The Art of Relinquishment

Living a life of relinquishment, is not necessarily, a popular subject. None the less, it is a biblical principle.

Over the next couple of blogs I will elaborate on the art of living a relinquished lifestyle. It seems appropriate to start this short mini-series off with a quote from: My Utmost for His Highest (a collection of writings taken from messages preached in the 1800’s, by Oswald Chambers.) Enjoy!

The Relinquished Life by Oswald Chambers

“I am crucified with Christ.” Galatians 2:20

“No one is ever united with Jesus Christ until he is willing to relinquish not sin only, but his whole way of looking at things. To be born from above of the Spirit of God means that we must let go before we lay hold, and in the first stages it is the relinquishing of all pretence. What Our Lord wants us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavour, but real solid sin; that is all He can take from us. And what does He give in exchange for our sin? Real solid righteousness. But we must relinquish all pretence of being any thing, all claim of being worthy of God’s consideration.

Then the Spirit of God will show us what further there is to relinquish. There will have to be the relinquishing of my claim to my right to myself in every phase. Am I willing to relinquish my hold on all I possess, my hold on my affections, and on everything, and to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?

There is always a sharp painful disillusionment to go through before we do relinquish. When a man really sees himself as the Lord sees him, it is not the abominable sins of the flesh that shock him, but the awful nature of the pride of his own heart against Jesus Christ. When he sees himself in the light of the Lord, the shame and the horror and the desperate conviction come home.

If you are up against the question of relinquishing, go through the crisis, relinquish all, and God will make you fit for all that He requires of you.”

Please be encouraged to ponder and search out the concept of relinquishment. In the next post of this mini-series we will explore the “Power of Relinquishment.” You don’t want to miss it—it will change your life!

My Utmost for His Highest is in devotional form and can be downloaded on the following site. (Cut and paste.)

http://pdfsearchonline.com/search.html?wm=153&sub=2&choose=checkout_directlink&search=free my utmost for his highest

You can read the devotional by clicking on this link:  http://myutmostdevo.tumblr.com/tagged/My-Utmost-For-His-Highest

You can buy it on line or at bookstores.

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2 thoughts on “The Art of Relinquishment

  1. Thanks Regina, I believe God is speaking, calling us to lay down self so that He can be glorified and move freely among His people for Kingdom purposes. I have been led back to the Lord’s Prayer and haven’t really got past the first word as that alone is a call to lay down myself, to surrender all for Him and His people. How much more blessed we shall be as we become poor(er) in spirit!
    Keep on keeping on and thanks again for listening the the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.

  2. I couldn’t agree more…we must decrease so He can increase.
    I love the way Oswald Chambers says “If you are up against the question of relinquishing, go through the crisis, relinquish all, and God will make you fit for all that He requires of you.”
    Our flesh certainly goes through a crisis as we lay self down. But our heart will flourish!
    Thanks! Blessing to you and yours!

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