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“Certainty is the mark of the common sense life,

gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life.”

– Oswald  fr. My Utmost for His Highest

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ON THIS DATE

Oswald Chambers died 11/15/1917 at Cairo, Egypt.   Born (July 24, 1874) the son of Scottish Baptist pastor Clarence Chambers, he was converted to Christ after hearing C. H. Spurgeon preach.  While studying for the Baptist ministry, Chambers met William Quarrier and from him learned a simplicity of faith and prayer.  For three years he worked as a traveling missioner for the Pentecostal League of Prayer (founded by Reader Harris).  He then became principal of the League’s Bible Training College at Clapham Common in London. He taught briefly at God’s Bible School, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Chambers died in Egypt after two years of working as a YMCA chaplain among the desert troops.  He was a man of mystic faith and intense prayer who taught that the Christian life was to be a victorious one.  His most important book is his classic devotional My Utmost for His Highest still in print and available in several languages.  All of the published writings of Oswald Chambers come from the sermons and lessons he gave, which his wife, Biddy, took down in shorthand and then transcribed.

Chambers Quotes:

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.”

“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.”

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”

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God nowhere tells to give up things for the sake of giving them up…give them up for…the only thing worth having–viz. life with Him.

                – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (NY: Dodd, 1935), 8.

 

The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him.

                – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (NY: Dodd, 1935), 18.

 

If you are depending upon anything but Him [God], you will never know when He is gone.            – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (NY: Dodd, 1935), 20.

 

Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance.

                – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (NY: Dodd, 1935), 30.

 

…Sanctification…an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth and an immense broadening of all our interests in God.

                – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (NY: Dodd, 1935), 39.

 

 

Oswald Chambers was born this date, 7/24/1874 at Aberdeen, Scotland.  He taught briefly at God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He spent the last two years of his life serving as a YMCA secretary among soldiers in Egypt, during WWI. Chamber’s wife, Biddy, was an expert in shorthand and was able to catch many of his talks at Zeitoun Camp (outside Cairo) in print.  His My Utmost for His Highest is one of the most popular devotionals in print.  He died in Egypt 11/15/1917.

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