Sanctification

Hello!

Okay, okay….I can’t help myself!! When I read certain excerpts from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest” (please reference the Post by the name of this book for FREE access to his daily devotionals.). I just have to share them with you. This one I read this morning is from his February 8th entry and it goes like this:

“Are we prepared for what sanctification will cost? It will cost an immense narrowing of all our interests on earth, and an immense broadening of our interests in God.

Sanctification means intense concentration on God’s point of view. It means every power of body, soul and spirit chained for God’s purpose only.

Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the disposition that ruled Him will rule us. The one and only characteristic of the Holy Ghost in a man is a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, and freedom of everything that is unlike Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s ministrations in us?

End of excerpts.

Until later, in Him.

Fred

 

Are You Fresh For Everything?

Hey,there!

I read the January 20th daily entry this morning from “My Utmost For His Highest” and wanted to pass it along to you. You can reference the Post by the same name to learn how to gain FREE access to his daily devotionals. All words in capital letters are my emphasis. Here goes:

“Sometimes we are fresh for a prayer meeting but not fresh for cleaning boots!

Being born again is an unmistakeable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, as surprising as God Himself. We do not know where it begins, it is hidden away in the depth of our personal life. Being born again is a PERENNIAL, PERPETUAL and ETERNAL beginning: a freshness ALL THE TIME in thinking, and in talking and in living, a CONTINUAL surprise of the life of God. Staleness is an indication of something out of joint with God – ‘I must do this thing or it will never get done’. That is the first sign of staleness. Are we freshly born this minute, or are we stale, raking in our minds for something to do?

Freshness does not come from obedience but from the Holy Spirit; obedience keeps us in the light as God is in the light.

Guard jealously your relationship to God. Jesus prayed ‘that they may be one, even as We are One’ – NOTHING BETWEEN. Keep all the life PERENNIALLY open to Jesus Christ, don’t pretend with Him. Are you drawing your life from any other source than God Himself? If you are depending on anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone.

Being born again means much more than we generally take it to mean. It gives us a new vision and KEEPS US ABSOLUTELY FRESH FOR EVERYTHING by the PERENNIAL supply of the life of God.”

End of excerpt.

The possibility of this  ‘continual freshness’ from the supply of the life of God is in harmony with and verified by 2 Corinthians 4:16: “….our inner man is being renewed day by day.” (NAS). And , this is merely referring to us while we have these decaying, mortal bodies….it is beyond comprehension what we will experience when we inherit our “weight of glory” (verse 17) after we are changed “into the likeness of His glorious body” ( Philippians 3:21) when Christ Jesus returns for us.

Until later,

Fred

My Utmost For His Highest

Greetings!

The title of this Post is the name of a book that is compiled from lectures given by Oswald Chambers and published by his wife from the verbatim shorthand notes she took on those lectures. He died in 1917 and she was able to have these ‘sermons’ published at around 1935 in the form of daily devotional readings.

He was keen on TOTAL ABANDONMENT  to God and Christ Jesus (Please reference the Post “Absolute Surrender”) and his presentations reflect ‘mature’ spiritual truths. These are not your typical devotional readings and he certainly pulls no punches. I will give you a number of excerpts from the readings and then provide information on how to obtain all of them.

Here goes:

“Jesus Christ hates the wrong in man, and Calvary is the estimate of His hatred.”

“Let the past sleep, but  let it sleep on the bosom of Christ, and go out into the irresistible future with Him. Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action.”

“When once we get intimate with Jesus we are never lonely, we never need sympathy….”

“One of the most amazing revelations of God comes when we learn that it is in the commonplace things that the Deity of Jesus Christ is realized….Beware of owing yourself to think that the shallow concerns of life are not ordained by God; they are as much of God as the profound.”

“”Beware of ‘the cares of this world’, because they are a thing that produce a wrong temper in the soul. It is extraordinary what a tremendous power there is in ordinary things to distract our attention from God. Refuse to be distracted from the cares of this world.”

“We never realize at the time what God is putting us through; we go through it more or less misunderstandingly; then we come to a luminous place,and we say ‘Why God has girded me, though I did not know it!’.”

“Most of us live on the borders of consciousness – consciously serving, consciously devoted to God. All of this is immature, it is not the real life yet. The mature stage is the life of a child which is never conscious; we become so abandoned to God that the consciousness of being used never enters in.”

” ‘Take no thought for your life.’ ‘Be careful about one thing only.’ says our Lord – ‘your relationship to Me.’ Common sense shouts loud and says – ‘That is absurd, I must consider how I am going to live, I must consider what I am going to eat and drink.’ Jesus says you must not….and you must not think of these things so as to make them the one concern of our life. Wherever there is competition, make sure you put your relationship to God first.”

“Discipleship is built entirely upon the supernatural grace of God. It does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours of every day as a saint, to go through drudgery as a disciple, to live an ordinary, unobserved, ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. We have to exceptional in the ordinary things….and this is not learned in five minutes.”

“God no where 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 bonds that hinder….”

“It is difficult to get in stride with God….He has different ways of doing things, and we have to be trained and disciplined into His ways. Getting into the stride of God means nothing less than union with Him.”

“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 you. Since mine eyes have looked on Jesus, I’ve lost sight of all beside, So enchained my spirit’s vision, Gazing on the Crucified.”

End of excerpts.

You can access his daily devotionals at this website: http://utmost.org/oswald-chambers-bio/ .

Printed versions can be found at any number of places and http://www.amazon.com and http://www.ebay.com/ have them for less than $10.00.

Until later, take care.

Fred