Wednesday, March 14, 2007

B, Bee, Be

March 14
"… you are that one’s slaves whom you obey …" (Romans 6:16).
The first thing I must be willing to admit when I begin to examine what controls and dominates me is that I am the one responsible for having yielded myself to whatever it may be. If I am a slave to myself, I am to blame because somewhere in the past I yielded to myself. Likewise, if I obey God I do so because at some point in my life I yielded myself to Him.
If a child gives in to selfishness, he will find it to be the most enslaving tyranny on earth. There is no power within the human soul itself that is capable of breaking the bondage of the nature created by yielding. For example, yield for one second to anything in the nature of lust, and although you may hate yourself for having yielded, you become enslaved to that thing. (Remember what lust is—"I must have it now," whether it is the lust of the flesh or the lust of the mind.) No release or escape from it will ever come from any human power, but only through the power of redemption. You must yield yourself in utter humiliation to the only One who can break the dominating power in your life, namely, the Lord Jesus Christ. "… He has anointed Me … to proclaim liberty to the captives …" (Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61:1).
When you yield to something, you will soon realize the tremendous control it has over you. Even though you say, "Oh, I can give up that habit whenever I like," you will know you can’t. You will find that the habit absolutely dominates you because you willingly yielded to it. It is easy to sing, "He will break every fetter," while at the same time living a life of obvious slavery to yourself. But yielding to Jesus will break every kind of slavery in any person’s life.I made this ATC yesterday but did not post it since it was my oldest sons birthday, and when I read my devotion this morning I thought they went together well. So the thought for today, "BE ALL YOU CAN BE, FOR GOD"


Betzie said...

This is so beautiful Gail, I love it. I love the letter "B" anyway. :))
Amazing how your devotion fitted in so well with the collage. I find that kind of thing happens so often.

Tracey said...

Excellent post, Gail! We are slaves to whatever drives us...

I'm studying Romans this year in bible study and am quite enjoying it.

Glad you found time to stop in the other day, too =)

Cat said...

Very well put, thank you.

Your ATC is terrific and is such a great reminder of being all you can be.

Have a blessed day.

Shop girl said...

I love your ATC. And what you wrote about being a slave to ourselves. It gave me alot of food for thought. I have a head cold, just like the rest of the world I think...right now I feel like a slave to my noes.
I come to see what you have done everyday...Mary

judie said...

Great ATC Gail. And your true. Good post!!!

SiouxSue said...

Gail, that is exactly what we all need to hear. I do like that ATC, and it did fit so well today.

Thanks for your thoughts, too.