To have Jesus ever near.

To have Jesus ever near. Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. You cannot get a subject closer to you than to have it in the heart itself. That He may dwell, not that He may call upon you sometimes, as a casual visitor enters into a house and tarries for a night, but that He may dwell; that Jesus may become Lord and Tenant of your inmost being, never more to go out.

DON’T STAY AT SHILOH!

DON’T STAY AT SHILOH! So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. I Samuel 1:18 Hannah had not been eating and she had been sad (v. 7). But now she had poured out her heart to God, and had entered into a covenant with Him, and she trusted Him for the answer to her prayer. Notice that she did not run up to Shiloh every day and “agonize” and pray the same prayer over and over. It would have looked very religious, but it would have been rankest unbelief. read more...

Fellowship and Worship before Service

Luke 10:40-42, "But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. [41] And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: [42] But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." O that we would never put our service for Jesus above our fellowship and worship of him as read more...

The Supreme Experience

The Supreme Experience My grace is sufficient for thee. II Corinthians 12:9 Within a few verses Paul goes from height to depth and rises again to greater height than ever. His third heaven experience, his thorn in the flesh, his denied request, should settle once for all what is the supreme matter in this earthly sojourn. We like to play up third heavens, mighty deliverances, amazing answers to prayer. The supreme experience of Paul was none of these but a constant dependence on God’s read more...

We Are Not All Alike

We Are Not All Alike We ought to be fully aware that in the body of Christ we are not interested in the production of “cookie-cutter” Christians. This is a word of caution in the matter of Christian experience: there is no pattern or formula for identical Christian experiences. It is actually a tragic thing for believers to try to be exactly like each other in their Christian faith and life. I have probably been overly cautious about testifying to my own experiences because I do not want read more...

Reproach and/or Riches

Reproach and/or Riches Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt. Hebrews 11:26. Moses had to choose one of two kinds of wealth, the reproach of Christ or the treasures of Egypt. He esteemed the first to be the greater riches and so laid up treasure in heaven. He chose the imperishable, “choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” He saw the invisible: “He endured as seeing him who is read more...

Moving Day

Moving Day For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Hebrews 4:10 You will not find peace by moving from a big house into a bigger one, by moving from town to country, by moving up the social ladder, by moving from a B. A. to a Ph.D. Moving to the mountains in the summer or south in the winter will not do it. It was an old Black maid who said of her unhappy globe-trotting mistress, “It don’t do her any good, because she has to take read more...

“Nothing Wavering”

“Nothing Wavering” And shall not doubt in his heart. Mark 11:2 Doubting nothing. Acts 10:2 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. James 1:6 It is a powerful phrase, and the word shows up elsewhere (Mt. 21:21; Rom. 4:20; 14:23). A. T. Robertson says, “It is a vivid picture of internal doubt.” We must not only believe God, we must believe we believe God. Like the silly habit of going back to see whether you really did lock that door, an unsettled state of spiritual read more...

He is a shield

Proverbs 30:5, "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him."Think of the many blessings God has given to all of his born again children. Sins forgiven, access to throne of his grace, enables us to to do all things through Christ. And as this vs states he is a shield to those who trust him. As my dad would say; that is enough to to make a Baptist shout and mabe even a Methodist or a Pentecostal. Praise God, Hallelujah, Amen. Larry Youngblood

March to the Flag

I have read of a battle where the flag got far ahead of the soldiers. An officer called back to his superior and asked, “Shall we bring the flag back to the regiment?” “No,” came the reply, “make the regiment catch up with the flag!” The New Testament standard is far ahead of most of the church today. It is true that we have all kinds of people at various stages of spiritual development in our fellowships. But we must yet lower the standard to the poorest level of our membership. When Gideon’s read more...

LET IT BEGIN IN ME

LET IT BEGIN IN ME If my people…shall humble themselves…then will I… II Chronicles 7:14 In revival God begins with His own people, and His people begin with themselves… “humble themselves”… “turn from their wicked ways.” It is subjective: they humble themselves and turn from sin. It is objective: they pray and seek God’s face. After David has his joy restored, then he teaches transgressors God’s ways, and sinners are converted. David does not go out visiting prospects and canvassing read more...