Posts Tagged ‘Oswald Chambers’

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Then the LORD called out again, ‘Samuel!’ Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. ‘Here I am. Did you call me?'” (1 Samuel‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ NLT)

Around 1998-99, my father called me, said he had been praying and the Lord had impressed on him to sell his stocks quickly and believed I should to. When I called my accountant, himself a minister, he called me crazy because the market was really high. Torn between the two, I sided with my Dad and was glad I did! A few weeks later, the market crashed but out investments were safe.

When it comes to hearing God, Oswald Chambers once remarked, “God never speaks to us in dramatic ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand. Then we say, ‘I wonder if that is God’s voice?'” It’s not that God longs to be mysterious or misunderstood, but that we would take the extra time and effort to be still and listen to Him for further information instead of assuming and moving in self-reasoning.

Hearing and understanding God takes time and practice. Although it requires effort, it is important for us to learn this facet of spiritual discipline. Don’t let God be a mystery! He wants you to know how much you are loved!

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Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.” (Acts 26‬:‭14‬ NLT)

In 2010, unintentional firearm injuries caused the deaths of 606 people. From 2005-2010, almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings. That’s almost as many victims as the number of American soldiers killed in the first seven years of the U.S.-Iraq War! And the greatest shame is the key word of this study: unintentional victims.

In the Christ Life, we reflect this same sad scenario. We “shoot ourselves in the foot” by trying to live for God on our own terms. Oswald Chambers says it this way: “Stubbornness and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Whenever we are obstinate and self-willed and set on our own ambitions, we are hurting Jesus.” To our shame, this is how many of us approach our spiritual walk and ministry.

When Jesus called out to Saul/Paul on the road to Damascus, Saul was serving God and disobeying Him at the same time. God calls to each of us to make sure we are doing this right. If the Spirit convicts you, please listen. The saddest casualties to see are those of self-destructing, self-willed, unintentional inflictors of spiritual harm. Live for God on His own terms! It’s much healthier for you! You are loved today!

By faith Abraham went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8 NKJV)

The Christ Life is a lifestyle of following, being led by God through life so that we can know Him correctly and be used by Him to touch others in a right way. It doesn’t make us mindless robots or suffering martyrs. To the contrary, it leads us away from self-destruction to a better life than we could have created for ourselves. But so very few can be led where they cannot see.

Oswald Chambers describes this lifestyle that we face:

Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason—a life of knowing Him who calls us to go. Faith is rooted in the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest traps we fall into is the belief that if we have faith, God will surely lead us to success in the world.”

Ask God today to help you learn to trust Him. He’s very gracious that way! Then take the baby steps that He places in front of you, one moment at a time. You are loved today!

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