>Growth in Grace

>There are some of your graces that would never be discovered if it were not for your trials.
For how can you know that you have faith until your faith is exercised? Depend upon it – God often sends us trails so that our graces may be discovered and that we may be convinced of their existence. Besides, it is not merely discovery; real growth in grace is the result of sanctified trials.
God often takes away our comforts and our privileges in order to make us better Christians. He trains His soldiers not in tents of ease and luxury, but by turning them out and subjecting them to forced marches and hard service.
Is the Lord bringing out your graces and making them grow?
It is for this reason …

Trials make the promise sweet;
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there.

C.H. Spurgeon – Morning & Evening – 2/18 a.m.


>Growth in Grace

>Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – 2 Peter 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 fullness, 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 Savior.”
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.

… 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.
Do not rest 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.

Live close to the 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.
Spurgeon – Morning & Evening – 1/4 a.m.

As I read this entry during my devotions I was freshly challenged to grow in grace. I pray that my love will be come more intense, influencing every thought, word and deed. I pray that I grow in humility and know more of my nothingness, so that in turn I can have nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus. I long to know more of Christ.

May this be the desire of your heart, so that you can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

>My Portion

>The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I will hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24

It does not say, “The Lord is partly my portion,”
nor “The Lord is in my portion”;
but He Himself makes up the sum total
of my soul’s inheritance.
Within the circumference of that circle
lies all that we possess or desire.
The Lord is my portion.
Not His grace merely, nor His love,
nor His covenant, but Jehovah Himself …
the Lord is our all-sufficient portion.
Let us rejoice in the lord always;
Let us show the world that we are a happy
and a blessed people and cause them to exclaim,
“Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
CHS Morning & Evening 11/16 a.m.

>He Gently Leads Me …


He will tend to his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
Isaiah 40:11

Our Good Shepherd has in His flock a variety of experiences.
Some are strong in the Lord, and others are weak in faith;
but He is impartial in His care for all His sheep,
and the weakest lamb is as dear to Him
as the strongest in the flock.

Lambs are prone to lag behind,
to wander, and are apt to grow weary;
but from all the danger of these infirmities
the Shepherd protects them with His arm of power.

All the little ones He gathers,
for it is not the will of our heavenly Father
that one of them should perish …
What a tender heart to care for them all!
What a far-reaching and powerful arm,
to gather them all!

How gently He gathered Me to Himself, to His truth,
to His blood, to His love, to His Church!
With what effectual grace did He compel me
to come to Himself!

He has frequently restored me from my wanderings
and once again gathered me
within the circle of His everlasting arms!
The best of all is that He does it all Himself.
He does not delegate the task of love
but condescends Himself to rescue and preserve
His most unworthy servant.

How will I love or serve Him enough?
I long to make His name great to the ends of the earth,
but what can my feebleness do for Him?
Great Shepherd, add to Your mercies this humble request:
Grant me a heart to love You more truly as I ought.

CHS Morning & Evening 10/17 p.m.

I’m so thankful that I have a heavenly Father who is gently leading me. I’m also grateful that our heavenly Father does not tire of tending to His flock. He hems me in time and time again. His loving-kindness has indeed been marvelous! How prone I am to grow weary, tired and faint … but what comfort to know that I have a heavenly Father who is nothing like me! I pray that I grow in loving my Great Shepherd more truly as I ought.

>Resting in Jesus

>From Spurgeon …
In seasons of severe trial the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust, and so he is compelled to cast himself on God alone. When his vessel is capsizing, and no human deliverance is at hand, he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone!
Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives you to your Father! Now that you have only God to trust, make sure that you put your complete confidence in Him. Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord your God will certainly, as surely as He built the heavens and the earth, glorify Himself in your weakness and magnify His might in the face of your distress. May the Holy Spirit enable you to rest in Jesus on this day.
CHS, Morning & Evening, 8/31 a.m.

As I was reading this during my devotional time this morning, I immediately thought of Mom Herr. Last week, Mom found out that her breast cancer has returned. For those unaware, Mom had breast cancer about 14 years ago, then again last April. In the past year and a half, Mom has had lots of Dr. appointments, surgeries and even a cast this summer for 6 weeks when she broke her foot (while serving us by watching our kiddos for a few days!). I know that Mom does not enjoy going to the doctor … she would much rather be outside in the garden, spending time with her family, swimming her laps in the pool or serving someone else.
However, just as her faith challenged and provoked us last year, she is once again living her life full of faith and trusting that God is using this situation for good and to further the gospel. She is quick to give thanks in ALL circumstances and demonstrates what it looks like to cast herself on God alone.
So thanks Mom, for living a life worthy of the gospel, and for resting in Jesus. You will continue to be in our prayers.
We love you!