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Ministry of Darkness
Now if you will open your Bibles to the prophet Isaiah, chapter 50. I am going to read the last two verses, 10 and 11:
Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourself about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.
There is a question asked in verse 10: Who is it among you that feareth the Lord, and that obeys the voice of his servant? It is answered like this: It is he that walketh in darkness and hath no light. Yet while he is walking in darkness without even a glimmer of light to lead him, he trusts in the name of the Lord and stays upon his God.
In the past two or three weeks I have talked with three men that I personally, and many others, would consider some of the greatest Christian men that I know anything about. Some I would classify to be real saints of God. They are men who know God and walk with God, men of tremendous faith and victory in the Lord. Each one of these men, as the conversation became less casual and more serious, gave this testimony: In the past few months I have gone through the dark night of my soul. These conversations were all at different times but they all said the same thing: I thought I was somehow an exception when I would go through a dark night of the soul. These men did not know the other had made any kind of comment like this. The first one said for the past six months there has been a darkness upon my soul that I have never before experienced where I have absolutely no feelings as far as spiritual things were concerned. I would pray and didn't feel that God was hearing, much less answering. Another man said he wrote a book on the Christian li ...
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