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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Complete Safety

Deu 33:12  And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.

Yes, there is no safety like that which comes of dwelling near to God.

For His best beloved the LORD can find no surer or safer place.

O LORD, let me always abide under Thy shadow, close to Thy wounded side. 

Nearer and nearer would I come to Thee, my LORD; and when once specially near Thee, I would abide there forever. 

What a covering is that which the LORD gives to His chosen!

Not a fair roof shall cover him, nor a bomb-proof casement, nor even an angel's wing, but Jehovah Himself. 

Nothing can come at us when we are thus covered. 

This covering the LORD will grant us all the day long, however long the day.

LORD, let me abide this day consciously beneath this canopy of love, this pavilion of sovereign power. 

Does the third clause mean that the LORD in His temple would dwell among the mountains of Benjamin or that the LORD would be where Benjamin's burden should be placed, or does it mean that we are borne upon the shoulders of the Eternal?

In any case, the LORD is the support and strength of His saints. 

LORD, let me ever enjoy Thy help, and then my arms will be sufficient for me. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Safest Shelter

Isa 32:2  And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

Who this Man is we all know. 

Who could He be but the Second Man, the LORD from heaven, the man of sorrows, the Son of Man? 

What a hiding place He has been to His people! 

He bears the full force of the wind Himself, and so He shelters those who hide themselves in Him. 

We have thus escaped the wrath of God, and we shall thus escape the anger of men, the cares of this life, and the dread of death. 

Why do we stand in the wind when we may so readily and so surely get out of it by hiding behind our LORD? 

Let us this day run to Him and be at peace. 

Often the common wind of trouble rises in its force and becomes a tempest, sweeping everything before it.

Things which looked firm and stable rock in the blast, and many and great are the falls among our carnal confidences. 

Our LORD Jesus, the glorious man, is a covert which is never blown down.

In Him we mark the tempest sweeping by, but we ourselves rest in delightful serenity.

This day let us just stow ourselves away in our hiding place and sit and sing under the protection of our Covert. 

Blessed Jesus! Blessed Jesus! How we love Thee!

Well we may, for Thou art to us a shelter in the time of storm.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Providences Of God Are Often Dark And Mysterious!

Psalm 77:19  Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

The Providences of God are often dark and mysterious. 

It is not easy to ascertain why the Lord acts as He does or to find out the precise object which He has in view. 

He carries on His work according to His eternal and pre-ordained plan...and He accomplishes His purposes often by the most unlikely means. 

He works all things after the counsel of His own will and He works leisurely, having no cause to hurry. 

We are naturally hasty, and want to know what God means at once. 

But He says, "Be still. Wait. Watch. Let patience have her perfect work."

We may not be able to account for our trials, troubles, losses, and crosses but all will be made plain by-and-by. 


John 13:7  Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

We now know in part but we shall soon know even as also we are known.

And until then, we may well bepatient-assured that God is acting wisely, lovingly, and is consulting our good in all that He does.

O wonder-working God, Your dealings with us are often dark, and difficult to be understood! 


Give us faith to believe Your promises when we cannot understand Your Providences. 

Let us be assured of Your love to us when we cannot ascertain the design of Your dealings with us. 

Preserve us from a repining, complaining, and unbelieving spirit and grant us grace that we may rest satisfied that You are acting rightly. 

May we learn, in whatever state we are therewith to be content. 

With patience may we do and suffer 

Your will at present...being fully assured that all will be explained and opened up to us at length. 

O to be enabled to rest on Your covenant love, to trust Your faithful promises, and to commit all of our ways unto You!

Psa 25:10  All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

~James Smith~

Friday, September 8, 2017

Is Your Life A Dwelling Place For God?

If we are really to be the dwelling place of God, then we are to be nothing in ourselves.

Do not look for reputation...

Do not try to make an impression...

Do not stand on your own dignity...

Do not do any of those things in any way whatever which will give you prominence with people and make them think something of you.

It will not pass with the Lord.

So let us get rid of it, every bit of it, and recognize what we are in God’s sight.

He is going to bring that about...

So if we try to make people think we are other than we are in order to get an advantage, we are contradicting the principle of the house of God.

All self-importance must go, and all desire for recognition.

All that sort of thing has to be wiped out.

The house of God is not founded on that.

God will not have it.

Man is abased, and all the other is the devil’s work.

It comes from him in whose heart pride was found.

When young men and women have given up all the prospects of this world and laid their treasures in the dust and gone forth at the command of the Lord

They have laid everything in ashes so far as this world’s hopes and prospects are concerned.

The Church has been built in that way.

Even when it is not like that in great acts of life’s vocation, it is a daily thing...

A letting go of our own interests in obedience to the Lord, in faith in the Lord.

It is thus the building goes on.

I could work that down to very fine points and show how often the house of God is delayed and arrested in its progress by the withholding of something on which the Lord has laid his finger and said ‘I want that’.

However there is the general principle, the triumph of faith through obedience when all is in the dust.

Abraham believed God, and that great triumph provided God with the site for His temple, the great example and type of that spiritual house which is central to the fulfillment of all His purposes.

God dwells in that sort of thing.

But that central thing has to go through the depths.

That which is the very heart of God’s presence to which He commits Himself, has to know stripping more than others.
 

This involves a deep work where faith is brought to perfection through very deep testing.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Follow To Know

Not all at once, but by degrees shall we attain to holy knowledge, and our business is to persevere and learn by little and little. 

We need not despair, though our progress may be slow, for we shall yet know. 

The LORD, who has become our Teacher, will not give us up, however slow of understanding we may be...

For it is not for His honor that any degree of human folly should baffle His skill. 

The LORD delights to make the simple wise. 

Our duty is to keep to our main topic and follow on to know, not this peculiar doctrine nor that, but Jehovah Himself. 

To know Father, Son, and Spirit, the Triune God, this is life eternal...

Let us keep to this, for in this way we shall gain complete instruction.

By following on to know the LORD, we learn healing after being torn, binding up after smiting, and life after death. 

Experience has its perfect work when the heart follows the trackway of the Almighty LORD. 

My soul, keep thou close to Jesus, follow on to know God in Jesus, and so shalt thou come to the knowledge of Christ, which is the most excellent of all the sciences. 

The Holy Ghost will lead thee into all truth.

Is not this His gracious promise? 

Rely upon Him to fulfill it.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen Yet Believe

John 20:29  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 

How important it is for God to keep us focused on things that
are unseen...

For we are so easily snared by the things we can see!

If Peter was ever going to walk on the water, he had to walk...

But if he was going to swim to Jesus, he had to swim. 

He could not do both. 

If a bird is going to fly, it must stay away from fences and trees, trusting the buoyancy of its wings.

And if it tries to stay within easy reach of the ground, it will never fly very well.

God had to bring Abraham to the end of his own strength and
let him see that with his own body he could do nothing.

He had to consider his own body “as good as dead” (Heb.11:12) and then trust God to do all the work.

When he looked away from himself and trusted only God, he became “fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised” (Rom. 4:21).

This is what God is teaching us, and He has to keep results that are encouraging away from us until we learn to trust Him without them.

Then He loves to make His Word as real to us in actuality as it is in our faith. 

~A. B. Simpson~

I do not ask that He must prove His Word is true to me

And that before I can believe He first must let me see.

It is enough for me to know

It’s true because He says it’s so;

On His unchanging Word I’ll stand

And trust till I can understand.

E. M.Winter

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What Are These Christians Doing On Satan's Ground?

1Sa 29:3  Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?

David's men Wanted To Mingle with the Philistine army...

This was Decidedly Wrong.

It is Always Wrong when God's people Unite with the world, Contrary to His Holy Word.

We may ask, "What are these Christians doing here?" 

What are they doing joining with the world?

Their Master has told them to "Come out from among them and be separate! Touch no unclean thing!"

He has said, "Arise and depart, for this is not your rest...because it is Defiled, it is Ruined, Beyond All Remedy!"

What are these Christians doing Out Of The Path Of Duty...or By Their Presence, Sanctioning Sin?

God Has Said, "Be holy for I am holy." 

What are these Christians doing on Satan's ground? 

They Are In the Enemy's Ranks?

Do they Intend to Leave Jesus and Go Back to the world?

Are they Tired of His Company...Set Against His Word, and Determined to throw off His yoke?

Do they Intend to Share in the Slavery of Satan,  the Sinner's Doom, the Wrath of God?

What are these Christians doing here?

Their conduct is Unnatural, Degrading, Traitorous!
Christian! you should Keep the Company of Jesus...
 
Walk with Holy people...

And Keep yourselves Unspotted from the world!

Gal 1:3  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
 
Gal 1:4  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

~James Smith~

Saturday, August 19, 2017

BE THOROUGH

The bravest man of his time in Jerusalem stood up in the temple gateway, on a public occasion, and delivered a very short but a very searching sermon.

It was a model of plain, pungent preaching. 

He did not utter any message evolved from his own brain; he gave them God's message.

It ran in this way: "This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place!" 

The moral condition of the people had become deplorable. 

The command to them is, thorough reform of character and conduct. 

A rich promise is made to them...if they obey;

If they remain wedded to their sins, their temple and their homes would be left to them desolate. 

Jeremiah's pithy address to his countrymen is a capital text for our times. 

Finney, in the days of his greatest power, used to take such passages as this to drive them like a plough...deep through the consciences of his auditors. 

So he broke up the fallow ground and got it ready for the seed of the gospel.

He believed in thorough work, in a thorough exposure of the wickedness of human hearts, in a thorough conviction of sin, in a thorough reformation of character under the mighty workings of the renewing Holy Spirit.

The fatal mistake of many people, is that they seek for a cheap religion.

Some preachers and teachers, in their desire to recommend the glorious freeness of the gospel and the simplicity of faith, hold out the idea that it is the "easiest thing in the world to become a Christian."

They hold up very attractively summer-religion, which is all clear weather and sunshine, and Christianity as a sort of close-covered carriage, in which one can ride for nothing and be safely landed, without too many jolts, at the gateway of heaven. 

Very little allowance is made by these rosewater teachers for the stubborn depravity of the human heart, for the tremendous power of the adversary, and for the poisonous atmosphere through which one must fight his way to the "prize of the high calling."

Grand old Samuel Rutherford, in his incisive way, says, "Many people only play with Christianity, and take Christ for almost nothing.

I pray you to make your soul sure of salvation, and make the seeking of heaven your daily work.

If you never had a pained soul for sin...you have not yet lighted upon Christ. 

Look to the right marks; if you love him better than the world, and would leave all the world for him, then that proves that the work is sound."

Probably no writer has ever combined the richest, sweetest ecstasies of devotion - with a more pungent exhibition of the plainest rules of everyday morality.

The first step towards a genuine, abiding Christian character is true repentance of sin.

John the Baptist made this the keynote of his ministry, which was a preparatory work for the Messiah, just at the door. 

Jesus himself struck the same note. 

Matthew tells us that "from that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent!"

When the apostle Peter delivered that Pentecostal discourse which pricked into three thousand hearts, and they cried out, "What shall we do?" his prompt answer was, "Repent!"

There is a logical necessity in this; for no man can cleave to his sins and lay hold of Christ with the same hand. 

No man can turn to the Lord until he has turned his back upon his evil practices and is willing to thoroughly amend his ways and his doings.

Our beloved brother Moody, indeed, once declared that he had had far more success when he has preached Christ's goodness than when he has preached upon repentance; 

And this reveals the only weak point we have ever discovered in the methods of this most popular and powerful preacher of the Word.

An immediate and temporary "success" may be gained by inducing a person to rise up and declare that he believes in so lovable a being as Christ Jesus...

And yet that same person may soon drift back under the dominion of the sins which he had never sincerely abandoned. 

We doubt whether any person ever lays thorough hold on the Savior until he feels the need of one who can save him from his sins. 

Certainly no one in that death-trap of a hotel in Milwaukee even dreamed of flying to the fire-escapes until he was aroused to the dangers from the crackling flames. 

Why should any man betake himself to a Savior, if he does not realize that he needs one, and that there is an abominable and deadly evil in his own heart and life that he must be saved from?

When David's eyes had been opened to behold the loathsome depravity of his own conduct, he asks for no compromise but cries out, "Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity!"

So abhorrent was his sin that like a filthy garment, he was ready to be rubbed and mauled and beaten until the black spots were cleansed away from the fabric!

Such an abhorrence of sin...it is the office of the Holy Spirit to produce; therefore should we pray for the Spirit. 

Such a view of his guilt...it is the office of the minister to bring before every unconverted man; therefore should the minister hold up the exceeding sinfulness of sin. 

The clearer the view of sin...the more thorough is likely to be the repentance.

You must be born again, said the Master to his anxious inquirer, Nicodemus. 

But the new birth, or regeneration, is the production of a new principle in us, which is antagonistic to sin...as well as obedient to God.

The only evidence of true repentance is thorough reformation

This takes hold both upon character and conduct; character as what we are and conduct as what we do. 

This amendment must be thorough and go to the roots or it will be as evanescent as the morning dew.

The shallow "conversions" that are so often trumpeted as the result of shallow, sensational preaching end in very shallow and short-lived religion. 

That dark and dismal fountain-head of the heart, is not purified by the Spirit, and pretty soon the foul streams begin to trickle out again into the daily conduct!

Bad habits are not pulled up. 

The deceitful practices are soon resumed in business transactions, or the young man soon drifts back into his sinful haunts; 

The unconquered bad temper begins to take fire and explode again; 

The covetous spirit gets hold again with a fresh grip. 

In short, the new emotion passes away but it does not leave a new man. 

Christ has no hand in such conversions. 

They are a delusion and often an unmeasured curse.

When Jesus is presented and pressed upon a sinner's acceptance, he must be presented as not only infinitely beautiful, tender, compassionate, and lovable...but as so infinitely holy, that his eyes flash flame through everything wrong. 

The very bitterness of his sacrificial sufferings for us on the cross, arose from the bitterness of the sin he died to atone.

One thought more. Genuine conversion demands thorough amendment of conduct, and no exception must be made for what we call little sins.

Small leaks, left unstopped, are equally fatal.

Maclaren well says that "the worst and most fatal sins are often those small continuous vices which root underneath and honeycomb the soul. 

Many a man who thinks himself a Christian, is in more danger from the daily commission, for example, of small pieces of deceitful practice in his business, than ever King David was at his worst. 

White ants pick a carcass clean sooner than a lion will.

There is a transcendent promise that accompanies such thorough amendment of character and life. "I will let you dwell in this place."

This bespeaks peace and permanence under the benignant smile of God. 

This means room to root and to grow. 

A soul that is rooted into Christ will thrive like a tree planted by the rivers of water; 

The leaves shall never wither, and death will be only a transplanting into glory!

~Theodore Cuyler~

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Uncover And Confess Sin

Here is the way of mercy for a guilty and repenting sinner. 

He must cease from the habit of covering sin. 

This is attempted by falsehood, which denies sin; by hypocrisy, which conceals it; by boasting, which justifies it; and by loud profession, which tries to make amends for it.

The sinner's business is to confess and forsake. 

The two must go together. 

Confession must be honestly made to the LORD Himself, and it must include within itself acknowledgment of the wrong, sense of its evil, and abhorrence of it.

We must not throw the fault upon others, nor blame circumstances, nor plead natural weakness. 

We must make a clean breast of it and plead guilty to the indictment. 

There can be no mercy till this is done. 

Furthermore, we must forsake the evil; having owned our fault, we must disown all present and future intent to abide in it. 

We cannot remain in rebellion and yet dwell with the King's majesty. 

The habit of evil must be quitted, together with all places, companions, pursuits, and books which might lead us astray. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

Sunday, August 13, 2017

We Need More Sermons In Shoes!

1Pe 2:12  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.  

1Jn 2:6  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.                                                                            
 

We need more sermons in shoes...men and women going up and down the roads of life preaching Christianity by their imitation of Christ!

The demand of the day is for a higher standard and style of Christian life.

Every follower of Christ must represent His religion purely, loftily, impressively-before that multitude of Bible-readers whose only Bible is the Christian!

The true test of religion, is in the street.

It lies in the common walks of life-even more than in the worship of the sanctuary.

The test of our religion is not the regular manner in which we go to church, or the way in which we read our Bibles, or any elaborate religious ritual we perform.

Its test is the kind of people it makes us-the kind of life it produces in us.

A fine illustration of the worth of Christian character was seen in a teacher of one of the government schools of Japan.

His contract was that he was not to teach Christianity and, so far as words were concerned, he kept it faithfully.

But all the while his life was so blameless and beautiful-that it did the work without words.

As evidence of this, forty of the students, without his knowledge, met in a grove secretly, and signed a covenant to forsake idolatry...for the religion of their teacher.

Some of them are now preaching the gospel in their native land.

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Php 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

Php 2:15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Tit 2:10  Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

Eph 5:1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

~Theodore Cuyler~


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

So Claim Victory

Psa 44:4  Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

There are no enemies to your growth in grace, or to your Christian work, that were not included in your Savior’s victory.

Remember, “The Lord said to Joshua, Do not be afraid of them, because...I will hand all of them over to [you].

Jos 11:6  And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.

Also recall the fact that when you resist your enemies, they “will flee from you”.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

And remember what Joshua said to the people: “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Be strong and courageous.

Jos 10:25  And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.

The Lord is with you,“Mighty men of Valour”.

Jos 1:14  Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them; and you are Mighty because you are one with the Mightiest.

So claim Victory!

Whenever your enemies are closing in on you, claim victory!

Whenever your heart and your flesh fail you, look up and claim VICTORY!

Be sure you claim your share in the triumph that Jesus won, for He won it not for Himself alone but for us all.

Remember that you were in Him when He won it...so claim victory!

Count Christ’s victory as yours and gather the spoils of the war.

Neither the giant “descendants of Anak”nor fortified cities need intimidate or defeat you.

You are a part of the conquering army.
 

Claim your share in the Saviors victory.

~F. B. Meyer~

We are children of the King.Therefore which of these most honors our divine Sovereign:

Failing to claim our rights and even doubting they belong to us...

Or asserting our privilege as children of the Royal Family and demanding the rights that accompany our inheritance?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Implicit Obedience Sometimes Brings Us Into A SMELTING-FURNACE.

"Zarephath" means a smelting-furnace. It lay outside the Land of Canaan, occupying the site of the modern Surafend, which stands on a long ridge, backed by the snow-clad steeps of Hermon, and overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean.
 

Many things might have made it distasteful to the prophet. 

It belonged to the land from which Jezebel had brought her impious tribe. 

It was as much cursed by the terrible drought as Canaan.
 

It was impossible to reach it save by a weary journey of one hundred miles through the heart of the land, where his name was execrated, and his person proscribed. 

And then to be sustained by a widow woman belonging to a heathen people! 

He would not have so much minded to have sustained her; but it was not pleasant to feel that he must be dependent on her slender earnings or meager store. 

Surely it was a smelting-furnace for cleansing out any alloy
of pride, or self-reliance, or independence which might be lurking in the recesses of his heart.
 

And there was much of the refining fire in the character of his reception. 

When he reached the straggling town it was probably toward nightfall;
 

And at the city gate a widow woman was gathering a few sticks to prepare the evening meal. 

To some it might have seemed a coincidence; but there is
no such word in faith's vocabulary...that which to human judgment is a coincidence, to faith is a Providence.
 

This was evidently the widow of whom God had spoken. 

Faint with thirst, and weary with long travel, but never doubting that his needs would be amply met, he asked her to fetch a little water in a vessel, that he might drink. 

The widow may have had some premonition of his coming.
 

There would seem to be some suggestion of this having been so, in the words, "I have commanded a widow woman to sustain thee."

Her character will come out in due course; but there must have
been something in her which could not be found in the many widows of the land of Israel (Luke 4: 25, 26). 


It was for no arbitrary reason that God passed them over, and went so far afield. 

She must have possessed qualities of character, gems of better
things, sparks of heroism and of faith, which distinguished
her from all her sorrowing sisterhood, and made her the befitting hostess of the prophet, and the glad sharer with him in his Father's bounty.
 

To her the impression was probably given of the coming of the prophet...just as the visions to Saul and to Ananias, to Cornelius and to Peter, flashed upon them in duplicates.
 

She was not, therefore, surprised at the prophet's request, and silently went to fetch a cup of cold water (Matt. 10:42). 

Encouraged by her willingness, Elijah asked her to bring with her a morsel of bread. 

It was a modest request; but it unlocked the silent agony of her soul. 

She had not a cake, but a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse and she was about to make one last repast for herself and her son, who was probably too weak through long privation to be with her; 

And, having eaten it, they had no alternative but to lie down together and die. 

It was very depressing for the man of God, after his long and weary march.
 

It is thus that God leads His people still. "All that abideth not the fire, ye shall make go through the water; " 

He will not suffer us to be tempted beyond that which we are able to bear; 

He will not thresh vetches with a sharp threshing instrument,
nor turn a cart-wheel about on cummin. 


But it is written, "Everything that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean" 
(Num. 31:23). 

If, then, there is aught in you that can bear the ordeal, be sure you will be put into the furnace. 

But the fire shall not destroy; it shall only cleanse you. 

You will be put into it by the hand of Love; and kept in it only
till patience has done her perfect work. 


The flames shall only consume the bonds that bind you; and, as you walk loose in the fire, bystanders shall see at your side the form of one like unto the Son of God.

~F. B. Meyer~

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Need For Brokenness

2Co 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

All God’s purpose, all that God means for us on that other side of the Cross in union with Christ risen and exalted absolutely demands brokenness, complete brokenness, in all those concerned.

Not just the brokenness of their pictures and outward hopes, but an inward brokenness.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
(2 Cor. 4:7).

The self-hood broken, broken vessels for heavenly eternal fullness.

The Cross is necessary for our breaking.

It is not a pleasant note, I know, but in all faithfulness it must be said.

This is the Lord’s word to you: that if you are not broken by the Cross, if you have not gone through an experience of real brokenness under the hand of God, all that the Lord means in you and through you will still be suspended, it will be impossible.

If the Cross means one thing, it does mean that the Cross is the way to the glory and to heavenly fullness.

It is the way of an inward breaking.

Let me be very precise, because I know of different kinds of brokenness.

I know the brokenness of disappointments, of disappointed hopes and expectations...

But the kind of brokenness I am talking about is the brokenness of the self-hood, the strength of Self that holds its position and holds its ground and that will not let go.

That is the kind of brokenness.

This self-strength, whether it be intellectual and mental or whether it be emotional or whether it be in the will, that strength of the natural life has got to be broken as truly as the sinew of Jacob’s thigh had to be touched and withered.

Something like that has to happen in us that we carry through the rest of our days...

God has done something in the realm of our self-hood and we are broken men and women so far as self-sufficiency, self-assertiveness, self-confidence and every other form of Self is concerned.

It must be.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Thursday, July 27, 2017

God's Servants MUST Learn To Take One Step At A Time.

This is an elementary lesson; but it is hard to learn.

No doubt Elijah found it so.

Before he left Thisbe for Samaria, to deliver the message that burdened his soul, he would naturally inquire what he should do when he had delivered it.
 

How would he be received?

What would be the outcome?

Whither should he go to escape the vengeance of Jezebel, who had not shrunk from slaying with the sword prophets less dauntless than himself?

If he had asked those questions of God, and waited for a reply before he left his highland home, he would never have gone at all.

Our Father never treats His children so.

He only shows us one step at a time...


And that, the next; He bids us take it in faith.

We look up into His face and say: "But if I take this step, which is certain to involve me in difficulty, what shall I do next?"

The heavens will be dumb, save with the one repeated message, Take it, and trust Me.

But directly God's servant took the step to which he was led, and delivered the message...

Then "the word of the Lord came to him, saying: Get thee hence, hide thyself by the brook Cherith."

So it was afterwards; it was only when the brook had dried up...

And the stream had dwindled to pools...
 

And the pools to drops...

And the drops had died away in the sand...

Only then did the word of the Lord come to him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath.

I like that phrase, "the word of the Lord came to him."

He did not need to go to search for it; it came to him.

And so it will come to you.

It may come through the Word of God...

Or through a distinct impression made on your heart by the Holy Ghost...

Or through circumstances...

But it will find you out, and tell you what you are to do.

Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?

And the Lord said unto him...

Arise and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do"

It may be that for long you have had upon your mind some strong impression of duty...

But you have held back, because you could not see what the next step would be.

Hesitate no longer.

Step out upon what seems to be the impalpable mist:

You will find a slab of adamant beneath your feet;

And every time you put your foot forward, you will find that God has prepared a stepping-stone...

And the next, and the next...each as you come to it.

The bread is by the day.

The manna is every morning.

The strength is according to the moment's need.

God does not give all the directions at once, lest we should get confused;

He tells us just as much as we can remember and do.

Then we must look to Him for more;

And so we learn, by easy stages, the sublime habits of obedience and trust.
 

~F. B. Meyer~