February 6 Are You Ready To Be Poured
Out As an Offering? (2)
I am already being poured out as a
drink offering . . . —2 Timothy 4:6
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.