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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: 34 GOD IS ABLE. We have just dealt specially with the dethronement of self and the daily acceptance of its crucifixion; speaking thus early of this side of truth, in the conviction that the soul, seeking a closer conformity to the will of God, needs very definitely to ask itself at the outset whether its present attitude is one of true receptivity ; whether it not only believes that " He is able," but is willing that He should put His ability into definite action at any cost to self. We shall now as we proceed bend our thoughts more directly upon the Lord Himself, in some of those glorious character in which He is " made to us Sanc- i Cor. i. tification ": and this, I am sure, will be in the proportion of the Gospel. We must look far more at Him than at our attitude towards Him. In Baxter's well- known words, we must take ten looks at Christ for one at self. But none the less it is well to look early in the process of thought, and to look decisively, at what is the attitude of our will towards Him. If that is not done, interminable disappointment is a sad probability, where the Holy Spirit keeps conscience awake so as to feel it. Before coming to a view, somewhat in detail, of one or another of the characters of Christ as our Sanctification, let us here pause awhile before the grand fact in general that He, this Being who indeed is not ourselves, is able to deal with us in our inmost self, and has announced His willingness to do it. Leave alone for the moment analysis and theory, however true, and ponder the Fact. Is it not good to do so, after such views as we have just been taking ? We have held up to our own eyes an ideal of the life of walk with God, with a distinct resolve that it shall not remain for us a mere ideal. It shall be translated and transfigured...
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