Top 22 Oswald Chambers Quotes

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Oswald Chambers was a Christian minister from Scotland. In my opinion, his writings are comparable to those of Charles Spurgeon and A.W. Tozer. You might recognize him for his most famous work, entitled: “My Utmost for His Highest”, which only became known after his death. David McCasland does well to tell his life story in his book entitled “Oswald Chambers – Abandoned to God”. Chambers is one that many frequently quote, and no wonder because he has said some amazing things. Here is my top 22 list of Oswald Chambers Quotes.


Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.

It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and the actual.

Devotion & Dependence

Oswald Chambers Quotes

When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time.

What hinders me from hearing is that I am taking up with other things. It is not that I will not hear God, but I am not devoted in the right place.

When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time.

Our Lord’s words come home most when He talks in the most simple way. . .Many today are spending and being spent in work for Jesus Christ, but they do not walk with Him. . .Live a natural life of absolute dependence on Jesus Christ.

If the Spirit of God detects anything in you that is wrong, He does not ask you to put it right; He asks you to accept the light, and He will put it right.


We begin our Christian life by believing what we are told to believe, then we have to go on to so assimilate our beliefs that they work out in a way that redounds to the glory of God. The danger is in multiplying the acceptation of beliefs we do not make our own.

It is a life of FAITH, not of intellect and reason, but a life of knowing Who makes us “go.”

After we have been perfectly related to God in sanctification, our faith has to be worked out in actualities. We shall be scattered, not into work, but into inner desolations and made to know what internal death to God’s blessings means. Are we prepared for this?

Obedience & Loyalty

Sometimes there is nothing to obey, the only thing to do is to maintain a vital connection with Jesus Christ, to see that nothing interferes with that.  Only occasionally do we have to obey.

Many of us are loyal to our notions of Jesus Christ, but how many of us are loyal to Him?. . .Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.

We put sensitive loyalty to relatives in place of loyalty to Jesus Christ and Jesus has to take the last place. In a conflict of loyalty, obey Jesus Christ at all costs.


Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.

The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer.

Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance

Wherever the providence of God may dump us down, in a slum, in a shop, in the desert, we have to labour along the line of His direction. Never allow this thought—“I am of no use where I am,” because you certainly can be of no use where you are not! Wherever He has engineered your circumstances, pray.

Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man’s disposition.


Never consider whether you are of use; but ever consider that you are not your own but His.

The aim of the missionary is to do God’s will, not to be useful, not to win the heathen; he IS useful and he DOES win the heathen, but that is not his aim.  His aim is to do the will of his Lord. 


You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.

Am I becoming more and more in love with God as a holy God, or with the conception of an amiable Being who says, “Oh well, sin doesn’t matter much”?

The one and only characteristic of the Holy Ghost in a man is a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, and freedom from everything that is unlike Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s ministrations in us?

Looking for some more quotes? You might enjoy these other articles that list Christian quotes also:

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www / oswald-chambers-bio

Chambers, Oswald, Disciples Indeed Sermon Notes. Oswald Chambers Publications Association, 1955

Chambers, Oswald. “My Utmost for His Highest.” Complete Works of Oswald Chambers. Oswald Chambers Library, September, 2000

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Robert July 10, 2012 at 7:15 am

Very Nice Pamela,
Now if only I could memorize them all. My goal is to be as close to God as I can, and as these quotes reveal Mr. Chambers was. Wonderful article…very encouraging.
Yours in Christ,


Pamela Rose Williams July 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

Thank you sir, I just want to say AMEN!


Derek Hill July 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm

This article was so good Pam. Thank you for these wonderful quotes. I actually have not read any of Oswald Chamber’s books, but I can see why you used his quotes. He was a very wise man. I really liked the part on faith where he reminds us “the danger is in multiplying the acceptation of beliefs we do not make our own.” So many christians float by on what their pastor says from the pulpit. They never “test the scriptures” to see if the pastor is right. You cannot have a relationship with God on someone else’s feelings/interpretations. This article was a blessing to me and I hope it was for others as well.


Pamela Rose Williams August 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Sorry for my delayed response Derek, thank you for your kind words. So true we must all study for ourselves (2 Tim 2:15)


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Amit January 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Thank you for this article. Your site has always been helpful to me. Feeling blessed today to have visited the only place Oswald Chambers ever taught in the USA.


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