The Careful Walk

The Careful Walk

“Who hath despised the day of small things?”
Zechariah 4:10

“Who hath despised the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10). Don’’t you despise it! And take care not to trifle with these small things in your own souls; don’t treat them rashly. I am afraid some of my poor people are very cruel to something very precious in their souls. Take care, child of God, and do not act presumptuously; if you cannot say there is grace, do not say there is absolutely none; though you cannot see His steps of majesty in your souls, do not say they are not, and have never been, there. Remember the words of Jacob. “And Jacob awoke out of his sleep and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not” (Gen. 28:16).

…The people of this land feel no need of the Saviour, and hence, bye and bye, there will be no gospel to be preached to them. You will not find the gospel of the grace of God continuing long, where there are none who want the Saviour.”
Sermon Excerpt Preached on 16 on May, 1852, at John Knox Tabernacle, Glasgow, Scotland
Jonathan Ranken Anderson

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”
Ephesians 4:30

The Gospel of Grace through the wantonness and desire of the people for an easier way will become the gospel of compromise and apathy. God gives people over to the desires of their hearts. Israel lusted after meat and God gave them meat and while it was still in their mouths His judgment broke out among them.

While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD struck down the people with a very great plague.”

Therefore the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had the craving.”
Numbers 11:33-34

The Gospel of believe-ism carries with it a ministration which numbs the heart, bringing in its wake lukewarm living, and hypocrisy. God’s judgment is to allow its propagation in our midst to sift the sheep from the goats, and the wheat from the tares. God allows the false expressions for a season to separate the precious from the impure and the earnest in heart from the insincere.

“Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision
Joel 3:14

The Day is upon us, a day of sifting and of glory and judgment. The Parable of the ten virgins is unfolding in our midst. How we need to find that fellowship of the Spirit in which the exhortations, the admonitions, and the warnings of God flow freely to keep us alive and awake for this evil day.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…”
1 Peter 5:8

See: The Wayfaring Ones

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Value and Need

Value and Need

“Let not your heart be troubled…”
John 14:1

“The hearts of the disciples were troubled because they feared the consequences of His leaving them. It is evident that they knew what it was to have the Saviour, and that is, I suppose, more than can be said of most now present. It was more than could be said of the disciples at one period of their lives; and more than can be said of those who are still in their natural state, for Scripture tells us that such are “without Christ”. Now, do you know what it is to be without Him? If not, you cannot know what it is to have Him. He will not be found with any that do not value Him. He is infinitely precious in Himself and infinitely precious in the eyes of the Father. Herein is love in its richest expression – that the Father gave His Son, who was the love of His love and the heart of His kindness. The Son is the heart of the Father’s love – if you get that, you have everything. He remains among a people as long as they think Him to be precious”
– Jonathan Ranken Anderson

“Unto you, therefore,
which believe He is precious…”
1 Peter 2:7

The true testimony that our “belief” is born of a living faith is revealed in how precious HE is to us in our day-to-day life. Our estimation of His worth will be measured by our need and dependency upon Him in the outflow of everyday living. While many profess a “belief” in Him, His worth is known in the proportion of our need to live in a manner that pleases our Heavenly Father.

To those who live out of the resources of self have little need of Him. They may speak of Him, use His name for their endeavors, and yet be unaware of their desperate need of Him. It is the need that determines His value.

“And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach”
Isaiah 4:1

See: Fruitfulness

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“..for without Me, ye can do nothing”
John 15:5

Brian Troxel