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Hebrews 11:6. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Now theyâ€™re trying to find out whether thereâ€™s anything in the line of, well, vegetation on Mars! And, mind you, theyâ€™re spending billions of dollars to find out whether they might be able to grow spinach on Mars, as if we didnâ€™t have enough here.
And theyâ€™ve discovered other things. They found out recently that the sun sends out very marvelous rays ofâ€”I think gamma rays, or beta rays, or alpha raysâ€”some kind of rays. Anyway, the wonder of it is this: that this earth is such a marvel of Godâ€™s creation that it just takes away your breath when you look into it a little bit and you realize, like David says, â€śI thank Thee because I am fearfully made. Wonderful are Thy works and that my soul knoweth right well.â€ť
[Martha Wing Robinson] says, â€śWhy do you come to me? If you want to know the truth, Jesus is the Truth. If you want to find the way, Christ Jesus is the Way. If you want to have life, Jesus is Life. Go to Him.â€ť Beloved, that changed my life. She saidâ€”of course, God spoke through her,â€”â€śGet alone with Me! Get alone with Me!â€ť He said it four times. He said, â€śI can speak to you much better than I can speak to you by any prophet in the world if youâ€™re all alone with Me.â€ť
And then I said, â€śWhat does that meanâ€”to get alone with God?â€ť Strange! Iâ€™d been a Christian so many years; I heard about Jesus; I loved Him from the distance, but I didnâ€™t know that a person could get so deeply wrapped up in Jesus Christ, and be alone with Him, and meet Himâ€”like Moses met Him, like Abraham met Him. We read of these Old Testament men. You remember how â€śEnoch was translated that he should not see death; and he was not found.â€ť Why? Because he â€śwalked with God.â€ť And if a man like Enoch way back there had found â€śthe secret place of the Most High God,â€ť I ought to be able to find it.
Jesus said, â€śYou believe in God, believe also in Me. I will come and dwell within you. I will come and receive you unto Myself that where I am, ye may be also.â€ť And where is He? In the very bosom of the Father: â€śAt that day, ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in me, and I in you.â€ť Beloved, your whole spirit and soul and body, wrapped in God! How is that ever going to be unless first of all, I believe God, and first of all, I really seek Him? And when I seek Him, the Bible says I shall find Him. â€śThey that seek Me early shall find Me.â€ť I find so few people that have a seeking spirit.
Oh, beloved, I find so few people that pay the price to be alone with God, and yet it ought to be the greatest privilege that God offers to me. Jesus says, â€śYour Father is in secret. He is waiting to reward you openly.â€ť And what is that reward? And why a reward? Why, because itâ€™s a hard jobâ€”hard job to believe where others donâ€™t believe, and to act and live that life of faith.
(â€¦) What do I do when I speak in tongues? Why, God makes contact. He loves me. Himself, the Spirit of God makes intercession for me according to the will of God. And what do I do when I use careless words? I drive away the Holy Ghost. â€śGrieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.â€ť
Beloved, today youâ€™ve got to get alone with God because the world and its alluring charms will swallow you up. Oh, how many have been â€śhardened through the deceitfulness of sin,â€ť and they canâ€™t give themselves to prayer anymore; the devil has come in. He has hardened their hearts and they have no more contact. They get down to pray and then they go to sleep.
But itâ€™s a wonderful thing when the Spirit of God takes notice of your seeking the Lord. Himself: God Himself, Hallelujah! (â€¦) God Himself! Jesus Christ! Isnâ€™t that strange that He sends you and me to the Father? He says, â€śI will not pray for you because the Father Himself loveth you. Go to Father. Shut yourselfâ€”shut yourself in with God.â€ť It costs something. But listen: it costs a great deal more to go to the devil.
The trouble is we donâ€™t give God time enough. It takes time before all that noise of the world and those clamoring temptations and testings and trials have been silenced by the Spirit of God, and Jesus comes on the sceneâ€”the Bridegroom of my soul, He who purchased me with His own blood for Himself. And what is the reward that shall be mine? Look at Abraham. He said, â€śFear not, I am thy shieldâ€¦ and your exceeding great reward.â€ť Thatâ€™s the reward that will be yours if you get alone with God.
When this work was started, there were some men here that said, â€śWe ought to have social times. We never get acquainted with one another; we never meet one another.â€ť
I says, â€śYou can meet me at the prayer meeting! You can meet me all day on Wednesday!â€ť They never showed up there, but if there was a coffee klatch, boy, theyâ€™d have been there with flying flags! Listen, youâ€™ll have to get alone with Godâ€”and oh, to steal away to be alone with Jesus day by day!
The Arab legend of corn transformed into jewels. â€śWhat a chance you have at the beginning of your life to adopt Godâ€™s grace!â€ť This illustration can also be found in recording 38B. (from 6:05)
The story of Hans Waldvogelâ€™s first meeting with Martha Wing Robinson. (from 8:05)
German at 16:53:
From Matthew 24:38 â€” â€śeating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriageâ€ť