Jesus Christ The Almighty

Hey, there!

Yup, I have another excerpt from Oswald Chambers’ book “My Utmost For His Highest” (please reference the Post by the name of this book for FREE access to his daily devotionals.).

I read this one today from his February 27th entry:

“The reason some of us are such poor specimens of Christianity is because we have no Almighty Christ. We have Christian attributes and experiences but there is no abandonment to Jesus Christ. When we get into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying – ‘Of course, He cannot do anything,’ and we struggle down to the deeps and try to get the water for ourselves. Beware of the satisfaction of sinking back and saying – – ‘It can’t be done’; you know it can be done if you look to Jesus. The well of your incompleteness is deep, but make the effort and look away to Him.”

End of excerpt.

All the best, in Him.

Fred

Inferior Misgivings About Jesus

Good morning!

I want to share with you another excerpt from “My Utmost For His Highest” (please reference the Post by the name of this book for FREE access to his daily devotionals.) I read this morning from the February 26th entry in the book:

” ‘I am impressed with the wonder of what God says, but He cannot expect me to really live it out in the details of my life!’….Your ideals are high and they impress us, but in touch with actual things, it cannot be done. These misgivings about Jesus start with amused questions when we talk of our transactions with God – Where are you going to get your money from? How are you going to be looked after? Or they start with ourselves when we tell Jesus our case is a bit too hard for Him. It is all very well to say ‘Trust in the Lord’, but a man must live, and Jesus has nothing to draw with – nothing whereby to give us these things.

None of us ever had misgivings about ourselves; we know exactly what we cannot do, but we do have misgivings about Jesus.

My misgivings arise from the fact I ransack my own person to find out how He is going to do it. My questions spring from the depths of my own inferiority. If I detect these misgivings in myself, let me bring them to the light and confess them – ‘Lord, I have had misgivings about Thee, I have not believed in Thee wits apart from my own; I have not believed in Thine almighty power apart from my finite understanding of it.’ ”

End of excerpt.

Until later,

Fred

Thank You Lord

Greetings!

For some time now, “Thank You Lord” or “Lord God” has been my CONSTANT and CONTINUAL prayer to our Father and our Savior MINUTE by MINUTE (repeating it numerous times each minute when possible) and HOUR by each HOUR.

It has become my version, all wrapped into one, of the ‘approaches’ taken by Brother Lawrence in his “Practicing The Presence Of God” (please reference the Post by this title), the “Jesus Prayer” I came across in “The Way Of A Pilgrim” ( http://desertfathers.webs.com/thewayofthepilgrim.htm ), the writing by the anonymous author of “The Cloud Of Unknowing” ( http://www.catholicspiritualdirection.org/cloudunknowing.pdf ), the writings of William Law and others in an effort to CONSTANTLY and CONTINUALLY have God and Christ Jesus before me….my aid in assisting me to “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8).

As Brother Lawrence clearly explained, this kind of dedicated attention to God and Jesus can be difficult at first, but after persistent practice, it becomes a ‘natural’ part of you. Personally, I still have lapses but they are becoming fewer, and in spite of this….IT’S WORKING!!

Of course, I certainly haven’t attained to the ‘mystical’ experiences of Brother Lawrence, Saint Catherine of  Siena and so many others but the slow, evolving progress is obvious to me.

Although I don’t exactly “whistle while I work” quite yet, I have become much more patient and calm with menial tasks, which I used to NEVER look forward to! There is a peaceful acceptance of these chores that I never previously encountered.

More importantly, I am becoming more acquainted with our Father and Jesus in a way I cannot humanly describe. Again, it is by far not of a ‘mystical’ magnitude!

It helps keep me from those vain and useless ‘wandering thoughts’ (please reference the Post by this title) as well as my mind off of myself. This is probably why I am more at peace and contented.

I find my daily Scripture readings/studies to be more ‘alive’. Words take on more essence and meaning than they did before and I contemplate on them more often….it takes me much longer to get through a chapter and I thoroughly enjoy it!

I am quicker to laugh and more overjoyed in my spirit when I see or encounter good stuff; and on the other hand, I am also more deeply touched with sorrow by sad happenings, whether by natural evils, human evil and sin or just plain suffering; I cry easier at both the good and the bad.

This short HEARTFELT prayer repeated so frequently is not some mindless, robotic ‘chant’ or ‘mantra’, but rather, an expression to my Father and Savior that is understood between us to represent and include the following, but not limited to:

“Thank You Lord” or “Lord God” represents God and Christ Jesus for:

1.  Your loving and selfless sacrifice Jesus, not only for us believers but also those of the entire world (1 John 2:2)

2.  Just being there the way You are Father and Christ Jesus

3,  Your unfathomable grace, patience and mercy in Divine Love toward me and the entire world….especially believers

4.   Your calling me and guarding as well as establishing me (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

5.  Being able to be “strong in Him Who is invigorating me – Christ!” (Philippians  4:13)

6.  Filling my every need as well doing infinitely more for believers than we can ask or imagine (Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:20)

7.  Always knowing what I need without my even asking (Matthew 6:8)

8.  Humiliating and allowing me to suffer when I do not let You have Your way with me

9.  Allowing me to see that You will bring to a GLORIOUS END from ALL the sin, evil and suffering I am constantly and forever observing in the world  (1 Corinthians 15:28 and the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”)

10. Your precious gift of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9) which not only is my Comforter/Advocate/Helper but will also lead me into all truth (John 14:26), will guide my every step through the day if I allow it (Romans 8:14), allows me to know the very depths of God (1 Corinthians 2:10) and the mind of Christ, Himself (1 Corinthians 2:16), is always interceding on my behalf with utterances and pleadings to God I cannot humanly understand (Romans 8:26)….but will also enable me to bear the  Holy fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).

11. Preparing an inheritance for all believers that is GLORIOUS and MAGNIFICENT beyond human comprehension and to take on an immortal, incorruptible celestial body (1 Corinthians 15:53) and existence EVEN of the nature of Christ Jesus Himself (Philippians 3:21)

12. Having ALL THINGS work for the good for all believers (Romans 8:28)

And, the list goes on!!!

Please don’t misunderstand me….there will always be times for regular, formal prayer. Likewise, during the day, we can spontaneously thank Them for various  things as they may occur as well ask for help as the need may arise.

It is in between these times that I go to Them with the “Thank You Lord” prayer.

We are fortunate and blessed beyond measure as Christians to ALWAYS be able to thank God and Christ Jesus for ANY and EVERYTHING (1 Thessalonians 5:18)….even that flat tire you have on the way to work when you were running late to begin with (if may have keep you from a nasty accident just up ahead!)!

Our Father and Savior do not allow ANYTHING to touch us that is not for our eventual good (Romans 8:28)….certainly just another reason for us to always and continually say “Thank You Lord”!!

Until later, in Him,

Fred

The Amazing Benefits Of Olive Oil

Greetings!

I am adding high quality olive oil as Number 13 to the Post “You Are A Temple Of God: Helpful Health Hints” after receiving an article today from a well respected health website ( http://www.naturalnews.com/ ) I subscribe to. Although the actual gist of the report deals with quality olive oil being the BEST oil for frying, it nevertheless highlights the NUMEROUS benefits of this wonderful oil.

Of course, olive oil is mentioned favorably and prominently many times in the Scriptures, as well.

The article is actually entitled “Olive oil is the healthiest choice when it comes to frying food, study finds” ( http://www.naturalnews.com/047476_olive_oil_healthy_food_fried_foods.html ) but it nicely goes into mentioning the many benefits of this amazing fruit. The study was published in October of this year, and you can click on the article address above and read the full report but I will give you a few highlights here:

1. High quality olive oil tested the best for remaining stable at deep frying between 320 and 374 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is usually the ‘MEDIUM’ setting on a typical electric burner.

2. It also maintained “its impeccable, healthy qualities” at these high temperatures, and they actually reused the SAME oil 10 times!!

3. The best type is ‘virgin’ or ‘extra virgin’. (Personally, I use organic, first cold pressed and extra virgin.)

4. In addition to the study noting that “olive oil has an abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It has been used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory properties. Because it is derived directly from the fruit of the plant, it also helps with digestion.”,  it went on to list compounds common to the oil that treat a variety of ailments.

5. Further more, “One “prominent cardiologist” recommends consuming up to two tablespoons a day to fully enjoy the oil’s various benefits, reports the Olive Oil Times.”  

Regarding Number 5, I have been doing this for years by trying to consume a tablespoon of organic, first cold pressed, extra virgin oil at each meal. For better utilization and absorption, I slowly swish it around in my mouth and swallow it piecemeal when consuming it directly.

If you can’t find quality olive oil near you, there are excellent selections at  http://www.amazon.com and http://www.vitacost.com at reasonable prices. It you make minimum purchases, shipping is FREE.

UPDATE 01/20/2015: Here is an additional article I received today on the excellent benefits of high quality (preferably organic, unfiltered, cold pressed and extra virgin) oil: http://www.naturalnews.com/048332_olive_oil_phenolic_compounds_oleic_acid.html .

In closing, a number of reliable sources recommend a high quality coconut oil and avocado oil for cooking at higher temperatures.

Bon appetit!

Fred