Author: Andrew Murray
Discover the joys of Absolute Surrender to our loving Father today.
If our hearts are willing to surrender everything into God's hands, there is no end to what He will do for us--no end to the blessings He will bestow. Andrew Murray's wise counsel will enable you to take a giant step closer to God as you begin your journey into perfect peace and trust. Discover the joys of Absolute Surrender to our loving Father today.
"He must increase, but I must decrease."
Your God in heaven answers the prayers that you have offered-prayers of blessing for your own life and for others. He asks only for one thing in return: Are you willing to surrender yourselves absolutely into His hands?
Legendary author and Bible teacher Andrew Murray provides wise counsel that will enable you to take a giant step closer to God as you begin your journey into perfect peace and trust.
Table of Contents:
1. Absolute Surrender
2. "The Fruit of the Spirit Is Love"
3. Separated unto the Holy Spirit
4. Peter's Repentance
5. Impossible with Man, Possible with God
6. "O Wretched Man That I Am!"
7. "Having Begun in the Spirit"
8. Kept by the Power of God
9. "Ye Are the Branches"
Chapter 1 ABSOLUTE SURRENDER
"And Ben hadad the king of Syria gathered all is host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it. And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-
hadad, Thy silver and th y gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.
And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, 0 king, according to thy saying I am thine and all
that I have" (I Kings 20:1-4).
Ahab gave what was asked of him by Benhadad absolute surrender. I want to use these words: "My lord, 0 king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have," as the words of absolute surrender with which every child of God ought to yield himself to his Father. We have heard it before, but we need to hear it very definitely the condition of God's blessing is absolute surrender of all into His hands. Praise God! If our hearts are willing for that, there is no end to what God will do for us, and to the blessing God will bestow.
Absolute surrender let me tell you where I got those words. I used them myself often, and you have heard them numerous times. But once, in Scotland, I was in a company where we were talking about the condition of Christ's Church, and what the great need of the Church and of believers is. There was in our company a godly Christian worker who has much to do in training other workers for Christ, and I asked him what he would say was the great need of the Church the message that ought to be preached. He answered very quietly and simply and determinedly: "Absolute surrender to God is the one thing."
The words struck me as never before. And that man began to tell how, in the Christian workers with whom he had to deal, he finds that if they are sound on that point, they are willing to be taught and helped, and they always improve. Whereas, others who are not sound there very often go back and leave the work. The condition for obtaining God's full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.
And now, I desire by God's grace to give to you this message that your God in heaven answers the prayers which you have offered for blessing on yourselves and for blessing on those around you by this one demand: Are you willing to surrender yourselves absolutely into His hands? What is our answer to be? God knows there are hundreds of hearts who have said it, and there are hundreds more who long to say it but hardly dare to do so. And there are hearts who have said it, but who have yet miserably failed and who feet themselves condemned because they did not find the secret of the power to live that life. May God have a word for all!
Let me say, first of all, that God claims it from us.
He wrote to give daily practical help to many of the people in his congregation who lived out in the farming communities and could come into town for church services only on rare occasions. As he wrote these books of instruction, Murray adopted the practice of placing many of his more devotional books into thirty-one separate readings to correspond with the days of the month.
At the age of seventy-eight, Murray resigned from the pastorate and devoted most of his time to his manuscripts. He continued to write profusely, moving from one book to the next with an intensity of purpose and a zeal that few men of God have ever equaled. He often said of himself, rather humorously, that he was like a hen about to hatch an egg; he was restless and unhappy until he got the burden of the message off his mind.
During these later years, after hearing of pocket-sized paperbacks, Andrew Murray immediately began to write books to be published in that fashion. He thought it was a splendid way to have the teachings of the Christian life at your fingertips, where they could be carried around and read at any time of the day.
One source has said of Andrew Murray that his prolific style possesses the strength and eloquence that are born of deep earnestness and a sense of the solemnity of the issues of the Christian life. Nearly every page reveals an intensity of purpose and appeal that stirs men to the depths of their souls. Murray moves the emotions, searches the conscience, and reveals the sins and shortcomings of many of us with a love and hope born out of an intimate knowledge of the mercy and faithfulness of God.
For Andrew Murray, prayer was considered our personal home base from which we live our Christian lives and extend ourselves to others. During his later years, the vital necessity of unceasing prayer in the spiritual life came to the forefront of his teachings. It was then that he revealed the secret treasures of his heart concerning a life of persistent and believing prayer.
Countless people the world over have hailed Andrew Murray as their spiritual father and given credit for much of their Christian growth to the influence of his priceless devotional books.