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The "Go" Of Relationship
      'And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.' Matthew 5:41 The summing up of Our Lord's teaching is that the relationship which He demands is an impossible one unless He has done a supernatural work in us. Jesus Christ demands that there be not the slightest trace of resentment even suppressed in the heart of a dis ...read

The "Go" Of Renunciation
      'Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest.' Luke 9:57 Our Lord's attitude to this man is one of severe discouragement because He knew what was in man. We would have said - "Fancy losing the opportunity of winning that man!" Fancy bringing about him a north wind that froze him and "turned him away discouraged!" Never apolog ...read

The "Go" Of Unconditional Identification
      'One thing thou lackest: . . come, take up the cross, and follow Me.' Mark 10:21 The rich young ruler had the master passion to he perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never puts personal holiness to the fore when He calls a disciple; He puts absolute annihilation of my right to myself and identification ...read

Theology Alive
      'Walk while ye have the light lest darkness come upon you.' John 12:35 Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mount with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. "If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" The second you waive the question of sanctifica ...read

Think As Jesus Taught
      'Pray without ceasing.' 1 Thessalonians 5:17 We think rightly or wrongly about prayer according to the conception we have in our minds of prayer. If we think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The blood flows ceaselessly, and breathing continues ceaselessly; we are not conscious of it, ...read

This Experience Must Come
      'And he saw him no more.' 2 Kings 2:12 It is not wrong to depend upon Elijah as long as God gives him to you, but remember the time will come when he will have to go; when he stands no more to you as your guide and leader, because God does not intend he should. You say - "I cannot go on without Elijah." God says you must. Alone at ...read

Those Borders Of Distrust
      'Behold, the hour cometh ... that ye shall be scattered.' John 16:32 Jesus is not rebuking the disciples, their faith was real, but it was disturbed; it was not at work in actual things. The disciples were scattered to their own interests, alive to interests that never were in Jesus Christ. After we have been perfectly related to God in s ...read

Till You Are Entirely His
      'Let your endurance be a finished product, so that you may be finished and complete, with never a defect.' James 1:4 Many of us are all right in the main, but there are some domains in which we are slovenly. It is not a question of sin, but of the remnants of the carnal life which are apt to make us slovenly. Slovenliness is an insult t ...read

Transformed By Insight
      'We all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image.' 2 Corinthians 3:1 The outstanding characteristic of a Christian is this unveiled frankness before God so that the life becomes a mirror for other lives. By being filled with the Spirit we are transformed, and by beholding we become ...read

Transformed By Insight
      'We all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image.' 2 Corinthians 3:1 The outstanding characteristic of a Christian is this unveiled frankness before God so that the life becomes a mirror for other lives. By being filled with the Spirit we are transformed, and by beholding we become ...read

Undaunted Radiance
      'Nay, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.' Romans 8:37 Paul is speaking of the things that might seem likely to separate or wedge in between the saint and the love of God; but the remarkable thing is that nothing can wedge in between the love of God and the saint. These things can and do come in b ...read

Undisturbed Relationship
      'At that day ye shall ask in My name ...' John 16:26,27 "At that day ye shall ask in My name," i.e., in My nature. Not - "You shall use My name as a magic word," but - "You will be so intimate with Me that you will be one with Me." "That day" is not a day hereafter, but a day meant for here and now. "The Father Himself loveth you ...read

Unquestioned Revelation
      'And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing.' John 16:23 When is "that day"? When the Ascended Lord makes you one with the Father. In that day you will be one with the Father as Jesus is, and "in that day," Jesus says, "ye shall ask Me nothing." Until the resurrection life of Jesus is manifested in you, you want to ask this and that; ...read

Vicarious Intercession
      'Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.' Hebrews 10:19 Beware of imagining that intercession means bringing our personal sympathies into the presence of God and demanding that He does what we ask. Our approach to God is due entirely to the vicarious identification of our Lord with sin. We h ...read

Vision
      'I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.' Acts 26:19 If we lose the vision, we alone are responsible, and the way we lose the vision is by spiritual leakage. If we do not run our belief about God into practical issues, it is all up with the vision God has given. The only way to be obedient to the heavenly vision is to give our u ...read

Vision And Darkness
      'An horror of great darkness fell upon him.' Genesis 15:1 Whenever God gives a vision to a saint, He puts him, as it were, in the shadow of His hand, and the saint's duty is to be still and listen. There is a darkness which comes from excess of light, and then is the time to listen. Genesis 16 is an illustration of listening to good ad ...read

Vision And Reality
      'And the parched ground shall become a pool.' Isaiah 35:7 We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations, and we are apt to say it is no use to go on. Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come ...read

Vision By Personal Character
      'Come up hither, and I will shew thee things.' Revelation 4:1 An elevated mood can only come out of an elevated habit of personal character. If in the externals of your life you live up to the highest you know, God will continually say - "Friend, go up higher." The golden rule in temptation is - Go higher. When you get higher up, you ...read

Vision By Personal Purity
      'Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.' Matthew 5:8 Purity is not innocence, it is much more. Purity is the outcome of sustained spiritual sympathy with God. We have to grow in purity. The life with God may be right and the inner purity remain unsullied, and yet every now and again the bloom on the outside may be sullie ...read

Vital Intercession
      'Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.' Ephesians 6:18 As we go on in intercession we may find that our obedience to God is going to cost other people more than we thought. The danger then is to begin to intercede in sympathy with those whom God was gradually lifting to a totally different sphere in answer to ou ...read

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