Tag: Stubbornness

Getting There (1)

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

Come to Me… —Matthew 11:28

Where sin and sorrow stops, and the song of the saint starts. Do I really want to get there? I can right now. The questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words— “Come to Me.” Our Lord’s words are not, “Do this, or don’t do that,” but— “Come to me.” If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will actually cease from sin, and will find the song of the Lord beginning in my life.

Have you ever come to Jesus? Look at the stubbornness of your heart. You would rather do anything than this one simple childlike thing— “Come to Me.” If you really want to experience ceasing from sin, you must come to Jesus.

Jesus Christ makes Himself the test to determine your genuineness. Look how He used the word come. At the most unexpected moments in your life there is this whisper of the Lord— “Come to Me,” and you are immediately drawn to Him. Personal contact with Jesus changes everything. Be “foolish” enough to come and commit yourself to what He says. The attitude necessary for you to come to Him is one where your will has made the determination to let go of everything and deliberately commit it all to Him.

…and I will give you rest”— that is, “I will sustain you, causing you to stand firm.” He is not saying, “I will put you to bed, hold your hand, and sing you to sleep.” But, in essence, He is saying, “I will get you out of bed— out of your listlessness and exhaustion, and out of your condition of being half dead while you are still alive. I will penetrate you with the spirit of life, and you will be sustained by the perfection of vital activity.” Yet we become so weak and pitiful and talk about “suffering” the will of the Lord! Where is the majestic vitality and the power of the Son of God in that?

by Oswald Chambers

The Good Stubbornness

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

In the Book of Ruth, Naomi tries to convince her Gentile daughters-in-law Orpah and Ruth not to follow her as she returns to Israel. Orpah finally agrees, but Ruth refuses to go. When Naomi realizes that Ruth is steadfast, she lets Ruth come along. ‘Ahmetz’ is the Hebrew word for ‘steadfast.’ ‘Ahmetz’ can also mean stubborn, obstinate, courageous, fortified and hardened.

We know it’s not good to be stubborn in sin and obstinate against God, but it’s very good to be stubborn in love and obstinate for Him. It’s not enough to follow God; you must be ahmetz in your following. Like Ruth, be characterized in your walk by holy ahmetz. Be stubborn in your commitment, and fortified in your hope. Because if you’re not stubborn about what’s good, the enemy will discourage you from entering the blessing God has for you. Ruth obstinately refused to be discouraged. When the enemy sees that you are ahmetz, he too will give up. Be steadfast in faith, unwavering in hope, and stubborn in love. Be an ahmetz believer, and nothing on earth will keep you from the blessings God has in store.

Today’s Mission – Today, obstinately refuse to allow the enemy to discourage you. Be stubborn in your commitment.

by Jonathan Cahn