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



It is good for me to draw
near to God.

                    Psalm 73:28

Oh! wondrous, infinite, divine!

    Keep near, my soul, to that blest place,

Where all those heavenly glories shine

    Which suit the brightness of His face!

The nearer we are to the Lord Jesus, the better we understand that he who touches His brethren “toucheth the apple of his eye.”


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The true effect of being near to Christ puts me into fellowship with Himself about others, instead of being under my own circumstances. How can I be turning my heart to the joys of one, and the sorrows of another, unless I am living close to Christ, and getting my heart filled with Him instead of self.


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Oh! that we … had nearness enough to Christ to draw from Him all grace and all devotedness, and correct in ourselves whatever tends to mar the one or the other.


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Activity, unless renewing itself in communion with Him, may be sincere, but will degenerate into routine … and is even dangerous; the soul gets far from God without knowing it.


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If we live near enough to Christ we live for the church not from it. It is … not by what we find, but by what we bring that we can serve in Christianity. … Living in the good with Him, you carry it in with you into the service and circumstances of the church. … You must not want the support of the walking well of the church. It is the greatest comfort, but you must be for Christ whatever the church needs.


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If we get near to the Lord, if we are in communion with God within the holy place, we see all the saints with His eyes, as dear to Him … objects of Christ’s delight and the fruit of the travail of His soul; then intercession for them is easy, and faithfulness to them becomes easy and gracious too. … Divinely, given love for God’s people on high is the spring of severity even, if needed below.


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The absolutely perfect and living rule is the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Him all written rules are united in one solitary living example. … Happy is he who keeps by His side to learn how one ought to walk.


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The great point is to be nearer Him in heart than even the work, and then we do the work from Him and in some measure as He would.


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A time of retirement is a very good thing in our service, it puts us before God instead of our work before us, and makes us feel, too, that our work is in His hands and not our own. I remember when I used to be ill every year, I always felt if I had been near enough to God I should not have needed it.


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He that is nearest to Christ will best serve Him, and there is no serving Him without it.


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When one is near heaven, when Jesus is all, one place scarcely differs from another; God remains God, holy and love, and man remains man.

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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