My Help

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“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.”

~Psalm 121:1

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Gaze on the Christ

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Behold the Lamb, the spotless Lamb,
Who takes away our sin;
the debt we faced was not erased,
But paid in full by Him.

Behold the Lamb, the bleeding Lamb,
Who takes away the veil;
His body torn, His soul forlorn,
Christ cut to God a trail.

Behold the Lamb, the dying Lamb,
Who takes away just wrath;
God saw the blood of His beloved
And over us has passed.

Behold the Lamb, the risen Lamb,
Who takes away death’s sting;
All knees shall bend, all praise ascend
To Christ, the living King.

Refrain

Gaze on the Christ, our sacrifice
On altar made of wood.

Exalt the Lamb, the worthy Lamb,
Who bought us with His blood.

~Chris Anderson, churchworksmedia.com

Sunday Meditation

“Often we don’t see growth because we’re not very diligent about renewing our minds… Abide in Him. Abide in the Word. Renew your mind. Hide God’s Word in your heart. Fight with spiritual weapons. Carry your thoughts captive to the truth. And walk by the Spirit.”

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Raveling, Barb. The Renewing of the Mind Project: Going to God for Help with Your Habits, Goals, and Emotions (Kindle Locations 748-752). Truthway Press. Kindle Edition.

*emphasis mine

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.

For more quotes from this book, click here.

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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