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Everything Counts: A Year's Worth of Devotions on Radical Living

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Overview

For generations, people all over the world have been touched by the godly insights of Oswald Chambers. Now Everything Counts presents his work in a new and fresh form especially designed to speak to today s generation. Writer Steve Case has distilled and expanded the truth, wisdom, and spiritual insight so that a new generation will be moved by these soul-stirring revelations. The new format builds upon the verses for each day. It excerpts the essence of Chambers memorable reflections and summarizes them in the section called Just Between God and You. Then it encourages students to process these spiritual truths and apply them in their lives."

Details

  • SKU: 9780310254089
  • UPC: 025986254087
  • SKU10: 0310254086
  • Title: Everything Counts: A Year's Worth of Devotions on Radical Living
  • Series: Invert Invert
  • Qty Remaining Online: 50
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
  • Date Published: Aug 2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Age Range: 13 - 16
  • Grade Level: 8th Grade thru 11th Grade
  • Weight lbs: 0.65
  • Dimensions: 7.90" L x 5.30" W x 1.00" H
  • Features: Price on Product, Illustrated, Ikids
  • Themes: Theometrics | Evangelical;
  • Category: YOUTH MINISTRY
  • Subject: Devotional

Chapter Excerpt


Chapter One

* 01.01 *

^ what's your point? ^

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. [Philippians 1:20]

It all starts here. Before you can go any further you have to understand this one main point. Ready? From this point on EVERYTHING COUNTS. Everything you do, do as a servant of God. Everywhere you go, go with God at your side. Every person you meet, greet them as a child of God. You have to be willing to give the whole sha-bang of your being to this journey, or else you 're just reading words. Got that? The one thing you have that no one can ever take away from you is you. No one can ever TAKE it-but you can give it away. That's hard. But once you give all that you are to God, you will begin an adventure like nothing you've ever experienced.

> JUST BETWEEN YOU AND GOD <

When you pray ask God to use all of you-all your talents, all your mind, all your heart. Physically. Emotionally. Mentally. Ask God to use all of you so that no part of your mind, body, and soul will go unused. Ask-and then listen.

^[OZ says:] An overweening consideration for ourselves is the thing that keeps us from that decision, though we put it that we are considering others. When we consider what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He does not know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point; He does know. Shut out every other consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only-My Utmost for His Highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and for him alone. ^

GOD FIRST. GOD LAST. GOD IN ALL THINGS. GOD IN ALL WAYS. CAN YOU HANDLE THAT? OKAY THEN, LET'S GO.

* 01.02 *

^ road trip ^

. Abraham . obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. [Hebrews 11:8]

Toss the map. It won't do you any good on this journey. Journey? This is more like an adventure. Pack light 'cause you don't know what you'll need. You are venturing out on the 100 percent grace of God. You don't get to know where until you get there. You don't know what you're going to see until you see it. Is that a scary way to travel? For some, yes. For others, it's the only way. On this particular road trip it's essential.

> JUST BETWEEN YOU AND GOD

^ [OZ says:] Each morning you wake it is to be a "going out," building in confidence on God . Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is. Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you go out in surrender to Him until you are not surprised an atom at anything He does? Suppose God is the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him-what an impertinence worry is! Let the attitude of the life be a continual going out in dependence upon God, and your life will have an ineffable charm about it, which is a satisfaction to Jesus. You have to learn to go out of convictions, out of creeds, out of experiences, until so far as your faith is concerned, there is nothing between yourself and God. ^

CLOSE YOUR EYES. TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF THE WHEEL. YOU AIN'T IN CHARGE THIS TIME, SPARKY.

* 01.03 *

^ the thunder rolls ^

Clouds and thick darkness surround him . [Psalm 97:2]

These are more than just words. Jesus was more than just a really nice guy who told nice stories about nice things. There comes a point where the words become real, and then the very real sense of just who this man was settles into our minds. It's like a storm that's out there someplace and we are just beginning to hear the thunder or smell the wind. We come up with all sorts of ways to deal with our understanding of Jesus. We paint pictures and write songs. We create wonderful visuals of Jesus standing with his arm around our shoulder. Jesus as our friend is only the beginning. There's so much more. The sheer awesomeness is a light so bright it could knock us to the ground. (That actually happened to a few people in the Bible.)

> JUST BETWEEN YOU AND GOD <

Offer a prayer. Maybe you can even get on your knees for this one. See him as more than a buddy. He is your only God. Did you create a universe; put the stars in place; dig out the space for the oceans and mold the mountains? When you close this book and pray, remember that you are praying to the one who did all these things.

^ [OZ says:] . The only possibility of understanding the teaching of Jesus is by the light of the Spirit of God on the inside. If we have never had the experience of taking our commonplace religious shoes off our commonplace religious feet, and getting rid of all the undue familiarity with which we approach God, it is questionable whether we have ever stood in His presence. The people who are flippant and familiar are those who have never yet been introduced to Jesus Christ. After the amazing delight and liberty of realizing what Jesus Christ does, comes the impenetrable darkness of realizing Who He is. ^

THIS IS DEEPER THAN YOU THINK. THIS IS ALL FAR FROM OVER. YOU MAY BE IN OVER YOUR HEAD. DO YOU WANT TO GET WET?

* 01.04 *

^ do not pass go ^

Peter asked, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you." [John 13:37]

Imagine your life as an airline pilot. You're sitting behind the controls reviewing your checklist. Every instrument is in order. Every gauge is working. Now you must sit and wait for clearance from the tower. It's completely normal to want to throw the throttle and take off down the runway, but God must give you the clearance. Wait. Listen to the comforting hum of the engines. You're ready. God knows that. Listen for the signal. Timing is everything. Just because you're ready to take off doesn't mean you can. Just because the road is clear ahead of you doesn't mean it's safe. You promised you would trust him, remember? So relax for a minute. Ask God when to go. He will let you know when the time is right.

> JUST BETWEEN YOU AND GOD <

This time ask God for patience. Ask him to help you learn how to wait. That's a hard thing for some people. Ask God to show you the right path when HE wants you to see it, no matter how badly you want to get started. Ask him to light the path and make it ready so you won't stumble when you begin. Pray that you will be ready for it when it begins.

^ [OZ says:] There are times when you cannot understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it in,but wait. The blank space may come in order to teach you what sanctification means, or it may come after sanctification to teach you what service means. Never run before God's guidance. If there is the slightest doubt,then He is not guiding. Whenever there is doubt-don't. ^

RELAX. GOD KNOWS WHEN. HE'LL TELL YOU. HONEST.

* 01.05 *

^ when you 're all done . you can start ^

Simon Peter asked him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus replied, "Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later." [John 13:36]

There is a brief moment, before you jump off the bungee platform, when you are fully aware of your situation. Nothing you can do at that moment will prepare you for what is about to happen. Entering into a friendship with God is like this. All your preconceived notions are meaningless. You are about to fall under the control of the Holy Spirit. Every cell of your being lights up. Jesus said, "Follow me." He didn't say mostly, or nearly completely, he just said, "Follow me." Up until now you have relied on your own beliefs, attitudes, talents, and ideas. Ditch them. Jesus wants your complete and total devotion. Follow him.

> JUST BETWEEN YOU AND GOD <

When you close this book, pray that you areclosing the book on something that has held you back until now. Ask God's forgiveness and start fresh. It's all new, a new beginning. Close the book on the past and pray that you will follow Jesus with your heart, mind, and soul.

^ [OZ says:] No matter what changes God has wrought in you, never rely upon them; build only on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives. All our vows and resolutions end in denial because we have no power to carry them out. When we have come to the end of ourselves, not in imagination but really, we are able to receive the Holy Spirit. "Receive ye the Holy Ghost"-the idea is that of invasion. There is only one lodestar in the life now, the Lord Jesus Christ. ^

WITHOUT HESITATION. WITHOUT COMPLICATION. FOLLOW. JUST FOLLOW.

(Continues.)

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