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Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "But It Is Hardly Credible That One Could Be So Positively Ignorant!"


January 29, 2012


Who art Thou, Lord?

Acts 26:15

"The Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand." There is no escape
when Our Lord speaks, He always comes with an arrestment of the
understanding. Has the voice of God come to you directly? If it has,
you cannot mistake the intimate insistence with which it has spoken
to you in the language you know best, not through your ears, but
through your circumstances.

God has to destroy our determined confidence in our own convictions.
"I know this is what I should do" - and suddenly the voice of God
speaks in a way that overwhelms us by revealing the depths of our
ignorance. We have shown our ignorance of Him in the very way we
determined to serve Him. We serve Jesus in a spirit that is not His,
we hurt Him by our advocacy for Him, we push His claims in the spirit
of the devil. Our words sound all right, but our spirit is that of an
enemy. "He rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit
ye are of." The spirit of our Lord in an advocate of His is described
in 1 Corinthians 13.

Have I been persecuting Jesus by a zealous determination to serve Him
in my own way? If I feel I have done my duty and yet have hurt Him in
doing it, I may be sure it was not my duty, because it has not
fostered the meek and quiet spirit, but the spirit of
self-satisfaction. We imagine that whatever is unpleasant is our
duty! Is that anything like the spirit of our Lord - "I delight to do
Thy will, O My God."

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