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Look Again And Think
      'Take no thought for your life.' Matthew 6:25 A warning which needs to be reiterated is that the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things entering in, will choke all that God puts in. We are never free from the recurring tides of this encroachment. If it does not come on the line of clothes and food ...read

Make A Habit Of Having No Habits
      'For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful.' 2 Peter 1:8 When we begin to form a habit we are conscious of it. There are times when we are conscious of becoming virtuous and patient and godly, but it is only a stage; if we stop there we shall get the strut of the spiritual prig. The right thin ...read

Mastery Over The Believer
      'Ye call Me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.' John 13:13 Our Lord never insists on having authority; He never says - Thou shalt. He leaves us perfectly free - so free that we can spit in His face, as men did; so free that we can put Him to death, as men did; and He will never say a word. But when His life has been created ...read

Missionary Munitions
      'When thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.' John 1:48 We imagine we would be all right if a big crisis arose; but the big crisis will only reveal the stuff we are made of, it will not put anything into us. "If God gives the call, of course I will rise to the occasion." You will not unless you have risen to the occasion in the wor ...read

Missionary Predestinations
      'And now, saith the Lord, that formed me from the womb to be His servant.' Isaiah 49:5 The first thing that happens after we have realized our election to God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our prejudices and our parochial notions and our patriotisms; we are turned into servants of God's own purpose. The whole human race was cre ...read

Moral Decision About Sin
      'Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.' Romans 6:6 Co-Crucifixion. Have I made this decision about sin - that it must be killed right out in me? It takes a long time to come to a moral decision about sin, but it is the great moment in my li ...read

Moral Divinity
      'For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.' Romans 6:5 Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have been through crucifixion with Jesus is that I have a decided likeness to Him. The incoming of the Spirit of Jesus into me readjusts my personal life to God. The resu ...read

Moral Dominion
      'Death hath no more dominion over Him ... in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God.' Romans 6:9-11 Co-Eternal Life. Eternal life was the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human plane, and it is the same life, not a copy of it, which is manifested in our ...read

Must I Listen?
      'And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.' Exodus 20:19 We do not consciously disobey God, we simply do not heed Him. God has given us His commands; there they are, but we do not pay any attention to them, not because of wilful disobedience but because we do not love and ...read

My Joy . . . Your Joy
      'That My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.' John 15:11 What was the joy that Jesus had? It is an insult to use the word happiness in connection with Jesus Christ. The joy of Jesus was the absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice of Himself to His Father, the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do. " ...read

My Joy . . . Your Joy
      'That My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.' John 15:11 What was the joy that Jesus had? It is an insult to use the word happiness in connection with Jesus Christ. The joy of Jesus was the absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice of Himself to His Father, the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do. " ...read

Neck Or Nothing
      'Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him ... and did cast himself into the sea.' John 21:7 Have you ever had a crisis in which you deliberately and emphatically and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of will. You may come up to it many times externally, but it amounts to nothing. T ...read

Not A Bit Of It!
      'If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away.' 2 Corinthians 5:17 Our Lord never nurses our prejudices, He mortifies them, runs clean athwart them. We imagine that God has a special interest in our particular prejudices; we are quite sure that God will never deal with us as He has to deal with other people. ...read

Not By Might Nor By Power
      'And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.' 1 Corinthians 2:4 If in preaching the Gospel you substitute your clear knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the Gospel, you hinder people getting to Reality. You have to see that whi ...read

Now Don't Hurt The Lord!
      'Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip?' John 14:9 Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us - astounded at how un-simple we are. It is opinions of our own which make us stupid, when we are simple we are never stupid, we discern all the time. Philip expected the revelation of a tremendous mystery, b ...read

Now This Explains It
      'That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.' John 17:21 If you are going through a solitary way, read John 17, it will explain exactly why you are where you are - Jesus has prayed that you may be one with the Father as He is. Are you helping God to answer that prayer, or have yo ...read

Obedience
      'His servants ye are to whom ye obey.' Romans 6:16 The first thing to do in examining the power that dominates me is to take hold of the unwelcome fact that I am responsible for being thus dominated. If I am a slave to myself, I am to blame because at a point away back I yielded to myself. Likewise, if I obey God I do so because I have ...read

One of God's Great Don'ts
      Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil doing. (Psalm 37:8 R.V.) Fretting means getting out at elbows mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say "Fret not," but a very different thing to have such a disposition that you find yourself able not to fret. It sounds so easy to talk about "resting in the Lord" and "waiting patiently for Hi ...read

One Of God's Great Don'ts
      'Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil doing.' Psalms 37:8 Fretting means getting out at elbows mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say "Fret not," but a very different thing to have such a disposition that you find yourself able not to fret. It sounds so easy to talk about "resting in the Lord" and "waiting patiently f ...read

Our Lord's Surprise Visits
      'Be ye therefore ready also.' Luke 12:40 The great need for the Christian worker is to be ready to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn. This is not easy, no matter what our experience is. The battle is not against sin or difficulties or circumstances, but against being so absorbed in work that we are not ready to face Jesus Christ a ...read

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