George Walker - North Hatley, Quebec, Canada Convention - Saturday Morning, July 4, 1936

Luke 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, I’ve decided to speak to you this morning about something Jesus spoke to His disciples about and we won’t make any mistake if we follow in Jesus' example.  Jesus never wrote a book, but He tried to put something into His disciples, "I pray not for the world.  I pray for My Own and they will be able to pray for those who believe on My Name through them."  John said, "We beheld His glory, a man full of grace and truth."  He didn’t appeal to the world much.  Peter said, "Jesus went about doing good."  The gospel is not a cunningly devised fable.  There never was a man who had as much love for the people, but He spoke hard things to sift them out.  A farmer has to sift out his seed.  He sifts out the chaff and the small grain, because he wants only the best.  Jesus’ object was not to get a big crowd or get honor.  Things that help me when I go to a Doctor are things that help me after.  We are not here for a picnic.  You don’t belong in God’s Way till you know it’s no picnic.  Narrow is the Way.  Beware of hypocrisy.  Jesus referred to the best Pharisees, but He said, “Except your righteousness exceed that of the scribe and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter the Kingdom of Heaven."  They were not born again.  It isn’t human nature to love God.  It’s only the Holy Spirit that enables us to do so.  Manifestations of Pharisee religion:  The Pharisee religion starts on the outside.  The True religion begins within and works to the outside…dress, manner of living, etc.  God’s way of growing an apple is to start from within.  It starts at the heart, or bud and gradually grows.  There are some artificial religions that may look better than the real things.  Sometimes we see a nice picture of an animal that really looks better than the real animal.  God knows the scent and savor.  What kind of a spirit have we?  Don’t be satisfied unless God is working in our hearts.  The biggest trouble God’s servants have is keeping their hearts right.  We can’t have God working in our hearts when we have a grudge against anyone.  There is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed means that what is inside is bound to work out.  Don’t fear him who can kill the body.  Don’t fear what your neighbor can say or do.  Take heed and beware of covetousness.  That is wanting something we don’t really need.  God will take care of us.  Even the hairs of your head are numbered.  Some keep faithful in the first and second watch, but go to sleep in the third watch.  We would have a harder battle near morning to keep awake or true.  God’s servants have to guard against fearing what men will say, getting sleepy, or careless.  The Fig Tree:  Some said, "Cut it down," but Jesus said, "Get to the roots."  Roots are our purposes.  If we have no fellowship, we won’t be feeding the roots.  Read the 14th, 16th and 17th chapters.  A faithful steward is a saint that keeps their home free for God.  Chapter 18, "Nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh, will He find faith on the earth?"