In taking Christ in any new relationship, we must first have sufficient intellectual light to satisfy our mind that we are entitled to stand in this relationship.
The Shadow of a Question here will Wreck our Confidence.
Then, having seen this, we must make the venture, the
committal, the choice, and take the place just as definitely as the tree
is planted in the soil, or the bride gives herself away at the marriage
It must be once for all, without reserve, without recall.
there is a season of establishing, settling and testing, during which
we must "stay put" until the new relationship gets so fixed as to become
a permanent habit.
It is just the same as when the surgeon sets the
broken arm. He puts it in splints to keep it from vibration. So God has
His spiritual splints that He wants to put upon His children and keep
them quiet and unmoved until they pass the first stage of faith.
not always easy work for us, "but the God of all grace, who hath called
us unto his eternal glory by Jesus Christ, after that ye have suffered
awhile, stablish, strengthen, settle you."
~A. B. Simpson~
is a natural law in sin and sickness; and if we just let ourselves go
and sink into the trend of circumstances, we shall go down and sink
under the power of the tempter.
But there is another law of spiritual
life and of physical life in Christ Jesus to which we can rise, and
through which we can counterpoise and overcome the other law that bears
But to do this requires real spiritual
energy and fixed purpose and a settled posture and habit of faith.
just the same as when we use the power in our factory. We must turn on
the belt and keep it on. The power is there, but we must keep the
connection; and while we do so, the higher power will work and all the
machinery will be in operation.
There is a spiritual
law of choosing, believing, abiding, and holding steady in our walk with
God, which is essential to the working of the Holy Ghost either in our
sanctification or healing.
~Days of Heaven upon Earth~