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Saturday, February 24, 2018

He Will Never Trifle With Men's Souls!

It is very strange that people who modestly decline to risk an opinion on matters which do not closely concern them at all, such as philosophy or science for instance-are often ready and eager to pronounce with finality on matters of religion, which above all else is vital to their welfare for this world and that which is to come.

This follows the popular notion that everyone is capable of discovering the true way to Heaven for himself--and that one man's belief is as good as another's.

A second tenet in this creed, is that no one has the right to question the belief of anyone else, or to try to influence him in any way in religious matters.

This leads naturally to the third tenet, which is that we should practice complete acceptance toward every expression of religious belief, however base or ill-founded it may be, and accept it as a legitimate way of worshiping God, even if it isn't ours.

All this has about it a certain savor of charity and slips well off the lips of politicians, who are forced to try to please everyone--and liberal ministers who find it profitable to do so. 


But the True Christian can Never bring himself to Sell Out his soul in that manner. 

The man who has heard the voice of Jesus saying, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me"--can never get the consent of his heart to thus trifle with religion.

He has been smitten with the love of God, and the wonder of the cross--and he can never again be flexible in things which concern his soul and the souls of his fellow men.

He will live beside, be patient with, minister to, pray for and love any religionist of whatever color or creed--from a Catholic Cardinal, to a medicine man from the bush--but Never will he Compromise the Truth to stay on good terms with anyone.


He will never trifle with men's souls!


~A. W. Tozer~

Sunday, February 18, 2018

And Scarcely Anyone Appears To Care!

The only power God recognizes in His Church, is the power of His Spirit

Whereas the only power actually recognized today by the majority of evangelicals, is the power of man.

God does His work by the operation of the Spirit--while Christian leaders attempt to do theirs by the power of trained intellect.

Bright personality, has taken the place of the divine influence. 

But only what is done through the Eternal Spirit, will abide eternally.

For centuries the Church stood solidly against every form of worldly entertainment, recognizing it for what it was... 


A device for wasting time...
 

A refuge from the disturbing voice of conscience...

A scheme to divert attention from moral accountability.
                                        

But of late she appears to have decided that if she cannot conquer the great god entertainment--she may as well join forces with him and make what use she can of his power.

Christianity is so entangled with the world, that millions never guess how radically they have missed the New Testament pattern. 


Compromise is everywhere!

Evangelical Christianity is now tragically below the New Testament standard.
 

Worldliness is an accepted part of our way of life.
 

Our religious mood is social, instead of spiritual.
 

We have lost the art of worship.
 

We are not producing saints.
 

Our models are successful business men, celebrated athletes and theatrical personalities.
 

We carry on our religious activities after the methods of the modern advertiser.
 

Our homes have been turned into theaters.
 

Our literature is shallow, and our hymnody borders on sacrilege.
 

And scarcely anyone appears to care!

~A. W. Tozer~

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Details

Psa 139:1  O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.

God also has a way of searching us by lifting our eyes from the detail to the whole. 

He sets the detail in its true perspective, and seeing it thus, we come to see ourselves. 

You know how the writer of this psalm proceeds: "Thou knowest my downsitting and my uprising," he says. 

These are details, little particular actions, the unconsidered events of every day. 

But the writer does not stop with these details-he passes on to the survey of his life...

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

You will remember that it was through details that Christ revealed the Samaritan woman to herself. 

She had been hiding her guilt from her own eyes by busying herself in the details of the day. 

And then came Jesus with His enlarged vision in which the days are all parts of the one life, and in the eyes of Christ she saw herself because she saw the details as a whole.

Come, see a man, she went and cried, "who told me all things that ever I did."

Actually, it was an exaggeration, for Christ had not spoken to her very long. 

But when you get down to the spirit of the words, you never think of their exaggeration for they reveal the way that Jesus took in searching her and showing her to herself. 

He would not let her hide in the detail...

He wanted her to have a vision of the whole. 

He wanted to show her what her life was like when looked at closely. 

And so this woman was searched and self-revealed through detail in its true perspective, and her conscience, which had long been slumbering, awoke.

I think that is often the way the Lord deals with you and me...

We are all prone to be blinded by details so that we scarcely realize what we are doing. 

There are lines of behavior which we would never take, if we only realized all that they meant.

There are habits and certain sins to which we would never yield if we only saw them in their vile completeness. 

But the present is so tyrannical and sweet and the action of the hour is so absorbing, that we cannot see the forest for the trees, nor see ahead the path that we are taking.

We often say when looking back upon our sufferings, "We wonder how we ever could have borne it." 

One secret of our bearing it was that we only suffered one moment at a time. 

And in looking back upon our foolish past, we sometimes say, How could we have ever done it!..

And one secret of our doing it was that we only acted one moment at a time. 

When a man is dimly conscious that he is wrong, he has a strange ability to forget yesterday. 

When a man is hurrying to fulfill his passion, he shuts his ears to the call of tomorrow. 

And the work of God is to revive that yesterday and tear the curtain from the sad tomorrow and show a man his action of today set in the general story of his life. 

Sometimes He does it through sickness...

Sometimes in a quiet hour such as this...

Sometimes He does it in a mysterious way by the immediate working of the Holy Ghost.

But when He does it, then we know ourselves and see things as they are, and we are ashamed. 

Only then we can cry with David, "O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me."

~George H. Morrison~
     

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Go Forward In Faith

Jos 3:13  And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.
 

The Israelites were not to wait in the camp until the Jordan was opened but to “walk by faith”.

2Co 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

They were to break camp, pack up their belongings, form a marching line,and actually step into the river before it would be opened.
 

If they had come down to the riverbank and then stopped, waiting for the water to divide before stepping into it, they would have waited in vain.

They were told to “set foot in the Jordan” before “its waters...will be cut off.”
 

We must learn to take God at His word and walk straight ahead in obedience, even when we can see no way to go forward.
 

The reason we are so often sidetracked by difficulties is that we expect to see barriers removed before we even try to pass through them.
 

If we would only move straight ahead in faith, the path would be opened for us. 

But we stand still, waiting for the obstacle to be removed, when we ought to go forward as if there were no obstacles at all. 

~From Evening Thoughts~
 

What a lesson Christopher Columbus taught the world...a lesson of perseverance in the face of tremendous difficulties!
 

Behind him lay the gray Azores, Behind the gates of Hercules; 

Before him not the ghost of shores, Before him only shoreless seas.
 

The good Mate said:“Now we must pray, For lo! the very stars are gone.
 

Brave Admiral, speak, what shall I say?” “Why, say,‘Sail on! sail on! and on!’”

My men grow mutinous day by day;  My men grow ghastly pale and weak!”
 

The strong Mate thought of home; What shall I say, brave Admiral, say, If we sight only seas at dawn?

Why, you shall say at break of day, ‘Sail on! sail on! sail on! and on!’”
 

They sailed.They sailed.Then spoke the Mate: “This mad sea shows its teeth tonight.
 

He curls his lip, he lies in wait, With lifted teeth, as if to bite!
 

Brave Admiral, say but one good word; What shall we do when hope is gone?”
 

The words leapt like a leaping sword: “Sail on! sail on! sail on! and on!”
 

Then, pale and worn, he kept his deck And peered through darkness.

Ah! that night Of all dark nights! 

And then a speck...A light! A light! A light! A light!
 

It grew, a starlit flag unfurled! It grew to be Time’s burst of dawn.
 

He gained a world; he gave that world Its grandest lesson: “On! sail on!”
 

~J. R. Miller~
 

Faith that goes forward triumphs.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Return From Backsliding

 Job 22:23  If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

Eliphaz, in this utterance, spoke a great truth, which is the summary of many an inspired Scripture. 

Reader, has sin pulled you down? 

Have you become like a ruin?

Has the hand of the LORD gone out against you so that in estate you are impoverished and in spirit you are broken down? 

Was it your own folly which brought upon you all this dilapidation? 

Then the first thing to be done is to return to the LORD. 

With deep repentance and sincere faith find your way back from your backsliding. 

It is your duty, for you have turned away from Him whom you professed to serve.

It is your wisdom, for you cannot strive against Him and prosper. 

It is your immediate necessity...

For what He has done is nothing compared to what He may do in the way of chastisement, since He is Almighty to punish.

See what a promise invites you!

You shall be "built up."

None but the Almighty can set up the fallen pillars and restore the tottering walls of your condition...

But He can and He will do it if you return to Him. 

Do not delay. 

Your crushed mind may quite fail you if you go on to rebel;...

But hearty confession will ease you, and humble faith will console you. 

Do this, and all will be well.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Trials Are Medicinal!

Trials are medicinal. 

They are designed by God to correct or to restrain or to cure...the maladies of our souls.

Though He puts forth His hand, and seems to threaten our dearest comforts...


Yet when we remember that it is His hand...

When we consider that it is His design, His love, His wisdom, and His power...

We cannot refuse to trust Him!

Every affliction in the life of the believer is designed by God and sovereignly implemented by Him.


Psa 119:67  Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

Psa 119:71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Psa 119:75  I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

Christ's suffering was punitive...

The Christian's suffering is restorative.

The cup which Christ drank, was filled with Divine wrath...

The cup of suffering which God calls His children to drink, is only medicinal to promote their chief good.

Like heavy weights on a grandfather clock...trials are necessary for the Christian life to operate properly.

God will allow nothing to grieve us-but what He intends to employ as means for our greater advantage. 

~John Newton~

Friday, January 26, 2018

God Routs Fear

Num 23:23  Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!

How this should cut up root and branch all silly, superstitious fears! 

Those whom God blessed, devils cannot curse.

Ungodly men, like Balaam, may cunningly plot the overthrow of the LORD's Israel...

But with all their secrecy and policy they are doomed to fail. 

Their powder is damp; the edge of their sword is blunted. 

They gather together; but as the LORD is not with them, they gather together in vain. 

We may sit still and let them weave their nets, for we shall not be taken in them. 

Though they call in the aid of Beelzebub and employ all his serpentine craft, it will avail them nothing...

The spells will not work, the divination will deceive them. 

What a blessing this is! 

How it quiets the heart! 

God's Jacobs wrestle with God, but none shall wrestle with them and prevail. 

God's Israels have to prevail against them. 

We need not fear the fiend himself...

Nor any of those secret enemies whose words are full of deceit...

And whose plans are deep and unfathomable. 

They cannot hurt those who trust in the living God. 

We defy the devil and all his legions.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Monday, January 22, 2018

God Is Looking

2Ch 16:9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

God is looking for a man, or woman, whose heart will be always set on Him...

And who will trust Him for all He desires to do.

God is eager to work more mightily now than He ever has through any soul. 

The clock of the centuries points to the eleventh hour.

The world is waiting yet to see what God can do through a consecrated soul...

Not the world alone, but God Himself is waiting for one, who will be more fully devoted to Him than any who have ever lived...

Who will be willing to be nothing that Christ may be all...

Who will grasp God's own purposes...

And taking His humility and His faith, His love and His power, will, without hindering, continue to let God do exploits. 

~C. H. P.~

There is no limit to what God can do with a man, providing he will not touch the glory.

In an address given to ministers and workers after his ninetieth birthday, George Mueller spoke thus of himself: 

I was converted in November, 1825, but I only came into the full surrender of the heart four years later, in July, 1829. 

The love of money was gone...

The love of place was gone...

The love of position was gone...

The love of worldly pleasures and engagements was gone. 

God, God alone became my portion. 

I found my all in Him; I wanted nothing else. 

And by the grace of God this has remained...

And has made me a happy man, an exceedingly happy man...

And it led me to care only about the things of God. 

I ask affectionately, my beloved brethren, have you fully surrendered the heart to God?...

Or is there this thing or that thing with which you are taken up irrespective of God? 

I read a little of the Scriptures before, but preferred other books...

But since that time the revelation He has made of Himself has become unspeakably blessed to me...

And I can say from my heart, God is an infinitely lovely Being. 

Oh, be not satisfied until in your own inmost soul you can say, God is an infinitely lovely Being!' 

~Selected~

I pray to God this day to make me an extraordinary Christian.

~Whitefield~

Friday, January 19, 2018

Sincerity

Psa 51:6  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

There is a remarkable foreshadowing of the insight of Christ Jesus in these words. 

They ring with that depth which is so clear a note of Jesus' moral teaching. 

We have been inclined to think of the Old Testament as dealing with the outward sphere of action...

We have been inclined to say that it was Jesus who first ran down the act into the heart. 

But we must not separate the Old and New by any hard and fast distinctions such as these. 

They intermingle, both in creed and character.

If Abraham saw Christ's day and was glad, David saw Christ's day and was sad. 

He recognized God's passionate insistence that a man should be thoroughly sincere.

It is worth noting, too, that when David recognized this, he had a broken heart.

David had sinned, and David was repentant...

And a repentant man sees deeply.

There are some hours in life when we are blind; hours when we see nothing and forget everything... 

And all our past, and all our honor and duty and God, and heaven and hell, fade and are blotted out. 

But when repentance comes, we see again. 

We see what we have done and what we are. 

We touch a sinfulness far deeper than our act.

And that was David's case. 

On ordinary days he might have been content with ordinary sacrifices...

But in an hour like this it was "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned," and "Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts."

This, then, is God's insistence on sincerity, and it is always a hard thing to be sincere. 

Life is so full of little insincerity's that it is often the man who is seriously struggling to be true who feels most keenly how untrue he is. 

It is always a hard thing to be sincere.

But there are times when it is harder than at other times. 

And it is especially hard today.

~George H. Morrison~

Monday, January 15, 2018

As Many Heads As A Hydra, And As Many Lives As A cat!

Beware of SELF! This is the WORST enemy we have to deal with!
 

Self-will...
 

Self-wisdom...
 

Self-righteousness...
 

Self-seeking...
 

Self-dependence... 

And self-boasting.
 

It is a large family...and I cannot count up all the branches! 

They are all nearly related to Satan...

And they are all a sworn enemy to our peace.
 

If we lie low...then the Lord will raise us up.
 

But if we will be something...then His arm will surely pull us down.

That monster SELF has
as many heads as a Hydra, and as many lives as a cat! 


It is more than twenty-five years since I hoped it was fast nailed to the Cross! 

But alas, it is alive...and still mixing with and spoiling everything I do!

N.B. The Hydra was a serpentine mythological water monster with many heads.
 

For every head chopped off...the Hydra would re-grow a couple of new heads.


~John Newton~

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I Would Refer It Back To Him Again!

It was an excellent reply that a Christian mother once made to a friend-when her beloved and only child lay in a dangerous sickness at the point of death.

The friend asked the mother, What would you now ask of God, in reference to your child? 


Would you beg Him for your child's life?

The mother answered, "I refer that to the will of God."

But, said her friend, "if God would refer it to you-what would you choose then?"

Why truly, said she, if God would refer it to me-
I would refer it back to Him again!

He is the LORD. Let Him do what seems good to Him. 1 Samuel 3:18
 

1Sa 3:18  And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good. 

Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides.

The house collapsed, and all your children are dead! 

Job 1:19  And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.  

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away-may the name of the LORD be praised.

Job 1:21  And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Nevertheless, I want Your will to be done, not Mine. 

Luke 22:42  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

May the Lord's will be done.

Act 21:14  And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

~John Flavel~

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Wonderful Guarantee

When called to serve or to suffer, we take stock of our strength...

And we find it to be less than we thought, and less than we need.

But let not our heart sink within us while we have such a word as this to fall back upon...

For it guarantees us all that we can possibly need.

God has strength omnipotent;
 
That strength He can communicate to us;

And His promise is that He will do so.

He will be the food of our souls, and the health of our
hearts;

And thus He will give us strength.

There is no telling how much power God can put into a man.

When divine strength comes, human weakness is no more a hindrance.

Do we not remember seasons of labor and trial in which we received such special strength that we wondered at ourselves?

In the midst of danger we were calm...

Under bereavement we were resigned...

In slander we were self contained...

And in sickness we were patient.

The fact is, that God gives unexpected strength when unusual trials come upon us.
 
We rise out of our feeble selves.

Cowards play the man...

Foolish ones have wisdom given them...

And the silent receive in the self-same hour what they shall speak.

My own weakness makes me shrink...

But God’s promise makes me brave.

Lord, strengthen me“according to thy word.”

~Charles Spurgeon~

Sunday, December 31, 2017

An Open Heaven

John 1:51  And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

Christ risen means an open heaven. 


The Spirit of the Anointing comes upon us because the crucified One is risen. 

He comes to us out of an open heaven which the Son of God has opened for us....

The Lord Jesus said: “When He, the Spirit is come, He shall guide you into all the truth.” 

And John confirms this in saying: “The anointing which ye received teaches you concerning all things.” 

That is represented by the angels ascending and descending. 

The Holy Spirit is communicating with us, but Christ is the ladder, reaching from earth to heaven. 

Where is that ladder?

It is not in the world. 

The ladder is set up in our hearts.

It is Christ in our hearts.

There is an open way from heaven in our hearts, Christ Himself, leading us into the very presence of God.

The Holy Spirit moves in relation to Christ to bring us into communion with Christ, just as Christ is in communion with His Father.

The all-sufficiency of Christ is secured for us on that basis. 


We are in the heavenlies, because Christ is in us.

If joined to His person the limitations are gone.

There is a direct and immediate communion with God, and the Holy Spirit can reveal to us heavenly things.

Thus we understand what it means to receive everything directly from God in Christ. 

Christ in us means an inward knowledge of God, a heart-relationship with Him. 

It is an inward life from God, an inward power of God. 

But that is a mystery which the world does not and cannot know. 

It cannot understand that our Lord Jesus was willing to accept exactly the same basis of life with its limitation in which we live, although without sin. 

Yet, in fellowship with His Father, He continually broke through these limitations, and overcame them in drawing all His provision, all the fullness from His Father alone. 

His sufficiency was in His Father.

So we are called to live, by the Spirit, a life triumphant over all our weaknesses, a life where Christ is everything, and where His victory is our victory. 

The work of the Cross is finished. 

The veil is rent. 

The way is open. 

Thus Christ risen in heaven means for us an open heaven where everything is possible for us in Christ, that we may glorify Him!

~T. Austin Sparks~

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

His Kindness And Covenant

Isa 54:10  For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

One of the most delightful qualities of divine love is its abiding character. 

The pillars of the earth may be moved out of their places, but the kindness and the covenant of our merciful Jehovah will never depart from His people.

How happy my soul feels in a firm belief of this inspired December Declaration! 

The year is almost over, and the years of my life are growing few, but time does not change my LORD. 

New lamps are taking the place of the old; perpetual change is on all things, but our LORD is the same. 

Force over turns the hills, but no conceivable power can affect the eternal God. 

Nothing in the past, the present, or the future can cause Jehovah to be unkind to me.

My soul, rest in the eternal kindness of the LORD, who treats thee as one near of kin. 

Remember also the everlasting covenant.

God is ever mindful of it-see that thou art mindful of it too. 

In Christ Jesus the glorious God has pledged Himself to thee to be thy God and to hold thee as one of His people. 

Kindness and covenant...dwell on these words as sure and lasting things which eternity itself shall not take from thee.

~Charles Spurgeon~