Completeness

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This is a lovely follow up from yesterday's post from My Utmost. Do enjoy.


Completeness

Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once and ask Him to establish rest. Never allow anything to remain which is making the dis-peace.

Jealously guard your rest with the Lord. If there’s anything bothering your heart, especially at the time of prayer, check it before it wrecks you. Don’t take your rest with the Lord for granted, it is your divine right as a child of God!

Take every element of disintegration as something to wrestle against, and not to suffer. Say — “Lord, prove Thy consciousness in me,” and self-consciousness will go and He will be all in all. Beware of allowing self-consciousness to continue because by slow degrees it will awaken self-pity, and self-pity is Satanic.

“Well, I am not understood; this is a thing they ought to apologize for; that is a point I really must have cleared up.” Leave others alone and ask the Lord to give you Christ-consciousness, and He will poise you until the completeness is absolute.

I like how yesterday’s devotional spoke about looking onto Christ as a remedy from focusing on our own selves, and this one speaks about Christ consciousness as a remedy for when we want to compare ourselves to others, or when they say things to us which are unkind. We must always remember that people will be people. Always. They may hurt your feelings and make you upset. They may belittle you and underestimate you. They may plot against you and betray you.

The key to your own happiness is in your hands. It depends on you to decide that against all odds, you will remain joyful. Do not give in to self-pity. Plug into the Lord, He is your one source of joy and peace. The world cannot give that to you!

The complete life is the life of a child. When I am consciously conscious, there is something wrong. It is the sick man who knows what health is. The child of God is not conscious of the will of God because he is the will of God. When there has been the slightest deviation from the will of God, we begin to ask — “What is Thy will?” A child of God never prays to be conscious that God answers prayer, he is so restfully certain that God always does answer prayer.

Hmmm. This makes me think. All the times when I’ve called out to Lord asking Him for His will have been born out of something less than perfect unity with the Lord. Whenever I feel fear and confusion creeping up in my spirit, there’s something wrong. I’m beginning to deviate from perfect communion with the Lord. When we’re walking with the Lord, it becomes redundant to ask Him for His opinion on things because we have such perfect oneness that our thoughts become His thoughts, and His thoughts, our thoughts.

This is the beauty of the relationship and oneness which the Lord desires to share with us. Oh Lord, please give us the grace to yield to you- wholly and fully!

If we try to overcome self-consciousness by any commonsense method, we will develop it tremendously. Jesus says, “Come unto Me and I will give you rest,” i.e., Christ-consciousness will take the place of self-consciousness. Wherever Jesus comes He establishes rest, the rest of the perfection of activity that is never conscious of itself.

I wish I had something as profound to say about this bit but that’s it really. Whenever we rely on Jesus, He brings all things under His control and He gives us the rest that we all so desperately need, whether we realize it or not.


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