When I meet with God in the morning, I visit with Oswald too. I’ve been doing this for most of the last 26 years. Oswald’s words throw open the attic window in the old house that is me. Light streams in; the view is grand.
I want you to read just this portion of the day’s thoughts from Oswald, and then I will add mine.
“When it pleased God … to reveal His son in me” (Galatians 1:15-16)
“. . . I have a heredity I had no say in; I am not holy, nor likely to be; and if all Jesus Christ can do is to tell me I must be holy, His teaching plants despair. But if Jesus Christ is a Regenerator, One Who can put into me His own heredity of holiness, then I begin to see what He is driving at when He says that I have to be holy . . . The moral transaction on my part is agreement with God’s verdict on sin in the Cross of Jesus Christ.” ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest ~October 6th
And from Today:
“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew not sin:that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Sin is a fundamental relationship; it is not wrongdoing, it is wrong being, deliberate and emphatic independence of God. . . . The revelation of the Bible is not that Jesus Christ took upon Himself our fleshly sins, but that He took upon Himself the heredity of sin which no man can touch. ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest ~ October 7th
born bound by sin
heart of stone
no life to sow
press’d stone cracked
head hung low
Hope stands by
“Come, let’s go”
lifting my face
drinking in grace
heart of stone
His love found home
Holy dwells in me
You may already know that along my journey, anxiety and severe self-awareness once choked my life. The threat of it never leaves when I find myself in tight places. But as I’ve walked with God, He indeed has “trained my hands” for battle [Psalm 18:34] I’ve learned to stand firm in those tight places, in those places that threaten to debilitate me, arms outstretched, I speak out loud His Living and active [s]Word. . . [Hebrews 4:12]
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
His word does the work He sends it to do.
If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you know I am pretty taken with music. It cements in my heart. [as evidenced in the age of this] favorite song that came to mind as I wrote out the poem this morning. I hope you have time to just close your eyes and listen. You are loved.
How has God “trained your hand” for battle? Is there a verse that you use to overcome in battle?
31 Days of Walking With God Series:
For Day 1 & 2: Walking With God
For Day 3: Walking With God ~ He Hears
For Day 4: Walking With God ~ On Sunday
For Day 5: Walking With God ~ Hearing My Daddy’s Voice
For Day 6: Walking With God ~ I Smile With Him