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Friday, June 1, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Staggering Question"


June 1, 2012


Son of man, can these bones live?

Ezekiel 37:3

Can that sinner be turned into a saint? Can that twisted life be put
right? There is only one answer: "0 Lord, Thou knowest, I don't."
Never trample in with religious common sense and say - "Oh, yes, with
a little more Bible reading and devotion and prayer, I see how it can
be done."

It is much easier to do something than to trust in God; we mistake
panic for inspiration. That is why there are so few fellow workers
with God and so many workers for Him. We would far rather work for
God than believe in Him. Am I quite sure that God will do what I
cannot do? I despair of men in the degree in which I have never
realized that God has done anything for me. Is my experience such a
wonderful realization of God's power and might that I can never
despair of anyone I see? Have I had any spiritual work done in me at
all? The degree of panic is the degree of the lack of personal
spiritual experience.

"Behold, 0 my people, I will open your graves." When God wants to
show you what human nature is like apart from Himself, He has to show
it you in yourself. If the Spirit of God has given you a vision of
what you are apart from the grace of God (and He only does it when
His Spirit is at work), you know there is no criminal who is half so
bad in actuality as you know yourself to be in possibility. My
"grave" has been opened by God and "I know that in me (that is, in my
flesh) dwelleth no good thing." God's Spirit continually reveals what
human nature is like apart from His grace.

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