Archive for May, 2015

Unquestioned Revelation

May 28th, 2015

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.”






The Life To Know Him

May 27th, 2015

…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.



May 27 2015

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, over the last few days You have been walking us through lessons about waiting and engaging the Holy Spirit to precipitate our conscience acts of surrender, connection and curiosity in our day to day walk with You.  I am not sure we understand, but we do know it is true; our ability to surrender ourselves to You and be connected and curious about how You will respond is directly tied to our prayers and conscience efforts to have the Holy Spirit within us connected to your Spirit. It is clear that we do not need to understand, in fact, we know we cannot understand how Your Holy Spirit works.  We just know that when we have been wholly committed in prayer to seeking You and the power of Your Sprit; our questions no longer need answers, our fears are gone even though our circumstances have not changed at all. This then becomes part and parcel of our efforts to seek surrender, connection and curiosity about how You will engage in our lives.

And God says…”Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Acknowledge Me in all your ways and I will make your paths straight. If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can say to a mountain, “move” and it will move.  You know that My ways are not your ways, and to try and intellectualize Me is futile. It is not about understanding; it is about surrender, connection, curiosity and obedience. You must find Me in your Spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit within you to connect with the Spirit of God. When you are connected to the Spirit of God, you know without knowing, trust without evidence, and believe because it seems the very natural thing to do.  And you are now obedient because you want to be obedient. Seek Me first, and everything else you need will be provided, including the connection of your Spirit with the very Spirit of God that leads you in all things.”

Thinking of Prayer as Jesus Taught

May 26th, 2015

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.


Journal, DJR
Good morning Lord,
This sounds so right … to pray without ceasing, to breath in and breath out prayer all the time. But my rambling mind just seems to run off on it’s own and soon I am far away from what I think would be called praying without ceasing. What’s the best way to proceed? I know I’ll never perfect this on this side of heaven and I’m so glad that you understand that and still accept me. But I do want to get better at it.

You are right. I accept you and I’m glad you want to get better at it. Because when you are breathing prayer in and out is when we are most connected. There are several things to do. Start your days with commitment to live this way. Then arrange some reminders to pull you back from the chaos of the thoughts of the world. Regularly spend some time in the “holy of holies” with me. You will develop a taste for it and it will no longer be work. Trust me on this. Discussion is almost useless. The Holy of Holies and prayer without ceasing must be experienced. So come on in. I’m waiting for you.

The Good or The Best?

May 25th, 2015

If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left. —Genesis 13:9

As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and physically gratifying possibilities will open up before you. These things are yours by right, but if you are living the life of faith you will exercise your right to waive your rights, and let God make your choice for you. God sometimes allows you to get into a place of testing where your own welfare would be the appropriate thing to consider, if you were not living the life of faith. But if you are, you will joyfully waive your right and allow God to make your choice for you. This is the discipline God uses to transform the natural into the spiritual through obedience to His voice.Whenever our right becomes the guiding factor of our lives, it dulls our spiritual insight. The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best. In this passage, it would seem that the wisest thing in the world for Abram to do would be to choose. It was his right, and the people around him would consider him to be a fool for not choosing.Many of us do not continue to grow spiritually because we prefer to choose on the basis of our rights, instead of relying on God to make the choice for us. We have to learn to walk according to the standard which has its eyes focused on God. And God says to us, as He did to Abram, “…walk before Me…” (Genesis 17:1)._________________________________________________________May 25 2015

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, how do we know when we are chasing the good at the expense of the best? When we are waiting on an answer and our wants and/or needs seem to take up all of our consciousness? When I am waiting on Your response Lord, it is very easy for the good to seem like the best because it is so much better than the status quo. How can we know to say NO to what appears to be a good answer to prayer when we should be waiting on the best answer? And when we are in the middle of a test or trial, how can we know that the answers that seem to provide rescue are not really a rescue at all? How can we bypass the good and wait on Your best?

And God says…” My sheep know My voice….and when they are surrendered, connected and curious, they know when I am responding.  When you are focused on Me and not the outcomes to your prayers,  you will know My voice and  My answers to your requests. When you are practiced and accustomed to hearing my voice, you immediately know when I am or am not providing the answers and rescue you require. When you are surrendered, connected and curious, waiting on my answers (Those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.) I will never disappoint you. The answers may not seem to be the answers you were/are waiting for, but you will know when they are from Me. Simply be surrendered, connected and curious, and remember that I am God, My ways are not your ways, and you may not understand how or why I am answering as I do.  Go to your “Holy of Holies”…your place of intimate prayer and connection with Me, and listen for my still small voice. Recall that all things work for good for those that love the Lord. Acknowledge Me in all your ways, do not rely on your own ways and means of securing answers to your prayers, and I will provide the answers you need. I will make your paths straight.”


The Explanation For Our Difficulties

May 22nd, 2015


…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us… —John 17:21

If you are going through a time of isolation, seemingly all alone, read John 17 . It will explain exactly why you are where you are— because Jesus has prayed that you “may be one” with the Father as He is. Are you helping God to answer that prayer, or do you have some other goal for your life? Since you became a disciple, you cannot be as independent as you used to be.God reveals in John 17 that His purpose is not just to answer our prayers, but that through prayer we might come to discern His mind. Yet there is one prayer which God must answer, and that is the prayer of Jesus— “…that they may be one just as We are one…” (John 17:22). Are we as close to Jesus Christ as that?God is not concerned about our plans; He doesn’t ask, “Do you want to go through this loss of a loved one, this difficulty, or this defeat?” No, He allows these things for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding, and more insistent on our own way. The things that happen either make us evil, or they make us more saintly, depending entirely on our relationship with God and its level of intimacy. If we will pray, regarding our own lives, “Your will be done” (Matthew 26:42), then we will be encouraged and comforted by John 17, knowing that our Father is working according to His own wisdom, accomplishing what is best. When we understand God’s purpose, we will not become small-minded and cynical. Jesus prayed nothing less for us than absolute oneness with Himself, just as He was one with the Father. Some of us are far from this oneness; yet God will not leave us alone until we are one with Him— because Jesus prayed, “…that they all may be one….”


May 22 2015

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, thank you for Chamber’s devotional today. It reminded me of the prayer Dave and I frequently pray together…”Please make us men after your own heart….please make us more like Jesus.”  The lines in the first paragraph give me pause…”He allows these things for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding, and more insistent on our own way. The things that happen either make us evil, or they make us more saintly, depending entirely on our relationship with God and its level of intimacy. Are my trials and difficult circumstances making me a better, sweeter, nobler man, or as Chambers asks, are they making me more critical, fault finding and insistent in my own way?

And God says…”When you are in an intimate relationship with Jesus, you are connected to the vine and the vine sends life, love, understanding, knowledge and strength to you.  You know this, and experience it daily; when you are surrendered and connected to Jesus you can remain curious about how God will address your circumstances. Difficult circumstances do not frighten you. You know that ALL THINGS work for the good of those that love the Lord. You know that I am good all the time and all the time I am good.  When you are surrendered and connected, you know that I love you immeasurably and keep my promises. It is only when you want your outcome, and want to arrive at the destination of your own agenda to avoid uncertainty,  hurt, pain or difficulties that you feel disconnected and often feel as if I do not care. But I did not change…and the uncertainty, hurt, pain and difficulties of this life are there to help mold and shape you into a man after my own heart.”

“Trust Me, in all your ways; do not rely on your own ideas of what should happen, or what is fair and not fair. Seek first the kingdom of God, which is Jesus, and everything else you require will be provided.”

Having God’s “Unreasonable” Faith

May 21st, 2015

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.

Taking Possession of Our Own Soul

May 20th, 2015

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 2015

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Good morning Lord.  This seems like another devotional about using our own courage and determination to overcome our own undisciplined nature. I wonder what truth You will show us from this Chambers’ devotional that once again tells us to simply pick ourselves up by the nape of our necks, shake ourselves and just “get on with it”. Doing this he says will result in us …. (as Nike says) just doing it. The trouble he says is that we simply won’t do it: we won’t use our self-discipline, and he says even prayer won’t work. We must just do it.

And God says…”You well know that you can discipline your spirit, mind and body to accomplish many things you previously thought impossible. Like writing a journal and sending out a devotional to a mailing list for almost five years; like writing a book. The issue is not whether or not to “simply do it” it is to simply be connected to Jesus and allow Him to “just do it “through you.  All these tools; courage, determination, self-discipline do not help grapes grow. Being connected to the vine is what creates fruit. Self-discipline, courage, determination are all tools I will use to help make you in My image. And you will become aware of these tools after the fact, much like you should become aware that you have been used to spread the gospel…..after the fact.”

“When you stop being concerned and or even aware of the desired outcomes, you can look back and see that courage, determination, and self-discipline have been used by the Holy Spirit to accomplish My goals through you. And prayer does work; especially prayer to be connected….I will give the Holy Spirit to those that ask… much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Acknowledge Me in all your ways and do not rely on your own understanding, determination, courage, and or self-discipline, and I will make your paths straight.  Seek first the kingdom of God, which is Jesus and I will provide everything else you need, including the courage, determination and self-discipline when and if required. Delight yourself in the Lord and I will give you the desires of your heart. ”

Out of the Wreck I Rise

May 19th, 2015

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,
Thank you for always being there for me. With your grace and forgiveness of course. And also making me “more than a conquerer” Sometimes I sure dont feel like a conquerer, or look like a conquerer. In fact sometimes it feels like and looks like the opposite. What we’ve been learning is that feeling like a loser comes from getting our focus off of the goal, which is connection and relationship with you … and onto “goals” that we have come up with ourselves.

If you are connected with me and actively in relationship with me, you will see thru my eyes and hear thru my ears like I did because I was in that tight a relationship with Father.

So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. John 5:19 NLT

Then you can go thru anything as a conquerer. Even death. Like I did, And Paul and Peter and many martyrs thru the years and even today. I’ve asked them, and none of them said that I failed them. I surely won’t fail you either. I’ll be there for you. Always. We’ll go thru things together, and when you get here, we’ll have a party and you can compare notes with others who’ve gone before.

Living Simply— Yet Focused

May 18th, 2015

Look at the birds of the air….Consider the lilies of the field… —Matthew 6:26, 28

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin”— they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars, and the moon— all of these simply are as well— yet what a ministry and service they render on our behalf! So often we impair God’s designed influence, which He desires to exhibit through us, because of our own conscious efforts to be consistent and useful. Jesus said there is only one way to develop and grow spiritually, and that is through focusing and concentrating on God. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Do not worry about being of use to others; simply believe on Me.” In other words, pay attention to the Source, and out of you “will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). We cannot discover the source of our natural life through common sense and reasoning, and Jesus is teaching here that growth in our spiritual life comes not from focusing directly on it, but from concentrating on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows our circumstances, and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our circumstances, we will grow spiritually— just as “the lilies of the field.”The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and “the lilies of the field”— simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us.If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on Him, and He will make use of you every minute you live— yet you will be unaware, on the conscious level of your life, that you are being used of Him.


May 18 2015

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, this devotional seems like it was written especially for us to reinforce the  most recent lessons you have been providing. If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on Him, and He will make use of you every minute you live— yet you will be unaware, on the conscious level of your life, that you are being used of Him. Lord this sounds like the message You have been giving us for some time; focus and be connected to Jesus, and within the abundant life, You will make use of us. And when You are using us we may not even be aware. Our circumstances may not change or they may remain difficult, we may not know our next steps, but You know and will guide and provide. When we are connected, all we need do is to live in our connection, being immediately unaware of the transformation(s) taking place.


And God says…”When you consciously and unconsciously understand that Jesus paid it all, there is nothing left for you to do except focus on Jesus, be connected, and live out an abundant life. I can and will then use you. And when you are of the most use to My Kingdom, you will not even be aware. When you focus on Jesus, and are connected to Me, you are part of the vine, and the fruit you bear does not manifest because you are doing heavy lifting and/or gritting your teeth so you can demonstrate the right discipline and self-control. You do not need to read your Bible, pray or study to get closer to Me. You add not one iota of justification or sanctification as a result of your self-discipline; your study, prayer and self-discipline. These disciplined actions occur as a result of your connection with Jesus. You can do nothing less. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own ways, means and self-control, and I will provide everything else you need. Acknowledge God in all your ways and I will make your paths straight. Do not worry about anything, but pray about everything, and you will experience a peace that passes all understanding.”

The Habit of Enjoying Adversity

May 14th, 2015

…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._________________________________________________________________ 

May 14 2015

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, the most recent devotionals by Oswald Chambers seem to reflect a pattern of eager self-denial as a trait for demonstrating our membership and growth in the family of God. Chambers seems to be teaching that I must face (and embrace) adversity and difficult times. He says I must eagerly face difficult circumstances. And he says we must immediately obey when placed in adverse circumstances otherwise we grieve the Holy Spirit. Well Lord that does not seem to be the way that I roll. I have studied, obeyed, and prayed that my loved ones and I NOT encounter difficult times. I pray for healing, blessings and prosperity.  And while I understand the scripture in James that says I am not to get out of difficult circumstances too soon … (let them have their perfect result), I look to You for healing, blessings and prosperity. Is that wrong?  I want the abundant life You promised, the plans for good not evil, I want to be able to say to the mountain, jump into the sea and have it happen. Is this wrong?

And God says…”The abundant life becomes clear when you are not moved by your circumstances; good or difficult. When you surrender your life and are connected to Me you are molded in the image of Jesus over time. All things work for your good in this respect, and you are not moved by your changing circumstances, because when you are surrendered and connected to Me you know, really know, deep down that I am good all the time, and I love you beyond measure. When you acknowledge Me in all your ways, and give up your own ideas of healing, blessings, health and prosperity, I can make your paths straight. Seek first the kingdom of God, which is Jesus, and I will meet all your needs. Delight yourself in the Lord and I will give you the desires of your heart. You are not to necessarily embrace difficult times…but when you are surrendered, connected and curious about how I will respond to your needs you are transformed to a level of understanding and faith to supernaturally and joyously let Me be the God of your life.”