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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The “Prize” Of Total Abandonment And Surrender

Hi, there….and yes I have another gem for you from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest” (his entire collection of  365 daily entries can be found for FREE at http://utmost.org/what-you-will-get/ ). Emphasis will be mine throughout:

” What You Will Get

‘I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go’ – Jeremiah 45:5.

This is the firm and immoveable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him– “I will give your life to you….” What more does a man want than his life? It is the essential thing. “…your life…as a prize…” means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life and nothing can harm it. So many of us are caught up in exhibiting things for others to see, not showing off property and possessions, but our blessings. All these things that we so proudly show have to go. But there is something GREATER that can never go– the life that is ‘hidden with Christ in God’ (Colossians 3:3).

Are you prepared to let God take you into TOTAL ONENESS with Himself, paying no more attention to what you call the great things of life? Are you prepared to surrender totally and let go? The true test of abandonment or surrender is in refusing to say, “Well, what about this?” Beware of your own ideas and speculations. The moment you allow yourself to think, “What about this?” you show that you have not surrendered and that you do not really trust God. But once you do surrender, you will no longer think about what God is going to do.

Abandonment means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions. If you totally abandon yourself to God, He immediately says to you, “I will give your life to you as a prize….” THE REASON PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF LIFE IS BECAUSE GOD HAS NOT GIVEN THEM ANYTHING – THEY HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN THEIR LIFE AS A PRIZE.” The way to get out of that condition is to abandon yourself to God. And once you do get to the point of total surrender to Him, you will be the most surprised and delighted person on earth. God will have you absolutely, WITHOUT ANY LIMITATIONS, and He will have given you your life. If you are not there, it is either because of disobedience in your life or your refusal to be simple enough.”

End of entry.

The above is an excellent example of the truth revealed in John 10:10 – “I came that they may have life and may have it abundantly“.

Take care, in Him.

Fred

The Surrendered Life

Greetings!

Yup, I’m here to dish out another one of Oswald Chambers’ excerpts from his book “My Utmost For His Highest” and you can get all of his entries in the publication by going to the Category with the same title.

Emphasis will be mine throughout….read, enjoy and profit from the insights of a truly Spiritual saint (please reference the Category on “Who Is A Saint”). Here goes:

“I have been crucified with Christ….Galatians 2:20.

To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also to surrender his whole way of looking at things. Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp something else. The first thing we must surrender is all of our pretense or deceit. What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not our goodness, honesty, or our efforts to do better, but real solid sin. Actually, that is all He can take from us. And WHAT HE GIVES US IN EXCHANGE FOR OUR SIN IS REAL SOLID RIGHTEOUSNESS. But we must surrender all pretense that we are anything, and give up all our claims of even being worthy of God’s consideration.

Once we have done that, the Spirit of God will show us what we need to surrender next. Along each step of the process, we will have to give up our claims to our rights to ourselves. Are we willing to surrender our grasp on ALL that we possess, our desires, and everything else in our lives? Are we ready to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?

We will suffer a sharp painful disillusionment before we fully surrender. When people really see themselves as the Lord sees them, it is not the terribly offensive sins of the flesh that shock them, but the awful nature of the pride of their own hearts opposing Jesus Christ. When they see themselves in the light of the Lord, the shame, horror, and desperate conviction hit home for them.

If you are faced with the question of whether or not to surrender, make a determination to go on through the crisis, surrendering all that you have and all that you are to Him. And God will then equip you to do all that He requires of you.”

Until later,

Fred

Total Surrender Defines True Love

Greetings!

I have another entry for you from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest”; please reference the Post (Category) by the same title to get all of his entries FREE. Here goes:

“If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. If we have the idea that love is characterized as cautious, wise, sensible, shrewd, and never taken to extremes, we have missed the true meaning. This may describe affection and it may bring us a warm feeling, but it is not a true and accurate description of love.

Have you ever been driven to do something for God not because you felt that it was useful or your duty to do so, or that there was anything in it for you, but simply because you love Him? Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him? Or are you just sitting around daydreaming about the greatness of His redemption, while neglecting all the things you could be doing for Him? I’m not referring to works which could be regarded as divine and miraculous, but ordinary, simple human things— things which would be evidence to God that you are totally surrendered to Him. Have you ever created what Mary of Bethany created in the heart of the Lord Jesus? “She has done a good work for Me.”

There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give Him even small gifts of surrender, just to show how genuine our love is for Him. To be surrendered to God is of more value than our personal holiness. Concern over our personal holiness causes us to focus our eyes on ourselves, and we become overly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, out of fear of offending God. “…but perfect love casts out fear…” once we are surrendered to God (1 John 4:18). We should quit asking ourselves, “Am I of any use?” and accept the truth that we really are not of much use to Him. The issue is never of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. Once we are totally surrendered to God, He will work through us all the time.”

End of entry.

There is another section on the same page that has this excellent truth:

“Jesus Christ is always unyielding to my claim to my right to myself. The one essential element in all our Lord’s teaching about discipleship is abandon, no calculation, no trace of self-interest. Disciples Indeed, 395 L

Until later,

Fred

God’s Silent Treatment

Hey, there!

God’s silence can seem, at times, to make us feel as though  He (and Christ Jesus) might be indifferent toward us in a certain situation or regarding a certain need, which can lead to frustration and discouragement. Of course, NOTHING could be further from the truth as He and Christ Jesus have a Holy Love for us that defies all human understanding and is ALWAYS present.

Please keep in mind there is, for most of us, a time for silence in prayer and in our daily activities when we approach God and Christ Jesus as well as a time to converse with thoughts and words (please reference the Post: “Pray On The Potty”). I say “for most of us” because it seems that some Christian ‘mystics’ did reach the point where they pretty much abandoned  all ‘normal’ forms of prayer and/or worship.

Let’s look at a few Scriptures and excerpts which should help us to better understand how precious and beneficial this silence can be:

“But more often, God seems to prefer the silence. For instance, when Elijah was waiting for God, he expected something big, just like most of us. But God, the Bible tells us, was not in a heavy wind that crushed mountains or in an earthquake or a raging fire. Rather, God spoke to Elijah in a tiny whisper (1 Kings 19:11-13). If God spoke to Elijah like this, why not to us? In order for God to be heard, however, we must decide to be quiet in order to hear that whisper.” ( Utt oh!….I forgot where I got this quote from)

“Be still , and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.” Psalms 62:5

“It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:26

“Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and to rest in God.”
— Thomas Keating quoted in The Sun & Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas Straub

“Listen to God’s speech in his wondrous, terrible, gentle, loving, all-embracing silence.”
— Catherine de Hueck Doherty quoted in The Sun & Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas Straub

“Nothing is so like God as silence”.— Meister Eckhart quoted in Why Not Be a Mystic? by Frank Tuoti

“Silence will illuminate you in God. . .
and deliver you from phantoms of ignorance.
Silence will unite you to God. . . .
In the beginning we have to force ourselves
to be silent. But then from our very silence
is born something that draws us into deeper silence.”
— Isaac of Nineveh, seventh century Syrian monk, quoted in The Great Escape Manual by Edward Hays

(The above 4 quotes were obtained from http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/practices.php?id=28&g=1)

Keep in mind, when we are “thinking” thoughts, God and Christ cannot communicate with us….we are not that “multi-dimensional”, yet!

I may add additional scriptures or comments from time to time as I come across them.

Until later, in Christ,

Fred