27 Where The Battle's Lost And Won
thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord. . . .” Jeremiah 4:1
is lost or won in the secret places of the will before God, never first in the
external world. The Spirit of God apprehends me and I am obliged to get alone
with God and fight the battle out before Him. Until this is done, I lose every
time. The battle may take one minute or a year, that will depend on me, not on God;
but it must be wrestled out alone before God, and I must resolutely go through
the hell of a renunciation before God. Nothing has any power over the man who
has fought out the battle before God and won there.
If I say, “I
will wait till I get into the circumstances and then put God to the test,” I
shall find I cannot. I must get the thing settled between my self and God in
the secret places of my soul where no stranger intermeddles, and then I can go
forth with the certainty that the battle is won. Lose it there, and calamity
and disaster and upset are as sure as God's decree. The reason the battle is
not won is because I try to win it in the external world first. Get alone with
God, fight it out before Him, settle the matter there once and for all.
with other people, the line to take is to push them to an issue of will. That
is the way abandonment begins. Every now and again, not often, but sometimes,
God brings us to a point of climax. That is the Great Divide in the life; from
that point we either go towards a more and more dilatory and useless type of
Christian life, or we become more and more ablaze for the glory of God – My
Utmost for His Highest.