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Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Ministry Of The Interior"


June 21, 2012


But ye are ... a royal priesthood.

1 Peter 2:9

By what right do we become "a royal priesthood"? By the right of the
Atonement. Are we prepared to leave ourselves resolutely alone and to
launch out into the priestly work of prayer? The continual grubbing
on the inside to see whether we are what we ought to be generates a
self-centred, morbid type of Christianity, not the robust, simple
life of the child of God. Until we get into a right relationship to
God, it is a case of banging on by the skin of our teeth, and we say
- What a wonderful victory I have got. There is nothing indicative of
the miracle of Redemption in that. Launch out in reckless belief that
the Redemption is complete, and then bother no more about yourself,
but begin to do as Jesus Christ said - pray for the friend who comes
to you at midnight, pray for the saints, pray for all men. Pray on
the realization that you are only perfect in Christ Jesus, not on
this plea - "O Lord, I have done my best, please hear me."

How long is it going to take God to free us from the morbid habit of
thinking about ourselves? We must get sick unto death of ourselves,
until there is no longer any surprise at anything God can tell us
about ourselves. We cannot touch the depths of meanness in ourselves.
There is only one place where we are right, and that is in Christ
Jesus. When we are there, then we have to pour out for all we are
worth in this ministry of the interior.

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