CARMEL AND HOREB

CARMEL AND HOREB Then the fire of the Lord fell… I Kings 18:38 But the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. I Kings 19:12 God was in the fire at Carmel; He was not in the fire at Horeb. We are not to gather from the still, small voice that God is never in wind, earthquake, and fire. He often is. He came at Pentecost with a sound as of a rushing mighty wind. He came in an earthquake in the Philippian jail. God works in nature in the cataclysmic, in flood read more...

Stepping in the light

STEPPING IN THE LIGHT As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. Colossians 2:6 God would not have us merely “take a stand,” He would have us walk. Too many have taken a stand and are still standing; for years they have made no progress. The New Testament makes much of our walk. We walk by faith, not by sight. We are to walk in the light, walk in love, walk in newness of life, walk worthy of our vocation, walk circumspectly, walk worthy of the Lord, walk read more...

BACKSIDE OF THE DESERT

BACKSIDE OF THE DESERT And he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God. Exodus 3:1 Consider again where Moses met God at the end of his forty-year postgraduate course in Midian. In the unlikeliest place and at the unlikeliest time God brings us to the Great Moment. Moses, the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, brought up in the courts of Egypt, had known more glamorous days than now, a shepherd in a desert. But the big day and the hallowed spot, however read more...

Overcome Distractions

Overcome Distractions But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. —Matthew 6:6 Among the enemies to devotion none is so harmful as distractions. Whatever excites the curiosity, scatters the thoughts, disquiets the heart, absorbs the interests or shifts our life focus from the kingdom of God within us to the world around us—that is a distraction; read more...

Worth of a Soul

Worth of a Soul: God Gave His Only Son ...Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26 In the world's markets, something which has no value for a disinterested person may be considered of great value to another who desires it and purchases it. In this sense, we may learn how dear and precious we are to Christ by what He was willing to give for us! Many Christians are tempted to downgrade themselves too much. I am not arguing against true humility and my word to you is read more...

When the Task Seems Insignificant

When the Task Seems Insignificant Go ye into the village over against you: in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: lose him, and bring him hither. Luke 19:30 These disciples, after three years of training for greater tasks, might have felt that going after a donkey was a rather unimportant errand. But there are no trivial assignments in the work of the Lord. That colt was part of the Divine plan from the foundation of the world. The Lord of read more...

A Tryst With God

A Tryst With God And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. Exodus 33:11 The men God has used most through the ages bear one common mark – at some time in their lives they came to a tryst with God, to a secret understanding with the Most High. They had a private meeting with the Eternal, a rendezvous with the Almighty. The Bible carries a series of such experiences, from Genesis to Revelation. The pages of church history abound with such read more...

Nesting and Resting

Nesting and Resting The heart of man longs for a dwelling place. We sing, "Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly," and "In the secret of His presence how my soul delights to hide!" The psalmist wrote about the sparrows and swallows that nested in God's Temple. Today God doesn't dwell in a temple, rather His Spirit dwells in men. The psalmist wrote, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (91:1). We cannot rest in God read more...

Have you let the King take over?

I have read of a dilapidated little shop whose owner was about to go out of business. The floor was unswept, the windows unwashed, the goods in disorder, the proprietor careless and untidy. One day the king came by, saw the wretched condition of the place, and said to the shopkeeper, “If you will do as I say, I will let you put over the door the sign APPROVED BY THE KING.” The proprietor gladly consented. Everything was changed-the floors swept, the windows washed, the goods put in order, the read more...