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loving provision.

from my daily sanctuary:
i must admit, i am more confident that You love me when i see enough money coming in to pay the bills each month, when the basement does not leak every time it rains, when the doctor’s report is good. it’s not hard to be convinced of Your love when all the vital signs are stable.
i am of my generation. but i am of Your generation too. i sit on a grassy knoll in the remote plains of the decapolis. i have come to hear You teach, yes, but i am also here to see the signs. signs are important for belief. otherwise, how will i know for sure?
You don’t disappoint me. it’s been three days since my last meal. my stomach is empty. the breadbaskets are empty, and it’s a long way to the nearest bakery. now would be a good time to recieve a sign, Lord. i need bread. i shoot a one-minute prayer arrow straight to heaven: “help needed, Lord, send the bread like You did for moses and the people of israel. manna from heaven. good for the body. good for the soul. good for my faith.”
You send the love sign, stroll through the crowd producing bread as though You’d been elbow deep in yeast since two this morning. i fill my plate. stuff my pockets. take some extra just in case. there’s plenty for all. Your love is lavish.
i feel hugged by heaven. reaffirmed by the sign. renewed in conference that You do love me and remember me when i am sitting far away from the bakery, without any bread. “what a God of love!” i write in my journal. i am comfortably satisfied and strong in faith.

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immediate freedom.

from today’s passage in oswald chambers’ my utmost for His highest:
have I been with you so long, yet you have not known Me, philip? // john 14:9
philip expected the future revelation of a tremendous mystery, but not in Jesus, the person he thought he already knew. the mystery of God is not in what is going to be – it is now, though we look for it to be revealed in the future in some overwhelming, momentous event…
let your heart not be troubled – am i then hurting Jesus by allowing my heart to be troubled? if i believe in Jesus and His attributes, am i living up to my belief? am i allowing anything to disturb my heart, or am i allowing questions to come in which are unsound and unbalanced? i have to get to the point of the absolute and unquestionable relationship that takes everything exactly as it comes from Him. God never guides us at some time in the future, but always here and now. realize that the Lord is here now, and the freedom you receive is immediate.

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the unrelieved quest.

from today’s passage in oswald chambers’ my utmost for His highest:

feed My sheep. // john 21:17
this is love in the making. the love of God is tin-made, it is God’s nature. when we receive the Holy Spirit, He unites us with God so that His love is manifested in us. when the soul is united to God by the indwelling Holy Spirit, that is not the end; the end is that we may be one with the Father as Jesus was. what kind of oneness had Jesus Christ with the Father? such a oneness that the Father sent Him down here to be spent for us, and He says – “as the Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.”
peter realizes now with the revelation of the Lord’s hurting question that he does love Him; then comes the point – “spend it out.” don’t testify how much you love Me, don’t profess about the marvellous revelation you have had, but – “feed My sheep.” and Jesus has some extraordinarily funny sheep, some bedraggled, dirty sheep, some awkward, butting sheep, some sheep that have gone astray! it is impossible to weary God’s love, and it is impossible to weary that love in me if it springs from the one center. the love of God pays no attention to the distinctions made by natural individuality. if i love my Lord i have no business to be guided by natural temperament; i have to feed His sheep. there is no relief and no release from this commission. beware of counterfeiting the love of God by working along the line of natural human sympathy, because that will end in blaspheming the love of God.

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a rainbow in the cloud.

from today’s passage in oswald chambers’ my utmost for His highest:

i set My rainbow in the cloud; and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. // genesis 9:13

it is the will of God that human beings should get into a right-standing relationship with Him, and His covenants are designed for this purpose. why doesn’t God save me? He has accomplished and provided for my salvation, but i have not yet entered into a relationship with Him. why doesn’t God do everything we ask? He has done it. the point is – will i step into that covenant relationship? all the great blessings of God are finished and complete, but they are not mine until i enter into a relationship with Him on the basis of His covenant.
waiting for God to act is fleshly unbelief. it means that i have no faith in Him. i wait for Him to do something in me so that i may trust in that. but God won’t do it, because that is not the basis of the God-and-man relationship. man must go beyond the physical body and feelings in his covenant with God, just as God goes beyond Himself in reaching out with His covenant to man. it is a question of faith in God – a very rare thing. we only have faith in our feelings. i don’t believe God until He puts something tangible in my hand, so that i know i have it. then i say, “now i believe.” there is no faith exhibited in that. God says, “look to me, and be saved…” [isaiah 45:22]
when i have really transacted business with God on the basis of His covenant, letting everything else go, there is no sense of personal achievement – no human ingredient in it at all. instead, there is a complete overwhelming sense of being brought into union with God, and my life is transformed and radiates peace and joy.

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