Month: September 2019

Living Simply— Yet Focused

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

Look at the birds of the air….Consider the lilies of the field… —Matthew 6:26, 28

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin”— they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars, and the moon— all of these simply are as well— yet what a ministry and service they render on our behalf! So often we impair God’s designed influence, which He desires to exhibit through us, because of our own conscious efforts to be consistent and useful. Jesus said there is only one way to develop and grow spiritually, and that is through focusing and concentrating on God. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Do not worry about being of use to others; simply believe on Me.” In other words, pay attention to the Source, and out of you “will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). We cannot discover the source of our natural life through common sense and reasoning, and Jesus is teaching here that growth in our spiritual life comes not from focusing directly on it, but from concentrating on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows our circumstances, and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our circumstances, we will grow spiritually— just as “the lilies of the field.

The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and “the lilies of the field”— simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us.

If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on Him, and He will make use of you every minute you live— yet you will be unaware, on the conscious level of your life, that you are being used of Him.

by Oswald Chambers

The God Coin

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Messiah asked those who were testing him about paying taxes, “Whose image is on this coin?” They answered, “Caesar’s.” To which He responded, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and render to God the things that are God’s.” In other words, if the coin bears the image of Caesar, then it belongs to Caesar and must be given to him. But Genesis 1:27 says that man bears the image of God. Thus, as a coin is to Caesar – so you are to God. If you bear God’s image, then you rightfully belong to Him, and if you belong to Him, you must render, or give yourself to Him. It’s the only natural and proper thing to do – since we already belong to Him. And beyond that, it reveals that if you don’t give yourself totally and wholly for God, then your life is lived in debt. In fact, your life becomes a stolen property or an illegal substance. That’s why when you do your own thing with your life, it never works out. Something is always wrong. So render unto God today that thing that is God’s – namely you!

Today’s Mission – Today, resist doing your own thing and give yourself totally and wholly to God.

by Jonathan Cahn