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came not to send peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
sympathetic with the soul whose case makes you come to the conclusion that God
is hard. God is more tender than we can conceive, and every now and again He
gives us the chance of being the rugged one that He may be the tender One. If a
man cannot get through to God it is because there is a secret thing he does not
intend to give up – I will admit I have done wrong, but I no more intend to
give up that thing than fly. It is impossible to deal sympathetically with a
case like that: we have to get right deep down to the root until there is
antagonism and resentment against the message. People want the blessing of God,
but they will not stand the thing that goes straight to the quick.
If God has
had His way with you, your message as His servant is merciless insistence on
the one line, cut down to the very root, otherwise there will be no healing.
Drive home the message until there is no possible refuge from its application.
Begin to get at people where they are until you get them to realize what they
lack, and then erect the standard of Jesus Christ for their lives – “We never
can be that.” Then drive it home – “Jesus Christ says you must.” “But how can
we be?” “You cannot, unless you have a new Spirit.” (Luke 11:13.)
be a sense of need before your message is of any use. Thousands of people are
happy without God in this world. If I was happy and moral till Jesus came, why
did He come? Because that kind of happiness and peace is on a wrong level;
Jesus Christ came to send a sword through every peace that is not based on a
personal relationship to Himself.