(In this quote, Kenyon refers to our spiritual initiative. What he means is our passion for the Lord. This is a powerful revelation about our passion for the Lord and our faith…)
The hindrance to our spiritual initiative in prayer comes form the neglect of reading and feeding on the Word. It is evidence of a low type of spiritual fellowship.
When we lose our spiritual initiative, we lose something that would drive us through to victory in hard places. It is time then that we should give ourselves to the study of the Word. It is the personal study of the Word that counts.
Whenever your faith loses it aggressiveness, the senses have gained the ascendancy.
Whenever spiritual things take second place, it is evidence that the realities of the divine things are losing out; that sense knowledge is sl0wly but surely gaining the mastery. It dominates at the crossroads where it is necessary that we have keen spiritual discernment. We cannot take a negative attitude toward the Word.
We assent to the Word instead of acting upon it. That holy fearlessness is lost.
The heart will not be saying, “I can do all things in Him today.”
When the spiritual initiative is low, you will never hear one say, “Greater is He that is in me than the forces that surround me.”
It is when the great things of Scripture are held as doctrines rather than as a reality, when the opinions of men are put above the Word of God. Out of this will grow an inferiority complex in the spiritual realm.
Whenever your heart loses its boldness towards the Lord, its fearlessness in acting on the Word, you are in danger. The prayer life has lost its reality and things of the senses have taken its place.
You see that is a real spiritual disease. Now the body becomes helpless. The mind where disease and fear grow and mature is under the dominion of an outside power and you are in a dangerous condition.
The cure is going to the Word again; giving yourself over to it, resolutely taking your place. Refuse to give up your confession.
E. W. Kenyon