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THE SECRET OF THE QUIET HEART
"Be still, and know that I am God."-- Psa_46:10.
"Sit still, my daughter, for the man will not rest, until he have
finished the thing this day."-- Rth_3:18.
PARADISE HAS vanished from our world, as the picture of a
landscape vanishes when swept by storm. And our race stands in
much the same plight as did Naomi and Ruth in this old-world
story. We have lost our inheritance, and the one barrier which
stands between us and despair is the Person and Work of our Lord
Jesus Christ. But, thank God, we need have no doubt as to the
sequel. For as Boaz claimed back the estate for Ruth, so may we be
confident that Jesus Christ will never be at rest till this
sin-stained and distracted world is restored to her primitive
order and beauty, as when the morning-stars sang for joy.
Jesus is our near Kinsman by His assumption of our nature. He is
the nearest and dearest Friend of our race, who stooped to die for
our redemption. And the fact that He carried our nature in Himself
to heaven, and wears it there, is an indissoluble bond between us.
Sit still! do not fret! He will never fail, as He will certainly
Let us seek the quiet heart in our prayers. Prayer must arise
within us as a fountain from unknown depths. But we must leave it
to God to answer in His own wisest way. We are so impatient, and
think that God does not answer. A child asked God for fine weather
on her birthday, and it rained! Some one said, "God didn't answer
your prayer." "Oh yes," she replied, "He did, God always answers,
but He said No!" God always answers! He never fails! Be still! If
we abide in Him, and He abides in us, we ask what we will, and it
is done. As a sound may dislodge an avalanche, so the prayer of
faith sets in motion the power of God.
In times of difficulty--be still! Thine enemies are plotting thine
overthrow! They laugh at thy strong confidence! But hast thou not
heard His voice saying: "This is the way, walk ye in it"? Then
leave Him to deal with thy foes from whatever quarter they come.
He is thy Rock, and rocks do not shake. He is thy High Tower, and
a high tower cannot be flooded. Thou needest mercy, and to Him
belongeth mercy. Do not run hither and thither in panic! Just
quietly wait, hushing thy soul, as He did the fears of His friends
on the eve of Gethsemane and Calvary. "Rest in the Lord, wait
patiently for Him." "Be still, for He will not rest, until He hath
finished the thing this day."
If this day I should get lost amid the perplexities of life and
the rush of many duties, do Thou search me out, gracious Lord, and
bring me back into the quiet of Thy presence. AMEN.
"We dwell in him."
Do you want a house for your soul? Do you ask, "What is the
purchase?" It is something less than proud human nature will like
to give. It is without money and without price. Ah! you would like
to pay a respectable rent! You would love to do something to win
Christ? Then you cannot have the house, for it is "without price."
Will you take my Masterís house on a lease for all eternity, with
nothing to pay for it, nothing but the ground-rent of loving and
serving him for ever? Will you take Jesus and "dwell in him?" See,
this house is furnished with all you want, it is filled with
riches more than you will spend as long as you live. Here you can
have intimate communion with Christ and feast on his love; here
are tables well-stored with food for you to live on for ever; in
it, when weary, you can find rest with Jesus; and from it you can
look out and see heaven itself. Will you have the house? Ah! if
you are houseless, you will say, "I should like to have the house;
but may I have it?" Yes; there is the key-the key is, "Come to
Jesus." "But," you say, "I am too shabby for such a house." Never
mind; there are garments inside. If you feel guilty and condemned,
come; and though the house is too good for you, Christ will make
you good enough for the house by-and-by. He will wash you and
cleanse you, and you will yet be able to sing, "We dwell in him."
Believer: thrice happy art thou to have such a dwelling-place!
Greatly privileged thou art, for thou hast a "strong habitation"
in which thou art ever safe. And "dwelling in him," thou hast not
only a perfect and secure house, but an everlasting one. When this
world shall have melted like a dream, our house shall live, and
stand more imperishable than marble, more solid than granite,
self-existent as God, for it is God himself-"We dwell in him."
"Give us this day our daily bread."--
IF YOU want daily bread, and would pray for it aright, you must
ask as a child; and you must put first, before your own
satisfaction, the Hallowing of God's Name, and the doing of His
Will. Implicitly you suggest that if He gives you bread, you will
use the strength it gives for His service.
Let us ever think of God as the bountiful and generous Giver. Too
often He has been described as hard and austere, and as a result,
men dread God, and only think of Him when they have done wrong.
But we should describe Him as the All-Giver, who gives all things
to all with the most royal generosity. He gives sunbeams and
dewdrops, showers and rainbows, grace and glory, His beloved Son
and His Spirit, human love and friendship, the daily spreading of
our table, the provision of all that we need for life and
godliness. Whether we wake or sleep, whether we are evil or good,
whether we are pleasing to Him or not; to those who forget and
blaspheme Him equally as to the saints and martyrs of the Church,
God gives with both hands, pressed down and running over. We
cannot buy, we do not merit, we cannot claim, but we may rely on
Him to give. God is Love; and Love cannot refrain from giving, or
it ceases to be Love.
Yet how low God stoops! He is so great, that His greatness is
unsearchable. He dwells in the high and lofty place. His sun is
ninety-seven millions of miles away from our earth; He has filled
the heavens with countless constellations, for each of which He
has a name. He puts the Himalaya into a scale, and the islands are
as dust in His balances; but Jesus has taught us to say, "Our
Father, give us bread!" When we get troubled about the immensity
of heaven and the distances of the universe, let us come back to
the discourse, of which this prayer is part, and which tells us
that the great God thinks about the clothing of the lilies, the
down on a butterfly's wings, the food of the young lions in the
forest, the store of acorns that squirrels accumulate for their
provision. It is wonderful to remember that from the first days of
man's sojourn on earth, our Father has been laying up stores for
us. Though we may be among the youngest children of Time, we come
to a table as richly plenished and provided as those who first
tasted of His bounty. "Fear not, it is your Father's good pleasure
Heavenly Father, let me not be anxious about to-morrow's provision
or path, but trust Thee to provide and lead for to-day. Open Thine
hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing. AMEN.
"Whatsoever thy hand
findeth to do, do it with thy might."
- Ecclesiastes 9:10
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,"
refers to works that are possible . There are many things which
our heart findeth to do which we never shall do. It is well it is
in our heart; but if we would be eminently useful, we must not be
content with forming schemes in our heart, and talking of them; we
must practically carry out " whatsoever our hand findeth to do ."
One good deed is more worth than a thousand brilliant theories.
Let us not wait for large opportunities, or for a different kind
of work, but do just the things we "find to do" day by day. We
have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future
has not arrived; we never shall have any time but time present.
Then do not wait until your experience has ripened into maturity
before you attempt to serve God. Endeavour now to bring forth
fruit. Serve God now, but be careful as to the way in which you
perform what you find to do-" do it with thy might ." Do it
promptly ; do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you
intend to do to-morrow as if that could recompense for the
idleness of to-day. No man ever served God by doing things
to-morrow. If we honour Christ and are blessed, it is by the
things which we do to-day. Whatever you do for Christ throw your
whole soul into it. Do not give Christ a little slurred labour,
done as a matter of course now and then; but when you do serve
him, do it with heart, and soul, and strength.
But where is the might of a Christian? It is not in himself, for
he is perfect weakness. His might lieth in the Lord of Hosts. Then
let us seek his help; let us proceed with prayer and faith, and
when we have done what our "hand findeth to do," let us wait upon
the Lord for his blessing. What we do thus will be well done, and
will not fail in its effect.
Spurgeon, C. H.
The Lord is my Shepherd
I Shall not want
He makes me to lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the still waters
He Restores my soul
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name sake
Yea, Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil
For Thou art with me
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me
Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies
Thou anointest my head with oil
My cup runneth over
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
POSSIBILITY OF THE IMPOSSIBLE
"Lord, increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye have faith
as a grain of mustard seed, ye would say unto this sycamine
tree, Be thou rooted up, and be thou planted in the sea; and
it would have obeyed you."-- Luk_17:5-6 (R.V.).
YOU ARE asking me to perform the impossible; I am sure that I
can never become a great tree, said a tiny mustard seed, which
is the smallest of all seeds, as it lay on the soft mould
where it had dropped.
Suddenly it was caught up with a spadeful of earth, and
buffed, it seemed, fathoms deep; in reality but a few inches!
There it lay in darkness and neglect. After some weeks, a tiny
green shoot appeared above the ground, and looked up to where
the great parent-tree was growing; it whispered softly to
itself, "Perhaps I shall be able to do it after all." "Do
what?" "Perhaps I shall become a great tree in which the birds
may shelter." "But a few weeks ago you said it was impossible
. then I had no idea that Mother Nature would work in me as
she has done; if she goes on pouring herself into me as she
has been doing of late, there is nothing that I cannot do; yet
not I, but her life which dwelleth and worketh in me."
There is no need to explain or enforce the meaning of the
allegory. Our Lord had bidden His disciples forgive "until
seventy times seven," and they had replied that such a thing
would be impossible, without a great increase of faith. "No,"
said the Master, "you do not need quantity but quality."
All God's fullness will flow through the tiniest channel that
faith opens out on His Almighty power. Faith is the open heart
towards Him, and through the channel of faith Christ lives in
and through us. Hudson Taylor heard God say: "I am going to
evangelize inland China, and if you will walk with Me, I will
do it through you." D.L. Moody said that the beginning of his
marvellous ministry was the remark made in his hearing: "The
world has yet to learn what God can do through a man wholly
yielded to Him." It is not what we do, but what God does
through us, that counts; and His mighty power, passing through
the tiniest aperture of faith, keeps hollowing it wider.
Most Gracious Lord, Thou didst truly say, "Without Me ye can
do nothing.'" We know that this is so by our past failures,
when we have wrought in our own strength. Help us to use the
little faith we have that it may become the channel for Thy
wondrous power. AMEN.
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Strengthened by Grace
Be strong in the grace that is in Christ
Great strength is necessary for living as
God intends. The grace of our Lord Jesus is where that strength is
to be found. "Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
Some of the specific reasons why we need strength are listed here
in the immediate context of this verse.
Part of our calling as believers in Christ is passing on to others
the biblical truths that God has taught us. "And the things that
you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to
faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2Ti_2:2).
Discipling others in God's truth can be demanding and
discouraging. Strength is needed. "Be strong in the grace that is
in Christ Jesus."
Another aspect of our life as disciples of Jesus is functioning as
spiritual soldiers. "You therefore must endure hardship as a good
soldier of Jesus Christ" (2Ti_2:3). We are the Lord's warriors in
a worldwide, lifelong spiritual battle. The battle has been won by
our Commander, Jesus. However, the enemy will not stop striking
back until he is confined forever. As Jesus' soldiers, we face
many hardships. Again, strength is needed. "Be strong in the grace
that is in Christ Jesus."
Another perspective on following Jesus is that of an athlete."And
also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he
competes according to the rules" (2Ti_2:5). As it is in athletics,
the Christian life requires discipline, training, and the exertion
of great measures of energy. Yet again, strength is needed. "Be
strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
One additional analogy of our life in Christ is that of a farmer.
"The hard-working farmer must be first to partake of the crops"
(2Ti_2:6). As with farmers, we are to sow the seed of the word
upon people's hearts. We are to water the seed through prayer. We
are to reap a harvest of righteousness. Farming is strenuous work.
Once more, strength is needed. "Be strong in the grace that is in
How wonderful that God did not limit His grace to justification.
We need it just as much for sanctification. We need His grace to
strengthen us for the extraordinary spiritual roles that God has
for us as disciplers, soldiers, athletes, and farmers. For all of
this the only sufficient resource is to "be strong in the grace
that is in Christ Jesus."
O Lord of all might and power, I desire to
be a faithful discipler, a sacrificial soldier, a disciplined
runner, and a laboring farmer. Lord this sounds so right, so good.
Yet,You know that I am intimidated by it all as well. I hear the
call, and I want to respond; but my strength is so inadequate. So,
I look to You and implore You to strengthen me by the grace that
is in Christ Jesus, Amen.
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
"To this end was I born, and for this cause
came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the
THIS WAS our Lord's answer to Pilate's
inquiry, and to a certain extent each of us may appropriate His
words. Shall we not ask ourselves, as in His Presence, whether we
are fulfilling the Divine purpose of what the Apostle calls "our
high calling"? (Phi_3:14).
God created each soul with a purpose. The potter takes in hand a
lump of clay with a distinct design. He means, when he places it
on the horizontal wheel, to make of it a vessel to adorn a temple
or palace, or he has in mind to serve some household use. The
revolving wheel on the one hand, and his skilful manipulation on
the other, will evolve and complete his purpose. "Cannot I do with
you, as this potter? saith the Lord."
"Thou hast made me and fashioned me. Thou didst choose the time
and circumstances of my birth, my parentage and heredity, my
mental equipment and my physical frame. From the first Thou didst
know the constitution of my body, which Thou didst fashion in
secret, and curiously work in the lowest places of the earth."
To our humble challenge: "Why hast Thou made me thus?" God does
not always give an audible reply. His answer is often voiceless,
it steals in upon the soul insensibly, and we know that we are
fulfilling His purpose. If you are engaged in some unwelcome task,
which evidently is your duty; if you are shut up as companion with
some uncongenial charge; if you are called to minister to people
who seem unresponsive or unsympathising, ask that the Saviour and
you may be yoked together, that His Will may be done through you,
that His love and kindness may bear and forbear in you, and that
you may witness to the truth, as it is in Jesus.
O God, some of us shrink from our life-work, from those with whom
we have to associate, from unwelcome toil and irksome tasks.
Enable us to see Thy plan, and to trust Thee who art working out
Thy plan in our lives. May the love of Christ constrain us no
longer to live unto ourselves, but to Him. AMEN.
The New and Living Way
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the
Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us.
The "newness" of grace is its every day
freshness and vitality. Day by day, by the grace of God, fresh measures of life are
abundantly available to those who look to the Lord as their supply. This makes life with
God fresh and new every day.
Under the old covenant, only one person, the High
Priest, could enter into the intimate presence of God, the Holy of Holies. Furthermore,
this was only allowed one day a year. Such limited access would certainly "get old" in the
hearts of all who hungered after the living God.
Now, under the new covenant of grace, every
believer in Jesus, our great High Priest, can confidently approach the Lord personally any
moment of every day. "Having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus." Through
the shed blood of Jesus Christ, which forgives all of our sins, we can speak to the Lord
and enjoy His presence in our lives continually.
Jeremiah gave some early insight into this kind
of fresh and vital relationship with God. "Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed,
because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'Therefore I hope in Him!' (Lam_3:22-24).
The Apostle Paul wrote profoundly concerning such
"newness." "But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held
by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the
letter" (Rom_7:6). This the "new and living way." This will never "get old."
O Lord of Life, my heart yearns for this new and
living way. O, how I long to dwell in Your presence day by day! Lord, I must confess that
every attempt to base intimacy with You on my best performance has always become so old
and dying, so stale and lifeless. My soul is stirred with hope in You that You have
provided this better way. O Lord, teach me to walk by this new and living way, in the name
of Jesus, my great High Priest, Amen.
When God closes a door, He opens a window... but at times He
shuts both, worry not for he would tear down the roof... so His blessings could overflow.
God has a reason for allowing things to happen, we may never understand His wisdom but we
simply have 2 trust His will.
When earthly helps no avail, there is one friend who will
never fail. Just lift ur eyes, the answer is there. For nobody knows the power of prayer.
God often uses small matches to light up great torches and no matter how small you feel in
this world, He has something big in store for you.
Falling in love with the Lord is the greatest romance;
searching HIM, is the greatest adventure; finding HIM, the greatest achievement,; and
being with HIM, the greatest source of happiness.
God says: You are my precious 1, you are my child, you are the apple of my eyes, I will
never leave you, I will always love you, I will always be there for you.
Search for truth and you shall find beauty, search for beauty
and you shall find love, search for love and you shall find God, search for
God and you shall have them all!
When God drops needles and pins along your path in life, don't avoid them. Pick them up
and collect them. They were designed to teach you to be stronger.
Before you start your day. Have a quiet time- Commit to the
Lord Jesus whatever you do and your plans will succeed, each in his own time.
One song can spark a moment, One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest, One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship, One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea, One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation, One candle wipes out darkness,
One step must start each journey, One touch can show you care.
One friend can make life worth living for.