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He giveth power to the faint

Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

All this is promised to the child of God and is as sure of fulfillment as is every other pledge made by an Almighty God with whom “nothing is impossible.” But, reading a little further we find that something is required of the “faint” and of them that “have no might.” God does not clothe the indifferent and negligent child of His with “power” and increased “strength,” one who wears himself out with needless and compromising activity, any more than a faithful mother clothes the little one who never stands still long enough to receive any such attention. It would be effort wasted, verse 31 explains when the “clothing” is accomplished; it is when the weak and fainting soul gets quit before God in an attitude of true “waiting,” which waiting is characterized by silence, humility, adoration and praise. PAMEII

See how tenderly the Lord deals with His fainting people. He does not desert them when they are faint, saying,
“They are no longer any use to Me. They can do nothing for Me, I will leave them where they are.” No, but, “He gives
power to the faint.” Observe that He does not merely comfort the faint, or rebuke or reprove them. That would not help them much when they were fainting. But He does what we cannot do for fainting people—He gives them power. That is the best way to deliver them from their faintness! Even if no cheering word is whispered in your ear, if power is given to you, if your pulse is quickened and your spirit is filled with new energy, your faintness will soon be over. This is what the Lord does for you when “He gives power to the faint.” C.H. Spurgeon

He gives the conquest to the weak,
Supports the fainting heart;
And courage in the evil hour
His heavenly aids impart.
Isaac Watts

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

What Think Ye Of Christ? Centurion-Thief-Devils

Matt 22: 42. What think ye of Christ?

Let us go to those who knew Christ, and ask what they thought of Him:

Let us take the centurion who was present at the execution. He had charge of the Roman soldiers. He told them to make Him carry His cross; he had given orders for the nails to be driven into His feet and hands, for the spear to be thrust in His side. Let the centurion come forward. “Centurion, you had charge of the executioners; you saw that the order for His death was carried out; you saw Him die; you heard Him speak upon the cross. Tell us, what think you of Christ?” Hark! Look at him; he is smiting his breast as he cries, “Truly, this was the son of God!”

I might go to the thief upon the cross, and ask what he thought of Him. At first he railed upon Him and reviled Him. But then he thought better of it: “This man hath done nothing amiss,” he says.

I might go further. I might summon the very devils themselves and ask them for their testimony. Have they anything to say of Him? Why, the very devils called Him the Son of God! In Mark we have the unclean spirit crying, “Jesus, thou Son of the most high God.” Men say, “Oh, I believe Christ to be the Son of God, and because I believe it intellectually I shall be saved.” I tell you the devils did that. And they did more than that, they trembled.

Centurion-theif-devils, no fault in our Lord find they
Truly the Son of God: He’s done nothing amiss,
E’en the devils believe the Word does say.

“What Think Ye Of Christ? centurion-thief-devils” is taken from the sermon preached by D. L. Moody in 1876

Here From The Throne Sweet Waters Ever Go

Genesis 3:8″The voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.”

“My soul, now that the cool of the day has come, retire awhile and hearken to the voice of thy God. He is always ready to speak with thee when thou art prepared to hear. If there be any slowness to commune it is not on his part, but altogether on thine own, for he stands at the door and knocks, and if his people will but open he rejoices to enter.” C. H. Spurgeon

Christ in His heavenly garden walks all day,
And calls to souls upon the world’s highway;
Wearied with trifles, maimed and sick with sin,
Christ by the gate stands, and invites them in.

“How long, unwise, will ye pursue your woe?
Here from the throne sweet waters ever go:
Here the white lilies shine like stars above:
Here in the red rose burns the face of love.

“’Tis not from earthly paths I bid you flee,
But lighter in My ways your feet will be:
’Tis not to summon you from human mirth,
But add a depth and sweetness not of earth.

“Still by the gate I stand as on ye stray:
Turn your steps hither: am not I the Way?
The sun is falling fast; the night is nigh:
Why will ye wander? Wherefore will ye die?

“Look on My hands and side, for I am He:
None to the Father cometh, but by Me:
For you I died; once more I call you home:
I live again for you: My children, come!”
Francis T. Palgrave,

Leviticus 26:12 I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.

TZER EDITORIAL: THE SPIRITUAL LOVE OF JESUS, 4 NOVEMBER 1950

The whole of true religion can be summed up in the spiritual love of Jesus.

To love God and to love our neighbor was said by our Lord to be the fulfilling of the law and the prophets. All Christians believe that God reveals Himself as Christ; so the love of Jesus is in truth the love of God.

Love as experienced by human beings may be on either of two levels, the human or the divine. These are not the same. They differ not only in intensity and elevation but in kind.

Human love is undoubtedly the best thing left to the human race. Though it is often perverted and sometimes degraded, it is still Adam’s best product, and without it, life on earth would be unendurable. Let us imagine what the world would be like if every trace of human love were suddenly removed. The heart recoils from the contemplation of such a horror. Without love, earth would not differ from hell except for the difference of location. Let us treasure what is left of love among the sons of men. It is not perfect, but it makes life bearable and even sweet here below.

But human love is not divine love and should never be confused with it. Among the sentimental religionists, the two are accepted as being the very same and no distinctions are made. This is a great moral blunder and one that leads to spiritual frustration and disappointment. If we are to think clearly and pray rightly, we must recognize the difference between love that is merely human and that other love which cometh down from above.

Charles Wesley knew the difference and made it clear in his famous lines:

Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down.

Here all grades and degrees of human love are acknowledged, and the true love that comes down from heaven is placed above them as far as the heaven is above the earth. This is not only good poetry but also it is good theology.

The human heart can love the human Jesus as it can love the human Lincoln, but the spiritual love of Jesus is something altogether different from and infinitely superior to the purest love the human heart can know. Indeed, it is not possible to love Jesus rightly except by the Holy Spirit. Only the third Person of the Trinity can love the second Person in a manner pleasing to the Father. The spiritual love of Jesus is nothing else but the Spirit in us loving Christ the Eternal Son.

Christ, after the flesh, receives a great deal of fawning attention from the liberal and the modernist, but love that is not the outflow of the indwelling Holy Spirit is not true spiritual love and cannot be acceptable to God. We do Christ no honor when we do no more than to give Him the best of our human love. Even though we love Him better than we love any other man, still it is not enough if He merely wins first place in competition with Socrates or Walt Whitman. He is not rightly loved until He is loved as very God of very God, and the Spirit within us does the loving.

There is much in present-day gospel circles that illustrates the distinction we are pointing out. A great many loud protestations of love for Christ leave the discerning heart with the impression that they are but sounding brass and tinkling cymbals. Innumerable sweet love ballads are sung to Jesus by persons who have never known the inward illumination of the Holy Spirit or felt the shock that comes with a true sight of the sinful pollution of nature.

While the all-important distinction between the human and the spiritual love of Jesus is one that must be discerned, and one which can scarcely be explained, we yet venture to point out some marks that may distinguish the two.

Reverence will always be present in the heart of the one who loves Christ in the Spirit. The Spirit gives a holy solemnity to every thought of Jesus, so that it is psychologically impossible to think of the true Christ with humor or levity. Neither can there be any unbecoming familiarity. The Person of Christ precludes all such.

Then, self-abasement is always found in the heart that loves Jesus with true spiritual love. When Paul saw Jesus, he fell on his face. John fell down as dead, and every soul that ever saw and felt the terror and wonder of His glorious Presence, has known some such experience of self-abasement.

It is important that we know whether our relation to Jesus is divine or human. It will pay us to find out now.

Tozer Editorial: The Spiritual Love Of Jesus, from Alliance Weekly, 04 November 1950

They Just Have A Spirit Of Travail In Prayer

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

In the battlefields of the spiritual world the true heroes are often the unseen by the world. These are the ones often touched by heaven, who breathe the rarefied air of the secret place of the Most High. Such a one was Father Nash a partner to the much better known evangelist Charles Finney during the Second Great Awakening.

Daniel Nash started as a preacher in upstate New York. His record there is singularly unremarkable. At age 48 he decided to give himself totally to prayer for Finney’s meetings. Nash would come quietly into towns three or four weeks in advance of a meeting, gather three or four other like minded Christians with him and in a rented room start praying and bringing heaven near. It is reported that in one town all he could find was a dank, dark cellar, but that place was soon illumined with holy light as he made it the place of intercession. In another place as Finney relates:

When I got to town to start a revival a lady contacted me who ran a boarding house. She said, “Brother Finney, do you know a Father Nash? He and two other men have been at my boarding house for the last three days, but they haven’t eaten a bite of food. I opened the door and peeped in at them because I could hear them groaning, and I saw them down on their faces. They have been this way for three days, lying prostrate on the floor and groaning. I thought something awful must have happened to them. I was afraid to go in and I didn’t know what to do. Would you please come see about them?”

“No it isn’t necessary,” I replied. “They just have a spirit of travail in prayer.”

They just have a spirit of travail in prayer is taken from a short biography on Father Daniel Nash

Thou Remainest

Thou remainest (Heb. 1:11).

There are always lone hearth-fires; so many! And those who sit beside them, with the empty chair, cannot restrain the tears that will come. One sits alone so much. There is some One unseen, just here within reach. But somehow we don’t realize His presence. Realizing is blessed, but–rare. It belongs to the mood, to the feelings. It is dependent on weather conditions and bodily conditions. The rain, the heavy fog outside, the poor sleep, the twinging pain, these make one’s mood so much, they seem to blur out the realizing.

But there is something a little higher up than realizing. It is yet more blessed. It is independent of these outer conditions, it is something that abides. It is this: recognizing that Presence unseen, so wondrous and quieting, so soothing and calming and warming. Recognize His presence–the Master’s own. He is here, close by; His presence is real. Recognizing will help realizing, too, but it never depends on it.

Aye, more, immensely more, the Truth is a Presence, not a thing, a fact, a statement. Some One is present, a warm-hearted Friend, an all-powerful Lord. And this is the joyful truth for weeping hearts everywhere, whatever be the hand that has drawn the tears; by whatever stream it be that your weeping willow is planted.
–S. D. Gordon

When from my life the old-time joys have vanished,
Treasures once mine, I may no longer claim,
This truth may feed my hungry heart, and famished:
Lord, THOU REMAINEST THOU art still the same!

When streams have dried, those streams of glad refreshing–
Friendships so blest, so rich, so free;
When sun-kissed skies give place to clouds depressing,
Lord, THOU REMAINEST! Still my heart hath THEE.

When strength hath failed, and feet, now worn and weary,
On gladsome errands may no longer go,
Why should I sigh, or let the days be dreary?
Lord, THOU REMAINEST! Could’st Thou more bestow?

Thus through life’s days–whoe’er or what may fail me,
Friends, friendships, joys, in small or great degree,
Songs may be mine, no sadness need assail me,
Lord, THOU REMAINEST! Still my heart hath THEE.
–J. D. Smith

From Streams in the Desert

O Give Thanks Unto The Lord

Luke 17:17 Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

It is such an easy thing for some children of God to take things for granted and instead of praising God, the Giver of “every good and perfect gift,” to thoughtlessly go on their way never thinking, seemingly, that they owe anything to the Father who gave it. These nine lepers took their miraculous healing for granted and although unnamed, will forever bear the stigma of ingratitude.

The one leper, on the contrary, who returned to give glory to God, will always be remembered as the one lone beneficiary of God’s grace at the time who acknowledged such blessing. He was in the minority then, and those today who bear his spirit are in that same minority. The majority rush on unmindful of all they receive through the grace and mercy of God. PAMEII

“I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed and not I who robbed.” Matthew Henry

O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name:
make known his deeds among the people.
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; Glory in His holy name.
Praise chorus based on Psalm 105

“The greatest saint in the world is not he who prays most or fasts most; it is not he who gives alms, or is most eminent for temperance, chastity or justice. It is he who is most thankful to God.” William Law

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

What Think Ye Of Christ? Judas

Matt 22: 42. What think ye of Christ?

Let us go to those who knew Christ, and ask what they thought of Him:

And now, look—in comes Judas. He ought to make a good witness. Let us address him. “Come, tell us, Judas, what think you of Christ? You knew the master well; you sold him for thirty pieces of silver; you betrayed him with a kiss; you saw him perform those miracles; you were with him in Jerusalem. In Bethany, when he summoned up Lazarus, you were there. What think you of him?” I can see him as he comes into the presence of the chief priests; I can hear the money ring as he dashes it upon the table with, “I have betrayed innocent blood!” Here is the man who betrayed him, and this is what he thinks of him! Yes, those who were guilty of his death put their testimony on record that he was an innocent man. D. L. Moody, What Think Ye Of Christ

Last eve by those he called his own,
Betrayed, forsaken or denied,
He met his enemies alone,
In all their malice, rage, and pride.
But hark! he prays; — ’tis for his foes;
He speaks; — ’tis comfort to his friends;
Answers; — and Paradise bestows;
“‘Tis finished!” — here the conflict ends.
J. G. Adams

“The bare knowledge of God’s will is inefficacious, it doth not better the heart. Knowledge alone is like a winter sun, which hath no heat or influence; it doth not warm the affections, or purify the conscience. Judas was a great luminary, he knew God’s will, but he was a traitor.” Thomas Watson

“What Think Ye Of Christ? Judas” is taken from the sermon preached by D. L. Moody in 1876

God’s Arm Is Never Tired

Genesis 2:2-3 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

God suffers not from overwork. In His rest there is nothing of weariness or exhaustion. Though He had been engaged for untold aeons creating the material of which suns and worlds are made, guiding its solidification and superintending its evolution, creating out of nothing, and making, i.e., moulding, what He had created, His fancy was not exhausted, His interest had not slackened, His power was not taxed or strained.

What comfort is here! God’s arm is never tired, though it carries the universe; His mind is never tired, though it is weighted with the care of all things, from the soaring seraph to the crawling snail; His heart is never tired, though we have “made Him serve” with our sins; His ear is never heavy that it cannot hear. You may wear out mother, nurse, friend; you may tire the strongest, gentlest love; but His mercy endureth for ever.

“The heavens and the earth were finished.” All the work, to do which He had arisen, was done. He paused or ceased. He laid down His graving tool. Everything was done that required to be done to manifest His nature, to give joy and blessing to His creatures, and to afford a theater for the accomplishment of redemption. F. B. Meyer, selected

Again returns the day of holy rest
Which, when He made the world, Jehovah blessed;
When, like His own, He bade our labors cease,
And all be piety, and all be peace.
William Mason

Tozer Editorial: Facing-Both-Ways, 28 October 1950

Like a doctor with a sick patient whose disease eludes diagnosis, religious leaders have for some years been aware that there is something seriously wrong with evangelicalism and have yet been unable to lay their finger upon the precise trouble. The symptoms they have discovered in abundance, but the cause back of them has been hard to locate. Mostly we have spent our time correcting symptoms, having all the while an uneasy feeling that our remedies did not go deep enough.

One odd mark of the disease of which we speak is an impulse on the part of the patient to jump up and down and shout that he never felt better in his life. Yet if the New Testament and the example of eminent saints represent a normal state of spiritual health, our patient is not only below standards but actually gravely ill.

Knowing that a disease that cannot be identified invariably calls out a flock of untrained experts to analyze and prescribe, we yet risk a pronouncement upon the condition of evangelical Christianity in our day, and we believe we may not be too far from the truth.

The trouble seems to be a disorder of the spiritual nerve system which we might, for the lack of a proper term, call dual orientation. Its dominant characteristic appears to be a cross up among the nerve ganglia of the soul resulting in an inability to control the direction of the life. The patient starts one direction and before he knows it he is going another. His inward eyes do not coordinate; each one sees a different object and seeks to lead the steps toward it. The individual is caught in the middle, trying to be true to both foci of the heart, and never knowing which he would rather follow. Evangelicalism (at least in many circles) is suffering from this strange division of life-purpose. Its theology faces toward the East and the sacred Temple of Jehovah. Its active interests face toward the world and the temple of Dagon. Doctrinally it is Christian, but actually it is pagan mentality, pagan scale of values and pagan religious principles.

Let a man but become, as the early Methodists would have said, soundly converted, and certain things will begin to happen in his life. He will experience a wonderful unification of personality and a turning about of the whole life toward God and heavenly things. Though he will undoubtedly suffer from the inward struggle described in the seventh chapter of Romans, yet his direction will be established beyond any doubt and his face will remain turned toward the City of God.

That word direction should have more emphasis these days, for the most important thing about a life is its direction. David hardly said anything more significant than this: I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. And the Hebrews’ writer summed it all up in one sentence, Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

An emotional conversion which stops short of Christ-orientation is inadequate for life and death, and, unless new help comes from some quarter, it may easily be worse than no religious experience at all. And just this would appear to be the source of our bad orientation. The original experience of conversion was not sufficiently radical to turn the life wholly to God and things eternal. Then when religious leaders found that they had on their hands half-converted persons who wanted to be saved but would not turn fully to God, they tried to meet the situation by providing a twilight-zone religion which did not demand too much and which did offer something. Better have them halfway in, they reasoned, than all the way out. We know now how bad that reasoning was.

With large blocks of evangelicals praying and preaching like Christians while they live and talk like worldlings, how much longer may we expect them to remain evangelical? Apostasy always begins with the conduct. First there is a wrong orientation of the life, a facing toward the lost world with yearning and enjoyment; later there comes a gradual surrender of the truth itself and a slipping back into unbelief. That has happened to individuals and denominations and it can happen to the whole present evangelical communion if it is not checked before it is too late.

For this cause, the facing-both-ways attitude of our present Christianity is something to be alarmed about. And if that attitude were the result of plain backsliding there would be much more reason for optimism. Unchristian acts done by a Christian through weakness and over the protests of his better heart may be bad enough, but they are not likely to be fatal. But when he does them with the sanction of his teachers and with the belief that they are all a part of the Christian way, how is he to be rescued?

Tozer Editorial: Facing-Both-Ways from Alliance Weekly 28 October 1950