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

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May 5

“We ‘desire’ to do the will of God, not because our piety is so exalted, but because we have the sense to see that His will is the best; and therefore what He wants we want also.....For when our will is in harmony with His will...it has the stamp of oneness with Him....” Hannah Whitall Smith, Daily Secrets, 5/5

Our wills are really the cause of all our troubles.  We talk of denying self, ignoring self, dying to self, but it’s really the self-will that we are talking about.  The will that wants it’s own way and that way is against God in some way.  It’s against God, obviously, when it wants something we all agree is bad--like stealing, lying, killing, etc.  But it’s also against God whenever it doesn’t want to depend on God to receive what it needs.  This is when our wills lead us into running ahead of God’s timing---like Sarah and Abraham did when they did not wait for God’s timing for Sarah to conceive the promised heir.  Or it leads us into not loving others by demanding our rights over theirs.  Or not being content with what we have.  The list goes on and on!  Freedom in Christ, then, is having this sense that Hannah speaks of--the sense to see that God’s will is the best and therefore wanting what God wants.  This is how we bring our wills into harmony with God’s will and how we can then claim His promises.

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4

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