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My Spiders

My Spiders.

My spiders live on my motor bike. My spiders do not know me. Every night they spin webs from the handle bars to the mirrors. On days that I do not move my bike the webs remain to attempt to catch food and the spiders are spared, if they want, of spinning new webs.
However on days that I do ride my bike, the webs are destroyed. The spiders travel many miles with me but probably do not even know they have moved locations and entered entirely different environments, they remain true to their nature and spin new webs at night. If I ride again the next day, and I do, their world is turned upside down, the webs destroyed, again and again, yet they do not give up, they try and try again, to build the means to catch food. They had a load a babies, mini spiders with the same nature, who began to spin webs together.

Now location and circumstances do not change their nature.
They are creatures of habit, they do the same things.
They persevere against odds that are stacked against them.
They are unaware of my existence, they do not recognise or adapt to it.
Their offspring are of the same nature as themselves, they work together, using the same means, seeking the same ends.

Sinners are like these spiders, their nature is not changed by their location or circumstances. In every place and every circumstance they are sinners.
Sinners are creatures of habit, they are habitual sinners, they cannot change themselves, they always sin and will continue to do so.
Sinners persevere in their sins, although the odds are stacked against them achieving their desired aims.
Sinners are unaware of God’s existence, as a controlling power, able to change their location and circumstances. They do not change their actions in the light of this fact.
Sinners produce offspring, who are the same nature as themselves, have the same sinful habits, and work for the same self-centred ends, using the same sinful means.

What the spiders really need now is one who can put them back in their original situation, amongst the trees and bushes of the garden. Their natural habits will become fruitful.

What the sinner needs is to be returned to the same nature as their first parents in the garden before the fall. To be able to recognise and talk to the Highest Power. To live in the light of His Presence and live in accordance to His Laws. Habits need to remain but be transformed and used to the appointed end of the Highest Power. Perseverance needs to be used for the purpose it was intended. They need to recognise their intended end and use every means to move towards it. Their offspring need to go through the same rebirth or they will not have the same new nature as originally intended. Their whole being needs to become fruitful.

My friends consider my spiders and the lessons drawn from my observations of the sinners position and needs.

© Jeff maxwell 2013
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THE GOODNESS OF GOD

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

The Lord LOVES His Children with an everlasting LOVE.

He constantly draws us to HIMSELF.

We are kept by the Power of God.

We are safe and hidden in the hollow of His Hands.

Underneath is the Everlasting Arms.

He keeps us as the apple of His eye.

He hides us under the shadow of His wings.

He represents us at the Throne of Grace.

He cares for His lost sheep.

He leads us to the ROCK that is higher than I.

He is our Fortress and strong High Tower.

He gives his beloved sleep.

His Peace He gives unto us.

The Comforter He sends unto us.

He speaks to us through His Son.

He raises us up.

He gives us strength for the day.

He gives us beauty for ashes.

He takes away our filthy rags.

He gives us garments of righteousness.

He sets us free.

He shows us His mercy.

He forgives our sins.

He corrects us as a Loving Father.

He gives us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

He gives us the oil of joy for mourning.

We are the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

He leads us by still waters.

He restores our souls.

His rod and staff they comfort us.

He hears our cries.

The LORD is our shade upon our right hand.

The LORD is our keeper.

The Lord is our dwelling place.

He makes us to prosper.

He feeds us with food convenient for us.

He leads us to Glory.

We shall dwell in the House of the Lord for ever.

© Jeff Maxwell 2013

A PRAYER FOR MY FRIENDS

 

May the Presence of God go with you, everywhere!

May His Power overshadow you, always!

May His Spirit guide you, constantly!

May His Mercy be extended to you, infinitely!

May His Goodness embrace you, endlessly!

May His Patience be towards you, tirelessly!

May His Comfort uphold you, unwearyingly!

May His Grace preserve you, entirely!

 

May His Gifts be given to you, wisely!

May His Knowledge teach you, gently!

May His Joy be given you, over flowingly!

May His Wisdom control you, wonderfully!

May His Blessings be upon you, visibly!

May His Chastisements correct you, effectively!

May His Love encompass you, unconditionally!

May His Longsuffering bear with you, compassionately!

 

May His Word edify you, deeply!

May His Hands support you, tellingly!

May His Arms enfold you, completely!

May His Ear be open to you, mightily!

May His Intercession uphold you, steadily!

May His Beauty enhance you, glowingly!

May His Riches provide for you, abundantly!

May His Tests refine you, spiritually! 

© Jeff Maxwell 2004

THE PASTOR IN PRAYER

I was very privileged to to read this prayer this morning and
thought it deserves to be in the public eye again. Jeff

A Prayer of C H Spurgeon.

Holy Father, keep Thy people we beseech Thee, for Jesus’ sake: though
they are in the world let them not be of it; but may there be a marked
distinction between them and the rest of mankind. Even as their Lord was
“holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners,” so may it be with
believers in Christ. May they follow Him; and may they not know the voice
of strangers, but come out from the rest, that they may follow Him without
the camp.

We cry to Thee this morning for the preservation of Thy church in the
world, and especially for her purity. Oh Father, keep us, we beseech Thee,
with all keeping, that the Evil one touch us not. We shall be tempted, but
let him not prevail against us. In a thousand ways he will lay snares for our
feet, but, oh, deliver us as a bird from the snare of the fowler. May the
snare be broken that we may escape.

Let not the church suffer dishonour at any time, but may her garments be
always white. Let not such as come in among her, that are not of her,
utterly despoil her. Oh Christ, as Thou didst groan concerning Judas, so
may Thy children cry to Thee concerning any that have fallen aside into
crooked ways, lest the cause of Christ in the earth should be dishonoured.
Oh God, cover we beseech Thee, with Thy feathers, all the people of
Christ, and keep Thy church even until He shall come who, having loved
His own that were in the world, loveth them even to the end.

We would each one of us ask this morning that we may be washed as to
our feet: we trust Thou hast bathed us once for all in the sin-removing
fountain. Thou hast also washed us in the waters of regeneration, and given
us the renewing of our minds through Jesus Christ. But oh for daily
cleansing! Dost Thou see any fault in us? — oh we know that Thou dost
— wash us that we may be clean.

Are we deficient in any virtue? Oh supply it, that we may exhibit a perfect
character, to the glory of Him who hast made us anew in Christ Jesus. Or,
is there something that would be good, carried to excess? Be pleased to
modify it lest one virtue should slaughter another, and we should not be the
image of Christ completely.

Oh Lord and Master, Thou who didst wash Thy disciples’ feet of old, still
be very patient toward us, very condescending towards our provoking
faults, and go on with us, we pray Thee, till Thy great work shall be
completed, and we shall be brethren of the First-born, like unto Him.

Gracious Master, we wish to conquer self in every respect; we desire to
live for the glory of God and the good of our fellow men.
Wilt Thou enable us especially to overcome the body with all its affections
and lusts; may the flesh be kept under; let no appetite of any kind, of the
grossest sort, prevail against our manhood, lest we be dishonoured and
unclean. And let not even the most refined power of the natural mind be
permitted to come so forward as to mar the dominion of the Spirit of God
within us.

Oh help us not to be so easily moved, even by pain may we have much
patience; and let not the prospect of death ever cause us any fear, but may
the Spirit get the mastery of the body. We know nothing can hurt the true
man — the inner, new born, cannot be smitten; nor is it to die: it is wholly
incorruptible, and liveth and abideth for ever in the life that is in Christ
Jesus.

Oh for a complete conquest of self especially render us insensible to praise,
lest we be too sensitive to censure. Let us reckon that to have the
approbation of God, and of our own conscience, is quite enough; and may
we be content, gracious God, to hear the cavilling of unreasonable men;
yea, and to hear the misrepresentations of our own brethren. Those that we
love, if they love not us, yet may we love them none the less; and if by
mistake they misjudge us, let us have no hard feelings towards them and
God grant we may never misjudge one another. Doth not our Judge stand
at the door:

Oh keep us like little children who do not know, but expect to know
hereafter, and are content to believe things which they do not understand.
Lord keep us humble, dependent, yet serenely joyful. May we be calm and
quiet even as a weaned child, yet may we be earnest and active.

Oh Saviour, make us like Thyself; we wish not so much to do, as to be. If
Thou wilt make us to be right, we shall do right. We have often to put a
constraint upon ourselves to be right; but oh, that we were like Thee,
Jesus, so that we had but to act out ourselves to act out perfect holiness.
We shall never rest till this is the case, till Thou hast made us to be
inwardly holy; and then words and actions must be holy as a matter of
course.

Now here we are, Lord, and we belong to Thee. We caught at that word as
we read it — “Having loved His own.” Oh, it is because we are Thine own,
that we have hope. Thou wilt make us worthy of Thee. Thy possession of
us is our hope of perfection. Thou dost wash our feet because we are
Thine own. Oh how sweet is the mercy which first took us to its heart, and
made us all its own, and now continues to deal tenderly with us that, being
Christ’s own, we may have that of Christ within us which all may see and
which proves us to be the Lord’s.

Now this morning, we would bring before Thee all Thy saints, and ask
Thee to attend to their trials and troubles. Some we know here are afflicted
in person, others are afflicted in their dear friends; some are afflicted in
their temporal estate, and are brought into sore distress. Lord, we do not
know the trials of all Thy people, but thou dost; for Thou art the Head, and
the pains of all the members are centered in Thee. Help all Thy people even
to the end.

Now we pray Thee to grant us the Sabbath blessing which we have already
sought; and let it come upon all the churches of our beloved country.
May the Lord revive true and undefiled religion here, and in all the other
lands where Christ is known and preached and let the day come when
heathendom shall become converted. Let the blessed gospel of the Eternal
God prevail, let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Oh that we may live to
see that day!

The Lord bless our country have pity upon it in all its present afflicted condition.
Oh, let the people see Thy hand, and understand why it is laid upon them, that they
may turn from wrong-doing, and seek righteousness and follow peace.
The Lord hear us as, in secret, we often cry to Thee on behalf of our beloved land,
the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon it yet again, for Jesus’ sake.
Amen.

C H Spurgeon Pastor at Prayer
(Extracted and lightly edited by Jeff Maxwell)

FOR SERMON: No. 1499. (October 12, 1879.
SCRIPTURE: John 13:1-17. HYMNS: 186, 262, 263.
 

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Prayer and John Bunyan

Prayer and John Bunyan

John Bunyan wrote several books dealing with prayer and they are well worth reading today even though there is a multitude of modern books written on prayer. We should not despise those written by saints of old especially by those who suffered so much for standing for the faith once delivered to the saints.

I will pray with the Spirit and with the understanding

written in Bedford Jail, and published in 1662. It’s only 18 pages in the “Offer Edition Vol. 1 page 621.”  but a great Spiritual uplift and challenge.

It contains one of the best definitions of prayer, IMHO………

“Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to His Word, for the good of the Church, with submission faith to the will of God”

Bunyan splits this into 7 parts and expounds them scripturally in his little book on prayer.

The Banner of Truth Trust Published this work with another of his works on prayer called …

The Saints’ Privilege and Profit or the Throne of Grace which was published posthumously in 1692. Offer Edition Vol. 1 page 641 (Banner title “Prayer” 1965)

This book is based on Hebrews 4:16 “ Let us come therefore Boldly to the Throne of grace…… It distinguishes the Throne of Grace from other Thrones, it shows who may come there and how we are to approach the throne of Grace. It give us motives for coming, it finally give us its Use and Application by way of conclusion.

Christ a Complete Saviour  is also in Vol.1 (page 202) of the “Offer Edition 1859”

It deals with intercession of Christ. Its benefits, the persons interested in His intercession, the certainty of their reaping the benefits, and of course its Uses and Application.

A fourth book of Bunyan which deals with Prayer is

A Discourse on the Pharisee and Publican  Offer Edition 1859 Vol. 2 page 215.

It considers the persons in the text –the Pharisee and the Publican, it then considers separately both of their prayers and a five-part conclusion drawing warnings from the nature of their prayers.

The Banner of Truth Trust reprinted the Offer Edition in three Volumes and it is still available at £65. The original are still available, but at a price, I have a spare set if you are interested please mail me.

© Jeff Maxwell 2011

Holiday Reading

 
Hi All,
While on holiday I managed to read three books. I greatly enjoyed reading Faith Cooks “Fearless Pilgrim” A life and evaluation of John Bunyan’s writings.
I have read some of his writings other than Pilgrims progress, and have them all in the 3 vol “Offer” Edition.
Bunyan was born in 1628 and lived to 1688 but died before William and Mary replaced Charles the 2nd. So Bunyan’s life covers a turbulent and most interesting period of history. I highly recommend reading this book and it should inspire you to read more of Bunyan’s works and make you realise that in terms of “cost” our stand for the Faith once delivered to the Saints, is very low in the Uk today, whereas the cost to Bunyan and his family was immense.
O may we be as faithful as he and fully use the oportunities that God gives us day by day.

The other two books were “A City not Forsaken” A History of Christian witness in Gower Street and Shaftesbury Avenue in London UK by R Stonelake which is a history of the Strict Baptist witness there.

Lastly was “Fire Within” the moving autobiography of Wu Yung in Taiwan. Which I thought was a well balanced book although would not be able to agree with everything advocated in it.
©Jeff Maxwell
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