Strong in Christ Strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.
MAY we not only be delivered from the outward act or word that grieves Thee, but may the very springs of our nature be purified!
F. B. MEYER
TAKE the last transient swell of petty impatience, or of unkind criticism; t ...read
Strong in His Strength Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.
MY cloud of battle.dust may dim,
His veil of splendor curtain Him;
And, in the midnight of my fear,
I may not feel Him standing near:
But, as I lift mine eyes above,
His banner over me is love.
MY son ...read
Strong to the End
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1 CORINTHIANS 16:13
STAND then in His great might,
With all His strength endued;
But take, to arm you for the fight,
The panoply of God.
Leave no unguarded place,
No weakness of the soul;
Take every virtue, every grace,
And fortify the whole.
LET ev ...read
Submission, Not Fretting
His heart fretteth against the Lord.
I know, 0 Lord, that Thy judgments are right and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me
AND my soul complaineth not,
For no pain or fears dismay her;
Still she clings to God in faith,
Trusts Him though lie seem to slay her.
'Tis when flesh and blood repin ...read
Surrender in Faith Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.
OH, let my thought, my actions, and my will
Obedient solely to Thy impulse move,
My heart and senses keep Thou blameless still,
Fixed and absorbed in Thine unbounded love.
Thy praying, teaching, striving, in my heart,
Let me not quench, nor make Thee to depar ...read
Take It to the Lord Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.
1 PETER 5:7
HOW gentle God's commands!
How kind His precepts are!
Come, cast your burdens on the Lord,
And trust His constant care.
His goodness stands approved
Down to the present day;
I'll drop my burden at His feet,
And bear a song away.
SHE was not a ...read
Take Up Wings Oh, that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
PSALMS 55: 6
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.
IS there no way of escape for us when in trouble or distress? Must we just plod wearily through it all, and look for no relief? I rejoic ...read
Tell Him Your Thoughts My soul is also sore vexed; but Thou, 0 Lord, how long? Return, 0 Lord, deliver my soul; oh, save me for Thy mercies' sake.
PSALMS 6:3, 4
I LAY my head upon Thy infinite heart,
I hide beneath the shelter of Thy wing;
Pursued and tempted, helpless, I must cling
To Thee, my Father; bid me not depart,
For sin and death pursue, and Life i ...read
Telling the Truth Lying lips are abomination to the Lord, but they that deal truly are His delight.
Wherefore, putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor; for we are members one of another.
IT seems to me, that the shortest way to check the darker forms of deceit is to set watch more scrupulous against those ...read
Temptations Can Be Opportunities My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
TEMPTATION is surely an assault to be withstood, but at the same time it is an opportunity to be seized. Viewed in this light, life becomes inspiring, not in spite but because of its struggles, and we ...read
Thankfulness, Not Longing I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel.
SAVE our blessings, Master, save
From the blight of thankless eye,
Teach us for all joys to crave
Benediction pure and high,
Own them given, endure them gone,
Shrink from their hardening touch, yet prize them won,
Prize them as rich odors meet
For love to lavish ...read
The Acceptance of the Divine I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
WHEN over dizzy heights we go,
One soft hand blinds our eyes,
The other leads us, safe and slow,
O Love ...read
The Best Thing Rejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice.
REJOICE in hope and fear;
Rejoice in life and death;
Rejoice when threatening storms are near,
And comfort languisheth:
When should not they rejoice
Whom Christ His brethren calls,--
Who hear and know His guiding voice
When on their hearts it falls?
The Call to Live in Him Even as the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you; abide ye in my love.
--JOHN 15:9 (R. V.)
ABIDE IN ME: These words are the command of love, which is ever only a promise in a different shape. Think of this until all feeling of burden and fear and despair pass away, and the first thought that comes as you hear of abiding in Jesus be on ...read
The Christian Service Who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord? --1 CHRONICLES 29:5
My blessed task from day to day
Is humbly, gladly, to obey.
--HARRIET MCEWEN KIMBALL
THE only way to restore a weakened will is by exercising itself in details of duty, it may be in small.est acts of obedience, regularly done, "here a little, a ...read
The Correct Perspective My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.
THEY who tread the path of labor follow where My feet have trod;
They who work without complaining do the holy will of God.
--HENRY VAN DYKE
WHENCE comes it that we have so many com.plaints, each saying that his occupation is a hin.drance to him, while ...read
The Divine Example He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.
I JOHN 2:6
SINCE our way is troublesome and obscure, He commands us to mark His footsteps, tread where His feet have stood, and not only invites us forward by the argument of His example, but He hath trodden down much of the difficulty, and made the way easier an ...read
The Divine Shepherd Hears His Sheep
He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer thee.
THAT Was the Shepherd of the flock; He knew
The distant voice of one poor sheep astray;
It had forsaken Him, but He was true,
And listened for its bleating night and day.
And thou, fallen soul, afraid to live or die
The Endurance of God Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer.
Let Thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for Thy law is my delight.
O BLESSED life! the heart at rest
When all without tumultuous seems;
That trusts a higher Will, and deems
That higher Will, not mine, the best.
--WILLIAM TIDD MATSO ...read
The Eternal End That we . . . may grow up in all things into Him, which is the head, even Christ; from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love.
EPHESIANS 4:14-16 (R. V.)
WE bec ...read