Monday, January 30, 2012

Reflections on "My Utmost" January 30

God never speaks to us in startling ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand, and we say, "I wonder if that is God’s voice?" Isaiah said that the Lord spake to him "with a strong hand," that is, by the pressure of circumstances. Nothing touches our lives but it is God Himself speaking. Do we discern His hand or only mere occurrence?

God's Spirit ministers to us all the time.

Our one one goal is to seek His Kingdom, receiving the glory which He has accorded to all of us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Kingdom of Heaven is within us (cf Luke 17: 21), not something that we have to seek for ourselves, but rather the gift which God the Father wants to release to us (cf Luke 12: 31-32)

As we grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord, we find ourselves by grace willing and doing the very things which God is working in us to do (cf Philippians 2: 12-13)

So God comes into us because we believe on the Finished Work of His Son Jesus Christ. He works within us, and He releases through us His great and exceeding abundance.

What is the believer supposed to be doing, then?

"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:29)

What is the result of our believing on Him?

"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

"(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" (John 7: 38-39)

His Spirit flows through us, nourishing a dry world saving all who are willing to receive Him by the Finished Work of Jesus Christ.

For the believer, it is not a life of doing, but of believing. God takes care of everything, so we have no reason to act as if God is not going to do anything unless we move first:

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4: 19)


"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." (1 Peter 5: 6-7)

We do not need to find out what His will is -- His will is to live within us, and we allow Him to do as He pleases, as He has nothing but blessings and favor to accord to everyone who trusts in Him.

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