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[b]Standing Alone[/b]

IT IS HUMAN to stand with the crowd; it is divine to stand alone. It is man-like to follow the people, to drift with the tide; it is God-like to follow a principle, to stem the tide.

It is natural to compromise conscience and follow the social and religious fashion for the sake of gain or pleasure; it is divine to sacrifice both on the altar of truth and duty.

"No man stood with me, but all men forsook me" (2 Timothy 4:16) wrote the battle-scarred apostle in describing his appearance before a civil court to answer for his life of believing and teaching contrary to the Roman world.

God's absolute, revealed Truth has been out of fashion since man changed his robe of fadeless light for a garment of faded leaves.

Noah built and voyaged alone. His neighbors laughed at his strangeness and perished in style.

Abraham wandered and worshipped alone. Sodomites smiled at the simple shepherd, followed the world's fashion, and fed the flames.

Daniel dined and prayed alone. Elijah sacrificed and witnessed alone. Jeremiah prophesied and wept alone. Jesus loved and died alone.

And of the lonely way His disciples should walk, He said, "Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:14.

Of their treatment by the many who walk in the broad way, He said, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, . . . therefore the world hateth you." John 15:19.

The redeemed children of Israel in the wilderness praised Abraham and persecuted Moses. The people of God in the days of the kings praised Moses and persecuted the prophets. The court of Caiphas, the high priest, praised the prophets and persecuted Jesus. The church of the popes praised the Saviour and persecuted the saints.

And multitudes now, both in the church and the world, applaud the courage and fortitude of the patriarchs and prophets, the apostles and martyrs, but condemn as stubbornness or foolishness the same faithfulness in standing for truth today.

Wanted, today, men and women, young and old, who will obey their convictions of truth and duty at the cost of fortune and friends and life itself.

"Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach." Hebrews 13,:12,13.


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 Re: Standing Alone

Wonderfully done! I especially enjoyed this part.

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God's absolute, revealed Truth has been out of fashion since man changed his robe of fadeless light for a garment of faded leaves.



Thank you!

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AMEN.

Thank you brother. The last verse sums the whole thing up perfectly.

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"Let us go forth therefore unto Him"


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God's absolute, revealed Truth has been out of fashion since man changed his robe of fadeless light for a garment of faded leaves.


The way is [b]narrow[/b] and [b]few[/b] are they that walk therein. May God continue to raise His remenant body in these last days that don't walk in wickedness and worldliness but in [b]the way![/b]


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Wanted, today, men and women, young and old, who will obey their convictions of truth and duty at the cost of fortune and friends and life itself.



It does cost.

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'He who walks with God walks alone.' Words spoken by Paul Ravenhill to his father Leonard Ravenhill.



"It will cost you absolutely everything to go through with God, but it will cost you far more not to" -Keith Daniel.

Are we willing to endure pain, sorrow and suffering for the glory of God? I've been thinking quite abit along these lines. Thanks for sharing this article.

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And multitudes now, both in the church and the world, applaud the courage and fortitude of the patriarchs and prophets, the apostles and martyrs, but condemn as stubbornness or foolishness the same faithfulness in standing for truth today.


This is so true. Everyone esteems Jesus as holding the highest virtue, the noblest character, the most desireable influence, that is, until someone determines with all that is within them to truly walk as He walked, taking the narrow path of holiness and suffering.

Thank you for posting this; it has encouraged me to continue on that narrow way that seems so tidious and difficult at times.

Erica


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The book of Psalms is filled with the loneliness you testify of...

God Bless
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