J N Darby – God is Caring for us in Everything

Golden Nugget Number 356

 

J N DarbyGod then is for us in giving, for us in justifying, for us in caring for us in everything; even as with the children of Israel, He took care of their very clothes as they passed through the wilderness.  God is for us through everything.  If death stares me in the face, well, Christ went through it.  If evil powers are against me, well, I have a love with me that has been tried, and destroyed that power.  I learn in these very things the perfectness of the love of God.  It comes out in the minutest circumstance, in every little detail.  I come up boldly to this truth, that “If God be for us who can be against us?”  There is nothing that can make me say, I do not know whether He be for me or not.  If it be difficulties and trials, I say, Well, it just shows what pains God is taking with me.

Golden Nugget Number 356

 

(J N Darby, Collected Writings NS vol. 31 p167) 

 

 

 

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John Nelson Darby – God thinks of us

                                                                                                                         

John Nelson Darby (1800-1882)

What a comfort it is to know that God thinks of us, and arranges all for us, though we fail to think of Him! There is not a day, not a moment, but God is thinking of us, and He is above all the plotting of Satan. He will take care of His people. Do they want food? He sends them manna. Guidance? There is the pillar going before them. Do they come to the Jordan? There is the ark there. Have they enemies in the land? There is Joshua to overcome for them. He deals with them in the way of discipline when they need it, as He did with Jacob. He humbled him, but gave him the blessing in the end. What a thought this ought to give us of the love of God, when we thus see His activity in goodness to us all the way through! What comfort to know He is for us, out of the spring and principle of His own love.

(J N Darby, Collected Writings vol.27, p.29)

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J N Darby – in Christ I find my Life, my Strength, and my Object

John Nelson Darby (1800-1882)

There are three things the law could not do.  It could not give life, and, even supposing we got life, it does not give strength; and, another thing of deepest moment for our souls, it does not give us an object.  But in Christ I find my life, my strength, and my object.  “They that are after the Spirit, do mind the things of the Spirit”; they have the true object.  I get in Christ an object that is sufficient to delight God Himself.

(J N Darby, Collective Writings vol. 31 p155.)

Golden Nugget Number 336

 

 

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Do all things in the Name of the Lord Jesus

This gives us a rule that goes far beyond “what is the harm of this or that?

 

J N Darby (1800-82)

Everything, whatever ye may do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus.  (Colossians 3:17)

This gives us a rule that goes far beyond “what is the harm of this or that?”  and is so simple.  It comes into any common thing in the day, like buying a dress.  Are you doing it in the name of the Lord Jesus?  Can you go to a concert in His name?  Of course not.  The things may not be wrong, but it settles everything – hundreds of questions that might arise.  It gives me as my measure and rule to be walking in Christ, and living for Christ.  I have Christ as my life, and He cannot do it…If  I am in earnest, it is the most comfortable rule possible; but if I am not, it pinches dreadfully:  because you may say, “Am I never to do anything to please myself?”  Ah, you betray yourself!  What a comfort it is to know what He likes!

Golden Nugget Number 324

(J N Darby NS vol. 34)

 

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J N Darby – The Perfectness of the Love of the Saviour

Were we lying in death?  He puts himself into it.  Did we deserve the cup of wrath?  He takes and drinks it.  Was all the power of Satan against us?  He goes into it and breaks i

 

I find then the perfectness of the love of the Saviour.  His rejection only served as a means of expressing His love still further.  Mark the reality of this expression as meeting all our case.  Were we lying in death?  He puts himself into it.  Did we deserve the cup of wrath?  He takes and drinks it.  Was all the power of Satan against us?  He goes into it and breaks it.  Christ does not say, You come to Me properly, and then I will help you.  No; He comes down into it all; He does not seek to escape;  He does not turn away from the insults and violence of men, but, through them all, He offers Himself without spot to God.

 (J N Darby, CW vol. 31 p148-9)

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J N Darby – There is no Place so full of Peace as Heaven

There is nothing more important, to meet the turmoil of the world, than getting into this spirit of peace.

There is no place so full of peace as heaven—no jar there; myriads of worshippers all in concord, while there are a thousand harmonies round the centre of God’s glory.  The soul in communion with God will live in the spirit of peace.  There is nothing more important, to meet the turmoil of the world, than getting into this spirit of peace.   When the spirit of peace does not rule in the heart, how can the saints walk as always having peace?  There may be uncompromising faithfulness in such a man, but he cannot walk as Jesus walked.   Nothing keeps the soul in such peace as settled confidence in God.  Without this a man will be continually excited, in haste, and full of anxiety.  If the peace of God keep your hearts, you will have the triumph of it; nothing can be heard that is distinctive from it, that does not perfectly harmonise with it.  Uncompromising firmness becomes us, yet calmness; and nothing can keep the soul so firm as a sense of grace.  This is a sign of power, and moreover, connected with humbleness.  All grace has come to us.  A sense of nothingness, with the spirit of peace, gives a power to surmount things.

(J N Darby.   Collected Writings, Vol. 16, p. 59)

Golden Nugget Number 309

 

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Shall I forget the Humiliation of Christ?

Shall I ever forget the humiliation of Christ?

Shall I ever forget the humiliation of Christ? . . . Never! Never! Through all eternity. I shall never forget His humiliation on earth. While seeing Him in glory animates the soul to run after Him, what feeds the soul is the bread come down. That produces a spirit that thinks of everything but itself. . . . Go and study Him, and live by Him, and you will come out in His likeness, in all His grace and gentleness and loveliness. . . . The Lord give us to be so occupied with Him who was so full of love . . . . so full of lowliness, that we shall manifest the same.

(J.N.Darby Pilgrim Portions)

Golden Nugget Number 304

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J N Darby – Psalm 13:  God is for us

The Soul Trusts on God’s Mercy

John Nelson Darby

Not only in the midst of heartless and conscienceless enemies, but apparently forgotten of God, the soul trusts in His mercy, counts on Himself in goodness and faithfulness of mercy so as to rejoice in deliverance by His power before it comes.  So we thank God, when we pray, before we receive the answer, because knowing in our hearts by faith that God has heard and answered us, we bless Him before His answer comes outwardly; and this is just the proof of faith.  Such confidence gives wonderful peace in the midst of trials — we may not know how God will deliver, but we are sure He will, and rightly.  He has all at His disposal.  It is Himself we trust, and in looking to Him the heart receives a real answer on which it relies.  The circumstances and the word try the heart.  Confidence and divine deliverance rejoice the spirit.  One knows, even before the deliverance comes, that God is for us.  The taking counsel in the heart is very natural, but not faith.  It wears and distresses the spirit.  The sorrow tends to work death.  The soul, even though submitting, preys on itself; it is turning to the Lord which lightens the soul.  The consciousness that it is the enemy who works against us helps the soul to confidence.

(JND Collected Writings  Volume 17,  Practical Reflections on the Psalms,  Page 13.  Suggested by an English subscriber.)

 

Golden Nugget Number 294

 

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May I be a Shepherd

One thing I would pray for, because I love the Lord’s sheep, is that there might be shepherds. 

One thing I would pray for, because I love the Lord’s sheep, is that there might be shepherds.  I know nothing, next to personal communion with the Lord, so blessed as the shepherds feeding the Lord’s sheep, the Lord’s flock; but it is the Lord’s flock…that changes the whole aspect of things.  When it is felt to be the Lord’s flock a man has to look over, what thoughts of responsibility, what care, what zeal, what watchfulness!  I do not see anything so lovely.  “Lovest thou me?  Feed my sheep—feed my lambs.”  I know nothing like it upon earth—the care of a true-hearted shepherd, one who can bear the whole burden of grief and care of any soul and deal with God about it.  I believe it is the happiest, most blessed relationship that can subsist in this world.

 

(J N Darby)

 Golden Nugget Number 254

 

 

 

 

The rationale for this collection stems from the volume of second-hand ministry that has passed through the Editor’s hands over the years.  Often, previous owners have highlighted sections they had particularly enjoyed.  Add to this the need at times in these busy days to have the means to snatch some ray of Christ, His glory and the world that He fills, to sustain the soul during periods when more prolonged reading may be impossible .The Editor readily agrees that taking ministry out of its context can be dangerous.  The selection has therefore been made to try and avoid this pitfall.  The extracts selected are hopefully nuggets of gold that have an instant resonance in the affections of those who “love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruption” Eph 6:24

 

 

 

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God is thinking of us

God is thinking of us

Golden Nugget Number 229

What a comfort it is to know that God thinks of us, and arranges all for us, though we fail to think of Him! There is not a day, not a moment, but God is thinking of us, and He is above all the plotting of Satan. He will take care of His people. Do they want food? He sends them manna. Guidance? There is the pillar going before them. Do they come to the Jordan? There is the ark there. Have they enemies in the land? There is Joshua to overcome for them. He deals with them in the way of discipline when they need it, as He did with Jacob. He humbled him, but gave him the blessing in the end. What a thought this ought to give us of the love of God, when we thus see His activity in goodness to us all the way through! What comfort to know He is for us, out of the spring and principle of His own love.

(J N Darby, Collected Writings vol.27, p.29

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