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Don't Slack Off
      'Whatsoever ye shalt ask in My name, that will I do.' John 14:13 Am I fulfilling this ministry of the interior? There is no snare or any danger of infatuation or pride in intercession, it is a hidden ministry that brings forth fruit whereby the Father is glorified. Am I allowing my spiritual life to be frittered away, or am I bringing i

Don't Think Now, Take The Road
      'And Peter ... walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid.' Matthew 14:29-30 The wind was actually boisterous, the waves were actually high, but Peter did not see them at first. He did not reckon with them, he simply recognized his Lord and stepped out in recognition of Him, and walked on the wa

Experience Or Revelation
      'We have received ... the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.' 1 Corinthians 2:12 Reality is Redemption, not my experience of Redemption; but Redemption has no meaning for me until it speaks the language of my conscious life. When I am born again, the Spirit of God takes me right out o

      'Without faith it is impossible to please Him.' Hebrews 11:6 Faith in antagonism to common sense is fanaticism, and common sense in antagonism to faith is rationalism. The life of faith brings the two into a right relation. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spirit

Faith And Experience
      'The Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.' Galatians 2:20 We have to battle through our moods into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus, to get out of the hole-and-corner business of our experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think Who the New Testament says that Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meannes

Fellowship In The Gospel
      'Fellow labourer in the gospel of Christ.' 1 Thessalonians 3:2 After sanctification it is difficult to state what your aim in life is, because God has taken you up into His purpose by the Holy Ghost; He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation. If you seek great things fo

Friendship With God
      'Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?' Genesis 18:17 Its Delights. This chapter brings out the delight of real friendship with God as compared with occasional feelings of His presence in prayer. To be so much in contact with God that you never need to ask Him to show you His will, is to be nearing the final stage of your dis

Get A Move On
      'Abide in Me.' John 15:4 The Spirit of Jesus is put into me by the Atonement, then I have to construct with patience the way of thinking that is exactly in accordance with my Lord. God will not make me think like Jesus, I have to do it myself; I have to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. "Abide in Me" - in

Get A Move On
      'And beside this ... add . .' 2 Peter 1:5 You have inherited the Divine nature, says Peter (v.4), now screw your attention down and form habits, give diligence, concentrate. "Add" means all that character means. No man is born either naturally or supernaturally with character, he has to make character. Nor are we born with habits; we ha

Getting Into God's Stride
      "Enoch walked with God." Genesis 5:24 The test of a man's religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on. The worth of a man is revealed in his attitude to ordinary things when he is not before the footlights (cf. Jo

Getting Into God's Stride
      'Enoch walked with God.' Genesis 5:24 The test of a man's religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on. The worth of a man is revealed in his attitude to ordinary things when he is not before the footlights (c

Getting There
      'Come unto Me.' Matthew 11:28 Do I want to get there? I can now. The questions that matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by the words - "Come unto Me." Not - Do this, or don't do that; but - "Come unto Me." If I will come to Jesus my actual life will be brought into accordance with my real desires; I will ac

Getting There
      'Master, where dwellest Thou? . . Come and see.' John 1:39 "They abode with Him that day." That is about all some of us ever do, then we wake up to actualities, self-interest arises and the abiding is passed. There is no condition of life in which we cannot abide in Jesus. "Thou art Simon, thou shalt be called Cephas." God write

Getting There
      'Come ye after Me.' Mark 1:17 One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of temperament. We make our temperament and our natural affinities barriers to coming to Jesus. The first thing we realize when we come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatever to our natural affinities. We have the notion that we can con

God First
      Put God First in Trust. "Jesus did not commit Himself unto them ... for He knew what was in man." ' John 2:24-25 Our Lord trusted no man; yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, never in despair about any man, because He put God first in trust; He trusted absolutely in what God's grace could do for any man. If I put my trust in huma

God's Say-So
      'He hath said ... so that we may boldly say ...' Hebrews 8:5-6 My say-so is to be built on God's say-so. God says - "I will never leave thee," then I can with good courage say - "The Lord is my helper, I will not fear - " I will not be haunted by apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember G

Grasp Without Reach
      'Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint.' Proverbs 29:18 There is a difference between an ideal and a vision. An ideal has no moral inspiration; a vision has. The people who give themselves over to ideals rarely do anything. A man's conception of Deity may be used to justify his deliberate neglect of his duty. Jonah ar

Greater Works
      'And greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.' John 14:12 Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work. We think of prayer as a common-sense exercise of our higher powers in order to prepare us for God's work. In the teaching of Jesus Christ prayer is the working of the miracle of R

Have A Message And Be One
      'Preach the word.' 2 Timothy 4:2 We are not saved to be "channels only," but to be sons and daughters of God. We are not turned into spiritual mediums, but into spiritual messengers; the message must be part of ourselves. The Son of God was His own message, His words were spirit and life; and as His disciples our lives must be the sac

Have I Seen Him?
      'After that He appeared in another form unto two of them.' Mark 16:12 Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing. Many are partakers of God's grace who have never seen Jesus. When once you have seen Jesus, you can never be the same, other things do not appeal as they used to do. Always distinguish between what you see Jesu

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