Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As an Offering? (2)

Are you ready to be poured out as an offering? It is an act of your will, not your emotions. Tell God you are ready to be offered as a sacrifice for Him. Then accept the consequences as they come, without any complaints, in spite of what God may send your way. God sends you through a crisis in private, where no other person can help you. From the outside your life may appear to be the same, but the difference is taking place in your will. Once you have experienced the crisis in your will, you will take no thought of the cost when it begins to affect you externally. If you don’t deal with God on the level of your will first, the result will be only to arouse sympathy for yourself.

“Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar” (Psalm 118:27). You must be willing to be placed on the altar and go through the fire; willing to experience what the altar represents— burning, purification, and separation for only one purpose— the elimination of every desire and affection not grounded in or directed toward God. But you don’t eliminate it, God does. You “bind the sacrifice…to the horns of the altar” and see to it that you don’t wallow in self-pity once the fire begins. After you have gone through the fire, there will be nothing that will be able to trouble or depress you. When another crisis arises, you will realize that things cannot touch you as they used to do. What fire lies ahead in your life?

Tell God you are ready to be poured out as an offering, and God will prove Himself to be all you ever dreamed He would be.

Bible in One Year: Exodus 39-40; Matthew 23:23-39

3 thoughts on “Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As an Offering? (2)”

  1. cbsjpc1 says:

    Lisa,

    In response to :

    Romans 12:1 says “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

    We are the sacrifice that must be “bound to the horns of the alter”, otherwise we we try and crawl off, to our self-pity and depression.

    Sacrifice is never pleasant, it is often bloody and violent both physically and emotionally. Sacrifice always points us to the Ultimate sacrifice made on our behalf, JESUS!

    We must Turn our lives & wills over to the care of God, and let Him do in us what He is trying to do. It always involves sacrifice.

    Just my thoughts……..

  2. danwong says:

    Wow, what a strong message. I have not thought like this before. I have been focusing on faith in God during suffering and crisis but have not thought about willingly going thru crisis and suffering as the fire to purify and strengthen faith. But in a way, that’s all the Christian martyrs do – to sacrifice and leave their comfort zone to serve Him and save souls.

  3. llk says:

    How do others read this?

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