We are not responsible for the circumstances we are in, but we are responsible for the way we allow those circumstances to affect us; we can either allow them to get on top of us or we can allow them to transform us into what God wants us to be.

— Oswald Chambers

The most spectacular Oswald Chambers quotes that will inspire your inner self

The great thing about faith in God is that it keeps a man undisturbed in the midst of disturbance.


If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others.


The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.


We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.


When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted friendship - when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even one question, then He begins to teach us.


The prayer of the feeblest saint who lives in the Spirit and keeps right with God is a terror to Satan. The very powers of darkness are paralyzed by prayer; no spiritualistic seance can succeed in the presence of a humble praying saint. No wonder Satan tries to keep our minds fussy in active work till we cannot think in prayer.


All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.


We pray when there's nothing else we can do; Jesus wants us to pray before we do anything at all.


The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness.

If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit Divine characteristics in your life, not good human characteristics . God's life in us expresses itself as God's life, not as human life trying to be godly.


When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality.


Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man.


Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything.

Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God.


About Oswald Chambers

Quotes 728 sayings
Nationality Scottish
Profession Theologian
Birthday October 16

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations


Are you learning to say things after listening to God, or are you saying things and trying to make God's word fit in?


The real test of a saint is not one's willingness to preach the gospel, but one's willingness to do something like washing the disciples' feet - that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God.


Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God. Some people mature into an understanding of God’s will more quickly than others because they obey more readily; they more readily sacrifice the life of nature to the will of God.


The greatest test of Christianity is the wear and tear of daily life;

it is like the shining of silver: the more it is rubbed the brighter it grows.


At the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself--the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.


Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God.

Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love.


The moment we recognize our complete weakness and our dependence upon Him will be the very moment that the Spirit of God will exhibit His power.


Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.


When we preach the love of God there is a danger of forgetting that the Bible reveals not first the love of God but the intense, blazing holiness of God, with His love at the center of that holiness.


Very few of us know anything about loyalty to Christ -- For My Sake. It is that which makes the iron saint.


Am I getting nobler, better, more helpful, more humble, as I get older? Am I exhibiting the life that men take knowledge of as having been with Jesus, or am I getting more self-assertive, more deliberately determined to have my own way? It is a great thing to tell yourself the truth.


Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.


If you have ever prayed in the dawn you will ask yourself why you were so foolish as not to do it always: it is difficult to get into communion with God in the midst of the hurly-burly of the day.


It is easy to say we believe in God as long as we remain in the little world we choose to live in; but get out into the great world of facts, the noisy world where people are absolutely indifferent to you, where your message is nothing more than a crazy tale belonging to a bygone age, can you believe God there?


Never water down the Word of God, but preach it in its undiluted sternness.

There must be unflinching faithfulness to the Word of God, but when you come to personal dealings with others, remember who you are- you are not some special being created in heaven, but a sinner saved by grace.


We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.


The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God .

.. Never let a hurried lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him. This is an easy thing to allow, but we must guard against it.


A life of intimacy with God is characterized by joy.


'I have chosen you!' Keep that note of greatness in your creed.

It is not that you have got God but that He has got you.


Every time we pray our horizon is altered, our attitude to things is altered, not sometimes but every time, and the amazing thing is that we don't pray more.


Obedience to the call of Christ nearly always costs everything to two people- the one who is called, and the one who loves that one.


If my ruling disposition is self-interest, I perceive that everything that happens to me is always for or against my self-interest; if, on the other hand, my ruling disposition is obedience to God, I perceive Him to be at work for my perfecting in everything that happens to me.


When I see Jesus Christ I simply want to be what He wants me to be.


The battle is lost or won in the secret places of the will before God, never first in the external world.


If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.


Our prayers are heard, not because we are in earnest, not because we suffer, but because Jesus suffered.


God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.


We are so busy telling God where we would like to go.

We wait with the idea of some great opportunity, something sensational, and when it comes we are quick to cry, 'Here am I.' Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference.


The proof that our relationship is right with God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not.


Obey God in the things he shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up.

God will never reveal more truth about himself until you have obeyed what you know already...this chapter brings out the delight of real friendship with God.


God does not exist to answer our prayers, but by our prayers we come to discern the mind of God.


Prayer is not getting things from God.

That is a most initial stage; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God: I tell Him what I know He knows in order that I may get to know it as He does.


There is nothing to be valued more highly than to have people praying for us;

God links up His power in answer to their prayers.


Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian;

not the thing that makes him alive, but the evidence that he is alive.


Not every man can carry a full cup. Sudden elevation frequently leads to pride and a fall. The most exacting test of all to survive is prosperity.


No healthy Christian ever chooses suffering;

he chooses God's will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not.