PURITY OF HEART AND SPEECH
Jesse M. Hendley
I want to read to you the words of Mary, the mother of
Jesus, as found in John 2:5, at the wedding feast,
when she said to the servants, "Whatsoever He saith
unto you, do it."
I want to call your attention, to that word
"whatsoever." WHATEVER our Lord says to do, we are to
do it. Today we are discussing some of the things
Jesus told us to do.
One of the things that the Lord Jesus Christ said was
that we are to RENOUNCE SELF. We are to renounce
ourselves. The thing that hinders most of us is that
we have never been crucified. We don't know what it
means to live the crucified life.
I was talking to a preacher one time about what it
means to surrender to God. He mentioned the general
life ministry of two of God's servants. Now he wasn't
criticizing at all; he was just weighing the matter in
a general way, and he said, "I feel that this man is
more crucified than this other man. I have never
forgotten that word. I couldn't tell you what else the
man said to me, but I remember that. "More crucified."
This man was dead to self, dead to sin.
One day an outstanding preacher went to a revival
meeting. Well, you know what usually is done when such
a man is in the audience. The man in the pulpit
recognizes him and says some very kind things about
him. (A lot of times the words go beyond kindness and
border on the extravagant. The Lord ought to be
glorified, but how careful we ought to be about those
things. The Lord says we are to give honor to whom
honor is due, but certainly man should never be
praised for that which belongs to the Lord, and all
that we have belongs to Jesus. He is the One Who
should get the praise.)
So this man was sitting in the audience, but the
preacher on the platform didn't know he was there.
When the service was over, the man walked out
unnoticed, unrecognized. The preacher heard about it,
however, and called ...
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