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June 27, 2011

A Humble Reminder to pastors

As I have thought perhaps more quietly than in previous days, it has seemed to me that in the past there has been a fallacy in my thinking.  That fallacy is simply this: that insofar as we are so abundantly right (as we are concerning the Biblical position), therefore it would certainly follow of a necessity that God’s rich blessing would rest upon us as individuals and as a movement.  I no longer believe this is so. . . .

What does all this mean to me?  I am not sure, except that it brings me increasingly to my knees – to ask that the Holy Spirit may have His way in my life; that I may not think just of justification and then the glories of Heaven (with merely a battle for separation between).  {But that I may also think of} all the wonders of the present aspect of my salvation, and that they may be real to me in my life and ministry.  What a wonderful Lord we have, and how glorious it is to indeed have God as our Father, and to be united with Christ, and to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  Oh, would to God that our ministry could be under His full direction, and in His power without reservation.

Francis A. Schaeffer, personal correspondence, 26 October 1951

Lord I pray that you guard me from any spiritual pride, doctrinal pride and make me humble knowing that in all things that is good – you are the source. Jesus make me humble as you continue to bless whatever things or events that come my way that might make me proud.