Man is truly man only as he yields to the divine influence.
Sometimes, you feel it as a tug in your heart towards a matter; other times, it is the burning of the word in your heart as you study the Scriptures or the charge that comes from a servant of God when he or she stands to deliver God’s counsel.
No matter how it comes, the word always has a pulling effect that makes everything bow to its influence like gravity. But we know that the heart can be seduced by other things as well and they equally give a primal satisfaction which man craves at his basest level.
Soulish Christians generally bend to certain directions. Most of the time, we lean either towards emotion or towards reason. But it is important to remember that to be led by the Spirit is to follow His nudging. All spiritual knowledge and communion and conscience comes through the intuition. Any other life we choose to live outside of this intuition results in death.
Even among the most evangelical of believers, it is, perhaps, chiefly a mental acceptance of the truth that we practice and this amounts to nothing but death. Revelation however captured in the spirit should occupy a large place in a Christian servant’s life.
Paul was able to make a very compelling statement about his life to the Philippians even while in jail. And he said “… Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). This was a man who had, for four years, been in prison for preaching the gospel. Amazingly, this situation did not hinder him from spreading life even in his letters nor exhorting others who were more at ease than he was.
When through the exercise of heart we are weaned from all other springs, the joy of the Lord remains in all its purity, and our concern for others partakes of this same purity. The psalmist said, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
Nothing troubles this joy because Christ never changes. The better we know Him, the better we can enjoy that which is ever-enlarging through knowing Him, especially if that which you found doing was captured in His word to you as a person.
Not only are the will and the passions to be bridled and silenced, but anxieties also. We are in a relationship with God; in all things, He is our refuge; and events do not disturb Him. He knows the end from the beginning. He knows everything – even beforehand; events shake neither His throne nor His heart; they simply accomplish His purposes always. But to us, He is love; we are, through grace, the objects of His tender care.