Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Do We Dress Up Our Thorns?

But it is Hardly Credible
That One Could So Persecute Jesus

"Saul, Saul why persecutest thou Me?"
~Acts 24;16

Am I set on my own way for God? We are never free from this snare until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. Obstinacy and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Whenever we are obstinate and self-willed and set upon our own ambitions, we are hurting Jesus. Every time we stand on our rights and insist that this is what we intend to do, we are persecuting Jesus. Whenever we stand on our dignity we systematically vex and grieve His Spirit; and when the knowledge comes home that it is Jesus Whom we have been persecuting all the time, it is the most crushing revelation there could be.

Is the word of God tremendously keen to me as I hand it on to you, or does my life give the lie to the things I profess to teach? I may teach sanctification and yet exhibit the spirit of Satan, the spirit that persecutes Jesus Christ. The Spirit of Jesus is conscious of one thing only - a perfect oneness with the Father, and He says, "Learn of Me for I am meek and lowly of heart." All I do ought to be founded on a perfect oneness with Him, not on a self -willed determination to be godly. This will mean that I can be put upon, easily over-reached, easily ignored: but if I submit to it for His sake, I prevent Jesus Christ from being persecuted. ~ Oswald Chambers

Dear Lord,
Forgive me when I exercise my self will, when I am obstinate,and when I think in my flesh that I can make myself godly. Show me Holy Spirit where I stand on my own rights, and dignity, and the godly ambitions that I have for myself . Remind me Lord that a good man's steps are ordered by Youand Lord, forgive me if my life has ever given to a lie the things I teach. Teach me to walk in Your light. ~

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