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"PROVOKED" By Franklin Trainer.


The SPIRIT of Subtlety

February 16

 " ... Not by might, nor by power, but by MY SPIRIT, saith the LORD of hosts."  Zechariah 4:6

"Beware of being deafened by the concussion of terrestrial muskets."


WWhat subtlety there is with the SPIRIT of GOD.  How still and precious HE comes to aid and abet the FATHER'S will in our lives.  Any among us could make it in psychology, with even marginal IQ and discernment, for man's ways are so predictable, but not so with GOD.  The LORD defies the psyche of fallen man, and is infinite in HIS transcendence.  "For MY thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways MY ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are MY ways higher than your ways, and MY thoughts than your thoughts."  Is it possible that we, like Elijah, miss GOD completely on occasion?  Beware of being deafened by the concussion of terrestrial muskets; for in the midst of the battle's smoke and fire, the COMMANDER speaks calmly to the soldier who will not bolt in panic and retreat.  "And he said, go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."  The SPIRIT of GOD comes riding on the whisper of the wind and is met by those who shun the firestorms of natural life, listening carefully at HIS gates (cf. Proverbs 8:34).  HE is not to be gawked of the eye, but gleaned by the ear.          

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the SPIRIT.  Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?"  How many of us deserve Nicodemus as a nickname; walking about downwind of the SPIRIT and yet dumb to HIS presence?  When HE draws near, take swift advantage of the warm high of the gospel, with its light breezes of grace and abundant SON-shine ... for the low pressure of eternity gathers, and with it, the certain gale of your personal judgment. 

"Now the LORD is that SPIRIT: and where the SPIRIT of the LORD is, there is liberty."  Man is demanding, overbearing, insistent, boisterous, binding, religious ... the SPIRIT of GOD is gracious, gentle, inviting, tender, liberating, irreligious.  Have you heard HIS SPIRIT?    

"And the SPIRIT and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, come. And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."



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For Love of Country

  John Dickinson (1732-1808
(The Penman of the Revolution)



"The happiness of these Colonies has been, during the whole course of this fatal controversy, our first wish; their reconciliation with Great Britain our next: ardently have we prayed for the accomplishment of both.  But if we must renounce the one or the other, we humbly trust in the mercies of the SUPREME GOVERNOR of the universe that we shall not stand condemned before HIS throne if our choice is determined by that law of self-preservation which HIS Divine wisdom has seen fit to implant in the hearts of HIS creatures."