The Good Wine

Spurgeon has mined this verse and discovered incredible treasures. Thank you, Sherry!

He Hath Said

The governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse; but thou hast kept the good wine until now. – John 2:9-10

My dear friends, this is a great fact, that Christ’s feast increaseth in sweetness. When first the Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed a feast for the sons of men, the first cup He set upon the table was but a very little one, and it had in it but few words of consolation. You remember the inscription upon that ancient vessel, the first cup of consolation that was ever held to the sons of men-“The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent’s head.” There was to them but little sweetness there: much to us, because we can understand it better, and some to them, because…

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Omnipotence Doth Gird Us

The more of this short excerpt I read, the more convinced I was of my need to heed these words. Thank you, Lord! Thanks, Sherry!

He Hath Said

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. -Matthew 5:48

(W)hat is the indwelling Spirit within us? Is He not Omnipotence Himself? The Holy Ghost who has come upon us is no influence which might be limited in its efficacy; but He is a divine person, who dwelleth with us and shall be in us. Who shall set any limit to the power of that man in whom the Holy Ghost Himself dwells? All believers must never dare to say, “That habit we cannot give up.” We can and must overturn all the idols in our hearts. We may never say, “That height of devotion I can never reach.” Brethren, Omnipotence doth gird us; God giveth us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. We are never to sit down and say, “I must be a sinner up to such-and-such a point; I cannot…

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Jesus Deserves Our Faithful Service

This says it all.

He Hath Said

And Ittai answered the king, and said, “As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.”- 2Samuel 15:21

Jesus deserves from all who have really tasted of His grace such faithful service, such unswerving following in all cases and under all circumstances. Who else has ever done for us what Jesus has? Our mother brought us forth, but He has given to us a second birth. Our mother dandled us upon her knee, but He has borne us all the days of old, and even to hoar hairs will He carry His people. We have had many kindnesses from friends, but never such love as Jesus showed when, we being His enemies, He yet redeemed us with His most precious blood. Think of these three…

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The Spirit is Given

Blessed truth in winsome words!

Proverbs 25:11
A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

He Hath Said

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. – John 16:7

It is a great gain to us not to have the Savior here. And see you how it is? He said, “If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you.” Now, it is a nobler thing to have the Spirit of God dwelling in us than it would be to have Jesus Christ dwelling upon earth. For, as I have hinted, if He were on earth we could not all get at Him; He could only be in one place at a time, and how would the poor be able to get where He is? And if He wandered all the world yet in the natural…

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Discernment – some helpful resources

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1 John 4:1

NASB

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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The Discerning of Spirits

The Objective, Biblical Means to Discern Spirits

by Bob DeWaay

“My thesis is this: discernment is objective and the Scriptures alone give us the tools to discern spirits. In this article we shall see from the Bible that this is the case . . .”

HT: Sherry of He Hath Said, A Joyous Rejoicing!, quotes and notes and opinions, and X Mass H8ers Blog

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Discernment Database

Pulpit & Pen

Links to lists of resources on persons, movements, and churches that will help with discernment.

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YouVersion: A Discernment-Free Zone

Bud Ahlheim

“YouVersion is a discernment-free zone where potentially anyone self-identifying as Christian, especially those of celebrity status, can pen plans, edited, one presumes, for digital space only.  Content adherence to common sense Biblical interpretation, compliance with sound doctrine, or allegiance to orthodoxy is clearly not given editorial oversight.”

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