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Friendship With God—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 20th 

“Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?”

Genesis 18:17

Its Delights. This chapter brings out the delight of real friendship with God as compared with occasional feelings of His presence in prayer. To be so much in contact with God that you never need to ask Him to show you His will, is to be nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. When you are rightly related to God, it is a life of freedom and liberty and delight, you are God’s will, and all your common-sense decisions are His will for you unless He checks. You decide things in perfect delightful friendship with God, knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will always check; when He checks, stop at once.

Its Difficulties. Why did Abraham stop praying when he did? He was not intimate enough yet to go boldly on until God granted his desire, there was something yet to be desired in his relationship to God. Whenever we stop short in prayer and say – “Well, I don’t know; perhaps it is not God’s will,” there is still another stage to go. We are not so intimately acquainted with God as Jesus was, and as He wants us to be – “That they may be one even as we are one.” Think of the last thing you prayed about – were you devoted to your desire or to God? Determined to get some gift of the Spirit or to get at God? “Your Heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him.” The point of asking is that you may get to know God better. “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Keep praying in order to get a perfect understanding of God Himself.

Blessed Assurance Jesus Is Mine!!

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    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 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

 

Blessed Assurance Jesus Is Mine!!

Can I be certain of my Salvation this very moment? You better be!!                                      1 Thessalonians 1:5, 1 John 5:11-13

But Beware of  a false assurance: Matthew 7:21-23

To Know Jesus Is The Key!! John 17:3

 

Three Vital Salvation Questions

    1. Have I been saved?

Simply accept Jesus and be saved! Have I ever come to Christ and accepted Him as my Savior and friend? If yes I am saved!

2. Am I being saved?

Am I staying with Jesus in a moment-by-moment relationship? Am I continually abiding in Jesus?

 3. And  Will I be saved when Jesus comes?

Absolutely if number 1 and 2 are true.

Now A Look At Forgiveness vs Justification:

 Let’s use the example of a thief to aid our understanding ,

Forgiveness: I am a forgiven thief.

 

Justification: I never was a thief!! God chooses to forget my entire past!!               Jeremiah 31:3,33-34,2 Samuel 12:1-9, 1 Kings 14:7-9, Numbers 23:21.

 

Understanding Justification:

 

Study Key: Romans Chapter 5

To “set right” or “put right”. To Be Rightified.

 

“To put what is out of harmony into harmony”.

 

“Complete Acquittal that brings peace and life”

 

“I Have never done it in the first place” I stand complete in Jesus as though I had never sinned!!

 

“Truly This Is The Gospel—Righteousness By Faith In Jesus Alone”

Is it really this simple? It Is Indeed!! Praise God!! We are the ones who make Salvation so very difficult!!

Summary on Justification

When man sinned, what changed that needed to be set right? Did God somehow get changed and now Christ needed to die and minister His blood to the Father to set the Father right? Or did mankind get changed and Christ needed to come in order to set mankind right with God again?

When God “justifies” us, He is setting us “right” with Himself. He is “rightifying” us! (Romans 8:31-34). This justification of the human race happened in the person of Jesus Christ, who, being fully human, being part of this race, having taken our humanity upon His divinity, lived a perfect life of love and destroyed the infection of sin, thus “rightifying” the species. He recreated, restored, healed, cleansed, set right, justified, and purified the human species in His own victorious life, death, and resurrection! It is in the Godman Jesus that the human race (species) was healed, set right, renewed, justified, rightified, and put back into God’s original ideal!

When we as individuals recognize all that Jesus revealed about the Father and are won to trust we open the heart and then we, as individuals, are “set right” or “justified” in our individual relationship with God. We then receive, via the work of the Holy Spirit, the transfusion of Christlikeness! The Holy Spirit takes what Christ achieved and reproduces it in us! His victory over evil, His perfect character of righteousness, His character of love, is downloaded into our hearts and we become like Him. Our thoughts are brought into harmony with His, our desires in union with His, our character renewed to be like His, our motives cleansed to be like His. We live a Christlike life, for it is no longer I, the sinful, selfish me living, but Christ, the lover of others who lives in me! Only in Jesus is this possible. Only in a trust relationship with Him can we ever be justified or set right, because only in Jesus can we know the truth about God, which wins us to trust and then, in that trust relationship, experience the transfusion of His character of love which restores us to His original ideal!

 

No wonder Justification brings peace!!

 Romans 5:1,9-11,18-21, John 5:24, John 6:37.

 

If I say “I am sorry but I did it again Lord” Jesus  says: “What are you talking about”?   Greater The Sinner –Greater The Savior!!  Romans 5:20

 

There Are Volumes of Biblical Assurance And Confidence!!                                       1 Thessalonians 1:5, John 5:24, John 11:26, 1 John 2:28, Philippians 1:6,3:8-10,

       

More Bible Texts on Assurance!!

 

  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 Much Assurance!
  2. Matthew 7:21-23 False Assurance
  3. Matthew 24:13, Revelation 3:21 Endures and overcomes
  4. John 6:37 All who come are accepted
  5. John 11:26 Believer never dies
  6. Romans 5:1 Results of coming to Jesus
  7. John 5:24 Won’t come into judgment
  8. Romans 5:20 Greater the sin greater the Grace
  9. 1 John 2:28 Abide in Jesus and you won’t be ashamed!!

10. 1 John 5:11-12 I am saved NOW!!!

11. Philippians 1:6,2:12-13, 3:8-10,2 Timothy 1:12 It’s God’s work!

 

KEY: John 11:26: You Never Die, 1 John 2:28: If You Remain in Jesus!

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!!    1 John 5:11-13, 1 John 3:2, John 17:3

 

It’s All About Our Relationship With Jesus!!! 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 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

    Graham Maxwell

“I believe that the most important of all Christian beliefs is the one that brings joy and assurance to God’s friends everywhere — the truth about our Heavenly Father that was confirmed at such cost by the life and death of His Son.

 

God is not the kind of person His enemies have made Him out to be — arbitrary, unforgiving and severe. Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” God is just as loving and trustworthy as His Son, just as willing to forgive and heal. Though infinite in majesty and power, our Creator is an equally gracious Person who values nothing higher than the freedom, dignity, and individuality of His intelligent creatures — that their love, their faith, their willingness to listen and obey may be freely given. He even prefers to regard us not as servants but as friends.

This is the truth revealed through all the books of Scripture. This is the everlasting Good News that wins the trust and admiration of God’s loyal children throughout the universe.

 

Like Abraham and Moses — the ones God spoke of as His trusted friends — God’s friends today want to speak well and truly of our Heavenly Father. We covet as the highest of all commendations the words of God about Job: “He has said of Me what is right”.

 

“When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. Psalms 94:18,                                                                      2 Corinthians 5:14-15,17-18, Colossians 1:17

I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me. Proverbs 8:17

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.  Jeremiah 31:3

The one thing above all others that Christ desires that we should know is that The Father has loved us just like He loves His Son Jesus!!                                  How Awesome Is That!!!  John 17:23

I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:23

This Is truly The Everlasting Gospel of  Revelation 14:6

Are you following Jesus? If Not Then Follow Him Now— This Very Moment!! 

2 Corinthians 5:14-15,17-18

 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:17-18

“Courtesy Dr. Tim Jennings and ComeAndReason.com”

The Way Of Abraham In Faith—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 19th  

He went out, not knowing whither he went.”  ”

Hebrews 11:8

In the Old Testament, personal relationship with God showed itself in separation, and this is symbolized in the life of Abraham by his separation from his country and from his kith and kin. To day the separation is more of a mental and moral separation from the way that those who are dearest to us look at things, that is, if they have not a personal relationship with God. Jesus Christ emphasized this (see Luke 14:26).

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One Who is leading. It is a life of Faith, not of intellect and reason, but a life of knowing Who makes us “go.” The root of faith is the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest snares is the idea that God is sure to lead us to success.

The final stage in the life of faith is attainment of character. There are many passing transfigurations of character; when we pray we feel the blessing of God enwrapping us and for the time being we are changed, then we get back to the ordinary days and ways and the glory vanishes. The life of faith is not a life of mounting up with wings, but a life of walking and not fainting. It is not a question of sanctification; but of something infinitely further on than sanctification, of faith that has been tried and proved and has stood the test. Abraham is not a type of sanctification, but a type of the life of faith, a tried faith built on a real God. “Abraham believed God.”

Shall I Rouse Myself Up To This?—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 18th  

“Perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

2 Corinthians 7:1

“Having therefore these promises.” I claim the fulfilment of God’s promises, and rightly, but that is only the human side; the Divine side is that through the promises I recognize God’s claim on me. For instance, am I realizing that my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, or have I a habit of body that plainly will not bear the light of God on it? By sanctification the Son of God is formed in me, then I have to transform my natural life into a spiritual life by obedience to Him. God educates us down to the scruple. When He begins to check, do not confer with flesh and blood, cleanse yourself at once. Keep yourself cleansed in your daily walk.

I have to cleanse myself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit until both are in accord with the nature of God. Is the mind of my spirit in perfect agreement with the life of the Son of God in me, or am I insubordinate in intellect? Am I forming the mind of Christ, Who never spoke from His right to Himself, but maintained an inner watchfulness whereby He continually submitted His spirit to His Father? I have the responsibility of keeping my spirit in agreement with His Spirit, and by degrees Jesus lifts me up to where He lived – in perfect consecration to His Father’s will, paying no attention to any other thing. Am I perfecting this type of holiness in the fear of God? Is God getting His way with me, and are other people beginning to see God in my life more and more?

Be serious with God and leave the rest gaily alone. Put God first literally.

The Worker’s Ruling Passion—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 17th 

The Worker’s Ruling Passion

“Wherefore we labour that . . we may be accepted of Him.”

2 Corinthians 5:9

“Wherefore we labour….” It is arduous work to keep the master amibition in front. It means holding one’s self to the high ideal year in and year out, not being ambitious to win souls or to establish churches or to have revivals, but being ambitious only to be “accepted of Him.” It is not lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but lack of labouring to keep the ideal right. Once a week at least take stock before God and see whether you are keeping your life up to the standard He wishes. Paul is like a musician who does not heed the approval of the audience if he can catch the look of approval from his Master.

Any ambition which is in the tiniest degree away from this central one of being “approved unto God” may end in our being castaways. Learn to discern where the ambition leads, and you will see why it is so necessary to live facing the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul says – “Lest my body should make me take another line, I am constantly watching so that I may bring it into subjection and keep it under.” (1 Cor. 9:27.)

I have to learn to relate everything to the master ambition, and to maintain it without any cessation. My worth to God in public is what I am in private. Is my master ambition to please Him and be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how noble?

The Master Assizes—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 16th

 

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.”

2 Corinthians 5:10

Paul says that we must all, preacher and people alike, “appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” If you learn to live in the white light of Christ here and now, judgment finally will cause you to delight in the work of God in you. Keep yourself steadily faced by the judgment seat of Christ; walk now in the light of the holiest you know. A wrong temper of mind about another soul will end in the spirit of the devil, no matter how saintly you are. One carnal judgment, and the end of it is hell in you. Drag it to the light at once and say – “My God, I have been guilty there.” If you don’t, hardness will come all through. The penalty of sin is confirmation in sin. It is not only God who punishes for sin; sin confirms itself in the sinner and gives back full pay. No struggling nor praying will enable you to stop doing some things, and the penalty of sin is that gradually you get used to it and do not know that it is sin. No power save the incoming of the Holy Ghost can alter the inherent consequences of sin.

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light.” Walking in the light means for many of us walking according to our standard for another person. The deadliest Pharisaism to-day is not hypocrisy, but unconscious unreality.

The Discipline Of Dismay—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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   By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 15th 

“And as they followed, they were afraid.”

Mark 10:32

At the beginning we were sure we knew all about Jesus Christ, it was a delight to sell all and to fling ourselves out in a hardihood of love; but now we are not quite so sure. Jesus is on in front and He looks strange: “Jesus went before them and they were amazed.”

There is an aspect of Jesus that chills the heart of a disciple to the core and makes the whole spiritual life gasp for breath. This strange Being with His face “set like a flint” and His striding determination, strikes terror into me. He is no longer Counsellor and Comrade, He is taken up with a point of view I know nothing about, and I am amazed at Him. At first I was confident that I understood Him, but now I am not so sure. I begin to realize there is a distance between Jesus Christ and me; I can no longer be familiar with Him. He is ahead of me and He never turns round; I have no idea where He is going, and the goal has become strangely far off.

Jesus Christ had to fathom every sin and every sorrow man could experience, and that is what makes Him seem strange. When we see Him in this aspect we do not know Him, we do not recognize one feature of His life, and we do not know how to begin to follow Him. He is on in front, a Leader Who is very strange, and we have no comradeship with Him.

The discipline of dismay is essential in the life of discipleship. The danger is to get back to a little fire of our own and kindle enthusiasm at it (cf. Isaiah 1:10-11). When the darkness of dismay comes, endure until it is over, because out of it will come that following of Jesus which is an unspeakable joy.

The Believer In Jesus Is A Tree Of Life

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A Very Productive and Blessed Week to all The Body of Messiah,

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.

Proverbs 11:30a “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life”, a powerful proverbial statement of King Solomon means a lot to me and anyone who is a right standing believer in Christ Jesus.

In Proverbs 10:11 “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked”.

The statement establishes that believers have mouths with which to communicate the Gospel. We also have privileges to perform certain things for the Kingdom. We are God’s representatives (ambassadors) here on earth. Amen.
You don’t have to make any noise about yourself, it is your deed (works) that would depict who you are. Jesus in you is the hope of glory.

The statement is referring to the expectation of God from a believer. God has already made the believers to be a fountain from which life will flow. He is supposed to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit as contain in Galatians 5:22-26.

In Mark 16:15-18 Jesus charged the disciples to go into the world and preach the Gospel. Those who believe would be saved and have everlasting life. Those who would not believe are condemned already because they have refused to believe in the only begotten Son of God. The believer that go about preaching the Gospel with signs following is a tree of life.

Deuteronomy 30:14
The scripture is establishing the fact that the Word of God is in the mouth of every believer to speak out. It is also in the heart of every believer to obey. The believer has come to show the world the picture of who God is in various perspectives of the doing of the Word.

We should be not be hearers only but doers of the Word. James 1:22-24. When Jesus commanded the disciples to go, He gave them authority over unclean spirits. He said in my Name Ye shall cast out devils. Lay hands on the sick and the sick will recover. Believers doing these have become the tree of life.

You minister to a dying soul and he becomes alive unto Christ. You minister to a sick man and he is healed. The demon possessed person is delivered from demonic powers. God has made the righteous believer to be the tree of life.

I want to submit that part (b) of Proverb 11 confirms the above. The Gospel of Christ is life. “For God so loved the World that He gave us His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting Life” John 3:16

Let me conclude that this statement is essentially challenging every believer to witness and be his AMBASSADOR in all ramifications of the truth. Speaking grace, preaching, teaching, singing psalms and prophesying as the Spirit of the Lord leads and many other manifestations of the gift of the Spirit are the primary reasons for our living as believers. They are primarily for soul winning and discipleship.

Daniel 12:3
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

James 5:20
remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

Revelation 2:7
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

SHALOM

Obedience—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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  By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 14th

“His servants ye are to whom ye obey.”

Romans 6:16

The first thing to do in examining the power that dominates me is to take hold of the unwelcome fact that I am responsible for being thus dominated. If I am a slave to myself, I am to blame because at a point away back I yielded to myself. Likewise, if I obey God I do so because I have yielded myself to Him.

Yield in childhood to selfishness, and you will find it the most enchaining tyranny on earth. There is no power in the human soul of itself to break the bondage of a disposition formed by yielding. Yield for one second to anything in the nature of lust (remember what lust is: “I must have it at once,” whether it be the lust of the flesh or the lust of the mind) – once yield and though you may hate yourself for having yielded, you are a bondslave to that thing. There is no release in human power at all but only in the Redemption. You must yield yourself in utter humiliation to the only One Who can break the dominating power viz., the Lord Jesus Christ – “He hath anointed me…to preach deliverance to all captives.”

You find this out in the most ridiculously small ways – “Oh, I can give that habit up when I like.” You cannot, you will find that the habit absolutely dominates you because you yielded to it willingly. It is easy to sing – “He will break every fetter” and at the same time believing a life of obvious slavery to yourself. Yielding to Jesus will break every form of slavery in any human life.

The Abandonment Of God—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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   By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 13th

“God so loved the world that He gave…”

John 3:16

Salvation is not merely deliverance from sin, nor the experience of personal holiness; the salvation of God is deliverance out of self entirely into union with Himself. My experimental knowledge of salvation will be along the line of deliverance from sin and of personal holiness; but salvation means that the Spirit of God has brought me into touch with God’s personality, and I am thrilled with something infinitely greater than myself, I am caught up into the abandonment of God.

To say that we are called to preach holiness or sanctification, is to get into a side eddy. We are called to proclaim Jesus Christ. The fact that He saves from sin and makes us holy is part of the effect of the wonderful abandonment of God.

Abandonment never produces the consciousness of its own effort, because the whole life is taken up with the One to Whom we abandon. Beware of talking about abandonment if you know nothing about it, and you will never know anything about it until you have realized that John 3:16 means that God gave Himself absolutely. In our abandonment we give ourselves over to God just as God gave Himself for us, without any calculation. The consequence of abandonment never enters into our outlook because our life is taken up with Him.

Abandonment—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 12th

“Then Peter began to say unto Him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee… .”

Mark 10:28

Our Lord replies in effect, that abandonment is for Himself, and not for what the disciples themselves will get from it. Beware of an abandonment which has the commercial spirit in it – “I am going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” All that is the result of being right with God, but that spirit is not of the essential nature of Christianity. Abandonment is not for anything at all. We have got so commercialized that we only go to God for something from Him, and not for Himself. It is like saying, “No, Lord, I don’t want Thee, I want myself; but I want myself clean and filled with the Holy Ghost; I want to be put in Thy show room and be able to say – ‘This is what God has done for me.'” If we only give up something to God because we want more back, there is nothing of the Holy Spirit in our abandonment; it is miserable commercial self-interest. That we gain heaven, that we are delivered from sin, that we are made useful to God – these things never enter as considerations into real abandonment, which is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself.

When we come up against the barriers of natural relationship, where is Jesus Christ? Most of us desert Him – “Yes, Lord, I did hear Thy call; but my mother is in the road, my wife, my self-interest, and I can go no further.” “Then,” Jesus says, “you cannot be My disciple.”

The test of abandonment is always over the neck of natural devotion. Go over it, and God’s own abandonment will embrace all those you had to hurt in abandoning. Beware of stopping short of abandonment to God. Most of us know abandonment in vision only.