The Daily Walk Of Faith
As Godís yielded servant, God expects that I will cease from self-dependence, and henceforth live a life of constant trust in, and dependence upon the indwelling Christ. I have learned that in me alone, that is in my flesh, there is not one atom of spiritual life, and that the sole source of that spiritual life is the Son of God, who dwells within me in the Spirit. Apart from the Christ within me I am a spiritual pauper.
The one great axiom of my new life is to be this: Trust the Christ within you. He is my wisdom, my life, my light. He assures me that the Spirit dwelling within me has taken charge of me. The Spirit will guide; the Spirit will teach; the Spirit will purify. He will reveal the Christ; He will fit me for service; He will speak through me; He will work the works of God through me. He will at all times do all things which my life needs for its perfect growth in Christ.
In the old life I schemed, and planned and fretted concerning my daily round of duty and service. In the new life I am to leave all to Him. In the old life I constantly trusted my strength, my judgment, my wisdom. In the new I am to trust His, and His alone.
He is now wholly in charge. The reins are in His grasp. He is the teacher, I am the scholar; He the worker, I only the instrument; He the potter, I the clay. The Spirit is therefore now to have possession and control of me in a sense and measure unknown before I renounced proprietorship.
I am now to learn the greatest lesson in the school of faith, the lesson of constant distrust of self and constant looking unto Jesus. I am to be self-dependent in nothing, Christ-dependent in all things. Not only am I justified by faith, but I now also realize that "the just shall live by faith." Jesus Christ says, "I am the Life."
Therefore I am to be constantly looking to Him; I am to be continually drawing upon Him. I am to be ever living by faith in Him. The justified man says, "I trusted, and received Thee as life"; the surrendered man, "I am trusting and constantly drawing upon Thy life." His present tense life is to be met by my present tense faith. The correlative of His "I am the Life" is my "Lord, I am living by faith in Thee."
The very life which floods heaven is dependent life, "a pure river of water of life...proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb" (Rev. 22:1). If the Son of God lived thus, and the redeemed in heaven shall live thus, how much more should I, His weak, earthly child, so live.
It will take line upon line and precept upon precept, with many failures and blunders on my part, ere my patient Guide will be able to inculcate this lesson of constantly distrusting the flesh within me, and constantly trusting the Christ within me. Yet He is never weary of teaching, and by His grace I shall assuredly learn it, and come to know in measure the blessed experience of the man of Tarsus, as he proclaims the great secret: "I am living by faith" (Gal. 2:20).
Accept Godís Will
I am to accept Godís will. That will is now to be the standard for the direction of my life. I am no longer to ask myself what I want to do but what God would have me to do.
Here Godís Word as the revelation of that will is to take a new place in my life. I am to accept that Word as the standard by which I am to live. I am to accept it however it may clash with my own thought or desire. I am to accept it however others may differ or dissuade. When that Word says "love your enemiesÖand pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matt. 5:44), I am to accept and set myself to do this revealed will of God, however impracticable or absurd the world may deem it.
When that Word says "casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you" (1 Pet. 5:7), I am to accept that as His will concerning care, and I am immediately to proceed to put it into practice. When that Word says, "My God shall supply all your need" (Phil. 4:19), I am to cease from all anxious care concerning my needs and look to God to supply as I obey.
As I study Godís Word, truth will flash upon me with which my daily life does not agree. I am not for a moment to question that truth, but am at once to bring my daily life into harmony with it. Thus to accept the will of God, as revealed in the Word of God, and to incarnate it in oneís own life and walk, is a most heart-searching process for Godís surrendered child. It ministers to rapidity of spiritual growth as naught else can possibly do. It fills him with amazement as he sees how far his life has fallen short of Godís will.
Patiently Submit to Godís Will
I am to patiently submit to Godís will. To be patient means literally "to stay under." Like the rough diamond under the polisherís tool, I am to stay under Godís hand whatever may come upon me. Instead of the exultant spiritual experience I look for may come suffering, tremendous testing, mysterious providences, darkness and uncertainty as to the future. Amid them all I am simply to stay under Godís hand. I am to say "Thy will be done," both in good and evil. I am to learn "in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" (Phil. 4:11).
Many are willing to be in Godís hand for service, but not under Godís hand for purification. They are ready for the field, but not for the furnace or the forge. They are ready to minister, but not to patiently endure all things which come into their lives as either sent, or permitted, by Him. Yet part of my surrender and submission to God is to submit to His choice as to the kind of experience which is to come into my life at and after surrender.
He suffered His own Son to come into a place of terrific testing at the hands of the adversary at the very beginning of His ministry. The servant is not greater than his Lord. God knows exactly what is best for me. Therefore, every event which comes into my life after surrender, however inexplicable and hard to endure, I am to patiently submit to as the very thing which God deems best for my purification, strengthening, and growth in the Christian life.
"The present circumstance which presses so hard against you (if surrendered to Christ) is the best shaped tool in the Fatherís hand to chisel you for eternity. Trust Him then. Do not push away the instrument, lest you lose also its work."
Consider the unreasonableness of any other attitude. One day I surrender myself to God to live His will instead of my own. The next day comes trial, testing, or suffering. Straightway, perhaps, I grow rebellious and begin to doubt my surrender, my acceptance, yea, even God Himself. That is, not twenty-four hours after I have said, "Lord, not my will, but Thine," I break faith with God because something which is "not-my-will" has entered my life.
Let me ever remember that my supreme aim as a surrendered servant is to live the submission which I have made, and that this is exactly what I am doing when I patiently submit to all things which touch my life.
Do Godís Will
I am to do Godís will. If by a definite act I offer myself to an employer for service it is mere honesty for me to proceed daily and faithfully to do that which I have yielded myself to do. And what but this is my surrender to God? It is "voluntary offering of ourselves to God to do His will instead of our own." This is what I yield myself to do. Therefore let me do it. Nothing else would be fair to man. Surely naught else is fair to God.
To accept, submit to, and hourly do His will is now to be the one aim and concern of my life. "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me" (John 4:34), said the Son. This, too, is our food as well as His: we grow strong upon it; we soon become weak and faint without it. Remembering the lofty life-purpose of the first-born Son, "Lo, I come to do Thy will" (Heb. 10:9), we too as yielded sons are to keep this ever before us as the supreme single purpose of our earthly life, even as it shall be of our eternal life in the ages to come, "The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever" (1 John 2:17).
Taken from The Surrendered Life.