Tag: Man’s Opinion

The Solitary Way

A.B. Simpson Imageby A.B. Simpson

They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way—Psalm 107:4

All who fight the Lord’s battles must be content to die to the favorable opinions of men and the flattery of human praise. We cannot make an exception even in favor of the good opinions of the children of God. It is very easy for the insidious adversary to make this also an appeal to the flesh.

It is all right when God sends us the approval of our fellow men; however, we must never make that approval a motive in our life. All such motives are poison and deprive us of the strength with which we are to give glory to God. Rather, we must be content with the solitary way and the lonely wilderness.

The man of God must walk alone with God. He must be content in the realization that God knows all things. it is such a relief to the natural man within us to fall back upon human countenances and human thoughts and sympathy that we often deceive ourselves and think it “brotherly love, when, in fact, we are just resting in the earthly sympathy of some fellow worm!

A.B. Simpson

Inward Growth

A.W. Pink Imageby A.W. Pink“

A very few words must suffice upon the third aspect of inward growth… the Christian attaining more firmness and fixedness of character, so that he is no longer swayed by the opinions of others. He becomes more stable, so that he is less emotional; and more rational, acting not from sudden impulse but from settled principle. He becomes wiser in spiritual things because his mind is increasingly engaged with the Word of God and his eternal concerns, and therefore more serious and sober in his demeanor. He becomes confirmed in doctrine and therefore more discerning and discriminating in whom he hears and what he reads. Nothing can move him from allegiance to Christ, and having bought the Truth he refuses to sell it (Proverbs 23:23). He is not afraid of being called a bigot, for he has discovered that “liberality” is emblazoned prominently on the Devil’s banner.”

by A.W. Pink