Secret of Power (3 of 4) by Stephen Whitney

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Secret of Power (3 of 4)
Series: Prayer
Stephen Whitney
John 15:7

After accepting Christ as his Savior at 17, Hudson Taylor became interested in becoming a missionary to the almost closed country of China. Years later supervising multiple mission stations throughout the great area of China became a daunting and often
frustrating task trying to reach the people with the gospel of Christ.

In 1869 Taylor sank into deep depression, even contemplating suicide. His inner conflict increased as the summer months passed.
He prayed, made resolutions, fasted and read his Bible - to no apparent avail. He prayed for faith, for holiness, for peace, but only felt more conflicted.

In August he visited the mission station in Hangchow, where the Irish missionary John McCarthy was in charge. He shared his personal spiritual frustrations and McCarthy told of his own continual feelings of failure and unrest. He, too, desperately desired the satisfaction of an ongoing fellowship with the Lord.

Taylor left Hangchow and visited other mission stations on his way back to his own mission compound, all the while wrestling with his own spiritual despair. When he arrived home one of the letters he had received was from John McCarthy who wrote, "I seem as if the first glimmers of the dawn of a glorious day has risen upon me . . . I seem to have found only that which can fully satisfy."

As he read on, Taylor became convinced that McCarthy had discovered the secret for which he had been searching. He read, "To let my loving Savior work in me His will . . . Abiding, not striving or struggling; looking off unto Him; trusting Him for present power . . . resting in the love of an almighty Savior in
the joy of a complete salvation.

Taylor read the final paragraph: "Not striving to have faith, or increase my faith but a looking at the faithful one seems all we need. A resting in the Loved One entirely, for time, for eternity.
It does not appear to me as anything ne ...

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