Faith and Experience

Italics by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

"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." We have to get out into faith in Jesus continually; not a prayer meeting Jesus Christ, not a book Jesus Christ, but the New Testament Jesus Christ. Our faith must be int he One from Whom our experiences springs. Jesus Christ wants our absolute abandon of devotion to Himself. We never 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. How can anyone suffer from doubt or fear! It ought to be an absolute paean of perfectly irrepressible, triumphant belief."

So these are some hard words from Oswald this Monday morning. "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." Or "How can anyone suffer from doubt or fear! It ought to be an absolute paean of perfectly irrepressible, triumphant belief."

Hold those thoughts!

This week, John and I have come upon some situations and folks (out of state) that have literally been struggling with the most amazing "woes" this world can dish out. Destitute situations, family circumstances and heartache upon heartache...they have nothing and no where to turn. We engaged in conversation and did our best to point to the love of Jesus and Scripture for the answers and the confirmations of this life and the perseverance of such trials...the ability to reach out to Jesus. (Pastor Brad and Pam deal with similar situations on a weekly basis and the Lord sends them such reward and HE does the most amazing things in people's lives). I felt the tug to let you know of these situations and the opportunities to share because there are times in our own lives where we complain or take the first "curve ball" thrown our way and head for the dug out! We give up, we won't battle through our moods, we haven't given up to that absolute devotion of the work of Christ. Oswald gives us the "hard line" of comparing experiences of the faith and our complete undivided devotion to Christ. "We have to get out into faith in Jesus continually; not a prayer meeting Jesus Christ, not a book Jesus Christ, but the New Testament Jesus Christ." I know those words sound like we all should just "do it," but also know the difficulty in that walk of complete devotion without fear, without doubt and without self-reliance. Jesus is the answer, Christ is the one and only and the answer for all of eternity...the absolute devotion to Christ that Oswald speaks of is not just a fairy tale or just "the answer for a single life issue" but the way to live 24/7 and forever!

Trusting that not only this week, but each and every day of our existence here...may Jesus get our undivided devotion.

I thought of an old praise song this week..."Oh Lord our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth...Oh Lord our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth...Oh Lord, we praise your name, Oh Lord we magnify your name, prince of peace mighty God...Oh Lord God almighty!"