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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Utmost For His Highest : "Continuous Conversion"


December 28, 2011


Except ye be converted, and become as little children...

Matthew 18:3

These words of Our Lord are true of our initial conversion, but we
have to be continuously converted all the days of our lives,
continually to turn to God as children. If we trust to our wits
instead of to God, we produce consequences for which God will hold us
responsible. Immediately our bodies are brought into new conditions
by the providence of God, we have to see that our natural life obeys
the dictates of the Spirit of God. Because we have done it once is no
proof that we shall do it again. The relation of the natural to the
spiritual is one of continuous conversion, and it is the one thing we
object to. In every setting in which we are put, the Spirit of God
remains unchanged and His salvation unaltered, but we have to "put on
the new man." God holds us responsible every time we refuse to
convert ourselves, our reason for refusing is wilful obstinacy. Our
natural life must not rule, God must rule in us.

The hindrance in our spiritual life is that we will not be
continually converted, there are wadges of obstinacy where our pride
spits at the throne of God and says - I won't. We deify independence
and wilfulness and call them by the wrong name. What God looks on as
obstinate weakness, we call strength. There are whole tracts of our
lives which have not yet been brought into subjection, and it can
only be done by this continuous conversion. Slowly but surely we can
claim the whole territory for the Spirit of God.

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