• My Utmost for His Highest

    Winning into freedom

    If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36. If there is any remnant of individual conceit left, it always says—‘I can’t.’ Personality never says—‘I can’t,’ but simply absorbs and absorbs. Personality always wants more and more. It is the way we are built. We are designed with a great capacity for God; and sin and our individuality are the things that keep us from getting at God. God delivers us from sin: we…

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    The external goal

    By Myself have I sworn, said the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, . . . that in blessing I will bless thee. . . . Genesis 22:15-19. Abraham has reached the place where he is in touch with the very nature of God, he understands now the reality of God. ‘My goal is God Himself. . . At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.’ ‘At any cost, by any road’ means nothing self-chosen in the way…

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    Still human!

    Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31. The great marvel of the Incarnation slips into ordinary childhood’s life; the great marvel of the Transfiguration vanishes in the devilpossessed valley; the glory of the Resurrection descends into a breakfast on the sea-shore. This is not an anticlimax, but a great revelation of God. The tendency is to look for the marvellous in our experience; we mistake the sense of the heroic for being heroes. It…

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    What is that to thee?

    Lord, what shall this man do?. . . What is that to thee? Follow thou Me. John 21:21, 22. One of our severest lessons comes from the stubborn refusal to see that we must not interfere in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s order for others. You see a certain person suffering, and you say—‘He shall not suffer, and I will see that he…

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    Discovering divine designs

    I being in the way, the Lord led me. . . . Genesis 24:27. We have to be so one with God that we do not continually need to ask for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God, and the natural life of a child is obedience—until he wishes to be disobedient, then instantly there is the intuitive jar. In the spiritual domain the intuitive jar is the monition of the Spirit of God. When He…

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    Faith and experience

    The Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. Gal. 2:20. We have to battle through our moods into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus, to get out of the hole-and-corner business of our experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think Who the New Testament says that Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meanness of the miserable faith we have—‘I haven’t had this and that experience!’ Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims—that He…

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    The transfigured life

    If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor. 5:17. What idea have you of the salvation of your soul? The experience of salvation means that in your actual life things are really altered, you no longer look at things as you used to; your desires are new, old things have lost their power. One of the touchstones of experience is—Has God altered the thing…

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    The supreme climb

    Take now thy son . . . Genesis 22:2. God’s command is—Take now, not presently. It is extraordinary how we debate! We know a thing is right, but we try to find excuses for not doing it at once. To climb to the height God shows can never be done presently, it must be done now. The sacrifice is gone through in will before it is performed actually. “And Abraham rose up early in the morning, . . . and…

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    Fellowship in the gospel

    Fellow labourer in the gospel of Christ. 1 Thess. 3:2. After sanctification it is difficult to state what your aim in life is, because God has taken you up into His purpose by the Holy Ghost. He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation. If you seek great things for yourself—‘God has called me for this and that,’ you are putting a barrier to God’s use…