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  • Gingrich, Others to Attend Huckabee Iowa Event on Abortion

    12/13/2011 11:41:11 PM PST · by .30Carbine · 9 replies
    UrbandalePatch ^ | December 13, 2011 | Ashlee Kieler
        Nearly four years after winning the Iowa caucuses — and derailing Mitt Romney's express train to the Republican nomination for president — Mike Huckabee is returning to Iowa in the homestretch of the 2012 caucus campaign. The former Arkansas governor and current Fox News host is providing a forum for candidates to discuss their pro-life stance. Huckabee will premiere a 60-minute documentary produced by Citizens United, called "The Gift of Life," Wednesday night at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. GOP presidential candidates Michele Bachman, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will each give a five- to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 31, 2007]

    01/31/2007 3:11:58 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 10 replies · 216+ views
    Do You See Your Calling? " . . . separated to the gospel of God. . . " —Romans 1:1 Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the gospel of God. The one all-important thing is that the gospel of God should be recognized as the abiding reality. Reality is not human goodness, or holiness, or heaven, or hell— it is redemption. The need to perceive this is the most vital need of the Christian worker today. As workers, we have to get used to the revelation that redemption is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 30, 2007]

    01/30/2007 3:43:03 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 14 replies · 179+ views
    The Dilemma of Obedience " Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision " —1 Samuel 3:15 God never speaks to us in dramatic ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand. Then we say, "I wonder if that is God’s voice?" Isaiah said that the Lord spoke to him "with a strong hand," that is, by the pressure of his circumstances (Isaiah 8:11). Without the sovereign hand of God Himself, nothing touches our lives. Do we discern His hand at work, or do we see things as mere occurrences? Get into the habit of saying, "Speak, Lord,"...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 29, 2007]

    01/29/2007 3:19:56 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 5 replies · 131+ views
    How Could Someone Be So Ignorant! " Who are You, Lord? " —Acts 26:15 "The Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand . . ." (Isaiah 8:11). There is no escape when our Lord speaks. He always comes using His authority and taking hold of our understanding. Has the voice of God come to you directly? If it has, you cannot mistake the intimate insistence with which it has spoken to you. God speaks in the language you know best— not through your ears, but through your circumstances. God has to destroy our determined confidence in our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 28, 2007]

    01/28/2007 3:23:10 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 8 replies · 113+ views
    How Could Someone So Persecute Jesus! " Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? " —Acts 26:14 Are you determined to have your own way in living for God? We will never be free from this trap until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of "the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matthew 3:11). Stubbornness and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Whenever we are obstinate and self-willed and set on our own ambitions, we are hurting Jesus. Every time we stand on our own rights and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 27, 2007]

    01/27/2007 3:22:47 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 17 replies · 163+ views
    Look Again and Think " Do not worry about your life . . . " —Matthew 6:25 A warning which needs to be repeated is that "the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches," and the lust for other things, will choke out the life of God in us (Matthew 13:22). We are never free from the recurring waves of this invasion. If the frontline of attack is not about clothes and food, it may be about money or the lack of money; or friends or lack of friends; or the line may be drawn over difficult...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 26, 2007]

    01/26/2007 2:42:06 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 19 replies · 197+ views
    Look Again and Consecrate " If God so clothes the grass of the field . . . will He not much more clothe you . . . ? " —Matthew 6:30 A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us because we will not be simple. How can we maintain the simplicity of Jesus so that we may understand Him? By receiving His Spirit, recognizing and relying on Him, and obeying Him as He brings us the truth of His Word, life will become amazingly simple. Jesus asks us to consider that "if God so clothes the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 25, 2007]

    01/25/2007 2:24:40 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 16 replies · 215+ views
    Leave Room for God " When it pleased God . . . " —Galatians 1:15 As servants of God, we must learn to make room for Him— to give God "elbow room." We plan and figure and predict that this or that will happen, but we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses. Would we be surprised if God came into our meeting or into our preaching in a way we had never expected Him to come? Do not look for God to come in a particular way, but do look for Him. The...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 24, 2007]

    01/24/2007 3:20:30 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 17 replies · 178+ views
    God’s Overpowering Purpose " I have appeared to you for this purpose. . . " —Acts 26:16 The vision Paul had on the road to Damascus was not a passing emotional experience, but a vision that had very clear and emphatic directions for him. And Paul stated, "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision" (Acts 26:15-19). Our Lord said to Paul, in effect, "Your whole life is to be overpowered or subdued by Me; you are to have no end, no aim, and no purpose but Mine." And the Lord also says to us, "You did not choose...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 23, 2007]

    01/23/2007 2:56:18 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 55 replies · 290+ views
    Transformed by Beholding " We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image. . . " —2 Corinthians 3:18 The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others. When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord’s own character. Beware...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 22, 2007]

    01/22/2007 3:10:15 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 33 replies · 235+ views
    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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 21, 2007]

    01/21/2007 3:26:40 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 39 replies · 286+ views
    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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 20, 2007]

    01/20/2007 3:35:11 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 18 replies · 188+ views
    Are You Fresh for Everything? " Jesus answered and said to him, ’Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’ " —John 3:3 Sometimes we are fresh and eager to attend a prayer meeting, but do we feel that same freshness for such mundane tasks as polishing shoes? Being born again by the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, and as surprising as God Himself. We don’t know where it begins— it is hidden away in the depths of our soul. Being born...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 19, 2007]

    01/19/2007 3:20:56 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 106 replies · 678+ views
    Vision and Darkness " When the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him " —Genesis 15:12 Whenever God gives a vision to a Christian, it is as if He puts him in "the shadow of His hand" (Isaiah 49:2). The saint’s duty is to be still and listen. There is a "darkness" that comes from too much light - that is the time to listen. The story of Abram and Hagar in Genesis 16 is an excellent example of listening to so-called good advice during a time...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 18, 2007]

    01/18/2007 3:09:30 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 7 replies · 153+ views
    "It Is the Lord!" " Thomas answered and said to Him, ’My Lord and my God!’ " —John 20:28 Jesus said to her, ’Give Me a drink’ " (John 4:7). How many of us are expecting Jesus Christ to quench our thirst when we should be satisfying Him! We should be pouring out our lives, investing our total beings, not drawing on Him to satisfy us. "You shall be witnesses to Me . . ." (Acts 1:8). That means lives of pure, uncompromising, and unrestrained devotion to the Lord Jesus, which will be satisfying to Him wherever He may...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 17, 2007]

    01/17/2007 2:21:11 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 11 replies · 127+ views
    The Call of the Natural Life " When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me. . . " —Galatians 1:15-16 The call of God is not a call to serve Him in any particular way. My contact with the nature of God will shape my understanding of His call and will help me realize what I truly desire to do for Him. The call of God is an expression of His nature; the service which results in my life is suited to me and is an expression of my nature. The call of the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 16, 2007]

    01/16/2007 3:19:22 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 11 replies · 150+ views
    The Voice of the Nature of God " I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ’Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ " —Isaiah 6:8 When we talk about the call of God, we often forget the most important thing, namely, the nature of Him who calls. There are many things calling each of us today. Some of these calls will be answered, and others will not even be heard. The call is the expression of the nature of the One who calls, and we can only recognize the call if that same nature is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 15, 2007]

    01/15/2007 3:30:11 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 13 replies · 180+ views
    Do You Walk In White? " We were buried with Him . . . that just as Christ was raised from the dead . . . even so we also should walk in newness of life. " —Romans 6:4 No one experiences complete sanctification without going through a "white funeral"— the burial of the old life. If there has never been this crucial moment of change through death, sanctification will never be more than an elusive dream. There must be a "white funeral," a death with only one resurrection— a resurrection into the life of Jesus Christ. Nothing can...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 14, 2007]

    01/14/2007 3:31:53 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 15 replies · 191+ views
    Called By God " I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ’Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ’Here am I! Send me.’ " —Isaiah 6:8 God did not direct His call to Isaiah— Isaiah overheard God saying, ". . . who will go for Us?" The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude. "Many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 13, 2007]

    01/13/2007 3:37:31 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 8 replies · 192+ views
    Have You Ever Been Alone with God? (2) " When He was alone . . . the twelve asked Him about the parable " —Mark 4:10 His Solitude with Us. When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted desires, a broken friendship, or a new friendship— when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even one question, then He begins to teach us. Notice Jesus Christ’s training of the Twelve. It was the disciples, not the crowd outside, who were confused. His disciples constantly asked Him questions,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 12, 2007]

    01/12/2007 3:34:34 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 12 replies · 199+ views
    Have You Ever Been Alone with God? (1) " When they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples " —Mark 4:34 Our Solitude with Him. Jesus doesn’t take us aside and explain things to us all the time; He explains things to us as we are able to understand them. The lives of others are examples for us, but God requires us to examine our own souls. It is slow work— so slow that it takes God all of time and eternity to make a man or woman conform to His purpose. We can only be used...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 11, 2007]

    01/11/2007 3:19:03 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 5 replies · 134+ views
    What My Obedience to God Costs Other People " As they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon . . . and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus " —Luke 23:26 If we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the pain begins. If we are in love with our Lord, obedience does not cost us anything— it is a delight. But to those who do not love Him, our obedience does cost a great deal. If...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 10, 2007]

    01/10/2007 3:43:31 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 19 replies · 207+ views
    The Opened Sight " I now send you, to open their eyes . . . that they may receive forgiveness of sins. . . " —Acts 26:17-18 This verse is the greatest example of the true essence of the message of a disciple of Jesus Christ in all of the New Testament. God’s first sovereign work of grace is summed up in the words, ". . . that they may receive forgiveness of sins . . . ." When a person fails in his personal Christian life, it is usually because he has never received anything. The only sign...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 9, 2007]

    01/09/2007 3:17:24 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 17 replies · 269+ views
    Prayerful Inner-Searching " May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless. . . " —1 Thessalonians 5:23 "Your whole spirit . . . ." The great, mysterious work of the Holy Spirit is in the deep recesses of our being which we cannot reach. Read Psalm 139. The psalmist implies— "O Lord, You are the God of the early mornings, the God of the late nights, the God of the mountain peaks, and the God of the sea. But, my God, my soul has horizons further away than those of early mornings, deeper darkness than the nights...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 8, 2007]

    01/08/2007 3:27:50 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 15 replies · 208+ views
    Is My Sacrifice Living? " Abraham built an altar . . . and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar . . . " —Genesis 22:9 This event is a picture of the mistake we make in thinking that the ultimate God wants of us is the sacrifice of death. What God wants is the sacrifice through death which enables us to do what Jesus did, that is, sacrifice our lives. Not— "Lord, I am ready to go with You . . . to death" (Luke 22:33). But— "I am willing to be identified with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 7, 2007]

    01/07/2007 3:54:20 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 21 replies · 286+ views
    Intimate With Jesus " Jesus said to him, ’Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?’ " —John 14:9 These words were not spoken as a rebuke, nor even with surprise; Jesus was encouraging Philip to draw closer. Yet the last person we get intimate with is Jesus. Before Pentecost the disciples knew Jesus as the One who gave them power to conquer demons and to bring about a revival (see Luke 10:18-20). It was a wonderful intimacy, but there was a much closer intimacy to come: ". . . I have...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 6, 2007]

    01/06/2007 3:54:48 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 13 replies · 181+ views
    Worship " He moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord " —Genesis 12:8 Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love-gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 5, 2007]

    01/05/2007 3:04:58 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 9 replies · 175+ views
    The Life of Power to Follow " Jesus answered him, ’Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward’ " —John 13:36 "And when He had spoken this, He said to him, ’Follow Me’ " (John 21:19). Three years earlier Jesus had said, "Follow Me" (Matthew 4:19), and Peter followed with no hesitation. The irresistible attraction of Jesus was upon him and he did not need the Holy Spirit to help him do it. Later he came to the place where he denied Jesus, and his heart broke. Then he received the Holy...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 4, 2007]

    01/04/2007 2:37:03 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 16 replies · 206+ views
    Why Can I Not Follow You Now? " Peter said to Him, ’Lord, why can I not follow You now?’ " —John 13:37 There are times when you can’t understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings a time of waiting, and appears to be unresponsive, don’t fill it with busyness, just wait. The time of waiting may come to teach you the meaning of sanctification— to be set apart from sin and made holy— or it may come after the process of sanctification has begun to teach you what service means. Never run...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 3, 2007]

    01/03/2007 3:28:40 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 13 replies · 163+ views
    Clouds and Darkness " Clouds and darkness surround Him . . . " —Psalm 97:2 A person who has not been born again by the Spirit of God will tell you that the teachings of Jesus are simple. But when he is baptized by the Holy Spirit, he finds that "clouds and darkness surround Him . . . ." When we come into close contact with the teachings of Jesus Christ we have our first realization of this. The only possible way to have full understanding of the teachings of Jesus is through the light of the Spirit of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 2, 2007]

    01/02/2007 3:48:11 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 22 replies · 214+ views
    Will You Go Out Without Knowing? " He went out, not knowing where he was going " —Hebrews 11:8 Have you ever "gone out" in this way? If so, there is no logical answer possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the most difficult questions to answer in Christian work is, "What do you expect to do?" You don’t know what you are going to do. The only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing. Continually examine your attitude toward God to see if you are willing to "go out" in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [*January 1, 2007*]

    01/01/2007 4:13:57 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 14 replies · 192+ views
    Let Us Keep to the Point " ". . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death" " —Philippians 1:20 My Utmost for His Highest. ". . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed . . . ." We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 31, 2006]

    12/31/2006 3:29:38 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 11 replies · 198+ views
    Yesterday " You shall not go out with haste . . . for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard " —Isaiah 52:12 Security from Yesterday. ". . . God requires an account of what is past" ( Ecclesiastes 3:15 ). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 30, 2006]

    12/30/2006 3:20:49 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 20 replies · 229+ views
    "And Every Virtue We Possess" " . . . All my springs are in you " —Psalm 87:7 Our Lord never "patches up" our natural virtues, that is, our natural traits, qualities, or characteristics. He completely remakes a person on the inside— ". . . put on the new man . . ." ( Ephesians 4:24 ). In other words, see that your natural human life is putting on all that is in keeping with the new life. The life God places within us develops its own new virtues, not the virtues of the seed of Adam, but of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 29, 2006]

    12/29/2006 3:53:46 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 7 replies · 178+ views
    Deserter or Disciple? " From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more " —John 6:66 When God, by His Spirit through His Word, gives you a clear vision of His will, you must "walk in the light" of that vision ( 1 John 1:7 ). Even though your mind and soul may be thrilled by it, if you don’t "walk in the light" of it you will sink to a level of bondage never envisioned by our Lord. Mentally disobeying the "heavenly vision" ( Acts 26:19 ) will make you a slave...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 28, 2006]

    12/28/2006 3:20:11 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 15 replies · 182+ views
    Continuous Conversion " . . . unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven " —Matthew 18:3 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 God’s, 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,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 27, 2006]

    12/27/2006 3:58:37 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 15 replies · 205+ views
    Where the Battle is Won or Lost " ’If you will return, O Israel,’ says the Lord. " —Jeremiah 4:1 Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world. The Spirit of God seizes me and I am compelled to get alone with God and fight the battle before Him. Until I do this, I will lose every time. The battle may take one minute or one year, but that will depend on me, not God. However long it takes, I must wrestle with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 26, 2006]

    12/26/2006 3:25:15 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 17 replies · 239+ views
    'Walk in the Light' " If we walk in the light as He is in the light. . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin " —1 John 1:7 To mistake freedom from sin only on the conscious level of our lives for complete deliverance from sin by the atonement through the Cross of Christ is a great error. No one fully knows what sin is until he is born again. Sin is what Jesus Christ faced at Calvary. The evidence that I have been delivered from sin is that I know the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December *25*, 2006]

    12/25/2006 3:34:07 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 13 replies · 194+ views
    His Birth and Our New Birth " ’Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ’God with us’ " —Matthew 1:23 His Birth in History. ". . . that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God" ( Luke 1:35 ). Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of— He...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 24, 2006]

    12/24/2006 3:51:23 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 15 replies · 236+ views
    The Hidden Life " . . . your life is hidden with Christ in God " —Colossians 3:3 The Spirit of God witnesses to the simple almighty security of the life hid with Christ in God and this is continually brought out in the New Testament letters. We talk as if living a sanctified life were the most uncertain and insecure thing we could do. Yet it is the most secure thing possible, because it has Almighty God in and behind it. The most dangerous and unsure thing is to try to live without God. For one who is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 23, 2006]

    12/23/2006 4:25:50 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 9 replies · 235+ views
    Sharing in the Atonement " God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. . . " —Galatians 6:14 The gospel of Jesus Christ always forces a decision of our will. Have I accepted God’s verdict on sin as judged on the Cross of Christ? Do I have even the slightest interest in the death of Jesus? Do I want to be identified with His death— to be completely dead to all interest in sin, worldliness, and self? Do I long to be so closely identified with Jesus that I am of no...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 22, 2006]

    12/22/2006 3:25:01 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 10 replies · 242+ views
    The Drawing of the Father " No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him . . . " —John 6:44 When God begins to draw me to Himself, the problem of my will comes in immediately. Will I react positively to the truth that God has revealed? Will I come to Him? To discuss or deliberate over spiritual matters when God calls is inappropriate and disrespectful to Him. When God speaks, never discuss it with anyone as if to decide what your response may be (see Galatians 1:15-16 ). Belief is not the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 21, 2006]

    12/21/2006 3:36:27 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 14 replies · 194+ views
    Experience or God’s Revealed Truth? " We have received . . . the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God " —1 Corinthians 2:12 My experience is not what makes redemption real— redemption is reality. Redemption has no real meaning for me until it is worked out through my conscious life. When I am born again, the Spirit of God takes me beyond myself and my experiences, and identifies me with Jesus Christ. If I am left only with my personal experiences, I am left with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 20, 2006]

    12/20/2006 3:06:33 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 5 replies · 184+ views
    The Right Kind of Help " And I, if I am lifted up . . . will draw all men to Myself " —John 12:32 Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not "a little bit of love," but major surgery. When you find yourself face to face with a person who is spiritually lost, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the cross....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 19, 2006]

    12/19/2006 2:42:14 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 5 replies · 161+ views
    The Focus Of Our Message " I did not come to bring peace but a sword " —Matthew 10:34 Never be sympathetic with the soul whose case makes you come to the conclusion that God is hard. God is more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that He may be viewed as the tender One. If a person cannot get through to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give up— he may admit his sin,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 18, 2006]

    12/18/2006 3:09:46 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 19 replies · 223+ views
    Test of Faithfulness " We know that all things work together for good to those who love God . . . " —Romans 8:28 It is only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted, saying God is in control, but not really believing it. We act as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, or object of our faith— the Lord Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 17, 2006]

    12/17/2006 4:32:23 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 11 replies · 203+ views
    Redemption— Creating the Need it Satisfies " The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. . . " —1 Corinthians 2:14 The gospel of God creates the sense of need for the gospel. Is the gospel hidden to those who are servants already? No, Paul said, "But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe . . ." ( 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 ). The majority of people think of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 16, 2006]

    12/16/2006 3:27:18 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 14 replies · 194+ views
    Wrestling Before God " Take up the whole armor of God . . . praying always. . . " —Ephesians 6:13,18 You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural. If you ever do wrestle with God, you will be crippled for the rest of your life. If you grab hold of God and wrestle with Him, as Jacob did, simply because He is working in a way that doesn’t meet with your approval, you force Him to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 15, 2006]

    12/15/2006 3:42:06 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 8 replies · 224+ views
    "Approved to God" " Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth " —2 Timothy 2:15 If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don’t, other people may miss out on the blessings that come from knowing the truth. Strive to re-express a truth of God to yourself clearly and understandably, and God will use that same explanation when you share it with someone else. But you must be willing to go through...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 14, 2006]

    12/14/2006 3:29:51 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 12 replies · 211+ views
    The Great Life " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled. . . " —John 14:27 Whenever we experience something difficult in our personal life, we are tempted to blame God. But we are the ones in the wrong, not God. Blaming God is evidence that we are refusing to let go of some disobedience somewhere in our lives. But as soon as we let go, everything becomes as clear as daylight to us. As long as we try...