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Friday, December 16, 2011

My Utmost For His Highest : "Redemption Creates The Need It Satisfies"

December 17, 2011

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the
Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him.
1 Corinthians 2:14
The Gospel of God creates a sense of need of the Gospel. Paul says -
"If our gospel be hid, it is hid" - to those who are blackguards? No,
"to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believe not." The majority of people have
their morality well within their own grasp, they have no sense of
need of the Gospel. It is God Who creates the need of which no human
being is conscious until God manifests Himself. Jesus said - "Ask,
and it shall be given you," but God cannot give until a man asks. It
is not that He withholds, but that that is the way He has.
constituted things on the basis of Redemption. By means of our
asking, God gets processes into work whereby He creates the thing
that is not in existence until we do ask. The inner reality of
Redemption is that it creates all the time. As the Redemption creates
the life of God in us, so it creates the things belonging to that
life. Nothing can satisfy the need but that which created the need.
This is the meaning of Redemption - it creates and it satisfies.
"I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." We
preach our own experiences and people are interested, but no sense of
need is awakened by it. If once Jesus Christ is lifted up, the Spirit
of God will create a conscious need of Him. Behind the preaching of
the Gospel is the creative Redemption of God at work in the souls of
men. It is never personal testimony that saves men. "The words that I
speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life."

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