Charles Spurgeon: Keep The Fire

 

“Keep The Fire”

By Charles Spurgeon

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“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out” (Lev. 6:13).

“Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here; therefore, let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence and barometer of vital and experimental religion.

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Burn here the fat of your sacrifices. Let your closet seasons be, if possible, regular, frequent, and undisturbed. Effectual prayer availeth much. Have you nothing to pray for? Let us suggest the church, the ministry, your own soul, your children, your relations, your neighbors, your country and the cause of God and truth throughout the world.

Let us examine ourselves on this important matter. Do we engage with lukewarmness in private devotion? Is the fire of devotion burning dimly in our hearts? Do the chariot wheels drag heavily? If so, let us be alarmed at this sign of decay. Let us go with weeping and ask for the Spirit of grace and of supplication.

Seasons of Extraordinary Prayer

Let us set apart special seasons for extraordinary prayer. For if this fire should be smothered beneath the ashes of a worldly conformity, it will dim the fire on the family altar, and lessen our influence both in the church and in the world.

The text will also apply to the altar of the heart. This is a golden altar indeed. God loves to see the hearts of His people glowing toward Himself. Let us give to God our hearts, all blazing with love, and seek His grace, that the fire may never be quenched; for it will not burn if the Lord does not keep it burning.

Many foes will attempt to extinguish it, but if the unseen Hand behind the wall pour thereon the sacred oil, it will blaze higher and higher. Let us use texts of Scripture as fuel for our heart’s fire –they are live coals; and above all, let us be much alone with Jesus.”

© Thomas P. Hill (www.masterministries.org)

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False Prophets: They Penetrate The Church In Disguise

Can Past Disastrous Ways Direct My Life Now?

4 Old Evil Secrets To Reject

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“Everything Old Is New Again.” Remember this song? At least you must remember the title. Peter Allen’s classic song first appeared in 1974. (1) It prompts us to remember the past, because you might need it again when times get dark.

The Church of Jesus Christ has arrived at such a time in its history when it must remember the past and learn from it. We need it again because dark storm clouds hover over the Church. False prophets permeate the professing Church.

Jude, a brother of Christ, wrote a letter to Christians sometime between 70 – 80 AD. (2) His great concern for them over the presence of false teachers in the Christian Church prompted his epistle. Jude’s concerns thousands of years ago apply to the professing Church of Jesus Christ today. We can learn from his warnings.

He recognized that false teachers had penetrated the Church under the guise of following Christ. They did not follow Christ in reality, but they came to destroy His true followers. In his warning, Jude described several characteristics of these false believers who came to disrupt the Church. His explanations provide guidance to us in our quest to ferret out the errant Christian leaders in our day.

The False Prophets: Depravity of Conduct

Jude described their depravity of conduct.

…certain men crept in unawares.” (3)

The false prophets snuck into the church. People did not notice them because these fakes called themselves Christians. However, they portrayed a false image which hid their true character. Their duplicitous ways hid their deepest thoughts with clever words and actions. Their hypocrisies contradicted their pretenses. They did not trust Christ.

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A W Tozer: Secrets To Authentic Christian Revival

 

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He chose not to own or drive a car. He preferred train or bus. He used these travel times for writing. He could turn a series of words into concise noteworthy statements. His works survive and thrive in our day as in his. “He died with his boots on,” while preaching in the pulpit of the church he pastored in Toronto.

Have you figured out the name of this unique man?

None other than A W Tozer. His particular passion for God and His glory permeate his writings. His article, “Prophetic Preaching,” hits a nerve in the current condition of the Church of Jesus Christ.

Take 5 minutes to read it and pray that God will use it in your life and in the life of the Church.

“Prophetic Preaching”

by A W Tozer

“If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means than any now being used. If the Church in the second half of this century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half, there must appear a new type of preacher.

The proper, ruler-of-the-synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions, nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried and found wanting.

Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray God there will be not one but many),

  • He will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear.
  • He will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom.
  • Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little bit angry with the world.
  • He will love Christ and the souls of men to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the One and the salvation of the other.
  • But he will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath.”

Conclusion

“This is only to say that we need to have the gifts of the Spirit restored again to the Church. And it is my belief that the one gift we need most now is the gift of prophecy.”

You can find this article and others by A W Tozer at this link:

http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/a-w-tozer/read/articles/prophetic-preaching-16549.html