Self Into God’s Hands
Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck
them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:29.
must rise to a higher standard on the subject of faith. We have too little
faith. The Word of God is our endorsement. We must take it, simply believing
every word. With this assurance, we may claim large things, and according
to our faith it will be unto us. . . If we humble our hearts before God, if
we seek to abide in Christ, we shall have a higher, holier experience. . .
True faith consists in doing just what God has enjoined, not manufacturing
things He has not enjoined. Justice, truth, mercy, are the fruit of faith.
We need to walk in the light of God’s law; then good works will be the
fruit of our faith, the proceeds of a heart renewed every day.
We must not in any way make self our god. God has given Himself to die for
us, that He might purify us from all iniquity. The Lord will carry on this
work of perfection for us if we will allow ourselves to be controlled by Him.
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The work of righteousness cannot be carried forward unless we exercise implicit
faith. Move every day under God’s mighty working power. The fruit of
righteousness is quietness and assurance forever. If we had exercised more
faith in God and had trusted less to our own ideas and wisdom, God would have
manifested His power in a marked manner on human hearts. By a union with Him,
by living faith, we are privileged to enjoy the virtue and efficacy of His
mediation. Hence we are crucified with Christ, dead with Christ, risen with
Christ, to walk in newness of life with Him.
We are not to hold ourselves in our own hands. We are to drop self into the
hands of God. . . . Our lack of faith is the reason that we have not seen
more of the power of God. We exercise more faith in our own working than in
God’s working for us. God designs that everything possible shall be
done to enable us to stand heart to heart, mind to mind, shoulder to shoulder.
This lack of love and confidence in one another weakens our faith in God.
We need to pray as we never have prayed before for the baptism of the Holy
Spirit, for if there was ever a time when we needed this baptism, it is now.
There is nothing the Lord has more frequently told us He would bestow upon
us, and nothing by which His name would be more glorified in bestowing, than
the Holy Spirit. When we partake of this Spirit, men and women will be born
again. . . . Souls once lost will be found, and brought back.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 280.