A repost of an older post, with a few edits and a few addtions.
Bless you as you read.
The process of regeneration and sanctification is an ongoing process in our lives, by God. It is often one that causes us much agony as we learn to let go of ourselves and our lives bit by bit, with the help of His Holy Spirit and of course, yet again, His grace.
If we are to get to know God more and more, and also benefit the Body of Christ in any small way, these things have to take place.
There is no short-cut way to reach it. Not one.
It has to be His way or no way.
Do we allow God to bring this about in our lives, or are we like the marble that escapes, mentioned below by Oswald Chambers? If we are like the marble, all we do is prolong both the agony and the blessing that is sure to come afterwards.
Why not just throw all caution to the wind and throw ourselves on Him and let Him handle the rest? What is it that makes us hold on so hard to ourselves and our lives, when in the eternal view of things, they and we are both but a vapour and dust?
I can only speak from my own life and see clearly that the reason I fail to do this at times is because I mistakenly think I am protecting myself. How absurd can one get? How revolting? Here I am, thinking I know better than the One who spoke the very universe into existence. In the book of Job and chapter 38, God clearly lays out His Omnipotence to Job. (if you have not read it or not read it for awhile, go an take a look – it is wonderful)
When I first read it, I sat back in my chair in both wonder and repentance. David saying to the Lord, ‘What is man that you are mindful of him?” came to mind. God is Sovereign. Period. God may do with us as He pleases – even to the point of what Job says below.
Job 13:15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him
Could any of us say this? Oh that I might be able to if called to! You see we all have pride, and it is that which has to go and God surely knows best which way it has to go in each of us. We are all different, yet we all have a common thread of pride which still resists God at times. God knows exactly what to do with us or to allow in our lives to get rid of that pride – that need to say “I can do it or I will do it my way, regardless of what You or anyone else says.”
God really knows what He is doing with each one His children, no matter what we see, feel or experience.Trust Him regardless of the circumstances and watch as He grows you in faith and hope and love.
Praise and thank God that He is so long-suffering, and patient with us. I would have been utterly lost and on my way to hell, if He was not.
Let us not hold onto ourselves or ‘protect’ ourselves from the Lord or anything that He deems necessary, to take us the the place where we truly can say and not with our mouths only, but with our every breath,
“All to Thee my blessed Saviour, I surrender all…”
Here Oswald Chambers makes it very clear why this squeezing and breaking of us, by God is so necessary in our process of dying to self thereby living freely in Christ.
THE COMMISSION OF THE CALL
We make calls out of our own spiritual consecration, but when we get right with God He brushes all these aside, and rivets us with a pain that is terrific to one thing we never dreamed of, and for one radiant flashing moment we see what He is after, and we say – “Here am I, send me.” This call has nothing to do with personal sanctification, but with being made broken bread and poured-out wine.
God can never make us wine if we object to the fingers He uses to crush us with. If God would only use His own fingers, and make me broken bread and poured-out wine in a special way! But when He uses someone whom we dislike, or some set of circumstances to which we said we would never submit, and makes those the crushers, we object. We must never choose the scene of our own martyrdom.
If ever we are going to be made into wine, we will have to be crushed; you cannot drink grapes. Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed. I wonder what kind of finger and thumb God has been using to squeeze you, and you have been like a marble and escaped? You are not ripe yet, and if God had squeezed you, the wine would have been remarkably bitter. To be a sacramental personality means that the elements of the natural life are presenced by God as they are broken providentially in His service.
We have to be adjusted into God before we can be broken bread in His hands. Keep right with God and let Him do what He likes, and you will find that He is producing the kind of bread and wine that will benefit His other children.
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