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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Discipline Of Dejection"

February 7, 2012

But we trusted ... and beside all this, to-day is the
third day ...
Luke 24:21
Every fact that the disciples stated was right; but the inferences
they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that savours of
dejection spiritually is always wrong. If depression and oppression
visit me, I am to blame; God is not, nor is anyone else. Dejection
springs from one of two sources - I have either satisfied a lust or I
have not. Lust means - I must have it at once. Spiritual lust makes
me demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God Who gives the
answer. What have I been trusting God would do? And to-day - the
immediate present - is the third day, and He has not done it;
therefore I imagine I am justified in being dejected and in blaming
God. Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer,
we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of
God, not of the answer. It is impossible to be well physically and to
be dejected. Dejection is a sign of sickness, and the same thing is
true spiritually. Dejection spiritually is wrong, and we are always
to blame for it.
We look for visions from heaven, for earthquakes and thunders of
God's power (the fact that we are dejected proves that we do), and we
never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and
people around us. If we will do the duty that lies nearest, we shall
see Him. One of the most amazing revelations of God comes when we
learn that it is in the commonplace things that the Deity of Jesus
Christ is realized.

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