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Sunday, April 1, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Heartiness V. Heartlessness Towards Others"

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April 1, 2012


HEARTINESS V. HEARTLESSNESS TOWARDS OTHERS

It is Christ ... who also maketh intercession for us.

Romans 8:34,27
http://www.BibleStudyTools.com/search/?query=ro+8:34,27&sr=1

Do we need any more argument than this to become intercessors - that
Christ "ever liveth to make intercession;" that the Holy Spirit
"maketh intercession for the saints"? Are we living in such a vital
relationship to our fellow men that we do the work of intercession as
the Spirit-taught children of God? Begin with the circumstances we
are in - our homes, our business, our country, the present crisis as
it touches us and others - are these things crushing us? Are they
badgering us out of the presence of God and leaving us no time for
worship? Then let us call a halt, and get into such living
relationship with God that our relationship to others may be
maintained on the line of intercession whereby God works His marvels.

Beware of outstripping God by your very longing to do His will. We
run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, consequently we
get so burdened with persons and with difficulties that we do not
worship God, we do not intercede. If once the burden and the pressure
come upon us and we are not in the worshipping attitude, it will
produce not only hardness toward God but despair in our own souls.
God continually introduces us to people for whom we have no affinity,
and unless we are worshipping God, the most natural thing to do is to
treat them heartlessly, to give them a text like the jab of a spear,
or leave them with a rapped-out counsel of God and go. A heartless
Christian must be a terrible grief to Our Lord.

Are we in the direct line of the intercession of our Lord and of the
Holy Spirit?

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