Encouraging Words

The Old Life in the Christian Character

by T. Austin-Sparks (February 9, 1964) There is a thing that happens when we are born again. The Holy Spirit Who is the Spirit of God comes into our new spirit. We do not hear God speaking out from heaven to us. But we know that God speaks in our hearts. We know that the…

Submitting to Imperfect Authority

by Gabriel Williams All genuine believers experience the reality of living in a world filled with sin, selfishness, and corruption. For this reason, we are called to pick up our cross, die to ourselves, and follow Jesus daily so that we may escape from the corruption of this world. Many of us pray earnestly, as…

The Power of the Will of God

by Thomas Eskine Man expects life in having his flesh unhurt in any of its feelings, and in having the current of his blood unchecked. And the will of God breaks the flesh and shreds the blood, and seems to destroy life instead of giving it, and thus appears as if it were not meat…

Careless Lives Cost Talk

by C.S. Lewis He meant what He said. Those who put themselves in His hands will become perfect, as He is perfect — perfect in Love, wisdom, joy, beauty, and immortality. The change will not be complete in this life, for death is an important part of the treatment. How far the change will have…

Reflections and Ambition

by Gabriel Williams This is my first blog of the year and as most people do, I spent a good deal of time for the past month reflecting on my life and my walk with Christ. In the past year, there have been a number of great victories given to me by the grace of…

The Hour of a Man

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer The hour of a man’s death is determined, and it will find him no matter where he may turn. We must be ready for it. But… He knows ten thousand ways To save us from death’s power. He gives us food and meat, A boon in famine’s hour. That’s something we mustn’t…

Knowing Jesus

by Andrew Murray Their eyes were opened, and they knew him – Luke 24:31 It is very possible to have Jesus Himself with you and not to know it. It is very possible to listen to all the truth about Jesus, and even to preach about it, and yet not to know Him. This fact…

The Psychologist Can Never Explain the New Birth

by A.W. Tozer The miracle of the New Birth was foreshadowed in the Old Testament. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” There was at least a hint of miracle within the human breast. Not the reasoning of yourself into a position, but something happening that could…

The Honor of a Saint

by Oswald Chambers Galatians 2:20 Redemption is the basis of things, it is God’s ”bit”; we have to live our actual life on that basis. We are apt to get a conception of the Redemption that enables us to “hang in” to Jesus mentally and do nothing else. This seems the natural outcome of the…

Feelings vs. Spiritual Well-Being

by John Newton We all need, and at the seasons the Lord sees best, we all receive chastisement. I hope you likewise have reason to praise Him, for supporting, sanctifying, and delivering mercy. The Coward flesh presently sinks under the rod, but Faith need not fear it, for it is in the hand of One…