What Does This Quote Mean to You?

I came across this quote from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers a few days ago and I have been thinking about it ever since.

“Can I face things as they actually are in the light of the reality of Jesus Christ, or do things as they really are destroy my trust in Him and put me in a panic?”

So many people that I know live in a constant state of fear & doubt instead of claiming the victory that has already been won at the cross.

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.

Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face! ” Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.

Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27 NIV

Which camp are you in?

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9 comments

  1. I love Chambers and have been reading his devotional book, “My Utmost for His Highest” for years!

    This particular quote reminds me that I don’t necessarily always see things as they are, I see them as I am—through my own imperfect filter.

    God is the only one who truly KNOWS what’s going on, because He truly knows everything.

    Blessings

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  2. I am blessed to live in the victory over fear camp, but the entrance to my spot is a swinging door, not a barred gate. Though I am assured beyond doubt of the Saviors love and care over me, my broken nature still finds room for doubt and fear. I do not venture there as often as I once did, and I thank Him for that. Yet I still allow my focus to waver from time to time. When it does, fears, doubts and uncertainties are always nearby. I cherish the scriptures you have shared here Barb, thanks. I would add Psalm 56:3-4 as one that brings me great comfort when I find myself getting fearful again because even David, to which this psalm is attributed, felt fear come back over him. He writes: When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4 NIV)
    Blessings to you my friend,
    Pastor Chuck

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  3. I love the quote. It reminds me of my morning. I woke up with a troubled heart as I had many things racing through my mind. Eventually choosing to see Him and ask for His help helped me have a better day regardless. I choose faith above all my possible fears. 🙌

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