Here there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and in all.
[Col 3:11 NET]
The service of Christ is the business of my life. The will of Christ is the law of my life. The presence of Christ is the joy of my life. The glory of Christ is the crown of my life.
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RESPECT GOVERNING AUTHORITY
[Romans 13:1; Ephesians 6:5; 1 Peter 2:17]
I pray that you will show proper respect for the leaders, lawmakers and law enforcers of our government. May you respect them, for their authority has been established by God to bring peace and order to this land. I pray that you will not curse them when they do wrong, but rather, pray for them. Pray that they themselves will submit to the authority and lordship of Jesus Christ. Pray that they will be guided by God’s laws and His righteousness. May God lead you to bless and pray for our governing authorities everyday.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.
[John 1:4 NET]
Life is a mystery. We can note its manifestations–but we cannot find its source. We see that a man lives–we see it in his actions; but we cannot tell what it is, that keeps the heart beating, beating, beating, without pause, for sixty, seventy, years. We can read the poet’s lines, and look at the artist’s pictures, and hear the musician’s songs; but what do we know of the inner mental life that produced the poem, the pictures, the songs? It is hidden life.
So spiritual life is hidden. We see one supported in quiet peace, amid great trial; another comforted into sweet acquiescence in a bitter sorrow; another living purely and nobly amid sore temptations; another lifted up out of degradation, and transformed. We cannot understand the processes; we see only the effects. So all life is mysterious.
But we know that it all comes from Christ. He is the fountain of all life. No human genius, skill, or power has ever been able to produce life of any kind, even a living blade of grass or a little violet. Still less can any human power give new life to a dead soul. Only Christ can do this. We must get our life from him.
He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
[1 Cor 1:30 NET]
More and more we are coming to see the supreme importance of getting the right conception of sanctification, not as a blessing, but as a personal union with the personal Saviour and the indwelling Holy Spirit. Thousands of people get stranded after they have embarked on the great voyage of holiness.
They find themselves failing and falling, and are astonished and perplexed, and they conclude that they must have been mistaken in their experience, and so they make a new attempt at the same thing and again fall, until at last, worn out with the experiment, they conclude that the experience is a delusion, or, at least, that it was never intended for them, and so they fall back into the old way, and their last state is worse than their first.
What people need today to satisfy their deep hunger and to give them a permanent and Divine experience is to know, not sanctification as a state, but Christ as a living Person, who is waiting to enter the heart that is willing to receive Him.