Faith is our personal confidence in a God whose character we know, but whose ways we cannot trace by common sense. Faith is the practical out-working in our life of implicit, determined confidence in God. Common sense is mathematical; faith is not mathematical, faith works on illogical lines. Jesus Christ places the strongest emphasis on faith, and especially on the faith that has been tried. ~ Oswald Chambers
Monday February 2, 2015
We begin February at our friends’ house. We have $2.88 in our checking account, we’ve scrounged up all the change we could find in the van and from my coin purse to use for milk and the van gas gauge is almost at empty. Isabella has $20 that she has told us we could use, we’re going to have to take her up on that to put gas in the van in order to get back and forth to school.
Strangely, there is no discouragement or anger at God’s apparent lack of action. We keep receiving encouragement from the Bible, sermons and people we haven’t talked to or seen in forever. They tell us that God is faithful and that he will keep his word. What he speaks, he performs. We have been finding examples in the Bible, and in modern faith journeys, that are proof of it and have been using them to encourage ourselves.
So many of the words being spoken at church recently have felt like they’ve been specifically for us. Having been pastor’s kids we are familiar with people saying this when they have first begun a relationship with the Lord, but neither of us had experienced it. We’ve heard messages that we thought were really good or that we’ve learned something new from, but I can’t remember a time when it was as if all of our conversations were being recorded and then on Sunday all of our questions and concerns were being addressed. There have been many times when we have found a passage in the Bible that has given us hope or encouraged us and we have somewhat written it off because, well, it was actually written to the Israelis thousands of years ago, right? Pastor Jeff has been talking about the Bible being alive, that as God speaks his breath brings forth his word and since his breath is life his word is alive. If you come across a portion of the Bible that speaks to you, that creates a spark in your spirit, it’s for you. It doesn’t matter if it was written 5,000 years ago to people who have long since died, if it sparks life in your spirit it is God’s word being spoken to you for right now.
Tuesday February 3, 2015
“The people who are always desperately active are a nuisance; it is through the saints who are one with HIM that God is doing things all the time. The broken and the jaded and the twisted are being ministered to by God through the saints who are not overcome by their own panic, who because of their oneness with HIM are absolutely at rest, consequently he can work through them. A sanctified saint remains perfectly confident in God, because sanctification is not something the Lord gives me, sanctification is himself in me. A sanctified saint is at leisure from himself and his own affairs, confident that God is bringing all things out well.” ~Oswald Chambers
“The great stumbling block that prevents some people from being simple disciples of Jesus is that they are gifted-so gifted that they won’t trust in the Lord with all their hearts.” ~Oswald Chambers
“You cannot have faith in anyone you have forgotten. It is not God’s promises we need, it is himself. ‘His presence is salvation.’ once that presence comes, all the inner forces of hope are rallied at once.” ~ Oswald Chambers
Wednesday February 4, 2015
I was praying about our needs this morning before I got out of bed. All of our bills are due and there is still no money to pay them. We received a $50 Visa card in the mail and needed to use it for for food and medicine/cough drops for me and Bella. We have just enough left over to put gas in the van for the week. I was going over all of this in my head, reminding the Lord that these bills were due and that we need money to pay them. I picked up my phone to read my Bible and the verse of the day on the Bible app was this: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will Guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Even after hearing Pastor Jeff speak about God’s word being alive I wanted to brush this off as happenstance, but I can’t. If I really believe that God’s word is alive and powerful, then I need to really believe that he can use a silly Bible app verse of the day to speak to me and give me encouragement. I can’t take it lightly that a verse like this would show up when I needed this specific kind of encouragement.
Thursday February 5, 2015
“No matter what revelations God has made to you, there will be destitution so far as the physical apprehension of things is concerned-God gives you a revelation that He will provide, then He provides nothing and you begin to realize that there is a famine of food, or of clothes, or of money, and your common sense says, “Abandon your faith in God.” do it at your peril. Watch where destitution comes. If it comes on the heels of a quiet confidence in God, then thank Him for it.” ~Oswald Chambers
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see no; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”