Posted by: missionventureministries | August 4, 2010

THE BLESSINGS OF OBEDIENCE

Excerpts from “The Blessings of Obedience” by Andrew Murray

The New Law of Love

To be merciful as the Father in heaven, to forgive just as He does, to love enemies, to do good to them that hate us, and to live lives of self-sacrifice and beneficence – this was what Jesus taught.

Let us look on an unforgiving spirit when we are provoked or ill-used, unloving thoughts and sharp or unkind words, the neglect of the call to show mercy, do good, and bless, as sheer disobedience. It must be felt, mourned over, and plucked out like a right eye before the power of full obedience can be ours.

Self is the root of all lack of love and disobedience. Our Lord called His disciple to deny himself, take up his cross, forsake everything, lose his own life, humble himself and become the servant of all. He asked this because self, self-will, self-pleasing, self-seeking – is simply the source of all sin.

When we give in to the flesh by overindulgence in eating and drinking; when we gratify self by seeking, accepting, or rejoicing in that which indulges our pride; when self-will is allowed to assert itself and we make provision for the fulfillment of its desire; we are guilty of disobedience to His command. This gradually clouds the soul and makes the full enjoyment of His light and peace impossible.

The Love Of The Whole Heart

The Christian who has not definitely aimed to sacrifice everything, who has not determined to seek grace in order to live, is guilty of disobedience. There may be much in his religion that appears good and earnest, but he cannot possibly have the joyful consciousness of knowing he is doing the will of his Lord and keeping His commandments.

When the call is heard to come and begin a true life of obedience again, many try to slip quietly into it. They think that by more prayer and Bible study they will grow into obedience and that it will come gradually. They are greatly mistaken. The word God uses in Jeremiah might teach them their mistake. “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 3:13).

A soul that is in full earnest and has taken the vow of full obedience may grow out of a feeble obedience into a fuller one. But there is no growing out of disobedience into obedience. A turning back, a turning away, a decision, a crisis is needed. That only comes by very definite insight into what has been wrong and confession of the sin with shame and penitence.

Only in penance will the soul seek divine and mighty cleansing from its filthiness. Repentance prepares the consciousness for the gift of a new heart. God’s Spirit will cause us to walk in His statues.

If you would hope to lead a different life, to become a man or a woman of a Christ like obedience, begin by asking God for the Holy Spirit of conviction to show you all your disobedience. He will lead you, in humble confession, to the cleansing God has provided. Rest not until you have received it.

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