Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is God who sets the appointments and makes the opportunities for us. We are bid never to doubt or fear, and to stop everything until we have that doubt or fear in check.
“Times of withdrawal for rest always precede fresh miracle-working. Learn of Me. To accept the limitations of human flesh is to be subject, except as far as sin is concerned, to the same conditions as man.” Quoting directly from the book, and this is what I want to address today.
Jesus often withdrew to a lonely place, or to be alone. This is where and when we get spiritual renewing, refilling, refreshing. The revelation, and it’s a powerful one, is in the statement about accepting the limitations of human flesh, and being subject to the same conditions as man. We live and walk in the Spirit. For us to accept the limitations of human flesh, then, is defeating to us. Some of those limitations come in the form of impatience, bad temper, gluttony, pride, sloth, etc. We cannot allow these to rule over us. However, we have to accept that they are part of the human condition, when we’re dealing with others. Yes, we are as vulnerable as others to those kinds of limitations. Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on our maturity in Christ Jesus.
The conditions that we are subject to, are the conditions that the physical being is subject to here on Earth. We need food, water, air, rest. We age (some of us more slowly than others -LOL), we’re vulnerable to illness and injury, etc. Our bodies are mere vehicles that we use to get around in down here. Just like a car, they need fuel, they need to be kept clean, and they can get banged up and suffer wear and tear. We need to take good care of ourselves.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” is quoted in the message. No, it doesn’t mean you have to do everything. It does mean that when God asks you to do something, He also provides everything you need to get it done. It also means that when you are stymied, feeling a little overwhelmed, or tired, etc., -those human limitations, right? – God can and will show you a way to get through it. Again, my example is the unexpected dinner guests and the roast. When it was made into stir fry, there was more than enough to go around. God’s a whiz in the kitchen. And that was an opportunity to bless someone, and to minister to them, and to bring them God. There’s always an opportunity if you let God lead you, and just live your faith out.
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu
Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 25, 2019, 10:35 a.m.