Oswald Chambers Helps You Discover How Faith is Personal and Supernatural
What struck me about his work is his teachings on abandonment. It makes sense. For anyone to take up his cross and follow Jesus, it means being so identified with him so much that flesh, pride, and anything that gets in between this has to die.
His teachings and interpretations of scripture teach what men should aspire to become in their Christian walk.
If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted for we shall often be met with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.
Have you ever gone all out to help a friend, relative or anyone and the only gratitude you got was ingratitude? I have. It’s not easy to see the good side of them afterwards.
Every time I want to help anyone, I always consider my motive for doing it. You should too. If your motives are not clean, you might expect something in return for your help. When you’re not rightly connected to the SOURCE, your efforts and goodwill will get crushed because the motive behind them was wrong.
Most people give and show off. Or give and take pictures. Or give and sing the popular were it not for me they would never have made it a song. What your right-hand does, your left-hand doesn’t need to know.
Natural devotion may be all very well to attract us to Jesus, to make us feel His fascination, but it will never make us disciples. Natural devotion will always deny Jesus somewhere or another.
It is not enough to admire Jesus or his principles. It’s not enough to love him from afar. You must come near. You must take up your cross. When I hit adolescence, I started yearning for something deeper. Something better. Something grand. I looked at myself and realized there was never going to be another person in history. Why was I here?
For 15 or something years, I had faithfully attended Mass, recited the rosary in three languages; Swahili, English and Kikuyu but I still felt something was missing. For 15 years I was fascinated by Jesus until He called me higher.
If you love Jesus from afar, you will most likely grieve him as it has not been revealed to your Spirit what He wants you to do.
In the beginning, you may see what God’s will is. The severance of a friendship, the breaking off a business relationship, something you feel distinctly is the will of God for you to do, never do it on the impulse of that feeling. If you do, you will end in making difficulties that will take years of time to put right. Wait for God’s time to bring it around and He will do it without heartbreak or disappointment. When it’s a question of the providential will of God, wait for God to move.
So many wrong moves have been made on the altar of God spoke to me. I once pulled the plug off a friendship that had run it’s course before it’s time and I regretted doing it. Some of us don’t believe in waiting for things to run their course, we want a quick death on anything that doesn’t serve us.
Maybe right now you are in a situation that has run its course. You want so badly for things to change. Don’t act on any of the feelings you have but wait awhile.
Some great questions to ask might be:
- What is God trying to teach me about this situation?
- How does this affect my Faith?
- How does this affect my Christian service?
For the past three hundred years, men have been pointing out how similar Jesus Christ teachings are to other good teachings. We have to remember that Christianity if it is not a supernatural miracle, is a sham. ~ From the Highest Good, Oswald Chambers.
Have you ever tried to defend your faith? I have. Apostle Paul and Peter encourage us to have good arguments as to why we believe. Even Oswald Chambers advocates replaying your beliefs in your mind to see if they’re lacking, then reading the Bible to fill in those gaps.
If you have never tried to regurgitate your beliefs in a way to comprehend and test them, you will find yourself lacking when it comes to defending your faith.
Christianity is not about prosperity, or motivational quotes or speaking. It is Jesus crucified, died and resurrected. It’s death to the self, identification with Christ and thus reconciliation with God. Jesus says about the people God has given him, ‘that they may be one as we are one.’
Spiritual exhaustion never comes through sin but only through service, and whether or not you’re exhausted will depend on where you get your supplies.
I spent an incredible amount of time in Christian service. In the end, I was so exhausted. I had no idea that one could actually get tired spiritually until I read this book and realized that a) Christian relationship comes before Christian service and b) I was not rightly connected to the source.
It’s not a common term especially if you volunteer at Church. Sometimes, in the midst of all those activities, you might miss it. This is harder when your leaders don’t have a strong sense of leadership and the congregants lack a strong sense of fellowship.
In a Church where we’re supposed to be meeting in the middle and blending together, we have congregants on one side, workers on the other side and those who leave before the grace ends on another side.
Christian faith means reading the word and taking daily inventory. You might miss it some times but that doesn’t matter. His mercies are new every morning.