Posts made in July, 2013

Seek the Lord Before Doing Good

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Quotes | Comments Off on Seek the Lord Before Doing Good

Seek the Lord Before Doing Good

“Good isn’t always God’s will but God’s will is always good.”

Watchman Nee

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Protected: Resting in the Hope of John 15

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Pruning | Comments Off on Protected: Resting in the Hope of John 15

Protected: Resting in the Hope of John 15

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How To Do Nothing But God’s Will

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Quotes | Comments Off on How To Do Nothing But God’s Will

“It is as obedience becomes the passion of your life that the ears will be opened by God’s Spirit to wait for His teaching, and we will be content with nothing less than a divine guidance into the divine will for us.”  Andrew Murray (1828-1917), The School of Obedience, 1941, The Moody Bible Institute.

LISTEN, WAIT FOR DIVINE GUIDANCE, MAKE OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S SPIRIT THE PASSION OF YOUR LIFE

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How Branches Meet Needs: A Word to Christians, by Andrew Murray

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Articles | Comments Off on How Branches Meet Needs: A Word to Christians, by Andrew Murray

How Branches Meet Needs: A Word to Christians, by Andrew Murray

Everything depends on our being right ourselves in Christ. If I want good apples, I must have a good apple tree; and if I care for the health of the apple tree, the apple tree will give me good apples. And it is just so with our Christian life and work. If our life with Christ be right, all will come right. There may be the need of instruction and suggestion and help and training in the different departments of the work; all that has value. But in the long run, the greatest essential is to have the full life in Christ—in other words, to have Christ in us, working through us. I know how much there often is to disturb us, or to cause anxious questionings; but the Master has such a blessing for every one of us, and such perfect peace and rest, and such joy and strength, if we can only come into, and be kept in, the right attitude toward Him.

I will take my text from the parable of the Vine and the Branches, in John 15:5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” Especially these words: “Ye are the branches.”

What a simple thing it is to be a branch, the branch of a tree, or the branch of a vine! The branch grows out of the vine, or out of the tree, and there it lives and grows, and in due time, bears fruit. It has no responsibility except just to receive from the root and stem sap and nourishment. And if we only by the Holy Spirit knew our relationship to Jesus Christ, our work would be changed into the brightest and most heavenly thing upon earth. Instead of there ever being soul-weariness or exhaustion, our work would be like a new experience, linking us to Jesus as nothing else can. For, alas! is it not often true that our work comes between us and Jesus? What folly! The very work that He has to do in me, and I for Him, I take up in such a way that it separates me from Christ. Many a laborer in the vineyard has complained that he has too much work, and not time for close communion with Jesus, and that his usual work weakens his inclination for prayer, and that his too much intercourse with men darkens the spiritual life. Sad thought, that the bearing of fruit should separate the branch from the vine! That must be because we have looked upon our work as something other than the branch bearing fruit. May God deliver us from every false thought about the Christian life.                ABSOLUTE SURRENDER, by Andrew Murray, Moody Press – Chicago, 1895

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