Saturday, November 14, 2009

Abide in Christ: As You Came to Him, by Faith - Andrew Murray

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)

Abiding in Jesus can only be by faith. . . . the one daily and unceasing duty of the disciple is to believe, because believing is the one channel through which divine grace and strength flow out into the heart of man. The old nature of the believer remains evil and sinful to the last; it is only as he daily comes, all empty and helpless, to his Saviour to receive of His life and strength, that he can bring forth the fruits of righteousness to the glory of God. . . .

And if you would know how faith is to be exercised in thus abiding in Jesus, to be rooted more deeply and firmly in Him, you have only to look back to the time when first you received Him. . . .

Remember dear soul, how you then were led, contrary to all that your experience, and your feelings, and even your sober judgment said, to take Jesus at His word, and how you were not disappointed. . . . and if He did this for you when you were an enemy and a stranger, what think you, now that you are His own, will He not much more fulfill His promise? . . .

It is the faith that continually closes its eyes to the weakness of the creature, and finds it joy in the sufficiency of an Almighty Saviour, that makes the soul strong and glad. . . . it makes the soul strong with the strength of God, to be and to do all that is needed for abiding in Christ.
from "Abide in Christ: Thoughts on the Blessed Life of Fellowship with the Son of God" by Andrew Murray

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