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Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray (1828 - 1917)

Brother Andrew Murray was a well-known writer/preacher in South Africa who ministered amongst the Dutch Reformed churches. His writings now are widely accepted by modern evangelicals and he is published more than ever in his life-time.

Some of his better known books titles are: "Abide In Christ", "Absolute Surrender," and "Humility." His burden for the body of Christ were teachings on the abiding Spirit of Christ in the believer, the life of faith with God daily, and the life of intercession and prayer in the Church.

Andrew Murray was possibly the strongest spokesman of the Philadelphian age to expound the Body's necessity to abide in Christ, like the Apostle John before him.

Murray was born into a family of four children in the then remote Graaff-Reinet region (near the Cape) of South Africa. Educated in Scotland, which was followed by theological studies in Holland, Andrew returned to his native land to work as a missionary and minister. Given the daunting task of ministering to Bloemfontein, a remote region of 50,000 square miles and 12,000 people beyond the Orange River, Murray already began to sense the need to for the "deeper Christian life".

Though successful in preaching and bringing many to Christ, Murray found many of his greatest lessons in the School of Suffering, as will all who follow in the path of obedience.

      Andrew Murray was one of four children born to Pastor Andrew, Sr., and Maria Murray. He was raised in what was considered to be the most remote corner of the world - Graaff-Reinet, South Africa. Educated in Scotland and Holland, in 1848 Andrew, Jr., returned to South Africa as a missionary and minister with the Dutch Reformed Church. His first appointment was to Bloemfontein, a territory of nearly 50,000 square miles and 12,000 people.

      Andrew and his brother John had been in close contact with a revival movement in Scotland, an evangelical extension of the ongoing Second Great Awakening in America. He prayed for the same sort of awakening for the church in South Africa and wrote, "My prayer is for revival, but I am held back by the increasing sense of my own unfitness for the work. I lament the awful pride and self complacency that have till now ruled my heart. O that I may be more and more a minister of the Spirit." (J. du Plessis, The Life of Andrew Murray)

      In 1860, revival did come to the churches of Cape Town, South Africa, and subsequently spread to surrounding towns and villages. Even remote farms and plantations felt the impact as lives were changed. Where once the churches had not been able to find one man ready to be a leader for God, the revival raised up 50 in Murray's Cape Town parish alone. There were more conversions in one month in that parish than in the whole course of its previous history. (Leona Choy, Andrew Murray: Apostle of Abiding Love)

      Greatly concerned for the spiritual guidance of new converts and renewed Christians, Andrew Murray wrote over 240 books. His writings reflect his own longing for a deeper life in Christ and his prayer that others would long for and experience that life as well.

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"But I will sing of Thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of Thy mercy in the morning: for Thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble." (Ps. lix. 16.) Here is the secret of joyful morning prayer. It is the thought of what God has done for the salvation of our souls, the experience tha... Read More
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"And Moses rose up early in the morning and went up unto Mount Sinai. . . . And the Lord. . . stood with him there and proclaimed the name of the Lord. . . and Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth and worshipped." (Exod. xxxiv. 4, 5, 8.) The previous occasion on which Moses went to m... Read More
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"And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord." (Josh. vi. 12, also iii. 1, vii. 16, viii. 10.) Four times Joshua is spoken of as rising up early in the morning, first at Shittim, where the people were about to pass over Jordan to take possession of the Promised ... Read More
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"If thou wouldst seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; if thou wert pure and upright, surely now He would awake for thee. . . Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end shall greatly increase." (Job viii. 5-7.) One may seek God at any hour of the day; but to seek ... Read More
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"And it came to pass on the third day in the morning that there were thunders and lightnings. . . . Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God. . . . And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake and God answered him by a voice." (Exod. ... Read More
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"And Abraham rose up early in the morning." (Gen. xxi. 14 and Gen. xxii. 3.) Twice we find this said of Abraham, both times in reference to what was painful to him. The first time it was to send away his son Ishmael from his home (xxi. 14), and the second time to face the still harder task of offeri... Read More
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"What is man, that Thou shouldst magnify him, and that Thou shouldst set Thy heart upon him, and that Thou shouldst visit him every morning, and try him every moment?" (Job. vii. 17, 18). Soul! hast thou ever known that God so magnifies thee, and has so set His heart upon thee, that He visits thee e... Read More
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"O God, Thou art my God, early will I seek Thee, my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land where no water is." (Ps. lxiii. 1.) People constantly' speak of themselves as seeking salvation. The Bible never speaks in this wise; as long as a man is only seeking salv... Read More
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"And the fire upon the altar shall be kept burning thereon; it shall not go out; and the priest shall burn wood upon it every morning." (Lev. vi. 12.) All acknowledge that the fire upon the altar is the type of the Holy Spirit. The sacrifice upon the altar of burnt offering, and the sweet-smelling s... Read More
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"And Jacob rose up early in the morning," (Gen. xxviii. 19.) The Lord had appeared to Jacob at Bethel in the night. He had seen the glorious heavenly ladder with God the Lord standing above it. He had received from God the promise that He would be with him and would never leave him until He had acco... Read More
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"My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning. 0 Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee and will look up." (Ps. v. 3.) David here gives expression to his intention that the morning shall continue to be the time when he will make his voice heard before God, and also to his confidence that ... Read More
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And thou shalt overlay it ( the altar) with pure gold. . . and Aaron shall burn thereon incense of sweet spices every morning; when he dresseth the lamps he shall burn it." (Exod. xxx. 3, 7.) The "incense of sweet spices" signifies prayer. "Let my prayer be set forth as incense before Thee." (Ps. cx... Read More
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"If thou prepare thine heart and stretch out thine hands toward Him, if iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away. . . then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot. . . thou shalt shine forth, thou shalf be as the morning." (Job. xi. 13-17.) We have seen with what joy the Lord and His people commu... Read More
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"The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even. . This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations. . . before the Lord, where I will meet you to speak there unto thee." (Exod. xxix. 39. 42.) Beside the continual burnt offering in the mo... Read More
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"In the morning the Lord will show who are His, and who is holy, and will cause him to come near unto Him, even him whom He shall choose will He cause to come near unto Him." (Num. xvi. 5.) The Lord had chosen Aaron and his sons to be His, and had consecrated them as priests" to come near unto Him."... Read More
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"And it came to pass that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the hosts of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared . . . and... Read More
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"And the sons of Job went and held a feast in the house of each one upon his day. . . . And it was so . . . that Job sent and sanctified them and rose up early in the morning and offered burnt offerings. . . . For Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned." (Job i. 4, 5.) Here you have the ideal ... Read More
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"And at night He went out and abode in the mount that is called the Mount of Olives. And all the people came early in the morning to Him in the Temple for to hear Him." (Luke xxi. 37-38.) "And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. . . . And Jesus, answerin... Read More
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" And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun." "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene out of whom He had cast seven devils." (Mark xvi. 2, 9.) The women went to the grave earl... Read More
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"(There shall be) One that ruleth over men righteously, that ruleth in the fear of God. He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, a morning without clouds, when the tender grass springeth out of the earth through clear shining after rain." (11 Sam. xxiii. 3, 4.) This is a prophec... Read More

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