God With All The Heart
you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that
I will render double unto thee. Zech. 9:12
need to educate the soul to lay hold, and hold fast the rich promises of Christ.
The Lord Jesus knows that it is not possible for us to resist the many temptations
of Satan, only as we shall have divine power given us from God. He well knows
that in our own human strength we should surely fail. Therefore every provision
has been made, that in every emergency and trial we shall flee to the Stronghold....
We have the word of promise from lips that will not lie. . . . We must individually
cherish the faith that we receive of Him the things He hath promised.
God will be to us everything we will let Him be. Our languid, half-hearted
prayers will not bring us returns from heaven. Oh, we need to press our petitions!
Ask in faith, wait in faith, receive in faith, rejoice in hope, for everyone
that seeketh findeth. Be in earnest in the matter. Seek God with all the heart.
People put soul and earnestness into everything they undertake in temporal
things, until their efforts are crowned with success. With intense earnestness
learn the trade of seeking the rich blessings that God has promised, and with
persevering, determined effort you shall have His light and His truth and
His rich grace.
In sincerity, in soul hunger, cry after God. Wrestle with the heavenly agencies
until you have the victory. Put your whole being into the Lord’s hands,
soul, body, and spirit, and resolve to be His loving, consecrated agency,
moved by His will, controlled by His mind, infused by His Spirit.
Tell Jesus your wants in the sincerity of your soul. You are not required
to hold a long controversy with, or preach a sermon to, God, but with a heart
of sorrow for your sins, say, “Save me, Lord, or I perish.” There
is hope for such souls. They will seek, they will ask, they will knock, and
they will find. When Jesus has taken away the burden of sin that is crushing
the soul, you will experience the blessedness of the peace of Christ.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 99.