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Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 22, 2007]
My Utmost for His Highest (The Golden Book of Oswald Chambers; 1992) ^ | 1935/1992 | Oswald Chambers

Posted on 01/22/2007 3:10:15 AM PST by .30Carbine

Am I Looking To God?

" Look to Me, and be saved . . . "

Isaiah 45:22

Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says, "Look to Me, and be saved . . . ." The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere. The basic lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is to narrow all your interests until your mind, heart, and body are focused on Jesus Christ. "Look to Me . . . ."

Many of us have a mental picture of what a Christian should be, and looking at this image in other Christians’ lives becomes a hindrance to our focusing on God. This is not salvation— it is not simple enough. He says, in effect, "Look to Me and you are saved," not "You will be saved someday." We will find what we are looking for if we will concentrate on Him. We get distracted from God and irritable with Him while He continues to say to us, "Look to Me, and be saved . . . ." Our difficulties, our trials, and our worries about tomorrow all vanish when we look to God.

Wake yourself up and look to God. Build your hope on Him. No matter how many things seem to be pressing in on you, be determined to push them aside and look to Him. "Look to Me . . . ." Salvation is yours the moment you look.

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 01/22/2007 3:10:16 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 01/22/2007 3:10:50 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: All
From my daily hymnbook, today's entry seemed quite appropriate for this day in our history as Americans, the anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court.

Reading Chambers' devotion, it seems even more fitting.

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

~William Cowper

3 posted on 01/22/2007 3:18:52 AM PST by .30Carbine (Lord God Almighty, please forgive us; end abortion in our day, in Jesus' Holy Name.)
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To: .30Carbine

Thanks for sharing, Carbine. Both the devotion and song are a beautiful reminder to look to Jesus always.
May you have an extra blessed day!


4 posted on 01/22/2007 3:30:39 AM PST by GracieRose
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To: .30Carbine
[ Am I Looking To God?
" Look to Me, and be saved . . . " —Isaiah 45:22 ]

When God SEEMS far away...
WHO MOVED?...

5 posted on 01/22/2007 4:06:06 AM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: .30Carbine

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8,9

"He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he." Deuteronomy 32:4


6 posted on 01/22/2007 4:29:19 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

What Daily Hymnbook?
Show me.
Thanks as always.
bp7


7 posted on 01/22/2007 5:00:59 AM PST by bperiwinkle7 ( In the beginning was the WORD,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: .30Carbine
I posted on yesterday's thread and it speaks to this. It had to do with Sylvia Browne and I guess the thing that was so upsetting was that she told the family of the boy that was missing for four years that was just recently found...she told the family he was dead and described where to look for his body. In the end, that wasted time in looking for him alive.

Anyhow, I find myself looking in the good times, but still need to find a place to worship that I feel comfortable with (besides in my own home...)

8 posted on 01/22/2007 9:09:42 AM PST by Kate of Spice Island (Jawn Eff Qari - what a maroon!)
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To: Kate of Spice Island
Daily Christian Wisdom

If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it’s not the gospel you believe, but yourself.

-Augustine of Hippo

This is another way to kinda sum it up, eh?

9 posted on 01/22/2007 9:23:42 AM PST by Kate of Spice Island (Jawn Eff Qari - what a maroon!)
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To: .30Carbine
Wake yourself up and look to God.

Amen! Amen! Amen! Thank you for this beautiful devotion!
10 posted on 01/22/2007 10:56:53 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: .30Carbine

Praise-sharing bump.


11 posted on 01/22/2007 4:03:32 PM PST by Ciexyz (In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6)
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To: Alamo-Girl

Prayers offered up for all those traveling back from the March for Life in Washington DC.


12 posted on 01/22/2007 4:39:15 PM PST by Ciexyz (In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6)
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To: .30Carbine
My All-Time Favorite Hymn by our Brother William Cowper; how Beautiful and Spirit-Enabled it is!

Thank you for this Lovely Blessing!

Great is Jehovah! Greatly Praise Him! (Ps.145:2)

13 posted on 01/22/2007 9:09:34 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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To: Ciexyz

I join in your prayer!


14 posted on 01/22/2007 10:00:09 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: GracieRose; hosepipe; Vision; bperiwinkle7; Kate of Spice Island; Alamo-Girl; Ciexyz; ...

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


15 posted on 01/23/2007 3:43:58 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine
[ Please accept my apology: I've run out of time to reply on the thread! ]

HuH!...

16 posted on 01/23/2007 6:56:46 AM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: .30Carbine
Your Sweetness Brought a Smile of Love to my Face! : )


17 posted on 01/23/2007 8:39:31 AM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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To: Kitty Mittens
LOL - Your sweetness is bringing a smile to mine, dear one! Thank you so much for the gift of the flowers.

(I felt very badly about not planning my morning better!)

18 posted on 01/23/2007 12:41:22 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: hosepipe
HuH!...

I myself was astounded at my stupidity! (:

19 posted on 01/23/2007 12:42:29 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Kitty Mittens

I remembered as I posted it that you have been posting on the prayer thread some of the most heartfelt, worshipful hymns ever, written by this dear man. I've prayed through and worshiped by and thanked God for every one!


20 posted on 01/23/2007 12:45:02 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Ciexyz

You are so gifted and filled with loving goodness from Jesus - you've remembered to pray for these travelers every year as I recall. Thank you.


21 posted on 01/23/2007 12:46:16 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Ciexyz

...and amen! there is much to lead to praise on this thread!


22 posted on 01/23/2007 12:46:55 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Alamo-Girl
You're welcome my dear FRiend. I've been so filled with thanksgiving these January days especially as I've posted the thread, knowing my year is coming to its close, and knowing how very faithful my Jesus has been to me through it, and how kind, how very gracious, to grant me this great privilege. It is beyond comprehension, His Love, His Power.
23 posted on 01/23/2007 12:49:23 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine
[ I myself was astounded at my stupidity! ]

Me too about my own..

24 posted on 01/23/2007 12:52:52 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: Kate of Spice Island
I love that quote! Thank you so much, Kate! I have a series of books with quotes and excerpts from the Early Church Fathers - Rekindling the Inner Fire Devotional Series, by David Hazard. They are a delight. You will believe this: When I awoke this morning it was from a dream in which I had been speaking with Tertullian (circa AD 160-220). I ran to my bookcase to find the book in the series titled You Give Me New Life: The Early Disciples, and found a bio. and excerpt from Tertullian there! Here is just a taste of what that early disciple wrote on the The [Lord's] Prayer:

[S]ome mistakenly think that God needs to hear our praises - as if He were some earthly king who needs the kind words of His subjects. This is not so. God's name is hallowed, and it is we who need to be reminded. For God is not made holy by us, or by our words - we are made holy in Him.

Sadly, "Tertullian became a critic of grace," and an author of "Montanism forc[ing] rigid rules on naive converts." Those comments from the bio. directly spoke to some recent conversations I've eavesdropped on here at FR. As Chambers says so well in this devotion:

Many of us have a mental picture of what a Christian should be, and looking at this image in other Christians’ lives becomes a hindrance to our focusing on God. This is not salvation— it is not simple enough.

25 posted on 01/23/2007 1:04:28 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Kate of Spice Island

May God our Every-Provider lead you to just the right place of fellowship, teaching, worship, togetherness that will fit perfectly with your needs and desires, just the way He made thee, and as only He knows. Amen in Jesus!


26 posted on 01/23/2007 1:06:28 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: bperiwinkle7
Hi bp! My "daily hymnbook" is called The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown and Mark R. Norton, with devotionals written by William J. Peterson and Randy Petersen; Tyndale House, Wheaton, IL., 1995.
27 posted on 01/23/2007 1:10:16 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Vision

Amen, and thank you very much for those good words from Scripture, Vision!


28 posted on 01/23/2007 1:11:09 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: hosepipe
When God SEEMS far away...
WHO MOVED?...

Perfect! I love that! Thank you!

29 posted on 01/23/2007 1:12:00 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: GracieRose
Both the devotion and song are a beautiful reminder to look to Jesus always.

I'm so glad we see it the same way! May it be so for us and all who come here always, that we ever only always look to and see Jesus fully, joyfully, simply!

30 posted on 01/23/2007 1:15:34 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: hosepipe

LOL!


31 posted on 01/23/2007 1:16:57 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine

Thanks!


32 posted on 01/23/2007 3:33:00 PM PST by bperiwinkle7 ( In the beginning was the WORD,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: .30Carbine
I thank God for you and praise Him for your sanctification and abundant joy!

And I thank you for your faithfulness and love in posting these devotions and more importantly in encouraging the sharing of testimonies and worship which follow.

33 posted on 01/23/2007 10:02:41 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

Thank you, A-G. Laurels for Jesus.


34 posted on 01/24/2007 3:08:09 AM PST by .30Carbine
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