"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ....John 8:32

  We must avoid over- spiritualising what we read in the Word of God. John's new heaven and new earth for example are as truly real as the risen Lord is Himself! To spiritualise away the things of God as mere doctrine is the desperate expedient need of people who do not themselves know that reality. Further, they do not really know God at all....

"For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope" .....Romans 15:4

Christianity is built not on precepts alone but on concrete examples. One of God's methods of instruction is through history. It tells us how men knew and did His will, so that by observing their lives we may not only discover that will for ourselves, but learn something also of how we too may do it. His hand on their lives produced His desire in t...

"Perplexed, yet not unto despair" ....2 Corinthians 4:8

From the day I was first saved, my sincere ambition was to be a true Christian. Of course I had my own conception of what a Christian should be, and tried my upmost to be that kind of Christian. A true Christian, I reasoned, should smile from morning to night! If ever he shed a tear, he had ceased to be victorious. He must also be unfailingly coura...

"I had not known sin, except through the law: for I had not known coveting, except the law had said, thou shalt not covet." ....Romans 7:7

  God knows who I am; He knows that from head to foot I am full of sin. He also knows that in the matter of pleasing Him I am weakness incarnate in that I can do nothing whatsoever to please Him. The problem is that I do not know it! I admit that all men are sinners and that therefore I am a sinner too, but I imagine I am not such a helpless s...

"Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Christ, that the body of sin might be done away." ....Romans 6:6

For years after I had been saved, I had been taught to "reckon." But the more I reckoned I was dead to sin, the more alive to sin I clearly was! I simply could not believe myself dead, and I saw no way of producing this death. Whenever I sought help from others I was told to read Romans 6:11, and the more I read Romans 6:11 and tried to reckon, the...

"The priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all Israel ... passed clean over Jordan." ....Joshua 3:17

We must have faith to see all God's people brought into their inheritance. That is God's purpose and it will be carried out! But as a means to realising that purpose, God needs those who are willing to step right into a place of death if need be and to stand there steadfast until all are safely over. Because that little band of priests did so, hold...

"Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." ...Hebrews 12:6

  It seems clear that Spiritual vision by itself is not enough to transform a life. Consider Jacob's ladder. Because of his crooked behaviour, Jacob had lost his home and all his possessions. Yet in spite of this, God favoured Him at Bethel with a vision so marvellous that he was moved to exclaim, "How dreadful is this place!" The promises tha...

"When the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward." .....Exodus 40:36

Just as in all of God's speaking to his people in those far-off day's of the old testament, He spoke to them from between the cherubim of glory. So also was all His leading for them onward through the wilderness by means of that same glory. In the cloud by day and the fire by night the glory of God appeared and they moved forward in alignment and c...

"She hath wrought a good work upon me." ....Matthew 26:10

When the Lord returns and we see him face to face, I trust that we shall all pour out our treasures and ourselves at his feet. But what about today? What are we doing with Him today? Several days after Mary broke that alabaster box and poured the ointment on Jesus' head, there were some other women who went early in the morning to anoint his body. ...

"Working together with Him we entreat you also that you do not receive the grace of God in vain" ....2 Corinthians 6:1

God has saved us not for ourselves but for Himself, not for our benefit but for His. "I press on," says Paul, "If so be that I may apprehend that for which also I was apprehended of by God in Christ Jesus." We were not apprehended just for eternal salvation only, but for a quite different and definite purpose. In the present 'now', we are to be God...

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