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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 23, 2014]

    04/23/2014 4:27:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Do You Worship The Work? " We are God’s fellow workers . . . —1 Corinthians 3:9 " Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. A great number of Christian workers worship their work. The only concern of Christian workers should be their concentration on God. This will mean that all the other boundaries of life, whether they are mental, moral, or spiritual limits, are completely free with the freedom God gives His child; that is, a worshiping child, not a wayward one. A worker who lacks this serious controlling...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 22, 2014]

    04/22/2014 4:57:00 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Light That Never Fails " We all, with unveiled face, beholding . . . the glory of the Lord . . . —2 Corinthians 3:18 " A servant of God must stand so very much alone that he never realizes he is alone. In the early stages of the Christian life, disappointments will come— people who used to be lights will flicker out, and those who used to stand with us will turn away. We have to get so used to it that we will not even realize we are standing alone. Paul said, “. . . no...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 21, 2014]

    04/21/2014 5:42:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Don’t Hurt the Lord " Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? —John 14:9 " Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us-astounded at how “un-simple” we are. It is our own opinions that make us dense and slow to understand, but when we are simple we are never dense; we have discernment all the time. Philip expected the future revelation of a tremendous mystery, but not in Jesus, the Person he thought he already knew. The mystery of God is not in what is going to be-it is now, though...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 20, 2014]

    04/20/2014 10:06:34 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Can a Saint Falsely Accuse God? " All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen . . . —2 Corinthians 1:20 " Jesus’ parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25:14-30 was a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacities. This parable has nothing to do with natural gifts and abilities, but relates to the gift of the Holy Spirit as He was first given at Pentecost. We must never measure our spiritual capacity on the basis of our education or our intellect; our capacity in spiritual things is measured...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 19, 2014]

    04/19/2014 3:12:54 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Beware of the Least Likely Temptation " Joab had defected to Adonijah, though he had not defected to Absalom —1 Kings 2:28 " Joab withstood the greatest test of his life, remaining absolutely loyal to David by not turning to follow after the fascinating and ambitious Absalom. Yet toward the end of his life he turned to follow after the weak and cowardly Adonijah. Always remain alert to the fact that where one person has turned back is exactly where anyone may be tempted to turn back (see 1 Corinthians 10:11-13). You may have just victoriously gone through a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 18, 2014]

    04/18/2014 5:53:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Readiness " God called to him . . . . And he said, ’Here I am’ —Exodus 3:4 " When God speaks, many of us are like people in a fog, and we give no answer. Moses’ reply to God revealed that he knew where he was and that he was ready. Readiness means having a right relationship to God and having the knowledge of where we are. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. Yet the man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who receives the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 17, 2014]

    04/17/2014 6:35:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    All or Nothing? " When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment . . . and plunged into the sea John 21:7 " Have you ever had a crisis in your life in which you deliberately, earnestly, and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of the will. You may come to that point many times externally, but it will amount to nothing. The true deep crisis of abandonment, or total surrender, is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of only external things may actually be an indication of your being...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 16, 2014]

    04/16/2014 4:58:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Can You Come Down From the Mountain? " While you have the light, believe in the light . . . —John 12:36 " We all have moments when we feel better than ever before, and we say, “I feel fit for anything; if only I could always be like this!” We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of insight which we have to live up to even when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for the everyday world when we are not on the mountaintop. Yet we must bring our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 15, 2014]

    04/15/2014 4:58:35 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Failure To Pay Close Attention " The high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days —2 Chronicles 15:17 " Asa was not completely obedient in the outward, visible areas of his life. He was obedient in what he considered the most important areas, but he was not entirely right. Beware of ever thinking, “Oh, that thing in my life doesn’t matter much.” The fact that it doesn’t matter much to you may mean that it matters a great deal to God. Nothing should be considered a trivial matter by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 14, 2014]

    04/14/2014 5:21:24 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Inner Invincibility " Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me . . . —Matthew 11:29 " Whom the Lord loves He chastens . . .” (Hebrews 12:6). How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with Him, only to hear us moan and groan, saying, “Oh Lord, just let me be like other people!” Jesus is asking us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together. That’s why Jesus says to us, “My yoke is easy and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 13, 2014]

    04/13/2014 4:58:54 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    What To Do When Your Burden Is Overwhelming " Cast your burden on the Lord . . . —Psalm 55:22 " We must recognize the difference between burdens that are right for us to bear and burdens that are wrong. We should never bear the burdens of sin or doubt, but there are some burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off. God wants us to roll them back on Him— to literally “cast your burden,” which He has given you, “on the Lord . . . .” If we set out to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 12, 2014]

    04/12/2014 7:15:42 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Complete and Effective Dominion " Death no longer has dominion over Him. . . . the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God . . . —Romans 6:9-11 " Co-Eternal Life. Eternal life is the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human level. And it is this same life, not simply a copy of it, which is made evident in our mortal flesh when we are born again. Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 11, 2014]

    04/11/2014 6:16:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Divinity " If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection . . . —Romans 6:5 " Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have experienced crucifixion with Jesus is that I have a definite likeness to Him. The Spirit of Jesus entering me rearranges my personal life before God. The resurrection of Jesus has given Him the authority to give the life of God to me, and the experiences of my life must now be built on the foundation of His life. I...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 10, 2014]

    04/10/2014 5:56:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Complete and Effective Decision About Sin " . . . our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin —Romans 6:6 " Co-Crucifixion. Have you made the following decision about sin—that it must be completely killed in you? It takes a long time to come to the point of making this complete and effective decision about sin. It is, however, the greatest moment in your life once you decide that sin must die in you-not simply be restrained, suppressed, or counteracted, but...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 9, 2014]

    04/09/2014 4:56:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Seen Jesus? " After that, He appeared in another form to two of them . . . —Mark 16:12 " Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing. Many people who have never seen Jesus have received and share in God’s grace. But once you have seen Him, you can never be the same. Other things will not have the appeal they did before.You should always recognize the difference between what you see Jesus to be and what He has done for you. If you see only what He has done for you, your God...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 8, 2014]

    04/08/2014 5:48:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His Resurrection Destiny " Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory? —Luke 24:26 " Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life. His resurrection means that He has the power to convey His life to me. When I was born again, I received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself.Christ’s resurrection destiny— His foreordained purpose— was to bring “many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10). The fulfilling of His destiny gives Him the right to make us sons and daughters of God. We never have exactly the same...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 7, 2014]

    04/07/2014 6:32:36 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Why We Lack Understanding " He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead —Mark 9:9 " As the disciples were commanded, you should also say nothing until the Son of Man has risen in you— until the life of the risen Christ so dominates you that you truly understand what He taught while here on earth. When you grow and develop the right condition inwardly, the words Jesus spoke become so clear that you are amazed you did not grasp them before. In...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 6, 2014]

    04/06/2014 1:19:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Collision of God and Sin ". . . who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree . . ." —1 Peter 2:24 The Cross of Christ is the revealed truth of God’s judgment on sin. Never associate the idea of martyrdom with the Cross of Christ. It was the supreme triumph, and it shook the very foundations of hell. There is nothing in time or eternity more absolutely certain and irrefutable than what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross— He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 5, 2014]

    04/05/2014 8:16:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    His Agony and Our Access "Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples . . . . ’Stay here and watch with Me’" —Matthew 26:36, 38 We can never fully comprehend Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, but at least we don’t have to misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and man in one Person, coming face to face with sin. We cannot learn about Gethsemane through personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary represent something totally unique— they are the gateway into life for us.It was not death on the cross...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 29, 2014]

    03/29/2014 1:26:19 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Our Lord’s Surprise Visits " You also be ready . . . —Luke 12:40 " A Christian worker’s greatest need is a readiness to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn. This is not easy, no matter what our experience has been. This battle is not against sin, difficulties, or circumstances, but against being so absorbed in our service to Jesus Christ that we are not ready to face Jesus Himself at every turn. The greatest need is not facing our beliefs or doctrines, or even facing the question of whether or not we are of any use...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 28, 2014]

    03/28/2014 5:27:30 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Isn’t There Some Misunderstanding? "’Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to Him, ’. . . are You going there again?’" —John 11:7-8 Just because I don’t understand what Jesus Christ says, I have no right to determine that He must be mistaken in what He says. That is a dangerous view, and it is never right to think that my obedience to God’s directive will bring dishonor to Jesus. The only thing that will bring dishonor is not obeying Him. To put my view of His honor ahead of what He is plainly guiding me to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 27, 2014]

    03/27/2014 4:55:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Spiritual Vision Through Personal Purity (2) " Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place . . . —Revelation 4:1 " A higher state of mind and spiritual vision can only be achieved through the higher practice of personal character. If you live up to the highest and best that you know in the outer level of your life, God will continually say to you, “Friend, come up even higher.” There is also a continuing rule in temptation which calls you to go higher; but when you do, you only encounter other temptations and...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 26, 2014]

    03/26/2014 5:17:37 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Spiritual Vision Through Personal Purity (1) " Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God —Matthew 5:8 " Purity is not innocence— it is much more than that. Purity is the result of continued spiritual harmony with God. We have to grow in purity. Our life with God may be right and our inner purity unblemished, yet occasionally our outer life may become spotted and stained. God intentionally does not protect us from this possibility, because this is the way we recognize the necessity of maintaining our spiritual vision through personal purity. If the outer level...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 25, 2014]

    03/25/2014 6:39:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Maintaining the Proper Relationship " . . . the friend of the bridegroom . . . —John 3:29 " Goodness and purity should never be traits that draw attention to themselves, but should simply be magnets that draw people to Jesus Christ. If my holiness is not drawing others to Him, it is not the right kind of holiness; it is only an influence which awakens undue emotions and evil desires in people and diverts them from heading in the right direction. A person who is a beautiful saint can be a hindrance in leading people to the Lord...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 24, 2014]

    03/24/2014 3:57:52 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Decreasing for His Purpose "He must increase, but I must decrease" —John 3:30 If you become a necessity to someone else’s life, you are out of God’s will. As a servant, your primary responsibility is to be a “friend of the bridegroom” (John 3:29). When you see a person who is close to grasping the claims of Jesus Christ, you know that your influence has been used in the right direction. And when you begin to see that person in the middle of a difficult and painful struggle, don’t try to prevent it, but pray that his difficulty will...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 23, 2014]

    03/23/2014 2:13:01 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Am I Carnally Minded? "Where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal . . . ?" —1 Corinthians 3:3 The natural man, or unbeliever, knows nothing about carnality. The desires of the flesh warring against the Spirit, and the Spirit warring against the flesh, which began at rebirth, are what produce carnality and the awareness of it. But Paul said, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). In other words, carnality will disappear.Are you quarrelsome and easily upset over small things? Do you think that...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 22, 2014]

    03/22/2014 6:42:28 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Burning Heart " Did not our heart burn within us . . . ? —Luke 24:32 " We need to learn this secret of the burning heart. Suddenly Jesus appears to us, fires are set ablaze, and we are given wonderful visions; but then we must learn to maintain the secret of the burning heart— a heart that can go through anything. It is the simple, dreary day, with its commonplace duties and people, that smothers the burning heart— unless we have learned the secret of abiding in Jesus.Much of the distress we experience as Christians comes not...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 21, 2014]

    03/21/2014 4:34:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Identified or Simply Interested? " I have been crucified with Christ . . . —Galatians 2:20 " The inescapable spiritual need each of us has is the need to sign the death certificate of our sin nature. I must take my emotional opinions and intellectual beliefs and be willing to turn them into a moral verdict against the nature of sin; that is, against any claim I have to my right to myself. Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ . . . .” He did not say, “I have made a determination to imitate Jesus Christ,” or,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 20, 2014]

    03/20/2014 5:17:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Friendship with God " Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing . . . ? —Genesis 18:17 " The Delights of His Friendship. Genesis 18 brings out the delight of true friendship with God, as compared with simply feeling His presence occasionally in prayer. This friendship means being so intimately in touch with God that you never even need to ask Him to show you His will. It is evidence of a level of intimacy which confirms that you are nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. When you have a right-standing...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 19, 2014]

    03/19/2014 3:50:37 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Abraham’s Life of Faith " He went out, not knowing where he was going —Hebrews 11:8 " In the Old Testament, a person’s relationship with God was seen by the degree of separation in that person’s life. This separation is exhibited in the life of Abraham by his separation from his country and his family. When we think of separation today, we do not mean to be literally separated from those family members who do not have a personal relationship with God, but to be separated mentally and morally from their viewpoints. This is what Jesus Christ was referring...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 18, 2014]

    03/18/2014 4:15:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will I Bring Myself Up to This Level? ". . . perfecting holiness in the fear of God" —2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises. . . .” I claim God’s promises for my life and look to their fulfillment, and rightly so, but that shows only the human perspective on them. God’s perspective is that through His promises I will come to recognize His claim of ownership on me. For example, do I realize that my “body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,” or am I condoning some habit in my body which clearly could not withstand...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 17, 2014]

    03/17/2014 3:57:03 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Servant’s Primary Goal " We make it our aim . . . to be well pleasing to Him —2 Corinthians 5:9 " We make it our aim. . . .” It requires a conscious decision and effort to keep our primary goal constantly in front of us. It means holding ourselves to the highest priority year in and year out; not making our first priority to win souls, or to establish churches, or to have revivals, but seeking only “to be well pleasing to Him.” It is not a lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 16, 2014]

    03/16/2014 2:25:25 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Master Will Judge "We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ . . . " —2 Corinthians 5:10 Paul says that we must all, preachers and other people alike, “appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” But if you will learn here and now to live under the scrutiny of Christ’s pure light, your final judgment will bring you only delight in seeing the work God has done in you. Live constantly reminding yourself of the judgment seat of Christ, and walk in the knowledge of the holiness He has given you. Tolerating a wrong attitude...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 15, 2014]

    03/15/2014 6:17:55 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Discipline of Dismay "As they followed they were afraid" —Mark 10:32 At the beginning of our life with Jesus Christ, we were sure we knew all there was to know about following Him. It was a delight to forsake everything else and to throw ourselves before Him in a fearless statement of love. But now we are not quite so sure. Jesus is far ahead of us and is beginning to seem different and unfamiliar— “Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed” (Mark 10:32).There is an aspect of Jesus that chills even a disciple’s heart to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 14, 2014]

    03/14/2014 3:20:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Yielding " . . . you are that one’s slaves whom you obey . . . —Romans 6:16 " The first thing I must be willing to admit when I begin to examine what controls and dominates me is that I am the one responsible for having yielded myself to whatever it may be. If I am a slave to myself, I am to blame because somewhere in the past I yielded to myself. Likewise, if I obey God I do so because at some point in my life I yielded myself to Him.If a child gives in to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 13, 2014]

    03/13/2014 4:55:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Gods Total Surrender to Us "For God so loved the world that He gave . . ." John 3:16 Salvation does not mean merely deliverance from sin or the experience of personal holiness. The salvation which comes from God means being completely delivered from myself, and being placed into perfect union with Him. When I think of my salvation experience, I think of being delivered from sin and gaining personal holiness. But salvation is so much more! It means that the Spirit of God has brought me into intimate contact with the true Person of God Himself. And as...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 12, 2014]

    03/12/2014 5:54:28 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Total Surrender "Peter began to say to Him, ’See, we have left all and followed You’" —Mark 10:28 Our Lord replies to this statement of Peter by saying that this surrender is “for My sake and the gospel’s” (10:29). It was not for the purpose of what the disciples themselves would get out of it. Beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits that may result. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” Being delivered from sin and being made holy...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 11, 2014]

    03/11/2014 5:17:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Obedience to the “Heavenly Vision” " I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision —Acts 26:19 " If we lose “the heavenly vision” God has given us, we alone are responsible— not God. We lose the vision because of our own lack of spiritual growth. If we do not apply our beliefs about God to the issues of everyday life, the vision God has given us will never be fulfilled. The only way to be obedient to “the heavenly vision” is to give our utmost for His highest— our best for His glory. This can be accomplished only when...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 10, 2014]

    03/10/2014 4:29:10 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Being an Example of His Message " Preach the word! " —2 Timothy 4:2 We are not saved only to be instruments for God, but to be His sons and daughters. He does not turn us into spiritual agents but into spiritual messengers, and the message must be a part of us. The Son of God was His own message— “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). As His disciples, our lives must be a holy example of the reality of our message. Even the natural heart of the unsaved will...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 9, 2014]

    03/09/2014 5:17:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Turning Back or Walking with Jesus? "Do you also want to go away?" —John 6:67 What a penetrating question! Our Lord’s words often hit home for us when He speaks in the simplest way. In spite of the fact that we know who Jesus is, He asks, “Do you also want to go away?” We must continually maintain an adventurous attitude toward Him, despite any potential personal risk.“From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more” (John 6:66). They turned back from walking with Jesus; not into sin, but away from Him. Many...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 8, 2014]

    03/08/2014 4:23:20 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Surrendered Life "I have been crucified with Christ . . ." Galatians 2:20 To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also to surrender his whole way of looking at things. Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp something else. The first thing we must surrender is all of our pretense or deceit. What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not our goodness, honesty, or our efforts to do better,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 7, 2014]

    03/07/2014 6:52:51 PM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Source of Abundant Joy "In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" —Romans 8:37 Paul was speaking here of the things that might seem likely to separate a saint from the love of God. But the remarkable thing is that nothing can come between the love of God and a saint. The things Paul mentioned in this passage can and do disrupt the close fellowship of our soul with God and separate our natural life from Him. But none of them is able to come between the love of God and the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 6, 2014]

    03/06/2014 5:28:00 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Taking the Next Step ". . . in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses" 2 Corinthians 6:4 When you have no vision from God, no enthusiasm left in your life, and no one watching and encouraging you, it requires the grace of Almighty God to take the next step in your devotion to Him, in the reading and studying of His Word, in your family life, or in your duty to Him. It takes much more of the grace of God, and a much greater awareness of drawing upon Him, to take that next step, than it...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 5, 2014]

    03/05/2014 4:17:50 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is He Really My Lord? ". . . so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus . . ." —Acts 20:24 Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing. The joy our Lord experienced came from doing what the Father sent Him to do. And He says to us, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). Have you received a ministry from the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 4, 2014]

    03/04/2014 5:39:08 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is This True of Me? "None of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself . . ." —Acts 20:24 It is easier to serve or work for God without a vision and without a call, because then you are not bothered by what He requires. Common sense, covered with a layer of Christian emotion, becomes your guide. You may be more prosperous and successful from the world’s perspective, and will have more leisure time, if you never acknowledge the call of God. But once you receive a commission from Jesus Christ, the memory...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 3, 2014]

    03/03/2014 3:02:58 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    His Commission to Us "Feed My sheep" —John 21:17 This is love in the making. The love of God is not created— it is His nature. When we receive the life of Christ through the Holy Spirit, He unites us with God so that His love is demonstrated in us. The goal of the indwelling Holy Spirit is not just to unite us with God, but to do it in such a way that we will be one with the Father in exactly the same way Jesus was. And what kind of oneness did Jesus Christ have with the...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 2, 2014]

    03/02/2014 8:05:38 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Felt the Pain Inflicted by the Lord? "He said to him the third time, ’. . . do you love Me?’" —John 21:17 Have you ever felt the pain, inflicted by the Lord, at the very center of your being, deep down in the most sensitive area of your life? The devil never inflicts pain there, and neither can sin nor human emotions. Nothing can cut through to that part of our being but the Word of God. “Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ’Do you love Me?’ ” Yet he was...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 1, 2014]

    03/01/2014 2:57:07 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Piercing Question "Do you love Me?" —John 21:17 Peter’s response to this piercing question is considerably different from the bold defiance he exhibited only a few days before when he declared, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” (Matthew 26:35 ; also see Matthew 26:33-34). Our natural individuality, or our natural self, boldly speaks out and declares its feelings. But the true love within our inner spiritual self can be discovered only by experiencing the hurt of this question of Jesus Christ. Peter loved Jesus in the way any natural man loves...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 28, 2014]

    02/28/2014 5:46:09 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Do You Now Believe?” "’By this we believe . . . .’ Jesus answered them, ’Do you now believe?’" —John 16:30-31 Now we believe. . . .” But Jesus asks, “Do you . . . ? Indeed the hour is coming . . . that you . . . will leave Me alone” (John 16:31-32). Many Christian workers have left Jesus Christ alone and yet tried to serve Him out of a sense of duty, or because they sense a need as a result of their own discernment. The reason for this is actually the absence of the resurrection...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 27, 2014]

    02/27/2014 5:58:52 PM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Impoverished Ministry of Jesus "Where then do You get that living water?" —John 4:11 “The well is deep”— and even a great deal deeper than the Samaritan woman knew! (John 4:11). Think of the depths of human nature and human life; think of the depth of the “wells” in you. Have you been limiting, or impoverishing, the ministry of Jesus to the point that He is unable to work in your life? Suppose that you have a deep “well” of hurt and trouble inside your heart, and Jesus comes and says to you, “Let not your heart be...