want to play a game

December 2, 2014

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God is the first and only Cause. He always makes the first move. “For God so loved. . . that He gave”; “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you” (John 3:16; 15:16). Even the hunger of heart necessary for our response to His love comes from Him. “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus” (I Pet. 5:10). He brought us to His Son; He will make us like His Son.

 

“Our Lord is generous in His provision, but He is neither casual nor wasteful. There must be a real hunger and felt need. It is a fixed principle with the Lord that He does not move until something like desperation makes it evident that it is His move.” -T. A-S.

 

“No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me” (John 6:44, Amp.).

 

Like a great game of chess, God makes the first move, what is interesting is that we can make the second move, yet we can never escape the rules of the game. I would almost consider it to be the divine contradiction. Even though the rules of Christian life cannot be altered or amended we have choices in how like the game of chess we cause our own development.

 

As Christians we are going to be controlled by one of two powers: the self-life, or the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The former will make life hell, the latter, heaven. It’s all up to ourselves to become the kind of Christian we want to become.

There will be no excuses for shoddy lives or misspent moments when we step into heaven to have our work burned by divine fire. We will either have purified gold and silver or the ashes of wood and hay.

 

To know that awful power of the self-life within; its enmity with God; its carnality; its grieving and quenching of the Spirit; its deadly blighting of all the blessed fruits of the Spirit; its fierce and desperate resistings of his hunger to enter into the full life of the Spirit, needs no other explanation of the lack of the fulness of the Spirit than the fulness of self. The grand surprise is many Christians choose this as their life’s work.

Saved, yet at war with God, who will set upon the heart’s throne?

 

It’s your move.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

 

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