Month: March 2019

Can a Saint Falsely Accuse God?

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen… —2 Corinthians 1:20

Jesus’ parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25:14-30 was a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacities. This parable has nothing to do with natural gifts and abilities, but relates to the gift of the Holy Spirit as He was first given at Pentecost. We must never measure our spiritual capacity on the basis of our education or our intellect; our capacity in spiritual things is measured on the basis of the promises of God. If we get less than God wants us to have, we will falsely accuse Him as the servant falsely accused his master when he said, “You expect more of me than you gave me the power to do. You demand too much of me, and I cannot stand true to you here where you have placed me.” When it is a question of God’s Almighty Spirit, never say, “I can’t.” Never allow the limitation of your own natural ability to enter into the matter. If we have received the Holy Spirit, God expects the work of the Holy Spirit to be exhibited in us.

The servant justified himself, while condemning his lord on every point, as if to say, “Your demand on me is way out of proportion to what you gave to me.” Have we been falsely accusing God by daring to worry after He has said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”? (Matthew 6:33). Worrying means exactly what this servant implied— “I know your intent is to leave me unprotected and vulnerable.” A person who is lazy in the natural realm is always critical, saying, “I haven’t had a decent chance,” and someone who is lazy in the spiritual realm is critical of God. Lazy people always strike out at others in an independent way.

Never forget that our capacity and capability in spiritual matters is measured by, and based on, the promises of God. Is God able to fulfill His promises? Our answer depends on whether or not we have received the Holy Spirit.

by Oswald Chambers

He Led You In The Wilderness

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

We often think of being in the wilderness as a place of being stuck, like being in a holding pattern. But in Deuteronomy 8, Moses tells the Israelites “You shall remember all the ways the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness.” Two key words: ‘wilderness’ and ‘led,’ or ‘He led you.’ The wilderness was not really a holding pattern or a place to get stuck in. The wilderness was the place God led them. If you feel you’re in a wilderness period in your life or your walk, don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re stuck. You’re not stuck at all. In fact, the Israelites moved more when they were in the wilderness than when they were outside it. In the wilderness, God will lead you too, even in ways you could never have known outside of it. So whether you’re in the wilderness or not, seek the Lord today, to lead you, to move you forward, to teach you, and to bring you to higher ground. He will. And you too “shall remember how the Lord led you in the wilderness.”

Today’s Mission – Today, don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re stuck. Seek the Lord to lead you forward to higher ground.

by Jonathan Cahn