and intends that they shall be His; but, the hour of their inward redemption not being fully come, they still love the world.  They attach their affections first to one object, and then to another.  They would, perhaps, be pleased to have God for their portion; but they must have something be-sides God.  In other words, they vainly imagine that they would like to have God and their idols at the same time.  And there they remain for a time, fixed, obstinate, inflexible.  But God loves them.  Therefore, as they will not learn by kindness, they must learn by terror.  The sword of Providence and the Spirit is applied successively to every tic that binds them to the world.  Their property, their health, their friends, all fall before it.  The inward fabric of hopes and joys, where self-love was nourished and pride had its nest, is leveled to the dust.  They are smitten within and without; burned with fire; overwhelmed with the waters; peeled, and scathed, and blasted, to the very extremity of endurance; till they learn, in this dreadful baptism, the inconsistency of the at-tempted worship and love of God and Mammon at the same time, and arc led to see that God is and ought to be the true and only Sovereign.

It is thus that God chooses His spiritual leaders in the dreadful furnace of affliction.  Such leaders can never be made by man nor any combination of men.  Neither councils, nor conferences, nor synods, nor schools, can make them, but only God.  This process, of course, applies equally to the man in the pew.  God knows we should all be spiritual leaders in the vanguard of truth.

To simple, earnest, heart-hungry souls we make our appeal.  Seek spiritual liberty as soldiers "seek victory in a siege or in a battle." Believe with all your heart that the power of the Spirit will be yours.  Sit down and count the cost.  Be well assured that the sharp edge of the Cross will be felt, in your own life, and those to whom you witness.  We insist that the great lack today is a mighty liberation through an inner crucifixion which will give us holy carefreeness (not fleshiness and lightness-there is far too much of that), so that, without embarrassment, we can witness before small and great, and be instant in season and out of season.  When the whole hierarchy of Jewry gathered them-selves together in the first blast of persecution against the Christian church (Acts 4), they were shocked by the boldness of Peter and John.  Now spiritual bold-ness is simply unembarrassed freedom of speech.  Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  To those fishermen, the Cross was real, vital, fresh.  With Christ they were identified, crucified, and liberated.  Theirs was an unembarrassed freedom of speech.  Let the hierarchy rave!  Christ's captives were free.  They would neither fear nor flatter any flesh on the face of the earth.  Among these first threatenings the early church fled-but only to her knees.  There they prayed, not for the conversion of the hypocrites, nor that they themselves might speak more carefully, more lovingly.  They asked nothing for themselves, but only for "all boldness" to present Christ-thereby jeopardizing their lives.  And God was so pleased with such daring and uncompromising spirits that He shook the house where they were assembled.  They bad ceased to save their own skin.  They had no cause to defend.  Christ was the living Head of the church.  He had died in uttermost weakness; they had died with Him.  Be the consequences what they may, they would obey God rather than men.  Neither success nor failure entered into their considerations.  They were not afraid to jostle the Jewish proprieties.  They put themselves at Heaven's disposal, and when they preached Christ Jesus as Lord, men were "cut to the heart" as the word of the Cross fell like

a two-edged sword
Of heavenly temper keen,
And double were the wounds it made
Where'er it glanced between.
'Twas death to sin; 'twas life
To all who mourned for sin.
It kindled and it silenced strife,
Made war and peace within.

In a generation that glories in the flesh and well-nigh worships power, God's choice of weapons seems to be "foolishness" personified.  But "the foolishness of God is wiser than men." Paul says, "God hath chosen the 

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