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The Lord's eye is upon us, and our hearts are being revealed in just the way in which we go to work; the ordinary things of life. Oh, we separate these things, you see, the sacred and the secular: in the church it's one thing, of course, in business it's another. But it isn't, it isn't. Our qualification is in our disposition you see, not in our consciousness of being under the eye of God, but when we are not conscious of that at all, and the disposition we are showing, that's the test; that's the test. And oh, how many and how simple are the ways in which we show our disposition, just our inclination. http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/005259.html


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We seek our embellishments to make an impression; we add things to convey to people that we are something different than others, to gain access and acceptance and so on. There's none of that in the mentality, the mindedness of the Lord Jesus. If we have not got spiritual influence, God save us from artificially trying to make it, to have it by artificial means. Oh no, none of that. http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/005258.html
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Dear friends, let's be very, very honest about this thing. There is a great deal of activity which is ostensibly for the Lord which does not have the Lord's support. And the result is that anything and everything has to be done to get support for that which is called "the work of God," and that compasses the whole range of what is called "organised Christianity". It's one great system of launching schemes and enterprises and doing everything that art and wit and cunning can do to get support for it. If God wants a thing done, and has sovereignly decided that thing, that thing shall be done according to purpose, and He can get hold of a people and bring that people right into line with that thing, God will commit Himself to it and support it, and lift the onus of resource from the people and take it on His own shoulders. http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/005255.html
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If there is any mark about any of us of pride of person, of achievement, of position - any spiritual superiority in looking down at others and criticizing and judging and condemning - the Lord will not do as He did with Gideon when it says, "The Lord looked on him". No, the Lord will not look on us if it's like that. We will not come into His view. That can never bring glory to His Name. Oh, may I appeal to you to guard against criticism, which comes from a spiritual superiority. Guard against it as you would guard against a plague. http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/005254.html
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It is one thing to say we are abandoned to the interests of the Lord's Anointed, to the Lord Jesus, and it is another thing to stand for that testimony if we are going to lose everything that is personal. It is an important thing to begin with. Joab was that man attached to that which is of God in a personal way. Another thing, he is exceedingly clever, and he is the clever man in relation to the things of God. That is a very dangerous thing. The man who brings a great deal of natural ability, his business acumen or power of getting things done, and brings that to bear and gets that off by a little scheming, by cleverness; it is really a desperately dangerous thing. This thing is of the Holy Spirit or it is nothing, and no human cleverness or ability or acumen must be brought alongside of it to try and manipulate. When the Lord is tarrying to try to get something done, how this flesh, this natural man likes to get things done and have a place in the getting of things done. Joab, the clever man in relation to what is of God, makes difficulty. http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/005257.html

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Peace is the elimination of discord and chaos, and peace within is the arrest of that conflict between our wills and the will of God; the establishment of the sovereignty of Christ in our hearts. "In the world we shall have tribulation, but in Him peace." http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/005256.html


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It is so easy for us to have all the doctrine and all the system of teaching and yet for this flesh of ours to be so much in evidence. That is not the testimony. The testimony is the exemplifying, the expressing, the manifesting of the Spirit of the Lord Jesus over against all the fury of the oppressor and the opposition of men. That is coming to Zion. http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/005253.html


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