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The only true attitude for the Christian is that of dependence...

The LORD is near - Saturday, December 14, 2013
by Jacob Redekop, Brian Reynolds, John van Dijk, Eugene P. Vedder, Jr
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The only true attitude for the Christian is that of dependence...


I am come from heaven, not that I should do My will, but the will of Him that has sent Me.
(John 6:38)

The only true attitude for the Christian is that of dependence. The moment we get off the ground of dependence on God we are sure to come to grief. This is true both individually and collectively. Peter got off the ground of dependence when in self-confidence he said, “If all shall be offended in Thee, I will never be offended” (Matthew 26:33). Alas, he soon had to learn by bitter experience that he had no strength to stand when the hour of trial came. So it is with us; if we think we are strong and able to meet the enemy, it is just then we are in the most dangerous position of all. God has to allow some sifting to come to show us that we are nothing and that all our strength is in Him. But it is only in the Lord’s presence and nearness to Him that there can be that absence of self and constant dependence upon Him so needed for the Christian life and walk and service.
This need of dependence is also true collectively. The moment an assembly of Christians begins to say (or to think, if they do not say it), “We are the people, the testimony,” failure has come in; they are off the ground of dependence. Self, and not Christ, has become the object of attention. They have, in fact, taken the first step on the sloping plane of self-occupation, which, if it is not repented of, is sure to end in disaster.
Our blessed Lord was the true example of dependence. He never deviated from the path of absolute dependence on the Father, not even for a moment. Blessed Saviour, may we learn of Thee and be occupied with Thee! And thus may that wretched self which so clings to us be displaced and forgotten in the presence of Thy lowly grace, perfect devotedness, and humble submission to the Father’s will in everything!
F.C Blount




 


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