The Big Compelling Of God 'Behold, we go up to Jerusalem.'
Jerusalem stands in the life of Our Lord as the place where He reached the climax of His Father's will. "I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me." That was the one dominating interest all through our Lord's life, and the things He met with on the way, joy or ...read
The Bounty Of The Destitute 'Being justified freely by His grace...'
The Gospel of the grace of God awakens an intense longing in human souls and an equally intense resentment, because the revelation which it brings is not palatable. There is a certain pride in man that will give and give, but to come and accept is another thing. I will give my life to m ...read
The Bow In The Cloud "I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth." Genesis 9:13
It is the Will of God that human beings should get into moral relationship with Him, and His covenants are for this purpose. Why does not God save me? He has saved me, but I have not entered into relationship with Him. Why does no ...read
The Bow In The Cloud 'I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth.'
It is the Will of God that human beings should get into moral relationship with Him, and His covenants are for this purpose. Why does not God save me? He has saved me, but I have not entered into relationship with Him. Why do ...read
The Brave Comradeship Of God 'Then He took unto Him the twelve.'
The bravery of God in trusting us! You say - "But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing in me; I am not of any value." That is why He chose you. As long as you think there is something in you, He cannot choose you because you have ends of your own to serve; but if you ...read
The Burning Heart 'Did not our heart burn within us?'
We need to learn this secret of the burning heart. Suddenly Jesus appears to us, the fires are kindled, we have wonderful visions, then we have to learn to keep the secret of the burning heart that will go through anything. It is the dull, bald, dreary, commonplace day, with commonplace dut ...read
The Call Of God 'For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.'
1 Corinthians 1:17
Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel; but remember what Paul means by "the gospel," viz., the reality of Redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are apt to make sanctification the end-all of our preaching. Paul alludes to persona ...read
The Collision Of God And Sin 'Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.'
1 Peter 2:24
The Cross of Jesus is the revelation of God's judgment on sin. Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken. There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity th ...read
The Commission Of The Call 'Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body's sake.'
We make calls out of our own spiritual consecration, but when we get right with God He brushes all these aside, and rivets us with a pain that is terrific to one thing we never dream ...read
The Concentration of Personal Sin Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips. (Isaiah 6:5)
When I get into the presence of God, I do not realize that I am a sinner in an indefinite sense; I realize the concentration of sin in a particular feature of my life. A man will say easily - 'Oh, yes, I know I am a sinner'; but when he gets into the presence of God h ...read
The Concentration Of Personal Sin 'Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.'
When I get into the presence of God, I do not realize that I am a sinner in an indefinite sense; I realize the concentration of sin in a particular feature of my life. A man will say easily - 'Oh, yes, I know I am a sinner'; but when he gets into the presence ...read
The Concentration Of Spiritual Energy '... save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.'
If you want to know the energy of God (i.e., the resurrection life of Jesus) in your mortal flesh, you must brood on the tragedy of God. Cut yourself off from prying personal interest in your own spiritual symptoms and consider bare-spirited the tragedy of God, and instantly ...read
The Conditions of Discipleship If any man come to Me, and hate not . . . he cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:26, also 27, 33)
If the closest relationships of life clash with the claims of Jesus Christ, He says it must be instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person, Our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a difference between devotion to a ...read
The Conditions Of Discipleship 'If any man come to Me, and hate not ... he cannot be My disciple.'
If the closest relationships of life clash with the claims of Jesus Christ, He says it must be instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person, Our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a difference between devotion to a P ...read
The Consciousness Of The Call 'For necessity is laid upon me: yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!'
1 Corinthians 9:16
We are apt to forget the mystical, supernatural touch of God. If you can tell where you got the call of God and all about it, I question whether you have ever had a call. The call of God does not come like that, it is much more supernatu ...read
The Consecration Of Spiritual Energy 'By whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.'
If I brood on the Cross of Christ, I do not become a subjective pietist, interested in my own whiteness; I become dominantly concentrated on Jesus Christ's interests. Our Lord was not a recluse nor an ascetic, He did not cut Himself off from society, but He ...read
The Constraint Of The Call 'Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!'
1 Corinthians 9:16
Beware of stopping your ears to the call of God. Everyone who is saved is called to testify to the fact; but that is not the call to preach, it is merely an illustration in preaching. Paul is referring to the pangs produced in him by the constraint to preach the Gospel. Ne ...read
The Cross In Prayer 'At that day ye shall ask in My name.'
We are too much given to thinking of the Cross as something we have to get through; we get through it only in order to get into it. The Cross stands for one thing only for us - a complete and entire and absolute identification with the Lord Jesus Christ, and there is nothing in which thi ...read
The Delight Of Despair 'And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.'
It may be that like the apostle John you know Jesus Christ intimately, when suddenly He appears with no familiar characteristic at all, and the only thing you can do is to fall at His feet as dead. There are times when God cannot reveal Himself in any other way than in Hi ...read
The Delight Of Sacrifice 'I will very gladly spend and be spent for you;'
2 Corinthians 12:15
When the Spirit of God has shed abroad the love of God in our hearts, we begin deliberately to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ's interests in other people, and Jesus Christ is interested in every kind of man there is. We have no right in Christian work to be guid ...read