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



“I will trust, and not be


                    Isaiah 12:2

The Lord is Himself gone before,

    He has marked out the path that I


It’s as sure as the love I adore,

    I have nothing to fear nor to dread.

You must not attach too much importance to your joy … nor to your distress. … You can add nothing by joy or sorrow to the perfect work of Christ. … If some one has paid my debts, my sorrow at the folly that contracted them or my joy at their being discharged adds noting whatever to the payment of the debt, though both be natural and just.


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Abraham found in the mountain a place where he could intercede with God, while Lot was saying, “I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me and I die.” Unbelief always looks at the place of faith as the most awful thing possible—all darkness.


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He is not ashamed to call you brethren; and will you be ashamed to confess Him as your Lord and Master in the face of all the world? Be not debating within yourselves when you shall avow yourselves; do it at once, decidedly. Make the plunge, and trust God for the consequence. I know it by experience that an open, bold confession of being Christ’s is more than half the struggle over. … I say, as one who knows, that if a man, in the strength of the Lord, is just brought to say to his companions and friends, I am Christ’s, and I must act for Him—that he will not suffer what others must feel who are creeping on fearful and afraid to avow Him whom they desire to serve.


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I know no word more settling to the soul than “Be careful for nothing.” How often have I found it so … “for nothing.”


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How little we gain by the prudence of unbelief; it gives occasion to the power and attacks of the enemy.


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Never can unbelief—however good its intentions in joining the work of faith—do anything except spoil it.


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How far the child of God may go astray when he puts himself under the protection of unbelievers, instead of relying on the help of God in all the difficulties which beset the path of faith!


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Satan gets entrance for his full power in the soul the moment there is a shade of distrust in God.


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When unbelief is in action it only produces troubles and sorrows.


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When there remains in the heart any groan which is not uttered to God as to a God of grace, any distrust of Him, it is the flesh and work of the enemy. … We may be cast down at times (although scarcely ever without some want of faith) and yet everything goes on well if we bring it all to God.


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Anxiety which anticipates evil is not the faith which faces the difficulties through which God sees well to make us pass.


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When the soul is distressed or cast down, that is not sin in itself. But sin comes in when there is distrust of God.


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I am not afraid while He lives and is Jesus.

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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