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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.

Will You Examine Yourself?

"Joshua said to the people, ’You cannot serve the Lord . . .’" (Joshua 24:19)Do you have even the slightest reliance on anything or anyone other than God? Is...
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Will To Be Faithful

". . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . ." (Joshua 24:15)A person’s will is embodied in the actions of the whole person. I...
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All Efforts of Worth and Excellence Are Difficult

"Enter by the narrow gate . . . Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life . . ." (Matthew 7:13-14)If we are...
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Visions Become Reality

"The parched ground shall become a pool . . ." (Isaiah 35:7)God gives us a vision, and then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into...
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Don’t Plan Without God

"Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass." (Psalm 37:5)Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way...
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One of God’s Great “Don’ts”

"Do not fret — it only causes harm." (Psalm 37:8)Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of...
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The Concentration of Personal Sin

"Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips . . ." (Isaiah 6:5)When I come into the very presence of God, I...
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The Conditions of Discipleship

"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also . . . And...
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The Inevitable Penalty

"You will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny." (Matthew 5:26)There is no heaven that has a little corner of hell in...
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Do It Now!

"Agree with your adversary quickly . . ." (Matthew 5:25)Am I insisting on having my own rights, or am I paying what I owe from Jesus Christ’s standpoint? Do...
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The Strictest Discipline

"If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish,...
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Held by the Grip of God

"I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me." (Philippians 3:12)Never choose to be a worker for God,...
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The Overshadowing of God’s Personal Deliverance

". . . I am with you to deliver you,’ says the Lord." (Jeremiah 1:8)Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. Our personal property and possessions are...
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Drawing on the Grace of God — Now

"We . . . plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain." (2 Corinthians 6:1)Grace is the overflowing favor of God, and you can always...
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Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow

". . . what shall I say? ’Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. ’Father, glorify Your name’." (John 12:27-28)As a...
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Reconciling Yourself to the Fact of Sin

"This is your hour, and the power of darkness." (Luke 22:53)Not being reconciled to the fact of sin — not recognizing it and refusing to deal with it —...
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Acquainted with Grief

"He is . . . a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." (Isaiah 53:3)We are not “acquainted with grief” in the same way our Lord was acquainted with...
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The Unchanging Law of Judgment

"With what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (Matthew 7:2)Whatever judgment you give will be...
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The Ministry of the Inner Life

"You are . . . a royal priesthood . . ." (1 Peter 2:9)Are we prepared to purposely disregard ourselves and to launch out into the priestly work of...
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Have You Come to “When” Yet?

"The Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends." (Job 42:10)I cannot make myself right with God; I cannot make my life perfect. I can only be...
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The Service of Passionate Devotion

". . . do you love Me? . . . Tend My sheep." (John 21:16)We consider what we do in the way of Christian work as service, yet Jesus...
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Keep Recognizing Jesus

". . . Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid . ....
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Beware of Criticizing Others

"Judge not, that you be not judged." (Matthew 7:1)Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, “Don’t.” The average Christian is the most piercingly...
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Will You Lay Down Your Life?

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. . . I have called you friends . . ." (John 15:13, 15)“By...
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