out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure?( <503512>Philippians 2:12, 13).
Prayer without the use of means is an insult to God. ?If God has decreed that you should live, what is the use of your eating or drinking?? Can a drowning man refuse to swim or even to lay hold of the rope that is thrown to him, and yet ask God to save him on account of his faith? ?Tie your camel,? said Mohammed, ?and commit it to God.? Frederick Douglas used to say that when in slavery he often prayed for freedom but his prayer was never answered till he prayed with his feet and ran away. Whitney, Integrity of Christian Science, 68 ? ?The existence of the dynamo at the powerhouse does not make unnecessary the trolley line nor the secondary motor nor the conductor?s application of the power. The quietism is a resting in the Lord after we have done our part.? <193707>Psalm 37:7 ? ?Rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him?; <235702>Isaiah 57:2 ? ?Be entereth into peace; they rest in their beds, each one that walketh in his uprightness.? Ian Maclaren, Cure of Souls, 147 ? ?Religion has three places of abode: in the reason (which is theology), in the conscience (which is ethics) and in the heart (which is quietism).? On the self- guidance of Christ, see Adamson, The Mind In Christ, 202-232.
George Muller, writing about ascertaining the will of God, says: ?I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord?s will, whatever it may be. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If I do so, I make myself liable to a great delusion. I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone, without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, he will do it according to the Scriptures, and never contrary to them. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God?s will in connection with his Word and his Spirit. I ask God in prayer to reveal to me his will aright. Thus through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my knowledge and ability and, if my mind is thus at peace, I proceed accordingly.?
We must not confound rational piety with false enthusiasm. See Isaac Taylor, Natural History of Enthusiasm, ?Not quiescence, but acquiescence, is demanded of us. As God feeds ?the birds of the heaven? ( <400626>Matthew 6:26), not by dropping food from heaven into their mouths
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