Monthly Archives: February 2014

BEGIN THE DAY WITH PRAYER

The last two days we looked at securing God’s presence in the morning time. Here E. M Bounds who wrote many books on prayer, each one worth reading talks of the importance of starting our day with prayer.

Psalms 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

BEGIN THE DAY WITH PRAYER

“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, he will be in the last place the remainder of the day.

Behind this early rising and early praying is the intense desire which presses us into this pursuit after God. Morning listlessness is the index to a listless heart. The heart which is behindhand in seeking God in the morning has lost its relish for God. David’s heart was fervent after God. He hungered and thirsted after God, and so he sought God early, before daylight. The bed and sleep could not chain his soul in its eagerness after God. Christ longed for communion with God; and so, rising a great while before day, He would go out into the mountain to pray. The disciples, when fully awake, would know where to find him. We might go through the list of men who have mightily impressed the world for God, and we would find them early after God.

A desire for God which cannot break the chains of sleep is a weak thing and will do but little good for God after it has indulged itself fully. The desire for God that keeps so far behind the devil and the world at the beginning of the day will never catch up.

It is not simply the getting up that puts men to the front and makes them captain generals in God’s hosts, but it is the ardent desire which stirs and breaks all self-indulgent chains. But the getting up gives vent, increase, and strength to the desire. If they had lain in bed and indulged themselves, the desire would have been quenched. The desire aroused them and put them on the stretch for God, and this heeding and acting on the call gave their faith its grasp on God and gave to their hearts the sweetest and fullest revelation of God, and this strength of faith and fullness of revelation made them saints by eminence, and the halo of their sainthood has come down to us, and we have entered on the enjoyment of their conquests. But we take our fill in enjoyment, and not in productions. We build their tombs and write their epitaphs, but are careful not to follow their examples.

We need a generation of preachers who seek God and seek him early, who give the freshness and dew of effort to God, and secure in return the freshness and fullness of his power that he may be as the dew to them, full of gladness and strength, through all the heat and labor of the day. Our laziness after God is our crying sin. The children of this world are far wiser than we. They are at it early and late. We do not seek God with ardor and diligence. No man gets God who does not follow hard after him, and no soul follows hard after God who is not after him in early morn.” E. M. Bounds, Begin The Day With Prayer

“There is no wonder more supernatural and divine in the life of a believer than the mystery and ministry of prayer…the hand of the child touching the arm of the Father and moving the wheel of the universe.” A.B. Simpson

Alone with Thee, amid the mystic shadows,
The solemn hush of nature newly born;
Alone with Thee in breathless adoration,
In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe 1811-1896

Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

THE MORNING HOUR, pt 1

Today and tomorrow we look at starting our day by seeking God’s presence. These are taken from chapter 1 of the book “The Inner Chamber” by Andrew Murray.

Psalm 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MORNING HOUR

From the earliest ages, God’s servants have thought of the morning as the time especially suitable for worshiping Him. It is still regarded by Christians both as a duty and a privilege to devote some portion of the beginning of the day to seeking seclusion and fellowship with God. Many Christians call it the Morning Watch, or the Quiet Hour. Others use the name, the Still Hour, or the Quiet Time.

All these believers, whether they think of a whole hour or half an hour, or even a quarter of an hour, unite with the psalmist when he says, “My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord.”

In speaking of the extreme importance of this daily time of quiet for prayer and meditation on God’s Word, Mr. Mott has said, “Next to receiving Christ as Savior, and claiming the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we know of no act attended with larger good to ourselves or others, than the formation of an undiscourageable resolution to keep the morning watch, and spend the first half hour of the day alone with God.”

At first sight, this statement appears too strong. The act of receiving Christ as Savior is of such infinite consequences for eternity, and the act of claiming the Holy Spirit works such a revolution in the Christian life, that a simple thing like the morning watch hardly appears sufficiently important to be placed next to them. If, however, we think how impossible it is to live out daily life in Christ, or to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, without daily, close fellowship with God, we shall soon see the truth of the sentiment. The morning watch is the key by which the surrender to Christ and the Holy Spirit can be unceasingly and fully maintained.

To realize this, let us look first at what ought to be the object of the morning watch. The morning watch must not be regarded as an end in itself. It is not sufficient that it gives us a blessed time for prayer and Bible study, and so brings us a certain measure of refreshment and help. It should serve as a means to an end. And that end is: to secure the presence of Christ for the whole day.

Personal devotion to a friend or a pursuit means that the friend or pursuit shall always hold that place in the heart, even when other activities occupy the attention. Personal devotion to Jesus means that we allow nothing to separate us from Him in a moment. To abide in Him and His love, to be kept by Him and His grace, to be doing His will and pleasing Him–this cannot possibly be an intermittent thing if we are truly devoted to Him. “I Need Thee Every Hour,” “Moment by Moment I Am Kept in His Love”–these hymns are the language of life and truth. The believer cannot stand for one moment without Christ. If we are devoted to Him, we will refuse to be content with anything less than abiding always in His love and His will.

Nothing less is the true scriptural Christian life. And the importance and blessedness and the true aim of the morning watch can only be seen as nothing less than this is its first object. Andrew Murray, The Inner Chamber

“It is a good rule never to look into the face of a man in the morning till you have looked into the face of God.” Spurgeon

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.

Refrain
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
An­nie S. Hawks, 1835-1918

“I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion. A. W. Tozer

SET APART

Today we look at the priesthood of believers taken from “Faith’s Checkbook” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

(Set Apart

“Ye shall be named the priests of the LORD”
(Isaiah 61:6).

His literal promise to Israel belongs spiritually to the seed after the Spirit, namely, to all believers. If we live up to our privileges, we shall live unto God so clearly and distinctly that men shall see that we are set apart for holy service and shall name us the priests of the LORD. We may work or trade as others do, and yet we may be solely and wholly the ministering servants of God. Our one occupation shall be to present the perpetual sacrifice of prayer, and praise, and testimony, and self-consecration to the living God by Jesus Christ.

This being our one aim, we may leave distracting concerns to those who have no higher calling. “Let the dead bury their dead.” It is written, “Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine-dressers.” They may manage politics, puzzle out financial problems, discuss science, and settle the last new quibbles of criticism; but we will give ourselves unto such service as becomes those who, like the LORD Jesus, are ordained to a perpetual priesthood.

Accepting this honorable promise as involving a sacred duty, let us put on the vestments of holiness and minister before the LORD all day long.) C. H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook, 25 February

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

The race of God’s anointed priests shall never pass away;

Before His glorious Face they stand, and serve Him night and day.

Though reason raves, and unbelief flows on, a mighty flood,

There are, and shall be, till the end, the hidden priests of God.

His chosen souls, their earthly dross consumed in sacred fire,

To God’s own heart their hearts ascend in flame of deep desire;

The incense of their worship fills His Temple’s holiest place;

Their song with wonder fills the Heavens, the glad new song of grace.

Gerhard Tersteegen 1697 (April 3, 1769)

THE DEEPER LIFE A LIFE OF GRACE

Today we take an excerpt from the sermon “Christian Life and Christian Living” preached by Rev. W.Y. Fullerton explaining the deeper life is a life of grace.

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

THE DEEPER LIFE IS A LIFE OF GRACE

“If you open the chapter and read it through, the thing that I think will inevitably occur to you will be that the Christian life is an abundant thing. Again and again you have it, “Much more”; “not only so …” The first thing about the Christian life, therefore, the foundation thing and the crowning thing, is this: it is a life of God’s grace. You have that in many a verse. At the end of the chapter, in Romans 5:20, you have, “Grace did much more abound”; and in Romans 5:2, The “grace wherein we stand.” If you are an accurate thinker, you will see that the word “grace” is used in two senses, just as the word “Keswick” is used in two senses. I find that some of my friends take a ticket to Keswick; and then you come to what you call a “Keswick.” You use the word with a double meaning. Now, grace is the thing God gives us, and grace is the effect of the thing God gives us; and the Christian life is a life of grace. A great French preacher said long ago that for the supreme moment when God meets the soul of man, a new word is necessary; and that new word has been found: it is “grace.” A distinguished English preacher, now with the Lord, said that the world never discovered the great word grace. It is a foreign language; it is the speech of infinite love.

That is exactly it: “grace” is the speech of love. A love that looks up is adoration; love that is level is affection; but love that descends is grace. As a friend of mine well says, “Grace is love out-loving love.” That is Christian life; the Christian life of grace. It begins with grace; it continues with grace; it ends with grace. My friends sometimes tell me that we are going to be awarded our place in heaven according to our works. Well, our works may be some guide to it, but when you get your glory it will be grace still. You begin with grace, without any desert on your part; and you will never have any desert. What you know of God is of grace; if you learn any more it will be of grace. Because you have grace, you will get more grace. It is one of the finest arguments possible—I have often been compelled to use it before God—that if God has given me grace, that is the great reason why He should give me more, else all grace of the past will be lost, for I cannot continue for ten minutes if God refuse me grace now. If He has given me grace these years, I may plead with Him to give me grace still.

The Christian life is a life of grace. The man who once gets a conception of what God’s grace is, will find that all differences in rank and position and station will disappear. The great sinner here this morning and the respectable sinner are alike—they need grace. Some men may know more than I; some men may have a better position that I have; some men may have a greater capacity than I; but this man, and that man, and the other, all need grace. We are on the same level; and there can be no class or caste in the Christian Church when we are under grace, for grace is such a great thing that there can be no difference between those who receive it. The Christian life, then, is a life of grace.”

“Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. It restores – more than abundantly – what it takes away.” Jim Elliot

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.
Robert Robinson, (1735–1790)

“God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” C.S. Lewis

JESUS IS GOD, pt 4

Today we conclude the 4 part series “Jesus Is God” from the book by William S. Plumer “The Rock Of Our Salvation” published in 1867.

DIVINE ATTRIBUTES ARE ALSO ASCRIBED TO HIM

“Beyond all doubt, OMNIPOTENCE is an attribute of God alone. We cannot reason with one who persistently contends that almightiness is the property of man or angel. But God’s word abundantly teaches that Jesus Christ is omnipotent. Surely he who in his own name raises the dead, and subjects the universe to his power—is almighty. Paul says Jesus does both these things: “Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.” Phil. 3:20, 21. Surely such energy is omnipotent!

In Rev. 1:8, Christ thus reveals himself: “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.” Nor did Jesus acquire omnipotence by his ascension to glory. Indeed, almightiness cannot be acquired, else a creature would become God. But even in his humiliation Jesus said, “What things soever the Father does, these also does the Son. As the Father raises up the dead and quickens them, even so the Son quickens whom he will.” John 5:19, 21. Jesus could do none of these things, if his power could be resisted. But irresistible power is omnipotent power, is divine power, and so Christ is divine.

O you who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty—cover us in the hollow of your hand. If our hold on you is feeble, let your hold on us be the grasp of omnipotence. Go forth conquering and to conquer, until earth owns you Lord of all.” William S. Plumer (1802-1880)

God gives to His servants this promise:
You’ll not have to face life alone;
For when you grow weak in your struggle,
His strength will prevail—not your own. Hess

Psalms 33:6-9
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
He puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
He commanded, and it stood firm

“My faith has no bed to sleep upon but omnipotence.” Samuel Rutherford

JESUS IS GOD, pt 3

Again we look at Jesus is God by seeing that God’s attributes (something true about God) are given to Jesus Christ, from the book by William S. Plumer, “The Rock Of Our Salvation”.

DIVINE ATTRIBUTES ARE ASCRIBED TO HIM

“OMNISCIENCE is another attribute of God belonging to Christ. Peter said, “Lord, you know all things.” John 21:17. By his omniscience, Jesus declared Judas a devil, even when he was unsuspected by any of his intimate friends. By his omniscience, he convinced Nathanael of his Messiahship and Divinity. Two things are wholly inscrutable, except to omniscience. One is, the human heart. Yet we are expressly informed that, even in his humiliation, Jesus “knew all men, and needed not that any should testify to him of man, for he knew what was in man.” John 2:24, 25. And when for three-score years the Son of man had been in glory he said, “All the churches shall know that I am he who searches the heart.” Rev. 2:23. The other thing unsearchable except to God only, is the Divine nature. Yet Jesus declares that he is master of that solemn mystery: “As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father.” John 10:15. Surely he who thus knows the unsearchable God, is himself God.

Lord Jesus, search us, and know our hearts, try us, and know our thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in us; lead us in the way everlasting; and reveal to us the glorious mystery of God.” William S. Plumer, The Rock Of Our Salvation

This is the fundamental thing, the most serious thing of all, that we are always in the presence of God. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Within thy circling power I stand;
On every side I find Thy hand;
Awake, asleep, at home, abroad,
I am surrounded still with God.
Isaac Watts

Matthew 28:20b “I am with you always.”

“IMMUTABILITY is another perfection belonging to God only; and by inspired men it is ascribed to Jesus Christ. Having shown that this earth and the heavens above, with all that is grand and solid in them, must pass away, the Scriptures say of Christ, “You are the same, and your years shall not fail.” Psalm 102:25-27; Heb. 1:10-12. The inspired author of the epistle to the Hebrews declares in explicit terms that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Heb. 13:8. Without profaneness, we cannot ascribe unchangeableness to any but God. Yet Paul says that Jesus is ever the same. Is he not Divine?

Blessed Savior, we rejoice that you are the same as when you wept at the grave of Lazarus; as when you poured salvation on the dying thief; as when, in ascending to glory, you blessed your followers. We rejoice that your state is changed and your nature immutable. Oh pity and bless us. Be unto us a sure foundation—a munition of rocks.” William S. Plumer, The Rock Of Our Salvation

Titus 1:2 In the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,

“His immutability presuppose His faithfulness. If He is unchanging, it follows that He could not be unfaithful, since that would require Him to change.” A. W. Tozer

Frail as summer’s flower we flourish,
Blows the wind and it is gone;
But while mortals rise and perish
Our God lives unchanging on,
Praise Him, Praise Him, Hallelujah
Praise the High Eternal One!
Hen­ry F. Lyte,

JESUS IS GOD, pt 2

Today we look at “Jesus is God” by seeing that God’s attributes (something true about God) are given to Jesus Christ, from the book by William S. Plumer, “The Rock Of Our Salvation”.

DIVIND ATTRIBUTES ARE ASSIGNED TO JESUS CHRIST

ETERNITY is one of his perfections: “In the beginning was the Word.” John 1:1. John the Baptist was born six months before our Lord, yet of our Savior he says, “was before me.” John 1:15. In prophecy, Christ gives this account of himself: “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth was.” Proverbs 8:22, 23. When on earth, he asserted his own eternity and self-existence: “Before Abraham was—I am.” John 8:58. More than sixty years after his ascension from Olivet, and within eight verses of the close of the New Testament, Jesus says of himself, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Rev. 22:13. He who is himself the Alpha, the first, the beginning—must be self-existent, independent, and eternal. Surely he who can truly thus speak of himself is divine.
O eternal Son of God, Father of eternity—remember that we are of yesterday and are crushed before the moth. Bring us, in the fullness of your grace, to behold your glory, which you had with your Father before the world was.

JESUS IS ALL PRESENT

OMNIPRESENCE is another attribute of God claimed by Christ: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matt. 18:20. Christ could not thus meet all the little groups of his worshipers in all parts of the world, unless he were omnipresent. He claims the same perfection when he says to his disciples, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matt. 28:20. If this promise conveys any natural and obvious sense, it is one that, beyond a doubt, implies the omnipresence—and therefore the divinity, of Jesus Christ.

Blessed Savior, who is everywhere present, preside in all our solemn assemblies, large and small. Walk in the midst of the golden candlesticks. William S. Plumer, The Rock Of Our Salvation

“The doctrine of the divine omnipresence personalizes man’s relation to the universe in which he finds himself. This great central truth gives meaning to all other truths and imparts supreme value to all his little life. God is present, near him, next to him, and this God sees him and knows him through and through. At this point faith begins, and while it may go on to include a thousand other wonderful truths, these all refer back to the truth that God is, and God is here.”
- A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Lord Jesus, Christ, be present now,
Our hearts in true devotion bow,
Thy Spirit send with grace divine,
And let Thy truth within us shine.

Unseal our lips to sing Thy praise,
Our souls to Thee in worship raise,
Make strong our faith, increase our light
That we may know Thy Name aright.

Until we join the hosts that cry,
“Holy art Thou, O Lord, most high!”
And in the light of that blest place
Fore’er behold Thee face to face.

Glory to God the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To Thee, O blessed Trinity,
Be praise throughout eternity!
Nahum Tate (1652 – 30 July 1715)
Nicholas Brady (1659-1726)

Matthew 28:20b “And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

JESUS IS GOD, pt 1

Today and the rest of the week I will be posting from the chapter “Christ Is God” from William S. Plumer’s book “The Rock Of Our Salvation”, setting forth the truths of Christ deity, that Jesus is God.

THE NAMES OF GOD ARE, IN SCRIPTURE, GIVEN TO JESUS CHRIST.

One apostle says of him, “This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20. Speaking of the Israelites, another apostle says, “Of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever.” Romans 9:5. In both Testaments he is called Immanuel, which means God with us. Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:23. Speaking of him, Paul says: “God was manifest in the flesh.” 1 Tim. 3:16. The evangelical prophet calls him the “mighty God, the everlasting Father.” Isaiah 9:6.

Peter says, “He is Lord of all.” Acts 10:36. Paul says, “He is the Lord of glory.” 1 Cor. 2:8. Both Isaiah and Joel call him by the majestic and incommunicable name, Jehovah. Isaiah 6:5; Joel 2:32, Compare John 12:41; Romans 10:13. The Bible styles our Savior, God, the true God, God blessed forever, Lord of all, Lord of glory, God with us, Jehovah, Lord Almighty. This language is used by prophets and apostles at periods long separated and on occasions very diverse; some before his birth, others at his birth, and others after his ascension to glory. Surely God’s word thus teaches that he is divine.

Lord Jesus, God over all, Almighty Jehovah—be our Friend. Bless and help each one of us. Be unto us a horn of salvation.” William S. Plumer, The Rock Of Our Salvation

“That people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg–or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow,
Where the blood of Christ was shed,
Perfect Man on thee did suffer,
Perfect God on thee has bled!

Here the King of all the ages,
Throned in light ere worlds could be,
Robed in mortal flesh is dying,
Crucified by sin for me.

O mysterious condescending!
O abandonment sublime!
Very God Himself is bearing
All the sufferings of time!

Evermore for human failure
By His passion we can plead;
God has born all mortal anguish,
Surely He will know our need.

This—all human thought surpassing—
This is earth’s most awful hour,
God has taken mortal weakness!
God has laid aside His Power!

Once the Lord of brilliant seraphs,
Winged with love to do His will,
Now the scorn of all His creatures,
And the aim of every ill.

From the “Holy, Holy, Holy,
We adore Thee, O most High,”
Down to earth’s blaspheming voices
And the shout of “Crucify.”

Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow,
Where the blood of Christ was shed,
Perfect Man on thee did suffer,
Perfect God on thee has bled!
Will­iam J. Spar­row-Simp­son (1860-1952)

John 20:28 – And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

THE DEEPER LIFE, pt 11

We end the sermon by A. W. Tozer, The Deeper Life, pt w with the truth that we are free from earthly fears.

Hebrews 6:1-2 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”

“What is this Christian then who has gone on and sustains toward our Lord a right; a scriptural; a spirit inspired, volitional and intellectual and emotional attitude toward the savior. Well, he is one who has been freed from earthly love and fears:

FREE FROM EARTHLY FEERS

“Free from earthly fears means I choose the will of God now and forever, it’s my treasure, it’s my whole beatitude. The only fear I have is to get out of the will of God and that won’t bother me any. Outside the will of God there’s nothing I want. In the will of God there’s nothing I fear for God has sworn to keep me if I’m in His will. If I’m out of His will, that’s another matter. If I’m in is will He’s sworn to keep me. He’s able to do it, He’s wise enough to know how to do it. he’s kind enough to want to do it. So really theres nothing to fear. You can’t harm a man in the will of God. I believe no harm can come to a good man in this world or the next. “But I’ll loose my job.” Well, you’ll loose your job but you won’t loose your head. “I’ll loose my head.” Well, if you loose our head you won’t loose your savior. You can’t harm a good man.

So a man gets free from fear. I pity the creature afraid of his congregation or afraid of his superiors in his denomination. Maybe I’m a little abnormal on that but I’ve never, never knew up to now so help me God one single twinge of fear of my superiors and only rarely do I ever get self conscious before a congregation. If there’s somebody who is really a great preacher present and I know my poor little sermon will sound rather amatiteuric by comparison and I sometimes don’t care to preach before great preachers, but I’m not afraid of them, I’m just, what would you say? Charmed.

WHEN NOTHING CAN HARM YOU

Nothing can harm you if your in the will of God. So if you’ll do these two things; let the love of God burn within you until it consumes everything and we’ll never be a slave to any earthly yearnings. We’ll have them and we’ll have earthly loves and people you love and care for and would weep to part with. Jesus wept beside the grave of His beloved friend Lazerous. There’s no harm in weeping when we must say goodbye.

You can have your dislikes. I’d run a mile from having a needle put in my arm. I don’t say the deeper life, the spirit filled life meant that you won’t be normally gloomy. If the lightening strikes near you, you’ll jump. If somebody comes at you with a needle you’ll shrink. You’re human. But that’s one thing, it’s quite another thing to walk around chained by human fears. Chained by the fear of death and fear of sickness and the fear of poverty and the fear of friends and the fear of enemies. God never means for his children should thus be afraid.

Well, all that I preached to you now isn’t a dream, it isn’t a mystic ideal that nobody can reach. It’s the normal Christian life. Anything short of it is abnormal or subnormal. Shall we not obey God and go on to perfection? I believe you want to or I wouldn’t be preaching to you. May God grant that together we may press on into the deep waters, yeah, waters to swim.” A. W. Tozer, The Deeper Life, pt 2

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

“Get rid of fear, because fear is painful. How it torments the spirit! When the Christian trusts, he is happy; when he doubts, he is miserable. When the believer looks to his Master and relies upon him, he can sing; when he doubts his Master, he can only groan.” Charles Spurgeon

“Faith never knows where it is being led or it would not be faith. True faith is content to travel under sealed orders.” J. Oswald Sanders

O Christian trav’ller, fear no more
The storms which round thee spread;
Nor yet the noontide’s sultry beams
On thy defenceless head.

Chorus:
“Fear thou not, for I am with thee:
Be not dismayed, for I am thy God;
Fear thou not, for I am with thee:
Be not dismayed, for I am thy God.”

Thy Savior, who upon the cross
Thy full redemption paid,
Will not from thee, His ransomed one,
Withhold His promised aid.

A safe retreat and hiding-place
Thy Savior will provide:
And sorrow cannot fill thy heart,
While sheltered at His side.

No; in thy darkest days on earth,
When every joy seems flown,
Believer, thou shalt never tread
The toilsome way alone.
César Malan 1787 – 1864

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”