The Master's Indwellingby Andrew Murray, 1983
- Carnal Christians — The two classes of Christian: carnal and
spiritual. Four marks of a carnal state: Protracted infancy; continual
sin and failure; presence of spiritual gifts unaccompanied by spiritual
graces; unable to receive spiritual truths. How to enter the spiritual
state: Know it exists; see the shame and guilt of the carnal state; take
the step of breaking with the flesh through crucifixion with Christ.
- The Self-Life — This is the root of our trouble. Self turned
to God is the glory of allowing the Creator to reveal Himself in us. Self
turned away from God is the very darkness and fire of hell. Deny Self and
set your heart on Christ.
- Waiting on God — God’s people do not know Him because they
will take anything rather than God—ministers, preaching, books,
prayers, works, and efforts—any exertion of human nature, instead of
waiting for God to reveal Himself. The Bible is only a pointer, pointing
to God. We must wait on God. If you want more faith or grace or strength
or fruitfulness, you must have more of God.
- Entrance into Rest — There is rest in a life of faith. The
carnal life is a life of want, the spiritual life is a life of plenty. In
carnality there is no victory, in spirituality every enemy has been
defeated already. The life of rest must be given to us; we cannot attain
- The Kingdom First — Let the Kingdom of God be the one thing
you live for, and all other things will be added unto you. The only thing
that will truly make us happy is that which makes God happy. The Kingdom
is where God is all in all. We prove the value we attach to things by the
time we devote to them. The Kingdom must be our highest priority.
- Christ Our Life — Christ received His life from God, lived
it in dependence on God, gave it up to God, was raised from the dead by
God, and lives in glory with God. Until we are one with Him in the
principle of His life, it is futile to seek to copy the graces of that
- Christ’s Humility Our Salvation — Humility is the very
essence of Christ’s life and glory and the salvation He brings. He
humbled Himself and became a servant to provide salvation. This salvation
not only flows from humility, it also leads to humility. The closer you
get to God the more you will love to be humble before God and man.
- The Complete Surrender — Too many are not surrendered to
Christ, they merely use Him for their own advancement and comfort. True
surrender makes Christ the Master. It lasts forever, it doesn’t give
things up and then take them back.
- Dead with Christ — Christ died for sin. That we cannot do.
Christ also died to sin. That we must do. A man’s acts are always in
accordance with his idea of his state. See the truth: you are dead to
sin. Accept it in faith and the Spirit will work the experience of it
into your life. The crucified man is humble, helpless, and restful. The
penitent heart willingly gives up its corruption to death so that it may
- Joy in the Holy Spirit — God wants Christ so formed in us
that we are one with Christ, and that in our thinking, feeling, and
living, the image of His Son is manifest before Him. This is the work of
the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the love of God come to dwell in the
heart. The Kingdom of God is the joy of the Holy Spirit.
- Triumph of Faith — Three aspects of faith: struggling,
resting, and triumphing. Knowing about Christ is only a start. You will
not rest until you trust in Him. You will not triumph until you recognize
Him as Lord. If the peace of God is to rule in your heart, the God of
peace Himself must be there to do it.
- The Source of Power in Prayer — When we realize that we
cannot pray as we ought, and get out of the way and let the Holy Spirit
within us do the praying, then we will have a truly effective prayer
life. We must recognize our ignorance, we must worship, we must
fellowship, and we must intercede. God long to find the intercession of
Jesus reflected in the hearts of His children.
- That God May Be All in All — Let God be God. Take time
before prayer to realize the glory and presence of God. Accept His will
in everything—every trouble, temptation, vexation, or worry. Trust
in His power. Sacrifice everything for His Kingdom and glory. Wait
continually on Him all day long. Live continually in His presence. Give
God the first place.