Posted by: the watchmen | January 4, 2008

CH Spurgeon——-January 4.

January 4-Morning {Daily Reading: #Ge 10:1-12:20} {Quick Study: #Ge 10:1-11:32}

“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour

Jesus Christ.” {#2Pe 3:18}

“Grow in grace”—not in one grace only, but in all grace.

Grow in that root grace, faith. Believe the promises more

firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fulness,

constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love. Ask that your love

may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing

every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility.

Seek to lie very low, and know more of your own nothingness. As

you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward

—having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate

fellowship with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit enable you to

grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.” He who

grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To

know him is “life eternal,” and to advance in the knowledge of

him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know

more of Christ, knows nothing of him yet. Whoever hath sipped

this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ doth

satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction, that the appetite is not

cloyed, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus—as the hart

panteth for the water brooks, so will you pant after deeper

draughts of his love. If you do not desire to know him better,

then you love him not, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer.”

Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is

heaven. Rest not then content without an increasing acquaintance

with Jesus. Seek to know more of him in his divine nature, in

his human relationship, in his finished work, in his death, in

his resurrection, in his present glorious intercession, and in

his future royal advent. Abide hard by the Cross, and search the

mystery of his wounds. An increase of love to Jesus, and a more

perfect apprehension of his love to us is one of the best tests

of growth in grace.


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