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I really cannot improve on this devotional, so I share these here for you: Meditations on Living Bread.

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From “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers

The Drawing Of The Father
"No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him."
John 6:44

When God draws me, the issue of my will comes in at once - will I react on the revelation which God gives - will I come to Him? Discussion on spiritual matters is an impertinence. Never discuss with anyone when God speaks.

BELIEF IS NOT AN INTELLECTUAL ACT; BELIEF IS A MORAL ACT WHEREBY I DELIBERATELY COMMIT MYSELF. Will I dump myself down absolutely on God and transact on what He says? If I will, I shall find I am based on Reality that is as sure as God's throne.

As far as feelings go, I must stake all blindly. I must will to believe, and this can never be done without a violent effort on my part to disassociate myself from my old ways of looking at things, and by putting myself right over on to Him.

Every person is made to reach out beyond his grasp. It is God who draws me, and my relationship to Him in the first place is a personal one, not an intellectual one. I am introduced into the relationship by the miracle of God and my own will to believe, then I begin to get an intelligent appreciation and understanding of the wonder of the transaction.

How Can I Personally Partake In The Atonement?
"But God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ."
Galatians 6:14

The Gospel of Jesus Christ always forces an issue of will. Do I accept God's verdict on sin in the Cross of Christ? Have I the slightest interest in the death of Jesus? Do I want to be identified with His death, to be killed right out to all interest in sin, in worldliness, in self - to be so identified with Jesus that I am spoilt for every thing else but Him?

The great privilege of discipleship is that I can sign on under His Cross, and that means death to sin. GET ALONE WITH JESUS AND EITHER TELL HIM THAT YOU DO NOT WANT SIN TO DIE OUT IN YOU; OR ELSE TELL HIM THAT AT ALL COSTS YOU WANT TO BE IDENTIFIED WITH HIS DEATH. (or.. be either cold or HOT ! – one way or the other!)

Immediately you transact in confident faith in what Our Lord did on the Cross, a supernatural identification with His death takes place, and you will know with a knowledge that passeth knowledge that your "old man" is crucified with Christ. The proof that your old man is crucified with Christ is the amazing ease with which the life of God in you enables you to obey the voice of Jesus Christ.

Every now and again, Our Lord lets us see what we would be like if it were not for Himself; it is a justification of what He said - "Without Me ye can do nothing." THAT IS WHY THE BEDROCK OF CHRISTIANITY IS PERSONAL, PASSIONATE DEVOTION TO THE LORD JESUS.

WE MISTAKE THE ECSTASY OF OUR FIRST INTRODUCTION INTO THE KINGDOM FOR THE PURPOSE OF GOD IN GETTING US THERE; HIS PURPOSE IN GETTING US THERE IS THAT WE MAY REALIZE ALL THAT IDENTIFICATION WITH JESUS CHRIST MEANS.

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