Month: November 2014

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Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34

And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face as a man speaketh unto his friend. Exodus 33:11

Someone said it well, “God has intimates but no favorites.” He has no pets. He may seem to grant to some more success, greater blessings, than to others but, whatever the reasons are, known best to Himself, favoritism is not one of them. He sends rain upon the just and the unjust. He is no respecter of persons.

But He has closer fellowship with some, reveals Himself to them more fully, confides in them His deepest secrets. So He did with Enoch, with Abraham, “the friend of God,” with Moses, not because of special merit in them or favoritism with Him, but because in His sovereign will He chose to do so.

Yet any man can know God more intimately. “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.”

Jesus promised to manifest Himself to the obedient heart (John 14:21). We are not servants but friends, and we can be close friends.

Do not expect to be a favorite, but aspire to be an intimate of God’s. His secret is with them that fear Him.

by Vance Havner

Nothing of The Old Life!

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new —2 Corinthians 5:17

Our Lord never tolerates our prejudices— He is directly opposed to them and puts them to death. We tend to think that God has some special interest in our particular prejudices, and are very sure that He will never deal with us as He has to deal with others. We even say to ourselves, “God has to deal with other people in a very strict way, but of course He knows that my prejudices are all right.” But we must learn that God accepts nothing of the old life! Instead of being on the side of our prejudices, He is deliberately removing them from us. It is part of our moral education to see our prejudices put to death by His providence, and to watch how He does it. God pays no respect to anything we bring to Him. There is only one thing God wants of us, and that is our unconditional surrender.

When we are born again, the Holy Spirit begins to work His new creation in us, and there will come a time when there is nothing remaining of the old life. Our old gloomy outlook disappears, as does our old attitude toward things, and “all things are of God” (2 Corinthians 5:18). How are we going to get a life that has no lust, no self-interest, and is not sensitive to the ridicule of others? How will we have the type of love that “is kind . . . is not provoked, [and] thinks no evil”? (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). The only way is by allowing nothing of the old life to remain, and by having only simple, perfect trust in God— such a trust that we no longer want God’s blessings, but only want God Himself. Have we come to the point where God can withdraw His blessings from us without our trust in Him being affected? Once we truly see God at work, we will never be concerned again about the things that happen, because we are actually trusting in our Father in heaven, whom the world cannot see.

by Oswald Chambers