As A Prince Thou Hast Prevailed
"Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest" (Heb. 4:11).
One of the great, predominant, outstanding and delusive sins – right in the midst of the most spiritual people in the world today, is this: earnest and sincere people of God confess the lack of holiness and are really disturbed about the spiritual condition of their lives: they talk about this need and bemoan their condition to others but at the same time they neglect to seek God wholeheartedly, and to definitely pray through in order that they shall have no condemnation on their heart but have in actual experience the testimony of a day by day walk "in the Spirit."
We are exhorted to "walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Gal. 5:16). It requires not only yieldedness to God but also earnest, even violent seeking, to get the whole life in a place where the Spirit of God actually is in control (Matt. 11:12). It is only when we seek God with all our heart that we find in Him an abounding sufficiency to live a life of uninterrupted victory (Matt. 7:7; Jer. 29:13).
Many of God’s people have good desires, but they never apply themselves and seek God with all their heart until their great spiritual need is met by God’s superabundant supply. "If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live" (Rom. 8:13). Satan fights those who are determined to have an overcoming life and testimony. We must make up our minds to battle through in prayer until we actually have the experience of walking in the Spirit – with a heart that is right, and conduct that is right, and words that are right with God. This is the real overcoming life, lived by the power of God’s Spirit within us.
The Peril of Coming Short
"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it" (Heb. 4:1). The danger is not that we go too far with God, but that we come short. If by any means he might attain, Paul pressed toward the mark! (Phil. 3:14). Jesus warns us to "Strive" – that is, agonize (Gr.) – "…to enter in" (Luke 13:24). And also to "Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting…and cares of this life, and so that day come upon YOU unawares. For as a snare shall it come…Watch YE therefore, and pray always, that YE may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:34-36).
The Coming of the Lord Draweth Nigh
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works" (Titus 2:13-14). The least thing God wants us to do is more important than anything else in all the world! Better to miss anything than fail to be ready when our Lord comes!
W. C. Moore (1890-1980) was co-founder of Herald of His Coming with his wife, Sarah Foulkes Moore in 1941. He served for 39 years as editor.