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 Re: Weights

[b]THE BLESSED LIFE[/b]
[i]by F. B. Meyer[/i] (continued)


WEIGHTS

In some cases the hindrance to the conscious blessedness lies not in sins, but in weights which hang around the soul. Sin is that which is always and everywhere wrong, but a weight is anything which may hinder or impede the Christian life without being positively sin. And thus a thing may be a weight to one which is not so to another. Each must be fully persuaded in his own mind. And wherever the soul is aware of its life being hindered by the presence of any one thing, then, however harmless in itself, and however innocently permitted by others, there can be no alternative; it must be cast aside.

Perhaps you are unwilling to take some public step that may be necessary. It is not enough to confess to God; you must also confess to man, supposing that you have sinned against him. Leave your gift at the altar and go to be reconciled to your brother. If you have done him a wrong, go and tell him so. If you have defrauded him, whether he knows it or not, send him the amount you have taken or kept back and add to it something to compensate him for his loss. Under the Levitical law it was enacted that the delinquent should restore that which he took violently away, or that about which he had dealt falsely, and should add one-fifth part thereto, and only then might he come with his trespass offering to the priest and be forgiven. This principle holds good today. You never will be happy until you have made restitution. Write the letter or make the call at once; and if the one whom you defrauded is no longer alive, then make the debt right with his heirs and representatives. You must roll away this stone from the grave, or the dead joy can never arise, however loudly you may call it to come forth. I do not believe in a repentance which is not noble enough to make amends for the past, so far as they may lie within your reach.

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 Re: Self-Scrutiny

[b]THE BLESSED LIFE[/b]
[i]by F. B. Meyer[/i] (continued)

SELF-SCRUTINY

Perhaps you look too much inwards on self, instead of outwards on the Lord Jesus. The healthiest people do not think about their health; the weak induce disease by morbid introspection. If you begin to count your heartbeats, you will disturb the rhythmic action of the heart. If you continually imagine a pain anywhere, you will produce it. And there are some true children of God who induce their own darkness by morbid self-scrutiny. They are always going back on themselves, analyzing their motives, reconsidering past acts of consecration, comparing themselves with themselves. In one form or another self is the pivot of their life, albeit that is undoubtedly a religious life. What but darkness can result from such a course? There are certainly times in our lives when we must look within and judge ourselves, that we do not be judged. But this is only done that we may turn with fuller purpose of heart to the Lord. And when once done, it needs not to be repeated. Leaving "those things which are behind" is the only safe motto. The question is, not whether we did as well as we might, but whether we did as well as we could at the time.

We must not spend all our lives in cleaning our windows or in considering whether they are clean, but in sunning ourselves in God's blessed light. That light will soon show us what still needs to be cleansed away, and will enable us to cleanse it with unerring accuracy. Our Lord Jesus is a perfect reservoir of everything the soul of man requires for a blessed and holy life. To make much of Him, to abide in Him, to draw from Him, to receive each moment from His fullness is therefore the only condition of soul health. But to be more concerned with self than with Him is like spending much time and thought over the senses of the body and never using them for the purpose of receiving impressions from the world outside. Look off unto Jesus. "Delight yourself also in the Lord." "My soul, wait only upon God."

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 Re: Lack of Communion

[b]THE BLESSED LIFE[/b]
[i]by F. B. Meyer[/i] (continued)


LACK OF COMMUNION

Perhaps you spend too little time in communion with God through His Word. It is not necessary to make long prayers, but it is essential to be much alone with God, waiting at His door, hearkening for His voice, lingering in the garden of Scripture for the coming of the Lord God in the dawn or cool of the day. No number of meetings, no fellowship with Christian friends, no amount of Christian activity can compensate for the neglect of 'the still hour'.

When you feel least inclined for it, there is most need to make for your closet with the shut door. Do for duty's sake what you cannot do as a pleasure, and you will find it become delightful. You can better thrive without nourishment than become happy or strong in the Christian life without fellowship with God.

When you cannot pray for yourself, begin to pray for others. When your desires wane, take the Bible in hand and begin to turn each text into petition; or take up the tale of your mercies and begin to translate each of them into praise. When the Bible itself becomes irksome, inquire if you have not been spoiling your appetite by 'sweet foods', and renounce them; and believe that the Word of God is the wire along which the voice of God will certainly come to you if the heart is hushed and the attention fixed. I will hear what God the Lord shall speak.

More Christians than we can count are suffering from a lack of prayer and Bible study, and no revival is more to be desired than that of systematic private Bible study. There is no short and easy method of godliness which can dispense with this.

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 Re: Lack of Yieldedness

[b]THE BLESSED LIFE[/b]
[i]by F. B. Meyer[/i] (continued)


LACK OF YIELDEDNESS

Perhaps you have never given yourself over entirely to the Mastership of the Lord Jesus. We are His by many ties and rights. But too few of us recognize His lordship. We are willing enough to take Him as Savior; we hesitate to make Him King. We forget that God has exalted Him to be Prince as well as Savior. And the divine order is irreversible. Those who ignore the Lordship of Jesus cannot build up a strong or happy life.

Put the sun in its central throne, and all the motions of the planets assume a beautiful order. Put Jesus on the throne of life, and all things fall into harmony and peace. Seek first the kingdom of God, and all things are yours. Consecration is the indispensable condition of blessedness.

So shall light break on your path such as has not shone there for many days. Yes, "your sun shall no more go down; neither shall your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended."


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 Re:

[b]THE BLESSED LIFE[/b]
[i]by F. B. Meyer[/i] (continued)

THE WHOLE of Christian living, in my opinion, hinges on the way in which Christian people read the Bible for themselves. All sermons and addresses, all Bible readings and classes, all religious magazines and books, can never take the place of our own quiet study of God's precious Word. We may measure our growth in grace by the growth of our love for private Bible study. And we may be sure there is something seriously wrong when we lose our appetite for the Bread of Life. Perhaps we have been eating too many sweets, or taking too little exercise, or breathing too briefly in the bracing air, which sweeps over the uplands of spiritual communion with God.

There are a few simple rules which may help many more to acquire this holy art, and I venture to note them down. May the Holy Spirit Himself own and use them!

1. Make time for Bible study.
The Divine Teacher must have fixed and uninterrupted hours for meeting His scholars. His Word must have our freshest and brightest thoughts. We must give Him our best, the first fruits of our days. Hence there is no time for Bible study like the early morning, for we cannot give such undivided attention to the holy thoughts that glisten like diamonds on its pages after we have opened our letters, glanced through the paper, and joined in the prattle of the breakfast table. The manna had to be gathered before the dew was off and the sun up; otherwise it melted.

We ought, therefore, to aim at securing at least half an hour before breakfast for the leisurely and loving study of the Bible. To some this may seem a long time in comparison with what they now give. But it will soon seem all too short. The more you read the Bible, the more you will want to read it. It is an appetite which grows as it is fed. And you will be well repaid. The Bible seldom speaks, and certainly never its deepest, sweetest words, to those who always read in a hurry.

2. Look up for the teaching of the Holy Spirit.
No one can so well explain the meaning of his words as he who wrote them. If, then, you want to read the Bible as you should, make much of the Holy Spirit, Who inspired it through holy men. As you open the Book, lift up your heart and say, "Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law." "Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears."

3. Read the Bible methodically.
On the whole, there is probably no better way than to read the Bible through once every year.

4. Read your Bible with your pen in your hand.
Writing of Frances Havergal, her sister says: "She read her Bible by the study table by seven o'clock in the summer, and eight o'clock in winter. Sometimes, on bitterly cold mornings, I begged that she would read with her feet comfortably to the fire, and received the reply: 'But then, Marie, I can't rule my lines neatly; just see what a find I've got!' If only one searches, there are such extraordinary things in the Bible. She resolutely refrained from late hours and frittering talks at night in place of Bible searchings and holy communings. Early rising and early studying were her rule through life."

None, in my judgment, have learned the secret of enjoying the Bible until they have commenced to mark it, neatly underlining and dating special verses which have cast a light upon their path on special days, drawing railway connections across the page between verses which repeat the same message or ring with the same note, jotting down new references of the catchwords of helpful thoughts. All these methods find plenty of employment for the pen, and fix our treasures for us permanently. Our Bible, then, becomes the precious memento of bygone hours, and records the history of our inner life.

5. Seek eagerly your personal profit.
Do not read the Bible for others, for class or congregation, but for yourself. Bring all its rays to a focus on your own heart. While you are reading, often ask that some verse or verses may start out from the printed page as God's message to yourself. And never close the Book until you feel that you are carrying away your portion of food from that Hand which satisfies the desire of every living thing. It is well, sometimes, to stop reading, and seriously ask, What does the Holy Spirit mean ME to learn by this? What bearing should this have on MY life? How can I work this into the fabric of MY character?

6. Above all, turn from the printed page to prayer.
If a cluster of heavenly fruit hangs within reach, gather it. If a promise lies upon the page as a blank check, cash it. If a prayer is recorded, appropriate it, launch it as a feathered arrow from the bow of your desire. If an example of holiness gleams before you, ask God to do as much for you. If a truth is revealed in all its intrinsic splendor, entreat that its brilliance may ever irradiate the hemisphere of your life like a star. Entwine the climbing creepers of holy desire about the lattice work of Scripture. So shall you come to say with the Psalmist: "O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day."

The longer I live and learn the experience of most Christian people, the more I long to help them and unfold glimpses of this life of peace and power and victory over sin which our heavenly Father has made possible for us. There are blessed secrets in the Bible, hidden from the wise and prudent, but revealed to babes; things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, or the heart of man conceived, but which God reveals by His Spirit to those who love Him; and if these were once understood and accepted, they would wipe away many a tear and shed sunshine on many a darkened pathway.

The bitterest experience with most believers is the presence and power of sin. They long to walk through this grimy world with pure hearts and stainless garments. But when they would do good, evil is present with them. They consent to God's law that it is good; they approve it; they even delight in it after the inner man; they endeavor to keep it; but, notwithstanding all, they seem as helpless to perform it as a man whose brain has been smitten with paralysis to walk straight. What rivers of briny tears have fallen upon the open pages of the Penitent's Psalm (51), shed by those who could repeat it every word from the heart! And what regiments of weary feet have trodden the Bridge of Sighs, if we may so call Romans seven, which sets forth, in vivid force, the experience of a man who has not learned God's secret.

Surely our God must have provided for all this. It would not have been like Him to fill us with hatred to sin and longings for holiness if there were no escape from the tyranny of the one and no possibility of attaining the other. It would be a small matter to save us from sinning on the other side of the pearly gate; we need to be saved from sinning now, and in this dark world. We want it for the sake of the world, that it may be attracted and convinced. We want it for our own peace, which cannot be perfected while we groan under a worse than Egyptian bondage. We want it for the glory of God, which would be then reflected from us with undimming brightness, as sunshine from burnished metal.

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 Re: We Must Not Expect to be Free From Temptation

[b]THE BLESSED LIFE[/b]
[i]by F. B. Meyer[/i] (continued)


WE MUST NOT EXPECT TO BE FREE FROM TEMPTATION.

Our adversary, the devil, is always going about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He tempted our Lord, and he will tempt us. He will entice us to do wrong by every avenue of sense, and will pour his evil suggestions through eye, ear, touch, mouth, and mind. If he does not attack us himself, he can set on us any one of his myriad agents, who will get behind us and whisperingly suggest many grievous blasphemies, which we shall think have proceeded from our own mind.

But temptation is not sin. A man may ask me to share with him the spoils of a burglary, but no one can accuse me of receiving stolen property if I indignantly refuse and keep my doors tightly shut against him. Our Lord was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. You might go through Hell itself, teeming with all manner of awful suggestions, and yet not sin. God would not allow Satan to tempt us if temptation necessarily led to sin. But temptation does not do so. There is no sin so long as the will refuses to consent to the solicitation or catch at the bait.

Temptation may even be a blessing to a man when it reveals to him his weakness and drives him to the almighty Savior. Do not be surprised, then, dear child of God, if you are tempted at every step of your earthly journey, and almost beyond endurance; but you will not be tempted beyond what you are able to bear, and with every temptation there will be a way of escape.

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 Re: We Must Not Expect to Lose our Sinful Nature

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[i]by F. B. Meyer[/i] (continued)


WE MUST NOT EXPECT TO LOSE OUR SINFUL NATURE

When we are born again, a new life- the life of God- is put into us by the Holy Spirit. But the old self-life, which is called in Scripture THE FLESH, is not taken away. The two may coexist in the same heart. "The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh." (Galatians 5:17) The presence of this old self-life within our heart may be detected by its risings, rufflings, chafings, and movings towards sin when temptation calls to it from without. It may be still as death before the increasing power of the new life, but it will still be present in the depths of our nature, as a Samson in the dark dungeons of Philistia, and there will always be a possibility and a fear of its strength growing again to our shame and our hurt.

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 Re: We Must Not Expect to be Free from Liability to Sin

[b]THE BLESSED LIFE[/b]
[i]by F. B. Meyer[/i] (continued)


WE MUST NOT EXPECT TO BE FREE FROM LIABILITY TO SIN

What is sin? It is the "Yes of the will" to temptation. It is very difficult to express the delicate workings of our hearts, but does not something like this happen to us when we are tempted? A temptation is suddenly presented to us and makes a strong appeal. Immediately there may be a tremulous movement of the old nature, as the strings of a violin or piano vibrate in answer to any sounds that may be thrilling the air around. Some do not feel this tremulous response; others do, though I believe it will get fainter and fainter as they treat it with continued respect, so that at last, in the matured saint, it will become almost inaudible. This response indicates the presence of the evil nature within, which is in itself hateful in the sight of our Holy God, and should be bemoaned and confessed, and ever needs the presence of the Blood of Jesus to counteract and atone. But that tremulous movement has not, as yet, developed into a natural overt sin, for which we are responsible, and of which we need to repent.

Sin is the act of the will, and is only possible when the will assents to some unholy influence. The tempter, presenting his temptations through the sense and emotions, makes an appeal to the will, which is our real self. If that will instantly shudders, as chicks when the hawk is hovering in the sky above them, and cries, "How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" and looks at once to Jesus, there are, so far as I can understand, no sins. If, on the other hand, the will begins to hesitate with temptation, to dally with it and yield to it, then we have stepped out of the light into the dark; we have broken God's laws, soiled our white robes, and brought ourselves into condemnation. To this we are liable as long as we are in this world. We may live a godly, righteous, sober life for years; but if we look away from God for only a moment, our will may be suddenly mastered, and we may, like David, be hurried into a sin which will blast our peace and blacken our character for all coming time.

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 Re: Reckon Yourself Dead to the Appeals of Sin

[b]THE BLESSED LIFE[/b]
[i]by F. B. Meyer[/i] (continued)


RECKON YOURSELF DEAD TO THE APPEALS OF SIN

Sin has no power over a dead man. Dress it in its most bewitching guise, yet it stirs him not. Tears and smiles and words and blows alike fail to awaken a response from that cold corpse. No appeal will stir it now until it hears the voice of the Son of God. This is our position in respect to the appeals of sin. God looks on us as having been crucified with Christ and being dead with Him. In Him we have passed out of the world of sin and death into the world of resurrection glory. This is our position in the mind of God; it is for us to take it up and make it real by faith. We may not feel any great difference, but we must believe that there is; we must act as if there were. Our children sometimes play 'make believe'. We, too, are to make believe, and we shall soon come to feel as we believe. When, then, a temptation solicits you, say, "I am dead to you; spend not your energies on one that is oblivious to your spells and callous to your charms. You have no more power over me than over my Lord and Head." "Reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:11).

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 Re: As Soon as You are Aware of Temptation, Look Instantly to Jesus

[b]THE BLESSED LIFE[/b]
[i]by F. B. Meyer[/i] (continued)


AS SOON AS YOU ARE AWARE OF TEMPTATION, LOOK INSTANTLY TO JESUS

Flee to Him quicker than a chick runs beneath the shelter of its mother's wing when the falcon is in the air. In the morning, before you leave your room, put yourself definitely into His hands, persuaded that He is able to keep that which you commit unto Him. Go from your room with the assurance that He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings shall you trust. And when the tempter comes, look instantly up and say, "Jesus, I am trusting You to keep me." This is what the apostle Paul calls using the shield of faith. The upward glance of faith puts Jesus as a Shield between the tempter and yourself. You may go through life, saying a hundred times a day, "Jesus save me," and He will never let those that trust in Him be ashamed. He is able even to guard you from stumbling (Jude 24).

There is something better even than that. It was first taught me by a gray-haired clergyman, in the study of the Deanery at Southampton. Once, when tempted to feel great irritation, he told us that he looked up and claimed the patience and gentleness of Christ, and since then it had become the practice of his life to claim from Him the virtue of which he felt the deficiency in himself. In hours of unrest, Your peace, Lord. In hours of irritation, Your patience, Lord. In hours of temptation, Your purity, Lord. In hours of weakness, Your strength, Lord. It was to me a message straight from the throne. Until then I had been content with ridding myself of burdens; now I began to reach forth to positive blessing, making each temptation the occasion for a new acquisition of gold leaf.

All that we have to do is to maintain this attitude of full surrender, by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Remember that Jesus Christ offered Himself to God, through the eternal Spirit, and He waits to do as much for you. Ask Him to maintain in you this attitude. Use regularly the means of meditation, private prayer, and Bible study. Seek forgiveness for any failure as soon as you are conscious of it, and ask to be restored. Practice the holy habit of the constant recollection of God. Do not be eager to work for God, but let God work through you. Accept everything that happens to you as being permitted, and therefore sent by the will of Him Who loves you infinitely. And there will roll in upon you wave on wave, tide on tide, ocean on ocean of an experience fitly called THE Blessed Life, because it is full of the happiness of the ever-blessed God Himself.

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