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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"We Would See Jesus"

                                                   
When any great blessing is awaiting us, the devil is sure to try and make it so disagreeable to us that we shall miss it.

It is a good thing to know him as a liar, and remember, when he is trying to prejudice us strongly against any cause, that very likely the greatest blessing of our life lies there.

Spurgeon once said that the best evidence that God was on our side is the devil's growl, and we are generally pretty safe in following a thing according to Satan's dislike for it.

Beloved, take care, lest in the very line where your prejudices are setting you off from God's people and God's truth, you are missing the treasures of your life.

Take the treasures of heaven no matter how they come to you, even if it be as earthly treasures generally are, like the kernel inside the rough shell, or the gem in the bosom of the hard rock.

I have seen Jesus and my heart is dead to all beside, I have seen Jesus, and my wants are all, in Him, supplied.

I have seen Jesus, and my heart, at last, is satisfied, Since I've seen Jesus.

~A. B. Simpson~

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Instant Obedience!

Gen 17:23  And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is...

Delayed obedience is disobedience. 

Every time God calls us to any duty, He is offering to make a covenant with us...

Doing the duty is our part...

And He will do His part in special blessing.

The only way we can obey is to obey "in the selfsame day," as Abraham did. 

To be sure, we often postpone a duty and then later on do it as fully as we can.

It is better to do this than not to do it at all. 

But it is then, at the best, only a crippled, disfigured, half-way sort of duty-doing...

And a postponed duty never can bring the full blessing that God intended, and that it would have brought if done at the earliest possible moment.

It is a pity to Rob ourselves, along with Robbing God and others, by Procrastination.

In the selfsame day is the Genesis way of saying, "Do It Now."

~Messages for the Morning Watch~

Luther says that a true believer will crucify the question, Why?

He will obey without questioning.

I will not be one of those who, except they see signs and wonders, will in no wise believe.

I will obey without questioning.

Ours not to make reply...

Ours not to reason why...

Ours but to do and die.

Obedience is the fruit of faith...

Patience, the bloom on the fruit.

~Christina Rossetti~

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Perhaps YOU Have DISOBEYED Some CLEAR Command


Sometimes a soul comes to its spiritual adviser, speaking thus:

"I have no conscious joy, and have had but little for years."

"Did you once have it?" 

"Yes, for some time after my conversion to God." 

"Are you conscious of having refused obedience to some distinct command, which came into your life, but from which you shrank?"

Then the face is cast down, and the eyes film with tears, and the answer comes with difficulty:

"Yes, years ago I used to think that God required a certain thing of me; but I felt I could not do what He wished, was uneasy for some time about it, but after a while it seemed to fade from my mind, and now it does not often trouble me."

"Ah, soul, that is where you went wrong, and you will never get right till you go right back through the weary years to the point where you did drop the thread of obedience, and perform that one thing which God demanded of you so long ago, but on account of which you did leave the narrow track of implicit obedience."

Is not this the cause of depression to thousands of Christian people?

They are God's children, but they are disobedient children.

The Bible rings with one long demand for obedience.

The key-word of the Book of Deuteronomy is, Observe and Do.

The burden of Christ's Farewell Discourse is, If ye love me, keep My commandments.

We must not question or reply or excuse ourselves.

We must not pick and choose our way.

We must not take some commands and reject others.

We must not think that obedience in other directions will compensate for disobedience in some one particular.

God gives one command at a time, borne in upon us, not in one way only, but in many; by this He tests us.

If we obey in this, He will flood our soul with blessing, and lead us forward into new paths and pastures.

But if we refuse in this we shall remain stagnant and waterlogged, make no progress in Christian experience, and lack both power and joy.

~Andrew Murray~

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Arm Of The Lord~The Vindication Of A Course Taken


Now, I find that the first thing that is meant by the Arm of the Lord on behalf of His people is this...

It means the vindication of the course that they have taken.

If you turn to your Bible with that in mind, you will find how much there is that gathers around it.

You will agree that it is a very important matter, that the course that we have taken should be proved at the end to have been the right one.

There could be nothing more terrible and tragic than that having taken a course...

And given ourselves and all that we have to it...

Poured out our lives in it and for it...

We should find at the end that we have been wrong...

And that the Lord is not able to vindicate the course that we have taken. 

It is plainly of the utmost importance that the course that we have taken should, in the end, receive the Divine approval...

That over against everything, in spite of everything, from men and from demons, God should be able to say: 'That man was right!'

That, after all, was the vindication of Job, was it not? How much that man met of misconstruction and misrepresentation! 

But in the end God said, 'My servant Job is right'; and it is no small thing to have God say that. 

In Isaiah 53 it is that: the vindication of a course taken, in spite of everything. 

And that 'in spite of everything' amounts to a good deal in that chapter, does it not?

An overwhelming weight of contradiction and misunderstanding;

But, in the end, the Servant is vindicated; 

God says He was right. 

To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

To that One - to that One!

That thought runs everywhere through the Bible, in relation to all the great men of faith, as they walked with God. 

What a difficult way they went! 

But in the end, God said, not in word only, but in very, very practical vindication, 'He was right, he was right.'

That is the meaning of the Arm of the Lord.

That is what I want when I ask for the Arm of the Lord:

O Lord, that I may take such a way with You that, in the end, You may be able to stand by that way and say: He was right.' 

Do you want that?

There is no value in anything that does not work out like that. 

~T. Austin Sparks~

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dear Friends, Why Do You Make Your House Like Hell?

Dear friends, why do you make your house like Hell? 

A traveler one day called at a cottage to ask for a drink of water.

Entering, he found the parents cursing and quarreling, with the children trembling and crouched in a corner. 

Wherever he looked, he saw only marks of degradation and misery. 

Greeting the family, he asked them, "Dear friends, why do you make your house like Hell?"

Ah, Sir, said the man, "you don't know the life and trials of a poor man!"


Do what I can - "everything goes wrong!"

The stranger drank the water, and then said softly (as he noticed a Bible in a dark and dusty corner)...


Dear friends, I know what would help you, if you could find it.

There is a treasure concealed in your house... search for it.

And so he left them.

At first the cottagers thought it a jest, but, after a while they began to reflect.


The whole family tried to find the "treasure" but in vain.

Increasing poverty brought only more quarrels, discontent, and strife.

One day, as the woman was thinking upon the stranger's words...her eye fell on the old Bible. 


It had been a gift from her mother, but since her death long ago it had been unheeded and unused.

A strange foreboding seized her mind. 


Could the stranger have meant the Bible?

She took it from the shelf, opened it, and found the verse inscribed on the title-page, in her mother's handwriting, "The law of your mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver." 

It cut her to the heart. 

Ah! thought she, "this is the treasure which we have been seeking!" 

How her tears fell fast upon the pages!

From that time she read the Bible every day, and taught the children to pray...but without her husband's knowledge. 


One day he came home, as usual, quarrelsome and in a rage. 

Instead of meeting his angry words with angry replies...she spoke to him kindly and with gentleness. 

Husband, said she, "we have sinned grievously."

We have ourselves to blame for all this misery, and we must now lead a different life.

He looked amazed.


What are you talking about? was his exclamation.

She brought the old Bible, and, sobbing, cried, Here is the treasure


See, I have found it!

The husband's heart was moved. 


She read to him of the Lord Jesus, and of His love.

She continued to read the Scriptures daily, as she sat with the children around her, thoughtful and attentive.

So time went on.

It was a year later that the stranger returned that way.


Seeing the cottage, he remembered the circumstances of his visit, and thought he would call and see this family again. 

He did so, but he would scarcely have known the place...it was so clean, so neat, so well ordered. 

He opened the door, and at first thought he was mistaken, for the family came to meet him so kindly, with the peace of God beaming upon their faces.

How are you, my friends? said he.

Then they recognized the stranger and for some time they could not speak.


Thanks, thanks, dear Sir...we have found the treasure which you spoke of! 

Now the blessing of God dwells in our house and His peace in our hearts!

So they said and their entire condition, and the happy faces of their children, declared the same more plainly!


~Author Unknown~

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fret Not Over Evil-doers

Psa 37:1  A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

Do not get into a perilous heat about things. 

If ever heat were justified, it was surely justified in the circumstances outlined in the Psalm. 

Evil-doers were moving about clothed in purple and fine linen, and faring sumptuously every day. 

Workers of iniquity were climbing into the supreme places of power, and were tyrannizing their less fortunate brethren. 

Sinful men and women were stalking through the land in the pride of life and basking in the light and comfort of great prosperity, and good men were becoming heated and fretful.

Fret not thyself. Do not get unduly heated!

Keep cool!

Even in a good cause, fretfulness is not a wise help-meet.

Fretting only heats the bearings; it does not generate the steam.

It is no help to a train for the axles to get hot; their heat is only a hindrance.

When the axles get heated, it is because of unnecessary friction; dry surfaces are grinding together, which ought to be kept in smooth co-operation by a delicate cushion of oil.

And is it not a suggestive fact that this word "fret" is closely akin to the word "friction," and is an indication of absence of the anointing oil of the grace of God?

In fretfulness, a little bit of grit gets into the bearings...

Some slight disappointment...

Some ingratitude...

Some discourtesy...

And the smooth working of the life is checked. 

Friction begets heat; and with the heat, most dangerous conditions are created.

Do not let thy bearings get hot.

Let the oil of the Lord keep thee cool, lest by reason of an unholy heat thou be reckoned among the evil-doers.

~The Silver Lining~

Dear restless heart, be still; don't fret and worry so...

God has a thousand ways His love and help to show...

Just trust, and trust, and trust, until His will you know.

Dear restless heart, be still, for peace is God's own smile...
 

His love can every wrong and sorrow reconcile...

Just love, and love, and love, and calmly wait awhile.

Dear restless heart, be brave; don't moan and sorrow so...

He hath a meaning kind in chilly winds that blow...

Just hope, and hope, and hope, until you braver grow.

Dear restless heart, repose upon His breast this hour...

His grace is strength and life, His love is bloom and flower...

Just rest, and rest, and rest, within His tender power.

Dear restless heart, be still! Don't struggle to be free...

God's life is in your life, from Him you may not flee...

Just pray, and pray, and pray, till you have faith to see.

~Edith Willis Linn~

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Let Us Be Alert

Rom 13:11  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
 

Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
 

Let us wake out of sleep...

Let us be alert...

Let us be alive to the great necessities that really concern us.

Let us put off the garments of the night and the indulgences of the night; the loose robes of pleasure and flowing garments of repose...

The festal pleasures of the hours of darkness are not for the children of the day. 

Let us cast off the works of darkness.

Let us arm ourselves for the day. 

Before we put on our clothes, let us put on our weapons...

For we are stepping out into a land of enemies and a world of dangers...

Let us put on the helmet of salvation,...

The breastplate of faith and love...

And the shield of faith...

And stand armed and vigilant as the dangers of the last days gather around us.

Let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ. 

This is our robe of day. 

Not our own works or righteousness...

But the person and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ...

Who gave us His very life...

And becomes to us our All-Sufficiency.

~A. B. Simpson~

Friday, October 20, 2017

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.

~Selected~
     
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.

~Selected~

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Anchor Of Calvary

There was an evil hour once when I released the anchor of my faith...

I cut the cable of my belief...

I no longer moored myself tight to the coasts of the Revelation of God...

I allowed my vessel to drift with the wind...

I said to reason, "You be my captain;"...

I said to my own brain, "You be my rudder;"...

And I started on my mad voyage. 

Thank God, it is all over now; but I will tell you its brief history.

It was one hurried sailing over the tempestuous ocean of free thought. 

I went on, and as I went, the skies began to darken...

But to make up for that deficiency, the waters were brilliant with the glitter of brilliancy...

I saw sparks flying upward that pleased me, and I thought, "If this is free thought, it is a good thing." 

My thoughts seemed like gems, and I scattered stars with both my hands...

But before long, instead of these flashes of glory, I saw grim fiends, fierce and horrible, come up from the waters...

And as I rushed on, they gnashed their teeth, and grinned at me...

They seized the bow of my ship and dragged me on...

While I, in part, was impressed at the swiftness of my motion, but yet shuddered at the terrific rate with which I passed the old landmarks of my faith.

As I hurried forward with a dreadful speed, I began to doubt my very existence...

I doubted if there were a world...

I doubted if there were such a thing, as myself...

I went to the very verge of the dreamy realms of unbelief...

I went to the very bottom of the sea of Unbelief.

I doubted everything.

But here the devil foiled himself...

For the very extravagance of the doubt, proved its absurdity. 

Just when I saw the bottom of that sea, there came a voice which said, "And can this doubt be true?" 

At this very thought I awoke. 

I started from that death-dream, which, God knows, might have damned my Soul, and ruined my body, if I had not awoke. 

When I arose, faith took the helm...

From that moment I no longer doubted. 

Faith steered me back...

Faith cried, "Away, away!"

I cast my anchor on Calvary...

I lifted my eye to God...

And here I am, "alive, and out of hell."

~Charles Spurgeon~

Friday, October 13, 2017

Christ Was Never Accused Of Drifting

Act 27:15  And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

Christ Was Never Accused of Drifting

And how beautifully is that exemplified in His own so perfect life!

Scoffers said He drank, but no one ever said He drifted.

By a magnificent energy of faithful will He put from Him all the kingdoms of the world.

He chose the long, hard trail and held to it...

Though His feet were bleeding and His heart was breaking...

Far off He saw the cross in its agony and shame and ridicule...

And He set His face steadfastly towards Jerusalem.

Nothing could divert Him nor break the steady power of His purpose...

No tempting friends...

Nor cheering multitudes...

Nor bitter desertion...

Nor betrayal.

The great word in the life of drift is may...

But the great word in the life of Christ is must...

And must is the last triumph of the will.

No man can share His spirit who lives on in aimless indecision.
 

Nobody can have His joy who shrinks from full surrender.

The life of drift never reaches harbor.

It reaches the quicksand and the reef...

From which may God in His mercy save us all.

~George H. Morrison~

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Leadership 0f Our Guide

John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Truth is like a vast cavern into which we desire to enter, but we are not able to traverse it alone.

At the entrance it is clear and bright;

But if we would go further and explore its innermost recesses, we must have a guide, or we shall lose ourselves. 

The Holy Spirit, who knows all truth perfectly, is the appointed guide of all true believers...

And He conducts them as they are able to bear it, from one inner chamber to another...

So that they behold the deep things of God, and His secret is made plain to them. 

What a promise is this for the humbly inquiring mind!

We desire to know the truth and to enter into it.

We are conscious of our own aptness to err, and we feel the urgent need of a guide.

We rejoice that the Holy Spirit is come and abides among us. 

He condescends to act as a guide to us, and we gladly accept His leadership.

All truth we wish to learn, that we may not be one-sided and out of balance.

We would not be willingly ignorant of any part of revelation lest thereby we should miss blessing or incur sin.

The Spirit of God has come that He may guide us into all truth: 

Let us with obedient hearts hearken to His words and follow His lead. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

Sunday, October 1, 2017

"No Man Can Serve Two Masters".

Mark Anthony yoked two lions to his chariot; but there are two lions no man has ever yoked together...the lion of the tribe of Judah, and the lion of the pit. 

These can Never go together. 

Two opinions you may hold in politics, perhaps, but then you will be despised by everyone, unless you are of one opinion or the other, and act as an independent man. 

But two opinions in the matter of soul-religion you Cannot Hold. 

If God be God, serve him, and do it thoroughly...

But if this world is God, serve it, and make no profession of religion. 

If you are a worldling, and think the things of the world are the best, serve them...

Devote yourself to them, do not be kept back by conscience...

Ignore your conscience, and run into sin. 

But REMEMBER, if the Lord is your God, you CANNOT have Baal too...

You Must have one thing or the other. 

No Man Can Serve Two Masters.

If God is served, he will be a Master...

And if the devil be served, it will not be long before he will be a master...

And "You Cannot Serve Two masters." 

Oh! Be wise, and do not think that the two can be mingled together.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Lord’s Dealings Are Based On Our Pride

                                                                                 
On the one side, it is terribly true... 

Psa 138:6  Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

It all sprang out of that proud heart that lifted itself up and said... 

Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 

Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

With that I, all the trouble began, and that one bit his poison into the race. 

The poison of the human race is pride, and it has come all the way down.

It is sometimes almost untraceable: 

We are not able always to trace it out in all its forms...

There are, of course, the obviously, manifestly proud, the ambitious, the assertive, the self-important, the self-sufficient. 

It is an ugly thing. 

A lot of our murmuring is pride...

A lot of tears are pride which we think is humility...

A lot of our criticism of other people springs from pride...

Pride is at the root. 

Very much of our poor, miserable tone is, after all, pride. 

Oh, how subtle and serpentine a thing this is!

It is there. 

So the Lord has to stand back.

On the other hand, look at humility...

To this man will I look – that is the beginning, the Lord even looking in anyone’s direction –“even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit".

And He dwells with them.

Isa 66:2  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Isa 57:15  For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. 

Psa 25:9  The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 

It is like that all the way through; vindication is on that basis.  

Num 12:3  (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

And you know when that was said at the time when his position was disputed, and God appeared at the entrance of the tabernacle and answered the challenge on the ground of the meekness of His servant. 

God stands by and vindicates the meek.

I say the whole Bible is founded on this issue. 

What a vital matter this is!

Is not the Lord justified in taking any steps to clear up that situation - breaking, emptying, humbling, withholding, deferring, delaying...

In any way bringing us to nought, to a place of utter dependence, where there is nothing we can rely upon at all but the Lord Himself? 

Is He justified?

It is a tremendous process.

It is a very real, very devastating work...

And the very fact that we suffer so much shows how deep and real it is.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Is God In What You Are Doing?


Beloved, the principle of Life in your spirit is to be the guiding principle of all your service in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I do not mean Life in your surroundings. 

The Lord may take you to a place where death reigns, but if death reigns in you, you may as well give up the whole thing at once. 

You may be there, and the Life of God may be in you to meet that situation to triumph over it; 

But mark you, if you begin to touch what you call pieces of work for God and there is no Life in your spirit, the thing is dead in your spirit; you have no right there until you get in your spirit the Life of God relative to that thing. 

Don’t touch it, or you will be found in dead works, trying to do something where there is no vital principle at all.

A lot of people hold on and continue in certain realms, certain spheres, certain companies, certain connections...

And they are there merely from the standpoint of natural reasoning and argument, sentimentality, tradition, or somehow thinking that by staying in, something is going to be done...

While in their spirit they know the thing is dead, and they have no Life there.
 
Oh, that God’s people had discernment, spiritual discernment! 

The one cry in our spirit is that His people might be more discerning...to be able to discern in their spirit where Life is and where death is. 

We have got to get on to the thing that God is doing, for only in this can we have the witness of Life that it is the thing of God, and that we shall get through. 

In order that He might be able to consummate His purpose, gather up His plan and bring it to a mighty, victorious issue in the coming of the Lord, our need is to have Life more abundant… and the spiritual discernment by Life, to know where Life is and where death is.

You may be doing what you call the work of God and have death in your Spirit; and that very doing of what you call the work of God because there is death in your spirit is antagonistic to the purpose of God. 

You may have Life in your Spirit and death all around, but the fact that you have the witness of Life is both the key and the assurance that something is to be accomplished.
 
I believe, beloved, that we dare not do a thing unless we have definite witness in our spirit that it is the thing of God to be done through us…. 

Is God in this?

Is God in that?

Has God undertaken it?

The answer to that question in your spirit will not be an audible voice...

It must ever be the liberty and the freedom and the uprising of His Life in you that gives you a clear way through in your spirit.

~T. Austin Sparks~