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The Recovery of Spiritual Power #3   T. Austin Sparks

Started Sep-19 by PAULFROMNYS; 126 views.
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From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-19

   Spiritual power is in going on, and keeping going on; standing at nothing, compromising with nothing. You notice the illustration here is the house of Joseph, and they went to take Bethel. They sent spies. Why send spies when the Lord told them He had given it? You need not send spies when the Lord tells you He has given it to you. And they found a man of Bethel and said to him, "You show us the way into the city and we will deal kindly with you", and the man, to save his own skin, showed them the way in and they let him off, with the result that the man ran away and founded another city, and called it Bethel. The tribe of Joseph came down to the level of the flesh and then asked this poor ruffian to show them the way when he should have been killed on the spot. Talking naturally, they spared him on the ground of compromise. They said, "In fact, the Lord cannot do it, we must get our information from this fellow, a man which belonged to that thing which God said must be destroyed". They dealt kindly with him, let him go, and he ran off and founded another city.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-19

   

If you do not do the thing that God tells you, you liberate a force that sets up an imitation of the real. You release something that sets up what is not true - a false thing - and the enemy all over the place is setting up these caricatures. You will get something false in your life immediately. Have done with that compromise. If you spare a little bit in order to get something more easy, you are going to set up something that is mere imitation. It is not worthwhile. I know it is costly, I know the conflict, but do you want the Lord's testimony to be really established? Is it really not yourself, but for the glory of God that you want spiritual power? The Lord wants spiritual power recovered in His people for His own testimony's sake.

We have not spoken much about power because so many today want to have power in order to be somebody great, to have power with men. The Lord has shown us that when flesh lays hold of power, the ultimate issue is very discreditable to God and there are all kinds of perils along that line, and flesh must not seek power for itself. We are afraid of speaking about power. Yet we need it.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-19

   

The enemy has got to yield. With all the truth, teaching, light, knowledge, the enemy does not yield; there is not the power that carries through and puts the enemy out of action, and if this is to be, we have to come to the place where we do not compromise with the flesh, the devil, or the world on the slightest matter - where we go on with the Lord fully, rejecting all our own argument which would give us a more favourable way, everything that rises up within and says that if you take that step it is going to bring you into collision with things, rob you of popularity, doors will be closed to you, you will come under suspicion, you will lose a lot of friends. Immediately you listen to that, you have stopped, lost power, compromised. The history is going to be very disappointing. We must give no consideration to the flesh, to ourselves, to man, to the world, because the enemy lies there waiting for a moment's compromise in order that he might rush in with something that is not true, and destroy the whole purpose of God and set up a story like this which hits back at God, and brings loss and discredit upon Him.

The Lord give us to see that the one great inclusive secret of power is unhesitatingly, uncompromisingly, to go on in the obedience of faith to the fulness that is in Christ Jesus.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-20

   

 

Chapter 2 - Keeping Our Eyes on Him

 

 

Reading: Joshua 3:10; Eph. 1:18,19; Phil. 2:9; Acts 9:3; 2 Cor. 4:4; Heb. 2:9.

We are occupied, as you know, beloved, with the matter of the Recovery of Spiritual Power, and for a little while this morning we are returning to one of the emphases of the previous chapter to seek to carry it a little further, and to open our hearts, by the grace of God, to its fuller impact. That is as to the object of faith which leads to power.

All these passages which we have read bring before us one thing and that is: the Lord Jesus in glory. That is, the Lord Jesus in glory and what is implied and what is involved by His being in glory. And when you and I have a true, a spiritual, and a sufficient apprehension of that one great heavenly reality, we have got the key to everything. There is nothing impossible then. There is no need whatever for weakness, failure, breakdown, disappointment or dishonour. This fact really borne in upon our hearts is the way of complete emancipation, ascendency and triumph.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-20

   

We are all conscious of the need of spiritual power. We are all conscious of the fact that there is much yet occupying God-given territory, which ought not to occupy it. There is still very much that occupies the place which the Lord ought to be occupying in His people. And by that counter-occupation and possession, the testimony is weakened. The Name of the Lord is not glorified. There circles round the Lord's people the suggestion that they are not what they profess to be, what they claim to be, or what they ought to be. Now, we know that both in spiritual life and in service, and so we want to speak to one another about this situation, not only for ourselves, but because of this being the condition so widespread among the Lord's people; that we may know how to minister in a day of weakness, failure and breakdown. We want to speak to one another to see how this thing can be changed.

What are the secrets of the recovery of spiritual power? We have seen that the great proof of weakness in the Lord's people in the days of the Judges, was the fact that there were forces opposed to God which still remained with impunity in the territory which God intended His people to occupy in His Name; that the enemy still had a lodgement in forces represented, as we said, by these different nations in the land.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-20

   

The Amorites were high talkers. Maybe power has been destroyed among the Lord's people because they talk loftily, but do not have the truth in reality. It is so easy to talk about the heavenlies, and know of the heavenlies, but the power of the heavenlies to be absent. The enemy does spoil things by getting us to talk about things, but not live them. It is not good enough. You are there, but you are worsted by some thing and the whole thing proves to be failure. The enemy does not mind us talking if it is not living in the heavenlies.

The Amorites do not mind us being occupied with lofty things so long as we are not in a lofty place. Each nation represents a spiritual force and when these things come in and have a lodgement, a place alongside the Lord's people, and share the territory with the Lord's people, they always work out to weakness and failure. And the proof of the weakness, as we began to say, is that these things get such a lodgement by reason of compromise - an acceptance of them instead of a wholesale destruction of them - they get such a place that you cannot get rid of them. You are powerless in their presence, powerless in the presence of deceiving spirits, false light and leading by the angel of light who traffics among the Lord's people, or the fear which has overcome so many of the Lord's people. We cannot meet it and destroy it because spirits of fear have come upon us and we have failed to recognise that all fear comes from the devil. We admit it, at once rise up in the strength which is not our own but of the Lord, and put away that fear which keeps us in bondage: from doing the will of God, from going on with the Lord and destroy it outright. If we do not, it will destroy us as it is destroying many.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-20

   

Verbosity about spiritual things without spiritual power is just as insidious. We must be careful not to talk about spiritual things without the truth being in our lives. Some may talk glibly about things and yet their words do not carry weight; they are empty, and do not represent the power of God in their life. We may meet men who can talk about the heavenly things, and have an interest, but there has been an awful feeling that their words are hollow. They are in bondage to fleshly habits and are deceived by their own knowledge of truth. This hallmark of power is not represented by verbosity, or the amount of Divine truth that we know and can give expression to with our lips. Power is that God is coming through, and God is possessing His possessions in and through the saints.

That is the situation. And so the mark of weakness in the book of Judges, as we have seen, was mainly in that the people of God were unable to cast out these paralysing, weakening enemies with whom they had come to a kind of agreement. It is a desperate thing to come to an agreement with anything that is going to weaken us.

Coming back to this all-inclusive, supreme secret of deliverance and victory, we said it is the object in view for the believer And that object is Christ in glory and what His being there implies and involves.

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From: Fred (fnorthrup)

Sep-20

PAULFROMNYS said:

Verbosity about spiritual things without spiritual power is just as insidious. We must be careful not to talk about spiritual things without the truth being in our lives.

This is true. Doctrines about spiritual things are useless unless they define our experience. God sent His only begotten Son that we might receive Him as our life and life supply, not simply to gain knowledge concerning Him. 

When Paul used the phrase "the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord" he was not talking about something he learned in Seminary. He counted all his religious attainments as a loss that he might gain this Wonderful One.

Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-22

   Amen, to finally be dead to self, and alive to GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ.   This is a sword continually cutting our trust in our soul live, and moving us ever deeper into our spirits where Christ is joined to us as LORD.

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