• My Utmost for His Highest

    Do it yourself

    Determinedly Demolish some Things. Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God. 2 Cor. 10:5. Deliverance from sin is not deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as prejudices, which the saint has to destroy by neglect; and other things which have to be destroyed by violence, i.e., by the Divine strength imparted by God’s Spirit. There are some things over which we are not to fight, but to…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Springs of benignity

    The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water. John 4:14. The picture Our Lord gives is not that of a channel but a fountain. ‘Be being filled,’ and the sweetness of vital relationship to Jesus will flow out of the saint as lavishly as it is imparted to him. If you find your life is not flowing out as it should, you are to blame; something has obstructed the flow. Keep right at…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Diffusiveness of life

    Rivers of living water. John 7:38. A river touches places of which its source knows nothing, and Jesus says if we have received of His fulness, however small the visible measure of our lives, out of us will flow the rivers that will bless to the uttermost parts of the earth. We have nothing to do with the outflow—“This is the work of God that ye believe. . . .” God rarely allows a soul to see how great a…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    The missionary watching

    Watch with Me. Matthew 26:40. “Watch with Me”—with no private point of view of your own at all, but watch entirely with Me. In the early stages we do not watch with Jesus, we watch for Him. We do not watch with Him through the revelation of the Bible; in the circumstances of our lives. Our Lord is trying to introduce us to identification with Himself in a particular Gethsemane, and we will not go; we say—‘No, Lord, I cannot…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    His!

    Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me. John 17:6. The missionary is one in whom the Holy Ghost has wrought this realization—“Ye are not your own.” To say ‘I am not my own,’ is to have reached a great point in spiritual nobility. The true nature of the life in the actual whirl is the deliberate giving up of myself to another in sovereign preference, and that other is Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit expounds the nature of Jesus…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    The waters of satisfaction scattered

    . . . nevertheless he would not drink thereof but poured it out unto the Lord. 2 Samuel 23:16. What has been like water from the well of Bethlehem to you recently—love, friendship, spiritual blessing? Then at the peril of your soul, you take it to satisfy yourself. If you do, you cannot pour it out before the Lord. You can never sanctify to God that with which you long to satisfy yourself. If you satisfy yourself with a blessing…

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    The sacrament of sacrifice

    He that believeth in Me, . . . out of him shall flow. . . . John 7:38. Jesus did not say—‘he that believeth in Me shall realize the blessing of the fullness of God,’ but—‘he that believeth in Me, out of him shall escape everything he receives.’ Our Lord’s teaching is always antiself-realization. His purpose is not the development of a man; His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself, and the characteristic of the Son of…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    Destiny of holiness

    Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16. Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is. The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. Nowadays we have far too many affinities, we are dissipated with them; right, good, noble affinities which will yet have their fulfilment, but in the meantime God has to atrophy them. The one thing that matters is whether a man will accept the…

  • My Utmost for His Highest

    My joy . . . your joy

    That My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15:11. What was the joy that Jesus had? It is an insult to use the word happiness in connection with Jesus Christ. The joy of Jesus was the absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice of Himself to His Father, the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do. “I delight to do Thy will.” Jesus prayed that our joy might go on fulfilling itself…