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FOUNTAINS AND RIVERS OF

HOLINESS

BY

REV. WAYNE C. AMAN
 
{AGES Software • Albany, OR USA Version 1.0 © 1997}
 
--Editor’s note: Again we are only providing excerpts of this little work—
 

THE LIVING WATER

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying,

“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on

me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living

water.” (But this he spake of the spirit, which they that believe on him

should receive.) <430737>John 7:37-39. Jesus speaking of those believers who

were to receive the Holy Spirit, tells us that they are not only drinking in

of Christ, but also flowing out from them, would be an outward life of

holiness. In this life of true holiness the thirsty soul finds its satisfaction.

“If any man thirst let him come unto me” invites Jesus “and drink.” His

soul shall be filled and satisfied. We want to confirm the fact that if we live

an inner life of holiness, the result will be outflowing rivers; not one river,

but many rivers. There must be an inner drinking before the outflowing.

God’s standard for all Christians, regardless of the experiences they have

had, is a sinless life.

It was demanded of Abraham, placed in the decalogue

given to Moses, confirmed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. We will

not be judged by our profession, but by the standard of Christian living

which God has set before us. “Be ye Holy, for I am Holy.” Initial holiness

begins at justification, but we are entirely sanctified by the infilling, the

coming in, of the Holy Ghost. The great, lasting, and glorious experience at

Pentecost was the fulfillment of the promise, that God would take away

the stony heart, and give a heart of flesh. It was confirmed by the Apostle

Peter, when he reported the work of the incoming spirit, “purifying their

hearts by faith.”

Sin has no allowance, regardless of who commits it. It

must be confessed and repentance made. “He that committeth sin is of the

devil,” writes the beloved Apostle — but glory to Jesus! the fountain is

still open; the blood still cleanses from all sin. We may be born again and

cleansed from all unrighteousness. This blessed truth is concurrent with

the whole tenor of the scriptures and with true experience, yet in the inner

and outer life of the sanctified there is a rest, a depth of holiness, a

deepness of humility, a perfection of lawfulness, a perfect submission, an

overflowing of rivers, not so generously possessed and evidenced by the

justified.

Happy, contented and perfect in love is the Christian that has

found this second rest. His spirit is so enlarged that the entirety of his

being may begin to grow in grace, and the fruit of the spirit will not only

abound but ripen and mellow into spiritual maturity. Jesus is that

Fountain of Living Water. Through the Old Testament scriptures from

Moses to the prophets, through the New Testament, to the Apocalypse,

our Lord is proclaimed to be the Fountain from which the thirsty may

drink.

 In this wonderful description of the redemptive work of our blessed

Christ, let us liken our inward life of holiness to the drinking in of the

fountains and our outward life as the flowing forth of the rivers. As in the

natural world, the fountain is the beginning of the river. From the fountain

flows the rivulet that enlarges into the creek cascading from the mountain

heights into the river that flows into the mighty ocean. Let us begin at the

source or the fountain head of true holiness. Let us drink deeply of Him. In

so doing, out from our innermost parts will flow rivers of living water that

will give life to the desert places; cause verdant growth to spring up where

previously it was dry and arid. May we from the scriptures draw names

for the fountains of infilling water which flow to us from our Christ?
 

FOUNTAIN OF PEACE

First let us drink from the Fountain of Peace. The one that is entirely

sanctified is possessed of a peace that is not of this world; a peace that is

resigned to the will of God. This peace of God originates with perfect

faith.

The normal frustrations, the troublesome annoyances of life are left

in quiet resignation and perfect submission, because we know all things

work together for good to them that love God and to them that are called

according to his purpose. In drinking from Christ of the Fountain of Peace,

we have knowledge that he knows the future, is directing every

circumstance, and we rest in the tranquillity of God himself. Let us not

think that the life of the sanctified is void of feeling — far from that. The

emotions, are quickened, and brought into disciplined concurrence to the

purpose of him, “that doeth all things well.”

This peace and quietness of

the soul, which abides in him, is not that of slothful inertia nor of

indifference, nor of presumption. In this state the entire man finds sweet

repose. Where there is no rebellion, and no self-will, there can be no

discord or unrest. All our feelings are submerged in the sweet love of God.

“Peace is love reposing,” one has said. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you,

My peace I give unto you.” Oh, you that are troubled, drink deep from the

Fountain of Peace. The life of holiness is characterized by continual peace.

The Apostle writes, “There is therefore now no condemnation.” The

conscience has been healed by the blood of Jesus. Its duties prompted by

love and not by guilt. The past sins are forgiven, and forgotten by Him.

The present rests in the state of contentment; the future reposes in the

providence of God. All is at rest; all is lost in quiet confidence; all is at

peace. Glory!
 

THE FOUNTAIN OF WISDOM

Again our soul thirsteth for God — for the living God, so we drink now

from the Fount of Wisdom. From our blessed Christ we draw our inner life

which is characterized by sanctified judgment. “If any man lack wisdom,

let him ask of God who giveth liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be

given him,” exhorts Apostle James. This is not earthly wisdom which

puffs up, exalts the receiver, but this is “the mind that was also in Christ

Jesus, who humbled himself, and become obedient unto death, even the

death of the cross.” The holy in heart seeks no reputation, but willingly

becomes the servant.

“This wisdom which is from above is first pure, then

peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits,

without partiality, and without hyprocrisy.” The spirit filled man is to be

as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove. The Holy Ghost, no doubt,

quickens primarily the heart of man. He transforms the sensibilities,

reconstructs the motives, purifies the desires, and certainly harmonizes the

will.

But let us not imagine he leaves the intellect out of the sphere of

divine grace. Never! He, the Spirit of wisdom, illuminates our

understanding. He teaches new truths to the cleansed mind. As we may

understand these things, God reveals then unto us by his spirit; for the

spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. He casts a light

upon the truth of the inspired word. He communicates truth as we need

for our own souls and for the work for which he has called us. Dear reader,

we are living in perilous times. Voices are on all side saying, “Here is

Christ, there is Christ.”

False doctrines, half truth! false teachers abound,

and many follow their pernicious ways. The doctrine of sinning religion is

heard continually, and many that do not ascribe to this doctrine live a life

of compromise an worldliness. If we do not have this experience of perfect

love, (the inner light), we most likely will be swept off our feet and lose

our way in the darkness, and miss the Eternal City. Would any fail to see

our need of holy discernment? We must be able to detect between the

precious and the vile, between truth and error, sin and holiness. Let us also

pray that we might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom

and spiritual understanding that we might walk worthy of the Lord.

As the

Apostle prayed, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of

Glory, may give unto the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge

of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may

know the hope of his calling, and what is the riches of his glory of his

inheritance in the saints.” Thus may we also pray. Let us stay near and

drink again from this fountain! We, who are sanctified and illuminated by

his spirit, dare not throw reason to the wind. Common sense lived in a

practical life of holiness is far too uncommon. Should we not remember

that holiness is practical? The blessed Christ sanctifies the intellect; he

does not destroy it. Carefully we must use our rational powers for the

glory of God. Calm and deliberate weighing of actions should always be a

part of our life.

Our reasonable sacrifice, is all that he desires. Any other is

vain and of no value. The Holy Ghost baptized believer should never

surrender himself to impulses. These do not, by any means, always come

from the Holy Spirit. It was he, of whom it was said, “He shall guide you

in all truth.” It would be far better to be influenced by a rational judgment,

sanctified, and illuminated by the blessed Holy Spirit. Tarry here more and

drink, dear heart, do not rush on! We need this living water. We perish

without it.

Oh! Fount of Wisdom, thou art precious! At this fount too

many holiness people have failed to drink and have fallen into gross

delusion, ended in fanaticism, have made shipwreck of faith. The tragic

move toward the superfluous signs and gifts, as is evidenced in this

modern Charismatic movement, proves the heart has never been satisfied

by a cleansing, purging, sin destroying baptism of the Holy Ghost. Would

it not be permissible to use the words of the poet?

“I am drinking at the fountain,

Where I ever would abide,

For I’ve tasted life’s cool river,

And my soul is satisfied.

There’s no thirsting for life’s pleasures,

Or adorning rich and gay,

For I’ve found a richer treasure,

One that fadeth not away.”

The one that has drunk deep from him, does not knowingly do a thing that

is extravagant, irrational, or absurd. He may do some things that look

foolish to those near him, but will do nothing willingly that is contrary to

sober reasoning. Faith may move us out to do that which would seem

unreasonable others, but if it be a calling or prompting of God, he will lead

us to make our decisions by calm, deliberate, prayerful contemplation.
 

THE FOUNTAIN OF FAITH

The thirsting for the fullness of God is the normal desire for every truly

saved Christian. The thirsting for a pure heart is a true index to one’s

spiritual state. The daughter of Caleb already had been given a portion of

Canaan, but she was not satisfied with the dry southland, so requested

“Give me also the springs of water” He gave her the upper springs and the

nether springs. Dear Christian, have you drunk from the upper and nether

springs of God? To the fountain of Faith of which we partook when we

were saved, we come often to drink in the life of holiness. It is a life of

faith.

The experience of entire sanctification, has also been designated as

Perfect Love, and again Full Assurance of Faith. Perfect Love involves also

perfect faith. Faith and love are concurrent, and are always aligned to bring

the soul into all the fullness of God. Faith advances to receive the

promises; love is by its side. Little faith; little love. Much faith and love

abounds. Believe Him with a vigorous faith and you will love Him

fervently. Trust Him, refusing to doubt, and you will love Him

unwaveringly. The holy life is a life of perfect love, and also of perfect

faith.

There is a large distinction between the life governed by faith, and a

life which is directed and governed by desire. Without argument, we may

say that the sinner lives for and in his desires. They constitute his life, his

labors, time and advances. He runs thither and yon to reach satisfaction,

totally unaware that “All is vanity apart from God.” We know that some

unregenerated persons are more noble and pure in desire than others, but

all are moved into action by the prominence of desire.

To a certain extent

this is true of carnal believers. Their sins are pardoned. They are newborn

— hence the desires are elevated. They no longer look to the world for

satisfaction, yet they live chiefly in their desires. The natural and

legitimate desire for life, health and happiness, overrules the life of faith.

There is an immense disproportion between their desires and their faith.

Even when desire is based on things good and right this is true. The

temporal blessings are sought, without faith in God. Did not He say He

would supply all our needs, according to His riches in glory, by Christ

Jesus?

The regenerate will desire spiritual help and blessings for

themselves, their family, neighbors, friends, or for the church, and also

desire the salvation of the lost, but do not live a life of faith that is

necessary for the bestowal of these blessings. The carnal believer’s desire

attaches itself mostly to created things — to the creature. The life of

perfect faith has its center in God, and anchors itself in him. Within the

heart of the unsanctified desire is restless, eager and unsatisfied; but in the

heart of the sanctified, faith is quiet, contented and calm.

Desire is full of

effort, restlessness, and impetuosity. Faith looks wholly to Jesus and

whispers, “My soul is satisfied.” Dear reader, I beseech you, seek this

wonderful, cleansing baptism and you will learn the distinction between a

life of desire and a life of faith. Look unto Jesus, the author and the finisher

of our faith. Desire has found its fulfillment in a yielded trusting faith.

“So precious is Jesus my Savior and King,

His praise all the day long with rapture I sing,

To him in my weakness for strength I can cling,

For He is so precious to me.”

Yet we find something even greater and more precious than a union with

God by faith, and this is a union with him by love. Faith is indispensable

to love; it is also subordinate to it. Charity is the ultimate; it emanates

from God for God is love. Therefore all Godlike love has its source in him.

This love is shed abroad in our hearts through divine grace by the Holy

Ghost. Love, beyond the human, flows from the fountain head, God

himself. Oh! dear heart, drink in and be full; you will find your

completeness. Let the spirit of God pour into your soul and love will be in

you and shall flow from you in rivers of living water. “Be ye also

enlarged”, wrote the Apostle. May our capacities be enlarged for the

infilling of more love. Never can we, the finite, measure in quantity to the

infinite, but the same quality may be ours. God’s love flows forth from his

infinite heart to express the nature of holiness, to do good to all creatures.

The burning fervent heart of the sanctified expresses love to God himself

with a desire to glorify him, and also to point the lost to the Christ of

Calvary — the bread of heaven, the balm in Gilead, the living water of life.

Oh Spring of Heaven, you have called us to the waters. Let us be full,

complete, without sham, or alloy. Thou art “all desires,” thou art the

author of faith, thou art love. One that drinks from the Fountain of Faith,

knows also the sweet waters of love. Christ is foremost in thought and

action. He is our life. As the fountains of living water are sweet to the soul,

the bitter waters of sin are nauseating. Faith and Love are always opposed

to sin.

Perfect faith has the strongest abhorrence of sin. Perfect love

detests even the appearance of evil. Fools make mock of sin. Faith forms a

battleline against every form of evil. Faith finds the strength to be an

overcomer of temptation. While it is Christ who succors and delivers in

temptation, the will of the sanctified is in perfect harmony with the Holy

nature of Jesus. The modern conception of a holy life, admixed with sin,

worldliness, and carnal promptings and actions is not only unscriptural,

but opposed to God and his holiness. In him is no variableness, neither

shadow of turning. When we drink at the fount of Faith, we do not seek

for special signs, extraordinary manifestations or any other sensational

phenomena.

For we are strongly warned by our Savior that we are not to

seek for signs. He classified those who do as wicked. We are assured if the

Spirit wills to reveal truths by visions or dreams, or by other means, that

is his prerogative, but generally those who live an inner life of holiness do

not claim these sensational experiences. Is not the Lord himself, the

revelation of the Spirit upon an enlightened conscience, the truth of the

Holy Scriptures, and the order of teachers, pastors, and evangelists

inspired by the Holy Ghost, sufficient for our instruction and guidance?

Woe, to the one that transgresses the order that Infinite Wisdom has given

for our instruction.

“Faith rests upon the word of God, the promises which are prayed over

and appropriated when divinely applied Presumption opens the Bible at

random, catches up some phrase wrenched from its context, and hastily

applies it without divine authority.” Dr. Harry Jessop.

The life of faith is a life of growth and enlargement. The second Epistle of

Peter reveals to us that we by faith in the promises are partakers of the

divine nature, but we must not or cannot stop here. Faith must grow. Faith

must reproduce. “Add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge; and to

knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience, and to patience

godliness (God likeness); and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to

brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you and abound, they

make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of

our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The believer who receives the baptism of the Spirit

and is purged from his own nature and partakes of the divine, lives by faith

and grows in faith. His spiritual vitality increases in direct proportion as

his faith increases. Faith increases by exercise. It becomes a holy habit to

trust God in all circumstances. The life of Christ weighs every

circumstance. and in full trust whispers, “so be it.” His God consciousness

is holy rest. If the soul is not resting, it is not believing. He who drinks

from him often believes the promises, with thanksgiving accepts the

blessings, and in deep trust thanks providence for the trials. There is an

inner consciousness of a divine purpose that never errs, and the faithful

repeats again, “Not as I will, but thy will be done.”
 

THE FOUNTAIN OF LOVE

All else would be vain and there would be no indwelling life of Christ

filling our life, if we failed to drink from the fountain of Love. Love must

vitalize every other grace. It flows in all other fountains of living water.

None other satisfies without divine love. Its elements must infuse, and give

energy to every realm of life, every part of our being — spirit, soul, and

body. God is Love. If we drink of him, we drink Love. If we are complete

in him, we are complete in love. The quality of love is as Jesus prayed,

“The love wherewith thou hast loved me, may be in them.” The fullness of

the Godhead that indwells the soul is love. “And ye are complete in him.”

(<510210>Colossians 2:10) The saintly John Wesley writes; “The ground of a

thousand mistakes, is the not considering deeply that love is the highest

gift of God; humble, gentle, patient love; that all visions, revelations,

manifestations, whatever, are little things compared to love. It were well

you should be thoroughly sensible of this. The heaven of heavens is love.

There is nothing higher in religion; there is, in effect, nothing else. If you

look for anything but more love, you are looking wide of the mark, you are

getting out of the royal way. And when you are asking others, “Have you

received this or that blessing?” if you mean anything but more love, you

mean wrong; you are leading them out of the way, and putting them on the

wrong scent.

Settle it then in your heart that from the moment God has

saved you from all sin, you are to aim at nothing but more of that love

described in the thirteenth chapter of first Corinthians. You can go no

higher than this till you are carried into Abraham’s bosom.” This water of

Christ that we drink not only impregnates our being, but flows into all the

outflowing life, the rivers of outer holiness. Out from our inner parts shall

flow rivers of love.

There can never be the outer constraining, living,

helping, sacrificing love, without the inner nature of Christ. So we say

again, it is not what we naturally are or profess in experience, but what we

are when we receive of him by divine grace. Shall we that want to be like

Jesus, drink again? There are many Springs of Substitution. Many are the

False Fountains. The waters are bitter, not satisfying — poison to the

soul. Holy Ghost, lead us from any other than the real! Give us only

Jesus. Love is long suffering inwardly, without fanfare, nor does it envy

another.

It is not proud; self has been dethroned. Christ is all in all. The

sanctified has no promptings within to behave unseemly, immodestly, or

rudely; is not selfish, but sacrifices for others. The holy in heart is not

provoked easily. He disciplines the mind to entertain no evil thoughts.

Neither does he have any pleasure in sin, but seeks truth and knowledge of

the divine will. How diverse from the sinful heart is this! He beareth all

things, believeth all truth, has that blessed hope, which causes him to

suffer affliction and endure reproach with the people of God rather than to

enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. As we drink again of the Fount of

Divine Love, we find this love perfect and expanding, and although

satisfying, we thirst for more of Him. He is the infinite object of our

devotion. His ability to receive is ever enlarging, and our capacity is ever

expanding adoration. Love is perfect an complete yet increases forever.

Love is never on parade. Love makes itself of no reputation. It takes the

towel of humility and washes the feet of others without partiality.

Holiness says, “I must decrease, but he must increase.” “Not I but Christ.”

The highest life of holiness is the deepest life of humility. Charity is the

immutable anchor of the soul. All else will pass away almost all else will

fail, but charity never fails. When this old world quakes in its death throes,

the elements burn with fervent heat, and all else has failed, divine love will

be as vital, strong and enduring as God himself The story is told of the city

of Narvik, Norway in the dark days of World War II. It had taken a terrible

pounding by enemy bombers. Destruction, rubble, ruin was the picture of

the once beautiful city. The blue harbor was full of wreckage and sunken

ships. Debris and oil slicks rode the rippling waves in the calm dawn of the

following morning. The Mayor of the city walked the shores, viewed the

destruction and desolation through tear filled eyes. What he saw moved

him to confirm that the works of man’s hands were perishing and only for

a time.

He looked across the waters and his eyes lifted to the majestic

snowcapped, mountains, sun-kissed by the morning sunrise. His spirits

rose and he was heard to proclaim, “But we still have the mountains.” So it

is with Love, all else may be taken from us but something eternal burns

within the breast, we fall at His pierced feet and whisper, “My Lord and

my God.” When time is lost in eternity, and eternity rolls on, that eternal

something that constrains us, burns warmer, brighter, and more complete

within us.

Charity still remains; enlarges, grows into divine glory

throughout the ages of ages. As angels look on and marvel, we will lift our

voices in praise, “His love is everlasting!” To Him be the glory. Many

seek holiness for emotional joy. It is certainly true that joy accompanies a

pure life, but to seek for joy for our own sakes is a selfish desire. We

should seek to be sanctified because it is His will and we seek holiness for

His sake. Love endures all things.

Joy is sometimes taken partially from us

as we are tried and tested, but love is enduring in trials. Love causes

obedience to be active in our most trying temptations. True love is not

simply an emotion, but is characterized by strong desire. It is not satisfied

with mere infatuation but has a burning desire to do good to its object of

adoration When love is directed toward God, it brings all powers into

action to promote his glory and do his will. Love to God is not perfect

unless we love the souls of all people. Even the least of these must receive

of our love. Isaiah marveled at the love of Christ and wrote of him. “A

bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoking flax he shall not quench.”

Our loving Christ never looked upon a soul as worthless. The bruised reed,

thought to be unfit for use, was not cast aside. A smoking wick, the

obnoxious, was not quenched but trimmed and lighted that it might be of

use. So also the sanctified loves, sacrifices, and seeks avenues of service,

tries to love as he loved, to lift the load, to bind up the broken hearted, to

give sight to the blind, to seek that which is lost. Such was the expression

of the compassionate heart of Moses, “O, this people have sinned a great

sin, and have made them gods of gold; yet now, if thou wilt forgive their

sins; and if not blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast

written.”

Listen to the Apostle to the Gentiles, “For I wish that myself

were accursed from Christ for my brethren.” Our love for all His created

persons and things will be subordinate to our love for Him, yet will be

expressed to all creatures even as He loved. He that has been filled from

the Fountain of Love, finds in Christ the center of life. He is not doubleminded.

He lives in Christ, moves in Christ, and in Christ has his source of

life. The life of the pure in heart is not centered in self, nor does it try to

revolve around two masters. The Agag of the heart has been slain utterly

and Jesus reigns supremely. The Sovereignty of his Lord and Master is

never contested. He is King Eternal. He is the Alpha and Omega of his life.

“So precious is Jesus, my Savior and King.

His praise all the day long with rapture I sing

To him in my weakness for strength I can cling

For He is so precious to me.”

—Chas. H. Gabriel

Perhaps as we mention the fountains of water that proceed from our

Savior, we find each repetitious, or like virtues evidenced within the soul.

Though alike they are not monotonous; though satisfying we thirst for

more; though sufficient we desire Him to become our ever increasing

strength. Faith, Love, Joy, Peace, and all other characteristics of holiness,

originate in the same source — Christ Himself.
 

FOUNTAIN OF GODLINESS

There is another fountain flowing freely from which the holy love to drink.

This is the Water of Godliness (God likeness). The desire of the

regenerate, as well as the holy, should be to be more like Jesus. Godliness

is the opposite of selfishness Every man’s life revolves around either self

or God. The inner life’s promptings and thoughts of the pure in heart flow

from a holy source. The basis of all man’s wanderings from God is

selfishness.

Independence, the foundation of a myriad sins, has its

beginnings in selfishness. The driving force of self gratification causes man

to restlessly run to and fro to satisfy the desires of lust, and other carnal,

sinful passions, only to bring disappointment and remorse. The things

earthly were never designed to satisfy the burning thirst of the soul. “If

any man thirst, let him come unto me,” said Jesus. Let that discouraged

sinner; let that thirsty traveler; let the despondent; let the heart broken; let

the one bound by habits; let he whom Satan hath bound; yea, let all come

to Jesus.

“Never a burden that he doth not carry,

Never a heartache that he doth not share,

Whether the day will be sunny or dreary,

Jesus is always there.”

The writer of the Roman Epistle instructs those believers who know that

the old man is crucified and that the body of sin is destroyed — that they

should not from thenceforth serve sin. How strongly he teaches that the

members of our body are to be used for God and yielded unto him. Our

body and its members are instruments of righteousness unto God. Our self

life is dead and our all is yielded to the purpose of God. No member

digresses or opposes another, but the unity of spirit, soul, and body is

expressed in, “Let all things be done for the glory of God.” Oh! what

peaceful rest.

The strife is destroyed. A holy calm soothes the soul. The

members that were once used to gratify selfish desire — the natural drives

that were to be used for happiness, holiness, and good, but were perverted

by selfishness, now are directed by a holy nature, prompted by holy

desires, yielded to become servants of God, now bare fruit unto holiness.

The carnal heart is the seat of all unregulated and unrestrained desire. How

simple is our desire, when selfishness is removed. No longer does the heart

clamor for self gratification, but centers all desire on one supreme object,

and that is Christ. The idol of the natural man’s heart is broken, Jesus

becomes the adorable one, the fullness of all desire. Hallelujah! The soul’s

desire is expressed thus:

“Oh! to be like thee, Blessed Redeemer,

This is my constant longing and prayer,

Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s pleasures,

Jesus, thy perfect likeness to wear.”

Oh, dear reader, let us pause and quench the longing of our soul, as we

drink again from the Fount of Godliness. We have turned away from

anxiety, passions, aversions, attachments, hatred and selfishness. We dwell

in the graces of the Holy Spirit — long suffering, compassion, forgiveness,

meekness and love. We, the sanctified guard, the members, the body, the

mind, and allow nothing to enter that opposes love, Godlike love. Sad is

the fact that many professing Christianity do not desire to be godly. They

stand as a testimony for sin and worldliness. The poor sin-cursed, hellbound

sinner looks for help, and finds no healing balm, no divine

compassion, no holy lives, and goes into perdition weeping, “No man

cares for my soul.”

“The love of the world is the characteristic weakness

of the Church of our time. The bulk of its membership is in torpid

conformity with the world. It is swayed by the world’s ambitions;

delighted by the worlds pleasures, intoxicated by the world’s applause,

ruled by world’s customs, fashions and laws. They measure themselves by

the world’s standards, and try to slack the thirst of their soul at the

world’s fountains of pleasures. God knows it! Angels know it! Devils

know it! Unregenerated men know it! And unanimously vote that such

mawkish piety is only a detestable cant and hypocrisy.”

— A. M. Hills
 

THE FOUNTAIN OF PRAYER

The life of Christ flows to us through the Fountain of Prayer. Few drink

enough from its cool waters. Prayer is more, by far, than petition. It is the

voice of dependence. The life of the pure in heart has lost all earthly

dependence, and human props. This believer remembers the time that from

the heart he said,

“Fade, Fade each earthly joy,

Jesus is mine!

Break every tender tie,

Jesus is mine!”

His soul has leaned upon the strong arm of the Almighty, unashamed to

admit that he needs the Spirit’s counsel, his strength, his guidance, and his

comfort. He has found the secret “Man does not live by bread alone: but

by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Prayer is our

acknowledgment of dependence, therefore we pray without ceasing.

Andrew Murray tells us, “Faith in a prayer answering God makes a prayer

loving Christian.” We love to resort to him, consult him, to commune with

him, to worship and love him. Our whole life is centered in him. We are

drawn to him in holy love. We manifest the love by living moment by

moment by the words proceeding out from his mouth. Prayer is more

precious than our constant lip service, but is constantly, with love and

confidence, drawing from him. The ears are open to His words; the heart is

open to his filling; the will is submitted to his direction. We may come

boldly and often to him to find grace to help in every time of need. How

open is His throne; the veil is rent, the bloodwashed may enter. Hallelujah!

We would warn the reader, regardless of experience or profession, if your

heart is not open to the law of God; if you have not walked in all the light

that the blessed Spirit has given; if you have delayed in your obedience to

the known will of God, that the Lord despises your prayers. He calls you

to repentance! “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even

his prayers shall be abomination.” <202809>Proverbs 28:9. God calls the sinner to

repentance. “He that covereth his sin shall not prosper, but whoso

confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

Our Lord’s model of

prayer, teaches us that the prerequisite of prayer is proper relationship to

the Father and our fellowman. “Our Father” is addressed. Who, but the

peacemakers, are children of God? (<400509>Matthew 5:9) Can we meet the

qualifications of the forty-forth verse? “Love your enemies, bless them

that despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children

of your Father which is in heaven.” Let us drink long at the fount of

prayer.

“Oh! what peace we often forfeit,

Oh! what needless pain we bare,

All because we do not carry,

Everything to God in prayer.”

It would be well to examine ourselves before coming into the holy place,

into His presence. The ceremonial priesthood of the old dispensation

conveys this truth, that one must be holy, cleansed, washed, sprinkled, set

apart — before meeting with the Holy God. The ceremony passed, but the

truth remains. Only those who know that the veil was rent, come boldly

before Him. We must be sinless to pray, “Our Father.” We note the tenor

of the Lord’s prayer and the verses following are leading the children into

asking, seeking, knocking, for the incoming Holy Ghost. John used strong

words to tell us that not all who professed to believe were children of God.

“He that committeth sin is of the devil” Nothing could be plainer. Let the

liberals rage, modern theologians imagine a vain thing, but this fact remains

in the eternal word. Thank God! Our sins of the past can be blotted out;

our hearts purified by the indwelling Spirit. We may come anytime,

anywhere, and be instant in prayer. “Beloved if our hearts condemn us

not, then have we confidence toward God.” Do you long for him? Come

and drink; there is room for you.

The writer has learned a secret, that may

help someone who at times has difficulty in prayer. We find that we tend

to pray more earnestly or more often for relatives, friends, and needs

prevalent in our daily life; but if we do not pray for our enemies, who will

intercede for them? We find heaven opens and prayer becomes more real

when we first bring to Jesus those who oppose us; those who ridicule;

those who have persecuted. We find this not only practical but scriptural.

Praise His name, He is nigh unto His children that call upon Him. Prayer is

the voice of submission. The life of the sanctified is submitting to the

directives and leadings of Jesus; listening to his desires and on bended

knee, praying, “Sweet will of God, hold me closer until I am wholly lost in

thee.”

One who daily walks in communion with the Lord, calmly follows

his bidding, not agitated by commotions of the world, not restless, not

worried or dismal with forebodings of the future. Such is the life, and only

the life, that is constantly indwelt by the Holy Ghost. To maintain this

indwelling Heavenly Guest, there is an inward meekness and quietness of

trust, free from worldly anxiety and troublesome care. Blessed is he that is

free from all selfish desire he cherishes the checks and promptings of the

Spirit that he may not grieve the Lord, and possess an inward willing

obedience to the tender intimations of our heavenly Father.
 

RIVER OF MEEKNESS AND

QUIETNESS

From the Christ centered heart flows the River of Meekness, and also

Quietness. From an inner meekness and quietness of heart flows these

rivers. So evidenced and needful are these, that the Apostle Peter speaks of

them as an ornament, that in the sight of God is of great price. Meekness

and quietness is an outward manner of an inward holiness. In the midst of

persecution, the true saint, leaves all in the hands of God, the avenger.

When he is reviled, he reviles not again; when he suffers, he threatens not;

but commits himself to him that judges righteously. He does not find

someone to blame, but allows that God permits situations to arise,

circumstances to surround us, that are working for us a far more exceeding

and eternal weight of glory. The one made perfect in heart does not resist

authority. Governments are ordained of God, whether national state,

community, church or departments of employment. We may not enjoy all

things.

We may see inconsistencies or even injustices, but we will yield to

authority. We may pursue logical and reasonable means as are ordained in

voting, petitioning, and representation to better conditions, but never will

there be in the acts or spirit of the sanctified, an antagonism or rebellion.

Prayer in meekness of spirit, will accomplish more than our puny human

efforts.

 If we, as many have been, are called to leave our former affiliation,

and separate ourselves unto God and from sin, we must leave as gracefully

as we can. There must not be any malice or hard feelings on our part. If

God is leading, he does not lead with hatreds or selfish interests. If those

we leave have ought against us, let us pour the oil of love in the wound and

pray much for them. When by our God-given convictions, that we receive

through the word and prayer, we are called to come out and be separate,

we must willingly obey Him. Never will we act because of peevish notions

or hatreds. The sanctified are never led by carnal promptings of rebellion

but by the spirit of God. Was it not James Russell Lowell, in the dark

days of our nation, that penned the words:

“Truth forever on the scaffold,

Wrong forever on the Throne,

Yet that scaffold sways the future,

And behind the dim unknown,

Standeth God, within the shadows,

Keeping watch above his own.”

The Church of Jesus Christ was not called to solve all social injustices or

better social conditions, as such, but was called to preach the Gospel to

the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,

and the restoration of sight to the blind. Our calling is to preach the gospel,

that saves from sin, to every creature. Let us never let Satan turn us from

giving to everyone the gospel, that meets the need of the inner man.

Pointing to social disorders provoked by sin and using humanistic methods

to try to recover will never meet the need. It is the blood of Jesus that

atones.

It is Christ that sets free. It is sin that wrecks, it is Jesus that heals.

Jesus said, “The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to

destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it

more abundantly.” Although the Christian is concerned for his nation, laws

and problems of government, he is not overly disturbed by political

struggles and tumults. He takes his concern to God in prayer.

He does not

agitate for an overthrow of power, but leaves his interests of nation and

state in the hands of Almighty God. Is not this the manner that God would

have us follow? Read the instruction to Timothy. “I exhort therefore, the

first of all, supplications, prayers, intercession, and giving thanks be made

for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a

quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and

acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

However this does not call us

to be slothful or unconcerned. The saints of God should be most concerned

about laws of right, and the liberties to preach the gospel; to worship God

as we desire, but our weapons are not carnal. If ever God’s people should

be praying, it is now!

 “If the people that are called by my name, shall

humble themselves! and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their

wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and

will heal their land.” And again, “when the enemy shall come in like a

flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Sanctified

heart, let us not fear the break ups of life — the difficulties, or the seeming

destructions. God allows what the world looks on as failures to cause his

purpose to be perfected.

The cross would seem the end of Christ’s

kingdom on earth, but not so, it established it. The corn of wheat must die

or it abideth alone, but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. The deaths, the

beatings, the stonings, the imprisonments worked to scatter the church.

Was this the end? Oh, no! It grew to all nations. God is still on the throne!

Fear not little flock! “For we know all things work together for good to

them that love the Lord and to them that are the called according to his

purpose.”
 

THE RIVER OF LONG

SUFFERING

From the life of the sanctified will flow the river of Long Suffering with it

the tributaries of Patience and Tolerance. The life of Jesus is emitted

through the holy in heart. The sufferer does not seek to tell others of his

patience in suffering, but suffers silently. We bring our griefs and sorrows

to Jesus but in true trust in his infinite wisdom acknowledge that those

that live godly in this world shall suffer. We willingly fellowship in the

sufferings of Christ.

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when men shall revile

you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake; rejoice and

be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven.” We may be called

upon to bear grief and sorrow, but let us know that if we suffer with him,

we shall reign with him. Our light afflictions that we suffer for a little

season, worketh for us a far more exceeding eternal weight of glory. The

Christ filled one never complains or grumbles under sufferings, but finds a

strength, a peace, a healing that is not of this earth.
 

THE RIVER OF KINDNESS

Also from the indwelt life there flows the River of Kindness, with its

tributaries of Forbearance and Gentleness. Regardless of profession, the

one that is filled with Christ’s Spirit is never rude. Harshness is of the

carnal nature, not of the divine.

The irritations of life do not effect the

spirit of the sanctified to be unChristlike. Even when we must form a

battle line against evil, against false teachers, against error, there will be a

sweetness of spirit that cannot be imitated by the unholy. We must stand

against and oppose compromise and the compromiser, but although we

must be firm and withstand them to their face, there will be no malice, no

hatred against them.

Oh! yes, we will hate their sin. We will eschew the

propagation of falsehood; even to the place of crying out against such but

with the spirit of Jesus who would desire that none perish. “The servant

of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men apt to teach,

patient, in meekness instructing them that oppose themselves; if God

peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who

are taken captive by him at his will.” <550224>2 Timothy 2:24-26.