A.B. Simpson: Are You a Faith-Slacker?

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“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you.” (Josh 1:3)

This blessed inspiring word greeted Israel as they faced the Promised Land. They had the promise of it before; now they must go forward into it and place their feet upon it. The promise is in the perfect tense and denotes an act just now completed – “That have I given unto you.”

Our Joshua gives us the same incentive for conquest: every promise in the New Testament that we put our feet upon is ours! The upland of spiritual power is yours though Anak may live there! It is yours if you will but go against him and drive him out of his strongholds, in the might of The Name.

If we dare to place our food on anything God has promised He makes it real to us. So take Him as the supply for all your need: believe He is yours and never doubt it from this moment.

It may be your need is for spiritual cleansing. His promise covers this: “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” If you can believe this you shall be sanctified and kept..

Take the promise that suits your need, and step out on it; not touching it timidly on tiptoe, but placing your foot flat down upon it. Do not be afraid it will not hold your weight. Put your whole need on the Word of the eternal God for your soul, for your body, for your work, for the dear ones for whom you are praying, for any crisis in your life: then stand upon it forever!

All the blessed promises of the Old Book are yours, and why are you so slack to go up and possess your land? The size of your inheritance depends upon how much land you have trodden underfoot, really stood on or walked over. Between you and your possessions that huge mountain looms up. March up to it and make it yours! Go in this thy might and God will get glory; and you, victory.

Footprints mean possession, but it must be your own footprints.

Written by A.B. Simpson

Albert Benjamin Simpson (December 15, 1843 – October 29, 1919) (A.B. Simpson) was a Canadian preacher, theologian, author, and founder of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (A.W. Tozer’s denomination), an evangelical Protestant denomination with an emphasis on global evangelism.

Winner of 147 Grammys (or so), Ron Block is the banjo-ninja portion of Alison Kraus and Union Station. When he's not laying down a bluegrass-style martial-arts whoopin' on audiences around the world, he's taking care of his donkey named "Trash" and keeping himself busy by being one of the most well-read and thoughtful people we know.


5 Comments

  1. Chinwe

    “Take the promise that suits your need, and step out on it; not touching it timidly on tiptoe, but placing your foot flat down upon it. Do not be afraid it will not hold your weight. Put your whole need on the Word of the eternal God for your soul, for your body, for your work, for the dear ones for whom you are praying, for any crisis in your life: then stand upon it forever!”

    I’ve never thought of that before – the fact that I’m often afraid that the Word of God will not hold the weight of my hopes, fears, expectations, prayers, etc. That’s such a powerful imagery – the solid rock of God’s Word, unwavering and unshaken, trustworthy and unmoving.

  2. redhead.kate

    I have gone to a Christian & Missionary Alliance church for most of my life, so I’ve read a lot of AB Simpson. But this is the first time I saw this piece. Thank you so much for posting it – exactly what I needed to hear this morning.

  3. Gordon

    A.B simpson wrote some amazing things. He was always named among his contemporaries as trail blazer. However, he is hardly talked about in church history. I am so glad to see him posted somewhere. ( I am Nyack College (Christian Missionary Alliace) grad.)

  4. Peter B

    Once again, it’s the fear that His love is no better than mine. Thank you, Ron, for the timely reminder.

    Also, forgive me for reading that guy’s name as “Abe Simpson”.

  5. Ron Block

    @ronblock

    Gordon, I love Simpson because he actually relied on the Word as the definer of Reality. He didn’t water it down with “buts” and rationalizations.

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