The Destitution Of Service
Though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
2 Corinthians 12:15
Natural love expects some return, but Paul says - I do not care whether you love me or not, I am willing to destitute myself completely, not merely for your sake ... read more
The Determination To Serve
The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.
Paul's idea of service is the same as Our Lord's: "I am among you as He that serveth;" "ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." We have the idea that a ma ... read more
The Devotion Of Hearing
Speak; for Thy servant heareth.
1 Samuel 3:10
Because I have listened definitely to one thing from God, it does not follow that I will listen to everything He says. The way in which I show God that I neither love nor respect Him is by the ob ... read more
The Dilemma Of Obedience
And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
1 Samuel 3:15
God never speaks to us in startling ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand, and we say, "I wonder if that is God's voice?" Isaiah said that the Lord spake to him "with a s ... read more
The Discipline Of Dejection
But we trusted
and beside all this, to-day is the third day
Every fact that the disciples stated was right; but the inferences they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that savours of dejection spiritually is always wro ... read more
The Discipline Of Difficulty
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
An average view of the Christian life is that it means deliverance from trouble. It is deliverance in trouble, which is very different. "He ... read more
The Discipline Of Disillusionment
Jesus did not commit Himself unto them for He knew what was in man.
Disillusionment means that there are no more false judgments in life. To be undeceived by disillusionment may leave us cynical and unkindly severe in our judgme ... read more
The Discipline Of Dismay
And as they followed, they were afraid.
At the beginning we were sure we knew all about Jesus Christ, it was a delight to sell all and to fling ourselves out in a hardihood of love; but now we are not quite so sure. Jesus is on in ... read more
The Discipline Of Heeding
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing ... read more
The Discipline Of Spiritual Tenacity
Be still, and know that I am God.
Tenacity is more than endurance, it is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire. Tenacity is more than hanging on, which may be but the w ... read more
The Divine Region Of Religion
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.
The main idea in the region of religion is - Your eyes upon God, not on men. Do not have as your motive ... read more
The Divine Rule Of Life
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Our Lord's exhortation in these verses is to be generous in our behaviour to all men. In the spiritual life beware of walking according to natural affinities. E ... read more
The Drawing Of The Father
No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him.
When God draws me, the issue of my will comes in at once - will I react on the revelation which God gives - will I come to Him? Discussion on spiritual matters i ... read more
The Eternal Crush Of Things
I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22
A Christian worker has to learn how to be God's noble man or woman amid a crowd of ignoble things. Never make this plea - If only I were somewhere else ... read more
The Eternal Goal
By Myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing
that in blessing I will bless thee
Abraham has reached the place where he is in touch with the very nature of God, he understands now the Rea ... read more
The Exclusiveness Of Christ
Come unto Me.
Is it not humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus! Think of the things we will not come to Jesus Christ about. If you want to know how real you are, test yourself by these words - "Come unto Me." In ev ... read more
The Forgiveness Of God
In whom we have
the forgiveness of sins.
Beware of the pleasant view of the Fatherhood of God - God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That sentiment has no place whatever in the New Testament. The only ... read more
The Fruitfulness Of Friendship
I have called you friends.
We never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we abandon in every particular. Self-surrender is the most difficult thing - I will if
I Oh, well, I suppose I must devote my life to God. There is none of t ... read more
The Gateway To The Kingdom
Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Beware of placing Our Lord as a Teacher first. If Jesus Christ is a Teacher only, then all He can do is to tantalize me by erecting a standard I can not attain. What is the use of presenting me wit ... read more
The Glory That Excels
hath sent me that thou mightest receive thy sight.
When Paul received his sight, he received spiritually an insight into the Person of Jesus Christ, and the whole of his subsequent life and preaching was nothing but Jesu ... read more
The Graciousness Of Uncertainty
It doth not yet appear what we shall be.
1 John 3:2
Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the nature of spiri ... read more
The Great Life
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: . . Let not your heart be troubled.
Whenever a thing becomes difficult in personal experience, we are in danger of blaming God, but it is we who are in the wrong, not God, there is ... read more
The Great Probing
Ye cannot serve the Lord.
Have you the slightest reliance on anything other than God? Is there a remnant of reliance left on any natural virtue, any set of circumstances? Are you relying on yourself in any particular in this new ... read more
The Habit Of A Good Conscience
A conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
God's commands are given to the life of His Son in us, consequently to the human nature in which His Son has been formed, His commands are difficult, but immediately we obe ... read more
The Habit Of Enjoying The Disagreeable
That life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
2 Corinthians 4:10
We have to form habits to express what God's grace has done in us. It is not a question of being saved from hell, but of being saved in order to manifest ... read more
The Habit Of Rising To The Occasion
That ye may know what is the hope of His calling
Remember what you are saved for - that the Son of God might be manifested in your mortal flesh. Bend the whole energy of your powers to realize your election as a child of God ... read more
The Habit Of Wealth
Partakers of the divine nature.
2 Peter 1:4
We are made partakers of the Divine nature through the promises; then we have to "manipulate" the Divine nature in our human nature by habits, and the first habit to form is the habit of realizin ... read more
The Hidden Life
Your life is hid with Christ in God.
The Spirit of God witnesses to the simple almighty security of the life hid with Christ in God and this is continually brought out in the Epistles. We talk as if it were the most precarious ... read more
The Impartial Power Of God
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
We trample the blood of the Son of God under foot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only explanation of the forgiveness of ... read more
The Inevitable Penalty
Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the uttermost farthing. (Matthew 5:26)
There is no heaven with a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure and holy and right; He will not allow y ... read more
The Inevitable Penalty
Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the uttermost farthing.
There is no heaven with a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure and holy and right; He will no ... read more
The Initiative Against Depression
Arise and eat.
1 Kings 19:5
The angel did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable; he told Elijah to do the most ordinary thing, viz., to get up and eat. If we were never depressed we should not ... read more
The Initiative Against Despair
Rise, let us be going.
The disciples went to sleep when they should have kept awake, and when they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of the irreparable is apt to make us despair, and we say - "It is al ... read more
The Initiative Against Dreaming
Arise, let us go hence.
Dreaming about a thing in order to do it properly is right; but dreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. After Our Lord had said those wonderful things to His disciples, we might have expected ... read more
The Initiative Against Drudgery
We have to take the first step as though there were no God. It is no use to wait for God to help us, He will not; but immediately we arise we find He is there. Whenever God inspires, the initiative is a moral one. W ... read more
The Key To Missionary Devotion
For His name's sake they went forth.
3 John 1:7
Our Lord has told us how love to Him is to manifest itself. "Lovest thou Me?" "Feed My sheep" - identify yourself with My interests in other people, not, identify Me with your interests in ... read more
The Key To The Master's Orders
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.
The key to the missionary problem is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer not work, that is, not work as the word is popularly ... read more
The Key To The Missionary
All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.
The basis of missionary appeals is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the heathen. We are apt to look upon Our Lord as O ... read more
The Key To The Missionary Message
And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:2
The key to the missionary message is the propitiation of Christ Jesus. Take any phase of Christ's work - the healing phase, ... read more
The Law And The Gospel
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all
The moral law does not consider us as weak human beings at all, it takes no account of our heredity and infirmities, it demands that we be ab ... read more
The Law Of Antagonism
To him that overcometh
Life without war is impossible either in nature or in grace. The basis of physical, mental, moral, and spiritual life is antagonism. This is the open fact of life.
Health is the balance between ph ... read more
The Life That Lives
Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
The disciples had to tarry until the day of Pentecost not for their own preparation only; they had to wait until the Lord was glorified historically. A ... read more
The Light That Fails
We all with open face beholding
the glory of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18
A servant of God must stand so much alone that he never knows he is alone. In the first phases of Christian life disheartenments come, people who used to be lights f ... read more
The Master Assizes
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:10
Paul says that we must all, preacher and people alike, "appear before the judgment seat of Christ." If you learn to live in the white light of Christ here and no ... read more
The Method Of Missions
"Go ye therefore, and teach (disciple) all nations.
Jesus Christ did not say - Go and save souls (the salvation of souls is the supernatural work of God), but - "Go and teach," i.e., disciple, "all nations," and you cannot ... read more
The Ministry Of The Interior
But ye are
a royal priesthood.
1 Peter 2:9
By what right do we become "a royal priesthood"? By the right of the Atonement. Are we prepared to leave ourselves resolutely alone and to launch out into the priestly work of prayer? The contin ... read more
The Ministry Of The Unnoticed
Blessed are the poor in spirit.
The New Testament notices things which from our standards do not seem to count. "Blessed are the poor in spirit," literally - Blessed are the paupers - an exceedingly commonplace thing! The preac ... read more
The Miracle Of Belief
My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Paul was a scholar and an orator of the first rank; he is not speaking out of abject humility; but saying that he would veil the power of God if, when he preached th ... read more
The Missionary Watching
Watch with Me.
"Watch with Me" - with no private point of view of your own at all, but watch entirely with Me. In the early stages we do not watch with Jesus, we watch for Him. We do not watch with Him through the revelation ... read more
The Missionary's Goal
Behold, we go up to Jerusalem.
In the natural life our ambitions alter as we develop; in the Christian life the goal is given at the beginning, the beginning and the end are the same, viz., Our Lord Himself. We start with Christ a ... read more