Posted by Jerry White on Jan 31, 2011
“The life around us is preeminently one of hurry and haste. Years are crowded into months and weeks into days. This feverish pace threatens the spiritual life. The rushing stream has already entered our churches and stirred their quiet pools. Meetings crowd on meetings. The same energetic people are found at them all and engaged in many good works besides.
We must make time to be alone with God. The closet and the shut door are indispensable. We must escape the din of the world to become accustomed to the accents of the still, small voice. Like David, we must sit before the Lord. Sit, wait, listen, be still. Only during such moments will the best spiritual gifts loom on our vision and we will have grace to receive them. It is impossible to rush into God’s presence, catch up anything we fancy, and run off with it. To attempt this will end in mere delusion and disappointment. God’s best cannot be ours apart from patient waiting in His holy presence.”
The Best of F. B. Meyer, 78
“When asked what his plans were for the next day, Martin Luther replied, ‘Work, work from early until late. In fact, I have so much to be done that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.’”
Magnificent Prayer, 53
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he [Jesus] departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
Mark 1:35 (ESV)
Those who thirst for the Lord find adequate time to be alone with Him because they cannot live without Him.
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 27, 2011
‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.’
Job 1:21 (ESV)
“Earthly comforts are loaned. They are not gifts, for all that we possess is God’s property. He has only lent them, and what he lends He has a right to take. We hold possessions and friends on a lease that can be terminated at the Supreme Owner’s option. Therefore, do not complain when God takes His own. In a world where thorns and briars grow, it is natural that some sharp points will pierce you.
The world swarms with thieves, deceivers, and slanderers, with losses in business, crosses in our expectations, false or fickle friends, and with sickness and death. Little wonder our joys are stolen. Our Master warns that our habitation is not theft-proof. ‘Do not lay up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal’ (Matt. 6:19).
Beloved, because these calamities may be expected, let us be prepared. Hold all things loosely. Hold them as though you did not have them. Look at them as fleeting; never expect them to remain. Never make mortal things your gods. If you do, your heart will be broken when they are taken, and you will cry with Micah, ‘You have taken away my gods which I made’ (Judg. 18:24).”
C. H. Spurgeon
Beside Still Waters, 22
Roy H. Clarke, Editor
Better to have our hands empty, and keep every blessing we enjoy on God’s altar, than to have it snatched from our unwilling heart. If we have settled it in our heart that all our blessings are His to do with as He pleases, then we can let any go with worship in our heart. We will experience the pain of loss, but we will also know the joy of freely giving to Him whom we love.
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 24, 2011
Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16 (ESV)
“What is it to walk in the Spirit?
Generally, it may be said, it is to maintain the habit of dependence upon the Holy Ghost for our entire life—spirit, soul and body. We know what it is at times to enjoy His conscious presence. We live in the Spirit, we have felt the touch of His quickening life, now let us walk in the Spirit….
To walk in the Spirit is to recognize the Spirit as present and abiding in us. How often, after we have asked His presence, we treat Him as if He had deceived us, and cry to Him as if He were afar off! Let us recognize Him, as having come; and address Him as a present and indwelling friend. He will always meet our recognition, and speak to us as the ancient presence, not from the mount, or the pillar of fire, but from the tabernacle, and from the holy of holies in our inmost heart.
It means to trust Him and count upon Him in the emergencies of life, to regard Him as one who has undertaken our cause and expects to be called upon in every time of need, and who will unfailingly be found faithful and all-sufficient in every crisis. The very name Paraclete means one that we can always call upon and find at our side. We must trust the Holy Spirit, and expect Him to respond to our need as implicitly as we expect the air to answer the opening of our lungs, and the sunrise to meet us in the morning. And yet how many treat the Holy Spirit as if He were a capricious and most unreliable friend! How many of our prayers are despairing groans or scolding reflections on His love and faithfulness!”
A. B. Simpson
Walking In The Spirit, 12-13
Salvation from first to last is by faith (Romans 1:17). Do you believe with all your heart what God says? Do you actively trust Him to keep His Word? When your conscience is clear, you can rely completely upon His Spirit within your inner being to be all you need.
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 20, 2011
Jonathan Edwards wrote a tribute to his bride-to-be, Sarah Pierrepont. He was eighteen and she was thirteen (1721 A.D.).
“They say [he wrote] there is a young lady in [New Haven] who is beloved of that Great Being, who made and rules the world, and that there are certain seasons in which this Great Being, in some way or other invisible, comes to her and fills her mind with exceeding sweet delight, and that she hardly cares for anything, except to meditate on him—that she expects after a while to be received up where he is, to be raised up out of the world and caught up into heaven; being assured that he loves her too well to let her remain at a distance from him always. There she is to dwell with him, and to be ravished with his love and delight forever. Therefore, if you present all the world before her, with the richest of its treasures, she disregards it and cares not for it, and is unmindful of any pain or affliction. She has a strange sweetness in her mind, and singular piety in her affections; is most just and conscientious in all her conduct; and you could not persuade her to do anything wrong or sinful, if you would give her all the world, lest she should offend this Great Being. She is of a wonderful sweetness, calmness and universal benevolence of mind; especially after this Great God has manifested himself to her mind. She will sometimes go about from place to place, singing sweetly; and seems to be always full of joy and pleasure; and no one knows for what. She loves to be alone, walking in the fields and groves, and seems to have some one invisible always conversing with her.”
C. Samuel Storms
The Grandeur of God, 27-28
The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me, and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father. And I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him—I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to Him.
John 14:21 (Amplified Bible)
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 17, 2011
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51:17 (ESV)
“Maybe you have thought of the glory that Christ receives from brilliant genius and profound talent, from splendid gifts and glowing zeal, from costly sacrifices, and even extensive usefulness. But have you ever thought of the glory, the far greater, richer glory, that flows to Him from a contrite spirit, a broken heart, a lowly mind, a humble walk; from the tear of godly repentance that falls when seen by no human eye, and the sigh of godly sorrow that is breathed when heard by no human ear; from the abhorrence of sin and loathing of self, the deep sense of vileness, poverty, and infirmity that takes you to Jesus with the prayer, ‘Lord, here I am. I have brought to Thee my rebellious will, my wandering heart, my worldly affections, my peculiar infirmity, my besetting and constantly overpowering sin. Receive me graciously; put forth the mighty power of Thy grace in my soul, subdue all, rule all, and subjugate all to Thyself. Will it not be for Thy glory and the glory of Thy great name if this powerful sin were nailed to Thy cross; if this temper so sensitive, this heart so impure, these affections so truant, this mind so dark, these desires so earthly, these pursuits so carnal, and these aims so selfish, were all entirely renewed by Thy Spirit, sanctified by Thy grace, and made each to reflect Thine image? Yes, Lord, it would be for Thy glory, through time and through eternity.’”
Morning Thoughts, 451-452
“I will not love a world that crucified him, neither cherish nor endure the sin that put Him to grief, nor suffer Him to be wounded by others.”
The Valley Of Vision, 115
Edited by Arthur Bennett
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 13, 2011
What is true devotion to Christ? What does it mean to be an authentic disciple of the Lord Jesus? How does a believer glorify the Lord he professes to love and follow? Can it be said any better than the following?
“Devotion signifies a life given, or devoted to God. He therefore is the devout [godly] man, who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God, who considers God in everything, who serves God in everything, who makes all the parts of his common life, parts of piety [godliness], by doing everything in the name of God, and under such rules as are conformable to his Glory.”
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, 1
“Oh God, be Thou exalted over my possessions. Nothing of earth’s treasures shall seem dear unto me if only Thou are glorified in my life. Be Thou exalted over my friendships. I am determined that Thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth. Be Thou exalted above my comforts. Though it mean the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses I shall keep my vow made this day before Thee. Be Thou exalted over my reputation. Make my ambitions to please Thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream. Rise, O Lord, into Thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, above my likes and dislikes, above my family, my health and even my life itself. Let me decrease that Thou mayest increase, let me sink that Thou mayest rise above. Ride forth upon me as Thou didst ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the fold of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to Thee, ‘Hosanna in the highest.’”
A. W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God, 108
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 10, 2011
“We must cultivate the habit of prayer if we are to live so as to grow in grace. We must be men and women of fellowship with God, of comradeship with Jesus Christ; familiar enough to speak to Him without preface or ending; breathing out to Him the agony or the joy of the moment; telling Him everything as the day glides by. Habits need to be created in the Christian life as well as in the worldly life. A good habit has to be cultivated, even as an evil habit. So also with prayer. You must cultivate the habit until presently it becomes second nature—no, first nature—the principal business of your life to tell Him everything, to speak with Him at all times. You will tell Him your joys and your sorrows.
You will whisper your difficulties, and along the highways, wherever you are, you will commune with Him. Cultivate that habit of fellowship, and you will breathe the atmosphere of God’s great mountain height. The man who would grow in grace—he is already grounded in that soil—must observe the means of grace, receive the sustenance of the Word, live in the atmosphere of prayer, and all the while he must exercise the life he has by co-operation in the enterprises of God.”
G. Campbell Morgan, D.D.
Simple Things Of The Christian Life, 55
And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.
Luke 22:39 (ESV)
The disciples were learning from their Teacher how to live. They had heard His instruction and watched Him practice His teaching in every kind of circumstance. They watched him habitually slip away alone to pray and be in His Father’s presence, sometimes for hours. They observed him go again and again to this quiet place on the Mount of Olives to pray, “as was his custom.” They concluded that this was the secret of His life and asked Him the only thing they ever asked Him— “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1, ESV). This can be the secret of your life also.
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 6, 2011
And he [Moses] said to him [the Lord], “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.
Exodus 33:15 (ESV)
The greatest blessing God gives is His presence. If I could choose any of life’s blessings, I certainly would not ask for wealth, because wealth cannot bring freedom from pain, concern, or anxiety. I certainly would not ask for popularity, because there is no rest for the world’s leaders. My choice, my highest honor, would be to have God with me always. When God is with us, there is no difference between Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace (Dan. 3:19) and a comfortable bed. It does not matter! We will be happy in either. If God is with us, if His divine love surrounds us, then we carry our own atmosphere and residence wherever we travel, and we can say with Moses, ‘Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations’ (Ps. 90:1). The individual who can say this is full of heaven, full of God, and blessed beyond measure. This is the privilege of all who truly believe in Jesus, of all who come out from the world, and of all who, like Abraham, live a life of faith (Gen. 12:4). Bow your head, believer, and let the Lord God pronounce this blessing, ‘I will bless you.’
If you are sorrowing, suffering, weary, or burdened, receive this blessing from God’s own mouth, ‘I will bless you.’
If you are poor, despised, or slandered, this blessing is not shortened. Take it with you, and go on your way rejoicing.”
C. H. Spurgeon
Beside Still Waters, 3
Roy H. Clarke, Editor
Saints through the ages have testified with unified voice about the joyful reality of knowing the Lord’s presence. He is indeed omnipresent. However, His near presence is what we can seek after and experience as our dwelling place regardless of our circumstances
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 3, 2011
Is the Lord Jesus real to you? Do you have regular times when you draw aside to a place alone to meet with Him? Do you relish your times alone with the Eternal Lover of your soul? Is He the richest satisfaction of your daily existence? The supreme pleasure of your life this year can be your intimate and enjoyable communion with the Lord Jesus—not out of a sense of duty, or as a necessary discipline in order to do the right thing, but out of deep desire like strong thirst. The Lord is a person who delights when you want Him above all else. He promises those who hunger and thirst that they shall be satisfied (Matthew 5:6). The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to bear witness of the Lord Jesus so that His spiritual presence with you is as real as your physical existence. When this occurs it tinctures all the rest of your daily living with His love, joy and peace.
“It was my privilege on one occasion to meet a true worshipper of the Lord in Scotland. Her name was Mrs. Stewart, a very lovable sister of humble origin who sustained herself by cleaning offices in a part of Scotland where women still get down on their knees and scrub floors.
When I visited Scotland with my wife, I said, ‘We must see Mrs. Stewart because she has been praying for me every day for many years.’
We went to her lowly dwelling, just two rooms and a little kitchen with a mirror on the wall which divided the rooms. One room was her bedroom, and the other was her living room.
As she passed from her bedroom to the living room early each morning, she would look in the mirror. Why? Her reply was revealing. ‘You know, I worship my Lord in the living room; but when I come out of my bedroom, I pass by this mirror and make a final check of my self because I want to look my best for my wonderful Lord.’
This woman knew her Lord intimately. I would haven given much to hear her worship Jesus Christ. There was no doubt in her mind she was going to see her Lord, and she wanted to look her best.”
Joseph s. Carroll
How To Worship Jesus Christ, 96-97