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Returning in Power

Returning in Power

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BY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d.

"And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into

Luke iv. 14.
BY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d.

"And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into

Luke iv. 14.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 30, 2013
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RETURIG I POWER BY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d."And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit intoGalilee."Luke iv. 14.Our Master had been at the familiar placein life where there are many roads but onlyone right one. And the wrong roads weredecked with all sorts of shining allurements.And the allurements were all the moreperilous because they had a suggestion of religion and piety about them. The wrongroad was made to look as though it led upto a church. There was a sound of churchbells, as though a subtle temptation had beenwedded to a call to worship. That is the mostinsidious trial in life, when the church bellsare ringing on the broad road that leadeth todestruction.But our Master knew the broad road, eventhough it was carpeted with flowers. He9596 THE FRIED O THE ROADknew the egotism which lay concealed underseeming homage. He knew the differencebetween faith and presumption. He knewthe infinite contrast between a swelling im-perialism and the holy Kingdom which Hehad come to found in sacrificial blood. And
so with all His might He fought the tempterand overthrew him, and with richly invig-orated strength He went forth to His work in Galilee.Our Master had been in the wilderness of temptation, and He returned with a vasterequipment for His holy service. The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, andto destroy; but here the thief had beenrobbed, and the despoiler had been spoiled.The tempter had been made to strengthenthe tempted. The very temptation had beencoerced into a minister of increased re-sources. The Lord Jesus emerged in power !The wilderness had become a school, a gym-nasium, a scene of combat and wrestling;and, so far from being spiritually destroyed,the Master put on strength and victory likea robe. As Samuel Rutherford quaintlysays, in one of his letters to MarianMcaught: "God can make a stepping-RETURIG I POWER 97stone of the devil himself for setting forwardHis work!"And all this teaches me how I must think about my temptations. I must look upontemptation as opportunity. I must regardit, not as something to be feared, but as some-thing to be spoiled. It is like some frowning,bristling city which I am to overthrow andsack. The bigger the temptation the richerthe booty ! The harder the conflict the morerobust shall be my strength. And so it isthat the Apostle counsels us to count it all
 joy when we fall among temptations ! Theyare often full of menace, but splendid wealthhides behind the guns ! Kef use to yield andthe wealth is yours ! Our manifold tempta-tions are just the threatening side of mani-fold treasures. If we overcome the tempterwe shall return in power.And so it is that we are never so near greatriches as when we are sorely tried. That issurely very heartening. In great tempta-tions we are being favoured with a shiningopportunity, and we are to count it all joy.We must fix our minds upon the rich possi-bilities, and with all the strength of ourbeing resolve that they shall be realised. Let98 THE FRIED O THE ROADus maintain a positive attitude to our foe.Let us fight the good fight of faith, assuredthat every victory will make us nobler sol-diers. And let us fight in the holy fellowshipof the Captain of our Salvation, who, Him-self being tempted, turned His wildernessinto a place of springs, and who will sostrengthen His disciples that their wilder-ness and solitary place shall be glad, andtheir desert shall rejoice and blossom as therose.1. 68 FREE BOOKShttp://www.scribd.com/doc/21800308/Free-Christian-Books2. ALL WRITIGS

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