Monthly Archives: July 2015

PRAYER IS THE SOUL’S SINCERE DESIRE

Luke 6:12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
unuttered or expressed,
the motion of a hidden fire
that trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
the falling of a tear,
the upward glancing of an eye,
when none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech
that infant lips can try;
prayer the sublimest strains that reach
the Majesty on high.

Prayer is the contrite sinners’ voice,
returning from their way,
while angels in their songs rejoice
and cry, “Behold, they pray!”

Prayer is the Christians’ vital breath,
the Christians’ native air;
their watchword at the gates of death;
they enter heaven with prayer.

O Thou, by whom we come to God,
the Life, the Truth, the Way:
the path of prayer thyself hast trod;
Lord, teach us how to pray!

James Montgomery (1771-1854)

“True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.” Spurgeon

LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP

Luke 5:4 Launch out into the deep

A very simple scene: An itinerant Preacher, a finished message, a boat and a discouraged and disappointed fisherman. Peter and his associates had worked hard all night at their trade but to no avail; the fish simply would not bite! Jesus, the great solver of every problem, offered His solution in the words, “Launch out into the deep.” His words where obeyed and the discouraged fisherman learned another lesson in obedience and its sure reward.

In the Christian life there comes to one and all, if their hearts are tender toward God, a temptation to discouragement and even despair at the slow progress God-ward the soul is making. And to them Jesus would offer the same solution to their difficulty: “Launch out into the deep” of His fullness, only found and enjoyed by those who leave the crowds, and even loved ones, if necessary, back on the shores of time and sense, and venture out upon the eternal purpose of God’s will for them. Such obedience is always bound to include rich blessing, even though sometimes that blessing may appear as commonplace as an ordinary “fish.” It is God’s own gift of love, and His own blessed provision, for HE never makes mistakes. PAMEII

Jesus we look to Thee
Thy promised presence claim

“Let us toil till night comes, and we shall not labour in vain, for He who bids us let down the net, will fill it with fishes.” Spurgeon

BE FILLED WITH HIS PRESENCE

Acts 17:28 In Him we live, and move, and have our being.

“This seems to make it very plain that our Lord derived His daily strength from the same source as we may receive ours-by communion with God, by a life of dependence, faith and prayer and by receiving and being ever filled with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Would we therefore walk even as He walked, let us receive the Holy Ghost as He did at His baptism. Let us constantly depend upon Him and be filled with His presence. Let us live a life of unceasing prayer. Let us draw our strength each moment from Him as He did from the Father. Let our life for both soul and body be sustained by the inbreathing of His so that it shall be true of us “In Him we live, and move, and have our being.”

This was the Master’s life and this may be ours. What an inspiration it is for us to know that He humbled Himself to the same place of dependence in which we stand, and that He will exalt us through His grace to the same victories which He won.” A. B. Simpson

May the grace of Christ our Savior,
and our Maker’s boundless love,
with the Holy Spirit’s favor,
rest upon us from above.

Thus may we abide in union
held together by the Word,
and possess in rich communion
joys which earth cannot afford.

“O slow of heart to believe and trust in the constant presence and overruling agency of our almighty Savior!” Adoniram Judson

HE CAME!

John 1:11 He came unto His own.

In earlier verses in john’s Gospel record, we have read in remarkably brief and simple words of the eternal past and of the eternal son. We are told that from the beginning He was God; the He made all things, and that in Him was Light and that in Him was life.

Surely, these powerfully simple words and phrases are at the root of all theology. They are the root of all truth. How thrilling it is for us then, to receive in these two words, He came, the confirmation of the Incarnation, God come in the flesh! I confess that I am struck with the wonder and the significance of the limitless meaning of these two words, He came. Within them the whole scope of the divine mercy and redeeming love is outlined. All of the mercy God is capable of showing, all of the redeeming grace that He could pour from His heart, all of the love and pity that God is capable of feeling; all of these are at least suggested here in the message that He came!

Beyond that, all of the hopes and longings and aspirations, all of the dreams of immortality that lie in the human breast, all had their fulfillment in the coming to earth of Jesus, the Christ and Redeemer. Man has always been a hopeful creature, causing Milton to write that “hope springs eternal in the human breast.” Even fallen man continues to be an aspiring creature. We are reminded that while mired in the pigsty, the prodigal remembered his father’s house, and within himself pondered the question of “what am I doing here?”

All of our hopes and dreams of immortality, our fond visions of a life to come, are summed up in these simple words in the Bible record: He came!

THE ABSOLUTE GODHOOD OF GOD IS SEEN IN CREATION

1. The Absolute Godhood of God is Seen in Creation

With whom took He counsel in creation? Whom did He consult when He determined the various and manifold arrangements, adjustments, adaptations, relationships, equipments of His myriad creatures? Did He not do everything after the counsel of His own will? Did He not decide that birds should fly in the air, beasts roam the earth, and fishes live in the sea? Did He not decide there should be one vast gradation among the creatures of His hand, instead of making everything equal and uniform? Did He not determine to make a revolving world on the one hand, and a floating atom on the other? Did He not determine to create the exalted seraphim to stand before His throne throughout endless ages, and also to make another creature which dies the same hour it is born?

Was He not undisputed Sovereign in all His creative acts? Yea, verily, for the Three Persons of the Godhead were all alone in their solitary majesty. Why should God take counsel? Could man add to His knowledge, or correct His errors? God sovereignly assigned His myriad creatures their various habitations, members, movements, as it pleased Him. God never consulted man about a single member of His body, or about its size, color, or capacity; instead, “God set the members everyone of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him” (1 Cor. 12:18). Man is as truly the product of Sovereign creation as any other of God’screatures—sovereign, we say, not arbitrary. A. W. Pink

Praise the LORD! O heavens, adore him;
praise him, angels in the height.
Sun and moon, rejoice before him;
praise him, shining stars of light.
Praise the LORD, for he has spoken;
worlds his mighty voice obeyed.
Laws which never shall be broken
for their guidance he has made.

Isaiah 45:12 – I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, [even] my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

TOZER EDITORIAL: BRITISH PRODUCER TO MAKE FILM ON THE HOLY SPIRIT

Tozer Editorial: British Producer To Make Film On The Holy Spirit

Let an abuse within the Church go unrebuked for a while and there is no telling how bold it will become nor how far it will go.

An example of this is found in the unholy liaison currently existing between the Church and the motion picture industry. This has now gotten so far out of bounds that it threatens to alter completely the whole popular conception of the Christian faith. By the time this generation of babies is grown, the Christian religion as practiced among men may have changed radically that it will be altogether something else from religion taught by Christ and His apostles.

Probably the newest (and most ominous) development of this transcriptural craze is indicated in the announcement by J. Arthur Rank, British film producer, that he plans to make a new religious film entitled “The Promise,” based on the working of the Holy Spirit.

Yet this may all work out for the best. The very brazen impiety of this announcement may serve to jell the convictions of certain timid leaders who could not make up their minds about what to think of the religio-dramatic folly. Now they should know.

From Alliance Weekly 2 September 1950

It would appear from my research that the film was never made. Editor
If you have never read Tozer’s article The Menace Of the Religious Movie you can do so on this site here

IT REQUIRES MUCH COURAGE TO BE ALONE WITH GOD

Daniel 10:8 So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength.

“It requires much courage to be alone with God, to elect to retire for a time, and even for long times, and to listen to His voice only. It requires more courage than is need to meet human opposition or to battle with an outward enemy, and is altogether different from worship in the congregation with others around us.

Let anyone who doubts this make a trial, in humble determination, “I will not let Thee go except Thou bless me, until Thou admittest me to the inner sanctuary of Thy presence, and speakest to me.” For it is then that the keen searchlight of His presence reveals the innermost recesses of the soul so that the creature who has been bold enough to seek such a solitary interview with the Creator shall fall on his face, as Daniel did, in self abasement: “If I Daniel fainted and was sick certain days.”

It is then that all which is of self, all subtle egotism-the egotism which takes such a multitude of forms-is searched and hunted out of the soul. It cannot live in His presence. The praise of man becomes as dust beneath the feet, and the soul trembles even to receive any honor of men, or to be recognized in this world as of any worth.” Selected

“I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbor’s door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.” E. M. Bounds

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
the falling of a tear,
the upward glancing of an eye,
when none but God is near

“It is hard to wait and press and pray, and hear no voice, but stay till God answers.” E.M. Bounds

HAVING LOVED HIS OWN

John 13:1 Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

You may write your own name into this verse, and it will be as true as it was of the company at the table that night. Having loved you, He loves you unto the end. It was the night before Jesus died. He was with His disciples at the passover. Holy memories filled His mind. But amid these, His love for His own lost none of its warmth. His “hour” of sorrow and shame was come. But with all of this before Him, He did not forget “his own.” He gathered them about Him, and spent the evening with them.

He had no thought of Himself; He thought only of “his own.” His personal grief and bitterness were kept in His own heart while He gave them joy. His lover over-mastered His sorrow. Then there was something else. The words read: “His hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father.” So there was glory for Him beyond His cross. There were a few hours of darkness, woe, and anguish, and then He should leave this world and be at home again. His heart must have been full of rapture and expectancy as He looked forward, knowing that before tomorrow’s sun should set, He would be with His Father. Yet even this blessed consciousness did not make Him forget His friends. “Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” J. R. Miller

Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus -
spread his praise from shore to shore!
How he loves us, ever loves us,
changes never, nevermore!
How he watches o’er his loved ones,
died to call them all his own;
how for them he’s interceding,
watching o’er them from the throne!

Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

THREE KINDS OF PRAISE

Psalms 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth

“There are three kinds of praise representing really three stages in the Praise Life. First there is praise for blessing received. This is Thanksgiving. Only one leper out of ten who were healed returned to give thanks. And do we return to give thanks for one blessing in ten?

The second kind of praise is praise for blessings expected. This is Faith. Often the blessings never come until we believe God sufficiently to praise Him in advance. We never praise in vain, for our praises soon become objective in real and tangible blessings.

A third kind of praise is praise to God Himself. This is Worship. It has no reference to blessing, either received or expected. It rises above our needs and our experiences and is taken up entirely with the present character of the glorious Lord.

There are many who know Thanksgiving who do not know the praise of Faith. And of all those who know the praise of Faith there are but few who know extended moments of true worship.” Uknown

I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne’er be past
while life and thought and being last,
or immortality endures.

“When you cannot rejoice in feelings, circumstances or conditions, rejoice in the Lord.” A.B. Simpson

THAT WAS ETERNITY WALKING IN THE FLESH

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

There is eternity, and eternity was made flesh and walked among us, and whoso believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. The Eternal Word, the Eternal Son came to redeem us. Do you ever think as I do of the mystery of divine love and grace-how He walked around the carpenter’s shop on little, rubbery legs?

Oh, a baby is a harmless thing and captures you more quickly than a regiment of soldiers. If you had seen eternity walking around on baby, rubbery legs, tumbling and falling flat among the shavings, you would have run and picked Him up and dusted Him off, whispering “it doesn’t hurt, be a big boy!” He would have smiled, shaking away a tear, and toddled off for another tumble.

That was eternity walking in the flesh. It was God Almighty come to live among us to redeem us and to save us from the recent and the temporal and the transient=and to give us eternity! Everyone of us who will receive Him has that eternal life which was with the Father and was given unto men. How wonderful that a loving God give us this. And yet how terrible that we refuse and reject, and have to be whipped into heaven with the thongs of hell!

God offers us true Light! The sin in our nature has ruined us but He only asks that we turn to Jesus Christ and confess “Lord Jesus, I believe You. I believe that You are the Eternal Word and that in You I have the everlastingness that is equal to God’s everlastingness, that eternal life which was with the Father.

“For a small reward, a man will hurry away on a long journey; while for eternal life, many will hardly take a single step.” Thomas a Kempis