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Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Is It Not In The Least Likely?"

April 19, 2012

For Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not
after Absalom.
1 Kings 2:28
Joab stood the big test, he remained absolutely loyal and true to
David and did not turn after the fascinating and ambitious Absalom,
but yet to wards the end of his life he turned after the craven
Adonijah. Always remain alert to the fact that where one man has gone
back is exactly where any one may go back (see 1 Cor. 10:13). You
have gone through the big crisis, now be alert over the least things;
take into calculation the "retired sphere of the leasts."
We are apt to say - "It is not in the least likely that having been
through the supreme crisis, I shall turn now to the things of the
world." Do not forecast where the temptation will come, it is the
least likely thing that is the peril. In the aftermath of a great
spiritual transaction the "retired sphere of the leasts" begins to
tell; it is not dominant, but remember it is there, and if you are
not warned, it will trip you up. You have remained true to God under
great and intense trials, now beware of the undercurrent. Do not be
morbidly introspective, looking forward with dread, but keep alert;
keep your memory bright before God. Unguarded strength is double
weakness because that is where the "retired sphere of the leasts"
saps. The Bible characters fell on their strong points, never on
their weak ones.
"Kept by the power of God" - that is the only safety.

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