Emerging Icebergs

From the archives of Oral Roberts

I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns (Philippians 1:6 TLB).

Many of us have been taught that our total Christian experience happens all at once. It doesn’t. We don’t have the capacity to take it all at once. We come into a newness of life the very moment we accept Christ as our Lord, but that cannot substitute for daily renewal which is so essential to successful Christian living.

Though our outward man perish, Yet the inward man is renewed day by day (II Corinthians 4:16).

We are like an iceberg in that only about one-seventh of us is above the surface, seen by others. Underneath, hidden from total view, is our real personality — our deep longings, our likes and dislikes.

At conversion, most of you is still submerged. You emerge and expand in your Christian life as you meet conflicts and problems.  When you are in need, you bring Jesus to your side through daily prayer and the reading of God’s Word. You are cleansed and strengthened in your inner man; you feel a newness of life that revives you and puts you on a higher plateau. This is continual revelation of the Lord.