January 3, 2010

Words

I hope you all enjoy this devotion by Oswald Chambers; it started me thinking about how God created everything with his powerful words. We are created in His image, both male and female. We were created to utilize our words for good: for relationship, for understanding, for helping, for warning, for asking, for thanking, for blessing. We were created first for a relationship with God himself and then to show that relationship to others as we interact within a relationship - no matter how superficial or deep it may be.


I pray that we widen the scope of our view in our environments, that we see everyone around us and pray about how God might want us to reflect the things we know whether it be in word or deed.

My love to you all, in Christ
Candace


Clouds and Darkness


Clouds and darkness surround Him . . . —Psalm 97:2

A person who has not been born again by the Spirit of God will tell you that the teachings of Jesus are simple. But when he is baptized by the Holy Spirit, he finds that "clouds and darkness surround Him . . . ." When we come into close contact with the teachings of Jesus Christ we have our first realization of this. The only possible way to have full understanding of the teachings of Jesus is through the light of the Spirit of God shining inside us. If we have never had the experience of taking our casual, religious shoes off our casual, religious feet— getting rid of all the excessive informality with which we approach God— it is questionable whether we have ever stood in His presence. The people who are flippant and disrespectful in their approach to God are those who have never been introduced to Jesus Christ. Only after the amazing delight and liberty of realizing what Jesus Christ does, comes the impenetrable "darkness" of realizing who He is.

Jesus said, "The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). Once, the Bible was just so many words to us — "clouds and darkness"— then, suddenly, the words become spirit and life because Jesus re-speaks them to us when our circumstances make the words new. That is the way God speaks to us; not by visions and dreams, but by words. When a man gets to God, it is by the most simple way— words.
By Oswald Chambers