Saturday, July 07, 2007

“I won’t” is not an option

I recently was drawn to this book “Daily Thoughts for Disciples” by Oswald Chambers. It was in my library. I didn’t even know I had it. But, when I opened it up I understood why I was drawn to it. The depth, the challenge, and the announcement of truth are so refreshing. Here is an excerpt:
“so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” Philippians 2:15
“Is it possible to be blameless in our social life? The apostle Paul says it is, and if we were asked whether we believed God could make us blameless, we would all say “Yes”. Well, has he done it? If God has not sanctified us and made us blameless, there is only one reason why he has not – we do not want him to. “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” We have not to urge God to do it, it is his will; is it our will? Sanctification is the work of the supernatural power of God…

Beware of praising Jesus Christ while all the time you cunningly refuse to let the Spirit of God work his salvation efficaciously (effectively) in your life. Remember, the battle is in the will; whenever we say “I can’t,” or whenever we are indifferent, it means “I won’t”. It is better to let Jesus Christ uncover the obstinacy. If there is one point where we say “I won’t” then we shall never know his salvation. From the moment that God uncovers a point of obstinacy in us and we refuse to let him deal with it, we begin to be skeptical, to sneer and watch for defects in the lives of others. But, when once we yield to him entirely, he makes us blameless in our personal life, in our practical life, and in our profound life. It is not done by piety, it is wrought in us by the sovereign grace of God, and we have not the slightest desire to trust in ourselves in any degree, but in him alone.” - Oswald Chambers

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