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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GOD Calls Us To Victory

Exo 15:1  Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Beloved, GOD calls us to victory. Have any of you given up the conflict, have you surrendered? 

Have you said, "This thing is too much"? Have you said, "I can give up anything else but this"?

If you have, you are not in the land of promise.
GOD means you should accept every difficult thing that comes in your life. 

He has started with you, knowing every difficulty. And if you dare to let Him, He will carry you through not only to be conquerors, but "more than conquerors." 

Are you looking for all the victory?
GOD gives His children strength for the battle and watches over them with a fond enthusiasm.
He longs to fold you to His arms and say to you, "I have seen thy conflict, I have watched thy trials, I have rejoiced in thy victory; thou hast honored Me."

You know He told Joshua at the beginning, "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life; as I was with Moses, so shall I be with thee:

I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." And again, He says to us, "Fear thou not, for I am with thee."

~A. B. Simpson~

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Service Of Passivity

The same unconscious ministry, again, is often a beautiful feature of the sickroom.

Patient suffering may be finest service.

It is told of Dr. Norman Macleod that on one occasion he went to pay a visit to a Sunday school scholar of his own.

He found him stretched upon a sorry bed, for the lad--an invalid--was dying amid scenes of crime and destitution. 

Norman Macleod was not a great preacher; Norman Macleod was a great human.

Stooping over the bed he said, "My poor lad, I'm afraid you're very weak." "Yes, sir," was the reply, "I'm very weak, but I'm strong in Him."

The following Sunday, Dr. Macleod told that story from the pulpit.

It was published in religious newspapers both in England and America.

And by and by, from Scotland, England, and from far-off villages of the United States, came testimonies that the story had been blessed.

Out in the High Street other lads were serving, Men and women were toiling for the Master.

Here in the garret, above the crowded street was a sufferer who would never serve again.

Yet, like Paul and Silas in the dungeon, he sang in his midnight because God was with him, and far away the other prisoners heard.

I have heard women lamenting they were useless because they could never leave their little room.

Others were out and active in the world; they were nothing but cumberers of the ground.

And yet that little chamber was a Bethel, and to enter it was to feel that GOD was there, and through the streets one walked a better man because of that patient beautiful endurance.

Never forget that among life's many ministries, the freest may be the unconscious ministry.

There is an exquisite service of passivity as surely as a service of activity.

When the lights are low, when the strong ones bow themselves, when the silver cord is at the point of breaking, you may be serving better than you know.

~George H. Morrison~


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Among The Redeemed

Who would wish to dwell among the nations and to be numbered with them?

Why, even the professing church is such that to follow the LORD fully within its bounds is very difficult.

There is such a mingling and mixing that one often sighs for "a lodge in some vast wilderness."

Certain it is that the LORD would have His people follow a separated path as to the world and come out decidedly and distinctly from it.

We are set apart by the divine decree, purchase, and calling, and our inward experience has made us greatly to differ from men of the world;

And therefore our place is not in their Vanity Fair, nor in their City of Destruction, but in the narrow way where all true pilgrims must follow their LORD.

This may not only reconcile us to the world's cold shoulder and sneers but even cause us to accept them with pleasure as being a part of our covenant portion.

Our names are not in the same book, we are not of the same seed, we are not bound for the same place, neither are we trusting to the same guide;

Therefore it is well that we are not of their number.

Only let us be found in the number of the redeemed, and we are content to be off and solitary to the end of the chapter.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Relationship To The Altar

Why was it that Moses, when in touch with the people, was on the death side, the condemnation side, the judgment side, and everything was death?

On the other hand, why was it that he could turn and go into the Lord's presence, taking away the veil, and live in the very presence of that glory which to the people was death?

It is a very impressive thing. Here is the glory, this tremendous glory, and yet that glory on the one side ministered death.

But this man could just turn about, and without a veil go right into that glory and live.

The answer is found, of course, in an altar.

You will notice that, when Moses went up into the mount, the glory of the Lord was displayed, terrible glory, and he built an altar at the foot of the mount.

He went up by way of the altar, and there was always an altar between the gate of the court, where the people assembled, and the Most Holy Place, where the LORD was.

That altar made it possible for death to be changed to life.

The glory which had ministered judgment, and condemnation, had become the glory of a blessed communion.

So we ask, What does this altar mean?

We look at the sacrifice and we look at the blood: we find the offering and the blood perfect, without spot, without blemish, something that can pass the Divine scrutiny, can abide, can stand before the eye of GOD. 

When that is provided there is righteousness.

If you can turn and take that with you, that is, go before GOD in the value and the virtue of that, then you turn death into life, judgment into fellowship.

The Apostle, then, here speaks of "ministration of condemnation." There was a glory associated with it simply because it was the glory of GOD; it was GOD Who was in view.

Whatever the effect of GOD is, GOD is always glorious.

The effect depends upon where we are, upon which side of the altar we stand; whether we stand apart from the present values of that altar, or whether we stand right in the good of those values by faith.

It is clear that these people were in a state of unbelief, although called the LORD'S people.

At this time their whole history through the wilderness was one of unbelief.

They perished through unbelief, and the inference here is that even in the presence of all this provision, in type and symbol, their hearts were still unbelieving hearts...

Their hearts were hardened, so that they were not really in the good of all this by faith.

The effect for them was not what it might have been, namely, one of deliverance, of salvation; 

It was one of judgment, of condemnation.

They had the sacrifices, they had all the means of grace, but in heart were not really living in the good of those things.

That is why the thing was transcient. It had to go.

GOD never builds upon a foundation like that of mere external rites, performances; GOD builds upon an inner state. 

Read again from chapter 24: to chapter 34 of the book of Exodus, and mark the two movements there.

You will notice that in the beginning Moses went up into the mount and received the pattern of everything.

He was forty days in the mount. He received the law, the pattern of things complete, and then came down and found the people worshipping the golden calf, and there had to be this terrible judgment amongst them.

Then Moses went up a second time, and the LORD gave him the law again on fresh tables,  and he came down with the glory.

What we see is that, when Moses turned toward the people, there was a state there which was without faith, without heart relationship to the LORD, and the things which the LORD had provided.

The glory was therefore an occasion of judgment and death to them, but Moses himself was on other ground.

Moses was not on their ground; he was a mediator, he turned toward them; but he could also turn toward the LORD.

He was a mediator, and had other ground, the ground of a heart relationship with the LORD, and heart appreciation of the meaning of the altar and the blood; 

So that he needed no veil for himself. The veil was because of the people.

He himself could go in without a veil and live in the presence of the glory.

There are two sides, the "ministration of condemnation" and the "ministration of righteousness". 

The ministration of condemnation was because of the absence of faith in all that which GOD  had provided; the offering, the blood, the altar. 

~T. Austin Sparks~

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Self The Stronghold Of Sin

Well, then, we must look at man, and what do we find?

What is the central thing in man?

It is this same thing - self, self, self, in some way. 

What is born in the blood will come out. 

Self-will, self-interest; the calculating upon a basis of how a given proposition or course will affect me, whether it will be to my advantage or disadvantage; and so on without end.

It is not seen only in grossly sensual forms, nor alone in the more common forms of ambition that might even be called worthy - the desire to climb the ladder of success, and so on.

But this thing can move right through into our spiritual life and become a secret hidden motive even in our quest for blessing, for power.

It can come out in a Peter who, when his Lord says to him "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me" (John 13:8) will respond, with eager desire to have as much for himself as possible, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head."

I do not want to get you analyzing and introspective, but I say we have to get down to this thing before we understand the Cross and before this spiritual personality which is Christ can be developed;

For it is only, as we have said, by way of the Cross that self-interest, self-sufficiency, self-realization, and a dozen other forms of self go out.

Not only the self which asserts itself, and is aggressive, imperious, seeking and loving the limelight, but also that which is pitying and drawing attention to itself because it is so poor and miserable and wretched a thing - it is all self.

Anything which has the effect of bringing us into view is self, and the Cross stands right in the way of that and says No to the whole thing that came from Satan, whatever form it takes - whether it is self-realization, asserting, forcing, driving, or self-pity with its negatives and its inferiority.

Satan is somewhere behind it all, and he will use it, and the effect is the hiding of Christ; and it has got to be dealt with somehow.

That is the school we are in.

It is this alliance of fallen man with Satan in the very nature of things which sums up the whole Bible from one standpoint...

And shows where GOD stands in relation to man when man is on his own ground and not on GOD'S ground.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Man Of Rest...He Shall Build

THE men of rest are the builders of the most lasting structures. 

Solomon builds the Temple, not David. Mary's deed of anointing, learnt in much sitting at the Lord's feet, fills the world with its aroma.

What is needed to make us men and women of rest?

First, a profound conviction that God is working.

Never despair of the world, said the late Mrs. Beecher Stowe, when you remember what GOD did with slavery: the best possible must happen.

This serene faith, that all things are working out for the best the best to GOD, the best to man and that GOD is at the heart of all, will calm and still us in the most feverish days.

There is a strong and an experienced Hand on the helm.

Next, an entire surrender to his will.

GOD'S will is certain to mean the destruction of the flesh, in whatever form He finds it; but it is our part to yield to Him; to will his will even to the cross; to follow our leader Christ in this, that He yielded Himself without reserve to execute his Father's purpose.

Thirdly, a certain knowledge that He is working within to will and do of his good pIeasure.

What a blessed peace possesses us when once we realize that we are not called on to originate or initiate, nor to make great far reaching plans and try to execute them; but just to believe that GOD is prepared to work through our hands, speak by our life, dwell in our bodies, and fulfil in us the good purposes of his will.

Be full of GOD'S rest.

Let there be no hurry, precipitation, or fret; yield to God's hands, that He may mold thee: hush thy quickly throbbing pulse!

So shalt thou build to good and lasting purpose.     

~F. B. Meyer~

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Run With Patience

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  

O run with patience is a very difficult thing. Running is apt to suggest the absence of patience, the eagerness to reach the goal.

We commonly associate patience with lying down. We think of it as the angel that guards the couch of the invalid. Yet, I do not think the invalid's patience the hardest to achieve.

There is a patience which I believe to be harder--the patience that can run.

To lie down in the time of grief, to be quiet under the stroke of adverse fortune, implies a great strength; but I know of something that implies a strength greater still:

It is the power to work under a stroke; to have a great weight at your heart and still to run; to have a deep anguish in your spirit and still perform the daily task. It is a Christlike thing!

Many of us would nurse our grief without crying if we were allowed to nurse it.

The hard thing is that most of us are called to exercise our patience, not in bed, but in the street.

We are called to bury our sorrows, not in lethargic quiescence, but in active service--in the exchange, in the workshop, in the hour of social intercourse, in the contribution to another's joy.

There is no burial of sorrow so difficult as that; it is the "running with patience."

This was Thy patience, O Son of man! It was at once a waiting and a running--a waiting for the goal, and a doing of the lesser work meantime.

I see Thee at Cana turning the water into wine lest the marriage feast should be clouded.

I see Thee in the desert feeding a multitude with bread just to relieve a temporary want.

All, all the time, Thou wert bearing a mighty grief, unshared, unspoken.

Men ask for a rainbow in the cloud; but I would ask more from Thee.

I would be, in my cloud, myself a rainbow--a minister to others' joy.

My patience will be perfect when it can work in the vineyard. 

~George Matheson~

When all our hopes are gone, 'Tis well our hands must keep toiling on For others' sake:

For strength to bear is found in duty done; And he is best indeed who learns to make The joy of others cure his own heartache."

Friday, September 4, 2015

Abiding In Obedience, In Love

John 15:10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

These things cannot be parted -- abiding in obedience and abiding in the love of Jesus.

A life under the rule of Christ can alone prove that we are the objects of our LORD's delight.

We must keep our LORD's command if we would bask in His love. If we live in sin we cannot live in the love of Christ.

Without the holiness which pleases GOD we cannot please Jesus.

He who cares nothing for holiness knows nothing of the love of Jesus.

Conscious enjoyment of our LORD's love is a delicate thing.

It is far more sensitive to sin and holiness than mercury is to cold and heat.

When we are tender of heart and careful in thought, lip, and life to honor our LORD Jesus, then we receive tokens of His love without number.

If we desire to perpetuate such bliss we must perpetuate holiness.

The LORD Jesus will not hide His face from us unless we hide our face from Him. Sin makes the cloud which darkens our Sun:

If we will be watchfully obedient and completely consecrated we may walk in the light, as GOD is in the light, and have as sure an abiding in the love of Jesus as Jesus has in the love of the Father.

Here is a sweet promise with a solemn "if," LORD, let me have this "if" in my hand; for as a key it opens this casket.

~Charles Spurgeoon~

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Triumphant Power Of Life Over Death

Mark 16:6  And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

Further, that stone became the symbol of the mighty, triumphant power of life over death.

We are so familiar with phrases like that that perhaps they have lost their point; but is not God constantly solving our problems along this very line?

We are looking for things to happen, and yet all the time the power of His risen life is silently working and solving so many problems.

We look back and remember how often we felt that we could not go on any longer, that we could not survive very much more, that we were at the end of our resources...

The situation was really beyond us, and some tremendous thing had to happen.

The tremendous thing we expected did not happen.

The fact is that we are going on today after many such an experience of trial and helplessness;

We have quietly been kept going on, and we are going on; we are not yet submerged and overwhelmed and put out.

That is the miracle of His Divine life silently solving the problem, dealing with so many things that seem to say, Death, an end!

The power of His resurrection is the answer to many of our problems.

We look for acts; He proceeds along the silent course of life, the mighty power of life overcoming death.

 It was not possible says the Word, that he should be holden of it (death) (Acts 2:24).

They were saying, 'It is impossible for us to deal with this stone, this situation!' 

He was saying, 'It is not possible for death to hold Me'.

There are two ways of viewing the impossible. Everything depends upon where you put the impossibility - on the thing or on God.

The things which are not possible with men are possible with God (Matt. 19:26).

And He answers these impossible things in the normal way - for it is the normal way;

The abnormal would be by signs and wonders and extraordinary happenings: demonstrations to our senses;

But the normal way in the Christian life is the way of the continuous transcendence of His life over the working of death. 

That miracle is far more general than we recognize.

You have to live your life and do your work in a sphere of spiritual death where everything is against spiritual life, and there is nothing to support you at all...

And yet you go on there in the Lord, and are not swallowed up, engulfed and destroyed by that atmosphere and by those conditions.

That is the miracle of Divine life working silently.

Yours, then, is a life - as is the life of everyone - set in the presence of the great stone of death, spiritual death.

We know it, and yet we are preserved alive spiritually and we go on.

That is the great miracle. It is the miracle of every day.

That is the testimony that God raised Him from the dead. 

~T. Austin Sparks~

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Seekers, Finders

We need our GOD; He is to be had for the seeking, and He will not deny Himself to any one of us if we personally seek His face. 

It is not if thou deserve Him, or purchase His favor, but merely if thou "seek" Him.

Those who already know the LORD must go on seeking His face by prayer, by diligent service, and by holy gratitude: to such He will not refuse His favor and fellowship.

Those who, as yet, have not known Him to their souls' rest should at once commence seeking and never cease till they find Him as their Savior, their Friend, their Father, and their GOD. 

What strong assurance this promise gives to the seeker! "He that seeketh findeth."

You, yes you, if you seek your GOD shall find Him.

When you find Him you have found life, pardon, sanctification, preservation, and glory.

Will you not seek, and seek on, since you shall not seek in vain' Dear friend, seek the LORD at once.

Here is the place, and now is the time. Bend that stiff knee; yes, bend that stiffer neck, and cry out for GOD, for the living GOD. 

In the name of Jesus, seek cleansing and justification. You shall not be refused.

Here is David's testimony to his son Solomon, and it is the writer's personal witness to the reader.

Believe it and act upon it, for Christ's sake.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beware Of Spiritual Deterioration!

Jdg 16:20  And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

Beware of unconscious deterioration!

Grey hairs may be here and there upon us without our knowing it.

The LORD may be gone out on feet so noiseless, that we are not aware that His Spirit has glided along the corridor, and through the doorway, whispering, Let us depart.

Deterioration is unconscious because it is so gradual.

The rot that sets in on autumn fruit is very gradual. The damp that silences the violin or piano does its work almost imperceptibly.

Satan is too knowing to plunge us into some outrageous sin at a bound.

He has sappers and miners engaged long before the explosion, in hollowing subterranean passages through the soul, and filling them with explosives.

Spiritual declension blunts our sensibility.

The first act of the burglar is to gag the voice that might alarm, and poison the watch-dog.

So, sin blinds our eyes, and dulls our keen alertness to the presence of evil.

Thus, the stages of our relapse are obvious to all eyes but our own.

We are drugged as we are being carried off captives.

The progress of evil within us is a matter of unconsciousness, largely because we are quick to discover reasons to justify our decadence.

We gloze over the real state of affairs. We call sins by other names.

We insist on considerations which in our eyes appear to justify our conduct.

We still attend to our religious duties, and try to persuade ourselves that it is with us as in times past.

To avoid deterioration we must ever watch and pray, and realize that we are the temple of the Holy Ghost.

Then shall the peace of GOD as a sentry guard our hearts and our thoughts in Christ Jesus.

~F. B. Meyer~

Monday, August 10, 2015

He Lowers To Raise

All my changes come from Him who never changes. If I had grown rich, I should have seen His hand in it, and I should have praised Him; let me equally see His hand if I am made poor, and let me as heartily praise Him. 

When we go down in the world, it is of the LORD, and so we may take it patiently: when we rise in the world, it is of the LORD, and we may accept it thankfully.

In any case, the LORD hath done it, and it is well.

It seems that Jehovah's way is to lower those whom He means to raise and to strip those whom He intends to clothe.

If it is His way, it is the wisest and best way.

If I am now enduring the bringing low, I may well rejoice, because I see in it the preface to the lifting up.

The more we are humbled by grace, the more we shall be exalted in glory.

That impoverishment which will be overruled for our enrichment is to be welcomed.

O LORD, Thou has taken me down of late and made me feel my insignificance and sin.

It is not a pleasant experience, but I pray Thee make it a profitable one to me.

Oh, that Thou wouldst thus fit me to bear a greater weight of delight and of usefulness; and when I am ready for it, then grant it to me, for Christ's sake! 


~Charles Spurgeon~

Friday, August 7, 2015


Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

The LORD desires us to go on. Sometimes going on means loneliness in going on where others cannot go with us. 

That means a price is bound up with obedience.

It may mean a big break, a big change. 

It is the challenge of whether we are adjustable before the LORD.

Our adjustability is the proof of our utterness for the LORD.

That proof being there, the LORD is able to bring us on into all His thought.

Let us remember always that we shall never get to a place while we are here where there is not some higher level and some greater fullness of Christ.

There will always be yet another step, and perhaps another after that, higher on.

Let us have our hearts set upon reaching all. 

The LORD will so graduate things as to make the challenge not too severe.

He takes us a step at a time, and He does not want us to take six steps at a bound, or to contemplate six steps at a time.

He shows us our next step, and that is all we have to be concerned about now.

The other steps will come at the right time. 

Every step prepares us for the next.

Very often our lives are like mountain climbing. You see from below to a certain height, and that seems to be the top, and you make for it. 

And when you get to it, you see a little further on that there is another top.

You think that must be the very top, and so you make for it, and when you get to it there is something still further.

You never do seem to get to the top! But we shall arrive at last.

The LORD hides the other things and says: Now, that is your next step; obey that and fuller revelation will come after that.

Those of us who look back and see how terrible a thing it would have been if the LORD had shown us at one time all that to which we have been brought, know that if we had seen it all at one time, we could not have gone on.

We see that He brought us by stages, and today we are not ungrateful for the price paid, in view of the measure of Christ which we enjoy and the greater fullness of revelation.

Let us ask the LORD to put into us the spirit of His servant: Not that I have already obtained it... but one thing I do... I press on....

~T. Austin Sparks~

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Blessing Of The Lion

1Sa 17:34  And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

It is a source of inspiration and strength to come in touch with the youthful David, trusting GOD.

Through faith in GOD he conquered a lion and a bear, and afterwards overthrew the mighty Goliath. 

When that lion came to despoil that flock, it came as a wondrous opportunity to David.

If he had failed or faltered he would have missed GOD'S opportunity for him and probably would never have come to be GOD'S chosen king of Israel. "And there came a lion."

One would not think that a lion was a special blessing from GOD; one would think that only an occasion of alarm.

The lion was GOD'S opportunity in disguise. Every difficulty that presents itself to us, if we receive it in the right way, is GOD'S opportunity.

Every temptation that comes is GOD'S opportunity.

When the "lion" comes, recognize it as GOD'S opportunity no matter how rough the exterior.

The very tabernacle of GOD was covered with badgers' skins and goats' hair; one would not think there would be any glory there.

The Shekinah of GOD was manifest under that kind of covering. May GOD open our eyes to see Him, whether in temptations, trials, dangers, or misfortunes.

~C. H. P.~