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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 30, 2012]

    09/30/2012 4:25:07 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Assigning of the Call "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . ." —Colossians 1:24 We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes all this aside. Then He gives us a tremendous, riveting pain to fasten our attention on something that we never even dreamed could be His call for us. And for one radiant,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 29, 2012]

    09/29/2012 4:22:12 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Awareness of the Call ". . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! " —1 Corinthians 9:16 We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you received the call of God and can explain all about it, I question whether you have truly been called. The call of God does not come like that; it is much more supernatural. The realization of the call in a person’s life may come like...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 28, 2012]

    09/28/2012 4:41:38 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Unconditional Identification "Jesus . . . said to him, ’One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor . . . and come, take up the cross, and follow Me’ " —Mark 10:21 The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never places anyone’s personal holiness above everything else when He calls a disciple. Jesus’ primary consideration is my absolute annihilation of my right to myself and my identification with Him, which means...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 27, 2012]

    09/27/2012 4:37:21 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Renunciation ". . . someone said to Him, ’Lord, I will follow You wherever You go’ " —Luke 9:57 Our Lord’s attitude toward this man was one of severe discouragement, “for He knew what was in man” (John 2:25). We would have said, “I can’t imagine why He lost the opportunity of winning that man! Imagine being so cold to him and turning him away so discouraged!” Never apologize for your Lord. The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to be hurt or offended. Jesus Christ had no tenderness whatsoever...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 26, 2012]

    09/26/2012 4:36:28 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Reconciliation "If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . ." —Matthew 5:23 This verse says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you . . . .” It is not saying, “If you search and find something because of your unbalanced sensitivity,” but, “If you . . . remember . . . .” In other words, if something is brought to your conscious mind by the Spirit of God— “First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 25, 2012]

    09/25/2012 4:38:34 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Relationship "Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two" —Matthew 5:41 Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is an impossible one unless He has done a super-natural work in us. Jesus Christ demands that His disciple does not allow even the slightest trace of resentment in his heart when faced with tyranny and injustice. No amount of enthusiasm will ever stand up to the strain that Jesus Christ will put upon His servant. Only one thing will bear the strain, and that is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 24, 2012]

    09/24/2012 4:56:28 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The “Go” of Preparation " If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift " —Matthew 5:23-24 It is easy for us to imagine that we will suddenly come to a point in our lives where we are fully prepared, but preparation is not suddenly accomplished. In fact, it is a process that must be steadily maintained. It is dangerous to become settled and complacent in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 23, 2012]

    09/23/2012 4:17:42 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Missionary’s Goal "He . . . said to them, ’Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem . . . ’ " —Luke 18:31 In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow, but in the Christian life the goal is given at the very beginning, and the beginning and the end are exactly the same, namely, our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him—”. . . till we all come . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . .” (Ephesians 4:13), not simply to our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 22, 2012]

    09/22/2012 4:04:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Master and Teacher "You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am . . . . I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master . . ." —John 13:13, 16 To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and is able to satisfy them fully. It means...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 21, 2012]

    09/21/2012 4:41:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose "Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant . . ." —Isaiah 49:5 The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race onto another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest degree. And...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 20, 2012]

    09/20/2012 4:30:53 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Divine Commandment of Life ". . . be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect" —Matthew 5:48 Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life. Everyone has natural affections— some people we like and others we don’t like. Yet we must never let those likes and dislikes rule our Christian life. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7), even those toward...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 19, 2012]

    09/19/2012 4:42:55 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Are You Going on With Jesus? "You are those who have continued with Me in My trials" —Luke 22:28 It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God changes your circumstances to see whether you are going on with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We wear His name, but are we going on with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 18, 2012]

    09/18/2012 4:38:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    His Temptation and Ours "We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" —Hebrews 4:15 Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is the kind mentioned in James 1:14, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” But through regeneration we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face, namely, the kind of temptations our Lord faced. The temptations of Jesus had no appeal to us as...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 17, 2012]

    09/17/2012 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Is There Good in Temptation? "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man . . ." —1 Corinthians 10:13 The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. Not to be tempted would mean that we were already so shameful that we would be beneath contempt. Yet many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply because we...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 16, 2012]

    09/16/2012 5:42:47 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Praying to God in Secret "When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . ." —Matthew 6:6 The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know your Father...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 15, 2012]

    09/15/2012 4:12:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What To Renounce "We have renounced the hidden things of shame . . ." —2 Corinthians 4:2 Have you “renounced the hidden things of shame” in your life—the things that your sense of honor or pride will not allow to come into the light? You can easily hide them. Is there a thought in your heart about anyone that you would not like to be brought into the light? Then renounce it as soon as it comes to mind—renounce everything in its entirety until there is no hidden dishonesty or craftiness about you at all. Envy, jealousy, and strife...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 14, 2012]

    09/14/2012 4:40:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Arguments or Obedience ". . . the simplicity that is in Christ." —2 Corinthians 11:3 Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will only think yourself into further wandering thoughts and more confusion. If there is something in your life upon which God has put His pressure,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 13, 2012]

    09/13/2012 4:37:48 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    After Surrender— Then What? "I have finished the work which You have given Me to do" —John 17:4 True surrender is not simply surrender of our external life but surrender of our will— and once that is done, surrender is complete. The greatest crisis we ever face is the surrender of our will. Yet God never forces a person’s will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields to Him. And once that battle has been fought, it never needs to be fought again.Surrender for Deliverance. “Come to Me . . . and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 12, 2012]

    09/12/2012 4:15:53 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Going Through Spiritual Confusion "Jesus answered and said, ’You do not know what you ask’ " —Matthew 20:22 There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.The Shrouding of His Friendship (see...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 11, 2012]

    09/11/2012 4:39:31 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Missionary Weapons (2) "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet" —John 13:14 Ministering in Everyday Opportunities. Ministering in everyday opportunities that surround us does not mean that we select our own surroundings— it means being God’s very special choice to be available for use in any of the seemingly random surroundings which He has engineered for us. The very character we exhibit in our present surroundings is an indication of what we will be like in other surroundings.The things Jesus did were the most menial of everyday...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 10, 2012]

    09/10/2012 4:39:36 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Missionary Weapons (1) "When you were under the fig tree, I saw you" —John 1:48 Worshiping in Everyday Occasions. We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us— it simply reveals what we are made of already. Do you find yourself saying, “If God calls me to battle, of course I will rise to the occasion”? Yet you won’t rise to the occasion unless you have done so on God’s training ground. If you are not doing the task that is closest...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 9, 2012]

    09/09/2012 4:27:12 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (2) ". . . bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . ." —2 Corinthians 10:5 Determinedly Discipline Other Things. This is another difficult aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood. Paul said, according to the Moffatt translation of this verse, “. . . I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ . . . .” So much Christian work today has never been disciplined, but has simply come into being by impulse! In our Lord’s life every project was disciplined to the will of His Father. There was never...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 8, 2012]

    09/08/2012 4:06:33 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Yourself (1) ". . . casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God . . ." —2 Corinthians 10:5 Determinedly Demolish Some Things. Deliverance from sin is not the same as deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as prejudices, that the saint can only destroy through sheer neglect. But there are other things that have to be destroyed through violence, that is, through God’s divine strength imparted by His Spirit. There are some things over which we are not to fight, but only to “stand...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 7, 2012]

    09/07/2012 4:12:38 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Fountains of Blessings "The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life" —John 4:14 The picture our Lord described here is not that of a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. Continue to “be filled” (Ephesians 5:18) and the sweetness of your vital relationship to Jesus will flow as generously out of you as it has been given to you. If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame— something is obstructing the flow. Was Jesus saying to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 6, 2012]

    09/06/2012 4:14:35 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Far-Reaching Rivers of Life "He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" —John 7:38 A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that, if we have received His fullness, “rivers of living water” will flow out of us, reaching in blessing even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow— “This is the work of God, that you believe. . .” (John...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 5, 2012]

    09/05/2012 4:38:08 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Watching With Jesus "Stay here and watch with Me" —Matthew 26:38 Watch with Me.” Jesus was saying, in effect, “Watch with no private point of view at all, but watch solely and entirely with Me.” In the early stages of our Christian life, we do not watch with Jesus, we watch for Him. We do not watch with Him through the revealed truth of the Bible even in the circumstances of our own lives. Our Lord is trying to introduce us to identification with Himself through a particular “Gethsemane” experience of our own. But we refuse to go, saying,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 4, 2012]

    09/04/2012 4:38:01 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His! "They were Yours, You gave them to Me . . ." —John 17:6 A missionary is someone in whom the Holy Spirit has brought about this realization: “You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). To say, “I am not my own,” is to have reached a high point in my spiritual stature. The true nature of that life in actual everyday confusion is evidenced by the deliberate giving up of myself to another Person through a sovereign decision, and that Person is Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit interprets and explains the nature of Jesus to me to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 3, 2012]

    09/03/2012 4:20:22 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Pouring Out the Water of Satisfaction "He would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord" —2 Samuel 23:16 What has been like “water from the well of Bethlehem” to you recently— love, friendship, or maybe some spiritual blessing ( 2 Samuel 23:16 )? Have you taken whatever it may be, even at the risk of damaging your own soul, simply to satisfy yourself? If you have, then you cannot pour it out “to the Lord.” You can never set apart for God something that you desire for yourself to achieve your own satisfaction. If you try...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 2, 2012]

    09/02/2012 4:20:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    A Life of Pure and Holy Sacrifice "He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow . . ." —John 7:38 Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.” Our Lord’s teaching was always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a person— His purpose is to make a person exactly like Himself, and the Son of God is characterized by self-expenditure. If we believe...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 1, 2012]

    09/01/2012 4:25:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Destined To Be Holy ". . it is written, Be holy, for I am holy " 1 Peter 1:16 We must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life. We are not destined to happiness, nor to health, but to holiness. Today we have far too many desires and interests, and our lives are being consumed and wasted by them. Many of them may be right, noble, and good, and may later be fulfilled, but in the meantime God must cause their importance to us to decrease. The only thing that truly matters is whether a person will accept...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 31, 2012]

    08/31/2012 4:11:18 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    “My Joy . . . Your Joy” "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" —John 15:11 What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused with happiness. In fact, it is an insult to Jesus Christ to use the word happiness in connection with Him. The joy of Jesus was His absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice to His Father— the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do— “. . . who for the joy that was set before Him...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 30, 2012]

    08/30/2012 4:44:29 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Usefulness or Relationship? "Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven" —Luke 10:20 Jesus Christ is saying here, “Don’t rejoice in your successful service for Me, but rejoice because of your right relationship with Me.” The trap you may fall into in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service— rejoicing in the fact that God has used you. Yet you will never be able to measure fully what God will do through you if you have a right-standing relationship with Jesus Christ. If you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 29, 2012]

    08/29/2012 4:30:49 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith "Jesus said to her, ’Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ " —John 11:40 Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith. But common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense. In fact, they are as different as the natural life and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture out...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 28, 2012]

    08/28/2012 4:39:33 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Purpose of Prayer ". . . one of His disciples said to Him, ’Lord, teach us to pray . . .’ " —Luke 11:1 Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 27, 2012]

    08/27/2012 4:36:31 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Living Your Theology "Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you . . ." —John 12:35 Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mountaintop with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. “If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23). The moment you forsake the matter of sanctification or neglect anything else on which God has given you His light, your spiritual life begins to disintegrate within you. Continually bring the truth out into your real...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 26, 2012]

    08/26/2012 4:43:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Are You Ever Troubled? "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you . . ." —John 14:27 There are times in our lives when our peace is based simply on our own ignorance. But when we are awakened to the realities of life, true inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When our Lord speaks peace, He creates peace, because the words that He speaks are always “spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? “. . . My peace I give to you. . .”— a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 20, 2012]

    08/20/2012 4:39:58 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Christ-Awareness ". . . and I will give you rest" —Matthew 11:28 Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once, asking Him to re-establish your rest. Never allow anything to remain in your life that is causing the unrest. Think of every detail of your life that is causing the disintegration as something to fight against, not as something you should allow to remain. Ask the Lord to put awareness of Himself in you, and your self-awareness will disappear. Then He will be your all in all. Beware of allowing your self-awareness...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 19, 2012]

    08/19/2012 4:18:41 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Self-Awareness "Come to Me . . ." —Matthew 11:28 God intends for us to live a well-rounded life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside. Then we tend to fall back into self-examination, a habit that we thought was gone. Self-awareness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of our life in God, and self-awareness continually produces a sense of struggling and turmoil in our lives. Self-awareness is not sin, and it can be produced by nervous emotions or by suddenly being dropped into a totally new set of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 18, 2012]

    08/18/2012 6:42:22 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Ever Been Speechless with Sorrow? "When he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich" —Luke 18:23 The rich young ruler went away from Jesus speechless with sorrow, having nothing to say in response to Jesus’ words. He had no doubt about what Jesus had said or what it meant, and it produced in him a sorrow with no words with which to respond. Have you ever been there? Has God’s Word ever come to you, pointing out an area of your life, requiring you to yield it to Him? Maybe He has pointed...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 17, 2012]

    08/17/2012 4:40:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Discouraged or Devoted? ". . . Jesus . . . said to him, ’You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have . . . and come, follow Me.’ But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich" —Luke 18:22-23 Have you ever heard the Master say something very difficult to you? If you haven’t, I question whether you have ever heard Him say anything at all. Jesus says a tremendous amount to us that we listen to, but do not actually hear. And once we do hear Him, His words...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 16, 2012]

    08/16/2012 4:38:52 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Does He Know Me . . . ? "He calls his own . . . by name . . ." —John 10:3 When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch with Him. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine meant no more to her than the grass under her feet. In fact, any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could never ridicule was...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 15, 2012]

    08/15/2012 4:39:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Evidence of the New Birth "You must be born again" —John 3:7 The answer to Nicodemus’ question, “How can a man be born when he is old?” is: Only when he is willing to die to everything in his life, including his rights, his virtues, and his religion, and becomes willing to receive into himself a new life that he has never before experienced (John 3:4). This new life exhibits itself in our conscious repentance and through our unconscious holiness.“But as many as received Him. . .” (John 1:12). Is my knowledge of Jesus the result of my...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 14, 2012]

    08/14/2012 4:21:56 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Discipline of the Lord "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him" —Hebrews 12:5 It is very easy to grieve the Spirit of God; we do it by despising the discipline of the Lord, or by becoming discouraged when He rebukes us. If our experience of being set apart from sin and being made holy through the process of sanctification is still very shallow, we tend to mistake the reality of God for something else. And when the Spirit of God gives us a sense of warning...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 13, 2012]

    08/13/2012 4:42:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Do Not Quench the Spirit” "Do not quench the Spirit" —1 Thessalonians 5:19 The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze— so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it. The sense of warning and restraint that the Spirit gives comes to us in the most amazingly gentle ways. And if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice, you will quench it, and your spiritual life will be impaired. This sense of restraint will always come as a “still small voice”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 12, 2012]

    08/12/2012 4:07:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Theology of Resting in God "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" —Matthew 8:26 When we are afraid, the least we can do is pray to God. But our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His name have an underlying confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the ones who are reliable. Yet our trust is only in God up to a certain point, then we turn back to the elementary panic-stricken prayers of those people who do not even...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 11, 2012]

    08/11/2012 6:58:15 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    This Experience Must Come "Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha . . . saw him no more" —2 Kings 2:11-12 It is not wrong for you to depend on your “Elijah” for as long as God gives him to you. But remember that the time will come when he must leave and will no longer be your guide and your leader, because God does not intend for him to stay. Even the thought of that causes you to say, “I cannot continue without my ’Elijah.’ ” Yet God says you must continue.Alone at Your “Jordan”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 10, 2012]

    08/10/2012 4:39:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Holy Suffering of the Saint "Let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good . . ." —1 Peter 4:19 Choosing to suffer means that there must be something wrong with you, but choosing God’s will— even if it means you will suffer— is something very different. No normal, healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he simply chooses God’s will, just as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not. And no saint should ever dare to interfere with the lesson of suffering being taught in another saint’s life.The saint...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 9, 2012]

    08/09/2012 4:41:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Prayer in the Father’s Hearing "Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ’Father, I thank You that You have heard Me’ " —John 11:41 When the Son of God prays, He is mindful and consciously aware of only His Father. God always hears the prayers of His Son, and if the Son of God has been formed in me (see Galatians 4:19) the Father will always hear my prayers. But I must see to it that the Son of God is exhibited in my human flesh. “. . . your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit ....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 8, 2012]

    08/08/2012 4:38:41 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Prayer In The Father's Honour " That holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. " Luke 1:35 If the Son of God is born into my mortal flesh, is His holy innocence and simplicity and oneness with the Father getting a chance to manifest itself in me? What was true of the Virgin Mary in the historic introduction of God's Son into this earth is true in every saint. The Son of God is born into me by the direct act of God; then I as a child of God have...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 7, 2012]

    08/07/2012 4:36:23 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Prayer in the Father’s House ". . . they found Him in the temple . . . . And He said to them, ’. . . Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?’ " —Luke 2:46, 49 Our Lord’s childhood was not immaturity waiting to grow into manhood— His childhood is an eternal fact. Am I a holy, innocent child of God as a result of my identification with my Lord and Savior? Do I look at my life as being in my Father’s house? Is the Son of God living in His Father’s...