Month: April 2016

When The Case Seems Impossible

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered, and said…Bring him hither to me. Matthew 17:16, 17

“And they could not” – it is helpless disciples against a demon, a powerless church before a devil-possessed world, our plight before many a situation. But however much Christians and churches may fail, Christ does not fail – “Bring him hither to me.” What if the father, disappointed at the disciples’ failure, had taken the boy away?

When you face a case that seems hopeless bring it to Jesus. His touch has still its ancient power. And His power is available to us. When the disciples asked, “Why could not we cast him out?” Jesus answered, “Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

Faith and prayer will move the mountain and drive out the demon. “With God all things are possible.”

“All things are possible to him that believeth.”

by Vance Havner

The Holy Spirit Is Our Guide

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God—Romans 8:14

The blessed Holy Spirit is our Guide, our Leader and our Resting-place. There are times when He presses us forward into prayer, into service, into suffering, into new experiences, new duties, new claims of faith and hope and love. Then there are times when He arrests us in our activity and rests us in the secret place of the Most High. He teaches us some new lessons, breathing into us some deeper strength or fullness and then leading us on again, at His bidding alone.

The Holy Spirit is the true Guide of the saint, and the true Leader of the Church. He is our wonderful Counselor, our unerring Friend. He who would deny the personal guidance of the Holy Spirit in order that he might honor the Word of God as our only guide must dishonor that other word of promise, that His sheep shall know His voice, and that His listening and obedient children shall hear a voice behind them saying, this is the way, walk ye in it (Isaiah 30:20).

by A.B. Simpson