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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - August 24, 2015

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> "The breaker is come up before them."
> Micah 2:13
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> Inasmuch as Jesus has gone before us, things remain not as they would have been
had he never passed that way. He has conquered every foe that obstructed the way.
Cheer up now thou faint-hearted warrior. Not only has Christ travelled the road,
but he has slain thine enemies. Dost thou dread sin? He has nailed it to his
cross. Dost thou fear death? He has been the death of Death. Art thou afraid of
****? He has barred it against the advent of any of his children; they shall never
see the gulf of perdition. Whatever foes may be before the Christian, they are all
overcome.

There are lions, but their teeth are broken; there are serpents, but
their fangs are extracted; there are rivers, but they are bridged or fordable;
there are flames, but we wear that matchless garment which renders us invulnerable
to fire. The sword that has been forged against us is already blunted; the
instruments of war which the enemy is preparing have already lost their point. God
has taken away in the person of Christ all the power that anything can have to
hurt us. Well then, the army may safely march on, and you may go joyously along
your journey, for all your enemies are conquered beforehand. What shall you do but
march on to take the prey?

They are beaten, they are vanquished; all you have to
do is to divide the spoil. You shall, it is true, often engage in combat; but your
fight shall be with a vanquished foe. His head is broken; he may attempt to injure
you, but his strength shall not be sufficient for his malicious design. Your
victory shall be easy, and your treasure shall be beyond all count.
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> "Proclaim aloud the Saviour's fame,
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> Who bears the Breaker's wond'rous name;
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> Sweet name; and it becomes him well,
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> Who breaks down earth, sin, death, and ****."
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> Evening
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> "If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of corn, or the
standing corn, or the field, be consumed therewith; he that kindled the fire shall
surely make restitution."
> Exodus 22:6
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> But what restitution can he make who casts abroad the fire-brands of error, or the
coals of lasciviousness, and sets men's souls on a blaze with the fire of ****?
The guilt is beyond estimate, and the result is irretrievable.

If such an offender
be forgiven, what grief it will cause him in the retrospect, since he cannot undo
the mischief which he has done! An ill example may kindle a flame which years of
amended character cannot quench. To burn the food of man is bad enough, but how
much worse to destroy the soul! It may be useful to us to reflect how far we may
have been guilty in the past, and to enquire whether, even in the present, there
may not be evil in us which has a tendency to bring damage to the souls of our
relatives, friends, or neighbours.
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> The fire of strife is a terrible evil when it breaks out in a Christian church.
Where converts were multiplied, and God was glorified, jealousy and envy do the
devil's work most effectually. Where the golden grain was being housed, to reward
the toil of the great Boaz, the fire of enmity comes in and leaves little else but
smoke and a heap of blackness. Woe unto those by whom offences come. May they
never come through us, for although we cannot make restitution, we shall certainly
be the chief sufferers if we are the chief offenders.

Those who feed the fire
deserve just censure, but he who first kindles it is most to blame. Discord
usually takes first hold upon the thorns; it is nurtured among the hypocrites and
base professors in the church, and away it goes among the righteous, blown by the
winds of ****, and no one knows where it may end. O thou Lord and giver of peace,
make us peacemakers, and never let us aid and abet the men of strife, or even
unintentionally cause the least division among thy people.
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