Scottish Heart Warmers
had to labour long without seeing all the fruit they desired. They
continued still to sow. Day after day they pursued what, to the eye of
the world, appeared a thankless and fruitless round of toil. They
were not soon weary in well-doing, remembering the example of the
husbandman in regard to his perishable harvest: 'behold the husbandman
waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience
for it until he receive the early and latter rain.' Many a goodly plan
has been rendered abortive by impatience. Many a day of toil has been thrown away by impatience. Many a rash step has been taken and hasty
changes adopted in consequence of impatience. Attempts have been made
to force on a revival by men who were impatient at the slow progress
of the work in their hand; and seldom have these ended in anything but
calamitous failure, or at best a momentary excitement which scorched
and sterilised a soil from which a little more patient toil would have
reaped an abundant harvest. There may be and there always ought to be
the calmest patience in conjunction with the most intense longing for
success. 'He that believeth doth not make haste.' A friend and
brother in the Lord some years ago was called to till a portion of the
Master's vineyard in our own land. He laboured and prayed and sought
fruit with all his soul. Yet at that time he saw but little. He was
called away to another circle of labour. After some years he heard
that a work of God had taken place in his former field under another
faithful brother and fellow-worker in Christ. On visiting the spot he
was amazed and delighted to find that many of those who had been
converted were the very individuals whom he had several years before
visited, and warned, and prayed for. 'One man soweth and another
The Secret of Power in Prayer.
Abide in him as to your very life. Do not say, "I have been a Christian man now twenty years and can do without continued dependence upon Christ." You could not do without Him if you were as old as Methuselah. Your very being as a Christian depends upon your still clinging, still trusting, still depending... To sum it all up, if you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Spurgeon on the passage, "Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it."
"I gather from this promise, first, that it is a promise only made to those who do open their mouths wide. Some brethren never get their mouths filled because they never open them to any extent. They ask for some little mercy, and they may get it, or may not; there is no promise about such shut-mouthed prayers, but if they had opened their mouths wide they would to a certainty have had the mouth-filling blessing. With the world it is, the less you ask for the more likely you will be to obtain it, but God's thoughts are not as our thoughts: with God the more you ask the more likely are you to be heard. Half open your mouth and it may or may not be filled, but "Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it." We always pray well and successfully when the Spirit of God enables us to stand on elevated ground, and plead on Godlike terms for blessings which for value, number, and greatness are worthy of the infinite bounty of Jehovah. We are then dealing with God as he loves to be dealt with, for He is a rich and great God, and loves to be approached with great prayer and great request, and when we draw near in that fashion we shall be quite sure to succeed."
"Having decided as to the capacity in which I should labour in Christ's kingdom, the next thing which occupied my serious attention was the locality where I should labour. Occasionally, before, I had thought of the relative claims of the home and foreign fields, but during the summer session in Edinburgh I thought the matter out, and decided for the mission field; even on the low ground of common sense I seemed to be called to be a missionary. Is the kingdom a harvest field? Then I thought it reasonable that I should seek to work where the work was most abundant and the workers fewest. Labourers say they are over-taxed at home; what then must be the case abroad, where there are wide stretching plains already white to harvest, with scarcely here and there a solitary reaper? To me the soul of an Indian seemed as precious as the soul of an Englishman, and the Gospel as much for the Chinese as for the European; and as the band of missionaries was few compared with the company of home ministers, it seemed to me clearly to be my duty to go abroad.
"But I go out as a missionary not that I may follow the dictates of common sense, but that I may obey that command of Christ, 'Go into all the world and preach.' He who said 'preach,' said also, 'Go ye into and preach,' and what Christ hath joined together let not man put asunder.
"This command seems to me to be strictly a missionary injunction, and, as far as I can see, those to whom it was first delivered regarded it in that light, so that, apart altogether from choice and other lower reasons, my going forth is a matter of obedience to a plain command; and in place of seeking to assign a reason for going abroad, I would prefer to say that I have failed to discover any reason why I should stay at home."
of Church or Chapel bell;
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within a yard of hell."
Another Quote from Missionary Paton.
"Oh! Christians of England, can you as subjects of divine love, as possessing the blessed Gospel of the Son of God, and as holding his last commission from the Mount of Olives to publish it to the ends of the earth, - can you gaze on these fields of human blood, these regions of unutterable woe, without emotion? Ah! brethren, could you behold the scenes your missionaries witness, you would wake up with a power of pity which would impel you to deeds of compassion, compared with which your past exertions would appear as nothing."
- Robert Moffat, 1842, Scottish Pioneer Missionary to Africa. Father-in-law to David Livingstone.
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