Christian faith, Thoughts on God, Uncategorized

The Divine Commandment of Life

“But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 5:48 NLT

“The true expression of Christian character is not in good-doing, but in God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit divine characteristics in your life, not just good human characteristics. God’s life in us expresses itself as God’s life, not as human life trying to be godly. The secret of a Christian’s life is that the supernatural becomes natural in him as a result of the grace of God, and the experience of this becomes evident in the practical, everyday details of life, not in times of intimate fellowship with God. And when we come in contact with things that create confusion and a flurry of activity, we find to our own amazement that we have the power to stay wonderfully poised even in the center of it all.”

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, September 20

For all of those that say they are good, they don’t need God, they do good things, they are good people, Oswald has an answer. “Good” is not the same as “God-likeness” and “good human characteristics” is not at all the same as the Spirit of God transforming from within so you exhibit “divine characteristics” in your life. There is a difference. One falls under human definition. The other falls under divine definition.

Oswald makes the point that when the “rubber meets the road”, or when “life happens” the work of the flesh to do good will falter. Impatience, frustration, anger will be manifested when it is the human trying to be good. When the Holy Spirit is working the Divine in us, we should meet such incidents with patience, long suffering, peace and love. In other words, as we grow in the Lord and He changes us to be more like Him, the Fruits of the Spirit should be manifested in all of our life, not just the easy parts. When life gets hard, or we have to deal with difficult situations or difficult people, the divine in us should reflect a loving God and the Fruit of the Spirit.

And when we fail, as we will, because we are not yet perfect, we humble ourselves, ask for forgiveness, and the Lord will forgive, strengthen and assure us that we are growing in Him. And how we handle this transformation with others will show them how God works in us and through us, even when we falter. Because He picks us up in Grace, and we walk once again in the Spirit, in the love of God. And the Fruit of the Spirit are once again manifested in our life.

“Beware of bartering the Word of God for a more suitable conception of your own.” – Oswald Chambers

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Bible Verses, Quotes and Sayings, Thoughts on God

What I Am. Who God Is.

“We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark—the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight.”

Oswald Chambers

Oswald can hit me between the eyes some mornings and wake me up thinking. The devotion today was about Jesus asking us hard questions, forcing us to make hard decisions. Like the rich man Jesus told to sell all and follow him. Then I read this quote. I am truly naked before God. I can’t hide anything from him. No pretense. No dressing up to cover what’s hidden inside. He sees right in to me, all of me. And I actually ask him to do that! I say, search my heart and see if there is any wayward thing in me. Cleanse me and make me pure. but that also means I am literally naked before him.

Really, even those who don’t know him, who don’t ask him to search their heart, he knows everything inside them. It is how he knows to reach every person and draw them to himself. He knows. He knows you. I read a verse that has been very comforting of late.

“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me.”

Isaiah‬ ‭65:1‬a ‭NIV‬‬

Even if you don’t seek him, he can find you. Even if you don’t ask, he can reveal himself to you. For unsaved family and friends, this verse has changed my prayers. ‘I know they aren’t seeking you. I know they aren’t asking about you. But I ask that you reveal yourself to them. I ask that you find them and bring them to you.’ it’s a very different way to pray. It really is. All up to God, not me or my words. I remain a vessel, willing to be used in whatever way God wants, but he has to do the work. He has to change the hearts. Because he knows them deep inside.

“The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock! May the God of my salvation be exalted!”

Psalms‬ ‭18:46‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Christian faith, Goals and Plans, Thoughts on God

The Bewildering Call of God by Oswald Chambers

“…and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished…and they did not grasp what was said.”

Luke 18:31b, 34b ESV

“God called Jesus Christ to what seemed absolute disaster. And Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death, leading every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. His life was an absolute failure from every standpoint except God’s. But what seemed to be failure from man’s standpoint was a triumph from God’s standpoint, because God’s purpose is never the same as man’s purpose.”

“What God calls us to cannot be definitely stated, because His call is simply to be His friend to accomplish His own purposes.”

“A Christian is someone who trusts in the knowledge and the wisdom of God, not in his own abilities.” — Oswald Chambers

We talk about our purpose, our destiny, our call from God. It is good to know what God is calling us to do, to be, for His Kingdom. But if we strive to know too much, we lose the peace of trusting Him to bring about His perfect will. I need to trust in the knowledge and wisdom of God and not in my own abilities, in all things. I need to be a friend of God, to worship Him and bring glory to His Name. Rather than being bewildered, I should enjoy the journey, trusting and knowing that what I need to know, I will know at the right time. Waiting is not easy, but if I use the waiting time to worship God, my eyes will be on Him and not the wait.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah 6:8 ESV

God has told me many times in His Word about His character and what He says is good. In this passage, I should be just, kind and humble. There are other passages that tell me about what He wants me to be, what Love is (1 Corinthians 13) or the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). While I’m waiting, while I’m worshiping, while I’m being His friend, I can use verses like these to look at my character and ask to be changed to be more in the image of who He has asked me to be. In all this, my call, my purpose, my destiny will become apparent.

I have a living hope that my God has a plan and a purpose for me. And He will reveal that to me.

From My Utmost for His Highest, August 5

Christian faith, Poetry

My Love for You, Child

See the ocean
     Flowing deep
See the mountains
     Rising high
See the heavens at night
See the wonders by day
See all that I have made
     For you.

My love is like the ocean
     like the mountains
     like the heavens
     like the beauty of the earth.
Let My love for you
     flood your heart
With all that is Me
       in your life.

Love, Love, Love, Love
Children this is my song.
Love the Lord your God
       with all your heart
Love the Lord your God
       with all your might
Love the Lord your God
       with all you are
For this is My will for you.

My love is steadfast
       pure and holy
My love is so vast
       you can’t see the beginning
       or the end
My love is for you
       for all eternity
My love is like the ocean
       washing over you
       flooding you
       filling you.

My love goes higher
       than the tallest mountains
My love for you
       reached to the heavens
My love for you
       knows no measure
My love for you
       will never end.

I sing over you
       with songs of joy
I whisper in your ear
       of my love divine
I talk to you of love
       in My Word
I remind you
       of who you are in Me.

All this I do
       because I love
All this I AM
       for I never change
All this I give
       to you, My Child
Because I love you
       and I always will.

— Your loving Father God
to Becky Jane Davis, June 16, 2021

How He Loves Us” by Crowder

"Love, love, love, love.
Christians, this is your call:
Love your neighbor as yourself, for
God loves us all."
Bible Verses

Breaking Down Revelation 3:20


I stand at the door
[this is Jesus speaking and standing at the door of your heart]

and knock.
[Jesus is asking to come into your heart today]

If you hear my voice
[are you listening?]

and open the door,
[listen for Jesus’ voice, AND open the door of your heart to let Jesus in]

I will come in,
[a promise]

and we will share a meal together
[share a meal = commune/communion]

as friends.”
[I am a friend of God]

Revelation 3:20 NLT

Christian faith, Quotes and Sayings

Oswald Again

I’m talking to Jesus as I make my tea. While it’s brewing, I open up My Utmost for His Highest. Today, Oswald talks about prayer as being like blood flowing and lungs breathing, and I’m like, that’s what I was just doing!

Then I swiped for the day’s wisdom, and got a punch of truth into my spirit. Because my talk and prayer to Jesus was that I just wanted to go someplace new, start over, be anonymous, not have responsibilities, a history of relationships or family concerns. Here is Oswald’s word of wisdom for today:

“We all have the trick of saying—If only I were not where I am!—If only I had not got the kind of people I have to live with! If our faith or our religion does not help us in the conditions we are in, we have either a further struggle to go through, or we had better abandon that faith and religion.” — Oswald Chambers

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My choice is clear as a follower of Christ: I will walk through this struggle and grow, with my Savior, by the power of the Spirit, and i will thrive in Him!

Christian faith, Thoughts on God

Pentecost Sunday — A Prayer

The Holy Spirit — fire, water, wind, power, gifts, to usher in the kingdom of God to all hearts.

Set me on fire! Let me burn with holy fear. Let my heart be on fire for You. Let Your fire and passion fill my soul.

Fill me with Living Water, like a river flowing through me, like a fountain release living water to touch all who are near me. 

Breathe on me, mighty breath of God, and let Your Spirit be upon me. Breathe new life in me, Your life in me.

Let Your Power be in me that I may do good works for Your kingdom! Let all see and know Your Power, Mighty God!

Use me, through Your gifts, to touch those around me, those You bring to me, those You want to touch, use me. 

You will not come to those who say no. You will honor their wishes, until they call out to You.

I welcome You, Holy Spirit, I welcome You. Come. Fill me, mold me, use me. Make me to be more like You. Fill me with Your love, Your desire, Your plans. 

Show me where to walk, what to speak, what to do that Your kingdom would be released into others, that they would believe in Jesus Christ, that they would repent, be baptized, and be filled with Your Holy Spirit, to the glory of the Father. Amen and Amen! Yes! Yes, I agree with You!

Christian faith, Mercy, Thoughts on God

Mercy, Mercies, Merciful

My word for 2021 is “Growth in MERCY.”
MERCY in my heart,
MERCY in my thoughts,
MERCY in my actions,
MERCY in what I say.

To know God’s MERCY for me,
To know God’s heart of MERCY for others.

This year I am studying MERCY, so I can understand and know and emulate God’s MERCY. — compassion or forbearance, —  a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion. But the definitions don’t answer my need. I need to know mercy, not describe it.

A Few Bible Verses About MERCY:

“My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O Lord; I lift my hands to you for mercy.”

Psalms 88:9 NLT

“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.”

Psalms 51:1 NLT

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.”

2 Corinthians 1:3 NLT

“I said to the Lord, “You are my God!” Listen, O Lord, to my cries for mercy!”

Psalms 140:6 NLT

“Lord, how great is your mercy; let me be revived by following your regulations.”

Psalms 119:156 NLT

“I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy.”

Psalms 142:1 NLT

Christian faith, Quotes and Sayings

Oswald Chambers Quote

“We are apt to think that everything that happens to us is to be turned into useful teaching; it is to be turned into something better than teaching, viz. into character. We shall find that the spheres God brings us into are not meant to teach us something but to make us something.” – Oswald Chambers

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