No Will But Thine

Jesus, ’tis my aim divine,
Hence to have no will but thine,
Let me covenant with thee,
Thine for evermore to be:
This my prayer, and this alone,
Saviour, let thy will be done!

Thee to love, to live to thee,
This my daily portion be,
Nothing to my Lord I give,
But from him I first receive:
Lord, for me thy blood was spilt,
Lead me, guide me, as thou wilt.

All that is opposed to thee,
Howsoever dear it be,
From my heart the idol tear,
Thou shalt have no rival there,
Only thou shalt fill the throne:
Saviour, let thy will be done.

Wilt thou, Lord, in me fulfil
All the pleasure of thy will;
Thine in life, and thine in death,
Thine in every fleeting breath,
Thou my hope and joy alone:
Saviour, let thy will be done.

— Octavius Winslow

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Thy Word is a Lamp Unto my Feet


“Your word,” says the Psalmist, “is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). It is like a lantern, which sheds light on our path, amid the darkness of the night, to direct the steps of our feet. The sincere Christian will therefore search the Word of God, for a knowledge of His will, with more eagerness than he would search for hidden treasures of gold and silver. In obedience to the command of God, he will set his heart to the work.

After the giving of the law, Moses says, “Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day” (Deut 32:46). To set our hearts upon any object implies such a love for it and desire after it, as leads to a strong determination to make every possible effort to obtain it; and this ought to be the settled and permanent feeling of our hearts in regard to a knowledge of the will of God, as revealed in His Word. And, as we obtain this knowledge, we should imitate the Psalmist, who said, “Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

His object in hiding the Word in his heart was to know how to regulate his conduct so as not to sin against God. So must we hide the Word of God in our hearts, and for the same reason. We must study it as the directory of life.  Whenever we open the precious Word of God, this should be the sincere inquiry of our heart: “Lord, what will you have me to do?”   With a teachable heart and childlike spirit of obedience toward knowing the will of God.

Christ promised His disciples that, when the Holy Spirit would come, He would “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Without the Holy Spirit – The Helper, one cannot understand the Word of God.   Before opening God’s Word, therefore, we ought to pray that He show us the truth, and incline our hearts to trust and obey.

Thank you Lord, for your precious pure Word. (Proverbs 30:4-6)

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A Broken Spirit

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart,

O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)

If you and I have a broken spirit, all idea of our own importance is gone. What is the use of a broken heart? Why, much the same as the use of a broken pot, or a broken jug, or a broken bottle! Men throw it on a dunghill. Hence, David says, “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17), as if he felt that everyone else would despise it.

Now, do you feel that you are of no importance? Though you know that you are a child of God, do you feel that you would not give a penny for yourself? You would not wish to claim the first place; the rear rank suits you best, and you wonder that you are in the Lord’s army in any rank at all.

O brothers, I believe that the more God uses us, the less we shall think of ourselves; and the more he fills us with his Spirit, the more will our own spirit sink within us in utter amazement that that he should ever make use of such broken vessels as we are!

Well, now, indulge that feeling of nothingness and unimportance; not only indulge it as a feeling, but go act upon it, and be you in the midst of your brethren less than the least; humble yourselves in wonder that God should permit your name to stand on the roll of his elect at all.

Admire the grace of God to you, and marvel at it in deep humiliation of spirit. That is part of the sacrifice that God will not despise.

(Charles H. Spurgeon - At the Master’s Feet)

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Buy the Truth and Sell it Not

Proverbs 23:23 (KJV)

Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction,

and understanding.”

The Lord Jesus Christ, most gracious Saviour, suffering servant, who shed his blood on the cross, counsels us to hear and be wise, and is ready to guide our hearts in his truth.  Here we have an earnest call to our heart, that it be guided, indeed, that our steps be guided along his narrow way.  Buy the truth, and sell it not; be willing to part with any thing for it.  Do not part with the truth for any worldly advantage, status, popularity, riches, pleasures, or indeed any thing of this world.  It is all our heart, that the great almighty sovereign God requires.  We must not think to divide our heart between God and the world; He will have all or none.

All for His glory.

Earnestly, daily, we need to press on, dying to self, all the while looking to the truth of God’s precious word, and walk in it, with a heart of thanks and praise to an almighty God, and His Son, Jesus Christ, who alone is worthy of all honor and glory.

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