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November 25, 2016

  There are far too many irresponsible believers. At the same time, there are far too many over-responsible believers who are seeking to carry out the Lord’s responsibilities. Our primary concern is to trust Him, and rest in Him, while ‘it is God who confirms and makes us steadfast and establishes us…in Christ” (2 Cor. 1:21, Amp.).

  “The good fight is the fight of faith. Nothing is easier than to step out of faith into feeling, or sight. But then it is failure, and no longer a fight of faith. When we abide in the Lord Jesus, the force of the assault is borne by Him. He takes the strain and the burden; whilst the believer passes into His triumphs, and is kept in perfect peace through it all.

 The believer then understands the meaning of Asa’s words: ‘Lord, it is nothing with Thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power….O Lord, Thou art our God; let not man prevail against Thee… (2 Chron. 14:11). Against us? No; against Thee! Why? Because the battle is the Lord’s! How often we have looked at the battle as ours and have asked that man shall not prevail against us. But perhaps you are not wholly on the Lord’s side; and this may be the secret of your failure. If you want continuous victory, you must be on the side of Him who knows no defeat. The question is not whether the Lord is on your side, but whether you are on the Lord’s side.

  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee” (Isa. 26:3).

  3-7. Imitating Is Imitation

  “For to me to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21).

  Once we learn the truth of our union with the Lord Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, any attempt to imitate Christ will be seen for what it is: unscriptural, and futile.

 Our Father is going to teach us, mainly through personal failure, that the life we live is the life of our Lord Jesus alone. The Christian life is not our living a life like Christ, or our trying to be Christ-like, nor is it Christ giving us the power to live a life like His; but it is Christ Himself living His own life through us; ‘no longer I, but Christ.’

 The end of Christ’s incarnation, death and resurrection was to prepare and form an holy nature and frame for us in Himself, to be communicated to us by union and fellowship with Him; and not to be able to produce in ourselves the first originals of such an holy nature by our own endeavors.

 The believer’s true education is in the growth of Christ within. The Church’s real ministry is not multitudinous public services, so-called, but the forming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the lives of His people; the reproduction of Christ; epistles made alive by the Holy Spirit, to be seen and read of all men.

 There is no answer to infidelity like the life of the Lord Jesus displayed through the Christian. Nothing puts the madness of the infidel, and the folly of the superstitious more to shame and silence than the humble, quiet, devoted walk of a thorough-going, heavenly-minded, and divinely-taught believer.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Blessings

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