Are You Fresh For Everything? 'Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'
Sometimes we are fresh for a prayer meeting but not fresh for cleaning boots!
Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, as surprising as God Himself. We do not know where it begins, it is hidden away in the depths ...read
Are You Ready To Be Offered? 'Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy and rejoice with you all.'
Are you willing to be offered for the work of the faithful - to pour out your life blood as a libation on the sacrifice of the faith of others? Or do you say - "I am not going to be offered up just yet, I do not wan ...read
Authority And Independence 'If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments.'
Our Lord never insists upon obedience; He tells us very emphatically what we ought to do, but He never takes means to make us do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit. That is why whenever Our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an IF - you do not nee ...read
Building For Eternity 'For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?'
Our Lord refers not to a cost we have to count, but to a cost which He has counted. The cost was those thirty years in Nazareth, those three years of popularity, scandal and hatred, the deep ...read
But It Is Hardly Credible That One Could Be So Positively Ignorant! 'Who art Thou, Lord?'
"The Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand." There is no escape when Our Lord speaks, He always comes with an arrestment of the understanding. Has the voice of God come to you directly? If it has, you cannot mistake the intimate insistence with which it has spoken to you in the language you know bes ...read
But It Is Hardly Credible That One Could So Persecute Jesus! 'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?'
Am I set on my own way for God? We are never free from this snare until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire. Obstinacy and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Whenever we are obstinate and se ...read
By Spiritual Confusion 'Ye know not what ye ask.'
There are times in spiritual life when there is confusion, and it is no way out to say that there ought not to be confusion. It is not a question of right and wrong, but a question of God taking you by a way which in the meantime you do not under stand, and it is only by going through the confusi ...read
By The Grace Of God I Am What I Am 'His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain.'
1 Corinthians 15:10
The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the Creator. The deploring of our own incompetence is a slander against God for having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining in the sight of God the things that sound humble before men, ...read
Can A Saint Slander God? 'For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen.'
2 Corinthians 1:20
Jesus told the parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25 as a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacity. This parable has not to do with natural gifts, but with the Pentecostal gift of the Holy Ghost. We must not measure our spiritual ...read
Can You Come Down? 'While ye have light, believe in the light.'
We all have moments when we feel better than our best, and we say - "I feel fit for anything; if only I could be like this always!" We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of in sight which we have to live up to when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for th ...read
Careful Infidelity 'Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body what ye shall put on.'
Jesus sums up common-sense carefulness in a disciple as infidelity. If we have received the Spirit of God, He will press through and say - Now where does God come in in this relationship, in this mapped ou ...read
Careful Unreasonableness 'Behold the fowls of the air.'
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars and the moon - all these are, and what a ministration they exert. So often we mar God's designed influence through us by our self-conscious effort to be consistent and useful. Je ...read
Chastening 'Despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him.'
It is very easy to quench the Spirit; we do it by despising the chastening of the Lord, by fainting when we are rebuked by Him. If we have only a shallow experience of sanctification, we mistake the shadow for the reality, and when the Spirit ...read
Christian Perfection 'Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect... .'
It is a snare to imagine that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do; God's purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements is apt to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If ...read
Clouds And Darkness 'Clouds and darkness are round about Him.'
A man who has not been born of the Spirit of God Will tell you that the teachings of Jesus are simple. But when you are baptized with the Holy Ghost, you find "clouds and darkness are round about Him." When we come into close contact with the teachings of Jesus Christ we have our ...read
Completeness 'And I will give you rest.'
Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once and ask Him to establish rest. Never allow anything to remain which is making the dis-peace. Take every element of disintegration as something to wrestle against, and not to suffer. Say - Lord, prove Thy co ...read
Continuous Conversion 'Except ye be converted, and become as little children... .'
These words of Our Lord are true of our initial conversion, but we have to be continuously converted all the days of our lives, continually to turn to God as children. If we trust to our wits instead of to God, we produce consequences for which God will hold us resp ...read
Could This Be True Of Me? 'But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself.'
It is easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires; common sense is your guide, veneered over with Christian sentiment. You will be more prosperous and successful ...read
Dependent On God's Presence 'They that wait upon the Lord ... shall walk and not faint.'
There is no thrill in walking; it is the test of all the stable qualities. To "walk and not faint" is the highest reach possible for strength. The word "walk" is used in the Bible to express the character - "John looking on Jesus as He walked, said, Behold the ...read
Deserter Or Disciple? 'From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.'
When God gives a vision by His Spirit through His word of what He wants, and your mind and soul thrill to it, if you do not walk in the light of that vision, you will sink into servitude to a point of view which Our Lord never had. Disobedience in ...read