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Saturday, 30 May 2009

Spiritual Sundays



Welcome to Spiritual Sundays where we meet every weekend to share our testimonies, stories, poems, & songs, etc. It is a time to visit with other believers and refresh ourselves. I hope you will go visit other Spiritual Sundays sites by clicking on the Spiritual Sundays button on my sidebar.

Today, I pray you will be encouraged by this devotional from Oswald Chambers' book, "My Utmost for His Highest."

TAKING THE NEXT STEP

"....in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses" 2 Corinthians 6:4

When you have no vision from God, no enthusiasm left in your life, and no one watching and encouraging you, it requires the grace of Almighty God to take the next step in your devotion to Him, in the reading and studying of His Word, in your family life, or in your duty to Him. It takes much more of the grace of God, and a much greater awareness of drawing upon Him, to take that next step, than it does to preach the gospel.

Every Christian must experience the essence of the incarnation by bringing the next step down into flesh-and-blood reality and by working it out with his hands. We lose interest and give up when we have no vision, no encouragement, and no improvement, but only experience our everyday life with its trivial tasks. The thing that really testifies for God and for the people of God in the long run is steady perseverance, even when the work cannot be seen by others. And the only way to live an undefeated life is to live looking to God. Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to discourage you. Never allow yourself to think that some tasks are beneath your dignity or too in significant for you to do, and remind yourself of the example of Christ in John 13: 1-17.

Thank you for stopping by today and I pray you will be filled with joy as you visit all the other participants. The Lord bless you!

13 comments:

  1. A great message. This is a very timely, needed word from God.

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  2. Wonderful advice. Thank you for sharing it with us today.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  3. Amen...Blessings and prayers, andrea

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  4. Thank you for this post -- I needed this tonight. Blessings!

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  5. This was my sister's favorite book. Thanks for sharing...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  6. Great advice....Just blog hopping today and enjoyed reading your blog...I am posting on our Disney trip so hope you will stop by. Also, the June giveaway starts today...all comments left in June will be in the drawing for the "June Card Box"! You will have to go down a few posts to read about the monthly giveaway. Happy Sunday!

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  7. Oswald Chambers is a very deep thinker but I enjoy reading him and sometimes reading it again! Very timely message, thanks!


    Jean

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  8. A wonderful message. It's been years since I've read from this book. Have a beautful week...Kathy

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  9. My former pastor used to quote from his book all the time. I thought it was a very "deep" book!

    Thanks for the advice!

    Katherine

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I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi

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