..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Oswald Chambers on Intercessory Introspection

And I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be
preserved blameless. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

"Your whole spirit. . ." The great mystical work of
the Holy Spirit is in the dim regions of our
personality which we cannot get at. Read the 139th
Psalm; the Psalmist implies "Thou art the God of
the early mornings, the God of the late at nights, the
God of the mountain peaks, and the God of the sea;
but, my God, my soul has further horizons than
the early mornings, deeper darkness than the nights
of earth, higher peaks than any mountain peaks,
greater depths than any sea in nature - Thou Who
art the God of all these, be my God!

I cannot reach to the heights or to the depths; there
are motives I cannot trace, dreams I cannot get at
- my God, search me out."

Do we believe that God can garrison the imagination
far beyond where we can go? "The blood of Jesus Christ
cleanseth us from all sin" - if that means in conscious
experience only, may God have mercy on us. The man
who has been made obtuse by sin will say he is not
conscious of sin. Cleansing from sin is to the very
heights and depths of our spirit if we will keep in the
light as God is in the light, and the very Spirit that fed
the life of Jesus Christ will feed the life of our spirits.

It is only when we are garrisoned by God with the
stupendous sanctity of the Holy Spirit, that spirit, soul
and body are preserved in unspotted integrity,
undeserving of censure in God's sight, until Jesus
comes. We do not allow our minds to dwell as they
should on these great massive truths of God.

--Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

photo: Abiqui, New Mexico


thekingpin68 said...

A nice photo as usual. A key for Christian growth appears to be continual prayer, study, and fellowship. Even then the Christian life is a struggle, but of course we are dependent on the grace of God. Happy New Year.


Desert Pilgrim said...

I cut my spiritual teeth on Oswald Chambers for many years, and he has such a great way of speaking to the fact that the Blood of Jesus Christ covers even our sub-conscious realm. If anyone can really get a hold of this, it is truly liberating. Thanks for posting one of the very best of Chambers.