[The Classic Christian Network] Last Call:(This Weeks) "Streams in the D…

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

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This Weeks

 

Streams in the Desert

Last Call:(This Weeks) “Streams in the Desert”

Devotionals For

Sunday-Saturday

March 27th-April 2

  
 

   Devotional For

Sunday

March 27

      Service of Waiting

      
      “After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithyma: but the Spirit suffered them not” (Acts 16:7).
      
      What a strange prohibition! These men were going into Bithynia just to do Christ’s work, and the door is shut against them by Christ’s own Spirit. I, too, have experienced this in certain moments. I have sometimes found myself interrupted in what seemed to me a career of usefulness. Opposition came and forced me to go back, or sickness came and compelled me to retire into a desert apart.
      
      It was hard at such times to leave my work undone when I believed that work to be the service of the Spirit. But I came to remember that the Spirit has not only a service of work, but a service of waiting. I came to see that in the Kingdom of Christ there are not only times for action, but times in which to forbear acting. I came to learn that the desert place apart is often the most useful spot in the varied life of man–more rich in harvest than the seasons in which the corn and wine abounded. I have been taught to thank the blessed Spirit that many a darling Bithynia had to be left unvisited by me.
      
      And so, Thou Divine Spirit, would I still be led by Thee. Still there come to me disappointed prospects of usefulness. Today the door seems to open into life and work for Thee; tomorrow it closes before me just as I am about to enter.
      
      Teach me to see another door in the very inaction of the hour. Help me to find in the very prohibition thus to serve Thee, a new opening into Thy service. Inspire me with the knowledge that a man may at times be called to do his duty by doing nothing, to work by keeping still, to serve by waiting. When I remember the power of the “still small voice,” I shall not murmur that sometimes the Spirit suffers me not to go. –George Matheson
      
      “When I cannot understand my Father’s leading,
      And it seems to be but hard and cruel fate,
      I Still I hear that gentle whisper ever
      pleading,God is working, God is faithful, ONLY WAIT.”

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Devotional For

Monday

March 28

 

 

    After The Frost

            “Why go I mourning?” (Psalm 42:9).

      
      Canst thou answer this, believer? Canst thou find any reason why thou art so often mourning instead of rejoicing? Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told thee that the night would never end in day? Who told thee that the winter of thy discontent would proceed from frost to frost, from snow and ice, and hail, to deeper snow, and yet more heavy tempest of despair? Knowest thou not that day follows night, that flood comes after ebb, that spring and summer succeed winter? Hope thou then! Hope thou ever! for God fails thee not. –C. H. Spurgeon
      
      “He was better to me than all my hopes;
      He was better than all my fears;
      He made a bridge of my broken works,
      And a rainbow of my tears.
      
      “The billows that guarded my sea-girt path,
      But carried my Lord on their crest;
      When I dwell on the days of my wilderness march
      I can lean on His love for the rest.
      
      “He emptied my hands of my treasured store,
      And His covenant love revealed,
      There was not a wound in my aching heart,
      But the balm of His breath hath healed.
      
      Oh, tender and true was the chastening sore,
      In wisdom, that taught and tried,
      Till the soul that He sought was trusting in Him,
      And nothing on earth beside.
      
      “He guided by paths that I could not see,
      By ways that I have not known;
      The crooked was straight, and the rough was plain
      As I followed the Lord alone.
      
      I praise Him still for the pleasant palms,
      And the water-springs by the way,
      For the glowing pillar of flame by night,
      And the sheltering cloud by day.
      
      “Never a watch on the dreariest halt,
      But some promise of love endears;
      I read from the past, that my future shall be
      Far better than all my fears.
      
      Like the golden pot, of the wilderness bread,
      Laid up with the blossoming rod,
      All safe in the ark, with the law of the Lord,
      Is the, covenant care of my God.”

 

 

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Devotional For

Tuesday

March 29

 

       Facts vs. Feelings

      
      “We walk by faith, not by appearance” (2 Cor. 5:7, RV).

      
      By faith, not appearance; God never wants us to look at our feelings. Self may want us to; and Satan may want us to. But God wants us to face facts, not feelings; the facts of Christ and of His finished and perfect work for us.
      When we face these precious facts, and believe
      them because God says they are facts, God will
      take care of our feelings.
      
      God never gives feeling to enable us to trust
      Him; God never gives feeling to encourage us to
      trust Him; God never gives feeling to show that
      we have already and utterly trusted Him.
      
      God gives feeling only when He sees that we trust Him apart from all feeling, resting on His own Word, and on His own faithfulness to His promise.
      
      Never until then can the feeling (which is from God) possibly come; and God will give the feeling in such a measure and at such a time as His love sees best for the individual case.
      
      We must choose between facing toward our feelings and facing toward God’s facts. Our feelings may be as uncertain as the sea or the shifting sands. God’s facts are as certain as the Rock of Ages, even Christ Himself, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
      
      “When darkness veils His lovely face
      I rest on His unchanging grace;
      In every high and stormy gale,
      My anchor holds within the veil.”

 

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Devotional For

Wednesday

March 30

 Members of His Body

            “I have found an atonement” (Job 33:24, margin).

            Divine healing is just divine life. It is the headship of Christ over the body. It is the life of Christ in the frame. It is the union of our members with the very body of Christ and the inflowing life of Christ in our living members. It is as real as His risen and glorified body. It is as reasonable as the fact that He was raised from the dead and is a living Man with a true body and a rational soul today at God’s right hand.

            That living Christ belongs to us in all His attributes and powers. We are members of His body, His flesh and His bones, and if we can only believe and receive it, we may live upon the very life of the Son of God. Lord, help me to know “the Lord for the body and the body for the Lord.’ –A. B. Simpson

            “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty.” (Zeph. 3:17). This was the text that first flashed the truth of Divine healing into my mind and worn-out body nearly a quarter century ago. It is still the door, wide open more than ever, through which the living Christ passes moment by moment into my redeemed body, filling, energizing, vitalizing it with the presence and power of His own personality, turning my whole being into a “new heaven and new earth.” “The Lord, thy God.” Thy God. My God. Then all that is in God Almighty is mine and in me just as far as I am able and willing to appropriate Him and all that belongs to Him. This God, “Mighty,” ALL Mighty God, is our INSIDE God. He is, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in the midst of me, just as really as the sun is in the center of the heavens, or like the great dynamo in the center of the power-house of my three-fold being. He is in the midst, at the center of my physical being. He is in the midst of my brain. He is in the midst of my nerve centers.

            For twenty-one years it has been not only a living reality to me, but a reality growing deeper and richer, until now at the age of seventy years, I am in every sense a younger, fresher man than I was at thirty. At this present time I am in the strength of God, doing full twice as much work, mental and physical, as I have ever done in the best days of the past, and this observe, with less than half the effort then necessary. My life, physical, mental and spiritual, is like an artesian well–always full, overflowing. To speak, teach, travel by night and day in all weather and through all the sudden and violent changes of our variable climate, is no more effort to me than it is for the mill-wheel to turn when the stream is full or for the pipe to let the water run through.

            My body, soul and spirit thus redeemed,
      Sanctified and healed I give, O Lord, to Thee,
      A consecrated offering Thine ever more to be.
      That all my powers with all their might
      In Thy sole glory may unite.–Hallelujah!
      –Dr. Henry Wilson

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Devotional For

Thursday

March 31

 

 In Me

            “In me . . . peace” (John 16:33).

            There is a vast difference between happiness and blessedness. Paul had imprisonments and pains, sacrifice and suffering up to the very limit; but in the midst of it all, he was blessed. All the beatitudes came into his heart and life in the midst of those very conditions.

            Paganini, the great violinist, came out before his audience one day and made the discovery just as they ended their applause that there was something wrong with his violin. He looked at it a second and then saw that it was not his famous and valuable one.

            He felt paralyzed for a moment, then turned to his audience and told them there had been some mistake and he did not have his own violin. He stepped back behind the curtain thinking that it was still where he had left it, but discovered that some one had stolen his and left that old second-hand one in its place. He remained back of the curtain a moment, then came out before his audience and said:

            “Ladies and Gentlemen: I will show you that the music is not in the instrument, but in the soul.” And he played as he had never played before; and out of that second-hand instrument, the music poured forth until the audience was enraptured with enthusiasm and the applause almost lifted the ceiling of the building, because the man had revealed to them that music was not in the machine but in his own soul.

            It is your mission, tested and tried one, to walk out on the stage of this world and reveal to all earth and Heaven that the music is not in conditions, not in the things, not in externals, but the music of life is in your own soul.

            If peace be in the heart,
      The wildest winter storm is full of solemn beauty,
      The midnight flash but shows the path of duty,
      Each living creature tells some new and joyous story,
      The very trees and stones all catch a ray of glory,
      If peace be in the heart.
      –Charles Francis Richardson

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Devotional For

Friday

April 1

 

 

 Long Hours

            “I will give myself unto prayer” (Ps. 109:4).

            We are often in a religious hurry in our devotions. How much time do we spend in them daily? Can it not be easily reckoned in minutes? Who ever knew an eminently holy man who did not spend much of his time in prayer? Did ever a man exhibit much of the spirit of prayer, who did not devote much time in his closet?

            Whitefield says, “Whole days and weeks have I spent prostrate on the ground, in silent or vocal prayer.” “Fall upon your knees and grow there,” is the language of another, who knew whereof he affirmed.

            It has been said that no great work in literature or science was ever wrought by a man who did not love solitude. We may lay it down as an elemental principle of religion, that no large growth in holiness was ever gained by one who did not take time to be often, and long, alone with God. –The Still Hour

            “‘Come, come,’ He saith, ‘O soul oppressed and weary,
      Come to the shadows of my desert rest;
      Come walk with Me far from life’s babbling discords,
      And peace shall breathe like music in thy breast.'”

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Devotional For

Saturday

April 2

 

 Grow in His Strength

            “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange God with him” (Deut. 32:11, 12).

            Our Almighty Parent delights to conduct the tender nestlings of His care to the very edge of the precipice, and even to thrust them off into the steeps of air, that they may learn their possession of unrealized power of flight, to be forever a luxury; and if, in the attempt, they be exposed to unwonted peril, He is prepared to swoop beneath them, and to bear them upward on His mighty pinions. When God brings any of His children into a position of unparalleled difficulty, they may always count upon Him to deliver them. –The Song of Victory

            “When God puts a burden upon you He puts His own arm underneath.”

            There is a little plant, small and stunted, growing under the shade of a broad-spreading oak; and this little plant values the shade which covers it, and greatly does it esteem the quiet rest which its noble friend affords. But a blessing is designed for this little plant.

            Once upon a time there comes along the woodman, and with his sharp axe he fells the oak. The plant weeps and cries, “My shelter is departed; every rough wind will blow upon me, and every storm will seek to uproot me!”

            “No, no,” saith the angel of that flower; “now will the sun get at thee; now will the shower fall on thee in more copious abundance than before; now thy stunted form shall spring up into loveliness, and thy flower, which could never have expanded itself to perfection shall now laugh in the sunshine, and men shall say, ‘How greatly hath that plant increased! How glorious hath become its beauty, through the removal of that which was its shade and its delight!'”

            See you not, then, that God may take away your comforts and your privileges, to make you the better Christians? Why, the Lord always trains His soldiers, not by letting them lie on feather-beds, but by turning them out, and using them to forced marches and hard service. He makes them ford through streams, and swim through rivers, and climb mountains, and walk many a long march with heavy knapsacks of sorrow on their backs. This is the way in which He makes them soldiers–not by dressing them up in fine uniforms, to swagger at the barrack gates, and to be fine gentlemen in the eyes of the loungers in the park. God knows that soldiers are only to be made in battle; they are not to be grown in peaceful times. We may grow the stuff of which soldiers are made; but warriors are really educated by the smell of powder, in the midst of whizzing bullets and roaring cannonades, not in soft and peaceful times. Well, Christian, may not this account for it all? Is not thy Lord bringing out thy graces and making them grow? Is He not developing in you the qualities of the soldier by throwing you into the heat of battle, and should you not use every appliance to come off conqueror? –Spurgeon.

 


 

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