Ever Think God May Cramp Your Style?

Greetings!

Seriously, have you ever thought, or even worried, that a  FULL and ABSOLUTE surrender to God and Christ Jesus, including practicing the presence of God (please reference the Category by this same title) might just cause you to lose some of what you now consider to be your most cherished comforts and ‘fun’ in life?

Let’s try to put this in perspective with an analogy.

It is pretty much like a totally destitute, beggarly and homeless person pondering and worrying about what it would be like giving up her or his present life style for that of a multi-billionaire!

Of course, there are limitations to any analogy and what I am emphasizing with this one is the ultimate value when one choice is compared to another….in other words, the HOLY when compared to the human.

Furthermore, even in this lifetime, if we hang in there and let our Father and our Brother have Their way with us, we may reach ‘heavenly heights’  of Spiritual wonderment and joy that defy human understanding….just as the present day and past Christian mystics such as Brother Lawrence experienced. For more reading on mystics please reference the following Categories:

Practicing The Presence Of God

Letters From A Modern Mystic

Why Not Be A Mystic

Of course, there will be some painful and discomforting times along the way just as it would be for any human addict withdrawing from drugs and alcohol. But these are not worthy to be compared with what we will experience presently from bearing the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22) and the future glory to come (Romans 8:18)

Until later, take care, in Him.

Fred

 

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No Partiality With God

Howdy!

This is yet another glorious reason to loveadore and be in total awe of our Father as well as our Brother and King Christ Jesus!

That God (and Jesus) is NEVER partial in dealing with anyone as written in Romans 2:11 and Ephesians 6:9 simply means He and our Lord are always FAIR, whether someone is a Christian or an unbeliever. This is well covered in Romans 2:11-16.

However, the significance of this wonderful truth extends way further than this as it is applied to each person who has ever lived. For instance, someone may appear to be carrying a heavier load or burden than another individual, apart from chastisement for a sin or sins.

But rest assured that this ‘someone’ has been properly fitted to handle that seemingly  heavier load or burden. This is wonderfully illustrated in 1 Corinthians 12:12-25 and reveals  how God and Jesus have fitted each member of the human body to perform its particular and designated function. The foot is never called upon to carry out the task of the nose….and the list goes on.

Likewise, another nice illustration is shown in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If someone is gifted to perform healings then don’t expect her or him to speak prophecies….they have not been so fitted.

This is true concerning EVERY situation a human will experience in her or his life. For instance, if they are given a crippling, physical infirmity to endure then they are fitted with that extra ability from God and Jesus that you and I would NOT have. This is much like a blind person inheriting that extra-ordinary sense of hearing enabling them to cope with the loss of their sight, as well the mental capacity to handle their situation as well.

If a person appears to be raised in a very unpleasant and even disgusting environment and at a seeming disadvantage on many fronts, rest assured our Father and His Son have equipped that individual (whether believer or non-believer) to properly and successfully handle their situation….an ability you and I would not have unless They would properly fit us if we were in that same situation.

There is a very good example in Exodus 16:18 of how God and Jesus ALWAYS balance out EVERY situation for both believers and non-believers during our lives. In this narrative,  the ones that gathered a lot to eat had none left over and the ones who gathered the lesser amounts still had no need for more….it ALWAYS nicely balances out….FAIR ‘n BALANCED!

Quite simply, what might scare and defeat me you could handle like a breeze if our Father and our Savior were to try you in that manner and then properly fitted you to handle it. And, how beautiful is the truth in 1 Corinthians 10:13 clearly stating NO ONE will EVER be tried beyond what we are able to bear.

How blessed and fortunate are ALL humans to have such a One as God is as well as His Son, but especially Christians.

Take care in Him,

Fred

 

True Lesson Of Life

Greetings!

Until we finally recognize that our continual failures, shortcomings, problems and dissatisfaction of life in all its forms are ALL  merely teachings from God intent on showing us exactly why we need to WHOLEHEARTEDLY and COMPLETELY seek and depend on Him and His Son in a moment by moment way….then we have missed the ONE TRUE LESSON of our lives as Christians.

And, until we truly learn and practice this lesson, our Father and our Savior will remain as only religious figures to us….and not real. Please reference the Category/Post on “Why Isn’t God More Real To Me”.

Until later, be blessed in Him.

Fred

Business As Usual

Hey there!

Paul said  he was a “slave” (Concordant Literal NT) of Christ Jesus in Romans 1:1 and all those who are called to be Christians are likewise referred to as “slaves” throughout the New Testament. This is the actual meaning of the Greek word ‘doulos’ according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

In all of history, I am quite sure there have NEVER been any ‘part-time slaves’. A slave is at the beck and call of her or his owner 24/7.

We, then, are to ALWAYS be constantly, consistently and ever presenting ourselves to God and Christ Jesus as our Owners. We may not have any particular task or duty to perform at any given moment, but nonetheless, we present ourselves to Them….24/7.

Even here, we are to be seeking FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33) and to be “hungering and thirsting for righteousness” (Matthew 5:6)….24/7.

Before we were called to be saints, all kinds of activities and concerns were on our ‘to-do list’. We were swamped in dealing with the issues of life and they demanded our undivided attention. Some that got our attention were justified but many were not. We were quite literally ‘slaves’ not only to dealing with these activities and concerns but also to the “law of sin” within our very nature (Romans 7:23-24)….they owned us.

However, there are now new Owners in town!! Our new Owners demand the same UNDIVIDED attention but what a glorious and wonderful change They bring. They can and will enable us to “have life more abundantly” (John 10:10).

There are still those justified activities and concerns we must perform and attend to daily but they are dealt with in a different way. And, they don’t own or control us as before because ALL that we do we deal with  through God and Jesus. Even the “law of sin” within “the body of death” we  now occupy will submit to and be ruled by our new Owners (Romans 7:25, 8:1-3).

Now, this life changing assistance and help throughout each day that we are able to receive from our new Owners does not come by merely having Them in our thoughts during the day. Nor does regimented Bible study, regular church attendance, ‘mechanical prayer’ or any other religious activities, however well meant.

Our Father and our Savior want us to “come to” Them (Matthew 11:28) and “draw near” to Them (James 4:8) and the religious activities mentioned in the previous paragraph do NOT cut the mustard!

At this point,, I always wind up bringing forth the example of Brother Lawrence. He showed us how to “come to” and “draw near” to God and Jesus by actually talking to, beseeching and living for Them moment by moment during the entire day. He did this even during his  most hurried of times. He wrote how it was difficult to do this at first, but after a while, it became second nature to him and he could not imagine living his life any other way.

You can read his entire book free online as set forth in the Category “Practicing The Presence Of God” and you will be amazed and inspired by the SUPERNATURAL relationship he was able to develop with his Owners.

Personally, my moment by moment prayer to Them is “help me Lord” (in whatever I am doing, thinking or saying at the moment) or just “Lord God”….and frequently punctuated with “thank you Father” or “thank you Jesus”. And, at other times, I just freely express myself to Them. The change and results I have experienced are indescribable.

So, let us, with all our being, endeavor not to be like those in Matthew 13:22 and to never go back to ‘business as usual’, as it was before God and Christ Jesus so graciously called us to undeservingly be saints.

All the best, in Him.

Fred

 

 

 

 

Even If God Seems Against You

Hey there!

I have read about a great many Christians, including quite a lot of ‘mystics’, and  found none who appeared to have  had a more supernatural, consistent and loving closeness to God and Christ Jesus than Brother Lawrence….excluding Biblical saints, of course. His personal and joyful relationship with Them was LITERALLY a moment by moment, day in and day out  experience for over 40 years!!

However, before he actually began to experience  this supernatural blessing, he had these words to say in his book “Practicing The Presence Of God”:

“It seemed to me that ALL creatures, reason, and God Himself were against me and  faith alone for me.” (emphasis mine)

Now, keep in mind this sentiment and reasoning was felt by him while he was wholeheartedly endeavoring to ‘converse’ with God and Jesus EVERY  moment or so (when possible) during his daily activities.

Even still, he persisted in ‘faith alone’. And just when it seemed as though he would have to remain in this imagined alienated state for the rest of his life, the glorious and supernatural relationship with God and Jesus described in his book suddenly burst on the scene!

You can read more about this wonderful and inspiring story at the Category “Practicing The Presence Of God” and also discover how to gain FREE access to his complete book by the same title online.

I will add in closing that the experiences with our Father and our Savior are always different from one another. Some of us will experience that personal relationship in a more gradual way than Brother Lawrence. As well,  all of our spiritual relationships with Them will have multiple and varying  degrees and ways. And yet, the moment  by moment experiencing of Their presence is available to us ALL!

Until later, in Him.

Fred

Spiritual Confusion

Greetings!

Here is another insightful excerpt from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest” and can be found at http://utmost.org/going-through-spiritual-confusion/ , along with the other 364 of his daily devotionals. Editing and emphasis will be mine.

“There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.

….is how the heavenly Father will appear to you at times. You will think that He is an unkind friend, but remember – HE IS NOT. The time will come when everything will be explained. There seems to be a cloud on the friendship of the heart, and often even love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the FULLER  fellowship and oneness. When God appears to be completely shrouded, will you hang on with confidence in Him?

Jesus said that there are times when your Father will appear as if He where an unnatural Father – as if  He were callous and indifferent – but remember, HE IS NOT. “Everyone who asks receives…”  (Luke 11:10).

If all you see is a shadow on the face of the Father right now, HANG ON to the fact that He will ultimately give you clear understanding and will fully justify Himself in EVERYTHING that He has allowed into your life.

STAND FIRM IN FAITH, believing that what Jesus said is true, although in the meantime you do not understand what God is doing. He has BIGGER issues at stake than the particular things you are asking of Him right now.

Until later, take care in Him.

Fred

Common Sense

Hi, there!

Here is a gem of a truth taken from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest” from the following location (just click the web address and you will have access to all 365  daily entries): http://utmost.org/prayer-in-the-father%E2%80%99s-hearing/ …. editing and emphasis will be mine throughout:

” NEVER let your common sense become so prominent and forceful that it pushes the Son of God to one side. Common sense is a gift that God gave to our human nature— but common sense is not the gift of His Son.”

Supernatural sense is the gift of His Son, and we should NEVER put our common sense on the throne.”

“The Son ALWAYS  recognizes and identifies with the Father, but common sense has NEVER yet done so and NEVER will.”

UPDATE 09/02/2015:

This except is from http://utmost.org/the-unsurpassed-intimacy-of-tested-faith/ and applies appropriately to what is presented about common sense:

“Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith.

But common sense is NOT faith, and faith is NOT common sense. In fact, they are as different as the natural life and the spiritual life.

Can you TRUST Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture out with courage on the words of Jesus Christ, while the realities of your common sense life continue to shout, “It’s all a lie”?”

End of excerpts.

Of course, common sense is a wonderful gift and blessing when dealing with matters in the human realm….such as how best to perform a job or task or deciding which car to purchase etc., etc.. But, as mentioned in a previous Category, we can pretty much toss it and human reasoning out the window when dealing with matters in God’s and Christ Jesus’ supernatural, Spiritual realm.

The closer we are to our Father and Savior, the more sensitive we will be to our supernatural sense and the best and easiest way to achieve this is to PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF GOD, as brought out in the Categories “Practicing The Presence Of God” and “Why Isn’t God More Real To Me”.

Until later, in Him.

Fred