"After these things I heard as it were a great voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, Hallelujah; Salvation, and glory, and power, belong to our God." .....Revelation 19:1

  This, the first Hallelujah in the book of Revelation, is provoked by the downfall of a city which is again and again described as "great". Why does heaven rejoice so much at the overthrow of Babylon? Because Babylon embodies the spirit of empty show and pretence. Israel's first recorded sin after entering Canaan was the taking of a Bablyonis...

"The path of the righteous is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day" ....Proverbs 4:18

  In spite of the examples of Solomon and several other kings, we need not assume that a man's last days should be days of spiritual decline and decay. Think of Jacob after his return to Canaan. He who had always been so restless settled down quietly in the land. There, in the sphere of his own family, he underwent many sorrows and disappointm...

"That through death he might bring to nought him that had the power of death, that is the devil." .....Hebrews 2:14

It is in the death of Jesus Christ that Satan's power of authority and dominion over us has met its match once and for all and has been broken. The death of Jesus Christ out dies all other deaths. Death in Adam does not finish a man but death in Christ does. His death is a mighty victorious death! Through Christ's death we have been totally deliver...

"Jesus then stood up and cried out, saying, If any man thirst let him come to me and drink. He that believes on me, as the Scriptures have said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water" ....John 7:37-38

What is thirst? It is a state of need, a state of being unsatisfied. But whoever drinks the water offered by the Lord Jesus shall never thirst again. Every born again believer may know not only contentment but also total satisfaction in their life! Being satisfied is much, much more than just being content. If one knows only contentment then he has...

"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...

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