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Where the Battle is Won or Lost

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

“If you will return, O Israel,” says the Lord… —Jeremiah 4:1

Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world. The Spirit of God seizes me and I am compelled to get alone with God and fight the battle before Him. Until I do this, I will lose every time. The battle may take one minute or one year, but that will depend on me, not God. However long it takes, I must wrestle with it alone before God, and I must resolve to go through the hell of renunciation or rejection before Him. Nothing has any power over someone who has fought the battle before God and won there.

I should never say, “I will wait until I get into difficult circumstances and then I’ll put God to the test.” Trying to do that will not work. I must first get the issue settled between God and myself in the secret places of my soul, where no one else can interfere. Then I can go ahead, knowing with certainty that the battle is won. Lose it there, and calamity, disaster, and defeat before the world are as sure as the laws of God. The reason the battle is lost is that I fight it first in the external world. Get alone with God, do battle before Him, and settle the matter once and for all.

In dealing with other people, our stance should always be to drive them toward making a decision of their will. That is how surrendering to God begins. Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point— a great crossroads in our life. From that point we either go toward a more and more slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for His highest— our best for His glory.

by Oswald Chambers

 

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The Secret Of The Kiddushin

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

There are many different ideas as to what holiness is: not going to the movies, going to church, not dancing, not being part of the world, etc. But the Hebrew word for holy is kadosh. From that same word comes the word kiddushin, the Hebrew betrothal ceremony. The bridegroom and bride share a cup of wine together, sealing their pledge and consecration to each other. Messiah is the Bridegroom of our soul. We’re in the time called the kiddushin, headed to the marriage supper of the Lamb. He pledged Himself to us and He shares the cup of wine as in communion, just like the bride and groom share the cup of pledging. True holiness is kiddushin- to be pledged to Messiah, devoted to Him, doing everything for Him because of what He did for you. Messiah gave you His kiddushin; His devotion and pledge and His all, His everything for you so that you would do the same. It’s a ll about love— the love of the bride for the Bridegroom and the Bridegroom for the bride. That’s kiddushin and that’s what holiness is really all about.

Today’s Mission – Today, seek true holiness. Seek the kiddushin. Receive in your heart the pledge of the Bridegroom and give to the Bridegroom the pledge of your heart.

by Jonathan Cahn