Spiritual Power God is the source of all spiritual power, and should be sought for constantly in two ways -- by meditation in His word, and by secret prayer -- if we would have and retain power.
Several years ago I was 'specialing' at a New England corps, commanded by a rather gifted Ensign. He appeared to be much impressed by my familiarity with and use of ...read
Testify To The Blessing 'And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony ' (Rev. xii. 11).
A lieutenant got the blessing of a clean heart in one of my meetings the other day, and then told us that he had had the blessing once before but had lost it because he failed to testify to it. The devil suggested that it was a great thing to ...read
Thanksgiving Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise be thankful unto Him, and bless His name' (Ps. C. 4).
In every thing give thanks' (i Thess. v. 18).
As lilies of the valley pour forth perfume, so good hearts pour forth thanksgiving. No mercy is too small to provoke it, no trial too severe to restrain it. As Samson g ...read
The Ancient Prophets For about sixty years I have been reading the Bible, and for nearly fifty I have been reading it through regularly, steadily, consecutively, year after year. When I have finished Revelation, I turn back to Genesis and begin over again, and day by day read my chapter or chapters with close and prayerful attention and never without blessing. In this ...read
The Angels Song Of Peace
Heavenly beings always put the things of Heaven first. Our Lord Jesus placed ever the thought of unseen and eternal glory before the trifles of earth.
I have been much impressed with the order of the prayer which Jesus gave His disciples. Before teaching them to ask for daily bread, or the forgiveness of sins, or deliverance from evil, or pro ...read
The Bible And Religious Experience I
Man does not discover God. God reveals Himself to man. God seeks men before men seek God. God reveals His wisdom and power through nature. He reveals His Holiness through conscience. He reveals His hatred of sin through His judgments. He reveals His redeeming love through faith. We see the power of God in the starry heavens, the storm-swept s ...read
The Chained Ambassador "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds" (Eph. vi. 18-2D).
My soul was stirred wi ...read
The Cost Of Saving Souls Some years ago a young woman-Officer wrote the Colonel in command of a Continental Territory telling him she meant to resign if she could not get souls saved. But she did not resign.
A pastor, famous for the revivals which swept his churches and moved the communities where he labored, was sent to a big church in New York city. As he walked into ...read
The Dangers Of Middle Age We read and hear much about the dangers of youth, and they are very many and often very deadly; but how little do we hear about the dangers of the middle-aged! And yet they, too, are very many and very deadly.
I was vividly reminded of this only recently, when a man, considerably past fifty years of age, stopped me on the street and sought an i ...read
The Frankness Of Jesus Jesus was not a whisperer. No one ever saw Him close to His neighbor's ear, looking stealthily around lest some one should overhear what He was going to say. He stood upright, looked men squarely and kindly in the eye, and spoke what He had to say right out, boldly, frankly, that the whole world might hear; and when He did speak privately to His d ...read
The Heart Of Jesus Give me a heart like Thine; By Thy wonderful power,
By Thy grace every hour, Give me a heart like Thine.
We sang that verse with all our might, one morning, in one of those hours of heart-humbling and heart-searching, when I was a cadet in the training home, and at least one of the cadets looked through the words and caught the spirit of th ...read
The Leakage Of Spiritual Power That man of God and lover of souls, James Caughey, tells in one of his books how he was invited out to tea one evening; and though there was nothing harmful in the talk of the hour, yet when he went into the meeting at night his soul was like a loosely strung bow. He couldn't shoot the King's arrows into the hearts of the King's enemies, for he ...read
The Legacy Of Holiness "after the death of Abraham, . . . God blessed his son Isaac' (Gen. xxv. 11).
We must die! We feel that we must live, must live for the sake of our sons, for the people of God whom we love as our own souls, and for the perishing sinners about us. We are prone to magnify our own importance, to think no one's faith is so mighty, no one's indu ...read
The Lord's Own Prayer One day at a certain place, we are told, the disciples were with Jesus when He was praying, and after He had ceased -- I wonder how long He prayed and what was the burden of His prayer? -- one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 'He did not say, teach us how to pray, but 'teach us to pray.' ...read
The Man God Uses A while ago I was talking with a Christian merchant who expressed a great and important truth. He said:
"People are crying to God to use them, but He cannot. They are not given up to Him; they are not humble and teachable and holy. There are plenty of people who come to me and want work in my store, but I cannot use them; they are not fit for ...read
The Mystic Universe In My Back Yard I but open my eyes -- and perfection, no more and no less, In the kind I imagined full fronts me, and God is seen God In the star, in the stone, in the flesh, in the soul, and in the clod. -- Browning
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortes when, with eagle eyes, He stared at the ...read
The Outcome Of A Clean Heart David prayed, 'Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. . . . Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee' (Ps. li. 10, 12, 13). He recognized that the blessing of a clean heart would give him wisdom a ...read
The Personal Experience Of The Soul Winner Every soul-winner is in the secret of the Lord, and has had a definite personal experience of salvation and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which brings him into close fellowship and tender friendship and sympathy with the Saviour. The Psalmist prayed, "Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create within me a clean heart, O Go ...read
The Radicalism Of Holiness "Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" (2 Cor. xiii. 5).
"Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. i. 27).
Dear brother, do not think you can make holiness popular. It cannot be done. There is no such thing as holiness separate from "Christ in you," and it is an impossibility to make Ch ...read
The Renewing Of Power Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. Paul.
To do God's work we must have God's power. Therefore Jesus said: "Tarry ye in Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high." (Luke 24:49.) And again He said: "Ye shall receive power when the Holy Ghost is come upon you." (Acts 1:8.)
The soul-winner ...read