Franklin Ferguson

Contentment better than Gain.

Behold the man who is contented with the portion God allows him. He hath a continual feast. He knows no real scarcity, for the Lord doth bless him, so that oft has he found a “scanty fare for one has been a royal feast for two!” A man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses, but in being blessed of the God of Heaven and earth. “I would not ask for earthly store— Thou wilt my need supply; But I would covet, more and more, The clear and single eye, To...

Forward or Backward.

“There can be no such thing as a Christian being stationary. We are always moving. Either there will be a pressing forward in Divine ways, or there must be declension from God and the Word of Truth. We do well to consider our motion; for on the one hand the backslider’s loss is very serious, both now and hereafter; and on the other there is great present and future gain accruing to the child of God, who steadily advances in the way of His commandments. The annual stock-taking is of vi...

Seeing the King.

That soul-thrilling promise in Isaiah 33:17—“Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty”—is nearing its fulfilment. The deepest longings of the ransomed ones will be fully met when at last their eyes see the King. We have waited long for that day, and often the heart-cry has been, “Make haste, my Beloved!” Blessed moment, when we shall rise to meet Him “in the air,” and in the “twinkling of an eye…changed,” and that wonderful Scripture fulfilled, viz., “Whom He did f...

Keeping the Heart

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). Oh, if only these words were engraven upon the tablet of each heart, how differently would it fare with many who set out for the heavenly Canaan! When Jehu, the grandson of Nimshi, lighted on Jehonadab coming to meet him as he went on a Divine errand to take and slay the prophets, the servants, and the priests of Baal, he asked this son of Rechab, “Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy he...

We shall not Pass this way Again.

When we finish a stage in our life and look back upon it, every thought and word and act is there in its place, just as we left it. All is fixed, steadfast, irrevocable, and as one has said: “stereotyped for ever on the plates of eternity.” At the Judgment Seat of Christ the bygone days will all come back, one by one, in order as they went, to meet us again in the presence of our Lord. What shall His judgment be? How much shall remain as “gold, silver, precious stones,” after He has ...

Modern Allurements.

We are living in an evil day, in which the love of many towards Christ is waxing cold. Worldly friendships, society aspirations, love of pleasures, popular recreations, and costly extravagance: these are eating up the very life of Christian testimony, besides destroying the pilgrim character; so that in very many instances there is a surprising lack of those things which should distinguish the professed child of God from the children of this world. “How is the fine gold become dim! “may ...

Foreword

Abridged and revised Thirteenth Edition. Keeling & Mundy Limited, Printers, Palmerston North. Foreword For more than forty years the writer has enjoyed the highly valued privilege of contributing articles, from time to time, to various magazines. This ministry the Lord has graciously used to the spiritual good of thousands of His dear saints in many lands, and even to this day expressions of appreciation are heard. We bow in worship before our God that He should thus bless o...

The Supreme Requisite

One thing stands pre-eminently above all others in our relation with God, and that is obedience. He attaches the utmost importance to His will alone being done, whether in Heaven or on earth (Matt. 6:10). Implicit obedience on the part of His creatures is demanded, and never will He allow His supreme will to be resisted with impunity (Rom. 9:19). Pharaoh found this out to his complete destruction. Why have the Jews, the ancient chosen people, been so severely chastened? Simply, they persiste...

The Supreme Example.

The beloved Son of God is presented to us as the absolute and perfect expression of obedience to the Father. He it is to whom the whole family of God is pointed, that all may see the beautifully flawless Standard for our emulation. We read the very remarkable statement: “Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience” (Heb. 5:8). His life on earth, from the manger to the Cross, was one of complete subjection to His Father, and He could say without contradiction, “I do always those thin...

Family Training.

There is not seen, speaking generally, that holy zeal for families which characterised Moses’ demand to Pharaoh to let all Israel go three days’ journey into the wilderness to hold a feast unto the Lord. He said, “We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go…there shall not a hoof be left behind” (Exo. 10:9, 26). Noble declaration! It is painful to see Christian parents, even well versed in truth,...
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