The Art of Surrender Day 27: Surrendering ToThe Two Free Gifts from God


Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way,

With spiritual nourishment. Everybody needs that.

James Brown

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How do you feed the fire of your spiritual life?

At times, spiritual life almost roars through me.

Its energy melts away what is not important.

The flame of my spiritual life purifies what I think, how I feel, what I want.

It is beyond my control.

The power of my spiritual life works sacred changes in me.

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Then, there are other times when it feels like the fire of spiritual life in me is almost out.

It is smoky.

It does not give off very much heat or light.

It feels like spiritual life has burned itself down to glowing embers.

The cold darkness grows deeper around, and within, me.

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What is the cause of this ebb and flow of spirituality inside me?

 

There are few things that I enjoy as much as watching fire.

The flame of a candle,

A fire in the fireplace,

A campfire in the great outdoors.

Fire tells deep truths.

Fire does not happen spontaneously.

Fire needs a spark,

Fuel to burn,

and oxygen to breathe.

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Spiritual life is like fire.

Even with sparks of sacred energy and depth all around and within us, spiritual life needs to be fed and it needs to breathe.

There are times when spiritual life in me goes hungry.

Sometimes I do not add fuel.

Sometimes I smother it by loading it with huge timbers that do not catch fire.

The challenge for me is to recognize what strengthens my spiritual life and to feed it well.

In the Bible, Jesus calls himself the, “Bread of Life”and the, “Living Water””.

(John 6:35)  “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

 

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(John 7:38)  “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.”

 

Why do you suppose that Jesus referred to himself that way?

I have spent many hours in contemplation of that very question.

Throughout the Bible there are references to the Living water as the source of eternal life.

As I pondered and prayed a very profound truth became obvious to me.

We are ALL given two gifts from God.

We neither EARN or DESERVE either gift.

But, that does not change the fact that every single person who has ever lived was offered both gifts from God.

 ETERNAL SALVATION

And

 A METABOLISM.

So in order to understand where I am going with this, let me first define Salvation. In the Bible we read,

(John 14:6)  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to
the Father except through Me.””

Take notice that the Scripture clearly states the way, not a way.

No one will ever go to Heaven unless he believes in the Lord Jesus Christ.

salvation

Jesus Christ is the only source of eternal life. No other way will work.

Salvation is not religion.

Salvation is not a religious ritual such as baptism.

Salvation is not an effort of personal sacrifice or commitment.

Salvation is not trying to live without sinning.

Salvation is nothing but faith in Christ.

(Romans 6:23)  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Not everyone will accept the gift of Salvation, but that does not change the fact that it was OFFERED to everyone.

Salvation only takes a second, and in that second we are given eternal life.
The moment each of us decides that we need a Savior.

That Christ is the one true Savior.

And that He died for us personally.

In that moment of faith we receive Christ as our personal Savior.

Salvation takes place in just a second, in an instant, in a moment of faith.

How can it be so quick?

Because Jesus Christ on the Cross already did all of the work!

Nothing remains to be done except for us to believe.

The instant that we do believe, God brings us into an eternal relationship with Him.

In that single, simple moment of belief, we pass from spiritual death to eternal life.

That is the first gift we are ALL offered.

OXYGEN VOLUME 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t understand the mechanics, and I don’t need to.

I simply KNOW that when I die, I will find myself face to face with God, because I have accepted the free gift of Salvation.

 

 

The second gift we are all given by God, is our Metabolism.

me·tab·o·lism
məˈtabəˌlizəm/
noun
The chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.
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Metabolism converts the fuel in the food we eat into the energy needed to power everything we do, from moving to thinking to growing.

Specific proteins in the body control the chemical reactions of metabolism, and each chemical reaction is coordinated with other body functions.

In fact, thousands of metabolic reactions happen at the same time — all regulated by the body — to keep our cells healthy and working.

Metabolism is a constant process that begins when we’re conceived and ends when we die. 

Again, I don’t understand the mechanics, and I don’t need to.

BUT….

Here’s the catch!

In both cases, YOU have to make certain choices before the gift is ACTIVATED…

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In Salvation, you must accept the fact that Jesus paid the penalty for your sins.

That He is God, and you must accept these truths in Faith.

Then you must feed your spirit with the intake of Bible Doctrine, repentance, prayer, and meditation.

In Metabolism, you  must go to the store, purchase food.
Bring the food home and prepare it.
Then you need to open your mouth and chew the food.
Once you do that, your free gift of a metabolism takes over and sustains your life.
 I hope you are seeing where my mind is going with this.
I believe that Jesus was teaching  us something about the nature of his gifts, and our free will when he compared himself to the very thing we need in order to keep our physical bodies alive.
He willingly offered us the tools we need to live a healthy physical, and Spiritual life, but we have to do certain things in order to activate these two free gifts.
So, I asked the question earlier, “What is the cause of this ebb and flow of spirituality inside me?”
What is it that makes the Flame of my spirituality grow dim?

Just as the campfire is extinguished without fuel,

so is the flame of spiritual life extinguished without fuel.

There are times when spiritual life in me gasps for oxygen.

I am so busy, so caught in what needs to be done, that I forget to take a spiritual breath.

Without the oxygen that breathing provides, through contemplation and reflection, the fire of spiritual life goes out.

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Without nourishment from the Word of God, my spiritual life begins to starve.

What feeds your spiritual life?

Have you taken a spiritual breath today?

 

 

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2 thoughts on “The Art of Surrender Day 27: Surrendering ToThe Two Free Gifts from God

  1. I’ve been a Christian since I was a young child. At nine years old I made a vow I would read my Bible every day. while there was MUCH good in that, there was also a tendency to let the fueling become a task, a goal I had to meet to do it right instead of a beautiful meal to enjoy. (In keeping with your metaphor.) Now I’m almost 50. I no longer hold myself to a ritual, but I do need nourishment still. Sometimes it comes from Bible reading and journaling my prayers, which has been this life-long habit, but other times it happens while taking a walk, singing in the shower, or engaging in meaningful conversation with friends. There have been times a piece of art has deeply nourished me. Maybe part of nourishment is simply “being” with Him. Knowing all day that He will never leave or forsake. Whispering gratitude for a blue sky, a flower, something that makes me laugh. Asking His opinion. Offering up my struggles. Resting in His complete love and acceptance . . . I believe in quiet contemplation, reading, prayer, journaling, etc. I also believe in the ebb and flow of these times and in a relationship that is constant, not found only in these times. Thanks for helping me thinking this through.

    1. I am going to thank you for the same thing. I loved this comment. You gave me lots of things to contemplate as well.
      Our daily living is a form of worship itself, if we really stop and think about it…
      So thanks for sharing, Have a blessed week!

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