Sunday, July 10, 2016

Get Another Life

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Be gracious, turn to me,
now grieving and oppressed.
The troubles of my heart have grown:
Relieve me from distress.
 —Psalm 25:16-17
Suggested tune: St. George (SM)

May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
—Galatians 6:14
We often ask earnestly: How can I be free from the self life? The answer is, 'Get another life.' We often speak about the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon us, but I doubt if we fully realize that the Holy Spirit is a heavenly life come to expel the selfish, and fleshly, and the earthly life. If we want in very deed to enjoy fully the rest that there is in Jesus, we can only have it as he comes in, in the power of his death, to slay what is in us of nature, and to take possession, and to live his own life in the fullness of the Holy Ghost. God’s Word takes us to the cross of Christ, and it teaches us about that cross, two things.
  1. It tells us that Christ died for sin. We understand what that means, that in his atonement he died as I never die, as I never can die, as I never need die; he died for sin and for me. But what gave His death such power to atone? It was this: the spirit in which he died, not the physical suffering, not the external act of death, but the spirit in which he died. 
  2. And what was that spirit? He died unto sin. Sin had tempted him, and surrounded him, and had brought him very nigh to saying, “I cannot die.” In Gethsemane he cried: “Father, is it not possible that the cup pass from me?” But God be praised, he gave up his life rather than yield to sin. He died to sin, and in dying he conquered. And now, I can not die for sin like Christ, but I can and I must die to sin like Christ. Christ died for me. In that he stands alone. Christ died to sin, and in that I have fellowship with Him. I have been crucified, I am dead.
 —Andrew Murray
Help me, O God, to repair to the cross, be crucified to the world by it, and in it find deepest humiliation—motives to patience and self-denial, grace for active benevolence, faith to grasp eternal life, hope to lift up my head, love to bind me forever to him who died and rose for me...
 —The Valley of Vision
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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