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

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 1

“Then came Pentecost, and these same disciples came to know Christ as inwardly revealed, as one in union with them, their very indwelling life...One will alone animated them, and that was His will.  One interest alone was dear to them, and that was His.  They were made one with Him.”  Hannah Whitall Smith, God is Enough, 6/1

Grasping this idea of being One with God is difficult if you have no clue to who God is.  I think this is why so few seem to achieve this concept.....we attempt to grasp it in order to achieve it when that was not God’s plan at all.  God makes us one with Him.  We can’t think ourselves into that oneness.  We cannot really know who God is until we’ve been made one with Him.  We’re always getting the cart before the horse!  At Pentecost the disciples were baptized with fire.  They did not baptize themselves....they were baptized by the Holy Spirit.  God had a plan for them and therefore baptized them with His Spirit so that they could carry out His plan for them.  He will do the same for us when we acknowledge His residence in us.  But then we must let go of the reins so that the “horse” can get before the “cart”!

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

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