Christian Excerpts

  • Tuesday, 23 October 2012

“My Utmost for His Highest” is a classic of devotional literature. There is a lesson for every day of the year. As I read daily, I am always learning something new and adding to the growth of my relationship with God. I read this powerful passage from September 12 that I wanted to share…

 Going Through Spiritual Confusion

“Jesus answered and said, ’You do not know what you ask’ —Matthew 20:22

There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.

The Shrouding of His Friendship (see Luke 11:5-8). Jesus gave the illustration here of a man who appears not to care for his friend. He was saying, in effect, that is how the heavenly Father will appear to you at times. You will think that He is an unkind friend, but remember?He is not. The time will come when everything will be explained. There seems to be a cloud on the friendship of the heart, and often even love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the blessing of fuller fellowship and oneness. When God appears to be completely shrouded, will you hang on with confidence in Him?

The Shadow on His Fatherhood (see Luke 11:11-13). Jesus said that there are times when your Father will appear as if He were an unnatural father?as if He were callous and indifferent— but remember, He is not. “Everyone who asks receives . . .” (Luke 11:10). If all you see is a shadow on the face of the Father right now, hang on to the fact that He will ultimately give you clear understanding and will fully justify Himself in everything that He has allowed into your life.

The Strangeness of His Faithfulness (see Luke 18:1-8). “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). Will He find the kind of faith that counts on Him in spite of the confusion? Stand firm in faith, believing that what Jesus said is true, although in the meantime you do not understand what God is doing. He has bigger issues at stake than the particular things you are asking of Him right now.”

 ~Oswald Chambers

It is written…

 

  • Tuesday, 2 October 2012

This year I read Joyce Meyer’s “Battlefield of the Mind”. It was a very enlightening book!  I’d like to share out of Chapter 20, a section titled:

The Importance of Patience and Endurance

 (Hebrews 10:36) <~This scripture tells us that without patience and endurance we will not receive the promises of God. And Hebrews 6:12 tells us that it is only through faith and patience that we inherit the promises.

 The proud man runs in the strength of his own flesh and tries to make things happen in his own timing. Pride says, “I’m ready now!” Humility says “God knows best, and He will not be late!”

 A humble man waits patiently; he actually has a “reverential fear” of moving in the strength of his own flesh. But a proud man tries one thing after another, all to no avail.

 When you are tempted to become frustrated and impatient, I recommend that you begin to say: “Lord, I want Your will in Your timing. I do not want to be ahead of YOU, nor do I want to be behind You. Help me, Father, to wait patiently on YOU!”

 It is written… 

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