This photograph is by Liz Burnell.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Gathering in Christ
…being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness because, in His forbearance, God has passed over the sins that were previously committed to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Is it not humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus! If you want to know how real you are, test yourself by the words: “Come to Me.” In every degree in which you are not real, you will dispute rather than come, you will quibble rather than come, you will go through sorrow rather than come, you will do anything rather than come the last lap of unutterable foolishness… “Just as I am”…
The Holy Spirit will show you what you have to do, anything at all that will put the ax at the root of the thing which is preventing you from getting through. You will never get further until you are willing to do that one thing. The Holy Spirit will locate the one impregnable thing in you, but He cannot budge it unless you are willing to let Him.
How often have you come to God with your requests and gone away with the feeling “Oh well, I have done it this time!” And yet you go away with nothing, while all the time God has stood with outstretched hands not only to take you, but for you to take Him. Think of the invincible, unconquerable, unwearying patience of Jesus -- “Come to Me.”
Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 213 (8/1)
From My Utmost for His Highest