My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers | Individuality

The characteristics of individuality are independence and self-will. We hinder our spiritual growth more than any other way by continually asserting our individuality. If you say, “I can’t believe,” it is because your individuality is blocking the way; individuality can never believe. But our spirit cannot help believing. Watch yourself closely when the Spirit of God is at work in you. He pushes you to the limits of your individuality where a choice must be made. The choice is either to say, “I will not surrender,” or to surrender, breaking the hard shell of individuality, which allows the spiritual life to emerge. The Holy Spirit narrows it down every time to one thing (see Matthew 5:23-24). It is your individuality that refuses to “be reconciled to your brother” (Matthew 5:24). God wants to bring you into union with Himself, but unless you are willing to give up your right to yourself, He cannot. “…let him deny himself…”— deny his independent right to himself. Then the real life-the spiritual life-is allowed the opportunity to grow.

Source: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers


One thought on “My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers | Individuality

  1. I’ve always thought it was interesting how people want to be their own person…independent, individual and unique. I wonder why then, that so many seem like they copy someone else? Are they trying to be uniquely alike in their individuality? Anyway…most times our individuality makes us push others away. Think of people who want to be in groups of like minded people…the things they hold as unique to their particular group are the things which keep them isolated in their bubble of likeness. My individuality is not the same as my personality just like lust is not the same as love. My individuality keeps me from God because I am trying to be my own person, instead of allowing God to rule in me. My personality is drawn to God.


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