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Based on Malachi 3:16-18 I believe the Lord will harken to us as we consider his word together.

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The Spiritual Clinic #7   T. Austin Sparks

Started May-13 by PAULFROMNYS; 114 views.
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From: PAULFROMNYS

May-13

   We had better settle it once and for all that, be grateful as we should and must for all the grace of God in His children, and value all the help through them, and esteem them very highly for their work's sake, the Lord will never allow us to go for long on human props for crutches, but will free us to see that He alone is our Rock, that our spiritual education and growth must ever and only rest upon personal and direct knowledge of Himself. The greater the usefulness to God of any life, the deeper the loneliness in experience. He takes us often where no other can enter, interpret, understand, help. Rather, by their mental play upon our strange experience, and their interpretations given to it they create even greater painfulness and distress for us. Soon or later we are bound to be disappointed in man, but this may lead to a rich and deep knowledge of God if we are not soured and paralysed by it.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

May-14

   

It will also be the occasion of a great and healthy self-distrust on the one hand, and a deep sympathy and solicitude for the suffering on the other hand. The Master in the hour of anguish "looked for some to help, and there was none." We may be allowed just to sip the cup in order to know something of the help of God which no other can give.

 
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From: PAULFROMNYS

May-15

   

Chapter 4 - The Paralysis of a Spiritual Irregularity

 

From observation of the maladies which come upon the people of God and bring arrest to His work through them, we have been much impressed with the fact that the violation of a Divine order is the cause of much trouble. If it is true that what God is doing in this age is not just saving individuals as such but in constituting a "Body" and building a "House" by the addition of each saved one, then the right position in each is vital to its perfect functioning and its heavenly order. There is an order, and there is a position for each member. It is not given to us - let us say it with emphasis - it is not given to us to appoint the place or to manipulate into position. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. What we do say is that each member has his or her place and God knows what it is. Under the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit each member should come into that place. If they fail to do so or get into a wrong place, they fail in their essential ministry and upset the effectiveness of the Body.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

May-17

   

"God hath set." Articulation is essential to life. "Unto each is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ" (Eph. 4:7).

"Having therefore, gifts differing according to grace" (Rom. 12:6).

There are not a few illustrations of dislocation and irregularity in the Scriptures:-

Dathan and Abiram and their company (Numbers 6).
Aaron and Miriam (Numbers 12).
Saul going over the head of Samuel (1 Sam. 13:9).
Uzziah presuming into the priest's office (2 Chron. 26).

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From: PAULFROMNYS

May-17

   

Paul has very much to say on matters of order in the Church, and it is not merely the individual position which is of importance, but the relative factor and element. Independent action is as dangerous as dislocation, it robs of covering and protection and exposes to enemy forces. There is a heavenly order, a spiritual system, and the relationships and ministries of believers are to be upon those spiritual principles and a reflection of that heavenly order.

What Paul says about woman's place in ministry and the domestic relationships of the saints can only be understood and appreciated in this light.

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From: PAULFROMNYS

May-18

   When one called of God to do the work of an evangelist assumes the role of a teacher, or vice-versa, or anyone marked out for this particular functioning attempts to do that, or when one goes beyond their scope and assumes any prerogative which is not theirs by Divine ordering, they are in the way of an arrested ministry, and more, they will be landed into serious confusion. People and things - otherwise occupying a vital position in the Divine plan - put into their wrong places have the Divine unction withdrawn from them. This becomes manifest and the spiritually undiscerning conclude that the thing or the person is outside of the Divine purpose and accordingly they rule them out. Thus much confusion and loss ensues.

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May-18

   Undoubtedly in New Testament times the recognition of the corporate nature of the Church and the definite prayer which followed the baptism of everyone who thereby testified to their identification with Christ was the initial establishing of this relative position and this truth of articulation, adjustment, and function. The Holy Ghost came in and took up the superintendence from that time, and any disorder thenceforth was against Him. In these few lines we have encircled a very wide and important field of truth and would plead for a prayerful retracing step by step with the Word. The Holy Spirit's method is to set His seal upon us as we move according to His leading; not according to our fancy, choice, aptitude, predilection or ambition.

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