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Often the children of God cannot rise up to answer the Lord's call to service simply because, though their physical condition is good, their feelings are low, cold, and reluctant. Or even when their emotions are quite high, passionate, and willing, they find themselves unable to serve the Lord because now the body reacts lazily. The disciples found themselves in precisely that situation in the Garden of Gethsemane: "the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matt. 26:41)

    Topics: Service, Laziness, Feelings

Spiritual food of a believer is nothing more nor less than accomplishing God's work. The kingdom of God suffers greatly at the hands of "spiritual believers" who busy themselves with prayer and Bible study and attend only to their spiritual need.

    Topics: Service, The Bible

Spiritual food is simply to do His will. Preoccupation with one's own supply causes lack, whereas concern with God's kingdom brings satisfaction.

    Topics: Service

A Christian ought to recognize the limits of his gift and to labor within those bounds.

    Topics: Service

Spiritual service consequently must be inaugurated by the Lord Himself calling us. It should not be initiated through the persuasion of preachers, the encouragement of friends, or the bent of our natural temperament.

    Topics: Service

Not all deeds done for God are His deeds. Doing for Him is not enough; the question is, who is doing the doing?

    Topics: Service

To court apparent success by merely whipping up people's enthusiasm results in a work without God.

    Topics: Service

If we understand how much His work requires His great power, we shall be ashamed of our ideas and abashed by our self-reliance. We shall see that all our efforts are but "dead works."

    Topics: Service

A believer should never regard spiritual labor as altogether joyous and jubilant.

    Topics: Service

Genuine spiritual work is aggressive towards Satan and travails in birth for believers. These in no wise can be termed joyous undertakings.

    Topics: Service

God first works in us to will and then works in us to work for His good pleasure.

    Topics: Service

The Blood deals with what we have done, whereas the Cross deals with what we are. The Blood disposes of our sins, while the Cross strikes at the root of our capacity for sin.

    Topics: Sin, The Cross

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