God Does Not “Patch Up” Christians

Hey, there!

I want share with you the entry of December 30th in Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest” (please reference the Post by the same name as his book for FREE access to all his devotional entries). Here goes:

Our Lord never “patches up” our natural virtues, that is, our natural traits, qualities, or characteristics. He completely remakes a person on the inside— “…put on the new man…” (Ephesians 4:24). In other words, see that your natural human life is putting on all that is in keeping with the new life. The life God places within us develops its own new virtues, not the virtues of the seed of Adam, but of Jesus Christ. Once God has begun the process of sanctification in your life, watch and see how God causes your confidence in your own natural virtues and power to wither away. He will continue until you learn to draw your life from the reservoir of the resurrection life of Jesus.

Thank God if you are going through this drying-up experience!

The sign that God is at work in us is that He is destroying our confidence in the natural virtues, because they are not promises of what we are going to be, but only a wasted reminder of what God created man to be. We want to cling to our natural virtues, while all the time God is trying to get us in contact with the life of Jesus Christ— a life that can never be described in terms of natural virtues. It is the saddest thing to see people who are trying to serve God depending on that which the grace of God.

They are depending solely on what they have by virtue of heredity. God does not take our natural virtues and transform them, because our natural virtues could never even come close to what Jesus Christ wants. No natural love, no natural patience, no natural purity can ever come up to His demands. But as we bring every part of our natural bodily life into harmony with the new life God has placed within us, He will exhibit in us the virtues that were characteristic of the Lord Jesus.

And every virtue we possess
Is His alone.”

End of entry.

All the best in Him.

Fred

 

Look Unto Me….Moment By Moment

Hello, again!

This is another excerpt for Oswald Chambers’ book “My Utmost For His Highest”  and is from his entry of January 22nd (please reference the Post by the name of this book for FREE access to his daily devotionals.).

This particular entry actually falls perfectly in line with Brother Lawrence’s approach of ‘Practicing the Presence of God’ (please see the Post by this same title).

Emphasis throughout will be mine and here goes:

“Troubles nearly always make us look to God; His blessings are apt to make us look elsewhere.

The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is, in effect – narrow all your interests until the attitude of heart and mind and body is CONCENTRATION on Jesus Christ.

The very thing we look for, we shall find IF WE WILL CONCENTRATE ON Him.

The difficulties and trails – the casting about in our minds as to what we will do this summer, or tomorrow, will vanish IF WE LOOK TO God.

Rouse yourself up and LOOK TO God. BUILD YOUR HOPE ON Him. No matter if there are a hundred and one things that press, resolutely exclude them all and LOOK TO Him. “LOOK UNTO Me” (Isaiah 45:22), and SALVATION IS,  THE MOMENT YOU LOOK.”

End of excerpts. (Isaiah 45:22) is an addition by me.

Of course, he does not mean we should shirk our important “hundred and one” responsibilities, but rather, if we CONCENTRATE on our Father and Jesus MOMENT BY MOMENT, these important responsibilities will find a way to properly take care of themselves….and we will be at PEACE and in JOY as we carry them out. Brother Lawrence also found this to be true and it was his way of life.

This approach does not come easy, nor overnight, and we must be ever diligent to reach this plateau in our Spiritual walk….even Brother Lawrence wrote that it was difficult at first, but then, IT BECAME SECOND NATURE to him!!

As a side note, an example of the quotation above concerning “His blessings are apt to make us look elsewhere”, King David is the perfect illustration. God had blessed him tremendously and he had certainly ‘reached the top’. But then, life got too easy and we know what happened with the Bathsheba incident. Please reference the Post “David’s Heinous Sin vs God’s Mercy” for more comments on this.

Until later,

Fred

 

 

The Great Life

Hello!

I came across this excellent article from Oswald Chambers’ entry of December 14th in his book “My Utmost For His Highest” (please reference the Post by the name of this book for FREE access to his daily devotionals.):

“Whenever a thing becomes difficult in personal experience, we are in danger of blaming God, but it is we who are in the wrong, not God, there is some perversity somewhere that we will not let go. Immediately we do, everything becomes as clear as daylight. As long as we try to serve two ends, ourselves and God, there is perplexity. The attitude must be one of complete reliance on God. When once we get there, there is nothing easier than living the saintly life; difficulty comes in when we want to usurp the authority of the Holy Spirit for our own ends.

Whenever you obey God, His seal is always that of peace, the witness of an unfathomable peace, which is not natural, but the peace of Jesus. Whenever peace does not come, tarry till it does, or find out the reason why it does not. If you are acting on an impulse, or a sense of the heroic, the peace of Jesus will not witness; there is no simplicity or confidence in God, because the spirit of simplicity is born of the Holy Ghost, not of your decisions. Every decision brings a reaction of simplicity.

My questions come when I cease to obey. When I have obeyed God, the problems never come between me and God, they come as probes to keep the mind going on with amazement at the revelation of God. Any problem that comes between God and myself springs out of disobedience; any problem, and there are many, that is alongside me while I obey God, increases my ecstatic delight, because I know that my Father knows, and I am going to watch and see how He unravels this thing.”

End of excerpt.

All the best in Him.

Fred

Rapture: Fact Or Fiction

Greetings!

Since so many denominations, as well as non-denominations, adhere to the ‘Rapture’ theory, I thought I would pass along an excellent article on the subject at https://sites.google.com/site/secretraptureark/ (just point and click).

In addition to the overwhelming evidence offered by the article against the above theory, there is one verse in the Bible that shows how completely false is the idea of a ‘Rapture’. Revelation 20:5 clearly states that after the Great Tribulation there will be the “first resurrection”. If there had been a ‘Rapture’ of living and dead Christians BEFORE the Great Tribulation, then the Bible is LYING by calling the resurrection in 20:5 the “first”. Obviously, it would be the ‘second’ IF the ‘Rapture’ was a fact….which it is not. It is pure fiction.

Until later,

Fred

The Responsibility Of Each Christian

Hi,again!

Even after Christians are initially called and receive the Holy Spirit, it will take some time to FULLY grasp the NEED for us to want God and Jesus to COMPLETELY CONTROL us (as far as is possible while we are in this human form), and not merely influence us in a religious sort of way. For some of us, this can take a long time. Our goal even is to bring EVERY thought into the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

God’s purpose for calling us is not just limited to having Christians be a ‘light’ in a dark world, but rather, the HIGHER purpose of having us being so COMPLETELY CONSUMED by His and Christ Jesus’ presence in us we are literally not our own anymore. Up to a point, Paul reached this stage as written in Galatians 2:20.

The problem is that some of us are satisfied with just the daily struggle of trying to be ‘good little girls and boys’ in a religious fashion; and too often, even this is motivated only by either (1) wanting to get ‘good stuff’ and blessings from our Father and Jesus (2) trying to merely ‘hang on’ until the Resurrection or (3) wanting to avoid Their wrath if we mess up. These attitudes can certainly lead to being “lukewarm” Christians and Revelation 3:16,17 clearly shows Their view on a “lukewarm” faith. A good article defining a lukewarm Christian is at http://chrismarlow.me/2008/06/are-you-a-lukewarm-christian/ .

Paul shows in 2 Timothy 1:6 that it is up to us to “stir up” or “rekindle” the “gift” that we have as Christians, if it becomes necessary. Other verses in the New Testament also clearly show that it is the individual Christian’s responsibility to develop an attitude in one’s heart to either “hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Matthew 5:6), become “lukewarm” in our faith (Revelation 3:16) or ultimately become like Demas who continued to “love this eon” (2 Timothy 4:10).

The Holy Spirit can urge as well as lead us but He will NEVER push, force or drag us.

All the best in Him,

Fred