Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Seek Him First

But seek first the kingdom of God and his
righteousness, and all these things will be
given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Once it was a blessing,
Now it is the Lord;
Once it was a feeling,
Now it is His Word;
Once His gift I wanted,
Now the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing,
Now Himself alone.
WM Trumbull

Reader, this is a good word for today!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

He Delights In You

How many of you believe that God delights in you?
Most of us feel that He tolerates us on a good day.
I watched a You Tube video this afternoon on this
very subject and rather than trying to summarize it,
I will post it below. Malcolm Smith is one of my
favorite teachers. He can get more out of one verse
of scripture than anyone I know. I once was at a
conference where he taught on one verse for one
hour, at least four times. And, each talk was differ-
ent in its emphasis. What was the verse?

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind 
is stayed on thee:  because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3 King James

"He Delights in you" out of Luke 15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfWp8jF9bLc

Friday, October 5, 2018

Perfected Forever

And they went in, went in male and female of all
flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord
shut him in.  Gen 7:16

Just as with Noah, how completely has God shut us
in a place of better blessing, by a covenant of His
own blood! There can then be no more offering for
sin--because there has been remission of all the be-
liever's sins and iniquities; but the blessing does not
stop here; the knowledge of the remission sets a
man apart to and for God--saying to him, as it were,
"You need look for nothing more either to cleanse
you or to make you meet. I, the Blood, am all you
want as to the question of acceptance: By Me you are
perfected for ever; go, go away from thinking about
self; go, go and serve God; for you are set apart to
Him--yes, perfected for Him. Let Him be your study,
your delight, your end in everything you do, or think,
or say."  George V Wigram  1805-1874

Here is a good biography:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wigram

Monday, October 1, 2018

Why Are You So Afraid?

"Don't you care if we perish...?" Mark 4:38

Many of you have read the story of Jesus sending the
boats and His disciples to the other side after a grueling
day of ministry. He lay down in the back of the boat
on a cushion and fell deeply asleep. Suddenly a furious
squall came up with waves pouring into the vessels.
These seasoned fishermen were terrified and resentment
rose within. "What's wrong with Jesus?  He is still sleep-
ing and we are about to drown! So, they shake him and
say, "Don't you care...?"

Jesus, does not answer them but stands in that rocking
boat and says something like, "stop" to the wind and
then speaks three words to the waves, "Peace, be still"

He then turns to His disciples--wimps everyone--and
says, "Why are you so afraid? Don't you even yet have
confidence in me?"

Reader, it is so easy to go from great joy and confidence
to descent into fear. Some days it comes with the morn-
ing coffee and the news....

God has not given us a spirit of fear, 
but of power, love and a sound mind!



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fulness of Joy

You will show me the the path of life;
In Your presence is fulness of joy;
At your right hand are pleasures
    Forevermore. Psalm 16:11

In His presence is fulness of joy, and fulness of joy
is nowhere else. Just as the simple presence of the
mother makes the child's joy, so does the simple
fact of God's presence make our joy. The mother
may not make a single promise to the child or ex-
plain any of her plans or purposes, but she is, and
that is enough for the child. The child rejoices in
the mother herself, not in her promises. And to the
child there is behind all that changes and can change,
the one unchangeable joy of the mother's existence.
While the mother lives, the child will be cared for,
and the child instinctively, if not intelligently, re-
joices in knowing this.

And to the children of God as well there is behind all
that changes and can change, the once unchangeable
joy that God is. And while He is, His children will 
be cared for, and they ought to know it and rejoice in
it as instinctively and far more intelligently than the
child of human parents. What can God do, being what
He is? Neglect, indifference, forgetfulness, ignorance
are all impossible to Him. He knows everything. He
cares about everything. He can manage everything.
AND, He loves us! Hannah Whitall Smith

Reader, we saw some heartbreaking stories today of
children who have become Christians in hostile coun-
tries, but who will not not renounce their faith. They
have nothing. The parent they love is sometimes not
available to them, and school, for some is not  possible.
Yet, they cannot go back. The joy of the Lord, and His
protection His compassion sustains them.
They know they are loved. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Penny Dropped

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerers. 
Romans 8:37

What are these things? Tribulations, distresses, famine,
persecutions...For your sake we are killed all the day
long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 
(35,36.) The Amplified says that "we gain a surpassing 
victory through Him who loved us." Paul prays a 
prayer for the Ephesians church, Eph 1:17-23, in which he 
asks God that He "would give to them a spirit of wisdom 
and understanding, that the eyes of their understanding 
being enlightened they would know what is the exceed-
ing greatness of His power toward us who believe, 
according to the working of mighty power which He 
worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead..."

Surpassing victory, exceeding greatness, the working of 
mighty power, resurrection power!!!!!!

Reader, the penny has dropped. These thoughts are new
to me. For the past few days I have been pondering why 
Major Ian Thomas went from a discouraged legalist to 
a mighty force for God. Well, He discovered by reading 
scripture that within him was the resurrection power of 
His risen Lord! This understanding allowed him to move 
from failure to victory. He saw the Christian life as a 
challenge, as is the invigorating challenge of rock climb-
ing or shooting the rapids in spring. Most of the Centers 
He set up are located in an areas that offer physical chal-
lenges. Students come and study the Bible and then parti-
cipate in activities that stretch the mind and body. The 
physical and spiritual are then integrated. Most of the stu-
dents are on the younger side--those who want to be doing 
meaningful, difficult things. 

If you have not looked into this or if you want to know 
more about this man and what he birthed--as well as what 
continues through his four sons--check out the site below.
https://torchbearers.org

Now I wake up and say, "Lord within me is your power,
your resurrection power. May I live it out today."



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

An Exhilarating Life

Yesterday I shared a quote by Major Ian Thomas. I was
impressed with what I read about him and what he acom-
plished in his lifetime--and how it has been passed down
to the next generation. Here is part of his testimony:

"By the age of 19, every moment of my day was packed
tight with doing things. Thus by the age of 19, I had been
reduced to a state of complete spiritual exhaustion, until
I felt that there was no going on..."

"In my despair I discovered that the Lord Jesus Christ
gave Himself FOR me, so that risen from the dead, He 
might give Himself TO me, He who IS the Christian life. 
I learned to say, 'Lord Jesus, I can't, You never said  
could, but You can, and always you said you would. 
That is all I know.'  From that moment life became the 
adventure that God always intended it to be."

You can read his whole testimony by clicking into the
website and then scrolling down to "Learn more about 
Major W Ian Thomas." Today I looked more deeply into
the website and visited some of the 25 camps. It seems
that Major combined the Christian life with adventures
outside and he had a great love for young people.

https://torchbearers.org/who-we-are/history/

He and his wife gathered Christian men and women at
the end of the WW 2 and shared the truth that Christ is 
Life. That He, the resurrected Lord lives within and that
He desires to be our power. It had an amazing impact on
the young people who named the experience as becoming
"Torchbearers" of His light. It is interesting to me that all
four of his son's and their wives joined the ministry which
continues to this day. Thomas died in 2007 at 92 but his
wife is still alive.

Reader, it was in 2005 that I came across the truth that
there is another way to live the Christian life that is not
connected to "oughts." I had plenty of intellectual know-
ledge but it seemed disconnected from my heart and I
was desperately dry. In the process I came across the
books of men like, T Austen-Sparks, Andrew Murray,
Watchman Nee, Oswald Chambers and others who under-
stood that we--
"have been crucified with Christ. (past tense.)
And now it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in 
me..."

Are you terribly dry and tired of trying to be a Christian?