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Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 21, 2007]
My Utmost for His Highest (The Golden Book of Oswald Chambers; 1992) ^ | 1935/1992 | Oswald Chambers

Posted on 01/21/2007 3:26:40 AM PST by .30Carbine

Recall What God Remembers

" Thus says the Lord: ’I remember . . . the kindness of your youth . . .’ "

—Jeremiah 2:2

Am I as spontaneously kind to God as I used to be, or am I only expecting God to be kind to me? Does everything in my life fill His heart with gladness, or do I constantly complain because things don’t seem to be going my way? A person who has forgotten what God treasures will not be filled with joy. It is wonderful to remember that Jesus Christ has needs which we can meet— "Give Me a drink" (John 4:7). How much kindness have I shown Him in the past week? Has my life been a good reflection on His reputation?

God is saying to His people, "You are not in love with Me now, but I remember a time when you were." He says, "I remember . . . the love of your betrothal . . ." (Jeremiah 2:2). Am I as filled to overflowing with love for Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him? Does He ever find me pondering the time when I cared only for Him? Is that where I am now, or have I chosen man’s wisdom over true love for Him? Am I so in love with Him that I take no thought for where He might lead me? Or am I watching to see how much respect I get as I measure how much service I should give Him?

As I recall what God remembers about me, I may also begin to realize that He is not what He used to be to me. When this happens, I should allow the shame and humiliation it creates in my life, because it will bring godly sorrow, and "godly sorrow produces repentance . . ." (2 Corinthians 7:10).

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]


TOPICS: Ecumenism; General Discusssion; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: prayer; reflection; selfexamination
Come to these threads as you are; leave with what you have discovered.

Absolutely no flaming! These daily threads are intended to be devotional in nature. If a particular day's offering says nothing to you, please just go on and wait for the next day. Consider these threads a DMZ of sorts, a place where a perpetual truce is in effect and a place where all other arguments and disagreements from other times and places are left behind.

I can attest from personal experience that reading from Chambers daily will almost certainly change - not one's faith - but one's perspective of his/her own faith, and open up new vistas in your spiritual life. If - when - this happens to a reader of these threads, and they choose to share what has happened within them - we are treading on hallowed ground. Be respectful.

- Religion Moderator

1 posted on 01/21/2007 3:26:41 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Religion Moderator; .30Carbine; 185JHP; 1lawlady; abigail2; al_c; Alamo-Girl; AlbionGirl; AlguyA; ..
Devotion ping!
2 posted on 01/21/2007 3:28:16 AM PST by .30Carbine (God is working all together here)
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To: .30Carbine
Does He ever find me pondering the time when I cared only for Him? Is that where I am now, or have I chosen man’s wisdom over true love for Him? Am I so in love with Him that I take no thought for where He might lead me? Or am I watching to see how much respect I get as I measure how much service I should give Him?

This is good.

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that naturewill reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”- Galatians 6:7-8
3 posted on 01/21/2007 5:59:17 AM PST by Vision ("Delight yourself in the Lord; and he will give you your heart's desires." Psalm 37:4)
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To: .30Carbine

Thanks for the ping.

What a beautiful reminder that we were saved because of LOVE.
bp7


4 posted on 01/21/2007 8:01:38 AM PST by bperiwinkle7 ( In the beginning was the WORD,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: Vision
Thank you so much for your post of praise for the reflection and proclamation from the word, Vision!
5 posted on 01/21/2007 12:33:53 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: bperiwinkle7

Amen.


6 posted on 01/21/2007 12:36:27 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine
Am I as filled to overflowing with love for Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him?

So very important! See also the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2.

Thank you for this beautiful devotion!

7 posted on 01/21/2007 12:47:11 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: .30Carbine; All
This is just what I needed to read today.

Hope you are enjoying this Lord's day.

8 posted on 01/21/2007 1:53:02 PM PST by Kate of Spice Island (Jawn Eff Qari - what a maroon!)
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To: Alamo-Girl
Days ago my tagline read, "Firstlove feelings always have at their core an intense desire to be with the beloved."

I am always amazed how what God is speaking to me in other ways is clarified, confirmed, built upon by what I read in Chambers the next day, or the next!

I am grateful to testify that the love I have for Jesus Christ is as on-fire blazing full of joy and glory glowing as the day I was first saved! Hallelujah! Oh, our Gracious Lord! Make it so for every one who is Thine!

9 posted on 01/21/2007 3:06:05 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Kate of Spice Island

Thank you for that lovely testimony, dear Kate! Yes, my day is full of light! I hope yours is too - light and wonder!


10 posted on 01/21/2007 3:15:28 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine

I haven't always been referred to as 'the smartest one', or the 'quick learner'. But when God has been speaking just to me personally and I am hearing and redirecting myself according to what I'm hearing, And then He confirms it through something or someone else that I'm reading, it is truly a witness of the Holy Spirit and that I can hear Him without someone else to interpret it or drum it into me. He is so good, and patient and personal. That in itself makes you want to spend more time with Him.

have a blessed day.


11 posted on 01/21/2007 3:35:46 PM PST by grame (The sheep follow Him because they know His voice John 10:4)
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To: grame

Amen! Your witness is a huge encouragement and you a joy-bringer! Thank you so much, grame; you have a blessed day too!


12 posted on 01/21/2007 4:17:00 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: grame
He is so good, and patient and personal.
That in itself makes you want to spend more time with Him.




Just had to repeat that. Many thanks to you, and to Our Lovely God *for* you, dear grame.
13 posted on 01/21/2007 4:23:07 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine

Another body blow for good by Oswald.

Thanks.

Mercifully, God has brought me to the point where this one doesn't sting near as much as it did 30 years ago.

Nice to see He knows what He's doing in conforming me to the image of His Son.

Now, if He'd only work a little faster! LOL.

My emotions can still cover quite a range on a number of issues. But I'm emphatically more settled than ever

That God is God and always will be God.
That God is good all the time; that all the time, God is good.

That HE IS WORTHY our Praise and our Love.


14 posted on 01/21/2007 6:35:56 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: Vision

Hmmmmm, Vision,

would you like, or not like

to be on the

end times/dreams VISIONS/ prophecy

PING LIST?


15 posted on 01/21/2007 6:38:01 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: .30Carbine

I am grateful to testify that the love I have for Jesus Christ is as on-fire blazing full of joy and glory glowing as the day I was first saved! Hallelujah! Oh, our Gracious Lord! Make it so for every one who is Thine!
= = = =

Yes, Lord, hear our prayer.

And particularly be close to those who lack such overflowing wonderfulness but slog ahead for you with all the Love and faithfulness they know how to offer up.


16 posted on 01/21/2007 6:39:49 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: grame

But when God has been speaking just to me personally and I am hearing and redirecting myself according to what I'm hearing, And then He confirms it through something or someone else that I'm reading, it is truly a witness of the Holy Spirit and that I can hear Him without someone else to interpret it or drum it into me. He is so good, and patient and personal. That in itself makes you want to spend more time with Him.

= = = =

True, true.


17 posted on 01/21/2007 6:40:47 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: Quix

Sure, put me on.


18 posted on 01/21/2007 7:26:00 PM PST by Vision ("Delight yourself in the Lord; and he will give you your heart's desires." Psalm 37:4)
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To: Vision; Marysecretary

Done. You've been added to the

END TIMES/DREAMS/VISIONS/PROPHECY PING LIST.

Thanks.

Please let me and MarySecretary know if and when you need a break from it.

It's not a frequent ping list though things can go in spurts--nothing for weeks to months then 3-5 articles/posts.


19 posted on 01/21/2007 8:12:36 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: Quix
Tell me about this visions ping list...

I have dealt with having visions just about all of my life and feel quite blessed by it.

20 posted on 01/21/2007 8:31:49 PM PST by Kate of Spice Island (Jawn Eff Qari - what a maroon!)
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To: .30Carbine

Amen! Praise God!


21 posted on 01/21/2007 8:48:09 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Kate of Spice Island

Those of us who have such a perspective and set of experiences sometimes post articles or even visions, dreams, prophecies to the list in the religion forum. Sadly, it tends to end up being 98% me that does it.

There is now the caucus option which sometimes fits such things. So that cuts down wholesale on the ugly hostilities that some folks with different religious biases like to throw about on such threads.

In open threads, it gets so hostile virtually instantly that most folks of our persuasion just turn into lurkers.

Anyway--it's up to you. Just let me know.

Happy to read any dreams/visions you care to share.

Blessings,


22 posted on 01/21/2007 8:56:24 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: Quix
Add me to the ping list and I will see what I see.

If anything, it will give me a few friends that can relate to what happens in my world.

Of late, my ex-husband has been having experiences where he dreamed it some time ago and now it happens. I am glad he finally gets that I am not nuts and the fact that our boys have the same thing, too.

23 posted on 01/21/2007 9:16:43 PM PST by Kate of Spice Island (Jawn Eff Qari - what a maroon!)
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To: Kate of Spice Island

Happy to do so. Thanks for asking.


24 posted on 01/21/2007 9:24:16 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: Quix
Thank you so much for your testimony and prayer, dear Quix. I came across this wonderful hymn in my morning worship time, speaking to "remembrance" as Chambers does:

In the Hour of Trial


In the hour of trial, Jesus, plead for me,
Lest by base denial I depart from Thee.
When Thou seest me waver, with a look recall,
Nor for fear or favor suffer me to fall.

With forbidden pleasures would this vain world charm,
Or its sordid treasures spread to work me harm,
Bring to my remembrance sad Gethsemane,
Or, in darker semblance, cross-crowned Calvary.


Should Thy mercy send me sorrow, toil and woe,
Or should pain attend me on my path below,
Grant that I may never fail Thy hand to see;
Grant that I may ever cast my care on Thee.

When my last hour cometh, fraught with strife and pain,
When my dust returneth to the dust again,
On Thy truth relying, through that mortal strife,
Jesus, take me, dying, to eternal life.

~James Montgomery

Hebrews 2:
14Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 17Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

"I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail."
~Jesus, Luke 22:32

25 posted on 01/22/2007 2:22:56 AM PST by .30Carbine (Both of James Montgomery's parents, missionaries, died when he was twelve.)
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To: Kate of Spice Island; Quix; Marysecretary; Vision; Alamo-Girl
...a few friends that can relate to what happens in my world.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
~Psalm 133:1

It occurs to me that members of one family all share a resemblance, though the siblings be quite distinct from one another, and that in every single cell of one living body the same DNA can be found, though the parts are all quite different in appearance and function!
26 posted on 01/22/2007 2:31:11 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine

...a few friends that can relate to what happens in my world.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
~Psalm 133:1

It occurs to me that members of one family all share a resemblance, though the siblings be quite distinct from one another, and that in every single cell of one living body the same DNA can be found, though the parts are all quite different in appearance and function!

= = =

INDEED! A very favorite Scripture.

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.


27 posted on 01/22/2007 6:51:47 AM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: .30Carbine; Quix; Marysecretary; Vision; Alamo-Girl
On a private message board we discussed the group dislike to Sylvia Browne and in the end, it is her lack of humility and humanity and compassion, even though she made people more accepting to what we go through. Her arrogance takes away from the Lord's gifts and work within us.

I don't generally judge, but tend to sometimes make assessments of character to understand both others and myself. My post is not meant to be mean spirited in any way.

I am fortunate that the real Allison DuBois and her husband took me (and a few others...) under their wing. John Edward (not John Edwards) has the same "down to earth" quality as Allison and they make it easier for me.

Glad there are others that share here, too.

28 posted on 01/22/2007 9:03:14 AM PST by Kate of Spice Island (Jawn Eff Qari - what a maroon!)
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To: .30Carbine; Kate of Spice Island; Quix; Marysecretary; Vision
It occurs to me that members of one family all share a resemblance, though the siblings be quite distinct from one another, and that in every single cell of one living body the same DNA can be found, though the parts are all quite different in appearance and function!

The same is true for the Spirit - the mind of Christ (I Cor 2) - body of Christ.

That is the point of the good tree/good fruit test in Matthew 7. If we don't see all of the fruits of the Spirit in a spiritual leader, we can be sure the Spirit is not in control.

The fruits of the Spirit are named in Galatians 5, to paraphrase: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control.

29 posted on 01/22/2007 10:55:08 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl; .30Carbine; Quix; Marysecretary; Vision
Thank you all for your interaction and spiritual support.

I have a question or two for all of you that I will seind through FReepmail so that it is not attacked by potential lurkers.

Hugs,

Katherine

30 posted on 01/22/2007 5:05:59 PM PST by Kate of Spice Island (Jawn Eff Qari - what a maroon!)
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To: .30Carbine

Hi, love. That's a good one. I used to be a people pleaser but no more. I only want what Christ wants for me. Love, Mxxx


31 posted on 01/22/2007 7:57:12 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Quix

I had lunch with a good friend today and we went shopping, hallelujah! One of my favorite things to do. Anyway, at lunch she spoke about how much I had changed in the last five years, that I was no longer bitter and angry about my illness. That was such an encouragement to me because I know it's God's handiwork, not mine. He's given me peace about my life (and my death eventually) and He's beginning to answer prayers I've prayed for over 15 years. My oldest son actually came to church on Sunday! First time in a looonnnggg time. It was wonderful sitting between my two handsome sons. What a savior!


32 posted on 01/22/2007 8:00:50 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Marysecretary

Praise God.

Blessed to read the update and progress.

Yeah, we each have to make peace with our thrownness.

LUB,
His best to you,
D


33 posted on 01/22/2007 8:07:24 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: Quix; Marysecretary; Alamo-Girl; Kate of Spice Island

Please accept my apology: I've run out of time to reply on the thread!


34 posted on 01/23/2007 3:41:58 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine

No sweat.

We all have to be responsible to God about our use of time and energy.

Blessings to you and your Dad. Would appreciate an update sometime.


35 posted on 01/23/2007 4:51:03 AM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: Alamo-Girl; Kate of Spice Island

I can do no better than to bump A-G's reply!


36 posted on 01/23/2007 1:31:04 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Marysecretary
I used to be a people pleaser but no more. I only want what Christ wants for me.

We have a great deal in common, my sister. I love you very much.

37 posted on 01/23/2007 1:32:08 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Marysecretary

Thank you for sharing this glorious testimony!


38 posted on 01/23/2007 1:32:44 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Quix

Did so via FReepmail, my FRiend. Thank you.


39 posted on 01/23/2007 1:33:21 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine

Ditto, my FRiend!


40 posted on 01/23/2007 4:23:42 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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