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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.

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4 thoughts on “MY JOY . . . YOUR JOY–Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

  1. I was saved from a rare virus back on March 11, 1989 that attacked my brain. At that time I was left a quadraplegic, deaf, blind & unable to speak. I experienced a miraculous recovery healing after the doctors gave up all hope. I went back to school to retrain my brain then a few yrs after Christ entered my heart & I am devoted to His purposes as I reach out and bring Christ into the lives of those who face challenges & are forgotten.
    I read “My Utmost For His Highest” devotional every morning for a better understanding but am unable to explain why it is an insult to Christ to use the word happiness in connection with Him.
    I have searched my NIV study Bible & my church Bible, plus a Pastor but no one can explain.
    I also wonder about why you corrupt a Spiritual gift if you use it on yourself? I understand that theses gifts are for the body of Christ, but why it it corrupt to use it if you try to satisfy yourself?
    This book will be missed after I finish. Great book.

    • Thanks so much Karen for your comment!!
      I know two things for certain: 1.God’s loves us all with an everlasting love! Jeremiah 31:3
      2. God has loved us from before the foundation of the world!! Incredible!! John 17:23,24.
      Please visit often!!

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