Sunday, May 15, 2005

Sunday Morning Thoughts From Oswald Chambers

Philippians 2:12-15 (New International Version)

Shining as Stars
12 “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe”

Difficulty is a natural part of the Christian life. It can’t, and should not be, avoided. When we approach these trying times properly, in the right “spirit,” they can be most rewarding.

Oswald Chambers, in his “Devotions For Morning and Evening,” put it this way:

“The Habit of Rising to the Occasion”

That you may know the hope of His calling…(
Ephesians 1:18)

“Remember what you are saved for – that the Son of God might be manifested in your mortal flesh. Bend the whole energy of your powers to realize your election as a child of God; rise to the occasion every time.”

“You cannot do anything for your salvation, but you must do something to manifest it, you must work out what God has worked in. Are you working it out with your tongue, and your brain and your nerves? If you are still the same miserable crosspatch, set on your own way, then it is a lie to say that God has saved you and sanctified you.”

“God is the Master Engineer, He allows the difficulties to come in order to see if you can vault over them properly – “
By my God have I leaped over a wall.” God will never shield you from any of the requirements of a son or daughter of His. Peter says – “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you.” Rise to the occasion; do the thing. It does not matter how it hurts as long as it gives God the chance to manifest Himself in your mortal flesh.”

“May God not find the whine in us any more, but may He find us full of spiritual pluck and athleticism, ready to face anything He brings. We have to exercise ourselves in order that the Son of God may be manifested in our mortal flesh. God never has museums. The only aim of the life is that the Son of God may be manifested, and all the dictation to God vanishes. Our Lord never dictated to His Father, and we are not here to dictate to God; we are here to submit to His will so that He may work through us what He wants. When we realize this, He will make us broken bread and poured-out wine to feed and nourish others.”

Have a great Sunday!

1 comment:

James Fletcher Baxter said...

God's election of the Elect requires our consent and total agreement -- our choice. No one goes to Heaven without it; without our will, or accidentaly. No one will be dragged into Heaven against their will.

You and I must choose to accept Jesus' perfect sacrifice to the required perfect Justice of God. It will not be imposed on anyone. God reveres the sovereignty of your free will. After all, He created you and me in His own image.

Joel 3:14