Friday, December 19, 2008

By Desirae: from www.fairytalenovels.com


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Testimony on Consecration

Consecration
Leviticus 19:2 “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy,
and severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”
My name means “consecrated to God; clear, bright”. The literal meaning of consecrated is “set apart” and I always thought it was so special to belong to God. I realized, at age eleven, what a privilege I had of being able to be a light in the world, set apart for God to use. However, thinking it is special and actually being consecrated are not the same. :)
Trying to find out a little more about what consecration really means, I looked it up on the internet. There I found it defined as “sanctification of something by setting it apart as dedicated to God”. The Bible uses the word sanctify over four times as much as it uses the word consecrate. Sanctification means “act of consecrating or of setting apart for a sacred purpose” and “to make productive of holiness or spiritual blessing”. Sanctification is “the act of God’s grace by which the affections of men are purified, or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God”.
It sounds wonderful. But it’s really hard! I have a tendency to try to sanctify myself for God, to do things for Him on my own. I want to do right; I want to make myself what the Lord wants me to be. It is beyond my power. So, I fail; I get discouraged; I can’t seem to ever get any better.
Lately, I have been learning more and more about how much God is involved in sanctifying me! As my Mom says, He doesn’t save us, and then say, “Well, hope to meet you in heaven someday!” When it talks about Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith in Hebrews 12:2, I found those words meant “originator, founder, leader, chief, prince” and “a completer, perfecter, one who brings some thing through to the goal so as to win and receive the prize”. It is not up to me to make myself holy. Christ began it, He will perfect it, and He is bringing it all the way through to the end! I realized just recently that every Sunday should be a reminder to me that He is the one that sanctifies me! Exodus 31:13 says, “… Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.”
It is difficult to find the balance between ‘doing it myself’ and simply doing nothing, which is actually another way of ‘doing it myself’. What I really need to do is rest in my Savior, following His leading, listening to His voice, one thing at a time and one moment at a time. In John 17:17, Jesus says we are sanctified through the truth, God’s word. Knowing His word, and thus knowing Him, will be what sanctifies me. I need to do what He says to do, stop what He says to stop, and let Him give me new desires and new abilities as I keep seeking Him. That is consecration.

Jude 1:24-25 Now unto Him that is Able to keep you from falling, and to present you
faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory
and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

An Attribute of God

I love stories. Finding new books enchants me, especially those that are several inches thick. Old legends call me; tales in the making intrigue me. Words enthrall me. Roiling, swift, crimson, ruby, exquisite, radiant, splendor, scroll, captivating, dainty, whirling, obsession, crushingly, unfaltering, infuriating, dizzy, glorious, lovely, astonishing, sapphire, glimmering, gorgeous, indigo, unpredictable, shimmering, perfect, swirling, always, soaring, scarlet, sacrifice, wispy, never-ending… Sentences stay with me: “The hills are alive, with the sound of music.” “You don’t want me! You don’t want me because I’m not a boy!” “He’s not a tame lion.” I love reading fiction, and writing my own.
Yet with all this, my favorite story is true. The Lord God is the Author. The story starts, “In the beginning” as all good stories do! It ends with a word that means, “trustworthy, surely, so be it”. It is an open ending, because the story is not yet finished. Inside, it tells of The Word, who came down from heaven, the Truth, God Incarnate! He came to show us what this story we are living in is about, as God’s Word to us. It is Autobiographical; The Author is the key person in it. The Book in which it is written so far is life giving and life guiding, the living word of God!
God is a Writer. Over and over, the Bible refers to the “book of life”. Also, the “book which thou hast written”, the “book of the wars of the Lord”, the “book of the law”, and the “book of the living”. Job cries, “Oh, that one would hear me! Behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.” David asks if his tears are not “in thy book?” He adds, “In thy book all my members were written… when as yet there were none of them.” There is a “book of remembrance... for them that fear the Lord, and that thought upon His name.” Isaiah is told, “Now go, write it before them in a table, and set it in a book, that it may be for the time to come forever and ever”.
The Author knows what He is writing. He does not write from an outline, nor without any idea of what happens next. He is perfect; the story will end right. It might not be a “happy” ending, as we see it, but in the end we will know the story was good! The characters are all different. Each has a specific part in His story. There are plots, surprises, sub-plots, mysteries, romances, plot twists, everything! Yet every little piece is part of a whole- The Author does not include irrelevant details. It is written that all things work together for good to them that love God.
To me, God’s Authorship is a reminder of Who is in charge of my life story. It is a comfort to read what He has written so far, in my life as well as in the Bible. It is a reminder that I am simply His character, and what I do needs to line up with Him! If I don’t follow the storyline, I am the one who will miss out. Because The Author is also the Hero, it shows me His awesomeness, and draws me closer to the Main Character. Writer is an aspect I can identify with in that I love to write and to read what others have written. I look forward to seeing how it all turns out! Because He is writing my life, and I am only His character, striving to do His will, I can rest in His care.
It is God, not the author of confusion, but of peace, who is writing my life, as is says in 1 Corinthians 14:33. Jeremiah 29:13 tells that the Lord’s plans are for good, and not for evil. While the story is for His glory, it brings pleasure forevermore to His characters. The story has only one Hero, but I have a chance to serve Him with my life. He is the Author of eternal salvation, the Author and finisher of my faith, the One who saved me and who is now sanctifying me. When at last the story ends, it will only be the beginning of another. “And they lived happily ever after…”

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Seeking Him

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
I’ve never really applied these to soulwinning, to now. “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” This October I attended the first meeting of a Girl’s Discipleship Training Program that meets once a month until spring. Already, I’ve been reminded, encouraged, excited, and ‘sharpened’ to press toward the mark! I realized I have been focusing on what I knew I should do for God, trying to force myself to say or do what I should, and it hasn’t been totally working. While there it hit me. If HE is my focus, my goal, and aim, everything else, including service for Him – witnessing etc.- will come naturally. I need to center my attention on Him, on seeking Him, on knowing Him, on my relationship with Him. God is the one who created me, has a plan for me, and is able to see to it that I accomplish His will. I’ve been trying to do it in His strength, but if I’m not close to Him, how can that work? He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Is Jesus my only Way, the Truth I live by and for, and my very Life? “Christ is all and in all.” “I am the resurrection and the life” “Christ who is our life” All I can say is, “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.” (Ps. 57:2)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Book Review

“In a world of frantic schedules, demanding deadlines, and unfulfilling pursuits, do you find yourself weary and disillusioned? Deep down, is your heart yearning for a place where you can get away from the noise of the world – a place of quiet rest and true satisfaction – where all is still and calm, like a serene mountain lake?
Teresa Nuckols invites you to come away from the busyness of life and find the true rest and fulfillment that is found in the presence of your loving heavenly Father and His holy Word.
Through real-life heartwarming stories, lessons from nature exhibiting God’s character, and the solid truths from God’s Word, Teresa gives a refreshing look at the purpose and heart of devotions, encouraging girls and women of all ages to daily seek the Lord’s glorious, transforming presence.
Consider the Lilies: A Girl’s Quiet Time with the Father will transform the way you approach your quiet time, bringing fresh life and vitality to your walk with the Lord.”

This was taken from the cover of Consider the Lilies: A Girl’s Quiet Time with the Father, another book I’m reading! My family just finished reading it aloud during family devotions. We downplay the girl aspect for my brothers. Despite being written specifically for girls, the book can be helpful to anyone. It is a book to read thoughtfully; its very nature calls you away, to spend time doing what really matters. It is not a book to skim over, but one to help you dig deeper into God’s word, striving to know Him and serve Him with all that you are. If you're interested, you can order it at http://lilacmeadows.com/ ...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Ok, I think I have this figured out. The resources on this websight are free to be used, and I am telling where I got this poem, so I'm pretty sure I can post the whole thing here.

WAIT
by Russell Kelfer

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate . . .
And the Master so gently said, "Wait."
~
"Wait? you say wait?" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word.
~
"My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign,
Or even a 'no' to which I can resign.
~
"You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply."
~
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied again, "Wait."
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting for what?"
~
He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine . . .
and He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.
~
"I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You'd have what you want, but you wouldn't know Me.
You'd not know the depth of my love for each saint.
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint.
~
"You'd not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there.
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.
~
"You'd never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
~
"The glow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.
~
"You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I'm doing in you.
~
"So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still . . . Wait."
©Russell Kelfer. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Quote

J. Packer said: “There is tremendous relief in knowing that His love to me is utterly realistic based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery can now disillusion Him about me.”

Him

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
I’ve never really applied these to soulwinning, to now. “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” This October I attended the first meeting of a Girl’s Discipleship Training Program that meets once a month until spring. Already, I’ve been reminded, encouraged, excited, and ‘sharpened’ to press toward the mark! I realized I have been focusing on what I knew I should do for God, trying to force myself to say or do what I should, and it hasn’t been totally working. While there it hit me. If HE is my focus, my goal, and aim, everything else, including service for Him – witnessing etc.- will come naturally. I need to center my attention on Him, on seeking Him, on knowing Him, on my relationship with Him. God is the one who created me, has a plan for me, and is able to see to it that I accomplish His will. I’ve been trying to do it in His strength, but if I’m not close to Him, how can that work? He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Is Jesus my only Way, the Truth I live by and for, and my very Life? “Christ is all and in all.” “I am the resurrection and the life” “Christ who is our life” All I can say is, “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.” (Ps. 57:2)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Psalm 91




He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come night thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
(picture fromhttp://www.animalpictures1.com/k-swan-7.html)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Book Review

Rose from Brier ~ by Amy Carmichael.
I haven’t finished this book yet, but I am loving it as much as I loved Thou Givest, They Gather, also by Amy Carmichael. (Very much.) I read TGTG last year, and it blessed me so much. As I struggled with certain things, her wisdom, insights, and encouragements from God’s word helped me over a difficult summer. Now I am reading Rose From Brier, a book “from the ill to the ill”, a treasure out of pain. It is not merely a book for sickness, but for any kind of sorrow. It is not a book to read when you are rejoicing; it will not speak to you then. But when you are unhappy, when things do not look all sunshiny-beautiful, then this book is amazing. I made to Chapter 13, and by then I knew that my problems were not so bad! I may have to save the rest of the book for a different time. Here is the 1st part of one of her poems:

“Home of our hearts, lest we forget
What our redemption meant to Thee,
Let our most reverent thought be set
Upon Thy Calvary.

We, when we suffer, turn and toss
And seek for ease, and seek again;
But Thou upon Thy bitter cross
Wast firmly fixed in pain.”

I never thought before about how much I struggle to escape pain and in convenience, how annoyed I get when things don’t go my way, while Jesus Christ chose such awful pain knowingly and because he wanted to go through it! Doesn’t it make you want to joyfully embrace crosses you cannot escape, at the least glorifying God with your attitude? I have thanked God for Amy Carmichael many times. Her books have taught me and cheered me when I needed it most, by turning me to Him.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

On Flying

I was just looking through some older journal entries I made after my first cross-country solo flight. Wow. That was definitely an experience. People say that flying brings them closer to God- like in the poem "High Flight"

High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.
Hov'ring there,I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
— John Gillespie
Let me quote my own thoughts on the subject (it seems ages ago that I wrote this!) “Back alive from my 1st 50 mile solo x-country! At last my heart can quit pounding, I can relax, and I can warm up. It was -14 C on the ground and I could see my breath but not feel my hand on the way over.” Besides freezing the whole time, I landed on the wrong runway at a towered airport, couldn’t find other traffic, and flew over somebody’s brush pile and scared myself half to death when I smelled the smoke from it! After writing about all that, I finished up “And I made it. Barely. I shudder to think of how many times I missed death today. But it was really cool…” Three days later I went on a 150-mile cross-country solo. My comment on that was “Who knows how many times I avoided death. :)” Flying definitely gives me the feeling of being close to God- at any moment I might see Him face-to-face! Actually, though, I love it, and feel like Someone is definitely protecting me all the time. I also learn like crazy each time I go up. :)

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