Give up Your Own Way
Give up Your Own Way (Intimacy with Christ by Jeanne Guyon)
God has created you for Himself, but He will lead you by a way entirely different from what you imagine. He does this in order to destroy your self-love.This is accomplished only as your purposes, preconceived ideas, natural reason and human wisdom are entirely overthrown.
Self-love hides in many places, and God alone can find them all out. You seek the honor which comes from men, and you love to occupy important positions. God wants to reduce you to childlikeness. He wants you to depend on Him alone.
Believe me, you will not grow in grace through reading what people say in books or through human reason, but from an outpouring of God within you. This outpouring will reach and fill you to the same degree that you are emptied of self. Make room and God will come in.
You speak of your many cares. If you give yourself wholly to God, these cares will diminish. God will think for you and arrange by His providence those things you could not accomplish even with long years of planning.
In God's name I beg you to renounce your own wisdom and self-leadings. Yield yourself up to God. Let Him become your wisdom. You will then find the place of rest that you need so badly.
May you read this letter depending on the Holy Spirit. Take courage and be assured that if God destroys the self-nature, it is only so that He might give you Himself. Seek to be nothing so that God might be all. When you are empty, God will fill you with Himself.
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