Coach's Clipboard
Issue #483
November 27, 2017
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Do  not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.  Psalm 51:11,12 (NASB)

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  
John 14:26 (NIV)

The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will extol Him.
Exodus 15:2 (NASB)

He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.  Isaiah 40:29 (NASB)






My new favorite word is invincible.  Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost For His Highest, writes: "No power on earth or hell can conquer the Spirit of God living within the human spirit; it creates an inner invincibility."


Jesus says, "Come to me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, I will give you rest" Matthew 11:28 (NLT).


Jesus states in Matthew 11:29, "Take my yoke upon you.  Let me teach you..." (NLT).


Jesus is asking us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together.  The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us and to learn from Him.


Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is asking us to get into the harness with Him.  Imagine yourself trying to remove a stump by hitting it with a sledge hammer.  Wouldn't that job be a lot easier if a person drives by on a John Deere tractor and offers to help?  Satan often tries to stir up our old nature and tempt us into trying to do things ourselves.  When this occurs, our reply should be, "No, I'm in the harness with Him (Jesus)!  We have an eternal contract.  He does the heavy lifting now but He is teaching me every day how to be more useful.  His yoke fits me perfectly and He never gives me more than I can carry.  He created me so He knows what is best for me all the time."


It's no fun to learn the hard way: always weary and burdened down, yoked to the wrong yoke-fellow.  It would be foolish to go back to that crooked and perverse way of life.  We are invincible when we walk in the strength, power, and identity of the One who said "Lo, I am with you (sharing your yoke) always even until the end of the world."


Charles Swindoll puts it well, "Jesus told us that the life He lived is possible to be lived day after day when we draw upon the strength of the Spirit of God who lives within us."


"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" 

2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV).


"Saints are immortal until their work on earth is done."  (Unknown)


"But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" Romans 8:37-39 (NASB).

   Q uotes
Let's call it by another word: Enthusiasm.  Og Mandino, author of The Great Salesman in the world, said, "Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm.  Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning.  Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity, but with it you can accomplish miracles."
     The word enthusiasm comes from two Greek words: en, meaning "in" or "within", and theos, meaning "God".  Enthusiasm, therefore, is "God within."  That's a great way to describe the source of our passion.  Passionate living is not only directed to Christ through whatever we do and whomever we serve, but the passion to do what we do comes from the Lord Christ within, in the person of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  Christ is our passion because we were first His passion.  As Erwin McManus pointed out:
While a common definition of passion is "a compelling emotion or desire," the most unusual definition of passion is the sufferings of Christ on the cross.  The second definition was for many years the primary definition in Webster's Dictionary.  It is not incidental that the death of Jesus has come to be known as the Passion.  The cross of Jesus Christ points to everything that God is passionate about.  God the Son so passionately loves humanity that He was willing to give even His own life in our behalf.  You know what you are really passionate about when you are willing to lay your life down for it.
p. 45
Life Wide Open by David Jeremiah

The moods that will dominate your life are resentment, anxiety, unsatisfied desire.  The key to maintaining this inner life is found in Psalm 10:4:
"In their pride the wicked do not seek Him; In all their thoughts there is no room for God."

It's not hard to cultivate this kind of mind.  All you have to do is avoid contact with anything that would disrupt this flow of thoughts.  Avoid Scripture, avoid wise and honest people who know you deeply, avoid honest self-examination, avoid contact with people in need who might move you to compassion.  Avoid looking for Waldo.

Mostly you have to make sure that in your thoughts there is no room for God.  Stay tuned to other channels.
p. 94
God Is Closer Than You Think by John Ortberg

The Holy Spirit who now lives in you is the same Holy Spirit in Genesis 1 who hovered over the formless, empty, dark blob of earth that dangled in space.  As He powerfully energized and pulsated the atmosphere, He prepared the planet to receive God's Word and be transformed into a place of purpose and beauty that ultimately, in the end, reflected the image of God.

That same Holy Spirit is now powerfully at work in your life, hovering over your heart, preparing you to love God and be fully aware of His love for you.  He hovers over your mind, preparing you to understand spiritual things and the truth of His Word.  He hovers over your will, preparing you to make decisions that are pleasing to Him.  All the power of God - the same power that hung the stars in place and put the planets in their courses and transformed Earth - now resides in you to energize and strengthen you to become the person God created you to be.
pp. 164-5
Just Give Me Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz
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1. Pray:  In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.  
Exodus 15:13 (NASB)

2. Pray: Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:29 (NASB)
3. Pray: It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1 (NASB)

4. Pray:  Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.  
1 Chronicles 16:11 (NASB)

5. Praise: It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
Psalm 18:32 (NIV)

6. Praise: The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.  My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.  
Psalm 28:7 (NIV)
7. Pray: The Preservation Project.
8. Pray: Philippines radio & broadcast.

Prayer: Lord, I am joining Paul in his testimony to the Philippians: "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

What a blessing to know that we are "safe in the arms of Jesus".  Let's sing together Safe in the Arms of Jesus by Fanny J. Crosby.

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breasts,
There by His love o'ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! 'tis the voice of angels, borne in a song to me.
Over the fields of glory, over the jasper sea.

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world's temptations, sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials, only a few more tears!

Jesus, my heart's dear Refuge, Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages, ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience, wait till the night is o'er;
Wait till I see the morning break on the golden shore.

What a blessing! 
Safe in His arms,
Pearl Anderson

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)