“The cross of Calvary speaks Life and not death to the soul that believes in Jesus. Welcome the precious, life-giving rays that shine from the cross of Calvary. God would not deprive His people of blessings. It is Satan that interposes his shadow of darkness and creates misgiving and doubts, in order that we may not discern the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness shining from the cross of Calvary . . . !
Reach up for the Blessing, believe for the Blessing. Your Saviour Who died upon the cross is God’s gift to a fallen world, and that gift embraces all heaven. Walk not in the shadow of the cross. Do not give expression to weeping, lamentation, and woe; but encourage your soul to hope and joy. The cross of Calvary points you upward to a Living Saviour, Who, as your Advocate, is pleading in your behalf . . . !”
I remember that my husband sometimes used to halt in the shadow of the cross, and he could see nothing but the dark side. He was sore tried and perplexed. He suffered being tempted. So sorely were we tried that I thought death would be preferable to the sufferings we endured. Clouds surrounded us, and everything was unfavorable to the Light, hope, and courage of the soul.
We (as God’s children) are in the same danger now of not discerning the Light that shines from the cross of Calvary. We have been halting in the shadow of the cross. At times we have failed to gather about us the warm, bright rays which come to us from an uplifted Saviour and the Word of GOD. Brethren, the cross speaketh better things than the blood of Abel, in behalf of every soul that receives Jesus Christ.
When you are deeply shadowed, it is because Satan has interposed himself between you and the bright rays of the Sun of Righteousness. In times of trouble the brightness is eclipsed, and we do not understand why the assurance seems to be withdrawn. We are led to look at self and at the shadow of the cross, and this prevents us from seeing the consolation that there is for us. We complain of the way (path of righteousness), and withdraw the hand from the hand of Christ. But sometimes God’s favor breaks suddenly upon the soul, and the gloom is dispelled.
Let us live in the sunlight of the cross of Calvary. Let us no longer dwell in the shadow, complaining of our sorrows, for this only deepens our trouble. Let us never forget, even when we walk in the valley, that Christ is as much with us when we walk trustingly there, as when we are on the mountain top.
The voice said to us, “Will you not roll your burden upon the burden bearer, the Lord Jesus? Will you not live on the sunny side of the cross, saying: I know Him Whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day? Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; receiving the end of your faith, even the Salvation of your souls !” ref: I Timothy 1:12; I Peter 1:8-9
– Special Testimonies, July 25, 1895
“Let us never forget, even when we walk in the valley . . . of the shadow of death . . . that Christ is as much with us when we walk trustingly there as when we are on the mountaintop . . . Will you not roll your burden upon the Burden Bearer, the Lord Jesus Christ? saying,
‘I know [Him] Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day !’
I have indeed been halting under the shadow of the cross. It is not a common thing for me to be overpowered and to suffer so much depression of spirits as I have suffered for the last few months. I would not be found to trifle with my own soul and thus trifle with my Saviour. I would not teach that Jesus is risen from the tomb and that He is ascended on high and lives to make intercession for us before the Father unless I carry out my teachings by practice and believe in Him for His Salvation (deliverance, freedom, healing), casting my helpless soul upon Jesus for His grace, for Righteousness, for peace, and love !
I must trust in Him irrespective of the changes of my emotional atmosphere. I must show forth the praises of Him Who has called me “out of darkness into His marvelous Light” (1 Peter 2:9). My heart must be steadfast in Christ, my Saviour, beholding His love and gracious goodness. I must not trust Him now and then, but always, that I may manifest the results of abiding in Him Who has bought me with His precious blood. We must learn to believe the Promises, to have an abiding faith so that we may take them as the sure Word of God.
Many who love God and who seek to honor God fear that they have no right to claim His rich Promises. They will dwell upon their painful struggles and the darkness which encompasses their path, and in so doing they lose sight of the Light of the love that Jesus Christ has shed upon them. They lose sight of the great Redemption that has been purchased for them at infinite cost.
Many are standing afar off as if they were afraid to touch even the hem of Christ’s garment, but His gracious invitation is even extended to them, and He is pleading, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you Rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find Rest (Sabbath) unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” ref: Matthew 11:28-30.
Mind, Character & Personality p.811-812
– the Author’s Personal Experience