Saturday, May 31, 2014

Gathering in Christ

John 11:40
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that, if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?”

Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture heroically on Jesus Christ’s statements when the facts of your common sense life shout, “It’s a lie!”? On the mount, it is easy to say, “Oh yes, I believe God can do it,” but you have to come down into the demon-possessed valley and meet with facts that laugh ironically at the whole of your mount-of-transfiguration belief. Every time my program of belief is clear to my own mind, I come across something that contradicts it. Let me say I believe God will supply all my need, and then let me run dry, with no outlook, and [then] see whether I will go through the trial of faith or whether I will sink back to something lower.

Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict. What is your faith up against just now? The test will either prove that your faith is right, or it will kill it. “Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me.” The final thing is confidence in Jesus (that He will guide and direct my cooperation with Him). Believe steadfastly on Him, and all you come up against will develop your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith, and the last great test is death. May God keep us in fighting trim!  Faith is inutterable trust in God -- trust which never dreams He will not stand by us.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 151 (5/31)
From My Utmost for His Highest

This photograph was taken by Liz Burnell, whose work can be seen on her Facebook page.

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