Friday, June 27, 2008

Held by the Grip of God!

I was reading out of My utmost for His highest again and this was the devotion for June 28th! It came right off the page and slapped me! The parts that reached out to me are in bold large letters! I am not here for myself or because I've chosen to be, but because he has "laid hold of me"! Comforting, yes!

Never choose to be a worker for God, but once God has placed His call on you, woe be to you if you "turn aside to the right hand or to the left" ( Deuteronomy 5:32 ). We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has "laid hold of" us. And once He has done so, we never have this thought, "Well, I’m really not suited for this." What you are to preach is also determined by God, not by your own natural leanings or desires. Keep your soul steadfastly related to God, and remember that you are called not simply to convey your testimony but also to preach the gospel. Every Christian must testify to the truth of God, but when it comes to the call to preach, there must be the agonizing grip of God’s hand on you— your life is in the grip of God for that very purpose. How many of us are held like that?

Never water down the Word of God, but preach it in its undiluted sternness. There must be unflinching faithfulness to the Word of God, but when you come to personal dealings with others, remember who you are— you are not some special being created in heaven, but a sinner saved by grace.

"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do. . . I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" ( Philippians 3:13-14 ).

This is how I feel about my work in children's ministries! So ill equipped, but in His grasp! He won't let go! So I like Paul have to say the verse above!

In His grasp,


Denise said...

Bless you dear one.

Chad and Tammy said...

It's amazing how every time I open that book, God speaks to me right where I'm at. I love it!

Miss*Suzanne said...

I've always loved the Amplified Version of Philippians 3:12. It says, "Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which

Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own."

Isn't that amazing to realize that God has "laid hold" of us and "made us His own"!!


Maisie said...

The last part of that devotion really got me - that I'm not something special, but just a sinner saved by His grace.