Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Red Flag

Kept by the power of God. 1Peter 1:5

You have remained true to God under great and in-
tense trials, now beware of the undercurrent. Do not 
be morbidly introspective, looking forward with 
dread, but keep alert; keep your memory  bright be-
fore God. Unguarded strength is double weakness be-
cause that is where the "retired sphere of the leasts"
saps. The Bible characters fell on their strong points,
never on their weak ones. Oswald Chambers

Reader, We let God handle the big problems but we
want to handle the small stuff ourselves. We cannot 
live out the Christian life in victory if we are discon-
nected from the vine. Have you ever said, "Not to
worry, I've got this?" Well, for the Christian it is a
red flag!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


God called to him...And he said, 'Here am I.'
Exodus 3:4.

Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. 
A ready person never needs to get ready--he is 
ready. The burning bush is a symbol of every-
thing that surrounds the person who is ready, 
and it is on fire with the presence of God Him-
self. Oswald Chambers

Reader, we are told to be ready when the call
of God comes to depart this earth where we
will meet our Savior and be forever with the
Lord. All signs point to our leaving soon. I
see in scripture that we are to be alert for His
coming and ready to leave at any moment.
You don't have to pack a bag, but it might be
wise to be reconciled to each person as much
as in your ability, and to forgive.

"Now when these things begin to happen, 
look up and lift up your heads, 
because your redemption draws near."  
Luke 21:28

Check out 'what things' Jesus is speaking about
in that Luke 21.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Do You Love Me?

Breakfast is over and Peter walks with Jesus by the
sea. They talk. You have read the conversation but
probably you have not understood that the word in
Greek for 'love' is not what we translate as love in
English. Here is what Peter heard.

...Oh Simon Peter, son of Jonas, are you Loving
(Agapeo, pure unselfish love) Me greater than
these? He said to Him emphatically Yes, Lord,
You Know that I affectionately love (phileo, bro-
theraly love) You. He said to Him, You must feed
my lambs.

He said to him, again, the second time. Oh Simon
Jonas, are you Loving (agapeo) Me. He said em-
phatically Yes, Oh Lord, You know that I affection-
lately love (phileo) You. He said to him, You must
shepherd My sheep.

He said to him a third time, Oh Simon Peter, do 
you affectionately love (phileo) Me? Peter was 
made grieved, because He spoke to him a third 
time, are you affectionately loving (phileo) Me? 
So then he spoke to Him, Oh Lord, you know all 
things. You know that I affectionately love (phileo) 
You. Jesus said, Feed My sheep. John 21:15-17 
From the Greek translation, The Pure Word.

Reader, only God can love with pure unselfish love.
The pain in Peter for his denial of his Lord was
great and when Jesus asked Him to go for a walk
with Him, his heart sank--at least most of us are in
fear after such failure. Peter was totally incapable
of using the agape word in response to Jesus' ques-
tion. It is interesting to me that Jesus came down to
Peter's level in the third question. Denial is such a
terrible thing, but Agape Love Itself, covers and
blots out that which we cannot move. Peter was
given the opportunity to affirm his love for Jesus
three times which matched the three times that he
denied his Lord.

You, dear reader, are loved with pure, unselfish love
just as Peter was. It is only His agape Love within
that is able to love, agapeo, others unselfishly. 

Monday, March 19, 2018


But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood
on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it
was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, "Children,
have you any food?" They answered Him, "No."
And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right 
side of the boat, and you will find some."So they 
cast, and now they were not able to draw it in be-
cause of the multitude of fish. Therefore that dis-
ciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the 
Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, 
he put on his outer garment and plunged into the 
sea.  John 21:4-7

This scene takes place after the resurrection. The dis-
ciples had seen Jesus a few times and He told them He
would meet them in Galilee. So, off they went, still in
shock over the crucifixion and unsure of anything, es-
pecially the future. Peter was weighed down by his de-
denial and so... they went fishing.
Now when Peter heard that it was the Lord...He 
plunged into the sea. 
This discouraged faint hearted man LOVED His Lord.
He couldn't wait to be with him. However, don't you
think that when He arrived he was speechless? Guess
what the resurrected Jesus was doing?  He was making
breakfast! A warm fire, a hot breakfast on a cold morn-
ing by the sea. So ordinary, so everyday. No trumpets,
no choirs, no pomp--just friends gathered together for
a simple meal.

Reader, this chapter of John moves me almost to tears
every time I read it. The King of Kings, the Creator
of the universe, the resurrected One, is fixing breakfast
on the shores of Galilee where it had all started three
years ago. There is so much in this passage so take
time to ponder it in this glorious resurrection time of

Friday, March 16, 2018

Insights in the Light

While ye have light, believe in the light
John 12:36

We all have moments when we feel better than
our best, and we say--"I feel fit for anything; if 
only I could be like this always." Those mo-
mets are moments of insight which we have to 
live up to when we don't feel like it. We must
bring our commonplace life up to the standard
revealed in the high hour. 

Never allow a feeling which was stirred in you
in the high hour to evaporate. Act immediately,
do something, if only because you would rather
not do it. We have to learn to live in the grey 
day according to what we saw on the mount.
Oswald Chambers

Reader, this blog is an example. After the first
four months I decided I had had enough and I
quit. It soon became apparent that this project
was not my idea. In the grey days I have to go
back to the moment when it was clear that this
was God's plan--not mine. I have been blogging
for six years...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Failure to Pay Attention

But the high places were not taken away out of
Israel; nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect
all his days.  2 Chronicles 15:17

Asa was complete in his external obedience; he was
right in the main but not entirely right. The fact that
it does not matter much to you may mean that it mat-
ters very much to God... Is there something over 
which you have not obeyed? Is there anything in 
your life about which He has caused you to doubt?
Whenever there is doubt, quit immediately, no mat-
ted what it is. Nothing is a mere detail.
Oswald Chambers

Reader, is there anything that God is nagging you
about? Many years ago I got hooked on a "Christian"
Soap Opera. I planned my day around each episode.
There was a check in my spirit but I was stuck and
continued. I went on a retreat with a dear friend who
asked me a question. "Jane, is there anything in your
life that God wants out?' In the silence and stillness
and the darkness of the cabin, I felt a physical pres-
sure on my body. God pinned me down. I quit.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Living Bible

Today I opened the Living Bible and read through
Isaiah 53 which was written 700 years before the
birth of Jesus Christ. few believe it!
Who will listen?
To whom will God reveal his saving power?

In God's eyes he was like a tender green shoot, sprout-
ing from a root in dry and sterile ground. but in our 
eyes there was no attractiveness at all, nothing to make 
us want him. We despised him and rejected him--a man 
of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned 
our backs on him and looked the other way when he 
passed by. He was despised and we didn't care.

Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighed 
him down. And we thought his troubles were a punish-
meant from God for his own sins! 
But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. 
He was chastised that we might have peace; 
He was lashed--and we were healed! 
We are the ones who strayed like sheep! 
We, who left God's path to follow our own. 
Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one 
of us...   

And when he sees all that is accomplished by the an-
guish of his soul, he shall be satisfied; and because of 
what he has experienced, my righteous Servant shall 
make many to be counted righteous before God, for he 
shall bear all their sins. Therefore I will give him the 
honors of one who is mighty and great, because he 
poured out his soul unto death. He was counted as a 
sinner, and he bore the sins of many, and he pled with 
God for sinners. Isaiah 53: 1-6; 11,12

Reader, we commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection
of our Lord in just two weeks. It is not too soon to ponder
what our precious Savior did for us when He went to the
cross and became sin for us.