Daily Devotionals by Ardith Keef

      This business of  being a living sacrifice cannot be an experiment for the Christian.
      We are not allowed to venture into the territory, peruse the landscape and then determine whether or not we want to be a part of what is going on.
     It is not possible to begin to learn what it means to serve the Lord with abandon until the decision is made and the commitment made in prayer to surrender obediently to the Lord. Then we can allow Him to lead us in the divine privilege of learning to be a living sacrifice.
     Only the yielded know even the most elementary experience of yielding. There is a threshold that must be crossed, and all who cross it know there is no turning back.
     It can be sung about, talked about, admired, hated, but only those who have given up all in prayer are allowed even the teeniest genuine glimpse.
     And, of course, without the willingness to submit the whole life to the Lord, it is not possible to really know God. I don't think that I will have the experience in this life of feeling wholly submitted. We are in a war, and war is a series of battles. In those battles, I must make choices that test my decisions and teach me God's ways.
      If I wait until I feel worthy or think I have it all together, I will never give myself to the Lord, because I will have fooled myself into thinking I know what a living sacrifice is.
     I have a little pea brain. I see from a worm's eye view. But I have the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God teaches me that it is He Who is "able to keep me against that day." I can't keep myself. So, why try? It makes no sense.
     I will live and die His way - as He has asked - clay by choice!  
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