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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Initiative Against Dreaming"


February 20, 2012


Arise, let us go hence.

John 14:31

Dreaming about a thing in order to do it properly is right; but
dreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. After Our Lord
had said those wonderful things to His disciples, we might have
expected that He would tell them to go away and meditate over them
all; but Our Lord never allowed "mooning." When we are getting into
contact with God in order to find out what He wants, dreaming is
right; but when we are inclined to spend our time in dreaming over
what we have been told to do, it is a bad thing and God's blessing is
never on it. God's initiative is always in the nature of a stab
against this kind of dreaming, the stab that bids us "neither sit nor
stand but go."

If we are quietly waiting before God and He has said - "Come ye
yourselves apart," then that is meditation before God in order to get
at the line He wants; but always beware of giving over to mere
dreaming when once God has spoken. Leave Him to be the source of all
your dreams and joys and delights, and go out and obey what He has
said. If you are in love, you do not sit down and dream about the one
you love all the time, you go and do something for him; and that is
what Jesus Christ expects us to do. Dreaming after God has spoken is
an indication that we do not trust Him.

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