Posted by: StrongStakes | August 12, 2011

C.H. Spurgeon on “Looking Unto Jesus”

Gentlemen,

The “Prince of Preachers” in England, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) wrote daily devotionals for both the morning and evening.  His morning selection for June 28th is especially applicable to our current study on Hebrews 12.  This devotional is based on verse 2.

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ.  He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.”  All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within.  But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: he tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.”  Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith.  We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.  If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.”  Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him.  Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee.

A link to read more daily devotions is available on the right-side navigational bar, under the heading, “Worth Visiting.”

Just a reminder that we will not meet this coming Monday because of another “Trinity Encounter” in Montana.  Please pray for the men participating in that.  We will resume our study of Hebrews 12 on Monday, August 22nd.

In the meantime, “Abide in the Vine”!

~ tr


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