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Where the Battle's lost and won

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This is from Oswald Chambers daily reading from My Utmost for His Highest from 12-27:

 

If you will return, O Israel, says the Lord...Jer 4:1

 

The battle is lost or won in the secret places of the Will before God, never first in the external world. the Spirit of God apprehends me and I am obliged to get alone with God and fight the battle out before Him. Until this is done, I lose every time. The battle may take one minute or a year, that will depend on me, not on God; but it must be wrestled out alone before God, and I must resolutely go through the hell of a renunciation before God. Nothing has any power over the man who has fought out the battle before God and won there.

If I say, 'I will wait till I get into the circumstances and then put God to the test' I shall find I cannot. I must get the thing settled between myself and God in the secret places of my soul where no stranger intermeddles, and then I can go forth with the certainty that the battle is won. Lose it there, and calamity and disaster and upset are as sure as God's decree. The reason the battle is not won is because I try to win it in the external world first. Get alone with God, fight it out before Him, settle the matter there once and for all.

In dealing with other people, the line to take is to push them to an issue of Will. That is the way abandonment begins. Every now and again, not often, but sometimes, God brings us to a point of climax. That is the Great Divide in the life; from that point we either go towards a more and more dilatory and useless type of Christian life, or we become more and more ablaze for the glory of God--My Utmost for His Highest.

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Originally Posted By: Screaming Eagle


I must get the thing settled between myself and God in the secret places of my soul .... Get alone with God, fight it out before Him, settle the matter there once and for all.



SE,

Thanks for sharing this. I had to do this a few times this holiday weekend, one in particular when I had to go into the basement and pace, toss a couple of things around and hash out what was going on in the INSIDE.

SO much reconciliation happens on the INSIDE and then our countenance reflects in on our OUTSIDE.

Timely post.

bighug

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