The Source of our Life and Ministry
It is GOD HIMSELF, who labors when we labor only for God.
He draws us nigh to Himself that His voice may be heard in
the silence of our soul.
This requires the renouncing of our "Self" life
and the death of our own will. This includes the inward subjection
of all desires and sentiments of the heart, that we may enter
into the wisdom of Jesus Christ. As we abandon our own ways,
the love of Christ arises from that inner depth which rejects
all that is not in unison with the heart of God.
The enemy can only reach that which remains of self, for
true humility has its eye upon HIM, that HE may become all
in all. "He that loveth his life shall lose it".
Clinging to our soul life with all of its personal desires
and hopes that truly cannot satisfy, can only lead to eternal
HE longs to bring us individually to that bedrock fact of
the "I" crucified with Christ, that this might become
the foundation and new center of our life. Here, the HOLY
SPIRIT will form a new life and purpose for us, fashioned
after the man JESUS CHRIST.
The life of God in us is set free to act through us, as
our self life is buried in death. The believer has only to
see to the dying. As he is abiding in his death in Christ,
whilst unknown to him, the LIFE OF GOD in him Is bringing
forth fruit eternal, the grain of wheat life. It is silently
bringing forth much fruit to the Glory of God, while no glory
is attached to his own personality.
When Jesus said, "It is finished", He turned over
to the Holy Spirit the substance of all of the promises he
had given. Now they are there, waiting for all who choose
to live in the spirit, to become the visible substance of
these promises. We need to develop our spiritual senses in
our new creation being. These must be developed in order to
be in union with the HOLY SPIRIT senses, that are in union
with the omnipresence of God.
The only way for the Holy Spirit to renew our minds so we
can live in the Spirit is by practicing His presence. Soul
life with all of its personal desires and hopes of gain cannot
do this, but must go back to Calvary in a vital union of being
grafted into the death of Christ. Then we can live In union
with His own risen life which He obtained out of death against
It is dying and not doing that produces a spiritual life.
There is a severing between soul and spirit, so that the spirit
is liberated to be joined to the RISEN LORD who is a quickening
spirit, in resurrection power.
The Holy Spirit is to bring God's Sons into an ever increasing
fullness to make Christ in His Body what He is in the sight
of God. "The fullness of Him that filleth all in all".
Paul had but one desire, "That I might know Him".
We Christians need to be delivered from our low spiritual
contentedness, we have such a small measure of HIS life, if
only we were wedded to the Lord, instead to things.
If we just live by our own carnal wisdom, we rob HIM. We
never really believe anything until we surrender ourselves
to it. The more clearly we enter by faith into objective truth,
the deeper and more practical will be the subjective work
of the HOLY SPIRIT within us.