Oswald Chambers quote

"There is actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself. If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you - and His experiments always succeed."

Oswald Chambers

Born: July 24, 1874

Die: November 15, 1917

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The deadliest Pharisaism today is not hypocrisy, but unconscious unreality.

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It is possible to know all about doctrine and yet not know Jesus. The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine outsteps intimate touch with Jesus. ....Have I a personal history with Jesus Christ? The...

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The life of faith is not a life of mounting up with wings, but a life of walking and not fainting.

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Patience is more than endurance. A saint's life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and...

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Our natural virtues can never come anywhere near what Jesus Christ wants.

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The one thing that remains is looking in the face of God for ourselves.

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Suppose God wants to teach you to say, "I know how to be abased"--are you ready to be offered up like that? Are you ready to be not so much as a drop in a bucket--to be so hopelessly insignificant that...

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We imagine that whatever is unpleasant is our duty! Is that anything like the spirit of our Lord, "I *delight* to do Thy will, O My God.

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The majority of us do not enthrone God, we enthrone common sense. We make our decisions and then ask the real God to bless our God's decision.

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Let the consequences of your obedience be left up to God.

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The greatest need we have is not to do things, but to believe things.

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We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do.

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Beware of reasoning about God's Word - obey It.

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A sentimentalist is one who delights to have high and devout emotions stirred whilst reading in an arm-chair, or in a prayer meeting, but he never translates his emotions into action. Consequently a sentimentalist...

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Obedience to the call of Christ nearly always costs everything to two people- the one who is called, and the one who loves that one.

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We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring.

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No healthy Christian ever chooses suffering; he chooses God's will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not.

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God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say, 'God intends me to be here because I am so useful.' Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where...

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The voice of the Spirit is as gentle as a zephyr, so gentle that unless you are living in perfect communion with God, you never hear it.

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We should always choose our books as God chooses our friends, just a bit beyond us, so that we have to do our level best to keep up with them.

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Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen.

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A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that if we have received His fullness, 'rivers of living water' will flow out from us, reaching in blessing even 'to the end of the earth'...

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God’s training is for now, not presently. His purpose is for this minute, not for something in the future. we have nothing to do with the afterwards of obedience; we can get it wrong when we think of...

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We say, sorrow, disaster, calamity. God says, chastening and it sounds sweet to him though it is a discord to our ears. Don't faint when you are rebuked, and don't despise the chastening of the Lord. In...

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When a man gets to despair he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently he is in the right attitude to receive from God...

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With Christ, it is not how much we give, but what we do not give that is the real test.

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Our Lord's conception of discipleship is not that we work for God, but that God works through us.

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Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him? Or are you just sitting around daydreaming about the greatness of His redemption, while neglecting all the things you could...

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Refusing to be disillusioned is the cause of much of the suffering of human life.

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When we lose sight of God we become hard and dogmatic. We hurl our own petitions at God's throne and dictate to Him as to what we wish Him to do. We do not worship God, nor do we seek to form the mind...

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We are not responsible for the circumstances we are in, but we are responsible for the way we allow those circumstances to affect us; we can either allow them to get on top of us or we can allow them to...

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Continually revise your relationship to God until the only certainty you have is not that you are faithful, but that He is.

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If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all noble things are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but the difficulty of it does not make us faint and cave...

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Complete weakness and dependence will always be the occasion for the Spirit of God to manifest His power.

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God cannot reveal anything to us if we have not His spirit.

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When God gives you a vision and darkness follows, wait. God will bring the vision He has given you to reality in your life if you will wait on His timing. Never try to help God fulfill His word

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Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for...

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We are in danger of being stern where God is tender, and of being tender where God is stern.

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Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. The cost to God was the Cross of Christ.

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When a man says he must develop a holy life alone with God, he is of no more use to his fellow men: he puts himself on a pedestal, away from the common run of men.........If we are abandoned to Jesus,...

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You do not know what you are going to do,the only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing.......It is this attitude that keeps you in perpetual wonder-you do not know what God is going to do...

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The secret of Christian quietness is not indifference, but the knowledge that God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget, and worry becomes an impossibility.

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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...

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If we are abandoned to Jesus we have no ends of our own to serve.

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Our Lord's first obedience was to the will of his Father, not to the needs of men; the saving of men was the natural outcome of his obedience to the Father.

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We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life - those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things...

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I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.

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The passion of Christianity comes from deliberately signing away my own rights and becoming a bondservant of Jesus Christ. Until I do that, I will not begin to be a saint.

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There is a call to spiritual perseverance. A call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated.

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Sanctification means more than being freed from sin. It means the deliberate commitment of myself to the God of my salvation, and being willing to pay whatever it may cost.

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God's purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He wants.

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Take yourself by the scruff of the neck and shake off your incarnate laziness.

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Christianity is not consistency to conscience or to convictions; Christianity is being true to Jesus Christ.

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It is much easier to do something than to trust in God; we mistake panic for inspiration.

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God never fits His word to suit me; He fits me to suit His word.

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The vision that God gives is not some unattainable castle in the sky, but a vision of what God wants you to be down here.

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Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that he is thinking.

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We must build our faith not on fading lights but on the Light that never fails.

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The call of God is not a reflection of my nature; my personal desires and temperament are of no consideration. As long as I dwell on my own qualities and traits and think about what I am suited for, I...

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If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on Him & He will make use of you every minute you live- yet you will be unaware, on the conscious...

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There is no condition of life in which we cannot abide in Jesus. We have to learn to abide in Him wherever we are placed.

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Jesus Christ reveals, not an embarrassed God, not a confused God, not a God who stands apart from the problems, but One who stands in the thick of the whole thing with man.

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The lasting value of our public service for God is measured by the depth of the intimacy of our private times of fellowship and oneness with Him.

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If we simply preach the effects of redemption in the human life instead of the revealed, divine truth regarding Jesus Himself, the result is not new birth in those who listen. The result is {only} a refined...

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We are not built for ourselves, but for God. Not for service for God, but for God.

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The loadstar of a saint is God Himself, not estimated usefulness. It is the work that God does through us that count, not what we do for him.

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When we see Him, we will wonder that we ever could have disobeyed Him.

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Wait on God and He will work, but don't wait in spiritual sulks because you cannot see an inch in front of you! Are we detached enough from our spiritual hysterics to wait on God? To wait is not to sit...

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Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.

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We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.

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The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.

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You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.

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If in preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the gospel, you hinder people from getting to reality.

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The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.

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It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and the actual.

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We look upon the enemy of our souls as a conquered foe, so he is, but only to God, not to us.

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Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.

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I have learnt that I am me, that I can do the things that, as one might put it, me can do, but I cannot do the things that me would like to do.

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When it is a question of God's almighty Spirit, never say, 'I can't.'

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A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.

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The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches,...

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The only right a Christian has is the right to give up his rights.

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Sanctification costs to the extent of "an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth and an immense broadening of all our interests in God.

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Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything.

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Your god may be your little Christian habit - the habit of prayer or Bible reading at certain times of your day. Watch how your Father will upset your schedule if you begin to worship your habit instead...

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The degree of panic activity in my life is equal to the degree of my lack of personal spiritual experience.

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When you are insulted, you must not only not resent it, but you must make it an opportunity to exhibit the Son of God in your life. And you cannot imitate the nature of Jesus-it is either in you or it...

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God gives us the vision, then he takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if...

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God's end is to enable me to see that he can walk on the chaos of my life just now.

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We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations, and we are apt to...

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At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God's hand until we learn to hear Him...Watch...

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For one man who can introduce another to Jesus Christ by the way he lives and by the atmosphere of his life, there are a thousand who can only talk jargon about him

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The man who prays ceases to be a fool

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God wants to use us as He used His own Son

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How many people have you made homesick for God?

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Peace is the deepest thing a human personality can know; it is almighty

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The whole idea of the prayers of the saints is that God's holiness, God's purpose, God's ways may be brought about irrespective of who comes or goes.

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We think of prayer as a preparation for work, or a calm after having done work, whereas prayer is the essential work.

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No matter who or what we are, God restores us to right standing with Himself only by means of the death of Jesus Christ.

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Service is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and devotion.

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God works this unspeakable mystery of entire sanctification in your life and mine. People try to seek the experience of entire sanctification in ways other than God's way; but the wonderful Spirit of God...

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Discipleship is based solely on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on following after a particular belief or doctrine.

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God is patient with the process! Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry.

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The great paralysis of our heart is unbelief.

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Confidence in the natural world is self-reliance; in the spiritual world, it is God-reliance.

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The peace that Jesus gives is never engineered by circumstances on the outside.

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When we preach the love of God there is a danger of forgetting that the Bible reveals not first the love of God but the intense, blazing holiness of God, with His love at the center of that holiness.

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The way to grow strong in Christ is to become weak in yourself.

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So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ, I am his debtor to serve him until he does.

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Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished.

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We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. Most of us...

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Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us.

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If we understood what happens when we use the Word of God, we would use it oftener.

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Prayer is the answer to every problem there is.

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The people who influence us are those who have stood unconsciously for the right thing. They are like the stars and the lilies, and the joy of God flows through them all the time.

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In a conflict of loyalty, obey Jesus at all costs.

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The thing that awakens the deepest fountain of gratitude in a human being is that God has forgiven his sin.

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Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led.

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A hypocrite is one who plays two parts consciously for his own ends. When we find fault with other people we may be quite sincere, and yet Jesus says in reality we are frauds.

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The one true mark of a saint of God is the inner creativity that flows from being totally surrendered to Jesus Christ.

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All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning.

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God can do nothing for me until I recognize the limits of what is humanly possible, allowing Him to do the impossible.

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We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. We wait with the idea of some great opportunity, something sensational, and when it comes we are quick to cry, 'Here am I.' Readiness for God means...

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There is only One Being who can satisfy the last aching abyss of the human heart, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.

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A private relationship of worshiping God is the greatest essential element of spiritual fitness.

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Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty. The obstacle will be a matter of total indifference to the river that will flow steadily through you if you will simply remember to stay focused...

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Our salvation comes to us so easily because it cost God so much.

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God's training ground, where the missionary weapons are found, is the hidden, personal, worshiping life of the saint.

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The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is not--Do your duty, but--Do what is not your duty. It is not your duty to go the second mile, to turn the other cheek, but Jesus says if we are His disciples we...

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To terrorize a man into believing in God is never the work of God, but the work of human expediency. If we want to convince a congregation of a certain thing, we may use terror to frighten them into it;...

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When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he...

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We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the divine guidance of God being exhibited through childlike people who were “foolish” enough to trust God’s wisdom and His supernatural...

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The Bible talks plentifully about joy, but it nowhere talks about a 'happy Christian.' Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not. Remember, Jesus Christ had joy, and He prayed 'that they might have...

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Never look for right in the other man, but never cease to be right yourself. We are always looking for justice; the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is - Never look for justice, but never cease to...

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The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look away from yourself and to look toward Him.

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One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.

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When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message.

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We must learn to live in the ordinary 'gray' day according to what we saw on the mountain.

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The moral miracle of redemption is that God can put a new nature into me through which I can live a totally new life.

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To be obsessed by God is to have an effective barricade against all the assaults of the enemy.

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Every time we pray our horizon is altered, our attitude to things is altered, not sometimes but every time, and the amazing thing is that we don't pray more.

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Prayer is not only asking, it is an attitude of heart that produces an atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural, and Jesus says, "every one that asketh receiveth."

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Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life-gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life.

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Worship is giving God the best that He has given you.

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It is a great thing to see physical courage, and greater still to see moral courage, but the greatest to see of all is spiritual courage; oh, to see a person who will stand true to the integrity of Jesus...

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It's easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires; common sense is your guide, veneered over with Christian sentiment....

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Don't plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account.

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Conscience is the internal perception of God's Moral Law.

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There are not three stages in spiritual life-worship, waiting, and work. Some of us go in jumps like spiritual frogs. We jump from worship to waiting to work. God's idea is that the three should go together....

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When Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross, it was not the blood of a martyr; or the blood of one man for another; it was the life of God poured out to redeem the world.

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Never consider whether you are of use; but ever consider that you are not your own but His.

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We are here for God's designs, not for our own

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All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.

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To choose suffering makes no sense at all; to choose God's will in the midst of our suffering makes all the sense in the world.

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The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of principles to be obeyed apart from identification with Jesus Christ. The Sermon on the Mount is a statement of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is getting...

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God is the Great Engineer, creating circumstances to bring about moments in our lives of divine importance, leading us to divine appointments

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The main characteristic which is the proof of the indwelling Spirit is an amazing tenderness in personal dealing, and a blazing truthfulness with regard to God's Word.

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Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift OF GOD.

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Measure your growth in grace by your sensitiveness to sin.

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Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference

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We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. We cannot save ourselves nor sanctify ourselves, God does that; but God will not give us good habits,...

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The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilitie s on us. He expects no...

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The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters.

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Repentance always brings a person to the point of saying, “I have sinned.” The surest sign that God is at work in his life is when he says that and means it. Anything less is simply sorrow for having...

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To identify with the death of Jesus Christ means that we must die to everything that was never a part of Him.

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If I obey Jesus Christ, the redemption of God will flow through me to the lives of others, because behind the deed of obedience is the reality of Almighty God.

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The touchstone of the Holy Spirit’s work in us is the answer to our Lord’s question: “Who do men say that the Son of Man is?” Our Lord makes human destiny depend on that one thing, Who men say...

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God's grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not milksops.

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It never cost a disciple anything to follow Jesus; to talk about cost when you are in love with anyone is an insult.

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Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God. Some people mature into an understanding of God’s will more quickly than others because they obey more...

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All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them.

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God makes us as broken bread and poured-out wine to please Him. Beware of competing calls once the call of God grips you.

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Satan does not tempt us just to make us do wrong things- he tempts us to make us lose what God has put into us through regeneration, namely, the possibility of being of value to God.

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I have no right to say I believe in God unless I order my life as under His all-seeing Eye.

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Prayer is not getting things from God. That is a most initial stage; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God: I tell Him what I know He knows in order that I may get to know it as He does.

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Beware of harking back to what you once were when God wants you to be something you have never been.

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Our Lord insists on the social aspect of our lives: He shows very distinctly that we cannot further ourselves alone.

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It is easy to turn our religious life into a cathedral for beautiful memories, but there are feet to be washed . . .

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We must build our faith not on fading lights but on the Light that never fails. When 'important' individuals go away we are sad, until we see that they are meant to go, so that only one thing is left for...

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Remember that we have to ask things of God that are in keeping with the God whom Jesus Christ revealed.

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The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience.

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So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence in God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him, but when we pray in the Holy Spirit we begin...

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Beware of the inclination to dictate to God what consequences you would allow as a condition of your obedience to Him.

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Today Jesus Christ is being dispatched as the Figurehead of a Religion, a mere example. He is that, but he is infinitely more; He is salvation itself, He is the Gospel of God.

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The reason we see hypocrisy and fraud and unreality in others is because they are all in our own hearts. The great characteristic of a saint is humility-Yes, all those things and other evils would have...

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If for one whole day, quietly and determinedly, we were to give ourselves up to the ownership of Jesus and to obeying his orders, we should be amazed at its close to realize all he had packed into that...

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Our circumstances are the means God uses to exhibit just how wonderfully perfect and extraordinarily pure His Son is.

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Am I learning how to use my Bible? The way to become complete for the Master’s service is to be well soaked in the Bible; some of us only exploit certain passages. Our Lord wants to give us continuous...

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The test of a man’s religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on. The worth...

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The battle is lost or won in the secret places of the will before God, never first in the external world.

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Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing...Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain...

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As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness . But let us go out with the patient power of knowing...

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Beware of being obsessed with consistency to your own convictions instead of being devoted to God. The important consistency in a saint is not to a principle but to the divine life. It is easier to be...

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Oswald Chambers

The real attitude of sin in the heart towards God is that of being without God; it is pride, the worship of myself, that is the great atheistic fact in human life.

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Oswald Chambers

Faith that is sure of itself is not faith; faith that is sure of God is the only faith there is.

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Oswald Chambers

Our ordinary abilities will never worship God unless they are transformed by the indwelling Son of God.

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Oswald Chambers

The secret of the missionary is...I am His, and He is carrying out His work through me.

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Oswald Chambers

We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, and He packs our life with surprises all the time.... Leave the whole thing...

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Oswald Chambers

Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth to do things, but the vision is not real in us yet;...

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Oswald Chambers

Get into the habit of saying, ''Speak, Lord,'' and life will become a romance.

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Oswald Chambers

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...

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Oswald Chambers

We tend to set up success in Christian work as our purpose, but our purpose should be to display the glory of God in human life, to live a life "hidden with Christ in God" in our everyday human conditions.

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Oswald Chambers

Are you debating whether you should take a step of faith in Jesus, or whether you should wait until you can clearly see how to do what He has asked? Simply obey Him with unrestrained joy. When He tells...

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Oswald Chambers

A saint realizes that it is God who engineers his circumstances; consequently there are no complaints, only unrestrained surrender to Jesus.

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Oswald Chambers

Self pity is of the devil, and if I wallow in it, I cannot be used by God for his purpose in the world.

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Oswald Chambers

Trust God, and do the next thing.

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Oswald Chambers

I have to get to the point of the absolute and unquestionable relationship that takes everything exactly as it comes from Him. God never guides us at some time in the future, but always here and now. Realize...

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Oswald Chambers

The more you fulfill yourself, the less you will seek God.

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Oswald Chambers

God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget. Why should I worry?

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Oswald Chambers

Many of us refuse to grow where we are put; consequently, we take root nowhere.

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Oswald Chambers

The Christian life is stamped by 'moral spontaneous originality,' consequently the disciple is open to the same charge that Jesus Christ was, viz., that of inconsistency. But Jesus Christ was always consistent...

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Oswald Chambers

he must deny his right to himself, and he must realize who Jesus Christ is before he will bring himself to do it. Beware of refusing to go to the funeral of your own independence

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Oswald Chambers

Don't forget to pray today because God did not forget to wake you up this morning.

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Oswald Chambers

Perseverance is more than endurance." It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which...

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Oswald Chambers

Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.

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Oswald Chambers

Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict.

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Oswald Chambers

True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. People describe...

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Oswald Chambers

Some of the qualities of #‎ God must be merged into us before our #‎ prayers can be fit for His acceptance.

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Oswald Chambers

Never look for justice in this world, never cease to give it.

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Oswald Chambers

God always ignores the present perfection for the ultimate perfection.

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Oswald Chambers

Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer.

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Oswald Chambers

Ask God for what you want, but you cannot ask if you are not asking for a right thing. When you draw near to God, you cease from asking for things."Your Father knows what things you have need of, before...

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Oswald Chambers

If I am going to know who Jesus is, I must obey Him. The majority of us don't know Jesus because we have not the remotest intention of obeying Him.

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Oswald Chambers

In the spiritual domain, criticism is love turned sour. In a wholesome spiritual life there is no room for criticism. The critical faculty is an intellectual one, not a moral one. If criticism becomes...

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Oswald Chambers

Believe steadfastly on Him and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the last great...

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Oswald Chambers

We are not to preach the doing of good things; good deeds are not to be preached, they are to be performed.

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Oswald Chambers

No matter what changes God has performed in you, never rely on them. Build only on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives.

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Oswald Chambers

The true expression of Christian character is not in good-doing but in God-likeness.

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Oswald Chambers

Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is an effort of will.

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Oswald Chambers

When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality.

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Oswald Chambers

The purpose of prayer is to reveal the presence of God equally present, all the time, in every condition.

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Oswald Chambers

Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing...

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Oswald Chambers

It is by no haphazard chance that in every age men have risen early to pray. The first thing that marks decline in spiritual life is our relationship to the early morning.

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Oswald Chambers

If you have ever prayed in the dawn you will ask yourself why you were so foolish as not to do it always: it is difficult to get into communion with God in the midst of the hurly-burly of the day.

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Oswald Chambers

Do not have as your motive the desire to be known as a praying man. Get an inner chamber in which to pray where no one knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret.

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Oswald Chambers

There is no need to get to a place of prayer; pray wherever you are.

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Oswald Chambers

We pray pious blether, our will is not in it, and then we say God does not answer; we never asked Him for anything. Asking means that our wills are in what we ask.

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Oswald Chambers

If we rely on the Holy Spirit, we shall find that our prayers become more and more inarticulate; and when they are inarticulate, reverence grows deeper and deeper.

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Oswald Chambers

Intercessory prayer for one who is sinning prevails. God says so! The will of the man prayed for does not come into question at all, he is connected with God by prayer, and prayer on the basis of the Redemption...

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Oswald Chambers

Watch your motive before God; have no other motive in prayer than to know Him.

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Oswald Chambers

God does not exist to answer our prayers, but by our prayers we come to discern the mind of God.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is often a temptation to bank on a miracle of God instead of on a moral issue, i.e., it is much easier to ask God to do my work than it is to do it myself. Until we are disciplined properly, we...

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Oswald Chambers

Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer.

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Oswald Chambers

Our understanding of God is the answer to prayer; getting things from God is God's indulgence of us. When God stops giving us things, He brings us into the place where we can begin to understand Him.

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Oswald Chambers

If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving the things for which I ask, then He will give them, but that is not the end of prayer. The end of prayer is that I come to know God Himself.

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Oswald Chambers

You say, "But He has not answered." He has, He is so near to you that His silence is the answer. His silence is big with terrific meaning that you cannot understand yet, but presently you will.

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Oswald Chambers

When we pray "in the Name of Jesus" the answers are in accordance with His nature, and if we think our prayers are unanswered it is because we are not interpreting the answer along this line.

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Oswald Chambers

God's silences are His answers. If we only take as answers those that are visible to our senses, we are in a very elementary condition of grace.

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Oswald Chambers

Pray because you have a Father, not because it quietens you, and give Him time to answer.

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Oswald Chambers

We impoverish God in our minds when we say there must be answers to our prayers on the material plane; the biggest answers to our prayers are in the realm of the unseen.

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Oswald Chambers

Our Lord never referred to unanswered prayer; he taught that prayers are always answered. He ever implied that prayers were answered rightly because of the Heavenly Father's wisdom.

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Oswald Chambers

The greatest answer to prayer is that I am brought into a perfect understanding with God, and that alters my view of actual things.

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Oswald Chambers

God's "nothings" are His most positive answers. We have to stay on God and wait. Never try to help God to fulfill His word.

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Oswald Chambers

One great effect of prayer is that it enables the soul to command the body. By obedience I make my body submissive to my soul, but prayer puts my soul in command of my body.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is the supreme activity of all that is noblest in our personality, and the essential nature of prayer is faith.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is not logical, it is a mysterious moral working of the Holy Spirit.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is the evidence that I am spiritually concentrated on God.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is God's answer to our poverty, not a power we exercise to obtain an answer.

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Oswald Chambers

Never say you will pray about a thing; pray about it.

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Oswald Chambers

We lean to our own understanding, or we bank on service and do away with prayer, and consequently by succeeding in the external we fail in the eternal, because in the eternal we succeed only by prevailing...

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Oswald Chambers

Can Jesus Christ see the agony of His soul in us? He can't unless we are so closely identified with Him that we have His view concerning the people for whom we pray. May we learn to intercede so wholeheartedly...

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Oswald Chambers

The inattentive, slovenly way we drift into the presence of God is an indication that we are not bothering to think about Him. Whenever our Lord spoke of prayer, He said, "Ask." It is impossible to ask...

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Oswald Chambers

It is impossible to live the life of a disciple without definite times of secret prayer. You will find that the place to enter in is in your business, as you walk along the streets, in the ordinary ways...

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is simple, prayer is supernatural, and to anyone not related to our Lord Jesus Christ, prayer is apt to look stupid.

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Oswald Chambers

One of the most subtle burdens God ever puts on us as saints is this burden of discernment concerning other souls. He reveals things in order that we may take the burden of these souls before Him and form...

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Oswald Chambers

If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not "a little bit of love," but major surgery. If you...

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Oswald Chambers

If we think of prayer as the breath of our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The blood flows and the breathing continues - we are not conscious of it but it is always going on.

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Oswald Chambers

Is the Son of God praying in me, or am I dictating to Him?... Prayer is not simply getting things from God, that is a most initial form of prayer; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. If...

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Oswald Chambers

Our prayers are heard, not because we are in earnest, not because we suffer, but because Jesus suffered.

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Oswald Chambers

Our true character comes out in the way we pray.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian; not the thing that makes him alive, but the evidence that he is alive.

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Oswald Chambers

Some prayers are followed by silence (from God) because they are wrong, others because they are bigger than one can understand. It will be a wonderful moment for some of us when we stand before God and...

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Oswald Chambers

The battle of prayer is against two things in the earthlies: wandering thoughts and lack of intimacy with God's character as revealed in His word. Neither can be cured at once, but they can be cured by...

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Oswald Chambers

The prayer of the feeblest saint who lives in the Spirit and keeps right with God is a terror to Satan. The very powers of darkness are paralyzed by prayer; no spiritualistic seance can succeed in the...

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Oswald Chambers

There is nothing to be valued more highly than to have people praying for us; God links up His power in answer to their prayers.

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Oswald Chambers

The saint is hilarious when he is crushed with difficulties because the thing is so ludicrously impossible to anyone but God.

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Oswald Chambers

Let the attitude of your life be a continual willingness to "go out" in dependence upon God, and your life will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about it that is very satisfying to Jesus. You must...

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Oswald Chambers

God did not direct His call to Isaiah— Isaiah overheard God saying, ". . . who will go for Us?" The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends...

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Oswald Chambers

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...

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Oswald Chambers

It is impossible to get exhausted in work for God. We get exhausted because we try to do God's work in our own way.

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Oswald Chambers

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...

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Oswald Chambers

Tolerating a wrong attitude toward another person causes you to follow the spirit of the devil, no matter how saintly you are.

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Oswald Chambers

We must keep ourselves in touch, not with theories, but with people, and never get out of touch with human beings, if we are going to use the word of God skilfully amongst them.

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Oswald Chambers

Faith, as the Bible teaches it, is faith in God coming against everything that contradicts Him- a faith that says, “I will remain true to God’s character whatever He may do.” The highest and the...

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Oswald Chambers

Earnestness is not by any means everything; it is very often a subtle form of pious pride because it is obsessed with the method and not with the Master.

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Oswald Chambers

The central point of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ is a personal relationship with Him, not public usefulness to others.

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Oswald Chambers

You may often have to watch Jesus Christ wreck a life before He saves it.

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Oswald Chambers

The love of God is not created- it is His nature.

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Oswald Chambers

Jesus Christ can afford to be misunderstood; we cannot. Our weakness lies in always wanting to vindicate ourselves.

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Oswald Chambers

The measure of the worth of our public activity for God is the private profound communion we have with Him...

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Oswald Chambers

Spiritual lust causes me to demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God Himself who gives the answer.

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Oswald Chambers

We shall find that the spheres God brings us into are not meant to teach us something but to make us something.

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Oswald Chambers

Death is God's delightful way of giving us life.

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Oswald Chambers

There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes.

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Oswald Chambers

Some of us are like the Dead Sea, always taking in but never giving out, because we are not rightly related to the Lord Jesus.

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Oswald Chambers

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...

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Oswald Chambers

What hinders me from hearing is that I am taken up with other things. It is not that I will not hear God, but I am not devoted in the right place. I am devoted to things, to service, to convictions, and...

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Oswald Chambers

The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.

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Oswald Chambers

If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.

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Oswald Chambers

The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.

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Oswald Chambers

Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man.

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Oswald Chambers

Worshipping God is the great essential of fitness. If you have not been worshipping...when you get to work you will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated...

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Oswald Chambers

Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray.

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Oswald Chambers

Trust completely in God, and when He brings you to a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it.

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Oswald Chambers

We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life is he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God within him, which is nourished not by food but by prayer...Prayer is...

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Oswald Chambers

We do not pray at all until we are at our wits' end.

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Oswald Chambers

The honour of Jesus Christ is at stake in your bodily life. Are you remaining loyal to the Son of God in the things which beset His life in you? Do you continue to go with Jesus? The way lies through Gethsemane,...

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Oswald Chambers

We can all see God in exceptional things, but it requires the culture of spiritual discipline to see God in every detail.

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Oswald Chambers

I have to learn that the aim in life is God's, not mine.

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Oswald Chambers

Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him.

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Oswald Chambers

What the world needs is not 'a little bit of love', but a surgical operation.

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Oswald Chambers

The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him.

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Oswald Chambers

It is not what a man does that is of final importance, but what he is in what he does. The atmosphere produced by a man, much more than his activities, has the lasting influence.

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Oswald Chambers

There are many things that are perfectly legitimate, but if you are going to concentrate on God you cannot do them.

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Oswald Chambers

Get alone with Jesus and either tell Him that you do not want sin to die out in you - or else tell Him that at all costs you want to be identified with His death.

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Oswald Chambers

It is perilously easy to have amazing sympathy with God's truth and remain in sin.

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Oswald Chambers

Once we see Jesus, the impossible things He does in our lives become as natural as breathing.

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Oswald Chambers

There is nothing attractive about the gospel to the natural man; the only man who finds the gospel attractive is the man who is convicted of sin.

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Oswald Chambers

My worth to God in public is what I am in private.

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Oswald Chambers

Never allow anything to divert you from your insight into Jesus Christ. It is the true test of whether you are spiritual or not. To be unspiritual means that other things have a growing fascination for...

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Oswald Chambers

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...

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Oswald Chambers

It's one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite another to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, and no one paying even the remotest attention to us.

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Oswald Chambers

Remember Whose you are and Whom you serve.

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Oswald Chambers

We have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not...What we call the process God calls the end. His purpose is that I depend on Him and His power NOW. It is the process,...

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Oswald Chambers

The Cross is the central event in time and eternity, and the answer to all the problems of both.

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Oswald Chambers

If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably.

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Oswald Chambers

Spiritual lust--'I must have it at once'--causes me to demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God himself who gives the answer. Is today 'the third day' and He has still not done what I expected?...

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Oswald Chambers

There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all cost, and God will fulfill His purpose...

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Oswald Chambers

The real test of a saint is not one's willingness to preach the gospel, but one's willingness to do something like washing the disciples' feet - that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant...

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Oswald Chambers

Jesus Christ demands the same unrestrained, adventurous spirit in those who have placed their trust in Him that the natural man exhibits. If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will...

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Oswald Chambers

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.

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Oswald Chambers

The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ. The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision...

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Oswald Chambers

Isaiah was so attuned to God, because of the great crisis he had just endured, that the call of God penetrated his soul. The majority of us cannot hear anything but ourselves. And we cannot hear anything...

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Oswald Chambers

Never allow anything that divides or destroys the oneness of your life with Christ to remain in your life without facing it.

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Oswald Chambers

God places His saints where they will bring the most glory to Him, and we are totally incapable of judging where that may be.

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Oswald Chambers

Beware of any belief that makes you self-indulgent; it came from the pit, no matter how beautiful it sounds.

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Oswald Chambers

Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way.

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Oswald Chambers

Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point--a great crossroads in our life. From that point we either go more and more toward a slow, lazy, and useless Christian life,...

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Oswald Chambers

There is actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself. If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you - and His experiments...

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Oswald Chambers

Get to the end of yourself where you can do nothing, but where He does everything.

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Oswald Chambers

The people who influence us most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in heaven and the lilies in the field, perfectly simply and unaffectedly....

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Oswald Chambers

There are certain things we must not pray about - moods, for instance. Moods never go by praying, moods go by kicking.

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Oswald Chambers

It is misleading to imagine that we are developed in spite of our circumstances, for we are developed because of them. It is mastery in circumstances that is needed, not mastery over them.

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Oswald Chambers

Are you learning to say things after listening to God, or are you saying things and trying to make God's word fit in?

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Oswald Chambers

We think we understand another person's struggle until God reveals the same shortcomings in our lives.

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Oswald Chambers

It is much easier to do something than to trust in God. That is why there are so few fellow workers with God and so many workers for Him. We would far rather work for God than believe in Him.

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Oswald Chambers

The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him. It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him.

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Oswald Chambers

One of the most difficult questions to answer in Christian work is, 'What do you expect to do?' You don't know what you are going to do. The only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing.......Hav...

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Oswald Chambers

The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to give...

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Oswald Chambers

The greatest word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon

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Oswald Chambers

Too often we treat prayer as the preparation for the work of the church. Do you not see? Prayer IS the work of the church.

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Oswald Chambers

My worth to God publicly is measured by what I really am in my private life.

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Oswald Chambers

Let God fling you out (as seed), and do not go until He does. If you select your own spot, you will prove an empty pod. If God sows you, you will bring forth fruit.

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Oswald Chambers

But the miracle of the redemptive reality of God is that the worst and the vilest offender can never exhaust the depths of His love.

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Oswald Chambers

The Christian Church should not be a secret society of specialists, but a public manifestation of believers in Jesus.

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Oswald Chambers

Am I getting nobler, better, more helpful, more humble, as I get older? Am I exhibiting the life that men take knowledge of as having been with Jesus, or am I getting more self-assertive, more deliberately...

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Oswald Chambers

Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. A great number of Christian workers worship their work. The only concern of Christian workers should be their concentration...

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Oswald Chambers

It is impossible to conduct your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer

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Oswald Chambers

Solitude with God repairs the damage done by the fret and noise and clamour of the world.

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Oswald Chambers

We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles.

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Oswald Chambers

Jesus Christ out-socialists the socialists. He says that in His Kingdom he that is greatest shall be the servant of all. The real test of the saint is not preaching the gospel, but washing disciples' feet,...

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Oswald Chambers

A life of intimacy with God is characterized by joy.

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Oswald Chambers

Keep your life so constantly in touch with God that His surprising power can break through at any point.

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Oswald Chambers

It must be God first, God second, and God third

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Oswald Chambers

If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; if He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him.

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Oswald Chambers

God speaks in the language you know best - not through your ears, but through your circumstances.

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Oswald Chambers

Spend plenty of time with God; let other things go, but don't neglect Him. We are not here to do work for God, we are here to be workers with Him, those through whom He can do His work.

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Oswald Chambers

We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing- that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But as we grow in His grace we find that God is glorifying...

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Oswald Chambers

Intercession is about putting ourselves in other’s shoes or having sympathy with others. But intercessions are about having the mind of God and see things through His perspective

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Oswald Chambers

When we discern that people are not going on spiritually and allow the discernment to turn to criticism, we block our way to God. God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that...

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Oswald Chambers

The greatest test of Christianity is the wear and tear of daily life; it is like the shining of silver: the more it is rubbed the brighter it grows.

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Oswald Chambers

Never be diplomatic and careful about the treasure God gives. This is poverty triumphant.

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Oswald Chambers

The center of salvation is the Cross of Jesus, and the reason it is so easy to obtain salvation is because it cost God so much.

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Oswald Chambers

Our spiritual life cannot be measured by success as the world measures it, but only by what God pours through us- and we cannot measure that at all

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Oswald Chambers

Every man is made to reach out beyond his grasp.

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Oswald Chambers

When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself.

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Oswald Chambers

Our Lord’s making of a disciple is supernatural. He does not build on any natural capacity of ours at all. God does not ask us to do the things that are naturally easy for us- He only asks us to do the...

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Oswald Chambers

The truth is we have nothing to fear and nothing to overcome because He is all in all and we are more than conquerors through Him.

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Oswald Chambers

The Christian life is one of spiritual courage and determination lived out in our flesh

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Oswald Chambers

When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time.

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Oswald Chambers

One of the most amazing revelations of God comes to us when we learn that it is in the everyday things of life that we realize the magnificent deity of Jesus Christ.

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Oswald Chambers

We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

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Oswald Chambers

No love of the natural heart is safe unless the human heart has been satisfied by God FIRST

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Oswald Chambers

God does not further our spiritual life in spite of our circumstances, but in and by our circumstances.

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Oswald Chambers

The Christian who is truly intimate with Jesus will never draw attention to himself but will only show the evidence of a life where Jesus is completely in control. This is the outcome of allowing Jesus...

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Oswald Chambers

Sincerity means that the appearance and the reality are exactly the same.

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Oswald Chambers

Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.

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Oswald Chambers

We have no right to judge where we should be put, or to have preconceived notions as to what God is fitting us for. God engineers everything; wherever He puts us, our one great aim is to pour out a whole-hearted...

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Oswald Chambers

We actually slander and dishonor God by our very eagerness to serve Him without knowing Him.

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Oswald Chambers

The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine outsteps intimate touch with Jesus.

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Oswald Chambers

It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials. Through every cloud He brings our way, He wants us to unlearn something...

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Oswald Chambers

The proof that our relationship is right with God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not.

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Oswald Chambers

The golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters is not intellect, but obedience.

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Oswald Chambers

The characteristic of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God that Christ is formed in me.

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Oswald Chambers

But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow...

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Oswald Chambers

Patience has the meaning of testing-a thing drawn out and tested, drawn out to the last strand in a strain without breaking, and ending in sheer joy. The strain on a violin string when stretched to the...

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Oswald Chambers

Narrow all your interests until the attitude of mind and heart and body is concentration on Jesus Christ.

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Oswald Chambers

To be a holy person means that the elements of our natural life experience the very presence of God as they are providentially broken in His service. We have to be placed into God and brought into agreement...

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Oswald Chambers

I must learn that the purpose of my life belongs to God, not me. God is using me from His great personal perspective, and all He asks of me is that I trust Him. ... When I stop telling God what I want,...

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Oswald Chambers

It is not a lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but a lack of working to keep our eyes focused and on the right goal. At least once a week examine yourself before God to see if your life...

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Oswald Chambers

Your priorities must be God first, God second, and God third, until your life is continually face to face with God ...

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Oswald Chambers

Quit praying about yourself and spend your life for the sake of others as the bondservant of Jesus. That is the true meaning of being broken bread and poured-out wine in real life.

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Oswald Chambers

It is in the middle that human choices are made; the beginning and the end remain with God. The decrees of God are birth and death, and in between those limits man makes his own distress or joy.

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Oswald Chambers

If we pray only because we want answers, we will become irritated and angry with God. We receive an answer every time we pray, but it does not always come in the way we expect, and our spiritual irritation...

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Oswald Chambers

Many of us have a mental conception of what a Christian should be, and the lives of the saints become a hindrance to our concentration on God.

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Oswald Chambers

The test of the life of a saint is not success, but faithfulness in human life as it actually is.

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Oswald Chambers

We have all had times...when we have seen things from God's standpoint and have wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. ...[I]t is in the valley where we live for the glory of...

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Oswald Chambers

Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday things of God’s creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things- things we would never have imagined God...

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Oswald Chambers

Every man carries his kingdom within, and no one knows what is taking place in another's kingdom. 'No one understands me!' Of course they don't, each one of us is a mystery. There is only One Who understands...

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Oswald Chambers

Sin is blatant mutiny against God.

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Oswald Chambers

God will never reveal more truth about himself until you have obeyed what you know already

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Oswald Chambers

It is not repentance that saves me; repentance is the sign that I realize what God has done in Christ Jesus.

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Oswald Chambers

God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute.

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Oswald Chambers

We are apt to think that everything that happens to us is to be turned into useful teaching; it is to be turned into something better than teaching, into character. We shall find that the spheres God brings...

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Oswald Chambers

Service is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and devotion. But strictly speaking, there is no call to that. Service is what I bring to the relationship and is the reflection of my identification...

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Oswald Chambers

The disciple is rich not in possessions, but in personal identity.

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Oswald Chambers

The test of the life of a saint is not success, but faithfulness in human life as it actually is. We will set up success in Christian work as the aim; the aim is to manifest the glory of God in human life,...

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Oswald Chambers

God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others.

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Oswald Chambers

In times of prosperity we are apt to forget God; we imagine it does not matter whether we recognise Him or not. As long as we are comfortably clothed and fed and looked after, our civilisation becomes...

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Oswald Chambers

Never take your obedience as the reason God blesses you; obedience is the outcome of being rightly related to God.

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Oswald Chambers

The whole meaning of prayer is that we may know God.

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Oswald Chambers

When obedience is in the ascendant, He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist you with all His Almighty power.

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Oswald Chambers

The institutions of Churchianity are not Christianity. An institution is a good thing if it is second; immediately an institution recognizes itself it becomes the dominating factor.

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Oswald Chambers

If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time or great personal growth ahead.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God.

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Oswald Chambers

God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.

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Oswald Chambers

What a blessed habit I have found my prayer list, morning by morning, it takes me via the Throne of all Grace straight to the intimate personal heart of each one mentioned here, and I know that He Who...

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Oswald Chambers

Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action.

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Oswald Chambers

No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God in a human spirit

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Oswald Chambers

Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift.

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Oswald Chambers

If sin rules in me, God's life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed.

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Oswald Chambers

Be rightly related to God, find your joy there, and out of you will flow rivers of living water.

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Oswald Chambers

If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all noble things are difficult.

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Oswald Chambers

Tell God you are ready to be offered, and God will prove Himself to be all you ever dreamed He would be.

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Oswald Chambers

Trust no one, not even the finest saint who ever walked this earth, ignore him, if he hinders your sight of Jesus Christ.

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Oswald Chambers

God has one destined end for mankind - holiness! His one aim is the production of saints. God is not an eternal blessing-machine for men. He did not come to save men out of pity. He came to save men because...

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Oswald Chambers

Make converts to your own thoughts and opinions.

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Oswald Chambers

If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to...

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Oswald Chambers

Never believe that the so-called random events of life are anything less than God’s appointed order. Be ready to discover His divine designs anywhere and everywhere.

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Oswald Chambers

Once the call of God comes to you, start going and never stop.

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Oswald Chambers

Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love.

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Oswald Chambers

Sin is not weakness, it is a disease; it is red-handed rebellion against God and the magnitude of that rebellion is expressed by Calvary's cross.

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Oswald Chambers

Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself.

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Oswald Chambers

Yielding to Jesus will break every form of slavery in any human life.

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Oswald Chambers

Seeing is never believing: we interpret what we see in the light of what we believe. Faith is confidence in God before you see God emerging, therefore the nature of faith is that it must be tried.

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Oswald Chambers

God expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part.

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Oswald Chambers

When I was born again, I received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself.

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Oswald Chambers

There is only one way by which I can get right with God, and that is through the death of Jesus Christ. I must get rid of the underlying idea that I can ever be right with God because of my obedience....

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Oswald Chambers

A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to our Lord.

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Oswald Chambers

A practical help in keeping your personal purity unblemished in your relations with other people is to begin to see them as God does. Say to yourself, “That man or that woman is perfect in Christ Jesus!...

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Oswald Chambers

Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people?

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Oswald Chambers

There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross.

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Oswald Chambers

Christianity is not devotion to work, or to a cause, or a doctrine, but devotion to a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Oswald Chambers

You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God.

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Oswald Chambers

Holiness is the balance between my nature and the law of God as expressed in Jesus Christ.

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Oswald Chambers

If your faith is in experiences, anything that happens is likely to upset that faith.

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Oswald Chambers

It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do— God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself.

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Oswald Chambers

We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins.

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Oswald Chambers

The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty.

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Oswald Chambers

Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God.

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Oswald Chambers

One of the greatest snares is the number of good things we might do. Jesus Christ never did the good things He might have done, He did everything He ought to do because He had His eye fixed on His Father's...

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Oswald Chambers

Sin is not wrong doing, it is wrong BEING, deliberate and emphatic independence of God.

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Oswald Chambers

Keep your life in its constant contact with God that his surprising power may break out on the right hand and on the left. Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come...

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Oswald Chambers

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations

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Oswald Chambers

Before God can use a man greatly he must wound him deeply.

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Oswald Chambers

We must learn to tell ourselves the truth on the basis of God’s Word.

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Oswald Chambers

You can never argue anyone into the Kingdom of Heaven, you cannot argue anyone anywhere. The only result of arguing is to prove to your own mind that you are right and the other fellow wrong. You cannot...

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Oswald Chambers

When I see Jesus Christ I simply want to be what He wants me to be.

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Oswald Chambers

Watch human nature; we are so built that if we do not get thrilled in the right way, we will get thrilled in the wrong. If we are without the thrill of communion with God, we will try to get thrilled by...

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Oswald Chambers

Faith never knows where it is being led, it knows and loves the One Who is leading. Faith is not resignation to a power we do not know; faith is committal to One Whose character we do know because it has...

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Oswald Chambers

Never try to help God fulfill His word.

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Oswald Chambers

If we are in Christ the whole basis of our goings is God, not conceptions of God, not ideas of God, but God Himself. We do not need any more ideas about God, the world is full of ideas about God, they...

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Oswald Chambers

As long as we are flippant and stupid and shallow and think that we know ourselves, we shall never give ourselves over to Jesus Christ; but when once we become conscious that we are infinitely more than...

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Oswald Chambers

If my ruling disposition is self-interest, I perceive that everything that happens to me is always for or against my self-interest; if, on the other hand, my ruling disposition is obedience to God, I perceive...

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Oswald Chambers

The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it. He is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

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Oswald Chambers

It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God: but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned...

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Oswald Chambers

The aim of the missionary is to do God's will, not to be useful, not to win the heathan; he is useful and does win the heathen, but that is not his aim. His aim is to do the will of his Lord.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.

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Oswald Chambers

The key to the missionary's work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself...

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Oswald Chambers

If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God,...

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Oswald Chambers

The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but the good which is not good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best.

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Oswald Chambers

Wherever there is any element of pride or of conceit, Jesus cannot expound a thing. He will take us through the disappointment of a wounded pride of intellect, through disappointment of heart. He will...

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Oswald Chambers

Do you believe that God can change bitter circumstances into sweet blessing? Are you willing to let Him?

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Oswald Chambers

Am I prepared to let God grip me by His power and do a work in me that is worthy of Himself? Sanctification is not my idea of what I want God to do for me; sanctification is God's idea of what He wants...

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Oswald Chambers

Never make a principle out of your experience. Allow God to be as creative with others as He is with you.

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Oswald Chambers

When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him.

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Oswald Chambers

Spiritual character is only made by standing loyal to God's character, no matter what distress the trial of faith brings. The distress and agony the prophets experienced was the agony of believing God...

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Oswald Chambers

Trust yourself in God's hands. Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. 'Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.'

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Oswald Chambers

Jesus Christ founded His Kingdom on the weakest link of all-a Baby.

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Oswald Chambers

There is a vast difference between devotion to a person and devotion to principles or to a cause. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause- He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself. To be a disciple is to be...

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Oswald Chambers

Beware of bartering the Word of God for a more suitable conception of your own.

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Oswald Chambers

Be relentless and hard on yourself if you are in the habit of talking about the experiences you have had. Faith based on experience is not faith; faith based on God’s revealed truth is the only faith...

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Oswald Chambers

There have been prophets and students who handle the Bible like a child's box of bricks; they explain to us the design and structure and purpose; but as time goes on things do not work out in their way...

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Oswald Chambers

We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation.

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Oswald Chambers

The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything is has to face without wavering. If we take this view, life becomes one great romance, a glorious opportunity for seeing marvelous things...

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Oswald Chambers

The resentment of discipline of any kind will warp the whole life away from God's purpose.

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Oswald Chambers

Live in a constant state of expectancy, and leave room for God to come in as He decides.

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Oswald Chambers

It is a joy to Jesus when a person takes time to walk more intimately with Him. The bearing of fruit is always shown in scripture to be a visible result of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Oswald Chambers

The root of all sin is the suspicion that God is not good.

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Oswald Chambers

We all know people who have been made much meaner and more irritable and more intolerable to live with by suffering: it is not right to say that all suffering perfects. It only perfects one type of person...

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Oswald Chambers

The Bible does not thrill; the Bible nourishes. Give time to the reading of the Bible and the recreating effect is as real as that of fresh air physically.

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Oswald Chambers

I am called to live in such a perfect relationship with God that my life produces a yearning for God in the lives of others, not admiration for myself. Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God....

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Oswald Chambers

If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain but what He pours through us that really counts. God’s purpose is not simply to make us beautiful, plump grapes, but to make us grapes so that He may squeeze...

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Oswald Chambers

Keep your soul fit to manifest the life of the Son of God. Never live on memories; let the word of God be always living and active in you.

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Oswald Chambers

Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not.

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Oswald Chambers

To wait is not to sit with folded hands, but to learn to do what we are told.

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Oswald Chambers

We have to recognize that sin is a fact, not a defect; sin is red-handed mutiny against God. Either God or sin must die in my life...If sin rules in me, God's life in me will be killed; if God rules in...

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Oswald Chambers

It is a tremendous freedom to get rid of all self-considerat ion and learn to care about only one thing-the relationship between Christ and ourselves.

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Oswald Chambers

Humble yourself"--it is a humbling experience to knock at God's door--you have to knock with the crucified thief. "To him that knocketh, it shall be opened.

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Oswald Chambers

Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ...

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Oswald Chambers

If we were never depressed we would not be alive - - only material things don't suffer depression. If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation....

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Oswald Chambers

We will suffer a sharp painful disullisionment before we fully surrender. When people really see themselves as the Lord sees them, it is not the terribly offensive sins of the fleshthat shock them, but...

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Oswald Chambers

Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God.

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Oswald Chambers

We look for visions of heaven and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us.

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Oswald Chambers

In the spiritual domain, criticism is love turned sour... If criticism becomes a habit, it will destroy the moral energy of the life and paralyze the spiritual force... Whenever you are in a critical temper,...

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Oswald Chambers

The scrutiny we give other people should be for ourselves.

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Oswald Chambers

Make the determination to abide in Jesus wherever you are now or wherever you may be placed in the future.

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Oswald Chambers

The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God.

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Oswald Chambers

The Spirit is the first power we practically experience, but the last power we come to understand.

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Oswald Chambers

Human nature, if healthy, demands excitement; and if it does not obtain its thrilling excitement in the right way, it will seek it in the wrong. God never makes bloodless stoics; He makes no passionless...

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Oswald Chambers

When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted friendship - when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even...

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Oswald Chambers

The call of God is to preach the gospel--namely, the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. The one passion of Paul's life was to proclaim the gospel of God. He welcomed heartbreak, disillusionment...

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Oswald Chambers

Many people have turned back because they are afraid to look at things from God's perspective. The greatest spiritual crisis comes when a person has to move a little farther on in his faith than the beliefs...

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Oswald Chambers

If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea. You have to get out past the harbor into the great dephts of God,...

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Oswald Chambers

Dreaming about a thing in order to do it properly is right; but dreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong.

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Oswald Chambers

Only one in a thousand sits down in the midst of it all and says—I will watch my Father mend this. God must not be treated as a hospital for our broken “toys,” but as our Father.

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Oswald Chambers

Obey Him with glad reckless joy.

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Oswald Chambers

Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God.

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Oswald Chambers

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.

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Oswald Chambers

We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.

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Oswald Chambers

To say that 'prayer changes things' is not as close to the truth as saying, 'prayer changes me and then I change things.' God has established things so that prayer, on the basis of redemption, changes...

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Oswald Chambers

We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle.

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Oswald Chambers

Prayer is the practice of drawing on the grace of God. Don't say, "I will endure this until I can get away and pray." Pray now - draw on the grace of God in your moment of need. Prayer is the most normal...

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Oswald Chambers

Never become attached to anything that continues to hurt God. For you to be free of it, God must be allowed to hurt whatever it may be.

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Oswald Chambers

Grace is the overflowing favor of God, and you can always count on it being available to draw upon as needed.

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Oswald Chambers

When once you realize all that it cost God to forgive you, you will be held as in a vice, constrained by the love of God.

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Oswald Chambers

When a man’s heart is right with God the mysterious utterances of the Bible are spirit and life to him. Spiritual truth is discernible only to a pure heart, not to a keen intellect. It is not a question...

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Oswald Chambers

The great thing about faith in God is that it keeps a man undisturbed in the midst of disturbance.

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Oswald Chambers

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have, Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before...

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Oswald Chambers

Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is.

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Oswald Chambers

If we have never had the experience of taking our commonplace religious shoes off our commonplace religious feet, and getting rid of all the undue familiarity with which we approach God, it is questionable...

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Oswald Chambers

God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having--viz., life with Himself. It is a question of loosening the...

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Oswald Chambers

At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him.

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Oswald Chambers

God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life as we overcome.

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Oswald Chambers

If we were never depressed we should not be alive; it is the nature of a crystal never to be depressed.

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Oswald Chambers

We have to take the first step as though there were no God. It is no use to wait for God to help us, He will not: but immediately we arise we find He is there.

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Rajneesh

I cannot say to you what is right or wrong. I can say only one thing to you: be conscious - that is right. Don't be unconscious because that is wrong. And then whatsoever you do in consciousness is right....

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John of Kronstadt

When hungry, do not throw yourself upon food - else you will overload your heart and body. Eat slowly, without avidity, with reflection to the glory of God, remembering the God Who feeds us, and above...

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Oswald Chambers

If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not "a little bit of love," but major surgery. If you...

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Elif Safak

Loneliness and solitude are two different things. When you are lonely, it is easy to delude yourself into believing that you are on the right path. Solitude is better for us, as it means being alone without...

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