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Holy and Spirit

There are some who pray for the Spirit because they long to have His light and joy and strength. And yet their prayers bring little increase of blessing or power. It is because they do not rightly know or desire Him as the Holy Spirit.

His burning purity, His searching and convicting light, His making dead of the deeds of the body, of self with its will and its power, His leading into the fellowship of Jesus as He gave up His will and His life to the Father,—of all this they have not thought.

The Spirit cannot work in power in them because they receive Him not as the Holy Spirit, in the sanctificationof the Spirit. At times, in seasons of revival, as among the Corinthians and Galatians, He may indeed come with His gifts and mighty workings, while His sanctifying power is but little manifest. (1 Cor. xiv. 4, xiii. 8, iii. 1–3; Gal. iii. 3, v. 15–26.)

But unless that sanctifying power be acknowledged and accepted, His gifts will be lost. His gifts coming on us are but meant to prepare t…

The Holy Spirit is God

It has sometimes been said, that while the Holiness of God stands out more prominently in the Old Testament, in the New it has to give way to the revelation of His love. The remark could hardly be made if it were fully realized that the Spirit is God, and that when He takes up the epithet Holy as His own proper name, it is to teach us that now the Holiness of God is to come nearer than ever, and to be specially revealed as the power that makes us holy.

In the Holy Spirit, God the Holy One of Israel, and He who was the Holy One of God, come nigh for the fulfillment of the promise,’ I am the Lord that make you holy.’ The unseenand unapproachable holiness of God had been revealed and brought near in the life of Christ Jesus; all that hindered our participation in it had been removed by His death. The name of Holy Spirit teaches us that it is specially the Spirit’s work to impart it to us and make it our own.

Try and realize the meaning of this; the epithet that through the whole Old Testa…

The Sight of Faith

"As seeing Him who is invisible."--Hebrews 11:27

If we were always doing everything just as if we saw Him, whom having not seen we love, how different our lives would be! 

How much happier too! How brave, and bright, and patient we should be, if all the time we could really see Jesus as Stephen saw Him! And by faith, the precious faith which God is ready to give to all who ask, we may go on our way with this light upon it, "as seeing Him who is invisible."

These words were said of Moses; and this seeing Him by faith had three effects. First, "he forsook Egypt;" it made him ready to give up anything for his God, and God's people. It made him true and loyal to God's cause. What did He care for anything else, so long as he saw "Him who is invisible?" Secondly, it took away all his fear. What was "the wrath of the king" to him, when Jehovah was by his side? Of what should he be afraid? Thirdly, it enabled him to "endure,"…

Working for Jesus

"Ye have done it unto me." "Ye did it not to me."-Matthew 25:40

Our Lord Jesus Christ has given us opportunities of showing whether we love Him or not. He tells us that what we try to do for any one who is poor, or hungry, or sick, or a lonely stranger, is just the same as doing it to Him. And when the King says, "Come, ye blessed," He will remember these little things, and will say, "Ye have done it unto me." But He tells us that if we do nothing for them, it is just the same as if He were standing there and we would do nothing for Him. And He will say, "Ye did it not to me."

One of these two words will be spoken to you in the great day when you see the King on the throne of His glory. Which shall it be? What are you doing for Jesus? Are you doing anything at all for Him? Perhaps you say, "I have no opportunity." Did you ever try to find one? Did you ever ask Him to give you opportunities of doing something for Him? Or is i…

Under His Wings

God our protector, 30-Second prayer for safety.
I am trusting you, Lord Jesus, trusting only you. Trusting you for dangers seen and unseen, trusting you for protection. I am trusting you to guide me, you alone shall lead. Every day and hour supplying all my need. Amen.

Psalm 91:4
1 You can go to God Most High to hide. You can go to God All-Powerful for protection.

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety, my fortress.     My God, I trust in you.”

3 God will save you from hidden dangers     and from deadly diseases.

4 You can go to him for protection.

    He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies.     You can trust him to surround and protect you like a shield.

5 You will have nothing to fear at night     and no need to be afraid of enemy arrows during the day.

6 You will have no fear of diseases that come in the dark     or terrible suffering that comes at noon.

7 A thousand people may fall dead at your side     or ten thousand right beside you,     but nothing bad will…

We all have different gifts

We all have different gifts from God and The Spirit. We all have different gifts from God and The Spirit.

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Romans 11:29-36
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 
30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 
31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 
32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. 
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 
35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Romans 12-3-8
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to thi…

The Anti-Slavery Alphabet

Matthew 25:40-45 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."Matthew 25:40-45 (NIV)
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,

43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me." 
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?" 

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."
A is an Abolitionist—

A man who wants to fre…

Who will take care of me?

"He careth for you."

It is so pleasant to be cared for; to have kind relations and friends who show that they love you by their care of you, and their care for you. What would you do if no one cared for you, like the poor little children in London who are turned out to "do for themselves" before they are as old as you are? What would you do if there was no one to get anything for you to eat, or to see to your clothes, or to keep a home for you to live in? No one to take any notice if you hurt yourself ever so badly, or if you were ever so ill? You would feel then what a difference being cared for makes to your life.

But all the earthly care for you comes because "He careth for you." He planned and arranged everything, without your having anything to do with it, so that you shall be cared for. And He did not arrange it once for all, and then leave things to go on as might happen. No! Every day, every moment, He careth, goes on caring, for you. Not only t…

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

The more He gives you of His blessed Holy Spirit, the more you will ask for; and the more you ask, the more He will give.
Many years ago a good clergyman wrote a tiny prayer, it is a prayer that asks for what God has promised to give; and it asks for this through Him whom the Father hears. It is this: "O God, give me The Holy Spirit, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen."

Begin today not just saying it, but praying it, till you get a full answer. For you are quite sure to get it; here is God's own promise, "I will put my Spirit within you;" and He has promised it over and over again in other places. Perhaps you will not know at first when the answer comes. Can you see the dew fall? No one ever saw a single drop come down, and yet as soon as the sun rises, you see that it has come, and is sparkling all over the fields. It came long before you saw it, falling sweetly and silently in the twilight and in the dark.

So do not fancy God is not hearing you because you hav…