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

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> "The trees of the Lord are full of sap."
> Psalm 104:16
> Without sap the tree cannot flourish or even exist. Vitality is essential to a
Christian. There must be life--a vital principle infused into us by God the Holy
Ghost, or we cannot be trees of the Lord. The mere name of being a Christian is
but a dead thing, we must be filled with the spirit of divine life. This life is
mysterious. We do not understand the circulation of the sap, by what force it
rises, and by what power it descends again. So the life within us is a sacred

Regeneration is wrought by the Holy Ghost entering into man and becoming
man's life; and this divine life in a believer afterwards feeds upon the flesh and
blood of Christ and is thus sustained by divine food, but whence it cometh and
whither it goeth who shall explain to us? What a secret thing the sap is! The
roots go searching through the soil with their little spongioles, but we cannot
see them suck out the various gases, or transmute the mineral into the vegetable;
this work is done down in the dark. Our root is Christ Jesus, and our life is hid
in him; this is the secret of the Lord. The radix of the Christian life is as
secret as the life itself. How permanently active is the sap in the cedar! In the
Christian the divine life is always full of energy--not always in fruit- bearing,
but in inward operations.

The believer's graces are not every one of them in
constant motion, but his life never ceases to palpitate within. He is not always
working for God, but his heart is always living upon him. As the sap manifests
itself in producing the foliage and fruit of the tree, so with a truly healthy
Christian, his grace is externally manifested in his walk and conversation. If you
talk with him, he cannot help speaking about Jesus. If you notice his actions you
will see that he has been with Jesus. He has so much sap within, that it must fill
his conduct and conversation with life.
> Evening
> "He began to wash the disciples' feet."
> John 13:5
> The Lord Jesus loves his people so much, that every day he is still doing for them
much that is analogous to washing their soiled feet. Their poorest actions he
accepts; their deepest sorrow he feels; their slenderest wish he hears, and their
every transgression he forgives. He is still their servant as well as their Friend
and Master. He not only performs majestic deeds for them, as wearing the mitre on
his brow, and the precious jewels glittering on his breastplate, and standing up
to plead for them, but humbly, patiently, he yet goes about among his people with
the basin and the towel.

He does this when he puts away from us day by day our
constant infirmities and sins. Last night, when you bowed the knee, you mournfully
confessed that much of your conduct was not worthy of your profession; and even
tonight, you must mourn afresh that you have fallen again into the selfsame folly
and sin from which special grace delivered you long ago; and yet Jesus will have
great patience with you; he will hear your confession of sin; he will say, "I
will, be thou clean"; he will again apply the blood of sprinkling, and speak peace
to your conscience, and remove every spot.

It is a great act of eternal love when
Christ once for all absolves the sinner, and puts him into the family of God; but
what condescending patience there is when the Saviour with much long-suffering
bears the oft recurring follies of his wayward disciple; day by day, and hour by
hour, washing away the multiplied transgressions of his erring but yet beloved
child! To dry up a flood of rebellion is something marvellous, but to endure the
constant dropping of repeated offences--to bear with a perpetual trying of
patience, this is divine indeed! While we find comfort and peace in our Lord's
daily cleansing, its legitimate influence upon us will be to increase our
watchfulness, and quicken our desire for holiness. Is it so?
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