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Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Relapse Of Concentration"


April 15, 2012


But the high places were not taken away out of Israel;
nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

2 Chronicles 15:17

Asa was incomplete in his external obedience, he was right in the
main but not entirely right. Beware of the thing of which you say -
"Oh, that does not matter much." The fact that it does not matter
much to you may mean that it matters a very great deal to God.
Nothing is a light matter with a child of God. How much longer are
some of us going to keep God trying to teach us one thing? He never
loses patience. You say - "I know I am right with God"; but still the
"high places" remain, there is something over which you have not
obeyed. Are you protesting that your heart is right with God, and yet
is there something in your life about which He has caused you to
doubt? Whenever there is doubt, quit immediately, no matter what it
is. Nothing is a mere detail.

Are there some things in connection with your bodily life, your
intellectual life, upon which you are not concentrating at all? You
are all right in the main but you are slipshod; there is a relapse on
the line of concentration. You no more need a holiday from spiritual
concentration than your heart needs a holiday from beating. You
cannot have a moral holiday and remain moral, nor can you have a
spiritual holiday and remain spiritual. God wants you to be entirely
His, and this means that you have to watch to keep yourself fit. It
takes a tremendous amount of time. Some of us expect to "clear the
numberless ascensions" in about two minutes.

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