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Hal

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The Drawing of the Father - By Oswald Chambers
« on: December 22, 2017, 12:16:38 AM »

The Drawing of the Father

By Oswald Chambers

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 1:1516 ). 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 Gods 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 will to 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.

Hal

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Re: The Drawing of the Father - By Oswald Chambers
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2017, 12:22:52 AM »
I like Mr. Chambers but he is wrong here in one way. He to verse 65 out of context, read the earlier verses 44 & 45

John 6
44. "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
45. "It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.


Look at the word EVERYONEI don't see any will involved here. Your WILL becomes the work of the spirit.
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JB Horn

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Re: The Drawing of the Father - By Oswald Chambers
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2017, 10:37:55 AM »

Hal

Its funny that Chambers was Spurgeon study but fashioned himself after John Wesley.