3 The Sphere Of Ministration
kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29
not we cast him out?” The answer lies in a personal relationship to Jesus
Christ. This kind can come forth by nothing but by concentration and redoubled
concentration on Him. We can ever remain powerless, as were the disciples, by
trying to do God's work not in concentration on His power, but by ideas drawn
from our own temperament. We slander God by our very eagerness to work for Him
without knowing Him.
brought face to face with a difficult case and nothing happens externally, and
yet you know that emancipation will be given because you are concentrated on
Jesus Christ. This is your line of service – to see that there is nothing
between Jesus and yourself. Is there? If there is, you must get through it, not
by ignoring it in irritation, or by mounting up, but by facing it and getting
through it into the presence of Jesus Christ, then that very thing, and all you
have been through in connection with it, will glorify Jesus Christ in a way you
will never know till you see Him face to face.
We must be
able to mount up with wings as eagles; but we must also know how to come down.
The power of the saint lies in the coming down and the living down. “I can do
all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” said Paul, and the things he
referred to were mostly humiliating things. It is in our power to refuse to be
humiliated and to say – “No, thank you, I much prefer to be on the mountain top
with God.” Can I face things as they actually are in the light of the reality
of Jesus Christ, or do things as they are efface altogether my faith in Him,
and put me into a panic?