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Sunday, June 10, 2012

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


June 10, 2012


Seek, and ye shall find.

Luke 11:9

"Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss." If you ask for
things from life instead of from God, you ask amiss, i.e., you ask
from a desire for self-realization. The more you realize yourself the
less will you seek God. "Seek, and ye shall find." Get to work,
narrow your interests to this one. Have you ever sought God with your
whole heart, or have you only given a languid cry to Him after a
twinge of moral neuralgia? Seek, concentrate, and you will find.

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters." Are you
thirsty, or smugly indifferent - so satisfied with your experience
that you want nothing more of God? Experience is a gateway, not an
end. Beware of building your faith on experience, the metallic note
will come in at once, the censorious note. You can never give another
person that which you have found, but you can make him homesick for
what you have.

"Knock, and it shall be opened unto you." "Draw nigh to God." Knock -
the door is closed, and you suffer from palpitation as you knock.
"Cleanse your hands" - knock a bit louder, you begin to find you are
dirty. "Purify your heart" - this is more personal still, you are
desperately in earnest now - you will do anything. "Be afflicted" -
have you ever been afflicted before God at the state of your inner
life? There is no strand of self-pity left, but a heartbreaking
affliction of amazement to find you are the kind of person that you
are. "Humble yourself" - it is a humbling business to knock at God's
door - you have to knock with the crucified thief. "To him that
knocketh, it shall be opened."

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