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