Christ knows His people by certain distinguishing marks (J.R. Miller) "I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own sheep--and they know Me!" John 10:14 The Jewish shepherds had certain marks by which they knew their own sheep. Even in this country, the farmers put "brands" on their sheep--their own initial, or an "ear-mark," or … Continue reading Christ Jesus Knows His Own
(J.R. Miller) "I do not practice what I want to do--but I do what I hate!" Romans 7:15 Think of the brokenness, the incompleteness, the littleness--of these lives of ours! We get glimpses of beauty in character--which we are not able to attain! We have spiritual longings--which seem to us too great ever to come … Continue reading The Clumsiness of Humanity
(J.R. Miller, "Morning Thoughts") "Herod immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. The man went and beheaded John in the prison." Mark 6:27-28 Jesus knows how His followers can best serve Him. He sent the apostles out to teach and heal. John the Baptist, however--He permitted to be seized, to languish in … Continue reading You Are Immortal!
(J.R. Miller, "Morning Thoughts" 1906) "Do not worry about anything--but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 Learning not to worry, is one of the lessons that every … Continue reading Why Worry?
(J.R. Miller) "We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 Our affairs are forever getting tangled, like threads in a child's hands--and we cannot straighten out the tangles ourselves! We cannot see how anything beautiful … Continue reading What a Tangled Web We Weave
(J.R. Miller) "As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God." 1 Kings 11:4 The trouble was all in Solomon's heart! It is the heart which needs watching and keeping with all diligence. The heart must be wholly devoted in … Continue reading Keep Your Heart Only For God
(J.R. Miller) "I will praise the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips." Psalm 34:1 It is not hard to praise the Lord at some times. There are days when all is bright. There is no sickness in our house. No recent sorrow has left our heart sad. It is … Continue reading Rewriting Scripture
(James Smith, "Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed" 1855) If we look at the comparisons which are made use of by the Holy Spirit to set Christ forth--we behold something more of His loveliness. He is compared to a MOTHER, and is said to have more than a mother's tenderness, kindness, and care. His … Continue reading Christ Exalted As My All in All!
(J.R. Miller, "Miller's Year Book--a Year's Daily Readings") "The Lord has heard all your grumblings against Him!" Exodus 16:8 Does God really hear every discontented word which I ever speak? Does He hear when I grumble about the weather . . . about the hard winter, about the late spring, about the dry summer, about … Continue reading Do You Grumble About the Weather?
(J.R. Miller, "Miller's Year Book--a Year's Daily Readings") "He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:4 If your faith stops at the cross--it misses the blessing of the fullest revealing of Christ! You need a Savior who not merely two thousand years ago went to death to redeem you--but … Continue reading A LIVING Christ