July 22, Today’s thought – My Utmost for God

July 19 butterfly and signs 006Even Griss was interested in the butterfly.

Good Morning

Philippians 1:20-21 . . . my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

My Utmost for His Highest. “. . .my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed . . ” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if Paul were saying, “My determined purpose is to be my utmost for His highest–my best for His glory.” To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or of reasoning. It is absolute and irrevocable surrender of the will at that point. An undue amount of thought and consideration for ourselves is what keeps us from making that decision, although we cover it up with the pretense that it is others we are considering. When we think seriously about what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn’t know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point–He does know. Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only–my utmost for His highest. I an determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and Him alone.

My Unstoppable Determination for His Holiness.
“Whether it means life or death–it makes no difference!” (see 1:21). Paul was determined that nothing would stop him for doing exactly what God wanted. But before we choose to follow God’s will, a crisis must develop in our lives. This happens because we tend to be unresponsive to God’s gentler nudges. He brings us to the place where He asks us to be our utmost for Him and we begin to debate. He then providentially produces a crisis where we have to decide–for or against. That moment becomes a great crossroads in our lives. If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocable.
~~My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers

Utmost – greatest possible degree, extent, intensity—unconditional, undiminished, unlimited, unmitigated, unqualified, unreserved.

Absolutely and Irrevocably . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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  1. I enjoyed this post and I got to thinking about shame. It occurred to me that shame was a bit like worry, a good time filler but totally unproductive! I pray that my thoughts be filled with gratitude. Thanks for the lovely words and gorgeous cat pix! 🙂

    • To me shame comes when I have given half-hearted service to God, so shame encourages me to strive to do my best (utmost) I can have confidence of hearing ‘Well Done’


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