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Discernment Of Faith—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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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

 

 

 

 

By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For October 31st

Faith as a grain of mustard seed. . .

We have the idea that God rewards us for our faith, it may be so in the initial stages; but we do not earn anything by faith, faith brings us into right relationship with God and gives God His opportunity. God has frequently to knock the bottom board out of your experience if you are a saint in order to get you into contact with Himself. God wants you to understand that it is a life of faith, not a life of sentimental enjoyment of His blessings. Your earlier life of faith was narrow and intense, settled around a little sun-spot of experience that had as much of sense as of faith in it, full of light and sweetness; then God withdrew His conscious blessings in order to teach you to walk by faith. You are worth far more to Him now than you were in your days of conscious delight and thrilling testimony.

Faith by its very nature must be tried, and the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character has to be cleared in our own minds. Faith in its actual working out has to go through spells of unsyllabled isolation. Never confound the trial of faith with the ordinary discipline of life, much that we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive. Faith in the Bible is faith in God against everything that contradicts Him – I will remain true to God’s character whatever He may do. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” – this is the most sublime utterance of faith in the whole of the Bible.

 Matthew 17:20

Think About The Awesome Blessings Of God!!

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 Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

   By Pastor Jasmine Thason

 

Job 5:8-10

“If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God, I’d throw myself on the mercy of God. (9) After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises. (10) He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth, sends water to irrigate the fields.

 

Observation:

 

Job’s three friends came to comfort him, but they ended up criticizing him! Each of them used the same argument in one way or another:

(1) God blesses the righteous and afflicts the wicked;

(2) God has afflicted Job;

(3) therefore, Job must be wicked. Of course, their thinking seemed logical, but it was not spiritual. Mortal human beings are far too ignorant to understand fully the ways of God. For us to fit God into our own little “theological boxes” is to limit Him and make Him less than God.

 

We must keep in mind that these friends did not have the full revelation that we have in the NT, showing more fully that suffering is not always caused by sin, and that, through our faith in Christ, we can turn suffering into glory. It is a dangerous thing for believers to “explain the ways of God” to other believers if they do not understand God’s Word and God’s ways.

 

In his first speech, Eliphaz argues that Job is a sinner (Job 4:7-11). He bases his thinking on a special vision he once experienced (Job 4:12-21), so we might say that Eliphaz argues from personal experience — the hard “facts of life.” Bildad picks up the argument in Job 8:1-7 and very bluntly states that God does not do things unjustly. In Job 8:8-10, Bildad argues from tradition, and then quotes a series of “old sayings” to support his argument.

 

In the midst of Job’s “friends” speaking to him, three verses jumped out at me as I read these verses this morning, Job 5:8-10, our verses for today. It speaks of God giving rain, and waters to irrigate the fields. Have you ever thought about what a blessing rain is?

 

My friends, now you can see why Job’s friend said that rain on the earth is UNSEARCHABLE. Now think about this for a moment. If RAIN is an unsearchable blessing of God, how many other blessings has He poured out upon us without us even realizing it.

 

Whatever you may be battling today, please know that the same God that sends rain can send victory your way TODAY!

 

Why don’t you take just a moment wherever you are, and think about the blessings of God that you may have taken for granted. I have often taken rain for granted, and failed to see it as an unsearchable gift from God. Meditate on that for a moment.

 

 

PRAYER:

 

“Lord, I am so thankful for Your unsearchable blessings. Rain is something that I honestly take for granted. I know there are many other daily blessings that I never stop to think about, or “thank you” for. Today, I will be more aware of Your blessings. I love You and thank You LORD. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

 

Thanks Pastor Thason for an encouraging post!!

We are saved by who we know rather that what we know! Please think about the following concept with the painting that follows.

Thanks Wayne

    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

Faith—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For October 30th

  

Without faith it is impossible to please Him.

Faith in antagonism to common sense is fanaticism, and common sense in antagonism to faith is rationalism. The life of faith brings the two into a right relation. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spiritual; of impulse and inspiration. Nothing Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, it is revelation sense, and it reaches the shores where common sense fails. Faith must be tried before the reality of faith is actual. “We know that all things work together for good,” then no matter what happens, the alchemy of God’s providence transfigures the ideal faith into actual reality. Faith always works on the personal line, the whole purpose of God being to see that the ideal faith is made real in His children.

For every detail of the common-sense life, there is a revelation fact of God whereby we can prove in practical experience what we believe God to be. Faith is a tremendously active principle which always puts Jesus Christ first – Lord, Thou hast said so and so (e.g., Matthew 6:33), it looks mad, but I am going to venture on Thy word. To turn head faith into a personal possession is a fight always, not sometimes. God brings us into circumstances in order to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make its object real. Until we know Jesus, God is a mere abstraction, we can not have faith in Him; but immediately we hear Jesus say – “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father,” we have something that is real, and faith is boundless. Faith is the whole man rightly related to God by the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 11:6 

 

Substitution—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For October 29th

He hath made Him to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God. . .

The modern view of the death of Jesus is that He died for our sins out of sympathy. The New Testament view is that He bore our sin not by sympathy, but by identification. He was made to be sin. Our sins are removed because of the death of Jesus, and the explanation of His death is His obedience to His Father, not His sympathy with us. We are acceptable with God not because we have obeyed, or because we have promised to give up things, but because of the death of Christ, and in no other way. We say that Jesus Christ came to reveal the Fatherhood of God, the loving-kindness of God; the New Testament says He came to bear away the sin of the world. The revelation of His Father is to those to whom He has been introduced as Saviour. Jesus Christ never spoke of Himself to the world as one Who revealed the Father, but as a stumbling block (see John 15:22- 24). John 14:9 was spoken to His disciples.

That Christ died for me, therefore I go scot free, is never taught in the New Testament. What is taught in the New Testament is that “He died for all” (not – He died my death), and that by identification with His death I can be freed from sin, and have imparted to me His very righteousness. The substitution taught in the New Testament is twofold: “He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” It is not Christ for me unless I am determined to have Christ formed in me.

2 Corinthians 5:21 

Justification By Faith—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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  By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For October 28th

 

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

I am not saved by believing; I realize I am saved by believing. It is not repentance that saves me, repentance is the sign that I realize what God has done in Christ Jesus. The danger is to put the emphasis on the effect instead of on the cause. It is my obedience that puts me right with God, my consecration. Never! I am put right with God because prior to all, Christ died. When I turn to God and by belief accept what God reveals I can accept, instantly the stupendous Atonement of Jesus Christ rushes me into a right relationship with God; and by the supernatural miracle of God’s grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, not because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings it with a breaking, all-over light, and I know, though I do not know how, that I am saved.

The salvation of God does not stand on human logic, it stands on the sacrificial Death of Jesus. We can be born again because of the Atonement of Our Lord. Sinful men and women can be changed into new creatures, not by their repentance or their belief, but by the marvellous work of God in Christ Jesus which is prior to all experience. The impregnable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself. We have not to work out these things ourselves; they have been worked out by the Atonement. The supernatural becomes natural by the miracle of God; there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already done – “It is finished.”

Romans 5:10

Grace Is God’s Power Generator

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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

 

 

   By Pastor Jasmine Thason

 

“Grace is like God’s power generator, and we are like the conduits which carry His power to its intended purposes by the Holy Spirit.” Amen !!!!

 

A Definition of Grace

The grace of God is a free gift to every one for salvation and for Godly living. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11–12).

 

This gift of grace for salvation and Godly living was given to us by God before the world began.“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Timothy 1:9).

 

Our salvation in Christ brings us into the fullness of God’s great reservoir of grace. “And of his fulness [of grace and truth] have all we received [fully and completely], and grace for grace”(John 1:16). The preposition for (anti) has the meaning of “succession,” giving the sense of “grace succeeding grace perpetually.”

 

We can appropriate God’s grace for every aspect of our lives, and by doing so, our walk in grace by faith will have several expressions and manifestations.

 

The free gift of God’s grace interacts with the gift of faith for salvation and righteous works.“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8–10).

 

Just as faith is expressed in good works, so grace is demonstrated in Godly labor as Paul testifies, “By the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (I Corinthians 15:10).

 

An important expression of God’s grace that is freely given to us is our generous giving to others, for “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”

(2 Corinthians 9:8; and also 2 Corinthians 8:1–19; 9:8–15).

 

God’s grace to believers involves spiritual gifts that are to be used in edifying all the members of the Body of Christ. “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (I Peter 4:10). “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:6–8).

 

God’s grace works in us to bring us to spiritual completeness and maturity. “The God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you”

(I Peter 5:10).

 

The grace of God is multiplied to us, and we grow in grace through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord…. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:2; 3:18).

 

The unmerited grace of God can be resisted and also corrupted by turning it into a license to do our own will. “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled” (Hebrews 12:15). “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 4).

 

Our salvation in Christ brings us into the fullness of God’s great reservoir of grace. Amen

 

Yours in Christ,

AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST

Pastor Jasmine Thason

The Methods Of Missions—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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  By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For October 27th

 

Go ye therefore, and teach (disciple) all nations.

Jesus Christ did not say – Go and save souls (the salvation of souls is the supernatural work of God), but – “Go and teach,” i.e., disciple, “all nations,” and you cannot make disciples unless you are a disciple yourself. When the disciples came back from their first mission they were filled with joy because the devils were subject to them, and Jesus said – Don’t rejoice in successful service; the great secret of joy is that you are rightly related to Me. The great essential of the missionary is that he remains true to the call of God, and realizes that his one purpose is to disciple men and women to Jesus. There is a passion for souls that does not spring from God, but from the desire to make converts to our point of view.

The challenge to the missionary does not come on the line that people are difficult to get saved, that backsliders are difficult to reclaim, that there is a wadge of callous indifference; but along the line of his own personal relationship to Jesus Christ. “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” Our Lord puts that question steadily, it faces us in every individual case we meet. The one great challenge is – Do I know my Risen Lord? Do I know the power of His indwelling Spirit? Am I wise enough in God’s sight, and foolish enough according to the world, to bank on what Jesus Christ has said, or am I abandoning the great supernatural position, which is the only call for a missionary, viz., boundless confidence in Christ Jesus? If I take up any other method I depart altogether from the methods laid down by Our Lord – “All power is given unto Me . . , therefore go ye.”

Matthew 28:19

   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

God’s Gift To You

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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

 

 

 

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God’s Gift to You

 

When Adam sinned, Satan thought he had taken a most precious thing away from God; man who God had created in His own image.  Satan hated God and the man God had created.  Satan knew God had created man to enter into a close, intimate relationship with Himself; creating him a little lower than “elohim” Himself (Psalm 8:5-6).

However, man was so precious to God that He made a decision back in eternity to save mankind from the terrible consequences of sin; eternal death and separation from God (Revelation 13:8).  So God devised a plan where Christ would come to this earth as a man (John 1:1-3, 14), live a perfectly sinless, righteous life (1Peter 2:21-23) and die the death we deserve (Isaiah 53:5-6).

In essence this is what God says to you.  “I love you and want you to live with me forever.  However, because of your sin you deserve to die.  Therefore, I will come and die the death you deserve.  Also, I cannot take sinners to heaven to live with me so I will come to earth and live the righteous, sinless life you are unable to live.  So, here, receive the forgiveness I offer to you (1John 1:9), and take my righteousness, which I lived for you, and be covered with my righteousness (Jeremiah 23:26, Romans 9:30-32).  I also know that you must still live on earth until Jesus returns, and that you are unable to live a righteous life even though you want to (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10).  Therefore, I will come and live in you, and actually live out my righteous obedience in and through you that I lived when I became one of you in the person of Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20, Colossians 1:27).”

You see, this is what Paul meant when he wrote:

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Paul could live a life of faithful obedience to God because Christ was living in him.  Paul’s faithful obedience was the result of the “faith” or “faithfulness” of the Son of God Who was living in Him.  Paul had learned how to let Christ live out His faithfulness to God in and through him; the same faithful life He lived when He walked this earth.

This, in part, is why Christ had to become a man (Romans 8:3-4).  Mankind needs a human righteousness.  God knew man could not live a righteous life due to his sinful nature.   So God Himself came and lived a faithful, righteous, human life in the person of Jesus Christ.  If we let Him, Jesus will live out His faithfulness to God in and through us.  This is true righteousness by faith.  For there is no other righteousness in this earth except the righteousness of Christ that He lived 2000 years ago, and will continue to live out in the life of those who believe in Him.

“The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin.” Desire of Ages, p. 324 (emphasis added)

I pray that all who read this book will experience the fullness of Christ in them by allowing Him to live out His faithful, righteous life in them.  May you allow Him to manifest Himself in every aspect of your life.  Once you discover this amazing truth your life will never be the same again.  Your life will be filled with joy and peace.  You will see victories before thought impossible to attain.  Jesus will be everything to you.  You will know from experience what Paul meant when he wrote, “Christ in you the hope of glory.”

What Is A Missionary?—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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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, 1John 3:2, John 17:3

 

 

 

By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For October 26th

 

 

 

As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.

A missionary is one sent by Jesus Christ as He was sent by God. The great dominant note is not the needs of men, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in work for God is behind, not before. The tendency to-day is to put the inspiration ahead, to sweep everything in front of us and bring it all out to our conception of success. In the New Testament the inspiration is put behind us, the Lord Jesus. The ideal is to be true to Him, to carry out His enterprises.

Personal attachment to the Lord Jesus and His point of view is the one thing that must not be overlooked. In missionary enterprise the great danger is that God’s call is effaced by the needs of the people until human sympathy absolutely overwhelms the meaning of being sent by Jesus. The needs are so enormous, the conditions so perplexing, that every power of mind falters and fails. We forget that the one great reason underneath all missionary enterprise is not first the elevation of the people, nor the education of the people, nor their needs; but first and foremost the command of Jesus Christ – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.”

When looking back on the lives of men and women of God the tendency is to say – What wonderfully astute wisdom they had! How perfectly they understood all God wanted! The astute mind behind is the Mind of God, not human wisdom at all. We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the Divine guidance of God through childlike people who were foolish enough to trust God’s wisdom and the supernatural equipment of God.

John 20:21

The Eternal Crush Of Things—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For October 25th

I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s noble man or woman amid a crowd of ignoble things. Never make this plea – If only I were somewhere else! All God’s men are ordinary men made extraordinary by the matter He has given them. Unless we have the right matter in our minds intellectually and in our hearts affectionately, we will be hustled out of usefulness to God. We are not workers for God by choice. Many people deliberately choose to be workers, but they have no matter in them of God’s almighty grace, no matter of His mighty word. Paul’s whole heart and mind and soul were taken up with the great matter of what Jesus Christ came to do, he never lost sight of that one thing. We have to face ourselves with the one central fact – Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

“I have chosen you.” Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you. Here, in this College, God is at work, bending, breaking, moulding, doing just as He chooses. Why He is doing it, we do not know; He is doing it for one purpose only – that He may be able to say, This is My man, My woman. We have to be in God’s hand so that He can plant men on the Rock as He has planted us.

Never choose to be a worker, but when God has put His call on you, woe be to you if you turn to the right hand or to the left. He will do with you what He never did with you before the call came; He will do with you what He is not doing with other people. Let Him have His way.

1 Corinthians 9:22

Not A Bit Of It—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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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

 

 

 

By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For October 23rd

 

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away.

Our Lord never nurses our prejudices, He mortifies them, runs clean athwart them. We imagine that God has a special interest in our particular prejudices; we are quite sure that God will never deal with us as He has to deal with other people. “God must deal with other people in a very stern way, but of course He knows that my prejudices are all right.” We have to learn – “Not a bit of it!” Instead of God being on the side of our prejudices, He is deliberately wiping them out. It is part of our moral education to have our prejudices run straight across by His providence, and to watch how He does it. God pays no respect to anything we bring to Him. There is only one thing God wants of us, and that is our unconditional surrender.

When we are born again, the Holy Spirit begins to work His new creation in us, and there will come a time when there is not a bit of the old order left, the old solemnity goes, the old attitude to things goes, and “all things are of God.” How are we going to get the life that has no lust, no self-interest, no sensitiveness to pokes, the love that is not provoked, that thinketh no evil, that is always kind? The only way is by allowing not a bit of the old life to be left; but only simple perfect trust in God, such trust that we no longer want God’s blessings, but only want Himself. Have we come to the place where God can withdraw His blessings and it does not affect our trust in Him? When once we see God at work, we will never bother our heads about things that happen, because we are actually trusting in our Father in Heaven Whom the world cannot see.

  2 Corinthians 5:17