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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - September 09, 2015

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> "I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not."
> Jeremiah 33:3
> There are different translations of these words. One version renders it, "I will
shew thee great and fortified things." Another, "Great and reserved things." Now,
there are reserved and special things in Christian experience: all the
developments of spiritual life are not alike easy of attainment.

There are the
common frames and feelings of repentance, and faith, and joy, and hope, which are
enjoyed by the entire family; but there is an upper realm of rapture, of
communion, and conscious union with Christ, which is far from being the common
dwelling-place of believers. We have not all the high privilege of John, to lean
upon Jesus' bosom; nor of Paul, to be caught up into the third heaven. There are
heights in experimental knowledge of the things of God which the eagle's eye of
acumen and philosophic thought hath never seen:

God alone can bear us there; but
the chariot in which he takes us up, and the fiery steeds with which that chariot
is dragged, are prevailing prayers. Prevailing prayer is victorious over the God
of mercy, "By his strength he had power with God: yea, he had power over the
angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in
Beth-el, and there he spake with us." Prevailing prayer takes the Christian to
Carmel, and enables him to cover heaven with clouds of blessing, and earth with
floods of mercy.

Prevailing prayer bears the Christian aloft to Pisgah, and shows
him the inheritance reserved; it elevates us to Tabor and transfigures us, till in
the likeness of his Lord, as he is, so are we also in this world. If you would
reach to something higher than ordinary grovelling experience, look to the Rock
that is higher than you, and gaze with the eye of faith through the window of
importunate prayer. When you open the window on your side, it will not be bolted
on the other.
> Evening
> "And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw
four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment."
> Revelation 4:4
> These representatives of the saints in heaven are said to be around the throne. In
the passage in Canticles, where Solomon sings of the King sitting at his table,
some render it "a round table." From this, some expositors, I think, without
straining the text, have said, "There is an equality among the saints." That idea
is conveyed by the equal nearness of the four and twenty elders.

The condition of
glorified spirits in heaven is that of nearness to Christ, clear vision of his
glory, constant access to his court, and familiar fellowship with his person: nor
is there any difference in this respect between one saint and another, but all the
people of God, apostles, martyrs, ministers, or private and obscure Christians,
shall all be seated near the throne, where they shall forever gaze upon their
exalted Lord, and be satisfied with his love. They shall all be near to Christ,
all ravished with his love, all eating and drinking at the same table with him,
all equally beloved as his favourites and friends even if not all equally rewarded
as servants.
> Let believers on earth imitate the saints in heaven in their nearness to Christ.
Let us on earth be as the elders are in heaven, sitting around the throne. May
Christ be the object of our thoughts, the centre of our lives. How can we endure
to live at such a distance from our Beloved? Lord Jesus, draw us nearer to
thyself. Say unto us, "Abide in me, and I in you"; and permit us to sing, "His
left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me."
> O lift me higher, nearer thee,
> And as I rise more pure and meet,
> O let my soul's humility
> Make me lie lower at thy feet;
> Less trusting self, the more I prove
> The blessed comfort of thy love.
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