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"Paying It Forward" 11/20/2008
Good Morning, Dear Family.

Nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord."2 Samuel 23:16

The other day I received this email from a person who wished to remain anonymous and I place the essence of this email for your encouragement.

THE WATERS OF SATISFACTION SCATTERED
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

What has been like water from the well of Bethlehem to you recently - love,friendship, spiritual blessing? Then at the peril of your soul, you take it to satisfy yourself. If you do, you cannot pour it out before the Lord. Youcan never sanctify to God that with which you long to satisfy yourself. If you satisfy yourself with a blessing from God, it will corrupt you; you must sacrifice it, pour it out, do with it what common sense says is an absurd waste. How am I to pour out unto the Lord natural love or spiritual blessing? In one way only - in the determination of my mind. There are certain acts of other people which one could never accept if one did not know God, because it is not within human power to repay them. But immediately I say - This is too great and worthy for me, it is not meant for a human being at all, I must pour it out unto the Lord, then these things pour out in rivers of living water all around. Until I do pour these things out before the Lord, they endanger those I love as well as myself because they will turn to lust.We can be lustful in things which are not sordid and vile. Love has to get to its transfiguration point of being poured out unto the Lord. If you have become bitter and sour, it is because when God gave you a blessing you clutched it for yourself; whereas if you had poured it out unto the Lord, you would have been the sweetest person out of heaven. If you are always taking blessings to yourself and never learn to pour out anything unto the Lord, other people do not get their horizon enlarged through you.

This part of the devotion really moved that person.

"If you are always taking blessings to yourself and never learn to pour out anything unto the Lord, other people do not get their horizon enlarged through you."

The person's comments:

"I'm not sure how that will play out exactly... I will let you know how things develop. I reached out to a few people today, who I believe are unsaved or struggling in their faith. I was thinking of texting them once a week, just with a bible verse or encouragement of some kind. Today I asked if there was anything I could pray for them specifically, and 3 out of the 4r esponded to that with requests. So, I don't know what will happen. I will pray about it, and see where God leads".

What do you think?In Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 20 Nov 2008 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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Jamon Holmgren says on Nov 20, 2008 06:16 pm:
I really like this concept. Others have blessed me in so many ways. I hope I can be a blessing to others as well through Christ.
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