OUTSIDE THE CAMP, WE BELONG THERE

“Christ’s body was brought without the camp: the sign that that is our place too.

Heaven has received Him and us in Him: we belong there.

The world has cast Him without the camp, and us with Him: we belong there.

In heaven we share His honour; on earth His reproach. Let us therefore go forth unto Him, without the camp, bearing His reproach.

1. Separated from the world, separated unto God—the negative and the positive side of the Christian life; inseparably and most blessedly joined to each other. if we die with Him we shall also live with Him.

2. There is perhaps no greater need in our day than that God should open the eyes of His people to the solemn truth that the so-called Christian world is the very same world that rejected Christ, We are to bear to it the same relation He did.”

The Holiest of All
By Andrew Murray

SUPPORT IS GREATER THAN RELIEF

Here’s something else I saved.  It’s from a little book I found a long time ago at a church where I worked.  I remember that I opened to a random page in the book, to a passage entitled “SUPPORT IS GREATER THAN RELIEF.”  I happened to be going through a trial at the time and the words “support is greater than relief” encouraged me.  They still do.  I should have made a note of the title of the book and author also, but I didn’t. Apparently this section is a letter of encouragement written by a believer to two of his brethren who were going through a great trial …

“I cannot tell you how it weighs on me the Mount Moriah the Lord is leading you both to.  I have sought Him for you, and I was assured from the first that He would interfere for you. The faith of yesterday will not do for the trials of today.  I am comforted by hearing that you have been exercised before Him seeking His will.  When I remember that He cares for you infinitely more than I do, though it is He who has taught me to care for you, I am confounded, and it is an immense comfort to me that you both are sensibly and consciously supported by Him.  I believe that His object in this discipline is to lead you more into the knowledge of His support.  I think that to young Christians He vouchsafes relief, the pressure is removed, as the storm was stilled for the disciples in Matthew 8; but when Peter would join Him, as we see in chapter 14, no circumstance is changed;  Peter is made superior to everything;  the Lord’s support could alone enable him to leave the ship (which suited him naturally) and undertake to walk on the water, which humanly speaking would have been instant death to him. There is a depth of love which we cannot easily take in in the Lord’s desire that we should know His support.  Blessed be His name!  He likes to be indispensable to us.  This is the first part of His priestly service;  you cannot understand Christ as Priest until after you have known Him as your Saviour.  It is a marvelous time (though  it is little I know of it) when one has nothing to cling to, no support but His mighty hand reaching down from “higher than the heavens.”  I can compare it to nothing except the support which the martyrs found when they went to the stake.  Who can tell their great gain from the realization of His own support – a sense of His favor and interest in one never to be forgotten.  I feel that it is as I see this that I am consoled about you both – the great, the unspeakable gain which will accrue to you when you reach “Jehovah Jireh.”

There is a great difference between Abraham going up Mount Moriah and Stephen transported in spirit from earth to heaven where Christ is.  We have to learn both.  In the one, it is counting on God who raiseth the dead, no hope but in God.  In the other, it is leaving everything here to join the Lord, as Peter did when he left the ship.  You have seen “the works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep.”  I expect much from you.

WHY REVIVAL TARRIES by Leonard Ravenhill

Excerpt from … Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill:

“Charlie Peace was a criminal. Laws of God or man curbed him not. Finally the law caught up with him, and he was condemned to death.  On the fatal morning in Armley Jail, Leeds, England, he was taken on the death-walk.  Before him went the prison chaplain, routinely and sleepily reading some Bible verses.  The criminal touched the preacher and asked what he was reading.  ‘The Consolations of Religion,’ was the replay.

Charlie Peace was shocked at the way he professionally read about hell.  Could a man be so unmoved under the very shadow of the scaffold as to lead a fellow-human there and yet, dry-eyed, read of a pit that has no bottom into which this fellow must fall?  Could this preacher believe the words that there is an eternal fire that never consumes its victims, and yet slide over the phrase with a tremor?  Is a man human at all who can say with no tears, ‘You will be eternally dying and yet never know the relief that death brings’?

All this was too much for Charlie Peace.  So he preached.  Listen to his on-the-eve-of-hell sermon.

‘Sir’ addressing the preacher, ‘if I believed what you and the church of God say that you believe, even if England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would walk over it, if need be, on hands and knees and think it worth while living, just to save one soul from an eternal hell like that!'”  (Ravenhill, Leonard, Why Revival Tarries, Fires of Revival Publishers, Zachary, LA, 1973, p. 19)

2 Timothy 4:1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2 Timothy 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

2 Timothy 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2 Timothy 4:4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy 4:5  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

2 Timothy 4:6  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

2 Timothy 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

2 Timothy 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:9  Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

2 Timothy 4:10  For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

2 Timothy 4:11  Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

2 Timothy 4:12  And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

2 Timothy 4:13  The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

2 Timothy 4:14  Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

2 Timothy 4:15  Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

2 Timothy 4:16  At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

2 Timothy 4:17  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

2 Timothy 4:18  And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.