Articles by RA Torrey
( Reuben Archer Torrey 1856-1928)
There is nothing more important in the Christian life than beginning right. If we begin right, we can go on right. If we begin wrong, the whole life that follows is likely to be wrong. If anyone who reads these pages has begun wrong, it is a very simple matter to begin over again and begin right.
I recently received a letter from one who is evidently an earnest Christian woman but who was in a condition of great depression because some years ago, when in college, she felt that perhaps she was called to go to China but did not want to go but became engaged to a Christian man, whom she married, and now the old question has come up again and she is fearing that perhaps she is not saved, and may have committed the unpardonable sin, because she failed to yield to what she thinks may have been the leading of the Holy Spirit to go to China.
"Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards, you will take me into glory." Psalm 73:23-24 There are no promises in God's Word more precious to the man who wishes to do His will, and who realizes the goodness of His will, than the promises of God's guidance. What a cheering, gladdening, inspiring thought is that contained in the text, that we may have the guidance of infinite wisdom and love at every turn of life and that we have it to the end of our earthly pilgrimage.
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 1 Peter 1:8 I have here a beautiful text, a text that you all know, but I wonder how many of you have ever pondered it enough to take in all its wonderful wealth of meaning.
There are two passages in the Gospel of Luke which throw a flood of light upon the question, "What sort of praying is it that prevails with God and obtains what it seeks from Him?" and also upon the question, "Why is it that many prayers of Gods own children come short of obtaining that which we seek of God?"
If we are to run with patience the race that is set before us, we must always keep looking to Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-3).
One of the simplest and yet one of the mightiest secrets of abiding joy and victory is to never lose sight of Jesus.
First of all, make up your mind that you will put some time every day into the study of the Word of God. That is an easy resolution to make, and not a very difficult one to keep; if the one who makes it is in earnest. It is one of the most fruitful resolutions that any Christian ever made.
Get absolutely right with God yourself by the absolute surrender of your will to Him.
There are many profitable methods of Bible Study. There is something, however, in Bible study more important than the best methods, that is, the fundamental conditions of profitable study. He who meets these conditions will get more out of the Bible while pursuing the poorest method, than will he who does not meet them, while pursuing the best method. Many a one who is eagerly asking, "What method shall I pursue in my Bible study?" needs something that goes far deeper than a new and better method
"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?..."Matthew 22:41,42 The question that our Lord Jesus puts here to the Pharisees is the most fundamental question concerning Christian thought and faith that can be put to anybody in any age.
Every intelligent man has a creed. You hear men in our days inveighing against creeds, but every man who thinks has a creed. A man's creed is what a man believes, and every man who thinks at all must believe something.
The one who brought his brother to Jesus was Andrew. We are not told that Andrew ever preached a sermon. If he did, the Holy Spirit did not think it worth putting on record. But this brother whom he brought to Jesus preached a sermon that led three thousand people to Jesus in one day.
If I should put to this audience tonight the question, What is the most important question of the day, I presume I would get a great variety of answers.
Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must, first of all, know the Spirit himself. A frequent source of error and fanaticism about the work of the Holy Spirit is the attempt to study and understand His work without, first of all, coming to know Him as a person.
The most important human factor in effective evangelism is PRAYER, Every great awakening in the history of the Church from the time of the Apostles until today has been the result of prayer.
I BRING YOU A MESSAGE FROM GOD contained in seven short words. Six of the seven words are monosyllables, and the remaining word has but two syllables and is one of the most familiar and most easily understood words in the English language.
"POWER BELONGETH unto God." It is therefore at man's disposal. But there is one thing that separates between man and God, that is, sin.
"Power belongeth unto God." The Holy Spirit is the person who imparts to the individual believer the power that belongs to God. This is the Holy Spirit's work in the believer, to take what belongs to God and make it ours.
The great reservoir of the power that belongs to God is His own Word- the Bible. If we wish to make it ours, we must go to that Book. Yet people abound in the church who are praying for power and neglecting the Bible.
Here we are told that there is a way in which certain people can pray so as not only to get the very thing that they ask but also to know before they actually get it, that God has heard their prayer and that therefore the thing which they have asked of Him He has granted to them.
Abounding joy, and Abundant Victory in War Times and at All Times. You will find the text in Genesis 5:24, Enoch walked with God; then he was no more because God took him away.
The Secret of Blessedness in Heart
Beauty in Character, Fruitfulness in Service, and Prosperity in Everything
In these verses, God speaking through the Psalmist sets before us the secret of blessedness in heart, beauty in character, fruitfulness in service, and prosperity in everything. Are not these the four things that we all desire for ourselves?
Comparatively few Christians realize the importance of tract work. I had been a Christian a good many years, and a minister of the Gospel for several years, before it ever entered my head that tracts were of much value in Christian work.
D. L. Moody died in the last days of the 19th century. Dr R. A. Torrey was probably his closest associate and friend. Dr Torrey was the first superintendent of the Moody Bible Institute and set up a curriculum for that Bible Institute which has been a pattern for others like it.