The Cutting of the Word

I have been reading, “On Preachers,” by John Wesley. It is a treatise written to all preachers but in particular his own Methodist preachers. In speaking expressly of hindrances to the pastoral ministry, Wesley made one statement that caught my attention: “Should not compassion, should not tenderness, hinder us from giving pain? Yes, from givingContinue reading “The Cutting of the Word”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 74

*A Final Challenge “That the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21 NASB O that all who bear the name of Christ would put away evil-speaking, talebearing, and whispering. Let none of them proceed out of your mouth! See that you speak evil of no one; of the absent, speak nothing but good.Continue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 74”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 73

*Heaviness of Soul Ye are in heaviness. 1 Peter 1:6 KJV There is a near relationship between the darkness of mind in the wilderness state and heaviness of soul, which is more common among believers. The resemblance is so great that they are frequently confounded together. But they are not equivalent terms; far, far fromContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 73”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 72

*The Life of God in the Soul “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen.” Luke 21:36 NIV The life of God in the soul of the believer immediately and necessarily implies a continual action of God upon the soul by the inspirationContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 72”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 71

*Called to God Do not be conceited, but fear. Romans 11:20 NASB God goes before us with the blessings of His goodness. He first loves us and manifests Himself unto us. While we are yet afar off, he calls us to Himself and shines upon our hearts. But if we do not then love HimContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 71”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 70

*Communion with God in New Birth Created in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:10 NASB Having been born again from above, one may now be properly said to live. God has quickened him by His Spirit, and he is alive to God through Jesus Christ. He lives a life the world knows not—a life which is “hidContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 70”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 69

*Faith was Added as a Means The Lord God called to the man. Genesis 3:9 NIV It is not certain that faith, even in the general sense of the word, had any place in paradise. It is highly probable, from the account we have in the book of Genesis, that Adam (before he rebelled againstContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 69”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 68

*A Desperate Necessity Casting down…every high thing…bringing every thought…to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV An accurate view of the nature of repentance and faith in believers is needed in order to avoid the mischief of the opinion that we have no need for further change. For, “they that are whole need notContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 68”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 67

*Hold Fast Your Confidence “The word of the Lord endures forever.” 1 Peter 1:25 NASB It is far easier to conceive than to express the unspeakable violence with which Satan urges temptation on those who are hungering and thirsting after righteousness. They see in a strong, clear light, on one hand, the desperate wickedness ofContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 67”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 66

*The Cure: Pour out Your Soul in Prayer Examine yourselves…test yourselves. 2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV Have you forced God to depart from you by giving place to anger? Have you fretted because of the ungodly or been envious against evildoers? Have you been offended against your brothers or sisters in the Lord, looking at aContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 66”