:17
> This day is notable in English history for two great deliverances wrought by God
for us. On this day the plot of the Papists to destroy our Houses of Parliament
was discovered, 1605.
> "While for our princes they prepare
> In caverns deep a burning snare,
> He shot from heaven a piercing ray,
> And the dark treachery brought to day."
> And secondly--today is the anniversary of the landing of King William III, at
Torbay, by which the hope of Popish ascendancy was quashed, and religious liberty
was secured, 1688.
> This day ought to be celebrated, not by the saturnalia of striplings, but by the
songs of saints. Our Puritan forefathers most devoutly made it a special time of
thanksgiving. There is extant a record of the annual sermons preached by Matthew
Henry on this day.

Our Protestant feeling, and our love of liberty, should make us
regard its anniversary with holy gratitude. Let our hearts and lips exclaim, "We
have heard with our ears, and our fathers have told us the wondrous things which
thou didst in their day, and in the old time before them." Thou hast made this
nation the home of the gospel; and when the foe has risen against her, thou hast
shielded her.

Help us to offer repeated songs for repeated deliverances. Grant us
more and more a hatred of Antichrist, and hasten on the day of her entire
extinction. Till then and ever, we believe the promise, "No weapon that is formed
against thee shall prosper." Should it not be laid upon the heart of every lover
of the gospel of Jesus on this day to plead for the overturning of false doctrines
and the extension of divine truth? Would it not be well to search our own hearts,
and turn out any of the Popish lumber of self-righteousness which may lie
concealed therein?
> Evening
> "Be thankful unto him, and bless his name."
> Psalm 100:4
> Our Lord would have all his people rich in high and happy thoughts concerning his
blessed person. Jesus is not content that his brethren should think meanly of him;
it is his pleasure that his espoused ones should be delighted with his beauty. We
are not to regard him as a bare necessary, like to bread and water, but as a
luxurious delicacy, as a rare and ravishing delight. To this end he has revealed
himself as the "pearl of great price" in its peerless beauty, as the "bundle of
myrrh" in its refreshing fragrance, as the "rose of Sharon" in its lasting
perfume, as the "lily" in its spotless purity.
> As a help to high thoughts of Christ, remember the estimation that Christ is had
in beyond the skies, where things are measured by the right standard. Think how
God esteems the Only Begotten, his unspeakable gift to us. Consider what the
angels think of him, as they count it their highest honour to veil their faces at
his feet. Consider what the blood-washed think of him, as day without night they
sing his well deserved praises.

High thoughts of Christ will enable us to act
consistently with our relations towards him. The more loftily we see Christ
enthroned, and the more lowly we are when bowing before the foot of the throne,
the more truly shall we be prepared to act our part towards him. Our Lord Jesus
desires us to think well of him, that we may submit cheerfully to his authority.
High thoughts of him increase our love. Love and esteem go together. Therefore,
believer, think much of your Master's excellencies. Study him in his primeval
glory, before he took upon himself your nature! Think of the mighty love which
drew him from his throne to die upon the cross! Admire him as he conquers all the
powers of ****! See him risen, crowned, glorified! Bow before him as the
Wonderful, the Counsellor, the mighty God, for only thus will your love to him be
what it should.
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