Devotion For Today ~

Honestly, I never thought I would be quoting from this kind of devotional. When someone told me about Oswald Chamber’s devotional book “My Utmost For His Highest,” it was from someone much older than me.  I received a very nice copy of one from my christian high school for graduation.  As I perused it, I found the words and the concepts to be over my head. So I tucked it away in my stack of books and forgot about it.

Now that I am in my upper 30’s I’ve pulled it out again on a whim.  Each time I’ve open the pages to read an excerpt I have been blown away by the profound wisdom of Oswald Chamber’s teachings.

Here is the devotion for today.  There is no candy coating here.  He tells it like it is and I am actually very appreciative of it.  If you’d like to buy your own copy, you can on Amazon by clicking here: My Utmost For His Highest

THE FOCUS OF OUR MESSAGE

“I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” – Matthew 10:34

“Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him.  God can be more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that he may be viewed as the tender One.  If a person cannot go to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give up-he may admit his sin, but would no more give up that thing than he could fly under his own power.  It is impossible to deal sympathetically with people like that.  We must reach down deep in their lives to the root of the problem, which will cause hostility and resentment toward the message.  People want the blessing of God, but they can’t stand something that pierces right through to the heart of the matter.

If you are sensitive to God’s way, your message as His servant will be merciless and insistent, cutting to the very root.  Otherwise, there will be no healing.  We must drive the message home so forcefully that a person cannot possibly hide, but must apply its truth.  Deal with people where they are, until they begin to realize their true need.  Then hold high the standard of Jesus for their lives.  Their response may be, “We can never be that.”  Then drive it home with, “Jesus Christ says you must.”   “But how can we be?” “You can’t, unless you have a new Spirit.” (see Luke 11:13)

There must be a sense of need created before your message is of any use.  Thousands of people in this world profess to be happy without God.  But if we could be truly happy and moral without Jesus, then why did He come?  He came because that kind of happiness and peace is only superficial.  Jesus Christ came to “bring…a sword” through every kind of peace that is not based on a personal relationship with Himself.”Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

I’m amazed at how right on he was.  If I didn’t show when he was living, we would have never known what he said was for a different generation!  I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep on reading.  Click on the link above if you’d like to get your own copy and join me.

Blessings,

Lara~

Worship Artist * Songwriter * Speaker

Devotion For Today ~

I wanted to share with you the devotion I read this morning from Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost For His Highest” devotional.  His writings are so good even for today.  This was taken from his May 30th excerpt:

“Suppose God tells you to do something that is an enormous test of your common sense, totally going against it.  What will you do?  Will you hold back?  If you get into the habit of doing something physically, you will do it every time you are tested until the same is true spiritually.  Again and again you will come right up to what Jesus wants, but every time you will turn back at the true point of testing, until you are determined to abandon yourself to God in total surrender. Yet we tend to say, ‘Yes, but – suppose I do obey God in this matter, what about…?’  Or we say, ‘Yes, I will obey God if what He asks of me doesn’t go against my common sense, but don’t ask me to take a step in the dark.’

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 be times when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark.  In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold on to or believe through common sense, and leap by faith into what He says.  Once you obey, you will immediately find that what He says is as solidly consistent as common sense.

By the test of common sense, Jesus Christ’s statements may seem mad, but when you test them by the trial of faith, your findings will fill your spirit with the awesome fact that they are the very words of God.  Trust completely in God, and when He brings you to a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it.  We act like pagans in a crisis-only one out of an entire crowd is daring enough to invest his faith in the character of God.”

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Blessings,

Lara~