Free Friday! Thirsting for the Springs

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It’s Free Friday and today’s free download, usually $4.95, is Thirsting for the Springs by John Henry Jowett.

We are strengthened by confession. If we only knew it, it is more difficult to be a secret disciple than an openly avowed follower of the Lord. Secrecy deprives us of the stimulus of publicity. It robs us of the supports that belong to a public confession. And so the Bible has a great deal to say concerning the giving of expression to our personal faith in Christ. “Everyone who shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God.” That is not a veiled threat. It is a statement of cause and effect. The one makes me fitted in character for the other. It is the fitness of the officer for the office. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him and he in God.” “They that believed came and confessed.” There must surely be something of gracious influence in this experience, or it would never be counselled with such strenuous urgency. All these quotations only re-emphasise the principle that inner sanctities are strengthened and enriched by open confession. A man’s faith in God is fortified by the experience of confession.

These meditations were originally published in the Examiner newspaper. They retain the form of spoken rather than written addresses. Each of the twenty-six mediations begins with a Scripture verse. In Jowett’s style he writes of hope and the obedience required to receive God’s blessings. He shares “Anybody can build a house; we need the Lord for the creation of a home.”

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