DEPENDENCE ON THE LORD

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear
fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can
ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the Vine, ye are the
branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same
bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do
nothing.” John 15: 4-5

“Dependence sees no difficulties; all is smooth and
even to the eye of faith.”

QUOTES……L.E. Maxwell

“Have you ever had God lay hold of you in the wee hours and reduce you until you had ‘Nothing left to do but fling/Care aside and simply cling?’” (p. 29).

“God must secure our confidence, and…He tries us in order to make us trust where we cannot trace. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. ‘Thy way is in the sea.’ While, therefore, He has no pleasure in our agony and perplexity, He knows that it is in the trackless and traceless sea of trouble that we come to trust” (p. 38).

“To be self-centered is to be self-destroyed…Self carries within itself the element of its own
destruction.” (p. 128).

“When the Lord Jesus dealt with souls, His method was adapted to the need of the individual. However, it is remarkable that almost invariably He brought souls face to face with some one thing which in their own strength they could not do, and there demanded an act of obedience…In order to create a sense of sin and a need of divine strength Jesus gave command just where men were inclined to wander or argue or excuse themselves” (p. 150).

“If only the Saviour had asked me to do something else! But that something else would not have reached your heart. You could have done that other thing without faith and without grace; yes, without even being right with God. So, in asking you to do the one impossible thing, Christ crosses your will through your withered limb” (p. 178).

“Grace is no mere favour conferred upon the ungodly, but it is to be experienced as a ruling force and sufficiency, reigning in our hearts as the new, living ‘law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,’ and enabling us to prove the no-more dominion of sin. Grace abounding is to lead at once to grace reigning” (p. 219).

In ways simple and inscrutable and fiery God must drain away the dregs of self-confidence. He must let the flesh fail…when all those remaining are convinced that God alone is their rescue and remedy…” (p. 256)

All quotes are taken from “Crowded To Christ” by L.E. Maxwell. Printed in 1950

CHURCH PLIGHT

“For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).

In regard to the external Cross, the obvious fact is that “Christ died for our sins.” As to the internal Cross, while not so obvious, it is still a fact that we are to be “always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor. 4:11).

“Popular Fundamentalist theology has emphasized the utility of the Cross rather than the beauty of the One who died on it. The saved man’s relation to the Lord Jesus has been made contractual instead of personal. The ‘work’ of Christ has been stressed until it has eclipsed the Person of Christ. Substitution has been allowed to supersede identification. What He did for us seems to be more important than what He did to us.” -A.W.Tozer

“The death of the Lord Jesus was not only an atonement for sins, but a triumph over sin. By faith we see our sins not only on His head for our pardon, but sin under His feet for our deliverance. Multitudes who glory in the outward Cross know nothing of that inward crucifixion which it has also made possible, whereby they are delivered from the power of self and sin, the world, the flesh, and the devil. That they do not know: That their ‘old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, so that they should no longer be in bondage to sin’ (Rom. 6:6).” -G. Marshall

“We are not only to take by faith the fact that the Lord Jesus died for us to pay the price and penalty of our sins, but we are to appropriate by faith the fact that He also took us to the Cross with Him. In Christ, God put to death our old man that we might be delivered from the power and dominion of sin in our lives. So the story of the pathway of faith begins with Calvary and our identification with the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus.” -G.Marshall

“You were set free from the tyranny of sin” (Rom. 6:18, Wey.)
(Hungry Heart #8, pg. 11)

BITS OF WISDOM……

Many Bible teachers place “reliance upon the Spirit to overcome the old nature by
means of the new nature. This leads the believer to seek the filling of the Spirit
in order to overcome sin and the old nature and to be conformed to the image
of Christ. Thus the Biblical means of freedom from the domination of sin is
passed over, leaving the old man [sinful nature] free to block true spiritual progress.” mjs

A few of these folks do teach the believer’s crucified position, but they fail “to
teach the application of that positional crucifixion! Instead of counting upon the
finished work, [they call] upon the will, thereby abandoning the struggling believer to
the rigors of Romans Seven. [They] offer no rest through reckoning upon our death
and resurrection with Christ, but only the civil war of ceaseless conflict and life-long
warfare with sin and the old nature.” mjs

“The Cross and the Christ-life are inseparable.”
“Grace and growth are inseparable.”

KNOW the facts: “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the
body of sin might be [annulled], that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

RECKON on the facts: “Likewise reckon [count on being true] ye also yourselves
to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

YIELD: “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto
sin [nature]: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead,
and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

“I find there are three great stages in the Christian history. First, the greatness of my
salvation. Second, the attractiveness of Christ, Himself. He is my life. I count all
things but rubbish that He might be my gain [in experience]. Very few come to this stage,
but those who do, are in the third stage –here for Him; they could not be otherwise.” JBS

“People are glad enough to find peace, rest, deliverance from fear of judgement…; but to
part with their very self, to be supplanted by the indwelling Christ Himself, to have another
Person exhibit His excellence and His glory, to have His will, His wisdom, His sufficiency
only exhibited and carried out at all times, is very, very different. This is the end of the
gospel which Paul preaches, and it is unutterable glory to the heart that accepts it.” Wm. Newell

SPIRIT-TAUGHT AND SPIRIT-WROUGHT……L.L. Letgers

If we fail to rely upon the Holy Spirit for the practical day-by-day
realization of the identification truths, we will fall short of Romans 8,
and find ourselves bound in the struggle of Romans 7.

“If some of you who have been the Lord’s for a long time cast a
glance over your past history, you will be able to recall occasions
when He spoke and you obeyed instantly. But you can recall
other occasions when He spoke and you failed to respond; yet
strangely, after a time you just found yourself in the way of
obedience.

Such is the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s government in our lives.
Even if we are totally unable to obey and cannot even exercise
faith, a day comes when the resistance has vanished and we
are trusting the Lord Jesus in simplicity of heart. It is the tireless
energy of the indwelling Spirit that has accomplished this.

Our union with the Lord Jesus is a union of life. We were
raised with Him, we are made alive in Him. True, our bodies
are to be changed, and those who have died in Christ are to
be raised as to their bodies, but now we are raised with and
are made alive in Him.

The trouble is that many are not aware of this wonderful fact
and position; all of it seems so far away and unreal. If we will
believe God’s Word and begin to thank Him for the truths that
He tells us, the Holy Spirit will ere long begin to make these
truths living realities in our lives.” –L..L. Letgers
(None But The Hungry Heart, #7, pg.8)