Skip to comments.Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 28, 2006]
Posted on 12/28/2006 3:20:11 AM PST by .30Carbine
These words of our Lord refer to our initial conversion, but we should continue to turn to God as children, being continuously converted every day of our lives. If we trust in our own abilities, instead of Gods, we produce consequences for which God will hold us responsible. When God through His sovereignty brings us into new situations, we should immediately make sure that our natural life submits to the spiritual, obeying the orders of the Spirit of God. Just because we have responded properly in the past is no guarantee that we will do so again. The response of the natural to the spiritual should be continuous conversion, but this is where we so often refuse to be obedient. No matter what our situation is, the Spirit of God remains unchanged and His salvation unaltered. But we must "put on the new man . . ." ( Ephesians 4:24 ). God holds us accountable every time we refuse to convert ourselves, and He sees our refusal as willful disobedience. Our natural life must not rule God must rule in us.
To refuse to be continuously converted puts a stumbling block in the growth of our spiritual life. There are areas of self-will in our lives where our pride pours contempt on the throne of God and says, "I wont submit." We deify our independence and self-will and call them by the wrong name. What God sees as stubborn weakness, we call strength. There are whole areas of our lives that have not yet been brought into submission, and this can only be done by this continuous conversion. Slowly but surely we can claim the whole territory for the Spirit of God.
In 1910 Chambers married Gertrude Hobbs. They had one daughter, Kathleen, who still resides in London (as of 1992).
In 1911 he founded and became principal of the Bible Training College in Clapham, London, where he lectured until the school was closed in 1915 because of World War I. In October 1915 he sailed for Zeitoun, Egypt (near Cairo), where he ministered to Australian and New Zealand troops as a YMCA chaplain. He died there November 15, 1917, following surgery for a ruptured appendix.
My Utmost for His Highest, his best-known book, has been continuously in print in the United States since 1935 and in this, the last decade of the century, remains in the top ten titles of the religious book bestseller list with millions of copies in print. It has become a Christian classic. [from the flyleaf of the book]
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"Take up your cross and follow after me" ping.
Todays Reflection nicely illustrates what I need to work on.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.- Matthew 11:28
"The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity...." (Deuteronomy 28:1)
Thank God, it just don't fit no more (;
As you note, we are commanded to take up our cross, and that daily. Thank you.
Thank You so much Jesus!
That right there!
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me." (Psalms 51:10)
I love praying David's prayers. Thank you, dear Vision.
"Slowly but surely we can claim the whole territory for the Spirit of God." ~Chambers
So how's it going? (:
Slow but sure.
Good answer! (: lol