Hindering Spirits

Hindering Spirits Our Saviour Himself could do no mighty works in Nazareth because of the people's unbelief. Some of us are concerned these days over the ineffectiveness of so much of our religious activity. For all our churches, schools, conferences, campaigns, movements, where are the greater works our Lord promised that we should do? The mountain labors and brings forth a mouse. What is it that limits the Holy One of Israel? How have we grieved the Holy Spirit? Evan Roberts used to say read more...

“But If Not…”

"But If Not..." Our God is able to deliver us... But if not...Daniel 3:17, 18. The Hebrew children did not doubt that God could save them from the furnace, but if He did not they would be faithful, anyway. It is well to be prepared for the "if nots." God is always able, but sometimes it is not His will to deliver us from the fiery furnace. But He will save us in the furnace. He does not always spare us trouble, but He does succour us in trouble. If you are facing a furnace, make provision read more...

Get Your Head Up!

Get Your Head Up! It is a day of drooping heads and discouraged hearts. Apart from divine intervention, the world situation is absolutely hopeless. No one knows what to do. Even Christians are infected with the mood. "Why doesn't God do something? There are more heathen than ever. The gospel is not winning the world. It is going to the Communists." Even stout hearts fail for fear and many, like John the Baptist in prison, feel like asking our Lord: "Art thou he that should come, or do we look read more...

“Faithing” our way

"Faithing" Our Way "What is the matter with me? I know that I should cast my burden on the Lord, cast all my care upon Him, commit my way unto the Lord, be careful for nothing. I want to do all these things but they don't seem to work. I roll my burden on the Lord, but it rolls back. I commit myself, but I don't stay committed." Such is a common complaint of many dear souls who want to walk by faith, but to whom doubt and fear are much more real. We need not be surprised if doubt and fear read more...

Revival—or Else

Revival—or Else Thou hast left thy first love.Revelation 2:4. In the course of history, Christianity periodically clutters up with its own projects and paraphernalia. Then God raises up a new fellowship of fresh Christians somewhere, all aglow in simple faith and obedience. Sometimes this happens in a local church, either when the old crowd has a revival or there is a blood transfusion of new converts. In individual experience we tend to get away from our first love, not always into false read more...

Stopping Short of God

Stopping Short of God O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.Psalm 63:1. Any spiritual exercise that stops short of God Himself stops far too short. We can become taken up with the means and forget the end. Our Bible reading may bring us profit and we may lay down the Book with a comfortable sense of duty well performed, but does the heart say, "Beyond the sacred page, I seek Thee, read more...

Peace In The Valley

Peace In The Valley It is mid-April and I am still waiting for spring. Officially it is due to arrive on March 21 but that doesn't mean a thing except that it may come about a month later. If I spent the winters in Florida I would never return to Carolina until May. There are minor indications in advance, however, and how welcome! The carol of the robin at daybreak this morning, for instance. The first tender green is here and never will it be lovelier. I go down by the lake every day to see read more...

Take Hold!

Take Hold! "The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces."Prov. 30:28 The spider is not popular but she is diligent and aggressive and gets things done. If one web is swept away she spins another and doesn't hesitate to take up quarters even in kings' palaces. So might you and I dwell in the spiritual King's palace if only we took hold by the hand of faith. If we took hold of God's grace and took hold of opportunity and took hold of life with a positive eye to business read more...

Why are you so sorry?

Why Are You Sorry? "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned...."Ps. 51:4 When you sin and then feel sorrow in repentance, why are you sorry? Are you sorry because you have been untrue to the Lord and have grieved the Holy Spirit? Or are you sorry merely because you have failed, and have not come up to your expectations? There is a great deal of selfishness in much of our repentance. After all, it is not we who live the Christian life but Christ in us. We should never be looking at self read more...

Nazareth Or Cana?

Nazareth Or Cana? And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58 Here we have the Person (“He”), the Place (“there”), and the People (“their”). Jesus, the Person, was in Nazareth, the Place. It could have been a place of blessing but for the People. “Where”-there is the place-“two or three are gathered in my name”-there are the People-“there am I in the midst of them”-there is the Person. If revival does not come to your church, it will be because of read more...