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Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Supreme Climb"


April 26, 2012


Take now thy son . . and offer him there for a
burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will
tell thee of.

Genesis 22:2

Character determines how a man interprets God's will (cf. Psalm
18:25-26). Abraham interpreted God's command to mean that he had to
kill his son, and he could only leave this tradition behind by the
pain of a tremendous ordeal. God could purify his faith in no other
way. If we obey what God says according to our sincere belief, God
will break us from those traditions that misrepresent Him. There are
many such beliefs to be got rid of, e.g., that God removes a child
because the mother loves him too much - a devil's lie! and a travesty
of the true nature of God. If the devil can hinder us from taking the
supreme climb and getting rid of wrong traditions about God, he will
do so; but if we keep true to God, God will take us through an ordeal
which will bring us out into a better knowledge of Himself.

The great point of Abraham's faith in God was that he was prepared to
do anything for God. He was there to obey God, no matter to what
belief he went contrary. Abraham was not a devotee of his
convictions, or he would have slain Isaac and said that the voice of
the angel was the voice of the devil. That is the attitude of a
fanatic. If you will remain true to God, God will lead you straight
through every barrier into the inner chamber of the knowledge of
Himself; but there is always this point of giving up convictions and
traditional beliefs. Don't ask God to test you. Never declare as
Peter did - "I will do anything, I will go to death with Thee."
Abraham did not make any such declaration, he remained true to God,
and God purified his faith.

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