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"Jesus, Thou art enough
the mind and heart to fill;
Thy patient life - to calm the soul,
Thy love its fear dispel.
Oh fix our earnest gaze
So wholly, Lord, on Thee
That, with Thy beauty occupied,
We elsewhere none may see." (LF #174)
Occupation with Christ
*** The perfection of the Christian life is to lose sight of oneself completely and to make everything of Christ.
*** The sign of a good state of soul is enjoyment of the presence of Christ. Everything that takes your eye off Christ is a snare of the devil.
*** The one object of the Christian life is to learn more of Himself, and Satan cannot find entrance into a heart that is full of Christ.
*** We are not to rejoice so much in the deliverances when they come as in the One who delivers us.
*** The deeper the sense of the state from which we have been delivered, the more absorbingly intense will be our affection for the Deliverer.
*** Intellectual conviction is always powerless. It occupies itself with the truth and never leads to Christ Himself.
*** The Israelites were to gather the manna, every man according to his eating (Exodus 16:16). The appetite governed the amount collected. How strikingly true this is of the believer! We all have as much of Christ as we desire - no more, and no less. If our desires are large - if we open our mouth wide - He will fill it...On the other hand, if we are but feebly conscious of our need, a little only of Christ will be supplied.
*** There are seasons when many believers feel as if they could not get into the presence or obtain the ear of God...Surely it would prove an antidote to Satan's temptations at such periods to remember that if we cannot pray ourselves, Christ never fails to bear us up in His prevailing intercession...It would soon dispel our gloom and coldness of heart, because it would lead us to look away from ourselves and to expect all from Him and from His continual ministry for us in the presence of God.
*** A heart possessed of Christ is fortified against the most seductive allurements of the world.
*** The state of our souls may be discerned by the effect produced upon us by the name of Jesus.
*** Christ Himself is to be our great example of faith - of a life of dependence upon God. If the holiest man that ever lived were to fill our vision, it would only hinder and not help us.
*** Whenever we speak to one another of Christ, He will always be one of the company. (See Malachi 3:16). Do our hearts long for His presence? Then let us speak together of Him more.
*** We feed on Christ by the appropriation of Him in every character that He is presented to us.
*** The whole life of our blessed Lord as man is compressed into the worlds, "He humbled Himself"
*** "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him." Christ is the sole authority in the kingdom.
The Submissive Heart
"Shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?" (Hebrews 12:9)
"A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
My great Redeemer's throne,
Where only Christ is heard to speak,
Where Jesus reigns alone."
*** Faith is a divine plant that only grows out of the soil of a broken will.
*** You are of no use to God until your will is broken.
*** The calm of a soul which reposes in the will of God is unspeakable.
*** When you have learned that your only home is God's presence and your only happiness is in doing God's will, there is nothing more that I can teach you.
*** The more subject we are to the will of God, the more we shall grow in holiness.
*** You cannot expect an answer from God unless your will is gone (Luke 22:42) You shut out answers to prayer because you have a will about the thing for which you are praying.
*** A sister used to say that the only differences she knew in places was where she realized most of the presence of God; so will it be with ourselves when we have no will of our own and when we have no home but God's presence.
*** If we knew the heart of God, we would never question any of His dealings with us, nor should we ever desire His hand lifted off us till we had learned all He would teach us.
*** Paul says, "By evil report and good report"; he did not stop to explain. A true servant of God has not time for that, and to defend yourself only leads to further charges.
*** We are never to seek to vindicate ourselves when it is a personal matter, but when the Lord's name is dishonored, for His glory we may speak.
*** You never find the Lord defending Himself.
*** Your character may not be vindicated down here. Jesus died under a cloud. He was never cleared in this world of the false accusations that had been made against Him.
*** The will of God was the only law of Christ's life. He was never governed by human considerations or affections. Are we set upon this - that the will of God should be our only law?
*** A soul who is in the secret of the divine mind must be content to be unappreciated and to walk alone.
*** If we are not in the path of God's will, we are not in the path of power.
*** Our true wisdom is in subjection to the will of our Lord. To human eyes no plan of taking Jericho could have been more foolish that that which Joshua adopted, but it was God's plan and hence its complete success.
"One thing have I desired...To behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple" (Psalm 27:4)