Monday Thoughts

"THE OVERMASTERING DIRECTION"

Excerpt from My Utmost For His Highest, Oswald Chambers

"The vision Paul had on the road to Damascus was no passing emotion, but a vision that had very clear and emphatic directions for him, and he says, "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision." Our Lord said, in effect, to Paul–Your whole life is to be overmastered by Me; you are to have no end, no aim, and no purpose but Mine. "I have chosen him." When we are born again we all have visions, if we are spiritual at all, of what Jesus wants us to be, and the great thing is to learn not to be disobedient to the vision, not to say that it cannot be attained. It is not sufficient to know that God has redeemed the world, and to know that the Holy Spirit can make all that Jesus did effectual in me; I must have the basis of a personal relationship to Him. Paul was not given a message or doctrine to proclaim, he was brought into a vivid, personal, overmastering relationship to Jesus Christ. Verse 16 of Acts chapter 26 is immensely commanding, "to make thee a minister and a witness." There is nothing there apart from the personal relationship. Paul was devoted to a Person not to a cause. He was absolutely Jesus Christ's, he saw nothing else, he lived for nothing else. "For I determined to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."

I just love it when the Lord combines, directs, moves things together to solidify a point or a season in our life. This devotional goes exactly on point with what Liz spoke about and the correlation with Paul being in the dark, "slapped by Jesus off his donkey" and moving him into the light of Christ's work and His desires. We are to be His and only His and our purposes are to be from the Lord. We stand for what He stands for, we fight when called upon to fight for what He desires and we move in His arena and offer and understand, "It is not sufficient to know that God has redeemed the world, and to know that the Holy Spirit can make all that Jesus did effectual in me; I must have the basis of a personal relationship to Him." When that happens, then the Lord will put His plans and His work on your heart so that you too, can become the feet of Jesus; the mouthpiece for His Kingdom, a worker extraordinaire! Liz shared some exciting things that are happening in our local Heartbeats for Life organization (our local pregnancy center) and how the statistics are decreasing in the area of local abortions...what a statistic to proclaim!

In January of 2008 I was so moved in our Sanctity of Human life month at VGF that I wrote this poem - it was astounding to see a visual display, that year, of all the many little foot prints representing all the abortions that our country had served over that year. I was moved to tears.  I wrote this (just actually accidentally found it this week - though not the greatest in grammar or punctuation, it came from my heart as a cry to the heavens.  Maybe it will move you, in your own ways to be a part of what Heartbeats for Life is doing in our local area...maybe you take another baby bottle and fill it again; maybe you volunteer to make little treats for their gift shop; maybe you begin the counselor training program...maybe just maybe the Lord will use you to make a difference in even just ONE life as we are all called to be overmastered by the King. Words to live by: Paul was devoted to a Person not to a cause. He was absolutely Jesus Christ's, he saw nothing else, he lived for nothing else. "For I determined to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."

It all began with the words, "let there be" and it was so.  Thus our responsibility to protect and value this life we know. Living, breathing streams of life brought Glory on high, but our careless abusive actions reverberate a defining sigh. Why do we kill each other in wars of worlds and personal strife or murder the innocent gifted by the author of life? Whether it's culture, the physically challenged or the aging face, we have little value for this life we call "the human race." This is the time to come together and reflect on the sanctity of life and shed tears for the unborn who have suffered under the knife. We cry for the war wounds of soldiers who fight for us to be free, for the challenged and the aging who can no longer see. It's hard to imagine a world not running this course of pain, but for those of us who "run this race," there is something to gain...an eternity with honor and the utmost of care because of the suffering, the pain and the cross He had to bear. For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, so that we would be valued and complete when this world is done! It all began with the words, "let there be" and it was so.  Thus our responsibility to protect and value this life we know.  - Marilyn Schouten,  January 2008