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Skin-Deep Or Heart-Deep

When you soak dirty dishes in water it is easier to wash them. Water flowing briskly downstream keeps rocks clean in a creek bed. The dishes and rocks have what we might call a skin-deep cleansing. Internally they are unchanged by the water.

When you keep new concrete moist it sets better and lasts longer. The best crops grow when dirt is kept moist during the entire growing season. New concrete and soil absorb water, are changed and rendered more useful by it.

There are people who are unable to absorb the things of God. He gets no deeper than their skin. The Lord makes what might be called a spiritual molecular change in some people. They are enabled to absorb the things of God and be made more useful by them. Their relationship with God becomes heart-deep.

2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Oswald Chambers: The great enemy to the Lord Jesus Christ in the present day is the conception of practical work that has not come from the New Testament, but from the systems of the world in which endless energy and activities are insisted upon, but no private life with God. . . . It is the innermost of the innermost that reveals the power of the life. . . . The central thing about the kingdom of Jesus Christ is a personal relationship to Himself, not public usefulness to men. . . . It is not its practical activities that are the strength of this Bible Training College, its whole strength lies in the fact that here you are put into soak before God. You have no idea of where God is going to engineer your circumstances, no knowledge of what strain is going to be put on you either at home or abroad, and if you waste your time in overactive energies instead of getting into soak on the great fundamental truths of God*s Redemption, you will snap when the strain comes; but if this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting rooted and grounded in God on the unpractical line, you will remain true to Him whatever happens.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Psalms 104:16: The trees of the Lord are full of sap.

Without sap the tree cannot flourish or even exist. Vitality is essential to a Christian. There must be life-a vital principle infused into us by God the Holy Ghost, or we cannot be trees of the Lord. The mere name of being a Christian is but a dead thing, we must be filled with the spirit of divine life. This life is mysterious. We do not understand the circulation of the sap, by what force it rises, and by what power it descends again. So the life within us is a sacred mystery. Regeneration is wrought by the Holy Ghost entering into man and becoming man*s life; and this divine life in a believer afterwards feeds upon the flesh and blood of Christ and is thus sustained by divine food, but whence it cometh and whither it goeth who shall explain to us? What a secret thing the sap is! The roots go searching through the soil with their little spongioles, but we cannot see them suck out the various gases, or transmute the mineral into the vegetable; this work is done down in the dark. Our root is Christ Jesus, and our life is hid in Him; this is the secret of the Lord. The radix of the Christian life is as secret as the life itself. How permanently active is the sap in the cedar! In the Christian the divine life is always full of energy-not always in fruit-bearing, but in inward operations. The believer*s graces, are not every one of them in constant motion? but his life never ceases to palpitate within. He is not always working for God, but his heart is always living upon Him. As the sap manifests itself in producing the foliage and fruit of the tree, so with a truly healthy Christian, his grace is externally manifested in his walk and conversation. If you talk with him, he cannot help speaking about Jesus. If you notice his actions you will see that he has been with Jesus. He has so much sap within, that it must fill his conduct and conversation with life. A heart-deep relationship with God exists only in those with Christ in their hearts.

1 John 5:11-12: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .

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