TAKE MY MOMENTS

Seize the moments. As quickly as they come they are gone. 

How much of our time is set apart for God? 

Do we give him Sunday? Do we give him the mornings? Maybe mornings and nights? 

The great hymn says, “I need the every hour.” Do we not? 

Here’s a thought, give Him your moments. A moment is all we have until the next moment God gives us. Yes He is the Giver of every moment even when we don’t give it back to Him. 

When we give our moments to Him we can expect a blessing!

There was an old song by Louis Armstrong that said, “We have all the time in the world.”

Great song, but actually we don’t have all the time in the world. Tomorrow is not promised. The next hour is not promised. We have right now. 

Psalm 90 instructs us to number our days. 

We can even keep a smaller account teach us to number our moments. 

We do not know the time we have so let’s not live in arrogant expectation of what we think we have or will be given.

If you don’t think moments are worth giving over to God, think about this scripture, 

“In a moment they die; at midnight the people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty are taken away by no human hand.”

Job 34:20

Or how about this scripture, 

 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

I Corinthians 15:51-52

Let’s get detailed! Give God this very second. The more we give of every tiny moment, we will see the radiance of God’s glory and love shining through in even what seems most ordinary.

How much of your time is enough for Jesus? 

Heaven will be all praise, why not now? 

We were made for Him; to glorify Him.

His love never fails. His love endures forever. He watches over us every moment.

He cares for us every moment.

He died for us. 

Have we any excuse to give him any less than ALL our moments? 

This is my summary and reflections for chapter 2 of “Kept for the Master’s Use” by Frances Havergal

Are You Living in Gray?

Are we beating the gray pavement; a neutral life? Is this why we claim the Christian name and we are left wanting?

We have been living in our comfortable neutrality.

America proclaimed the promise of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”

Except in our prosperity we have held tightly to things that ultimately we cannot keep at the expense of our souls.

It is never about comfort in this life first, is this what we have held tightly to?

Secondly, what has it cost us?

The gospel is black and white. Not gray. We have attempted to make it gray.

Jesus said there will be a cost for following me, but dare I say that maybe we have aimed for Jesus without the cost.

Jesus said, “foxes have holes and birds have nests but the Son of man has no where to lay His head.” Matthew 8:20

Have we been focusing on the comfort of the here and now to the point of idolatry?

Are we beating the gray pavement?

Christians in America, I have this to say to you and to myself.

When we give up the gray instability being tossed to and fro by every wind, we will then be ready to move forward in the race and our joy will be made complete. We will be satisfied.

The gray road is unstable.

The gray road cares more about safety and comfort.

The gray road has a fear of man.

The gray road will just be silent.

The gray road lacks conviction and truth.

The gray road may on the outside look like it cares about others but really is self exalting and self preserving at its core. The gray road lacks courage.

I have news; it is a mirage.

We spend days, months and years walking down the gray pavement, we keep chasing a mirage. “We saw it! It must be there!” We even looked up now and again and saw the sun shining down on it as if that was a sign to keep chasing it.

How long will we beat the gray pavement chasing the mirage?

All the goodness and beauty we have, material and otherwise is given from above. If we chase anything but the Giver we will never arrive upon it. In our attempts to get just a little closer, it will always fade away. But when we aim at the Giver He only becomes more real and more lovely as we draw closer.

So stop aiming at the gray pavement.

“Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in’: aim at Earth and you will get neither.”

CS Lewis

God has brought you out of darkness and into His marvelous light. Yes black to white!

What now? Proclaim the good news!

That’s it! This is what we are called to. Walk in the light as He is in the light.

Ask the Lord to give you opportunities to share His good news! We aren’t reforming the world, we are messengers to a dying world that there is redemption and hope through the cross of Jesus. It’s not about a world being reformed, it’s about hearts being transformed. Step out of the gray and walk confidently in the Light of our Savior Jesus!

“If you be a Christian, be a Christian, and be a marked and distinct one.” Charles Spurgeon

Kept for the Master’s Use Part 7

Have you ever been given a job or something to do that you felt you just weren’t qualified for? Then you went by faith and you began to learn and grow as you walked in it.

Maybe you’ve heard, “God does not call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”

We can be sure that God always finishes what He starts.

We are presently complete in Him and yet He is continuing to complete us. God is molding and refining us.

If the LORD has adopted us as His children then we cannot be snatched from our Father’s Hand.

A child desires to please her parents, and she brings them a picture with a bunch of scribbles that can hardly be deciphered and says, “Daddy, here is my picture. I love you.” She brings all she knows and has in her possession and offers it. The father receives it with love but goes on to teach and mold the child. The scribbles then become more clear as the father trains up the child.

Like our lives, when we desire to please Him, we come to God with a big messy picture and He receives us with love but He knows and can decipher exactly what’s on the picture. As we walk with Him, He takes our hand and teaches us. As we grow, the messy picture becomes more refined; our lives start to become more clear and God helps shape our colors, lines and shadings so that we shine for Him more clearly as we move on in our Christian life.

Havergal says, “As the seasons pass on, it will seem as if there was always more and more to be done; the very fact that He is constantly showing us something more to be done in it, is proving that it is really His ground. Only let Him have the ground, no matter how poor or overgrown the soil may be.”

If you still feel like you aren’t qualified, then Praise the Lord, you are getting somewhere in your consecration.

We asked the Lord to take our life, He took it. Do we believe it? We ask the Lord to keep it and He is keeping it. Do we rest in it?

God is clearing out and digging up and as the seasons pass we will see God’s hand working in our lives all for His glory!

It is only through the cross of Jesus that we are acceptable to God. Jesus our mediator stands in the gap between our mess and a perfect God. Our offering is acceptable to God through the cleansing fountain of the cross.

When we offer it, we are cleansed and we are being cleansed.

Thank you Jesus for bringing beauty out of my shattered mess.

All things work together for good to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

This my reflections on the book, Kept for the Master ‘s Use by Frances Havergal

Part 7 concludes the 1st chapter

Kept for the Master’s Use Part 6

You might say, “all of that aiming high in the Christian life just isn’t for me. I believe. I’ve received. I do love Jesus, but I think I’ll just stay in the background for a while longer. Seems easier.”

The question is how satisfied are you really? Yes, the world has lovely blessings and pleasures that we can give God glory for. God gives us much! His mercies are new every morning!

But what is our mind really set on? What does our social interactions consist of? Our jobs? Our relationships? Are we experiencing lasting satisfaction knowing that we are walking in His strength? Or maybe we are burned out, tired, searching, wanting, and we find that any little bit of so called satisfaction is fleeting and in a moment we are parched and left dehydrated.

When I eat a well balanced, nutritional meal I feel full but I also feel satisfied and nourished, and it sustains me for a great length of time, but when I eat junk, I might feel really full for a moment, but it doesn’t take long and I’m starving, and I felt as if I had nothing to eat.

Havergal says, “Look into your own heart and you will find a copy of that inscription already traced, ‘shall thirst again.’”

She pushes further in saying this inscription only presses deeper into our hearts when we seek after anything other than Him fully and completely.

Jesus told the woman at the well, when she drank from His well, she would never thirst again. All the spinning around in a hamster wheel of disappointment ceases.

CS Lewis stated, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Jesus doesn’t disappoint! Give Him everything and see for yourself! There is joy unspeakable that only He can give, but you can’t taste it while you’re still playing around in the mud.

The choice is ours! We can stay playing in our tub of dirt to our oblivious glee or we can open our eyes and see the reality of the mud we are in and to our joy, find that we are standing at a cleansing fountain that will never run dry. He is ready to pour over us at the moment we trust Him with our all!
I’ll say it again, Jesus doesn’t disappoint!

My reflections on “Kept for the Master’s Use” by Frances Havergal

Kept For the Master’s Use Part 5

“Entrust to Him our trust” Frances Havergal

We may come to another temptation that only leads to disappointment.

Is our “trusting” instead, really “trying”?

What I am saying is are you, in your own power “trying” and “willing” over what God has already taken and kept?

Havergal says, “We can no more trust and keep on trusting than we can do anything else of ourselves. Even in this it must be Jesus only.”

How many times do we TRY to show God how strong we are or how competent we are or how good we are doing for Him?
The only reason God can look at us is because of Jesus! Thank you Jesus! You lifted me out of this mess so now I trust you to take even my fragile faith and KEEP it.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of an over zealous faith at times. Take Peter for instance, he confidently said he would never deny Jesus, and just as soon as he made his declaration, he denied Jesus 3 times. Who was Peter trusting in? It sounds like he was trusting in his own trust. He learned later a painful lesson what was required, Jesus asked Peter, “do you love me?”

So the question is what is the aim of my trusting?

I will leave it here with a quote that says it all.

Havergal says, “Not for me at all but for Jesus; not for my safety, but for His glory; not for my comfort, but for His joy; not that I may find rest, but that he may see the travail of His soul, and be satisfied. Yes for Him I want to be kept. Kept for His sake; kept for His use; kept to be His witness; kept for His joy! Kept for Him, that He May show forth some tiny sparkle of His light and beauty; kept for Him that His work in His own way; kept it may be, to suffer for aHis sake, kept for Him, that He may do what seemeth Him good with me; kept so that no other lord shall have anymore dominion over me, but that Jesus shall have all there is to have; —little enough, indeed, but not divided or diminished by any other claim. Is not this, O you who love the Lord—is not this worth living for, worth asking for, worth trusting for?

Love for Jesus is our aim. Those of us who have been crucified with Christ let us go on walking in the Spirit. He has taken the life that we have offered Him and He is keeping it.

These are my notes and thoughts from “Kept for the Master’s Use” by Frances Havergal. Her exact words are in quotations.

Kept for the Master’s Use Part 4

“For with the deepest and sweetest consciousness that He has indeed taken our lives to be His very own, the need of His active and actual keeping of them in every detail and at every moment is most fully realized.”Frances Havergal

Taking the first step is meant to be just that the first step. If we keep taking the first step again and again, it makes sense that we would be dissatisfied with our experience. We would be left wanting. Are we to not go on to maturity? If we are standing in the same place it’s logical to see that we aren’t going anywhere fast. No progress. When we have taken that first step saying “Take my life…” and we believe it and receive it, we are now placed on course, positioned and empowered by the covering of Jesus, to run the race that is set before us.

Since we cannot do anything apart from Christ, our prayer now is simply KEEP my life.

“For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to KEEP that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12

This is a promise we can take to the bank! If we don’t trust this promise we won’t see the fuller blessing. The experience won’t be realized. Havergal states, “For unclaimed promises are like uncashed cheques; they will keep us from bankruptcy, but not from want.”

Should experience be even considered? Some might say we are being presumptuous. What right do we have to have such great expectations?

When we have fully entrusted to God, ourselves, our circumstances, our bodies, our gifts, our money our minds; have we ever found God to be a liar? Has He not shown Himself always faithful? Instead, pull out the microscope and look deeper, we will find that it was us that was holding something back from the Lord.

“Scrutinize your past experience as you will, and it will only bear witness against your unfaithfulness, never against His absolute faithfulness.”

Let us go on to next steps, confessing what needs to be cleansed by His blood and moving into entrusting to Him more of ourselves because we know without a shadow of a doubt, He has taken us and He is keeping us.

These are my paraphrasing, and highlights from, “Kept for the Master’s Use” by Frances Havergal. Her exact words are in quotations.

KEPT FOR THE MASTER’S USE PART 3

“But suppose our hearts do not condemn us in this matter,(believing God really heard our heart when we came to Him)our disappointment may arise from another cause.” Frances Havergal

What is this other cause?

Havergal shows us another area where we may find a stumbling block in our moving forward in our Christian life.
It might not be that you didn’t take Him at His word, but maybe you doubted He took you at your word. This serves to stir up all kinds of entanglements.
The only right step now is to pull down any stronghold, destroy it by asking the Lord humbly to search our hearts to find out any hidden areas that are preventing His grace to flow freely. Find the leak Lord.
The Lord is tender and gentle with us, but He is exact. It may hurt but we cannot know the fullness of joy and abundant life unless we allow the great Physician to do His work in us. So when we ask humbly to find any wicked way, don’t run away when he reveals the very thing to our conscience.
He is ready to heal, are you ready to receive it?

“The heart that is not entrusted to Him for searching will not be undertaken by Him for cleansing; the life that fears to come to the light lest any deed should be reproved, can never know the blessedness and the privileges of walking in the light.”

My paraphrasing, and highlights from, “Kept for the Master’s Use” by Frances Havergal. Her exact words are in quotations.

KEPT FOR THE MASTER’S USE PART 2


There is a verse that must be truly believed to be able to go on in our consecration song. “Him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out.” If we have been given the desire from the heart to say, “take my life Lord” Can he go against his Word?
Havergal points out that conversion and consecration might be a dazzling simultaneous experience, but she points out that this is not often times the experience. It is more of a gradual one. As we walk and experience the goodness of the Master, our desire to be bound not in law but in love spurs us on in our consecration. It is “founded on experience and love.”

It is a done deal. If God has placed in you the desire to give your life, and you have indeed entrusted Him with it, then go on praising because He has heard and He has taken your life, your will, your all, not because of anything in and of yourself but because God is true to His Word!
“He that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out.”
Do you believe this?

I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

These are my notes based on the book by Frances Havergal, “Kept for the Master’s Use

KEPT FOR THE MASTERS USE Part 1

I am reading “Kept for the Master’s Use by Frances Havergal.
I want to share highlights and thoughts as I go through it. These are little bite sized chunks. I don’t know about you, but I want to really think on this and I do better with small chunks.

The first chapter is “Our lives kept for Jesus”
Frances tells us we have echoed these words, “Take my life, that it may be consecrated Lord to Thee.” Maybe we have run into dissatisfaction and disappointment in our consecration song. There seems to be a leak somewhere.
She gives us two points to look at.
When you said, “Take my life…”, did you believe he heard it? Do we doubt that the prayer reached him?
Isn’t this why we aren’t experiencing Him in all His power and joy? If we don’t trust this, He then causes us to feel unsettled, so that we will seek why we are not satisfied why we don’t have this fullness.
So I’ll leave it at that today.
Do you believe that he hears you?
Do you doubt what you have offered to him?(your life)
More on this tomorrow.

Waters of Meribah

Are you in the wilderness? Are you thirsty? Are you hungry? Are you complaining, longing to be fed?
What/who are you looking to meet these needs?
Jesus is our Rock and He will deliver running water that will fill us. Do we trust that He will do as He promises?
Are the people/leaders around you failing you? Let God deal with them. Your first priority is your dealings with God.
Why was it called the Waters of Meribah? The meaning is, bitter water. It was full of bickering and quarreling.
Why do we bicker and quarrel? Isn’t it that we aren’t trusting in God?
Whether we are leaders or whether we are being led, we are all dependent on God.
In our complaining and our feeble need, God is gracious and He longs to draw near to meet those needs.
What is our stumbling block?
One is taking our eyes off the Lord, and placing all blame on our leaders and outward circumstances. Have you given thought to the fact that God has you here for such a time as this?
He will not forsake you. He will supply all your needs.

Leaders, have you decided to take matters into your own hands? As Moses struck the rock, what rock are you striking out of impatience, anger and pride? The Lord asks, do you trust me? Are you bearing together in patience, mercy and grace? God is slow to anger but abounding in love. Are you quick to set everyone in their place? Leaders, make your dealings with God in reverence and all humility, for He will give you strength and grace to endure.

All of us can relate with being a leader and being led. We can put our feet in both of these sets of shoes, the one common denominator is humility; we are all under His authority and He wants our full heart. He longs for us to trust Him completely. Trust Him when the harvest is bountiful and even more trust Him in the wilderness. Trust Him when every fiber of your flesh wants to rebel. This is the place of rest.
“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Don’t take matters into your own hands. Give it ALL to the only Hand, the Hand of the Living God who is faithful until the end.
Always our dealings are first between ourselves and God. Vertical first.

Believe and trust Him!