Oswald Chambers Index
God's Guidelines for Christian Thinking
Quotes from the Bible and Oswald Chambers
“ For the weapons e of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ..." 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
"In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul gives the rule for the thinking life of the Christian. Have we ever given our brains the task of concentrated thinking along this line? It is because we will not bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ that all the perplexities are produced regarding methods of thinking that look like Christianity. Strands are taken out of Jesus Christ’s teaching, the Bible is exploited to agree with certain principles, but the Truth, our Lord Jesus Christ, is ignored.
"If we base our thinking on principles instead of on a Person we shall go wrong, no matter how devout or honest we are. The one great truth to keep steadfastly before us is the Lord Jesus Christ; He is the Truth. Only the whole truth is the truth; any part of the truth may become an error. If you have a ray of light on the truth, never call it the whole truth; follow it up and it will lead you to the central Truth, the Lord Jesus Christ. (BSG)
Oswald Chambers, Devotional Bible, page 944
"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." 1 Peter 4:12-14
"It is not easy to say that God is love when everything that happens actually gives the lie to it. Everyone's soul represents some king of battlefield. The point for each one is whether we will hang in, as Job did, and say 'Though things look black, I will trust in God.'
"It is very easy to trust in God when there is no difficulty, but that is not trust at all. It is simply letting the mind rest in a complacent mood; but when there is sickness in house, when there is trouble, when there is death, where is our trust in God....
"God has to deal with us on the death side as well as on the life side. It is all very well to know in theory that there are things we must not trust in, but another thing to know it in fact. When God deals with us on the death side, He puts the sentence of death on everything we should not trust in, and we have a miserable time until we learn never anymore to trust in it, never anymore to look anywhere else than to God. It sometimes happens that hardly a day passes without God saying, 'Don't trust there, that is dead.'"
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue
and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Philippians 4:8, 9
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
See also 2 Corinthians 4:7, Matthew 24:9 and Luke 6:22-23