I am reading again a book by Miles J. Stanford calledÂ The Green Letters.Â It has someÂ wonderful truths that I wanted to share with you.Â The following is found on page 21.Â
There being no cause in the creature why grace should be shown, the creature must be brought off from trying to give cause to God for His care.Â
He has been accepted in Christ, who is his standing!
He is not on probation.
As to his life past, it does not exist before God: he died at the cross, and Christ is his life.
Grace, once bestowed, is not withdrawn: for God knew all the human exigencies beforehand; His action was independent of them, not dependent on them.
To believe, and to consent to be loved while unworthy, is the great secret.
To refuse to make resolutions and vows; for that is to trust in the flesh.
To expect to be blessed though realizing more and more lack of worth.
To rely on God’s chastening (child training) hand as a mark of His kindness.
To hope to be better (hence acceptable) is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.
To be disappointed with yourself is to have believed in yourself.
To be discouraged is unbelief-as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.
To be proud, is to be blind! for we have no standing before God, in ourselves.
The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.
To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order, and preach law not grace.Â The Law made man’s blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing: our devotion may follow but does not always do so-in proper measure.
Have we been afraid to believe God?Â Have some evenÂ been afraid toÂ allow othersÂ to really believe Him? Â