Possess Me Utterly

September 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm (Poems) (, , , , , , , )

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O Christ, my Life, possess me utterly.
Take me and make a little Christ of me.
If I am anything but Thy Father’s child,
‘Tis something not yet from the darkness won.
Oh, give me Light to live with open eyes.
Oh, give me Life to hope above all skies.
Give me Thy Spirit to haunt the Father with my cries.

~ George MacDonald. Written May 19th, year unknown, Diary of an Old Soul.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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The Sacrifice Has Been Accepted (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

September 25, 2012 at 11:56 am (Devotionals)

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The Sacrifice Has Been Accepted
September 25

If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us all these thing. (Judges 13:23)

This is a sort of promise deduced by logic. It is an inference fairly drawn from ascertained facts. It was not likely that the Lord had revealed to Manoah and his wife that a son would be born to them and yet had it in His heart to destroy them. The wife reasoned well, and we shall do well if we follow her line of argument.
The Father has accepted the great sacrifice of Calvary and has declared Himself well pleased therewith; how can He now be pleased to kill us! Why a substitute if the sinner must still perish? The accepted sacrifice of Jesus puts an end to fear.
The Lord has shown us our election, our adoption, our union to Christ, our marriage to the Well-beloved: how can He now destroy us? The promises are loaded with blessings, which necessitate our being preserved unto eternal life. It is not possible for the Lord to cast us away and yet fulfill His covenant. The past assures us, and the future reassures us. We shall not die but live, for we have seen Jesus, and in Him we have seen the Father by the illumination of the Holy Ghost. Because of this life-giving sight we must live forever.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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George MacDonald

September 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , )

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It cannot have escaped anyone’s notice that Brother MacDonald has shown up in almost every area of my public view; my Blog, my Facebook, in my hands as books, and in my speaking. It is not because I consider him above my Lord. Just that without a doubt he sat with Him often and if Yeshua (Jesus) ever had a Commentary, I believe he gave it to MacDonald. That’s a huge thing to say, I know. Yet its the best way I know of to “paint the picture” if you will.

I “met” George MacDonald through another author, Michael Phillips. Brother Phillips has made it a passion to bring back so many of George’s books in his lifetime. I cannot begin to thank Brother Phillips for the undertaking! Many of my favorite Authors have quoted MacDonald too. C.S. Lewis was also a huge friend of his work, going so far as to say he regarded MacDonald as his “master” in relation to his writing. Lewis also leaves no room for doubt that through Brother MacDonald’s writing he came to the feet of his Savior, Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. George has never failed to show up in quotes in EVERY one of my favorite author’s books, pastor’s sermons, and even “unbeliever’s” works in deep thinking and philosophy. George would not, of course, be delighted to be thought of as a philosopher. He considered himself a poet first, author last, but would loath to be found under the heading theological or philosophy. The “head cannot keep up with the hearts pursuit of its Maker” would be Brother MacDonald’s chief response to such classifying. That Brother MacDonald was highly intelligent and could sit with the best of intellectuals is not disputable. Though he would make them feel small at heart by the churning of the mind. Much as Yeshua (Jesus) did and does. 🙂

I have found no error in his writings as they reflect and bring to life the very written Word of God. My guess is that even now Brother Paul who wrote so much of the New Testament and Brother MacDonald take long walks discussing the mind verses heart, works verses faith (trust), and belief verses obedience. All the while, like those men on the road to Emmaus, Yeshua, Himself walks along with them.

If, like so much of Brother MacDonald’s style in fiction writing, I could have a brother “interpret” or narrate my daily goings and comings; I would without hesitation choose him. Him, being my second choice, as Yeshua, Himself, and no other will suit me! But given the choice of another human being such as myself (fallen yet saved by the Shepherd Yeshua), Brother George would be my choice.

I know many great authors and men of God. I say without hesitation, I don’t own a “bad” book. All of which would do as a replacement to MacDonald, but chiefly I say his are the most irreplaceable! To be clear; if some crisis were to send me fleeing from my house, my Bible would be the most important book in urgency in my mind to “grab”. In no way would ANY other book or it author take precedence over the Book of Life!

A very respected author and pastor I frequently “sit with” once said “Scripture is no longer being written”. For which, I will say “I emphatically do not agree!” Going so far as to say that every author of every book on “my shelves” has been inspired by the same Spirit that wrote the very Scriptures. That “God has not decided to include them” is mans opinion. Since it was man who decided what to call the Bible or not. Though I do not believe ANYONE but God has/had the final say! God will not suffer man to be in charge of His Word!

If the God of the universe is speaking in a flower, bird, tree, or person, He is speaking still from every avenue and in every “audible” good to be found! He will never be anything but found! If the heart of His creature is truly seeking Him, that is!

George MacDonald books can be found today, thanks in large part to God through authors that still reflect his works. Though they can be very hard to acquire. I found one of his priceless children’s book’s at a used book store for $10, the same book is being sold through Amazon for upwards of $600. Michael Phillips in partner with Bethany House Publishers has made his books quite accessible. I will say if you pick up a George MacDonald book, you will: have made a friend, chew each word as if you have never read one, and want more than anything to know Yeshua (Jesus) in the same way he did! What better legacy can one who lives, walks, writes, paints, ….breathes, what better can one leave than the Carpenter’s invitation to “Come, follow Me”?

Brother MacDonald has an open invitation to post on this blog. I pray his legacy be found within those postings…that you and I will hear, see, touch, and smell the fragrance of the Spirit that inspired his work. This Yeshua, Jesus, Son of the Father who delights to take us ever closer to Him and whose work is to unite us to Him!

There is no book I would exclude from recommending one read either written by George MacDonald or about. I cannot say this about any other author I have ever encountered. As Daniel in the Bible, I have not found any ill or disreputable thing written about him. Even C.S. Lewis had his critics! Sadly Yeshua Himself, has been written in more contradiction than any one who has ever walked the face of the earth! And by many who call themselves His child! You will find the real Yeshua in MacDonald’s work, 100% of the time. Only the Word of God can boast such a statement, hence why I have taken the time to write this recommendation and reason for this Brother’s work showing up in every crack and surface of the clay pot of my own writing. I am but one very small voice that shouts his work. It is no consequence that I do. As always, the burden of “proof” lies within your own experience. I pray you will give MacDonald “a go” and see if my praise rings more highly than it should :-).

 

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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The Life-Giving Stream (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

September 24, 2012 at 10:35 am (Remodeling the Mind)

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The Life-Giving Stream
September 24

And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live. (Ezekiel 47:9)

The living waters, in the prophet’s vision, flowed into the Dead Sea and carried life with them, even into that stagnant lake. Where grace goes, spiritual life is the immediate and the everlasting consequence. Grace proceeds sovereignly according to the will of God, even as a river in all its windings follows its own sweet will; and wherever it comes it does not wait for life to come to it, but it creates life by its own quickening flow. Oh, that it would pour along our streets and flood our slums! Oh, that it would now come into my house and rise till every chamber were made to swim with it! Lord, let the living water flow to my family and my friends, and let it not pass me by. I hope I have drunk of it already; but I desire to bathe in it, yea, to swim in it. O my Savior, I need life more abundantly. Come to me, I pray Thee, till every part of my nature is vividly energetic and intensely active. Living God, I pray Thee, fill me with Thine own life.
I am a poor, dry stick; come and make me so to live that, like Aaron’s rod, I may bud and blossom and bring forth fruit unto Thy glory. Quicken me, for the sake of my Lord Jesus. Amen.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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Self

September 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm (Prayers, Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , )

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Self, I have not to consult you but Him whose idea is the soul of you, and of which as yet you are all unworthy.
I have to do, not with you, but with the Source of you, by whom it is that at any moment you exist – the Causing of you, not the caused you.
You may be my consciousness but you are not my being…For God is more to me than my consciousness of myself. He is my life; you are only so much of it as my poor half-made being can grasp – as much of it as I can know at once.
Because I have fooled and spoiled you, treated you as if you were indeed my own self, you have dwindled yourself and have lessened me, till I am ashamed of myself.
If I were to mind what you say, I should soon be sick of you; even now I am ever and anon disgusted with your paltry mean face, which I meet at every turn.
No! Let me have the company of the Perfect One, not of you! Of my elder brother, the Living One!
I will not make a friend of the mere shadow of my own being!
Good-bye, Self! I deny you, and will do my best everyday to leave you behind.

~ Written by George MacDonald in UNSPOKEN SERMONS, Second Series, on Self-Denial

Mark 8:34-37
Then Yeshua (Jesus) called the crowd and His talmidim (disciples) to Him and told them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, let him say ‘No’ to himself, take up his execution-stake, and keep following Me. For whoever wants to save his own life will destroy it, but whoever destroys his life for My sake and for the sake of the Good News will save it. Indeed, what will it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his own life? What could a person give in exchange for his life?”

Luke 14:27 – Yeshua (Jesus) speaking
“Whoever does not carry his own execution-stake and come after Me cannot be My talmid (disciple).

John 1:3-5
All things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing made had being.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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