Sunday, June 12, 2016

Let Go

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
The Lord, with his almighty hand,
the gates of brass in pieces broke;
nor could th'unyielding bars withstand,
or tempered steel resist his stroke.
 —Psalm 107:16
Suggested tune: Abends (LM)

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
—Galatians 2:19b-20 
If Jesus says to me as he did the thief on the cross, 'Today you shall be with me in paradise,' what must I do?

Let go.

When a ship is moored alongside the dock, with everything ready for the start, and all are standing on the quay, the last bell is rung, and the order is given, 'Let go.' Then the last rope is loosened, and the ship moves.

There are things that tie us to the earth, to the life of flesh and self; but today we hear the message, “If you would die with Jesus, let go.' You need not understand everything. It may not be perfectly clear; the heart may appear dull; but never mind—Jesus carried that penitent thief through death to life. The thief did not know where he was going, he did not know what was about to happen, but Jesus, the mighty conqueror, took him in his arms, and landed him, in his ignorance, in paradise. Oh, I have sometimes said in my soul, bless God for the ignorance of that penitent thief. He knew nothing about what was going to happen, but he trusted Christ; and if I cannot understand all about this crucifixion with Christ, and the death to sin, and the life to God, and the glory that comes into the heart, never mind: I trust my Lord’s promise, I cast myself helpless into his arms, I maintain my position on the cross. Given up to Jesus, to die with him, I can trust him to carry me through.
 —Andrew Murray (alt.)
In Jesus Christ, you have promised me Life, O God. Help me to let go of the old life that I may live the New...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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