Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Borders of Distrust

Behold, the hour cometh...that ye shall be scattered.
John 16:32

Jesus is not rebuking the disciples, their faith was real,
but it was disturbed; it was not at work in actual things.
The disciples were scattered to their own interests, a-
live to interests that were never in Jesus Christ. After
we have been perfectly related to God in sanctification,
our faith has to be worked out in actualities. We shall
be scattered, not into work, but into desolations and
made to know what internal death to God's blessings
means. Are we prepared for this? It is not that we
choose it, but that God engineers our circumstances
so that we are brought there. Until we have been
through that experience, our faith is bolstered up by
feelings and by blessings. When once we get there,
no matter where God places us or what the inner de-
solations are, we can praise God that all is well. That
is faith being worked out in actualities.

"...And shall leave Me alone." Have we left Jesus a-
lone by the scattering of His providence? Because we
do not see God in our circumstances? Darkness comes
by the sovereignty of God. Are we prepared to let God
do as He likes with us--prepared to be separated from
conscious blessings? Until Jesus Christ is Lord, we all
have ends of our own to serve; our faith is real, but it is
not permanent yet. God is never in a hurry; if we wait,
we will see that God is pointing out that we have not
been interested in Himself but only His blessings. The
sense of God's blessing is elemental.

Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." 
Spiritual grit is what we need.   Oswald Chambers

Reader, as I read from the Saints who lived long before
most of us, I find that they go deep and poke around
into the cobwebs of my heart. I think to myself, "I
must give something likable to my readers" and then
God serves up something other. I appreciate all of you
who are sticking with me as we journey together
through thick and thin. Yesterday's blog is still on my
heart because we have NO IDEA what God considers
is best. He wants to shower us with blessings, but...not...

He will SILENTLY plan for you
   Some wonderful surprise of love.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
   But it is kept for you above.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

He Will Silently Plan For You

Surely I am with you always. Matthew 28:20

He will silently plan for you,
   His object of omniscient care;
God Himself undertakes to be
   Your Pilot through each subtle snare.

He WILL silently plan for you,
   So certainly, He cannot fail!
Rest on the faithfulness of God,
   In Him you surely will prevail.

He will SILENTLY plan for you
   Some wonderful surprise of love.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
   But it is kept for you above.

He will silently PLAN for you,
   His purposes will all unfold;
Your tangled life will shine at last,
   A masterpiece of skill untold.

He will silently plan FOR YOU,
   Happy child of a Father's care,
As if no other claimed His love,
   But you alone to Him were dear.
E. Mary Grimes.

Reader, have you ever had the experience when
someone was listening to you with his eyes, his
ears, his whole body? I do remember speaking
to a Pastor once who listened like that and I was
the only one, the only thing he was thinking about.
What an experience. I walked on air! It is like that
with our heavenly Dad. When we speak to Him
we have His complete attention. I can't wait until
I can speak with Him face to face.

Monday, January 29, 2018

From the Pen of Hudson Taylor

The Lord is my shepherd. Psalm 23:1

"Not was, not may be, nor will be. "The Lord
is my shepherd." He is on Sunday, on Monday,
and through every day of the week. He is in
January, in December, and every month of the
year. He is when I'm home and in China. He
is during peace or war, and in times of abun-
dance or poverty." (J Hudson Taylor)

Reader, these five words have comforted thou-
sands over the years--maybe billions? over the
centuries. At least one of you is in need of re-
freshment today...

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Further Horizons

And I pray God your whole spirit and soul, and body 
be preserved blameless. I Thessalonians 5:23

"Your whole spirit..." The great mystical work of the 
Holy Spirit is in the dim regions of our personality which 
we cannot get at. Read the 139th Psalm; the Psalmist im-
plies, "Thou art the God of the early mornings, the God of 
the late nights, the God of the mountain peaks, and the 
God of the sea; but my God, my soul has further horizons 
than the early mornings, deeper darkness than the nights 
of earth, higher peaks than any mountain peaks, greater 
depth than any sea in nature--"Thou who art the God of 
all these, be my God. I cannot reach to the heights or to 
the depths; there are motives I cannot trace, dreams I 
cannot get at--my God, search me out."

Do we believe that God can garrison the imagination 
far beyond where we can go? "The blood of Jesus Christ 
cleanseth us from all sin"--if that means in conscious ex-
perience only, may God have mercy on us. The man who 
has been made obtuse by sin will say he is not conscious 
of sin. Cleansing from sin is to the very heights and depths 
of our spirit if we will keep in the light as God is in the 
light, and the very Spirit that fed the life of Jesus Christ 
will feed the life of our spirits. It is only when we are gar-
risoned by God with the stupendous sanctity of the Holy 
Spirit, that spirit, soul and body are preserved in unspotted
integrity, undeserving of censure in God's sight, until Jesus 

We do not allow ourselves to dwell as we should on these 
great and marvelous truths. Oswald Chambers

Reader, I am going through Leviticus right now and am over-
whelmed with all of the laws and the blood sacrifices for sin
and for guilt. Knowing humans I can hardly believe that any
man still had animals after a few months of atoning for his
sins!  I am drawn to the verse above--HIS BLOOD cleanses
us from ALL sin. Do I really believe this? Do you really be-
lieve this? Please don't just read this, ponder the implications
for your life.

Your steadfast love extends to the heavens,
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds
Your righteousness is like majestic mountains
And Your wisdom like the depth of the sea,
And you live in me.

Filling my heart with your loving kindness.
I find my rest in the shadow of your wings.
I eat my fill from the abundance of your household,
And I drink from the streams of rejoicing,
And, You are my King.
From a song I sang in my youth from Ps 36

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Living Sacrifice?

And Abraham built an altar...and bound His son.
Genesis 22:9

This incident is a picture of the blunder we make in 
thinking that the final thing God wants of us is the 
sacrifice of death. We seem to think that God wants 
us to give up things! God purified Abraham from this 
blunder, and the same discipline goes on in our lives. 
It is a question of loosening the bands that hinder the 
life, and immediately those bands are loosened by i-
dentification with the death of Jesus, we enter into a 
relationship with God whereby we can sacrifice our 
lives to Him.

It is of no value to God to give Him your life for death. 
He wants you to be a "living sacrifice," to let Him have 
all your powers that have been saved and sanctified 
through Jesus. This is the thing that is acceptable to 
God. Oswald Chambers

Reader, it is so easy for me to lose the point of our
journey in life. "Those bands are loosened by identifi-
cation with the death of Jesus." The seed that dies,
the caterpillar that dies, our old man that dies, are
each an example of life coming from living death.
That is why we can rejoice when God thwarts us here
and hinders us there. I truly need to ponder truth on a
daily basis. The world lies. It does not lead us into life.

This blog is posted from a website and many of you
are not aware of that. There are a number of stories
which unwrap this principle. You might want to poke

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Waiting Patiently--Part 3

I waited patiently for the Lord. 
Psalm 40:1

Must life be considered a failure for someone com-
pelled to stand still, forced into inaction and required
to watch the great, roaring tides of life from shore?
No--victory is then to be won by standing still and
quietly waiting. Yet this is a thousand times harder
to do than in the past, when you rushed headlong in-
to the busyness of life. It requires much more cour-
age to stand and wait and still not lose heart or lose
hope, to submit to the will of God, to give up oppor-
unities for work and leave honors to others, and to 
be quiet, confident and rejoicing while the busy mil-
tiptoed goes happily along their way. JR Miller

Reader: The greatest life is: 
"after you have done everything, to stand."
Ephesians 6:13.        

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Patiently Waiting--Part 2

I waited patiently for the Lord.
Psalm 40:1

Once we learn to wait for the Lord's leading in every-
thing, we will know the strength that finds its highest
point in an even and steady walk. Many of us are lack-
ing the strength we so desire, but God gives complete
power for every task He calls us to perform. Waiting--
keeping yourself faithful to His leading--this is the se-
cret of strength. And anything that does not align with
obedience to Him is a waste of time and energy. 
Watch and wait for His leading. Samuel Dickey Gordon

Reader, I never considered "waiting" to be a task!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Patiently Waiting--Part 1

I waited patiently for the Lord.
Psalm 40:1

Waiting is much more difficult than walking, for wait-
ing requires patience and patience is a rare virtue. We
enjoy knowing that God builds hedges around His
people, when we look at the hedge from the aspect
of protection. But when we see it growing higher and
higher until we can no longer see over it, we wonder
if we will ever get out of our little sphere of influence
and service, where we feel trapped. Sometimes it is
hard for us to understand why we do not have a larger
area of service, and it becomes difficult for us to "brigh-
ten the corner where we are." But God has a purpose
for all HIs delays.

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord."
Ps 37:23

Next to this verse, in the margin of his Bible, George
Mueller made this note: "And the stops too." It is a sad
mistake for someone to break through God's hedges. It
is a vital principle of the Lord's guidance for a Christian
never to move from the spot where he is sure God has
placed him, until the pillar of cloud moves.
Ex 13:21           From the Sunday School Times

Reader, many of you are at a standstill right now won-
during why you are not moving when everything around
you is moving at such a rapid pace. I do believe that we
can learn a great deal in these quiet periods, but I don't
really like it when I feel stuck.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Many Hardships

We must go through many hardships to enter the
kingdom of God. Acts 14:22

The best things in life are the result of being wounded.
Wheat must be crushed before becoming bread, and
incense must be burned by fire before its fragrance is
set free. The earth must be broken with a sharp plow
before being ready to receive life. And it is a broken
heart that pleases God.

Yes, the sweetest joys of life are the fruits of sorrow. Hu-
man nature seems to need suffering to make it fit to be 
a blessing to the world.

If you aspirate be a person of consolation, if you want to 
share the priestly gift of sympathy, if you desire to go be-
yond giving commonplace comfort to a heart that is temp-
ted, and if you long to go through the daily exchanges of 
life with the kind of tact that never inflicts pain, then you
must be prepared to pay the price for a costly education--
for like Christ, you must suffer.
Frederick William Robertson

Reader--Ouch! This is certainly not popular in the over-
fed, over-entertained western church...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Have You Not Known Me?

Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, 
and yet you have not known Me, Philip?
John 14:9

These words are not spoken as a rebuke, nor even
with surprise; Jesus is leading Philip on. The last
One with whom we get intimate is Jesus. "I have
called you friends." Friendship is rare on earth.
It means identity in thought and heart and spirit.
The whole discipline of life is to enable us to en-
ter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ.
We receive His blessings and know His Word. but
do we know Him?

When once we get intimate with Jesus we are never
lonely, we never need sympathy, we can pour out all
the time without being pathetic. The saint who is in-
timate with Jesus will never leave the impression of
himself, but only the impression that Jesus is having
unhindered way, because the last abyss of his nature
has been satisfied by Jesus. The only impression left
by such a life is that of the strong calm of sanity that
Our Lord gives to those who are intimate with Him.
Oswald Chambers

Reader, I still get lonely, I do need sympathy, and
I am not sure that Jesus is unhindered in my life...
I wonder if this is possible in our technological,
our fast paced life?  However, the question that
Jesus asked of His disciple cut me. We have had
so many years together. 

The Scary Message

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of 
God. Romans 3:23.  
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God 
is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

Last Saturday there was an alert given in Hawaii which
gave the people no more than 20 minutes to find shelter.
The targeted island had no basements because the is-
land is an island of sand. People ran out into the streets
filled with fear. Some drank and then sent texts to family
and friends, "I love you." One man put his daughter into
the sewer. What do you do upon finding out that you will
die in 20 minutes? Or consider the families that went to
bed and didn't wake up in their beds, or did not wake up
at all because of mud slides due to heavy rains along the
coast of California? None of us knows what the day will
bring--or the night either.

Many read my posts but I don't know who you are or whe-
ther you are a Christian. Then some of you want to share
the Gospel with friends and don't know what it contains
or how to say it. I found a simple presentation of the Gos-
pel from a Palestinian--who is a pastor in Hawaii. The
video below describes what it was like to have 20 min-
utes to live and how he lived it. He also shared how impor-
tant it is to know where you are going before you are faced
with death.

A  Admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior
      Rom. 3:23 and Rom 6:23

B  Believe in your heart that God has raised Jesus
     from the dead. Rom 10:9,10

C  Call on the Name of the Lord or Confess with
       your mouth that Jesus is Lord. Rom 10:13

For all who call upon the Name of the Lord will
be saved!

Reader, good works do not save you nor does prayer or
going to church or baptism. It is knowing that you can't
clean up your life by yourself and that God sent His
only Son that by believing and confessing you will be
saved--now and for all of eternity. What a great deal!

Time is short. Peter says,
"The end of all things is at hand; 
therefore, be of sound judgement and 
sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 
Above all, 
keep fervent in your love for one another 
because love covers a miltitude of sins."
1 Peter 4: 7, 8

Monday, January 15, 2018

Why The Delay?

Many of us are pondering as to why our Lord seems
to delay His coming. It reminds me of the ten Virgins
who slept even as they expected their Bride Groom
to come and take them into the Bridal Chamber.
(Matt 25)

Peter has plenty to say in 2 Peter 3
Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the
last days...and saying "Where is the promise of
His coming?

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as
some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward
us, not will that any should perish but that all
should come to repentance.  (verses 3, 4, 9)

God is doing great things in the world as He wants
to grab all of those whose hearts would be soft to
His call. Then Peter shares what is to come and
goes on to call us to walk in holiness.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the
night, in which the heavens will pass away with a
great noise, and the elements will melt with a fer-
vant heat; both the earth and the works that are in
it will be burned up. 

Since, therefore, all these things will be dissolved, 
what manner of persons ought you to be in holy 
conduct and godliness. Looking for and hastening 
the coming of the day of God...we, according to His 
promise, look fornew heavens and a new earth in 
which righteousness dwells.  (verses 10-13)

Reader, tomorrow I will share what God is putting on
my heart as a result of the two blogs this week. God
desires that all should come to repentance. He does
not want any to perish. We are living in such exciting
times where each day events show us how short the
 time really is.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Two Sides

Enter His gates with
And into His courts with
Ps 100:4

I have recently come across some statistics on the web
that have led me into thanksgiving and awe.

In 1900 there were no Christians in South Korea, but
today there are 7,000 churches in the capitol alone.

In the 1800's the southern part of  Africa had no Chris-
tians but today it is estimated Christianity at 63%.
There are 34,000 people coming to Christ each day in

There are 140 million Untouchables in India and it is
estimated that 10% have come to Christ.

In China it is estimated that there are more self avowed
Christians than those who belong to the Communist
Party. It is also estimated that soon China will have
more Christians than any other part of the world.

More people in the Islamic world have come to Christ
in this generation than all the generations put together

There are a massive number of people coming to Christ
in Iran. House churches are prominent and widely dis-

Indonesia is the largest Islamic country but 15% of the
people are Christians.

Followers of Jesus globally are increasing more than
80,000 per day. It is believed that 510 new churches
are planted every day.

The Cost

Open Doors says that 250 million people are being per-
secuted today for their faith in Jesus. It comes to one 
out of every twelve Christians

Radical Religion is the primary cause of persecution, but
we pray for the Persecuted Church and it is wide spread
in every area where Christianity is vibrant and growing
in Asia and the Middle East. We read their stories and
are amazed at how many will not quit evangelizing even
after threats and prison. In some countries the new Be-
lievers know that they will have to take Prison 101.
However, once they find Jesus and are baptized, they
are committed and faithful--regardless.

Reader, the west looks so puny in comparison with other
areas where people have recently come to realize that
Jesus died for them and they can come into Eternal Life
through Him. I would encourage you to contact an organ-
ization, Voice of the Martyrs, and read the personal stories
of suffering and triumph. God is doing amazing things!

Thursday, January 11, 2018


You would have no power over me if it were not 
given from above. John 19:11

Nothing that is not part of God's will is allowed to 
come into the life of someone who trusts and obeys 
Him. This truth should be enough to make our life 
one of ceaseless thanksgiving and joy, because 
God 's will is the most hopeful, pleasant, and glor-
ious thing in the world. It is the continuous work--
ing of His omnipotent power for our benefit, with
nothing to prevent it, if, we remain surrendered
and believing. 

Someone who was passing through the deep water
of affliction wrote a friend:

"Isn't it glorious to know that no matter how unjust
something may be, even when it seems to have 
come from Satan himself, by the time it reaches us
it is God's will for us and will ultimately work for
our good?"

"And we know that all things God works for the 
good of those who love him." Rom 8:28

Think of what Christ said even as He was betrayed:
"Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given 
me?" John 18:11

We live fascinating lives if we are living in the center 
of God's will. All the attacks that Satan hurls at us 
through the sins of others are not only powerless to 
harm us but are transformed into blessings along the 
way.  Hannah Whitall Smith

Reader, this woman had so much sorrow in her life,
and yet she continued faithful to the God she believed.
I am sure that her emotions did not always match with
what she knew to be true, but she lived in victory. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Abounding In Grace

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercies,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father's full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.
Annie Johnson Flint

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Biblical Meditation and Intimacy

Meditation is very popular today, but it is not
fruitful unless it is done from the Bible.

I will meditate on Your
And contemplate your ways.

Make me understand the way
     of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate on Your
     wonderful works.
Ps 119:15, 27

Many years ago a woman sat down with me and
taught me how to meditate in scripture. I was en-
raptured with what I learned when I took a verse
or two of a passage and pondered it until God
showed me what was within. I learned to write
out the things that I saw in the verse, to write
out a prayer and then to pray the truth back to
God, for others. I started a notebook which be-
came a journal for that year. I worked through
the 23rd and 139th Psalms and then I tackled
the book of Ephesians. I met with other women
to intercede for the church, the nation and the
world. We used the same format, shared what
we gleaned and then prayed. We stayed on tar-
get instead of getting lost in our own concerns.

As my children were growing up I taught them
how to do this and we worked through several
chapters of Proverbs. 'Wisdom' stood out for
my daughter and she gave a beautiful talk on
the subject of wisdom when she graduated
from High School.

What is my point? My point is that if you want
to know God, His character and His ways, and
if you want to hear Him, it has to be from His
book. Reading the Bible from cover to cover
is important, but if you want to see His heart it
is best to linger.

David says this in Psalm 1
Blessed is the man...whose delight is in the 
     Law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree
     Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in
     Its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
     Psalm 1: 1, 2, 3

Reader, may I encourage you to sit down with
someone else and take the verses above and
ponder them, write out what you hear, what
you see? Share it with each other and with God.
Once you catch on you will find a big boost in
your quiet times!

(If any of my readers have used this way of
reading the Bible, would you share it in the
comments below? CB, that means you!)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Speaking of Power...

That I may know Him and the power of His
resurrection. Philippians 3:10

What does our Lord desire from us? He wants us
to KNOW Him intimately. We run around doing
for Him, but what if, out of the knowing comes
the resurrection power? Power to do all His will.
In Ephesians 1 Paul links knowing and resurrec-
tion power.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Father of glory, may give to you the spirit
of wisdom and revelation in the know-
ledge of Him...and (to know) what is the 
exceeding greatness of His power toward 
us who believe, according to the working 
of His mighty power which He worked in 
Christ when He raised Him from the dead. 
Ephesians 1:17, 19, 20
(This is an amazing prayer that I pray over myself
and others daily. )

Reader, I used to think that all this power was only
for doing great things for God--and, yes, those
called to incredible ministries need it, BUT, I am
convinced that all of us need this power to live our
lives each day. Power to get out of bed, eat break-
fast, do the laundry, clean the toilets...

There is an old hymn that is floating through my

Learning to lean,
Learning to lean,
I'm learning to lean on Jesus
I need more power than I ever dreamed
I'm learning to lean on Jesus.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Encouragement From Peter

It appears that second Peter was written from
Rome toward the end of Nero's reign in 66 AD.
It was toward the end of Peter's life.
See 2 Peter 1:14

Peter's big concern is that Christians had gotten
sloppy in how they were living their lives, their
character, and so he calls them to repent and go
a new way. But before he does that in verses 5-8,
he gives the reasons why it is possible to live
those verses.
(See the list below)

" multiplied to you in the knowledge 
of God and of Jesus our Lord. as His divine 
power has given to us all things that pertain to 
life and godliness through the knowledge of 
Him who called us to glory and virtue.
2 Peter 1:2,3

Peter starts with grace, knowledge of God, and
divine power to live the Christian life. He then

"by which have been given to us exceedingly 
great and precious promises, that through 
these you may be partakers of the divine 
nature..." 2 Peter 1:4

Divine nature? Partakers? Exceedingly great pro-
mises? Peter is saying that we have everything
we need inside in order to live a victorious Chris-
tian life. He wants us to know the grace that is
multiplied to us through the knowledge of our
Lord. He wants us to grasp through faith that we
have exceedingly great and precious promises,
and that we have access to His divine nature.

Reader, the 'oughts' that are given by Peter in
verses five through eight have been held up to
me as something I must attain and must keep
attaining all of my life. All it did was to make
me feel unworthy of Him and it burdened me be-
yond belief.  No one, not one person, called my
attention to the verses that led into the list of vir-
tues. These verses clearly tell us that it is by faith
in God's great promises, and it is by entering into
what we all ready have--His divine nature--that
we can live out the verses below.

But also for this very reason, giving all 
diligence, add 
to your faith virtue
to virtue knowledge,
to knowledge self control,
to self-control perseverance,
to perseverance godliness,
to godliness, brotherly kindness,
to brotherly kindness love. 

For if these things are yours and abound, 
you will be neither barren 
nor unfruitful 
in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1: 5-8

Friday, January 5, 2018


I have been pondering what it means to live a vibrant
Christian life. Many people my age are looking at old
age, sickness now, and other various weaknesses. So,
what has God been emphasizing to me in this new year?

And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, 
for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:2

Really, Lord? Are you speaking to me?
How does Paul respond to the words of Jesus because
he was at a place of great weakness.

"Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my 
infirmities, that the power of Christ might rest 
upon me...For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9,10

Reader, I want to stay on this for a few blogs as I have
continued to think about what Jesus said to Paul and
even how he responded. Is it not backward to all you
have been taught about how we should be strong and
do great things for God? Paul certainly lived a very
productive life.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


If we walk in the light, as He is in the light...
the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanest
us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:7

No man knows what sin is until he is born again. Sin 
is what Jesus Christ faced on Calvary. The evidence 
that I am delivered from sin is that I know the real na-
ture of sin in me. It takes the impartation of His abso-
lute perfection, to make man know what sin is. It is 
only when we get grasp of the unrivaled power of 
the Spirit in us that we understand the meaning of 
1 John 1:7, 
"the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin." 

If we walk in the light as God is in the light, not in the 
light of my own conscience, but in the light of God, 
then there comes the amazing revelation, the blood of 
Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sin so that God Al-
mighty can see nothing to censure in me. The love of 
God at work in me makes me hate with the hatred of 
the Holy Spirit all that is not in keeping with God's 
holiness. To walk in the light means that everything 
that is of the darkness drives me closer into the center 
of the light. Oswald Chambers

Reader, it is a faith walk of believing that God can give
us such a revelation of His Son, in such a way, that we
can have the freedom to walk in light, instead of hiding
in the darkness.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Keep To The Point

My eager desire and hope being that I may never
be ashamed, but that now as ever I may do honor
to Christ in my own person by fearless courage.
Phil 1:20  (MOFFAT)

My Utmost for His Highest. "My eager desire and hope 
is that I may never feel ashamed." We shall all feel very 
much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus on the point 
He has asked us to yield to Him. Paul says--"My deter-
mination is to be my utmost for His Highest." To get there 
is a question of will, not of debate or reasoning, but a 
surrender of will, an absolute and irrevocable surrender 
on that point. When we consider what it will cost others 
if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He does not know 
what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point; He does 
know. Shut out every other consideration and keep your-
self before God for this one thing only: My Utmost for 
His Highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entire-
ly for Him and Him alone. Oswald Chambers

Reader, on this first day of 2018, what is on your mind?
Are you working out the resolutions for the year ahead?
How has that worked for you in the past? I chose the
January 1 reading of Oswald Chamber because he cuts
to the chase.