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Have You Come To "When" Yet?
      'And the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends.' Job 42:10 The plaintive, self-centred, morbid kind of prayer, a dead-set that I want to be right, is never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is a sign that I am rebelling against the Atonement. "Lord, I will purify my hea

Have You Ever Been Carried Away For Him?
      'She hath wrought a good work on Me.' Mark 14:6 If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all. It may be affection, it may be warmth of feeling, but it has not the true nature of love in it.

Have You Ever Been Expressionless With Sorrow?
      'And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.' Luke 18:23 The rich young ruler went away expressionless with sorrow; he had not a word to say. He had no doubt as to what Jesus said, no debate as to what it meant, and it produced in him a sorrow that had not any words. Have you ever been there? Has God's word com

Have You Felt The Hurt Of The Lord?
      'Jesus said unto him the third time, Lovest thou Me?' John 21:17 Have you felt the hurt of the Lord to the uncovered quick, the place where the real sensitiveness of your life is lodged? The devil never hurts there, neither sin nor human affection hurts there, nothing goes through to that place but the word of God. "Peter was grieved b

Heartiness V. Heartlessness Towards Others
      'It is Christ ... who also maketh intercession for us.' Romans 8:34,27 Do we need any more argument than this to become intercessors - that Christ "ever liveth to make intercession;" that the Holy Spirit "maketh intercession for the saints"? Are we living in such a vital relationship to our fellow men that we do the work of intercessi

Heedfulness V. Hypocrisy In Ourselves
      'If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him Life for them that sin not unto death.' 1 John 5:16 If we are not heedful of the way the Spirit of God works in us, we will become spiritual hypocrites. We see where other folks are failing, and we turn our discernment into the gibe of cri

His Agony And Our Fellowship
      'Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, tarry ye here, and watch with Me.' Matthew 26:36,38 We can never fathom the agony in Gethsemane, but at least we need not misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and Man in one, face to face with sin. We know nothing about Gethsemane in personal

His Ascension And Our Union
      And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." ' Luke 24:51 We have no corresponding experience to the events in Our Lord's life after the Transfiguration. From then onwards Our Lord's life' was altogether vicarious. Up to the time of the Transfiguration He had exhibited the normal

His Birth And Our New Birth
      'Behold, a virgin shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.' Isaiah 7:14 His Birth in History. "Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35.) Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not evolve out

His Resurrection Destiny
      'Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?' Luke 24:2 Our Lord's Cross is the gateway into His life: His Resurrection means that He has power now to convey His life to me. When I am born again from above, I receive from the Risen Lord His very life. Our Lord's Resurrection destiny is to bring "m

His Temptation And Ours
      'For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.' Hebrews 4:15 Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is that mentioned by St. James - "Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and e

      'Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me.' John 17:6 The missionary is one in whom the Holy Ghost has wrought this realization - "Ye are not your own." To say, "I am not my own" is to have reached a great point in spiritual nobility. The true nature of the life in the actual whirl is the deliberate giving up of myself to another in

Holiness V. Hardness Towards God
      'And He ... wondered that there was no intercessor.' Isaiah 59:16 The reason many of us leave off praying and become hard towards God is because we have only a sentimental interest in prayer. It sounds right to say that we pray; we read books on prayer which tell us that prayer is beneficial, that our minds are quieted and our souls uplif

How Can I Personally Partake In The Atonement?
      'But God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ.' Galatians 6:14 The Gospel of Jesus Christ always forces an issue of will. Do I accept God's verdict on sin in the Cross of Christ? Have I the slightest interest in the death of Jesus? Do I want to be identified with His death, to be killed right out to all

If Thou Hadst Known!
      'If thou hadst known ... in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.' Luke 19:42 Jesus had entered into Jerusalem in triumph, the city was stirred to its foundations; but a strange god was there, the pride of Pharisaism; it was religious and upright, but a "whited sepulchre." What i

Imagination V. Inspiration
      'The simplicity that is in Christ.' 2 Corinthians 11:3 Simplicity is the secret of seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly for a long while, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think a spiritual muddle clear, you have to obey it clear. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in

Impoverished Ministry Of Jesus
      'From whence then hast Thou that living water?' John 4:11 "The well is deep" - and a great deal deeper than the Samaritan woman knew! Think of the depths of human nature, of human life, think of the depths of the "wells" in you. Have you been impoverishing the ministry of Jesus so that He can not do anything? Suppose there is a well

Individual Discouragement And Personal Enlargement
      'Moses went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens.' Exodus 2:11 Moses saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, and in the righteous indignation of his own spirit he started to right their wrongs. After the first strike for God and for the right, God allowed Moses to be driven in

      'If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.' Matthew 16:24 Individuality is the husk of the personal life. Individuality is all elbows, it separates and isolates. It is the characteristic of the child and rightly so; but if we mistake individuality for the personal life, we will remain isolated. The shell of individuality is G

Inferior Misgivings About Jesus
      'Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with.' John 4:11 "I am impressed with the wonder of what God says, but He cannot expect me really to live it out in the details of my life!" When it comes to facing Jesus Christ on His own merits, our attitude is one of pious superiority - Your ideals are high and they impress us, but in touch with actu

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