The Undetected Sacredness Of Circumstances 'All things work together for good to them that love God.'
The circumstances of a saint's life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you cannot understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God is bringing you into place ...read
The Undeviating Question 'Lovest thou Me?'
Peter declares nothing now (cf. Matthew 26:33-35). Natural individuality professes and declares; the love of the personality is only discovered by the hurt of the question of Jesus Christ. Peter loved Jesus in the way in which any natural man loves a good man. That is temperamental love; it may go deep into ...read
The Undeviating Test 'For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.'
This statement is not a haphazard guess, it is an eternal law of God. Whatever judgment you give, it is measured to you again. There is a difference between retaliation and retribution. Jesus says that the ...read
The Unheeded Secret 'My kingdom is not of this world.'
The great enemy to the Lord Jesus Christ in the present day is the conception of practical work that has not come from the New Testament, but from the Systems of the world in which endless energy and activities are insisted upon, but no private life with God. The emphasis is put on the wrong ...read
The Unrelieved Quest 'Feed My sheep.'
This is love in the making. The love of God is tin-made, it is God's nature. When we receive the Holy Spirit He unites us with God so that His love is manifested in us. When the soul is united to God by the indwelling Holy Spirit, that is not the end; the end is that we may be one with the Father as Jesus wa ...read
The Unrivalled Power Of Prayer 'We know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.'
We realize that we are energized by the Holy Spirit for prayer; we know what it is to pray in the Spirit; but we do not so often realize that the Holy Spirit Himself prays in us prayers ...read
The Viewpoint 'Now thanks be to God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.'
2 Corinthians 2:14
The viewpoint of a worker for God must not be as near the highest as he can get, it must be the highest. Be careful to maintain strenuously God's point of view, it has to be done every day, bit by bit; don't think on the finite. No outside power c ...read
The Vision And The Verity 'Called to be saints.'
1 Corinthians 1:2
Thank God for the sight of all you have never yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not there yet by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the blows which must come if we are ...read
The Vocation Of The Natural Life 'But when it pleased God ... to reveal His Son in me ...'
The call of God is not a call to any particular service; my interpretation of it may be because contact with the nature of God has made me realize what I would like to do for Him. The call of God is essentially expressive of His nature; service is the outcome of wha ...read
The Voice Of The Nature Of God 'I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send?'
When we speak of the call of God, we are apt to forget the most important feature, viz., the nature of the One Who calls. There is the call of the sea, the call of the mountains, the call of the great ice barriers, but these calls are only heard by the few. The call i ...read
The Warning Against Wantoning 'Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you.'
As Christian workers, worldliness is not our snare, sin is not our snare, but spiritual wantoning is, viz.: taking the pattern and print of the religious age we live in, making eyes at spiritual success. Never court anything other than the approval ...read
The Waters Of Satisfaction Scattered 'Nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord.'
2 Samuel 23:16
What has been like water from the well of Bethlehem to you recently - love, friendship, spiritual blessing? Then at the peril of your soul, you take it to satisfy yourself. If you do, you cannot pour it out before the Lord. You can never sanctify ...read
The Way Of Abraham In Faith He went out, not knowing whither he went." '
In the Old Testament, personal relationship with God showed itself in separation, and this is symbolized in the life of Abraham by his separation from his country and from his kith and kin. To day the separation is more of a mental and moral separation from the way that those w ...read
The Way To Know 'If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine ...'
The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience. If things are dark to m ...read
The Will to Loyalty Choose you this day whom ye will serve. (Joshua 24:15)
Will is the whole man active. I cannot give up my will, I must exercise it. I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God's Spirit. When God gives a vision of truth it is never a question of what He will do, but of what we will do. The Lord has been putting before us all some big prop ...read
The Will To Loyalty 'Choose you this day whom ye will serve.'
Will is the whole man active. I cannot give up my will, I must exercise it. I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God's Spirit. When God gives a vision of truth it is never a question of what He will do, but of what we will do. The Lord has been putting before us all some ...read
The Witness Of The Spirit 'The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit...'
We are in danger of getting the barter spirit when we come to God, we want the witness before we have done what God tells us to do. "Why does not God reveal Himself to me?" He cannot, it is not that He will not, but He cannot, because you are in the road as long as you ...read
The Worker's Ruling Passion 'Wherefore we labour that . . we may be accepted of Him.'
2 Corinthians 5:9
"Wherefore we labour...." It is arduous work to keep the master amibition in front. It means holding one's self to the high ideal year in and year out, not being ambitious to win souls or to establish churches or to have revivals, but being ambitious only to be ...read
The Worship Of The Work 'Labourers together with God.'
1 Corinthians 3:9
Beware of any work for God which enables you to evade concentration on Him. A great many Christian workers worship their work. The one concern of a worker should be concentration on God, and this will mean that all the other margins of life, mental, moral and spiritual, are free with the ...read
The "Go" Of Preparation 'Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there thou rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.'
It is easy to imagine that we will get to a place where we are complete and read ...read