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From “Rylisms” by James Ryle

On Assignment by Jesus

“I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah” (1 Peter 1:1 The Message).
Delightful thing this is, to be on assignment by Jesus. The word means to appoint a particular person to a specific use. Os Guinness wrote, “Our passion is to know that we are fulfilling the purpose for which we are on earth. All other standards of success – wealth, power, position, knowledge, friendships – grow tiny and hollow if we do not satisfy this deeper longing.”

Deep in every heart is the God-planted desire to live a life that makes a difference. Many spend their lives looking for that one things to which they can give their all. Somehow we human beings are never happier than when we are expressing the deepest gifts that are truly us. The truest way to fully express those gifts is by being on assignment by Jesus.

How wonderful it is to be able to say, “I am on assignment by Jesus.” All my talents, gifts, abilities, experiences, discoveries, longings, dreams, thoughts, and labors are focused on doing His bidding at this time, in this place, for this reason.

May the grace of God so work in your life to bring you to the place of your assignment!

From “The Word For You Today” by Bruce Christian

PRAYER (2)

Phillips Brooks said, “Pray the largest prayers.  You cannot think of a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger.”  When we love our children we want to be generous with them.  And that’s how God feels about us: “If you, then , though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will Your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.”  Some of us have difficulty accepting the gifts God gives us, particularly material things.  One lady said, “I distinctly remember feeling God must have had His wires crossed.  Why would He do that for me?  In fact I felt guilty, as if I’d somehow acquired something God didn’t really want me to have.”  Think how cruel the following words would sound if they represented your attitude as a parent: “I’m too busy.  I don’t want to hear about your lost bike or your school problem.  Don’t bother me with your personal requests.  I’ll take care of everybody else but you.  If you love me you’ll survive on bread and water.  Sure, I’m rich, but why would I give you anything-back off!”  Good parents don’t talk like that!  They want only the best for their children.  So, take a good parent’s feeling for their child, multiply it exponentially, and you’ll only begin to understand how God feels about you.  Nobody’s voice sounds sweeter to Him than yours.  Nothing in the world keeps Him from directing His full attention to your requests.  So come to Him in prayer.

From the Writings of F.B. Meyer

 

     Sometimes we forget that gifts of the Spirit, are just that.  Gifts.  As such, we don’t get to choose the size or shape or amount of.  Almighty God does that.  Some of us have been given more or different or less than others, and Almighty God does that, too.  Where we fail is that too often we like to judge our gifts in comparison to those of others, and when we do that, the instant we do that, we commit sin because by the very act we question the God who so graciously gave them. 

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT–FAITH

 

“Let us hold fast the profession of our Faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised.”–

Heb_10:23.

FAITH IS an attribute of the heart, rather than of the head. It is largely intuitive in its first promptings. It is impossible to argue men into faith. Do not think, discuss, or reason too much about Faith, or you will miss it. It is like Love in this, that when you turn the dissecting knife on it for the purpose of analysis, its spirit and life vanish, leaving only the faded relics of what was once a thing of beauty and a joy for ever. If, however, turning from Faith to any object which is worthy of it, you concentrate heart and mind there, almost unconsciously Faith will have arisen and thriven to maturity.

 

Faith has two kinds of objective, first a person, and secondly a statement. When we are drawn powerfully towards a person, so as to feel able to entrust our soul, our destiny, our most precious possessions to His care, with an inward feeling of tranquillity and certainty that all is safe with Him, and that He will do better for us than we could do for ourselves, that is faith.

 

We may be attracted by a statement, which appeals to our moral sense; it is consistent with the decisions of our conscience; or perhaps, as the utterance of One in whom we repose utter confidence, it commends itself to us for His sake. We accept that statement; we rest on it. We believe that what it attests as fact either did happen or will happen. We are as sure of it as though we have been able to attest it by our senses of sight, hearing, or touch. That also is faith. “Faith is a well grounded assurance of that for which we hope, and a conviction of the reality of the unseen”

(Heb_11:1. Weymouth).

We must indicate a difference between this faith and “the faith once delivered to the saints.” The former is the heart that accepts, and the hand that reaches out to obtain; the latter is the body of Truth to be accepted.

 

Out of faith comes faithfulness. Faith is your trust in another; faithfulness is your worthiness to be trusted. A faithful soul, one that can be absolutely relied upon, is of great price. Nothing so quickens our faith as to meditate on God’s absolute trustworthiness. “Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”

 

PRAYER

 

Give us faith in Thy love that never wearies or faints. Whatever else we doubt, may we never question the perfectness of Thy lovingkindness. Fulfil in us the good pleasure of Thy will, and the work o f faith with power. AMEN.