10 Whereby Shall I Know?
thank Thee, 0 Father . . . because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and
prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” Matthew 11:25
relationship we do not grow step by step; we are either there or we are not.
God does not cleanse us more and more from sin, but when we are in the light,
walking in the light, we are cleansed from all sin. It is a question of
obedience, and instantly the relationship is perfected. Turn away for one
second out of obedience, and darkness and death are at work at once.
revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never
get them open by philosophy or thinking. Immediately you obey, a flash of light
comes. Let God's truth work in you by soaking in it, not by worrying into it.
The only way you can get to know is to stop trying to find out and by being
born again. Obey God in the thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is
opened up. One reads tomes on the work of the Holy Spirit, when one five
minutes of drastic obedience would make things as clear as a sunbeam. “I
suppose I shall understand these things some day!” You can understand them now.
It is not study that does it, but obedience. The tiniest fragment of obedience,
and heaven opens and the profoundest truths of God are yours straight away. God
will never reveal more truth about Himself until you have obeyed what you know
already. Beware of becoming “wise and prudent.”