Saturday, July 26, 2014

Gathering in Christ



Acts 26:19
Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision…

The vision is not an ecstasy or a dream, but a perfect understanding of what wants; it is the divine light making manifest the calling of God. You may call the vision an emotion or a desire, but it is something that absorbs you [Ed. for me, it’s all about Him: telling of His works, singing His praises, glorifying Him by the increase of His Holy Spirit]. 

You have seen what God wants you to be but what you are not yet. Are you prepared to have this “iron dug from central gloom” battered into shape and use? Battering conveys the idea of a blacksmith hammering good metal into right useful shape. The batterings of God come in commonplace days and commonplace ways… We have not to live always in the ecstasy and conscious contemplation of God, but to live in reliance on what we saw in the vision when we are in the midst of actualities. It is when we are going through the valley to prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn tail; we are not prepared for the blows which must come if we are going to be turned into the shape of the vision.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 207 (7/26)
From So I Send You

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