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I Just Don’t Know What God Is Going To Do Next !

SOURCE:  Oswald Chambers

Gracious Uncertainty

. . . it has not yet been revealed what we shall be . . .1 John 3:2

Our natural inclination is to be so precise—trying always to forecast accurately what will happen next—that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing.

We think that we must reach some predetermined goal, but that is not the nature of the spiritual life. The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty. Consequently, we do not put down roots. Our common sense says, “Well, what if I were in that circumstance?” We cannot presume to see ourselves in any circumstance in which we have never been.

Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life—gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life.

To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless expectation.

We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises. When we become simply a promoter or a defender of a particular belief, something within us dies. That is not believing God—it is only believing our belief about Him.

Jesus said, “. . . unless you . . . become as little children . . .” (Matthew 18:3).

The spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do next. If our certainty is only in our beliefs, we develop a sense of self-righteousness, become overly critical, and are limited by the view that our beliefs are complete and settled. But when we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy. Jesus said, “. . . believe also in Me” (John 14:1), not, “Believe certain things about Me.”

Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in—but you can be certain that He will come. Remain faithful to Him.


Lord, May I Have The Faith Of A Child?

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”
– Matthew 5:8

SOURCE: taken from a post by Keiki Hendrix

Would you like to see God?  You might ask, who doesn’t want to see God? You would be surprised who doesn’t want to see God.

There are many among us that truly love God and still would not want to see Him.  Why? Because He is God and God (the possessor of heaven and earth) is unpredictable and apt to do just about anything at any given time.  Only those with the mindset of a child truly want to see God.

Children are innocent, they are trusting, and with proper discipline, the majority of children are obedient. They want to please their parents. They have not yet been scarred by the consequences of their bad choices in this life.

Children want to see God because they trust Him. Their trust in Him is larger than their apprehension of what He is apt to do. Their view of God has not been tarnished by outside influences.  They believe God loves them and that is why they do not fear Him, no matter what He chooses to do.

Children know something that grownups forget in their growing-up. After the world beats us up long enough, we begin to believe that God doesn’t really love us because we are trusting in what we see.  Children simply believe what they see, that their parents love them and want the best for them.

Simple belief is a powerful thing. It does away with worry, fear, and anxiety. How can we reclaim the purity and innocence of children? Our verse today says there is only one way, by purifying our hearts.

In the Bible the heart is the seat, source, reservoir and instigator of our thoughts, attitudes, desires, character and motivation. It is synonymous with our modern use of “mind,” since the mind is where we hold knowledge, attitudes, motivations, affections, desires, likes and dislikes.

God is not elusive, He wants us to know Him. So, what are some of the things we can do in order to see God?  Here are few ways that we can purify our hearts so that we can indeed see God.

  • – think on pure things (Philippians 4:8)
  • – carefully screen your associations (I Timothy 5:22)
  • – follow after righteousness (II Timothy 2:22)
  • – discern purity (Titus 1:15)
  • – draw near to God (Hebrews 10:22)
  • – love those God loved (James 1:27)
  • – seek the wisdom of God (James 3:17)
  • – obey God (I Peter 1:22)
  • – welcome instruction (II Peter 3:1)
  • – continue to examine yourself (I John 3:3)
  • – hate what God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19)
  • – care about your witness in this world (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
– Psalm 139:23-24

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