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The Pleasing Sacrifice

Many people spend a good part of their lives challenging God's plan with emotional reactions or rationalistic attitudes or arguments. God tries us with circumstances that will reveal whether or not the spoken and written Word has impregnated us with faith to produce the Living Word in our lives. Often, He finds people who are not willing to learn obedience through the things which they suffer (Hebrews 5:8), but rather want God to be obedient to their fleshly dictates so they won't have to suffer! They choose to live in a rebellious attitude, bucking God's foreordained circumstances with their unbroken spirits. Like the wild stallion that will not yield to his rider, we buck God's Spirit with our restless, prideful Adam nature. How we respond, as the Scriptures we understand are tested by life's situation, will reveal how much of the Word has been made flesh in our experience ( John 1:14). This will regulate how others will behold His glory.

God's sacrifices are a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart. The Holy Spirit within the heart of every born again believer ministers the very heartbeat of Christ. As we yield ourselves to Him, not trying to be humble, but merely allowing His humility to live through us, we will not meet situations with arguments or questions; we will meet them with the grace of God as our adequacy. Our attitude will be one of joyfully giving all we temporarily have and are because we live in the eternal provisions of His love.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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