Our Tailor Made Cross

Hi, there!

Here is an excerpt from one of 365 daily readings from the book “Streams In The Desert” by L.B. Cowman and it can be found at http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/desert/streams-in-the-desert-august-29th.html . Here we go:

“And he went out carrying his own cross (John 19:17).

There is a poem called “The Changed Cross.” It represents a weary one who thought that her cross was surely heavier than those of others whom she saw about her, and she wished that she might choose an other instead of her own. She slept, and in her dream she was led to a place where many crosses lay, crosses of different shapes and sizes. There was a little one most beauteous to behold, set in jewels and gold. “Ah, this I can wear with comfort,” she said. So she took it up, but her weak form shook beneath it. The jewels and the gold were beautiful, but they were far too heavy for her.

Next she saw a lovely cross with fair flowers entwined around its sculptured form. Surely that was the one for her. She lifted it, but beneath the flowers were piercing thorns which tore her flesh.

At last, as she went on, she came to a plain cross, without jewels, without carvings, with only a few words of love inscribed upon it. This she took up and it proved the best of all, the easiest to be borne. And as she looked upon it, bathed in the radiance that fell from Heaven, she recognized her own old cross. She had found it again, and it was the best of all and lightest for her.

God knows best what cross we need to bear. We do not know how heavy other people’s crosses are. We envy someone who is rich; his is a golden cross set with jewels, but we do not know how heavy it is. Here is another whose life seems very lovely. She bears a cross twined with flowers. If we could try all the other crosses that we think lighter than our own, we would at last find that not one of them suited us so well as our own.
–Glimpses through Life’s Windows

End of excerpt.

Scripture verses and examples in the Bible clearly support the truth in this story and you can let me know if you need help finding them.

You may also want to read the Category on “Suffering”.

Take care, in Him.

Fred

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EVERY MOMENT Is God’s Will

Hi, again!

Yeah, I am back so soon because I want to share with you some more excerpts from “Abandonment To Divine Providence” and these are from http://www.ccel.org/ccel/decaussade/abandonment.ii_1.i.ii.x.html (just click on the web address with your pointer). Of course, the entire book is FREE online at this website. Emphasis will be mine and here we go:

“The present moment is the ambassador of God to declare His mandates.”

“Thus the soul advances by ALL these things and flows out from its centre to its goal. It never  stops but sails with every wind. Any and every direction leads equally to the shore of infinity. EVERYTHING is a help to it, and is, without exception, an instrument of sanctity.”

“for self, to be in ALL things submissive to the will of God and to please Him; making it our sole satisfaction to sustain the present moment as though there were NOTHING else to hope for in the world.”

“That which God does at each moment is a DIVINE thought expressed by a created thing”

” It is also to know, to adore and to love His adorable will at every moment and in ALL its decrees, regarding them ALL as so many veils, shadows and names of this holy and everlasting will.”

“It is then, by this continual recognition of the will of God as manifested and revealed in ALL things, that He reigns in us, that His will is done on earth as it is in Heaven, and that our souls obtain nourishment.”

“God bestows graces and favors on faithful souls. To enrich the soul at the expense of the senses, filling it by so much the more as they experience the more terrible emptiness, is a secret of the DIVINE wisdom.”

“The events of every moment bear the impress of the will of God, and of His adorable Name.”

“We can no longer consider our moments as trifles since in them is a whole kingdom of sanctity and food”

Moment most precious! How insignificant in the eyes of the vulgar, but how GREAT in those enlightened by faith.”

End of excerpts from this Section.

These three excerpts are from Book One Chapter 2 Section 11:

“This vast activity (Jesus working with us), which is in itself ever the same from the beginning to the end of time, is employed with every moment, pouring its immensity and virtue on the souls which adore it, love it, and rejoice in it alone.”

“the divine action is applied by every single thing and at every moment for my PERFECTION”

” each present moment contains ALL that is best for you, and as such must be loved and esteemed.”

Take care in Him….moment by moment.

Fred

 

 

 

NEVER….NEVER Give Up

Hello!

This applies to every aspect of our Christian journey except for one: we SHOULD give up depending on our own human abilities in our walk of faith: “….that we may not be trusting on ourselves, but on God….” (2 Corinthians 1:9).

Regarding our failures and multiple sins, I always remember the words of William Law in one of his writings (I cannot remember which one as I have read so many of his works). He STRONGLY emphasized that as long as we have a breath to breathe, we should never give up looking to God and Christ Jesus for forgiveness (as well as help), no matter how severe our past and most recent sins may be….and if it is done with a sincere and heart felt repentance.

The absolute horrendous sins committed by King David with Bathsheba and Uriah are an excellent example of just how merciful God and Christ Jesus can be, as discussed further in the Post “David’s Heinous Sin vs God’s Mercy”.

Regarding our efforts to Spiritually grow and come into a more personal and deeper relationship with God and Christ Jesus, the following two examples serve to clearly illustrate this truth of never giving up.

The first is the author of the of the book THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING ( http://www.ccel.org/ccel/anonymous2/cloud.html ). This Christian was unceasingly seeking a closer relationship with God and the Lord with (literally) almost moment by moment supplication to Them during every waking hour. And yet, this person was constantly met with no response from Them. This Christian went on to say that at times it was as if a steel, locked door (or similar words) had been placed between her/his access to the Father and Jesus.

Nevertheless, this believer NEVER,EVER gave up, and eventually reached amazing Spiritual heights.

The second example is Brother Lawrence as revealed in his book PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF GOD (please reference the Post by this same title). During his efforts to become closer to God and the Lord, he wrote that “It seemed to me that all creatures, reason, and God Himself were against me and faith alone for me.”

And yet, he persisted and eventually came to experience the astonishing and ‘supernatural’ presence with the Father and Christ Jesus as described in his book (http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/5657/pg5657.html).

We can say NEVER because He says NEVER: “I will NEVER desert you, NOR will I EVER forsake you”. (Hebrews 13:5)

All in best, in Him.

Fred

God and Christ Jesus Are In Us ALL THE TIME!!!

Greetings!  This is one of the most beautiful and blessed truths that a believer possesses. Literally, God and Christ Jesus are within us every second of our lives and They NEVER, EVER leave us!  And the best part, They are always there to help, comfort and do ALL They can for our highest good! WOW!!!

Let’s look at a few Scriptures concerning this.

Jesus is within us: 2 Corinthians 13:5;Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27

God is within us: Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16: Ephesians 2:22

The Holy Spirit is within us: 2 Timothy 1:14; 1Thessalonians 4:7

Now, it is true that They have Their “Headquarters”, so to speak, in the ‘3rd heaven’ where Paul visited….2 Corinthians 12:2. However, God and Jesus not only defy the concept of time as we humans know it (2 Peter 3:8) but space and distance as well: They are EVERYWHERE at one time….Acts 17:27,28.

The joyous and most valuable lesson we must come to realize is that we have to GET PASS the FALSE CONCEPT that God and Christ Jesus are “up there somewhere in heaven” while we are down here on earth, separated from Them. NOTHING can be further from the truth: They are ALWAYS as close to us as our breathing. And, we need to learn to look to Them as being EVEN CLOSER than that….and be going to Them continually, as well as ‘chatting’ with Them, aside from any formal prayer.

This is truly ‘Practicing The Presence Of God’!  (Please reference the Post on this subject.)

Until later,

Fred

Death Of Infants And Young Children

Hi, there!

God, in His infinite and never failing wisdom, oftentimes holds back the reason(s) for  the necessity of something happening. Some things we just have to accept on faith, but even here, He gives us good reason to trust Him. For instance, the fact that ALL creation will be saved at the conclusion of the eons (please reference the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”) is proof enough of His love for His creation (please also reference the Post “God Can Give Nothing But Blessing And Goodness”) and assures us that ALL things will come to a WONDERFUL and GLORIOUS end, regardless of present conditions and/or appearances.

Concerning the deaths of infants and young children, I believe it is safe for us to reach a few factual conclusions based on the Scriptures. Without a doubt, all those babies and children who died in infancy will be at the Great White Throne Judgment as all who have ever lived will be present there except for God’s saints (please reference the Posts “Who Are Saints” and “Judgment Seat Of Christ vs Great White Throne Judgment”).

The Great White Throne Judgment  has absolutely NOTHING to do  with the issues of faith, justification, righteousness, baptism, callings or any religious matters. It deals SOLELY with an individual’s “acts” and “motives” during their existence as a human being (Romans 2:5-7 and other verses)…that’s it!!  It is quite obvious that these previously deceased babies and young children will be HAPPILY ushered into the coming “new heaven and new earth” (Revelation 21:1) following the Judgment because they cannot be held accountable nor condemned for any bad acts….based on their ages and experience!

Parents, relatives, loved ones and even strangers who are so deeply touched by the passing of babies and young children are certainly justified in experiencing the pain of the loss. But, the tears and broken hearts are for us humans, NOT these children. To the contrary, they did not have to experience (were actually spared, if you will) the very difficult and quite painful journey of being a human in this very corrupt and “WICKED eon” (Galatians 1:4).

Jesus, Himself, referred to this present experience of life as humans on earth as “darkness” (John 1:5), as did Paul (Ephesians 5:8, 6:12). Earth is the land of the dead (those deceased) and the ‘dying’ (Matthew 8:22).  Soon after we are born, our mortal bodies begin the process of decaying and dying, and are having to be rejuvenated again and again, constantly. These infants and little children were BLESSED with only having to go through this ‘rotting’ process for a very, very short time.

And, although they may have missed out on some VERY limited and VERY fleeting happy moments as a human being, it is NOTHING compared to what it will be like for them at their next awakening moment from their peaceful “SLEEP” of death (please reference the Post “Death”) before the Righteous Judge Who will then grant them a JOYOUS and GLORIOUS life beyond description  in “the new heaven and the new earth” (“paradeisos” OR ‘paradise’….Revelation 2:7).

Remember always: IF it had been more profitable for them to have lived a longer life, God and Christ Jesus would have allowed them to do so.

As for the suffering of infants and young children who do not die, please reference the Post on “Suffering”.

Until later, all the best in Christ Jesus,

Fred