Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Oswald Chambers on Joy

Joy from Oswald Chamber's perspective in his book, My Utmost for His Highest:

“A person who has forgotten what God treasures will not be filled with joy.” 

"Living a full and overflowing life does not rest in bodily health, in circumstances, nor even in seeing God’s work succeed, but in the perfect understanding of God, and in the same fellowship and oneness with Him that Jesus Himself enjoyed. But the first thing that will hinder this joy is the subtle irritability caused by giving too much thought to our circumstances. Jesus said, ‘...the cares of this world...choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful’ (Mark 4:19) And before we even realize what has happened, we are caught up in our cares...
Have the right relationship with God, finding your joy there, and out of you ‘will flow rivers of living water’ (John 7:38).” 

“We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the result of our personal realization of the atonement by the Cross of Christ, which he has provided for us. ‘...Christ Jesus...became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption...’ (1 Corinthians 1:30). Once we realize that Christ has become all this for us, the limitless joy of God begins in us.” 

“Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing.”

“When I have really transacted business with God on the basis of His covenant, letting everything else go, there is no sense of personal achievement—no human ingredient in it at all. Instead, there is a complete overwhelming sense of being brought into union with God, and my life is transformed and radiates peace and joy.” 

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