Devotional Thoughts for Today’s Christian

Chambers challenges us as Christians to life a life of Christ through the faith of Christ Himself. He uses the passage that Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ…” to remind us that Paul came to that place in his life that he no longer lived his life on his own. Read the full verse, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Paul has told us that he no longer lives to himself…he has died to the nature of sin, he now lives only in Christ with Christ controlling his life fully; he is dead to self and has been crucified with Christ so how can he live to himself any longer?

Chambers is saying that when we are crucified with Christ He is the one who lives in us; we are at that point dead. We are who we are but the old nature that is influenced by Satan is dead or destroyed. Then and only then can we live in true holiness because we have once for all “live my life by the faith of the Son of God.” The writer says this is not my faith I live by but the faith of Jesus Christ. When one comes to this point, you are living by the faith of the Son of God, not your human faith in Christ’s faith. We are then changed and transformed. Chambers says, “That once I have been identified with Christ in His death and I reach that the moral decision and act on it, all that Christ accomplished for me on the Cross is accomplished in me.”

That is very powerful and needs to be meditated on so that we can begin to understand what Paul was saying in this wonderful and profound scripture, that many of just take for granted.

Bill Rigsby – Taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Devotional Thoughts for Today’s Christian

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 7:1, in part, “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Under the subject of “Will I Bring Myself Up to This Level?” Chambers wants you and I to consider living a life of holiness by the power of God in and through us. We live the Christian life by the promises of God and if we don’t, we live our life from the human perspective.  

God is forming His Son in us through sanctification – which is setting us apart from sin and making us holy in His sight. (Galatians 4:19, “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…”) God calls for our lives to be clean of sin and when we recognize sin in our lives we need to get rid of that sin so we can walk clean in Him.

Do we willingly let sin corrupt us or are we allowing the mind of Christ to be formed in us by bringing our lives under the control of the Spirit of Christ? The more He is in control of our lives the more we will submit to the will of God, and we live in holiness in the fear of God.  

Do you let God have His way with you? You and I are to make God first by committing our lives to Him above all else.

Bill Rigsby – Taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Devotional Thoughts for Today’s Christian

Today’s devotion from Oswald Chambers is entitled, The Servant’s Primary Goal. He uses part of the passage from 2 Corinthians 5:9, “So we make it our goal to please him…” We as Christians should constantly keep our primary goal in front of us. What is that goal? To be well pleasing to God” is the primary goal of every Christian. Many times we are not reaching that goal because we have lost our focus and so we ought to examine our lives regularly to make sure that nothing is getting in the way of our lives reaching to please the Lord. We need to keep in mind that we are in the business of seeking to please One person and One only, the Lord. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Let nothing divert you from this goal and everything this is done by you and me let it be guided in such a way that it is profitable to our goal and everything that is not should b e rejected.
Hebrews 12:2, “…fixing our eyes on Jesus…” should be the theme for us as we live, that we may reach the primary goal in life. Living with our goal in mind will allow us to be pleasing to God publicly because we are privately in step with God. What is your primary goal in life? If it is less than pleasing God you should evaluate your life once again.

Devotional Thoughts for Today’s Christian

Today the devotion from My Utmost for His Highest is hard to understand until you get to the very end. The scripture Chambers uses is Mark 10:32, “As they followed they were afraid.” He has entitled this devotion “The Discipline of Dismay.” Chambers says of our earlier life with Christ, that we are excited and familiar with Christ as we live the life of a Christian, but as we grow with Christ, in years, at times we fall into a relationship that seems far distant and brings dismay to our lives and hearts. Our lives are disjointed and separated from Christ in such a way that we wonder about our relationship and the ability to follow Him as we once thought we did.
He says the discipline of dismay is a lesson that all believers must endure and learn from. But when the time of dismay is over and the darkness rises and light comes to us again, we will be able to follow Christ in a more intimate way and there will be inexpressible joy in our discipleship as we follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Bill Rigsby – Taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Devotional Thoughts for Today’s Christian

When we give ourselves completely to something or someone, we are yielding of our free will. Whatever we yield to becomes our master. If you allow yourself to yield to a lust of flesh or of the mind then that object is in control of your life and eventually become the master over you. Romans 6:16, “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” Chambers says that if you give your life, yield to, God through Jesus Christ, He becomes your Master, leader and you become the slave of God. 

Like children, we have all been selfish and we have given ourselves to things that have had control over our lives. Sin is that way. We are all sinners and because we have yielded our lives to sin, it controls us and we are the slaves of sin. Jesus has come to break that bond between us and the sin that has captured us and held us in bondage. Chambers is saying in the devotion for today, that when we willingly give our hearts to Christ He will become our Master. Jesus said in both Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61:1, “He has anointed Me… to proclaim liberty to the captives.”

Most of us understand the control a habit has over us and the power it uses to enslave us, but God through Christ can break every chain that has us bound and give to us freedom in Him. Do you want to be free of the bondage of sin and the slavery it brings? Yield yourself to Jesus, He will do what it takes to make you free and He will be the Master that brings complete freedom to you.

Bill Rigsby – Taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Devotional Thought for Today’s Christian

“God’s Total Surrender to Us” came when He gave His only Son to die for us that we might have eternal life. (John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”)  Oswald Chambers writes in today’s devotion from My Utmost for His Highest that salvation comes from God and that means our lives are completely delivered from ourselves and placed in perfect union with God.  It is by the Holy Spirit that I can have an intimate relationship with God and that truly comes by complete surrender to Him.  John 3:16 shows us that God surrendered Himself to us so that we might have that special relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. 

He has challenged me to make sure my preaching is about Jesus and the Gospel of Christ, proclaiming that He alone can save us from our sin and thereby be made holy in Him.  Chambers reminds us that God first gave His Son in total and complete surrender so that we might live a life for Him.  Our life then is to follow the example of God in Christ, and be totally, completely, and without reservation surrendered to God!

We do not surrender to God to be better but to have a relationship with Him and then He will change our lives that we may be holy and righteous before Him.  Have you followed Christ’s example and surrendered your life to God? 

Bill Rigsby – Taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers