Soul Nourishment First
It has pleased the Lord to teach me a truth, the benefit of which I have not lost, for more than fourteen years. The point is this: I saw more clearly than ever that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord.
The first thing to be concerned about was not how much I might serve the Lord, or how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man might be nourished. For I might seek to set the truth before the unconverted, I might seek to benefit believers, I might seek to relieve the distressed, I might in other ways seek to behave myself as it becomes a child of God in this world; and yet, not being happy in the Lord, and not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, all this might not be attended to in a right spirit.
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Growing in Gratitude
This spiritual exercise is especially geared for families. Everyone, from the oldest to the youngest, can participate in it. Sometimes we overlook the most basic principles in God’s word as we search for keys to spiritual growth because we assume that we’re beyond the ‘children’s lessons.’ If we all take an honest look at our own hearts, we will have to admit that in this one, the children have passed us by. It’s high time we learn how to have and practice a thankful heart. In doing so, we will discover that this is the key to many areas of growing spiritually. Romans 1:21 shows us that ingratitude is a root of many horrible sins, and likewise, developing an attitude of gratitude will affect many areas of our life and help us to grow in Christ.
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The Secret of His Power in Prayer
When God wishes anew to teach His Church a truth that is not being understood or practiced, He mostly does so by raising up some man to be in word and deed a living witness to its blessedness. And so God has raised up in this nineteenth century, among others, George Muller to be His witness that He is indeed the Hearer of prayer. I know of no way in which the principal truths of God’s word in regard to prayer can be more effectually illustrated and established, than a short review of his life and of what he tells of his prayer-experiences.
He was born in Prussia on 25th September 1805, and is thus now eighty years of age. His early life, even after having entered the University of Halle as a theological student, was wicked in the extreme. Led by a friend one evening to a prayer meeting, when just twenty years of age, he was deeply impressed, and soon after brought to know the Savior. Not long after he began reading missionary papers, and in course of time offered himself to the London Society for promoting Christianity to the Jews. He was accepted as a student, but soon found that he could not in all things submit to the rules of the Society, as leaving too little liberty for the leading of the Holy Spirit. The connection was dissolved in 1830 by mutual consent, and he became the pastor of a small congregation at Teignmouth. In 1832 he was led to Bristol, and it was as pastor of Bethesda Chapel that he was led to the Orphan Home and other work, in connection with which God has so remarkably led him to trust His Word and to experience how God fulfils that Word.
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