• “But the misfortune is that people wish to direct God instead of resigning themselves to be directed by Him. We wish to take the lead, and to follow in a way of their own selection instead of submissively and passively following where God sees fit to conduct them. And hence it is, that many souls who are called to the enjoyment of God himself and mot merely to the gifts of God, spend all their lives in pursuing and in feeding on little consolations.” – Madame Guyon

Poured Out by Nancy Leigh DeMoss 07/29/11

Nancy Leigh DeMoss: The people of Jeremiah’s day lived a pretty easy life. Jeremiah wrote, “[They] are like wine left on its dregs, not poured from one jar to another.”

In those days the process of making wine meant putting juice in a wineskin for several weeks while the bitter dregs, or sediment, settled to the bottom. Then the juice was poured into another wineskin to remove the dregs. The process was repeated again and again until all the bad-tasting impurities were gone.

Jeremiah compared the complacent people around him to wine that stayed in the skin too long.

Suffering is God’s means of pouring us from one jar to another so the dregs of self and sin can be removed and His sweet Spirit is all that remains. Would you accept the process that’s helping you become more like Christ?

With Seeking Him, I’m Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

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  • “They only did what God permitted them to do, which enabled me always to keep God in sight… When we suffer, we should always remember that God inflicts the blow. Wicked men, it is true, are not infrequently His instruments; and the fact does not diminish, but simply develops their wickedness. But when we are so mentally disposed that we love the strokes we suffer, regarding them as coming from God, and as expressions of what He sees best for us, we are then in the proper state to look forgivingly and kindly upon the subordinate instrument which He permits to smite us.” – Madame Guyon

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“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. — Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NKJV)

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