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Wednesday Sep 20, 2023
If we have Him we have all
“The Scriptures do not speak of the witness as a sign, but merely as the inevitable outcome of living faith. When we believe, we have the witness, because faith is its own witness. Therefore the witness is not experienced by seeking it, but by occupation in believing, and believing is just constantly recognizing Christ within–by faith. And if we do not ‘feel’ a witness? Well, keep on believing, even if we die without a witness. It is the old, old snare. Where can I find joy? Where peace? Where power? By seeking them, which really means seeking my feelings of joy, peace, power, all. He is that whether we feel it or not. Keep occupied in affirming Him by faith, even though I feel as heavy as lead or as weak as water, or as disturbed as a windstorm. Keep believing Him in these conditions. Whether and when they change is His business. If we have Him, we have all. We shall and do experience Him as all these; but I am almost afraid to say that, because we then turn back again and say, ‘Well, where are they? I don’t feel them.’ And we are back again on the self-level. It is safer to say that I have only Him as my all. How He manifests Himself is entirely His business, and His way is perfect. If I never have a witness of Him (and I have known saints of God who have lived and died practically with no inner witness), we still have Him; and maybe I shall find one day that the trial of my faith (not my faith, but its trial–having to walk with God in the dark maybe) has been, as Peter said, more precious than gold that perisheth, and will be found peculiarly ‘unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.'”
From: God Unlimited
By Norman Grubb