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What Am I Looking At?
      'Look unto Me, and be ye saved.' Isaiah 14:22 Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says - Look unto Me, and be saved. The great difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and it is His blessings that make it difficult. Troubles nearly always make us look to God; His blessings are apt to make us look el ...read

What Are You Haunted By?
      What man is he that feareth the Lord?" ' Psalms 25:12 What are you haunted by? You will say - By nothing, but we are all haunted by something, generally by ourselves, or, if we are Christians, by our experience. The Psalmist says we are to be haunted by God. The abiding consciousness of the life is to be God, not thinking about Him. T ...read

What Do You Make Of This?
      'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.' John 15:13,15 Jesus does not ask me to die for Him, but to lay down my life for Him. Peter said - "I will lay down my life for Thy sake" and he meant it; his sense of the heroic was magnificent. It would be a bad thing to be incapable of making such a d ...read

What Do You See In Your Clouds?
      'Behold, He cometh with clouds.' Revelation 1:7 In the Bible clouds are always connected with God. Clouds are those sorrows or sufferings or providences, within or without our personal lives, which seem to dispute the rule of God. It is by those very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were no clo ...read

What Do You Want?
      'Seekest thou great things for thyself?' Jeremiah 14:5 Are you seeking great things for yourself? Not seeking to be a great one, but seeking great things from God for yourself. God wants you in a closer relationship to Himself than receiving His gifts, He wants you to get to know Him. A great thing is accidental, it comes and goes. God ...read

What Is A Missionary?
      'As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.' John 20:21 A missionary is one sent by Jesus Christ as He was sent by God. The great dominant note is not the needs of men, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in work for God is behind, not before. The tendency to-day is to put the inspiration ahead, to sweep everythi ...read

What Is That To Thee?
      'Lord, what shall this man do? . . What is that to thee? Follow thou Me.' John 21:21,2 One of our severest lessons comes from the stubborn refusal to see that we must not interfere in other people's lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God's order for others. You s ...read

What Next?
      'If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.' John 8:17 If you do not cut the moorings, God will have to break them by a storm and send you out. Launch all on God, go out on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and you will get your eyes open. If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the smooth waters j ...read

What To Concentrate On
      'I came not to send peace, but a sword.' Matthew 10:34 Never be sympathetic with the soul whose case makes you come to the conclusion that God is hard. God is more tender than we can conceive, and every now and again He gives us the chance of being the rugged one that He may be the tender One. If a man cannot get through to God it is be ...read

What To Do Under The Conditions
      'Cast thy burden upon the Lord.' Psalms 55:22 We must distinguish between the burden-bearing that is right and the burden-bearing that is wrong. We ought never to bear the burden of sin or of doubt, but there are burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off, He wants us to roll them back on Him. "Cast that He hath g ...read

What To Pray For
      'Men ought always to pray, and not to faint' Luke 18:1 You cannot intercede if you do not believe in the reality of the Redemption; you will turn intercession into futile sympathy with human beings which will only increase their submissive content to being out of touch with God. In intercession you bring the person, or the circumstance ...read

What To Renounce
      'But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty.' 2 Corinthians 4:2 Have you "renounced the hidden things of dishonesty" - the things that your sense of honour will not allow to come to the light? You can easily hide them. Is there a thought in your heart about anyone which you would not like to be dragged into the light? Renounce ...read

What You Will Get
      'Thy life will I give thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.' Jeremiah 14:5 This is the unshakable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him - "I will give thee thy life." What more does a man want than his life? It is the essential thing. "Thy life for a prey" means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you ...read

What's The Good Of Prayer?
      'Lord, teach us to pray.' Luke 11:1 It is not part of the life of a natural man to pray. We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a man is born from above, the life of the Son of God is ...read

What's The Good Of Temptation?
      'There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man.' 1 Corinthians 10:13 The word "temptation" has come down in the world; we are apt to use it wrongly. Temptation is not sin, it is the thing we are bound to meet if we are men. Not to be tempted would be to be beneath contempt. Many of us, however, suffer from temptation ...read

When He Is Come
      'And when He is come, He will convict the world of sin... .' John 16:8 Very few of us know anything about conviction of sin; we know the experience of being disturbed because of having done wrong things; but conviction of sin by the Holy Ghost blots out every relationship on earth and leaves one relationship only - "Against Thee, Thee on ...read

Where The Battle's Lost And Won
      'II thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord... .' Jeremiah 4:1 The battle is lost or won in the secret places of the will before God, never first in the external world. The Spirit of God apprehends me and I am obliged to get alone with God and fight the battle out before Him. Until this is done, I lose every time. The battle may take o ...read

Whereby Shall I Know?
      'I thank Thee, O Father ... because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.' Matthew 11:25 In spiritual relationship we do not grow step by step; we are either there or we are not. God does not cleanse us more and more from sin, but when we are in the light, walking in the light, we are cle ...read

Why Are We Not Told Plainly?
      'He charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.' Mark 9:9 Say nothing until the Son of man is risen in you - until the life of the risen Christ so dominates you that you understand what the historic Christ taught. When you get to the right state on the inside, the wo ...read

Why Cannot I Follow Thee Now?
      'Peter said unto Him, Lord, why cannot I follow Thee now?' John 13:37 There are times when you cannot understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it in, but wait. The blank space may come in order to teach you what sanctification means, or it may come after sanctification t ...read

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