11/25/13

Abide in Christ: The Twenty-Nineth Day

Abide in Christ
by Andrew Murray
And Not in Self
"In me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing." Rom. 7:18
"Bitter experience has taught him [the Christian] how, both in the matter of entire surrender and simple trust, his greatest enemy in the abiding life - is SELF."

"Cling to Him; rest on Him; hope on Him. Daily renew they consecration....He will teach thee to be humble and watchful. He will teach thee to be happy and trustful."

Self-esteem is a tricky thing.  We speak about low self-esteem and high self-esteem.  We should know by now that the world's view is always contrary to God's view of things.  We must have a low self-esteem to abide in Christ.  We must study and read in God's word all the truths about "self" and realize NOTHING is good inside of me.  My natural self is proud, envious, hating, bitter, and evil.  It does not want to die.  Yet, with Christ, we have the power to kill this "self" and live a "new self" in Christ! We cannot kill our old self, but Christ can and He did.  On the cross, He killed the old man and made room for the new man.  We cannot die to ourselves on our own.  It is not something we can "muster up."  We can only kill that old man when we come to Christ in faith, surrender ourselves to Him, and trust that He will do the work.  We come to Him in humility and offer ourselves to be killed on the altar. Lord, let me trust the saving power of the Cross.  Not only does it free me from sin and kill the old man.  It allows me to abide in You. Amen.

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"Abide in Christ" by Andrew Murray