Consecration of Spitalfields Power

Utmost for his highest
Oswald Chambers

The Consecration of Spiritual Power
. . . by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world -Galatians 6:14
If I dwell on the Cross of Christ, I do not simply become inwardly devout and solely interested in my own holiness- I become strongly focused on Jesus Christ’s interests. Our Lord was not a recluse nor a fanatical holy man practicing self-denial. He did not physically cut Himself off from society, but He was inwardly disconnected all the time. He was not aloof, but He lived in another world. In fact, He was so much in the common everyday world that the religious people of His day accused Him of being a glutton and a drunkard. Yet our Lord never allowed anything to interfere with His consecration of spiritual power. It is not genuine consecration to think that we can refuse to be used of God now in order to store up our spiritual power for later use. That is a hopeless mistake. The Spirit of God has set a great many people free from their sin, yet they are experiencing no fullness in their lives- no true sense of freedom. The kind of religious life we see around the world today is entirely different from the vigorous holiness of the life of Jesus Christ. “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). We are to be in the world but not of it- to be separated internally, not externally (seeJohn 17:16). We must never allow anything to interfere with the consecration of our spiritual power. Consecration (being dedicated to God’s service) is our part; sanctification (being set apart from sin and being made holy) is God’s part. We must make a deliberate determination to be interested only in what God is interested. The way to make that determination, when faced with a perplexing problem, is to ask yourself, “Is this the kind of thing in which Jesus Christ is interested, or is it something in which the spirit that is diametrically opposed to Jesus is interested?”
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I write as a last resort

Sometimes writing is all I have to help me through difficult times. I find myself frustrated, a lot. Trying to appreciate the many blessings bestowed on me and the negativity with which I am surrounded. It’s everywhere and I seem powerless to persuade the masses.

If you are not familiar with my story, here is a brief synopsis. I am 40, have a wonderful 2 yr. old who captures my heart daily. I have ambitions to work in Ministry but those responsible for helping me fulfill these dreams, continually let me down. Those I look towards for comfort, depend on me for positive reassurance.

So I confine my expressions and frustration for writing. Here I can be open, not hold back the feelings I have towards negative people, search and sort my thoughts.

Recently in a Bible study group we discussed the “Why Me” questions. Only the age old question of “why do bad things happen to good people” was turned around. “Why do good things happen to bad people”? It was an interesting play on words. It seems important to this rant, because most of the persons running around with negativity believe they are good people. At least compared to others. However as I continually hear the cries of injustice and self fulfilling expectations, I am starting to realize the power these attitudes possess. Their power doesn’t  just affect me, but everyone it touches. It’s darkness trying to extinguish light. My light has been dimmed by these people and I begrudgingly have to accept my part in this. I am not condemned to spend my time surrounded by the negatives. I do have a choice. The question is, “is it worth  it to try and change attitudes or leave them with their misery”? Do I have a responsibility to help these individuals or am I putting my own self in jeopardy? It’s  a tough call. Is there a right or wrong answer.

I hate denominations

I believe Jesus Christ lived on earth, was the one and only Son of God. Sentenced to death by the very people he came to save. He was a great man, teacher,son and friend. Those who knew him best mourned his passing until the third day. Then all the prophesies written about  in the Old Testament came to fruition. He arose from the dead, was seen and spoke to hundreds of witnesses before ascending into heaven.

He Loves Us. All of Us!!! I can’t seem to wrap my head around all of the other issues that tear churches apart. Why is it people take pride in their particular denomination. Whether Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran…whatever, why are we seperated. A house divided can’t stand. Sometimes I think about what it might be like if Christians regardless of denomination focused on what God is really about. Love. Love for him and the children and world he has created. I am just so fed up with all the resources split up amoung all the churches. As someone trying to enter ministry, I am being asked to give my allegiance to the Church, not to God. Something seems very wrong here, yet it is a common request from most church leaders. I want to be a minister of God, purposely living to deliver the Good News about Jesus Christ. I don’t want to be owned or influenced by pastors who have forgotten the purpose of preaching. If you’re reading this, I sure could use your prayers.

Faithful people are Generous

Subject: Faithful People Are Generous
Nov 12, 2014

Faithful People Are Generous
by Rick Warren

“So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:11-13 CEV)

Faithful people are generous when they don’t have anything to give. Anybody can be generous when they have a surplus. I can be generous with my time when I’ve got a lot of extra time. I can be generous with my money when I’ve got a lot of extra money. I can be generous with my energy when I’ve got extra energy to spend. It’s when I don’t have enough time for me, I don’t have enough energy for me, I don’t have enough money for me, I don’t have enough talent for me that God says, “This is a test. I’m watching you to see if you are faithful. Will you be faithful, and will you trust me?”

Here are five principles in which God will test you and then bless you:

God gives to generous people. Why does God want me to be generous? Because he wants me to be like him.
Obeying God’s vision will bring God’s provision. If you do what God tells you to do, God will bring along the resources you need at the right time. What he’s given you the vision for he will give you the provision for.
When I do all that God tells me to do, he does what I can’t do. God often asks you to do the impossible to stretch your faith. When you give what little you have, God multiples it and makes up for it.
When I have a need, I sow a seed. Whatever you need in your life, sow that as a seed, and it will come back to you.
There’s always a delay between sowing and reaping. There is a season between planting and harvesting. What’s going on in the time delay? It’s a test of your faith.
Will you be faithful to give when you have little? Will you keep on doing the right thing? Will you do what God wants you to do, no matter the cost, and then see what God does?

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In what ways are you generous with your time, money, and talents?
How do you respond to giving something in which you have a shortage?

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This devotional is based on the current Daily Hope radio series at http://www.rickwarren.org.

Rick Warren has helped people live with hope and on purpose for more than 40 years. He’s the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of several books, including “The Purpose Driven Church” and “The Purpose Driven Life,” read by more than 100 million people in 137 languages. He created the PEACE Plan (plant churches of reconciliation, equip servant leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, educate the next generation), which is used by churches in 196 countries. His radio teaching and daily devotional, Daily Hope, is offered across

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Gem from Utmost For His Highest

The Authority of Truth

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you -James 4:8

It is essential that you give people the opportunity to act on the truth of God. The responsibility must be left with the individual- you cannot act for him. It must be his own deliberate act, but the evangelical message should always lead him to action. Refusing to act leaves a person paralyzed, exactly where he was previously. But once he acts, he is never the same. It is the apparent folly of the truth that stands in the way of hundreds who have been convicted by the Spirit of God. Once I press myself into action, I immediately begin to live. Anything less is merely existing. The moments I truly live are the moments when I act with my entire will. When a truth of God is brought home to your soul, never allow it to pass without acting on it internally in your will, not necessarily externally in your physical life. Record it with ink and with blood- work it into your life. The weakest saint who transacts business with Jesus Christ is liberated the second he acts and God’s almighty power is available on his behalf. We come up to the truth of God, confess we are wrong, but go back again. Then we approach it again and turn back, until we finally learn we have no business going back. When we are confronted with such a word of truth from our redeeming Lord, we must move directly to transact business with Him. “Come to Me . . .” (Matthew 11:28). His word come means “to act.” Yet the last thing we want to do is come. But everyone who does come knows that, at that very moment, the supernatural power of the life of God invades him. The dominating power of the world, the flesh, and the devil is now paralyzed; not by your act, but because your act has joined you to God and tapped you in to His redemptive power.

Excerpt from “Utmost for His highest”
Copyright by Oswald Chambers Publishing