Friday, August 16, 2013

All Power

Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park

Italian Coast at Monterosso

Niagara Falls

Cathedral Mountain Canada

Bison
Yellowstone National Park

While cleaning bookshelves I came across an old devotional and read this excerpt from  James Hudson Taylor.  He was a British Missionary who spent 51 years in China.  He founded The China Inland Mission and knew a little about God's power.

God Himself is our source of power. . .   
Further, God's power is available power.  We are a supernatural people, born again by a supernatural birth, kept by a supernatural power, sustained on supernatural food, taught by a supernatural Teacher from a supernatural Book.  We are led by a supernatural Captain on right paths to assured victories.  The risen Savior, before he ascended on high, said, "All power is given to Me.  Go therefore. . ."  Matthew 28:20 KJV
We have given too much to method and machinery and to resources, and too little to the true source of power. 
We see evidence all around us of God's power.  
Little glimpses of it put me in awe of Him.  
Standing by Old Faithful,  the majestic Niagara Falls, or the rustic coast of Italy I see the work of His hands and feel I can trust Him to do anything.

Driving in Canada we came upon this view of a stunning mountain and only later found it was called Cathedral Mountain.  Another day driving through Yellowstone National Park we stopped to watch Bison graze and laze in the grass on a sunny afternoon.  They are large and a little intimidating when you're out of the car fumbling with a camera.

He made these things.
His power isn't diminished.
He's not old and tired.

And as Taylor pointed out, He's our source of power.
Whatever your weakness His power is equal to the challenge.
Resisting sin.
Consistency in parenting.
Selflessness in marriage.
Diligence in your work.
An open door to share the good news with someone.
A gift or enabling you need for service.

Whatever it is His power is unlimited, All Power is His.

He wants to share it.
Just ask Him.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  Matthew 7:7



Saturday, August 3, 2013

THE GREATEST THING

The Greatest Thing
by Henry Drummond
Photo © 2013 Kelly Grace


Have you read this little Classic of the Faith?

I first found the little red copy in a Used Bookstore in York, England.  
Even then it was fragile, but after I brought it home to California and my home's central heating and AC, it came apart into three sections.



But, God is gracious and knew I needed to be able to read this book over and over.  
When my mother-in-law passed away I received her copy.  It's in mint condition and able to withstand frequent perusal.

The title comes from the subject matter, 1 Corinthians 13, the famous passage on love.    

In his discourse Drummond points out that all sin falls into two categories:  sins of the body and sins of disposition.  
Ouch!

Verse 4 says, Love suffers long and is kind.
Of this kindness Drummond observes, It includes perhaps more strictly, the self-restraint which refuses to make capital out of others' faults:  the charity which delights not in exposing the weakness of others, but "covers all things"; the sincerity of purpose which endeavors to see things as they are, and rejoices to find them better than suspicion feared or calumny denounced.

Every  day you and I have opportunities to love.  
I don't mean the warm fuzzy love we experience tucking our kids in bed.
I mean the real love of Christ.

The 1 Peter 2:21-23 Love.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

How do you respond when you are treated badly?

We all experience it.

Drummond says, The world is not a playground; it's a schoolroom.  Life is not a holiday; it's an education.  And one eternal lesson for us all is how better we can love.

The test is coming.  
Maybe not today, but it is coming.  
Here is the first text to help you prepare.
2 Corinthians 3:18 
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Make some time to just behold His glory.  
The Holy Spirit will do the rest.