August 7

My beloved child…How, then, are you to attain a holy and righteous life as an actual experience in your everyday manner of living?  Not by trying, but by trusting in Me with an unwavering child-like trust, fully confident beyond the shadow of any doubt in this… that I Who began a good work in you am able and faithful, and will indeed carry it on to completion! [Father God…Phil 1:6; Isa 48:17]

Abba Father…I understand; thank You for making this so clear to me.  You have shown me over the years during our times alone together just to commune, that there are two operating principles out of which I can live my life…the power of the flesh, or the Power of the Spirit.  Those whose lives are under the guidance of the flesh…their sin- enslaved human nature…set their mind on and pursue what that nature desires; but those who live guided by the Holy Spirit set their mind on and seek after what Your Spirit desires.

Whenever I choose to live controlled by the power of my flesh, I live my everyday life in reliance upon my human capabilities and capacities, by my own efforts and in my own strength, according to my own wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.  Those who choose to live controlled by the Power of Your Holy Spirit live their everyday life in reliance upon His Divine capabilities and capacities, by His efforts and in His strength, according to His Divine Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding.  Enable me, Father, by the power of Your enabling grace to fully embrace His Divine Power that has given me everything I need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Jesus, the One Who called me by His Own glory and goodness.  Through these, Christ Jesus has given me His Own very great and precious promises, so that through them I may participate in the Divine nature now dwelling within me, and thereby escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. [2 Pet 1:3-4]  Father…I realize that living in the Power of Your Holy Spirit is a life of watching and waiting upon God, looking off unto You and listening for Your voice…for You to place me where I am to be, lead me where I am to go, show me what I am to do to participate in Your work, give me the thoughts I am to think and present, the words to speak or write.  This was the life of Your Divine Son Jesus when He lived on this Earth.  I am to live my everyday life by the example set by Christ Jesus Your Son, Who said, “I only do what My Father shows Me to do; I only speak the words My Father gives Me to speak.”

My place in Your work is to attentively and diligently look for the leading and guiding of Your Holy Spirit in everything concerning my everyday life, and to cooperate with the power of His enabling grace to do all that He prompts me to do, or say, or think.  He is the One Who produces fruit in my life; I am simply to be a branch that bears His fruit!  I participate in Your work by making the members of my body and all my faculties available to You as instruments of righteousness, leading to holiness.  I need only offer myself to God as a living sacrifice, a vessel dedicated for Your honor and well-pleasing to You.  This is my spiritual act of true worship.  Abba Father…I understand!  I am just the paint brush in the hand of the Master; the pen in the hand of the Author; the bow in the hand of the Master Violinist.  I am just the instrument of Your Righteousness…a vessel set apart for noble purposes, holy and consecrated to the Master, prepared and ready to be used for Your every good purpose.  This is my life; this is what I live for.  The all-prevailing, all pervading, atmosphere in which my soul lives and moves and has its very being is an unwavering child-like trust in You, Father.  The underlying foundation for my unwavering child-like trust is that in the very depths of my being I have embraced the reality of Your fathomless love for Your child, and Your absolute Sovereignty over all Creation.  Hallelujah!

This is surely the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with You: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto You and listening for Your voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for You to reveal Yourself to me ever more deeply and intimately, and Your plans, Your purposes, Your will for me…SO I MAY THEN RESPOND, with an unquestioning child-like obedience, to every leading and prompting of Your Holy Spirit, cooperating with the Power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do.  My soul, wait thou only upon God!

It’s not in trying but in trusting:

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