God doesn’t make us do anything. It is all voluntary. It is our choice.
Have you seen Him? How can you do anything other than obey?
“Jesus never insists on obedience, but when we truly see Him we will instantly obey Him.” ~~ Oswald Chambers
Is Jesus dominating more today than the day before? Is Jesus dominating every interest in my life? Is it happening?
So here is a check list:
- Is Jesus dominating how I go about my work? Do I check with Him before I make decisions about my focus during the day?
- Is Jesus dominating what my family is spending time doing?
- Is Jesus dominating what I do in my spare time? Do I check with Him first?
May I allow Jesus to rule my life, every interest I have.
“Is Jesus Christ more and more dominating every interest of my life?” ~~Oswald Chambers
Are we focused on Jesus?
When Peter was, walking on the water, all was fine. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he started to sink.
Are we focused on Jesus?
“When you are brought face to face with a difficult situation and nothing happens externally, you can still know that freedom and release will be given because of your continued concentration on Jesus Christ.”
We have “to do” lists but when God talks, we need “to stop” lists.
What does God causing a doubt mean? How does He do that? It is the difference between my doing something absent hearing from God versus have heard from God, I am doing something. We must admit that many times we just move ahead without having heard from God. God can and will cause doubt about that at some point. When that happens, the best thing is to stop immediately.
“Whenever God causes a doubt about something, stop it immediately, no matter what it may be. Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God.” ~~Oswald Chambers
What is purity? Practically, what does it mean? One huge aspect is purity in our relationships. Now this is tough but important.
“A practical help in keeping your personal purity unblemished in your relations with other people is to begin to see them as God does. Say to yourself, “That man or that woman is perfect in Christ Jesus! That friend or that relative is perfect in Christ Jesus!” ~~Oswald Chambers
- Purity of Heart and Life (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook) (hisimagenme.wordpress.com)
- A Pleasing Purity (whateverforeveramen.wordpress.com)
Oswald Chambers makes an amazing point. Is my witness about myself or about Jesus?
Goodness and purity should never be traits that draw attention to themselves, but should simply be magnets that draw people to Jesus Christ. If my holiness is not drawing others to Him, it is not the right kind of holiness; it is only an influence which awakens undue emotions and evil desires in people and diverts them from heading in the right direction. A person who is a beautiful saint can be a hindrance in leading people to the Lord by presenting only what Christ has done for him, instead of presenting Jesus Christ Himself. Others will be left with this thought— “What a fine person that man is!” That is not being a true “friend of the bridegroom”— I am increasing all the time; He is not. ~~Oswald Chambers