Yield to the Spirit

I've been going through Smith Wigglesworth's Devotional this year (I'll put the link at the end of the article), and I've been thoroughly blessed by his words. The unusual thing about his devotional is the amount of his words that only make sense when you are really ready in the spirit. It's hard to describe, but I'll read the scripture at the top and then read the narrative and just not get it. Then, later, it'll hit me the connection that he was making. It's like a bolt of lightning when that connection to the Spiritual Truth is made.

These last few days in the devotional have been like that for me. I can sense where it's going and feel that I've almost got it in my grasp, then, I get my mind involved and it's gone. The connection just withers away when my mind starts grinding away on the meaning. As an example, he give the following scripture:

"Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." (2 Corinthians 4:10)

He explains that the "dying of the Lord" is the dying to desire. Even Jesus experienced this dying to self when He faced the cross: "if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me." (Matthew 26:39) but he followed it up in the next moment with his divine nature: "Yet not as I will, but as you will."

Like so many great men of God, Mr. Wigglesworth conveys the truth in a practical way, yet, he's coming from such a place of spiritual maturity. The solution is simple, yet, it's so easy to miss when I start thinking about it. Here it is: "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:10)

If I could only get myself out of the way, how do I do that? The answer is staring at me right in the face, if I'll only reach out with my spirit and grab it. Let's approach it from another angle:
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Are you seeing it? "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus"...where is your focus today?
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