Abide in Christ

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As part of my one word for 2018, I am reading The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-16 by Andrew Murray.  I’m glad it is broken up into short daily readings, because there is a lot to meditate on in those daily readings.  Today, I am sharing a few quotes for you to think on.  I highly recommend this book!

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How many eyes have gazed on and admired a great vine with its beautiful fruit. Come and gaze on the heavenly Vine till your eye turns from all else to admire Him. How many, in a sunny clime, sit and rest under the shadow of a vine. Come and be still under the shadow of the true Vine, and rest under it from the heat of the day. What countless numbers rejoice in the fruit of the vine! Come, and take, and eat of the heavenly fruit of the true Vine, and let your soul say: “I sat under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste.”

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“Abide in me”: that refers more to that which we have to do. We have to trust and obey, to detach ourselves from all else, to reach out after Him and cling to Him, to sink ourselves into Him.

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How much weary labor there has been in striving to understand what abiding is, how much fruitless effort in trying to attain it! Why was this? Because the attention was turned to the abiding as a work we have to do, instead of the living Christ, in whom we were to be kept abiding, who Himself was to hold and keep us. we thought of abiding as a continual strain and effort–we forget that it means rest from effort to one who has found the place of his abode.

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And so it sometimes comes that souls who have never been specially occupied with the thought of abiding, are abiding all the time, because they are occupied with Christ.

*quotes from Murray, Andrew (2010-03-27). The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-16. Kindle Edition.

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Dying to Self

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When your good is evil spoken of,
when your wishes are crossed,
your advice disregarded your opinions ridiculed,
and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart
or even defend yourself,

but take it all in patient, loving silence,

~That is dying to self~

When you lovingly and patiently bear any dishonor,
any irregularity or any annoyance;
when you can stand face to face with waste, folly,
extravagance, spiritual insensibility,
and endure it as Jesus endured it,

~That is dying to self~

When you receive correction and reproof from
one of less stature than yourself,
and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly,
finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart,

~That is dying to self~

Amy Carmichael, missionary to India

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From the books…

I have been participating in a study of Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s new book, Adorned:  Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together.  It has been such a blessing.  Here are a few quotes that made me think as we began the study.

“Not long ago, I was struck by the results of a survey I read. Nonbelieving older teens and young adults were asked if they had a personal friend or acquaintance who was a Christian. Of the roughly 85 percent who said they did, only 15 percent indicated they saw any lifestyle differences between their Christian and non-Christian friends. And it’s not only students and young adults who see it that way. This problem applies to both older and younger generations. It should not be this way. Believers should be noticeably different. True believers will be noticeably— beautifully— different. And sound doctrine is what makes it so.” ~pg. 37

“Sound doctrine tells us that we exist to bring glory to God and that every circumstance that comes into our lives can contribute to that end. If we could get just that one truth fixed in our hearts, we would never look at our circumstances the same way again.” ~pg. 38

“Sound doctrine tells us that even as believers we can expect to struggle with indwelling sin, fleshly appetites, and self-centeredness. It reminds us that if we are not abiding in Christ and allowing His Spirit to do His sanctifying work in us, we may be capable of producing religious work but not of bearing spiritual fruit.” ~pg. 39

“Don’t think you can dress up your life with better behavior or become the beautiful woman you’re hoping to grow into without grounding your life in biblical truth. If you’re not willing to start there and stay there, saturating yourself in Scripture and receiving sound teaching from mature believers, your pursuit of a godly, fruitful life will always be an exercise in frustration.” ~pg. 45

Wolgemuth, Nancy DeMoss (2017-02-07). Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

From the books…

“Abandon to God is of more value than personal holiness. Personal holiness focuses the eye on our own whiteness…fearful that we will offend Him. Perfect love casts out all that when once we are abandoned to God. We have to get rid of this notion– ‘Am I of any use? ‘ and make up our minds that we are not, and we may be near the truth. It is never a question of being of use but of being of value to God Himself. When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time.” ~Oswald Chambers on Mark 14:6

“If I were to ask you, ‘What does the fine linen the bride is wearing stand for?’ you might be inclined to say, ‘The righteousness of Christ that covers us.’ Significantly, however, the text says something different: ‘Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints’ (Revelation 19:8). It’s only because of the Bridegroom’s work that the chosen princess, the church, can enter the presence of her Lord. Yet her wedding dress is woven through her many acts of faithfulness while away from her Bridegroom on the fallen Earth. The picture is compelling. Each prayer, each gift, each hour of fasting, each kindness to the needy, all of these are the threads that have been woven together into this wedding dress. Her works have been empowered by the Spirit, and she has spent her life on Earth sewing her wedding dress for the day when she will be joined to her beloved Bridegroom.” ~Heaven by Randy Alcorn, pp. 199-200.

 

 

From the books…

asuke-2013-tim-1“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November,              wouldn’t it?”

~L.M. Montgomery.  Anne of Green Gables

“Every president, every congressman, every senator, every governor, every foreign prime minister, every tyrant, and every terrorist is under the government of God. Witness in the Bible how God used men such as Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Belteshazzar, Cyrus, Artexerxes, and Herod to accomplish His plans. These men thought they were working out their own plans. God was using their plans to do His will in the earth.”

Berg, Jim (2011-10-09). God is More than Enough (Kindle Locations 1811-1814). BJU Press/JourneyForth. Kindle Edition.

“Remember that discouragement doesn’t mean failure. Discouragement is a sign that you need to spend more time with your heavenly Father so He can encourage you.”

Omartian, Stormie (2014-02-01). The Power of Praying® for Your Adult Children (p. 19). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

“If you could know  — if you could always know  — when the lasts in life are coming, you’d handle them differently. You’d savor. You’d stop. You’d let nothing else invade the moment.”

Wingate, Lisa (2015-09-08). The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (A Carolina Chronicles) (p. 29). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Bloom Where You Are Planted

 

Bloom where you are planted,
Shine where you are sent,
Know that God has used you here,
Just the way He meant.

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Love where you are living,
Serve where it’s His will,
Know that God has plans for you,
Only He can fill.

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Grow where you are going,
Weep when you’re in pain,
Know that God restores your soul,
Makes you whole again.

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Pray when you are breathing,
Laugh when you exhale,
Know that God is near you,
Never will he fail.

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Cherish all the memories,
Make a brand new start,
Know that God has placed you
Forever in our hearts.

—A Missionary’s Poem

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*It’s plum blossom season here.  Shortly after they finish, the cherry blossoms with begin.  This is my favorite time of year here. =)

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“I believe that spoken (and sung) worship and thanks-giving can be instrumental in overcoming the lies and schemes of the Enemy. In my own life, doubt, fear, confusion, and anxiety have often been displaced and my spirit supernaturally lifted and strengthened as I have spoken words of gratitude and praise.” ~pg. 100

“I love knowing that He cares and provides for me, not just air to breathe and food to eat, but countless extras that simply flow from His generous heart.” ~pg. 112

“People who draw a blank when asked what they’re grateful for–after running through the fairly automatic litany of faith and family and food and health–can never be those who draw nearest to God,” ~pg. 113

“I think that health is the greatest blessing that God ever sends us, except sickness, which is far better. I would give anything to be perfectly healthy; but if I had to go over my time again, I could not get on without those sick beds and those bitter pains, and those weary, sleepless nights. Oh, the blessedness that comes to us through smarting, if we are ministers and helpers of others.” ~pg. 127

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2009-08-04). Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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