Francis Ridley Havergal wrote in the sixth stanza of the hymn “Jesus, Thy Life is Mine“:
“Jesus, my life is Thine,
And evermore shalt be,
Hidden in Thee,
For nothing can untwine,
Thy life from mine.”
Let us today, by faith, lay hold of the wonderful truth of our inseparable union with Christ. (Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 2:5-6) The Apostle Paul said, “For me to live IS Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) Paul lived in the reality of his union with Christ. Continue reading
In Handley Moule‘s “A Morning Act of Faith and Devotion,” he begins by writing:
“I believe on the Son of God, therefore, I am in Him,
having redemption through His blood, and life by His Spirit.”
Moule begins his day by taking a stand of faith. He has understood that this is the principle by which he must live if he is to be in the position to receive all that he needs from Christ.
“He is in me and all fullness is in Him,
To Him I belong by creation, purchase, conquest, and self-surrender:
To me He belongs for all my hourly need.”
Faith in the fact of Christ’s existence and the belief that He is truly what He has declared Himself to be is the beginning point, the foundation upon Continue reading
(Read Part I)
I will try and give a definition of the sovereignty of God.
God, The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, existing before all of creation or the beginning of time, is all powerful, all knowing, always purposeful, and always working all things towards His designed objective: the revelation of His glory, and our blessing. Within these parameters, He is almighty, all wise, and all loving, to do as He wills, in His time and in His way. It is by His mercy, and through the provision of His grace, that He has brought our Continue reading
Nearly one hundred and fifty years before Cyrus the Persian came on the scene, God revealed to Isaiah that Cyrus would come. (Isaiah 44:28; 45:1) It is as if God took His bow and shot His arrow across time and civilizations to declare that He is sovereign. He will do as He wills, and will accomplish His purposes. Continue reading
The life to which we are called is one from heaven, in Christ, by the Spirit. It does not have its origin, or essence, in anything of this earth. It was Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, who said, “Any fruit born while not abiding in Christ, is fruit of the flesh, and is nothing.” The Apostle Paul declares: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Galatians 6:15) Paul writes that the great issue in Continue reading
How shall the goodness of God be revealed in us? Whether in great works or in the common, ordinary acts of everyday life there is only one way and it is by faith.
In Robert M. M’Cheyne‘s great hymn, “When This Passing World Is Done”, he writes: Continue reading
How can we know that God is near?
David was conscious of God’s nearness. “For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.” (Psalm 139:4) David was aware that God knew all of his thoughts and words. But on an even more intimate level David wrote, “When Thou saidst, Seek ye may face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8) David heard God’s call to seek His face and he answered that call. Continue reading
“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection…” (Philippians 3:10)
It is one thing to know ABOUT the power of His resurrection. It is quite another to KNOW that power in the life, where we live. We are apt to think that we do not need such power in the ordinary things of life but consider how Jesus lived. He lived a life of complete dependence upon His Father in all the details of daily life. (John 8:28, John 5:19, 30) Continue reading
The Apostle John wrote in the book of Revelation: “And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Revelation 22:1)
In his gospel John also wrote: “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and DRINK. He who BELIEVES in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow RIVERS of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive…” (John 7:37-39) Continue reading
Today, I encourage you to choose to be strong. Do not let an awareness of your own limitations, smallness, or weakness, deter you from being all that God would have you to be. Use the sense of your own need to move you to seek His strength. Do this and you Continue reading