"As many as touched Him were made whole." ....Mark 6:56

Recall the incident of the Pharisee and the publican at prayer in the temple. The Pharisee understood all about tithes and offerings, yet from him there was no cry from his heart to God; it was all in his mind so to speak. It was the publican who cried from his heart , "Lord have mercy upon me!" Something went out and touched God from that man, whi...
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"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful that promised." .....Hebrews 10:23

Nothing so satisfies God as our confession of Christ! Jesus often said, "I am." He loves to hear us say "Thou art." We do it far too little. When everything goes wrong and all is confusion, don't pray, Confess! Confess out of your heart what you know to be true about Him! Declare it out aloud from your mouth, "Jesus you are Lord!". Today, when the ...
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"Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves as servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey." ...Romans 6:16

The word rendered here as a type of "servant" really signifies a bondservant which is a slave. The distinction is important for us, for this word is used several times in the second half of Romans 6, where Paul writes of our usefulness to God. What is the difference between a servant and a slave? A servant may serve another, but the ownership of th...
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"For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps." ....1 Peter 2:21

How tempted we Christians are to seek spiritual experiences just for their own sake! This is all wrong. The Bible offers us no such truth as an individual thing apart from Christ. What God has done in His grace is to include us all in Christ. Then, in God dealing with Christ, God has dealt with us the Christians; that means in dealing with the head...
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"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...
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"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...
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"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...
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"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...
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"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....
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"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...
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