To Be A Christian

4 05 2011

“To me to live is Christ”
(Apostle Paul, Philippians 1:21)

To be a Christian is nothing less than to have the glorified Christ living in us in actual presence, possession and power. It is to have Him as the Life of our life in such a way and to such a degree that we can even say as Paul did, “To me to live is Christ.” To be a Christian is to grow up into Christ in all things: it is to have that divine seed which was planted in our innermost spirit blossom out into a growing conformity to His perfect Life. To be a Christian is to have Christ the Life of our minds, our hearts, our will, so that it is Christ thinking through us, living through us, willing through us. It is increasingly to have no life but the Life of Christ within us filling us with ever-increasing measure.

–Ruth Paxson, Life On The Highest Plane

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God’s Fork

15 10 2010

“We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.”
Colossians 1:29,29

“Lord, make me a CRISIS MAN. Let me not be a milepost on a single road, but make me a FORK, that men must turn one way or another in facing Christ in me.”

–Jim Elliot
Missionary  and Martyr

 





The Need of THIS Hour

24 07 2009

“Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy; for I the Lord am holy.”
(Leviticus 20:7)

Consecration

“Come, Lord, and abide with me. Come, and occupy alone the throne of my heart; reign there without a rival, and consecrate me entirely to thy service.”

–Charles Spurgeon





Only God Is Great

25 06 2007

Ascending the throne at the age four, Louis XIV rules as king of France for 72 years, the longest reign in modern European history. Consumed with hiw own power, he called himself the “Greatlouisxiv.jpg Monarch” and declared, “I am the State!” But in 1715, King Louis XIV abdicated his throne to death.

His funeral was nothing short of spectacular. The great cathedral was packed with mourners paying final tribute to their king, who lay in a solid gold coffin. To dramatize the deceased ruler’s greatness, a solitary candle burned above his coffin. Thousands waited in hushed silence as they peered at the exquisite casket that held the mortal remains of their monarch.

At the appointed time the funeral service began, and Bishop Massillon, who presided over this official act of state, stood the address the mourners, including the assembled clergy of France. When the bishop rose, he did something that stunned the nation. Bending down from the pulpit, he snuffed out the lone candle representing Louis XIV’s greatness. The people gasped. Then in the darkness, came just four words from behind the open Bible:

“Only God is great!”

–Steven J. Lawson, Glory, quoted from Heartcry! Life Action Ministries’ Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Spring 2007, pp42-3.





Powerful Grace

29 05 2007

“Sin ruled by means of death. But God’s kindness now rules, and God has accepted us because of Jesus Christ our Lord. This means that we will have eternal life. What should we say? Should we keep on sinning, so that God’s wonderful kindness will show up even better? No, we should not! If we are dead to sin, how can we go on sinning?”
(Romans 5:21-6:2, CEV)


Any concept of grace that makes us feel more comfortable sinning is not biblical grace. God’s grace never encourages us to sin. On the contrary, it empowers us to say no to sin and yes to truth.

–Randy Alcorn





Can You Say That With A Straight Face?

13 04 2007

“For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.”
(1 Corinthians 4:9)

“In the splendid palace chapel a stately court preacher, the cultivated public’s elite, advances before an elite circle of fashionable and cultivated people and preaches emotionally on the text of the Apostle, ‘God chose the lowly and despised’–and nobody laughs.”

–Soren Kierkegaard
Spiritual Writings of Soren Kierkegaard, Orbis Books, 2003, p. xix





Scary Visions

17 02 2007

“And now, behold, bound by the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.”
–Paul, to the Ephesian elders, Acts 20:22-24

If your vision doesn’t scare you, then both your vision and your God are too small.

–Brother Andrew
Open Doors