Tag: Born Again

Taking Possession of Our Own Soul

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

By your patience possess your souls. —Luke 21:19

When a person is born again, there is a period of time when he does not have the same vitality in his thinking or reasoning that he previously had. We must learn to express this new life within us, which comes by forming the mind of Christ (see Philippians 2:5). Luke 21:19 means that we take possession of our souls through patience. But many of us prefer to stay at the entrance to the Christian life, instead of going on to create and build our soul in accordance with the new life God has placed within us. We fail because we are ignorant of the way God has made us, and we blame things on the devil that are actually the result of our own undisciplined natures. Just think what we could be when we are awakened to the truth!

There are certain things in life that we need not pray about— moods, for instance. We will never get rid of moodiness by praying, but we will by kicking it out of our lives. Moods nearly always are rooted in some physical circumstance, not in our true inner self. It is a continual struggle not to listen to the moods which arise as a result of our physical condition, but we must never submit to them for a second. We have to pick ourselves up by the back of the neck and shake ourselves; then we will find that we can do what we believed we were unable to do. The problem that most of us are cursed with is simply that we won’t. The Christian life is one of spiritual courage and determination lived out in our flesh.

by Oswald Chambers

The Unseen Clothes

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

In Exodus 28, the Lord gives instructions concerning the priest’s garments. These instructions covered not only the outer clothes, but the undergarments as well. The undergarments were the most private and secret part of the priestly garments, which no one saw. Thus the Lord required that even their undergarments had to be holy. I Peter 2:9 says that you who are born again are now members of God’s holy priesthood. This Scripture teaches us that God is not just concerned about how we live in front of others, but how we live in private. As a priest of God, the Lord’s holiness, sanctification, and anointing must be the same in your private life as in your public life. You must live as holy in secret as your are in public. Either in the sanctuary or alone with no one seeing you, there are no secrets before the Lord. The holiness of God must permeate every facet of your life, and so much so that you have nothing to hide. Make that your aim. For just as holy as the priest’s breastplate and crown was his holy underwear.

Today’s Mission – Today, make it your aim to be as holy in your private life as in public.

by Jonathan Cahn