Destiny Of Holiness 'Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.'
1 Peter 1:16
Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is. The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. Nowadays we have far too many affinities, we are dissipated with them; right, good, noble affinities which will yet have their fulfilment, but in the meanti ...read
Diffusiveness Of Life 'Rivers of living water.'
A river touches places of which its source knows nothing, and Jesus says if we have received of His fulness, however small the visible measure of our lives, out of us will flow the rivers that will bless to the uttermost parts of the earth. We have nothing to do with the outflow - "This is the work o ...read
Direction By Impulse 'Building up yourselves on your most holy faith.'
There was nothing either of the nature of impulse or of cold-bloodedness about Our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along the line of our temperament, not along the line of God. Impulse is a trait in natural life, but O ...read
Direction Of Aspiration 'Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters ... so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God.'
This verse is a description of entire reliance upon God. Just as the eyes of the servant are riveted on his master, so our eyes are up unto God and our knowledge of His countenance is gained (cf. Isaiah 53:1. R.V) ...read
Direction Of Discipline 'And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.'
Jesus did not say that everyone must cut off the right hand, but - If your right hand offends you in your walk with Me, cut it off. ...read
Discernment Of Faith 'Faith as a grain of mustard seed...'
We have the idea that God rewards us for our faith, it may he so in the initial stages; but we do not earn anything by faith, faith brings us into right relationship with God and gives God His opportunity. God has frequently to knock the bottom board out of your experience if you are a s ...read
Discovering Divine Designs 'I being in the way, the Lord led me...'
We have to be so one with God that we do not continually need to ask for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God, and the natural life of a child is obedience - until he wishes to be disobedient, then instantly there is the intuitive jar. In the spiritual d ...read
Disposition And Deeds 'Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.'
The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in motive because he has been made good by the super-natural grace of God. The only thing that e ...read
Distraction Of Antipathy 'Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly piled with contempt.'
The thing of which we have to beware is not so much damage to our belief in God as damage to our Christian temper. "Therefore take heed to thy spirit, that ye deal not treacherously." The temper of mind is tremendous in its effec ...read
Divine Reasonings Of Faith 'But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.'
Immediately we look at these words of Jesus, we find them the most revolutionary statement human ears ever listened to. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God." We argue in exactly the opposite way, even the most spirit ...read
Do It Now 'Agree with thine adversary quickly.'
Jesus Christ is laying down this principle - Do what you know you must do, now, and do it quickly; if you do not, the inevitable process will begin to work and you will have to pay to the last farthing in pain and agony and distress. God's laws are unalterable; there is no escape from ...read
Do It Yourself 'Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God.'
2 Corinthians 10:5
Deliverance from sin is not deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as prejudices, which the saint has to destroy by neglect; and other things which have to be destroyed by violence, i.e., ...read
Do Ye Now Believe? 'By this we believe ... Jesus answered, Do ye now believe?'
Now we believe. Jesus says - Do you? The time is coming when you will leave Me alone. Many a Christian worker has left Jesus Christ alone and gone into work from a sense of duty, or from a sense of need arising out of his own particular discernment. The reason for t ...read
Do You Continue To Go With Jesus? 'Ye are they which have continued with Me in My temptations.'
It is true that Jesus Christ is with us in our temptations, but are we going with Him in His temptations? Many of us cease to go with Jesus from the moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God shifts your circumstances, and see whether you are go ...read
Do You See Your Calling? 'Separated unto the Gospel.'
Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the Gospel of God. The one thing that is all important is that the Gospel of God should be realized as the abiding Reality. Reality is not human goodness, nor holiness, nor heaven, nor hell; but Redemption; and the nee ...read
Do You Walk In White? 'Buried with Him ... that ... even so we also should walk in newness of life.'
No one enters into the experience of entire sanctification without going through a "white funeral" - the burial of the old life. If there has never been this crisis of death, sanctification is nothing more than a vision. There must be a "white funer ...read
Does He Know Me 'He calleth ... by name.'
When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (John 10:17.) It is possible to know all about doctrine and yet not know Jesus. The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine outsteps intimate touch with Jesus. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine was no more to Mary than the grass under her feet. Any Pharisee could h ...read
Does My Sacrifice Live? 'And Abraham built an altar . . and bound Isaac his son.'
This incident is a picture of the blunder we make in thinking that the final thing God wants of us is the sacrifice of death. what God wants is the sac rifice through death which enables us to do what Jesus did, viz., sacrifice our lives. Not - I am willing to go to ...read
Don't Calculate Without God Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5)
Don't calculate without God.
God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the things we have calculated on without taking Him into account. We get into circumstances which were not chosen by God, and suddenly we find we have been calculating without ...read
Don't Calculate Without God 'Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.'
Don't calculate without God.
God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the things we have calculated on without taking Him into account. We get into circumstances which were not chosen by God, and suddenly we find we have been calculat ...read