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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 15, 2012]

    03/15/2012 4:41:25 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Discipline of Dismay "As they followed they were afraid" —Mark 10:32 At the beginning of our life with Jesus Christ, we were sure we knew all there was to know about following Him. It was a delight to forsake everything else and to throw ourselves before Him in a fearless statement of love. But now we are not quite so sure. Jesus is far ahead of us and is beginning to seem different and unfamiliar— “Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed” (Mark 10:32).There is an aspect of Jesus that chills even a disciple’s heart to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 14, 2012]

    03/14/2012 4:39:34 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Yielding ". . . you are that one’s slaves whom you obey . . ." —Romans 6:16 The first thing I must be willing to admit when I begin to examine what controls and dominates me is that I am the one responsible for having yielded myself to whatever it may be. If I am a slave to myself, I am to blame because somewhere in the past I yielded to myself. Likewise, if I obey God I do so because at some point in my life I yielded myself to Him.If a child gives in to selfishness, he...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 13, 2012]

    03/13/2012 4:40:42 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Gods Total Surrender to Us "For God so loved the world that He gave . . ." John 3:16 Salvation does not mean merely deliverance from sin or the experience of personal holiness. The salvation which comes from God means being completely delivered from myself, and being placed into perfect union with Him. When I think of my salvation experience, I think of being delivered from sin and gaining personal holiness. But salvation is so much more! It means that the Spirit of God has brought me into intimate contact with the true Person of God Himself. And as...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 12, 2012]

    03/12/2012 4:36:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Total Surrender "Peter began to say to Him, ’See, we have left all and followed You’ " —Mark 10:28 Our Lord replies to this statement of Peter by saying that this surrender is “for My sake and the gospel’s” (10:29). It was not for the purpose of what the disciples themselves would get out of it. Beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits that may result. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” Being delivered from sin and being made...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 11, 2012]

    03/11/2012 6:24:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Obedience to the "Heavenly Vision" "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision" —Acts 26:19 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 10, 2012]

    03/10/2012 5:30:01 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Being an Example of His Message "Preach the word!" —2 Timothy 4:2 We are not saved only to be instruments for God, but to be His sons and daughters. He does not turn us into spiritual agents but into spiritual messengers, and the message must be a part of us. The Son of God was His own message— “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). As His disciples, our lives must be a holy example of the reality of our message. Even the natural heart of the unsaved will serve if...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 9, 2012]

    03/09/2012 4:38:22 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Turning Back or Walking with Jesus? "Do you also want to go away?" —John 6:67 What a penetrating question! Our Lord’s words often hit home for us when He speaks in the simplest way. In spite of the fact that we know who Jesus is, He asks, “Do you also want to go away?” We must continually maintain an adventurous attitude toward Him, despite any potential personal risk.“From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more” (John 6:66). They turned back from walking with Jesus; not into sin, but away from Him. Many...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 8, 2012]

    03/08/2012 4:16:53 AM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Surrendered Life "I have been crucified with Christ . . ." Galatians 2:20 To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also to surrender his whole way of looking at things. Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp something else. The first thing we must surrender is all of our pretense or deceit. What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not our goodness, honesty, or our efforts to do better,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 7, 2012]

    03/07/2012 4:33:22 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Source of Abundant Joy "In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" —Romans 8:37 Paul was speaking here of the things that might seem likely to separate a saint from the love of God. But the remarkable thing is that nothing can come between the love of God and a saint. The things Paul mentioned in this passage can and do disrupt the close fellowship of our soul with God and separate our natural life from Him. But none of them is able to come between the love of God and the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 6, 2012]

    03/06/2012 4:39:05 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Taking the Next Step ". . . in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses" 2 Corinthians 6:4 When you have no vision from God, no enthusiasm left in your life, and no one watching and encouraging you, it requires the grace of Almighty God to take the next step in your devotion to Him, in the reading and studying of His Word, in your family life, or in your duty to Him. It takes much more of the grace of God, and a much greater awareness of drawing upon Him, to take that next step, than it...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 5, 2012]

    03/05/2012 4:40:32 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is He Really My Lord? ". . . so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus . . ." —Acts 20:24 Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing. The joy our Lord experienced came from doing what the Father sent Him to do. And He says to us, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). Have you received a ministry from the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 4, 2012]

    03/04/2012 5:16:32 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is This True of Me? "None of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself . . ." —Acts 20:24 It is easier to serve or work for God without a vision and without a call, because then you are not bothered by what He requires. Common sense, covered with a layer of Christian emotion, becomes your guide. You may be more prosperous and successful from the world’s perspective, and will have more leisure time, if you never acknowledge the call of God. But once you receive a commission from Jesus Christ, the memory...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 3, 2012]

    03/03/2012 4:14:10 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    His Commission to Us "Feed My sheep" —John 21:17 This is love in the making. The love of God is not created— it is His nature. When we receive the life of Christ through the Holy Spirit, He unites us with God so that His love is demonstrated in us. The goal of the indwelling Holy Spirit is not just to unite us with God, but to do it in such a way that we will be one with the Father in exactly the same way Jesus was. And what kind of oneness did Jesus Christ have with the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 2, 2012]

    03/02/2012 6:11:13 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Have You Felt the Pain Inflicted by the Lord? "He said to him the third time, ’. . . do you love Me?’ " —John 21:17 Have you ever felt the pain, inflicted by the Lord, at the very center of your being, deep down in the most sensitive area of your life? The devil never inflicts pain there, and neither can sin nor human emotions. Nothing can cut through to that part of our being but the Word of God. “Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ’Do you love Me?’ ” Yet he...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 1, 2012]

    03/01/2012 4:43:24 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Piercing Question "Do you love Me?" —John 21:17 Peter’s response to this piercing question is considerably different from the bold defiance he exhibited only a few days before when he declared, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” (Matthew 26:35 ; also see Matthew 26:33-34). Our natural individuality, or our natural self, boldly speaks out and declares its feelings. But the true love within our inner spiritual self can be discovered only by experiencing the hurt of this question of Jesus Christ. Peter loved Jesus in the way any natural man loves...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 28, 2012]

    02/23/2012 6:07:50 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    "Do You Now Believe?" " ’By this we believe . . . .’ Jesus answered them, ’Do you now believe?’ " —John 16:30-31 Now we believe. . . .” But Jesus asks, “Do you . . . ? Indeed the hour is coming . . . that you . . . will leave Me alone” (John 16:31-32). Many Christian workers have left Jesus Christ alone and yet tried to serve Him out of a sense of duty, or because they sense a need as a result of their own discernment. The reason for this is actually the absence of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 25, 2012]

    02/23/2012 6:02:46 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Destitution of Service ". . . though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved" —2 Corinthians 12:15 Natural human love expects something in return. But Paul is saying, “It doesn’t really matter to me whether you love me or not. I am willing to be completely destitute anyway; willing to be poverty-stricken, not just for your sakes, but also that I may be able to get you to God.” “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor . . .”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 23, 2012]

    02/23/2012 4:34:36 AM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Determination to Serve "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve . . ." —Matthew 20:28 Jesus also said, “Yet I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27). Paul’s idea of service was the same as our Lord’s— “. . . ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5). We somehow have the idea that a person called to the ministry is called to be different and above other people. But according to Jesus Christ, he is called to be a “doormat” for others— called to be their spiritual...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 22, 2012]

    02/22/2012 4:28:36 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Discipline of Spiritual Perseverance "Be still, and know that I am God . . ." —Psalm 46:10 Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered. Our greatest fear is not that we will be damned, but that somehow Jesus Christ will be defeated. Also, our fear...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 21, 2012]

    02/21/2012 4:55:01 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Do You Really Love Him? "She has done a good work for Me" —Mark 14:6 If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. If we have the idea that love is characterized as cautious, wise, sensible, shrewd, and never taken to extremes, we have missed the true meaning. This may describe affection and it may bring us a warm feeling, but it is not a true and accurate description of love.Have you ever been driven to do something for God not because you felt that it was useful or your duty to...