That means he left no one out … He washed the feet of Judas. Jesus washed the feet of his betrayer. He gave this traitor equal attention. In just a few hours Judas’ feet would guide the Roman guard to Jesus. But at this moment they are caressed by Christ …
That’s not to say it was easy … That is to say that God will never call you to do what he hasn’t already done.
“Sadly, Christians do quarrel, but we should seek to “live peaceably” with all (Rom. 12:18). Unless our conflicts are resolved, the Christian witness so painstakingly built up can be destroyed. It takes much effort and time to reconcile broken relationships. But it is worth it. Like a new building rising from the ruins, reconciled believers can emerge stronger.”—http://odb.org/
There is no attribute of God more comforting to his children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe troubles, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all.
There is nothing for which the children of God ought more earnestly to contend than the dominion of their Master over all creation—the kingship of God over all the works of his own hands—the throne of God, and his right to sit upon that throne.
On the other hand, there is no doctrine more hated by worldlings, no truth of which they have made such a football, as the great, stupendous, but yet most certain doctrine of the Sovereignty of the infinite Jehovah. Men will allow God to be everywhere except on his throne.
They will allow him to be in his workshop to fashion worlds and to make stars. They will allow him to be in his almonry to dispense his alms and bestow his bounties. They will allow him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends his throne, his creatures then gnash their teeth; and when we proclaim an enthroned God, and his right to do as he wills with his own, to dispose of his creatures as he thinks well, without consulting them in the matter, then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on his throne is not the God they love.
They love him anywhere better than they do when he sits with his sceptre in his hand and his crown upon his head.
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“No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it removes God from the throne of our lives, replacing Him with our own self-interests. It causes us to open our mouths only to complain, and we simply become spiritual sponges— always absorbing, never giving, and never being satisfied. And there is nothing lovely or generous about our lives.”—Oswald Chambers (http://t.co/Bu0M32k)
I find myself asking God a lot of questions. I know He has the answers but sometimes I just can’t hear it. Perhaps it is because it isn’t time yet for Him to let me know, or perhaps, I am too stubborn to listen anyhow that I cannot hear Him any longer amid my own noise and confusion.
“One reason why we do not surrender to God is because we’re so obsessed with control: we feel we’re such esteemed authors of our lives. We have a beginning, middle and end already in our minds.”—Denise Cua, 2011. (via liannestilllovesu)
“When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted desires, a broken friendship, or a new friendship…, when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even one question, then He begins to teach us”—Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest (via guidemeinyourtruth)
“If you don’t quit, you win. You will stumble; I stumble. I stumble, and I go: “Lord! Can You believe it? I did that! I thought that! Where did that come from?” And the Lord just says, “Repent, sincerely. Go ‘That’s not who I am.’ Say, “No, no, no. I’m not gonna find my identity in that. I am not mostly a sinner who tries to love. I’m mostly a lover who struggles with sin…’ ” I am a lover of God. When you get this identity, “I am a lover of God.” That whenever you do trip, you get up, and you run to God, instead of away from Him. This is what He is looking for. It says in Isaiah that He’s looking for the broken, and the contrite. that means humble. Do you know that the more you try to live in love, which is the same thing as righteousness when you’re talking about love for God, the more that you try to do this, the more broken you become- the more humble you become.”—Misty Edwards (via comeupfromthewilderness, heisjealousforme) (via wewontbequiet)
“The reason some of us are such poor specimens of Christianity is because we have no Almighty Christ. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment to Jesus Christ.”—Oswald Chambers (via nonelikejesus)
“Just remember that there are no failures in Christ. If you make a mistake, God will just lift you up, teach you something from it and send you on your way. You have not failed until you stop trying.”—Joyce Meyer (via imoqeneqrace)
I’m in a relationship with Christ, and unless He is going to step aside and let you in. I’m not going to argue with Him, why? Because He wants whats best for me, even when I don’t think it is. I can only pray that you feel the same. God wants the best for you!