Resources by Believers

The Value and Rank of the Believer

ONE of the worst mistakes we could make would be to judge our condition before God by our outward circumstances. Know ye not that the ungodly have their portion in this life? They increase in riches: their eyes stand out with fatness; they have more than heart can wish. They are not in trouble like other men, “neither are they plagued like other men,” therefore pride compasses them about as...

Isaiah 43:4

The Believer Sinking in the Mire

MANY rivers, and especially the Nile, have on their banks deep deposits of black mud, and when any person seeks to leap on shore, if he should ignorantly or through misfortune spring upon this soft mud he would, unless speedily pulled out, be sucked under until he was utterly swallowed up and suffocated in the mire. Having no handhold or foot-hold, the more he laboured to extricate himself from the...

Psalm 69:14

The Good Ananias: A Lesson for Believers

Apr 26 AT this season we are called upon to think of foreign missions. As members of the Baptist Missionary Society we are in happy and hopeful circumstances. God is smiling upon the work both at home and abroad, and raising up men whose hearts are in the cause. Last year the society was in arrears: it has expended very much more money this year than last year, and yet it has...

Acts 9:10

Smoking Flax

Jun 1 I BELIEVE that the first sense of these words is not the one usually given to them, nor yet the one upon which I intend to preach to-night. We read in the 12th of Matthew that our divine Lord was assailed by the scribes and Pharisees, but he did not enter at that time into controversy with them, neither did he make them the perpetual target of his observations. Considering...

Isaiah 42:3

Imitators of God

Jun 10 WE shall read the text as it should more properly be translated: “Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.” Upon the word imitate our discourse will hinge.      The division into chapters is often most unfortunate, and in this case it causes a break in a passage which in its sense is one and indivisible. The apostle had said, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one...

Ephesians 5:1

In Him: Like Him

May 17 HE that saith he abideth in him:”— that is exactly what every Christian does say. He cannot be a Christian unless this be true of him, and he cannot fully enjoy his religion unless he assuredly knows that he is in Christ, and can boldly say as much. We must be in Christ, and abidingly in Christ, or else we are not saved in the Lord. It is our union...

1 John 2:6

Other Sheep and One Flock

Mar 25 THIS verse is guarded before and behind by two notable statements. Before it we hear the Master say, “I lay down my life for the sheep,” and immediately after it we meet with another grand sentence, “I lay down my life, that I might take it again.” The first statement, “I lay down my life for the sheep” is the sheet anchor of our confidence when storms assail the vessel...

John 10:16

Hands Full of Honey

Jan 28 IT was a singular circumstance that a man unarmed should have slain a lion in the prime of its vigour; and yet more strange that a swarm of bees should have taken possession of the dried carcase, and have filled it with their honey. In that country, what with beasts, birds, and insects, and the dry heat, a dead body is soon cleansed from all corruption, and the bones are...

Judges 14:8-9

The Believer Catechized

Nov 21 THE Saviour said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. BELIEVEST THOU THIS?      When believers are sorrowful they may be assured that a consolation is provided exactly adapted to their cases. For every lock that God has made he has provided a key. As...

John 11:26

Believers Free From the Dominion of Sin

Apr 21 OUR constant hearers will remember that a Sabbath or so ago we spoke upon “Submit yourselves unto God.” It is both the way to peace and the way of peace to submit one’s whole self unto God. Nor is it an irksome task to a true believer, but the desire of his heart, the pleasure of his life. He shudders at the idea of yielding his members as instruments of...

Romans 6:14