Amy Carmichael’s Aim for Her Ministry in India:

  To lead children out of themselves and into the service of others,

“untarnished by earthly thoughts”.

            This meant that Dohnavur workers must be “of one mind” about at least

eight things:

  • following the Crucified  (John 15:18; I John 3:13)
  • loyalty towards one another  (“speak to not about or of”)
  • continuing to be a family, not an institution (Phil. 1:27)
  • being on guard against foes of keenness and spiritual joy  (John :15:11)
  • counting it an honor if they were made a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men
  • asking the Lord to mark His Cross on natural choices (What are natural choices?)
  • unreserved renunciation of everything human beings generally love, and desire for what the Lord Jesus Christ loved.  (die to self)
  • willingness to be “set at nought” (Rev. 4:8-11)

Truth, loyalty, and honor were put first.

“A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a very great thing.”

“The great reward was to be trusted with harder, more responsible work.”

 I Cor.1:10…”be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement.”    “Of one mind” need not mean identity of opinion.

The “gold cord” which held the family together was love.

 In this love, three things that she felt they needed to be bound together:

  • the verbal inspiration of scripture ( 11 Tim. 3:16)
  • the power of God to deal with His enemy  (11 Tim. 4:18;  1 John 4:4)
  • loyalty to one another  (James 4:7;  Phil. 2:1-4)

 Her goals then were:

  • to save the children in moral danger
  • to train them to serve others
  • to minister to the desolate and the suffering
  • to do anything that may be shown to be the will of our Heavenly Father, in order to make His love known, especially to the people of India.  (An example of this is that they did not eat beef.  They ate chicken, pork, fish, etc. but not beef, so as not to offend the ones they were trying to win for Christ.)

Procrastination

Procrastination is planning our life without God..

In the book of Exodus, the people of Israel were told to go up and take the promised land….possess it.  But they let fear rule in their hearts, and chose to give in to that fear in unbelief.  In doing that they did not “go up” when the Lord told them to go.  Later, after they found out that they would die in the wilderness, they said ‘We will go”.  Now it was too late.

The Lord has a time for His will, and a plan.
Everyday that we plan our lives without God, every time we procrastinate in responding to the Lord, we harden our heart.

Example …King Agrippa ( in the book of Acts 26:28)…. he procrastinated about believing on Jesus Christ as the apostle Paul explained salvation to him.

He said, “Almost thou persuades me to be a Christian.”

Why go any longer without Christ?  Why go any longer without the faith and blessing that He desires for you?
Procrastination is saying ….there is a God, but we choose not to live like there is a God.

One man said… “If Jesus Christ did not raise from the dead, then nothing matters;  but if Jesus Christ arose from the dead, then that is all that matters.”

He offers eternal life in Heaven… freedom from hell, sin and eternal condemnation.

But that is not all…. He offers hope in this life because He conquered all sin and death to give victory now, and His joy for today, no matter what we go through.  Do not procrastinate ….trust Him.

Hell

….God has the power to send all to hell;
….Everyone deserves hell;
….God is under no obligation to keep the sinner out of hell.

“Hell is not the choice of God; Hell is the choice of man who rejects God.”

“Religions and/or religious leaders came to make bad men good,

but Jesus Christ came to make dead men …alive.”

Ravi Zacharis

 

 

 

 

 

H. A. Ironside said:

Christ is a substitute for everything, but nothing is a substitute for Christ.

No one who really wants to count for God can afford to play at Christianity.

If lips and life do not agree, the testimony will not amount to much.

Time is given us to use in view of eternity.

No one ever lost out by excessive devotion to Christ.

Christianity is Christ!

Missionary Betty Stam

Betty Stam,
China Inland Mission, Martyred 1934
“When we consecrate ourselves to God, we think we are making a great sacrifice, and doing lots for Him, when really we are only letting go some little, bitsie trinkets we have been grabbing, and when our hands are empty, He fills them full of His treasures.” –Betty Stam

“Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes,
all my own desires and hopes,
and accept Thy will for my life.
I give up myself, my time, my all,
utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.
Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit.
Use me as Thou wilt, send my where Thou wilt,
work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost,
now and forever.”

Betty Stam, martyred for Christ

Dear Lord:

Dear Lord:

So far today, Lord, I’ve done alright…

I haven’t gossiped, haven’t lost my temper,

haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or over-indulgent

I’m really thankful for that.

But, in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to get out of bed,

and from then on, I’m going to need all the help I can get.  Amen.

 

 

Suffering….

Does suffering ever make sense?

I have never really suffered….. I have never been imprisoned for my faith, or been submitted to physical torture.  I have never been called upon to watch my children tortured and put to death in my presence. My brothers and sisters in Christ in other countries of the world have suffered much.  Elizabeth Elliot says that if we think about suffering, there is only one “place” that suffering really makes sense.  It is at the foot of the cross….!  Suffering there had a purpose; it had meaning.  Jesus suffered there for the purpose of providing salvation for every person who ever lived.  Every sinful soul can be redeemed from the penalty of their sin.  Jesus suffered for us, dying in our place….and paid for our sin.

When I think I have suffered because of the loss of a loved one, loss of meaning in life, loss of security, or what ever it is that I think is causing my suffering…if I take that to the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ, lay it there, and look up….I only see suffering like no other.  My “suffering” pales in comparison to the depth and magnitude of the suffering that He knew there in my place for me.  It puts my suffering in perspective.  It shows me that He understands, He knows, and He feels all that I am feeling, and more.

Christ’s suffering had a purpose.  Can I trust the same God to make sense out of my suffering? I do not have to understand what He is doing to trust Him. I only have to understand Calvary.

My prayer is this:

Lord, may I continually, consciously…. take all sorrow and grief to the foot of the cross…which is the only place where suffering makes sense.  At that moment, each memory, thought, feeling, hurt… offered up to Christ there, becomes an opportunity to be a recipient of Your grace…all sufficient…and You become enough….You are enough (“El-Shaddia”…the all sufficient One).  By Your grace….You are enough.

Calvary Love….

Calvary Love….
If, in any way, I belittle those I am called to serve…
….if I talk of their weak points in contrast, perhaps, with what I think of as my stronger points….
….if I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting to consider the wisdom of the voice that asks me, inwardly, “Who made you different from the one you are criticizing — and what do you have that you have not been given?”
….if I can easily discuss the shortcomings or the sins of any man or woman…
….if I can speak in an off-hand way, even of a child’s wrongdoing…

then I know nothing of Calvary Love.

If I hold onto choices of any kind, just because they are my choices..
….if I give more room to my private likes and dislikes….
….if I am soft on myself and slide easily and comfortably into the vice of self pity and eliciting sympathy,,,
….if I do not, by the grace of God, build a fortress around my inner man to protect it from my own soulishness…
….if, the very moment I am conscious of the shadow of “self” crossing that inner threshold, I do not shut the door and (in the power of Him who works in us to will and to do) keep that door shut…

then we know nothing of Calvary Love.

(Amy Carmichael, Missionary to China)

Smile, open our eyes, love, and go on!

As widows we must be careful of our perspective.

It is so difficult to find the pieces after the death of our mate.

It seems difficult to sort through the grief, sorrow and pain.

This is a “perspective” that was given to me after the Homegoing of my husband:

 

“We can shed tears that He is gone, or we can smile because he has lived.

We can close our eyes and pray that he will come back, or we can open our eyes and see all that he has left us.

Our hearts can be empty because we cannot see him, or we can be full because of the love we shared.

We can turn our backs on tomorrow and live yesterday, or we can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

We can remember him and only that he is gone, or we can cherish his memory and let it live  on.

We can close our minds, be empty, and turn back, or we could do what he would want…

Smile, open our eyes, love, and go on!”

 

 

A Love That Will Not Let Me Go…

A love that will not let me go….

1. God is present. Hebr13:5
2. When you feel life is hopeless… Jere. 29:11
3. He always cares. 1 Peter 5:7
4. When you think you know a better plan than God’s…. Psalm 18:30
5.When you think He doesn’t hear… Psalm 69 “He hears the needy”
6. You do not feel loved… “He loves with an everlasting love”

Geo. Matheson’s hymn, “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”…

…. is the heart cry of a man who went blind.  His fiancée broke the engagement, because she could not live her life with a blind man.

“O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go,” has passed into the popular hymnology of the Christian Church. Matheson himself wrote of the composition:

“I am quite sure that the whole work was completed in five minutes, and equally sure that it never received at my hands any retouching or correction. I have no natural gift of rhythm. All the other verses I have ever written are manufactured articles; this came like a dayspring from on high.”

“O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” was written on the evening of Matheson’s sister’s marriage. Years before, he had been engaged, until his fiancée learned that he was going blind—that there was nothing the doctors could do—and she told him that she could not go through life with a blind man. He went blind while studying for the ministry, and his sister had been the one to care for him through the years, but now she was gone. He was now 40, and his sister’s marriage brought a fresh reminder of his own heartbreak. It was in the midst of this circumstance and intense sadness that the Lord gave Matheson this hymn.

He wrote the hymn with the realization that he knew a greater love that would never forsake him.  This was the love if his Savior, Jesus Christ.