Pilgrim Portions


Selected from the Writings, Hymns, Letters, etc., of J. N. Darby  



“Those He calls His own

—pilgrims in scenes where He has been.”



Selected by H. G.

Cover of book Pilgrim Portions




3—The Word of God

4—The Holy Spirit

5—The Perfections of Christ









14—Unbelieving fears

15—Separation from the world



18—Cross Bearing

19—Looking unto Jesus


21—The presence of God


23—Divine Affections (1)

24—Divine affections (2)


26—Songs of the night

27—The Man of sorrows


29—The all-sufficiency of Christ

30—Divine energy

31—Help from the sanctuary


33—The faithfulness of God



36—Nearness to God

37—Backsliding and restoration

38—The Light of eternity

39—Our needs and
       His fulness


41—The divine heart

42—Practical santification


44—Cheer for pilgrims

45—The will of God


47—The courts above

48—Christ is all

49—Walking with God


51—The heavently light

52—Our hope



We are more than conquerors

through him that
loved us.” …

                    Romans 8:37

The strong man in his armour

    Thou mettest in Thy grace,

Did’st spoil the mighty charmer

    Of our unhappy race.


The chains of man, his victim,

    Were loosened by Thy hand,

No evils that afflict him

    Before Thy power could stand.

Many have not the courage to go on in God’s warfare, because they hold on to something which is inconsistent with the light they have received. Perhaps, alas! they lose the light which they have not acted up to, and Satan is able to bring their mind under the darkness of his good reasons for staying where they are without conquering more territory from him.


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The armour should be put on before the battle, not just at the battle.


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It is exceedingly serious to fight God’s battle against Satan. … It is a most solemn thing that my business is to overcome Satan.


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The greater the energy of the Spirit the more is the individual in whom it is manifested exposed to the fury of Satan.


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We ought not merely not to be beaten by Satan, but ever to be gaining ground upon him.


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A new place brings new temptations … but if temptations are new, grace is as new, as various, as infinite to meet them when we are where He would have us.


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It was by the power of death that the Lord destroyed all his strength who had the power of death. Death is the best weapon in the arsenal of God, when it is wielded by the power of life.


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There is nowhere that conflict is so much felt as in prayer: that is where Satan desires to come in.


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If a Christian gets out of dependence on the Lord, he will be beaten by Satan in conflict.


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Moses, Aaron and Hur go up to the top of the hill, and Israel under Joshua fights in the plain below with Amalek … Israel might have reasoned on the manner of their fighting, on the strength of the enemy, and on ten thousand things; but, after all, their success depended on Moses’ hands being stretched out. It is very hard for us to see ourselves and Satan to be as nothing and God to be everything.


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I daresay many of us have thought … that one good battle with Satan and all will be over; but no such thing, we have security and the certainty of victory, but no promise of cessation from conflict.


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(Heb. 2:18.) He suffered—never yielded. We do not suffer when we yield to temptation; the flesh takes pleasure in the things by which it is tempted. Jesus suffered being tempted, and He is able to succour them that are tempted. It is important to observe that the flesh, when acted upon by its desires, does not suffer—being tempted, it, alas! enjoys. But when, according to the light of the Holy Ghost and the fidelity of obedience, the Spirit resists the attacks of the enemy, whether subtle or persecuting, then one suffers. This is what the Lord did, and this we have to do.


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My happiness, O Lord, with Thee

    Is long laid up in store
For that bless’d day when Thee I’d see,
    And conflict all be o’er.

Pilgrim Portions - Meditations for the Day of Rest -

Selected from the Writings, Hymns, Letters, etc., of J. N. Darby
Scanning, OCR and revision according to the original: Santiago Escuain
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