..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Friday, June 08, 2007

T. Austin-Sparks on the purpose of Spiritual Trials

Conflicts and Spiritual Trials

Divine wisdom working
sovereignly ALLOWS
conflict, as a way
to keep things strong,
pure and healthy.
Battles seem to be
necessities for the
very purity of that
which the Lord is
seeking to have.

Conflicts, in the Divine judgment
are essential to maintenance. We do
not always look upon them like that;
indeed, it is very often difficult so to
regard the terrific conflicts into which
the Lord's people individually and
collectively are so frequently thrown.
We know something about the conflicts.

It is not necessary for me to tell you
that there are such things. We know
that they are increasing in their intensity,
and sometimes they get almost, if not
altogether, beyond our powers of endurance.

It seems there is very little let-up in the
number of battles that have to be fought.
It is in the plural here -"Out of the battles..."
You and I know a good deal about the battles,
the real spiritual battles, the enemy coming
in like a flood, the fury of the oppressor, the
constant effort on his part to break and to
destroy us.

Our question often is as to why the Lord
allows it. We are hardly out of one before
we are in another; and there is no doubt
about it, the Lord allows it. It may be that
there are some things which could be cut
short and put back, but on the whole, the
Lord allows His people to know very much
conflict and pressure; and as we enquire
why, this little fragment does give us at
least a part of the answer.

When we examine the history of things, we
can see it is quite true that any increase, any
preservation, any maintaining, has come
along the line of what we have gained from
our deep experiences.

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