10/29/13

Abide in Christ: The Fifth Day

Abide in Christ
by Andrew Murray
As you come to Him by faith
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. - Col. 2:6-7

"Think not so much of thyself as a branch, nor of the abiding as thy duty, until thou hast first had thy soul filled with the faith of what Christ as the Vine is. He really will be to thee all that a vine can be...A soul filled with large thoughts of the Vine will be a strong branch, and will abide confidently in Him."

"He who offers us the privilege of an actual union with Himself is the great I AM, the almighty God, who upholds all things by the word of His power. And this almighty God reveals himself as our perfect Saviour, even to the unimaginable extent of seeking to renew our fallen natures by grafting them into His own divine nature."

Think of where you are. Say it: I am in Christ. 
When doubts arise: Am I a good mother? Look, I've failed again. 
Remember and say it: I am in Christ. 
When fears attack: What about the future? Will I be able to handle that possible trail?
Remember and say it: I am in Christ.
When worry assails: Will I get it all done? What of this job? And this job? And this!
Remember and say it: I am in Christ.
No matter the circumstance: I am in Christ!  Remember who Christ is! He is the Mighty God! He is the Everlasting Father! He is the Prince of Peace! He is Wonderful! He is the Counselor! (Isaiah 9:5-7).  Remember all that Christ is: love, joy, peace, long suffering, mercy, faithfulness, righteousness, trustworthy, refuge, truth and so much more.  Pick only one of those things that you know Christ to be, and claim it for today.  Claim that identity in Christ - and say "I am in Your _______." Meditate on what implications come from that simple statement.

O Lord, I claim Your faithfulness.  I am in Your faithfulness.  I will fail, but You will not.  I will mess up and make wrong choices, but You will not.  I am weak, but You love me still.  I sin, but there is ALWAYS mercy.  Everyone I know will disappoint me - but You will not.  Let me rest in the simple fact that I am in You, and You are faithful. Amen.


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