A Genuine Encounter with God

A Genuine Encounter with God And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in aflame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. —Exodus 3:2 Is it not true that for most of us who call ourselves…

The File and the Furnace

The File and the Furnace But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. —Job 23:10 The file is more painful still, for its business is to bite into the soft metal, scraping and eating away the edges till it has shaped the metal to…

Let God Alone

Let God Alone But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.—James 1:4 God is saying, “I stand ready to pour a little liquid fire into your heart, into your spiritual being!” We respond: “No, Lord, please excuse me. That sounds like fanaticism—and I would have to give…

Thus Saith the Lord

Thus Saith the Lord Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.—Psalm 119:105 Every new year is an uncharted and unknown sea. No ship has ever sailed this way before. The wisest of earth’s sons and daughters cannot tell us what we may encounter on this journey. Familiarity with…

Are you Sure?

Are you Sure? For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. —Romans 6:7-8 Are you sure that you want your personality to be taken over by One who will expect obedience to the written and living Word? Are…

My Kingdom Go

My Kingdom Go Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.—Matthew 6:10 It may surprise you that Aldous Huxley, often a critic of orthodox and evangelical Christianity, has been quoted as saying: “My kingdom go is the necessary correlary to Thy kingdom come.”… Certainly His kingdom can never be…

The Seared Conscience

The Seared Conscience To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.—Titus 1:15 But when a conscience has become seared, when a man has played with the fire and burned his conscience and calloused it until he can…

Examine Yourself

Examine Yourself Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.—Psalm 139:23-24 The philosopher Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” If a common philosopher could think that, how much more…

Preparation Is Vital

Preparation Is Vital Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” —1 Samuel 17:37 The whole Bible and all past history unite to teach that battles are always won before the armies…

Throw Off Hindrances

Throw Off Hindrances Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith….—Hebrews 12:1-2…