Quote: Adolph Saphir

> “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you – He Himself, although He may use various channels and instruments; it may be Paul, or Cephas, or Apollos;  it may be affliction or prosperity; it may be through the voice of Nature or of Providence; it may be through the Word or the example of a Christian; yet it is God Himself.  But of all instruments and channels the written Word is of the utmost importance; it stands supreme.  It is through Scripture, eminently, that God draws nigh to the soul.”

QUOTE: J.B. Stoney

“Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
James 4:7
“If ye continue in my Word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:31-32
“It is not wickedness to be harassed by bad thoughts if you resist them.
It is satan’s effort to get you to adopt them, and thus you are sifted.
You will find, if you keep near the Lord, that you are more established
after an assault of the kind than you were before; and the only way
to combat satan’s attacks is by the Word…If satan can lead you to
become indifferent to these assaults, then they will lead you to great
damage; but if, on the contrary, they urge you to be more dependent
on the Lord Himself and on His Word, they will eventually cease, and you
will be ‘settled.’  ‘After you have suffered awhile make you perfect,
stablish, strengthen, settle you.'”  (1 Peter 5:10).  J.B. Stoney

Excerpt: The Hidden Life……Saphir

“an old saint describes his history—

“I ask’d the Lord that I might grow
in faith and love, and ev’ry grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek more earnestly His face.

“‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answer’d prayer;
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.

“I hoped that in some favour’d hour
At once He’d answer my request,
And by His Love’s constraining power
    Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

“Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

“Yea, more; with His own hand he seem’d
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Cross’d all the fair designs I schem’d,
    Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

“‘Lord, why is this?’  I trembling cried;
    ‘Wilt Thou pursue thy worm to death?’
”Tis in this way,’ the Lord replied,
    ‘I answer prayer for grace and faith.

“‘These inward trials I employ,
    From self and pride to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou mayst seek thy all in Me.'”