Back in 2003 after having spent the year before reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" I took her suggestion to heart and wrote my own daily devotional. Each day I took a line or two from one of the various spiritual authors from the last three centuries I was reading and wrote my own thoughts on the subject. I then looked for a scripture that illustrated the truth that had been revealed to me. What follows is the result.

"Our greatest bondage is to have our own way; our greatest freedom is to let God have His way." Warren Wiersbe

Friday, March 4, 2011

March 4

“The all-pervading presence of God with us is the one absolutely certain and unchangeable thing amid all that is so doubtful and changeable in this world of ours.  Yet very few people realize this.  Even Christians will cry out for the Lord to ‘come’ to them, as though he had gone off on a journey or was in the remote realms of space.”  Hannah Whitall Smith, Daily Secrets of the Christian Life, 3/4

Oh, but I do think they “realize” that God’s presence is all pervading.  It’s just that they won’t admit it because if they did they’d have to change their behavior.  So many are “in denial”, as the popular term goes today, about the reality of God’s right to their lives.  Why else would there be such battle over abortion rights that hinge on when life begins and creation vs. evolution.  Even the homosexual debate is rooted in whether God created our bodies.  The fact that our bodies are made specifically for man and woman union in order to procreate is ignored.  When will mankind open its eyes and see its foolishness?   I know the answer to that already:  It won’t!  Not on its own.  Only by the power of the Holy Spirit can mankind be awakened to the Truth.  That is why it’s so important that those who profess Christ are fully abandoned to God so that they can become instruments of His Truth.  God wants none to be lost to their foolishness. 

“For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.....In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:9-10, 13-14

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