Posted by Jerry White on Jul 27, 2011
“Years ago, while preaching in the southern States, I was invited to a young couple’s home for dinner. In their early twenties, they had been married only thirteen months, but had two-month old twin boys.
The husband was in the military and, both being from New England, they were far from “home.” The young mother wanted so much to get to know God but life wasn’t easy. In one twelve-month period she had had too many changes—new city, new church, new home, new husband and new babies.
The twins were on ‘shift-work.’ Often up throughout the night, she would drop off to sleep when she tried to have a time with the Lord. She found a way out. She bought four inexpensive paperback New Testaments and broke the bindings so they would stay open. She put one on the kitchen counter, one in the bathroom, one beside her bed and one on the babies’ changing table. She would grab several two- or three- minute slots with the Lord in the Word as she went about her daily chores. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”
Thirsting After God, 133-134
David was running for his life from his son Absalom, but he made time in sleepless hours to seek his Shepherd’s face (Psalm 63). The Psalms David wrote were his devotional journal. Jesus was busy day and night with ministry to His disciples and the needy multitudes, but He often and regularly withdrew to lonely places to pray (Luke 5:16). “The increasing crowds, the unceasing demands on Jesus’ time, and the fact that no one else could duplicate his ministry did not deter Jesus from spending extensive times in prayer” (ESV Study Bible note).
Time is not the issue; lack of thirst is the cause for anyone to neglect seeking God first.
If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
John 7:37 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Jul 24, 2011
“I always hope that there is an attainable spiritual region where there are no clouds to hide the Sun of our souls. However, I cannot be very positive about this, for I have not traversed that happy land. Every year of my life has had a winter as well as a summer, and every day has had its night. I have seen brilliant sunshine and heavy rains, and felt warm breezes and fierce winds.
Speaking for the majority of my brothers and sisters in Christ, I confess that, although the strength is in us, as it is in an oak tree, we do lose our leaves, and the sap within us does not flow with equal vigor during all seasons. We have our ups as well as our downs, our hills as well as our valleys. We are not always rejoicing, we are sometimes heavyhearted because of our various trials. Alas! We are grieved to confess that our fellowship with the Well Beloved is not always that of rapturous delight, but at times we have to seek Him and cry, ‘Oh that I knew where I might find him!’ (Job 23:3).
This appears to me to have been, to a degree, the condition of the spouse when she cried, ‘Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved.’”
[Song of Songs 2:17]
Joy In Christ’s Presence, 47-48
Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love
to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me.
Psalm 86: 1, 3-7 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Jul 20, 2011
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Psalm 32:5 (ESV)
“Only one thing prevents Jesus filling our cups as He passes by, and that is sin in one of its thousand forms. The Lord Jesus does not fill dirty cups. Anything that springs from self, however small it may be, is sin. Self-energy or self-complacency in service is sin. Self pity in trials or difficulties, self-seeking in business or Christian work, self-indulgence in one’s spare time, sensitiveness, touchiness, resentment and self-defense when we are hurt or injured by others, self-consciousness, reserve, worry, fear, all spring from self and all are sin and make our cups unclean. But all of them were put into that other cup, which the Lord Jesus shrank from momentarily in Gethsemane, but which He drank to the dregs at Calvary—the cup of our sin. And if we will allow Him to show us what is in our cups and then give it to Him, He will cleanse them in the precious Blood that still flows for sin. That does not mean mere cleansing from the guilt of sin, nor even from the stain of sin—though thank God both of these are true—but from the sin itself, whatever it may be. And as He cleanses our cups, so He fills them to overflowing with His Holy Spirit….
If we are to know continuous Revival, we must learn the way to keep our cups clean. It is never God’s will that a Revival should cease, and be known in history as the Revival of this or that year. When that happens it is due to only one thing—sin, just those little sins that the devil drops into our cup. But if we will go back to Calvary and learn afresh the power of the Blood of Jesus to cleanse moment by moment from the beginnings of sin, then we have learnt the secret of cups constantly cleansed and constantly overflowing. The moment you are conscious of that touch of envy, criticism, irritability, whatever it is—ask Jesus to cover it with His precious Blood and cleanse it away and you will find the reaction gone, your joy and peace restored and your cup running over.”
The Calvary Road, 18-19
Posted by Jerry White on Jul 17, 2011
“Paul says we should ‘be filled with the Spirit.’ He says, ‘But be filled with the Spirit’ (Eph. 5:18). Associated with the events of the day of Pentecost, we read that ‘they were all filled with the Spirit.’ The disciples received this experience as an answer to their great need of power. This passage has many times been misunderstood because the word ‘filled’ has been taken in the material sense. By using this word ‘filled,’ many have received the thought that the Spirit of God is somewhat like a liquid or fluid mass that can be received in various quantities. But this is a mistaken conception. The Holy Spirit is a person and cannot be measured by containers. And where it is suggested that we be filled with the Spirit, it simply means that one who experiences this blessing, has his entire life placed under the domination of the Holy Spirit.
It means that every little nook in our lives—the God-life, the business-life, the religious life, the intellectual life, the private life, the home-live, the economics of life—in fact all that belongs to our lives, be placed under His power and dominion. When a life is thus placed under the scepter of the Holy Spirit, that is what the Bible means by being ‘filled’ with the Holy Spirit. This is the experience that every Christian on earth should enjoy.”
The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth, 21-22
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:4 (ESV)
To be drunk with wine is to be under its influence (Ephesians 5:18). To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be under the influence of this Person who is exactly like Jesus Christ. The way is simple enough for a child. Believe God’s Word and trust Him to fill you with His Spirit, just as He promised, and quietly rest in the fact that He does because He wants this for you infinitely more than you want it for yourself.
Posted by Jerry White on Jul 13, 2011
“The Holy Spirit is given to those who believe God. All that we ever receive from God is by faith, and so the filling of the Holy Spirit also is by faith in Him who does the filling. ‘Be ye filled:’ it is the imperative mode—a command. It is the present tense, every moment be ye filled, or as the Greek has it, ‘be ye being filled,’ a continuous process. It is the passive voice; constantly, moment by moment, let yourself be filled. We cannot fill ourselves, but the fountain-head seeks to keep us filled. The water mains are being filled as the water flows through them. God longs to keep us filled with the Holy Spirit while we trust Him to do it. On our part feeling has nothing to do with it, but faith everything. You believe, and as you consent to His desire, He fills you, and will keep you filled as you trust Him.
You may expect the Holy Spirit to continue glorifying Jesus. Do not look for emotions, do not expect exhilarated feelings—those, if present, are temporary—but expect Him to glorify the Lord Jesus. ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ’ (Eph. 1:3). The Holy Spirit takes these blessings, and one by one shows them to us….
A young woman once wrote me of her experience as follows: ‘As I go about my work, the Holy spirit brings to my mind verse after verse that I have heard or learned, and reveals to me what they mean. The whole Bible is absolutely new now. It seems that I think in circles, and it all comes back to the Lord Jesus. I do not have to worry now about myself or others or anything. I never dreamed that there was such liberty, joy, and peace in Christ.’ The one purpose of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus Christ. The Father’s purpose is to do it in the lives of His children by filling them with the Holy Spirit.”
L. L. Legters
The Simplicity of the Spirit-Filled Life, 53-54
Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
Galatians 3:2 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Jul 10, 2011
Show me Thy face—one transient gleam
Of loveliness divine,
And I shall never think or dream
Of other love save Thine;
All lesser light will darken quite,
All lower glories wane,
The beautiful of earth will scarce
Seem beautiful again.
Show Me Thy face—my faith and love,
Shall henceforth fixed be,
And nothing here have power to move
My soul’s serenity.
My life shall seem a trance, a dream,
And all I feel and see,
The one reality!
Let me seek Thee in longing,
Let me long for Thee in seeking;
Let me find Thee in love,
And love Thee in finding.
Posted by Jerry White on Jul 7, 2011
“The results of being filled with the Spirit are not uniform. The life and work of William C. Burns is to my mind one of the most eloquent illustrations of our study. After graduating at an early age from Glasgow University, he became the mightiest evangelist in Scotland at the age of twenty-two years. Spiritual giants, like Andrew and Horatio Bonar, Murray McCheyne, John Milne, R. S. Candlish, and a host of others, sat at his feet like little children, in the realm of evangelistic work. After some five years of revival in his native land, the Holy Ghost sent him to pagan China as a foreign missionary, where he laboured for the rest of his life in comparative obscurity. Hudson Taylor and other Chinese missionaries could testify that William C. Burns, the missionary, was just as full of the Holy Ghost as William C. Burns, the evangelist! One often ponders this mystery, of why a man who is leading thousands to Christ, should be led by the Spirit to leave such a mighty, successful ministry for a less prominent one, and to learn a new language ‘to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ.’ However, we remember the instance in the Acts of how Philip was taken from the revival in the city of Samaria to go into the desert to win one soul for Christ.
Again, we are reminded of how Paul received the fullness of the Spirit at the very threshold of his new life in Christ (Acts 9:17), and yet he did not go up to Jerusalem to preach to thousands. On the contrary, he was led by the Spirit to go into Arabia where he remained for three years, preaching to nobody! (Gal. 1:15-18). Arabia was Paul’s theological seminary! This is where the Spirit taught him the deep, spiritual truths of the Word of God. Thus we see that the life that is fully possessed by the Spirit is not always an actively successful public life. As in the case of ‘Praying Hyde’ and Father Nash, it may be a life of isolation from the Christian public for the ministry of intercession.
We cannot dictate to the Holy Spirit. We cannot lay down what we think should be the avenues of our service. Personally, I cannot tell you what will be the consequences of your fulness, but one thing I do know from experience, it will be a life of constant sacrifice for the Person and work of our blessed Lord.”
James A. Stewart
Heaven’s Throne Gift, 163-164
Posted by Jerry White on Jul 3, 2011
Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:33 (ESV)
“The Christian landscape is strewn with the wreckage of derelict, half-built towers—the ruins of those who began to build and were unable to finish. For thousands of people still ignore Christ’s warning and undertake to follow him without first pausing to reflect on the cost of doing so. The result is the great scandal of Christendom today, so called ‘nominal Christianity.’ In countries to which Christian civilization has spread, large numbers of people have covered themselves with a decent, but thin, veneer of Christianity. They have allowed themselves to become somewhat involved; enough to be respectable but not enough to be uncomfortable. Their religion is a great, soft cushion. It protects them from the hard unpleasantness of life, while changing its place and shape to suit their convenience. No wonder the cynics speak of hypocrites in the church and dismiss religion as escapism.”
“Millions call themselves by His Name, it is true, and pay some token respect to Him, but a simple test will show how little He is really honored among them. Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who is above, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time. Those other things will be exalted above. However the man may protest, the proof is in the choices he makes day after day throughout his life.”
A. W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God, 103