What can I do to get right with God? Nothing. Nada. Zip. Not a single solitary thing.
I have the law of God. I know the result. I miss the goal God has for me non stop, every day. His goal for me doesn’t change. Yet, I keep missing it.
Jesus comes with Good News. He died for me, took the punishment on for breaking God’s law and for missing His goal for me. He delivers me from the burden of punishment. There is nothing I can do to earn it. Trying harder won’t cut it. It is gift.
God is God. There is nothing I can do to get right with him.
“There is only one way by which I can get right with God, and that is through the death of Jesus the Messiah. I must get rid of the underlying idea that I can ever be right with God because of my obedience. Who of us could ever obey God to absolute perfection!” ~~Oswald Chambers
I have a passion for the Good News of God!! I want to be a man after God’s own heart. I want others to know what Jesus, the Messiah can do.
That is all there is to it.
The lasting characteristic of a spiritual man is the ability to understand correctly the meaning of the Lord Jesus the Messiah in his life, and the ability to explain the purposes of God to others. The overruling passion of his life is Jesus the Messiah. Whenever you see this quality in a person, you get the feeling that he is truly a man after God’s own heart.” ~~Oswald Chambers
I have a new heart. God has said it. Do I believe it? Do I act like it?
I can’t afford to be heartless. I must be like David and have a heart after God. I must live a life of passion and love for Jesus.
I must love, from my heart, everyone I come in contact with. To not do so is to disobey Jesus. And that must bring him grief. How sad.
I must be a person with heart.
A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to our Lord.” ~~Oswald Chambers
Is Jesus, the Messiah, dominating more today than the day before? Is Jesus dominating every interest in my life? Is it happening?
So here is a check list:
- Is Jesus dominating how I go about my work? Do I check with Him before I make decisions about my focus during the day?
- Is Jesus dominating what my family is spending time doing?
- Is Jesus dominating what I do in my spare time? Do I check with Him first?
Am I focused on Jesus?
When Peter was walking on the water, all was fine. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he started to sink.
Am I focused on Jesus?
When you are brought face to face with a difficult situation and nothing happens externally, you can still know that freedom and release will be given because of your continued concentration on Jesus the Messiah.
Our life is to be all about listening to God and doing what he wants us to do. That is the goal that Jesus has laid out before us. What does God want is the central question at any given point.
We also have assurance that God hears us, knows what we need and is in an amazing mood. God wants the best for us always. God is not a mean and stingy father. God is love.
The goal of my spiritual life is such close identification with Jesus Christ that I will always hear God and know that God always hears me.
We have “to do” lists but when God talks, we need “to stop” lists.
What does God causing a doubt mean? How does He do that? It is the difference between my doing something absent hearing from God versus have heard from God, I am doing something. We must admit that many times we just move ahead without having heard from God. God can and will cause doubt about that at some point. When that happens, the best thing is to stop immediately.
Whenever God causes a doubt about something, stop it immediately, no matter what it may be. Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God.”
We live in a world where the conventional wisdom is that we must have goals and will only be successful if we achieve them. Really?? Is that all there is to life.
Jesus demands we don’t see it that way. He knows we only have today and that is devoted to doing what our heavenly Father wants us to. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
Goals can deceive us into believe now that we know where we are going that we, not God, can make it happen. They undermine our reliance on God. God is God. God doesn’t need our goals.
. . . it has not yet been revealed what we shall be . . . —1 John 3:2
What is purity? Practically, what does it mean? One huge aspect is purity in our relationships. Now this is tough but important. Can we see others as Jesus, the Messiah, sees them. Are they perfect in our eyes?
“A practical help in keeping your personal purity unblemished in your relations with other people is to begin to see them as God does. Say to yourself, “That man or that woman is perfect in Christ Jesus! That friend or that relative is perfect in Christ Jesus!” ~~Oswald Chambers
Am I willing to let others experience pain because I am following Jesus?
Obedience brings joy to the believer. To the friends and family of the believer, it may bring pain. We have to decide who we are going to please. Love makes the difference.
“If we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the pain begins.” ~~Oswald Chambers
Oswald Chambers makes an amazing point. Is my witness about myself or about Jesus? Is Jesus increasing or am I?
Goodness and purity should never be traits that draw attention to themselves, but should simply be magnets that draw people to Jesus Christ. If my holiness is not drawing others to Him, it is not the right kind of holiness; it is only an influence which awakens undue emotions and evil desires in people and diverts them from heading in the right direction. A person who is a beautiful saint can be a hindrance in leading people to the Lord by presenting only what Christ has done for him, instead of presenting Jesus, the Messiah, Himself. Others will be left with this thought— “What a fine person that man is!” That is not being a true “friend of the bridegroom”— I am increasing all the time; He is not. ~~Oswald Chambers
Now here is a thought.
How much of our current culture is built around trying to understand ourselves? Way too much and that is not the way things are in God’s world.
The goal is not to understand ourselves. The goal is to obey God and love. That is it.
“We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves. That is always the last bit of pride to go. The only One who understands us is God.” ~~Oswald Chambers
What is it all about?
King Jesus, the anointed Messiah, challenges to “take up our cross” and follow his lead. Jesus came to sacrifice and serve. That is our mission.
Are you willing to give and be poured out until you are used up and exhausted—not seeking to be ministered to, but to minister?” ~~Oswald Chambers
I need to understand that God sent Jesus to redeem the whole world, not just me. Are my conversations with him all about my complaining about the petty problems I face? Is that the right way to view our relationship?
It’s not about me.
It is an injustice to say that Jesus Christ labored in redemption to make me a saint. Jesus Christ labored in redemption to redeem the whole world and to place it perfectly whole and restored before the throne of God. The fact that we can experience redemption illustrates the power of its reality, but that experience is a byproduct and not the goal of redemption. If God were human, how sick and tired He would be of the constant requests we make for our salvation and for our sanctification. We burden His energies from morning till night asking for things for ourselves or for something from which we want to be delivered! When we finally touch the underlying foundation of the reality of the gospel of God, we will never bother Him anymore with little personal complaints.
Who are we trying to please?
It is a relevant question that deserves consideration and an honest answer.
Jesus is our Master. Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed King. Jesus is in charge.
May we learn to intercede so wholeheartedly that Jesus will be completely and overwhelmingly satisfied with us as intercessors. ~Oswald Chambers
Is it about obedience or is it about love?
We like to think it is about obedience. That is the easy answer but it is just a symptom.
God wants our love. Love leads to obedience. The sequence is important.
“We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God— we simply don’t listen to Him. God has given His commands to us, but we pay no attention to them— not because of willful disobedience, but because we do not truly love and respect Him.” ~~Oswald Chambers
God brings salvation to us as an unconditional act. A disciple is a student who is learning. That is a continuous act of our life with Jesus.
Jesus challenges to be disciples and learn from him.
Our Lord never requires the same conditions for discipleship that he requires for salvation. ~~Oswald Chambers
Sometimes I have to be challenged. Jesus does it all the time.
This quote from Oswald Chambers hit me right between the eyes. I am responsible to GOD for other people coming to His Son Jesus. There is no plan B. GOD is counting on me.
“Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people?” ~~Oswald Chambers
God’s goal for me to accept responsibility. Jesus has sent us out to the world to disciple them in the way of God. It is my responsibility to instruct them. The good news is that Jesus is with us.
“God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Here are the key ideas:
- God is depending us to do his will.
- God’s goal is for us to be responsible and to instruct others.
- Jesus has challenged us.
- The good news is that Jesus is with us.
There is good news. Jesus paid the price for us. Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice for us so we would not have to pay the price for disobedience. But it doesn’t end there. Jesus rose from the grave, defeating death, ascended to heaven and is seated right next to God. Jesus is in control. Jesus is the Messiah.
All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning. ~~Oswald Chambers
How much of our prayer time is self-centered drivel? Is it God do this for me or God, when will you do it?
God wants us to adore Him. God’s goal for us is to be God-centered! The first thing is to love God. That is the goal.
We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and not for God Himself. ~Oswald Chambers
Much of our life is a habit. One of the best habits to get into is to ask GOD to speak. Pray should not be all about us doing all the talking. In fact, we should be listening most of the time.
We need to cultivate the art of listening in prayer. We need to make it a habit.
When we ask GOD to speak, then listen and do, life becomes a romance.
Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance. ~~Oswald Chambers
Loyalty to Jesus, the Messiah, has lots of competition.
God doesn’t just want to be first. God wants to be everything. It only matters what God wants us to do.
That is it.
Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ. ~~Oswald Chambers
Additional Resources you may be interested in
- Peacemakers – What is peace, how do we make it real and what is the promise of Jesus?
- God is good – Would that explain why God is in a good mood and does good? God is good y’all!
- Hypocrisy – What it is, why it is evil and hated by Jesus
- Everything Jesus had to say about the homeless, wealth, prosperity, poverty, riches, the poor, the needy and giving
- “Beware …” ~Jesus – What the New Testament has to say on deception by religions leaders
- What others say
Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱέ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν
It is not about dying.
It is all about living. Living the life God gives us through the amazing sacrifice of His son Jesus.
God’s goal for us is that we, like His son Jesus, live a sacrificial life. We must sacrifice what we want for what God wants.
It is of no value to God to give Him your life for death. He wants you to be a “living sacrifice”— to let Him have all your strengths that have been saved and sanctified through Jesus (Romans 12:1). This is what is acceptable to God. ~Oswald Chambers
Jesus is the only foundation we need. Jesus challenges us to build our life on Him, our Father who sent Him and the Holy Spirit. Once have a solid foundation built on Jesus, we can move to higher levels in God’s world.
We can choose to build in other ways. In the long run, the foundation will crumble and our house will fall down.
May I choose today to build my life on Jesus and God’s way.
Build only on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives. ~~Oswald Chambers
The past has been destroyed by the sacrifice of the Messiah Jesus. Jesus has defeated death. Jesus rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits in authority next to God.
Jesus challenges us to step into the future and not be mired in a past that God doesn’t even remember.
In Jesus, our future is invincible.
Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Jesus. ~~Oswald Chambers
God’s love does amazing things in our lives.
When we are consumed by God’s love, nothing else compares. Life is that clear.
God is good. His love is all empowering. May we experience it all day long.
The love of God working in me causes me to hate anything that is not in keeping with God’s holiness. ~~Owsald Chambers
We love to hear charismatic people talk. The speeches are moving. When I took speech in college, we also learned that both Hitler and Kennedy were very engaging. So was Billy Graham.
But who lifted up Jesus?
That is the essential question. It is not about moving speeches. It is about Jesus.
We are sent by God to lift up Jesus the Messian, not to give wonderfully beautiful speeches. ~~Oswald Chambers
We wrestle with many things. Prayer. The world’s culture. Evil.
We can’t wrestle with God. God is God. He wants us to submit to what God wants to have happen.
“You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural.” ~~Oswald Chambers
It is all about God. God is God. He will have His way, in us and in the world.
It is all about what God wants to do through us. It is not about what we will do for him.
God’s goal is for us to be obedient to what He wants to do. It is all about obedience.
Period. End of story.
The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. ~~Oswald Chambers
God’s goal for us is that we be holy, just like God is holy. God has given us the power of His Holy Spirit to make it happen.
We find holiness in Jesus the Messiah, our Master. Now that is good news. Jesus fulfilled the law for us.
Jesus has redeemed us from missing God’s goal for our life. That redemption cost God and Jesus.
Holiness is the balance between my nature and the law of God as expressed in Jesus Christ. ~~Oswald Chambers
Is our faith contingent on how we feel right now?
What we are experiencing right now may shake our faith. We need to know, in our heart, that God is in a good mood and will see us through to the end. That is God’s promise to us.
If your faith is in experiences, anything that happens is likely to upset that faith. ~~Oswald Chambers
God has a goal in mind for us. Sometimes goals are framed by what the goal is not.
God is not seeking to make us perfect. He does want us to be mature.
God’s purpose is unity with Him.
It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do— God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. ~~Oswald Chambers
Is it enough to be sorry? Is that all God wants.
Feeling a certain way is not what God wants. God’s goal for us is that we give up thinking there is anything we can do for missing God’s goal. Forgiveness is completely about God. God sacrificed His son so that we can be forgiven.
We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. ~~Oswald Chambers
This is a fact. God hates complaining. God is God. Complaining is a total lack of faith in God’s good plan for us.
“God expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part.” ~~Oswald Chambers
Now, consider this.
Is that grounds for complaining that God is unfair? Not so fast, please. God told Moses, “I’m in charge of mercy. I’m in charge of compassion.” Compassion doesn’t originate in our bleeding hearts or moral sweat, but in God’s mercy. The same point was made when God said to Pharaoh, “I picked you as a bit player in this drama of my salvation power.” All we’re saying is that God has the first word, initiating the action in which we play our part for good or ill. Romans 9:14 The Message (MSG)
When I see things from my world, I can fall into the trap that I can “dictate to God” how I want things to happen.
God is God and it is only what he wants that matters. My role is only an issue of hearing His word and obeying Him.
Beware of the inclination to dictate to God what consequences you would allow as a condition of your obedience ~Oswald Chambers http://ow.ly/VfjW
This says it all. Jesus and His Father are so pleased to give us life. And not just any kind of life. The life and power of the risen Master, Jesus the Messiah.
How great is our God? So great he sent His Son to us so we can live a resurrected life. Now that is amazing.
When I was born again, I received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself.