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



“Whose I am, and whom

I serve.

                    Acts 27:23

Lord! let me wait for Thee alone:

    My life be only this­—

To serve Thee here on earth unknown,

    Then share Thy heavenly bliss.

Love for Jesus sets one to work. I know no other way.


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All true service must result from the knowledge of Himself.


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The grand secret of power in these days is faith in the presence of the Spirit of God.


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Living to God inwardly is the only possible means of living to Him outwardly. All outward activity not moved … by this … tends to make us do without Christ, and brings in self. … I dread great activity without great communion.


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What need we have to cast ourselves entirely on Him (the Spirit) in the work, and how simple it is when we do this! There is one thing that gives strength and that is to keep close to Christ. … The pressure of the work without that … contracts the heart, tends to make us lose that largeness of heart, that capacity of presenting the love of God freshly to souls.


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It is not that I believe in the work one will always be in that liberty which sees all in the light. It is necessary to walk by faith sometimes. Alas! the best workmen have borne witness to it; an apostle, an earthen vessel … placed in a contest between the Lord and the enemy of souls, will feel sometimes the shock of the battle, seeing it takes place in him and by him and the engaged forces.


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Oh! for labourers who after God’s heart might present Christ to souls.


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A real workman, “a man of God,” is a great, the greatest treasure in the world.


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It is a dangerous thing to be raised all at once into a pulpit. … Man’s acceptation is not God’s approbation, although God can give it to us to favour the propagation of the truth; but if we stop at the result we are at a distance from the source, and that becomes a snare to wither up our soul, instead of a means to lead us to those upon whom we should pour out His riches.


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In connection with your work … seek the Lord’s face, and lean on Him. Work is a favour which is granted us. Be quite peaceful and happy in the sense of grace; then go and pour out that peace to souls. This is true service, from which one returns very weary it may be in body, but sustained and happy; one rests beneath God’s wings, and takes up the service again till the true rest comes.


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Oh! how little have we of the Spirit, to baffle the plans and devices and snares of Satan! The church ought to be not only in possession of truth but so possessed with the Spirit as, though tried, to baffle all his snares. This is what so humbles me … no strength or adequate power to keep every saint by the presence of His Spirit out of his power.


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“If any thirst, let him come unto me and drink, and out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” You drink for yourself, you thirst for yourself, thus it is that rivers flow from us for others.

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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