Big little saints?

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I know how to be brought low,
and I know how to abound.
In any and every circumstance,
I have learned the secret of facing
plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippian 4:12-13 ESV

 

Even a little faith, Jesus said, may move God to move mountains, so what may a little more faith do? All Great Ideas (there is a mountain that surely would be better over there!!) originate with our Great God, and He surprises the world (and sometimes maybe even the church) by planting the seeds of even His Greatest Ideas in the hearts and minds of even the least of His disciples (see 2 Corinthians 4:7 ‘we have this treasure in jars of clay…’). This second brief post on the theme of doing all things also comes from Charles Spurgeon…

Charles Spurgeon said…. “Our age is the age of littleness, because there is always a clamor to put down any gigantic idea. Everyone praises the man who has taken up the idea, and carried it out successfully; but at the first, he has none to stand by him. All the achievements in the world, both political and religious, at any time, have been begun by men who thought themselves called to perform them, and believed it possible that they could be accomplished.

“A parliament of wiseacres would sit upon any new idea—sit upon it, indeed—yes, until they had utterly destroyed it! They would sit as a coroner’s inquest, and if it were not dead, they would at least put it to death while they were deliberating.

“The man who shall ever do anything is the man who says, ‘This is a right thing; I am called to do it; I will do it. Now, then, stand up all of you—my friends or my foes, whichever you will—it is all the same; I have God to help me, and it must and shall be done.'”

From a sermon delivered on November 18th, 1860, by the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, at Exeter Hall, Strand.

Yes, we can…

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I know how to be brought low,
and I know how to abound.
In any and every circumstance,
I have learned the secret of facing
plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippian 4:12-13 ESV

Once we know that God works all things together for good, we as disciples, become useful in His hands too. And we need not worry about finding the strength to do whatever it is he chooses to do with us. This first of three brief posts on the theme of doing all things comes from Charles Spurgeon….

Charles Spurgeon writes…. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ But observe that our text does not say, ‘I can do all things through Christ, which has strengthened me.’

“It is not past, but present strength that we need. Some think that because they were converted 50 years ago, they can do without daily supplies of divine grace. Now, the manna that was eaten by the Israelites when they came out of Egypt had to be renewed every day, or else they would starve.

“So it is not your old experiences, but your daily experiences; not your old drinking at the well of life, but your daily refreshing from the presence of God that can make you strong to do all things.”

From a sermon delivered on November 18th, 1860, by the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, at Exeter Hall, Strand.

Faithful in ‘all things’?

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And we know that for those who love God
all things work together for good,
for those who are called
according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 ESV

 

Weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecution, and calamities great and small, quite rightly find a place in our prayers on a daily basis. But do we truly believe that all these things may also quite rightly find a place in our daily lives? We need never hesitate to ask our loving heavenly Father for relief from all these things, though knowing all the while He may answer us as He answered Paul who prayed repeatedly for relief from his ‘thorn in the flesh’  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV). This final brief post on the theme of all things also comes from Oswald Chambers….

Oswald Chambers writes… “It is only the loyal soul who believes that God engineers circumstances. We take such liberties with our circumstances, we do not believe God engineers them, although we say we do; we treat the things that happen as if they were engineered by men. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, and that is to our Lord.

“Suddenly God breaks up a particular set of circumstances, and the realization comes that we have been disloyal to Him by not recognizing that He had organized them. We never saw what He was after, and that particular thing will never be repeated all the days of our life. The test of loyalty always comes just there.

“If we learn to worship God in the trying circumstances, He will alter them in two seconds when He chooses.

“Loyalty to Jesus Christ is the thing that we ‘stick at’ today. We will be loyal to work, to service, to anything, but do not ask us to be loyal to Jesus Christ. Many Christians are intensely impatient of talking about loyalty to Jesus. Our Lord is dethroned more emphatically by Christian workers than by the world. God is made a machine for blessing men, and Jesus Christ is made a Worker among workers.

“The idea is not that we do work for God, but that we are so loyal to Him that He can do His work through us- ‘I reckon on you for extreme service, with no complaining on your part and no explanation on Mine.’ God wants to use us as He used His own Son.

From Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest