2010-09-10

For my tempted and addicted friends . . . .

This epistle from George Fox has helped me to grow, slowly, out of the mire and muck that has been a huge part of my life:

X. (10) To Friends, to stand still in trouble, and see the strength of the Lord


Friends,Whatever ye are addicted to, the tempter will come in that thing; and when he can trouble you, then he gets advantage over you, and then ye are gone. Stand still in that which is pure, after ye see yourselves; and then mercy comes in. After thou seest thy thoughts, and the temptations, do not think, but submit; and then power comes. Stand still in that which shows and discovers; and there doth strength immediately come. And stand still in the light, and submit to it, and the other will be hushed and gone; and then content comes. And when temptations and troubles appear, sink down in that which is pure, and all will be hushed, and fly away. Your strength is to stand still, after ye see yourselves; whatsoever ye see yourselves addicted to, temptations, corruption, uncleanness, etc., then ye think ye shall never overcome. And earthly reason will tell you, what ye shall lose; hearken not to that, but stand still in the light that shows them to you, and then strength comes from the Lord, and help contrary to your expectation. Then ye grow up in peace, and no trouble shall move you. David fretted himself, when he looked out; but when he was still, no trouble could move him. When your thoughts are out, abroad, then troubles move you. But come to stay your minds upon that spirit which was before the letter; here ye learn to read the scriptures aright. If ye do any thing in your own wills, then ye tempt God; but stand still in that power which brings peace.

2 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of this epistle of George Fox. Thanks for sharing it!

    Micah

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  2. This is one of the most profound items of spiritual guidance that I find in Fox. I can read it over and over again, and always find something new and refreshing. I simply need to be reminded.

    Deeply grateful for finding it here,

    -DHF
    Columbia, Missouri

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