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A Bond-Slave Of Jesus
      “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Galatians 2:20 These words mean the breaking of my independence with my own band and surrendering to the supremacy of the Lord Jesus. No one can do this for ... read more

Abandonment
      “Then Peter began to say unto Him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee… .” Mark 10:28 Our Lord replies in effect, that abandonment is for Himself, and not for what the disciples themselves will get from it. Beware of an abandonment wh ... read more

Acquaintance With Grief
      “A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Isaiah 53:3 We are not acquainted with grief in the way in which Our Lord was acquainted with it; we endure it, we get through it, but we do not become intimate with it. At the beginning of life we ... read more

After God's Silence - What?
      “When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days in the same place where he was.” John 11:6 Has God trusted you with a silence - a silence that is big with meaning? God's silences are His answers. Think of those days of absolu ... read more

After Obedience - What?
      And straightway He constrained His disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side… ." ” Mark 6:45-52 We are apt to imagine that if Jesus Christ constrains us, and we obey Him, He will lead us to great success. We must never put ... read more

After Surrender - What?
      “I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.” John 17:4 Surrender is not the surrender of the external life, but of the will; when that is done, all is done. There are very few crises in life; the great crisis is the surrender of the ... read more

All Noble Things are Difficult
      Enter ye in at the strait gate . . because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way. . . (Matthew 7:13-14) If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all noble things are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficu ... read more

All Noble Things Are Difficult
      “Enter ye in at the strait gate . . because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way…” Matthew 7:13-14 If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all noble things are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously di ... read more

Always Now
      “We … beseech you that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” 2 Corinthians 6:1 The grace you had yesterday will not do for to-day. Grace is the overflowing favour of God; you can always reckon it is there to draw upon. "In much patience, ... read more

Am I Blessed Like This?
      Blessed are …" ” Matthew 5:3-10 When we first read the statements of Jesus they seem wonderfully simple and unstartling, and they sink unobserved into our unconscious minds. For instance, the Beatitudes seem merely mild and beautiful precept ... read more

Am I Carnally Minded?
      “Whereas there is among you jealousy and strife, are ye not carnal?” 1 Corinthians 3:3 No natural man knows anything about carnality. The flesh lusting against the Spirit that came in at regeneration, and the Spirit lusting against the flesh, ... read more

Am I Convinced By Christ?
      “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not … , but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19,20 Jesus Christ says, in effect, Don't rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to Me. The sna ... read more

Am I Convinced By Christ?
      “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not … , but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19,20 Jesus Christ says, in effect, Don't rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to Me. The sna ... read more

Am I My Brother's Keeper?
      “None of us liveth to himself.” Romans 14:7 Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible for other souls spiritually before God? For instance, if I allow any private deflection from God in my life, everyone about me suffers. We "sit tog ... read more

Amid A Crowd Of Paltry Things
      “… in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.” 2 Corinthians 6:4 It takes Almighty grace to take the next step when there is no vision and no spectator - the next step in devotion, the next step in your study, in your rea ... read more

Apprehended By God
      “If that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended.” Philippians 3:12 Never choose to be a worker; but when once God has put His call on you, woe be to you if you turn to the right hand or to the left. We are not here to work for Go ... read more

Approved Unto God
      “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 If you cannot express yourself on any subject, struggle until you can. If you do not, someone will be the p ... read more

Are You Discouraged In Devotion?
      “Yet lackest thou one thing; sell all that thou hast . . and come, follow Me.” Luke 18:22 "And when he heard this . . ." Have you ever heard the Master say a hard word? If you have not, I question whether you have heard Him say anything. Jes ... read more

Are You Ever Disturbed?
      “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you.” John 14:27 There are times when our peace is based upon ignorance, but when we awaken to the facts of life, inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When Our Lord speaks pe ... read more

Are You Exhausted Spiritually?
      “The everlasting God … fainteth not, neither is weary.” Isaiah 40:28 Exhaustion means that the vital forces are worn right out. Spiritual exhaustion never comes through sin but only through service, and whether or not you are exhausted will de ... read more

Are You Fresh For Everything?
      “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 Sometimes we are fresh for a prayer meeting but not fresh for cleaning boots! Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind ... read more

Are You Ready To Be Offered?
      “Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy and rejoice with you all.” Philippians 2:17 Are you willing to be offered for the work of the faithful - to pour out your life blood as a libation on the sacrifice o ... read more

Authority And Independence
      “If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments.” John 14:15 Our Lord never insists upon obedience; He tells us very emphatically what we ought to do, but He never takes means to make us do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit. That ... read more

Building For Eternity
      “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” Luke 14:28 Our Lord refers not to a cost we have to count, but to a cost which He has counted. The cost was ... read more

But It Is Hardly Credible That One Could Be So Positively Ignorant!
      “Who art Thou, Lord?” Acts 26:15 "The Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand." There is no escape when Our Lord speaks, He always comes with an arrestment of the understanding. Has the voice of God come to you directly? If it has, you cann ... read more

But It Is Hardly Credible That One Could So Persecute Jesus!
      “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?” Acts 26:14 Am I set on my own way for God? We are never free from this snare until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire. Obstinacy and self-will will always stab Je ... read more

By Spiritual Confusion
      “Ye know not what ye ask.” Matthew 20:22 There are times in spiritual life when there is confusion, and it is no way out to say that there ought not to be confusion. It is not a question of right and wrong, but a question of God taking you by ... read more

By The Grace Of God I Am What I Am
      “His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:10 The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the Creator. The deploring of our own incompetence is a slander against God for having overlooked u ... read more

Can A Saint Slander God?
      “For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 Jesus told the parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25 as a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacity. This parable has not to do with na ... read more

Can You Come Down?
      “While ye have light, believe in the light.” John 12:36 We all have moments when we feel better than our best, and we say - "I feel fit for anything; if only I could be like this always!" We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of ... read more

Careful Infidelity
      “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body what ye shall put on.” Matthew 6:25 Jesus sums up common-sense carefulness in a disciple as infidelity. If we have received the Spirit of God, He ... read more

Careful Unreasonableness
      “Behold the fowls of the air.” Matthew 6:26,28 Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars and the moon - all these are, and what a ministration they exert. So often we mar Go ... read more

Chastening
      “Despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him.” Hebrews 12:5 It is very easy to quench the Spirit; we do it by despising the chastening of the Lord, by fainting when we are rebuked by Him. If we have only a sh ... read more

Christian Perfection
      “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect… .” Philippians 3:1 It is a snare to imagine that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do; God's purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holin ... read more

Clouds And Darkness
      “Clouds and darkness are round about Him.” Psalms 97:2 A man who has not been born of the Spirit of God Will tell you that the teachings of Jesus are simple. But when you are baptized with the Holy Ghost, you find "clouds and darkness are rou ... read more

Completeness
      “And I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once and ask Him to establish rest. Never allow anything to remain which is making the dis-peace. Take every element ... read more

Continuous Conversion
      “Except ye be converted, and become as little children… .” Matthew 18:3 These words of Our Lord are true of our initial conversion, but we have to be continuously converted all the days of our lives, continually to turn to God as children. If ... read more

Could This Be True Of Me?
      “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself.” Acts 20:24 It is easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires; common sense is ... read more

Dependent On God's Presence
      “They that wait upon the Lord … shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 There is no thrill in walking; it is the test of all the stable qualities. To "walk and not faint" is the highest reach possible for strength. The word "walk" is used ... read more

Deserter Or Disciple?
      “From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.” John 6:66 When God gives a vision by His Spirit through His word of what He wants, and your mind and soul thrill to it, if you do not walk in the light of that vi ... read more

Destiny Of Holiness
      “Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16 Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is. The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. Nowadays we have far too many affinities, we are dissipated w ... read more

Diffusiveness Of Life
      “Rivers of living water.” John 7:38 A river touches places of which its source knows nothing, and Jesus says if we have received of His fulness, however small the visible measure of our lives, out of us will flow the rivers that will bless to ... read more

Direction By Impulse
      “Building up yourselves on your most holy faith.” Jude 20 There was nothing either of the nature of impulse or of cold-bloodedness about Our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along th ... read more

Direction Of Aspiration
      “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters … so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God.” Psalms 123:2 This verse is a description of entire reliance upon God. Just as the eyes of the servant are riveted on his master, so ... read more

Direction Of Discipline
      “And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Matthew 5:30 Jesus did not say that everyone must ... read more

Discernment Of Faith
      “Faith as a grain of mustard seed…” Matthew 17:20 We have the idea that God rewards us for our faith, it may he so in the initial stages; but we do not earn anything by faith, faith brings us into right relationship with God and gives God His ... read more

Discovering Divine Designs
      “I being in the way, the Lord led me…” Genesis 24:27 We have to be so one with God that we do not continually need to ask for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God, and the natural life of a child is obedience - u ... read more

Disposition And Deeds
      “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20 The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good i ... read more

Distraction Of Antipathy
      “Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly piled with contempt.” Psalms 123:3 The thing of which we have to beware is not so much damage to our belief in God as damage to our Christian temper. "Therefore take heed ... read more

Divine Reasonings Of Faith
      “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 Immediately we look at these words of Jesus, we find them the most revolutionary statement human ears ever listened to. ... read more

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