Mar 3, 2012

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The Habit of Rising to the Occasion

The Habit of Rising to the Occasion

The following is a devotional I studied this week.  It comes from “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers.

I encourage you to read the entire first chapter of Ephesians prior to the commentary below.

. . . that you may know what is the hope of His calling . . . —Ephesians 1:18

Remember that you have been saved so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in your body (see 2 Corinthians 4:10). Direct the total energy of your powers so that you may achieve everything your election as a child of God provides; rise every time to whatever occasion may come your way.

You did not do anything to achieve your salvation, but you must do something to exhibit it. You must “work out your own salvation” which God has worked in you already (Philippians 2:12). Are your speech, your thinking, and your emotions evidence that you are working it “out”? If you are still the same miserable, grouchy person, set on having your own way, then it is a lie to say that God has saved and sanctified you.

God is the Master Designer, and He allows adversities into your life to see if you can jump over them properly—”By my God I can leap over a wall” (Psalm 18:29). God will never shield you from the requirements of being His son or daughter. First Peter 4:12  says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you . . . .” Rise to the occasion—do what the trial demands of you. It does not matter how much it hurts as long as it gives God the opportunity to manifest the life of Jesus in your body.

May God not find complaints in us anymore, but spiritual vitality—a readiness to face anything He brings our way. The only proper goal of life is that we manifest the Son of God; and when this occurs, all of our dictating of our demands to God disappears. Our Lord never dictated demands to His Father, and neither are we to make demands on God. We are here to submit to His will so that He may work through us what He wants. Once we realize this, He will make us broken bread and poured-out wine with which to feed and nourish others.

I look forward to any thoughts you may have regarding this.  Below are some of the questions I felt the Holy Spirit asking me as I studied and prayed over these words.

  • Are you “working out your own salvation” as it is stated in Phil 2:12?
  • Are you the same miserable, grouchy person set on having his/her own way?
  • If so, or not sure, what does the statement “..it is a lie to say that God has saved and sanctified you.” mean to you?
  • Are you rising to the occasion?
  • Read Psalm 18 – What does vs 29 mean to you?
  • Do you look at the trials in your life as God’s opportunity to manifest the life of Jesus in you body or simply as problems?
  • What goals do you have in life?  How do they line up with the last paragraph above?
  1. Are you “working out your own salvation” as it is stated in Phil 2:12?
    I am trying to my friend. I have recently went through some major changes in my life. Some of which I am not thrilled about, but I feel it is God’s will that they happened so all I can do is just trust in him that he knows best.

    Read Psalm 18 – What does vs 29 mean to you?
    With God by my side, I can achieve anything.

    Do you look at the trials in your life as God’s opportunity to manifest the life of Jesus in you body or simply as problems?
    When trials come in my life I embrace them because I feel that God has deemed me worthy of such a challenge.

    What goals do you have in life?
    Staying close to God, staying in tune with him to so I can hear him say which way to go.

    • The storms of life are the refining fires of our Lord. It is through them that he will mold us into the men he created us to be. Lean on Him more today than yesterday and tomorrow more than today…

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