Faith by Oswald Chambers (My Utmost For His Highest)
"Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spiritual; of impulse and inspiration. Nothing Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, it is revelation sense, and it reaches the shores where common sense fails. Faith must be tried before the reality of faith is actual. "We know that all things work together for good," then no matter what happens, the alchemy of God's providence transfigures the ideal faith into actual reality. Faith always works on the personal line, the whole purpose of God being is to see that the ideal faith is made real in His children. For every detail of the common-sense life, there is a revelation fact of God whereby we can prove in practical experience what we believe God to be. Faith is a tremendously active principle which always puts Jesus Christ first--Lord, Thou hast said so and so (e.g., Matt. 6:33), it looks mad, but I am going to venture on Thy word. To turn head faith into a personal possession is a fight always, not sometimes. (Marilyn underlined) God brings us into circumstances in order to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make it's object real. Until we know Jesus, God is a mere abstraction, we cannot have faith in Him; but immediately we hear Jesus say— "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father," we have something that is real, and faith is boundless. Faith is the whole man rightly related to God by the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ."
Good morning VGF, it's totally awesome to share about God's goodness with you this morning. There is a hazy blue, soft mist cover blanketing the church this morning. It is breathtaking. I can just see the hands of the Lord covering VGF as the sun breaks through the clouds to share the rays from the heavens...it's just beautiful. I thank Him each morning I wake up to see the light of a new day, I trust you do the same, it's a great way to start out your day! So I have a question for you? Wouldn't it be "the bomb" if you read something in Scripture and then did it? If you read, "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart?" OR "Without faith it is impossible to please Him." So now go and do it! Delight yourself in the Lord...and have faith in God the Father, His Son Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit...just do it!!!! (Hold that thought)
Most of the readers know that I had gall bladder surgery last Thursday and all went well. I was not one of you fortunate ones who said you walked away without any pain for surely I had pain. I was given pain medication to combat said pain. I am a creature of "rules and regulations" for the most part. If you tell me something that I should or shouldn't do, especially in the way of medication...once I know the rules, I try very hard to follow the procedures. So, my pain medication said to take it every 4-6 hours for pain...as I had pain, I did that. I ate a little something and took the prescription as described and surely it helped that pain. But, Saturday evening through Sunday evening I experienced horrific abdominal pains. I like to think I'm a pretty tough cookie, but maybe I'm not, as I had episodes of pain, they were awful. I just rolled around on the floor sweating, crying and hurting so bad, I just knew something wasn't right. My wonderful Doctor came over and suggested we try several things, one being that I should be done with the pain medication...and ah-ha, the removal of the pain meds was the answer for sure! I had a couple more episodes of pain, then Sunday evening, being off the medication since the morning hours...I was back to the normal surgery tenderness and after surgery issues that one experiences. Now I know I cannot take that medication ever again, and I won't! "Now I know!"
"Faith is a tremendously active principle which always puts Jesus Christ first--Lord, Thou hast said so and so (e.g., Matt. 6:33), it looks mad, but I am going to venture on Thy word." I should have titled this Monday Thoughts as..."now you know, now go and do it!" It surely seems like life in the Word would be so much easier if we could operate that way, don't you think? I wish we could just read something and have it penetrate our hearts so much that the first time we read it...we do it. But alas that is not the case for most of us. For example in this realm of "faith," how does one just take what the Word says and believe in your heart and walk in it..."Faith must be tried before the reality of faith is actual." How do I do that? I believe the answer for each of us is in the sentence that Oswald shares, "Faith is a tremendously active principle which always puts Jesus Christ first." NOW YOU KNOW...when we put Jesus Christ first, our faith, our belief system, our life choices, our relationships, our decisions, our prayers seem to fall into the proper place when Christ is at the center of our being. It's sounds trite, but truly it is..."Now you know, just do it!" IF you don't know Jesus...then get alone with Jesus, spend some time asking HIM to reveal Himself to you, I always suggest that you read the letter of James - but you can read any Scripture you prefer and open your heart to hear what HE has to say. He is faithful and just and if you genuinely ask for Jesus to come to your heart, HE WILL DO SO. "Now you know..."
"Until we know Jesus, God is a mere abstraction, we cannot have faith in Him; but immediately we hear Jesus say— "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father," we have something that is real, and faith is boundless. Faith is the whole man rightly related to God by the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ."