My Utmost for His Highest is a classic of devotional literature. Discover the wisdom of Oswald Chambers who challenges you to give yourself fully to God. Oswald Chambers was a Scottish minister and teacher whose teachings on the life of faith and abandonment to God have endured to this day. He was born in. My Utmost for His Highest. Pages·· MB· Downloads. My Utmost for His Highest. Written by: Oswald Chambers. ب ط ﯾ. اُ ز. Page 2. 2. 1.
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My Utmost. For His Highest By Oswald Chambers. January 1. LET US KEEP TO THE POINT "My eager desire and hope being that I may never feel ashamed. M for His. UTMOST. HIGHEST. OSWALD CHAMBERS “My eager desire and hope being that I may never feel ashamed, but that now as ever I may do honour . 4E6rTgfD - Read and download Oswald Chambers's book My Utmost for His Highest in PDF, EPub online. Free My Utmost for His Highest book by Oswald .
Your brother's sorrows and perplexities are an absolute confusion to you. We imagine we understand where the other person is, until God gives us a dose of the plague of our own hearts. There are whole tracts of stubbornness and ignorance to be revealed by the Holy Spirit in each one of us, and it can only be done when Jesus gets us alone.
Are we alone with Him now, or are we taken up with little fussy notions, fussy comradeships in God's service, fussy ideas about our bodies? Jesus can expound nothing until we get through all the noisy questions of the head and are alone with Him. Then said I, Here am I; send me. Whether or not I hear God's call depends upon the state of my ears; and what I hear depends upon my disposition.
The chosen ones are those who have come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ whereby their disposition has been altered and their ears unstopped, and they hear the still small voice questioning all the time, "Who will go for us?
When our Lord called His disciples there was no irresistible compulsion from outside. The quiet passionate insistence of His "Follow Me" was spoken to men with every power wide awake. If we let the Spirit of God bring us face to face with God, we too shall hear something akin to what Isaiah heard, the still small voice of God; and in perfect freedom will say, "Here am I; send me.
If there has never been this crisis of death, sanctification is nothing more than a vision. There must be a "white funeral," - a death that has only one resurrection - a resurrection into the life of Jesus Christ. Nothing can upset such a life, it is one with God for one purpose, to be a witness to Him. Have you come to your last days really? You have come to them often in sentiment, but have you come to them really? You cannot go to your funeral in excitement, or die in excitement.
Death means you stop being. Do you agree with God that you stop being the striving, earnest kind of Christian you have been? We skirt the cemetery and all the time refuse to go to death. It is not striving to go to death, it is dying - "baptized into His death. The majority of us have no ear for anything but ourselves.
But when I am brought into relationship with God. There is the call of the sea. There are strands of the call of God providentially at work for us which we recognize and no one else does.
As long as I consider my personal temperament and think about what I am fitted for.
The call of God is the expression of God's nature. Have you had your "white funeral. The call of God is not the echo of my nature. Whom shall I send? Is there a place in your life marked as the last day. I am in the condition Isaiah was in. To be brought into the zone of the call of God is to be profoundly altered. I shall never hear the call of God. Are you willing to go through that "white funeral" now? Do you agree with Him that this is your last day on earth?
The moment of agreement depends upon you. The call is the expression of the nature from which it comes. It is the threading of God's voice to us in some particular matter. We have to keep that profound relationship between our souls and God. Isaiah's soul was so attuned to God by the tremendous crisis he had gone through that he recorded the call of God to his amazed soul.
Service is expressive of that which is fitted to my nature: God's call is expressive of His nature. We should be pouring out now. To serve God is the deliberate love-gift of a nature that has heard the call of God. God gets me into a relationship with Himself whereby I understand His call. Service is the natural part of my life. The Son of God reveals Himself in me.
The call of God is essentially expressive of His nature. The vocation of the natural life is stated by the apostle Paul. My Lord and my God. God will make you in accordance with the vision He has given if you will wait His time. There is a darkness which comes from excess of light. It is easier to serve than to be drunk to the dregs. We are not sent to battle for God. As soon as God becomes real. Nothing that other saints do or say can ever perturb the one who is built on God.
The one thing for which we are all being disciplined is to know that God is real. Isaiah He puts him. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him. Are we being more devoted to service than to Jesus Christ? Have I any confidence in the flesh? Or have I got beyond all confidence in myself and in men and women of God. When God gives a vision and darkness follows. Those years of silence were a time of discipline.
Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. Abraham went through thirteen years of silence. Never try and help God fulfil His word. Genesis 16 is an illustration of listening to good advice when it is dark instead of waiting for God to send the light. Never pump up joy and confidence. Staleness is an indication of something out of joint with God. Am I full of the little things that cheer His heart over me. It gives us a new vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything by the perennial supply of the life of God.
There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes. Have I been kind to His reputation in my life? God is saying to His people. Being born again from above is a perennial. Jesus prayed "that they may be one. Are we freshly born this minute or are we stale. Guard jealously your relationship to God. Being born of the Spirit means much more than we generally take it to mean. You are not in love with Me now. It is a great thing to think that Jesus Christ has need of me. Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God.
Keep all the life perennially open to Jesus Christ. Freshness does not come from obedience but from the Holy Spirit. We do not know where it begins. Are you drawing your life from any other source than God Himself? If you are depending upon anything but Him. His blessings are apt to make us look elsewhere. No matter if there are a hundred and one things that press. Rouse yourself up and look to God.
We get preoccupied and sulky with God. Troubles nearly always make us look to God. There is no salvation in this way. Look unto Me.
Christ as I was in the beginning. The great difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God. Does He find me recalling the time when I did not care for anything but Himself? Am I there now. Narrow all your interests until the attitude of mind and heart and body is concentration on Jesus Christ. I find He is not what He used to be to me. He says. The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is.
Am I so in love with Him that I take no account of where I go? Build your hope on Him. Beware of anything which would sully that mirror in you. You always know when a man has been beholding the glory of the Lord. Your whole life is to be overmastered by Me. By being filled with the Spirit we are transformed. Let everything else. It is not. It is the one thing that is apt to fluctuate but it ought not to.
The severest discipline of a Christian's life is to learn how to keep "beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord. We have to maintain ourselves in the place of beholding. The rush of other things always tends to obscure this concentration on God. The golden rule for your life and mine is this concentrated keeping of the life open towards God. Let other things come and go as they may. Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him.
Expect Him to come. Always be in a state of expectancy. That is the way to make room for Him. Paul was devoted to a Person not to a cause. All of a sudden God meets the life "When it was the good pleasure of God. How are we going to be simple with the simplicity of Jesus?
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Verse 16 is immensely commanding. He was absolutely Jesus Christ's. However much we may know God. Would we be surprised if God came into our meeting or into our preaching in a way we had never looked for Him to come? Do not look for God to come in any particular way. I must have the basis of a personal relationship to Him. We are apt to over look this element of surprise. Paul was not given a message or a doctrine to proclaim. God will look after your 'feathers.
Has Jesus Christ told us a lie? If we are not experiencing the "much more. Jesus says that if we obey the life God has given us. It is one steady encroachment all the time. By receiving His Spirit. If it does not come on the line of clothes and food.
Jesus says that if you are rightly related to Him and obey His Spirit that is in you. He will look after all the other things.
We are never free from the recurring tides of this encroachment. We cannot consecrate once and for all. We have allowed the cares of the world to come in. How much time have we taken up worrying God with questions when we should have been absolutely free to concentrate on His work? Consecration means the continual separating of myself to one particular thing. Many of us refuse to grow where we are put.
Am I continually separating myself to consider God every day of my life? Now what are you going to do next month. We are never free from this snare until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire.
I must consider how I am going to live. Jesus Christ knows our circumstances better than we do. What kind of mean little imps have been looking in and saying. Whenever we are obstinate and self-willed and set upon our own ambitions. Is the word of God tremendously keen to me as I hand it on to you. It may hurt no one else. I must consider what I am going to eat and drink. Beware of allowing the thought that this statement is made by One Who does not understand our particular circumstances.
Look again and think. Whenever there is competition.
Obstinacy and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. Keep your mind on the "much more" of your heavenly Father.
Every time we stand on our rights and insist that this is what we intend to do. Whenever we stand on our dignity we systematically vex and grieve His Spirit. I may teach sanctification and yet exhibit the spirit of Satan.
God has to destroy our determined confidence in our own convictions. The Spirit of Jesus is conscious of one thing only.
We have shown our ignorance of Him in the very way we determined to serve Him. Our words sound all right. He always comes with an arrestment of the understanding. I prevent Jesus Christ being persecuted. Have I been persecuting Jesus by a zealous determination to serve Him in my own way? If I feel I have done my duty and yet have hurt Him in doing it. O My God. We imagine that whatever is unpleasant is our duty! Is that anything like the spirit of our Lord.
I may be sure it was not my duty. Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. This will mean that I can be easily put upon. We serve Jesus in a spirit that is not His. Has the voice of God come to you directly? If it has. Every time circumstances press. Do we discern His hand or only mere occurrence? Get into the habit of saying. God's call to you may hurt your "Eli.
Never ask the advice of another about anything God makes you decide before Him. As we listen. Have you forgotten what He said? Was it Luke I must shield "Eli. God did not tell Samuel to tell Eli. The one thing that is all important is that the Gospel of God should be realized as the abiding Reality.
As workers we have to get used to. If you ask advice. Shall I tell my "Eli" what God has shown to me? That is where the dilemma of obedience comes in. Chastening is more than a means of discipline.
Nothing touches our lives but it is God Himself speaking. We disobey God by becoming amateur providences. It is at your own peril that you prevent the cutting off of the right hand or the plucking out of the eye. Reality is not human goodness. Personal holiness is an effect. It is a travesty to say that Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to make me a saint. We are apt to make sanctification the end-all of our preaching. If God were human. God cannot deliver me while my interest is merely in my own character.
We are nowhere commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification.
Workers break down because their desire is for their own whiteness. We tax His energies from morning till night for things for ourselves. Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to redeem the whole world. As long as our eyes are upon our own personal whiteness we shall never get near the reality of Redemption. Paul is unconscious of himself.
The fact that Redemption can be experienced by us is an illustration of the power of the reality of Redemption. Paul alludes to personal experience by way of illustration. Paul did not say he separated himself. Come unto Me and I will save you. This College exists for you. Paul is referring to the pangs produced in him by the constraint to preach the Gospel. The one passion of Paul's life was to proclaim the Gospel of God. And beware of competitors when God does grip you. He welcomed heart-breaks.
Everyone who is saved is called to testify to the fact. We are condemned to salvation through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Discipleship has an option with it. God makes us broken bread and poured-out wine to please Himself.
Our Lord never lays down the conditions of discipleship as the conditions of salvation. Never apply what Paul says in this connection to souls coming in contact with God for salvation. To be "separated unto the gospel" means to hear the call of God. Every ambition is nipped in the bud. There is nothing easier than getting saved because it is God's sovereign work. I won't stoop. The one thing that held Paul. Very few of us know what it means to be held in a grip by the love of God.
If we do think it strange concerning the things we meet with. Or you may say. Paul did not say that God separated him to show what a wonderful man He could make of him. The marvel of the Redemptive Reality of God is that the worst and the vilest can never get to the bottom of His love. You know that the Spirit of God is getting unhindered way in that life.
You do not need to. I won't bend. But the baptism of the. When we are born again of the Spirit of God. These words are not an exaggeration. We have discreet affinities that keep us out of the mire.
The reason they are not true of us who call ourselves ministers of the gospel is not that Paul forgot the exact truth in using them. When a merely moral man or woman comes in contact with baseness and immorality and treachery. This abandon to the love of Christ is the one thing that bears fruit in the life. Paul says he is gripped by the love of God. Suppose God wants to teach you to say. Or do you say. Holy Ghost obliterates that for ever.
No one can stand like that for Jesus Christ who is not constrained by the majesty of His personal power. February 6. Some saints cannot do menial work and remain saints because it is beneath their dignity. Are you ready to be not so much as a drop in a bucket. Are you willing to spend and be spent. I want to have the right kind of people watching and saying. I want to choose the scenery of my own sacrifice. It is the only thing that matters. I do not want God to choose my work. I joy and rejoice with you all.
Men may call him mad or sober. What is your way of fire? Tell God you are ready to be offered. Externally the life may be the same. God does. After this way of fire. If you do not transact in will with God along this line.
I am to blame. Go through the crisis in will. Anything that savours of dejection spiritually is always wrong. If depression and oppression visit me. God puts you through the crisis in private. I must have it at once. Dejection springs from one of two sources.
God is not. Spiritual lust makes me demand an answer from God. You do not destroy it. I have either satisfied a lust or I have not.
When the crisis arises. Lust means. What have I been trusting God would do? And to-day. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God.
One of the most amazing revelations of God comes when we learn that it is in the commonplace things that the Deity of Jesus Christ is realized. Dejection is a sign of sickness. Dejection spiritually is wrong. We look for visions from heaven. Are we prepared for what sanctification will cost? It will cost an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth.
Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the disposition that ruled Him will rule us. Sanctification means intense concentration on God's point of view. We take the term sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared for God to do in us all that He separated us for? And then after His work is done in us. If we will do the duty that lies nearest. It means every power of body.
It is impossible to be well physically and to be dejected. Are we prepared for what that will cost? It will cost everything that is not of God in us. Be careful that you get your supply. Before other souls learn to draw on the life of the Lord Jesus direct. I am so exhausted. Where did you start the service from? From your own sympathy or from the basis of the Redemption of Jesus Christ?
Continually go back to the foundation of your affections and recollect where the source of power is. Jesus has prayed that we might be one with Him as He is one with the Father.
The process of being made broken bread and poured out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other souls until they learn to feed on God. We owe it to God to be our best for His lambs and His sheep as well as for Himself. Has the way in which you have been serving God betrayed you into exhaustion? If so. Are we prepared to be caught up into the swing of this prayer of the apostle Paul's?
Are we prepared to say. Be exhausted for God. Spiritual exhaustion never comes through sin but only through service. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit's ministrations in us? You have no right to say. The one and only characteristic of the Holy Ghost in a man is a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to Peter. They must drain you to the dregs. In every wind that blows. Rouse yourself. If we are children of God. Is your imagination looking on the face of an idol? Is the idol yourself? Your work? Your conception of what a worker should be?
Your experience of salvation and sanctification? The Christian community I joined was more about making a clean break with the world by forgoing careers, pay checks, higher education, and anything else our leaders deemed "Babylon.
Historically, second blessing doctrines have much variety. What they have common is that there are two types of Christians and one had to achieve the higher status by some means for fear of being "ordinary.
I was involved with deliverance and inner healing teachings. Our group was sincerely trying to help people. I had many dozens of people coming to me for help and counsel. But over the years I noticed that the same people kept having the same problems. During my years in that community, the leaders periodically brought new teachings that were the latest and best means to find total victory. But the initial excitement would fade and the same people would have the same problems.
Eventually I began to doubt the whole process. I asked the leaders if any of them had gone through the counseling and deliverance we offered. They had not, nor had I. Ironically most had gone to Bible college, although many would mock such education as "religious Babylon. Eventually these problems, the breaking up of that group, and the need to help the people from the group with whom we fellowshipped, led to the most important change in my ministry.
Together with another pastor, I decided that these dear people could not endure any more of the latest teachings that supposedly were going to solve all their problems. We decided that the only thing we could do that would endure over the years and certainly benefit the flock, was to teach through the Bible verse by verse and interpret it according to the Biblical author's meaning.
That was in and I have been doing so ever since. Chambers certainly believed his total surrender experience changed him forever. He sincerely believed that others needed to totally surrender as well. He devoted his life to that and tirelessly reached out to whoever was hurting. He died at a relatively young age while helping soldiers during World War I.
I do not write to tarnish his memory or testimony of selflessness. But I do write to warn against copying his unbiblical doctrine. We do not need unbiblical doctrine to make us better Christians.
We need the comfort that comes from "The God of all comfort" 2Corinthians through the means of gospel truth. Biblical Psychology Chambers' biography mentioned that he often taught what was called "Biblical psychology. It is also known as body, soul and spirit teaching based on what I consider a misuse of 1Thessalonians Paul speaks of the entire person being sanctified and does not imply that studying the inner workings of the soul, including distinguishing between soul and spirit is the key to sanctification.
It is not even clear that the verse endorses trichotomy over dichotomy. Biblical psychology teaching was popular in England during and after Chambers' years.
Chambers published a book entitled Biblical Psychology. What these authors seem to miss is that the Bible never says that the Christian can effectively analyze the inner workings of soul and spirit and put that analysis to work in serving God. I tried to do so for five years before I gave up. Let's look at some of Chambers' claims to see how this doctrine works. The following long citation is a good example of this doctrine and should show us how onerous it could become if someone tried to believe and practice it: Now, God is a Spirit, and if I am going to understand God, I must have the Spirit of God, and because my thinking and because God's Spirit take up no room they act very easily, work and inter-work with one another in my body, and what the Spirit of God does when He comes into me by the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is to re-energize my spirit.
My spirit in itself has no power to get hold of God; God's Spirit comes into my spirit and re-energizes that, then the rest depends on me; if I do not obey, if I do not bring into the light of the Spirit of God the dark and the wrong things in my soul, and get them dealt with by the light of the Spirit of God which He gives, then I shall grieve the Spirit of God, and grieve Him away.
Chambers, Psychology The idea often promoted in such teachings is that the Holy Spirit becomes one with our spirit and this becomes the source of power, will, change, and direction for the Christian's soul. Our soul contains our mind nous , they say, and must listen to the Spirit which has perfected our spirit.
If we follow our spirit in that way we have great victory and please God. As Chambers claims, if we do not, we "grieve Him away. The stakes were high. Getting it wrong meant failing God and going into darkness. With no literal Bible to decide remember the allegorical method there was only the subjective to judge the subjective. To help remedy the problem in my case, we had the shepherding movement. More advanced Christians who were our shepherds would decide for us what was from God.
I am not saying that Chambers had such a movement, but his teachings and others like them created an acute need for some means to decide.
When the shepherding movement hit the rocks around so did our movement. I had to admit that after years of trying, I could not tell the inner difference between my soul and spirit or decide what God was saying. I had only the Bible and its objective meaning to which to turn. Chambers' teaching creates a need for mysticism.
One had to be some type of mystic to know what God was saying. With the allegorical method where the Holy Spirit tells us what the Bible means, we had to be mystics to even follow the Bible.
The historical, grammatical method was rendered useless. In my case, I had been trained in that method in Bible college. But now it could not help me. Here is some more of Chambers' teaching, the sort that he taught his students: In the beginning of the spiritual life we have the "Spirit of God" but not the "mind of Christ. Chambers, Psychology He alludes to 1Corinthians regarding the mind of Christ.
Here again there is a pietistic, elitist interpretation. Some lesser Christians do not have the mind of Christ so they need to construct a "nous" Greek for "mind" that can become it. As we will see it gets even more confusing. But does the "mind of Christ" that Paul says we have support teachings like Chambers' and many others?
Gordon Fee's commentary on 1Corinthians came out in the late 's and was life changing for me. I knew that the deeper life teachings I had laid aside were wrong, but I lacked the ability to fully explain why. Many of those teachings depended on passages from 1Corinthians, like those about being "soulish" that Nee referenced. Fee showed that Paul was using irony to rebuke the false teachers in Corinth who called themselves the "spiritual" ones. Consider this profound statement by Fee concerning the passage about the mind of Christ: This paragraph has endured a most unfortunate history of application in the church.
Paul's own point has been almost totally lost in favor of an interpretation that is nearly degrees the opposite of his. Almost every form of spiritual elitism, "deeper life" movement, and "second blessing" doctrine has appealed to this text.
To receive the Spirit according to their special expression paves the way for people to know "deeper truths" about God. One special brand of this elitism surfaces among some who have pushed the possibilities of "faith" to the extreme, and regularly make a "special revelation" from the Spirit their final court of appeal. Other "lesser" brothers and sisters are simply living below their full privileges in Christ.
Indeed, some advocates of this form of spirituality bid fair to repeat the Corinthian error in its totality. The "mind of Christ" is the message of the cross, according to Paul. His opponents claimed to have some special revelation that was a higher order version of wisdom and knowledge. God's wisdom IS the cross!
When I read Fee's commentary I finally could put the deeper life error I had embraced behind me and start warning others with clarity.
Chambers' version of the "mind of Christ" gets even more confusing: Let us look at the subject of "Nous" under three headings, the Natural Nous, the Spiritual Nous, and the Bewildered Nous. Jesus Christ is the responsible expression of the intelligence of God, Jesus Christ is called the "Logos. Chambers, Psychology: So now we not only have to determine what our spirit is doing in relationship to the soul which includes "mind" nous , we have to further divide the mind into possible components so that we can be "responsible.
Rather than feel like we must not be truly spiritual, we need to dump this "Biblical psychology" teaching and read the Bible for what it actually says. We are never given anything like this material in the Bible. The material that Chambers taught is unbelievably convoluted. Later he divides things even further under a section called "soul-making power" where he lists "particular form, personal form, and physical form.
Remember, the whole meaning of my soul life is this, to express what my spirit means, and the struggle of spirit is to get itself expressed in my soul.
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Take it in the natural line, you will find when an immature mind tries to express itself, there are tremendous struggles and all kinds of physical exertions and efforts.
I discovered a thinker steeped in the culture and philosophy of the later 19th century, a thinker who used his distinctly modern that is, liberal and voracious approach to reading to craft a unique vision of daily Christian practice. It also became clear to me that, as much as Chambers was a product of his time—he lived from to —his work was also timeless, serving as an unlikely bridge between his world and ours.
Yet the lateth-century strain of Christian thinking that dominates Utmost has never fully vanished from the American evangelical experience, however subsumed it has been in different movements and conversations that arose in the decades following the First World War. Central to this strain of thought is the question posed by that first entry of My Utmost for His Highest: the question of the individual.
He distrusted the various political and philosophical ideologies that seemed to demand total allegiance from their followers—ideologies like nationalism, capitalism, socialism, communism, Darwinism, positivism, progressivism, rationalism, and scientism. Also and equally, he was against the religious ideologies that seemed to shut out science and rationality in the name of blind or unthinking faith.
Nietzsche had argued, in essence, that civilization and particularly Christianity worked by enslaving people, turning them into weaklings. Where Chambers veered sharply from Nietzsche was in his assessment of why things were the way they were, and in how they might be set aright. Chambers thought that sin, corruption, and enslavement were the basis of life on earth not because of civilization or religion but because of the Fall.
But humans had already been given a way out: the Cross, which empowered, rather than enfeebled. They needed to be realized in and actualized by Christ. Thanks to the Cross, this power was freely available to all who chose to claim it. Why this is so has to do, I think, with the grander purpose Chambers saw in this individualistic Christ, and in the independent Christians Christ inspired. So, too, Chambers thought, would our lives, if we allowed God to use them as he saw fit.
A Community of Christian Readers As my years as an Utmost reader progressed, and as I moved further along my Christian path, I began to experience these truths for myself.
Or rather, Chambers would say turning his gaze ever outward , they threaten to define others in our eyes.You may often see Jesus Christ wreck a life before He saves it. The Secret History of the Gnostics: I have not believed in Thine almighty power apart from my finite understanding of it. Dejection spiritually is wrong. Unfortunately, what this means is that he takes the focus off of God and puts it on self, which is not what I'm looking for in a devotional.