On this page...

...you will find thoughts, observations, musings and discoveries that I want to share with you. I don't have an exact route that I am following for this journey. I simply want to be open and obedient to the leading of God's Spirit in my life. As I travel along, I will look for things that I believe may be of benefit to anyone who takes the time to look at this page. I pray that it will prove to be a source of encouragement, challenge and/or spiritual refreshing.

Blessings to you,

PR

The discipline of difficulty

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • August 02, 2019

The devotional entry for today from Oswald Chambers is based on John 16:33. It is very challenging and it goes against the current of popular Christianity. Read at your own risk.


An average view of the Christian life is that it means deliverance from trouble. It is deliverance in trouble, which is very different...

God does not give us overcoming life: He gives us life as we overcome. The strain is the strength. If there is no strain, there is no strength. Are you asking God to give you life and liberty and joy? He cannot, unless you will accept the strain. Immediately you face the strain, you will get the strength. Overcome your own timidity and take the step, and God will give you to eat of the tree of life and you will get nourishment. If you spend yourself out physically, you become exhausted; but spend yourself spiritually, and you get more strength. God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute. The temptation is to face difficulties from a commonsense standpoint. The saint is hilarious when he is crushed with difficulties because the thing is so ludicrously impossible to anyone but God.

 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).


Lord Jesus, give us a hunger for life that is really life. Cause our appetites to be adjusted to your spiritual diet. Help us to see that you know what your doing and that you have everything under control. Enable us to trust you through the storms of life. Reorient our thinking so that our first response is to run to you rather than question you when things don't go the way we think that they should. Thank you for your patient care and superintendence in our lives at all times. Amen!

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God has counted the cost

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • July 16, 2019

I want to share these words from F.B. Meyer that spoke to me:


What a comfort it is to realize that God counted the cost before he set about the task of redemption, whether of a world or of us as individuals. He knew all that it would cost, and surely he did not begin what he cannot complete!

 F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 141.


Be encouraged this day that God is in charge, that he has our best interests in mind, and that he is able to bring us through whatever life may throw our way.

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Your true value

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • July 05, 2019

I just want to encourage you with these words from F.B. Meyer,


The worth of a man cannot be computed by the amount that stands to his credit. Not what you have but what you are! That is your value in the eyes of God. Some men live to get; see to it that you live to be.

 F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 135.


Live for Jesus this day! Trust him to care for your needs. Be generous with his blessings in your life.

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How to teach prayer

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • June 28, 2019

I sure that many of us feel unqualified to teach, especially with regard to prayer. Here's a little encouragement for you if you struggle in this area. It is part of a devotional based on Luke 11:1-4.


The way to teach people to pray is to pray yourself. It was the habitual prayerfulness of Jesus that made the Apostles long to be taught to pray. What an example is here of the power of unconscious influence! If you desire that your children or scholars should pray, pray yourself.

 F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 132.


Lord, teach us to pray!

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The real business

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • June 20, 2019

Here are some words of encouragement to be about the business of praying:


The real business of your life as a saved soul is intercessory prayer. Wherever God puts you in circumstances, pray immediately, pray that His Atonement may be realized in other lives as it has been in yours. Pray for your friends now; pray for those with whom you come in contact now.

 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).


Let Jesus be your adequacy today as you boldly approach his throne with your requests. Believe that he hears you and will be responsive to you (Hebrews 4:14-16).


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What if...indeed!

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • June 17, 2019

I read Luke 8:26-39 this morning. It is the account of Jesus setting a man free from demon possession. It is a dramatic event that not only affected the man, but the whole region of the Gerasenes. I never get tired of reading about the power of Jesus over everything.


Later, I read this in a commentary and it really spoke to me: "If demons could possess a man with such power, what might not Christ do if we yielded ourselves absolutely to him!"

 F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 125.


I want to know what Jesus could do if he had absolute license to my life. How about you?

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The true rock

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • June 10, 2019

Here's a great truth to keep in mind at all times:


The rock is not the Church, nor doctrine, nor even the Bible, but Christ!

 F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 121.


Let's keep our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-3)!

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Abiding in Jesus

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • June 07, 2019

I just want to share this word from Oswald Chambers that I read this morning. I pray that it challenges and encourages you as much as it has for me.


The disciple who abides in Jesus is the will of God, and his apparently free choices are God’s fore-ordained decrees. Mysterious? Logically contradictory and absurd? Yes, but a glorious truth to a saint.

 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).


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Risk it all for Jesus!

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • May 30, 2019

Since we talked about being abandoned to God on Sunday (May 26), I think that these words from Oswald Chambers serve as a great follow up. Be encouraged and risk it all for Jesus!


Supposing God tells you to do something which is an enormous test to your common sense, what are you going to do? Hang back? If you get into the habit of doing a thing in the physical domain, you will do it every time until you break the habit determinedly; and the same is true spiritually. Again and again you will get up to what Jesus Christ wants, and every time you will turn back when it comes to the point, until you abandon resolutely. ‘Yes, but—supposing I do obey God in this matter, what about …?’ ‘Yes, I will obey God if He will let me use my common sense, but don’t ask me to take a step in the dark.’ Jesus Christ demands of the man who trusts Him the same reckless sporting spirit that the natural man exhibits. If a man is going to do anything worth while, there are times when he has to risk everything on his leap, and in the spiritual domain Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold by common sense and leap into what He says, and immediately you do, you find that what He says fits on as solidly as common sense. At the bar of common sense Jesus Christ’s statements may seem mad; but bring them to the bar of faith, and you begin to find with awestruck spirit that they are the words of God. Trust entirely in God, and when He brings you to the venture, see that you take it. We act like pagans in a crisis, only one out of a crowd is daring enough to bank his faith in the character of God.

 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).


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The graciousness of uncertainty

Clyde Ritchey Grimes • April 29, 2019

Oswald Chambers really "hit a home run" with this devotional. All I can say is this is the life that I want to live.


It doth not yet appear what we shall be. 1 John 3:2.

Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the nature of spiritual life. The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere. Common sense says—‘Well, supposing I were in that condition …’ We cannot suppose ourselves in any condition we have never been in.

Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness; it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. Jesus said “Except ye … become as little children.” Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next. If we are only certain in our beliefs, we get dignified and severe and have the ban of finality about our views; but when we are rightly related to God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy.

“Believe also in Me,” said Jesus, not—‘Believe certain things about Me.’ Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. Remain loyal to Him.

 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).


Lord, establish my certainty in you alone and enable me walk through the rest of life in the blissful freedom of the graciousness of uncertainty. Amen.

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