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Dauntless Faith
“I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee” (Acts 18:10).

So long as the LORD had work for Paul to do in Corinth, the fury of the mob was restrained. The Jews opposed themselves and blasphemed; but they could neither stop the preaching of the gospel nor the conversion of the hearers. God has power over the most violent minds. He makes the wrath of man to praise Him when it breaks forth, but He still more displays His goodness when He restrains it; and He can restrain it. “By the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone, till thy people pass over, I LORD.”

Do not, therefore, feel any fear of man when you know that you are doing your duty. Go straight on, as Jesus would have done, and those who oppose shall be as a bruised reed and as smoking flax. Many a time men have had cause to fear because they were themselves afraid; but a dauntless faith in God brushes fear aside like the cobwebs in a giant’s path. No man can harm us unless the LORD permits. He who makes the devil himself to flee at a word can certainly control the devil’s agents. Maybe they are already more afraid of you than you are of them. Therefore, go forward, and where you looked to meet with foes you will find friends.

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Grace for the Humble
“He giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6).

Humble hearts seek grace, and therefore they get it. Humble hearts
yield to the sweet influences of grace, and so it is bestowed on them
more and more largely. Humble hearts lie in the valleys where streams of
grace are flowing, and hence they drink of them, Humble hearts are
grateful for grace and give the LORD the glory of it, and hence it is
consistent with His honor to give it to them.

Come, dear reader,
take a lowly place. Be little in thine own esteem, that the LORD may
make much of thee. Perhaps the sigh breaks out, “I fear I am not
humble.” It may be that this is the language of true humility. Some are
proud of being humble, and this is one of the very worst sorts of pride.
We are needy, helpless, undeserving, hell-deserving
creatures, and if we are not humble we ought to be. Let us humble
ourselves because of our sins against humility, and then the LORD will
give us to taste of His favor. It is grace which makes us humble, and
grace which finds in this humility an opportunity for pouring in more
grace. Let us go down that we may rise. Let us be poor in spirit that
God may make us rich. Let us be humble that we may not need to be
humbled but may be exalted by the grace of God.

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God is a Sanctuary
“Therefore say, Thus saith
the LORD God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and
although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to
them as a Little Sanctuary in the countries where they shall come”
(Ezekiel 11:16).

Banished from the public means of grace, we are not removed from the
grace of the means. The LORD who places His people where they feel as
exiles will Himself be with them and be to them all that they could have
had at home, in the place of their solemn assemblies. Take this to
yourselves, O ye who are called to wander!

God is to His people a
place of refuge. They find sanctuary with Him from every adversary, He
is their place of worship, too. He is with them as with Jacob when he
slept in the open field, and rising, said, “Surely God was in this
place,” To them also He will be a sanctuary of quite, like the Holy of
Holies, which was the noiseless abode of the Eternal. They shall be
quiet from fear of evil.

God Himself, in Christ Jesus, is the sanctuary of mercy. The Ark of the Covenant
is the LORD Jesus, and Aaron’s rod, the pot of manna, the tables of the
law, all are in Christ our sanctuary. In God we find the shrine of
holiness and of communion. What more do we need? O LORD, fulfill this
promise and be ever to us as a little sanctuary!

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Our Substance Blessed
“Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store” (Deuteronomy 28:5).

Obedience brings a blessing on all the provisions which our industry earns for us. That which comes in and goes out at once, like fruit in the basket which is for immediate use, shall be blest; and that which is laid by with us for a longer season shall equally receive a blessing. Perhaps ours is a hand-basket portion. We have a little for breakfast and a scanty bite for dinner in a basket when we go out to do our work in the morning. This is well, for the blessing of God is promised to the basket. If we live born hand to mouth, getting each day’s supply in the day, we are as well off as Israel; for when the LORD entertained His favored people He only gave them a day’s manna at a time. What more did they need? What more do we need?

But if we have a store, how much we need the LORD to bless it! For there is the care of getting, the care of keeping, the care of managing, the care of using; and, unless the LORD bless it, these cares will eat into our hearts till our goods become our gods and our cares prove cankers.

O LORD, bless our substance. Enable us to use it for Thy glory, Help us to keep worldly things in their proper places, and never may our savings endanger the saving of our souls

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Joy for the Cast-Out
“Hear the Word of the LORD, ye that tremble at His guard; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My Name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed” (Isaiah 66:5).

Possibly this text may not apply to one in a thousand of the readers of this little book of promises; but the LORD cheers that one in such words as these. Let us pray for all such as are cast out wrongfully born the society which they love. May the LORD appear to their joy!

The text applies to truly gracious men who tremble at the word of the LORD. These were hated of their brethren and at length cast out because of their fidelity and their holiness. This must have been very bitter to them; and all the more so because their casting out was done in the name of religion, and professedly with the view of glorifying God. How much is done for the devil in the name of God! The use of the name of Jehovah to add venom to the bite of the old serpent is an instance of his subtlety.

The appearing of the LORD for them is the hope of His persecuted people. He appears as the advocate and defender of His elect; and when He does so it means a clear deliverance for the God-fearing and shame for their oppressors. O LORD, fulfill this word to those whom men are deriding!

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Unbroken Fellowship Essential
“lf ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).

Of necessity we must be in Christ to live unto Him, and we must abide in Him to be able to claim the largesse of this promise from Him. To abide in Jesus is never to quit Him for another love or another object, but to remain in living, loving, conscious, willing union with Him. The branch is not only ever near the stem but ever receiving life and fruitfulness horn it. All true believers abide in Christ in a sense; but there is a higher meaning, and this we must know before we can gain unlimited power at the throne. “Ask what ye will” is for Enochs who walk with God, for Johns who lie in the LORD’s bosom, for those whose union with Christ leads to constant communion.

The heart must remain in love, the mind must be rooted in faith, the hope must be cemented to the Word, the whole man must be joined unto the LORD, or else it would be dangerous to trust us with power in prayer. The carte blanche can only be given to one whose very life is, “Not I, but Christ liveth in me.” O you who break your fellowship, what power you lose! If you would be mighty in your pleadings, the LORD Himself must abide in you, and you in Him.

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You Deal with God

“I will not execute the fierceness of Mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man” (Hosea 11:9).

The LORD thus makes known His sparing mercies. It may be that the
reader is now under heavy displeasure, and everything threatens his
speedy doom. Let the text hold him up from despair. The LORD now invites
you to consider your ways and confess your sins. If He had been man, He
would long ago have cut you off. If He were now to act after the manner
of men, it would be a word and a blow and then there would be an end of
you: but it is not so, for “as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are his ways above your ways.”

You rightly judge that He is angry, but He keeps not His anger forever: if you turn from sin to Jesus, God will turn from wrath.
Because God is God, and not man, there is still forgiveness for you,
even though you may be steeped up to your throat in iniquity. You have a
God to deal with and not a hard man, or even a merely just man. No
human being could have patience with you. You would have wearied out an
angel, as you have wearied your sorrowing Father; but God is
longsuffering. Come and try Him at once. Confess, believe, and turn from
your evil way, and you shall be saved.

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The Dross Purged
“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on My Name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God” (Zechariah 13:9).

Grace transmutes us into precious metal, and then the fire and the furnace follows as a necessary consequence. Do we start at this? Would we sooner be accounted worthless, that we might enjoy repose, like the stones of the field! This would be to choose the viler part — like Esau, to take the pottage and give up the covenant portion. No, LORD; we will gladly be cast into the furnace rather than be cast out from Thy presence!

The fire only refines; it does not destroy. We are to be brought through the fire, not left in it. The LORD values His people as silver, and therefore He is at pains to purge away their dross. If we are wise, we shall rather welcome the refining process than decline it. Our prayer will be that our alloy may be taken from us rather than that we should be withdrawn from the crucible.

O LORD, Thou triest us indeed! We are ready to melt under the fierceness of the flame. Still, this is Thy way, and Thy way is the best. Sustain us under the trial and complete the process of our purifying, and we will be Thine forever and ever.

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Grow Up
“And ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall” (Malachi 4:2).

Yes, when the sun shines, the sick quit their chambers and walk abroad to breathe the fresh air. When the sun brings spring and summer, the cattle quit their stalls and seek pasture on the higher Alps. Even thus, when we have conscious fellowship with our LORD, we leave the stall of despondency and walk abroad in the fields of holy confidence. We ascend to the mountains of joy and feed on sweet pasturage which grows nearer heaven than the provender of carnal men.

To “go forth” and to “grow up” is a double promise. O my soul, be thou eager to enjoy both blessings! Why shouldst thou be a prisoner? Arise, and walk at liberty. Jesus saith that His sheep shall go in and out and find pasture; go forth, then, and feed in the rich meadows of boundless love.

Why remain a babe in grace? Grow up. Young calves grow fast, especially if they are stall fed; and thou hast the choice care of thy Redeemer. Grow, then, in grace and in knowledge of thy LORD and Savior, Be neither straitened nor stunted. The Sun of Righteousness has risen upon thee Answer to His beams as the buds to the natural sun. Open thine heart; expand and grow up into Him in all things.

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God Routs Fear
“Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel” (Numbers 23;23).

How this should cut up root and branch all silly, superstitious fears! Even if there were any truth in witchcraft and omens, they could not affect the people of the LORD. Those whom God blessed, devils cannot curse.

Ungodly men, like Balaam, may cunningly plot the overthrow of the LORD’s Israel; but with all their secrecy and policy they are doomed to fail. Their powder is damp; the edge of their sword is blunted. They gather together; but as the LORD is not with them, they gather together in vain. We may sit still and let them weave their nets, for we shall not be taken in them. Though they call in the aid of Beelzebub and employ all his serpentine craft, it will avail them nothing: the spells will not work, the divination will deceive them. What a blessing this is! How it quiets the heart! God’s Jacobs wrestle with God, but none shall wrestle with them and prevail. God’s Israels have to prevail against them. We need not fear the fiend himself, nor any of those secret enemies whose words are full of deceit and whose plans are deep and unfathomable. They cannot hurt those who trust in the living God. We defy the devil and all his legions.