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.

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Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree

~ Isa 55:13

Difficulties and obstacles are God’s challenges to faith. When hindrances confront us in the path of duty we are to recognize them as vessels for faith to fill with the fulness and all–sufficiency of Jesus, and as we go forward, simply and fully trusting Him, we may be tested, we may have to wait and let patience have her perfect work, but we shall surely find at last the stone rolled away, and the Lord waiting to render unto us double for our time of testing, and fulfill the promise, Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, instead of the brier the myrtle tree, and it shall be to the Lord for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Oft there comes a wondrous message  
When my hopes are growing dim;  
I can hear it through the darkness,  
Like some sweet and far–off hymn.  
Nothing is too hard for Jesus,  
No man can work like Him.  

When my way is closed in darkness  
And my foes are fierce and grim,  
Still it sings above the conflict  
Like some glad, victorious hymn:  
Nothing is too hard for Jesus,  
No man can work like Him.

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According to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed

~ 2 Cor 10:13

According to thy faith be it unto thee was Christ’s great law of healing and blessing in His earthly ministry. This was what He meant when He said, With what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again. These mighty measures are limited by the measures that we bring. God deals out His heavenly treasures to us in these glorious vessels, but each of us must bring our drinking cup, and according to its measure we shall be filled.

But even the measure of our faith may be a Divine one. Thank God, the little cup has become enlarged through the grace of Jesus, until from its bottom there flows a pipe into the great ocean, and if that connection is kept open we shall find that our cup is as large as the ocean and never can be drained to the bottom. For He has said to us, Have the faith of God, and surely this is an illimitable measure.

Let us claim the mighty promise,  
Let us light the torches dim;  
Let us join the glorious chorus,  
Nothing is too hard for Him.

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Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you
~ 1 Pet 5:6

Opposition is essential to a true equilibrium of forces. The centripetal and centrifugal forces acting in opposition to each other keep our planet in her orbit. The one propelling, and the other repelling, so act and react, that instead of sweeping off into space in a pathway of desolation and destruction, she pursues her even orbit around her solar center.

So God guides our lives. It is not enough to have an impelling force we need just as much a repelling force, and so He holds us back by the testing ordeals of life, by the pressure of temptation and trial, by the things that seem to be against us, but really are furthering our way and stablishing our goings. Let us thank Him for both, let us take the weights as well as the wings, and thus divinely impelled, let us press on with faith and patience in our high and heavenly calling.

Lord, help me to learn from all that comes to me this day Thy highest will.

Lord, help me today to sink under Thy blessed hand, that Thou mayest have Thy way and will with me.

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Could ye not watch with Me one hour?
~ Matt 26:40

A young lady whose parents had died while she was an infant, had been kindly cared for by a dear friend of the family. Before she was old enough to know him, he went to Europe. Regularly he wrote to her through all his years of absence, and never failed to send her money for all her wants. Finally word came that during a certain week he would return and visit her. He did not fix the day or the hour. She received several invitations to take pleasant trips with her friends during that week. One of these was of so pleasant a nature that she could not resist accepting it. During her trip, he came, inquired as to her absence, and left. Returning she found this note: My life has been a struggle for you, might you not have waited one week for me? More she never heard, and her life of plenty became one of want. Jesus has not fixed the day or hour of His return, but He has said, Watch, and should He come today, would He find us absorbed in thoughtless dissipation? May we be found each day, in the expectant attitude of those watching for a loved one.

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This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend
~ Song 5:16

He is our Friend. Which of you shall have a friend at night? This has deep significance through the experience of each one of us. Who has not had a friend, and more of a friend in some respects than even a father?

There are some intimacies not born of human blood that are the most intense and lasting bonds of earthly love. One by one let us count them over and recall each act and bond of love, and think of all that we may trust them for and all in which they stood by us, and then as we concentrate the whole weight of recollection and affection, let us put God in that place of confidence and think He is all that and infinitely more.

Our Friend! The one who is personally interested in us; who has set His heart upon us; who has come near to us in the tender and delicate intimacy of unspeakable fellowship; who gave us such invaluable pledges and promises; who has done so much for us, and who is ever ready to take any trouble or go to any expense to aid us to Him we are coming in prayer, our Heavenly Friend.

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The carnal mind is enmity against God
~ Rom 8:7

The flesh is incurably bad. It is not subject to the law of God, neither, indeed, can be. It never can be any better. It is no use trying to improve the flesh. You may educate it all you please. You may train it by the most approved methods, you may set before it the brightest examples, you may pipe to it or mourn to it, treat it with encouragement or severity; its nature will always be incorrigibly the same.

Like the wild hawk which the little child captures in its infancy and tries to train in the habits of the dove, before you are aware it will fasten its cruel beak upon the gentle fingers that would caress it, and show the old wild spirit of fear and ferocity. It is a hawk by nature, and it can never be made a dove. For the carnal mind is enmity against God. It is not subject to the law of God, neither, indeed, can be.

The only remedy for human nature is to destroy it, and receive instead the divine nature. God does not improve man. He crucifies the natural life with Christ, and creates the new man in Christ Jesus.

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Peace be unto you

~ John 20:19,21

This is the type of His first appearing to our hearts when He comes to bring us His peace and to teach us to trust Him and love Him.

But there is a second peace which He has to give. Jesus said unto them again, Peace be unto you. There is a peace, and there is an again peace. There is a peace with God, and there is the peace of God that passeth understanding. It is the deeper peace that we need before we can serve Him or be used for His glory.

While we are burdened with our own cares, He cannot give us His. While we are occupied with ourselves, we cannot be at leisure to serve Him. Our minds will be so filled with our own anxieties that we would not be equal to the trust which He requires of us, and so, before He can entrust us with His work, He wants to deliver us from every burden and anxiety.

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin,  
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.  
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed,  
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

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He calleth things that are not as though they were

~  Rom 4:17

The Word of God creates what it commands. When Christ says to any of us Now are ye clean through the word which I have spoken u nto you, We are clean. When He says no condemnation there is none, though there has been a lifetime of sin before. And when He says, mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, then the weak are strong. This is the part of faith, to take God at His Word, and then expect Him to make it real. A French commander thanked a common soldier who had saved his life and called him captain, although he was but a private, but the man took the commander at his word, accepted the new name and was thereby constituted indeed a captain. Shall we thus take God’s creating word of justification, sanctification, power and deliverance and thus make real the mighty promise, He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might He increaseth strength; for they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.

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The furnace for gold; but the Lord trieth the hearts
~ Prov 17:3

Remember that temptation is not sin unless it be accompanied with the consent of your will. There may seem to be even the inclination, and yet the real choice of your spirit is fixed immovably against it, and God regards it simply as a solicitation and credits you with an obedience all the more pleasing to Him, because the temptation was so strong.

We little know how evil can find access to a pure nature and seem to incorporate itself with our thoughts and feelings, while at the same time we resist and overcome it, and remain as pure as the sea–fowl that emerges from the water without a single drop remaining upon its burnished wing, or as the harp string, which may be struck by a rude or clumsy hand and gives forth a discordant sound, not from any defect of the harp, but because of the hand that touches it. But let the Master hand play upon it, and it is a chord of melody and a note of exquisite delight.

In nothing terrified by your adversaries which is to you an evident token of salvation and that of God.