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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Habit Of Wealth"


May 16, 2012


Partakers of the divine nature.

2 Peter 1:4

We are made partakers of the Divine nature through the promises; then
we have to "manipulate" the Divine nature in our human nature by
habits, and the first habit to form is the habit of realizing the
provision God has made. "Oh, I can't afford it," we say - one of the
worst lies is tucked up in that phrase. It is ungovernably bad taste
to talk about money in the natural domain, and so it is spiritually,
and yet we talk as if our Heavenly Father had cut us off with a
shilling! We think it a sign of real modesty to say at the end of a
day - "Oh, well, I have just got through, but it has been a severe
tussle." And all the Almighty God is ours in the Lord Jesus! And He
will tax the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if
we will obey Him. What does it matter if external circumstances are
hard? Why should they not be! If we give way to self-pity and indulge
in the luxury of misery, we banish God's riches from our own lives
and hinder others from entering into His provision. No sin is worse
than the sin of self-pity, because it obliterates God and puts
self-interest upon the throne. It opens our mouths to spit out
murmurings and our lives become craving spiritual sponges, there is
nothing lovely or generous about them.

When God is beginning to be satisfied with us He will impoverish
everything in the nature of fictitious wealth, until we learn that
all our fresh springs are in Him. If the majesty and grace and power
of God are not being manifested in us (not to our consciousness), God
holds us responsible. "God is able to make all grace abound," then
learn to lavish the grace of God on others. Be stamped with God's
nature, and His blessing will come through you all the time.

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