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The Commission Of The Call—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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  By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For September 30th.

Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake.

We make calls out of our own spiritual consecration, but when we get right with God He brushes all these aside, and rivets us with a pain that is terrific to one thing we never dreamed of, and for one radiant flashing moment we see what He is after, and we say – “Here am I, send me.”

This call has nothing to do with personal sanctification, but with being made broken bread and poured-out wine. God can never make us wine if we object to the fingers He uses to crush us with. If God would only use His own fingers, and make me broken bread and poured-out wine in a special way! But when He uses someone whom we dislike, or some set of circumstances to which we said we would never submit, and makes those the crushers, we object. We must never choose the scene of our own martyrdom. If ever we are going to be made into wine, we will have to be crushed; you cannot drink grapes. Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed.

I wonder what kind of finger and thumb God has been using to squeeze you, and you have been like a marble and escaped? You are not ripe yet, and if God had squeezed you, the wine would have been remarkably bitter. To be a sacramental personality means that the elements of the natural life are presenced by God as they are broken providentially in His service. We have to be adjusted into God before we can be broken bread in His hands. Keep right with God and let Him do what He likes, and you will find that He is producing the kind of bread and wine that will benefit His other children.

Colossians 1:24

Trust In Times Of Trials

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 By  Lenn Caliw

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

– Romans 8:28

 

The Christian’s hope does not rest upon the sandy foundation of feeling. Those who act from principle will behold the glory of God beyond the shadows, and rest upon the sure word of promise. They will not be deterred from honoring God however dark the way may seem. Adversity and trial will only give them an opportunity to show the sincerity of their faith and love. When depression settles upon the soul, it is no evidence that God has changed. He is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb. 13:8). You are sure of the favor of God when you are sensible of the beams of the Sun of Righteousness; but if the clouds sweep over your soul, you must not feel that you are forsaken. Your faith must pierce the gloom. . . . The riches of the grace of Christ must be kept before the mind. Treasure up the lessons that His love provides. Let your faith be like Job’s, that you may declare, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). Lay hold on the promises of your heavenly Father and remember His former dealing with you and with His servants, for “all things work together for good to them that love God.”

 

The most trying experiences in the Christian’s life may be the most blessed. The special providence’s of the dark hours may encourage the soul in future attacks of Satan, and equip the servant of God to stand in fiery trials. The trial of your faith is more precious than gold. You must have that abiding confidence in God that is not disturbed by the temptations and arguments of the deceiver. Take the Lord at His word. . . .

 

It is faith that familiarizes the soul with the existence and presence of God, and when we live with an eye single to His glory we discern more and more the beauty of His character. Our souls become strong in spiritual power, for we are breathing the atmosphere of heaven and realizing that God is at our right hand. . . . We should live as in the presence of the Infinite One.

 

The Consciousness Of The Call— Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For September 29th.

 

For necessity is laid upon me: yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

We are apt to forget the mystical, supernatural touch of God. If you can tell where you got the call of God and all about it, I question whether you have ever had a call. The call of God does not come like that, it is much more supernatural. The realization of it in a man’s life may come with a sudden thunder-clap or with a gradual dawning, but in whatever way it comes, it comes with the undercurrent of the supernatural, something that cannot be put into words, it is always accompanied with a glow. At any moment there may break the sudden consciousness of this incalculable, supernatural, surprising call that has taken hold of your life – “I have chosen you.” The call of God has nothing to do with salvation and sanctification. It is not because you are sanctified that you are therefore called to preach the gospel; the call to preach the gospel is infinitely different. Paul describes it as a necessity laid upon him.

If you have been obliterating the great super natural call of God in your life, take a review of your circumstances and see where God has not been first, but your ideas of service, or your temperamental abilities. Paul said – “Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” He had realized the call of God, and there was no competitor for his strength.

If a man or woman is called of God, it does not matter how untoward circumstances are, every force that has been at work will tell for God’s purpose in the end. If you agree with God’s purpose He will bring not only your conscious life, but all the deeper regions of your life which you cannot get at, into harmony.

1Corinthians 9:16

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 We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Emotional Healing Needed

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Fall 2011

 

 

 

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Emotional Healing Needed

 

The Lord led me to understand and write the book, Spirit Baptism & Deliverance, before He led me to understand the truths I am sharing in this book.  When I came to understand these truths about Christ giving us the victory I at first questioned why the Lord had led me to understand and share teachings on emotional healing, which are in my book on deliverance.  The truth of Christ living out His life of victory in us seemed to be all we needed to understand and practice in order to have victory over temptation.  I questioned; “Why is emotional healing necessary?”

The Lord then clarified the issues to me, and showed the relationship between emotional healing and letting Christ live out His life of victory in us.  I came to understand that at times there is deep emotional damage in one’s life, especially from one’s childhood, that can “get in the way” or inhibit us from entering fully into the experience of letting Christ manifest His righteous obedience in and through us.

Therefore, emotional healing became an important part of the process of the Christian growing to the point where Christ can live out His life of victory consistently in the believer’s life.  Once the emotional issues are healed and removed the way is open for the fullest manifestation of Christ in the life.

Hence, if you feel you have emotional wounds that are causing you to feel angry, depressed, anxious, fearful, etc. I suggest you read my book, Spirit Baptism & Deliverance; especially the chapters “Emotional Healing” and “Experiencing God’s Love.”  When I give seminars on the baptism of the Holy Spirit I always include presentations on emotional healing along with the teaching in this book of abiding in Christ and righteousness by faith.

Also, remember that Christian growth is a process.  Don’t become discouraged if you are not where you want to be in living the consistently victorious Christian life.  God knows your heart, and that it is your desire to be faithful to Him.  He will continue to lead you closer and closer into relationship with Himself, which will result in greater and greater victories through Christ living in you.

 

Thorns in the Flesh

 

The truth of giving our will to God and trusting Him to give us the victory is presented when Paul describes his struggle with the “thorn” in his flesh.

 

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

 

Many things can be thorns in the flesh.  Paul lists some of his; infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses.  Paul prayed for God to remove it.  God said no.  Why?  God’s grace was all Paul needed in order to deal with the thorn.

God also gave a very important truth when He said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  The more weak we know ourselves to be, the sooner we stop trying to exert our puny strength to overcome a thorny temptation in our life, the sooner we will begin experiencing God’s mighty power in our life.  Our own exertion of effort to over come a temptation actually gets in the way of God’s power to deliver.  You see, when we do that we are looking to our strength and ability to over come even though we think we are also depending on God to “help” us.  God wants to do much more than “help” us.  He is the victory.  Christ is our deliverance from temptation.  When we back off from such efforts and get ourselves out of the way, then Christ can begin manifesting Himself in and through us.   You have probably heard the saying, “Let go and let God.”  This is what that saying means.

This is why the Lord will leave some thorns of temptation in your life.  I am sure you have prayed for God to remove these thorns of besetting sins.  They have brought such discouragement and defeat in your life.  However, God leaves them because He wants you to learn the lesson that His strength is made perfect in your weakness.  When you begin experiencing Christ’s deliverance in you then you along with Paul will declare, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

 

Thank You for the Thorns!

 

You will come to the point that you actually thank God for the thorns in your life.  Why; it is because of them that you came to experience the amazing delivering power of Christ.  Because of them Christ has become even more precious to you.  You have found Him giving you ever present victories over your temptations, and your praises of Him fill your heart.

You also rejoice in the thorns because they are opportunities for God’s glory to shine forth through you as Christ manifests His life in and through you.  They are opportunities for you to become more and more like Christ in those areas of your life as He manifests Himself more and more in your life.

 

This is what James was speaking of when he wrote:

 

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience [endurance].  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4

 

You will then experience what Paul describes “as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2Corinthians 6:10).   Even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances you will be able to rejoice because Jesus is manifesting Himself in you.  Your faith in Christ develops an endurance that will lead to Christ manifesting Himself in you fully.

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13, 1John 3:2, John 17:3

The GO Of Unconditional Identification

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By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For September 28th.

 

One thing you lack: . . come, take up the cross, and follow Me.

The rich young ruler had the master passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never puts personal holiness to the fore when He calls a disciple; He puts absolute annihilation of my right to myself and identification with Himself – a relationship with Himself in which there is no other relationship. Luke 14:26 has nothing to do with salvation or sanctification, but with unconditional identification with Jesus Christ. Very few of us know the absolute “go” of abandonment to Jesus.

“Then Jesus beholding him loved him.” The look of Jesus will mean a heart broken for ever from allegiance to any other person or thing. Has Jesus ever looked at you? The look of Jesus transforms and transfixes. Where you are “soft” with God is where the Lord has looked at you. If you are hard and vindictive, insistent on your own way, certain that the other person is more likely to be in the wrong than you are, it is an indication that there are whole tracts of your nature that have never been transformed by His gaze.

“One thing thou lackest . . .” The only “good thing” from Jesus Christ’s point of view is union with Himself and nothing in between.

“Sell whatsoever thou hast . .” I must reduce myself until I am a mere conscious man, I must fundamentally renounce possessions of all kinds, not to save my soul (only one thing saves a man – absolute reliance upon Jesus Christ) – but in order to follow Jesus. “Come, and follow Me.” And the road is the way He went.

Mark 10:21

 

The “GO” Of Renunciation—Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For September 27th.

 

Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest.

Our Lord’s attitude to this man is one of severe discouragement because He knew what was in man. We would have said – “Fancy losing the opportunity of winning that man!” Fancy bringing about him a north wind that froze him and “turned him away discouraged!” Never apologize for your Lord. The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to hurt or offend. Jesus Christ has no tenderness whatever toward anything that is ultimately going to ruin a man in the service of God. Our Lord’s answers are based not on caprice, but on a knowledge of what is in man. If the Spirit of God brings to your mind a word of the Lord that hurts you, you may be sure that there is something He wants to hurt to death.

V. 58. These words knock the heart out of serving Jesus Christ because it is pleasing to me. The rigour of rejection leaves nothing but my Lord, and myself, and a forlorn hope. “Let the hundredfold come or go, your lodestar must be your relationship to Me, and I have nowhere to lay My head.”

v. 59. This man did not want to disappoint Jesus, nor to hurt his father. We put sensitive loyalty to relatives in place of loyalty to Jesus Christ and Jesus has to take the last place. In a conflict of loyalty, obey Jesus Christ at all costs.

V. 61. The one who says – “Yes, Lord, but . . .” is the one who is fiercely ready, but never goes. This man had one or two reservations. The exacting call of Jesus Christ has no margin of good-byes, because good-bye, as it is often used, is pagan, not Christian. When once the call of God comes, begin to go and never stop going.

Luke 9:57

 

Be Watchful At All Times—WATCH n’ PRAY

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Pastor Jasmine Thason

Christian, seek not yet repose,

Cast thy dreams of ease away;

Thou art in the midst of foes:

Watch and pray.

Principalities and powers,

Mustering their unseen array,

Wait for thine unguarded hours:

Watch and pray.

Gird thy heavenly armor on,

Wear it ever, night and day;

Ambushed lies the evil one:

Watch and pray.

Hear the victors who o’er-came;

Still they mark each warrior’s way;

All with one sweet voice exclaim,

“Watch and pray.”

Hear, above all, hear thy Lord,

Him thou lovest to obey;

Hide within they heart his word,

“Watch and pray.”

Watch, as if on that alone

Hung the issues of the day;

Pray, that may be sent down:

Watch and pray.

God bless all of you

Pastor Jasmine Thason

First be Reconciled To Your Brother—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For September 26th.

If . . you remember that your brother has ought against thee. . . .

If when you come to the altar, there you remember that your brother has anything against you, not – If you rake up something by a morbid sensitiveness, but – “If you remember,” that is, if it is brought to your conscious mind by the Spirit of God: “first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Never object to the intense sensitiveness of the Spirit of God in you when He is educating you down to the scruple.

“First be reconciled to your brother . . .” Our Lord’s direction is simple, “first be reconciled.” Go back the way you came, go the way indicated to you by the conviction given at the altar; have an attitude of mind and a temper of soul to the one who has something against you that makes reconciliation as natural as breathing. Jesus does not mention the other person, He says – you go. There is no question of your rights. The stamp of the saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus.

“And then come and offer thy gift.” The process is clearly marked. First, the heroic spirit of self-sacrifice, then the sudden checking by the sensitiveness of the Holy Spirit, and the stoppage at the point of conviction, then the way of obedience to the word of God, constructing an unblameable attitude of mind and temper to the one with whom you have been in the wrong; then the glad, simple, unhindered offering of your gift to God.

Matthew 5:23

The “Go” Of Relationship—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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  By Oswald Chambers 

 Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For September 25th.

 

And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

The summing up of Our Lord’s teaching is that the relationship which He demands is an impossible one unless He has done a supernatural work in us. Jesus Christ demands that there be not the slightest trace of resentment even suppressed in the heart of a disciple when he meets with tyranny and injustice. No enthusiasm will ever stand the strain that Jesus Christ will put upon His worker, only one thing will, and that is a personal relationship to Himself which has gone through the mill of His spring-cleaning until there is only one purpose left – I am here for God to send me where He will. Every other thing may get fogged, but this relationship to Jesus Christ must never be.

The Sermon on the Mount is not an ideal, it is a statement of what will happen in me when Jesus Christ has altered my disposition and put in a disposition like His own. Jesus Christ is the only One Who can fulfill the Sermon on the Mount.

If we are to be disciples of Jesus, we must be made disciples supernaturally; as long as we have the dead set purpose of being disciples we may be sure we are not. “I have chosen you.” That is the way the grace of God begins. It is a constraint we cannot get away from; we can disobey it, but we cannot generate it. The drawing is done by the supernatural grace of God, and we never can trace where His work begins. Our Lord’s making of a disciple is supernatural. He does not build on any natural capacity at all. God does not ask us to do the things that are easy to us naturally; He only asks us to do the things we are perfectly fitted to do by His grace, and the cross will come along that line always.

Matthew 5:41


The “Go” Of Preparation—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 

 Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For September 24th.

 

 

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there thou rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

It is easy to imagine that we will get to a place where we are complete and ready, but preparation is not suddenly accomplished, it is a process steadily maintained. It is dangerous to get into a settled state of experience. It is preparation and preparation.

The sense of sacrifice appeals readily to a young Christian. Humanly speaking, the one thing that attracts to Jesus Christ is our sense of the heroic, and the scrutiny of Our Lord’s words suddenly brings this tide of enthusiasm to the test. “First be reconciled to thy brother.” The “go” of preparation is to let the word of God scrutinize. The sense of heroic sacrifice is not good enough. The thing the Holy Spirit is detecting in you is the disposition that will never work in His service. No one but God can detect that disposition in you. Have you anything to hide from God? If you have, then let God search you with His light. If there is sin, confess it, not admit it. Are you willing to obey your Lord and Master whatever the humiliation to your right to yourself may be?

Never discard a conviction. If it is important enough for the Spirit of God to have brought it to your mind, it is that thing He is detecting. You were looking for a great thing to give up. God is telling you of some tiny thing; but at the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself – the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:23,24