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Fellowship Now With Jesus

by Norman P. Grubb

Now the first thought I would share with you concerning the walk is something which to me simplifies it a great deal. I speak in these matters from my heart because I have been taught a great deal more about the walk in the Spirit in the last 4 years than I ever knew before, at least more than I ever consciously knew before. That was through closer contact with our beloved brethren in Africa, both nationals and missionaries, of the Ruanda area, really a C.M.S. area, both through contacts I had previously in the homeland and then through the privilege I had of spending some time with them in their areas after I had visited our own fields in Central Africa. I was greatly blessed in learning, re-learning, and getting new light, very simple but very radical and helpful light on this walk.

So it is something that I speak of from my heart as well as from God’s Word, I trust. Now the first very simple lesson which has simplified things for me (of course we know it, but these things can be re-clarified to us) is the fact that the whole meaning of the walk is that it is a present-tense activity. The whole meaning of it is that it is a present- tense, a down to earth, immediate, present activity. I am now walking—that’s the idea. You are walking now, not in the future; not in the past, but in the present. You are walking now—walking in fellowship with Jesus now.

So it brings us down to the present tense and I find it helpful to remember that there is only one tense that really makes sense in the Christian life. There is only one tense—that is the present. The only tense we are really responsible for is the present. We are to live in the present. A great many of our diversions come because we are pulled back to the past, or forward to the future. We’re often pulled back to the past by the condemnations of the devil. He smears the simplicity of our present walk by reminding us, “Oh, you’re no good; why, you sinned yesterday; you’re selfish, you’re proud, you’re this and that. You can’t walk consistently.” The devil dulls our presence with Jesus by his false accusations. Now I’m not to take a single word for one minute from the past, because “there is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” The whole past is forever blotted out in the Precious Blood for “as far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12. They are cast into the depths of the sea. I’m not to take the devil’s condemnation! The only sense in which I am to take the past is if I am conscious that I have just sinned, specifically sinned on a specific point; not a general point that I am generally proud, or generally selfish, or those lies the devil gives me. I’m not. I’m in Christ. I’m not going to take that lie. I’m in Christ and crucified with Him. I’m not going to take that smear from the past, but if there is something I may just have committed this morning and I know it is sin, well then, certainly I must face up and put that right. But I can do it in one second. That’s a thing I can do at the present. I can immediately put that right and immediately have the Cleansing Blood—and walk!

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Daily Walk in the Spirit”