Day: November 5, 2012

A Rare Thing Today

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

Near the close of his long life, Alexander Whyte wrestled with the problem of whether he should preach more on the gentler themes and less on sin. He said that what seemed a divine voice spoke to his conscience:

“No! Go on, and flinch not!”

He was impressed to continue preaching as he had in the past, “for no one else will do it. No one else will so rick his life and reputation as to do it. And you have not much of either left to risk.” Such dedication to a difficult and unpopular ministry is a rare thing today.

by Vance Havner

Give God The Right

A.B. Simpson 90 x115by A.B. Simpson

I in them, and thou in me—John 17:23

If we would be enlarged to the full measure of God’s purpose, let us endeavor to realize something of our own capacities for His filling.

We little know the size of a human soul and spirit. Never, until He renews, cleanses and enters the heart, can we have any adequate conception of the possibilities of the being whom God made in His very image, and whom He now renews after the pattern of the Lord Jesus Himself.

We know, however, that God has made the human soul to be His temple and abode. God knows how to make the house that can hold His infinite fullness. We know something of this as all our nature quickens into springtime life at the coming of the Holy Spirit. We know it as from time to time new baptisms awaken the dormant powers and susceptibilities that we did not realize we possessed.