Saturday, July 23, 2016

Walking in Christ

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Who for me withstands the wicked?
Who against wrong pleads for me?
If the Lord were not my helper,
soon my soul would silent be.
If I say, "My foot is slipping!"
Lord, your mercy will uphold.
When my anxious thoughts are many,
how your comforts cheer my soul!
 —Psalm 94:16-19
Suggested tune: Trust in Jesus (CMD)

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue walking in Christ, rooted and built up in him and grounded in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
—Colossians 2:6-7
We must act in such a manner, that the truth of the gospel, after it has been manifested to us, may be to us as a brazen wall for keeping back all deceptions. Paul indicates by three metaphors the steadfastness required of us.
  1. The first is in the word walk. For he compares the pure doctrine of the gospel to a way that is sure, so that if any one will but keep it he will be beyond all danger of mistake. Therefore, he exhorts us not to turn aside from the course on which we have entered. 
  2. The second is taken from trees. For as a tree that has struck its roots deep has a sufficiency of support for withstanding all the assaults of winds and storms, so, if any one is deeply and thoroughly fixed in Christ, as in a firm root, it will not be possible for them to be thrown down from their proper position by any machinations of Satan. On the other hand, if any have not fixed their roots in Christ, they will easily be carried about with every wind of doctrine, just as a tree that is not supported by any root. 
  3. The third metaphor is that of a foundation (established), for a house that is not supported by a foundation quickly falls to ruins. The case is the same with those who lean on any other foundation than Christ, or at least are not securely founded on him, but have the building of their faith suspended, as it were, in the air, in consequence of their weakness and levity.
 —John Calvin (alt.)
With your love as my foundation, Lord, help me to find freedom in being firmly rooted in the truth of your gospel...
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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