Day: January 2, 2012

Let Us Keep To The Point

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". . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death" —Philippians 1:20

My Utmost for His Highest. “. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed . . . .” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if Paul were saying, “My determined purpose is to be my utmost for His highest— my best for His glory.” To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or of reasoning. It is absolute and irrevocable surrender of the will at that point. An undue amount of thought and consideration for ourselves is what keeps us from making that decision, although we cover it up with the pretense that it is others we are considering. When we think seriously about what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn’t know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point— He does know. Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only— my utmost for His highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and Him alone.

God Will Be Faithful

The Berean Call 90x115by The Berean Call

F. B. Meyer tells of hearing J. Hudson Taylor preach from Mark 11:22, translating it thus: "Reckon on God’s faithfulness." Today, whatever may be your situation, count on God’s faithfulness. Assume God will be faithful to walk through the hours ahead with you. God guarantees He will be faithful–so we must act on that fact, going forward, putting all our confidence and leaning all our weight on the towering faithfulness of God (Psalm 36:5).

    M. MacMullen, Choice Gleanings 2011

by The Berean Call