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July 1

1 JUL – Unceasing Pursuit of the Goal

”I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye are otherwise minded, this also shall God reveal unto you.” Phil 3

“I press on”. ‘I am not going to be brought to a standstill, I am going on’. Now this is exactly what the Spirit that was in Jesus Christ and that is in us will do.

The operations of the Holy Spirit, and the providential ways of God – strange, mysterious providences – these are all designed to keep us on the stretch. Any life that is really under the government of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus Christ, will never be allowed to settle down, will always be kept on the move – oh, yes, by strange means. The Lord knows how to deal with you and me. He knows the tendencies of our makeup, our constitution, our natures. He knows us exactly, every one of us, and (oh that we could believe it, really believe it always!) the way in which we are going is the way that the infinite, inscrutable wisdom of God knows to be the only way by which we shall come to a greater measure of the Lord. He vetoes much in order to economize, to ensure that we shall not be spreading ourselves too widely but be directed into the essential channels.

Yes, He deals with us because He knows us. His providential dealings with us and the Holy Spirit’s operations in us are to keep us on the move, on the stretch, with a holy discontent, for there is a great enemy to spiritual fullness. Do believe this, that there is no time in the life of a true child of God or servant of God when they retire, with their work at an end. We ought always to be receiving so much from the Lord that we just cannot retire and keep it all to ourselves. We ought to be like David, who said, “I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good… My heart was hot within me; While I was musing the fire burned; then spake I with my tongue” (Psa. 39:2-4). No, the Spirit will keep us on the stretch, keep us in the way of the growing revelation of what is ours in Christ, so that we have more and more of Him, and cannot keep it to ourselves because it is too much.

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