• My Utmost for His Highest

    The secret of spiritual coherence

    But God forbid that I should glory, . . . Gal. 6:14. When a man is first born again, he becomes incoherent, there is an amount of unrelated emotion about him, unrelated phases of external things. In the apostle Paul there was a strong steady coherence underneath, consequently he could let his external life change as it liked and it did not distress him, because he was rooted and grounded in God. Most of us are not spiritually coherent because…

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    Direction of aspiration

    Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their master, . . . so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God. Psalm 123:2. This verse is a description of entire reliance upon God. Just as the eyes of the servant are riveted on his master, so our eyes are up unto God and our knowledge of His countenance is gained (cf. Isaiah 53:1. R.V.). Spiritual leakage begins when we cease to lift up our eyes unto…

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    Distraction of antipathy

    Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Psalm 123:3. The thing of which we have to beware is not so much damage to our belief in God as damage to our Christian temper. “Therefore take heed to thy spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.” The temper of mind is tremendous in its effects, it is the enemy that penetrates right into the soul and distracts the mind from God. There…

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    Shallow and profound

    Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31. Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow concerns of life are not ordained of God; they are as much of God as the profound. It is not your devotion to God that makes you refuse to be shallow, but your wish to impress other people with the fact that you are not shallow, which is a sure sign…

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    It is finished

    I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. John 17:4. The death of Jesus Christ is the performance in history of the very mind of God. There is no room for looking on Jesus Christ as a martyr; His death was not something that happened to Him which might have been prevented. His death was the very reason why He came. Never build your preaching of forgiveness on the fact that God is our Father and He…

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    The forgiveness of God

    In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sins. Eph. 1:7. Beware of the pleasant view of the Fatherhood of God—God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That sentiment has no place whatever in the New Testament. The only ground on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ; to put forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can…

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    When He is come

    Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin. . . . John 16:8. Very few of us know anything about conviction of sin; we know the experience of being disturbed because of having done wrong things; but conviction of sin by the Holy Ghost blots out every relationship on earth and leaves one relationship only—“Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned.” When a man is convicted of sin in this way, he knows with…

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    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…