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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Concentration Of Personal Sin"


July 3, 2012


Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of
unclean lips.

Isaiah 6:5

When I get into the presence of God, I do not realize that I am a
sinner in an indefinite sense; I realize the concentration of sin in
a particular feature of my life. A man will say easily - 'Oh, yes, I
know I am a sinner'; but when he gets into the presence of God he
cannot get off with that statement. The conviction is concentrated on
- I am this, or that, or the other. This is always the sign that a
man or woman is in the presence of God. There is never any vague
sense of sin, but the concentration of sin in some personal
particular. God begins by convicting us of the one thing fixed on in
the mind that is prompted by His Spirit; if we will yield to His
conviction on that point, He will lead us down to the great
disposition of sin underneath. That is the way God always deals with
us when we are consciously in His presence.

This experience of the concentration of sin is true in the greatest
and the least of saints as well as in the greatest and the least of
sinners. When a man is on the first rung of the ladder of experience,
he may say - I do not know where I have gone wrong; but the Spirit of
God will point out some particular definite thing. The effect of the
vision of the holiness of the Lord on Isaiah was to bring home to him
that he was a man of unclean lips. "And he laid it upon my mouth, and
said Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken
away, and thy sin purged." The cleansing fire had to be applied where
the sin had been concentrated.

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