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MY JOY . . . YOUR JOY–Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

 Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For August 31

“That My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” John 15:11

What was the joy that Jesus had? It is an insult to use the word happiness in connection with Jesus Christ. The joy of Jesus was the absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice of Himself to His Father, the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do. “I delight to do Thy will.” Jesus prayed that our joy might go on fulfilling itself until it was the same joy as His. Have I allowed Jesus Christ to introduce His joy to me?

The full flood of my life is not in bodily health, not in external happenings, not in seeing God’s work succeed, but in the perfect understanding of God, and in the communion with Him that Jesus Himself had. The first thing that will hinder this joy is the captious irritation of thinking out circumstances. The cares of this world, said Jesus, will choke God’s word. Before we know where we are, we are caught up in the shows of things. All that God has done for us is the mere threshold; He wants to get us to the place where we will be His witnesses and proclaim Who Jesus is.

Be rightly related to God, find your joy there, and out of you will flow rivers of living water. Be a center for Jesus Christ to pour living water through. Stop being self-conscious, stop being a sanctified prig, and live the life hid with Christ. The life that is rightly related to God is as natural as breathing wherever it goes. The lives that have been of most blessing to you are those who were unconscious of it.

“I Have Commanded A Widow To Provide For You.”

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I have Commanded a widow there to provide for you 1 Kings 17:9

Post By Jasmine Thason

Don’t Be Afraid, Put God First

 

When famine hit Israel, God said to the prophet Elijah, “Go to Zarephath…I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”

 

Observe three things in this story:

 

(1) When the need arises, your provision will be in place. That’s how God works, so ask Him to tell you where to go and what to do. And when He does, get moving!

 

(2) The people God uses will surprise you. Sometimes they’re people you would tend to overlook. This penniless widow had “only a handful of flour…and a little oil” 1Kings 17:12.

That’s no problem to God. He doesn’t need much to start with in order to do something great, just a willing heart. Why didn’t God send Elijah to a wealthy family? Because they didn’t need a miracle, she did. When God’s work has a need He looks for someone with a seed, stretches their faith, and both the giver and God’s work are blessed.

 

(3) Your “bad time” is often God’s opportune moment. This miracle took place in the middle of an economic depression. What seems like the worst possible time for you, is when God loves to move. This woman was only one meal away from death; it doesn’t get much worse. “So, she went away and did according to the word of Elijah…she and…her household ate for many days.The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry” 1 Kings 17:15-16

The key to her miracle is found in Elijah’s words: “Do not fear…but make me a small cake from it first” 1 Kings 17:13

 

 Put God first and He will meet your need. Mark 12:28-29,30,31

Am I Convinced By Christ?— A Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

 Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For August 30


“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not . . . , but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19, 20

Jesus Christ says, in effect, Don’t rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to Me. The snare in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service, to rejoice in the fact that God has used you. You never can measure what God will do through you if you are rightly related to Jesus Christ. Keep your relationship right with Him, then whatever circumstances you are in, and whoever you meet day by day, He is pouring rivers of living water through you, and it is of His mercy that He does not let you know it. When once you are rightly related to God by salvation and sanctification, remember that wherever you are, you are put there by God; and by the reaction of your life on the circumstances around you, you will fulfil God’s purpose, as long as you keep in the light as God is in the light.

The tendency to-day is to put the emphasis on service. Beware of the people who make usefulness their ground of appeal. If you make usefulness the test, then Jesus Christ was the greatest failure that ever lived. The lodestar of the saint is God Himself, not estimated usefulness. It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him. All that Our Lord heeds in a man’s life is the relationship of worth to His Father. Jesus is bringing many sons to glory.

 

Sublime Intimacy—A Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

 Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For August 29


Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” John 11:40

Every time you venture out in the life of faith, you will find something in your common-sense circumstances that flatly contradicts your faith. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture heroically on Jesus Christ’s statements when the facts of your common-sense life shout – “It’s a lie?” On the mount it is easy to say – ‘Oh, yes, I believe God can do it’; but you have to come down into the demon-possessed valley and meet with facts that laugh ironically at the whole of your mount-of-transfiguration belief. Every time my programme of belief is clear to my own mind, I come across something that contradicts it. Let me say I believe God will supply all my need, and then let me run dry, with no outlook, and see whether I will go through the trial of faith, or whether I will sink back to something lower.

Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict. What is your faith up against just now? The test will either prove that your faith is right, or it will kill it. “Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me.” The final thing is confidence in Jesus. Believe steadfastly on Him and all you come up against will develop your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith, and the last great test is death. May God keep us in fighting trim! Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us.

 

What’s The Good Of Prayer?— Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 By Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

 Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For August 28

 

“Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1

It is not part of the life of a natural man to pray. We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a man is born from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve that life or nourish it. Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.

“Ask and ye shall receive.” We grouse before God, we are apologetic or apathetic, but we ask very few things. Yet what a splendid audacity a childlike child has! Our Lord says – “Except ye become as little children.” Ask, and God will do. Give Jesus Christ a chance, give Him elbow room, and no man will ever do this unless he is at his wits’ end. When a man is at his wits’ end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get into touch with Reality. Be yourself before God and present your problems, the things you know you have come to your wits’ end over. As long as you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.

It is not so true that “prayer changes things” as that prayer changes me and I change things. God has so constituted things that prayer on the basis of Redemption alters the way in which a man looks at things. Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man’s disposition.

 Today Is My Wife Jaleen’s Birthday!! Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Jaleen


Theology Alive– A Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

 Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For August 27

“Walk while ye have the light lest darkness come upon you.” John 12:35

Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mount with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” The second you waive the question of sanctification or any other thing upon which God gave you light, you begin to get dry rot in your spiritual life. Continually bring the truth out into actuality; work it out in every domain, or the very light you have will prove a curse.

The most difficult person to deal with is the one who has the smug satisfaction of an experience to which he can refer back, but who is not working it out in practical life. If you say you are sanctified, show it. The experience must be so genuine that it is shown in the life. Beware of any belief that makes you self-indulgent; it came from the pit, no matter how beautiful it sounds.

Theology must work itself out in the most practical relationships. “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees . . .” said Our Lord, i.e., you must be more moral than the most moral being you know. You may know all about the doctrine of sanctification, but are you running it out into the practical issues of your life? Every bit of your life, physical, moral and spiritual, is to be judged by the standard of the Atonement.

John 3:16,17

Are You Ever Disturbed? Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

 Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For August 26

 

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you.” John 14:27

There are times when our peace is based upon ignorance, but when we awaken to the facts of life, inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When Our Lord speaks peace, He makes peace, His words are ever “spirit and life.” Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? “My peace I give unto you” – it is a peace which comes from looking into His face and realizing His undisturbedness.

Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God’s providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? Then look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus. Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself. If you allow anything to hide the face of Jesus Christ from you, you are either disturbed or you have a false security.

Are you looking unto Jesus now, in the immediate matter that is pressing and receiving from Him peace? If so, He will be a gracious benediction of peace in and through you. But if you try to worry it out, you obliterate Him and deserve all you get. We get disturbed because we have not been considering Him. When one confers with Jesus Christ the perplexity goes, because He has no perplexity, and our only concern is to abide in Him. Lay it all out before Him, and in the face of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him say, “Let not your heart be troubled.”

The Lord’s Prayer Like Never Before

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Our Father Who Art In Heaven.
Yes?
Don’t interrupt me. I’m praying.
But — you called - ME!
Called you?
No, I didn’t call you.
I’m praying.


Our Father who art in Heaven.
There — you did it again!
Did what?
Called  ME.
You said,
“Our Father who art in Heaven”
Well, here I am….
What’s on your mind?
But I didn’t mean anything by it.
I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day.
I always say the Lord’s Prayer.
It makes me feel good,
kind of like fulfilling a duty.
Well, all right.
Go on.


Okay, Hallowed be thy name.
Hold it right there.
What do you mean by that?
By what?
By “Hallowed be thy name”?


It means, it means. . Good grief, 
I don’t know what it means.
How in the world should I know?
It’s just a part of the prayer.
By the way, what does it mean?

It means honored, holy, and wonderful.
Hey, that makes sense… 
I never thought about what ‘hallowed’ meant before.
Thanks.


Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Do you really mean that?
Sure, why not?
What are you doing about it?
Doing? Why, nothing, I guess.

I just think it would be kind of neat if you got

control, of everything down here like you have up

there. We’re kinda in a mess down here you know.
Yes, I know;
but, have I got control of you?
Well, I go to church.
That isn’t what I asked you.
What about your bad temper?
You’ve really got a problem there, you know.
And then there’s the way you spend

your money — all on yourself.
And what about the kind of books you read?
Now hold on just a minute!
Stop picking on me!
I’m just as good as some of the rest

of those People at church!

Excuse ME…
I thought you were praying
for my will to be done.
If that is to happen,
it will have to start with the ones
who are praying for it.
Like you — for example..
Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups.
Now that you mention it,
I could probably name some others.
So could I.
I haven’t thought about it very much until now,
but I really would like to cut out some of those things.
I would like to, you know, be really free.
Good.
Now we’re getting somewhere.

We’ll work together — You and ME.
I’m proud of You.
Look, Lord, if you don’t mind,
I need to finish up here.
This is taking a lot longer than it usually does.


Give us this day, our daily bread.
You need to cut out the bread…
You’re overweight as it is.
Hey, wait a minute! What is this?
Here I was doing my religious duty,
and all of a sudden you break in
and remind me of all my hang-ups.
Praying is a dangerous thing.
You just might get what you ask for.
Remember, you called ME — and here I am.
It’s too late to stop now.
Keep praying.  (pause .. . )
Well, go on.
I’m scared to.
Scared? Of what?
I know what you’ll say.
Try ME.


Forgive us our sins,

as we forgive those who sin against us.
What about Ann?
See? I knew it!
I knew you would bring her up!
Why, Lord, she’s told lies about me, spread stories.
She never paid back the money she owes me.
I’ve sworn to get even with her!
But – your prayer –
What about your prayer?
I didn’t — mean it..
Well, at least you’re honest.
But, it’s quite a load carrying around all that

bitterness and resentment isn’t it?
Yes, but I’ll feel better as soon as I get even with her.
Boy, have I got some plans for her.
She’ll wish she had never been born.
No, you won’t feel any better.
You’ll feel worse.
Revenge isn’t sweet.
You know how unhappy you are –
Well, I can change that.
You can? How?
Forgive Ann.
Then, I’l l forgive you;
And the hate and the sin,
will be Ann’s problem — not yours.
You will have settled the problem
as far as you are concerned.
Oh, you know, you’re right.
You always are.
And more than I want revenge,
I want to be right with You . . (sigh).
All right, all right. .
I forgive her.
There now!
Wonderful!
How do you feel?
Hmmmm. Well, not bad.
Not bad at all!
In fact, I feel pretty great!
You know, I don’t think I’ll go to bed uptight tonight.
I haven’t been getting much rest, you know.
Yeah, I know.
But, you’re not through with your prayer, are you?

Go on….
Oh, all right.


And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Good! Good! I’ll do that.
Just don’t put yourself in a place
where you can be tempted.
What do you mean by that?
You know what I mean.
Yeah. I know.
Okay.
Go ahead… Finish your prayer.


For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory forever.
Amen.
Do you know what would bring me glory –
What would really make me happy?
No, but I’d like to know.
I want to please you now..
I’ve really made a mess of things..
I want to truly follow you…
I can see now how great that would be.
So, tell me . . .
How do I make you happy?
YOU  just did.

Colossians 1:10,11 

Colossians 3:1-5 

The Fruitfulness Of Friendship– Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

 Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For August 25

 

“I have called you friends.” John 15:15

We never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we abandon in every particular. Self-surrender is the most difficult thing – I will if . . . !  Oh, well, I suppose I must devote my life to God. There is none of the joy of self-sacrifice in that.

As soon as we do abandon, the Holy Ghost gives us an intimation of the joy of Jesus. The final aim of self-sacrifice is laying down our lives for our Friend. When the Holy Ghost comes in, the great desire is to lay down the life for Jesus, and the thought of sacrifice never touches us because sacrifice is the love passion of the Holy Ghost.

Our Lord is our example in the life of self-sacrifice – “I delight to do Thy will, O my God.” He went on with His sacrifice with exuberant joy. Have I ever yielded in absolute submission to Jesus Christ? If Jesus Christ is not the lodestar, there is no benefit in the sacrifice; but when the sacrifice is made with the eyes on Him, slowly and surely the moulding influence begins to tell.

Beware of letting natural affinities hinder your walk in love. One of the most cruel ways of killing natural love is by disdain built on natural affinities. The affinity of the saint is the Lord Jesus. Love for God is not sentimental, for the saint to love as God loves is the most practical thing.

“I have called you friends.” It is a friendship based on the new life created in us which has no affinity with our old life, but only with the life of God. It is unutterably humble, unsulliedly pure, and absolutely devoted to God.

The Victory and Exaltation of Christ

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 By Pastor Dennis Smith

The Victory and Exaltation of Christ

 

The sinless life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are foundational to the Christian’s victory over temptation and sin.  It is because of these events in Christ’s life that the believer can live a consistently obedient life.

 

Freed From the Guilt, Penalty and Power of Sin and Declared Righteous

 

First, Jesus Christ was tempted in “all points” as we are, “yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).  Jesus did not sin in thought, word or deed.  He lived the perfectly sinless, righteous life (1Peter 2:22).  Because of this fact the believer has the perfect righteous life of Christ covering him.  He stands righteous in Christ before God.  When God looks at him He sees Christ’s righteousness.  This is “righteousness by faith.”  This righteousness is not obtained by the Christian obeying the law of God.  It is obtained by faith in Christ.  Paul pointed out this truth when he wrote of how the Gentiles have obtained righteousness while Israel who sought to be righteous by keeping God’s commandments failed in achieving righteousness.

 

“What shall we say then?  That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.  Wherefore?  Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by works of the law…” Romans 9:30-32

 

Secondly, when Christ died on the cross He died the death we deserve because of our sins.  The Bible tells us that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  Our sins were placed on Jesus, and he paid the price for our disobedience (Isaiah 53:5-6).  That price was death.  That is why at one point on the cross Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).  At that moment He was dying the death of a God forsaken sinner.  He could not see through the tomb because He allowed Himself to be enshrouded in our sins, which separated Him from the Father.  Because of this we can be forgiven for our sins and receive the assurance of eternal life (1John 1:9, 5:11-13).  Jesus took our sins and death penalty, and gives to us His righteousness and eternal life.  This transaction takes place through our faith in Him.

Thirdly, as we have seen, when Christ died on the cross the power of the sinful nature of the believer was broken.  Peter referred to this when he wrote:

 

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1Peter 2:24

 

Here Peter says the same thing Paul taught when he wrote:

 

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans 6:6

 

Christ’s Resurrection and Exaltation

 

This being said, it would mean nothing without Christ’s resurrection from the dead.  Paul tells us that Christ was “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4).  Christ’s resurrection validated that He was who He claimed to be, and that He successfully competed the work He came to accomplish; our total and complete salvation from sin.  He has provided salvation from the guilt, penalty and power of sin in our life.  Please note that this is past tense.  He has already done this.  It is an accomplished fact.  Our part is to believe it.

In his letter to the Ephesians Paul further explains Christ’s position as a result of His accomplished work on earth, and he prays that all believers would understand this.

 

“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:17-23

 

Paul tells us that Christ is exalted above every principality, power, might, dominion and name, and that all things are “under his feet;” meaning all things are under His authority and power.  Paul prayed that we would understand this; that we would know the “hope of our calling,” the “glory of the inheritance” we have in Christ, and the “exceeding greatness of his power” that is available to us.

The Spiritual Index–A Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

 Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For August 24

 

“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?” Matthew 7:9

The illustration of prayer that Our Lord uses here is that of a good child asking for a good thing. We talk about prayer as if God heard us irrespective of the fact of our relationship to Him (cf. Matthew 5:45). Never say it is not God’s will to give you what you ask, don’t sit down and faint, but find out the reason, turn up the index. Are you rightly related to your wife, to your husband, to your children, to your fellow-students – are you a “good child” there? “0 Lord, I have been irritable and cross, but I do want spiritual blessing.” You cannot have it, you will have to do without until you come into the attitude of a good child.

We mistake defiance for devotion; arguing with God for abandonment. We will not look at the index. Have I been asking God to give me money for something I want when there is something I have not paid for? Have I been asking God for liberty while I am withholding it from someone who belongs to me? I have not forgiven someone his trespasses; I have not been kind to him; I have not been living as God’s child among my relatives and friends. (v.12.)

I am a child of God only by regeneration, and as a child of God I am good only as I walk in the light. Prayer with most of us is turned into pious platitude, it is a matter of emotion, mystical communion with God. Spiritually we are all good at producing fogs. If we turn up the index, we will see very clearly what is wrong – that friendship, that debt, that temper of mind. It is no use praying unless we are living as children of God. Then, Jesus says – “Everyone that asks will  receive.”

 

  JESUS IS ABOUT TO COME!!