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28 Continuous Conversion
ye be converted, and become as little children. . . .” Matthew 18:3
of Our Lord are true of our initial conversion, but we have to be continuously
converted all the days of our lives, continually to turn to God as children. If
we trust to our wits instead of to God, we produce consequences for which God
will hold us responsible. Immediately our bodies are brought into new
conditions by the providence of God, we have to see that our natural life obeys
the dictates of the Spirit of God. Because we have done it once is no proof
that we shall do it again. The relation of the natural to the spiritual is one
of continuous conversion, and it is the one thing we object to. In every
setting in which we are put, the Spirit of God remains unchanged and His
salvation unaltered, but we have to “put on the new man.” God holds us
responsible every time we refuse to convert ourselves, our reason for refusing is
wilful obstinacy. Our natural life must not rule, God must rule in us.
hindrance in our spiritual life is that we will not be continually converted,
there are wadges of obstinacy where our pride spits at the throne of God and
says – I won't. We deify independence and wilfulness and call them by the wrong
name. What God looks on as obstinate weakness, we call strength. There are
whole tracts of our lives which have not yet been brought into subjection, and
it can only be done by this continuous conversion. Slowly but surely we can
claim the whole territory for the Spirit of God.