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make every effort to deliver ourselves, but it is the

" I asked the Lord that I might grow teaching of grace that we should cease from our

In faith and love and every grace ; own work, and yield ourselves to be saved and

Might more of His salvation know, delivered by Him whom the Lord has sent for this

And seek moro earnestly His face." especial purpose. This is the first lesson every He retained, however, his own thoughts about it, true child of God is taught. He knows it from the for he hoped that in some favoured hour God would Word, and from his own experience, that all his at once subdue his sins, and give him rest ; but efforts to save himself from the punishment of sin instead of this, the Lord made him feel the hidden are utterly futile. He was saved only when he evils of his lieart, and let the powers of hell assault looked at the finished work of Christ; when he his soul. “Lord, why is this?” he trembling cried ; gave up struggling and labouring, and surrendered "wilt Thou pursue Thy worm to death?” The Lord himself as a helpless sinner, then he was saved by replied that it was in this

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Ile answered prayer the Lord Himself. One would think a lesson so for grace and faith! He employed in ward trials dearly bought and so deeply impressed would abide ; and searchings of heart from self and pride to set that the believer would evermore remember that it him free, breaking up all plans of earthly joy, and that the believer would evermore remember that it all schemes of self-advancement, that he might is not by work, or power, or might, but by the seek his all in the Lord Himself only. This simple Spirit of the Lord alone that we can get the victory and common experience strikes at once upon the But somehow the old nature does crop up, even in secret ! Sanctification is God's work, and not ours; the regenerate. Even spiritual men

are found and it is only as we go back in ourselves that labouring to deliver themselves in one way or

God can go forward-only as we decrease that He

can increase. Therefore, not by working or learning another from the power of sin; and sometimes they

can we know what is holiness, but by self-abandonare found to be contending as vigorously for the ment and by entire submission of ourselves to Him, legal yoke-or, as they call it, liberty to work for who can do for us abundantly more than we can themselves as once they did for salvation by ask or think.

This is within the reach of all, and manifestly works !

the privilege and duty of all, to cast ourselves Like the Sadducees some of them take up notions wholly on the Lord Himself. Our sanctification is broad and free; or some, like the Pharisees, strict His will, and He can accomplish it. sacramental or traditional bonds; or some, like the

W. HASLAM. Scribes, exult in accuracy, puffed up with head Bickenham Rectory, Norwich. knowledge of the Word in all its critical niceties of distinctions and differences ! Anything, in short, but the simple and true act of faith, which even

" THIS ONE THING I DO." the weak and unlearned may exercise, leaving all As I was coming away from Keswick after the to follow Him who first bid them come to Him. Convention, and thinking over the lessons which I Oh, that instead of taking up theories, or working had been learning there, a verse which I had hardly at sanctification, or learning about it, people would noticed before, though I did know it was somejust simply ask the Lord, and leave themselves in where in the book of Proverbs, was mentioned to His hands. He would teach them by experience, me by a fellow-passenger, “The slothful man and then they would know that rest, as well as roasteth not what he took in hunting.” It came to pardon, is by faith, “ We that believe do enter into me as a message from the Lord Himself. We, His rest."

children, had been gathered together for a week Sanctification is by faith, exactly in the same with one avowed object, to learn more of God and way as justification; the only difference between of His will concerning our daily lives, that we them is, that justification is complete as much at might be holy day by day; a people separated and the first moment as ever it will be to all eternity; sanctified to the Lord our God. Many of us had and sanctification is progressive; it has a beginning learnt much, God had opened unto us His good of its own; it is not a continuation of justification. treasure, and had shown us riches of wisdom and

Newton, of Olney, felt his need of something, but knowledge that we knew nothing about before. knew not what; and instead of asking others, or And had we not, all of us, consecrated our service trying to discover it for himself, he says,

to the Lord and ask Him to use us henceforth for

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His glory, just where and how it should please Him ? | a sickly, stunted, shrivelled growth, a want of And then came the returning to our homes, amongst proportion and symmetry. Forgetting that we our friends, some of whom have not much sympathy are to grow in grace and knowledge, we have with us. Now, as we are, let us each ask ourselves, been occupied with increase of knowledge merely, " What has been the result of this Convention?" and, not living out that knowledge, have become, Is it to sink into the past and leave no mark behind as one said, “ distorted creatures.” Throughout it, like a visit to the seaside, a change of air that the book of Proverbs, the lesson taught by the braces us for a week or two, until gradually, home short of what he desires, and of what others expect

slothful man seems just to be failure-coming work and home duties tire us out again, and we from him. In chapter xiii. 4, we have "The slothreach as low an ebb as before ? It will be so, it ful man desireth and hath nothing," not the hungermust be so, if, like the slothful man, we are con ing and thirsting after righteousness of Matt. v., tented with having hunted merely, and for sheer for such shall be filled," but a saying, "I wish," idleness “roast not that which we have taken.” “I would,” and stopping at saying, without doing.

Again, in chapter xv. 19, “ The way of the slothful Is it not too often the case with us that we get a is as a hedge of thorns." All progress is barred to little spurt of spiritual life, a little breath of moun- him by a hedge which a determined man could tain air, and wonder for the time how we could easily cut down; but his feeble attempts to break ever have lived anywhere but on the mountain ? and through it will only result in pricking and stinging, then we forget that where there can be no standing righteous, which is “raised up as a causeway.”

and in failure. How different from the way of the still, not ascending means descending, and ascending Proverbs 22, 13 : “The slothful man saith, There implies climbing, which is not enjoyment merely, is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets." but regular, continuous, hard work. And so the Here we have a man who excuses his own idleness opportunities are given us for proving our treasure, by an appearance, one would suppose imaginary, of

danger. Perhaps he really believes that the danger but we let them go, and our gold becomes tarnished

is there, but whether he is really afraid to meet it, for want of use, till we wonder how it is that or whether it is only the necessity of finding some men look doubtfully at it, and question whether excuse, in either case he sits still. Are not some after all we ever had the true coin of the kingdom. of us Christians doing likewise? God is calling Let us see what we can learn from “ the slothful us to do something, to bear something, for Him, He has gone out fully equipped for the would be simple madness, in my present circum

and we answer, “ Impossible, I could not do it, it hunt, energetic and wide-awake, for every hunter stances. How much better to wait, for surely if must be that; his hunt has been successful, and he the Lord wants me to do this, He will remove the returns home well content, laden with spoil. What obstacles.” Oh! the faithlessness of this reasonnext? Surely at the first opportunity he will make ing, when He says to us, “Thou shalt tread upon a feast, call together his neighbours and friends, feet," and all the while that we hold back from His

the lion, the young lion shalt thou trample under that they may enjoy with him the fruit of his call He is holding out to us a glorious opportunity hunting. But no. The huntsman's energy is used of being “ more than conquerors through Him, and up, he is tired, worn out with what he has done, with Him, who hath loved us ;” not because He just now he must rest. And so the time slips by,

needs our help, but because He would make us

partakers of His glory. till he finds at last, to his chagrin and disappoint

There is a specially striking picture given us in ment, that he might just as well not have hunted at Proverbs xxiv. 30-34, a picture of failure again, all, for the meat has become worthless through his complete and visible to all men's eyes. The vineslothfulness. And so he has had all his hunting for yard is worse than barren, but it is no fault of the no purpose; the enjoyment which he might have soil. That may be as good and fertile as another

man's, and the ruined wall shows that it was once had, the strength which the strong meat would have cared for and enclosed. But what do we see there given 'him, can never be his. The lesson lies on when we come seeking grapes ? Thorns and nettles, the surface, does it not? What profit have we made hurtful, poisonous things, instead of God-given with the knowledge that we have gained. We have fruit. What is the cause ? Let us, like Solomon,

“consider it well, and receive instruction.” “A rejoiced in God's assurance, “ All things are yours," but we have too often forgotten its counterpart, hands," no deliberate, intentional neglect, only a

little sleep," a very little, “ A little folding of the " Ye are Christ's. Ye are not your own," and so little self-indulgence. But this "little sleep” has there has been no progress in the holy life, but been the signal for poverty, coming suddenly,

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swiftly, as one that travelleth, and want, like an practical power, that peace with God which is armed man, powerfully bearing down, and taking itself a priceless boon, is comparatively nothing complete possession of the vineyard.

in presence of the '

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for Oh Christians ! Shall this be a picture of our

grace' to be received

Fulness of vineyards ? The little sleep is such a very little out of His fulness' here and now. thing, so tempting, so innocent, “cannot do any peace--peace that passeth all understanding;' ful

‘; harm;" but what of the vineyard meanwhile, what ness of joy—the joy of the Lord, which is our of the testimony given to the Owner of the vine- strength ;' fulness of love-God's own love, 'shed yard? For after all

, we are but His husbandmen, abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost;' fulness Are we going to allow His vineyard, redeemed and purchased at the cost of His own life, that it might of power for service—' full of power by the Spirit

“ bring forth fruit unto God, to be covered over with of the Lord ;' fulness of purity — the crowning thorns and nettles ? None of us mean to let it be glory of a "pure heart,' that makes one ' blessed,' so, but these little self-indulgences, these little bits and in which one sees God.' Such are the glorious of neglect, of forgetfulness, this little want of earnestness , even sometimes literal, physical sloth- possibilities of believers—the glorious privileges, and

The main fulness, how all these creep into our vineyards, duties, as well, to which they are called. and open the gates for poverty and want to come planks in the platform—to use an American figure in. “ Let our motto be henceforth, "This one thing --are the keeping power of Christ, the cleansing

, I do." “ Shall we not, by His special grace prevent-power of Christ, and the filling power of Christ. ing us, be diligent, that when He shall appear we By keeping is not meant the keeping of you, blameless,” faithfully keeping day by day that the believer, simply in a state of safety, but keep which was committed to our charge, remembering ing you from falling under the infirmities of the at the same time His words, “I the Lord do keep flesh, the peculiarities of temperament or temper, it. I will water it every moment. Lest any hurt or the power of temptations from without--keeping

I it, I will keep it night and day."

you especially in the abiding consciousness of the E. M.

indwelling Christ, and thus in the fulness of peace

joy, love, power. Again, by the cleansing power of THE LATE GLASGOW CONVENTION.

Christ is not meant merely such objective cleansing The following extracts from a report in a as the Saviour sacrificially effected when 'He by Glasgow paper of the meetings held there in Sep- Himself purged our sins,' but specially the subjective tember will interest most of the readers of the cleansing of the very fountain of our hearts of all Life of Fuith :

our thoughts, feelings, wishes, aims, aspirations, and “My purpose is not to take up the space you choice. When I am saved, and wholly consecrated can afford in describing the meetings. On some- (to speak in the language the leaders constantly thing else my heart is set within me. Sitting employ)-my old man nailed to the cross, and thus among the hundreds of saved and consecrated dead to sin—I have done with sin entirely. It souls ; looking on them, with their note-books may not have done with me, but I have done with and pencils, like students; men and women busily it. There always remains the liability to sin, of at work; witnessing the eagerness with which course. Mr. H-, who is both a thinker and they turn up their Bibles, verifying and marking a theologian, contends—as all these men do—for the passages referred to; kneeling with them, a more. There always remains, besides the liability, thousand at once, upon our knees, consecrating the tendency to sin. But, with Christ in you, and ourselves entirely-body, soul, and spirit—to God you consciously in Christ, you continue from day in Christ ; listening to the testimonies of minis- to day so cleansed, and in such abiding power, that ters and missionaries of various denominations, of neither the liability nor the tendency are eventuated ladies and gentlemen cultured and noble-looking, in actual transgression. Temptations inay assail as well as of servant girls, office, and shop lads, you. These are not your sin. Tendencies to evil all speaking of the blessedness and power of abid- may assert themselves in power more or less, but ing in Christ and Christ abiding in them, my may always and as matter of fact are always, in the feelings and longings were unutterable. . . . Here case of those who receive and hold fast the blessing, is a movement (surely from God) proclaiming em- so kept under, that in all things we please God.” phatically, with irresistible arguments, too, and great After giving some illustrations of the teaching

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of those days, the report concludes : “But I must close fellowship with His disciples which He loved so well, have done. This movement, sir, is, in my judg- for purposes of secret prayer to God. Then we see them ment, not so much a doctrine as a spirit. Adjusting - wilderness places in search of strayed ones, to scenes of

forming a beaten track all His own, indicating His visits to details of things, we of the Evangelical Union reach suffering and sorrow, to the bedside of the sick and the dying, substantially the same standpoint-only for them to homes of bereavement, and even to the abode of the dead. the theory is more of a living and life-giving reality. Continuing our search, we look in vain for any prints of His Let this movement be grafted upon our own to-day, feet in directions of worldly amusements, or societies bent on we should not require to alter, in essence, a single His to Simon's house, where a feast was held, and to the

worldly pleasure-taking. There are, indeed, footmarks of item of our creed. Absorbing and assimilating this home at Cana, where marriage festivities took place; but we movement, we should still remain unchanged theo- know what occurred on both these occasions. He was the logically and in our professed attitude before our same everywhere : the wonder-working Lord, the Divine country. I say also, challenging contradiction from Teacher, the Saviour of souls, manifesting forth His glory. any quarter, that it is, in substance, Evangelical And oh, how deeply some of the prints of His feet affect us, Unionism VITALISED-only that and nothing more.

as we mark the cost of His own obedience, and of the work

He accomplished for the salvation of sinners! See: there And yet the marvellous fact is that, so far as it has

are' ways of His steps' to Gethsemane-to the place of the appeared in our midst, it has been welcomed by, world's bitter judgment and rejection, and on, to Calvary! has laid hold upon, warmed, fired, and sublimed Every footprint is a seal of the Redeemer's measureless, professed Calvinism, while we remain almost everlasting love! Then, lastly, there is the glory-lit track untouched by its heavenly influence. You are call- beyond the cross, right away to the crowr, and the throne, in

the land of eternal day! ing, sir, for a new departure. Oh, if it were possible

Oh to be set in the way of His steps'! St. Peter says He for us to call for the brethren of the Deepening of bas left us an example that we should follow His steps.' Spiritual Life movement—to lay aside for the week Surely the tracks are kept so visible that there may be no our ordinary routine of business, and sit in the difficulty in seeing our way. St. John understood this privi. silence of a deep sincerity as in God's presence a bide in Him to walk even as He walked.' Thank God for

lege, and said it was incumbent on those who professed to listening to their utterances, their teachings, and the footprints already in the path of obedience to His will, appeals, in the Holy Ghost—the new departure, as in which we, too, by His grace, may walk. And, oh, how I think, would soon be taken-the only departure blessed to be 'set' therein! Just fully given up to God; worthy of ourselves and of Him who died for us and no longer self-willed, and perversely choosing our own and the world—the only departure that is really way, but saying to Him from the heart every day, and every worth taking, and without which any other would moment too, 'Lead Thou me on ', —how much we may expect

in our onward course! No doubt there will be the hustlings be, for eternity, of very small moment."

of the world, and the scornings of men ; no doubt we shall be misunderstood, spoken against, opposed ; no doubt we

shall sometimes find thorns sticking in our flesb, and rough UNION OF 'ALL FOR JESUS' DISCIPLES.

stones hurting our feet; no doubt there will be incidents of MONTHLY NOTICE.

temptation and trial by the way, and even a 'cross' to take November, 1883.

up, and some measure of suffering to bear for His sake ; 1. TEXT: 'The way of His steps' (Ps. lxxxv. 13). but, oh the joy, and the privilege, and the blessedness of being

* IIis steps,' what a study! It is as though our blessed absolutely and for ever' set in the way of Bis steps !' How Redeemer, in whom 'mercy and truth met together,' and graciously He will manifest His presence with us 'alway' • righteousness and peace kissed each other' (ver. 10), left [all the way], what help He will give us, and what advances with us the print of the feet of His earthly ministries, as a we shall make continually, -led by His hand! •Expect'? sure guide for us, as we seek to do God's will and to live so Why, we may expect Him to do for us 'exceeding aban. as to please Him. The lamp of God's word reveals to us 'the dantly above all that we ask or think,' and to bring us at way of His steps' most distinctly. We cannot fail to see last, unfailingly, to the heavenly home of His redeemed. He His footprints. They are many in number, and in divers says, 'Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed directions, but all clearly visible.

for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help We mark how frequently they occur in the approaches to thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My the house of God. Yes: “as His custom was,' He went to righteousness !' He also says :—' I will not fail thee, nor 'the place where prayer was wont to be made.' The way to forsake thee !' ALLELUIA ! the sanctuary was one well known to Him; of this we have 2. INTERCESSIONS (Daily): abundant evidence. We see them, also, in the direction of Forless frequented localitios where He beld communion with (a) The Union. That God may be pleased to use it for God, alone ;-retiring from busy scenes, and even from the . His glory.

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(b) The Members. That each one may be enabled to live the verge of His patience, great as that patience is. All for Jesus ' faithfully and fully.

Can God furnish a table in the wilderness, can (c) AllChristians. That God may fulfil in them all the He give bread, can He provide flesh för His people ? " good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with

(Ps. Ixxviii. 19-31.) The narrative of what He did power.

(d) All Missions held to-day. That many souls may be is awfully instructive. He did furnish the table, and saved.

provide the flesh, but His wrath came upon them to (e) Meetings held to-day for promoting Holiness amongst the uttermost. Nor is this a solitary instance. The God's people.

weak and apostate king of Israel was in a great REQUESTS :

strait-for a fearful famine was within the walls Pray forOar college.'

of Samaria owing to the closeness of the siege on the * An aged friend ; that she may know she has eternal life part of the Syrian host. In the extremity of their in Jesus.'

misery Elisha predicted that within twenty-four 'A dear sister in the Lord; that her affliction may be hours a great deliverance should be effected. The removed—if His will; or, if not, that she may have all haughty noble, on whose arm the king leaned and needed grace to bear it.' • The conversion of my fellow-servant.'

who heard the promise, scoffingly remarked, “If 'A sick and suffering member ; that God will heal and the Lord should make windows in licaven then strengthen her-if His will.'

might this thing be" (2 Kings, vii. 2). The reply 'Two members; that God's love may be an increasing was immediate, the judgmert swist: “Thou shalt delight to us, and that Jesus may manifest Himself more

see it with thine eyes, but shall not eat thereof." clearly both in and to us.'

The prediction was fulfilled, and the hungry people, Me; that I may be entirely in the Lord's hands, to be used for His glory.'

pressing out of the city as soon as they heard that * Myself and friend, workers for the Lord in Syria ; that their enemies had fled, trampled him under foot and we may be baptised with the Holy Ghost, and so have more he died. power in serving Him.'

It is not safe to doubt the will of God to give in Me; that my way may be made plain as to giving myself reply to our cry—though the answer is often wisely wholly to the Lord's work ; and that, while waiting, I may delayed—and some pitiful consideration for the unbe the means of winning souls to Christ.' * Members now on their way to India, to engage in Zenana

belief of a heart made sick by hope deferred, may be, mission work.'

and often is, extended to us, but to doubt His power

to do, is a sin of the deepest die. 3. PRAISE : For

On a memorable occasion, when the Master was 'The conversion of four of my nine children, for whom upon earth, one who was sorely tried said to prayer was asked in a former Notice.'

Him, “If Thou canst do anything, have compas* Three years' ever-increasing blessing, as an A. F. J. D.' sion;" and the reply, gently uttered, but heartGrace be with you all. Amen.'

searching in its character, was, “If thou canst

believe, all things are possible to him that believeth " St. Paul's, Newport, Mon.

J. T. W.

(Mark ix. 22, 23).

Let us take, however, a few representative inBible Study.

stances of the use of the word Power with this

meaning POWER.

I. A helpless creature, long afflicted with an

incurable disorder, put herself in Christ's way as ONE aspect of Power, viz., Authority, we con- He was passing along the shore of the Lake, for she sidered in the last number; let us now look at said, “If I may but touch the hem of His garment another. It is Power, in the sense of Might, Ability I shall be made whole.” She touched His garment to do, Strength to perform, to carry out a Will or and her faith received its instant reward. Purpose. Its corresponding, or alternative words, Virtue had gone out of Him. The word here as translated by us, are Able, Ability, Can, Possible, rendered Virtue, is “ power.” “Who touched My Strength, Working, &c. Let me first say, that clothes,” is the question He puts (Mark v. 30, 34). doubt as to His power, when this attribute of God Then, His omnipotence extends not to His person is spoken of, is a sin so heinous as seemingly to reach only, not to His word or His command simply, but

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