• My Utmost for His Highest

    Does He know me

    He calleth. . . by name. John 10:3. When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (John 20:17.) It is possible to know all about doctrine and yet not know Jesus. The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine out steps intimate touch with Jesus. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine was no more to Mary than the grass under her feet. Any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could not ridicule out of her…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Signs of the new birth

    Ye must be born again. John 3:7. The answer to the question “How can a man be born when he is old?” is—When he is old enough to die—to die right out to his ‘rag rights,’ to his virtues, to his religion, to everything, and to receive into himself the life which never was there before. The new life manifests itself in conscious repentance and unconscious holiness. “As many as received Him.” (John 1:12.) Is my knowledge of Jesus born…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Chastening

    Despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him. Hebrews 12:5. It is very easy to quench the Spirit; we do it by despising the chastening of the Lord, by fainting when we are rebuked by Him. If we have only a shallow experience of sanctification, we mistake the shadow for the reality, and when the Spirit of God begins to check, we say—‘Oh, that must be the devil.’ Never quench the Spirit, and…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Quench not the Spirit

    Quench not the spirit. 1 Thess. 5:19. The voice of the Spirit is as gentle as a zephyr, so gentle that unless you are living in perfect communion with God, you never hear it. The checks of the Spirit come in the most extraordinarily gentle ways, and if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice you will quench it, and your personal spiritual life will be impaired. His checks always come as a still small voice, so small…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    The theology of rest

    Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Matthew 8:26. When we are in fear we can do nothing less than pray to God, but Our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His Name should have an understanding confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the reliable ones. Our trust is in God up to a certain point, then we go back to…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    This experience must come

    And he saw him no more. 2 Kings 2:12. It is not wrong to depend upon Elijah as long as God gives him to you, but remember the time will come when he will have to go; when he stands no more to you as your guide and leader, because God does not intend he should. You say—‘I cannot go on without Elijah.’ God says you must. Alone at your Jordan. v. 14. Jordan is the type of separation where…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    The sacrament of the saint

    Let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well-doing. 1 Peter 4:19. To choose to suffer means that there is something wrong; to choose God’s will even if it means suffering is a very different thing. No healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he chooses God’s will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not. No saint dare interfere with the discipline of suffering in another saint. The saint…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Prayer in the Father’s hearing

    Father, I thank Thee that thou hast heard Me. John 11:41. When the Son of God prays, He has only one consciousness, and that consciousness is of His Father. God always hears the prayers of His Son, and if the Son of God is formed in me the Father will always hear my prayers. I have to see that the Son of God is manifested in my mortal flesh. “Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost,” the ‘Bethlehem’…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Prayer in the Father’s honour

    That holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35. If the Son of God is born into my mortal flesh, is His holy innocence and simplicity and oneness with the Father getting a chance to manifest itself in me? What was true of the Virgin Mary in the historic introduction of God’s Son into this earth is true in every saint. The Son of God is born into me by the…