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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Abandonment Of God"


March 13, 2012


God so loved the world that He gave...

John 3:16

Salvation is not merely deliverance from sin, nor the experience of
personal holiness; the salvation of God is deliverance out of self
entirely into union with Himself. My experimental knowledge of
salvation will be along the line of deliverance from sin and of
personal holiness; but salvation means that the Spirit of God has
brought me into touch with God's personality, and I am thrilled with
something infinitely greater than myself, I am caught up into the
abandonment of God.

To say that we are called to preach holiness or sanctification, is to
get into a side eddy. We are called to proclaim Jesus Christ. The
fact that He saves from sin and makes us holy is part of the effect
of the wonderful abandonment of God.

Abandonment never produces the consciousness of its own effort,
because the whole life is taken up with the One to Whom we abandon.
Beware of talking about abandonment if you know nothing about it, and
you will never know anything about it until you have realized that
John 3:16 means that God gave Himself absolutely. In our abandonment
we give ourselves over to God just as God gave Himself for us,
without any calculation. The consequence of abandonment never enters
into our outlook because our life is taken up with Him.

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