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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 1, 2014]

    01/01/2015 1:58:04 PM PST · by Vision · 13 replies
    Let Us Keep to the Point " "…my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death." —Philippians 1:20 " My Utmost for His Highest. “…my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed….” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if Paul were saying, “My determined purpose is to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 31, 2014]

    12/31/2014 10:46:50 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Yesterday " You shall not go out with haste,…for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. —Isaiah 52:12 " Security from Yesterday. “…God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 30, 2014]

    12/30/2014 2:47:04 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “And Every Virtue We Possess” " …All my springs are in you. —Psalm 87:7 " Our Lord never “patches up” our natural virtues, that is, our natural traits, qualities, or characteristics. He completely remakes a person on the inside— “…put on the new man…” (Ephesians 4:24). In other words, see that your natural human life is putting on all that is in keeping with the new life. The life God places within us develops its own new virtues, not the virtues of the seed of Adam, but of Jesus Christ. Once God has begun the process of sanctification in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 29, 2014]

    12/29/2014 2:18:10 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Deserter or Disciple? " From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. —John 6:66 " When God, by His Spirit through His Word, gives you a clear vision of His will, you must “walk in the light” of that vision (1 John 1:7). Even though your mind and soul may be thrilled by it, if you don’t “walk in the light” of it you will sink to a level of bondage never envisioned by our Lord. Mentally disobeying the “heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19) will make you a slave to ideas and views...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 28, 2014]

    12/28/2014 1:50:32 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Continuous Conversion " …unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 18:3 " These words of our Lord refer to our initial conversion, but we should continue to turn to God as children, being continuously converted every day of our lives. If we trust in our own abilities, instead of God’s, we produce consequences for which God will hold us responsible. When God through His sovereignty brings us into new situations, we should immediately make sure that our natural life submits to the spiritual, obeying the orders...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 24, 2014]

    12/24/2014 8:27:12 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Hidden Life " …your life is hidden with Christ in God. —Colossians 3:3 " The Spirit of God testifies to and confirms the simple, but almighty, security of the life that “is hidden with Christ in God.” Paul continually brought this out in his New Testament letters. We talk as if living a sanctified life were the most uncertain and insecure thing we could do. Yet it is the most secure thing possible, because it has Almighty God in and behind it. The most dangerous and unsure thing is to try to live without God. For one who...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 23, 2014]

    12/23/2014 1:08:51 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Sharing in the Atonement " God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " The gospel of Jesus Christ always forces a decision of our will. Have I accepted God’s verdict on sin as judged on the Cross of Christ? Do I have even the slightest interest in the death of Jesus? Do I want to be identified with His death— to be completely dead to all interest in sin, worldliness, and self? Do I long to be so closely identified with Jesus that I am of no value for...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 22, 2014]

    12/22/2014 2:52:45 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Drawing of the Father " No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him John 6:44 " When God begins to draw me to Himself, the problem of my will comes in immediately. Will I react positively to the truth that God has revealed? Will I come to Him? To discuss or deliberate over spiritual matters when God calls is inappropriate and disrespectful to Him. When God speaks, never discuss it with anyone as if to decide what your response may be (see Galatians 1:15-16). Belief is not the result of an intellectual...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 21, 2014]

    12/21/2014 1:56:53 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Experience or God’s Revealed Truth? " We have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. —1 Corinthians 2:12 " My experience is not what makes redemption real— redemption is reality. Redemption has no real meaning for me until it is worked out through my conscious life. When I am born again, the Spirit of God takes me beyond myself and my experiences, and identifies me with Jesus Christ. If I am left only with my personal experiences, I am left with something not produced by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 20, 2014]

    12/20/2014 6:21:30 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Right Kind of Help " And I, if I am lifted up…will draw all peoples to Myself. —John 12:32 " Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but major surgery.When you find yourself face to face with a person who is spiritually lost, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the cross. If that person can get...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 19, 2014]

    12/19/2014 4:35:25 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Focus Of Our Message " I did not come to bring peace but a sword. —Matthew 10:34 " Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him. God can be more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that He may be viewed as the tender One. If a person cannot go to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give up— he may admit his...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 18, 2014]

    12/18/2014 5:13:17 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Test of Faithfulness " We know that all things work together for good to those who love God Romans 8:28 " It is only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted, saying God is in control, but not really believing it. We act as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, or object of our faith the Lord Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may bring...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 17, 2014]

    12/17/2014 4:21:58 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Redemption— Creating the Need it Satisfies " The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him… —1 Corinthians 2:14 " The gospel of God creates the sense of need for the gospel. Is the gospel hidden to those who are servants already? No, Paul said, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe…” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). The majority of people think of themselves as being completely moral, and have...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 16, 2014]

    12/16/2014 4:14:27 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Wrestling Before God " Take up the whole armor of God…praying always… —Ephesians 6:13,18 " You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural. If you ever do wrestle with God, you will be crippled for the rest of your life. If you grab hold of God and wrestle with Him, as Jacob did, simply because He is working in a way that doesn’t meet with your approval, you force Him to put you out of joint (see...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 15, 2014]

    12/15/2014 5:09:08 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Approved to God” " Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. —2 Timothy 2:15 " If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don’t, other people may miss out on the blessings that come from knowing the truth. Strive to re-express a truth of God to yourself clearly and understandably, and God will use that same explanation when you share it with someone else. But you must be willing to go through...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 14, 2014]

    12/14/2014 1:45:04 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Great Life " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled… —John 14:27 " Whenever we experience something difficult in our personal life, we are tempted to blame God. But we are the ones in the wrong, not God. Blaming God is evidence that we are refusing to let go of some disobedience somewhere in our lives. But as soon as we let go, everything becomes as clear as daylight to us. As long as we try to serve...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 13, 2014]

    12/13/2014 5:01:26 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Intercessory Prayer " …men always ought to pray and not lose heart. —Luke 18:1 " You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment they have for remaining out of touch with God. True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. Intercession means to “fill up…[with] what is lacking...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 12, 2014]

    12/12/2014 5:15:24 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Personality " …that they may be one just as We are one… —John 17:22 " Personality is the unique, limitless part of our life that makes us distinct from everyone else. It is too vast for us even to comprehend. An island in the sea may be just the top of a large mountain, and our personality is like that island. We don’t know the great depths of our being, therefore we cannot measure ourselves. We start out thinking we can, but soon realize that there is really only one Being who fully understands us, and that is our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 11, 2014]

    12/11/2014 4:04:14 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Individuality " Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself…" —Matthew 16:24 " Individuality is the hard outer layer surrounding the inner spiritual life. Individuality shoves others aside, separating and isolating people. We see it as the primary characteristic of a child, and rightly so. When we confuse individuality with the spiritual life, we remain isolated. This shell of individuality is God’s created natural covering designed to protect the spiritual life. But our individuality must be yielded to God so that our spiritual life may be brought forth into fellowship with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 10, 2014]

    12/10/2014 5:02:49 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Offering of the Natural " It is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. —Galatians 4:22 " Paul was not dealing with sin in this chapter of Galatians, but with the relation of the natural to the spiritual. The natural can be turned into the spiritual only through sacrifice. Without this a person will lead a divided life. Why did God demand that the natural must be sacrificed? God did not demand it. It is not God’s perfect will, but His permissive will. God’s perfect will was for the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 9, 2014]

    12/09/2014 4:12:55 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Opposition of the Natural " Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. —Galatians 5:24 " The natural life itself is not sinful. But we must abandon sin, having nothing to do with it in any way whatsoever. Sin belongs to hell and to the devil. I, as a child of God, belong to heaven and to God. It is not a question of giving up sin, but of giving up my right to myself, my natural independence, and my self-will. This is where the battle has to be fought. The things that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 8, 2014]

    12/08/2014 5:12:40 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Impartial Power of God " By one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. —Hebrews 10:14 " We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the result of our personal realization of the atonement by the Cross of Christ, which He has provided for us. “…Christ Jesus…became for us...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 7, 2014]

    12/07/2014 1:47:41 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Repentance " Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation… —2 Corinthians 7:10 " Conviction of sin is best described in the words:My sins, my sins, my Savior, How sad on Thee they fall.Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 6, 2014]

    12/06/2014 2:36:07 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “My Rainbow in the Cloud” " I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. —Genesis 9:13 " It is the will of God that human beings should get into a right-standing relationship with Him, and His covenants are designed for this purpose. Why doesn’t God save me? He has accomplished and provided for my salvation, but I have not yet entered into a relationship with Him. Why doesn’t God do everything we ask? He has done it. The point is— will I step into that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 5, 2014]

    12/05/2014 4:32:44 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “The Temple of the Holy Spirit” " …only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you. —Genesis 41:40 " I am accountable to God for the way I control my body under His authority. Paul said he did not “set aside the grace of God”— make it ineffective (Galatians 2:21). The grace of God is absolute and limitless, and the work of salvation through Jesus is complete and finished forever. I am not being saved— I am saved. Salvation is as eternal as God’s throne, but I must put to work or use what God has...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 4, 2014]

    12/04/2014 4:13:17 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Law of Opposition " To him who overcomes… —Revelation 2:7 " Life without war is impossible in the natural or the supernatural realm. It is a fact that there is a continuing struggle in the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual areas of life.Health is the balance between the physical parts of my body and all the things and forces surrounding me. To maintain good health I must have sufficient internal strength to fight off the things that are external. Everything outside my physical life is designed to cause my death. The very elements that sustain me while I...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 3, 2014]

    12/03/2014 3:39:29 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Not by Might nor by Power " My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power 1 Corinthians 2:4 " If in preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the gospel, you hinder people from getting to reality. Take care to see while you proclaim your knowledge of the way of salvation, that you yourself are rooted and grounded by faith in God. Never rely on the clearness of your presentation, but as you give...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 2, 2014]

    12/02/2014 5:17:30 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Christian Perfection " Not that I have already attained, or am already perfect… —Philippians 3:12 " It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do— God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements tends to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If you accept this concept of personal holiness, your life’s determined purpose will not be for God, but for what you call the evidence of God in your life. How can we say, “It could...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 1, 2014]

    12/01/2014 5:32:49 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Law and the Gospel " Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. —James 2:10 " The moral law does not consider our weaknesses as human beings; in fact, it does not take into account our heredity or infirmities. It simply demands that we be absolutely moral. The moral law never changes, either for the highest of society or for the weakest in the world. It is enduring and eternally the same. The moral law, ordained by God, does not make itself weak to the weak by excusing our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 30, 2014]

    11/30/2014 11:06:07 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “By the Grace of God I Am What I Am” " By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain… —1 Corinthians 15:10 " The way we continually talk about our own inabilities is an insult to our Creator. To complain over our incompetence is to accuse God falsely of having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining from God’s perspective those things that sound so humble to men. You will be amazed at how unbelievably inappropriate and disrespectful they are to Him. We say things such as,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 29, 2014]

    11/29/2014 2:18:47 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Supremacy of Jesus Christ " He will glorify Me… —John 16:14 " The holiness movements of today have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them. There is nothing about them that needs the death of Jesus Christ. All that is required is a pious atmosphere, prayer, and devotion. This type of experience is not supernatural nor miraculous. It did not cost the sufferings of God, nor is it stained with “the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 12:11). It is not marked or sealed by the Holy Spirit as being genuine, and it has no...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 28, 2014]

    11/28/2014 8:46:44 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Riches of the Destitute " …being justified freely by His grace… —Romans 3:24 " The gospel of the grace of God awakens an intense longing in human souls and an equally intense resentment, because the truth that it reveals is not palatable or easy to swallow. There is a certain pride in people that causes them to give and give, but to come and accept a gift is another thing. I will give my life to martyrdom; I will dedicate my life to service— I will do anything. But do not humiliate me to the level of the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 27, 2014]

    11/27/2014 7:20:38 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Consecration of Spiritual Power " …by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. —Galatians 6:14 " If I dwell on the Cross of Christ, I do not simply become inwardly devout and solely interested in my own holiness— I become strongly focused on Jesus Christ’s interests. Our Lord was not a recluse nor a fanatical holy man practicing self-denial. He did not physically cut Himself off from society, but He was inwardly disconnected all the time. He was not aloof, but He lived in another world. In fact, He was so much...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 26, 2014]

    11/26/2014 9:59:55 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Focal Point of Spiritual Power " …except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " If you want to know the power of God (that is, the resurrection life of Jesus) in your human flesh, you must dwell on the tragedy of God. Break away from your personal concern over your own spiritual condition, and with a completely open spirit consider the tragedy of God. Instantly the power of God will be in you. “Look to Me…” (Isaiah 45:22). Pay attention to the external Source and the internal power will be there. We lose power...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 25, 2014]

    11/25/2014 2:22:59 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Secret of Spiritual Consistency " God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " When a person is newly born again, he seems inconsistent due to his unrelated emotions and the state of the external things or circumstances in his life. The apostle Paul had a strong and steady underlying consistency in his life. Consequently, he could let his external life change without internal distress because he was rooted and grounded in God. Most of us are not consistent spiritually because we are more concerned about being consistent externally....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 24, 2014]

    11/24/2014 5:11:54 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Direction of Focus " Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…, so our eyes look to the Lord our God… —Psalm 123:2 " This verse is a description of total reliance on God. Just as the eyes of a servant are riveted on his master, our eyes should be directed to and focused on God. This is how knowledge of His countenance is gained and how God reveals Himself to us (see Isaiah 53:1). Our spiritual strength begins to be drained when we stop lifting our eyes to Him. Our stamina is sapped,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 23, 2014]

    11/23/2014 1:41:09 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Distraction of Contempt " Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. —Psalm 123:3 " What we must beware of is not damage to our belief in God but damage to our Christian disposition or state of mind. “Take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously” (Malachi 2:16). Our state of mind is powerful in its effects. It can be the enemy that penetrates right into our soul and distracts our mind from God. There are certain attitudes we should never dare to indulge. If we...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 22, 2014]

    11/22/2014 3:04:40 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Shallow and Profound " Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31 " Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 21, 2014]

    11/21/2014 2:00:28 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “It is Finished!” " I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. —John 17:4 " The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came.Never build your case for forgiveness on the idea that God is our Father and He will forgive us because He loves us. That contradicts the revealed truth of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 20, 2014]

    11/20/2014 5:02:44 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Forgiveness of God " In Him we havethe forgiveness of sins Ephesians 1:7 " Beware of the pleasant view of the fatherhood of God: God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That thought, based solely on emotion, cannot be found anywhere in the New Testament. The only basis on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ. To base our forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive our sin and reinstate us to His favor is through...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 19, 2014]

    11/19/2014 2:08:58 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “When He Has Come” " When He has come, He will convict the world of sin… —John 16:8 " Very few of us know anything about conviction of sin. We know the experience of being disturbed because we have done wrong things. But conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit blots out every relationship on earth and makes us aware of only one— “Against You, You only, have I sinned…” (Psalm 51:4). When a person is convicted of sin in this way, he knows with every bit of his conscience that God would not dare to forgive him. If...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 18, 2014]

    11/18/2014 3:55:07 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Winning into Freedom " If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. —John 8:36 " If there is even a trace of individual self-satisfaction left in us, it always says, “I can’t surrender,” or “I can’t be free.” But the spiritual part of our being never says “I can’t”; it simply soaks up everything around it. Our spirit hungers for more and more. It is the way we are built. We are designed with a great capacity for God, but sin, our own individuality, and wrong thinking keep us from getting to Him. God delivers us...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 17, 2014]

    11/17/2014 3:46:57 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Eternal Goal " By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing…I will bless you… —Genesis 22:16-17 " Abraham, at this point, has reached where he is in touch with the very nature of God. He now understands the reality of God.My goal is God Himself… At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.“At any cost…by any road” means submitting to God’s way of bringing us to the goal.There is no possibility of questioning God when He speaks, if He speaks to His own nature in me. Prompt obedience is the only result....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 16, 2014]

    11/16/2014 1:42:02 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Still Human! " …whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31 " In the Scriptures, the great miracle of the incarnation slips into the ordinary life of a child; the great miracle of the transfiguration fades into the demon-possessed valley below; the glory of the resurrection descends into a breakfast on the seashore. This is not an anticlimax, but a great revelation of God.We have a tendency to look for wonder in our experience, and we mistake heroic actions for real heroes. It’s one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite another...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 15, 2014]

    11/15/2014 2:52:04 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “What Is That to You?” " Peter…said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "…what is that to you? You follow Me." —John 21:21-22 " One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s plan for others. You see someone suffering and say, “He will not suffer, and I will make sure that he doesn’t.” You put your hand right in front of God’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 14, 2014]

    11/14/2014 3:32:24 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Discovering Divine Design " As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me… —Genesis 24:27 " We should be so one with God that we don’t need to ask continually for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God. A child’s life is normally obedient, until he chooses disobedience. But as soon as he chooses to disobey, an inherent inner conflict is produced. On the spiritual level, inner conflict is the warning of the Spirit of God. When He warns us in this way, we must stop at once and be renewed in the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 13, 2014]

    11/13/2014 4:08:40 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Faith or Experience? " …the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. —Galatians 2:20 " We should battle through our moods, feelings, and emotions into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus. We must break out of our own little world of experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think who the New Testament says Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meagerness of the miserable faith we exhibit by saying, “I haven’t had this experience or that experience”! Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims and provides— He can present us faultless before the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 12, 2014]

    11/12/2014 2:48:08 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Changed Life " If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. —2 Corinthians 5:17 " What understanding do you have of the salvation of your soul? The work of salvation means that in your real life things are dramatically changed. You no longer look at things in the same way. Your desires are new and the old things have lost their power to attract you. One of the tests for determining if the work of salvation in your life is genuine is— has God changed...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 11, 2014]

    11/11/2014 5:01:24 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Supreme Climb " He said, "Take now your son…" —Genesis 22:2 " God’s command is, “Take now,” not later. It is incredible how we debate! We know something is right, but we try to find excuses for not doing it immediately. If we are to climb to the height God reveals, it can never be done later— it must be done now. And the sacrifice must be worked through our will before we actually perform it.“So Abraham rose early in the morning…and went to the place of which God had told him” (Genesis 22:3). Oh, the wonderful simplicity...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 10, 2014]

    11/10/2014 4:28:32 PM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Fellowship in the Gospel " …fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ… —1 Thessalonians 3:2 " After sanctification, it is difficult to state what your purpose in life is, because God has moved you into His purpose through the Holy Spirit. He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation. If you seek great things for yourself, thinking, “God has called me for this and for that,” you barricade God from using you. As long as you maintain your own personal interests and ambitions, you cannot...