Monday, April 20, 2015

Utterly Abandoned to God

Does anyone besides me feel the shift in the current?  I watched some television last night, and felt it in every ad and every program.

I went to the Internet and watched a video about gay marriage, and then I watched another Christian video about Sodom & Gomorroh and the finding of Noah's Ark.    I felt an intensity in my spirit which is new to me.

I believe God is trying to tell His people that time is oh so short for us.  He will be returning soon.
I am very thankful this morning that He has been working in my life showing me that no one else can take His place....not my husband, not my children, not my friends,  not my job, not my ministry, not shopping, not eating or partying!  No one and nothing can take His place and He alone has my back in this time of deceit and desperation.  He said He came to cause division, and I believe that that is so we will not be like Mrs. Lot, who when leaving Sodom prior to its destruction, looked back to her old life because she loved it more than God.  God is drawing us closer to Him and away from this life.

As I look back over the years, it is so apparent how different life looks now to how it looked 40-50 years ago.  TV is a blight that is perpetuating so many lies upon us.  It's convinced us that marriage is a joke, men are not capable of being upstanding, in-charge adults, they are stupid and worthy of our contempt, women are in charge,  adultery is okay, disrespect for our elders and people in charge is okay, and it is quickly working to make the LGBTQ lifestyle one for all people to embrace.

God only wants us to love Him, and we are to put our trust in Him because what can be shaken is being shaken and will continue until He comes (and it's going to get more and more shaky).

I love my family and my friends.  I love my church and all He has given me to steward and to do, but it's taking place:  my love for this world and all it entails is swiftly turning to pity and and eagerness to leave it.

Those kinds of thoughts can get you down, so I would like to encourage you today with poem from my Streams in the Desert devotional today.  The author is unknown.


Utterly abandoned to the Holy Ghost!
Seeking all His fullness, whatever the cost;
Cutting all the moorings, launching in the deep
Of His mighty power--strong to save and keep.

Utterly abandoned to the Holy Ghost!
Oh! The sinking, sinking until self is lost!
Until the emptied vessel lies broken at His feet;
Waiting till His filling shall make the work complete.

Utterly abandoned to the will of God;
Seeking for no other path than my Master trod;
Leaving ease and pleasure, making Him my choice,
Waiting for His guidance, listening for His voice.

Utterly abandoned!  No will of my own;
For time and for eternity, His and His alone;
All my plans and purposes lost in His sweet will,
Having nothing, yet in  Him all things possessing still.

Utterly abandoned!  It's so sweet to be
Captive in His bonds of love, yet wondrously free;
Free from sin's entanglements, free from doubt and fear,
Free from every worry, burden, grief or care.

Utterly abandoned!  Oh, the rest is sweet,
As I tarry, waiting at His blessed feet;
Waiting for the coming of the Guest divine,
Who my inmost being will perfectly refine.

Lo!  He comes and fills me, Holy Spirit sweet!
I, in Him, am satisfied! I, in Him, complete!
And the light within my soul will nevermore grow dim
While I keep my covenant--abandoned unto Him!

May God fill you with his love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control today!