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Recall What God Remembers—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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         By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For January 21st

“I remember … the kindness of thy youth.”

Jeremiah 2:2

Am I as spontaneously kind to God as I used to be, or am I only expecting God to be kind to me? Am I full of the little things that cheer His heart over me, or am I whimpering because things are going hardly with me? There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes. It is a great thing to think that Jesus Christ has need of me – “Give Me to drink.” How much kindness have I shown Him this past week? Have I been kind to His reputation in my life?

God is saying to His people – You are not in love with Me now, but I remember the time when you were – “I remember…the love of thine espousals.” Am I as full of the extravagance of love to Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him? Does He find me recalling the time when I did not care for anything but Himself? Am I there now, or have I become wise over loving Him? Am I so in love with Him that I take no account of where I go? or am I watching for the respect due to me; weighing how much service I ought to give?

If, as I recall what God remembers about me, I find He is not what He used to be to me, let it produce shame and humiliation, because that shame will bring the godly sorrow that works repentance.

Are You Fresh For Everything?—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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      By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For January 20th

“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3

Sometimes we are fresh for a prayer meeting but not fresh for cleaning boots!

Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, as surprising as God Himself. We do not know where it begins, it is hidden away in the depths of our personal life. Being born again from above is a perennial, perpetual and eternal beginning; a freshness all the time in thinking and in talking and in living, the continual surprise of the life of God. Staleness is an indication of something out of joint with God – “I must do this thing or it will never be done.” That is the first sign of staleness. Are we freshly born this minute or are we stale, raking in our minds for something to do? Freshness does not come from obedience but from the Holy Spirit; obedience keeps us in the light as God is in the light.

Guard jealously your relationship to God. Jesus prayed “that they may be one, even as we are one” – nothing between. Keep all the life perennially open to Jesus Christ, don’t pretend with Him. Are you drawing your life from any other source than God Himself? If you are depending upon anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone.

Being born of the Spirit means much more than we generally take it to mean. It gives us a new vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything by the perennial supply of the life of God.

Vision And Darkness—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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  By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For January 19th

“An horror of great darkness fell upon him.”

Genesis 15:1

Whenever God gives a vision to a saint, He puts him, as it were, in the shadow of His hand, and the saint’s duty is to be still and listen. There is a darkness which comes from excess of light, and then is the time to listen. Genesis 16 is an illustration of listening to good advice when it is dark instead of waiting for God to send the light. When God gives a vision and darkness follows, wait. God will make you in accordance with the vision He has given if you will wait His time. Never try and help God fulfil His word. Abraham went through thirteen years of silence, but in those years all self-sufficiency was destroyed; there was no possibility left of relying on common-sense ways. Those years of silence were a time of discipline, not of displeasure. Never pump up joy and confidence, but stay upon God (cf. Isaiah 1:10,11).

Have I any confidence in the flesh? Or have I got beyond all confidence in myself and in men and women of God; in books and prayers and ecstasies; and is my confidence placed now in God Himself, not in His blessings? “I am the Almighty God” – El-Shaddai, the Father-Mother God. The one thing for which we are all being disciplined is to know that God is real. As soon as God becomes real, other people become shadows. Nothing that other saints do or say can ever perturb the one who is built on God.

 

All About Love—A Wonderful Short Story

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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

 

The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power—including death!!                                                                  Romans 8:37-39, 1Corinthians 15:55-57

Love is not simply about avoiding injurious activities—it is about choosing to purposefully act in uplifting and selfless ways. Nor is it simply about doing what feels good. Rather, love involves doing what is good regardless of how one feels. Doing what is in the best interest of another and giving of oneself for another, love is selfless! When we love, we live. When we stop loving, we die!

A Story About Love

I once had a friend who grew to be very close to me. Once when we were
sitting at the edge of a swimming pool, she filled the palm of her hand
with some water and held it before me, and said this: “You see this
water carefully contained on my hand? It symbolizes Love.”

This was how I saw it: As long as you keep your hand caringly open and
allow it to remain there, it will always be there. However, if you
attempt to close your fingers round it and try to posses it, it will
spill through the first cracks it finds.
This is the greatest mistake that people do when they meet love… they
try to posses it, they demand, they expect… and just like the water
spilling out of your hand, love will retrieve from you.
For love is meant to be free, you cannot change its nature. If there are
people you love, allow them to be free beings. Give and don’t expect.
Advise, but don’t order. Ask, but never demand. It might sound simple,
but it is a lesson that may take a lifetime to truly practice. It is the
secret to true love. To truly practice it, you must sincerely feel no
expectations from those who you love,
and yet an unconditional caring.”

 

 

            The Power Of God’s Love!

 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like him.  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  1 John 4:13-21 NIV, John 5:24

This Is Truly The Gospel In Action!!

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It Is The Lord!—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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   By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For January 18th

 

“Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.”

John 20:2

“Give Me to drink.” How many of us are set upon Jesus Christ slaking our thirst when we ought to be satisfying Him? We should be pouring out now, spending to the last limit, not drawing on Him to satisfy us. “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me” – that means a life of unsullied, uncompromising and unbribed devotion to the Lord Jesus, a satisfaction to Him wherever He places us.

Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him. It is easier to serve than to be drunk to the dregs. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him. We are not sent to battle for God, but to be used by God in His battlings. Are we being more devoted to service than to Jesus Christ?

What Is The Mysterious”666″Of Rev13:18? Could It be You?

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At The Vatican–Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

No other issue seems to grab one’s imagination as does the “666”. For many people, just saying the number sends shivers up their spines. It conjures up ominous images of secret occult ceremonies and the cataclysmic final days of Bible prophecy.You have probably wondered what the fuss is all about! So Let’s have a common sense discussion that will give us hope and courage about our Salvation.

First let’s look at a possible solution to what the 666 is and then why it is important! Our focus is Revelation 13:18,NIV.

We read in Revelation 13:18,NIV  “This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666”.

In New Testament Greek, man in Revelation 13:18,NIV  (ἀριθμὸς γὰρ ἀνθρώπου ἐστίν) is in the genitive case (n.gsm), which is “possessive”. Therefore, man could be translated as, “it is humanity’s number” or “it is man’s number” It seems to me that the NIV is the best translation for Revelation 13:18,NIV and certainly makes more sense.

Here is the NIV of Revelation 13:18,NIV. “This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.”

Revelation13:11-18,NIV  seems to describe future events that are in the process of fulfillment right now. Therefore, we must always be careful not to speculate beyond what we know for sure. We must not create detailed scenarios of last-day events as though we know for certain every detail when, of course, we do not know those details. To think otherwise is to set ourselves up for disappointment, even deception.

Some see in the meaning of 666 a symbol of humanity separated from God. Humans were created on the sixth day, and the number can stand as a symbol for humanity without divine rest (the seventh day). Humans have claimed ultimate independence from God (the cause of their fall), and even now they do not want to find rest in Christ, the only place to find the rest of Salvation. Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrews 3:11-19, 4:1-11.

Futile speculation adds nothing toward understanding truth. The important point is that God’s Word has given us enough information to know what the key issues are and who the players will be in the last days, even if we do not know all the details for now, such as the precise meaning of 666.

Now about the much speculated “Vicarius Filii Dei

Vicarius Filii Dei (Vicar of the Son of God).  Since the Reformation, this papal title has been used to calculate the number 666. Here we must be very careful. The Bible does not say that the number is the added numerical value of the letters of a name. Further there are several questions that should make us cautious:

First, it is not clear that this title is an official one.

Second, there is no clear indication in Revelation 13 that the number is based on the numerical value of the letters of a name. The phrase “it is the number of a man” (vs. 18, NIV) could be translated “it is the number of humanity”; that is, of humans separated from God.

Third, those who insist in counting the numerical value of letters confront the problem of deciding which language will be used. Because the text does not identify any language, the selection of a particular one will be somewhat arbitrary. Further, why is the language of Revelation 13 symbolic yet verse 18 has often been interpreted literal? That has never made sense to me!! Good biblical interpretation is needed here rather than hand me down tradition!!

I believe that at the present time, the symbolism of intensified rebellion, six used three times, and total independence from God seem to be the best option. (Six can be the number of Babylon, and, as such, it stands in contrast to the divine number of seven. We will look at the Bible concept of Babylon in later posts.)

Since seven is perfection, being one short of seven, it expresses human imperfection in total rebellion against God and completely without God. This is what sin is all about! It is man’s total refusal to go from the six, man’s number, to the seven, which is God’s number where Salvation and God’s rest is found for all who will choose life eternal. John 17:3.

Therefore, 666 represents man’s total fixation with himself apart from God, man seeking glory in himself and his own creations. It is man refusing Salvation refusing to enter the Seven where God’s rest is! This refusal results in a complete separation from Jesus!

The 666 speak of the fullness of creation and all creative powers without God—- the very practice of the absence of God! “I can get along just fine, thank you very much, without Jesus! Period! A very sad attitude to say the least!

The triple 6 speaks that unregenerate man is persistently evil. “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from The Lord”. Jeremiah 17:5, 9-10.

The beasts of Revelation 13:1-3 represent man exercising his sovereignty apart from God. And man apart from God becomes bestial, and demonic.

All too soon, time will reveal the full meaning of the 666 symbol. Let me emphasize again that at the present time, the symbolism of intensified rebellion, six used three times (666), with total independence from God seem to be the best option.

Please do not attack individuals or denominations over this issue but rather call the Christian church back to The Bible Gospel! The Bible is our only rule of belief and practice! Period!

The Spirit of Christ, who lives inside the true follower of Jesus, must always control what we do!! After all God is Love!! 1John 4:8,11.

The truth is we all should give absolute precedence to the Gospel of Jesus! The Gospel is the power of God to save us! Romans 1:16-17.This is what Revelation 14:6-7 is all about, the proclamation of the Everlasting Gospel of Jesus to save!

It is the Gospel that transforms us into the image of Jesus and makes us ready for his soon coming!2 Corinthians 3:18. What is His image? IT’S LOVE. We love more and more like Jesus loves! Matthew 5:43-48, 1John 4:8, 1John 3:2.

It is the Gospel that sanctifies us!  1Thessalonians 5:23-24. I have come to believe that sanctification is nothing less than the process by which believers become progressively more loving! Let me say that again. Sanctification is the process by which Christians become more and more loving! This is what becoming like Jesus is all about! 1John 3:2. And this is the truly The Gospel of Jesus in action!

This issue is vital!!  I am fully convinced that the message of the 666 in Revelation 13:18 is an appeal to all of God’s children, not just one group, to wake up and prepare for Jesus to come. It is an appeal not to receive the Mark of The Beast. Revelation 14:9-10 Jesus is about to come!!

And what is it that I need to do to be ready? When Jesus comes He will look for those who have faith in Him! That’s it!! Believe and be saved!!  Romans 3:26, 5:10. Salvation is truly about a loving intimate relationship with Jesus! John 17:3,23,26.

And never forget that God loves you with an everlasting love! Jeremiah 31:3. Jesus would rather die than live without you!! So he did just that so you can be with Him forever and ever!!

My Salvation is assured when I totally trust Jesus with my life! And that’s it! At the very moment we trust Him and turn our lives over to Him we have assurance that He will save us! It is in this trust relationship with Christ that we find assurance of our Salvation.1John 5:11-13. This is really The Great News of The Gospel!!

A followup  will be posted later! Stay tuned!

Until Next Time!!

Istanbul–  Historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople. Constantinople was Constantine’s new Rome, CA 330 A.D.Istanbul is today the largest city of Turkey.

The Vocation Of The Natural Life—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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  By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For January 17th

“But when it pleased God … to reveal His Son in me …”

Galatians 1:15-16

The call of God is not a call to any particular service; my interpretation of it may be because contact with the nature of God has made me realize what I would like to do for Him. The call of God is essentially expressive of His nature; service is the outcome of what is fitted to my nature. The vocation of the natural life is stated by the apostle Paul – “When it pleased God to reveal His Son in me that I might preach Him” (i.e., sacramentally express ) “among the Gentiles.”

Service is the overflow of superabounding devotion; but, profoundly speaking, there is no call   to that, it is my own little actual bit and is the echo of my identification with the nature of God. Service is the natural part of my life. God gets me into a relationship with Himself whereby I understand His call, then I do things out of sheer love for Him on my own account. To serve God is the deliberate love-gift of a nature that has heard the call of God. Service is expressive of that which is fitted to my nature: God’s call is expressive of His nature; consequently when I receive His nature and hear His call, the voice of the Divine nature sounds in both and the two work together. The Son of God reveals Himself in me, and I serve Him in the ordinary ways of life out of devotion to Him.

 

Live Our Lives Approved and Pleasing by God!!

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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

 

 

Post By Pastor Jasmine Thason

 

   May the Body of Christ,  Have a Blessed Week and Glorious Walk With GOD. Amen.

 

I Thessalonians 2:4

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.

 

Romans 8:27 

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

 

As we seek to live our lives for Christ, we must be very certain that we are speaking and acting as men and women “approved by God.” Our motives must not be to please people “but God, who tests our hearts.” (I Thessalonians 2:4) In all our motives, actions, and attitudes we must be seeking to bring glory to the Lord. We must be also seeking to draw others to the Lord by our actions and words. Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ should be evident to all those around us. We must not seek to win a popularity contest according to the world’s standards. Our passion should bring glory to the Lord and to reflect the Lord Jesus in all areas of our lives. Our love relationship with the Lord should be so obvious in our lives that others will also be drawn to our Savior and Lord.

 

If we desire to live lives “approved by God” we must make certain that our lives are not motivated by greed or selfishness. We must demonstrate gentleness, kindness, and compassion towards others. We must be gentle and loving towards others and “like a mother caring for her little children.” (I Thessalonians 2:7b) We must be willing to share our very lives with others, and we must strive to demonstrate a servant attitude towards others.

By the example and words of our lives we must be “encouraging, comforting and urging” others “to live lives worthy of God.” I Thessalonians 2:12a.

 By our examples and words we must be drawing others to JESUS CHRIST Our Savior and towards spiritual maturity.  Amen

 

Finally, if we are going to live our lives “approved and pleasing by God” our lives must be governed by a desire for purity and holiness. Our lives must be “holy, righteous, and blameless,” and our lives must be based on the truth of the Word of God. (I Thessalonians 2:10) We must be striving to eradicate sin and behavior. We can and must do this through the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

 

We must be passionately seeking to make our lives “living sacrifices” for the Lord. (Romans 12:1)          

 

We must be living our lives in such a way that others will be attracted to Christ’s kingdom and will grow in spiritual maturity. “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (Romans12:11) Amen.

 

We were chosen by the Lord to live for His glory. Hallelujah Amen….

The Voice Of The Nature Of God—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For January 16th

 

 

“I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send?”

Isaiah 6:8

When we speak of the call of God, we are apt to forget the most important feature, viz., the nature of the One Who calls. There is the call of the sea, the call of the mountains, the call of the great ice barriers, but these calls are only heard by the few. The call is the expression of the nature from which it comes, and we can only record the call if the same nature is in us. The call of God is the expression of God’s nature, not of our nature. There are strands of the call of God providentially at work for us which we recognize and no one else does. It is the threading of God’s voice to us in some particular matter, and it is no use consulting anyone else about it. We have to keep that profound relationship between our souls and God.

The call of God is not the echo of my nature; my affinities and personal temperament are not considered. As long as I consider my personal temperament and think about what I am fitted for, I shall never hear the call of God. But when I am brought into relationship with God, I am in the condition Isaiah was in. Isaiah’s soul was so attuned to God by the tremendous crisis he had gone through that he recorded the call of God to his amazed soul. The majority of us have no ear for anything but ourselves, we cannot hear a thing God says. To be brought into the zone of the call of God is to be profoundly altered.

Do You Walk In White?—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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My Brother-In Law and Sister-In Law Darrel and Janet Oberkramer Whom I Love Very Much!! Both Are Wonderful Photographers!!

 

 

 

 

 

   By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For January 15th

“Buried with Him … that … even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

Romans 6:4

No one enters into the experience of entire sanctification without going through a “white funeral” – the burial of the old life. If there has never been this crisis of death, sanctification is nothing more than a vision. There must be a “white funeral,” – a death that has only one resurrection – a resurrection into the life of Jesus Christ. Nothing can upset such a life, it is one with God for one purpose, to be a witness to Him.

Have you come to your last days really? You have come to them often in sentiment, but have you come to them really? You cannot go to your funeral in excitement, or die in excitement. Death means you stop being. Do you agree with God that you stop being the striving, earnest kind of Christian you have been? We skirt the cemetery and all the time refuse to go to death. It is not striving to go to death, it is dying – “baptized into His death.”

Have you had your “white funeral,” or are you sacredly playing the fool with your soul? Is there a place in your life marked as the last day, a place to which the memory goes back with a chastened and extraordinarily grateful remembrance – “Yes, it was then, at that ‘white funeral,’ that I made an agreement with God.”

“This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” When you realize what the will of God is, you will enter into sanctification as naturally as can be. Are you willing to go through that “white funeral” now? Do you agree with Him that this is your last day on earth? The moment of agreement depends upon you.

Called Of God—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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   By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For January 14th

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

God did not address the call to Isaiah; Isaiah overheard God saying, “Who will go for us?” The call of God is not for the special few, it is for everyone. Whether or not I hear God’s call depends upon the state of my ears; and what I hear depends upon my disposition. “Many are called but few are chosen,” that is, few prove themselves the chosen ones. The chosen ones are those who have come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ whereby their disposition has been altered and their ears unstopped, and they hear the still small voice questioning all the time, “Who will go for us?” It is not a question of God singling out a man and saying, “Now, you go.” God did not lay a strong compulsion on Isaiah; Isaiah was in the presence of God and he overheard the call, and realized that there was nothing else for him but to say, in conscious freedom, “Here am I, send me.” Get out of your mind the idea of expecting God to come with compulsions and pleadings. When our Lord called His disciples there was no irresistible compulsion from outside. The quiet passionate insistence of His “Follow Me” was spoken to men with every power wide awake. If we let the Spirit of God bring us face to face with God, we too shall hear something akin to what Isaiah heard, the still small voice of God; and in perfect freedom will say, “Here am I; send me.”