He that prays only when he prays with others, would not pray at all, were it not that the eyes of others are upon him. He that will not pray where none but God see him, manifestly doth not pray at all out of respect for God, or regard to his all-seeing eye, and therefore doth in effect cast off prayer.

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Life is Like Climbing a Hill of Ice

A Nugget of Gold from Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Ice ClimbingThe Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up, nay, you have to cut every step with an ice axe; only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress; you need a guide to help you, and you are not safe unless you are fastened to the guide, for you may slip into a crevasse. Nobody ever slides lip, but if great care be not taken they will slide down, slide back, or in other words backslide This is very easily done. If you want to know how to backslide, the answer is leave off going forward and you will slide backward, cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity, for stand still you never can. (Spurgeon’s Sermons v.21, #1235)

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Guilt and Conviction Works for Good

A Means by which God Inclines Our Hearts to Him

When other people make you feel guilty about something you lack and some area of improvement; consider that they may have done you a favor. As we identify an area of our life as embarrassing, as we look at the ugliness of the shadows of our characters, our hearts become acutely aware of those areas we dislike and we are moved with desire to do something–make a change in our lives. This is one of the means by which God uses to sanctify us.

If you get mad, or desire to put distance between you and every person that upsets you, consider that you may be resisting the sanctifying work of God and that part of your path for growth includes coming to grips with the means that God uses to bring you close to Him.

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Total Immersion

The Depth of Chrisitan Living

I’ve been a person who has been known to totally immerse myself in things when I get interested in something. I became interested in mountain biking and learned about all the different bike manufactures. I decided to buy an Ellsworth Dare bike frame and purchased all the components carefully, even building the wheels spoke by spoke. I was dedicated to daily rides, at the nearby hills, early in the morning; and weekend rides at more distant and special places.

Later I became interested in road bikes and had a bike frame custom tailored by Seven cycles. This bike was perfectly fitted to my body dimensions. A typical weekend ride would be 100 miles or more, consuming the entire day. I was totally immersed. Later, I did the same thing with photography, and then again with coffee. Now, thank God, I’ve turned my attention to Christianity. Am I totally immersed in it? When I look at the Scripture and compare to my life, I have to be totally honest that I am not immersed to the same degree that I once had with bikes, and other stuff.