Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Devotional 041108

Dear brothers and sisters,
Good morning. I thank God for beautiful sunshine after first rain of the season. And I thank God for giving me the determination to finally begin my physical exercise, even though it has no comparison with some of your exercise program. My whole body protests against my exercise plan. But I felt the difference once I started to exercise; I feel energized!
Our devotional reading on Utmost for the Highest for today also addressed the similar issue.
It is essential to give people a chance of acting on the truth of God. The responsibility must be left with the individual, you cannot act for him, it must be his own deliberate act, but the evangelical message ought always to lead a man to act. The paralysis of refusing to act leaves a man exactly where he was before; when once he acts, he is never the same. It is the foolishness of it that stands in the way of hundreds who have been convicted by the Spirit of God. Immediately when I rush myself over into action toward His prompting, that second I live; all the rest is existence. The moments when I truly live are the moments when I act with my whole will toward the Will of God.
The Bible said, “Come near to God and He will come near to you” (James 4:8a). So never allow a truth of God that is brought home to your soul to pass without acting on it, not necessarily physically, but in your will. Record it, with ink or with blood. The weakest saint who transacts business with Jesus Christ is liberated on the second he acts; all the almighty power of God is on his behalf. We come up to the truth of God, we confess we are wrong, but go back again; then we come up to it again, and go back; until we learn that we have no business to go back. We have to go clean over on some word of our redeeming Lord and transact business with Him. His word "come" means "transact business." "Come unto Me." The last thing we do is to come; but everyone who does come knows that the second we take action, the supernatural rush of the life of God invades him instantly. The dominating power of the world, the flesh and the devil is paralyzed, not by your act, but because your act has linked you on to God and His redemptive power.
Procrastination is the common problem of most Christians. We know what is the right thing to do or God’s calling for us to act, but take no action. We sat there all day wishing we could be a better Christian or a doer of faith, yet we failed to act. Satan likes to nurture this kind of procrastination in us, and we always wonder why we are not growing individually and as a church. Once we are finally sick and tired of our inaction and start acting on our faith, then we realize the supreme power of God is so available to help us grow and impact the world.
This is my prayer that you will stop giving excuse to yourself and act on your obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit now. I am sure you will experience God in a fresh new way that you have never had before when you act out your faith.
Love you because of the love of the Triune God,

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