A Man of Spiritual Altitude
Aiden Tozer aptly sub-titled his biography of A. B. Simpson - A STUDY IN SPIRITUAL ALTITUDE.
Tozer painted Alexander Benjamin Simpson as a weakling become mighty.
Simpson sought the face of God. In so doing he died to himself in the summer 1881. On this tear-filled day he knelt on a carpet of soft pine needles, with a fallen log for an altar (Tozer's words) in a Maine pine forest.
Simpson would then write of his life reversal:
Once it was the blessing, Now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, Now it is His Word.
Once His gifts I wanted, Now the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing, Now Himself alone.
Once 'twas painful trying, Now 'tis perfect trust;
Once a half salvation, Now the uttermost.
Once 'twas ceaseless holding, Now He holds me fast;
Once 'twas constant drifting, Now my anchor's cast.
Once 'twas busy planning, Now 'tis trustful prayer;
Once 'twas anxious caring, Now He has the care.
Once 'twas what I wanted, Now what Jesus says;
Once 'twas constant asking, Now 'tis ceaseless praise.
Once it was my working, His it hence shall be;
Once I tried to use Him, Now He uses me.
Once the power I wanted, Now the Mighty One;
Once for self I labored, Now for Him alone.
Once I hoped in Jesus, Now I know He's mine;
Once my lamps were dying, Now they brightly shine.
Once for death I waited, Now His coming hail;
And my hopes are anchored, Safe within the vail.
When you become satisfied with God, everything else so loses it charm that He can give it to you without harm. ~ A.B. Simpson (1843-1919)
I said to you Lord, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." (Psalm 16:2)
ENJOY TOO ~ Simpson's New Secret
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