-- The First Step Into The Blessed Life
By F. B. Meyer
is a Christian life which, in comparison with that experienced by the majority
of Christians, is as summer to winter, or as the mature fruitfulness of a golden
autumn to the struggling promise of a cold and late spring.
blessedness of this Blessed Life lies in this:
that we trust the Lord to do in us and for us what we could not do.
We find that He does not go back on His Word, but that according to our
faith, so it is done to us. The
weary spirit which has vainly sought to realize its ideal by its own strivings
and efforts, now gives itself over to the strong and tender hands of the Lord
Jesus. He accepts the task, and at
once begins to work in it to will and to do of His own good pleasure, delivering
it from tyranny of besetting sin and fulfilling in it His own perfect ideal.
Blessed Life should be the normal life of every Christian: in work and rest, in the building up of the inner life and in
the working out of the life plan. It
is God’s thought not for a few but for all His children.
youngest and weakest may lay claim to it equally with the strongest and oldest.
We should step into it at the moment of conversion without wandering with
blistered feet for forty years in the desert, or lying for thirty-eight years
with disappointed hopes in the porch of the House of Mercy.
first chamber in the King’s holy palace is the Chamber of the New Birth.
By nature we are destitute of life--dead
in trespasses and sins. We need
therefore, first, not a new creed but a new life.
The prophet’s staff is well enough where there is life, but it is
useless on the face of a dead babe. The
first requisite is life.
This is what the Holy Spirit gives us at the moment of conversion.
remember the day and place of our new birth or we may be as ignorant of them as
of the circumstances of our natural birth.
But what does it matter that a man cannot recall his birthday so long as
he knows that he is alive?
outstretched hand has two sides--the upper called the back and the under called
the palm--so there are two sides and names for the act of entrance into the
Chamber of the New Birth. Angels looking at it from the heaven side call it
being born again. Men looking at it
from the earth side call it trusting Jesus.
who believe in His name are “born”: “as
many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to
them that believe on His name” (John 1:12,13).
If you are born again you will trust.
And if you are trusting Jesus, however many your doubts and fears, you
are certainly born again, and have entered the palace.
If you go no further, you will be saved, but you will miss untold
Bought With Jesus’ Blood
Christ has bought us with His blood, but alas, He has not had His money’s
worth! He paid for all, and He has
had but a fragment of our energy, time and earnings.
By an act of consecration, let us ask Him to forgive the robbery of the
past, and let us profess our desire to be henceforth utterly and only for Him:
His slaves, His chattels, owning no master than Himself.
as we say this, He will test our sincerity as He did the young ruler’s, by
asking something of us. He will lay
His finger on something within us which He wants us to alter, obeying some
command, or abstaining from some indulgence.
If we instantly give up our will and way to Him, we pass the narrow
doorway into the Chamber of Surrender which has a southern aspect and is ever
warm and radiant with His presence because obedience is the condition of
manifested love (John 14:23).
doorway is very narrow, and entrance is only possible for those who will lay
aside weights as well as sins. A
weight is anything which without being essentially wrong or hurtful to others,
is yet a hindrance to ourselves.
always know a weight by three signs. First,
we are uneasy about it. Second,
we argue for it against our conscience. Third,
we go about asking people’s advice whether we may not keep it without harm.
these things must be laid aside in the strength which Jesus waits to give.
Ask Him to deal with them for you, that you may be set in joint in every
good work to do His will (Heb. 13:21).
Consecration Is the
Steppingstone to Blessedness
Ridley Havergal has left us this record: “It
was on Advent Sunday, December, 1873, that I first saw clearly the blessedness
of true consecration. I saw it as a
flash of electric light, and what you see you can never unsee.
There must be full surrender before there can be full blessedness.
God admits you by the one into the other.
I was shown that the Blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth from all sin; and
then it was made plain to me that He who had thus cleansed me had power to keep
me clean, so I utterly yielded myself to Him and utterly trusted Him to keep
of consecration is to recognize Christ’s ownership. Accept it and say to Him with the whole heart,
Lord, I am Thine by right, and I wish to be Thine by choice.
Of old the mighty men of Israel were willing to swim the rivers at their
flood to come to David, their uncrowned but God-appointed King.
When they met him they cried, “Thine are we, David, and on thy side,
thou son of Jesse” (1 Chron. 12:18). They
were his because God had given them to him, but they could not rest content till
they were his also by their glad choice.
then should we not say the same to Jesus Christ?
“Lord Jesus, I am thine by right.
Forgive me that I have lived so long as if I were my own, and now I
gladly recognize that Thou hast a rightful claim on all I have and am.
I want to live as Thine from now on, and I do solemnly at this hour give
myself to Thee. Thine in life and
death. Thine absolutely and for
try to make a covenant with God lest you should break it and be discouraged.
But quietly fall into your right attitude as one who belongs to Christ.
Take as your motto the noble confession, “Whose I am and whom I
serve.” Breathe the grand old
simple lines --
as I am -- Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come.”
Consecration--Not the Act
of Feelings but of the Will
Do not try to feel anything.
Do not try to make yourself fit or good or earnest enough for Christ.
God is working in you to will, whether you feel it or not.
He is giving you power at this moment, to will and do His good pleasure.
Believe this and act upon it at once and say, “Lord Jesus, I am willing
to be Thine”; or if you cannot say as much as that, say, “Lord Jesus, I am
willing to be made willing to be Thine for evermore.”
is only possible when we give up our will about
everything. As soon as we come to the point of giving ourselves to God, we
are almost certain to become aware of the presence of one thing, if not of more,
out of harmony with His will. And
while we feel able to surrender ourselves in all other points, here we exercise
room and cupboard in the house with the exception of this, thrown open to the
new occupant. Every limb in the
body but one submitted to the practiced hand of the Good Physician.
But that small reserve spoils the whole.
To give ninety-nine parts and to withhold the hundredth undoes the whole
transaction. Jesus will have all or none. And
He is wise.
would live in a fever-stricken house so long as one room was not exposed to
disinfectants, air and sun? Who
would undertake a case so long as the patient refused to submit one part of his
body to examination? Who would
become responsible for a bankrupt so long as one ledger was kept back?
The reason that so many fail to attain the Blessed Life is that there is
some point in which they hold back from God.
Concerning this they prefer to have their own way and will rather than
His. In this one thing they will
not yield their will and accept God’s. This
one little thing mars the whole, robs them of peace, and compels them to wander
in the desert.
you cannot give all, ask the Lord Jesus to TAKE all, and especially that which
seems so hard to give. Many
have been helped by hearing it put thus. Tell
them to give and they shake their heads despondently.
They are like the little child who told her mother that she had been
trying to give Jesus her heart, but it wouldn’t go. But
ask them if they are willing for Him to come into their hearts and take
all; and they will joyfully assent.
says: “Our wills are ours to make
them Thine.” But sometimes it
seems impossible to shape them out so as to match every corner and angle of the
Will of God. What a relief it is at
such a moment to hand the will over to Christ, telling Him that we are willing
to be made willing to have His will in all things.
And then to ask Him to melt our stubborn waywardness, to fashion our
wills upon His anvil, and to bring us into perfect accord with Himself.
are willing that the Lord Jesus should take all, we must believe that He does
take all. He does not wait for us
to free ourselves from evil habits, or to make ourselves good, or to feel glad
and happy. His one desire is that
we should put our will on His side in everything.
this is done He instantly enters the surrendered heart, and begins His blessed
work of renovation and renewal. From
the very moment of consecration, though it be done in much feebleness, and with
slender appreciation of its entire meaning, the spirit may begin to say with new
emphasis, “I am His, I am His, Glory to God, I am His!”
Directly the gift is laid on the altar, the fire falls on it.
Give Yourself Entirely
Over to the Mastership of the Lord Jesus