July 17, 2010

Sabbatical

Sabbatical:  a period away from your normal routine - a time to immerse yourself in a different environment, a chance to see your life from a different point of view.

This is what I am doing for one week.  I am immersing my self into my family 24/7 for 7 days.  I am going to take every moment to look at life from their precious eyes and appreciate what God has blessed me with.  However, know that I will be missing each of you and praying for you.  Also, I went ahead and posted this weeks devotions to be sent out each morning.  We will take a break from Genesis and lap up the wise views from Oswald Chambers  - from My Utmost For His Highest.

Please pray that as I am out I hear God more clearly, rest in him deeply and return refreshed, invigorated with much to share about our Lord God Almighty.
Till then, may each of you feel His sun upon your face and know you are cherished.
Candace

THE NOTION OF DIVINE CONTROL

"How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?" Matthew 7:11

Jesus is laying down rules of conduct for those who have His Spirit. By the simple argument of these verses He urges us to keep our minds filled with the notion of God's control behind everything, which means that the disciple must maintain an attitude of perfect trust and an eagerness to ask and to seek.

Notion your mind with the idea that God is there. If once the mind is notioned along that line, then when you are in difficulties it is as easy as breathing to remember - Why, my Father knows all about it! It is not an effort, it comes naturally when perplexities press. Before, you used to go to this person and that, but now the notion of the Divine control is forming so powerfully in you that you go to God about it. Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct for those who have His Spirit, and it works on this principle - God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget, why should I worry?

There are times, says Jesus, when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but trust Him. God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural Father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the notion of the mind of God behind all things strong and growing. Nothing happens in any particular unless God's will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him. Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural. "Ask, and it shall be given you."