Month: March 2018

Are You Fresh for Everything?

Oswald ChambersbyOswald Chambers

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” —John 3:3

Sometimes we are fresh and eager to attend a prayer meeting, but do we feel that same freshness for such mundane tasks as polishing shoes?

Being born again by the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, and as surprising as God Himself. We don’t know where it begins— it is hidden away in the depths of our soul. Being born again from above is an enduring, perpetual, and eternal beginning. It provides a freshness all the time in thinking, talking, and living— a continual surprise of the life of God. Staleness is an indication that something in our lives is out of step with God. We say to ourselves, “I have to do this thing or it will never get done.” That is the first sign of staleness. Do we feel fresh this very moment or are we stale, frantically searching our minds for something to do? Freshness is not the result of obedience; it comes from the Holy Spirit. Obedience keeps us “in the light as He is in the light…” (1 John 1:7).

Jealously guard your relationship with God. Jesus prayed “that they may be one just as We are one” — with nothing in between (John 17:22). Keep your whole life continually open to Jesus Christ. Don’t pretend to be open with Him. Are you drawing your life from any source other than God Himself? If you are depending on something else as your source of freshness and strength, you will not realize when His power is gone.

Being born of the Spirit means much more than we usually think. It gives us new vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything through the never-ending supply of the life of God.

by Oswald Chambers

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John Newtonby John Newton

Letters of John Newton

“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My Word.” Isaiah 66:2

Indeed, I believe that the most lively graces, and the most solid comfort–are known among the Lord’s poor and unlearned people. Every outward advantage has a tendency to nourish the pride of the human heart–and requires a proportionate knowledge of the deceitful self and the evil of sin to counter-balance them.

It is no less difficult to have great abilities, than great riches–without trusting in them. 1 Timothy 6:17

If I was qualified to search out the best Christian in the kingdom–I would not expect to find him either in a seminary or in a pulpit. I would give the palm to that person who had the lowest thoughts of himself, and the most admiring and loving thoughts of the Savior. And perhaps this person would be some bed-ridden old man or woman–or a pauper in a parish workhouse.

The Lord’s regard to us, is not to be measured by our theological knowledge–but rather by the simplicity of our dependence, and the uniform tenor of our obedience to His will.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord–and He will lift you up.” James 4:10

by John Newton