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Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Take The Initiative"

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May 10, 2012


TAKE THE INITIATIVE

Add to your faith virtue...

2 Peter 1:5
http://www.BibleStudyTools.com/search/?query=2pe+1:5&sr=1

"Add" means there is something we have to do. We are in danger of
forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do
what we can do. We cannot save ourselves nor sanctify ourselves, God
does that; but God will not give us good habits, He will not give us
character, He will not make us walk aright. We have to do all that
ourselves, we have to work out the salvation God has worked in. "Add"
means to get into the habit of doing things, and in the initial
stages it is difficult. To take the initiative is to make a
beginning, to instruct yourself in the way you have to go.

Beware of the tendency of asking the way when you know it perfectly
well. Take the initiative, stop hesitating, and take the first step.
Be resolute when God speaks, act in faith immediately on what He
says, and never revise your decisions. If you hesitate when God tells
you to do a thing, you endanger your standing in grace. Take the
initiative, take it yourself, take the step with your will now, make
it impossible to go back. Burn your bridges behind you - "I will
write that letter"; "I will pay that debt." Make the thing
inevitable.

We have to get into the habit of hearkening to God about everything,
to form the habit of finding out what God says. If when a crisis
comes, we instinctively turn to God, we know that the habit has been
formed. We have to take the initiative where we are, not where we are
not.

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