The Drawing of the Father

December 22nd, 2011 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him . . . —John 6:44

When God begins to draw me to Himself, the problem of my will comes in immediately. Will I react positively to the truth that God has revealed? Will I come to Him? To discuss or deliberate over spiritual matters when God calls is inappropriate and disrespectful to Him. When God speaks, never discuss it with anyone as if to decide what your response may be (see Galatians 1:15-16). Belief is not the result of an intellectual act, but the result of an act of my will whereby I deliberately commit myself. But will I commit, placing myself completely and absolutely on God, and be willing to act solely on what He says? If I will, I will find that I am grounded on reality as certain as God’s throne.In preaching the gospel, always focus on the matter of the will. Belief must come from the will to believe. There must be a surrender of the will, not a surrender to a persuasive or powerful argument. I must deliberately step out, placing my faith in God and in His truth. And I must place no confidence in my own works, but only in God. Trusting in my own mental understanding becomes a hindrance to complete trust in God. I must be willing to ignore and leave my feelings behind. I must willto believe. But this can never be accomplished without my forceful, determined effort to separate myself from my old ways of looking at things. I must surrender myself completely to God.Everyone has been created with the ability to reach out beyond his own grasp. But it is God who draws me, and my relationship to Him in the first place is an inner, personal one, not an intellectual one. I come into the relationship through the miracle of God and through my own will to believe. Then I begin to get an intelligent appreciation and understanding of the wonder of the transformation in my life.
December 22, 2011

Journal Entry for today-JDV&DJR

Lord, when you call, I pray that I am listening, surrendered. I have decided to be surrendered to Your will in all that I say, touch and do this day. And I know that opportunities to live in your will shall appear this day.  So Lord, right now I offer up myself honestly and completely, knowing full well that I have a tendency to take over the reins and responsibility of my daily activities. So please help me in my surrender this day. Help me surrender to You and Your perfect will….all day long.

And God says…”When you pray that prayer with honest surrender, and give Me your day, you can engage your day with a sense of adventure, wonder and supernatural expectations. You can be certain of Me and My promises all day long…. as you stay surrendered and committed to living in My will … Trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.


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