I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)
Christ is not a second
personality or power, to come along to reinforce us, to vivify us,
to strengthen us, for us to use in life and in service, and that He
should make us something. That is not the thought, and that is not the
angle of Scripture at all. And yet, how almost...
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3 NIV)
Familiar as these words and
these thoughts are to us, there are tremendous possibilities of
freshness, and newness, about the enjoyment of these things.... If there is
no fresh glimmer of light and glory associated with the
reiteration of this truth, there...
Of the increase of His government and peace
there will be no end. (Isaiah 9:7)
Everything which has to do with the realization of God's purpose in creating man, and this world, and its universe, is a matter of knowing God in Christ, which, of course, means knowing Christ. Every aspect and detail of God's will and God's way and God's end is a matter of knowing the Lord Jesus. All progress,...
Jesus left the temple and was going away, when His disciples came to point out to Him the buildings of the temple. (Matthew 24:1 ESV)
How does that strike you? The disciples wanting to
take the Lord Jesus on a sightseeing trip, and show Him the buildings of the
temple! That is where their eyes are, that is what they are thinking to be
important, that is their idea of impressiveness, importance, greatness and...
I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing
Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. (Philippians 3:8 NIV)
The saving of men from sin,
death, and hell, and getting them to heaven, was as nothing
compared with what Paul saw as to the significance of a believer
now. All that which he has seen concerning Christ in His eternal
purpose – eternal, universal, vast,...
I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your
minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that
is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Deception is not something out there that is put upon us
willy-nilly, or in spite of ourselves. All deception has its own ground in man.
What is that ground? It is the fact that man is now a psychical being. Now if
you can get to the bottom of that,...
One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)
The Lord desires us to go on. Sometimes going
on means loneliness in going on where others cannot go
with us. That means a price is bound up with obedience. It may mean a big break,
a big change. It is the challenge of whether we are adjustable before the Lord.
Our adjustability is the proof of...
Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
What does this mean? Not that I come before God saying, “I have had pure motives; I have been very honest, earnest and conscientious, and my intentions have all been of the best.” Let us stop talking nonsense. It is utter folly to talk like that. We do not know ourselves. Only God knows the truth about us, and none of that finds a place with Him or counts with...
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom, and revelation in the
knowledge of Him; having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know... (Ephesians 1:17,18)
And then there is given a list of things to know. And you find that list moves
out into the dimensions of the knowledge-surpassing love: “...that you may be
filled unto all the fullness of...
Be on your guard not to be carried away by the deception of people who have no principles. Then you won't fall from your firm position. (2
Peter 3:17 GW)
From the high altitude of the first years as set before us in the book of the Acts, the church began to decline. When we get out of the apostolic age we find that decline steadily going on, until the church publicly, generally, becomes a thing of this world,...
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint. (Proverbs 29:18 NIV)
No one who knows anything about the present conditions will
disagree with the statement that the Church is in tragic need of men with a
message, but our point is that what is needed is the knowledge of what the message is for the time. That message must come from God to men chosen for the purpose. This is not a...
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for
everyone else, just as ours does for you. (1 Thessalonians 3:12 NIV)
Love for those of our own company may not be so difficult. But the Word
adds "and toward all men." That goes deeper. I have of late felt more deeply and
strongly than ever before the force of very familiar words – "Knowledge puffeth up, but love...
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you. (Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT)
If we are seeking to go on with
God to any degree beyond that which is commonly accepted as a true Christian
life; if we are called to pioneer the way for any further advance in spiritual
life or Divine service; if we are given a vision of God's...
Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
(Romans 5:18 NLT)
whole subject of spiritual power is most important. So many Christians find
themselves involved in a continual struggle to live up to what they know to be
God's standard. For them Christianity is a manner of life...
This devotional contains short daily portions from a selection of Mr. Austin-Sparks' messages. In his own words, “Perhaps this is just like a window opened into heaven. If you get the right window you can see quite a lot. You can see great things and you can see far things. But the best that I can hope is that this has just opened a window, and that as you look through it you are seeing one thing - how superior is Jesus Christ to all else, and how superior is the dispensation into which we have come, and how superior are all the resources at our disposal to all that ever was before!”
Open Windows messages have been selected and compiled by Austin-Sparks.Net from the works of T. Austin-Sparks. In some cases they appear in abridged form. The introductory verse and its associated Bible version have been selected by the editor and did not always appear within the original message.
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