From: F. B. The Secret of Guidance (Moody Classics). New ed. publication place: Moody Publishers, 2010.
“If only we would meet every call, difficulty, and trial, not saying, as we so often do, “I shall never be able to go through it,” but saying, “I cannot; but Christ is in me, and He can,” we should find that all trials were intended to reveal and unfold the wealth hidden within us, until Christ was formed within us and His life manifested in our mortal body (Colossians 1:27). How do we become more conscious of His life within us?
1. Be still each day for a short time, sitting before God in meditation, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the truth of Christ’s indwelling. Ask God to be pleased to make known to you what is the riches of the glory of this mystery (Colossians 1:27).
2. Reverence your nature as the temple of the indwelling Lord. As the Easterner bares his feet, and the Westerner his head, on entering the limit of a temple, so be very careful of anything that would defile the body or soil the soul. No beasts must be herded in the temple courts. Get Christ to drive them out. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God? … The temple of God is holy, which ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:16–17).
3. Hate your own life. “If any man … hate … not his own life,” said our Lord, “he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26). And the word translated “life” is soul, the seat and center of the self-life with its restless energies and activities, its choices and decisions, its ceaseless strivings at independence and leadership. This is the greatest hindrance to our enjoyment of the indwelling Christ. If we will acquire the habit of saying no not only to our bad but to our good self; if we will daily deliver ourselves up to death for Jesus’ sake; if we will take up our cross and follow the Master, though it be to His grave, we shall become increasingly conscious of being possessed by a richer, deeper, more divine life than our own.”