Tag: Ground

The enclosed garden

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

A garden enclosed —Song of Solomon 4:12

The figure here is of a beautiful, fruitful enclosure, not a wilderness. Garden soil is cultivated soil, very different from the roadside or wilderness. The idea of a garden is culture. The ground has to be prepared, to be broken up by ploughing, to be mellowed by harrowing. All the stones have to be removed and the roots of all natural growth dug up. The good things we are seeking are not natural growths and will not prosper in our natural soil. We all feel we should try to improve the old nature, but that is not God’s way. His method is to get self out of the way entirely, and let Him create anew out of nothing, so that all shall be of Him; and Jesus will be the acknowledged Alpha and Omega.

The thing we want to learn here is to die. There can be no real life till self dies. And we dare not try to die ourselves, but ask God to slay us; He will make a thorough work of it.

by A.B. Simpson

You Are Trespassing On Forbidden Ground!

God's Word 90x115by Charles Ebert Orr

"Divine Realities"

"Whatever is not of faith–is sin!" Romans 14:23

This is one of Paul’s hard sayings. While these words were spoken with reference to the eating of foodsthey contains a principle which covers the whole of the Christian life. This is an excellent direction for holy living. It means that if you engage in anything which cannot be done with implicit faith and confidence in God–it is sin!

In the building and furnishing of your home; in the buying of any merchandise; in the clothing and feeding of your body; in your conversations, recreations, amusements, entertainments, and social gatherings–if there is not innocent, child-like, heart-felt faith in Christ–then you are trespassing on forbidden ground!

All must be surrendered to God. There is to be no wishing for this or that. There are to be no choosings of what we shall do, or what we shall have–nor any self-seeking, self-love, or self-desire.

"Whatever is not of faith–is sin!"

by Charles Ebert Orr