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



“Grow in grace, and in the

knowledge of our Lord and

Saviour Jesus Christ.

                    2 Peter 3:18

‘Tis His. Yes, yes; no other sound

    Could move my heart like this;

The Voice of Him that earlier bound

    Through grace that heart to His.


In other accents now, ‘tis true,

    Than once my spirit woke

To life and peace, through which it grew

    Under His gracious yoke.


Yes! then ‘twas faith—Thy Word; but now

    Thyself my soul draw’st nigh;

My soul with nearer thoughts to bow

    Of brighter worlds on high.

The great secret of growth is looking up to the Lord as gracious.


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It is astonishing what progress a soul sometimes makes in a time of sorrow. It has been much more with God; for, indeed, that alone makes us make progress. There is much more confidence, quietness, absence of the moving of the will—much more … dependence on Him, more intimacy with Him and independence of circumstances—a great deal less between us and Him—and then all the blessedness that is in Him comes to act upon the soul and reflect in it; and, oh, how sweet that is! What a difference it does make in the Christian, who, perhaps, was blameless in his walk in general previously.


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If we are “to grow by the sincere milk of the word” … we need the teaching of the Holy Spirit, and in order to this there must be the exercising of ourselves unto godliness—the “laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,” so that the Holy Spirit be not grieved. Has the Christian envy, guile, hypocrisies, allowed to work in his heart? There can be no growth in the true knowledge of the things of God.


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What is called the higher christian life is only the getting out of Roman 7 into 6 and 8—a very real thing, and that which the great body of teachers would have you content without.


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In the measure in which our spiritual position is raised, so, of course, do the difficulties and exercises of heart assume a character which requires greater experience and greater power. Our spiritual advance introduces us necessarily into them; but God is faithful not to suffer us to be tempted above that we are able.


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Those who dwell in spirit in the heavenly country take the tone of it, and grow in the things wherein they find themselves.


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As you grow in … knowledge of Him a joy grows deeper than that of first conversion. I have known Christ, more or less, between thirty and forty years, and I can say that I have ten thousand times more joy now than I had at first. It is a deeper, calmer joy. The water rushing down from a hill is beautiful to look at, and makes most noise; but you will find that the water that runs in the plain is deeper, calmer, more fructifying.


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(1 John 2:12 15.) We … find three classes of Christians: fathers, young men, and babes. He (John) addresses them each twice. … That which characterises fathers in Christ is that they have known Him who is from the beginning, that is Christ. This is all that he has to say about them. All had resulted in that. He only repeats the same thing again when, changing his form of expression, he begins anew with these three classes. The fathers have known Christ. … They are not occupied with experience—that would be being occupied with self, with one’s own heart. All that has passed away and Christ alone remains as our portion, unmingled with aught besides.

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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