from Oswald Chambers
The answer to the question “How can a man be born when he is old?” is – When he is old enough to die – die right out of his “rag rights,” to his virtues, to his religion, to everything, and to receive into himself the life which never was there before. The new life manifests itself in conscious repentance and unconscious holiness.
Is my knowledge of Jesus born of internal spiritual perception, or is it only what I have learned by listening to others?
by Oswald Chambers
We have the idea that God rewards us for our faith, it may be so in the initial stages; but we do not earn anything by faith, faith brings us into right relationship with God and gives God his opportunity.
God wants you to understand that it is a life of faith, not a life of sentimental enjoyment of his blessings.
Your earlier life of faith was narrow and intense, settled around a little sun-spot of experience that as much of sense as of faith in it, full of light and sweetness; then God withdrew his conscious blessings in order to teach you to walk by faith. You are worth far more to him now than you were in your days of conscious delight and thrilling testimony.
…Faith in the Bible is faith in God against everything that contradicts him – I will remain true to God’s character whatever he may do. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him” (Job 13:15) - this is the most sublime utterance of faith in the whole of the Bible.
from Oswald Chambers…
There are unemployables in the spiritual domain, spiritually decrepit people, who refuse to do anything unless they are supernaturally inspired. The proof that we are rightly related to God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not.
A man with the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue; he is devoted to God himself.
The proof that we have the vision is that we are reaching out for more than we have grasped. It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually.
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