Pray Without Ceasing

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Today I added the following excerpt as an ‘update’ to my Categories/Posts  “Pray On The Potty” and “Dry Prayer And Monkey Chatter”.  The full article from which the excerpt was taken can be found at http://utmost.org/thinking-of-prayer-as-jesus-taught/ . Here goes:

“The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts. Our blood flows and our breathing continues “without ceasing”; we are not even conscious of it, but it never stops.

Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life of the saint. Beware of anything that stops the offering up of prayer. “Pray without ceasing…”— maintain the childlike habit of offering up prayer in your heart to God all the time.”

End of excerpt. The “pray without ceasing” quote came from 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

Until later,

Fred

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Seek FIRST The Kingdom Of God And His Righeousness

Greetings!

Oswald Chambers has an excellent explanation of Matthew 6:33 :

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

It and his other 364 entries can be found at http://utmost.org/having-god%E2%80%99s-unreasonable-faith/. Editing and emphasis will be mine throughout….here goes:

“When we look at these words of Jesus, we immediately find them to be the most revolutionary that human ears have ever heard. “…seek first the kingdom of God….” Even the most spiritually-minded of us argue the exact opposite, saying, “But I must live; I must make a certain amount of money; I must be clothed; I must be fed.” THE GREAT CONCERN OF OUR LIVES IS NOT THE KINGDOM OF GOD BUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES TO LIVE.

Jesus reversed the order by telling us to get the right relationship with God first, maintaining it as the PRIMARY concern of our lives, and never to place our concern on taking care of the other things of life.

“…do not worry about your life…” (Matthew 6:25). Our Lord pointed out that from His standpoint it is absolutely undreasonable for us to be anxious, worrying about how we will live. Jesus did not say that the person who takes no thought for anything in his life is blessed— no, that person is a fool. But Jesus did teach that His disciple must make his relationship with God the DOMINATING focus of his life, and to be cautiously carefree about everything else in comparison to that.

In essence, Jesus was saying, “Don’t make food and drink the CONTROLLING  factor of your life, but be focused absolutely on God.

Jesus is saying that THE GREATEST CONCERN OF LIFE IS TO PLACE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD FIRST, AND EVERYTHING ELSE SECOND.”

All the best, in Him.

Fred

The Habit Of Enjoying Adversity

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When I first saw this title for the entry below from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest” (all of his 365 entries are FREE at http://utmost.org/the-habit-of-enjoying-adversity/ ) I admit I did a double take as I was thinking “say what….are you serious”!! Well, I was wonderfully surprised and enlightened by his extraordinary insight into the spiritual truths presented here.

Editing and emphasis will be mine throughout and here goes:

”  The Habit Of Enjoying Adversity

‘…that the life of Jesus  may also be manifested in your body.’  2 Corinthians 4:10

We have to develop godly habits to express what God’s grace has done in us. It is not just a question of being saved from hell, but of being saved so that “the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” And it is adversity that makes us exhibit His life in our mortal flesh.

Is my life exhibiting the essence of the SWEETNESS of the Son of God, or just the basic irritation of “myself” that I would have apart from Him? The only thing that will enable me to enjoy adversity is the acute sense of eagerness of allowing the life of the Son of God to evidence itself in me. No matter how difficult something may be, I must say, “LORD, I AM DELIGHTED TO OBEY YOU IN THIS.”  Instantly, the Son of God will move to the forefront of my life, and will manifest in my body that which glorifies Him.

You must not debate. The moment you OBEY the light of God, His Son shines through you in that very adversity; but if you debate with God, you grieve His Spirit (see Ephesians 4:30). You must keep yourself in the proper condition to allow the life of the Son of God to be manifested in you, and you cannot keep yourself fit if you give way to self-pity.

Our circumstances are the means God uses to exhibit just how WONDERFULLY PERFECT and EXTRAORDINARILY PURE His Son is. Discovering a new way of manifesting the Son of God should make our heart beat with renewed excitement. It is one thing to choose adversity, and quite another to enter into adversity through the orchestrating of our circumstances by God’s sovereignty. And if God puts you into adversity, HE IS ADEQUATELY SUFFICIENT TO “supply all you need” (Philippians 4:19).

Keep your soul properly conditioned to manifest the life of the Son of God. Never live on your memories of past experiences, but LET THE WORD OF GOD ALWAYS BE LIVING AND ACTIVE IN YOU.”

Until later,

Fred

 

The Faith To Persevere

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Here is another excellent excerpt from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest” and it,as well as his other 364 entries, can be found at http://utmost.org/the-faith-to-persevere/ . I have edited it and added emphasis:

”     The Faith To Persevere

‘Because you have kept My command to persevere’… —Revelation 3:10

Perseverance means more than endurance— more than simply holding on until the end. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but our Lord continues to stretch and strain, and every once in a while the saint says, “I can’t take any more.” Yet God pays no attention; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly.

ENTRUST YOURSELF TO GOD’S HANDS. Is there something in your life for which you need perseverance right now? Maintain your intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the perseverance of faith. Proclaim as Job did, “Though He slay me,  yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15)

Faith is NOT some weak and pitiful emotion, but is STRONG and VIGOROUS confidence built on the fact that GOD IS HOLY LOVE. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him.. Faith is the supreme effort of your life— throwing yourself with ABANDON and TOTAL CONFIDENCE upon God.

God ventured His all in Jesus Christ to save us, and now He wants us to venture our ALL with total abandoned confidence in Him. There are areas in our lives where that faith has not worked in us as yet— places still untouched by the life of God. There were none of those places in Jesus Christ’s life, and there are to be none in ours. Jesus prayed, “This is eternal life, that they may know You…” (John 17:3).

If we will take this view, life will become one great romance— a GLORIOUS opportunity of seeing wonderful things ALL the time. God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of POWER.”

Take care, in Him.

Fred

 

 

We Are Only What We Are In The Dark

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At the website I refer you to for all 365 entries in the book “My Utmost For His Highest” ( http://utmost.org/faith%E2%80%94-not-emotion/ ) by Oswald Chambers, there is a section in the upper right corner titled “Wisdom from Oswald Chambers” and this is in addition to the main entry for that date and which changes daily . They are quotes from other writings by this remarkable, quite Spiritual saint.

Here goes:

“We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark—the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight.  The Love of God—The Ministry of the Unnoticed, 669 L

All the best, in Him.

Fred