Recently I've been doing a plan on the Bible app based off the book My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It's really been challenging me in both growing my faith and acting on it. I'm working on getting the actual book and reading it but these are just some of my notes from the Bible plan I've been doing.
- Jealously guard your relationship with God. Jesus prayed "that they may be one as We are one" - with nothing in between (John 17:22). Keep your whole life continually open to Jesus Christ. Don't pretend to be open with Him. Are you drawing your life from any source other than God Himself? If you are depending on something else as your source of freshness and strength, you will not realize when His power is gone.
-How many of us are expecting Jesus Christ to quench our thirst when we should be satisfying Him! We should be pouring out our lives, investing our total beings, not drawing on Him to satisfy us. We are not sent to do battles for God, but to be used by God in his battles.
-As soon as God becomes real to us, people pale by comparison, becoming shadows of reality. Nothing that other saints do or say can ever upset the one who is built on God.
-Let other things come and go as they will; let other people criticize us as they will; but never allow anything to obscure the life that is "hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3)
-Consecration is the act of continually separating myself from everything except that which God has appointed me to do. It is not a onetime experience but an ongoing process. Am I continually separating myself and looking to God every day of my life?
-We should get in the habit of continually seeking His counsel on everything, instead of making our own common sense decisions and then asking Him to bless them. He cannot bless them; it is not in His realm to do so, and those decisions are severed from reality. If we do something simply out of a sense of duty, we are trying to live u to a standard that competes with Jesus Christ.
* side note: all of these are direct quotes that stood out to me from the plan. if you'd like to do it you can find it on the youversion Bible app!