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I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me -- Philippians 3:12Every Christian must testify to the truth of God, but when it comes to the call to preach, there must be the agonizing grip of God's hand on you -- your life is in the grip of God for that very purpose. -- Oswald Chambers
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If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell -- Matthew 5:30At first, Jesus Christ through His Spirit has to restrain you from doing a great many things that may be perfectly right for everyone else but not right for you. Yet, see that you don[base ']t use your restrictions to criticize someone else. -- Oswald Chambers
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Agree with your adversary quickly . . . -- Matthew 5:25God is determined to have His child as pure, clean, and white as driven snow, and as long as there is disobedience in any point of His teaching, He will allow His Spirit to use whatever process it may take to bring us to obedience. The fact that we insist on proving that we are right is almost always a clear indication that we have some point of disobedience. -- Oswald Chambers
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You will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny -- Matthew 5:26The moment you are willing for God to change your nature, His recreating forces will begin to work. And the moment you realize that God's purpose is to get you into the right relationship with Himself and then with others, He will reach to the very limits of the universe to help you take the right road. -- Oswald Chambers
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If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also . . . . And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me . . . . So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple -- Luke 14:26-27, 33To be a disciple is to be a devoted bondservant motivated by love for the Lord Jesus. Many of us who call ourselves Christians are not truly devoted to Jesus Christ. No one on earth has...
Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips . . . -- Isaiah 6:5There is never any vague sense of sin, but a focusing on the concentration of sin in some specific, personal area of life. God begins by convicting us of the very thing to which His Spirit has directed our mind's attention. -- Oswald Chambers
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Do not fret -- it only causes harm -- Psalms 37:8Our Lord never worried and was never anxious, because His purpose was never to accomplish His own plans but to fulfill God's plans. Fretting is wickedness for a child of God. -- Oswald Chambers
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Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass -- Psalms 37:5God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him -- that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives. -- Oswald Chambers
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Enter by the narrow gate . . . . Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life . . . -- Matthew 7:13-14If we will obey the Spirit of God and practice in our physical life what God has placed within us by His Spirit, then when a crisis does come we will find that our own nature, as well as the grace of God, will stand by us. -- Oswald Chambers
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. . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . -- Joshua 24:15I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God's Spirit. When God gives me a vision of truth, there is never a question of what He will do, but only of what I will do. -- Oswald Chambers
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Joshua said to the people, 'You cannot serve the Lord . . .' -- Joshua 24:19It really is true to say, "I cannot live a holy life," but you can decide to let Jesus Christ make you holy. "You cannot serve the Lord . . ." -- but you can place yourself in the proper position where God's almighty power will flow through you. -- Oswald Chambers
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. . . that I may know Him . . . -- Philippians 3:10I am not here for self-realization, but to know Jesus Christ. In Christian work our initiative and motivation are too often simply the result of realizing that there is work to be done and that we must do it. Yet that is never the attitude of a spiritually vigorous saint. His aim is to achieve the realization of Jesus Christ in every set of circumstances. -- Oswald Chambers
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. . . what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 'Father, glorify Your name' -- John 12:27-28As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow. -- Oswald Chambers
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This is your hour, and the power of darkness -- Luke 22:53In your human relationships and friendships, have you reconciled yourself to the fact of sin? If not, just around the next corner you will find yourself trapped and you will compromise with it. But if you will reconcile yourself to the fact of sin, you will realize the danger immediately and say, "Yes, I see what this sin would mean." The recognition of sin does not destroy the basis of friendship -- it simply establishes a...
. . . seek, and you will find . . . -- Luke 11:9Have you ever lamented, expressing your sorrow before God for the condition of your inner life? There is no thread of self-pity left, only the heart-rending difficulty and amazement which comes from seeing what kind of person you really are. -- Oswald Chambers
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Come to Me . . . -- Matthew 11:28If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will actually cease from sin, and will find the song of the Lord beginning in my life. -- Oswald Chambers
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They said to Him, 'Rabbi . . . where are You staying?' He said to them, 'Come and see' -- John 1:38-39Why aren't you a saint? It is either that you do not want to be a saint, or that you do not believe that God can make you into one. -- Oswald Chambers
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Abide in Me . . . -- John 15:4It does not matter what my circumstances are. I can be as much assured of abiding in Jesus in any one of them as I am in any prayer meeting. It is unnecessary to change and arrange my circumstances myself. -- Oswald Chambers
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Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. . . . I have called you friends . . . -- John 15:13, 15God saves a person, fills him with the Holy Spirit, and then says, in effect, "Now you work it out in your life, and be faithful to Me, even though the nature of everything around you is to cause you to be unfaithful." -- Oswald Chambers
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Judge not, that you be not judged -- Matthew 7:1It is impossible to enter into fellowship with God when you are in a critical mood. Criticism serves to make you harsh, vindictive, and cruel, and leaves you with the soothing and flattering idea that you are somehow superior to others. -- Oswald Chambers
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. . . Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid . . . -- Matthew 14:29-30If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances. The things surrounding you are real, but when you look at them you are immediately overwhelmed, and even unable to recognize Jesus. Then comes His rebuke, ". . . why did you doubt?" -- Oswald Chambers
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. . . do you love Me? . . . Tend My sheep -- John 21:16We consider what we do in the way of Christian work as service, yet Jesus Christ calls service to be what we are to Him, not what we do for Him. Discipleship is based solely on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on following after a particular belief or doctrine. -- Oswald Chambers
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The Lord restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends -- Job 42:10I can only be right with God if I accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift. Am I humble enough to accept it? I have to surrender all my rights and demands, and cease from every self-effort. I must leave myself completely alone in His hands, and then I can begin to pour my life out in the priestly work of intercession. -- Oswald Chambers
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He is . . . a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief -- Isaiah 53:3The New Testament brings us right down to this one issue -- if sin rules in me, God's life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed. There is nothing more fundamental than that. -- Oswald Chambers
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Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together . . . -- Hebrews 10:24-25The real danger in spiritual laziness is that we do not want to be stirred up -- all we want to hear about is a spiritual retirement from the world. Yet Jesus Christ never encourages the idea of retirement -- He says, "Go and tell My brethren . . ." -- Oswald Chambers
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