Archive for May, 2014

“Yes— But . . .!”

May 30th, 2014

Lord, I will follow You, but . . . —Luke 9:61

Suppose God tells you to do something that is an enormous test of your common sense, totally going against it. What will you do? Will you hold back? If you get into the habit of doing something physically, you will do it every time you are tested until you break the habit through sheer determination. And the same is true spiritually. Again and again you will come right up to what Jesus wants, but every time you will turn back at the true point of testing, until you are determined to abandon yourself to God in total surrender. Yet we tend to say, “Yes, but— suppose I do obey God in this matter, what about . . . ?” Or we say, “Yes, I will obey God if what He asks of me doesn’t go against my common sense, but don’t ask me to take a step in the dark.”Jesus Christ demands the same unrestrained, adventurous spirit in those who have placed their trust in Him that the natural man exhibits. If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will be times when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark. In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold on to or believe through common sense, and leap by faith into what He says. Once you obey, you will immediately find that what He says is as solidly consistent as common sense.By the test of common sense, Jesus Christ’s statements may seem mad, but when you test them by the trial of faith, your findings will fill your spirit with the awesome fact that they are the very words of God. Trust completely in God, and when He brings you to a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it. We act like pagans in a crisis— only one out of an entire crowd is daring enough to invest his faith in the character of God.__________________________________________________________________

May 30, 2014

Journal Entry for Today-JDV


Lord, this devotional is a good one to follow on to our lessons about letting go of our need for rational knowledge of the ways You work. When I say Yes, …But, I am really saying I don’t understand how You are going to provide for me.  I do not understand how You can make it all work out for my good.  (Romans 8:28) I have abandoned faith in favor of my rational understanding and worldly comprehension. Lord, please help me to live in You with abandon, to surrender to You all things, not just the ideas, commitments and tasks that seem rational.  Please help me to trust You with all aspects of my life.  Help me to remain curious about how You will work in my life, not IF You will work in my life. I believe, please help me in my unbelief. 

And God says…”My ways are not your ways. (Isaiah 55:8-11) And because you do not understand My ways, it is essential that you simply place your faith in Me. Trust in Me in all your ways, listen for My voice and follow Me even when it does not make “rational sense”. You have heard people say…”He is so heavenly minded, he is no earthly good?”  Live that way. (Mark 10:15) So that you follow Me because of your faith, not because it makes sense to you or others. Believe that I will repair and restore your relationships, give you the income, job, house, car or whatever else you require. (Philippians 4:19)Sometimes you may think you require “X” only to find that you require something else entirely different.  Just trust me to meet all your needs (Matthew 6:33) , surrender your life and your idea of your requirements and rational ideas to Me and I will make all your paths straight. Seek first the kingdom of God, which is Jesus and everything you need, will provided, even though and sometimes especially when you do not and cannot understand. Just follow Me.”

Untroubled Relationship

May 29th, 2014

In that day you will ask in My name . . . for the Father Himself loves you . . . —John 16:26-27

In that day you will ask in My name . . . ,” that is, in My nature. Not “You will use My name as some magic word,” but—”You will be so intimate with Me that you will be one with Me.” “That day” is not a day in the next life, but a day meant for here and now. “. . . for the Father Himself loves you . . .”— the Father’s love is evidence that our union with Jesus is complete and absolute. Our Lord does not mean that our lives will be free from external difficulties and uncertainties, but that just as He knew the Father’s heart and mind, we too can be lifted by Him into heavenly places through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, so that He can reveal the teachings of God to us.

“. . . whatever you ask the Father in My name . . .” (John 16:23). “That day” is a day of peace and an untroubled relationship between God and His saint. Just as Jesus stood unblemished and pure in the presence of His Father, we too by the mighty power and effectiveness of the baptism of the Holy Spirit can be lifted into that relationship—”. . . that they may be one just as We are one . . .” (John 17:22).

“. . . He will give you” (John 16:23). Jesus said that because of His name God will recognize and respond to our prayers. What a great challenge and invitation—to pray in His name! Through the resurrection and ascension power of Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit He has sent, we can be lifted into such a relationship. Once in that wonderful position, having been placed there by Jesus Christ, we can pray to God in Jesus’ name—in His nature. This is a gift granted to us through the Holy Spirit, and Jesus said, “. . . whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” The sovereign character of Jesus Christ is tested and proved by His own statements.

Journal DJR
Good morning Lord, This describes a place of calm confident faith that I’ve rarely experienced. It seems that my faith is less than what is being described here … or perhaps the relationship isn’t as tight as it needs to be???
Or perhaps I’m judging things on the wrong scale?

Our relationship can always get tighter. That’s the main thing to work on. The main thing I want. You cannot grunt and grow faith. Only seek to know me and walk with me and your faith will grow. Automatically.

So what about when I pray “in Jesus name” and the thing doesn’t happen?

You cannot just tack my name onto prayers and gain the magic powers. In my name means totally engulfed in me … where our thinking and seeing and hearing become one. Prayers from that place get answered. Mainly because they are perfectly in the Father’s will. Walking closely with me purifies your prayer before you even pray it because from there you see as I see. So walk closer with me and watch your prayers become my prayers. And they get answered.

Unquestion Revelation

May 28th, 2014

In that day you will ask Me nothing —John 16:23

When is “that day”? It is when the ascended Lord makes you one with the Father. “In that day” you will be one with the Father just as Jesus is, and He said, “In that day you will ask Me nothing.” Until the resurrection life of Jesus is fully exhibited in you, you have questions about many things. Then after a while you find that all your questions are gone— you don’t seem to have any left to ask. You have come to the point of total reliance on the resurrection life of Jesus, which brings you into complete oneness with the purpose of God. Are you living that life now? If not, why aren’t you?“In that day” there may be any number of things still hidden to your understanding, but they will not come between your heart and God. “In that day you will ask Me nothing”— you will not need to ask, because you will be certain that God will reveal things in accordance with His will. The faith and peace of John 14:1 has become the real attitude of your heart, and there are no more questions to be asked. If anything is a mystery to you and is coming between you and God, never look for the explanation in your mind, but look for it in your spirit, your true inner nature— that is where the problem is. Once your inner spiritual nature is willing to submit to the life of Jesus, your understanding will be perfectly clear, and you will come to the place where there is no distance between the Father and you, His child, because the Lord has made you one. “In that day you will ask Me nothing.”




May 28, 2014

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, one more time You have reminded and directed us to the importance of being connected to You; to the point where our questions about how you work in our lives and our world are no longer important. When we are connected to You we do not need the answers to our rational questions or the questions raised by our senses. Just knowing you are God and that You love us immeasurably is sufficient. We pray to stay curious about how you will deal with our day to day issues, but it is clear that when we are connected to You, we do not need the answers, we simply trust You and know that You are God and will meet all our needs.

And God says…”If our connection is based on faith, then why do my people continue to search for rational reasons and answers that satisfy their rational questions? If you could have all the answers, there would be no need for faith. And know that you must come to Me as a little child, full of faith and unconcerned with the rational. Delight yourself in Me, and I will give you the desires of your heart. Acknowledge Me in all your ways and I will make your paths straight. Seek first the Kingdom of God, which is Jesus, and I will provide everything else you need….and My provision, supply, and support, need not make any sense, it requires no qualification or quid pro quo. You do not have to “qualify” or be “good enough”. Simply trust Me, and know I love you beyond reason, and I offer you my love, forgiveness, power and grace sufficient to meet all your needs this day.”

The Life To Know Him

May 27th, 2014

. . . tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high —Luke 24:49

The disciples had to tarry, staying in Jerusalem until the day of Pentecost, not only for their own preparation but because they had to wait until the Lord was actually glorified. And as soon as He was glorified, what happened? “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear” (Acts 2:33). The statement in John 7:39 — “. . . for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified”— does not pertain to us. The Holy Spirit has been given; the Lord is glorified— our waiting is not dependent on the providence of God, but on our own spiritual fitness.

The Holy Spirit’s influence and power were at work before Pentecost, but He was not here. Once our Lord was glorified in His ascension, the Holy Spirit came into the world, and He has been here ever since. We have to receive the revealed truth that He is here. The attitude of receiving and welcoming the Holy Spirit into our lives is to be the continual attitude of a believer. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive reviving life from our ascended Lord.

It is not the baptism of the Holy Spirit that changes people, but the power of the ascended Christ coming into their lives through the Holy Spirit. We all too often separate things that the New Testament never separates. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not an experience apart from Jesus Christ— it is the evidence of the ascended Christ.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit does not make you think of time or eternity— it is one amazing glorious now. “This is eternal life, that they may know You . . .” (John 17:3). Begin to know Him now, and never finish.

(Rockin’ Music Alternative)

Journal DJR
Good Morning Lord,
Thank you for the lesson of yesterday and today. These two correlate with a song that got my attention in church Sunday. It was written by St Francis of Assisi in 1225. That in itself signaled me that perhaps you are putting things together to add up to “a message for me” That seems to be one of the ways that I hear your voice…. When several inputs all say the same thing. or at least related. The reference to brother sun, sister moon, Mother Earth, sister water, brother fire, etc was encouraging. Encouraging to see that for at least 900 years there has been at least a portion of your family that choose to see you in ALL of your creation and not relegate you to just the spiritual unseen realm. I’m happy to be counted with St Francis in looking at your Creation and expecting to find you in it. And I expect that you will show me how you see those who discover the systems of your creation… without necessarily finding “you” in the process and how I am to relate to that whole concept. Worshipping the Creation and missing the Creator.

That is a legitimate concern and I have plans for all. … But realize that “missing the Creator” can happen in any arena. Including Sunday Mornings. You can get wrapped up and stressed out in any environment and miss the most important part. Like Martha did when Mary zeroed in and focused. For now that is what I will leave you with … zero in and focus on me. You can’t go wrong with that. As the devo ended today….

it is one amazing glorious now. “This is eternal life, that they may know You . . .” (John 17:3). Begin to know Him now, and never finish.

Here’s the whole text to the St Francis song from 1225 AD.

1 All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
O brother sun with golden beam,
O sister moon with silver gleam,
sing praises! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
2 O brother wind with clouds and rain,
you nurture gifts of fruit and grain.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
O sister water, flowing clear,
make music for your Lord to hear.
Sing praises! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
3 O brother fire, so warm and bright,
chase off the shadows of the night.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfolds such blessings on our way,
sing praises! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
4 All who for love of God forgive,
all who in pain or sorrow grieve,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ bears your burdens and your fears;
so, even in the midst of tears,
sing praises! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
5 And you, most gentle sister death,
waiting to hush our final breath:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Since Christ our light has pierced your gloom,
fair is the night that leads us home.
Sing praises! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
6 O sisters, brothers, take your part,
and worship God with humble heart.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
All creatures, bless the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit, Three in One!
Sing praises! Alleluia!

Thinking of Prayer as Jesus Taught

May 26th, 2014

Pray without ceasing . . . —1 Thessalonians 5:17

Our thinking about prayer, whether right or wrong, is based on our own mental conception of it. The correct concept is to think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts. Our blood flows and our breathing continues “without ceasing”; we are not even conscious of it, but it never stops. And we are not always conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect oneness with God, but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life of the saint. Beware of anything that stops the offering up of prayer. “Pray without ceasing . . .”— maintain the childlike habit of offering up prayer in your heart to God all the time. Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer. He had the unlimited certainty of knowing that prayer is always answered. Do we have through the Spirit of God that inexpressible certainty that Jesus had about prayer, or do we think of the times when it seemed that God did not answer our prayer? Jesus said, “. . . everyone who asks receives . . .” (Matthew 7:8). Yet we say, “But . . . , but . . . .” God answers prayer in the best way— not just sometimes, but every time. However, the evidence of the answer in the area we want it may not always immediately follow. Do we expect God to answer prayer?The danger we have is that we want to water down what Jesus said to make it mean something that aligns with our common sense. But if it were only common sense, what He said would not even be worthwhile. The things Jesus taught about prayer are supernatural truths He reveals to us.




May 26 2014

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, as the song says…has anyone here seen your power? Has anyone here been brought through the fire? And Yes God I have.  Thank you for the reminder today of the power of prayer and the power of remembering how You brought me though in the past.  Thank You for Your love, power and grace and for reminding me once again that You are faithful.

And God says…”I love you so much that I gave you my only Son. Would I not likewise give you every good thing?  Even when you think I am not there because I do not move and act the same way as you, I am always there for you;  all you must do is seek Me; acknowledge Me, and trust Me to do what I have been doing since the beginning of time; loving you, and seeking a relationship with you.  When do you seek Me the most, when do you reach out and up to Me? Seek Me first and everything else you need will be provided. Acknowledge Me in all your ways, do not rely on your own understanding and I will make your paths straight. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Having God’s “Unreasonable” Faith

May 21st, 2014

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you —Matthew 6:33

When we look at these words of Jesus, we immediately find them to be the most revolutionary that human ears have ever heard. “. . . seek first the kingdom of God . . . .” Even the most spiritually-minded of us argue the exact opposite, saying, “But I must live; I must make a certain amount of money; I must be clothed; I must be fed.” The great concern of our lives is not the kingdom of God but how we are going to take care of ourselves to live. Jesus reversed the order by telling us to get the right relationship with God first, maintaining it as the primary concern of our lives, and never to place our concern on taking care of the other things of life.

“. . . do not worry about your life. . .” (Matthew 6:25). Our Lord pointed out that from His standpoint it is absolutely unreasonable for us to be anxious, worrying about how we will live. Jesus did not say that the person who takes no thought for anything in his life is blessed— no, that person is a fool. But Jesus did teach that His disciple must make his relationship with God the dominating focus of his life, and to be cautiously carefree about everything else in comparison to that. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Don’t make food and drink the controlling factor of your life, but be focused absolutely on God.” Some people are careless about what they eat and drink, and they suffer for it; they are careless about what they wear, having no business looking the way they do; they are careless with their earthly matters, and God holds them responsible. Jesus is saying that the greatest concern of life is to place our relationship with God first, and everything else second.

It is one of the most difficult, yet critical, disciplines of the Christian life to allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into absolute harmony with the teaching of Jesus in these verses.



Journal DJR
Good morning Lord.
It doesn’t seem to us like you set up your kingdom to according to a quid pro quo or vending machine metaphor …. if we do x, then you give y. But this verse kind of sounds that way.

What is my kingdom and how is it accessed? My kingdom is me. I am all in all. Access is thru Jesus. Total immersion in Him is total immersion in my kingdom. So it’s not quid quo pro, but those benefits do just happen when you seek me and my kingdom first. You are entering a different world and must come with a different mindset when you enter my kingdom. If you are still standing on the outside, looking in, evaluating, trying to understand and decide…… then it will indeed look like quid quo pro. But once you jump in. Then you will understand. So jump. I promise. It will be good.

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Taking Possession of Our Own Soul

May 20th, 2014

By your patience possess your souls —Luke 21:19

When a person is born again, there is a period of time when he does not have the same vitality in his thinking or reasoning that he previously had. We must learn to express this new life within us, which comes by forming the mind of Christ (see Philippians 2:5). Luke 21:19 means that we take possession of our souls through patience. But many of us prefer to stay at the entrance to the Christian life, instead of going on to create and build our soul in accordance with the new life God has placed within us. We fail because we are ignorant of the way God has made us, and we blame things on the devil that are actually the result of our own undisciplined natures. Just think what we could be when we are awakened to the truth!There are certain things in life that we need not pray about— moods, for instance. We will never get rid of moodiness by praying, but we will by kicking it out of our lives. Moods nearly always are rooted in some physical circumstance, not in our true inner self. It is a continual struggle not to listen to the moods which arise as a result of our physical condition, but we must never submit to them for a second. We have to pick ourselves up by the back of the neck and shake ourselves; then we will find that we can do what we believed we were unable to do. The problem that most of us are cursed with is simply that we won’t. The Christian life is one of spiritual courage and determination lived out in our flesh.______________________________________________________________________
May 20, 2014

Journal Entry for Today-JDV 

Lord, once again I read Chambers’ devotional and it reads like one of the many devotionals and sermons of the early  20th Century or one of the conservative sermons I have heard over and over and over; just grit your teeth pull yourself up from your bootstraps and become a better Christian. Great advice, it was great advice the first time I heard it 300 sermons ago.  But how do we live it out? How do we really pull ourselves up, and add the spiritual courage and determination that Chambers talks about?

I used this song because it seems to me the gritting of teeth and acts of will and determination have never really worked and you have been teaching us that the only way to live it out is to be intimately connected to You and Your love.


And God said…”The song says it well; all I ever wanted was your love.  I did not want a productive Adam in the garden; I simply wanted a relationship with him. I did not want to give you 10 rules for living, which was their idea, I wanted a relationship. I do not want your self will regardless of its morality.  I want you. I want you connected to Me in a way that allows your weakness and surrender to be converted into my strength….daily. It is good to think about your Christian courage and determination, but that can only truly arise out of your daily surrender and our intimate relationship. Trust in Me in all your ways and do not rely on your own understanding or actions, and I will make your paths straight.”


Out of the Wreck I Rise

May 19th, 2014

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? —Romans 8:35

God does not keep His child immune from trouble; He promises, “I will be with him in trouble . . .” (Psalm 91:15). It doesn’t matter how real or intense the adversities may be; nothing can ever separate him from his relationship to God. “In all these things we are more than conquerors . . .” (Romans 8:37). Paul was not referring here to imaginary things, but to things that are dangerously real. And he said we are “super-victors” in the midst of them, not because of our own ingenuity, nor because of our courage, but because none of them affects our essential relationship with God in Jesus Christ. I feel sorry for the Christian who doesn’t have something in the circumstances of his life that he wishes were not there.

“Shall tribulation . . . ?” Tribulation is never a grand, highly welcomed event; but whatever it may be— whether exhausting, irritating, or simply causing some weakness— it is not able to “separate us from the love of Christ.” Never allow tribulations or the “cares of this world” to separate you from remembering that God loves you (Matthew 13:22).

“Shall . . . distress . . . ?” Can God’s love continue to hold fast, even when everyone and everything around us seems to be saying that His love is a lie, and that there is no such thing as justice?

“Shall . . . famine . . . ?” Can we not only believe in the love of God but also be “more than conquerors,” even while we are being starved?

Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver, having deceived even Paul, or else some extraordinary thing happens to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against him. Logic is silenced in the face of each of these things which come against him. Only one thing can account for it— the love of God in Christ Jesus. “Out of the wreck I rise” every time.


Journal DJR
Good Morning Lord,
These words focus today’s lesson for me.

some extraordinary thing happens to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against him. Logic is silenced in the face of each of these things which come against him.

That “extraordinary thing” which happens seems to be when we begin to see with your eyes, Like you did in John 5:19 … “only did what you saw the Father doing…. And think with your thoughts, which are higher and different … in a whole different category with different rules of logic.

Isaiah 55:8-9
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Lord, I want to peek into your world and see over your shoulder and walk in these ways more regularly. And can I get there “sooner” … sooner than after having exhausted all my human rationality and will power options.

It’s a good goal. There will always be some things reserved for when you get completely here. But I want to share much more of my life and power and love with you than you have been receiving. My Love is the connection that transforms your stressed out thinking to living on that higher plane where you really do “count it all joy” You have the tools. They will work if you pick them up and use them Acceptance, (without complaint) Curiosity, Expectation, and a firm Connection as we walk together.

Yes, Lord. I believe all that …. Now help me in my unbelief.

OK I will. You just keep coming and I’ll keep delivering my part.

Thanks, I love you.

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The Habit of Rising to the Occasion

May 15th, 2014

. . . that you may know what is the hope of His calling . . . —Ephesians 1:18

Remember that you have been saved so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in your body (see 2 Corinthians 4:10). Direct the total energy of your powers so that you may achieve everything your election as a child of God provides; rise every time to whatever occasion may come your way.

You did not do anything to achieve your salvation, but you must do something to exhibit it. You must “work out your own salvation” which God has worked in you already (Philippians 2:12). Are your speech, your thinking, and your emotions evidence that you are working it “out”? If you are still the same miserable, grouchy person, set on having your own way, then it is a lie to say that God has saved and sanctified you.

God is the Master Designer, and He allows adversities into your life to see if you can jump over them properly—”By my God I can leap over a wall” (Psalm 18:29). God will never shield you from the requirements of being His son or daughter. First Peter 4:12 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you . . . .” Rise to the occasion—do what the trial demands of you. It does not matter how much it hurts as long as it gives God the opportunity to manifest the life of Jesus in your body.

May God not find complaints in us anymore, but spiritual vitality—a readiness to face anything He brings our way. The only proper goal of life is that we manifest the Son of God; and when this occurs, all of our dictating of our demands to God disappears. Our Lord never dictated demands to His Father, and neither are we to make demands on God. We are here to submit to His will so that He may work through us what He wants. Once we realize this, He will make us broken bread and poured-out wine with which to feed and nourish others.



May 15, 2014

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, thank you for the lesson about roadblocks and trials again. It seems that You bring this lesson to me over and over and over again. Perhaps I do not need everything to go smoothly and without difficulty in order to find peace and happiness. Today we learned that staying curious inside the trial, curious about how and what You will do to allow us to live the abundant life can be a good place to reside….even if the trial remains.

And God says…”Trust in Me in all your ways and do not rely on your own understanding and I will make your paths straight.  Do not interpret your circumstances and occasional difficulties as indicators of being abandoned by Me. Your difficulties in this life can be life lessons, processes that strengthen your heart, mind and soul. Trust in Me, seek first the kingdom of God, and allow Me to provide everything else you need. Delight yourself in the Lord and I will give you the desires of your heart. When you see difficulties, roadblocks, and challenges do not think first about how to avoid them and or have them removed; rather think ….”I wonder how God will use this circumstance for His glory and my growth as He provides all that I will ever need. Remember that I love you so much, I gave you my Son.  With this example you must realize I will not withhold any other good thing from you”.

The Habit of Enjoying Adversity

May 14th, 2014

. . . that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body —2 Corinthians 4:10

We have to develop godly habits to express what God’s grace has done in us. It is not just a question of being saved from hell, but of being saved so that “the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” And it is adversity that makes us exhibit His life in our mortal flesh. Is my life exhibiting the essence of the sweetness of the Son of God, or just the basic irritation of “myself” that I would have apart from Him? The only thing that will enable me to enjoy adversity is the acute sense of eagerness of allowing the life of the Son of God to evidence itself in me. No matter how difficult something may be, I must say, “Lord, I am delighted to obey You in this.” Instantly, the Son of God will move to the forefront of my life, and will manifest in my body that which glorifies Him.

You must not debate. The moment you obey the light of God, His Son shines through you in that very adversity; but if you debate with God, you grieve His Spirit (see Ephesians 4:30). You must keep yourself in the proper condition to allow the life of the Son of God to be manifested in you, and you cannot keep yourself fit if you give way to self-pity. Our circumstances are the means God uses to exhibit just how wonderfully perfect and extraordinarily pure His Son is. Discovering a new way of manifesting the Son of God should make our heart beat with renewed excitement. It is one thing to choose adversity, and quite another to enter into adversity through the orchestrating of our circumstances by God’s sovereignty. And if God puts you into adversity, He is adequately sufficient to “supply all your need” (Philippians 4:19).

Keep your soul properly conditioned to manifest the life of the Son of God. Never live on your memories of past experiences, but let the Word of God always be living and active in you.


Journal DJR
Good morning Lord. I’m glad Mr Chambers put in the part about not choosing adversity but rather being in a state ready to go thru anything by keeping our connection clear and your life flowing and empowering us.

And if God puts you into adversity, He is adequately sufficient to “supply all your need” (Philippians 4:19).

Chambers said no debating. It seems like David did some debating and complaining in the Psalms and a lot of your guys did some complaining……..

True. They were human and I allowed the whole thing to be recorded. So you can learn from their experiences without having to make all the mistakes yourself. You will notice that the complaining didn’t help them. It usually made things worse. The debating can be a part of a good relationship. We get to know each other that way. Just remember that I’m God and you’re not. And that I love you and want the best for you. This will lead to some good skills. Like surrendering quickly. Go ahead and make your case. I’ll make mine and you’ll see my wisdom and love …… Then we can go on to the next subject.