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Friday, January 20, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Are You Fresh For Everything?"


January 20, 2012


Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of

John 3:3

Sometimes we are fresh for a prayer meeting but not fresh for
cleaning boots!

Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as
mysterious as the wind, as surprising as God Himself. We do not know
where it begins, it is hidden away in the depths of our personal
life. Being born again from above is a perennial, perpetual and
eternal beginning; a freshness all the time in thinking and in
talking and in living, the continual surprise of the life of God.
Staleness is an indication of something out of joint with God - "I
must do this thing or it will never be done." That is the first sign
of staleness. Are we freshly born this minute or are we stale, raking
in our minds for something to do? Freshness does not come from
obedience but from the Holy Spirit; obedience keeps us in the light
as God is in the light.

Guard jealously your relationship to God. Jesus prayed "that they may
be one, even as we are one" - nothing between. Keep all the life
perennially open to Jesus Christ, don't pretend with Him. Are you
drawing your life from any other source than God Himself? If you are
depending upon anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone.

Being born of the Spirit means much more than we generally take it to
mean. It gives us a new vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for
everything by the perennial supply of the life of God.

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