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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Overmastering Direction"


January 24, 2012


I have appeared unto thee for this purpose.

Acts 26:16

The vision Paul had on the road to Damascus was no passing emotion,
but a vision that had very clear and emphatic directions for him, and
he says, "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision." Our Lord
said, in effect, to Paul - Your whole life is to be overmastered by
Me; you are to have no end, no aim, and no purpose but Mine. "I have
chosen him."

When we are born again we all have visions, if we are spiritual at
all, of what Jesus wants us to he, and the great thing is to learn
not to be disobedient to the vision, not to say that it cannot be
attained. It is not sufficient to know that God has redeemed the
world, and to know that the Holy Spirit can make all that Jesus did
effectual in me; I must have the basis of a personal relationship to
Him. Paul was not given a message or a doctrine to proclaim, he was
brought into a vivid, personal, overmastering relationship to Jesus
Christ. Verse 16 is immensely commanding - "to make thee a minister
and a witness." There is nothing there apart from the personal
relationship. Paul was devoted to a Person not to a cause. He was
absolutely Jesus Christ's, he saw nothing else, he lived for nothing
else. "For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus
Christ, and Him crucified."

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