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



“He restoreth my soul.

                    Psalm 23:3

Still sweet ‘tis to discover,

    If clouds have dimmed my sight,
When passed, eternal Lover,

    Towards me, as e’er, Thou’rt bright.


Oh! guard my soul then, Jesus,

    Abiding still with Thee;
And if I wander, teach me

    Soon back to Thee to flee.

Habitual faithfulness in judging the flesh in little things is the secret of not falling.


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It is very disagreeable work to get to know ourselves, but very useful work. Peter is sifted, and has to learn that this confidence that he has in himself is the very occasion of his failure. … In the end the Lord not only restores his soul but makes him the channel of blessing to others. When you know your own utter nothingness, then you can go and help others. “Go and feed my sheep” the Lord says to Peter.


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Humility before man is often the best proof of restoration before God.


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Suppose my soul is out of communion, the natural heart says, I must correct the cause of this before I can come to Christ. But He is gracious; and knowing this, the way is to return to Him at once just as we are, and then humble ourselves deeply before Him. It is only in Him and from Him that we shall find that which shall restore our souls.


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To be truly restored the Christian must recognise the point of departure where his soul gave up communion with God and sought its own will. … Communion with God is not thoroughly re established, self and its will are not thoroughly broken, as long as the Christian has not found the point where his heart began to lose its spiritual sensibility, for the presence of God makes us feel that.


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Diligence in your business is all right, but do not let it get between your soul and God. If you are not as bright with Him, and more and more so, search out why, and look to Him, for He giveth more grace.


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If the sorrow gets between our souls and God so as to produce distrust, it is sin. … Whether from trouble, or from offending, He can restore. … The Psalmist does not say, I must get my soul restored, and then go to God, but “He restoreth my soul.”


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How often the absence of God causes His value to be felt, whose presence had not been appreciated!


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The slippery path of sin is often trodden with accelerated steps, because the first sin tends to weaken in the soul the authority and power of that which alone can prevent our committing still greater sins—that is, the word of God, as well as the consciousness of His presence, which imparts to the word all its practical power over us.


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It is of all importance that our inner life should be kept up to the height of our outward activity, else we are near some spiritual fall.


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It is surprising what a man can believe when he is left to himself, without being kept by God, when the power of the enemy is there. We talk of common sense, of reason (very precious they are), but history tells us that God alone gives them or preserves them to us.

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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