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Dependent on Godís Presence
My utmost for His highest. ^ | OSWALD CHAMBERS

Posted on 07/19/2019 9:37:06 PM PDT by RevelationDavid

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 nothing abstract or obscure in the Bible; everything is vivid and real. God does not say, “Be spiritual,” but He says, “Walk before Me…” (Genesis 17:1).

When we are in an unhealthy condition either physically or emotionally, we always look for thrills in life. In our physical life this leads to our efforts to counterfeit the work of the Holy Spirit; in our emotional life it leads to obsessions and to the destruction of our morality; and in our spiritual life, if we insist on pursuing only thrills, on mounting up “with wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31), it will result in the destruction of our spirituality.

Having the reality of God’s presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place, but is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually.

Our problems arise when we refuse to place our trust in the reality of His presence. The experience the psalmist speaks of—

“We will not fear, even though…” (Psalm 46:2)— will be ours once we are grounded on the truth of the reality of God’s presence, not just a simple awareness of it, but an understanding of the reality of it. Then we will exclaim, “He has been here all the time!”

At critical moments in our lives it is necessary to ask God for guidance, but it should be unnecessary to be constantly saying, “Oh, Lord, direct me in this, and in that.” Of course He will, and in fact, He is doing it already! If our everyday decisions are not according to His will, He will press through them, bringing restraint to our spirit. Then we must be quiet and wait for the direction of His presence.

From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Psalms 26-28; Acts 22

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS Jesus Christ is always unyielding to my claim to my right to myself. The one essential element in all our Lord’s teaching about discipleship is abandon, no calculation, no trace of self-interest.

from Disciples Indeed, 395 L


TOPICS: Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: chambers; oswald
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 nothing abstract or obscure in the Bible; everything is vivid and real. God does not say, “Be spiritual,” but He says, “Walk before Me…” (Genesis 17:1).

When we are in an unhealthy condition either physically or emotionally, we always look for thrills in life. In our physical life this leads to our efforts to counterfeit the work of the Holy Spirit; in our emotional life it leads to obsessions and to the destruction of our morality; and in our spiritual life, if we insist on pursuing only thrills, on mounting up “with wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31), it will result in the destruction of our spirituality.

Having the reality of God’s presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place, but is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually.

Our problems arise when we refuse to place our trust in the reality of His presence. The experience the psalmist speaks of—

“We will not fear, even though…” (Psalm 46:2)— will be ours once we are grounded on the truth of the reality of God’s presence, not just a simple awareness of it, but an understanding of the reality of it. Then we will exclaim, “He has been here all the time!”

At critical moments in our lives it is necessary to ask God for guidance, but it should be unnecessary to be constantly saying, “Oh, Lord, direct me in this, and in that.” Of course He will, and in fact, He is doing it already! If our everyday decisions are not according to His will, He will press through them, bringing restraint to our spirit. Then we must be quiet and wait for the direction of His presence.

From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Psalms 26-28; Acts 22

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS Jesus Christ is always unyielding to my claim to my right to myself. The one essential element in all our Lord’s teaching about discipleship is abandon, no calculation, no trace of self-interest.

from Disciples Indeed, 395 L

1 posted on 07/19/2019 9:37:06 PM PDT by RevelationDavid
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To: RevelationDavid

God’s presence is everywhere. If you’ve ever been somewhere where it’s missing you would definitely know the difference. We are in a blessed place.


2 posted on 07/19/2019 10:23:09 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("Washington, DC. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious")
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To: RevelationDavid

Thank you for posting.


3 posted on 07/20/2019 1:39:54 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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