by Norman P. Grubb
I am to take no condemnation of myself – Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus or doubt that it is He as me. |
That covers my whole range of activity of mind and body. I have so old a suspicion of the misuses of myself, whether of bodily appetites formerly misused and easily responsive to temptation, or soul reactions of disturbed negative emotions about conditions or people, or questionings and doubtings of the mind, that it is new for me to accept the fact that He has taken me over. I am not to doubt or question. It is for Him to keep what He has taken possession of.
I didn’t choose Him. He chose me John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name so the “heat” is on Him to do the keeping. I might well question His choices, choosing me or you, but we are His choice, so I laugh and go free.
A pastor friend of mine, Keith Lamb of Kerrville, Texas, asked his folk, who are well—taught in Who they really are, “Hands up those who, like St. Augustine, say ‘I love God and do as I like”. He said very few hands went up because we bemused folk still suspect that if we do as we like, well go back down to the old flesh ways!
But no, no, we who now know Who we are, “do as we like” because what we like is His will and ways! It is no longer singing of myself “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love” No! No! No more wandering or leaving for we are fixed as He. (We will talk a little later about temptation and soul—spirit responses.) This greatly changes our songs and prayers for why keep asking Him to bless when He has said He is blessing? Why keep asking for the power when we say with Paul, “1 can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me”? Why not change “pray so” prayers into “say so” prayers?
Simple as This