Skip to comments.Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 11, 2012]
Posted on 03/11/2012 6:24:27 AM PDT by Vision
If we lose “the heavenly vision” God has given us, we alone are responsible not God. We lose the vision because of our own lack of spiritual growth. If we do not apply our beliefs about God to the issues of everyday life, the vision God has given us will never be fulfilled. The only way to be obedient to “the heavenly vision” is to give our utmost for His highest our best for His glory. This can be accomplished only when we make a determination to continually remember Gods vision. But the acid test is obedience to the vision in the details of our everyday life sixty seconds out of every minute, and sixty minutes out of every hour, not just during times of personal prayer or public meetings.
“Though it tarries, wait for it . . .” (Habakkuk 2:3). We cannot bring the vision to fulfillment through our own efforts, but must live under its inspiration until it fulfills itself. We try to be so practical that we forget the vision. At the very beginning we saw the vision but did not wait for it. We rushed off to do our practical work, and once the vision was fulfilled we could no longer even see it. Waiting for a vision that “tarries” is the true test of our faithfulness to God. It is at the risk of our own souls welfare that we get caught up in practical busy-work, only to miss the fulfillment of the vision.
Watch for the storms of God. The only way God plants His saints is through the whirlwind of His storms. Will you be proven to be an empty pod with no seed inside? That will depend on whether or not you are actually living in the light of the vision you have seen. Let God send you out through His storm, and dont go until He does. If you select your own spot to be planted, you will prove yourself to be an unproductive, empty pod. However, if you allow God to plant you, you will “bear much fruit” (John 15:8).
It is essential that we live and “walk in the light” of Gods vision for us (1 John 1:7).
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was born July 24, 1874, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Converted in his teen years under the ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, he studied art and archaeology at the University of Edinburgh before answering a call from God to the Christian ministry. He then studied theology at Dunoon College. From 1906-1910 he conducted an itinerant Bible-teaching ministry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan.
In 1910, Chambers married Gertrude Hobbs. They had one daughter, Kathleen.
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 troops from Australia and New Zealand as a YMCA chaplain. He died there November 15, 1917, following surgery for a ruptured appendix.
Although Oswald Chambers wrote only one book, Baffled to Fight Better, more than thirty titles bear his name. With this one exception, published works were compiled by Mrs. Chambers, a court stenographer, from her verbatim shorthand notes of his messages taken during their seven years of marriage. For half a century following her husband's death she labored to give his words to the world.
My Utmost For His Highest, his best-known book, has been continuously in print in the United States since 1935 and remains in the top ten titles of the religious book bestseller list with millions of copies in print. It has become a Christian classic.
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Paul did as it is written have a “vision” when he was knocked off his steed..
He had a “vision” not a metaphorical vision but an actual one..
He wasn’t kidding or being rhetorical to Festus.. he was “serious”..
Paul had a “vision” it was and is reported..
Which means he “SAW” something.. meaning a heavenly vision of something..
Could explain him turning an about face so to speak.. and going another direction..
Another direction in his life.. If so, then he wasn’t merely mouthing dogma...
He was a witness to something.. He saw something..
Wonder how common it was for believers to “see something” in those days?..
You know have a “vision”... a heavenly vision, not a vague mental concept..
Could it be possible in these days too if it is possible at all..
Wonder what would happen if some asked for one.. i.e. a vision..
Would they get a vision that might mess with their lifestyle?..
OR would they even want one?.. a vision to challenge everything they believe in..
-OR- would they be very happy right now, thank you very much..
America is appearing to resemble Sodom these days..
You know Sodom (on steroids) as they say..
I HAD ONE.. so I testify it is possible..