Believers

The Believer Sinking in the Mire

Jan 01

The Believer Sinking in the Mire   “Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink.” — Psalm 69:14.   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 …

Psalms:69:14

The Value and Rank of the Believer

Jan 01

THE VALUE AND RANK OF THE BELIEVER.   “Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” — Isaiah xliii. 4.   ONE of the worst mistakes we could make would be to judge our condition before God by our …

Isaiah:43:4

Nathanael; or, the Ready Believer and His Reward

Apr 29

Nathanael; or, the Ready Believer and His Reward   “Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.”— John i. 50.   NATHANAEL was by nature a man free from cunning and deceit. He was a specimen of that “honest and …

John:1:50

The Good Ananias: A Lesson for Believers

Apr 26

The Good Ananias: A Lesson for Believers   “And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.”— Acts ix. 10.   AT this season we are called upon to think of foreign missions. As members of the Baptist Missionary Society …

Acts:9:10

Smoking Flax

Jun 01

Smoking Flax   “The smoking flax shall he not quench.”— Isaiah xlii. 3.   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 …

Isaiah:42:3

Imitators of God

Jun 10

Imitators of God   “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.”— Ephesians v. 1.   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 …

Ephesians:5:1

In Him: Like Him

May 17

In Him: Like Him   “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”— 1 John ii. 6.   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 …

1 John:2:6

Other Sheep and One Flock

Mar 25

Other Sheep and One Flock   “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and they shall be one fold, and one shepherd (or more correctly, one flock, one shepherd).”— John x. 16.   THIS verse is guarded before and behind by two notable statements. …

John:10:16

Hands Full of Honey

Jan 28

Hands Full of Honey   “And Samson turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did …

Judges:14:8-9

The Believer Catechized

Nov 21

The Believer Catechized    “Believest thou this?”— John xi. 26.   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 …

John:11:26