“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...

Rubbish

Rubbish "... there is much rubbish."Neh. 4:10 At was another device of Satan to stop the building of Jerusalem's wall. Outside opposition had failed so he started boring from within. The burden bearers were weary and so much rubbish had accumulated that they grew discouraged. If you are building a life upon the one foundation, Jesus Christ, you will face the problem of rubbish. You cannot build a house without the accumulation of odds and ends, broken pieces, waste material that must be read more...

Overtaken

Overtaken Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Overtaken- catch up with and pass while traveling in the same direction. To go in front of, surprise. Fault- side slip, a deviation, unintentional error, fault, to fall aside. Restoration is a preventive maintenance step for the spiritual. To see a brother struggling, and to pass on by, is to wound read more...

Comforting words.

Comforting words. Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. In this chapter we find the Lord telling of the trials and test that the disciples would face. The Lord gives them truth about the hardness of the journey, yet here in these verses we find words of comfort for their journey. The Lord read more...

Head Weight

Head weight. Psalm 3:3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. We all have had a time where we walked around with our head hung down. The psalmist in the previous verses no doubt had his head down, but he was not willing to stay in this condition. How long will we stay looking at the ground? David was fleeing at this moment from his son, so this weight not only caused his head to hang but no doubt his heart to ache. We may face trials in order to 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...