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  • 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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 30, 2014]

    06/30/2014 6:11:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do It Now! " Agree with your adversary quickly . . . —Matthew 5:25 " In this verse, Jesus Christ laid down a very important principle by saying, “Do what you know you must do— now. Do it quickly. If you don’t, an inevitable process will begin to work ’till you have paid the last penny’ (Matthew 5:26) in pain, agony, and distress.” God’s laws are unchangeable and there is no escape from them. The teachings of Jesus always penetrate right to the heart of our being.Wanting to make sure that my adversary gives me all my rights is...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 29, 2014]

    06/29/2014 2:29:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Strictest Discipline " If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell —Matthew 5:30 " Jesus did not say that everyone must cut off his right hand, but that “if your right hand causes you to sin” in your walk with Him, then it is better to “cut it off.” There are many things that are perfectly legitimate, but if you are going to concentrate on God you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 28, 2014]

    06/28/2014 6:32:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Held by the Grip of God " I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me —Philippians 3:12 " Never choose to be a worker for God, but once God has placed His call on you, woe be to you if you “turn aside to the right hand or to the left” (Deuteronomy 5:32). We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has “laid hold of” us. And once He has done so, we never have this thought,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 27, 2014]

    06/27/2014 3:50:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Overshadowing of God’s Personal Deliverance " . . . I am with you to deliver you,’ says the Lord —Jeremiah 1:8 " God promised Jeremiah that He would deliver him personally— “. . . your life shall be as a prize to you . . .” (Jeremiah 39:18). That is all God promises His children. Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. Our personal property and possessions are to be a matter of indifference to us, and our hold on these things should be very loose. If this is not the case, we will have panic,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 26, 2014]

    06/26/2014 4:20:50 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Drawing on the Grace of God— Now " We . . . plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain —2 Corinthians 6:1 " The grace you had yesterday will not be sufficient for today. Grace is the overflowing favor of God, and you can always count on it being available to draw upon as needed. “. . . in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses”— that is where our patience is tested (2 Corinthians 6:4). Are you failing to rely on the grace of God there? Are you saying to yourself, “Oh...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 25, 2014]

    06/25/2014 4:24:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow " . . . what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name John 12:27-28 " As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself, accepting His position and realizing His purpose, in the midst of the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 24, 2014]

    06/24/2014 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Reconciling Yourself to the Fact of Sin " This is your hour, and the power of darkness —Luke 22:53 " Not being reconciled to the fact of sin— not recognizing it and refusing to deal with it— produces all the disasters in life. You may talk about the lofty virtues of human nature, but there is something in human nature that will mockingly laugh in the face of every principle you have. If you refuse to agree with the fact that there is wickedness and selfishness, something downright hateful and wrong, in human beings, when it attacks your life,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 23, 2014]

    06/23/2014 3:05:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Acquainted With Grief” " He is . . . a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief —Isaiah 53:3 " We are not “acquainted with grief” in the same way our Lord was acquainted with it. We endure it and live through it, but we do not become intimate with it. At the beginning of our lives we do not bring ourselves to the point of dealing with the reality of sin. We look at life through the eyes of reason and say that if a person will control his instincts, and educate himself, he can produce a life...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 18, 2014]

    06/18/2014 4:22:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Keep Recognizing Jesus " . . . Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid . . . —Matthew 14:29-30 " The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him, and “walked on the water.” Then he began to take those things around him into account, and instantly, down he went. Why couldn’t our Lord have enabled...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 17, 2014]

    06/17/2014 3:50:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Beware of Criticizing Others " Judge not, that you be not judged —Matthew 7:1 " Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, “Don’t.” The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual realm nothing is accomplished by it. The effect of criticism is the dividing up of the strengths of the one being criticized. The Holy Spirit is the only one in the proper position to criticize, and He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 16, 2014]

    06/16/2014 6:36:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Will You Lay Down Your Life?” " Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. . . . I have called you friends . . . —John 15:13, 15 " Jesus does not ask me to die for Him, but to lay down my life for Him. Peter said to the Lord, “I will lay down my life for Your sake,” and he meant it (John 13:37). He had a magnificent sense of the heroic. For us to be incapable of making this same statement Peter made would be a bad...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 15, 2014]

    06/15/2014 5:14:05 AM PDT · by Vision · 7 replies
    Get Moving! (2) " Also . . . add to your faith . . . —2 Peter 1:5 " In the matter of drudgery. Peter said in this passage that we have become “partakers of the divine nature” and that we should now be “giving all diligence,” concentrating on forming godly habits (2 Peter 1:4-5). We are to “add” to our lives all that character means. No one is born either naturally or supernaturally with character; it must be developed. Nor are we born with habits— we have to form godly habits on the basis of the new life...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 14, 2014]

    06/14/2014 6:09:32 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Get Moving! (1) " Abide in Me . . . —John 15:4 " In the matter of determination. The Spirit of Jesus is put into me by way of the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I then have to build my thinking patiently to bring it into perfect harmony with my Lord. God will not make me think like Jesus— I have to do it myself. I have to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). “Abide in Me”— in intellectual matters, in money matters, in every one of the matters that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 13, 2014]

    06/13/2014 7:45:19 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Getting There (3) " . . . come, follow Me —Luke 18:22 " Where our individual desire dies and sanctified surrender lives. One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of our own individual temperament. We make our temperament and our natural desires barriers to coming to Jesus. Yet the first thing we realize when we do come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatsoever to our natural desires. We have the idea that we can dedicate our gifts to God. However, you cannot dedicate what is not yours. There is actually only...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 12, 2014]

    06/12/2014 6:32:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Getting There (2) " They said to Him, ’Rabbi . . . where are You staying?’ He said to them, ’Come and see’ —John 1:38-39 " Where our self-interest sleeps and the real interest is awakened. “They . . . remained with Him that day . . . .” That is about all some of us ever do. We stay with Him a short time, only to wake up to our own realities of life. Our self-interest rises up and our abiding with Him is past. Yet there is no circumstance of life in which we cannot abide in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 11, 2014]

    06/11/2014 5:39:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Getting There (1) " Come to Me . . . —Matthew 11:28 " Where sin and sorrow stops, and the song of the saint starts. Do I really want to get there? I can right now. The questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words— “Come to Me.” Our Lord’s words are not, “Do this, or don’t do that,” but— “Come to me.” If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will actually cease from sin, and will...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 10, 2014]

    06/10/2014 4:23:33 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    And After That What’s Next To Do? " . . . seek, and you will find . . . —Luke 11:9 " Seek if you have not found. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss . . .” (James 4:3). If you ask for things from life instead of from God, “you ask amiss”; that is, you ask out of your desire for self-fulfillment. The more you fulfill yourself the less you will seek God. “. . . seek, and you will find . . . .” Get to work— narrow your focus and interests to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 9, 2014]

    06/09/2014 6:08:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Then What’s Next To Do? " Everyone who asks receives . . . —Luke 11:10 " Ask if you have not received. There is nothing more difficult than asking. We will have yearnings and desires for certain things, and even suffer as a result of their going unfulfilled, but not until we are at the limit of desperation will we ask. It is the sense of not being spiritually real that causes us to ask. Have you ever asked out of the depths of your total insufficiency and poverty? “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 8, 2014]

    06/08/2014 1:03:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    What’s Next To Do? " If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them —John 13:17 " Be determined to know more than others. If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea. Put everything in your life afloat upon God, going out to sea on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and your eyes will be opened. If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 7, 2014]

    06/07/2014 4:33:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Greatest Source of Power " Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do . . . —John 14:13 " Am I fulfilling this ministry of intercession deep within the hidden recesses of my life? There is no trap nor any danger at all of being deceived or of showing pride in true intercession. It is a hidden ministry that brings forth fruit through which the Father is glorified. Am I allowing my spiritual life to waste away, or am I focused, bringing everything to one central point— the atonement of my Lord? Is Jesus Christ more...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 6, 2014]

    06/06/2014 7:33:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Work Out” What God “Works in” You " . . . work out your own salvation . . . for it is God who works in you . . . —Philippians 2:12-13 " Your will agrees with God, but in your flesh there is a nature that renders you powerless to do what you know you ought to do. When the Lord initially comes in contact with our conscience, the first thing our conscience does is awaken our will, and our will always agrees with God. Yet you say, “But I don’t know if my will is in agreement...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 5, 2014]

    06/05/2014 5:03:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    God’s Assurance " He Himself has said . . . . So we may boldly say . . . —Hebrews 13:5-6 " My assurance is to be built upon God’s assurance to me. God says, “I will never leave you,” so that then I “may boldly say, ’The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’ ” (Hebrews 13:5-6). In other words, I will not be obsessed with apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember God’s words of assurance. I will be full of courage, like a child who...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 4, 2014]

    06/04/2014 2:49:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Never-forsaking God " He Himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you’ —Hebrews 13:5 " What line of thinking do my thoughts take? Do I turn to what God says or to my own fears? Am I simply repeating what God says, or am I learning to truly hear Him and then to respond after I have heard what He says? “For He Himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ’The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 3, 2014]

    06/03/2014 3:54:50 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    “The Secret of the Lord” " The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him . . . —Psalm 25:14 " What is the sign of a friend? Is it that he tells you his secret sorrows? No, it is that he tells you his secret joys. Many people will confide their secret sorrows to you, but the final mark of intimacy is when they share their secret joys with you. Have we ever let God tell us any of His joys? Or are we continually telling God our secrets, leaving Him no time to talk to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 2, 2014]

    06/02/2014 5:50:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Are You Obsessed by Something? " Who is the man that fears the Lord? —Psalm 25:12 " Are you obsessed by something? You will probably say, “No, by nothing,” but all of us are obsessed by something— usually by ourselves, or, if we are Christians, by our own experience of the Christian life. But the psalmist says that we are to be obsessed by God. The abiding awareness of the Christian life is to be God Himself, not just thoughts about Him. The total being of our life inside and out is to be absolutely obsessed by the presence...