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    Glen B Smith
    To:Lou Newton

    Dec 31 at 8:44 PM

    Virtues and Sanctification quote from Oswald Chambers


    Excerpt copied from December 30th; "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers; "And Every Virtue We Possess"


    The life God plants in us develops its own virtue, not the virtues of Adam but of Jesus Christ. Watch how God will wither up your confidence in natural virtues after sanctification, and any power you have, until you learn to draw your life from the reservoir of the resurrection life of Jesus. Thank God if you are going through a drying up experience.


    The sign that God is at work in us is that He corrupts confidence in the natural virtues, because these are not promises of what we are going to be, but remnants of what God created man to be. We will cling to natural virtues, while all the time God is trying to get us in contact with the life of Christ which can never be described in terms of natural virtues. It is the saddest thing to see people in the service of God depending on that which the grace of God never gave them, depending upon what they have by the accident of heredity. God does not build up our natural virtues and transform them, because our natural virtues can never come anywhere near what Jesus Christ wants. No natural love, no natural patience, no natural purity can ever come up to His demands. But as we bring every bit of our bodily life into harmony with the new life which God has put in us, He will exhibit in us the virtues that were characteristic of the Lord Jesus.
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