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Monday, February 27, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Impoverished Ministry Of Jesus"

February 27, 2012

From whence then hast Thou that living water?
John 4:11
"The well is deep" - and a great deal deeper than the Samaritan woman
knew! Think of the depths of human nature, of human life, think of
the depths of the "wells" in you. Have you been impoverishing the
ministry of Jesus so that He can not do anything? Suppose there is a
well of fathomless trouble inside your heart, and Jesus comes and
says - "Let not your heart be troubled"; and you shrug your shoulders
and say, "But, Lord, the well is deep; You cannot draw up quietness
and comfort out of it." No, He will bring them down from above. Jesus
does not bring anything up from the wells of human nature. We limit
the Holy One of Israel by remembering what we have allowed Him to do
for us in the past, and by saying, "Of course I cannot expect God to
do this thing." The thing that taxes almightiness is the very thing
which we as disciples of Jesus ought to believe He will do. We
impoverish His ministry the moment we forget He is Almighty; the
impoverishment is in us, not in Him. We will come to Jesus as
Comforter or as Sympathizer, but we will not come to Him as Almighty.
The reason some of us are such poor specimens of Christianity is
because we have no Almighty Christ. We have Christian attributes and
experiences, but there is no abandonment to Jesus Christ. When we get
into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying -
"Of course He cannot do any thing," and we struggle down to the deeps
and try to get the water for ourselves. Beware of the satisfaction of
sinking back and saying - "It can't be done"; you know it can be done
if you look to Jesus. The well of your incompleteness is deep, but
make the effort and look away to Him.

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