Friday, December 28, 2007

Dial Daily Bread

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread":

The song of the angel at Bethlehem is the best, grandest news the world has ever heard: We already have a Savior. We don’t have to make Him become our Savior. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given,” says Isaiah (9:6). He is a member of our family, forever one with us.

The question we shall each one be asked in the final day of judgment is, What did you do with Him? He was already yours: He Himself was the Father’s gift to you. With the gift came the salvation that the Father has given you in Him. The gift includes eternal life; it was not merely offered to you; over and over the inspired word says that it was a gift freely given to “all men” (Luke 2:10, for example).

In other words, each one of us either receives Him as the holy gift He is, or we reject Him. In the day of final judgment, every lost soul will at last fully understand the meaning of his own history; he will be enabled to look back at his life, step by step, and see clearly where he has resisted and despised this ultra special “gift.”

It will be infinitely better if we can see and understand that right now!

That is exactly what the Holy Spirit is called to do for us, each one—“convict of sin” (John 16:8). Without Him, we go on in darkness, throwing away the eternal life that the Savior gives us; and of all the prayers that sinners can offer, that prayer for the Holy Spirit tops the list of requests that the Father is delighted to give.

Yes, it takes courage to pray that prayer! It seems your life will come to an end as He begins to probe into your soul and makes bare the moral deformity that is there that you had not seen. But it’s the beginning of eternal life!

Take King David as an example: never was he as close to the Lord as when he prayed, “Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. ... The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:11-17).

Those were words from a heart that was indeed crushed by the conviction of deep, bloody sin; He realized he had come within a millimeter of eternal loss. The Holy Spirit in infinite mercy had revealed the truth to him. But it was the beginning of eternal life for him.

You can’t keep your promises, because you have no genuine righteousness within you. Instead of promising God that you will do better, beg for His mercy and thank Him for it. Cast your soul on Him; tell Him that you’re lost unless He reaches down and saves you. You are Peter trying to walk on the water but you took your eyes off the Savior and are sinking in the waves (Matt. 14:30, 31). Cry out, Lord, save me, or I perish! He will!

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