fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3.
Nothing is more needed in our work than the practical results of communion
with God. We should show by our daily lives that we have peace and rest in
the Savior. His peace in the heart will shine forth in the countenance. .
. . Communion with God will ennoble the character and the life. Men will take
knowledge of us, as of the first disciples, that we have been with Jesus.
This will impart to the worker a power that nothing else can give. Of this
power he must not allow himself to be deprived. We must live a twofold life--a
life of thought and action, of silent prayer and earnest work.
are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their
own hearts, with nature, and with God. . . . We must individually hear Him
speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness
we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice
of God. He bids us, "Be still, and know that I am God." Ps. 46:10.
This is the effectual preparation for all labor for God. Amidst the hurrying
throng, and the strain of life's intense activities, he who is thus refreshed
will be surrounded with an atmosphere of light and peace. He will receive
a new endowment of both physical and mental strength. His life will breathe
out a fragrance, and will reveal a divine power that will reach men's hearts.
in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion
with God. They are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through
the circle of Christ's loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the
sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain
with the divine Teacher. With their burdens they return to their work.
can never attain the highest success until they learn the secret of strength.
They must give themselves time to think, to pray, to wait upon God for a renewal
of physical, mental, and spiritual power. They need the uplifting influence
of His Spirit. Receiving this, they will be quickened by fresh life.
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