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Specialize in the Impossible
      "The hill country shall be thine" (Josh. 17:18, RV). There is always room higher up. When the valleys are full of Canaanites, whose iron chariots withstand your progress, get up into the hills, occupy the upper spaces. If you can no longer work for God, pray for those who can. If you cannot move earth by your speech, you may move Heaven. If th

      "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and they spake the word of God with boldness. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection" (Acts 4:31, 33). Christmas Evans tells us in his diary that one Sunday afternoon he was traveling a v

Spiritual Force
      "All these things are against me" (Gen. 42:36). "All things work together for good to them that love God" (Rom. 8:28). Many people are wanting power. Now how is power produced? The other day we passed the great works where the trolley engines are supplied with electricity. We heard the hum and roar of the countless wheels, and we asked ou

Spiritual Force
      "All these things are against me" (Gen. 42:36). "All things work together for good to them that love God" (Rom. 8:28). Many people are wanting power. Now how is power produced? The other day we passed the great works where the trolley engines are supplied with electricity. We heard the hum and roar of the countless wheels, and we asked ou

Stand Still
      "Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord" (Exod. 14:13). These words contain God's command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut upon the right hand and on the left. What is he now to do? The Master's word to him is "stan

Steady in Our Walk
      "Stablish, strengthen, settle you" (1 Peter 5:10). In taking Christ in any new relationship, we must first have sufficient intellectual light to satisfy our mind that we are entitled to stand in this relationship. The shadow of a question here will wreck our confidence. Then, having seen this, we must make the venture, the committal, the choic

Step Out Boldly
      "When thou goest, thy way shall be opened up before thee step by step" (Proverbs 4:12, free translation). The Lord never builds a bridge of faith except under the feet of the faith-filled traveler. If He builds the bridge a rod ahead, it would not be a bridge of faith. That which is of sight is not of faith. There is a self-opening gate whi

Step-By-Step Grace
      "When thou passest through the waters...they shall not overflow thee" (Isa. 43:2). God does not open paths for us in advance of our coming. He does not promise help before help is needed. He does not remove obstacles out of our way before we reach them. Yet when we are on the edge of our need, God's hand is stretched out. Many people forge

Strength From the Sorrow
      "Now it came to pass after the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spake unto Joshua, the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now, therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou and all this people" (Joshua 1:1-2). Sorrow came to you yesterday, and emptied your home. Your first impulse now is to give

Strong Composure
      "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves" (Rom. 12:19). There are seasons when to be still demands immeasurably higher strength than to act. Composure is often the highest result of power. To the vilest and most deadly charges Jesus responded with deep, unbroken silence, such as excited the wonder of the judge and the spectators. To the grossest

Strong in Suffering
      "Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well" (2 Kings 4:26). "Be strong, my soul! Thy loved ones go Within the veil. God's thine, e'en so; Be strong. "Be strong, my soul! Death looms in view. Lo, here thy God! He'll bear thee through; Be strong." For sixty-two years and five mont

Suddenness of Change
      "And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness" (Mark 1:12). It seemed a strange proof of Divine favor. "Immediately." Immediately after what? After the opened heavens and the dove-like peace and the voice of the Father's blessing, "Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." It is no abnormal experience. Thou, too,

Sweetness of the Storm
      "In everything ye are enriched by him" (1 Cor. 1:5). Have you ever seen men and women whom some disaster drove to a great act of prayer, and by and by the disaster was forgotten, but the sweetness of religion remained and warmed their souls? So have I seen a storm in later spring; and all was black, save where the lightning tore the cloud w

Tempered and Tried
      "Followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises" (Heb. 6:12). They (heroes of faith) are calling to us from the heights that they have won, and telling us that what man once did man can do again. Not only do they remind us of the necessity of faith, but also of that patience by which faith has its perfect work. Let us fe

Thankful for the Thorns
      "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong" (2 Cor. 12:10). The literal translation of this verse gives a startling emphasis to it, and makes it speak for itself with a force that we have probably never realized. Here It is: \

The Answer is God
      "For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?" (Rom. 3:3). I think that I can trace every scrap of sorrow in my life to simple unbelief. How could I be anything but quite happy if I believed always that all the past is forgiven, and all the present furnished with power, and all the future bright

The Blessing of the Lion
      "And there came a lion" (1 Sam. 17:34). It is a source of inspiration and strength to come in touch with the youthful David, trusting God. Through faith in God he conquered a lion and a bear, and afterwards overthrew the mighty Goliath. When that lion came to despoil that flock, it came as a wondrous opportunity to David. If he had failed or f

The Breaking of the Storm
      "And there arose a great storm" (Mark 4:37). Some of the storms of life come suddenly: a great sorrow, a bitter disappointment, a crushing defeat. Some come slowly. They appear upon the ragged edges of the horizon no larger than a man's hand, but, trouble that seems so insignificant spreads until it covers the sky and overwhelms us. Yet it

The Brightest Colors
      "It is good for me that I have been afflicted" (Ps. 119:71). It is a remarkable circumstance that the most brilliant colors of plants are to be seen on the highest mountains, in spots that are most exposed to the wildest weather. The brightest lichens and mosses, the loveliest gems of wild flowers, abound far up on the bleak, storm-scalped pe

The Captive
      "As I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God . . . and the hand of the Lord was there upon me" (Ezek. 1:1,3). There is no commentator of the Scriptures half so valuable as a captivity. The old Psalms have quavered for us with a new pathos as we sat by our "Babel's stream," and have so

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