Daily Light on the Daily Path

We have turned every one to his own way.

~ Isa 53:6

Noah … planted a vineyard: and he drank of the wine, and was drunken.—Abram … said unto Sara his wife, … Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake.—Isaac said unto Jacob, … Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.—Moses … spake unadvisedly with his lips.—The men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. And Joshua made peace with them.—David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

These all … obtained a good report through faith.—Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.—The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways.

Gen 9:20-21, Gen 12:11, Gen 12:13, Gen 27:21, Gen 27:24, Ps 106:32-33, Josh 9:14-15, 1 Kgs 15:5, Heb 11:39, Rom 3:24, Isa 53:6, Ezek 36:32

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Charity doth not behave itself unseemly

~ 1 Cor 13:5

In the dress of a Hindu woman, her graceful robe is fastened upon her person entirely by means of a single knot. The long strip of cloth is wound around her person so as to fall in graceful folds like a made garment, and the end is fastened by a little knot, and the whole thing hangs by that single fastening. If that were loosed the robe would fall. And so in the spiritual life, our habits of grace are likened unto garments; and it is also true that the garment of love, which is the beautiful adorning of the child of God, is entirely fastened by little knots.

If you will read with care the thirteenth chapter of 1st Corinthians, you will find that most of the qualities of love are purely negative. Love envieth not, love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave herself rudely, seeketh not her own, is not provoked, thinketh no evil. Here are nots enough to hold on our spiritual wardrobe. Here are reasons enough to explain the failure of so many, and the reason why they walk naked, or with rent garments, and others see their shame. Let us look after the nots.

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

I will cause you to walk in My statutes

~ Ezek 36:27

The highest spiritual condition is one where life is spontaneous and flows without effort, like the deep floods of Ezekiel’s river, where the struggles of the swimmer ceased, and he was borne by the current’s resistless force.

So God leads us into spiritual conditions and habits which become the spontaneous impulses of our being, and we live and move in the fulness of the divine life.

But these spiritual habits are not the outcome of some transitory impulse, but are often slowly acquired and established. They begin, like every true habit, in a definite act of will, and they are confirmed by the repetition of that act until it becomes a habit. The first stages always involve effort and choice. We have to take a stand and hold it steadily, and after we have done so a certain time, it becomes second nature, and carries us by its own force.

The Holy Spirit is willing to form such habits in every direction of our Christian life, and if we will but obey Him in the first steppings of faith, we will soon become established in the attitude of obedience, and duty will be delight.

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

He sent forth the dove which returned not again unto him

~ Gen 8:12

First, we have the dove going forth from the ark, and finding no rest upon the wild and drifting waste of sin and judgment. This represents the Old Testament period, perhaps, when the Holy Ghost visited this sinful world, but could find no resting–place, and went back to the bosom of God.

Next, we have the dove going forth and returning with the olive leaf in her mouth, the symbol and the pledge of peace and reconciliation, the sign that judgment was passed and peace was returning. Surely this may beautifully represent the next stage of the Holy Spirit’s manifestation, as going forth in the ministry and death of Jesus Christ, to proclaim reconciliation to a sinful world.

There is a third stage, when, at length, the dove goes forth from the ark and returns no more; but it makes the world its home, and builds its nest amid the habitations of men. This is the third and present stage of the Holy Spirit’s blessed work. Let us welcome the Dove to a nest in our hearts.

Daily Light on The Daily Path

Let not your good be evil spoken of.

~ Rom 14:16

Abstain from all appearance of evil.—Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.—For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.—Take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.—Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.—Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

1 Thess 5:22, 2 Cor 8:21, 1 Pet 2:15, 1 Pet 4:15-16, Gal 5:13, 1 Cor 8:9, Matt 18:6, Matt 25:40

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Abide with us; for it is toward evening

~ Luke 24:29

In His last messages to the disciples in the 14th and 15 th chapters of John, the Lord Jesus clearly teaches us that the very essence of the highest holiness is, Abide in Me, and I in you, for without Me ye can do nothing.

The very purpose of the Holy Ghost whom He promised was to reveal Him, that at that day, ye shall know that I am in the Father, and ye in Me, and I in you, and the closing echo of His intercessory prayer was embraced in these three small but infinite words, I in them.

Is it for me to be cleansed by His power

From the pollution of sin?

Is it for me to be kept every hour

By His abiding within?

Is it for me to be perfectly whole

Thro’ His anointing divine;

Claiming in body, and spirit, and soul,

All of His fulness as mine?

Wonderful promise so full and so free,

Wonderful Saviour, Oh, how can it be,

Cleansing and pardon and mercy for me?

Yes, it’s for me, for me.

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves

~ Phil 2:3

When the apostle speaks of the deep things of God, he means more than deep spiritual truth. There must be something before this. There must be a deep soil and a thorough foundation.

Very much of our spiritual teaching fails, because the people to whom we give it are so shallow. Their deeper nature has never been stirred.

The beatitudes begin at the bottom of things, the poor in spirit, the mourners, and the hungry hearts. Suffering is essential to profound spiritual life. We need not go to a monastery or a leper hospital to find it. The first real opportunity for unselfishness will bring into your life the anguish of crucifixion, unless you are born of some different race from Adam’s.

It is because men and women have not faced this that they know so little of suffering and death. We must have deep convictions. Truth must be to us a necessity, and principle a part of our very being. Lord, make me poor in spirit. Lord help me to be even as Thou wert when on earth, always the lowest, and therefore highly exalted.