Monthly Archives: November 2016

Humble or Defiant?

I want to share the “My Utmost for His Highest” devotional with whoever will read it this morning. It touched my heart in a corrective way. I sometimes think that I am some kind of Jonah – that I am unworthy and that I am pretty much a failure at truly giving glory and honor to the Lord. The truth is we know in Jesus that all of us have died and our life is hidden in Him. It is not about past performance, though we are to certainly be aware of sin and to put to death the works of the flesh, and take up our cross and follow Him. But the truth is we must also rest in who we are in Him. We must trust that He is able to truly change us and make us more like Him.

I was reading this morning in Exodus 33-34 and God told Moses that He would, though they didn’t deserve it, go with the stubborn people of Israel. Here’s God’s “final answer” to His humble servant Moses – “And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 While reading through the Old Testament I realized how this related to our rest in Christ which Hebrews 4 talks about. I realized I had been striving and not resting. Even my sham humility (for me it goes like, “I’m no good, I’m no good, baby I’m no good”) was really a kind defiance because I was making me my own measuring stick and not the reality of who I am in Jesus and what His power in a single life can do.

I hope, if you sometimes struggle with things like this, that the truth of God’s Word and the wise words of this old saint will be a blessing and help to you today.

By the grace of God I am what I am

– November 30th – “My Utmost for His Highest” – Oswald Chambers

His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:10.

The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the Creator. The deploring of our own incompetence is a slander against God for having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining in the sight of God the things that sound humble before men, and you will be amazed at how staggeringly impertinent they are. ‘Oh, I shouldn’t like to say I am sanctified; I’m not a saint.’ Say that before God; and it means—‘No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are chances I have not had; so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.’ That may sound wonderfully humble before men, but before God it is an attitude of defiance.

Again, the things that sound humble before God may sound the opposite before men. To say—‘Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified,’ is in the sight of God the acme of humility, it means you have so completely abandoned yourself to God that you know He is true. Never bother your head as to whether what you say sounds humble before men or not, but always be humble before God, and let Him be all in all.

There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all costs, and God will fulfil His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purpose, and yours may be that life.

Food for Faith…

Oswald hit it on the head for me this morning in his devotional – he calls fear wicked. Oh how true when my moods control me instead of the love of Christ that should constrain me. I hope you enjoy and are challenged by this as much as I was:

Faith and experience

The Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. Gal. 2:20.

We have to battle through our moods into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus, to get out of the hole-and-corner business of our experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think Who the New Testament says that Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meanness of the miserable faith we have—‘I haven’t had this and that experience!’ Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims—that He can present us faultless before the throne of God, unutterably pure, absolutely rectified and profoundly justified. Stand in implicit, adoring faith in Him, He is made unto us “wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” How can we talk of making a sacrifice for the Son of God! Our salvation is from hell and perdition, and then we talk about making sacrifices!

We have to get out into faith in Jesus Christ continually; not a prayer meeting Jesus Christ, nor a book Jesus Christ, but the New Testament Jesus Christ, Who is God Incarnate, and Who ought to strike us to His feet as dead. Our faith must be in the One from Whom our experience springs. Jesus Christ wants our absolute abandon of devotion to Himself. We never can experience Jesus Christ, nor ever hold Him within the compass of our own hearts, but our faith must be built in strong emphatic confidence in Him.

It is along this line that we see the rugged impatience of the Holy Ghost against unbelief. All our fears are wicked, and we fear because we will not nourish ourselves in our faith. How can anyone who is identified with Jesus Christ suffer from doubt or fear! It ought to be an absolute psalm of perfectly irrepressible, triumphant belief.