Self-Sacrifice

Howdy!

I have another excerpt for you from “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers and it, along with 364 other daily devotionals, can be found at http://utmost.org/sacrifice-and-friendship/ (just click the web address with your pointer).

Editing and emphasis will be mine throughout:

“We will never know the JOY of self-sacrifice until we surrender in EVERY detail of our lives. Yet self-surrender is the most difficult thing for us to do.

But as soon as we do totally surrender, abandoning ourselves to Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives us a taste of His JOY.

Our Lord is our example of a life of self-sacrifice, and He perfectly exemplified Psalm 40:8, “I DELIGHT to do Your will, O my God….” He endured tremendous personal sacrifice, yet with overflowing JOY.

If He is not the One to whom I am looking for direction and guidance, then there is NO benefit in my sacrifice. But when my sacrifice is made with my eyes focused on Him, slowly but surely His molding influence becomes evident in my life.

Beware of letting your natural desires hinder your walk in love before God.

But the one true desire of a saint is the Lord Jesus. Love for God is NOT something sentimental or emotional— for a saint to love as God loves is the most practical thing imaginable.

Our friendship with Jesus is based on the new life He created in us, which has NO resemblance or attraction to our old life but ONLY to the life of God. It is a life that is COMPLETELY humble, pure, and devoted to God.”

All the best, in Him.

Fred

 

 

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Am I Carnally Minded?

Hello!

Well, I have yet another excellent article I want to share with you from Oswald Chambers’ book MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST, which can be found in a FREE copy of his writing as explained in the Category by the same title. Here goes:

“Where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal…? —1 Corinthians 3:3

The natural man, or unbeliever, knows nothing about carnality. The desires of the flesh warring against the Spirit, and the Spirit warring against the flesh, which began at rebirth, are what produce carnality and the awareness of it. But Paul said, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). In other words, carnality will disappear.

Are you quarrelsome and easily upset over small things? Do you think that no one who is a Christian is ever like that? Paul said they are, and he connected these attitudes with carnality. Is there a truth in the Bible that instantly awakens a spirit of malice or resentment in you? If so, that is proof that you are still carnal. If the process of sanctification is continuing in your life, there will be no trace of that kind of spirit remaining.

If the Spirit of God detects anything in you that is wrong, He doesn’t ask you to make it right; He only asks you to accept the light of truth, and then He will make it right. A child of the light will confess sin instantly and stand completely open before God. But a child of the darkness will say, “Oh, I can explain that.” When the light shines and the Spirit brings conviction of sin, be a child of the light. Confess your wrongdoing, and God will deal with it. If, however, you try to vindicate yourself, you prove yourself to be a child of the darkness.

What is the proof that carnality has gone? Never deceive yourself; when carnality is gone you will know it— it is the most real thing you can imagine. And God will see to it that you have a number of opportunities to prove to yourself the miracle of His grace. The proof is in a very practical test. You will find yourself saying, “If this had happened before, I would have had the spirit of resentment!” And you will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.”

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

You Are A Temple Of God: Helpful Health Hints

Greetings!

We will deviate somewhat from emphasizing the ‘spiritual’ and focus on the ‘physical’ aspect of our bodies, in relation to our calling. As far as is possible and within our own power, we, as stewards of all that God gives us, should rightly take care of our physical bodies, which are truly  the temple of God and temple of the Holy Spirit within us….1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19 and 2 Corinthians 6:16. Here, Paul writes that our bodies are actually considered “HOLY” (emphasis mine) by God….quite a privilege!!

Now, this doesn’t mean to get all ‘pretty’ for vanity’s sake….far from it. It is simply taking care of the human temple of God that we have been entrusted with. Paul’s body was wracked with not-so-pretty scars and marks as a result of the whippings and beatings he joyfully endured for Christ’s sake….Galatians 6:17. It is not what the body looks like, but rather, how well it functions to better enable us to serve God and Christ Jesus: this is how we “glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

Of course, God may see fit to saddle us with an infirmity(s) for His Divine purpose and our own good, and for which there will be no cure until He sees fit….as was the case with Paul’s affliction(s).

I would like to recommend these supplements/foods that I have found quite beneficial, as well as foods and additives to AVOID, in providing me with very good health. You can Google each of them for additional information. Obviously, you should check with your health provider first….again, these have helped me and I have no clue what they will do for you.

At the end of each numbered supplement or food, I will give the website where the item can be purchased.

1. BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin. This totally natural supplement is really worth looking into and has been proven to be the MOST POTENT ANTIOXIDANT KNOWN. It is 550 times stronger than Vitamin E and 6,000 (yes, 6,000!!) times stronger than Vitamin C! (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/10/cysewki-discloses-astaxanthin-benefits.aspx)

It also has MANY other AMAZING benefits….especially concerning its ability to cross the ‘blood-brain barrier’ and assist in maintaining a HEALTHY BRAIN! You should read the entire article noted above (just click on the website in red).

Also, try this site: http://www.naturalnews.com/042870_astaxanthin_antioxidant_liver_cancer.html

(https://www.vitacost.com/ and http://www.Amazon.com)

2. This article deals with food and food additives that we should AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE, much like ‘fluoride’ in Number 11 and ‘chlorine’ mentioned in Number 12. Here it is and I have dedicated a Post to it today:

http://www.naturalnews.com/046237_pesticides_GMOs_food_toxins.html

3. Krill oil is one of the best health supplements that I have found and it surpasses all other fish oils in a number of ways as explained in this article:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/08/14/is-krill-oil-48-times-better-than-fish-oil.aspx

It also “has the rare ability to cross the blood brain barrier and maintain cellular integrity.” ( http://krilloil.com/krill-oil-benefits/ ) This is an amazingly beneficial benefit regarding brain health.

I use Viva Labs which can be purchased athttp://www.amazon.com .

4. Nutrex Pure Hawaiian ‘Spirulina pacifica’. This is truly a ‘SUPERFOOD’! You can reference this article for some excellent information:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/17/spirulina-one-of-natures-nearperfect-foods.aspx

(https://www.vitacost.com/, http://www.Amazon.com and http://www.nutrex-hawaii.com)

5.  Garden of Life Raw Probiotics ( separately for women, men and children). This is an EXCELLENT probiotic supplement.

Personally, I prefer getting my ‘friendly bacteria’ from food sources such as kefir, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and such. Always try to use organic when possible.

(http://www.amazon.com/ and http://www.Vitacost.com)

6. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) can be used by mixing 1 tablespoon with about 8 oz of cold spring water. You may want to start out with just a teaspoon. Many folks add a teaspoon of (hopefully) raw honey to the ACV and then add the water or a packet of organic SweetLeaf stevia is excellent.
 
It is not only good for digestion but serves as both a prebiotic and a probiotic. There are also numerous other benefits and some of them are listed at this website:
 
http://thehealthyeatingsite.com/benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/
 
Just make sure it is RAW, ORGANIC AND UNFILTERED and has the ‘mother’ in it. I used Bragg’s. ACV can be purchased at the following website if you cannot find it locally.

(http://www.amazon.com/ )

7. Selina Naturally ‘Celtic Sea Salt’. This salt is loaded with NATURAL, necessary and beneficial minerals and tastes REALLY GOOD! An excellent article on unrefined sea salt is at:

http://curezone.com/foods/saltcure.asp

If you are concerned about sea salt  coming from polluted water, then Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt is an excellent option, as explained in this article:

http://www.naturalnews.com/028724_Himalayan_salt_sea.html

However, exceptionally clean sea water and ponds are used by the highest quality unrefined sea salt suppliers, as indicated by this article:

http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/si_organic_info.asp

I personally use the Himalayan pink salt.

(https://www.vitacost.com/, http://www.Amazon.com, http://www.selinanaturally.com and http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/si_organic_info.asp)

8. Nature’s Plus Source of Life Garden ‘Vitamin D3′. This is one of the MOST IMPORTANT vitamins our bodies crave and really need, especially when the winter months deprive us of its best source > the sun.

And, vitamin D is also able to cross the blood brain barrier and greatly assist in maintaining a healthy brain. ( http://www.dana.org/Cerebrum/2009/Vitamin_D_and_the_Brain__More_Good_News/ )

You can reference this article for some good information on this extraordinary vitamin:

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/vitamin-d-vital-role-in-your-health

Most, if not all, of the companies that sell this valuable supplement get their D3 from lanolin, according to the research I did on the web.

Lanolin is secreted by the glands of wool-bearing animals….mainly sheep. YUCK!!! I do NOT want that stuff in my body!

Nature’s Plus, on the other hand, derive their D3 from ORGANIC mushrooms. Now, that I can live with!

(https://www.vitacost.com/ and http://www.Amazon.com)

9. Speaking of the sun, besides providing us with IMMENSELY NEEDED Vitamin D, its benefits are MANY and quite far reaching. Here are several excellent articles detailing this:

http://www.enjoying-the-spirit-filled-life.com/Sun-Exposure.html

and

http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=20000102232127

Another very helpful article relating to the healthful use of ‘full spectrum’ lighting when we have no access to real sunlight is:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2006/10/10/more-evidence-of-the-benefits-of-full-spectrum-lighting.aspx

Please reference the Post on “Secular Light” for more information on this.

10. AVOID FLUORIDE as much as possible, as well as any municipal tap water. Remember, most  water filter systems do not eliminate fluoride from the water. Here are eye opening articles on the subject:

http://www.cheeseslave.com/top-10-dangers-of-fluoride/

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/health-hazards-to-know-about/where-the-yellow-went

http://www.naturalnews.com/046227_fluoride_heavy_metals_contamination_lab_test_results.html

I always try to keep LOADS of good quality spring water on hand. Make sure the plastic jug it comes in has either a ‘1’ or a ‘2’ in the triangle on the bottom of the container, to avoid ‘BPAs’.

11. We should definitely avoid municipal drinking water because of  chlorine (and all the other junk in it). Here is an excerpt from an article on the dangers of chlorine:

“Unfortunately, the long-term affects of even low levels of chlorine in water are downright dangerous. Chlorine in everyday drinking water produces carcinogenic traces. Thus, it shouldn’t be surprising that it has been linked to cancer of the colon, rectum, bladder, breast, esophagus, larynx and of Hodgkin’s Disease, not to mention heart disease as well. The increase in these conditions was recognized as far back as the 1920s. This shouldn’t surprise us. When you smell laundry bleach you don’t need to read the label to know it’s poisonous. Over time, even minute doses can be lethal.”

End of excerpt taken from http://www.tahoewaterfilters.com/article_chlorine_dangers.php .

I use high quality spring water and  make sure the jug it is in has either a “1″ or a “2″ in the triangle on the bottom of the container, This is to avoid BPAs.

Actually, there are many companies that will deliver water cooler type containers of spring water to your residence and even provide the apparatus to use it. I know of one such household and it works great. Just make sure you find out if the containers are BPA free.

There are some good water filters out there BUT the majority of them will NOT eliminate the fluoride, which is just as dangerous as chlorine. If you can afford one of the water purifying systems that also eliminates fluoride it would be an excellent and wise investment.

Unfortunately, even more serious dangers can lurk from taking a shower with water loaded with chlorine. Here is an excerpt from http://waterfilters.mercola.com/shower-filter.aspx :

  • “On average, you drink about 1-2 gallons of water per day… but you expose yourself to 25 gallons of water when you shower.
  • As concluded by the American Journal of Public Health… up to two-thirds of harmful chlorine exposure can be due to skin absorption and inhalation while showering.
  • The steam inhaled during a shower can contain up to 20 times the concentration of chlorine (and other synthetic chemicals) as tap water.
  • You can easily absorb as many toxins in 1 shower as you would drinking tap water for an entire week.
  • Studies show that after a 10-minute shower in chlorinated water,your blood levels of THMs (common disinfection byproduct – DBP) can potentially increase by as much as a staggering 700%.”End of excerpt.Fortunately, there quite a number of good shower head filters available at reasonable prices. If not purchased from the above website, you might try http://www.Amazon.com with filters starting at around $20.

12,   Another really exceptional SUPERFOOD is  ‘Fermented Kale’ powder and you check it out at http://www.perfectsupplements.com/Perfect-Fermented-Kale-p/fermented-kale-180.htm .

13. I am adding a new ‘hint’ after reading an article today from a well respected health website I subscribe to and it is on the NUMEROUS benefits of olive oil, although the main gist of the report is on how this oil is the BEST for frying foods. Please check out the Post “Amazing Benefits Of Olive Oil”.

Of course, regular exercise is a must, even if only walking distances you can safely handle.

I hope this information will help you in healthfully maintaining, as best you can, your temple of God.

Later, in Christ,

Fred

Fred

NOTE: Any information quoted here is either from other websites or  other sources at my disposal, including my own experiences. You should double check and verify any information you intend to use personally as data from websites can be in error as can that from my sources at home.

That said, I make ever effort to verify the information from the different websites and sources I use at home before presenting it here.