My Burned-Over Place

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

May I share with you probably my favorite Our Daily Bread devotional? I first read it on April 10, 1997. I keep a copy of it in my office to read again from time to time and today seems like a good time to type it here for you.

The Burned Over Place

2 Corinthians 5: (New American Standard Bible) 18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,  19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. Isaiah 53:5

Some early settlers were traveling together across the western prairies of the United States. One day they were horrified to see a fire fanned by strong wind coming their way.

As the flames raced closer and closer, one man, to the amazement of the others, set fire to a large patch of grass downwind. The tinder-dry grass burned quickly and left behind a charred and barren area. Then he told them to move onto the burned-over place. They watched as the fire swept toward them until it reached the burned-over area–and then stopped! They were safe as the fire passed by them on both sides.

The fires of God’s judgment will descend on a wicked world, but God has provided a burned-over place. At Calvary, the fire of God’s justice was met by Jesus. He bore our sin there and fully paid for our transgressions. He made full satisfaction for our sins, and we who have taken our stand by faith in the finished work of Christ are safe in the burned-over place. There is nothing left to burn.

Jesus “bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose striped you were healed” (I Peter 2:24). Are you in the burned-over place? — M.R. De Haan

The Flames of God’s judgment can never touch me, For Jesus has borne all God’s wrath on the tree; I now stand secure in the burned-over place, A sinner, unworthy, yet saved by His grace! –Bosch

Jesus died in our place to provide a place of safety.

The Burned-Over Place — I know that I know that I know that JESUS CHRIST, The only begotten Son of God IS MY Burned-Over Place. Not church membership, not good deeds, NOTHING but faith in HIM, faith that He, The Burned-Over Place, is enough. He was enough, He is enough to keep me from burning in hell for eternity — Oh YES! I am grateful for JESUS, my Burned-Over Place.  How about you?

LORD JESUS, again and again I thank You for saving me. Thank You, HOLY SPIRIT, for turning the Light on so I could see that I needed, that I had to step into ‘The Burned-Over Place’ or else I would find myself in hell forever.  Thank You for M.R. DeHaan, even though he has long been there with You, You are still anointing his work. Thank You. Thank You for this blessed illustration that refreshes me again and again as I read it.  And, ABBA, I pray for every soul that will come to this screen. HOLY SPIRIT, I ask if there is one man, woman, boy or girl that can be helped by this, please bring them here and convince them of their need and that You are their Burned-Over Place if they will allow themselves to believe.  I pray they will. And I pray that we who have believed will be encouraged and find keys and tools to help others see.  And I pray now for our Praying for These; asking You to protect and provide for each of them; including our IDOK Troops.  And thank You, thank You that Dixie has made it to 35 weeks, we just wait on You now to bring her precious baby forth as You have planned from the Foundation of the World.  I pray blessings and favor and safety and protection on Dixie and the Baby as she is delivered.  I particularly pray that Dixie will be even more mindful of You and Your coming to us first as  a Baby to deliver us.  Thank You. Thank You.  And as we are getting closer and closer to the day we have set to honor Your Birth as the God-Baby, growing to be the God-Man, I pray this year, This Christmas we, IDOKs, will more than any other Christmas before honor You and worship You. And this I ask in Your Holy Name, LORD JESUS. Amen and amen.

Holy hugs, kt

Praise

The following came in today as a comment on the Praise-Answer page which means you as the reading audience might over look it, SO I have copied and pasted it here.  Because I for sure don’t want you to miss it! Holy hugs! kt

We are coming up on 10 months since baby Ryder was born at only 23 weeks gestation. Weighing only 1 pound 2 ounces, he was hardly what I expected a baby boy to look like. I dare not describe what I saw as I looked into his tiny little face. My heart was breaking for my daughter and her husband.
My thoughts were all over the place but the obvious issue was can this pitiful little one survive, and then, if he does, what kind of health issues will he have. I will have to admit that with my daughter already having one child with severe autism, I was afraid. No, more than afraid. I used the only defence mechanism acceptable to me to avoid the pain. I just emersed myself in caring for my daughter’s other two little ones so I didn’t have to think about it, while she stayed with the baby.
Shortly after Ryder was born, my Bebe’s husband Joel, Ryder’s daddy, had to serve a tour of duty in Afghanistan. My husband, Bill and I, with the Lord’s strengthening us, spent the next 6 months trying to meet all the needs of this family in distress.
That was only part of the story. Our friends and family had immediately launched a mission of prayer support for baby Ryder and family. I, having total faith in allowing the Lord to have His way, was resting in knowing that now we had an IDOK army of prayer warriors.
Did I anticipate the wonderful outcome of all those prayers? Can’t say that I did. I expected the Lord to see us through what ever the outcome, as He has so many times. You see while I trusted Him, you prayer warriors trusted him for a miracle.
Ryder is a miracle baby. He was born in February, a lifeless little body with life potential that had to be revived. He left the hospital in July, a precious, healthy, 6 pound, adorable baby boy. He continues to grow stronger. He is small, yet doctors tell us he is doing great.
In retrospect, we can see the hand of the Lord in every aspect of the circumstances from the specialized care at the hospital to timing and placement of events. I KNOW that prayer of the Saints, and The Lord’s goodness not only got us through, but gave us a special miracle in the life of Ryder.
Thank you! Thanks to all who prayed and I especially thank you for your faith to believe and pray for our miracle outcome when we were at our weakest and desperately needed you to bombard heaven on our behalf.  Judy Harris

Oh, ABBA, to think You would allow this ministry is more than I can imagine; but You have and You heard our prayers for Ryder and he lives. Thank You. Thank You.  Ten months now — the number of wholeness  – perhaps it’s more or less significant than I imagine, I just thank You that Ryder is whole and I am asking again that Ryder’s whole life be dedicated to You; that he be protected and guided; that he apply himself to perceiving Your will for him, that he be reminded by his parents and grandparents and others that he is a ‘goodly’ child, that he has been chosen to live here on planet earth for Your Glory and that embracing Your glory for his life will be his best ‘bet’ for success and happiness here. I pray that You will place people in his life to not only speak Your Word to him but DEMONSTRATE it daily; that he will meet Your love played out around him every day.  And, ABBA, I pray that this prayer will be prayed and answered again and again not just by Ryder’s parents and grandparents but by every parent and grandparent who comes to read it and dares to position themselves to believe and see Your Glory in their babies of every age. Thank You, ABBA, in the holy and matchless name of our Savior and King JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS. Amen and amen.

Good Intentions

Monday, November 29, 2010

A sweet holiday! Five days resting and relaxing with my brothers and families, I shall continue giving thanks for Thanksgiving 2010 long into 2011. And now that Thanksgiving Day has come and gone — CHRISTMAS!

Good Intentions. I always have them. I make myself notes of good things to do and then ‘life’ happens. Tell me how do you handle your good intentions? What’s your secret for turning good intentions into ‘going about and doing good’?

“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 NASB

ABBA, I pray for my good intentions to become going about doing good as You LORD JESUS did — do again in me.  And in Your Name LORD JESUS, I ask that You tend and minister to all our IDOKs as they come to their screens to read and pray and we collectively pray for our Praying for These loved ones and for our IDOK Troops. We ask for provisions and protection as each needs.  And, HOLY SPIRIT, thank You for the reminder of Leslie and family as they prepare a memorial service for Suzi.  We pray for comfort and peace for the family, for sweet memories to give them comfort and laughter. Amen and amen.

Holy hugs, kt

Happy Thanksgiving

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Holy hugs, kt