Will You Lay Down Your Life?

I really love Oswald Chambers’ messages. This one asks the question that I’ve seen many Christians struggle with. In laying down or lives we believe it to mean, “Would you die for Jesus?” Well when you give that notion any thought you must admit that it’s ludicrous. He’s already in fact died for us and has risen victorious that we may live.

I guess if the question of death is a component of this thought, then the truth is, “Are we willing to lay down our past ways? Are we willing to lay down your old sinful lives?”

The following is a message written by Oswald Chambers it is an expository, if you will… on the question.

“Jesus does not ask me to die for Him, but to lay down my life for Him. Peter said to the Lord, “I will lay down my life for Your sake,” and he meant it (John 13:37). He had a magnificent sense of the heroic. For us to be incapable of making this same statement Peter made would be a bad thing—our sense of duty is only fully realized through our sense of heroism. Has the Lord ever asked you, “Will you lay down your life for My sake?” (John 13:38). It is much easier to die than to lay down your life day in and day out with the sense of the high calling of God.

We are not made for the bright-shining moments of life, but we have to walk in the light of them in our everyday ways. There was only one bright-shining moment in the life of Jesus, and that was on the Mount of Transfiguration. It was there that He emptied Himself of His glory for the second time, and then came down into the demon-possessed valley (see Mark 9:1–29). For thirty-three years Jesus laid down His life to do the will of His Father. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Yet it is contrary to our human nature to do so.

If I am a friend of Jesus, I must deliberately and carefully lay down my life for Him. It is a difficult thing to do, and thank God that it is. Salvation is easy for us, because it cost God so much. But the exhibiting of salvation in my life is difficult. God saves a person, fills him with the Holy Spirit, and then says, in effect, “Now you work it out in your life, and be faithful to Me, even though the nature of everything around you is to cause you to be unfaithful.” And Jesus says to us, “. . . I have called you friends. . . .” Remain faithful to your Friend, and remember that His honor is at stake in your bodily life.

How to Walk On Water

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“But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in spirit.”
-1 Corinthians 6:17

Today as I reading a devotion written by Oswald Chambers, who by the way is one of my faves. As I got to the end of the final paragraph I was taken off of the path that I’d originally embarked upon.  You see this particular devotional reading was entitled,
“The Bewildering Call of God”. The fundamental lesson to be gleaned is that oftentimes what God calls us to do may seem disastrous and “Bewildering” to a lost and dying world, yet to those who are one with God in Christ it is triumphant victory.  That lesson I understood and received in full. Yet as I continued to read, the last sentences of the final paragraph just stuck out… they seemed highlighted to me.

As I read these words, I thought to myself… and this is what it means to walk on water:

“If we are in fellowship and oneness with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, then we will no longer strive to find out what His purposes are. As we grow in the Christian life, it becomes simpler to us, because we are less inclined to say, “I wonder why God allowed this or that?” And we begin to see that the compelling purpose of God lies behind everything in life, and that God is divinely shaping us into oneness with that purpose. A Christian is someone who trusts in the knowledge and the wisdom of God, not in his own abilities. If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the calm, relaxed pace which should be characteristic of the children of God.” ~Oswald Chambers

I felt like David when he declared, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” -Psalm 139:6

He Rescues You From Unseen Dangers

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“He rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards.”
Those words stood out to me in the verse below.
We have to leave what is DEAD and BURIED in it’s grave and stop digging through dried up bones trying to bring them to life. God has rescued me from the cemetery of things that he has deemed dead and yet I can find myself going back trying to fix or resuscitate dead relationships, dead ministries and dead friendships. If God closes a door stop beating on it, whatever is behind it is what he has saved you from.
Paul said, “Leaving that which is behind you and moving forward!” I think it’s better to leave the business of the dead to the dead and leave the past to the past… today all things are new in Christ ❤
 
Verse of the Day ~ March 22, 2018
You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “ GOD, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because GOD’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
Psalm 91:1 MSG