By Hannah Whitall Smith
(Author of The Unselfishness of God and How I Discovered It, My Spiritual Autobiography and The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life

“The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk. 2:4). We get life by faith and
we must live it by faith. We must cease from our own works in living just as
we did in getting life; Christ must be the One who does it all. He must work
in us to will and to do His good pleasure. We must no longer live, but
Christ must live in us. Words cannot express the possibilities of a life
where His abiding is known.

Surely here is the secret for which your soul has been so long seeking in
vain. If we are dead, and Christ alone is our life, then His wisdom, power,
and righteousness are all engaged for us, and we cannot possibly lack any
good thing. If we will cease to frustrate the grace of God and come at once
to the end of self and all self efforts; if we will acknowledge our utter
helplessness and commit our all to the Lord Jesus Christ; if we will trust
Him to fight our battles for us; if we will, in short, reckon ourselves to
be dead and take Him as our life-then the work will be done.

Christ never refuses to take possession of the soul that truly abandons
itself to Him. Let us then no longer keep possession of ourselves.
Abandoning ourselves and confessing our absolute
helplessness and nothingness, let us commit the daily and hourly and even
momentary keeping of our souls to Jesus. Let us come to Him saying: “Lord
Jesus, I commit myself to you. I cannot help myself. I cannot save myself
from sinning or make myself holy, but you can and will! I cast all the care
of it on you.” We will find that He will not fail us.

(From Diaries, 1867 By Hannah Whitall Smith)

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