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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Where the Rubber Meets the Road...

Maximum Impact by Wayne Mack

Love does not rejoice in personally doing what the Bible would call evil or sin. (Romans 1:32)
Love does not enjoy doing evil to others. It does not enjoy treating others in an unjust fashion - the practice of oppressing others or putting undue pressure on people. It does not make unreasonable demands or engage in the practice of cheating others out of what is rightly theirs. It doesn't make promises that are not kept or fulfilled. Love does not rejoice in gossip or slander.
Love does not rejoice in encouraging others to do what is wrong in the sight of God.
Love does not enjoy watching others do evil. (Romans 1:32)
Love does not get pleasure out of seeing others have evil done to them.
Love does not enjoy exposing the sins and faults of others.
Love does not feel good about making fun of others - about doing what the enemies of Christ did to Him in Luke 22 and Matthew 27.
Love avoids doing what would make others feel uncomfortable or foolish or stupid.
Love is grieved by the wickedness that is going on in the world.
Love is saddened by the violence, cruelty, brutality, and crime that are so prevalent in the world and so freely displayed on television and in movies and books and magazines.
Love avoids being abusive in any way whether it be physical, verbal or emotional.
Love doesn't take pleasure in pronography or sexual immorality.
Loves doesn't engage in practices God condemns.
Loves does not glorify or justify evil, does not make wrong seemright, does not call evil good. (Isaiah 5:20)
Love can say with Job when something unpleasant happens to someone else, "I have not rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me, or exulted when evil (trouble) overtook him." (Job 31:29)
Love does not hope someone will make a mistake, suffer loss, or fall into sin.

Simon Kistemaker writes, "Love and truth are inseparable partners residing in God himself. God shares those characteristics with His people. He endowed them with love and truth, which, though tainted by sin, are renewed in Christ Jesus through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Obedience

"His servants ye are to whom ye obey." — Romans 6:16

The first thing to do in examining the power that dominates me is to take hold of the unwelcome fact that I am responsible for being thus dominated. If I am a slave to myself, I am to blame because at a point away back I yielded to myself. Likewise, if I obey God I do so because I have yielded myself to Him.

Yield in childhood to selfishness, and you will find it the most enchaining tyranny on earth. There is no power in the human soul of itself to break the bondage of a disposition formed by yielding. Yield for one second to anything in the nature of lust (remember what lust is: "I must have it at once," whether it be the lust of the flesh or the lust of the mind) - once yield and though you may hate yourself for having yielded, you are a bondslave to that thing. There is no release in human power at all but only in the Redemption. You must yield yourself in utter humiliation to the only One Who can break the dominating power viz., the Lord Jesus Christ - "He hath anointed me…to preach deliverance to all captives."

You find this out in the most ridiculously small ways - "Oh, I can give that habit up when I like." You cannot, you will find that the habit absolutely dominates you because you yielded to it willingly. It is easy to sing - "He will break every fetter" and at the same time believing a life of obvious slavery to yourself. Yielding to Jesus will break every form of slavery in any human life. - Oswald Chambers


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Time Of Relapse

"Will ye also go away?" — John 6:67

A penetrating question. Our Lord's words come home most when He talks in the most simple way. We know Who Jesus is, but in spite of that He says - "Will ye also go away?" We have to maintain a venturing attitude toward Him all the time.

"From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him." They went back from walking with Jesus, not into sin, but they relapsed. Many to-day are spending and being spent in work for Jesus Christ, but they do not walk with Him. The one thing God keeps us to steadily is that we may be one with Jesus Christ. After sanctification the discipline of our spiritual life is along this line. If God gives a clear and emphatic realization to your soul of what He wants, do not try to keep yourself in that relationship by any particular method, but live a natural life of absolute dependence on Jesus Christ. Never try to live the life with God on any other line than God's line, and that line is absolute devotion to Him. The certainty that I do not know - that is the secret of going with Jesus.

Peter only saw in Jesus Someone to minister salvation to him and to the world. Our Lord wants us to be yoke-fellows with Him.

v. 70. Jesus answers the great lack in Peter. We cannot answer for others.

- Oslwad Chambers

Monday, March 7, 2011

My Moment by Moment...

C. H. Spurgeon


"lt is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man."—Psalm 118:8.

OUBTLESS the reader has been tried with the temptation to rely upon the things which are seen, instead of resting alone upon the invisible God. Christians often look to man for help and counsel, and mar the noble simplicity of their reliance upon their God. Does this evening's portion meet the eye of a child of God anxious about temporals, then would we reason with him awhile. You trust in Jesus, and only in Jesus, for your salvation, then why are you troubled? "Because of my great care." Is it not written, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord"? "Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication make known your wants unto God." Cannot you trust God for temporals? "Ah! I wish I could." If you cannot trust God for temporals, how dare you trust Him for spirituals? Can you trust Him for your soul's redemption, and not rely upon Him for a few lesser mercies? Is not God enough for thy need, or is His all-sufficiency too narrow for thy wants? Dost thou want another eye beside that of Him who sees every secret thing? Is His heart faint? Is His arm weary? If so, seek another God; but if He be infinite, omnipotent, faithful, true, and all-wise, why gaddest thou abroad so much to seek another confidence? Why dost thou rake the earth to find another foundation, when this is strong enough to bear all the weight which thou canst ever build thereon? Christian, mix not only thy wine with water, do not alloy thy gold of faith with the dross of human confidence. Wait thou only upon God, and let thine expectation be from Him. Covet not Jonah's gourd, but rest in Jonah's God. Let the sandy foundations of terrestrial trust be the choice of fools, but do thou, like one who foresees the storm, build for thyself an abiding place upon the Rock of Ages.

I am learning the importance of this in my daily life and where my trust lies. I constantly am finding that I rely on myself and others in my life often times more than the Lord. It's a confession I am not proud of, but willingly admit to because it is something that I need to be accountable to. It is a choice of obedience or disobedience clearly...not excuses or other things coming in the way.
...priorities...something afforded or deserving prior attention...precedence...
I have found that it is what I do that determines my moment by moment, my health, my school, my exercise, etc. Notice the MY consistently...these are things that I have made my priority per say, but they are actually things that have been set there clearly because I know they need to get done. There is no "joy" in them, no heart motivation, pure intentions (at times), etc. Why is that? BECAUSE...it ISN'T ABOUT ME! It is far greater than me. It is about my Lord. He determines my steps, he determines the outcome of my day. Yes, my duty is to obey, but I am also to rely on my precious Friend. He is there to guide and lead and TRUST in...He SHOULD be in my Moment by Moment life. (These are don't get me wrong important things and things that benefit myself, but it is the way in which I go about doing them.)
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord … ”(Psalm 37:23) “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord … ”(Psalm 37:23) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5) Thus says the Lord, Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17) “I will instruct you and teach you in the way should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8) “For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.” (Psalm 48:14) “The Lord will guide you continually …” (Isaiah 58:11)
We are NOT ALONE! My life is about glorifying God in everything that I do, not man, and certainly not myself. It is my responsibility to walk with Him on a moment by moment basis and see Him work through me. The things that need to get done will get done and will do so with the strength not of my own, because clearly my own strength is getting me NO WHERE! It is the mundane things that sneak in which we need to heed and be so attune too. Journey with me NOW in priorities and make them be what the Lord intended for them to be and what it feels like to do them for the glory of the Lord, not others or yourself! It is the most fulfilling thing and to know that what we need to get done will get done and that much more and the way in which it goes about getting done will be that of JOY.Here's to writing my daily lists of what needs to get done for the day...praying over it and committing a verse to read over and over again for the day, setting my mind on the one who can accomplish it!