Monday, January 30, 2012

Reflections on "My Utmost" January 29

But It Is Hardly Credible That One Could Be So Positively Ignorant!
Who art Thou, Lord? — Acts 26:15

"The Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand." There is no escape when Our Lord speaks, He always comes with an arrestment of the understanding. Has the voice of God come to you directly? If it has, you cannot mistake the intimate insistence with which it has spoken to you in the language you know best, not through your ears, but through your circumstances.

When is He not speaking? His unmerited favor is never-ending.

We are called to received the goodness which He has released and releases evermore to a fallen world.

Are we believing? Are we receiving? The Holy Spirit has been poured out on all flesh (cf Joel 2:22; Acts 2:17).

We are saved by grace through faith (cf Ephesians 2: 8-9), and this faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ (Romans 10:17)

We have an ongoing inner witness, His peace, within us:

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Colossians 3: 15-16)

The Spirit within us brings the Kingdom of God:

"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." (Romans 14:17)

And Christ Himself is our peace (cf Ephesians 2:14)

There is no real matter of wondering whether we are hearing from Christ or not. Through faith we receive the gift of righteousness, which cleanses us from all sin and brings with it the Holy Spirit, who guides us at all times into all truth
(cf John 14:17)

There is no spirit of ignorance in the believer, to him who trusts in the indwelling of the lord, for we are complete in Him (cf Colossians 2:10)

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