Keyword: reflection

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 20, 2012]

    02/20/2012 4:52:43 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Taking the Initiative Against Daydreaming "Arise, let us go from here" —John 14:31 Daydreaming about something in order to do it properly is right, but daydreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. In this passage, after having said these wonderful things to His disciples, we might have expected our Lord to tell them to go away and meditate over them all. But Jesus never allowed idle daydreaming. When our purpose is to seek God and to discover His will for us, daydreaming is right and acceptable. But when our inclination is to spend time daydreaming...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 19, 2012]

    02/19/2012 5:12:30 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Taking the Initiative Against Drudgery "Arise, shine . . ." —Isaiah 60:1 When it comes to taking the initiative against drudgery, we have to take the first step as though there were no God. There is no point in waiting for God to help us— He will not. But once we arise, immediately we find He is there. Whenever God gives us His inspiration, suddenly taking the initiative becomes a moral issue— a matter of obedience. Then we must act to be obedient and not continue to lie down doing nothing. If we will arise and shine, drudgery will...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 18, 2012]

    02/18/2012 5:35:52 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Taking the Initiative Against Despair "Rise, let us be going" —Matthew 26:46 In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now; what’s the point in trying anymore.” If we think this kind of despair is an exception, we are mistaken. It is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize we have not taken advantage of a magnificent opportunity, we...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 17, 2012]

    02/17/2012 4:43:59 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Taking the Initiative Against Depression "Arise and eat" 1 Kings 19:5 The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat. If we were never depressed, we would not be aliveonly material things dont suffer depression. If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation. There are things in life that are designed to depress us; for example, things that are associated with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 16, 2012]

    02/16/2012 4:49:17 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Inspiration of Spiritual Initiative "Arise from the dead . . ." —Ephesians 5:14 Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard—just do what needs to be done!” That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God comes to us and says, in effect, “Get up and get going,” suddenly we find that the initiative is inspired.We all have many dreams and aspirations when we are young,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 15, 2012]

    02/15/2012 4:53:47 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    "Am I My Brother’s Keeper?" "None of us lives to himself . . ." —Romans 14:7 Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people? For instance, if I allow any turning away from God in my private life, everyone around me suffers. We “sit together in the heavenly places . . .” (Ephesians 2:6). “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it . . .” (1 Corinthians 12:26). If you allow physical selfishness, mental carelessness, moral insensitivity, or spiritual weakness, everyone in contact with you will suffer. But you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 14, 2012]

    02/14/2012 4:49:23 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Discipline of Hearing "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops" —Matthew 10:27 Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and God puts us into “the shadow of His hand” until we learn to hear Him (Isaiah 49:2). “Whatever I tell you in the dark. . .”— pay attention when God puts you into darkness, and keep your mouth closed while you are...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 13, 2012]

    02/13/2012 4:53:42 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Devotion of Hearing "Samuel answered, ’Speak, for Your servant hears’ " —1 Samuel 3:10 Just because I have listened carefully and intently to one thing from God does not mean that I will listen to everything He says. I show God my lack of love and respect for Him by the insensitivity of my heart and mind toward what He says. If I love my friend, I will instinctively understand what he wants. And Jesus said, “You are My friends . . .” (John 15:14). Have I disobeyed some command of my Lord’s this week? If I had...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 12, 2012]

    02/12/2012 5:38:50 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Listening to God? "They said to Moses, ’You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die’ " —Exodus 20:19 We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God— we simply don’t listen to Him. God has given His commands to us, but we pay no attention to them— not because of willful disobedience, but because we do not truly love and respect Him. “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Once we realize we have constantly been showing disrespect to God, we will be filled with shame and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 11, 2012]

    02/11/2012 5:23:13 AM PST · by Vision · 7 replies
    Is Your Mind Stayed on God? "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You" —Isaiah 26:3 Is your mind stayed on God or is it starved? Starvation of the mind, caused by neglect, is one of the chief sources of exhaustion and weakness in a servant’s life. If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. There is no reason to wait for God to come to you. You must turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 10, 2012]

    02/10/2012 4:49:53 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is Your Ability to See God Blinded? "Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things . . ." Isaiah 40:26 The people of God in Isaiahs time had blinded their minds ability to see God by looking on the face of idols. But Isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that is, he made them begin to use their power to think and to visualize correctly. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 9, 2012]

    02/09/2012 4:48:01 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Are You Exhausted Spiritually? "The everlasting God . . . neither faints nor is weary" —Isaiah 40:28 Exhaustion means that our vital energies are completely worn out and spent. Spiritual exhaustion is never the result of sin, but of service. Whether or not you experience exhaustion will depend on where you get your supplies. Jesus said to Peter, “Feed My sheep,” but He gave him nothing with which to feed them (John 21:17). The process of being made broken bread and poured-out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other people’s souls until they learn to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 8, 2012]

    02/08/2012 4:44:38 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Cost of Sanctification "May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely . . ." —1 Thessalonians 5:23 When we pray, asking God to sanctify us, are we prepared to measure up to what that really means? We take the word sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared to pay the cost of sanctification? The cost will be a deep restriction of all our earthly concerns, and an extensive cultivation of all our godly concerns. Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 7, 2012]

    02/07/2012 4:47:23 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Spiritual Dejection "We were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened" —Luke 24:21 Every fact that the disciples stated was right, but the conclusions they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that has even a hint of dejection spiritually is always wrong. If I am depressed or burdened, I am to blame, not God or anyone else. Dejection stems from one of two sources— I have either satisfied a lust or I have not had it satisfied. In either case, dejection...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 6, 2012]

    02/06/2012 3:17:11 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As an Offering? (2) "I am already being poured out as a drink offering . . ." —2 Timothy 4:6 Are you ready to be poured out as an offering? It is an act of your will, not your emotions. Tell God you are ready to be offered as a sacrifice for Him. Then accept the consequences as they come, without any complaints, in spite of what God may send your way. God sends you through a crisis in private, where no other person can help you. From the outside your life...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 5, 2012]

    02/05/2012 6:09:47 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As an Offering? (1) "If I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all" —Philippians 2:17 Are you willing to sacrifice yourself for the work of another believer—to pour out your life sacrificially for the ministry and faith of others? Or do you say, “I am not willing to be poured out right now, and I don’t want God to tell me how to serve Him. I want to choose the place of my own sacrifice....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 4, 2012]

    02/04/2012 4:59:08 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Compelling Majesty of His Power "The love of Christ compels us . . ." —2 Corinthians 5:14 Paul said that he was overpowered, subdued, and held as in a vise by “the love of Christ.” Very few of us really know what it means to be held in the grip of the love of God. We tend so often to be controlled simply by our own experience. The one thing that gripped and held Paul, to the exclusion of everything else, was the love of God. “The love of Christ compels us . . . .” When you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 3, 2012]

    02/03/2012 4:55:43 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Becoming the "Filth of the World" "We have been made as the filth of the world . . ." —1 Corinthians 4:13 These words are not an exaggeration. The only reason they may not be true of us who call ourselves ministers of the gospel is not that Paul forgot or misunderstood the exact truth of them, but that we are too cautious and concerned about our own desires to allow ourselves to become the refuse or “filth of the world.” “Fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ . . .” (Colossians 1:24)...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 2, 2012]

    02/02/2012 4:50:17 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Compelling Force of the Call "Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!" —1 Corinthians 9:16 Beware of refusing to hear the call of God. Everyone who is saved is called to testify to the fact of his salvation. That, however, is not the same as the call to preach, but is merely an illustration which can be used in preaching. In this verse, Paul was referring to the stinging pains produced in him by the compelling force of the call to preach the gospel. Never try to apply what Paul said regarding the call to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 1, 2012]

    02/01/2012 4:49:57 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Call of God "Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel . . ." —1 Corinthians 1:17 Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel. But remember what Paul means by “the gospel,” namely, the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are inclined to make sanctification the goal of our preaching. Paul refers to personal experiences only by way of illustration, never as the end of the matter. We are not commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification— we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ (see...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 31, 2012]

    01/31/2012 4:52:42 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    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 the only...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 30, 2012]

    01/30/2012 4:51:29 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    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,” and life will...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 29, 2012]

    01/29/2012 5:22:48 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    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 own convictions. We...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 28, 2012]

    01/28/2012 5:32:55 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    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 insist that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 27, 2012]

    01/27/2012 4:49:31 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    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 circumstances. It...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 26, 2012]

    01/26/2012 4:50:37 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    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 grass...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 25, 2012]

    01/25/2012 4:53:16 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    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 way to make...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 24, 2012]

    01/24/2012 4:51:31 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    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 26:19). 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 Me,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 23, 2012]

    01/23/2012 4:50:57 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    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 of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 22, 2012]

    01/22/2012 5:01:36 AM PST · by Vision · 7 replies
    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...