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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.

Do You Now Believe?

"’By this we believe . . .’ Jesus answered them, ’Do you now believe?’" (John 16:30-31) We need to rely on the resurrection life of Jesus on a much deeper...
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The Impoverished Ministry of Jesus

"Where then do You get that living water?’" (John 4:11) Have you been limiting, or impoverishing, the ministry of Jesus to the point that He is unable to work in...
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Our Misgivings About Jesus

"The woman said to Him, ’Sir, You have nothing to draw [water] with, and the well is deep.’" (John 4:11) Our misgivings begin within ourselves when we tell Jesus that...
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The Destitution of Service

". . . though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved." (2 Corinthians 12:15) The institutional church’s idea of a servant of God is not at...
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The Delight of Sacrifice

"I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls . . ." (2 Corinthians 12:15) Once “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by...
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The Determination to Serve

"The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve . . ." (Matthew 20:28) If our devotion is to the cause of humanity, we will be...
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The Discipline of Spiritual Perseverance

"Be still, and know that I am God . . ." (Psalm 46:10) Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we...
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Do You Really Love Him?

"She has done a good work for Me." (Mark 14:6) If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. If we have the idea...
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Taking the Initiative Against Daydreaming

"Arise, let us go from here." (John 14:31) Daydreaming about something in order to do it properly is right, but daydreaming about it when we should be doing it is...
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Taking the Initiative Against Drudgery

"Arise, shine . . ." (Isaiah 60:1) When it comes to taking the initiative against drudgery, we have to take the first step as though there were no God. There...
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Taking the Initiative Against Despair

"Rise, let us be going." (Matthew 26:46) The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now; what’s the...
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Taking the Initiative Against Depression

"Arise and eat." (1 Kings 19:5) When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary...
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