Saturday, February 7, 2009

Poured Out...

My devotional books that I read every morning are a true inspiration to me. God uses these 3 little books to encourage my heart and give me peace. Often times the words of these books reinforce what I have already been praying or seeking God about.

I want to share with you this morning out of "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers. These are two devotionals that I read consecutively the past two mornings and they are both titled "Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As An Offering?":


Day 1 - Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As An Offering?

"If I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all." (Philippians 2:17)

Are you willing you sacrifice yourself for the work of another believer - to pour out your life sacrificially for the ministry and faith of others? Or do you say, "I am not willing to be poured out right now, and I don't want God to tell me how to serve Him. I want to choose the place of my own sacrifice. And I want to have certain people watching me and saying 'Well done.' "

It is one thing to follow God's way of service if you are regarded as a hero, but quite another thing if the road marked out for you by God requires becoming a "doormat" under other people's feet. God's purpose may be to teach you to say, "I know how to be abased..." (Philippians 4:12). Are you ready to be sacrificed like that? Are you ready to be less than a mere drop in the bucket - to be so totally insignificant that no one remembers you even if they think of those you served? Are you willing to give and be poured out until you are used up and exhausted - not seeking to be ministered to, but to minister? Some saints cannot do menial work while maintaining a saintly attitude, because they feel such service is beneath their dignity.

Day 2 - Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As An Offering?

"I am already being poured out as a drink offering..." (2 Timothy 4:6)

Are you ready to be poured out as an offering? It is an act of your will, not your emotions. Tell God you are ready to be offered as a sacrifice for Him. Then accept the consequences as they come, without any complaints, in spite of what God may send your way. God sends you through a crisis in private, where no other person can help you. From the outside your life may appear to be the same, but the difference is taking place in your will. Once you have experienced the crisis in your will, you will take no thought of the cost when it begins to affect you externally. If you don't deal with God on the level of your will first, the result will be only to arouse sympathy for yourself.

"Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar" (Psalm 118:27). You must be willing to be placed on the altar and go through the fire; willing to experience what the alter represents - burning, purification, and separation for only one purpose - the elimination of every desire and affection not grounded in or directed towards God. But you don't eliminate it, God does.
You "bind the the horns of the altar" and see to it that you don't wallow in self-pity once the fire begins. After you have gone through the fire, there will be nothing that will be able to trouble or depress you. When another crisis arises, you will realize that things cannot touch you as they used to do. What fire lies ahead in your life?

Tell God you are ready to be poured out as an offering, and God will prove Himself to be all you ever dreamed He would be.


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