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|THE PLACE OF VICTORY|
Published in Flames of Fire p. 2-3 February 1916
I am led this afternoon to deal with some important things that will be
helpful for us afterwards. The thought that has been pressing upon my
mind for some time is the thought of “abiding” and the joy of being at that
place where we can always count upon being in the presence of power, where
we know God’s presence is with us, leading to the place where victory is
assured. That is the important truth I have been led to think of, and we are
here to get hold of the thought that if we keep in the right place with God,
God can do anything with us.
I am going to turn to two or three passages of Scripture. The first is Luke 4,
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led
by the Spirit into the wilderness.
Mark speaks about being driven by the Spirit. Whatever either Mark or
Luke means, there is one thing certain, and that is this, there is a power, a
majesty, falling on Jesus, and He is no longer the same man — He has now
received this mighty anointing power of God and in this place He realizes that
the only thing for Him to do is to submit, and as He submits He is more and
more covered with the power, and led by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit takes Him
away into the wilderness, with its darkness and great privations. For forty
days He was without food, but because of the presence and the power
within and on Him, He is certain of victory. With this power He faces the
wild beasts of the wilderness and the privations as to every human
sustenance, and then at the end of forty days, in that holy attainment, He is
brought into a state of persecution and trial such as probably has never
attacked a man before. And in that place where He is, God sustains Him
mightily. With what? With this holy — and I want you to think about it —
this holy, blessed unction which is upon Jesus, and which so brings prophecy
to bear upon Satan that Jesus is like the pen of a ready writer, and slays
Satan every time with prophecy.
...Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out
a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their
synagogues, being glorified of all.
I want you to understand that after the trials, after all the temptations, and
everything, He came out more frill of God, more clothed with the Spirit,
more ready for the fight. The enduement with power had such an effect
upon Him that other people saw it and flocked to hear Him, and great
blessings came to the land. He is among His kinsfolk and relations, and in
the spirit of this kind of holy attainment He goes into the synagogue. There
was delivered to Him a roll of the book, and He read:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he hath anointed me to preach the
gospel to the poor....
I want you to keep before you where the anointing came from. How was
He anointed? How did it come to Him? You know how that was. And in
just the same manner I see that the Holy Ghost also fell upon the disciples at
Pentecost. I see that they were anointed with the same power, and I see that
they went forth and success attended their ministry until the power of God
swept through the whole earth. I want you to see that it was because of this
unction, this power, that when Peter and John spoke to the lame man at the
gate of the temple, he was able to rise and leap for joy. The Holy Ghost,
coming upon an individual, is capable of changing him, and fertilizing his
spiritual life, and filling him with such power, and grace, that he may not
be able to say what could not happen. What can happen, what is possible, if
we reach this place and keep in it — abide in it?
Some people have an idea that they have to be doing something. I beseech
you, by the power of the Holy Ghost today, that you see that there is one
thing only that is going to accomplish the purposes of God, and that is being
in the Spirit. I don’t care how dry the land is; I don’t care how thirsty the
land is, or how many vessels or how few, that are round about, I beseech
you in the name of Jesus, that you keep in the Spirit. That’s the secret.
“Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, Thou
knowest” (Ezekiel 37:3). When you are in the Spirit and the dry bones are
round about you, and barren conditions all about you, and you think
everything is exactly opposite to your desires, and you can see no
deliverance by human power, then, knowing your condition is known to
God and that God wants men and women who are willing to submit and
submit, and yield and yield to the Holy Spirit until their bodies are
saturated and soaked with God, you realize that God your Father has you
in such a condition that at any moment He can reveal His will to you.
Now I want you to understand that there is something more in it. I want
you to see that God is everything to us, and I believe that we have come to a
place where we have to submit ourselves to the mighty unctionizing power
of God and where we shall see we are in the will of God. And I pray God
the Holy Ghost that if He does one thing among us this afternoon, it will be
to show us our leanness, our farness from this place. Not that we are not in
the running for it, but what we want is a great hunger and thirst for God. He
said, “O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord” (Ezekiel 37:4). I would
like you to understand that God speaks first, and He speaks so loud and
clear and so distinct that this man who was filled with the Spirit hears every
word. I want you to understand that there is not a move in the valley; until
the word of the Lord is uttered, the bones are as dry as at the beginning. But
what is the matter? God has spoken and the message has gone forth. What
is it? Ah! it is only that the Word of God has gone forth through His servant
the prophet. The world has to be brought to a knowledge of the truth, but
that will only be brought about through human instrumentality, and that will
be when the human instrument is at a place where he will say all that the
Holy Spirit directs him to say.
The man rose up, and clothed with divine power, he began to speak, he
began to prophesy; then there was a rattling among the bones; bone to bone
at the voice of the man filled with the Spirit of the living God. God had
given him the victory. God in like manner wants to give us the victory.
What does the Word say? “Be still, and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10)
the place of tranquillity, where we know that He is controlling and moving
us by the mighty power of His Spirit.
Beloved, that is the place which we reach. This prophecy is for us. Truly
God wants to begin this in us. There are many dry places, what is that to do
with you? The Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save. It is man’s
extremity that God finds to be His opportunity, and it is for His Word to
awaken. “…all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23). But if
we are to do the will of God at the right time and place, we must get into
the Spirit and so give God a fair chance.
“So I prophesied as I was commanded…” (Ezekiel 37:7). He just did what
he was told to do. It takes more to live in that place than any other I know
of – to live in that place where you hear God’s voice. It is only by the power
of the Holy Spirit that you can do as you are told quickly. “…and as I
prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a shaking, and the bones came
together, bone to his bone” (Ezekiel 37:7).
There is something worth your notice in this. It is only the Spirit that can
make the crooked straight. Only yield so that He may have full control of
all you are. We must get to that place where we shall see God and know His
voice when He sends us with a message that brings life, power, and victory.
“…and [they] stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army” (Ezekiel
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