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The Ten Days Prior to Pentecost #2   T. Austin Sparks

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Aug-20

   

The Possibility of Paralysis Caused by Disappointment

Or yet again, they might have been men who were characterised by a certain sadness and a certain sadness might have taken the strength and positiveness out of their decision and their procedure. It would be a strange thing if these men had not got some mark, some furrow, some scar, some wound on them as the result of the tremendous buffeting and threshing they had had. All their hopes and expectations and castles in the air and all their profession and, in one case at least, protestation of courage and determination, everything that was positive in their lives came to that tragic collapse at the end.

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everything that was positive in their lives came to that tragic collapse at the end.

They had all forsaken Him and fled, denied Him, been offended because of Him, and all their hopes of the Kingdom still clung to them - "Dost Thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" Their hopes of the kingdom on the earth were shattered by His death. See them on the Emmaus road, walking and sad. All that must have had some effect upon them. They were either very superficial men, or very hard, tough men, if it had made no impression on them. But we have reason to believe that it did have an effect, and they might have been very sad, in a sense disappointed, and this sadness could have entirely weakened them, if not paralysed them. They could have faced the future with a kind of despair in their hearts, "Well, I do not know, we have had a lot of disappointment, there has been a lot of suffering, we have had a pretty difficult, hard time, and we have been bitterly disappointed; I do not know whether we can put our heart into this, we really have not much heart for it".

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Is that true to experience? When you have been through a tough handling by the Lord, you have been disillusioned and had a lot of your ground taken away, been knocked about all over the place, the temptation is to have no heart for the future. They might have been like that, it was very possible, there was everything there to make them so. What are you going to do about it?

The Possibility of Recalcitrance

This might sound a bit hard, unpleasant - they might have been recalcitrant. "We did go all out, we gave up everything, we let all go, and we sought to show that we meant business by leaving everything else. And, well, look how it all turned out, and where are we now? We seem to be suspended between heaven and earth now; we are neither in the one nor the other. I do not know that we are going to risk it again, it has not come up to our expectations." As I heard a man once say who had been going through a pretty bad time and had become bitter: "Well, if the Lord wants me, He knows my name and address, He will have to come and fetch me". We can become like that - bitter or recalcitrant, just being awkward. It is possible; people do get that way when they have passed through experiences like this. You may be of finer stuff than that, but there are those who get to a state like that. The question is, what are you going to do about it?

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The One Inclusive Issue of the Ten Days

If any one of these things gets into control, there is going to be a missing of the very thing for which the call of Christ came. Now, you see, the ten days, while they might well have been characterised by any one or more of these things, contain one inclusive issue, and the thing which governed the ten days was the full purpose for which Christ had called them. It is right there in a few days, right in front of you. Strangely enough, this period when He has gone and nothing seems to be happening, "We are left to it, it is left with us! Why was not the Holy Spirit sent immediately on His ascension? Let us get on with it!" Well, ten is the number of responsibility, and it is passing to you. You see, there is a point and a phase, dear friends, when the Lord passes it to us. We are always wanting and waiting for the Lord to do it all.

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We are always wanting and waiting for the Lord to do it all.

We are very much taken up with the idea of Pentecost. Oh, yes, when Pentecost takes place, when the Holy Spirit comes and takes charge, all responsibility will be taken out of our hands. It will be great, it will be the Lord doing it. But, you see, the Lord never made us to be just parts of a machine to be driven. No, there is a point at which He says, "There is something for you to do, you will have to shake off your sloth, you will have to fight back your temptation, your besetment, you will have to face whatever it is that is paralysing you, holding you bound, neutralizing you; you will have to deal with that." The Lord has appointed His day of Pentecost in His calendar, but also, in some way which we cannot understand, He causes our state to synchronise with His dates, or His dates with our state. There are always two sides, God's side and ours. Here is the thing for which He has called us. It is all there waiting. That day can recede, so far as we are concerned, it can just move ahead of us, and we never catch up with it. We never catch up with the thing for which the Lord has called because we are waiting for something to happen which the Lord says you have to deal with yourself and make happen, you have to take responsibility for this.

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you have to take responsibility for this.

We shall never come to the full purpose of God for our lives unless we face this thing, whatever it is, be it one of the things I have mentioned or any other thing. Face it, and say, "We are going to have this out once and for all, we are going to deal with this, and it is going to be final". It is an aggressiveness with the Lord. There is a reason for the disappointment with ourselves, whatever it is, the breakdown in the past. These men had a great deal in their heads, and the Lord has to do something with people if they only have it in their heads, just grind them to powder until it becomes part of them. They have to face the question. Before we can overtake the day of the full purpose, the Lord says, "Look here, there is this and that and something else, that so far as you are concerned, is postponing that day, causing it to move ahead of you, and it must be dealt with".

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you have to take responsibility for this.

We shall never come to the full purpose of God for our lives unless we face this thing, whatever it is, be it one of the things I have mentioned or any other thing. Face it, and say, "We are going to have this out once and for all, we are going to deal with this, and it is going to be final". It is an aggressiveness with the Lord. There is a reason for the disappointment with ourselves, whatever it is, the breakdown in the past. These men had a great deal in their heads, and the Lord has to do something with people if they only have it in their heads, just grind them to powder until it becomes part of them. They have to face the question. Before we can overtake the day of the full purpose, the Lord says, "Look here, there is this and that and something else, that so far as you are concerned, is postponing that day, causing it to move ahead of you, and it must be dealt with".

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