If we can offer help or support to you, in any way, please contact our Pastor,
Chi Wah Chow

Tel: 07511 771647
pastor@lilbourne-evangelical.org.uk

Sunday Services

1st Sunday 10.30am
All-age Family Service
Creche available
All other Sundays 10.30am Worship & Communion
Explorers 7-12yr olds

Daily Strength

Forrest sceen“As your days, so shall your strength be.” Deut. 33:25. The Christian life is frequently compared to a pilgrim travelling onwards towards glory. We have many and varied experiences, as we travel on this journey; someone likened them to rough and stony places; dark, thick forests; rapid streams; and sometimes raging hurricanes. In all these we can be sure that as our days so shall our strength be.

I have thought lately that we often don’t appreciate the wonderful relationship and privileges we have as believers. For the Christian there isa supply of daily strength, and also strength to meet us in the hour of trial. The Lord may not permit us to escape from the difficulty but we are enabled to make our way through them all with His strength, for, “As your days so shall your strength be”.

Many times, as believers, when going through good days and hard days we have been aware or conscious that our ordinary strength was not enough and the Lord has given us a fresh supply of grace, for as your days so shall your strength be. We can say with David, “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.” Psalm 40:1-2.

The Christian, by each difficulty he is called on to encounter; by each trial he is called to bear; becomes more Christlike. The apostle Peter put it like this, “These have come so that your faith— of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire— may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy”. 1 Peter 1:7.

Spurgeon’s Conversion

The story he told over 280 times in his sermons.          MARY ANN JEFFREYS

I was years and years upon the brink of hell—I mean in my own feeling. I was unhappy, I was desponding, I was despairing. I dreamed of hell. My life was full of sorrow and wretchedness, believing that I was lost.”

Charles Spurgeon used these strong words to describe his adolescent years. Despite his Christian upbringing (he was christened as an infant, and raised in the Congregational church), and his own efforts (he read the Bible and prayed daily), Spurgeon woke one January Sunday in 1850 with a deep sense of his need for deliverance.

Because of a snowstorm, the 15-year-old’s path to church was diverted down a side street. For shelter, he ducked into the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Artillery Street. An unknown substitute lay preacher stepped into the pulpit and read his text—Isaiah 45:22—“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.”

Spurgeon’s Autobiography records his reaction: “He had not much to say, thank God, for that compelled him to keep on repeating his text, and there was nothing needed—by me, at any rate except his text. Then, stopping, he pointed to where I was sitting under the gallery, and he said, ‘That young man there looks very miserable’ … and he shouted, as I think only a Primitive Methodist can, ‘Look! Look, young man! Look now!’ … Then I had this vision—not a vision to my eyes, but to my heart. I saw what a Saviour Christ was.… Now I can never tell you how it was, but I no sooner saw whom I was to believe than I also understood what it was to believe, and I did believe in one moment.

“And as the snow fell on my road home from the little house of prayer I thought every snowflake talked with me and told of the pardon I had found, for I was white as the driven snow through the grace of God.”

Man readingUpon his return home, his appearance caused his mother to exclaim, “Something wonderful has happened to you.”

For the next months young Spurgeon searched the Scriptures “to know more fully the value of the jewel which God had given me.… I found that believers ought to be baptized.” And so he was baptized, by immersion, four months later in the River Lark, after which he joined a Baptist Church.

Copyright © 1991 by the author

 

The Pastor is always available to pray with or for those who request it.      (See James 5.14)