Monday, May 5, 2014

Gathering in Christ

Luke 22:55-60
Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter say among them. And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked at him intently and said, “This man was also with Him.” But [Peter] denied Him, saying “Woman, I do not know Him.” And after a little while, another saw him and said, “You also are of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”

Then, after about an hour had passed, another confidentlyt affirmed, saying “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galiiean.” But Peter said, “ Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
It is only the loyal soul who believes that God engineers circumstances…. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, and that is to our LORD. Suddenly God breaks up a particular set of circumstances, the realization comes that we have been disloyal to Him by not recognizing that He had ordered them; we never saw what He was after, and that particular thing will never be repeated all the days of our life. The test of loyalty always comes just there. If we learn to worship God in the trying circumstances, He will alter them in two seconds when He chooses… Loyalty to Christ is the thing we ”stick at” today… Our LORD is dethroned more emphatically by Christian workers than by the world. God is made a machine for blessing men, and Jesus Christ is made a Worker among workers.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 125 (5/5)
From My Utmost for His Highest

This photograph is from a Facebook page by Eric Jonas Swensson called 
Sound Shore Media.

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