Andrew Murray
The Master's Indwelling


"The following papers were in substance delivered by the author in a series of addresses at the Northfield Conference of 1895, but later rewritten and revised by him for this permanent and authorized publication." (Contents)

Carnal Christians

"... Now, let us recognize this with regard to ourselves.  A man may become very earnest, may take in all the teaching he hears; he may be able to discern, for discernment is a gift; he may say, "That man helps me in this line, and that man in another direction, and a third man is remarkable for another gift;" yet, all the time, the carnal life may be living strongly in him, and when he gets into trouble with some friend, or Christian worker, or worldly man, the carnal root is bearing its terrible fruit, and the spiritual food has failed to enter his heart.  Beware of that.  Mark the Corinthians and learn of them.  Paul did not say to them, "You cannot bear the truth as I would speak it to you," because they were ignorant or a stupid people.  The Corinthians prided themselves on their wisdom, and sought it above everything, and Paul said: "I thank God that you are enriched in utterance, in knowledge, and in wisdom; nevertheless, you are yet carnal, your life is not holy; your life is not sanctified unto the humility of the life of the Lamb of God, you cannot yet take in real spiritual truth. We find the carnal state not only at Corinth, but throughout the Christian world today.  Many Christians are asking: "What is the reason there is so much feebleness in the Church?"  We cannot ask this question too earnestly, and I trust that God Himself will so impress it upon our hearts that we shall say to Him, "It must be changed.  Have mercy upon us."But, ah! that prayer and that change cannot come until we have begun to see that there is a carnal root ruling in believers; they are living more after the flesh than the Spirit; they are yet carnal Christians...." (Read more of Andrew Murray's
Master's Indwelling: Carnal Christians)

The Self Life

"...Christians, look at your own lives in the light of the words of Jesus.  Do you find there self-pleasing?  Remember this: every time you please yourself, you deny Jesus.  It is one of the two.  You must please Him only, and deny self, or you must please yourself and deny Him.  Then follows self-confidence, self-trust, self-effort, self-dependence.  What was it that led Peter to deny Jesus?  Christ had warned him; why did he not take warning?  Self-confidence.  He was so sure: "Lord, I love Thee.  For three years I have followed Thee.  Lord, I deny that it ever can be.  I am ready to go to prison and to death."  It was simply self-confidence.  People have often asked me, "What is the reason I fail?  I desire so earnestly, and pray so fervently, to live in God's will."  And my answer generally is, "Simply because you trust yourself."  They answer me: "No, I do not; I know I am not good; and I know that God is willing to keep me, and I put my trust in Jesus."  But I reply, "No, my brother; no; if you trusted God and Jesus, you could not fall, but you trust yourself."  Do let us believe that the cause of every failure in the Christian life is nothing but this.  I trust this cursed self, instead of trusting Jesus.  I trust my own strength, instead of the almighty strength of God.  And that is why Christ says, "This self must be denied...."
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Waiting on God

"The question comes again: Why is it that God's people do not know their God?  And the answer is: They take anything rather than God,—ministers, and preaching, and books, and prayers, and work, and efforts, any exertion of human nature, instead of waiting, and waiting long if need be, until God reveals Himself.  No teaching that we may get, and no effort that we may put forth, can put us in possession of this blessed light of God to our souls.  But still it is attainable, it is within reach, if God will reveal Himself.  That is the one necessity.  I would to God that every one would ask his heart whether he has said, and is saying every day: "I want more of God.  Do not speak to me only of the beautiful truth there is in the Bible.  That cannot satisfy me.  I want God."  In our inner Christian life, in our every-day prayers, in our Christian living, in our churches, in our prayer-meetings, in our fellowship, it must come to that—that God always has the first place; and if that be given Him, He will take possession.  Oh, if in our lives as individuals every eye were set upon God, upon the living God, every heart were crying, "My soul thirsteth for God," what power, what blessing and what presence of the everlasting God would be revealed to us!  Let me use an illustration.  When man is giving an illustrated lecture he often uses a long pointer to indicate places on a map or chart.  Do the people look at that pointer?  No, that only helps to show them the place on the map, and they do not think of it,—it might be of fine gold, but the pointer cannot satisfy them.  They want to see what the pointer points at.  And this Bible is nothing but a pointer, pointing to God; and,—may I say it with reverence—Jesus Christ came to point us, to show us the way, to bring us to God.  I am afraid there are many people who love Christ and who trust in Him, but who fail of the one great object of His work; they have never learned to understand what the Scripture saith: "He died, that He might bring us unto God."
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Entrance into Rest

"And then comes the next step, and that is: "I can never, by any effort of mine, grasp it; God must bestow it on me."  I want you to be very bold in saying, "It is for me."  But then I want you to fall down very low and say, "I cannot seize it; I cannot take it to myself."  And how can you then get it?  Praise God, if once He has brought you down in the consciousness of utter helplessness and self despair, then comes the time that He can draw nigh and ask you, "Will you trust your God to work this in you?"  Dearly beloved Christians, say in your heart: "I never, by any effort, can take hold of God, or seize this for myself; God must give it."  Cherish this blessed impotence.  It is He who brought us out, who Himself must bring us in.  It is your greatest happiness to be impotent.  Pray God by the Holy Spirit to reveal to you this true impotence, and that will open the way for your faith to say, "Lord, Thou must do it, or it will never be done."  God will do it.  People wonder, when they hear so many sermons about faith, and such earnest pleading to believe, and ask why it is they cannot believe.  There is just one answer: It is self.  Self is working; is trying; is struggling, and self must fail.  But when you come to the end of self and can only cry, "Lord, help me! Lord, help me!"—then the deliverance is nigh; believe that.  God brought the people in.  It is God who will bring you in. One should be willing, for the sake of this rest, to give up everything.  The grace of God is very free.  It is given without money and without price.  And yet, on the other hand, Jesus said that every man who wants the pearl of great price must sacrifice his all, must sell all that he has to buy that pearl.  It is not enough to see the beauty, the attractiveness and the glory, and almost to taste the gladness and the joy of this wonderful life as it has been set before you.  You must become the possessor, the owner of the field.  The man who found the field with a treasure, and the man who found the great pearl, were both glad; but they had not yet obtained it.  They had found it, seen it, desired it, rejoiced in it; but they had not yet obtained it.  Not until they went and sold all, gave up everything, and bought the ground, and the pearl.  Ah, friends, there is a great deal that has to be given up: the world, its pleasures, its favor, its good opinion.  You are to stand to the world in the same relation as Jesus did.  The world rejected Him, and cast Him out, and you are to take up the position of your Lord, to whom you belong, and to follow with the rejected Christ.  You have to give up everything.  You have to give up all that is good in yourself and to be humbled in the dust of death.  And that is not all.  Your past religious life and experience and successes—you have to give all up and become nothing, that God alone may have the glory.  God has brought you out in conversion; it was God's own life given you; but you have defiled it with disobedience and with unbelief.  Give it all up.  Give up all your own wisdom, and your own thoughts about God's work.  How hard it is for the minister of the Gospel to give up all his wisdom and to lay it at the feet of Jesus, to become a fool and to say: "Lord, I know nothing as I should know it.  I have been preaching the Gospel, and how little I have seen of the glory of the blessed land, and the blessed life!"
(Read more of Andrew Murray's Master's Indwelling: Entrance into Rest)

Kingdom First

"... A second answer would be this: Live every day and hour of your life in the humble desire to maintain that position.  There are people who hear this test, and who say it is true, and that they want to obey it.  But if you were to ask them how much time they spend with God day by day, you would be surprised and grieved to hear how little time they give up to Him.  And yet they wonder that the blessedness of the divine life disappears.  We prove the value we attach to things by the time we devote to them.  The Kingdom should be first every day, and all the day.  Let the Kingdom be first every morning.  Begin the day with God, and God Himself will maintain His Kingdom in your heart.  Do believe that.  Rome did its utmost to maintain the authority of the man who gave himself to live for it.  And God, the living God, will He not maintain His authority in your soul if you submit to Him?  He will, indeed.  Come to Him; only come, and give yourself up to Him in fellowship through Christ Jesus.  Seek to maintain that fellowship with God all the day.  Ah, friends, a man cannot have the Kingdom of God first, and at times by way of relaxation, throw it off and seek his enjoyment in the things of this world.  People have a secret idea life will become too solemn, too great a strain; it will be too difficult every moment of the day, from morning to evening, to have the Kingdom of God first.  One sees at once how wrong it is to think thus.  The presence of the love of God must every moment be our highest joy.  Let us say: "By the help of God, it shall ever be the Kingdom of God first...."
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Christ Our Life

"... Jesus got this divine life by depending absolutely upon the Father all His life long, depending upon Him even down into death.  Jesus got that life in the full glory of the Spirit to be poured out, by giving Himself up in obedience and surrender to God alone, and allowing God even in the grave to work out His mighty power; and that very Christ will live out His life in you and me.  Oh, the mystery!  Oh, the glory!  And oh, the Divine certainty.  Jesus Christ means to live out that life in you and me.  What think you, ought we not to humble ourselves before God?  Have we been Christians so many years, and realized so little what we are?  I am a vessel set apart, cleansed, emptied, consecrated; just standing, waiting every moment for God, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work out in me as much of the holiness and the life of His Son as pleases Him.  And until the Church of Christ comes to go down into the grave of humiliation, and confession, and shame; until the Church of Christ comes to lay itself in the very dust before God, and to wait upon God to do something new, and something wonderful, something supernatural, in lifting it up, it will remain feeble in all its efforts to overcome the world.  Within the Church what lukewarmness, what worldliness, what disobedience, what sin!  How can we ever fight this battle, or meet these difficulties?  The answer is: Christ, the risen One, the crowned One, the almighty One, must come, and live in the individual members.  But we cannot expect this except as we die with Him. I referred to the tree grown so high and beautiful, with its roots every day for a hundred years in the grave in which the acorn died.  Children of God, we must go down deeper into the grave of Jesus.  We must cultivate the sense of impotence, and dependence, and nothingness, until our souls walk before God every day in a deep and holy trembling.  God keep us from being anything.  God teach us to wait on Him, that He may work in us all He wrought in His Son, till Christ Jesus may live out His life in us!  For this may God help us."
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Christ's Humility, Our Salvation

"... Dear friends, Christ is yours.  Christ as He comes in the power of the Holy Spirit is yours.  Are you longing to have Him, to have the perfect Christ Jesus?  Come, then, and see how, amid the glories of His Godhead—His having been in the form of God, and equal to God; amid the glories of His incarnation—His having become a man; amid the glories of His atonement—His having been obedient to death; and amid the glories of His exaltation, which is the chief and brightest glory, He humbled Himself from Heaven down to earth and on earth down to the cross.  He humbled Himself to bear the name and show the meekness, and die the death of the Lamb of God.  And what is it we now need to do?  How are we to be saved by this humility of Jesus?  It is a solemn question, but, thank God, the answer can be given.  First we must desire it above everything.  Let us learn to ask God to deliver us from every vestige of pride, for this is a cursed thing.  Let us learn to set aside for a time other things in the Christian life, and begin to plead with the Lamb of God day by day, "Oh Lamb of God, I know Thy love, but I know so little of Thy meekness."  Come day after day, and lay your heart against His heart, and say to Him with strong desire: "Jesus, Lamb of God, give, oh, give me Thyself, with Thy meekness and humility," and He will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him. It is not enough to desire it and to pray for it; claim and accept it as yours.  This humility is given you in Christ Jesus.  Christ is our life.  What does that mean?  Oh, that God might give you and me a vision of what that means!  The air is our life, and the air is everywhere, universal.  We breathe without difficulty because God surrounds us with the air.  Is the air nearer to me than Christ is?  The sun gives light to every green leaf and every blade of grass, shining hour by hour and moment by moment.  And is the sun nearer to the blade of grass than Christ is to man's soul?  Verily, no; Christ is around us on every side; Christ is pressing on us to enter, and there is nothing in heaven, or earth, or hell, that can keep the light of Christ from shining into the heart that is empty and open.  If the windows of your room were closed with shutters, the light could not enter; it would be on the outside of the building, streaming and streaming against the shutters; but it could not enter.  But leave the windows without shutters, and the light comes, it rejoices to come in and fills the room.  Even so, children of God, Jesus and His light, Jesus and His humility, are around you on every side, longing to enter into your hearts.  Come and take Him today in His blessed meekness and gentleness.  Do not be afraid of Him; He is the Lamb of God.  He is so patient with you, He is so kindly towards you, He is so tender and loving.  Take courage today and trust Jesus to come into your heart and take possession of it.  And when He has taken possession, there will be a life of blessed, day by day, fellowship with Him, and you will feel a ever deeper necessity for your quiet time with Him, and for worshipping and adoring Him, and for just sinking down before Him in helplessness and humility, and saying: "Jesus, I am nothing, and Thou art all."  It will be a blessed life, because you will be conscious, of being at the feet of Jesus.  At this moment you can claim Jesus in His divine humility as the life of your soul.  Will you?  Open your heart, and say: "Come in; come in! ...."
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Complete Surrender

"... But now, secondly, the measure of that surrender.  We read in the 4th verse: "All that he had put into his hands."  Then in verse 5: "And it came to pass from the time that he made him overseer over all that he had"—there you have it the second time—"the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house, and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had"—there the third time.  Then in verse 6: "And he left all that he had"—there you have the words the fourth time—"in Joseph's hand, and he knew not all he had, save the bread which he did eat."  What do I see here?  That Potiphar actually gave everything into Joseph's hands.  He made him master over his slaves.  All the money was put into Joseph's hands, for we read that Potiphar had care of nothing.  When dinner was brought upon the table, he ate of it, and that was all he knew of what was going on in his house.  Is not this entire surrender?—he gives up everything into the hands of Joseph.  Ah, beloved Christians, I want you to ask yourselves: "Have I done that?"  You have offered more than one consecration prayer, and you have more than once said: "Jesus, all I have I give to Thee."  You have said it, and meant it; but very probably you did not realize fully what it meant...."
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Dead With Christ

"... If we want to have the real Christ that God has given us, the real Christ that died for us, in the power of His death and resurrection, we must take our stand here.  But many Christians do not understand what the 6th chapter of the Epistle to the Romans teaches us.  They do not know that they are dead to sin.  They do not know it, and therefore Paul instructs them: " Know Ye not that as many of you as are baptized into Christ Jesus, are baptized into His death."  How can we who are dead to sin in Christ live any longer therein?  We have indeed the death and the life of Christ working within us.  But, alas! most Christians do not know this, and therefore do not experience or practice it.  They need to be taught that their first need is to be brought to the recognition, to the knowledge, of what has taken place in Christ on Calvary, and what has taken place in their becoming united to Christ.  The man must begin to say, even before he understands it, "In Christ I am dead to sin."  It is a command: "Reckon ye yourselves indeed to be dead unto sin."  Get hold of your union to Christ; believe in the new nature within you, that spiritual life which you have from Christ, a life that has died and been raised again.  A man's acts are always in accordance with his idea of his state.  A king acts like a king, otherwise we say, "That man has forgotten his kingship," but if a man is conscious of being a king, he behaves like a king.  And so I cannot live the life of a true believer unless I am filled with a consciousness of this every day: "I thank God that I am dead in Christ.  Christ died unto sin, and I am united with Christ, and Christ lives in me and I am dead to sin."  What is the life Christ lives in me?  Ask what is the life Adam lives in me?  Adam lives in me the death life, a life that has fallen under the power of sin and death, death to God.  That life Adam lives in me by nature as an unconverted man.  And Christ, the second Adam, has come to me with a new life, and I now live in His life, the death-life of Christ.  As long as I do not know it, I can not act according to it, though it be in me.  Praise God, when a man begins to see what it is, and begins in obedience to say, "I will do what God's Word says; I am dead, I reckon myself dead," he enters upon a new life.  On the strength of God's everlasting Word, and your union to Christ, and the great fact of Calvary, reckon, know yourself as dead indeed unto sin.  A man must see this truth; this is the first step.  The second is he must accept it in faith.  And what then?  When he accepts it in faith, then there comes in him a struggle, and a painful experience, for that faith is still very feeble, and he begins to ask, "But why, if I am dead to sin, do I commit so much sin?"  And the answer God's Word gives, is simply this: You do not allow the power of that death to be applied by the Holy Spirit.  What we need is to understand that the Holy Spirit came from Heaven, from the glorified Jesus, to bring His death and His life into us.  The two are inseparably connected. That Christ died, He died unto sin, and that He liveth, He liveth unto God.  The death and the life in Him are inseparable; and even so in us the life to God in Christ is inseparably connected with the death to sin.  And that is what the Holy Ghost will teach us and work in us.  If I have accepted Christ in faith by the Holy Ghost, and yield myself to Him, Christ every day keeps possession, and reveals the full power of my fellowship in His death and life in my heart.  To some this comes undoubtedly in one moment of supreme power and blessing; all at once they see and accept it, and enter in, and there is death to sin as a Divine experience.  It is not that the tendency to evil is rooted out.  No; but the power of Christ's death keeps from sin, and destroys the power of sin; the power of Christ's death can be manifested in the Holy Spirit's unceasingly mortifying the deeds of the body...."
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Joy in the Holy Ghost

"... How often a Christian comes to the consciousness that he takes or seeks too much enjoyment in eating, eating for pleasure, with no self-denial or self-sacrifice in his feeding the body!  How often we tempt one another to eat, and how often the believer forgets that this body is the very secret temple of the Holy Ghost and that every mouthful we eat and drink must be for the glory of God in such a way as to be perfectly well pleasing to Him!  Beloved, I bring you a message: There is access for you into the rest of God, and the Holy Spirit is given to bring you in, and the Holy Spirit will fill your heart with the unutterable joy of Christ's presence; and with the joy of deliverance from sin, of victory over sin; the unutterable joy of knowing that you are doing God's will and are pleasing in His sight; the unutterable joy of knowing that He is sanctifying and keeping the temple for Christ to dwell in.  Believers, the joy of the Holy Ghost, the joy of that holiness of God, is His blessedness, His purity, His perfection, that nothing can mar or stain or disturb.  The Holy Ghost waits to bring and to manifest it in our lives.  He wants to so come into our hearts that we shall live, as Holy Ghost men, the sanctified life, with the sanctifying power of Jesus running through our whole beings...."
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Triumph of Faith

"... The nobleman went home and found the child living.  And what happened then?  Two things.  First: he gave up his whole life to be a believer in Jesus.  If there had been a division among the people of Capernaum, and thousands of them had hated Christ, this man would still have stood on His side.  He believed in the Lord.  This is what must take place with us.  Let us go forward with our trust in the living Christ, knowing that He will keep us.  Then we will get grace to carry the life of Christ into our whole conduct, into all our walk and conversation.  The faith that rests in Jesus, is the faith that trusts all to Him, with all we have.  Do we not read that when God had finished His work, and rested, it was only to begin new work?  Yes; the great work was to be carried on—watching over and ruling His world and His church.  And is it not so with the Lord Jesus?  When He had finished His work, He sat upon the throne to do His work of perfecting the body, through the Holy Spirit.  And now, the Holy Spirit is carrying on that blessed work, teaching us to rest in Christ, and in the strength of that rest to go on, and to cover our whole life with the power, and the obedience, and the will, and the likeness of the Lord Jesus.  The nobleman gave up his whole life to be a believer in Christ; and from that day it was a believer in Jesus who walked about the streets of Capernaum; not only a man who could say," Once He helped me," but, "I believe in Him with my whole life."  Let that be so with us everywhere; let Christ be the one object of our trust...."
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Source of Power in Prayer

"... Prayer is the most necessary thing in the spiritual life. Yet we do not know how to pray nor what to pray for as we ought. The Spirit, Paul tells us, prays with groanings unutterable. And again he tells us that we ourselves often do not know what the Spirit is doing within us, but there is one, God, who searches the hearts. Words often reveal my thought and my wishes, but not what is deep in my heart, and God comes and searches my heart, and deep down, hidden, what I can not see and what was to me an unutterable longing, God finds...."
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That God May Be All in All

"... Let us try to give God His place—begin in our closet, in our worship, in our prayer. The power of prayer depends almost entirely upon our apprehension of who it is with whom we speak. It is of the greatest consequence, if we have but half an hour in which to pray, that we take time to get a sight of this great God, in His power, in His love, in His nearness, just waiting to bless us. This is of far more consequence than spending the whole half hour in pouring out numberless petitions, and pleading numberless promises. The great thing is to feel that we are putting our supplications into the bosom of omnipotent Love. Before and above everything, let us take time ere we pray to realize the glory and presence of God. Give God His place in every prayer. I say, allow God to have His place. I can not give God His place upon the throne—in a certain sense I can, and I ought to try. The great thing, however, is for me to feel that I can not realize what that place is, but God will increasingly reveal Himself and the place He holds. How do I know anything about the sun? Because the sun shines, and in its light I see what the sun is. The sun is its own evidence. No philosopher could have told me about the sun if the sun did not shine. No power of meditation and thought can grasp the presence of God. Be quiet, and trusting, and resting, and the everlasting God will shine into your heart, and will reveal Himself. And then, just as naturally as I enjoy the light of the sun, and as naturally as I look upon the pages of a book knowing that I can see the letters because the light shines; just as naturally will God reveal Himself to the waiting soul, and make His presence a reality. God will take His place as God in the presence of His child, so that absolutely and actually the chief thing in the child's  heart shall be: "God is here, God makes Himself known." Beloved, is not this what you long for—that God shall take a place that He has never had; and that God shall come to you in a nearness that you have never felt yet; and, above all that God shall come to you in an abiding and unbroken fellowship? God is able to take His place before you all the day. I repeat what I have referred to before because God has taught me a lesson by it: As God made the light of the sun so soft, and sweet, and bright, and universal, and unceasing, that it never costs me a minute's trouble to enjoy it; even so, and far more real than the light shining upon me, the nearness of my God can be revealed to me as my abiding portion. Let us all pray "that God may be all in all," in our everyday life...."
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