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31 December, 2018 11:40

December 31, 2018

The following is taken from Smith Wigglesworth, Devotional book. December 31.

There is one thing that can hinder our faith: a conscience that is seared. [1Ti 4.2] Paul sought to have a conscience void of offense. [Ac 24.16] There is a conscience that is seared, and there is a conscience that is so opened to the presence of God that the smallest thing in the world will drive it to God. What we need is a conscience that is so opened to God that not one thing can come into and stay in our lives to break up our fellowship and shatter our faith in God. And when we can come into the presence of God with a clear conscience and a faith unfeigned, [1Ti 1.5] our heart condemning us not, then have we confidence toward God, and whatsoever we ask we receive of him. [1Jn 3.22]

In Mark 11.24 we read, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” The previous verse speaks of mountains removed, difficulties cleared away. [Mk 11.23] Veneering won’t do. We must have reality, the real working of our God. We must know God. We must be able to go in and hold converse with God. We must also know the mind of God toward us, so that all our petitions are always on the line of his will.

As this like precious faith becomes a part of you, it will make you so that you will dare to do anything. And remember, God wants daring men. Men who will dare all, men who will be strong in him and dare to do exploits. How shall we reach this plane of faith? Give up your own mind. Let go your own thoughts, and take the thoughts of God, the word of God. If you build yourself on imaginations you will go wrong. You have the word of God and it is enough. A man gave this remarkable testimony concerning the word: “Never compare this book with other books. Comparisons are dangerous. Never think or never say that this book contains the word of God. It is the word of God. It is supernatural in origin, eternal in duration, inexpressible in value, infinite in scope, regenerative in power, infallible in authority, universal in interest, personal in application, inspired in totality. Read it through. Write it down. Pray it in. Work it out. And then pass it on.”

And truly the word of God changes a man until he becomes an epistle of God. It transforms his mind, changes his character, moves him on from grace to grace, makes him an inheritor of the very nature of God. God comes in, dwells in, walks in, talks through, and sups with him [Rv 3.20] who opens his being to the word of God and receives the Spirit who inspired it.

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