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Daily Bible Devotions by Oswald Chambers

Discussion in 'Christian Chat' started by king'sbloomingrose, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. king'sbloomingrose

    king'sbloomingrose He is able to save

    I get these devotions out of the book My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. A friend recently sent me a copy of his book and it has been so helpful in my own spiritual walk with the Lord, I wanted to share it with y'all.


    "Ye shall be holy; for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:16 (R.V.)

    Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is. The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. Nowadays we have far too many affinities, we are dissipated with them; right, good, noble affinities which will yet have their fulfilment, but in the meantime God has to atrophy them. The one thing that matters is whether a man will accept the God Who will make him holy. At all costs a man must be rightly related to God.

    Do I believe I need to be holy? Do I believe God can come into me and make me holy? If by your preaching you convince me that I am unholy, I resent your preaching. The preaching of the gospel awakens an intense resentment because it must reveal that I am unholy; but it also awakens an intense craving. God has one destined end for mankind, viz., holiness. His one aim is the production of saints. God is not an eternal blessing-machine for men; He did not come to save men out of pity: He came to save men because He had created them to be holy. The Atonement means that God can put me back into perfect union with Himself, without a shadow between, through the Death of Jesus Christ.

    Never tolerate through sympathy with yourself or with others any practice that is not in keeping with a holy God. Holiness means unsullied walking with the feet, unsullied talking with the tongue, unsullied thinking with the mind - every detail of the life under the scrutiny of God. Holiness is not only what God gives me, but what I manifest that God has given me.
  2. mattfivefour

    mattfivefour Well-known Member

    Awesome, sis! I look forward to your daily additions to this thread. :thumbup
  3. Meg

    Meg Well-Known Member

    A person is only offended by being informed that he or she is unholy if they are puffed up with pride. When you know you're a mess, and you know you are lost, you crave direction and guidance that only the Holy Spirit can give. The key to seeking the Lord is knowing you don't have all the answers, but He does. So those of us you observe seeming to be growing strongly in the Lord, and we are doing precisely that, are those of us who know we need answers and guidance we didn't already have.

    I too, am looking forward to more Chambers, he was a very wise man.
  4. GlennO

    GlennO Well-Known Member

    Ozzy is the last thing we read before lights out and prayer :preach:thumbup

    KBR do you re-type the text or do you have it on-line?

  5. mikhen7

    mikhen7 Freed By Christ to Serve Christ

    Meg great insight. I too am an OC fan. His devotional is by my bed.

    God Bless
  6. MikeD

    MikeD Well-Known Member

    Awesome! Oswald Chambers daily readings is my start for each day. Wouldn't miss them. Thanks for sharing.
  7. king'sbloomingrose

    king'sbloomingrose He is able to save

    GlennO - fortunately I don't have to do a bit of typing. I just copy the daily devotional from the site that MikeD gave. :elmogrin


    "He that believeth in Me . . out of him shall flow. . . ." John 7:38

    Jesus did not say - "he that believeth in Me shall realize the blessing of the fulness of God," but - "he that believeth in Me out of him shall escape everything he receives." Our Lord's teaching is always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a man; His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself, and the characteristic of the Son of God is self-expenditure. If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain, but what He pours through us that counts. It is not that God makes us beautifully rounded grapes, but that He squeezes the sweetness out of us. Spiritually, we cannot measure our life by success, but only by what God pours through us, and we cannot measure that at all.

    When Mary of Bethany broke the box of precious ointment and poured it on Jesus' head, it was an act for which no one else saw any occasion; the disciples said it was a waste. But Jesus commended Mary for her extravagant act of devotion, and said that wherever His gospel was preached "this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her." Our Lord is carried beyond Himself with joy when He sees any of us doing what Mary did, not being set on this or that economy, but being abandoned to Him. God spilt the life of His Son that the world might be saved; are we prepared to spill out our lives for Him?

    "He that believeth in Me out of him shall flow rivers of living water" - hundreds of other lives will be continually refreshed. It is time now to break the life, to cease craving for satisfaction, and to spill the thing out. Our Lord is asking who of us will do it for Him?
  8. mattfivefour

    mattfivefour Well-known Member

    Oh, let our answer be that of Isaiah 6:8!!!

    Let us go forth with tears ... tears of compassion for the lost, the hurt, the dying; tears of thankfulness at what Jesus has done for us; tears of appreciation at the privilege of serving Him. For if we go forth sowing with tears the Psalmist assures us in God's Word that we shall surely come again, reaping with shouts of joy!

    Hallelujah!!! \o/ \o/ \o/ Amen!!!
  9. GlennO

    GlennO Well-Known Member


    An on-line copy has eluded me. VERY COOL! :elmogrin
  10. mikitta

    mikitta Well-Known Member

    I love.LOVE. L*O*V*E Oswald Chambers My Utmost For His Highest. Been reading those devotions for 21 years and it NEVER gets stale.

    God Bless,
  11. GlennO

    GlennO Well-Known Member

    Was that a Haiku?

    :ohno While I may long for precision in my walk with Him......I find it much easier to talk about it than to do it :rolleyes
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2010
  12. king'sbloomingrose

    king'sbloomingrose He is able to save


    "Nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord." 2 Samuel 23:16

    What has been like water from the well of Bethlehem to you recently - love, friendship, spiritual blessing? Then at the peril of your soul, you take it to satisfy yourself. If you do, you cannot pour it out before the Lord. You can never sanctify to God that with which you long to satisfy yourself. If you satisfy yourself with a blessing from God, it will corrupt you; you must sacrifice it, pour it out, do with it what common sense says is an absurd waste.

    How am I to pour out unto the Lord natural love or spiritual blessing? In one way only - in the determination of my mind. There are certain acts of other people which one could never accept if one did not know God, because it is not within human power to repay them. But immediately I say - This is too great and worthy for me, it is not meant for a human being at all, I must pour it out unto the Lord, then these things pour out in rivers of living water all around. Until I do pour these things out before the Lord, they endanger those I love as well as myself because they will turn to lust. We can be lustful in things which are not sordid and vile. Love has to get to its transfiguration point of being poured out unto the Lord.

    If you have become bitter and sour, it is because when God gave you a blessing you clutched it for yourself; whereas if you had poured it out unto the Lord, you would have been the sweetest person out of heaven. If you are always taking blessings to yourself and never learn to pour out anything unto the Lord, other people do not get their horizon enlarged through you.
  13. mattfivefour

    mattfivefour Well-known Member

    This is a hard teaching. Hard to comprehend without effort; hard to perform without reservation.

    The heart of this hard teaching is this: "You can never sanctify to God that with which you long to satisfy yourself." Oh how, we need to meditate on these words and make them our very own. And then we can indeed pour out to God that with which we are richly blessed.
  14. king'sbloomingrose

    king'sbloomingrose He is able to save


    "Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me." John 17:6

    The missionary is one in whom the Holy Ghost has wrought this realization - "Ye are not your own." To say, "I am not my own" is to have reached a great point in spiritual nobility. The true nature of the life in the actual whirl is the deliberate giving up of myself to another in sovereign preference, and that other is Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit expounds the nature of Jesus to me in order to make me one with my Lord, not that I might go off as a showroom exhibit. Our Lord never sent any of the disciples out on the ground of what He had done for them. It was not until after the Resurrection, when the disciples had perceived by the power of the Holy Spirit Whom He was, that Jesus said "Go."

    "If any man come to me and hate not . . . , he cannot be My disciple," not, he cannot be good and upright, but, he cannot be one over whom Jesus writes the word "Mine." Any one of the relationships Our Lord mentions may be a competitive relationship. I may prefer to belong to my mother, or to my wife, or to myself; then, says Jesus, you cannot be My disciple. This does not mean I will not be saved, but it does mean that I cannot be "His."

    Our Lord makes a disciple His own possession, He becomes responsible for him. "Ye shall be witnesses unto Me." The spirit that comes in is not that of doing anything for Jesus, but of being a perfect delight to Him. The secret of the missionary is - I am His, and He is carrying out His enterprises through me.

    Be entirely His.
  15. king'sbloomingrose

    king'sbloomingrose He is able to save


    "Watch with Me." Matthew 26:40

    "Watch with Me" - with no private point of view of your own at all, but watch entirely with Me. In the early stages we do not watch with Jesus, we watch for Him. We do not watch with Him through the revelation of the Bible; in the circumstances of our lives. Our Lord is trying to introduce us to identification with Himself in a particular Gethsemane, and we will not go; we say - "No, Lord, I cannot see the meaning of this, it is bitter." How can we possibly watch with Someone Who is inscrutable? How are we going to understand Jesus sufficiently to watch with Him in His Gethsemane, when we do not know even what His suffering is for? We do not know how to watch with Him; we are only used to the idea of Jesus watching with us.

    The disciples loved Jesus Christ to the limit of their natural capacity, but they did not understand what He was after. In the Garden of Gethsemane they slept for their own sorrow, and at the end of three years of the closest intimacy they "all forsook Him and fled."

    "They were all filled with the Holy Ghost" - the same "they," but something wonderful has happened in between - Our Lord's Death and Resurrection and Ascension; and the disciples have been invaded by the Holy Spirit. Our Lord had said - "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you," and this meant that they learned to watch with Him all the rest of their lives.
  16. king'sbloomingrose

    king'sbloomingrose He is able to save

    Awww, mann! the sites down where I normally get these things from. I guess I'll have to start copying them by hand then. :elmogrin
  17. GlennO

    GlennO Well-Known Member

  18. king'sbloomingrose

    king'sbloomingrose He is able to save

    Thank you very much! I appreciate that.

    He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water —John 7:38

    A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that, if we have received His fullness, “rivers of living water” will flow out of us, reaching in blessing even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 ) regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow— “This is the work of God, that you believe. . .” ( John 6:29 ). God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others.

    A river is victoriously persistent, overcoming all barriers. For a while it goes steadily on its course, but then comes to an obstacle. And for a while it is blocked, yet it soon makes a pathway around the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, only later to emerge again even broader and greater than ever. Do you see God using the lives of others, but an obstacle has come into your life and you do not seem to be of any use to God? Then keep paying attention to the Source, and God will either take you around the obstacle or remove it. The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty. The obstacle will be a matter of total indifference to the river that will flow steadily through you if you will simply remember to stay focused on the Source. Never allow anything to come between you and Jesus Christ— not emotion nor experience— nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source.

    Think of the healing and far-reaching rivers developing and nourishing themselves in our souls! God has been opening up wonderful truths to our minds, and every point He has opened up is another indication of the wider power of the river that He will flow through us. If you believe in Jesus, you will find that God has developed and nourished in you mighty, rushing rivers of blessing for others.
  19. mattfivefour

    mattfivefour Well-known Member

    Little sister, what you are posting is blessing me day after day after day after day!!! :yeah: Thank you for taking the time to post these. Along with uli's daily prayers and Keifer's daily scriptures, this thread is a must read for me.
  20. GlennO

    GlennO Well-Known Member

    KBR -
    A very nice ministry you've taken on :thumbup

    Thank you Sis!


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