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Friday, May 22, 2015

Song Of Confidence

Psa 138:7  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.  

Wretched walking in the midst of trouble. Nay, blessed walking, since there is a special promise for it. 

Give me a promise, and what is the trouble? What doth my LORD teach me here to say? Why this... Thou wilt revive me.

I shall have more life, more energy, more faith. Is it not often so, that trouble revives us, like a breath of cold air when one is ready to faint?

How angry are my enemies and especially the archenemy!


Shall I stretch forth my hand and fight my foes! No, my hand is better employed in doing service for my LORD.

Besides, there is no need, for my God will use His far-reaching arm, and He will deal with them far better than I could if I were to try.

Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the LORD. He will with His own right hand of power and wisdom save me, and what more can I desire?

Come, my heart, talk this promise over to thyself till thou canst use it as the song of thy confidence, the solace of thy holiness. 

Pray to be revived thyself and leave the rest with the LORD, who performeth all things for thee. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Quicken Us

Psa 71:20  Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.  

God shows us the troubles. Sometimes, as this part of our education is being carried forward, we have to descend into "the lower parts of the earth," pass through subterranean passages, lie buried amongst the dead, but never for a moment is the cord of fellowship and union between God and us strained to breaking; and from the depths God will bring us again.

Never doubt God! Never say that He has forsaken or forgotten. 
Never think that He is unsympathetic. He will quicken again. 

There is always a smooth piece in every skein, however tangled. The longest day at last rings out the evensong. The winter snow lies long, but it goes at last.

Be steadfast; your labor is not in vain. God turns again, and comforts. And when He does, the heart which had forgotten its Psalmody breaks out in jubilant song, as does the Psalmist: "I will thank thee, I will harp unto thee, my lips shall sing aloud." 

~Selected~

Though the rain may fall and the wind be blowing, And old and chill is the wintry blast; Though the cloudy sky is still cloudier growing, And the dead leaves tell that the summer has passed;

My face I hold to the stormy heaven, My heart is as calm as the summer sea, Glad to receive what my God has given, Whate'er it be.

When I feel the cold, I can say, 'He sends it,' And His winds blow blessing, I surely know; 

For I've never a want but that He attends it, And my heart beats warm, though the winds may blow."

Monday, May 18, 2015

For Ye Are Dead And Your Life Is Hid With Christ In GOD

Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Now, this definite, absolute and final putting off of ourselves in an act of death, is something we cannot do ourselves.

It is not self-mortifying, but it is dying with Christ.

There is nothing can do it but the Cross of Christ and the Spirit of God.

The church is full of half dead people who have been trying, like poor Nero, to slay themselves for years, and have not had the courage to strike the fatal blow.

Oh, if they would just put themselves at Jesus' feet, and let Him do it, there would be accomplishment and rest.

On that cross He has provided for our death as well as our life, and our part is just to let His death be applied to our nature just as it has been to our old sins, and then leave it with Him, think no more about it, and count it dead,

Not recognizing it any longer as ourselves, but another, refusing to listen or fear it, to be identified with it, or even try to cleanse it,

But counting it utterly in His hands, and dead to us forever, and for all our new life depending on Him at every breath, as a babe just born depends upon its mother's life.

~A. B. Simpson~

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Evil Of Not Fearing


Now we pass over to the other side - the evil of not fearing.

But this is another kind of fear, fear of the Lord, walking in the fear of the Lord, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord, submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of the Lord.

Great fear came upon the church - with what result? It lost heart, it became afraid, it was paralyzed?

No! - the Name of the Lord Jesus was glorified and the Church multiplied. Oh, this then, must be another kind of fear.

It operates in exactly the opposite way from that of which we have been speaking.

What is this fear? Well, it is the fear of devotion to the Lord.

It is that fear which, in the first place, has all questions of relationship with the Lord settled, has the whole matter of acceptance by the Lord settled, the sin question is got out of the way through the righteousness which is of faith. 

Then the fear of the Lord means recognition of His glory, recognition of His greatness, recognition of His holiness, His majesty, and a humble submission to Him in the fear that would not in any way work against Him and His honor.

It is another kind of fear, the fear of devotion to the Lord, and the chief characteristic of this fear is meekness.

And that is where the sin of not fearing is found in the Word of God.

If you go through the Word and you find those various instances where God came out in judgment because this fear was not there, you will find that it was that those instances represented something like this.

In Numbers 16 you have Dathan and Abiram and their company. What are they doing? 

To Moses, the meekest of men, the anointed servant of the Lord, they say, "You take too much on yourself.

You are not the only one through whom the Lord speaks. We are as much the children of God as you are!" That is how they speak, and they fear not to put their hand upon that which is anointed.

It is not that Moses is anything, but it is the anointing.

It is something anointed of God and they were guilty of the sin of spiritual assumption; it was due to a lack of meekness.

The Lord came out in terrible judgment, showing for all time that when the Lord anoints anyone or anything, that anointing is not something that constitutes that person a special office or officer.

The anointing is the Lord, the Lord Himself.

The Lord is on that, the Lord Himself is in that, the Lord is there, and when you touch that, you touch the Lord; you touch that in word, you touch the Lord, you touch that in deed, you touch the Lord.

He reproved kings for their sakes, saying, Touch not Mine anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm (Psa. 105:14-15).

If you and I ever have the slightest reason to conclude that the Lord is anywhere or with any person or with anything or with any people, we touch that to our peril if it is touching it other than in the fear of the Lord.

It is a tremendous check.

We read that little bit from 1 Samuel. Yes, David was anointed, David was God's chosen one, but Saul had been anointed and Saul was not yet dead. 

Saul was not yet set aside finally, although potentially. 

David got an opportunity and cut off the skirt of Saul's garment and then it says, "David's heart smote him".

David's heart smote him. We in New Testament times in whom the Spirit dwells would say, "The Lord rebuked me, smote me in my heart, in my spirit". 

Again and again this comes up - exactly what happens in the case of the bringing up of the ark. When Uzzah died before the Lord, what was the reason? It was a lack of the fear of the Lord of the right kind.

It was an assumption. It was a putting forth of a hand to touch holy things. That is terrible.

The evil of not fearing, you see. It comes from an insufficient apprehension of the sacredness of what is of God.

But this fear is a holy fear. Let no one think for a moment that this fear of the Lord is death, bondage, stultification and repression. Not at all. 

Wherever you find this fear of the Lord you find joy, love, peace and liberty. People are not afraid of the Lord. But they are careful not to grieve the Lord. They do not take liberties with the Lord.  

They do not think of spiritual liberty as spiritual license. They do not cast off restraint, they do not ride rough-shod over all sacred things, calling it liberty.

No, there is holy fear which restrains and in restraining keeps things pure and keeps things clear and makes a straight way for the Lord. 

The true fear of the Lord is not dread. It is a very blessed and precious thing.

Now you notice these passages in the New Testament show us that it was at such times when this kind of fear came in a special way that there was something to the glory of God. 

You know, if you get into the book of the Acts and you begin to see things happening, getting to the realm of "things doing" as we say, the expression and manifestation of divine power there is your peril. 

That was so in the case of Ananias and Sapphira. Things were happening.

What a peril when the Lord is doing something, for the flesh to just step in and begin to sport itself in what God is doing, to take advantage, to exploit the situation for its improvement, and the Lord had to step in to save the situation. 

What did He do? Well, what He did in the issue was to recover a wholesome fear, a fear that would keep things pure and "fear fell upon all". That kept things pure. 

It did not arrest the Lord. It did not mean that things had got to come under bondage again. 

No, it just kept things pure, and so that was repeated from time to time. "Great fear came upon all... the Name of the Lord was glorified and the Church multiplied."

What I want to say is this, that a right kind of fear, a fear of the Lord, is something which gives the Lord a very clear way to do what He wants. 

To this one will I look... - and oh, what a lot is bound up with that phrase. It does not just mean that the Lord takes a look at us, looks in our direction. 

When the Lord looks to us, well, there is everything we want. All that we want is in the light of His countenance. 

If the Lord looks upon us, it is like the sun looking out with all the beneficent rays of warmth and light and energy. 

To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembles at My word (Isa. 66:2). 

Do you want, do I want, spiritual increase in understanding, in knowledge, in revelation?

Do we want spiritual increase in strength from the Lord? Do we want fulness?

Let me say that this is going to come to the humble man, the weak, meek one in the eyes of the Lord, the one who trembles at His word, who does not assume.

Oh, let us ask the Lord that there may be found in us that true holy fear which is love, not the fear which is contrary to love, but the true holy fear which is love.

The Lord will be able to go on and lead us into all His fulness if He has that quality in us, that in us which simply means that we honor Him, we recognize Him, we trust Him, we have perfect confidence in Him, and that we are very reticent either by word of criticism, or judgment, or by any other way, to put a hand upon what is sacred to the Lord, even a child of God.

If it is a child of God, then the Lord is in that one and we must be very careful.

That is what it means, and this matter of the blessing of the Lord which makes rich, this matter of the light of His countenance, is a very practical matter.

It may all hang upon some matter of our attitude towards another child of God.

The whole of the fulness of Christ may be held up and suspended for us because of some injurious way in which we talk about what is precious to God, if we criticize it, judge it, think that we can improve it.

The Lord may stand back.

Let us ask the Lord to put into our hearts His fear while on the other hand He is seeking to root out of us that evil which is so much to His dishonor.

I simply bring this to you and urge upon you further prayerful reflection. Ask the Lord about this. 

Do not forget the enemy's drive along the line of fear, but do not forget that freedom from the enemy's kind of fear does not make us those fire-eaters who care for nothing and simply trample all sacred things down under foot because we are very bold.

No, there is a right boldness and a wrong boldness, a right fear and a wrong fear. The Lord teach us the meaning of that! 

~T. Austin Sparks~

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Instruments To Deal With Corruption

Take Nehemiah. Nehemiah seems to have had a great deal of his time occupied with dealing with the other false and foreign elements seeking to insinuate themselves into the recovery of this testimony, as represented by the wall: the clear line of demarcation between what is of God and what is not of God. 

He found these things had got right into the House of God itself and had established themselves there. 

And he rooted and routed them out, but he was constantly being drawn out to deal with these encroachments and these impingements.

On the Sabbath day the traders came round the gates of Jerusalem trying to get in, and if they could not get in on the Sabbath day they waited there to get in immediately the doors were opened. 

Nehemiah saw that this was a corrupting thing, it had gained the upper hand and would pollute what he was doing, and he recorded it of himself: "I testified against them".

Here is a man who is alive to the danger of these foreign elements coming in, and he is all the time dealing with that which he knows if once it gets in, will undo all that he is doing, which will destroy the testimony.
 
So it was with Ezra. And what business these two men had in the matter of the foreign wives even of the priests!

These foreign relationships had to be disentangled and cut off, and there had to be a breaking in between what was of God and what was not of God in order to establish the testimony in life. 

It had to be done.

In many other illustrations and instances in the Old Testament we have this same thing, that whenever a testimony has to be brought back into fulness of life, everything that is of darkness, that is foreign to light, that is not of God, has got to be put out. 

Otherwise our labor is in vain and the testimony will be nullified.

The enemy's persistent activity is to get something in that is not God.

If He gets in, it can carry that to the final issue.

That is why the Lord Jesus Himself, as the personification of the testimony of God, said: "the ruler [prince KJV, ] of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me" (John 14:30).

The enemy had tried all through His life to get something in. In the wilderness, in the temptations, he tried to get something in that was of himself and insinuate himself in some way.

All along he was trying to do that.

He knew quite well that if he could get a lodgement for something of his own kingdom that was not of the Father, of God, he was sure of triumph in the long run.The testimony of life triumphing over death would be nullified. 

So he concentrated upon the chief and the inclusive vessel of that testimony, but the Lord was able to say at length, when the enemy had tried all his resources: "the ruler [prince] of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me".

That is the secret of His power and His victory; the full triumph of God over death in Him.

This is something which may not be new to us, but to have our attention drawn afresh to it is very important if we really are to be vessels of the testimony of God concerning His Son.

This applies to us as individuals, as individual believers, as children of God, but oh, how it applies to us and concerns us if we are responsible in any larger way than that of personal Christian life.

How important it is for us to be alive to this fact, and to always bear it in mind, that as believers and as servants of God the maintenance of the testimony in life with all that that means of the impact of an indestructible all-conquering power over Satan, has to be upheld and maintained.

We must have a very clear perception as to corrupting elements, defiling elements and mixture.

Mixture is one of the devil's master strokes to nullify what is of God.

This letter of John touches upon quite a number of things by which the enemy pursues this course of nullifying of the testimony.

In the first place it speaks of inconsistency and contradiction in the life of the believer.

Take note of one little clause only which is very revealing in that matter: "If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth" (1 John 1:6).

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (verse 8);

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.  (verse 10);

He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. (1 John 2:9). 

Here are contradictions in believers saying one thing, but in the background contradicting the thing we say.

We need not dwell with that very much. It is perfectly patent that here you have two things at work, contradicting one another.

That is the devil's work.

~T. Austin Sparks~


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Servant's Honored

Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof; so he that waiteth on his master shall be honored. (Proverbs 27:18).

He who tends the fig tree has figs for his pains, and he who waits on a good master has honor as his reward.

Truly the LORD Jesus is the very best of masters, and it is an honor to be allowed to do the least act for His sake.

To serve some lords is to watch over a crab tree and eat the crabs as one's wages; but to set ye the LORD Jesus is to keep a fig tree of the sweetest figs.

His service is in itself delight, continuance in it is promotion, success in it is blessedness below, and the reward for it is glory above.

Our greatest honors will be gathered in that season when the figs will be ripe, even in the next world. 

Angels who are now our servitors will bear us home when our day's work is done. Heaven, where Jesus is, will be our honorable mansion, eternal bliss our honorable portion, and the LORD Himself our honorable companion.

Who can imagine the full meaning of this promise: "He that waiteth on his master shall be honored"?

LORD, help me to wait upon my Master. Let me leave all ideas of honor to the hour when Thou Thyself shalt honor me.

May the Holy Spirit make me a lowly, patient worker and waiter!

~Charles Spurgeon~

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Do Not Despair!

Psa 27:13  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
 

Psa 27:14  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
 

Do not despair!
 

Oh, how great the temptation is to despair at times!

Our soul becomes depressed and disheartened, and our faith staggers under the severe trials and testing that come into our lives, especially during times of bereavement and suffering.

We may come to the place where we say,“I cannot bear this any longer. I am close to despair under these circumstances God has allowed.

He tells me not to despair, but what am I supposed to do when I
am at this point?”
 

What have you done in the past when you felt weak physically?
You could not do anything. You ceased from doing.


In your weakness, you leaned on the shoulder of a strong loved one.You leaned completely on someone else and rested, becoming still, and trusting in another’s strength.
 

It is the same when you are tempted to despair under spiritual
afflictions.


Once you have come close to the point of despair, God’s message is not,“Be strong and courageous” (Josh. 1:6), for
He knows that your strength and courage have run away. 


Instead, He says sweetly, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).
 

Hudson Taylor was so weak and feeble in the last few months
of his life that he told a friend,“I am so weak I cannot write.


I cannot read my Bible. I cannot even pray. 

All I can do is lie still in the arms of God as a little child, trusting Him.”

This wonderful man of God, who had great spiritual power, came to the point of physical suffering and weakness where all he could do was lie still and trust.
 

That is all God asks of you as His dear child. When you
become weak through the fierce fires of affliction, do not try to
“be strong.” Just “be still, and know that [He is] God.”


And know that He will sustain you and bring you through the fire.

God reserves His best medicine for our times of deepest despair.
Be strong and take heart.


Psa 27:14  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
 

Be strong, He has not failed you In all the past, And will He go and leave you To sink at last?
 

No, He said He will hide you Beneath His wing; And sweetly there in safety You then may sing.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Spirit Of Power And Love And A Sound Mind

GOD hath Not given us the spirit of Fear, of Fearfulness, of Timidity.

The Holy Ghost Does Not Create Neutralities, Character Without Force, Colourless and Impotent.

A spirit of fearfulness would have no 'go,' no impressiveness, no decision.

It's Strength would be Drained Away by its own Timidities.


That is not the character of a man filled with the Holy Ghost.

What then is He like?

What is the spirit of man like when filled with the fullness of GOD!

1. It is a spirit of Power. Power is the first characteristic of the man who is full of the Holy Ghost.

What is this, but to say that the Holy-Ghost creates force of character?

In every life there is an Executive Government which may be either Vigorous or Limp.

That executive government is the will.

If the will be like a Weak galvanic battery, then all my conduct will be Wanting in Brightness and Decision.

But if my will be like a battery Well Charged with Power, then all my conduct will be characterized by Intensity and Precision.

Force of character is proportioned to strength of will.

The life of Jesus thrills with Positive Power.


There is nothing pliable about it.

It is strong, decided and bold, moving along with irresistible force, turned neither to the right hand nor to the left, neither frightened by the stones of the world, nor allured by its crowns.

It is 'a Spirit of Power.'

That is one of the gifts offered to men by the grace of GOD.

We can have our wills recharged from the super-abundant energy of the strong Son of GOD.

The Holy Ghost will 'take of the things of Christ' and give them unto us.

The Holy Ghost, working in man, works both 'to will and to do,' changing weak, Wavering wills into Steadfast ones, and the spirit of fear into the Spirit of Power.

2. But that would not be enough. Bad men have often great force of character.

There is nothing more perilous than blind power.

The Spirit of Power must be allied with something else, or we may drive into a terrible ditch.

So the Spirit of Power must be allied with the Spirit of Love.

The Spirit of Love is the organ of vision.

The finest knowledge is gained by the finest feeling.

Sympathy is the great interpreter of secrets.

Love is sight. It is only the loveless who are blind.

The loveless do not see the beauties of Nature.

It is only when love is enthroned that there is 'a new heaven and a new earth,' and that 'all things become new.'

The loveless do not see the truth of humanity.

It is Love who sees the wickedness of the city, and weeps over it.

It is Love who sees the lingering beauty in a Magdalene, and yearns over it.

The capacity of love is the capacity to judge.


If we are to Know the Truth of things, we need the Spirit of Love.

And my text tells me that this again is the gift of the Spirit of Love.

He who gives the will to do the truth, will also give the love to know it.

He strengthens the will, and gives men force of character.

He enriches the heart, and gives men power to see and know the truth.

3. 'A Sound Mind.' That is the third characteristic endowment of a man filled with the Holy ghost.

Now a Sound Mind is a healthy mind, a mind which delights in the things which are pure, which passionately enjoys them, and which turns away from the impure with strong revulsion and disgust.

The 'Sound Mind' abhors 'that which is evil'; it relishes that which is good.

So that a sound mind is just a healthy moral palate, a taste for the things of GOD.

This, again, is the gift of the Holy Ghost, creating in man a moral sanity which enables him to sing, 'How sweet are Thy words unto my taste!'

Now, sum it all up. 


The man filled with the Holy Ghost has a 'Spirit Of Power'-capacity to Do the Truth; a 'Spirit Of Love'-capacity to Know the Truth; and 'A Sound Mind'-capacity to Love the Truth.

~John Henry Jowett~

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Holy Ghost Tears

Tears have a language just as definite and emphatic as smiles or gestures.

Words do not constitute the only language we speak, for everywhere there are many languages spoken by every human being.

There is a language in our gait, our tones of voice, our eyes, smiles, gestures, and our physical movements, in our laughter, facial expression, and in our tears.

The Bible is full of tears. See how the patriarchs "lifted up their voices and wept".

Read in the prophets how the tears poured down their cheeks night and day.

Go through the New Testament and see Jesus weeping with His friends at the grave of Lazarus.

Read Paul's Epistles where the burning tears fell on the page as he wrote.

What a vast ocean of heart life and pathos and feeling pervades the whole Bible.

It is not a stoical, human, philosophical book; it throbs with deep feeling from beginning to end.

It is a wonderful blessing to any human soul to have the Holy Ghost plow up the deep, interior fountains, and melt all the emotions, and cause the heart to pour itself out in tears.

There are different types of Holy Ghost tears.

There are the tears which flow from conviction of sin, especially when we see the sin in the light of God and look at it in contrast with the Divine compassion and longsuffering toward us.

All truth, to be forcible, must be seen with its two sides as a whole and not as a half truth.

And so the sight of our sins, would not of itself break up the depths of the heart into weeping. 

But when this vision of sin is seen in connection with God's longsuffering and compassion towards us, we get a little glimpse into the tenderness and merciful feeling of God for sinners.

Then sin seems heart breaking, and so the conscience is touched to the quick, which produces a flow of tears.

It was this kind of weeping that Mary Magdalene poured out over the feet of her precious Lord.

It was this kind of tears that flowed thick and fast from the eyes of Peter when he heard the cock crow.

No sinner can be made to weep by a mere cold, formal sight of his sins.

Mt. Sinai made the Jews tremble, but did not make them weep, and so the denunciation of sin or the portrayal of it can never of itself produce repentant tears.

It is only when the sins are seen under the soft, melting light of infinite pity and love that the heart is broken and the tears flow. 

Law may reveal sin, but nothing in the universe except love will make a man hate his sins.

Water may be locked up in ice, but you cannot drink it till it is melted, and it takes the warmth of the tenderest love to bring forth the waters of repentance.

There are tears we shed out of an intense desire of seeing God, of beholding Jesus. 

These are tears of a still higher order.

These are tears such as David shed when he longed for the courts of the living God during his banishment and when he said his soul thirsted for God as the panting hart after the water brooks.

These are the tears Mary shed when she sat at the empty tomb of Jesus with an unspeakable longing to find her dear Lord. 

There are no tears that give us such a deep and beautiful insight into the preciousness of Christ's person and character as these tears of holy longing.

When we get an opportunity for long seasons of secret prayer and pour out our hearts to our Heavenly Father, and then leave ourselves open for the Spirit to work in us as He pleases, He begins to draw us out in pure heart longings after God.

It is glorious beyond description to have Him give us glimpses of Himself that seem to entice our souls almost out of the body, and draw us away with such inward pantings, that the heart seems to leap and bound upward into the Heavenly world.
      
We seem in spirit to be running with all our might to get closer to His blessed face, and at every bound it seems our hearts will break with desire after the living God, till the great fountain of tears is broken up and they flow like hot salt streams down our cheeks.

Then the soul cries out, "O my Lord! My Love! Thou infinitely blessed, tender, precious God; when shall I see thee in thy glory, and when shall I drink myself full of thine eternal blessedness!" 

These tears give to our inner eyes telescopic visions into the beauties of God as they are clustered and set forth in the meek and lowly JESUS.

These tears are supernatural, and float us, like Noah's flood, above the highest mountain tops of earth into the deep blue dome of the peace and joy of God. 

Another kind of spiritual tears are those we shed out of pure love for our fellows, when we weep over the sins of mankind, the calamities of our neighbors, and out of a heart sorrow, for the salvation of souls.

Such are the tears St. Paul shed over the wayward Galatians, and over those persons who had made shipwreck of their faith. 

It was tears like this that Samuel shed, when the Lord told him that Saul had turned away from God, and was rejected from being king, and the great loving prophet wept all night long.

It was such holy, loving tears as these that fell from the eyes of Jesus as He sat on Mt. Olivet, and looked over His beautiful but ill-fated Jerusalem, and said, while the tears trickled down His cheeks, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how oft would I have gathered you, as a hen gathereth her chicks under her wings, and ye would not."
 

These were the kind of tears the weeping prophet, Jeremiah, poured out all his life over the sins and desolations of his people.

These are the tears that soul winners who are filled with holy love shed over the souls that they are seeking to save.

These are the Holy Ghost tears which the humble and holy ones pour out in the silent night watches before God over the awful backslidings in the churches, over worldly ministers, and over cold, lifeless congregations.
 

Perhaps these tears take us down deeper in the heart of Jesus because they bring us into the plan of His sacrifice for others and knit us in sympathy with His soul over the lost.

There are many professed Christians who seldom weep; in fact, many of them speak slightingly of tears, but such persons are leagues away from the true Bible life.

May God pity the dry eyed Christians, for if the eye is dry, the heart behind the eyes is dry also.

We must never have self complacency in our tears, or look upon them as good in themselves; they are simply the effect which proves the working of a deep spiritual cause, back in the soul. 

But while we are not to be attached to our tears, we are to thank God that He gives them to us, and above all things, we are to seek that inward tenderness of nature, that lowly contrition of heart, that interior union with the Christ life out of which Holy Ghost tears may flow.
 

~G. D. Watson~

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fear GOD and Fear Nothing Else

The world is shaking with fear. "What will become of us? Where will it all end? What if Russia...? What if cancer...? What if expression...?"

The love of God has wrapped us round from before the foundations of the world.

If we fear Him--that is, if we are brought to our knees before Him, reverence and worship Him in absolute assurance of his sovereignty, we cannot possibly be afraid of anything else.

To love God is to destroy all other fear. To love the world is to be afraid of everything--what it may think of me, what it may do to me, what may happen today or tomorrow for which I am not prepared.
      
Psa 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
And yet, LORD, the truth is that I am often afraid. I confess it. 

All the weight of your promises seems sometimes to be only a feather, and the weight of my fears is lead. 

Reverse that, LORD, I pray. Give me the healthy fear that will make light of all the others.

Pro 19:23  The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. 

~Elisabeth Elliot~

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

You Can't Keep Both Eyes

A young man was delivered from a life of self-destruction in the form of drug abuse. 

He turned from his old ways, but of course was pursued by the enemy and tempted back.

It was clear to him that he could not afford to be lenient with himself in allowing the least indulgence in the old habit.

One day he said to his pastor, "Don't ever allow me to use the word 'struggle.' 

Every time I use it I am excusing disobedience, I am really preferring to 'struggle' rather than to quit."

Jesus made this necessity sharply clear when He said, "If it is your eye that is your undoing, tear it out and fling it away; it is better to enter into life with one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into the fires of hell"

Mat 5:29  And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
 

To struggle--that is, to allow a "little bit" of sin, to be cautious with ourselves, tolerant of a certain amount of plain disobedience, is to try to keep both eyes.

~Elisabeth Elliot~

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hindrances To Faith: Lack Of Consecration To GOD

4. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to faith is a lack of personal consecration to GOD. 
 
We are taught this in the twelfth of Hebrews, where, in order to look to Jesus as the "beginner and perfecter of our faith," we are to lay aside every weight and the easily besetting sin.
 
Just as long as there is defect in our consecration, there will be corresponding defects in our faith.
 
We can trust God only to the extent that we are given up to Him.
 
Your risk in a bank is up to the limit of your deposit. 
 
Consecration puts us right on believing ground. Consecration is cutting the shore lines, and faith is launching out into the deep. 
 
So the real question is, not why should I trust all to God, but why should I doubt anything of Him?
 
Have His promises ever broken down? Has He ever disappointed or deceived us?
 
True, He often tests our faith, but at the last moment, in the worst extremity, His train of infinite mercy and provision has arrived on schedule time, and the finale in many a psalm of life has been, "Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him."
 
~G. D. Watson~


                                                        



                                                      




                                                     





Friday, April 24, 2015

Hindrances To Faith: Looking At Our Surroundings And Not To The Fixed Promises Of Jesus

Mat 14:31  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

The pivot word in this question is "wherefore." Doubt should have a sufficient reason for it. Neither Peter nor any other has been able to find a satisfactory answer to this all-piercing "wherefore " of Jesus.


The implication is, God could allow us to doubt if we had sufficient reason for it. 

The unbelief of the human heart startled and amazed Jesus at every turn. It was like the air on the frozen polar sea, that pierced His sensitive nature on every side.

God made man to believe, organized his whole being on that line, launched him out in such a sea of relationships with nature and the supernatural, with his fellows, with the past and future, that he could not exist, could never plant nor reap, never give nor receive testimony, in fact, never do anything of import, except by the exercise of a measure of faith.

Doubt is no part of our original constitution, and can never be explained, except on the basis of a terrible calamity in our moral nature.

God has never deceived human beings, never played fast and loose with the hopes and fears of His creatures.

The greatest reason for Peter's doubt was the remaining carnality in his soul, which prompted an uneasy fear in such a sudden emergency of danger.

But while carnality is the root of unbelief, there are some other considerations which will enable us to explain it.

I. One hindrance to faith is that of looking at our surroundings, and not to the fixed promises of Jesus.


In the incident of the text we have an example of the power of our surroundings versus the power of the promise of God. 

There were two things upon which Peter might fix his attention; one was the word " come," uttered by the Saviour, the other was the waves of water.

Peter was not destitute of faith, for he asked the Lord to bid him walk on the sea.

He felt an inward inclination to go out to Christ on the water, but wanted the authority of the Master's word like a plank under his feet to authorize him in doing so; and that sublime inward prompting which was evidently of God, never broke down until his eyes were diverted to take in the danger of the waves.

Here we have the conflict in every life, that between the prompting of the inward Spirit to trust God without reserve, and that of the senses which survey the instability of outward things. 

It is a battle between the invisible truth and the visible shadow, the stability of the rock and the motion of the sea. 

The appearance of the waves and the significance of the word " come," were to human reason directly the opposite of each other.

Through all ages, the waves had never failed to drown, and on the other hand, God's word had never deceived any one; so here were two invariable things that met' as opposites; the only question was, which of these invariables was the stronger; which law should have the precedence, that of gravity or that of the word of God?

The word "come," from the lips of Jesus, had more authority than all the rolling seas, for it was the power of His simple word that set every sea in motion. 

The water had the appearance of power, but in the word of Jesus was the real power.

Most of our life is illustrated by this incident. We live on a rolling sea, we are repeatedly shut up to the alternative of trusting either the appearance of things or the invisible truth of God.

If we listen to the blowing of the wind, it will shut out the omnipotent voice of Jesus.

If we look at the white-capped waves of circumstance, we shall not see the outstretched hand of Jesus.

Each of us must come for himself to a fixed, irreversible decision, as to which is reality, the wave or the word, and fasten ourselves to unchangeable truth.

~G. D. Watson~



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Progressiveness In God's Dealings


In the course of our spiritual history God deals with us in ever-deepening ways. Down, down, down, He goes, until He touches bottom to have things true at our very depth.

He undercuts all our professions, doctrines, assumptions, pretensions, illusions, and customs.

There is no mere formalism about this; no mere Jewish ritual in this; no mere outward observance of rites and ceremonies in this! No! 

This has got to go right into the inmost being, in the inward parts. God works toward that.

God is ever working toward the most inward parts. Do you recognize that? 

Do you understand what He is doing with us? 

Oh, He will meet us with blessing on a certain level, as we walk before Him, like the man in Psalm 1.

He will meet us with His gracious provision when we transgress and trespass and fail, and do wrong - He will meet us there in grace. 

But God is going to pursue this matter to the most inward place of our being, and register there His work of grace and redemption.

"Thou desirest...", and David did not come to that until he reached the profoundest, the deepest place of need, of failure, of conscious weakness and worthlessness. Then he cried.

It is not enough to just please God in ordinary ways; it is not enough to observe the ritual of the Law, and go to the ceremonies, and carry out all that which is external.

God is after truth in the inward parts, right down into the depths of our being.

Why? Why? Because truth is a major feature and constituent of the Divine nature.

God is called the God of Truth; Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Godhead, called Himself the Truth - "I am... the truth";

"To this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth"; the Holy Spirit is described as the Spirit of Truth - "when He, the Spirit of truth, is come...".

The Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are characterized by this one feature - truth!

And God desires and has set His heart upon having people who are partakers of the Divine nature, and so He is working ever more deeply toward this end: what is true of Himself shall be true of His children - those begotten of Him - that they should be true sons of God in this sense.

~T. Austin Sparks~