His Work Within Us
There is a growing company of overcomers who are obeying
the Lord in the face of apparent impossibilities. At His command
they move forward although the enemy besets them on every
side. When He calls to press onward, they do so, step by step,
taking possession of new ground.
These have come into a level of commitment where they can
be trusted, where no unwise words mar His plans, where no
running ahead nor lagging behind hinders what the Lord purposes
to do. They will not shrink back when told to do what may
be difficult or humiliating. Comparatively few have attained
to this place, where they can be fully trusted by the Lord.
Only as our will merges into His will and our way is lost
in His way, can we become as these and render unquestioning
obedience to the Lord. This level of experience cannot be
reached in a moment. It is a narrow and lonely walk. There
are many testings and hardships that must be endured.
We must continue to yield to His dealings until we are stilled
"as a weaned child with its mother," until there
is nothing in us to grieve or offend the Lord, and then yield
to His drawing love until our eyes and affections are fixed
upon Him "as the eyes of a maid unto the hand of her
God's own tender hands empty these from one vessel to another,
until no impurity nor dregs of self-will or self-life remain
to mar or hinder their fellowship with Him! The Lord desires,
and is well able, to bring us through these many battles and
testings. Over and over, He will lead us to Calvary, until
our desires are purified and our self-interests subdued, that
we might be fully absorbed into His will. As we learn deep
humility, we will be adorned therewith.
They that are half-hearted, zealous one moment and indifferent
the next, will never experience in any fullness this deep,
supernatural relationship to Christ. As He lays His hand upon
each place in our life that must be further purged and changed,
we must hasten to take up the cross that He offers us.
As we prayerfully review the path over which we have come
this far, we will see why He has been unable to fully trust
us. Consider how many times we acted without waiting to hear
from the Lord. Even so, He continues to call us to the place
where we will never again fail Him through our selfishness
There is a deep relationship to the Lord in which the soul
experiences Christ and His indwelling presence as a present,
ongoing reality. Not all attain to the fullness of this experience,
for it means an emptying of our self-life.
How still must be the heart in which Christ dwells in full
revelation, in which He reigns supreme and the consciousness
of His presence is unbroken. But suddenly all is changed.
He seems to withdraw Himself from us, and hides behind our
"wall." We struggle to grasp again that holy stillness;
but our very struggles cause an unrest and anxiety that make
Him seem to withdraw still further. And we wonder why?
It is because we forget how prayerful and careful must be
our attitude and daily walk, if He is to reveal Himself to
us. We forget that all flesh must keep silence before His
holy presence, that every earthly sound must be hushed, if
His voice is to be heard. We forget how yielded and meek must
the heart remain, if His presence and revelation are to abide
with us and increase.
Now our thoughts and desires must be further purified. Our
wayward hearts must be turned toward Him many times before
we can say: "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed,
trusting in thee." It is within the heart that has become
thus fixed upon Him that He finds undisturbed rest. It is
to the heart that has fully yielded to Him and has been purified
that Christ will reveal Himself.
Has He found within us such an abiding place? Have we yielded
to the Lord's purifying process until an undisturbed resting
place has been prepared in our heart for our Beloved? Have
the activities of our self-life, of the natural and soulish,
become so subdued and quieted that the heart of our Beloved
can safely trust us?
The only way in which we can enter into this place of rest
and mutual abiding in Him is by reckoning upon our union with
Him in His death and resurrection. If we would have this relationship
with Him established and perfected, we must practice this
both in times of blessing and testing.
Regardless of how the enemy opposes us, or how little progress
we appear to be making, our relationship with the Lord will
become an unwavering reality in our lives - if we will continue
to press onward.
Then, we will be able to walk as He walked and be trusted
to speak for Him only as He moves upon us.