I Would Have Told You

I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. John 14:2 Here is a blessed little word often overlooked: “If it were not so, I would have told you.” Jesus not only affirms positively the glorious fact of our heavenly home, He makes it doubly sure by a negative: “If it were not so, I would have told you.” Countless multitudes have wondered whether there is a home beyond. Here is One who came from there and knows. We can take His read more...

JESUS MADE REAL

JESUS MADE REAL He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you. John 16:14. We do not make Jesus real by conjuring up a mental picture of Him long ago in Galilee and trying to walk in imagination with Him there. We do not have to go back two thousand years or travel to Palestine to find Jesus. There is a fad for that sort of thing, but so might one inwardly visualize any character of history. Such mental association may, indeed, affect one’s life to some read more...

TAKE HIS WORD FOR IT

TAKE HIS WORD FOR IT Let God be true, but every man a liar. Romans 3:4 “Abraham believed God.” The essence of faith is simply taking God at His Word. “What more can he say than to you he hath said?” “He hath said…so that we may boldly say.” We are thrown back upon revelation, not reason. God has spoken and holy men recorded it. Back of everything stands the record. If we are to believe the Living Word we must accept the Written Word. Jesus accepted the Old Testament as the Word of God. read more...

TALK and WALK

TALK AND WALK Are ye not carnal, and walk as men. I Corinthians 3:3 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. I John 2:6 Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 We are too much inclined to excuse strife and schism in our churches by saying, “Too err is human; no church is perfect.” God has made provision for victory over the flesh, in both the individual and the collective life of His people. We may read more...

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...

Jesus did not pick up the stones

Jesus did not pick up the stones. John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. The crowd had gathered to bring this woman to Jesus to condemn her, yet when the Lord brought out all condemnations of everyone, her alone was left standing with Jesus. People may be able to bring up your past and the wrongs that we have done, but when it comes down to it we will all stand alone with 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...