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Living far from God

When a person cannot follow the leading of the Spirit and obey God, it reveals more than just ignorance of the love of God. It reveals the lack of a contrite heart and a humble spirit. He instead goes to the Tree of Knowledge and challenges the Spirit with emotional reaction and rationalistic attitudes that make him live far from God.

How is one renewed and quickened in an experiential response to God’s presence? By being humble before God, contrite in heart, and by not thinking of himself above what he is, frail and weak. It is not living in anything less than that which is imparted by God. Humility is not expressed in examples of piety where your feelings of worthlessness keep you from experiencing a Finished Work.

God will bring mysterious challenges into our lives to test our humility towards Him and to prove the validity of the Scriptures. How we react to God in those challenges reveals the measure of our humility. If a person is always striving against circumstances, it is because he is not humble enough to accept them in the plan of God’s grace. If an individual kicks against the pricks (the sharpness of the Word as it comes into their experience), he is not contrite enough to be near God and to have the presence of healing as the ointment of his soul. Through humility, allow God to heal you of everything that is outside of grace.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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