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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Avoid Every Kind of Temptation

1 Thessalonians 5:22 " Abstain from all appearance of evil."

He who now gives way to the least sin-may yet be given up to the greatest sins. 

We are never far enough from lust-while we are on earth; or near enough to Christ-while we are out of heaven. 

O, stand far off from the devil’s mark unless you would be hit by his arrows!

The drawing near to the appearance of evil is the first step to the accomplishment of the most enormous evil. 


A spark will easily catch a box of tinder on fire. Little streams will find a passage to the great sea. 

Christian reader! Why should you venture on slippery places-when you can scarcely stand upon the firmest ground?  

Who will pity that man whose house is blown up with gun-powder-if he stores it in the chimney corner?

Such is the monstrous wickedness of men, that though the streams and currents of their own lusts carry them too swiftly already...yet they hoist up sails to catch the devil’s winds!

The fowler spreads his net but the wings of the bird carry her into it! 


If you would not step into the harlot’s house...you should not go by the harlot’s door! 

If you would not gather the forbidden fruit...then beware how you look on the luscious tree!

To pray against temptations, and yet to rush into occasions to sin...is to thrust your fingers into the fire and then pray that they might not be burnt!


If you hold the stirrup for him no wonder if Satan get into the saddle!
 

Mat 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

That man who is the most watchful is the least sinful. 

A soul without its watch is like a city without its wall, exposed to the attack of all its enemies!

Those who would not fall into the river should beware how they approach too near to its banks. 


He who crushes the egg need not fear the biting of the serpent. 

He who would not drink of the wine of divine wrath...let him not touch the cup of sinful pleasure.

A person who carries gun-powder with him can never stand too far from the fire. 


If we accompany sin one mile it will compel us to go two. 

Sin swells like Elijah’s cloud, from the size of a man’s hand to such an expansion, as to cover the whole sky.
 

Let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall. 
1 Corinthians 10:12. 

You will quickly lose your standing if you are fearless of falling.

~William Secker~

Monday, August 18, 2014

Do You Have A Divided Heart?



Our whole being must be surrendered to the service of our Maker. 

We must come to him with an entire dedication of ourselves,
giving up all we are, and all we ever shall be, to be thoroughly devoted to his service, otherwise we have never come to God aright.
 

I am astonished to see how people in these days try to love the world and love Christ too! 

Do you fancy you can walk with God and walk with mammon too? 

Will you take God on one arm, and the devil on the other? 

Do you suppose you can be allowed to drink the cup of the
Lord, and the cup of Satan at the same time?
 

I tell you, you shall depart, as cursed and miserable hypocrites,
if you come to God with a divided heart.
 

God will have the whole of you come, or else you shall not come at all. 

The whole man must seek after the Lord; the whole soul must be poured out before him; otherwise it is no acceptable coming to God at all. 

Oh, halters between two opinions, remember this and tremble!

~Charles Spurgeon~

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Uncover And Confess Sin

Pro 28:13  He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Here is the way of mercy for a guilty and repenting sinner.  
He must cease from the habit of covering sin.

This is attempted by falsehood, which denies sin; by hypocrisy, which conceals it; by boasting, which justifies it; and by loud profession, which tries to make amends for it. 

The sinner's business is to confess and forsake. The two must go together. 

Confession must be honestly made to the LORD Himself, and it must include within itself acknowledgment of the wrong, sense of its evil, and abhorrence of it. 

We must not throw the fault upon others, nor blame circumstances, nor plead natural weakness.

We must make a clean breast of it and plead guilty to the indictment. There can be no mercy till this is done. 

Furthermore, we must forsake the evil; having owned our fault, we must disown all present and future intent to abide in it. 

We cannot remain in rebellion and yet dwell with the King's Majesty.

The habit of evil must be quitted, together with all places, companions, pursuits, and books which might lead us astray. 

Not for confession, nor for reformation, but in connection with them we find pardon by faith in the blood of Jesus.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Weapon Of Spiritual Warfare~The Word Of GOD

Every victorious Christian must learn how to use the Bible effectively.

The Word of GOD is alive, powerful, and sharp.
(see Hebrews 4:12)

The Bible is your "sword" (Ephesians 6:17).

With GOD'S Word in your heart and in your mouth, you will dominate Satan.

Revelation 1:16 pictures Jesus with a sharp two-edged sword coming out of his mouth.

He used this weapon to defeat Satan in the wilderness.

Jesus declared, "It is written...It is written again..."

And the third time, "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written..." (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10).

Like Jesus, we can use this sword with our mouths against the enemy. (see Revelation 19:15)

The Bible is infallible and inspirational. It is inerrant in its information and supernatural in its application to daily living.

But GOD'S Word must be read and studied before it can be effective in our lives.

When I was in France on a preaching tour, a very lovely French lady came up to me and said, "I want you to know that I'm safe."

I must have looked confused because she went on to explain, "I bought a Bible yesterday and put it in my mailbox."

"In your mailbox?" I repeated.

She said, "The devil will have to pass by the mailbox to get to me. With the Bible inside it, he can't hurt me anymore."

I said, "You better sit down and let me tell you a little more about the Bible. We don't believe in using GOD'S Word like a lucky charm.

The Word of GOD must be read and studied in order to be effective in your life.

You must get it into your heart. GOD'S Word only works on the inside of the believer, not in the mailbox."


In my personal life the Bible has been a true guide in every crisis.

When GOD wants to lead me in a new direction, He directs me through His Word.

The Bible is my sourcebook for Truth.

When I want to know what is right and wrong, I refer to what the Bible says about the matter.

You can be a Mighty man or woman or GOD by giving the Word first place in your life.

If you feed your spirit daily on the Word of GOD, you will grow spiritually. (See I Peter 2:2)

Your spirit strong and well nourished, will dominate your being rather than being ruled by the outward man, the inner man will rule over your mind, will, emotions, and flesh.

You will know your GOD and do exploits in His Name.

~Lester Sumrall~

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Counsel Of The Wicked

Conversion is the soul's surrender to God, and acceptance of God as Guide through this world of sin.

Notice exactly how this is expressed it is not "does not walk in the open wickedness" nor even "the manifest folly of the wicked," but "does not walk in the counsel of the wicked." How searching that is! How it narrows things down!

The ungodly are ever ready to "counsel" the believer, seeming to be very solicitous of his welfare.

They will warn him against being too strict and extreme, advising him to be broad-minded and to "make the best of both worlds."

But the policy of the "ungodly" that is, of those who leave God out of their lives, who have no "fear of God" is regulated by self-will and self-pleasing, and is dominated by what they call "common sense."

Alas, how many professing Christians regulate their lives by the advice and suggestions of ungodly friends and relatives heeding such "counsel" in their business career, their social life, the furnishing and decorating of their homes, their dress and diet, and the choice of school or avocation for their children!

But not so with the "blessed man." He "does not walk in the counsel of the wicked." Rather is he afraid of it, no matter how plausible it sounds, or apparently good the intention of those who offer it. He shuns it, and says "Get behind me, Satan!"

Why? Because Divine grace has taught him that he has something infinitely better to direct his steps.

God has given him a Divine revelation, dictated by unerring wisdom, suited to his every need and circumstance, designed as a "lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path."

His desire and his determination is to walk by the wholesome counsel of God, and not by the corrupt counsel of the ungodly.

The "blessed man" does not walk according to the maxims of the world. "But his delight is in the Law of the Lord." "The carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the Law of God" (Romans 8:7).

The worldling seeks his "delight" in the entertainment furnished by those who scorn spiritual and eternal things.

Not so the "blessed" man—his "delight" is in something infinitely superior to what this perishing world can supply, namely, in the Divine Scriptures.

The unregenerate delight in pleasing self—but the joy of the Christian lies in pleasing God.

His Word is the daily bread of the "blessed" man.

Thereby does he evidence his "delight" therein—for where his treasure is, there is his heart also!

Here, then, is the occupation of the blessed man. The voluptuary thinks only of satisfying his senses; the giddy youth is concerned only with sports and pleasures; the man of the world directs all his energies to the securing of wealth and honors; but the "blessed" man's determination is to please God.
 

And in order to obtain a better knowledge of His will, he meditates day and night in His holy Word.
 

Thereby is light obtained, its sweetness extracted, and the soul nourished!

Your Words were found, and I ate them; and Your Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart!
 

Jer 15:16  Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Meditation stands to reading—as digestion does to eating. It is as God's Word is pondered by the mind, turned over and over in the thoughts, and mixed with faith—that we assimilate it.

That which most occupies the mind and most constantly engages our thoughts—is what we most "delight" in.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.

Fruit is an essential character of a gracious man, for there are no fruitless branches in the true Vine.
 

"In season," for all fruits do not appear in the same month, neither are all the graces of the Spirit produced simultaneously.

Times of trial—call for faith.Times of suffering—call for patience.Times of disappointment—call for meekness.

Times of danger—call for courage.Times of blessings—call for thanksgiving.Times of prosperity—call for joy.

How far, dear reader, do you resemble this "blessed man"?

~Arthur Pink~

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

OBEDIENCE

Obedience. That is, believing God and acting on your belief in God.

Obeying God in everything upon which He puts His finger. 

That means not arguing about it, questioning, doubting it, but if He has pointed out anything, that you give God the benefit of the doubt, if there is a doubt. You are obedient.

Any reservation in that trust in God which leads to implicit obedience, will at once grieve the Holy Spirit and limit Him.

And do not forget that "grieved" is a love term. 

You cannot grieve anybody who does not love you.

You may injure them, you may in a way hurt them, but you cannot grieve them. 

You only grieve people who love you, and when it says, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit" it means: do not do despite to the love of the Spirit, do not violate the Spirit's love for you.

And that means, in effect, that you will not for one moment tolerate anything that the Spirit is against; if you do, you grieve the Spirit and immediately He is limited. 

Obedience to the Spirit is obedience to the love of God and that is basic to both being filled with and remaining filled with the Spirit. 

~T. Austin Sparks~

Monday, August 4, 2014

Will We Be Numbered With Cat-Worshipers And Dog-Adorers?

Those who have no children, take pleasure in little dogs and cats.

People must have an object of affection, and if they have not something noble, they will accept something less. Just so, those who disdain to live for God, will live for their own bellies.

If we do not live in all seriousness for a noble object--the probability is that we shall trifle our lives away in doing nothing! Are we prepared for this? 

Will we be numbered with cat-worshipers and dog-adorers?

My God, save me from petty and paltry objects! Deliver me from worthless amusements and hobbies! 

May the objects of my life's pursuit be worthy of an immortal spirit, worthy of an heir of Heaven!

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ--set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things!" Colossians 3:1-2

~Charles Spurgeon~1883

Friday, August 1, 2014

They Tempt The Devil To Fall In Love With Them!

Pro 8:13  The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Pride runs in the blood.

Augustine calls pride, "the mother of all sin!"

Some people would be better if they could pluck the worm of pride out of their head!

Pride ruins our virtues and poisons our mercies.

Some are proud of their estates. Riches are fuel for pride. Your heart has become proud because of your wealth. Men's hearts rise with their estates. Ezekiel 28:5

Some take pride in their abilities. The Lord enriches them with wit and talents - and pride fumes from their heart into their head and makes them giddy.

Some are proud of their bodies. Pride is seen in long and meticulous dressings. They spend that time between the comb and the looking-glass, which should be spent in prayer and holy meditation.

Pride is seen in painting their faces - overlaying God's work with the devil's colors!


But virtue is most beautiful to God. 

Don't be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 

You should be known for the beauty that comes from within - the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God." 1 Pet. 3:3-4

Pride is seen in the outlandish fashions with which some people dress - or rather disguise themselves. 


They clothe themselves like the rainbow.

Adam was ashamed of his nakedness; these should be ashamed of their clothing. 

They are so plumed and gaudily attired - that they tempt the devil to fall in love with them!
 

Pro 16:5  Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
 

~Thomas Watson~

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SHIELDED WARRIOR

We have seen these archers shoot their flights of arrows of Envy, Temptation, and False Accusation at Joseph ; now we will go up the hill a little, behind the rock, to look at the SHIELDED WARRIOR and see how his courage is while the archers have sorely grieved him. 

What is he doing? "His bow abideth in strength." 

Let us picture God's favorite. The archers are down below. There is a parapet of rock before him; now and then he looks over it to see what the archers are about, but generally he keeps behind. 

In heavenly security he is set upon a rock, careless of all below. Let us follow the track of the wild goat and behold the warrior in his fastness.  

First, we notice that he has a bow himself, for we read that "his bow abode in strength." 

He could have retaliated if he pleased, but he was very quiet and would not combat with them. 

Had he pleased, he might have drawn his bow with all his strength, and sent his weapon to their hearts with far greater precision that they had ever done to him. 

But mark the warrior's quietness. There he rests, stretching his mighty limbs; his bow abode in strength; 

He seemed to say, "Rage on, aye, let you arrows spend themselves, empty your quivers on me, let your bow-strings be worn out, and let the wood be broken with its constant bending; here am I, stretching myself in safe repose; my bow abides in strength; I have other work to do besides shooting at you; 

My arrows are against yon foes of God, the enemies of the Most High; I cannot waste an arrow on such pitiful sparrows as you are; ye are birds beneath my noble shot; I would not waste an arrow on you." Thus he remains behind the rock and despises them all. "His bow abideth in strength."      

Mark well his quietness. His bow "abideth." It is not rattling, it is not always moving, but it abides, it is quite still; he takes no notice of the attack. 

The archers sorely grieved Joseph, but his bow was not turned against them, it abode in strength. He turned not his bow on them. He rested while they raged. 

Doth the moon stay herself to lecture every dog that bayeth at her? Doth the lion turn aside to rend each cur that barketh at him? Do the stars cease to shine because the nightingales reprove them for their dimness? Doth the sun stop in its course because of the officious cloud which veils it: Or doth the river stay because the willow dippeth its leaves into its waters? 

Ah! no; God's universe moves on, and if men will oppose it, it heeds them not. 

It is as God hath made it; it is working together for good, and it shall not be stayed by the censure nor moved on by the praise of man. 

Let your bows, my brethren, abide. Do not be in a hurry to set yourselves right. God will take care of you. 

Leave yourselves alone; only be very valiant for the Lord God of Israel; be steadfast in the truth of Jesus and your bow shall abide.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Monday, July 28, 2014

ARCHERS OF ENVY

Joseph had to endure the archers of ENVY. When he was a boy, his father loved him. The youth was fair and beautiful; in person he was to be admired; moreover, he had a mind that was gigantic, and an intellect that was lofty; but, best of all, in him dwelt the Spirit of the living God.

He was one who talked with God; a youth of piety and prayerfulness; beloved of God, even more than he was by his earthly father. O! how his father loved him! for in his fond affection, he made him a princely coat of many colors, and treated him better than the others—a natural but foolish way of showing his fondness.

Therefore his brethren hated him. Full often did they jeer at the youthful Joseph, when he retired to his prayers; when he was with them at a distance from his father's house, he was their drudge, their slave; the taunt, the jeer, did often wound his heart, and the young child endured much secret sorrow. 

On an ill day, as it happened, he was with them at a distance from home, and they thought to slay him; but upon the entreaty of Reuben, they put him into a pit, until, as Providence would have it, the Ishmaelites did pass that way. 

They then sold him for the price of a slave, stripped him of his coat, and sent him naked, they knew not, and they cared not, whither, so long as he might be out of their way, and no longer provoke their envy and their anger.

Oh! the agonies he felt—parted from his father, losing his brethren, without a friend, dragged away by cruel man-sellers, chained upon a camel it may be, with fetters on his hands.

Those who have borne the gyves and fetters, those who have felt that they were not free men, that they had not liberty, might tell how sorely the archers grieved him when they shot at him the arrows of their envy. 

He became a slave, sold from his country, dragged from all he loved. Farewell to home and all its pleasures—farewell to a father's smiles and tender cares. He must be a slave, and toil where the slave's task-master makes him; he must be stripped in the streets, he must be beaten, he must be scourged, he must be reduced from the man to the animal, from the free man to the slave. Truly the archers sorely shot at him.

And, my brethren, do you hope, if you are the Lord's Josephs, that you shall escape envy? I tell you, nay; that green-eyed monster, envy, lives in London as well as elsewhere, and he creeps into God's church, moreover. 

Oh! it is hardest of all, to be envied by one's brethren. If the devil hates us, we can bear it; if the foes of God's truth speak ill of us, we buckle up our harness, and say, "Away, away, to the conflict." 

But when the friends within the house slander us; when brethren who should uphold us, turn our foes; and when they try to tread down their brethren; then, sirs, there is some meaning in the passage, "The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him."

But, blessed be God's name, it is sweet to be informed that "his bow abode in strength." None of you can be the people of God without provoking envy; and the better you are, the more you will be hated. 

The ripest fruit is most pecked by the birds, and the blossoms that have been longest on the tree, are the most easily blown down by the wind.

But fear not; you have naught to do with what man shall say of you. If God loves you, man will hate you; if God honors you, man will dishonor you. 

But recollect, could ye wear chains of iron for Christ's sake, ye should wear chains of gold in heaven; could ye have rings of burning iron round your waists, ye should have your brow rimmed with gold in glory; for blessed are ye when men shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for Christ's name's sake; for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you. 

The first archers were the archers of envy.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Do You Want Me To Leave You Alone?

John 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 

A child of God was once overwhelmed by the number of afflictions that seemed to target her.

As she walked past a vineyard during the rich glow of autumn, she noticed its untrimmed appearance and the abundance of leaves still on the vines.

The ground had been overtaken by a tangle of weeds and grass, and the entire place appeared totally unkept.

While she pondered the sight, the heavenly Gardener whispered such a precious message to her that she could not help but share it.
 

The message was this: “My dear child, are you questioning the number of trials in your life? 

Remember the vineyard and learn from it. The gardener stops pruning and trimming the vine or weeding the soil only when he expects nothing more from the vine during that season.

He leaves it alone, because its fruitfulness is gone and further effort now would yield no profit.
 

In the same way, freedom from suffering leads to uselessness. 

Do you now want me to stop pruning your life? Shall I leave you
alone?”
 

Then her comforted heart cried,“No!”

~Homera Homer-Dixon`

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Burdens Cast on Him

Psa 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
It is a heavy burden; roll it on Omnipotence.

It is thy burden now, and it crushes thee; but when the LORD takes it, He will make nothing of it. 

If thou art called still to bear, "he will sustain thee." It will be on Him and not on thee. Thou wilt be so upheld under it that the burden will be a blessing. Bring the LORD into the matter, and thou wilt stand upright under that which in itself would bow thee down.

Our worst fear is lest our trial should drive us from the path of duty; but this the LORD will never suffer.


If we are righteous before Him, He will not endure that our affliction should move us from our standing. 

In Jesus He accepts us as righteous, and in Jesus He will keep us so.

What about the present moment? Art thou going forth to this day's trial alone?


Are thy poor shoulders again to be galled with the oppressive load?

Be not so foolish. Tell the LORD all about thy grief and leave it with Him. 

Don't cast your burden down and then take it up again; but roll it on the LORD and leave it there.

Then shalt thou walk at large, a joyful and unburdened believer, singing the praises of thy great Burden-bearer. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

Monday, July 21, 2014

THE LORD MY PROVIDER


The anxious care of yesterday has expanded into the pressing need of today.

The trouble that was near has come, and the need you anticipated is urgent.

Be it so. The life God intends His people should live is not one of sight but of faith, not one for tomorrow but for today. 

For the most part, He will allow them to have nothing in hand, lest it should mar the simplicity, and so interfere with the operation of their faith.

Like the poor widow whose little oil God increased by Elisha, we are often led to exclaim--"Your handmaid has nothing in the house but a jar of oil."

Our dear Lord recognized our daily life of faith, by teaching us to offer the daily prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread."

The apostle wrote these words in grateful acknowledgment of a gift of love he had just received from the Philippian saints.

He had ministered to them of his spiritual things, and they, in return, ministered unto him of their temporal things, "an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable and well-pleasing to God."

And now, as if conscious of his inability to make them any adequate return in kind, he instructs them in a truth, and breathes for them a prayer, most precious--"And my God will supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

Let your soul anchor itself on this truth, "God is my God," and though the winds may blow, and the billows surge, and the sky darken, you shall not be moved.

Needs may be great and urgent, claimants harsh and pressing, resources clean gone, yet, if the believing soul can take hold of God, and claim its interest and proprietorship in Him, none of these things shall move it.

And God is your God, O my soul! Your God in an everlasting covenant, your God in Christ Jesus, your God in a thousand troubles past, your God and your Guide even unto death.

God is as pledged as He is able to supply all our temporal need. 

He would have us recognize and deal with Him as the God of providence equally as the God of grace.

The divine promise is, "Your bread and your water shall be sure."

Has He ever failed you? He may have brought you to an extremity--the barrel of meal and the cruise of oil well-near exhausted--"not anything in the house but a jar of oil"--yet He knows your need, and at the last will appear and supply it. 

Faith may be sharply tried, but it shall surely triumph in the end. 

"Gad, a troop shall overcome him--but he shall overcome at the last." 

There may be a present and a temporary defeat of faith in its battle with trying and afflictive circumstances, but, like the tribe of Gad, it "shall overcome at the last."

God shall supply all your temporal needs according to His covenant engagement and inexhaustible resources. Only trust Him.

Above all, is the Lord our spiritual Provider.

If He provides for the body, most assuredly, and yet more richly and amply, will He provide for the soul.

There is grain in Egypt. There is the raining manna and the gushing rock in the desert. All the supplies of the covenant of grace, all the fullness that is in Christ Jesus, all the boundless resources of the Triune Jehovah, are for the needs of the believing soul.

You need more faith--Jesus is its Author, and He will increase it. 

You need more grace--out of His fullness you may draw 'grace for grace,' or, as it is in the Greek--wave on wave.

You need more love--feed its waning flame at the altar of His, and while you are musing on His wondrous love, the fire of yours shall burn. 

Thus take all you need to your Heavenly Provider, and He will supply it--not according to your stinted desires, or unbelieving expectations, or personal deserts--but, according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

What need shall not our God supply From His abundant store;

What streams of mercy from on high An arm Almighty pour?

From Christ, the ever-living spring, Those ample blessings flow;

Prepare, my lips, His name to sing Whose heart has loved you so."

~Octavius Winslow, 1872~

Saturday, July 19, 2014

THE PRUNING KNIFE

John 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
 

What is the pruning knife of this heavenly Husbandman?

It is often said to be affliction. By no means in the first place. How would it then fare with many who have long seasons free from adversity; or with some on whom God appears to shower down kindness all their life long?


No; it is the Word of God that is the knife, sharper than any two-edged sword, that pierces even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and is quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.

It is only when affliction leads to this discipline of the Word that it becomes a blessing; the lack of this heart-cleansing through the Word is the reason why affliction is so often unsanctified.

Not even Paul's thorn in the flesh could become a blessing until Christ's Word--"My strength is made perfect in weakness"--had made him see the danger of self-exaltation, and made him willing to rejoice in infirmities.

The Word of God's pruning knife. Jesus says: "Ye are already clean, because of the word I have spoken unto you." How searchingly that word had been spoken by Him, out of whose mouth there went a sharp two-edged sword


As he had taught them! "Except a man deny himself, lose his life, forsake all, hate father and mother, he cannot be My disciple, he is not worthy of Me"; or as He humbled their pride, or reproved their lack of love, or foretold their all forsaking Him.

From the opening of His ministry in the Sermon on the Mount to His words of warning in the last night, His Word had tried and cleansed them. He had discovered and condemned all there was of self; they were now emptied and cleansed, ready for the incoming of the Holy Spirit.

It is as the soul gives up its own thoughts, and men's thoughts of what is religion, and yields itself heartily, humbly, patiently, to the teaching of the Word by the Spirit, that the Father will do His blessed work of pruning and cleansing away all of nature and self that mixes with our work and hinders His Spirit.


Let those who would know all the Husbandman can do for them, all the Vine can bring forth through them, seek earnestly to yield themselves heartily to the blessed cleansing through the Word.

Let them, in their study of the Word, receive it as a hammer that breaks and opens up, as a fire that melts and refines, as a sword that lays bare and slays all that is of the flesh.

The word of conviction will prepare for the word of comfort and of hope, and the Father will cleanse them through the Word.

All ye who are branches of the true Vine, each time you read or hear the Word, wait first of all on Him to use it for His cleansing of the branch. Set your heart upon His desire for more fruit. Trust Him as Husbandman to work it.

Yield yourselves in simple childlike surrender to the cleansing work of His Word and Spirit, and you may count upon it that His purpose will be fulfilled in you.

Father, I pray Thee, cleanse me through Thy Word. Let it search out and bring to light all that is of self and the flesh in my religion. Let it cut away every root of self-confidence, that the Vine may find me wholly free to receive His life and Spirit.

O my holy Husbandman, I trust Thee to care for the branch as much as for the Vine. Thou only art my hope.

~Andrew Murray~