TO THE ROOT OF IT
By Lois J. Stucky
In a recent letter received at Herald of His Coming, the
writer expressed desperation to be free from a particular sin that plagued him
and caused him grave concern about his soul.
How could he be freed, he asked in apparent agony of soul.
book, “The Master’s Indwelling,” Andrew Murray writes helpfully about this
problem--the cause of grief and sorrow and struggle for multitudes of God’s
people. Murray goes right to the
root of the problem.
root of our sinful life is self,” he
says. He brings to our attention
the word of our Lord: “If anyone
would come after Me, he must deny himself
and take up the cross and follow Me” (Matt. 16:24).
The secret of the Christian life is to deny self, writes Murray.
We must choose. Will we live the self life or the Christ
life? If we choose to deny
our own life and take Christ’s life to be ours, He will come in and cast out
self and keep it out.
Murray writes: “Jesus Christ can
give us the victory over sin, and can keep us from actual transgression....The
Holy Spirit not only comes with His power for service as a gift, but He comes
also in divine grace to fill the heart. When
He does, there is victory over sin and power not to fulfill the desires of the
right that God expects us to live victorious lives, Murray goes on to say,
because He Himself has provided the way of victory through the indwelling
Spirit’s enabling. Every minute
of the day, moment by moment, we need His guidance and help and we may have it
if we will pay the price.
Andrew Murray warns us: “Do not
think it is an easy thing to get rid of self.
At a consecration meeting, it is easy to make a vow, and to offer a
prayer, and to perform an act of surrender, but as solemn as the death of Christ
was on Calvary--His giving up of His unsinning self life to God--just as solemn
must it be between us and our God--the giving up of self to death. The power of the death of Christ must come to work in us
God has forgiven us of our sins, He comes with conviction of our sinful nature.
Our response must be to humble ourselves and repent, like Job, crying
out, “I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6).
Herald of His Coming office we have a bulletin board on which we fasten pictures
of something that has touched us and which we want to share with the others.
One now posted is a picture of a young lady on her knees with her head in
the lap of the Lord, weeping her heart out.
The Lord rests one hand in a kindly manner on her shoulder and the other
is slightly lifted heavenward, perhaps indicating intercession.
The picture portrays to me, “Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise
cast out” (John 6:17). Only the
broken, contrite heart, greatly needing mercy, not deserving
it but receiving it, can tell the gratitude and love that flow back to the Lord.
saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I
dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble
spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the
contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15).
Master’s Indwelling”--the title itself gives the key to the victory we need.
Our precious Lord’s abiding in our heart by the Holy Spirit is our
victory. It is a beautiful victory, for by His indwelling within us, we become
partakers of His lovely nature. “Oh,
what a salvation this, that Christ liveth in me!” exclaims the song writer.
purpose of our Master’s Indwelling is not only that we live a holy, godly life
but that we might be effective in the service of our Lord.
It is that we might be those who pray the effectual fervent prayers of
the righteous which avail much. It
is that we might carry a prayer burden for a Church that is living below her
high and holy calling, and for the unsaved millions of earth who die without
book, “The Master’s Indwelling” is available in magazine format at Herald
of His Coming. Ask for it when you
write us this month. We will so
gladly share with you the wonderful truths set forth in its pages. It is a book that may be read and re-read with profit, if we
want to live the exchanged life -- the Christ life for the self life.
Sowing Everywhere The Word
We express our gratitude to those
of you who are joining with us to sow the Word of God.
There are many, many voices clamoring to be heard in this hour.
Some are false and corrupt and must be shunned altogether.
Others may speak things that are true but not of much consequence, and
they will pass away when heaven and earth pass away.
the Word of our God shall stand for ever!” (Isaiah 40:8).
In a “crooked and perverse generation,” we are called to hold forth
God’s “Word of Life.” What
honor, what privilege, what responsibility God has given to us His people!
Unworthy to do so, unable to adequately handle it ourselves, yet we are
entrusted with that of eternal value to give to others.
Let’s be true to our local sphere, starting with the home, reaching out
to neighbors and communities, and as we unite together, we can extend our
efforts to the uttermost parts of the earth.
Herald of His Coming is mailing about 22,000 individual copies across this
country and about 24,700 individual copies to readers outside U.S.A.
In addition, many packages are sent to distributors.
Printing and postage bills are our biggest items of expense each month.
To meet these needs we must have the generous help of you readers friends, and
we are deeply grateful to each of you who respond with your gifts.
of $10.00 pays postage for about 23 individual copies mailed overseas.
Will you be a joyful part of reaching out to eager readers overseas with
the blessed “Word of Life”? You
will feel rewarded as you read the letters on page 12 each month, and see how
God is pleased to bless and multiply the seed sown.
Bennard, author of the beloved hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross” has also written
these soul-challenging words:
the time for reaping will be over; Soon we’ll gather for the harvest-home; May
the Lord of harvest smile upon us, May we hear His blessed, ‘Child, well
ask also your prayers with us for the following?
* For those who brought
the Gospel to us, and that now we are zealous to take it to others.
* That the Gospel is the
power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
* For the fine group of
volunteers who come monthly to help us package the Heralds.
* That God will use the
messages in this issue of Herald of His Coming to kindle fresh faith and prayer
for revival, such an urgent need in our land and the world.
* That God will raise up
additional friends to send regular monthly support for the Lord’s work here.
There is need for additional support in order to meet expenses.
* That readers will send
us names and addresses, clearly written of family and friends who would be
blessed and helped by the Herald of His
* That God will stir our
hearts afresh for souls and anoint us to be winners of souls for Him.
* That God will send in
the worker of His choice to join the staff of Herald of His Coming as editorial