"Behold I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels." .....Exodus 34:10

Many of us do not differentiate clearly between the promises of God, the accomplished facts of God (His mighty works) and the Covenant of God. Promises are given to encourage faith but often we cannot rise up to believe God's promises. At times we can hardly even lay hold of divine facts because current appearances seem even to make a lie of them t...

"Present yourself unto God, as alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." ....Romans 6:13

We need to 'know' before we can grow as Christians. Many have taken this word 'present' here to imply consecration, without looking carefully into its content. Of course that is what it does mean, but not in the sense in which we are inclined initially to understand. It is not the consecration of our old self with its instincts and resources, its n...

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted." ....Psalm 46:10

If God's throne seems to rock, can our hand steady it? Some appear to think so. One such was Jacob. God had clearly stated that he should rule, and in all he did he aimed only to forward God's plans. He saw God's election and he embraced it. But then one day he learned that his father had sent Esau hunting with a view to giving him the blessing ins...

"God ... made us to sit with Him in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus." .....Ephesians 2:6

What does it really mean to sit? When we walk or stand, we bear on our legs all the heaviness and weight of our body, whereas when we sit down our entire weight rests upon the chair which we sit on. We grow weary when we walk or stand, but we feel rested and refreshed when we have sat down for a while. In walking or standing, we expend a great deal...

"So he caused the ark of the Lord to compass the city." ......Joshua 6:11

Mention here of the ark alone makes it appear as though the writer were ignoring the whole army of people who marched in faith round those walls of Jericho. But of course it was the ark that really mattered. This stronghold of Jericho was not demolished by the march of the Israelites alone. As we know only too well, we may walk round our own 'Jeric...

"Being therefore, by the right hand of God exalted, He hath poured forth this." ....Acts 2:33

How can I receive the power of the Holy Spirit of God? Must I labour and prove myself worthy? Must I plead with God on bended knees for it? Must I afflict my soul by fasting and self-denial to merit it? Never! That is not the teaching of the new testament Scripture! Think again. How did we receive the forgiveness of our sins? Paul tells us it was a...

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" ....Hebrews 4:12

None of us like to have our "self" revealed to us. We don't like to be exposed for what we really are! It is not a very nice process to have the "old nature" revealed full on in all of its sin and horror. There are things we would prefer that were not revealed. However, if we are to be what God intends us to be, then it is necessary to have our "se...

"God, whose I am, whom also I serve." ....Acts 27:23

It is a great thing when I discover I am no longer my own but Christ's and that I have the love of God in my heart, causing me to be sensitive unto others. If the money in my pocket belongs to me, I have full authority over it. But if it belongs to another who has committed it to me in trust, then I cannot buy what I please with it, and I dare not ...

"I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord." ....Romans 7:25

" O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me?" had been Paul's despairing cry. Then in a moment of revelation, it changed to this shout of praise. The first words of the delivered man are most precious, "I thank God..." Tell me this: if someone gives you something do you thank the person who gave it or someone else? Why did Paul say, "Thank God...

"The things that are despised did God choose, yea and the things that are not." ...1 Corinthians 1:28

The cross is the greatest leveller in the universe! It brings everyone of us down to zero. It offers the whole of mankind a new beginning. The difference between a Christian who is growing in spirit, and one who is not, is in the faithfulness and obedience of the cross, never anything he possesses in himself by nature. One has been to the cross of ...

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