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Saturday, June 9, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Next Best Thing To Do"


June 9, 2012


For every one that asketh receiveth.

Luke 11:10

There is nothing more difficult than to ask. We will long and desire
and crave and suffer, but not until we are at the extreme limit will
we ask. A sense of unreality makes us ask. Have you ever asked out of
the depths of moral poverty? "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask
of God...but be sure that you do lack wisdom. You cannot bring
yourself up against Reality when you like. The next best thing to do
if you are not spiritually real, is to ask God for the Holy Spirit on
the word of Jesus Christ (see Luke 11:13). The Holy Spirit is the One
Who makes real in you all that Jesus did for you.

"For every one that asketh receiveth." This does not mean you will
not get if you do not ask (cf. Matt. 5:45), but until you get to the
point of asking you won't receive from God. To receive means you have
come into the relationship of a child of God, and now you perceive
with intelligent and moral appreciation and spiritual understanding
that these things come from God.

"If any of you lack wisdom . . ." If you realize you are lacking, it
is because you have come in contact with spiritual reality; do not
put your reasonable blinkers on again. People say - Preach us the
simple gospel: don't tell us we have to be holy, because that
produces a sense of abject poverty, and it is not nice to feel
abjectly poor. "Ask" means beg. Some people are poor enough to be
interested in their poverty, and some of us are like that
spiritually. We will never receive if we ask with an end in view; if
we ask, not out of our poverty but out of our lust. A pauper does not
ask from any other reason than the abject panging condition of his
poverty, he is not ashamed to beg. - Blessed are the paupers in

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