Radiant, Unspeakable Emancipation!

I found this from Wikipedia’s entry on Oswald Chambers:

Oswald Chambers (born July 24, 1874 in Aberdeen, Scotland; died November 15, 1917 in Egypt) was a prominent early twentieth century Scottish Protestant Christian minister and teacher, best known as the author of the widely-read devotional My Utmost for His Highest.

He was born to devout Baptist parents, and was inspired to become a Christian following a service conducted by Charles Spurgeon. He mentioned to his father that, had there been an opportunity, he would have become a Christian. Chambers developed quickly in his faith, but he did not plan to go into ministry. He studied at Kensington Art School and attended the University of Edinburgh, where he studied fine art and archaeology. But while at Edinburgh, he felt called to ministry, and transferred to Dunoon College. An unusually gifted student, Chambers soon began teaching classes and started a local society dedicated to Robert Browning, his favorite poet. But during this time, Chambers did not find satisfaction in Christianity, finding the Bible ‘dull’ and uninspiring.

After four years of religious dormancy, Chambers came to believe that he couldn’t force himself to be holy; once he realised that the strength and peace he was looking for was Christ himself, Christ’s life in exchange for his sin, he experienced great renewal, so much so that he described it as a “radiant, unspeakable emancipation.”

The Lord has been pulling me into the radiant light of that emancipation, and I pray for everyone reading this that He brings you to that place. The place of freedom from depending on the self, and totally trusting and surrendering in Christ to accomplish His work in your life.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

Christ set us free once and for all from the penalties of sin and death, and from reliance on the flesh to please Him. May we forever resist the temptation to the slavery of relying on our flesh!

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2 thoughts on “Radiant, Unspeakable Emancipation!

  1. Welcome back!! 🙂

    You just described me! I relied on my own wisdom and strength for so long and God has shown me that the exchanged life that involves allowing Him 100% control is not such a bad thing! Our lives are filled with lessons that cause us to see that God is for us and not against us.

    I am so thrilled for you Rachel. I know things aren’t perfect, but God is at work. God bless you!

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