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Saturday, October 22, 2016

When God Says No

1Ki 8:56  Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

Some day we shall understand that God has a reason in every NO which He speaks through the slow movement of life.

Somehow God makes up to us.

How often, when His people are worrying and perplexing themselves about their, prayers not being answered, is God answering them in a far richer way!

Glimpses of this we see occasionally, but the full revelation of it remains for the future.

If God says 'Yes' to our prayer, dear heart, And the sunlight is golden, the sky is blue, While the smooth road beckons to me and you, And the song-birds warble as on we go, Pausing to gather the buds at our feet, Stopping to drink of the streamlets we meet, Happy, more happy, our journey will grow, If God says 'Yes' to our prayer, dear heart.
If God says 'No' to our prayer, dear heart, And the clouds hang heavy and dull and gray; If the rough rocks hinder and block the way, While the sharp winds pierce us and sting with cold;

Ah, dear, there is home at the journey's end, And these are the trials the Father doth send To draw us as sheep to His Heavenly fold, If God says 'No' to our prayer, dear heart.
Oh for the faith that does not make haste, but waits patiently for the Lord, waits for the explanation that shall come in the end, at the revelation of Jesus Christ!

When did God take anything from a man, without giving him manifold more in return?

Suppose that the return had not been made immediately manifest, what then?

Is today the limit of God's working time?

Has He no provinces beyond this little world?

Does the door of the grave open upon nothing but infinite darkness and eternal silence?
Yet, even confining the judgment within the hour of this life, it is true that God never touches the heart with a trial without intending to bring upon it some grander gift, some tenderer benediction.

He has attained to an eminent degree of Christian grace who knows how to wait.

When the frosts are in the valley, And the mountain tops are grey, And the choicest buds are blighted, And the blossoms die away...

A loving Father whispers, "This cometh from my hand"; Blessed are ye if ye trust Where ye cannot understand.
If, after years of toiling, Your wealth should fly away And leave your hands all empty, And your locks are turning grey, Remember then your Father Owns all the sea and land;

Blessed are ye if ye trust Where ye cannot understand.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Trouble" Inevitable With Spiritual Sight

When, therefore, there is the purest testimony,the fullest expression of what is of God, the heavenly over against the earthly, the spiritual over against the carnal or the natural, the enemy gives a turn to things, a twist to things, and lays the responsibility at the door of a spiritual and a heavenly ministry.

He says: 'You are the cause of all the trouble - you are the troubler!'

But no. The trouble lies deeper than that, and in another realm.

The truth is, there is something here that, in its very nature, MUST create trouble, MUST be a source of trouble, so long as God's known will, His revealed mind, is being violated; while the full expression of God's purpose is being withstood.

To bring in something that stands for that, there is going to be trouble.

It is a costly thing to have seen God's full purpose and thought concerning His people.

It is always a costly thing.

The Lord Jesus set a very vivid example and object lesson of this truth right in the foreground, in the incident of the man born blind (John 9).

There is no doubt that the Lord intended that man to represent Israel and Israel's condition at the time.

He gave that man sight - and what happened to the man?

They cast him out, that is all; they cast him out, they excommunicated him (v. 34).

That is an object lesson, an instance of this very thing.

If eyes have been opened; if, in any sense - not officially - you have become a 'seer' - one who sees: it is going to cost you a lot, it will involve you in a lot of trouble.

This matter of 'seeing' does that.

It was Elijah the SEER, over against the BLINDNESS of Israel.

It is a costly thing to be a spiritual man or a spiritual woman in this universe.

It is a costly thing, yes, very costly, to hold to a heavenly and spiritual position.

It is a costly thing to hold for Christ's full place; it involves you in trouble. It is a costly thing to have light - if it is true light, God-given light.

It is a costly thing to have life.

But remember, it is here, in this, that the power is resident. It is with this that God is found ultimately to be committed.

You know the story again. God will have no compromise with the thing that lies behind. 'Take the prophets of Baal!' They were all slain.

There is NO compromise with that spiritual thing.

But God is shown as to where He stands, to what He is committed, and where the power is.

For I suppose that, if Elijah represents one thing more than another, he does represent spiritual power.

When we think of spiritual power we always refer to Elijah - 'in the power of Elijah'. It is proverbial.

Why? Not because of anything that he was in himself; no, not because of the man.

He was a man in touch with the Throne; he was a man who had seen; a man who was committed, of whom it was true that he was "very jealous for the Lord".

God was with Elijah.

John came 'in the power of Elijah' (Luke 1:17); he was the Elijah of his time. The Lord Jesus said of him: "If ye are willing to receive it, this is Elijah" (Matt. 11:14), though John himself denied this (John 1:21).

Elijah is a sort of phantom in a certain realm. Poor Herod was scared of his life - he began to see things, to get strange ideas - when he heard about Jesus: some suggested to him that this was Elijah returned to life, but he thought it was John the Baptist risen from the dead (Matt. 14:2; Mark 6:14-16).

The fellow just lost his mental grasp of things. This Elijah man counts for something.

Power is with him; the verdict is with him.

And - let there be no mistake about it - in the end it will be found that God IS committed to that which is utterly committed to Him for His full purposes.

It is costly; it causes much trouble; BUT - the issue is with Him, and He will look after His own interests.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Monday, October 17, 2016

Spider Or Bee?

A godly man strives to be an instrument for making others godly. He is not content to go to heaven alone, but wants to take others there.

Spiders work only for themselves but bees work for others.

A godly man is both a diamond and a magnet-a diamond for the sparkling luster of grace; and a magnet for his attractiveness. He is always drawing others to embrace piety.

Living things have a propagating virtue. Where piety lives in the heart, there will be an endeavor to propagate the life of grace in those we converse with.

My son, Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds Philemon 10. Though God is the fountain of grace-yet the saints are the pipes which transmit the living streams to others!

Grace is like fire which assimilates and turns everything into its own nature.

Where there is the fire of grace in the heart-it will endeavor to inflame others.

Grace is a holy leaven, which will be seasoning and leavening others with divine principles.

Grace makes the heart tender.

A godly man pities those who are in the gall of bitterness. He sees what a deadly cup is brewing for the wicked!

They must, without repentance, be bound over to God's wrath!

The fire which rained on Sodom was but a painted fire in comparison with hell fire!

This is a fire with a vengeance: "Suffering the vengeance of eternal fire" Jude 7.

Now when a godly man sees Satan's captives ready to be damned he strives to convert them from the error of their way: Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men! 2 Cor. 5:11.

A godly man will be careful that his children should know God. He would be very sad if any of his children should burn in hell.

~Thomas Watson~

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Omnipresence Of GOD

Psa 139:7  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
The omnipresence of God! How baffling to any finite comprehension!

To think that above us, and around us, and within us there is Deity-the invisible footprints of an Omniscient, Omnipresent One!

His Eyes are in every place; on rolling planets and tiny atoms; on the bright seraph and the lowly worm; roaming in searching scrutiny through the tracks of immensity and reading the dark and hidden page of my heart!

All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do!

O God! shall this Your Omnipresence appall me? No!

In my seasons of sadness and sorrow and loneliness - when other comforts and comforters have failed...

When, it may be, in the darkness and silence of some midnight hour, in vain I have sought repose - how sweet to think, "My God is here!

I am not alone. The Omniscient One, to whom the darkness and the light are both alike is hovering over my sleepless pillow!

He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps!

O my Unsetting Sun, it cannot be darkness or loneliness or sadness where You are.

There can be no night to the soul which has been cheered with Your glorious radiance!

Surely, I am with you always! How precious, blessed Jesus, is this Your legacy of parting love!

Present with each of Your people until the end of time - ever present, omnipresent.

The true "Pillar of cloud" by day and "Pillar of fire" by night, preceding and encamping by us in every step of our wilderness journey.

My soul! think of Him, at this moment, in the mysteriousness of His Godhead nature-and yet, with all the exquisitely tender sympathies of a glorified Humanity-as present with every member of the family that He has redeemed with His blood!

Yes, and as much present with every individual soul, as if He had none other to care for-but as if that one engrossed all His affection and love!

The Great Builder surveying every stone and pillar of His spiritual temple;

The Great Shepherd with His eye on every sheep of His fold;

The Great High Priest marking every tear-drop; noting every sorrow; listening to every prayer; knowing the peculiarities of every case; no number perplexing Him no variety bewildering Him; able to attend to all, and satisfy all, and answer all...

Myriads drawing hourly from His Treasury and yet no diminution of that Treasury ever emptying, and yet ever filling, and always full!

Jesus! Your perpetual and all-pervading presence turns darkness into day!

I am not left un-befriended to weather the storms of life.

Your hand is from hour to hour piloting my frail vessel.

The omnipresence of God-gracious antidote to every earthly sorrow! 

I have set the Lord always before me! Even now, as night is drawing its curtains around me, be this my closing prayer, 'Blessed Savior! abide with me, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent!'

Psa 4:8  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

~John Macduff~

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Searching, Burning, Purifying Fires Of Christ's Furnace!

Mal 3:3  And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Zec 13:9  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

O my soul, what deep need is there for this refining and purifying of your Lord . 

What inward corruption, what carnality, what worldliness, what self-seeking, what creature idolatry, what God dishonoring unbelief!
All these imperatively demand the searching, burning, purifying fires of Christ's furnace!

My soul...your Refiner and Purifier is Jesus!

It is a consolatory thought that our refining is in the hands of Jesus-in the hands that were pierced for us on the cross!

Jesus shapes all your trials!

Jesus sends all your afflictions!

Jesus mixes all your sorrows!

Jesus shapes and balances all the clouds of your pilgrimage!

Jesus prepares and heats the furnace that refines you as silver and purifies you as gold!

Then, O my soul, tremble not at the knife that wounds you, at the flame that scorches you, at the cloud that shades you, at the billows that surge above you.
Jesus is in it all...and you are as safe as though you had reached the blissful climate-where the vine needs no pruning, and where the ore needs no purifying, where the sky is never darkened, and upon whose golden sands where no storms of adversity ever blow, or waves of sorrow ever break.

Mark the Refiner's position. "He will SIT as a refiner and purifier of silver."

It would be fatal to his purpose, if the human refiner were to leave his post while the liquid mass was seething in the cauldron.

But there he patiently sits, watching and tempering the flame, and removing the refuse and the dross as it floats upon the surface of the molten ore.

Just so, Christ sits as a Refiner and with an eye that never slumbers, and with a patience that never wearies, and with a love that never chills, and with a faithfulness that never falters, He watches and controls the process that purifies our hearts, burnishes our graces, sanctifies our nature, and impresses more vividly His own image of loveliness upon our soul.

If He places you in the fire, He will bring you through the fire, "that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."

But sweet and soothing is the truth that the believer is not alone in the fire!

The Refiner is with us, as with the three Hebrew children passing through the king's burning furnace.

The Lord will have us be polished stones.

As some believers are more rusty and some more alloyed than others...they need a rougher file, and a hotter furnace!

This may account for the great severity of trial through which some of the Lord's precious jewels are called to pass. Not less dear to His heart, are they for this refining.

Look up, my soul, to your Refiner!

The knife is in a Father's hand!

The flame is under a Savior's control!

Be still, be humble, be submissive. 

Mic 6:9  The LORD'S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

Psa 39:9  I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.

~Octavius Winslow~

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Your Crown Of Glory

When James and John came to Christ with their mother, asking Him to give them the best place in the kingdom, He did not refuse their request, but told them it would be given to them if they could do His work, drink His cup, and be baptized with His baptism.

Do we want the competition? The greatest things are always hedged about by the hardest things, and we, too, shall find mountains and forests and chariots of iron.

Hardship is the price of coronation. 

Triumphal arches are not woven out of rose blossoms and silken cords, but of hard blows and bloody scars.

The very hardships that you are enduring in your life today are given by the Master for the explicit purpose of enabling you to win your crown.

Do not wait for some ideal situation, some romantic difficulty, some far-away emergency; but rise to meet the actual conditions which the Providence of God has placed around you today.

Your crown of glory lies embedded in the very heart of these things-those hardships and trials that are pressing you this very hour, week and month of your life.

The hardest things are not those that the world knows of.

Down in your secret soul unseen and unknown by any but Jesus, there is a little trial that you would not dare to mention that is harder for you to bear than martyrdom.

There, beloved, lies your crown. God help you to overcome, and sometime wear it.


It matters not how the battle goes, The day how long: Faint not! Fight on!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

When We See The Larger Life, We Become Blind To Little Grievances

Act 9:8  And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

Putting the matter in another light, suppose we think of the little frets of life, of the little pinpricks and unkindness which most people experience as they journey.

There are folk who brood upon such things as these, until they practically see nothing else. 

They tend and water all their little grievances till their blossoms would take prizes at a show. 

And what I have noticed of such folk is this, that when through the mercy of God their eyes are opened, of all these little pinpricks they see nothing Their eyes have been opened to what real suffering is.

They were only playing before at being miserable. Their eyes have been opened to that larger life which is always given us in Christ.

And the beautiful thing about that life is this, that worries which were overwhelming yesterday, somehow have vanished so that we cannot see them in the love commended on the cross.

Every rock and ridge is clear and glistening in the Highland burn when it is low.

But when the summer rain falls or the winter snow, then they become invisible.

And I have found it so in many a man's life when a new tide of being has possessed him; things that were sharp and hard and hurt him yesterday, somehow have become invisible today.

Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us--they felt the sting of it and thought that He was undutiful.

But when their eyes were opened they saw nothing; that ingratitude had vanished.

So when we see, many a thing vanishes; many a thing which hurt and fretted us, and met us everywhere, and barred the sunshine out, and silences all the music in the dwelling.

~George H. Morrison~

Monday, September 19, 2016

"For This Child I Prayed"

1Sa 1:27  For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

Devout souls delight to look upon those mercies which they have obtained in answer to supplication, for they can see God’s especial love in them.

When we can name our blessings Samuel, that is, “asked of God,” they will be as dear to us as her child was to Hannah. 

Peninnah had many children, but they came as common blessings unsought in prayer:

Hannah’s one heaven-given child was dearer far, because he was the fruit of earnest pleadings.

How sweet was that water to Samson which he found at “the well of him that prayed!”

Quassia cups turn all waters bitter, but the cup of prayer puts a sweetness into the draughts it brings.

Did we pray for the conversion of our children?

How doubly sweet, when they are saved, to see in them our own petitions fulfilled!

Better to rejoice over them as the fruit of our pleadings than as the fruit of our bodies.

Have we sought of the Lord some choice spiritual gift?

When it comes to us it will be wrapped up in the gold cloth of God’s faithfulness and truth, and so be doubly precious.

Have we petitioned for success in the Lord’s work? 

How joyful is the prosperity which comes flying upon the wings of prayer!

It is always best to get blessings into our house in the legitimate way, by the door of prayer;

Then they are blessings indeed, and not temptations.

Even when prayer speeds not, the blessings grow all the richer
for the delay;

The child Jesus was all the more lovely in the eyes of Mary when she found him after having sought him sorrowing.

That which we win by prayer we should dedicate
to God, as Hannah dedicated Samuel.

The gift came from heaven, let it go to heaven.

Prayer brought it, gratitude sang over it, let devotion consecrate it.

Here will be a special occasion for saying, “Of thine own have I given unto thee.”

Reader, is prayer your element or your weariness? Which?

~Charles Spurgeon~

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Forces At Work

The forces which are at work to bring a soul to ruin, to prevent a man or a woman reaching God’s appointed and desired haven, are far greater and more terrible and persistent than anything that has ever been encountered in the natural realm of storms.

Of course, you do not know that until you definitely set yourself in the direction of God’s will.

A great many people in this world seem to be getting along very well, with not very much trouble, and think that they are going (in that easygoing, carefree way) to get where God wants them to be.

That is an illusion.

Never yet has there been a definite and serious association with the will of God, the purpose of God, except there has been the rising of terrific conflict and tempest to make that realization impossible...

And I say when a man or a woman does seriously have an understanding with God that His will and purpose is to be realized in their life and that they are abandoned to Him for that, then such a life will know that it is not all plain sailing, easygoing. 

There will be forces which were not imagined arising to hinder that, to make that impossible. 

~T. Austin Sparks~

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Jos 23:14  And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.

There is no testimony to the faithfulness of God in His Word so convincing and touching as that of the dying believer.

If ever a man is sincere, it is then.

If ever the veil is laid aside and the soul appears real and undisguised, be it a saint or a sinner, it is at that solemn moment.

No motive now exists for the false, and no cloud can conceal the true;

The coin that has passed current with many for genuine is now found to be counterfeit...

And that which many regarded as counterfeit-even the possessor himself...proves to be genuine!

Nature now appears to be but nature; and grace, vindicating its true character, proves itself grace.

The specious hope dies, and the true hope gathers life; the false faith sinks, and the real rises;

And the timid believer, who went doubting and trembling all the way to Jordan's brink, plunges boldly into the river, and passes over to the other side, with the paean of triumph breathing sweetly from his lips, "O Death, where is your sting? O Grave, where is your victory?"

Such is the picture which the position of Joshua now presents to our view.

He is standing upon the sunny slope, and before the soles of his feet smite the cold waters, he casts a back glance upon all the way the Lord his God had brought him;

And in words the most emphatic and impressive, testifies to the divine faithfulness and unchanging love of his covenant God in making good all His great and precious promises He had so graciously given...

Not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord, your God, spoke unto you; all are come to pass.

Such is the divine assurance with which we conclude our daily thoughts.

What more precious truth, blended with sweeter melody, could linger upon the ear as we close the volume than this...God's faithfulness in the fulfillment of His Word?

Let us look at this truth as confirmed by the experience, first, of the living, and then of the dying believer, for both are God's witnesses.

What is the life of the child of God but a continuous experience of the truth of His Word, and the veracity of His promises?

You have, perhaps, been placed in trying circumstances; resources have lessened and demands have increased; your faith has been sharply tried; your spirits depressed; the sky has lowered and the waters have risen; but lo!

The Spirit, the Comforter, has guided you to some precious promise which has just met your case.

It has touched your heart, moistened your eye, uplifted the pressure, and your whole soul has been, as it were, absorbed in God.

And now the harp that hung sad and mute upon the willow is taken down, and thrills with a new song of praise and thanksgiving to the faithfulness of God in the fulfillment of His Word.

Yes, my soul, you can testify to the truth that every sweet invitation and precious promise and loving word of Jesus, upon which He causes your soul to rest in its grief and desolation, has come to pass...not one word has failed.

This is a clear proof of God's veracity in the making good His every word of promise.

Has He not promised to provide for you? then trust Him.
Has He not pledged Himself to guide you? then commit your way to Him.

Has He not undertaken to save you? then believe His Word and pray..."Say unto my soul, I am your salvation."

Soon the living witness to the faithfulness of the Lord in His Word will become the dying one.

When heart and flesh are failing-when the solemn curtain of eternity is rising-when the eye is darkening, and the pulse is sinking, and earth is receding, and eternity is nearing, and, heaven is opening...

Oh, then, like Joshua, you shall testify to the unchanging love and faithful word and precious comforts and secure supports of your covenant God and redeeming Savior...

As He gently leads you down the valley, radiant with His presence, resounding with your song-up the delectable mountains, home to your Father's House-"Forever with the Lord!"

~Octavius Winslow~

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Right Light Is Needed

We use lights to make manifest.

A Christian man should so shine in his life, that a person
could not live with him a week without knowing the gospel.

His conversation should be such that all who are about him should clearly perceive whose he is, and whom he serves; and should see the image of Jesus reflected in his daily actions.

Lights are intended for guidance.

We are to help those around us who are in the dark. We are to hold forth to them the Word of life.

We are to point sinners to the Saviour, and the weary to a divine restingplace.

Men sometimes read their Bibles, and fail to understand them; we should be ready, like Philip, to instruct the inquirer in the meaning of God’s Word, the way of salvation, and the life of godliness.

Lights are also used for warning. 

On our rocks and shoals a light-house is sure to be erected.

Christian men should know that there are many false lights shown everywhere in the world, and therefore the right light is needed.

The wreckers of Satan are always abroad, tempting the ungodly to sin under the name of pleasure; they hoist the wrong light...

Be it ours to put up the true light upon every dangerous rock, to point out every sin, and tell what it leads to, that so we may be clear of the blood of all men, shining as lights in the world.

Lights also have a very cheering influence, and so have Christians.

A Christian ought to be a comforter, with kind words on his lips, and sympathy in his heart; he should carry sunshine wherever he goes, and diffuse happiness around him.

Gracious Spirit dwell with me; I myself would gracious be, And with words that help and heal Would thy life in mine reveal, And with actions bold and meek Would for Christ my Saviour speak.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Monday, August 29, 2016

Out Of Any Circumstance

Yes, I must and will pray. What else can I do! What better can I do?

Betrayed, forsaken, grieved, baffled, O my LORD, I will call upon Thee.

My Ziklag is in ashes, and men speak of stoning me; but I encourage my heart in the LORD, who will bear me through this trial as He has borne me through so many others.

Jehovah shall save me; I am sure He will, and I declare my faith.

The LORD and no one else shall save me. I desire no other helper and would not trust in an arm of flesh even if I could.

I will cry to Him evening, and morning, and noon, and I will cry to no one else, for He is all sufficient.

How He will save me I cannot guess; but He will do it, I know.

He will do it in the best and surest way, and He will do it in the largest, truest, and fullest sense.

Out of this trouble and all future troubles the great I AM will bring me as surely as He lives;

And when death comes and all the mysteries of eternity follow thereon, still will this be true: "the LORD shall save me."

This shall be my song all through this autumn day. Is it not as a ripe apple from the tree of life?

I will feed upon it. How sweet it is to my taste!

~Charles Spurgeon~

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Food And Rest

Eze 34:15  I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

Under the divine shepherdry saints are fed to the full. Theirs is not a windy, unsatisfying mess of mere human "thought," but the LORD feeds them upon the solid, substantial truth of divine revelation. 

There is real nutriment for the soul in Scripture brought home to the heart by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Himself is the true life-sustaining Food of believers. Here our Great Shepherd promises that such sacred nourishment shall be given us by His own self. 

If, on the LORD's Day, our earthly shepherd is empty-handed, the LORD is not.

When filled with holy truth the mind rests.

Those whom Jehovah feeds are at peace. No dog shall worry them, no wolf shall devour them, no restless propensities shall disturb them.

They shall lie down and digest the food which they have enjoyed.

The doctrines of grace are not only sustaining but consoling: in them we have the means for building up and lying down.

If preachers do not give us rest, let us look to the LORD for it.

This day may the LORD cause us to feed in the pastures of the Word and make us to lie down in them.

May no folly and no worry but meditation and peace mark this day.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

He That Watereth Shall Be Watered Also Himself

Pro 11:25  The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others.

In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness.

We have latent talents and dormant faculties, which are brought to light by exercise.

Our strength for labor is hidden even from ourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord’s battles, or to climb the mountains of difficulty.

We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow’s tears, and soothe the orphan’s grief.

We often find in attempting to teach others, that we gain instruction for ourselves. 

Oh, what gracious lessons some of us have learned at sick beds! We went to teach the Scriptures, we came away blushing that we knew so little of them.

In our converse with poor saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth.

So that watering others makes us humble. 

We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it; and how much the poor saint may outstrip us in knowledge.

Our own comfort is also increased by our working for others. We endeavour to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart.

Like the two men in the snow; one chafed the other’s limbs to keep him from dying, and in so doing kept his own blood in circulation, and saved his own life.

The poor widow of Sarepta gave from her scanty store a supply for the prophet’s wants, and from that day she never again knew what want was.

Give then, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and running over.

~Charles Spurgeon~