Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost for His Highest, remains one of the best-loved and most deeply respected theologians and writers in church history. Few authors inspire and encourage as he does, and never is this more apparent than in Devotions for a Deeper Life.
Devotions for a Deeper Life, excerpted from lesser known essays Chambers wrote in the early twentieth century, will instruct and encourage you with its accuracy and poignant reflections on the Christian life. This daily devotional dives into what it means to live out your faith in dynamic and compelling ways. More than 75 years have passed since the original publication, but the content remains relevant and deeply inspiring.
Oswald Chambers created one of the most classic and influential books in church history when he penned My Utmost for His Highest. His insights and understanding of the nature of God challenge readers to examine their faith and grow in depth and maturity. Devotions for a Deeper Life brings this message to an entirely new generation of believers and will show, once again, the timeless beauty found in the truth of Scripture.
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Oswald Chambers (18741917) was a Bible teacher, conference leader, and YMCA chaplain. After his death, his widow compiled his writings in a number of popular daily devotional books, including My Utmost for His Highest, an enduring classic of the Christian faith that continues to inspire men and women the world over.
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Devotions for a Deeper Life
By Oswald Chambers
ZondervanCopyright © 1986 God's Bible School, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Chapter OneJANUARY 1 SUGGESTED READING: ISAIAH 26:3-4
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).
What is peace? You have seen a water puddle in the road, I'm sure. It is peaceful. There is not the slightest stirring in it. The water is smooth and unruffled. The colors of nature are reflected in it. That is not peace, but stagnant death!
Have you ever seen a child spinning a top? When the top is going its fastest, it is at perfect rest. The peace of God is perfection of energy; it is a healthy vigor of the soul.
The peace of God is not the peace of stoicism or passivity. It is the most intense activity. Some people say that they are tired of life; they mean to say that they are tired of dying. They are tired of the spiritual death that stops activity. They are tired of life getting so sluggish.
What does Jesus say? "I have come that ye might have life and that ye might have it more abundantly; but ye will not come to me that ye might have it." Everything in this natural world is pitted against you, and unlessyou have His life you will never have real peace.
May the Lord have a NEW YEAR in you!
PRAYER THOUGHT: Lord, thank You for inner peace in the midst of a troubled world.
JANUARY 2 SUGGESTED READING: JOHN 1:6-14
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12).
Our Lord Jesus Christ did not come into this world to do the work of a social reformer, a political administrator, a judge, or simply a ruler in the affairs of men and women. Jesus came as the Light of the World, to perform a work of grace in the hearts of individuals that will impart a new disposition of righteousness. This heartfelt transformation will make God real in our lives.
Jesus Christ is a Savior who saves, not by the impressions we derive from a study of His character, but through the work He did by the shedding of His blood on the cross. Jesus Christ is a Sanctifier who sanctifies, not by our sympathetic imitation of Him, but by the fact of what He works in us.
Our Lord was not only without sin, but He also provides a work of grace whereby you and I might be without sin. Our Lord not only obeyed the good and perfect will of God perfectly, but He also makes it possible for us to fully obey God's perfect will. Our Lord Jesus Christ was our personal substitute on the cross, and our participation in His salvation depends on our acknowledgment of this glorious deed in our behalf.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Father, I acknowledge my salvation through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.
JANUARY 3 SUGGESTED READING: ISAIAH 53
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows (Isa. 53:4a).
Beware of any teaching that makes repentance the ransom that persuades God to forgive sin. Repentance is only the avenue whereby God enables us to see that our sinful condition is hopeless unless God does a remarkable work of grace and redemption in our lives.
Just as I am without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, Oh, Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Isaiah reminds us that Jesus was "wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed" (53:5). This is the only scriptural understanding of how sin can be forgiven. It is the only way that God's character is clearly vindicated and His unutterable love exhibited: by making His only-begotten Son the scapegoat for every man, woman, and child.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Lord of mercy, I bow humbly, confessing my personal need of Your grace and redemption.
JANUARY 4 SUGGESTED READING: LUKE 15:11-32
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee (Luke 15:18).
The word repentance is often misunderstood. This word, as we know it in the English language, does not fully convey the idea that God wants us to understand.
Repentance does not simply mean sorrow for sin. No! The prodigal son had remorse and sorrow while he fed pigs. In despair, he said, "How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!" (Luke 15:17). But was that repentance? Obviously not. The prodigal left the pigs and husks, and went back to his father. He said, "I will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants" (Luke 15:18 - 19). Almost before he realized it, two strong arms of love embraced him, and the father clasped him to his bosom. That is repentance! The New Testament meaning of repentance is "going back."
Have you gone back? Have you returned to your heavenly Father? Remorse is not complete repentance. Returning to God is repentance!
PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank You, heavenly Father, for outstretched arms of mercy as You receive us in forgiveness.
JANUARY 5 SUGGESTED READING: ROMANS 5:6-21
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).
When a person is convicted of sin, he cries out, "Against Thee, and Thee only, have I sinned!" From the biblical point of view, sin is ignoring God's claims and maintaining one's right to oneself. Sin is sometimes esteemed among human beings, but it is an abomination in the sight of God.
Sin is not an abstraction; it is a terrible and personal reality. Any person who has heard that Jesus Christ saves from sin, and continues in sin, is a damned soul already.
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Friday, December 16, 2016 Devotions for a Deeper Life: A Daily Devotional by Oswald Chambers, © 1986, Hardcover 2016 Oswald Chambers 1874-1917 The writings of Oswald Chambers in this volume are excerpted from articles originally published in the periodical God's Revivalist from 1907-1916. Notes from his classroom lectures, Bible studies he led, and in subsequent years, other articles contributed... I commend this volume as a spiritual aid to all who seek to be more like Christ in Spirit-filled living for Him. ––Glenn D. Black, Editor JULY 29 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them. ––Nehemiah 8:12 THIS IS ALWAYS THE RESULT of rightly understanding the Word of God. Understanding the Bible makes us better fathers and mothers, better husbands and wives, better sons and daughters, better citizens, and better human beings. One reason why the Bible is not read clearly is because we have the habit of teaching from isolated texts, and the teacher too often takes the text as a title. The way to get back to reading the whole Word of God, and to reading it with understanding, is to live in Bible territory––to regulate one's life and experience in every detail by God's revealed law. We must rely on His Holy Spirit to interpret the Bible, of course, so that the commonplace moods are stripped from us as we listen. _________________________________ Prayer Thought: As I understand the Word of God, help me to grow in personal holiness. SUGGESTED READING: NEHEMIAH 8:9-18 This daily devotional, January 1 - December 31, has a Scripture Index in the back, a ribbon place marker, and a To, From, Date inscription page in the front. DECEMBER 14 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. ––Ephesians 2:6 THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST has the "any man" aspect; "whosoever will" may come to Him and find salvation. So many times we hear people say, "Those experiences are not for me. My past life has been so mean, so sordid, that surely God doesn't mean me." But God does mean you: He means by His marvelous grace and power to create Jesus Christ in you. God made no distinction between Jew and Gentile. Anyone may, at the Cross of Jesus, find forgiveness of sins and entire sanctification. God stoops to the very lowest, the very weakest––yes, to the "sons of disobedience"––and raises them up, if they will let Him. _________________________________ Prayer Thought: O God, I know that Your marvelous grace is the secret to spiritual victory. Hallelujah! SUGGESTED READING: EPHESIANS 2:1-7 ***Thank you to BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for sending a review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Devotions For A Deeper Life is a full of excerpts from Oswald Chambers. There is a short scripture on the top of each page, his thoughts and then a further suggested reading at the bottom of the page. I like the layout of the devotions. The devotions are dated, but not by year so you could go through the book each year if desired. It's a very pretty book and not too large and comes with a ribbon book mark which I always appreciate. It would make a very nice gift. Overall I think the devotions give good food for thought and have a bit more substance than many devotional books out there. I give this book a solid 4 stars. **I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by BookLookBloggers. All opinions are mine**
The Christian life is not an easy life at times. While knowing that God is with us it not always easy to live this way. It is like a tree in a windy weather. The branches are pulled, leaves are blown off, and the tree strains as the wind seeks to fell it. However, deep roots anchor the tree and do not allow it to fail. In this book, Devotions for a Deeper Life, lesser known essays by Oswald Chambers are compiled to give encouraging and inspiration thoughts to Christian. These thoughts are designed to deepen the faith of a Christian; to go the root of their strength. That root is Jesus Christ. Thus, this devotional is about Jesus and how a Christian must deeper their life with Him into to stand against life's assaults. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.