Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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What a blessed day in Jesus! This morning, I was giving brother Tom an update on our visit to North Carolina this past weekend, and was sharing a little bit with him about what you spoke on concerning the flesh and it's "arsenal" and how Jesus was able to overcome that [only] by seeking God.
It came to us as we were talking, that when Jesus exhorted us "to be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect" (and as Jesus was), that the way to perfection is to always recognize our need. Being perfect is being perfectly and desperately in need of God. If our goal is to achieve some "confidence" in our spiritual condition, and if we ever do attain to that goal, it may be too late for us! We will have lost our sense of need of God. This flesh is so crafty!
It is a perfect thing to be in need of God every hour of every day and to know it. Jesus was perfect because he could do NOTHING without his Father and knew it; therefore, he did and said nothing without his Father. He did what he did, and did things the way he did them, because he saw completely his need of the Spirit to lead him, and therefore sought perfectly to get in touch with his Father, the only one who IS "good". What hope that message gave me, to know that I, too, can be perfect if I am always aware of my great need of my Father, and if I walk in the way of the Spirit only, and "have no confidence in this flesh."