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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A State of Contentment

I was thinking about how much I really am like a sheep this morning on my way to work.
"Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love."

It's a foolish thing to think that we are incapable of our hearts wandering......it seems to be that when I go more than 24 hours without reading God's word, it takes a little while, but I can see my heart's striving to be satisfied in everything and anything......except Christ. No wonder I feel discontent when I'm not in the word!!

When I'm thinking about things with a God-centered worldview, I am so much more thankful and hopeful and joyful..........but as soon as I stop running to the means of grace (Bible) I start to grumble and get anxious about everything in my life - My ministry, my relationship, my friendships.....oiy vey....everything seems so hard.

God is so kind to come and get us stupid sheep when we wander off from the safety of the fold.....to turn our hearts back to Him with ease and cause a thirst for the word.

"Today we have substituted credal belief for personal belief, and that is why so many are devoted to causes and so few devoted to Jesus Christ. People do not want to be devoted to Jesus, but only to the cause He started. Jesus Christ is a source of deep offense to the educated mind of today that does not want Him in any other way than as a "Comrade."
Our Lord's first obedience was to the will of His Father, not to the needs of men; the saving of men was the natural outcome of His obedience to the Father. If I am devoted to the cause of humanity only, I will soon be exhausted and come to the place where my love will falter; but if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately, I can serve humanity though men treat me as a door-mat. The secret of a disciple's life is devotion to Jesus Christ, and the characteristic of the life is its unobtrusiveness. It is like a corn of wheat, which falls into the ground and dies, but then it will spring up and alter the whole landscape (John 12:24). "

Oswald Chambers, Ladies and Gentlemen.....brought to you by the grace of God, and the number 7 and the letter J. :)

Back to the Sheperd!!.....He has called, let us run quickly to draw near to Him. Surely, He is the one who protects and provides for us......and loves us with an everlasting love!!
What a Savior........what a Savior.......whew.

In Him By Him ~
Jen2

2 Comments:

At 9/26/2006 1:22 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

"...when I go more than 24 hours without reading God's word, it takes a little while, but I can see my heart's striving to be satisfied in everything and anything......except Christ. No wonder I feel discontent when I'm not in the word!!"

Owie, owie.
So true. Aww, Oats, this was so good to read. Thank you sister!!

 
At 9/26/2006 10:11 PM, Blogger Joanna Martens said...

i love this..

 

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