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Morning by Morning: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon

Morning by Morning: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon

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by Jim Reimann

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon was known as the Prince of Preachers, stirring audiences from his London pulpit from 1854 to 1892. Millions more who never heard him preach read his weekly sermons. Morning by Morning, one of Spurgeon’s best known classic devotionals, has now been updated in today’s language with contemporary application commentary. Look Unto Me


Charles Haddon Spurgeon was known as the Prince of Preachers, stirring audiences from his London pulpit from 1854 to 1892. Millions more who never heard him preach read his weekly sermons. Morning by Morning, one of Spurgeon’s best known classic devotionals, has now been updated in today’s language with contemporary application commentary. Look Unto Me represents some of Spurgeon’s most powerful devotions, with added Scripture references and quotes in the NIV, and contemporary commentary and insight by Jim Reimann, editor of the bestselling updated editions of Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest. This edition also includes these new features: • Scripture quotes referenced in the context of each devotion • Scripture and subject indexex • Hymn quotes referenced with composer names and dates With fresh, contemporary wording and precise NIV text, the timeless message of the original devotions flows unhindered through these pages, lending guidance and hope to a new generation of believers. It is a rich spiritual resource for every Christian who longs for a deeper walk with Christ and a fuller understanding of the Christian faith. With Scripture references from literally every book of the Bible, it makes a great tool to help believers dig more deeply into God’s Word.

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Morning by Morning


Copyright © 2008 James G. Reimann
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ISBN: 978-0-310-32931-2

Chapter One

January 1

That year they ate of the produce of Canaan. Joshua 5:12

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

Israel's weary wanderings were now at an end, and the rest that had been promised was at hand. There would be no more roving tents, poisonous snakes, fierce Amalekites, nor any howling windswept wilderness. They had come to the "land flowing with milk and honey" (Ex. 3:8) and were able to eat of the grain already growing there.

Dear Christian, perhaps this will be the case for you this year. This is a joyful prospect, and if our faith is active, it will yield pure unvarnished delight. For God's people to be given the blessing of resting in Jesus is an uplifting thought indeed, and to see the glory of it in this life is a double blessing. Unbelief may cause us to shudder at the Jordan that still separates us from the Promised Land, but we may rest assured that this life has already caused us more pain and trials than death at its worst could inflict. So may we banish every fear and, instead, rejoice with exceedingly great joy at the prospect that this year we could actually begin our time to "be with the Lord forever" (1 Thess. 4:17).

Of course, a number of us will remain on earth this year in order to serve the Lord. If this is the case for us, there is still no reason why today's verse would not be true. "We who have believed enter that rest" (Heb. 4:3). "The promised Holy Spirit ... is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance" (Eph. 1:13-14), which has already been granted to us here below. Those above are secure in heaven just as we are secure in Christ Jesus; those in heaven are victorious and we experience victories as well. The heavenly beings enjoy communion with the Lord, yet this is not denied to us; they rest in His love, and we have perfect peace in Him; and they sing His praises, a privilege we share in order to bless Him.

This year we will gather heavenly fruit on earthly ground where faith and hope have turned the desert into the Lord's garden. If "men ate the bread of angels" (Ps. 78:25) long ago, why not today?

May God grant us the grace to feed on Jesus and thereby eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!

From the pen of Jim Reimann:

It seems we often approach a new year with mixed emotions, sometimes hesitant to let go of the past, even as difficult as our past year may have been. We tend to view the past with the idea that at least it is something known, while we view the future as a complete unknown. For believers, however, this should not be the case. Although we do not know the future in detail, we know the One who has made great promises to us as He guides us there.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13

Father, may we enter this new year in complete reliance and trust, knowing our steps into the unknown have been ordained by You. May our walk with You be one of dedicated obedience to Your Word and Your will, that You may be glorified in and through us.

January 2

Devote yourselves to prayer. Colossians 4:2

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

It is interesting to note the large portion of God's sacred Word dedicated to the subject of prayer, either in delivering examples to follow, demanding obedience to its truth, or declaring promises regarding it. We can scarcely open the Bible before quickly reading, "At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord" (Gen. 4:26), and just before closing the Blessed Volume, the "Amen" (Rev. 22:21) of a purposeful petition reaches our ears.

Examples are plentiful. In this book we find a wrestling Jacob (Gen. 32:22-32), a Daniel who prayed three times a day (Dan. 6:10), and a David who called upon his God with all his heart (Ps. 55:16, 86:12). We see Elijah on a mountain (1 Kings 18:16-46) and Paul and Silas in a prison (Acts 16:16-40). We find multitudes of commands and myriads of promises.

What do these teach us, except the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We can be certain that whatever God has made so prominent in His Word, He intends to be conspicuously evident in our lives. If He says so much about prayer, it is because He knows how much we need it. Our needs are so deep that we must not cease to pray until we are in heaven.

Do you feel you have no needs? Then I fear you do not know your true poverty. Do you have no desire or mercy to ask of God? Then may the Lord in His mercy show you your misery, for a prayer-less soul is a Christ-less soul!

Prayer is the struggling speech of the believing infant, the war cry of the fighting believer, and the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in the arms of Jesus. It is the breath, the password, the comfort, the strength, and the privilege of a Christian. So if you are a child of God, you will seek your Father's face and live in your Father's love.

Pray that this year you will be holy, humble, devoted, and diligent; that you will have closer communion with Christ, often entering the banquet room of His love. Pray that you will be an example and a blessing to others, and that you will live more and more for the glory of your Master.

May our motto this year be: "Devote yourselves to prayer."

From the pen of Jim Reimann:

If, as Spurgeon says, "A prayer-less soul is a Christ-less soul," how many of us go through our day without Him? How is it that we profess to know the Lord, claiming Him as our friend, yet spend so little time communing with Him in prayer?

Our Lord Jesus set a beautiful example for us in communing with His heavenly Father. "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed" (Mark 1:35). Our Lord prayed often - at the beginning of His day, before many of His miracles, before His meals, and before and during His crucifixion, just to name a few occasions. He prayed for the lost, for His disciples, for His enemies, for the world, and for Himself. Many of His prayers are recorded in His Word to teach us how to pray, when to pray, and for whom to pray.

If Jesus, the perfect Son of God, needed such times with His Father, how much more do we?

January 3

I ... will make you to be a covenant for the people. Isaiah 49:8

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

Jesus Christ is Himself the sum total of the covenant, and, as one of its gifts, He is the possession of every believer. Dear Christian, are you able to fathom what you have received in Him, "for in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form" (Col. 2:9)?

Consider the word God in all its infinite greatness, and then meditate on the beauty of "becom[ing] mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4:13). Remember, as God and man, all that Christ ever had or has is yours purely because of His favor. It has been freely bestowed on you and will be your inheritance forever.

Our blessed Jesus, as God, is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Isn't it comforting to know that all of these glorious attributes are totally yours? Does He have the power you need? His power is yours in order to support and strengthen you, subdue your enemies, and sustain you forever.

Does He have the love you need? There is not a drop of love in His heart that is not yours, and you may dive into His immense ocean of love and say, "This is all mine!"

Does He have the justice you need? This may seem to be an unpleasant attribute, but even it is yours. And it is this very justice that will make sure everything promised in His covenant of grace will indeed be secured for you.

You also share in the Father's delight that was upon Him as a perfect man. He was accepted by the Most High God. Therefore, dear believer, God's acceptance of Christ is your acceptance as well. Do you not realize that the love the Father bestowed on the perfect Christ He now bestows on you?

All that Christ accomplished is yours. The perfect righteous ness Jesus displayed is yours. Throughout His untarnished life He obeyed the law, made it honorable, and His righteous ness is now imputed to you.

Through the covenant, Christ is yours!

My God, I am yours - what a comfort divine!

What a blessing to know that the Savior is mine!

In heaven's pure Lamb, threefold happy I am,

And my heart does a dance at the sound of His name.

Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

From the pen of Jim Reimann:

Yes, Christ is yours! And you have the assurance that the future of your inheritance doesn't depend upon you. You have "an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you" (1 Peter 1:4).

Notice what this verse doesn't say, "Kept in heaven by you." No, it is kept for you! The passage goes on to say that you yourself "are shielded by God's power" (1 Peter 1:5). With that in mind, whom should we fear?

"So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'" (Heb. 13:6). And we pray along with the apostle Peter,

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope" (1 Peter 1:3).

January 4

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

"Grow in grace" - not just in some grace - but in all grace. Grow in the root of all grace, which is faith. Believe God's promises more firmly than ever. Allow your faith to increase in its fullness, firmness, and simplicity.

Grow also in love. Ask God to stretch your love and make it more intense and practical, to the point of influencing your every thought, word, and action.

Grow in humility too. Seek to be unnoticed and to more fully recognize your own nothingness. Yet as you grow "downward" in humility, also seek to grow "upward," where you will have closer times with God through prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus.

May God the Holy Spirit enable you to grow in the "knowledge of our Lord and Savior." If you are not growing in the knowledge of Jesus, you are refusing to be blessed. To know Him is "eternal life" (John 17:3) and to grow in the knowledge of Him is to increase in happiness. If you do not long to know Christ more, then you do not yet know Him at all. If you have sipped of this wine, you will thirst for more. For although Christ certainly satisfies, He brings such a satisfaction that your appetite is not quenched but simply whetted.

If you know the love of Jesus, "as the deer pants for streams of water" (Ps. 42:1), so too your thirsty heart will pant for deeper drinks from the well of His love. If, however, you do not desire to know Him better, you do not love Him - for love always cries out, "Nearer! Nearer!"

The absence of Christ is hell - but the presence of Jesus is heaven. Never rest or be content until you have an ever-increasing intimacy with Jesus. Seek to know more of Him, to know more of His divine nature, His humanity, His finished work, His death, His resurrection, His ever-present glorious intercession on your behalf, and His future return as "King of kings" (Rev. 17:14).

Cling to the cross of Christ and search out the mysteries of His wounds. A growing love for Jesus and a more complete understanding of His love for us is one of the best tests of a life truly experiencing spiritual growth in grace.

From the pen of Jim Reimann: Many professing Christians lack a passion to know Jesus intimately, and as Spurgeon says, "If you do not long to know Christ more, then you do not yet know Him at all." Paul said to us as believers, "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better" (Eph. 1:17).

Spiritual health means being on a path to know Christ better, and one of the beautiful aspects of walking with Him is that we will be discovering the endless depths of His love and grace forever.

Paul says, in effect, to know something that is actually unknowable. "I pray that you ... may have power ... to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God" (Eph. 3:17-19).

Father, may I be filled with the wonderful knowledge of Your Son - yet not filled to my meager human standard of measure, but Your divine measure!

January 5

God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:4

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

Light is good because it sprang from the decree of Goodness Himself: "Let there be light" (Gen. 1:3). Yet we who enjoy its benefits should be more grateful for it than we are and should see more of God in it and through it.

According to Solomon, physical "light is sweet" (Eccl. 11:7), but the light of the gospel is infinitely more precious, for it reveals eternal things and ministers to our immortal nature. When the Holy Spirit gives us this spiritual light and opens our eyes to behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, suddenly we see the stain of sin and our own helpless position. We see the Most Holy God as He reveals Himself, the plan of mercy He has set forth, and the world to come as His Word describes it.

Spiritual light shines with the rays of every color of a prism, but whether they are knowledge, joy, holiness, or life, they are all divinely good. Yet how much more glorious must be the light shining from His throne and the heavenly place where He reveals Himself!

O Lord, since Your light is so good, give us more - and more of Yourself, the true Light.

Of course, as soon as something good came into the world, a division became necessary. Light and darkness can have no fellowship. (See 2 Cor. 6:14.) Therefore, since God divided them, let's not confuse them. Children of light must not have fellowship with the deeds, doctrines, or deceits of darkness. They must be sober, honest, and bold in doing the Lord's work, leaving the works of darkness to those who will dwell in that darkness for eternity.

Our churches should exercise the discipline of dividing light from darkness, and we as believers - distinctly separated from the world - should do the same. Our judgment, our actions, our relationships, what we hear, what we teach - in all of these - we must discern between what is precious and what is vile. We must maintain the dramatic distinction the Lord made on the world's very first day.

O Lord Jesus, be our light through this entire day, for Your light is "the light of men" (John 1:4).

From the pen of Jim Reimann:

Light and darkness are distinct opposites and each displays its own unique properties. John 1:5 says, "The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it." The NIV text note, however, gives this alternate translation of the Greek: "The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome."

Darkness cannot overcome light. Consider this simple example: you open the door of your unlit closet while standing in your well-lit bedroom. What happens? Does the darkness spill over into the bedroom? Of course not. The light overcomes the darkness and you can now see into the once dark closet. Yet the light in the bedroom has not been diminished. Spiritual light has this same unique quality of physical light - it will always overcome darkness.

Lord, may Your light shine through me into a dark and dying world.

January 6

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

There is no better way to soothe sorrow than to know, "He cares for me!" Dear believer, do not dishonor the Christian faith by always exhibiting a furrowed brow of worry. Instead, cast your burden upon your Lord. Why do you continue to stagger beneath a weight your Father would not even feel? What may seem to be a crushing burden to you would not amount to the weight of a speck of dust to Him. Nothing is as sweet as to:

Lie passive in God's hands, And to know no will but His. William S. Plumer, 1802-1880


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Jim Reimann has more than five million books in print in twelve languages, including the updated editions of Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest. He was a former retail executive and past chairman of the Christian Booksellers Association. As an ordained minister, Bible teacher, author, and expert on Israel, he hosted teaching tours of Israel and other Bible lands, which he offered through his website. www.JimReimann.com

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