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Jesus triumphs. His shout is the shout of a King. I me, the 20th verse of Rev. iii., 'Behold I stand at He enters the willing heart. He dwells there, its the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and only Lord and Master, and the fruits of faith and the open the door I will come in to him and sup with fruits of love are manifested to the world because of him and he with Me.' A new light seemed to dawn this indwelling. He acts from the Temple of the upon me as I read these old familiar words. SupBeliever's body precisely as IIe would act from the pose, I said to myself, that I let in the Overcomer, Temple of His own body. If there is no love for all would not this change the character of the conflict ? saints in the eye, in the life, and in the labour of the No wonder that I have failed. Christ the Mighty hand, then we conclude that Jesus is not there— Conqueror has been standing at the door of my certainly not there in His fulness—and we must go inmost being waiting to be admitted that he may again to drink. But where there is love, it is HIS overcome in me and overcome for me, and I havo love-where His love is, He is, dwelling in the never seen it. Lord, I repent me of my folly. Do heart-from Him this fruit is found.
Thou come in and dwell in the temple of my heart; And now, brethren, see that ye love one another then, in Thy strength, shall I be strong; Yea, I with a pure heart, ferrently. Wherever there is a shall do all things through Christ that strengtheneth child of God, love him. No matter in what Church me' (Phil. iv. 13).” he is, love him. No matter what sin has dominion But some one who reads this may be ready to ask, over him, love him. No matter how much soever he “How is it possible for Christ to be found standing at may have wronged you, love him. Even if he con- the door of a believer's heart ? Must He not necestains in himself all those things which are most sarily be within the soul of one who is already detestable in our eyes, he is dear to God; love him. His?" Alas ! it is only too possible, and too common. Remember how Jesus said: “The Father Himself Christ may be trusted in as a Saviour, and yet practi
have loved Me." “BECAUSE YE cally ignored as a Master, and as a Lord. The heart of HAVE LOVED ME.” Then I will take the man whom man is as a palace with many chambers. There is the I least like; I will ask him : “Do you love my lofty vaulted ball of the understanding, there is the Lord who loved Me? Do you love Him whom my dimly-lighted corridor of the memory hung with soul loveth ?” And if he says “ Yes,” I will take pictures of the past, there is the pleasant sunny him to my heart. I cannot do otherwise. “This is chamber of the affections looking south, there is the My commandment, that ye love one another, as I curiously constructed staircase of the imagination have loved you,” in spite of all your sins.
with its many flights and noble prospects, but there is above all in the kingly palace of the human
heart the throne-chamber of the will. You may have THE OVERCOMING LIFE.* At a private conference held near London, not if you reserve to yourself the chamber of the will,
laid at Christ's feet the keys of every other door, but long since, for the promotion of spiritual life, a well, if you refuse to give up to Christ your liberty of known and valued servant of Christ rose and told us how his heart had failed him as he pondered the choice, if you refuse to yield when Christ's commands promises made to the overcomers in the Book of cross your inclinations, humble your pride, and thwart Revelation. Over and over again he found it your purposes, then, alas ! is the condition of the Laodicean Church reproduced in you.
Self is on written, “ To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in my throne,” &c. Alas, he asked lost from the roll call of those who overcome.
the throne, Christ is at the door, and your name is himself, how shall I ever claim rewards like these?
Christians may be more than conquerors through How is it possible for us to overcome who are so
Him who has loved them. But if they would be often foiled? What is the secret, if there be any, of an overcoming Christian life ? “As these thoughts so, they must be nothing, Christ must be all. passed through my mind,” he added, “my eye fell of the aspects of an overcoming Life, it is impossible
In describing, as these pages attempt to do, some " on the verse before the one which was so perplexing to urge too strongly, or exhibit too clearly, this
Extract from "The Overcoming Life,” by the Rev. E. W. fundamental principle, “ Christ is ALL.” He must
We must never confuse our responsibility with His. His responsibility is to work; our responsibility is a very severe illness, from which she was wonderto trust. His responsibility is to work in ; ours to fully raised in answer to prayer. But its effects rest in Him, that we may work out only what He never fully left her, and in her quiet home in Ireland works in.
In other words, we are instruments, not she was called to the service of which she had sung agents ; and our first business is to be in union and before—“the work of sitting still." communion with Him who is the Alpha and the Omega
" Then think not thou art kept within the shadow of our spiritual progress. It wonderfully simplifics
Of long inactive years, our Christian living when we see that all our prayer,
Without some purpose infinitely glorious, watchfulness, and earnestness are ever to be directed
Some harvest sown in tears." to this one end—to abide in Christ. Abiding in But though she was thus withdrawn from outHim we are holy; abiding in Him we are victorious, wardly joining in the strong current of the deepenfor, as we have just seen in Rev. iii., when we abide ing teaching on the life in Christ, she fully felt its in Him, He (who has been triumphant over every force. Nothing of it was unknown to her : and foe) comes in to make His abode with us. It may from her isolation she followed deeply and closely be we have not seen how complete the victory Christ every grand unfolding of His mind. Occasionally secures to His people really is. Much depends upon she was able to come and join with us, and in 1879 our apprehending clearly the work that He has she was at Keswick. She was then searching into wrought. Courage, we are told, is a temper of mind the Lord's mind about the healing of the body, and that duly estimates the difficulties it has to meet, but from that time forward she continued steadfast in is incapable of yielding to them; and when we ask her conviction that it was His will that His chil
n how such a frame of mind is generated, we are assured dren should be whole. that it is by a constant contemplation of the means It was deeply teaching to see her strong faith of success that it is created in the soul. If this be grasping this, and clinging to it, simply on the so, the reason why Christian courage is so often ground of what she saw in His word. In spite of wanting is sufficiently explained — the believer what she saw to be His will not being fully worked takes his eye off his Saviour and the completeness out in her own case she clung to it. She was cerof His triumph; and, losing faith in them, what tain, and nothing shook her. Yet it did not make wonder that his fears prevail ? Would we be not her impatient, or fret against the long-continued dumb, driven cattle, but heroes in the Christian inactivity ; and she could sayfight, let us keep our eyes on our Leader. “0, our
“We praise Him for these lonely hours of waiting, God, we have no might against this great company
And trusting look above, that cometh against us; neither know we what to
Till all the hush and silence of their service
Grows luminous with love." do : but our eyes are upon Thee” (2 Chron. xx. 12).
Others could say it of her too, and see that in her
it was His love-light which lit her life. One who In Memoriam.
saw her this year at Keswick says :-" I shall never
forget how she made me promise, in her most JEAN SOPHIA PIGOTT,
solemn manner, that I would unfold to His love, as (Author of " A Royal Service, and Other Poems.") the petals of a flower unfold to the sunlight." There are not many who have the power “ to It was such perfect trust in His Will, for it was sing the Lord's song,” both for themselves and also trust in the dark; and she went on loving His Will so to express it that others can catch the strain, and even when it did not prove exactly what she find that it is the echo of their own heart's longing reckoned. Her strong spirit searched on bravely or praise. Jean Sophia Pigott was one of the into its depths, daring to face all it meant, and then few, and she has left us such an inheritance of song leaving the fulfilment to Him. With many, the that we cannot let her slip out of our reach into the spirit would have failed and flagged in such a frail presence of the King, without a word of tender, body as hers was ; but, instead of fretting against grateful memory.
her prison, and bruising her wings against the fetAfter most of her hymns and poems were written, tering cage, her spirit soared and expanded in His -after the Brighton Convention of 1875-she had Will, and she could truly say to the close
“Thy beautiful sweet will, my God,
I am in rhapsodies of joy, because I am not; but It holds in its sublime embrace
it is all peace, perfect peace.”
“ There are no My captive will: a gladsome bird,
doubts or fears?" one asked. None,” she replied, Prisoned in such a realm of grace.”
“ because He keeps me. If it were our keeping it One who loved her deeply saw her on October
would be a sorry hope, but “Thou wilt keep' is 6th and 7th, and wrote rejoicing that she was much
the promise, and it is indeed fulfilled.” better and stronger. Five days after that, the call The Lord did not try her long-tested faith resting in His love ?” said another, when the waters
were being reached : “In His arms,” was the sweet with even ever so short an illness; but in one
reply. moment He lifted her over the threshold, to which
Peace like this was surely very nigh to joy; and, she lived so 6. The Master is come,
continual rapture the earthern vessel could not bear. calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she
But the fragrance was continual, especially the conarose quickly, and came unto Him.” Yes, indeed,“ quickly.” With one “look of great surprise » fiding love to the dear Lord, and the constant longshe fell, and, with two or three sighs, she was trembling gratitude for the help she had been to us,
ing to be altogether hidden in Him. To words of gone! It was translation : it was simply true of her, “I turned to see the voice that spake with she replied, “ If ever one has been the least bit of
use, it has been not of me, but of Jesus ;” and again,
“ If there's anything nice in me it is Jesus.” Her last act had been to write a letter in which she spoke of her want of faith-just the point we
It was a triumphant moment when she found that felt was so strong in her--but spoke, too, of trust- she was going in to see the King. The cluck pointed
to midnight, November the 4th, and the early ing to His facts, and being “blind to her own
morning of the 5th when the summons came. With experiences.” We cannot grudge her to Him! though for our affection to her daughters in God, she said, “. All
a farewell look of gratitude to her nurses, and of selves there is a longing that we could have had her
mine are thine.' I cannot take
you all with me, but longer; but we are glad that
promise me that you will come-say it, 'Jesus, only “ For ber are now all shadows fled away,
Jesus '-say it.” And they said two verses of the Save the sweet shadow of the Master's face."
hymn she was so fond of—we sang it at her grave-
I'll bathe in its full ocean to all eternity;
But wending on to Heaven this all my song shall be“Our people die well,” wrote Wesley a hundred I was a guilty sinner, but Jesus died for me. years ago; and, thank God, the same may be written of some of other confessions who have delighted to “ In glory! in glory ! 'for ever with the Lord,' seek the fulness of blessing in these days also. I'll tune my harp, and with the saints I'll sing with
sweet accord, Amongst these was the devoted woman whose name
But when I strike the golden strings, this all my song appears at the head of this paper.
shall be,From “the dear Oxford days” downwards, her
I am a ransomed sinner, for Jesus died for me." commanding form and face---a face which betokened
After this the pain and weakness increased, but the calm of God within the soul-were familiar at till unconsciousness closed her lips she continued many Conferences; and in her own beautiful home, to utter the name “ Jesus.” Almost her last audible near Brighton, she loved to gather around her, word was " Home-home;" and once again the
“ above all others, those who were teaching or were silence was broken by words of welcome saying, seeking a life of entire trust.
"My God," "quite satisfied." In that spot of sweet retirement - Mirumichi
All was bright as heaven could make it for us in a means “happy retreat”—Mrs. Lowdell lay utterly world sore darkened by such a loss. The Sunday prostrate and suffering for months past. “I would morning broke in beauty over the home “ where not have people think,” she said one day, “ that the dead was laid.” So did the Friday morning,
” , We understand that a brief memorial of letters and last November 12th, when her pastor, the Rev. E. L. words, &c., is in course of preparation.
Roxby, and also the Rev. J. G. Gregory, the Rev.
J. B. Figgis, and Mr. Henry Edwards, in the the only child of God who ever had to suffer alone, presence of a large gathering, committed her to the and the very fact that God forsook Him, is a pledge grave. As bright was the next Sunday when, in that He will never forsake you, for Jesus bore that churches of Conformist and Nonconformist, reference solitude, when He took your place, in order that was made to the loving and holy life that was thus you might never in reality be able to say, "The closed.
Lord hath forsaken me." Trust in God's facts, not As we think of her we are reminded of what in your experiences, and trust Him to make you we heard one say of “ a good minister of Jesus willing to be still. There is a distinct promise for Christ " at Ebley. “I sometimes have my doubts you to plead. “Thy people shall be willing in the
• and fears, but-I knew Benjamin Parsons. I get day of Thy power;" and the day of God's power drooping and despondent, but I knew Benjamin is the day of our powerlessness. “All their own Parsons. I am surrounded with temptations to wisdom is swallowed up” (Ps. cvii. 27): it is good scepticism, but-I knew Benjamin Parsons.” So for us when it is so, for then we "cease from our throughout the length and breadth of these lands there own wisdom (Prov. xxiii. 4), and take Christ Jesus, are many who will have their confidence in Christ, who of God is "made unto us wisdom” (Cor i. 30). their belief in the Christian verity, their assurance Look in the same Psalm (cvii. 28, 30). " He that there is a Holy Ghost, deepened and intensified bringeth them out." "He bringeth them unto." by the memory of her of whom we speak. Friends, Every one of God's "outs” has a corresponding if our faith flags, if our lamps burn low, if anything "unto" (cf. Deut. vi. 23). “He brought us out, arises to chill our hearts and tempt us to doubt our that He might bring us in.” And it was by “ a God, let us return to the fight, return to the faith, solitary way," and yet "the right way” (Vers. 4-7). urged by a thousand arguments, and by this :- Do not look forward. “Sufficient unto the day 6. We knew dear Mrs. Lowdell.”
is the evil thereof” and the good thereof, for “ as J. B. F.
thy days so shall thy strength be." Let God keep
you to-day ; leave to-morrow with Him. Take each MESSAGES OF PEACE FOR THE
day, with its joy and sorrow, its pain and rest, as it AFFLICTED.
God comes with it, whatever else may come II.
or not come, and brings the supply of the present MY DEAR M--I have come to this conclu- need, not of the future. "Be not therefore anxious sion, that the only way to be always “at home" | for the morrow." "Your Father knoweth what is to have our home in God. We can never be things ye have need of," and He will “supply all banished from that abiding-place, and God will your need.” When you feel, as you describe, that you take care that we shall always have somewhere to "cannot pray," why not, instead of“trying to pray," be, or else, you see, He would be short of a home just be quiet? Let God do the talking, and you too. Be content to take one step at a time, and just listen. He has " many things to say unto you," remember God will take you nowhere and leave as you are able to bear them. Do not worry about you nowhere without a special reason, which He your work, your people, your anything. I had better may or may not tell you. Leave it all with Him, say your nothing; for if you are really fully His, only and do not hinder His working by your worrying. His, you have not anything—it is all His. And the Do not tell Him you“ do not want to go,” because care of all is His too. “Castingall your care upon Him, if He wants you in one place you cannot expect for He careth for you.” If He cares, that is enough His presence and blessing anywhere else. “Follow and more than enough ; your caring will make the the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.” The comfort burden no lighter to Him : rather, the very fact of is that you bave not to go first, for “When He your caring will be to Him the heavest burden of putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, all. Let Him plan, and bring all to pass ; you trust and the sheep follow Him.” Even if it is a cross Him and praise Him. “ As for God, His way
is that is laid upon you, it is only that you may perfect ;” and, more than that, “It is God that “ bear it after Jesus," and though His own cross ... maketh my way perfect." Do not rush into was too heavy for Him, He will take care that work for which you have no strength, nor fret yours shall never be too heavy for you. Jesus was because you cannot do it. God will give you
strength enough to do the work He means you to do as He tells you ; keep singing the same note over do ; and He will tell you how much He means you and over again and again, if He says so. Never to do. If is seems very little do not complain. If mind if it sounds very unmusical to you; when He you can glorify Him more by doing much Ho will is tired of it, He will go on to something else. And let you do it; but if the little pleases Him best, it as to what the next note is going to be, or when is better to do only a little, is it not ? Leave God He is going to let you have a song, you may be to bear His own cares as well as yours.
sure He will teach you the quickest way, as well I do not think God has any rule with his Marahs as the best. and Elims. Sometimes He is obliged to send the Do not make up your mind that you are Marah first in order to make us appreciate the Elim; are not “ever going to be fit to do as you have but if He sometimes sends sorrow to prepare the
way done”; that is your Master's business, not yours, for joy, I think He as often sends joy as our strength and His object in all this waiting time is to enable to bear sorrow. And then what we call a Marah is you to serve, and praise, and glorify Him as you so often an Elim, if we only knew ; but in our never havo done. Never mind how, that is His ignorance we call things by their wrong names. business, too. I remember a child at school, a How often, for instance, what we have dreaded as brilliant but very careless musician, who was very the Marah of spiritual loneliness has proved to be proud of her performances, and so were her parents;
, the Elim of fellowship with God.
but when a good music-master took her in hand, he God's ways often seem strange to us; it cannot took away all her pieces (and never let her have well be otherwise, since He is infinite and we are them again either), and just kept her to "scales finite; and where would be the joy of trusting, if and exercises." When he did let her have a piece, we could always see and understand? “His under- it was only a little, simple tune, taken from an standing is infinite," that is enough for us. He under- instruction book. The child was indignant, said stands His own way and ours; only let us trust Him, she should forget all she knew, and should never be and by-and-by, when we come to be where He is, able to play again as she used; but the master knew we shall see as He secs; but you know a view will best, and the end proved he was right. always look different, as it is seen from the foot of
“God is His own interpreter, a mountain, or from the top.
And He will make it plain.”
feel “like a little bird shut up in a cage, not able even to sing a song worth listening to"? JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION. Perhaps God has put you into a cage because He “If Christ be in you,” says an Apostle, “ the body wants to teach you to sing something that will be is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is alive because worth listening to ; and then you will only be kept of righteousness.” It is a fathomless depth, that of in the cage till the lesson is learned ; and with such our union with Christ, which I cannot yet see far
! a Master one would not like to cut it short. There | into. It is clear enough that we by believing in is no telling what new notes you may develop under Christ die, and that we die in the very act of faith. His teaching, nor what wonderful “ new song” He But there is a point which I would like to see into, may be going to put into your mouth, when He sees but which I do not yet see into, viz., the condemthat
you have spent time enough over scales and nation of sin in the death of Christ. Christ “ exercises.” These may be tiresome and tiring some-demned sin in the flesh.” I think we run away times, but He sees they are needful for the cultiva- with one-half of the truth on this point, and Rome tion of your voice, and you will not mind taking a runs away with the other half (we, i.e., the postlittle trouble over it (especially if He does not mind), Reformers, for I don't charge the Reformers themfor the sake of being able to sing to Him and with selves with it). The death of Christ when sin lay Him such music as He can delight in. He wants upon Him was, I think, the condemnation of all to make a good singer of you ; do not grudge Him that so lay upon Him, with the pardon of their the time for it; all the credit will go to the Master, persons, and the execution or destruction of their you know, and you would like to be a pupil who will sins. Condemnation of sin to death goes along with bring a little extra glory to Him. Just be still, and the adjudication of persons to life. Christ died for