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Oswald Chambers was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1874, the youngest son of a Baptist minister. He spent his boyhood years in Perth; then his family moved to London when Oswald was fifteen. Shortly after the move to London, Oswald made his public profession of faith in Christ and became a member of Rye Lane Baptist Church. This marked a period of rapid spiritual growth, along with an intense struggle to find God’s will and way for his life. Oswald Chambers was not famous during his lifetime. At the time of his death in 1917 at the age of forty-three, only three books bearing his name had been published. Among a relatively small circle of Christians in Britain and the U.S., Chambers was much appreciated as a teacher of rare insight and expression, but he was not widely known.

Individual Discouragement and Personal Growth

". . . when Moses was grown . . . he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens." (Exodus 2:11)We may have the vision of God...
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Getting into God’s Stride

"Enoch walked with God . . ." (Genesis 5:24)The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life,...
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God’s Silence — Then What?

"When He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was." (John 11:6)Has God trusted you with His silence — a silence...
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How Will I Know?

"Jesus answered and said, ’I thank You, Father . . . that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes’." (Matthew...
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Building on the Atonement

". . . present . . . your members as instruments of righteousness to God." (Romans 6:13)I cannot save and sanctify myself; I cannot make atonement for sin; I...
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Coming to Jesus

"Come to Me . . ." (Matthew 11:28)Isn’t it humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus! Think of the things about which we will not come...
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The Nature of Reconciliation

"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21)The revealed truth of the...
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The Nature of Regeneration

"When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me . . ." (Galatians 1:15-16)Redemption means that Jesus Christ can put into anyone the hereditary nature...
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The Nature of Degeneration

"Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned . . ." (Romans 5:12)The nature...
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The Vision and The Reality

". . . to those who are . . . called to be saints . . ." (1 Corinthians 1:2)You have had the vision, but you are not yet...
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The Place of Ministry

"He said to them, ’This kind [of unclean spirit] can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting’." (Mark 9:29)We can remain powerless forever, as the disciples were in...
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The Place of Humiliation

"If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." (Mark 9:22)After every time of exaltation, we are brought down with a sudden rush into things as...
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The Place of Exaltation

". . . Jesus took . . . them up on a high mountain apart by themselves . . ." (Mark 9:2)The true test of our spiritual life is...
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The Assigning of the Call

"I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which...
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The Awareness of the Call

". . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!" (1 Corinthians 9:16)At any moment the sudden awareness of...
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The “Go” of Unconditional Identification

"Jesus . . . said to him, ’One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor . . . and come, take...
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The “Go” of Renunciation

". . . someone said to Him, ’Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.’" (Luke 9:57)Our Lord’s answers were not based on some whim or impulsive thought, but...
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The “Go” of Reconciliation

"If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . ." (Matthew 5:23)If something is brought to your conscious mind by the Spirit of...
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The “Go” of Relationship

"Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two." (Matthew 5:41)Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is...
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The “Go” of Preparation

"If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way....
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The Missionary’s Goal

"He . . . said to them, ’Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem . . . ’" (Luke 18:31)In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow,...
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The Missionary’s Master and Teacher

"You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am . . . I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master...
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The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose

"Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant . . ." (Isaiah 49:5)The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by...
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The Divine Commandment of Life

". . . be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior...
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