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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Impressions, by Martin Wells Knapp, 55

In a previous excerpt, Knapp stated that there are four features of "impressions" from God. These are Scriptural; Right (consistent with good morals); Providential (in harmony with God's will); and Reasonable. His discussion of the result of living by "Convictions from Above" continues:

Good Works. All who are led by the Spirit will be "always abounding in the work of the Lord." They will be burdened both for the conversion of sinners and the entire sanctification of believers, and will put forth earnest efforts to this end. Coworkers with God they love His church, and seek to build it up in every rightful way.

Convictions from Above when Followed Always Lead to Success. Other impressions followed may win the favors of friends and temporary satisfaction, but the soul divinely led will have the constant smile of God and of the angels, and "whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." God may lead against armies of opposition and through "Red seas" of difficulty, "lions' dens" of persecution and "fiery furnaces" of affliction, yet it is always on to sure and final victory. For such a Leader, "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord."

May we each follow so fully our divine Guide that we may be "led safely" in "paths of righteousness" here below, and then be among the blood-bought number of whom it is written:
"For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

Excerpted from Impressions, by Martin Wells Knapp. Original publication date, 1892. Public domain. My source is here. The previous post in the series is here.

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