Resources by Obedience

Joshua's Obedience

JOSHUA was very highly favoured in the matter of promises. The promises given him by God were broadly comprehensive and exceedingly encouraging. But Joshua was not therefore to say within himself, “These covenant engagements will surely be fulfilled, and I may therefore sit still and do nothing.” On the contrary, because God had decreed that the land should be conquered, Joshua was to be diligent to lead the people onward...

Joshua 1:7

The Echo

THIS ready response to a divine call may be looked at in three ways. It may be said of it, first, that it is the natural duty of man to God, such as his responsibility to his Creator demands. I should not like to think it necessary to prove that statement in this assembly. Surely, when God creates a man, it is but a matter of right that the man...

Psalm 27:8

Two Sorts of Hearers

JAMES has no speculations. “By their fruits ye shall know them,” seems to have taken possession of his mind, and he is always demanding practical holiness. He is not satisfied with the buds of hearing, he wants the fruits of obedience. We need more of his practical spirit in this age, for there are certain ministers who are not content with sowing the old seed, the selfsame seed which, from...

James 1:22-25

Obedience Better than Sacrifice

Aug 18 SAUL had been commanded to slay utterly all the Amalekites and their cattle. Instead of doing so, he preserved the king, and suffered his people to take the best of the oxen and of the sheep. When called to account for this, he declared that he did it with a view of offering sacrifice to God; but Samuel met him at once with the assurance that such sacrifices were no...

1 Samuel 15:22

The Dying Thief in a New Light

Jan 31 A GREAT many persons, whenever they hear of the conversion of the dying thief, remember that he was saved in the very article of death, and they dwell upon that fact, and that alone. He has always been quoted as a case of salvation at the eleventh hour; and so, indeed, he is. In his case it is proven that as long as a man can repent he can obtain...

Luke 23:40-42

The Rocky Fortress and Its Inhabitant

Feb 3 THERE were terrible times in Jerusalem in the days of Hezekiah. The Assyrian power was exceedingly formidable, and it was ferocious to the last degree. Woe to the unhappy land which fell under the power of this spoiler. Assyria knew not the meaning of “mercy;” it came down “like a wolf on the fold,” rending and devouring without pity. The armies of Sennacherib were ravaging the kingdom of Judah, and...

Isaiah 33:15-16

Dressing in the Morning

Aug 21 THIS passage is a piece of holy teaching set forth under the parable of rising in the morning and preparing for the work of the day. May the Holy Spirit help me to place it before you in a clear light.      It is a great mistake in a man’s life when he does not know the times in which he lives, and how to act in them; and when...

Romans 13:11-14

Abraham's Prompt Obedience to the Call of God

Jun 27 One is struck with the practical character of this verse. Abraham was called, and he obeyed. There is no hint of hesitation, parleying, or delay; when he was called to go out, he went out. Would to God that—such conduct were usual, yea, universal; for with many of our fellow-men, and I fear with some now present, the call alone is not enough to produce obedience. "Many are called, but...

Hebrews 11:8

Why Am I Thus?

Mar 14 LAST Thursday evening, as many of you will remember, I addressed you upon the final perseverance of the saints. I have been greatly surprised and gratified during the week to learn how many persons found comfort and cheer from the simple explanation of that doctrine, which I then gave you. In fact, on the two past Thursday evenings we have been handling a precept and a promise both relating to...

Romans 7:22-23