Archive for August, 2014

Simply Relinquish!

Aug 15

Relinquish 081514by Victoria Robinson

Relinquish? Who … me? You want me to give something up? Even something I have a right to? There is an irony to the concept of relinquishing what we want. It is the scriptural truth that the tighter we hold onto what we want—the more frustrating and difficult our life will be. When we simply relinquish everything to our heavenly father, that is when we gain everything. Our Lord and Savior told us, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

Our Lord and Savior knew all about relinquishing. Even to the point of giving up His very life! Make no mistake, even our Lord was dreading His agonizing fate on the cross. He even cried out these words in prayer, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” This scene tells us that it is not wrong, for after all Jesus never sinned, to make a plea to our heavenly Father to not have to give something up. Nonetheless, we must be willing. Just as Abraham placed his son Isaac on the altar and was willing to relinquish his own child, we must be willing to give all to Him. In the case of Abraham’s sacrifice, our Lord did in turn provide a ram in a thicket as the sacrifice instead of Isaac.

And what about the sins that we harbour in our hearts. The ones that no one else knows about. Must we let go of those as well? King David knew the agony all too well of trying to hold on to secret sins. Only when his faithful and brave friend, Nathan, approached him did he relinquish what he knew was wrong. This in turn brought about discipline from our heavenly Father. But, hold on … the story does not end there. King David was now walking in freedom due to the beautiful condition of a repentive heart.

Girlfriends, is there something you are refusing to relinquish? If so, simply let it go. Perhaps it is something we would consider either good or bad, such as …

 Possessions
 Money
 Rights
 Position
 Fear
 Worry
 Hurt
 Bitterness
Anger
I love these words of wisdom from Oswald Chambers.
    No one is ever united with Jesus Christ until he is willing to relinquish not sin only, but his whole way of looking at things. To be born from above of the Spirit of God means that we must let go before we lay hold, and in the first stages it is the relinquishing of all pretence. What Our Lord wants us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavour, but real solid sin; that is all He can take from us. And what does He give in exchange for our sin? Real solid righteousness. But we must relinquish all pretence of being anything, all claim of being worthy of God’s consideration.
    Then the Spirit of God will show us what further there is to relinquish. There will have to be the relinquishing of my claim to my right to myself in every phase. Am I willing to relinquish my hold on all I possess, my hold on my affections, and on everything, and to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?
    There is always a sharp painful disillusionment to go through before we do relinquish. When a man really sees himself as the Lord sees him, it is not the abominable sins of the flesh that shock him, but the awful nature of the pride of his own heart against Jesus Christ. When he sees himself in the light of the Lord, the shame and the horror and the desperate conviction come home.
    If you are up against the question of relinquishing, go through the crisis, relinquish all, and God will make you fit for all that He requires of you.
Oswald Chambers
My Utmost for His Highest

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that we would simply relinquish our own desires and sins in order to attain a peaceful heart that comes from obedience.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. ~ Phillipians 2:3-8  NASB

He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” ~ Matthew 26:42 NASB
Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. ~ Genesis 22:9-13 NASB
Nathan then said to David, … “Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.” … Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. ~ 2 Kings 12:7-9,13 NASB
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. ~ Mattghew 19:29 NASB
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. ~ Matthew 16:24-25 NASB

Finding Your Way to Happiness

Aug 02

Finding the Road to Happiness  080214by Victoria Robinson

The prophet Jeremiah once lamented that he had forgotten happiness. Compare those words of despair to the uplifting words of King Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes when he said, “To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, …” This renowned King known for his great wisdom, in this same passage, also goes on to explain what causes unhappiness. He states, “… but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

Solomon’s own father, King David, understood what the answer to despair is. He stated so eloquently, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” This is a man who had experienced tremendous happiness as well as dealt with an enormous amount of despair in his lifetime. Some of his despair was the result of sin and some of which was brought on by his enemies. To say that we can escape despair in our life here on earth is not a truth based on the Word of God.

Consider the tumultuous life of the apostle Paul. At one point he stated that he was burdened excessively, beyond his strength, so that he despaired even of life. Yet this same man found happiness even in the midst of sorrow and despair. In the book of Philippians he shares this truth with us. “But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.”

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that our hearts would be turned from desiring sin to desiring the goodness of our heavenly Father and therefore enjoy a happiness that only He can give us.

My soul has been rejected from peace; I have forgotten happiness. So I say, “My strength has perished, And so has my hope from the Lord.” ~ Lamentations 3:17-18 NASB
 
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?  ~ Romans 2:4 NASB

I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter. ~ 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 NASB

 
To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. ~ Ecclesiastes 2:26 NIV
 
 
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. ~Psalm 27:13-13 NASB
 
 
For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us,He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many. For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:8-12 NASB
 
But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me. ~ Philippians 2:17-18 NASB
 
… On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers. For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers. ~ 1 Timothy 4:7-10 NASB
 
 
How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you.~ Psalm 128:1 NASB
 
 
How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast. ~ Proverbs 3:13-18 NASB
 
 
He who despises his neighbor sins, but happy is he who is gracious to the poor. ~ Proverbs 14:21 NASB
 
 
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law. ~ Proverbs 29:18 NASB
 
 
I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him? ~ Ecclesiastese 3:22 NASB
 
 
In the day of prosperity be happy, but in the day of adversity consider—God has made the one as well as the other so that man will not discover anything that will be after him. ~ Ecclesiastese 7:14 NASB