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Friday, April 11, 2014

Despair - A Good Friend

"Our fathers trusted in thee: thy trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered" (Psalm 22:4-5)

The Christian who is seeking better things and who has to his consternation found himself in a state of complete self-despair need not be discouraged.

Despair with self, where it is accompanied by faith, is a good friend, for it destroys one of the heart's most potent enemies and prepares the soul for the ministration of the Comforter.

He will never leave us nor forsake us, nor will He be wroth with us nor rebuke us.

He will not break His covenant nor alter that which has gone out of His mouth.

He will keep us as the apple of His eye and watch over us as a mother watches over her child.

His love will not fail even while He is taking us through this experience of self-crucifixion.

This, indeed, is the true secret of sanctification and self-crucifixion: the expulsive power of the Holy Spirit's presence is the only true antidote to the power of self and satan.

~A. W. Tozer~

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