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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Now This Explains It"


May 22, 2012


That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me,
and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.

John 17:21

If you are going through a solitary way, read John 17, it will
explain exactly why you are where you are - Jesus has prayed that you
may be one with the Father as He is. Are you helping God to answer
that prayer, or have you some other end for your life? Since you
became a disciple you cannot be as independent as you used to be.

The purpose of God is not to answer our prayers, but by our prayers
we come to discern the mind of God, and this is revealed in John 17.
There is one prayer God must answer, and that is the prayer of Jesus
- "that they may be one, even as We are One." Are we as close to
Jesus Christ as that?

God is not concerned about our plans; He does not say - Do you want
to go through this bereavement; this upset? He allows these things
for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either
making us sweeter, better, nobler men and women; or they are making
us more captious and fault-finding, more insistent upon our own way.
The things that happen either make us fiends, or they make us saints;
it depends entirely upon the relationship we are in to God. If we say
- "Thy will be done," we get the consolation of John 17, the
consolation of knowing that our Father is working according to His
own wisdom. When we understand what God is after we will not get mean
and cynical. Jesus has prayed nothing less for us than absolute
oneness with Himself as He was one with the Father. Some of us are
far off it, and yet God will not leave us alone until we are one with
Him, because Jesus has prayed that we may be.

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