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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 22, 2014]

    08/22/2014 6:24:17 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    “I Indeed . . . But He” " I indeed baptize you with water . . . but He . . . will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire —Matthew 3:11 " Have I ever come to the point in my life where I can say, “I indeed . . . but He . . .”? Until that moment comes, I will never know what the baptism of the Holy Spirit means. I indeed am at the end, and I cannot do anything more— but He begins right there— He does the things that no one else...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 21, 2014]

    08/21/2014 5:42:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Ministry of the Unnoticed " Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . —Matthew 5:3 " The New Testament notices things that do not seem worthy of notice by our standards. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .” This literally means, “Blessed are the paupers.” Paupers are remarkably commonplace! The preaching of today tends to point out a person’s strength of will or the beauty of his character— things that are easily noticed. The statement we so often hear, “Make a decision for Jesus Christ,” places the emphasis on something our Lord never trusted....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 20, 2014]

    08/20/2014 5:33:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 19, 2014]

    08/19/2014 5:42:26 PM 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August , 2014]

    08/18/2014 5:26:26 PM 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 17, 2014]

    08/17/2014 2:34:08 PM 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,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 16, 2014]

    08/16/2014 6:06:00 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 15, 2014]

    08/15/2014 6:24:28 PM 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 14, 2014]

    08/14/2014 6:08:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 13, 2014]

    08/13/2014 6:04:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 13 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August , 2014]

    08/12/2014 4:04:20 PM 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 11, 2014]

    08/11/2014 6:08:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 10, 2014]

    08/10/2014 1:55:07 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 9, 2014]

    08/09/2014 6:51:18 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 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, 2014]

    08/08/2014 6:31:09 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Prayer in the Father’s Honor " . . . that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God —Luke 1:35 " If the Son of God has been born into my human flesh, then am I allowing His holy innocence, simplicity, and oneness with the Father the opportunity to exhibit itself in me? What was true of the Virgin Mary in the history of the Son of God’s birth on earth is true of every saint. God’s Son is born into me through the direct act of God; then I as His child...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 7, 2014]

    08/07/2014 6:21:32 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 6, 2014]

    08/06/2014 5:48:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Cross in Prayer " In that day you will ask in My name . . . —John 16:26 " We too often think of the Cross of Christ as something we have to get through, yet we get through for the purpose of getting into it. The Cross represents only one thing for us— complete, entire, absolute identification with the Lord Jesus Christ— and there is nothing in which this identification is more real to us than in prayer.“Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). Then why should we ask?...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 5, 2014]

    08/05/2014 6:12:00 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Bewildering Call of God " ’. . . and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.’ . . . But they understood none of these things . . . —Luke 18:31, 34 " God called Jesus Christ to what seemed absolute disaster. And Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death, leading every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. His life was an absolute failure from every standpoint except God’s. But what seemed to be failure from man’s standpoint was a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 4, 2014]

    08/04/2014 6:34:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Brave Friendship of God " He took the twelve aside . . . —Luke 18:31 " Oh, the bravery of God in trusting us! Do you say, “But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing good in me and I have no value”? That is exactly why He chose you. As long as you think that you are of value to Him He cannot choose you, because you have purposes of your own to serve. But if you will allow Him to take you to the end of your own self-sufficiency, then He can...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 3, 2014]

    08/03/2014 8:44:48 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Compelling Purpose of God " He . . . said to them, ’Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem . . —Luke 18:31 " Jerusalem, in the life of our Lord, represents the place where He reached the culmination of His Father’s will. Jesus said, “I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:30). Seeking to do “the will of the Father” was the one dominating concern throughout our Lord’s life. And whatever He encountered along the way, whether joy or sorrow, success or failure, He was never deterred...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 2, 2014]

    08/02/2014 6:26:23 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Teaching of Adversity " In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world —John 16:33 " The typical view of the Christian life is that it means being delivered from all adversity. But it actually means being delivered in adversity, which is something very different. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling . . .” (Psalm 91:1,10)— the place where you are at one with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [August 1, 2014]

    08/01/2014 3:40:47 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Learning About His Ways " When Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples . . . He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities —Matthew 11:1 " He comes where He commands us to leave. If you stayed home when God told you to go because you were so concerned about your own people there, then you actually robbed them of the teaching of Jesus Christ Himself. When you obeyed and left all the consequences to God, the Lord went into your city to teach, but as long as you were disobedient, you blocked His way....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 31, 2014]

    07/31/2014 6:31:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Becoming Entirely His " Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing —James 1:4 " Many of us appear to be all right in general, but there are still some areas in which we are careless and lazy; it is not a matter of sin, but the remnants of our carnal life that tend to make us careless. Carelessness is an insult to the Holy Spirit. We should have no carelessness about us either in the way we worship God, or even in the way we eat and drink.Not only must our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 30, 2014]

    07/30/2014 5:50:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Teaching of Disillusionment " Jesus did not commit Himself to them . . . , for He knew what was in man John 2:24-25 " Disillusionment means having no more misconceptions, false impressions, and false judgments in life; it means being free from these deceptions. However, though no longer deceived, our experience of disillusionment may actually leave us cynical and overly critical in our judgment of others. But the disillusionment that comes from God brings us to the point where we see people as they really are, yet without any cynicism or any stinging and bitter criticism. Many...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 29, 2014]

    07/29/2014 5:50:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Do You See Jesus in Your Clouds? " Behold, He is coming with clouds . . . —Revelation 1:7 " In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 28, 2014]

    07/28/2014 6:09:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    God’s Purpose or Mine? " He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side . . . —Mark 6:45 " We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 27, 2014]

    07/27/2014 1:41:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Way to Knowledge " If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine . . . —John 7:17 " The golden rule to follow to obtain spiritual understanding is not one of intellectual pursuit, but one of obedience. If a person wants scientific knowledge, then intellectual curiosity must be his guide. But if he desires knowledge and insight into the teachings of Jesus Christ, he can only obtain it through obedience. If spiritual things seem dark and hidden to me, then I can be sure that there is a point of disobedience somewhere in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 23, 2014]

    07/23/2014 6:11:18 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Sanctification (2) " But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us . . . sanctification . . . —1 Corinthians 1:30 " The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfect qualities of Jesus Christ are imparted as a gift to me, not gradually, but instantly once I enter by faith into the realization that He “became for [me] . . . sanctification . . . .” Sanctification means nothing less than the holiness of Jesus becoming mine and being exhibited in my life.The most wonderful secret of living a holy life does...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 22, 2014]

    07/22/2014 5:48:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Sanctification (1) " This is the will of God, your sanctification. . . —1 Thessalonians 4:3 " The Death Side. In sanctification God has to deal with us on the death side as well as on the life side. Sanctification requires our coming to the place of death, but many of us spend so much time there that we become morbid. There is always a tremendous battle before sanctification is realized— something within us pushing with resentment against the demands of Christ. When the Holy Spirit begins to show us what sanctification means, the struggle starts immediately. Jesus said,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 21, 2014]

    07/21/2014 6:21:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Doorway to the Kingdom " Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . —Matthew 5:3 " Beware of thinking of our Lord as only a teacher. If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all He can do is frustrate me by setting a standard before me I cannot attain. What is the point of presenting me with such a lofty ideal if I cannot possibly come close to reaching it? I would be happier if I never knew it. What good is there in telling me to be what I can never be— to be “pure...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 20, 2014]

    07/20/2014 5:52:26 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Dependent on God’s Presence " Those who wait on the Lord . . . shall walk and not faint —Isaiah 40:31 " There is no thrill for us in walking, yet it is the test for all of our steady and enduring qualities. To “walk and not faint” is the highest stretch possible as a measure of strength. The word walk is used in the Bible to express the character of a person— “. . . John . . . looking at Jesus as He walked. . . said, ’Behold the Lamb of God!’ ” (John 1:35-36). There is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 19, 2014]

    07/19/2014 6:31:07 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Submission of the Believer " You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am —John 13:13 " Our Lord never insists on having authority over us. He never says, “You will submit to me.” No, He leaves us perfectly free to choose— so free, in fact, that we can spit in His face or we can put Him to death, as others have done; and yet He will never say a word. But once His life has been created in me through His redemption, I instantly recognize His right to absolute authority over...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 18, 2014]

    07/18/2014 6:51:47 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Mystery of Believing " He said, "Who are You, Lord? —Acts 9:5 " Through the miracle of redemption, Saul of Tarsus was instantly changed from a strong-willed and forceful Pharisee into a humble and devoted bondservant of the Lord Jesus.There is nothing miraculous or mysterious about the things we can explain. We control what we are able to explain, consequently it is only natural to seek an explanation for everything. It is not natural to obey, yet it is not necessarily sinful to disobey. There can be no real disobedience, nor any moral virtue in obedience, unless a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 17, 2014]

    07/17/2014 6:23:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Miracle of Belief " My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom . . . —1 Corinthians 2:4 " Paul was a scholar and an orator of the highest degree; he was not speaking here out of a deep sense of humility, but was saying that when he preached the gospel, he would veil the power of God if he impressed people with the excellency of his speech. Belief in Jesus is a miracle produced only by the effectiveness of redemption, not by impressive speech, nor by wooing and persuading, but only by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 16, 2014]

    07/16/2014 5:50:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Concept of Divine Control " . . . how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! —Matthew 7:11 " Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct in this passage for those people who have His Spirit. He urges us to keep our minds filled with the concept of God’s control over everything, which means that a disciple must maintain an attitude of perfect trust and an eagerness to ask and to seek.Fill your mind with the thought that God is there. And once your mind is truly...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 15, 2014]

    07/15/2014 4:19:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    My Life’s Spiritual Honor and Duty " I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians . . . —Romans 1:14 " Paul was overwhelmed with the sense of his indebtedness to Jesus Christ, and he spent his life to express it. The greatest inspiration in Paul’s life was his view of Jesus Christ as his spiritual creditor. Do I feel that same sense of indebtedness to Christ regarding every unsaved soul? As a saint, my life’s spiritual honor and duty is to fulfill my debt to Christ in relation to these lost souls. Every tiny bit of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 14, 2014]

    07/14/2014 4:06:50 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Suffering Afflictions and Going the Second Mile " I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also —Matthew 5:39 " This verse reveals the humiliation of being a Christian. In the natural realm, if a person does not hit back, it is because he is a coward. But in the spiritual realm, it is the very evidence of the Son of God in him if he does not hit back. When you are insulted, you must not only not resent it, but you must make...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 13, 2014]

    07/13/2014 10:19:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Price of the Vision " In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord . . . —Isaiah 6:1 " Our soul’s personal history with God is often an account of the death of our heroes. Over and over again God has to remove our friends to put Himself in their place, and that is when we falter, fail, and become discouraged. Let me think about this personally— when the person died who represented for me all that God was, did I give up on everything in life? Did I become ill or disheartened? Or did...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 12, 2014]

    07/12/2014 3:41:37 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Spiritually Self-Seeking Church " . . . till we all come . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . . —Ephesians 4:13 " Reconciliation means the restoring of the relationship between the entire human race and God, putting it back to what God designed it to be. This is what Jesus Christ did in redemption. The church ceases to be spiritual when it becomes self-seeking, only interested in the development of its own organization. The reconciliation of the human race according to His plan means realizing Him not only in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 11, 2014]

    07/11/2014 6:25:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritually Vigorous Saint " . . . that I may know Him . . . —Philippians 3:10 " A saint is not to take the initiative toward self-realization, but toward knowing Jesus Christ. A spiritually vigorous saint never believes that his circumstances simply happen at random, nor does he ever think of his life as being divided into the secular and the sacred. He sees every situation in which he finds himself as the means of obtaining a greater knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he has an attitude of unrestrained abandon and total surrender about him. The Holy...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 10, 2014]

    07/10/2014 5:02:31 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritually Lazy Saint " Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together . . . —Hebrews 10:24-25 " We are all capable of being spiritually lazy saints. We want to stay off the rough roads of life, and our primary objective is to secure a peaceful retreat from the world. The ideas put forth in these verses from Hebrews 10 are those of stirring up one another and of keeping ourselves together. Both of these require initiative— our willingness to take the first step toward...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 9, 2014]

    07/09/2014 4:23:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will You Examine Yourself? " Joshua said to the people, ’You cannot serve the Lord . . .’ —Joshua 24:19 " Do you have even the slightest reliance on anything or anyone other than God? Is there a remnant of reliance left on any natural quality within you, or on any particular set of circumstances? Are you relying on yourself in any manner whatsoever regarding this new proposal or plan which God has placed before you? Will you examine yourself by asking these probing questions? It really is true to say, “I cannot live a holy life,” but you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 8, 2014]

    07/08/2014 5:45:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will To Be Faithful " . . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . —Joshua 24:15 " A person’s will is embodied in the actions of the whole person. I cannot give up my will— I must exercise it, putting it into action. I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God’s Spirit. When God gives me a vision of truth, there is never a question of what He will do, but only of what I will do. The Lord has been placing in front of each of us some...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 7, 2014]

    07/07/2014 6:35:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    All Efforts of Worth and Excellence Are Difficult " Enter by the narrow gate . . . . Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life . . . —Matthew 7:13-14 " If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all efforts of worth and excellence are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but its difficulty does not make us faint and cave in—it stirs us up to overcome. Do we appreciate the miraculous salvation of Jesus Christ enough to be our utmost for His...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 6, 2014]

    07/06/2014 10:42:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Visions Become Reality " The parched ground shall become a pool . . . Isaiah 35:7 " We always have a vision of something before it actually becomes real to us. When we realize that the vision is real, but is not yet real in us, Satan comes to us with his temptations, and we are inclined to say that there is no point in even trying to continue. Instead of the vision becoming real to us, we have entered into a valley of humiliation.Life is not as idle ore, But iron dug from central gloom, And battered by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 5, 2014]

    07/05/2014 6:10:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Don’t Plan Without God " Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass —Psalm 37:5 " Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him— that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives. And yet the only thing...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 4, 2014]

    07/04/2014 3:06:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    One of God’s Great “Don’ts” " Do not fret— it only causes harm —Psalm 37:8 " Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, “Do not fret,” but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable to fret. It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then?...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 3, 2014]

    07/03/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Concentration of Personal Sin " Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips . . . —Isaiah 6:5 " When I come into the very presence of God, I do not realize that I am a sinner in an indefinite sense, but I suddenly realize and the focus of my attention is directed toward the concentration of sin in a particular area of my life. A person will easily say, “Oh yes, I know I am a sinner,” but when he comes into the presence of God he cannot get away...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 2, 2014]

    07/02/2014 4:33:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Conditions of Discipleship " If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also . . . . And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me . . . . So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple —Luke 14:26-27, 33 " If the closest relationships of a disciple’s life conflict with the claims of Jesus Christ, then our Lord requires instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 1, 2014]

    07/01/2014 4:59:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Inevitable Penalty " You will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny —Matthew 5:26 " There is no heaven that has a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure, holy, and right, and He will not allow you to escape from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit for even one moment. He urged you to come to judgment immediately when He convicted you, but you did not obey. Then the inevitable process began to work, bringing its inevitable penalty. Now you have been “thrown into...