The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.
– Oswald Chambers
From Run Today’s Race
God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you who He is.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, January 2)
Beware of the inclination to dictate to God as to what you will allow to happen
if you obey Him.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, January 11)
Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor to Jesus is service for Him. It is easier to serve than to be drunk to the dregs. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him. We are not sent to battle for God, but to be used by God in His battlings. Are we being more devoted to service than to Jesus Christ?
(from My Utmost for His Highest, January 18)
Beware of stopping your ears to the call of God… to see whether God has a man or woman here who cares about proclaiming His Gospel; to see whether God grips you. And beware of competitors when God does grip you. – Very few of us know what it means to be held in a grip by the love of God; we are held by the constraint of our experiences only.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, February 2 & 4)
Imagination is the power God gives a saint to posit himself out of himself into a relationship he never was in.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, February 10)
Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, February 18)
Beware of counterfeiting the love of God by working along the line of natural human sympathy, because that will end in blaspheming the love of God.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, March 3)
The certainty that I do not know – that is the secret of going with Jesus.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, March 9)
Walking in the light means for many of us walking according to our standard for another person. The deadliest Pharisaism today is not hypocrisy, but unconscious unreality.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, March 16)
Paul is like a musician who does not need the approval of the audience if he can catch the look of approval from his Master.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, March 17)
A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to Our Lord.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, April 1)
Never allow anything to deflect you from insight into Jesus Christ. It is the test of whether you are spiritual or not. To be unspiritual means that other things have a growing fascination for you.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, April 2)
A ready person never needs to get ready.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, April 18)
Our work begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to disciple lives until they are wholly yielded to God. One life wholly devoted to God is of more value to God than one hundred lives simply awakened by His Spirit.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, April 24)
The proof that we are rightly related to God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, April 25)
(N)ever water down the truth of God. Let it have its way and never apologize for it. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples,” not “make converts to your opinion.”
(from My Utmost for His Highest, May 6)
We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, May 10)
The Holy Spirit reveals that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, May 11)
The people who influence us most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in heaven and the lilies of the field, perfectly simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold us.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, May 18)
The purpose of God is not to answer our prayers, but by our prayers we come to discern the mind of God… There is one prayer God must answer, and that is the prayer of Jesus – “that they may be one, even as We are One.”
(from My Utmost for His Highest, May 22)
The disciple who abides in Jesus is the will of God, and his apparently free choices are God’s foreordained decrees. Mysterious? Logically contradictory and absurd? Yes, but a glorious truth to a saint. – If I do my duty, not for duty’s sake, but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience the whole superb grace of God is mine through the Atonement.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, June 7 & 15)
The questions that matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by the words, “Come unto Me.” Not, “Do this, or don’t do that,” but, “Come unto Me.” …We get pathetic and talk about “suffering the will of the Lord!” Where is the majestic vitality and might of the Son of God about that?
(from My Utmost for His Highest, June 11)
Never water down the word of God, preach it in its undiluted sternness; there must be unflinching loyalty to the word of God; but when you come to personal dealing with your fellow men, remember who you are – not a special being made up in heaven, but a sinner saved by grace.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, June 11)
There is a difference between devotion to a Person and devotion to principles or to a cause. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause; He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, July 2)
Do we so appreciate the marvelous salvation of Jesus Christ that we are our utmost for His highest? …Jesus is bringing many “sons” unto glory, and God will not shield us from the requirements of a son. God’s grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not milksops. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to live the noble life of a disciple of Jesus in actual things. It is always necessary to make an effort to be noble.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, July 7)
Self-realization leads to the enthronement of works; whereas the saint enthrones Jesus Christ in his work. … I am not here to realize myself, but to know Jesus. In Christian work the initiative is too often the realization that something has to be done and I must do it That is never the attitude of the spiritual saint; his aim is to secure the realization of Jesus Christ in every set of circumstances he is in.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, July 11)
My vision of God depends upon the state of my character. … Until I am born again and begin to see the Kingdom of God, I see along the line of my prejudices only… It must be God first, God second, and God third, until the life is faced steadily with God and no one else is of account whatever. “In all the world there is none but Thee, my God, there is none but Thee.”
(from My Utmost for His Highest, July 13)
The golden rule for understanding is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience. …Intellectual darkness comes through ignorance; spiritual darkness comes because of something I do not intend to obey.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, July 27)
He (God) did not come to save men out of pity: He came to save men because He had created them to be holy. His purpose is not the development of a man; His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, September 1 & 2)
Deliverance from sin is not deliverance form human nature.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, September 8)
We are apt to forget that man is not only committed to Jesus Christ for salvation; he is committed to Jesus Christ’s view of God, of the world, of sin, and of the devil, and this will mean that he must recognize the responsibility of being transformed by the renewing of his mind.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, September 9)
The test of our spiritual life is the power to descend (from the mount); if we have power to rise only, something is wrong. It is a great thing to be on the mount with God, but a man only gets there in order that afterwards he may get down among the devil-possessed and lift them up. We are not built for the mountains… We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle. … The height of the mountain top is measured by the drab drudgery of the valley; but it is in the valley that we have to live for His glory there. We see His glory on the mount, but we never live for His glory there. Peter thought it would be a fine thing for them to remain on the mount, but Jesus Christ took the disciples down from the mount into the valley, the place where the meaning of the vision is explained. … We must be able to mount up with wings as eagles; but we must also know how to come down. The power of the saint lies in the coming down and the living down.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, October 1, 2 & 3)
Sin is a fundamental relationship; it is not wrong doing, it is wrong being, deliberate and emphatic independence of God. The Christian religion bases everything on the positive, radical nature of sin. Other religions deal with sins; the Bible alone deals with sin. The first thing Jesus Christ faced in men was the heredity of sin, and it is because we have ignored this in our presentation of the Gospel that the message of the Gospel has lost its sting and its blasting power.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, October 7)
Our Lord has told us how love to Him is to manifest itself. “Lovest thou Me?” “Feed My sheep” – identify yourself with My interests in other people, not, identify Me with your interests in other people. … The great enemy to the Lord Jesus Christ in the present day is the conception of practical work that has not come from the New Testament, but from the systems of the world in which endless energy and activities are insisted upon, but no private life with God. The emphasis is put on the wrong thing.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, October 18 & 19)
The passion of Christianity is that I deliberately sign away my own rights and become a bond-slave of Jesus Christ. Until I do that, I do not begin to be a saint.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, November 3)
As long as you have a personal interest in your own character, or any set ambition, you cannot get through into identification with God’s interests. …(If) your goings are of the Lord, you can never understand your ways. … The salvation that is worked out in me by the Holy Ghost emancipates me entirely, and as long as I walk in the light as God is in the light, He sees nothing to censure because His life is working out in every particular, not to my consciousness, but deeper than my consciousness.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, November 10 & 12)
The miracle of Redemption is that God turns me, the unholy one, into the standard of Himself, the Holy One, by putting into me a new disposition, the disposition of Jesus Christ. … Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace; it cost God the Cross of Jesus Christ before He could forgive sin and remain a holy God. Never accept a view of the Fatherhood of God if it blots out the Atonement. The revelation of God is that He cannot forgive; He would contradict His nature if He did. The only way we can be forgiven is by being brought back to God by the Atonement. God’s forgiveness is only natural in the supernatural domain.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, November 19 & 20)
Jesus Christ hates the wrong in man, and Calvary is the estimate of His hatred. … If I walk in the light as God is in the light, not in the light of my conscience, but in the light of God – if I walk there, with nothing folded up, then there comes the amazing revelation, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sin so that God Almighty can see nothing to censure in me. In my consciousness it works with a keen poignant knowledge of what sin is. The love of God at work in me makes me hate with the hatred of the Holy Ghost all that is not in keeping with God’s holiness. To walk in the light means that everything that is of the darkness drives me closer into the center of the light.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, November 21 & December 26)
Beware of posing as a profound person; God became a Baby.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, November 22)
When we choose deliberately to obey Him, then He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us with all His almighty power. … Any problem that comes between God and myself springs out of disobedience; any problem, and there are many, that is alongside me while I obey God, increases my ecstatic delight, because I know that my Father knows, and I am going to watch and see how He unravels this thing.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, December 1 & 14)
The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.
(from My Utmost for His Highest, December 15)