In a recent post by Joel he wrote about his favorite entry in Oswald Chambers' daily devotional, "My Utmost For His Highest." My Utmost is my favorite devotional, but it hasn't always been that way. Not long after I became a Christian, I began to read it daily and I must admit that I understood very little of what I read. As time went on, I grew in knowledge and grace and I began to understand it more and more. I am not sure that I have a favorite entry, but the following has to be near the top of the list. I have blogged about some of this entry before, but I thought I would share it again. It is from March 23.
If the Spirit of God detects anything in you that is wrong, He doesn’t ask you to make it right; He only asks you to accept the light of truth, and then He will make it right. A child of the light will confess sin instantly and stand completely open before God. But a child of the darkness will say, "Oh, I can explain that." When the light shines and the Spirit brings conviction of sin, be a child of the light. Confess your wrongdoing, and God will deal with it. If, however, you try to vindicate yourself, you prove yourself to be a child of the darkness.
What is the proof that carnality has gone? Never deceive yourself; when carnality is gone you will know it-it is the most real thing you can imagine. And God will see to it that you have a number of opportunities to prove to yourself the miracle of His grace. The proof is in a very practical test. You will find yourself saying, "If this had happened before, I would have had the spirit of resentment!" And you will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.