This absolute surrender God will wonderfully bless.
What Ahab said to his enemy, King Ben-hadad—“My lord, O king, according to thy
word I am thine, and all that I have”—shall we not say to our God and loving Father? If we
do say it, God’s blessing will come upon us. God wants us to be separate from the world;
we are called to come out from the world that hates God. Come out for God, and say: “Lord,
anything for Thee.” If you say that with prayer, and speak that into God’s ear, He will accept
it, and He will teach you what it means.
I say again, God will bless you. You have been praying for blessing. But do remember,
there must be absolute surrender. At every tea-table you see it. Why is tea poured into that
cup? Because it is empty, and given up for the tea. But put ink, or vinegar, or wine into it,
and will they pour the tea into the vessel? And can God fill you, can God bless you if you
are not absolutely surrendered to Him? He cannot. Let us believe God has wonderful
blessings for us, if we will but stand up for God, and say, be it with a trembling will, yet with
a believing heart: “O God, I accept Thy demands. I am thine and all that I have. Absolute surrender is what my soul yields to Thee by divine grace.”
You may not have such strong and clear feelings of deliverances as you would desire to
have, but humble yourselves in His sight, and acknowledge that you have grieved the Holy
Spirit by your self-will, self-confidence, and self-effort. Bow humbly before him in the confession
of that, and ask him to break the heart and to bring you into the dust before Him.
Then, as you bow before Him, just accept God’s teaching that in your flesh “there dwelleth
no good thing” (Rom. 7:18), and that nothing will help you except another life which must
come in. You must deny self once for all. Denying self must every moment be the power of
your life, and then Christ will come in and take possession of you.
When was Peter delivered? When was the change accomplished? The change began
with Peter weeping, and the Holy Spirit came down and filled his heart.
God the Father loves to give us the power of the Spirit. We have the Spirit of God
dwelling within us. We come to God confessing that, and praising God for it, and yet con-
fessing how we have grieved the Spirit. And then we bow our knees to the Father to ask that
He would strengthen us with all might by the Spirit in the inner man, and that He would
fill us with His mighty power. And as the Spirit reveals Christ to us, Christ comes to live in
our hearts forever, and the self-life is cast out.
Let us bow before God in humility, and in that humility confess before Him the state
of the whole Church. No words can tell the sad state of the Church of Christ on earth. I wish
I had words to speak what I sometimes feel about it. Just think of the Christians around
you. I do not speak of nominal Christians, or of professing Christians, but I speak of hundreds
and thousands of honest, earnest Christians who are not living a life in the power of God
or to His glory. So little power, so little devotion or consecration to God, so little perception
of the truth that a Christian is a man utterly surrendered to God’s will! Oh, we want to
confess the sins of God’s people around us, and to humble ourselves. We are members of
that sickly body, and the sickliness of the body will hinder us, and break us down, unless
we come to God, and in confession separate ourselves from partnership with worldliness,
with coldness toward each other, unless we give up ourselves to be entirely and wholly for
How much Christian work is being done in the spirit of the flesh and in the power of
self! How much work, day by day, in which human energy—our will and our thoughts about
the work—is continually manifested, and in which there is but little of waiting upon God,
and upon the power of the Holy Spirit! Let us make confession. But as we confess the state
of the Church and the feebleness and sinfulness of work for God among us, let us come back
to ourselves. Who is there who truly longs to be delivered from the power of the self-life,
who truly acknowledges that it is the power of self and the flesh, and who is willing to cast
all at the feet of Christ? There is deliverance.
I heard of one who had been an earnest Christian, and who spoke about the “cruel”
thought of separation and death. But you do not think that, do you? What are we to think
of separation and death? This: death was the path to glory for Christ. For the joy set before
Him He endured the cross. The cross was the birthplace of His everlasting glory. Do you
love Christ? Do you long to be in Christ, and not like Him? Let death be to you the most
desirable thing on earth—death to self, and fellowship with Christ. Separation—do you
think it a hard thing to be called to be entirely free from the world, and by that separation
to be united to God and His love, by separation to become prepared for living and walking
with God every day? Surely one ought to say: “Anything to bring me to separation, to death, for a life of full fellowship with God and Christ.”
Come and cast this self-life and flesh-life at the feet of Jesus. Then trust Him. Do not
worry yourselves with trying to understand all about it, but come in the living faith that
Christ will come into you with the power of His death and the power of His life; and then
the Holy Spirit will bring the whole Christ—Christ crucified and risen and living in
glory—into your heart.