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disease, sickness and death. All is, so to speak, under the purchase of the cross, but awaiting the time of deliverance.

Eph. ii. shows how fully the outside world is under the authority of Satan, while in Eph. vi. we get his subtle and silent working amongst the saints.

When Israel was in Egypt, God acknowledged through Moses the authority of Pharaoh, and sent the message, "Let my people go.” This corresponds with Eph. ii. But when Israel was over the Red Sea and in the wilderness, Pharaoh's authority was gone, and they were under God's authority alone. Yet in the wilderness every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

This is the condition of too many Christians in this day; they remain in the wilderness, and never get into the land. God might tolerate Israel's ways in the wilderness, but when they got into the land implicit obedience was enjoined (see Deut. xi.).

It is in the land that conflict chiefly takes place. The children of Israel were fighting for full possession, and though they never failed in great battles, they too often failed in smaller ones. So is it with ourselves.

Our conflict is first inwards, then in that sphere which bears the name of Christ, and lastly in the outside world. Many Christians do not understand the second conflict ; they do not use the word of God as the only standard, but fall in with everything that has a fair appearance, and then find that all goes wrong after a while.

We do not escape the world's pollution, save as we are living above it, and the adversary may use certain pleasant things as his “ fiery darts.”

Immediately after the transfiguration on the top of the Mount, Satan put forth his power at the foot. After Peter was given a special revelation that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, he at once yielded to Satan's whispers through want of watchfulness.

Similarly Satan thought to lift up Paul by means of the revelations that were given to him (for nothing requires so much humbleness of mind as the grace of God), but by his acceptance of the thorn in the flesh, Paul's humility shone out the brighter.

A godly old German woman who was struck with a whip for attending a prayer-meeting, aware of her soul's danger, hobbled across the road, and falling upon her knees prayed God to keep her from pride, because He had counted her worthy to suffer for His name's sake.

In whatever measure the Christian walks in the flesh he is under the power of Satan. If we walk in darkness we place ourselves again under the power of the prince of darkness.

Satan is the ruler of the darkness of this world, and his effort is by all means to put out every light that shines for God. But it is our joy to know that “all power” in heaven and on earth belongs to Christ.



The condition of power is this—a thorough consciousness of our own weakness and of our dependence on God. It was so with Christ. He was the vessel of God's mighty power. Anointed with the Holy Ghost, He emptied Himself; He did nothing of Himself; He received His words from the Father, and of His works He says, Father that dwelleth in me He doeth the works ;" and of His doctrine, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me.” He took the place of dependence. The Holy Ghost would lead us in the same path, for He takes the place of

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dependence also, “Whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak.” He speaks not from Himself, as the source, but is first a listener, and then a speaker. May we better learn to take the blessed place of dependence.

As the Lord's servant, Paul was with the Corinthians in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. What a contrast to the teachers in whom the Corinthians were glorying! He was afraid lest he might think a thought of himself, or speak his own words. He spoke in words that the Holy Ghost taught, and left it to the Holy Ghost to demonstrate the truths he preached. Christ crucified is the power of God, and in order to know His power we must be identified with Him as the crucified One. Paul was kept constantly weak, and derived his power from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He knew that he had the same flesh as when in his energy and zeal he persecuted the church of God; he knew that the same selfrighteous spirit was in him, and only the power of God, through the Holy Ghost resting upon him, kept it down and therefore with fear and trembling Paul spoke the word of God, lest he should rest upon his eloquence. So did he get his words from the Lord that he could say, “Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in yon.” It was Christ that lived in him, spoke in him, and wrought through him. In order that he might be an instrument that God could use, he was kept in constant dependence: "for we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be manifested in our mortal flesh.” It is by being associated with Christ in His weakness, in His absolute trust in God, in His obedience to the Father's will, and thus only, that the power of God can rest upon us.

(J. S.) We read of the wonderful works of Christ, and as we

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contemplate His mighty acts we say, “ He was the Son of the Father, He was God and yet perfect, sinless man; but how is it possible that I, a poor worm of the dust, and without strength, could ever speak, act, or endure as He did?” But is there no example of the all-sustaining, the all-conquering power of God in one like myself? Yes, the apostle Paul was one; and his words are “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If he could say that, it never behoves any Christian

“I cannot.” Would we think of limiting the power of God upon His throne ? There is no failure of power in the Father, in the exalted Son of God, or in the indwelling Spirit of God. There is no height we cannot reach; there is no suffering we cannot endure; there is no act of obedience which by the Holy Ghost we cannot perform. But we shall not realize this divine power unless we are walking in fellowship with God. God has His own path, and out

. of that path He will never step to afford His children fellowship; but if we forsake that path He will correct, will discipline, and will bring us back to it.

The reason we are not wiser and stronger is, that we have not followed the path in which we would have had God's presence always with us. In one sense, blessed be God, we never can get away from His presence, for He never leaves, never forsakes us; but in another sense we do; that is, we lose the consciousness of His presence and the manifestation of His power. Let us remember the possibilities of faith as exemplified in Paul, and let us seek to say with him, "I can do all things;" I can be full without being puffed up; I can be emptied without murmuring

The presence of God is power. When God gave His presence to His ransomed people in the cloud and pillar of

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fire, He pledged to them His guidance all through the trackless wilderness. Was it not fulfilled ? He said to Moses when the time came, “I will be with thee.” But Moses was forty years too soon in his attempt to deliver Israel. The flesh is always out of time and out of placetoo fast or too slow. They that are in the flesh cannot please God.” The flesh is never right. When Moses in his backwardness said, “But who am I ?” God said, "I will be with thee.” That is enough ; let us be content to be nobody

From experience we know that God's presence is everything to our souls. When we are enjoying His presence, resting in the full and unfailing springs of delight which are in Himself, then are we strong. Jesus found it so; and He has said, “As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father, so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me.” This was His source of power and wisdom. The steps of the Son of God from the bosom of the Father were down, down, down, into the place of dependence, weakness and death. The course of the natural man is ever up, up, up—that is, in his own estimation.

Christ never entered any path where He did not enjoy the Father's presence. He could say, "I do always the

“ things that please Him." That is the way to secure the presence of God-to do His will, and walk in His truth. If any one asks, “How shall I know what pleases the Father?" the answer is, “The Spirit searcheth the deep things of God . . . we have received ... the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” Through the Scriptures He can make us of quick scent in the fear of the Lord, to discern between good and evil, truth and error. The Lord grant us subjection to His Spirit that we may walk

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