MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST

“My Rainbow in the Cloud”

I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.  Genesis 9:13

It is the will of God that human beings should get into a right-standing relationship with Him, and His covenants are designed for this purpose. Why doesn’t God save me? He has accomplished and provided for my salvation, but I have not yet entered into a relationship with Him. Why doesn’t God do everything we ask? He has done it. The point is— will I step into that covenant relationship? All the great blessings of God are finished and complete, but they are not mine until I enter into a relationship with Him on the basis of His covenant.

Waiting for God to act is fleshly unbelief. It means that I have no faith in Him. I wait for Him to do something in me so I may trust in that. But God won’t do it, because that is not the basis of the God-and-man relationship. Man must go beyond the physical body and feelings in his covenant with God, just as God goes beyond Himself in reaching out with His covenant to man. It is a question of faith in God— a very rare thing. We only have faith in our feelings. I don’t believe God until He puts something tangible in my hand, so that I know I have it. Then I say, “Now I believe.” There is no faith exhibited in that. God says, “Look to Me, and be saved…” (Isaiah 45:22).

When I have really transacted business with God on the basis of His covenant, letting everything else go, there is no sense of personal achievement— no human ingredient in it at all. Instead, there is a complete overwhelming sense of being brought into union with God, and my life is transformed and radiates peace and joy. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Daniel 3-4; 1 John 5

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December 6 | Bible in a Year: Daniel 3-4; 1 John 5

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Gifts from Above

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23

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According to an old story, a man named Nicholas (born in ad 270) heard about a father who was so poor that he couldn’t feed his three daughters, much less provide for their future marriages. Wanting to assist the father, but hoping to keep his help a secret, Nicholas threw a bag of gold through an open window, which landed in a sock or shoe drying on the hearth. That man was known as St. Nicholas, who later became the inspiration for Santa Claus.

When I heard that story of a gift coming down from above, I thought of God the Father, who out of love and compassion sent to earth the greatest gift, His Son, through a miraculous birth. According to Matthew’s gospel, Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy that a virgin would conceive and give birth to a son whom they would call Immanuel, meaning “God with us” (1:23).

As lovely as Nicholas’s gift was, how much more amazing is the gift of Jesus. He left heaven to become a man, died and rose again, and is God living with us. He brings us comfort when we’re hurting and sad; He encourages us when we feel downhearted; He reveals the truth to us when we might be deceived.

By Amy Boucher Pye

REFLECT & PRAY

Jesus, thank You for the way You left Your Father to be born in humble circumstances. May I never take for granted Your presence in my life. To learn more about the birth of Jesus, visit bit.ly/2R7FD4f.

How can you give the gift of Jesus today? How does His presence lead you to share your resources of time, wisdom, and love with others?

 

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SCRIPTURE INSIGHT

Today’s text introduces us to Joseph, a carpenter in Nazareth and step-father of Jesus. Joseph is only mentioned briefly in Scripture but he’s never the speaker; however, his life speaks volumes of his devotion to God. He’s concerned for the law and desires to act in obedience (Matthew 1:19), yet he pairs that concern with genuine compassion for Mary. His focus on obedience is likewise balanced by trust that the message he’s received from the angel is from God—giving him strength to obey (vv. 22-25).

For more on Joseph, see Mary and Joseph: Reflecting on the Wonder of Christmas at discoveryseries.org/hp074. Bill Crowder

 

 

 
 

His Light.

“O house of Jacob, come all of you, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.” Isaiah 2:5

There are so many sources of light. Without light we walk in darkness and the blindness that goes along with it. I was in a cave once and the guide turned off the light source. The blackness was so complete that it felt like it was entering my body, and indeed, it was. I thought about it for a moment and realized that just a few days of this utter blackness and I would most likely go insane.

I believe it is the same with spiritual darkness. Without the light of God’s presence in our life we gradually become the very darkness we find ourselves in. It enters into our soul and destroys the image of God, the very One in who’s image and likeness we were created.

We have a choice, each day, each moment: to walk in the light of the Lord or to choose the darkness of the world.

The first brings with it an ever increasing freedom and joy; the second only offers blindness and chains.

Jesus said: “I am the light of the world, he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life!”

His Blessings, Ron

The impact of sharing your story — BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS

Today’s blog post is inspired by a comment shared by one of my fellow Christian bloggers that she admires my desire to encourage others with my story. Sharing your story is liberating and it encourages others in their personal journey. We all have stories about good times, bad times, how we’ve struggled through a situation […]

The impact of sharing your story — BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS

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Happy Thanksgiving, today we set time aside out of our busy schedules to come together with our family and friends , we also give thanks unto God for all He’s done for us.

Reflecting on this morning Thanksgiving service—a powerful message from my Apostle about having the right perspective. The Word of God tells us we should have a continual attitude of thankfulness. Can we truly have a continually attitude of thankfulness in all circumstances? We can when we count it all JOY!

Two attitudes that I recognize that the enemy gets us to operate in to keep us from being thankful:

  • Pride. This is the attitude that everything is going good for everyone else but not you.
  • A critical or complaining spirit. Instead of being thankful, this person will always find something to complain about.

Thanksgiving should be organic, when you are thankful unto God, you praise.

I’m broke but thank you Lord!

I have some health issues but thank you Lord!

I lost my job but thank you Lord!

It’s called the sacrifice of praise. Give thanks to God not because your situation is good, but because He is good.

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a blessed day!!

 

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Forgiveness Doesn’t Allow Abuse, Day 2

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Today’s reading is drawn from Genesis 45.

Joseph’s own brothers had attacked him, thrown him into a cistern and sold him into slavery (see Genesis 37:12-28)—causing him to be separated from his loving father for over 20 years. And though Joseph had much to forgive, he did not dwell on the offenses. He gained grace from God and let go of what others had done to him. His response is a healthy model for us when we’ve been hurt or sinned against: we need to let it go and then get what we need from God and people who can give. That is a better life. Unforgiveness destroys a good life. Forgiveness creates it.

Forgiveness is not denial. We need to name the sin against us to forgive it, as Joseph did (see Genesis 45:4-5; 50:20). He worked through it. He named it. He expressed his feelings about it. And then he let it go. We need to watch out for the resistance that will want us to stay in the past, trying to collect a debt that will never be paid.