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Basilea Schlink

Basilea Schlink (1904 – 2001)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Basilea Schlink in text and pdf format. She was used of the Lord to help found the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary. The Lord has used her writings powerfully to help encourage the greater body of Christ of future sufferings for the Lord and how to endure them. Also one of the burdens of her ministry was to share in the sufferings of the Lord and share the sorrow that Jesus has for a lost world and a backslidden church.

"In heaven we will say, ‘Do you remember the time we celebrated a festival of heaven on earth with Mother Basilea?'" - Corrie ten Boom. "To visit one of the Kanaan sanctuaries that they have assembled around the world is to visit a taste of the kingdom on earth." - Greg Gordon

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(You Will Never Be The Same) 0 i - A Conversation and its Consequences
      This book has a little story behind it. Many years ago, around Christmas time, I was sitting with my spiritual daughters and we were sharing our experiences together. One of the Sisters had a request, and others joined her: "Mother Basilea, can't you te ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 0 ii - My Most Important Discovery After my College Years
      We are all the same. We live with our families or we spend time with other people at work or at school, and always notice their behaviour very accurately. Some are irritable and touchy; others easily lose their temper. Some are hurt so easily; others are ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 0 iii - Sin: An Old-Fashioned Concept or our Worst Enemy?
      We are living in a period when sin is no longer given any meaning. It has become unimportant; it no longer counts. Today the existence of sin and Satan is being negated. The concept of "sin" has been thrown out of modern man's vocabulary, because peopl ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 0 iv - So We are not a New Creation after all?
      "If any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come" (2 Cor. 5: 17). Is that really true? Is the "new man", whom the Apostle Paul talks about so much, a reality or not? Jesus has actually promised this new ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 0 v - Rules for the Battle of Faith against Sin
      The battle against sin is an absolute must, because we are threatened by an enemy who constantly incites us to sin in order to bring us to ruin. The battle against sin can only be fought with Jesus' attitude against sin: Take measures, do not spare yo ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 01 - Absent-mindedness: Daydreaming
      We speak of the "absent-minded professor", who never knows what is going on, who forgets everything, because he is so wrapped up in his own intellectual world. In the same way, if we are absent-minded in prayer, it means we are so wrapped up in other th ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 02 - Anger
      Usually we are not at all dismayed-especially if we are choleric by nature-if we should happen to flare up violently when we are irritated or annoyed. For instance, if we are irritated by our disobedient children, we almost think it is natural for us to s ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 03 - Avoiding the Cross: Unwillingness to Suffer
      How can these things be compatible: we want to be Christians, disciples of Jesus Christ, who bore the cross for the whole world and chose to do so voluntarily, and yet we reject our own cross? Jesus says, "He who does not take his cross and follow me is ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 04 - Being Annoyed: Irritability
      Being annoyed! Can that really be a sin? Or is it merely a slight personality flaw, which anyone could afford to have? Annoyance usually stems from being offended when people say or do things that do not suit us. Scripture tells us what this can lead to. ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 05 - Busyness
      Busyness! Do we sometimes imagine that this is something good? That energy and industriousness stand behind it? Or at least that it is necessary so that we can achieve something? No. Busyness separates us from Jesus. It is a sin and has a negative effect ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 06 - Conceit: Vanity
      A conceited person! These words are not exactly what you would call a compliment! Yet the highest goal of a conceited person is to be complimented. Externally he tries to have an attractive appearance and wear smart clothes. Internally he seeks the facade ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 07 - Cowardice
      Coward! That seems to be a despicable word. A coward is someone who is afraid to show his allegiance when it costs something, who fears to confess allegiance to his social class, nation or to a certain group and its principles when they are despised, disd ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 08 - Criticizing: Judging
      Included in the sins of pride, which God treats especially severely, are the sins of criticizing and judging. "God opposes the proud" (I Pet. 5: 5). Even if a person believes in Jesus, if at the same time, he persists in judging others God is not for hi ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 09 - Curiosity
      Curiosity is different from being interested in something. Being interested is something good. Curiosity is something bad. Curious people usually look at things and listen to things that are not meant for them. Typically they read letters and notes on oth ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 10 - Desire for Attention and Recognition
      Two pictures are placed before our eyes. The first is Jesus wearing the crown of disgrace. Voluntarily He chose to be the most despised and unworthy One among men. People hid their faces from Him, and "we esteemed Him not". Jesus! He is the One who dese ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 11 - Disbelief: Discouragement
      "But the fearful, and unbelieving . . . shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone" (Rev. 21: 8 A.V.). That is the verdict God pronounces over this sin. Why are the unbelievers struck by such a severe judgement? Why is di ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 12 - Disobedience
      Through disobedience Saul lost his kingship, although he had put so much time and energy into working for God. God is not interested in our self-chosen work and sacrifices, even when we say we are doing it for Him. When Saul clearly refused to obey the co ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 13 - Disrespect: Negation of Authority
      Why is it so difficult for us to respect people who deserve to be respected? Why is it especially true in our times, even among Christians, that people take such a stand against respect and authority? Why is it difficult for us to recognize the words of S ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 14 - Egoism
      Egoists are the antithesis of what we were created to be. We were created and redeemed by the Lord who is eternal Love. Jesus has freed us so that we can love. And love always centres around the other person. Egoism is the opposite of love, because the eg ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 15 - Envy
      Envy is a poisonous root in our soul that can kill others. Jesus Himself was delivered up to this murderous power, for it is written: Pilate "knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up" (Matt. 27: 18). Envious people cannot bear to see ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 16 - GREED: CRAVING
      Whenever we see something that we would like to have for body, soul or spirit, our heart begins to say, "Give me; Give me!" Even the smallest child says that. He stretches out this hand to get it as Eve, the mother of our race, reached for the forbidden ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 17 - Hypocrisy
      "Woe, to you, hypocrites!" This cry resounds seven times in Jesus' address to the scribes and Pharisees. "So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity!" (Matt. 23: 28). The same is true of us Christ ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 18 - Impatience
      Patience is listed among the fruits of the Spirit in the Holy Scriptures (Gal. 5: 22). So impatience is a fruit of the flesh, a sin, and we cannot excuse it by saying it belongs to our personality. Rather we must make a great effort to change from an impa ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 19 - Indifference: Lukewarmness
      "Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth" (Rev. 3: I6). This terrible word of judgment applies to an indifferent, lazy person. Scarcely anything makes an impression on him. If problems are created, if others c ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 20 - Ingratitude
      Ingratitude-an ugly trait? Especially when it is directed against someone who has made sacrifices for us and done many good things for us. Our ingratitude can hurt such people deeply. What sorrow there is in Jesus' words when only one of the ten lepers t ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 21 - Irreconciliation: Bitterness
      When people live together in reconciliation, there is peace and joy, a bit of paradise. But in a house where people have bitter thoughts in their hearts about each other, where they quarrel and do not forgive, there is a bit of hell. We know how seldom we ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 22 - Jealousy
      Jealousy can become such a burning desire in a person's heart that it can shrivel him up. When we are jealous, we usually torment the person we love. Yes, jealousy can give birth to hatred, betrayal and in some cases to murder. Infinite misery and sorrow ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 23 - Love of Power: Desire to Dominate
      "We do not want this man to reign over us!" (Luke is 14). This was the reason why we people killed Jesus. We wanted to reign by ourselves and not be subject to anyone else. Envy and the love of power are the main sin which nailed Jesus to the cross. Thi ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 24 - Lust
      We all know the power of lust, which is in our flesh. Eve lusted for the fruit. David lusted for the wife of Uriah. Is there anyone among us who does not know how lust can suddenly arise in our hearts? We think, for example, that we cannot live, if we can ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 25 - Lying: Secretiveness
      "... all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone" (Rev. 21: 8). Perhaps we are amazed at this verdict. But how could it be otherwise, for Satan is the "father of lies" (John 8: 44)? So all those who lie will come into ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 26 - Mercilessness: Hard-Heartedness
      When we think of the sin of mercilessness, we usually think of a hard-hearted person, that coldly refuses to listen to pleas for help from the needy. That is wrong, because it is one-sided. Mercilessness includes something else that pertains to us all: " ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 27 - Mistrust
      Mistrust is the opposite of trust. It is the root of disbelief towards God. We do not trust that His will, the motives behind His actions are always love. Such an attitude must provoke the wrath of God, who only has plans of love for His children. We can ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 28 - Pleasing People: Conformity
      "If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ" (Gal. 1: 10). With this statement, the Apostle Paul has touched upon a cancerous growth in life, especially among Christians. Because our human hearts are infected with sin, we seek the ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 29 - Pride: Haughtiness
      "God opposes the proud" (1 Pet. 5: 5). This verse shows God's sharp verdict against the proud, for there can scarcely be anything worse than having God not only withdraw His grace from us but even flatly oppose us. Perhaps we complain that we are so sp ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 30 - Quarrelsomeness: Dissension
      In Galatians 5: 19 the Apostle Paul lists the sins which he calls "works of the flesh" and tells us very pointedly, ". . . I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (v. 21). They are sins l ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 31 - Rebellion
      Rebellion was the sin of the followers of Korah (Num. 16), of those who murmured and protested against their leaders and against those who had special privileges and blessings that they themselves did not have. This rebellious spirit can be especially fou ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 32 - Repression: Suppression
      Now and then we may find that we suddenly become depressed without actually knowing why. Others around us say, "You are so sullen today. What's the matter?" Usually we have not been able to cope with an unpleasant experience and we have repressed it ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 33 - RIDICULE: SCOFFING
      How quickly we try to dispose of scoffing and ridicule as something funny and harmless. Yet we have to admit that ridicule is a sin, although this sin, in contrast to many others, even has a good appearance sometimes. At parties and other get-togethers ri ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 34 - Self-Pity
      Everything that is an enemy of love is sin. Indeed, the sin against love is the greatest sin, because love is the greatest achievement of Jesus' redemption. Self-pity is one of the sins against love. Having compassion for others is an attribute of lov ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 35 - Self-Righteousness: Self-justification
      The self-righteous proclaim that they are righteous and that everything they say and do is right. There is one thing they cannot bear to hear: others questioning whether their behaviour was right. That is why they rebel and defend themselves, usually by a ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 36 - Self-Will
      Only one will can rule, only one will can make the final decision. Either the will of our Creator, the Lord of heaven and earth, which is also revealed to us through the will of our neighbour, or our will. There is no greater example of presumptuousness t ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 37 - Selfishness: Stinginess
      Selfishness, stinginess is an especially serious sin. The Bible implies this when it says, "The love of money is the root of all evils" (1 Tim. 6: 10). It is clear that all who have an exaggerated love of earthly things will be excluded from the Kingdom ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 38 - Slander: Gossip
      The Holy Scriptures say that slanderers deserve to die (Rom 1: 30, 32). Nor should Christians even eat with slanderers (1 Cor. 5: 11-N.E.B.). Paul says: "Drive out the wicked person from among you" (1 Cor. 5: 13). That is how serious the sin of slander ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 39 - Softness: Laziness
      If we are intent upon leading the most comfortable life possible, we are acting contrary to Jesus' command that we should lose our lives and deny ourselves. Jesus says that He only recognizes as His disciples and followers those who follow this command ( ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 40 - Talkativeness
      The Holy Scriptures say time and again that idle talk is a sin, but we usually do not take it seriously. And yet this is a sin that God will judge very severely. It is listed together with immorality and impurity and covetousness, which are not fitting am ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 41 - Touchiness
      If our bodies are sick, they are especially sensitive to cold, draught and other environmental factors. Our souls are sensitive, if our "egos" are sick. Sensitivity or touchiness is the ego's desire for attention. We expect our egos to be spoiled and p ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 42 - Unlovingness
      The greatest thing of all-in time and in eternity-is love. That is why there is no greater guilt than the sin against love. We were created in the image of God, who is Love, and after the fall we were redeemed to love through our Lord Jesus Christ. Nothin ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 43 - Unreliability
      An unreliable person is one who says: "Yes, yes" and then does not do it, just like the first son of the parable of the father and the two sons. Jesus preferred the second son although he said "No" at first (Matt. 21: 28-31). The unreliable, even when ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 44 - Worldly Love: Bondage to People and Things of this Earth
      When the Apostle Paul wrote, "Demas, in love with this present world" (2 Tim. 4: 10), he meant that Demas had forsaken him and the work of Jesus Christ; he had fallen away. For "if anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him" (1 John 2: ... read more

(You Will Never Be The Same) 45 - Worrying
      Worrying is a problem that most people have. Worries come when we think about the future. Let us consider an example. If a father becomes sick and has not yet provided for his children, worry begins to take hold of him. What will become of the children, i ... read more

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