CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION, the cultivation of a psychology of uncritical belief is not an unqualified good, and if carried too far it may be a positive evil. The whole world has been booby-trapped by the devil, and the deadliest trap of all is the religious one. Error never looks so innocent as when it is found in the sanctuary.
One field where harmless-looking but deadly traps appear in great profusion is the field of prayer. There are more sweet notions about prayer than...
Bible Verses: 1 John 3:211 John 3:22John 15:7
For Reading and Meditation: John 13:1-38
What other teacher has taken the Ten Commandments and had the right to add another commandment to them? But this is precisely what Jesus did, as we see from our text today. "A new command I give you," He said. "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
The Old Testament and other...
Bible Verses: John 13:1-38Philippians 2:5John 15:1-17James 2:8Matthew 7:12
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. - John 15:5 ESV
NEVER forget that in the Lord is our righteousness and strength.
We are not sufficient to think rightly of ourselves, but through Him we can do all things. Never attempt anything without looking to Jesus for power. Let a knowledge and constant sense of weakness keep you near to Him; sensibly depending on Him; and...
Bible Verses: John 15:5
"If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7
Of necessity we must be in Christ to live unto Him, and we must abide in Him to be able to claim the largesse of this promise from Him. To abide in Jesus is never to quit Him for another love or another object, but to remain in living, loving, conscious, willing union with Him. The branch is not only ever near the...
Bible Verses: John 15:7
Note well that we must hear Jesus speak if we expect Him to hear us speak. If we have no ear for Christ, He will have no ear for us. In proportion as we hear we shall be heard.
Moreover, what is heard must remain, must live in us, and must abide in our character as a force and a power. We must receive the...
The Bible is full of paradoxes, that is, truths that seem contrary to what we would normally suppose or truths that seem to contradict one another. G. K. Chesterton maintained that paradox is truth standing on its head to attract attention. Here are a few of the paradoxes trying to attract our attention.
We save our lives by losing them; we lose our lives by loving them (Mark 8:35).
We are strong when we are weak (
Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 6:9Mark 8:352 Corinthians 12:10John 15:5Romans 6:17-20Acts 20:35Proverbs 11:241 John 3:91 John 1:8Genesis 32:24-281 Peter 5:5Psalms 4:1Jeremiah 48:112 Corinthians 6:101 Corinthians 1:20-21Matthew 6:19
In Matthew's gospel, the story of the first months of our Lord's public ministry is omitted. Several chapters of John's gospel come in between verses 11 and 12 of Matthew's fourth chapter. The mission of John the Baptist was to go before Christ and prepare His way. When he had done this, introducing Him to the people - John's work was really ended. But he continued to preach for some months, until he was arrested by Herod...
Bible Verses: Matthew 4:12-25John 15:5
When Jesus says, "I am the true vine," He means that He is the source of the spiritual life of His people, who are compared to branches. What the vine is to its branches, Christ is to all who believe on Him. The branches, down to the smallest twigs, are dependent on the vine. So every believer is dependent on Christ. He is the source of...
Bible Verses: John 15:1-12
Without Me, you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
The Cross simply says that an order, though it
be religious, well-motivated, or good-intentioned, but nevertheless proceeding
from man in his natural state (not necessarily in defiance of God or in
conscious rebellion against Him, but just the expression of man's natural state
as he is), the Cross says that this entire order is set aside. God has
judicially judged it...
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